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Philip launches sports line with day glo squiggles

February 16, 2006
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Master milliner Philip Treacy showed exactly why he's still the prince of headwear when he sent some of the most famous names in modelling down the catwalk in a startling array of hats during the London shows on Thursday.

For his autumn/winter 2006/7 collection the Irish designer – who famously provided the headpieces worn by Camilla at her wedding last year - seemed to have taken his inspiration from magic markers. The result was a flurry of movement-filled squiggles in day-glo hues, which appeared to have been drawn, cartoon-style, across the models' features.

Somalian supermodel Alek Wek was showcasing two very distinctive looks, a structural fuchsia "flame" and a head-hugging beanie with eye-catching spiral detailing, while Birmingham-born Erin O'Connor sported a free floating "spectacles" affair in shocking pink.

The pieces accessorised the Irish milliner's first footwear and clothing collection in collaboration with sportswear label Umbro, which debuted at London Fashion Week.

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Sporting a fuchsia "flame", Alek Wek chats with the hat's creator, Irish milliner Philip TreacyPhoto: © Getty Imagesy
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On Birmingham-born model Erin O'Connor, the designer accessorises his new sportswear range for Umbro with a funky pink pair of "specs" Photo: © Empics

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