Transparent silk voile shirts were unbuttoned low to reveal a sliver of skin and tucked into high-waisted, 1970s-style wide trousers or shorts, for an effortless spring/summer cool. Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images PHOTOS: NEW YORK FASHION WEEK SPRING 2014: CELEBRITIES SPOTTED FRONT ROW Blocks of colour were interspersed with traditional patterns, from a silk mix jacket with a checkered print to a blouse printed with daffodils matched with wide yellow trousers. Earlier, designer Alice Temperley took her luxury line Temperley London up a notch with a fairytale collection of sweeping gowns in gentle pink, blush, lilac, mint and white. Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images Bright looks at the Paul Smith show during London Fashion Week. There were long dresses embroidered with hand-cut silk flowers and with lace and crystals, gowns printed with a pattern of purple orchids and lace created out of the patterns of trailing leaves. “It’s about transporting you into another mood. We all live such normal lives, with work, it’s nice to have fantasy clothes,” the designer told AFP backstage after the show. Samir Hussein/Getty Images Cara Delevingne hits the runway for TopShops Unique fashion show in London on Sunday. The label recently appointed a new chief executive, Ulrik Garde Due, who will use his experience at Burberry and Celine to promote it as a luxury lifestyle brand. “Now we’ve got the (everyday) Alice line, we’ve got a good business, we don’t have to be so commercial with the runway.

London Fashion Week Gives Fog the Finger

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I must note that I have always loved London and everything about it, even before I breathlessly entered the Dover Street Market for the very first time. Maybe it’s my passion for music, especially the 60s British Invasion and late 70s/early 80s punk that has always rocked my world. I love that a place so royal, regal and right could birth the most rebellious trends with such long-lasting impact on global pop culture, whether it be the Beatles, Clash, Sex Pistols or Vivienne Westwood. I guess one shouldn’t be too surprised that restraint leads to resistance and revolt. The Catholic schools always produced the wildest kids, at least where I lived. When things get tough, the tough get…creative. And then there’s the perpetual drizzle and grey and fog that hangs around like that negative friend you can’t shake. It pisses people off. And so the colors come aggressively: bright reds and pinks, plaids, neons, prints. Coincidentally, I have just moved to the “London” of San Francisco, up in Golden Gate Heights, a very foggy part of the city. And damn if it hasn’t made me want more color around me. And so with this all close to my heart, I devour all that London Fashion Week has to offer. Much of it would look ridiculous on me riding Muni on my way to anywhere. But I don’t care. It’s fun and inspiring and entertaining and right now, that’s all I need.

Bright looks at the Paul Smith show during London Fashion Week.

British police said Friday they have arrested eight men after a gang stole ??1.3 million (1.5 million euros, $2.09 million) from Barclays bank by taking control of a branch computer system.AFP/File LONDON (AFP) British police said Friday they have arrested eight men after a gang stole ??1.3 million (1.5 million euros, $2.09 million) from Barclays bank by taking control of a branch computer system. The men, aged between 24 and 47, were arrested on Thursday and Friday morning on allegations of conspiracy to steal from Barclays and conspiracy to defraud British banks. They are accused of a theft in April, when a man purporting to be an IT engineer arrived at a Barclays branch in north London saying he was there to fix the computers. He then attached a keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) device with a 3G router to one of the computers, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police. Such devices are routinely used by people in business to work remotely on their office computer systems, but it allowed the gang to remotely transfer money into their bank accounts. “Those responsible for this offence are significant players within a sophisticated and determined organised criminal network, who used considerable technical abilities and traditional criminal know-how to infiltrate and exploit secure banking systems,” said Detective Inspector Mark Raymond of the Central e-Crime Unit. Barclays recovered “a significant amount” of the money stolen, police said, but the arrests are the first in the five-month investigation into the crime. Officers searched a number of addresses across London and Essex, east of the capital, and seized cash, jewellery, drugs, “thousands of credit cards” and personal data, the statement said. One central London premises searched was described by detectives as the “control” centre of the operation. Police foiled a similar plot against Santander last week, arresting 12 men accused to trying to take control of a computer in a branch in London’s financial district. Four men were later charged with conspiracy to steal.

London Olympics controversy left a sour taste in my mouth: Leander Paes

I love to keep learning. My game at the nets is instinctive, it’s fast, but my game on the baseline is what I need to keep improving on,” Paes said. “I watched specific players. I watched (Novak) Djokovic and the balance that he has on the court. I watched Andy Murray and the balance he has on court. Both those two players have a two-handed backhand that I can’t really relate but someone like Lendl had a single-handed backhand. Hence you can talk to him,” he said. “I spoke to him before US Open, when we were in Cincinnati and we continuously have this ongoing dialogue. It is an ongoing process,” he added. Paes, who has been playing for 27 years, said he still needs to improve his backhand. “I still have to perfect getting a top spin backhand. I still have to get a serve over 200 clicks an hour. I don’t think that is going to happen. But I think it is about getting better,” he said. Queried about his contemporaries Sachin Tendulkar and Viswanathan Anand going strong at 40, he said, “I have tremendous respect for Vishy Anand and Sachin.