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London Fashion Week Day 3: Cara, Kate lead pack

Monday - 2/17/2014, 3:32am  ET

British model Cara Delevingne models The Cara Delevingne Collection created by Mulberry, at London Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter 2014 on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 at Claridges in London. (Photo by Richard Chambury/Invision/AP Images)

SYLVIA HUI
Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- The rain and gale force winds have subsided, at least for now, and that's good for preening and people-watching at London Fashion Week, which hit Day 3 Sunday. Models Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss, who showed up as a VIP, were the center of media attention at a flurry of shows, including Topshop Unique, Vivienne Westwood, Temperley and Preen.

London was more glamorous than usual, even by usual fashion week standards, as the twice-yearly style event coincided with the award ceremony for BAFTA, or the British Academy for Film and Television Arts.

Some of Sunday's highlights and low moments follow:

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CARA DELEVINGNE DESIGNS FOR MULBERRY

Mulberry didn't have a catwalk show this season, but that's probably OK. They have model of the moment Cara Delevingne.

The British luxury label enlisted Delevingne to design and model a range of handbags for them, and the mini collection, which can be worn as backpacks, on the shoulder air or handheld, was unveiled Sunday at London luxury hotel Claridge's.

Delevingne wore a simple white slip dress and went barefoot to model the bags, appearing on a swing in a ballroom transformed into a misty forest scene. She twirled and walked around for a bit, accompanied by two male models and a few dogs, and the whole show was over in less than five minutes.

It was a little underwhelming even given Delevingne's star power, but Mulberry got the publicity it wanted. The brand needs all the help it can get, after the recent departure of creative director Emma Hill and disappointing sales over Christmas.

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VIVIENNE WESTWOOD PROMOTES ANTI-FRACKING

Never mind the fashion: Vivienne Westwood has it down to a T. More importantly, the veteran designer wants to talk about fracking and the floods wreaking havoc in Britain.

The grand dame's show notes urged guests to join a rally against fracking, a technique the energy industry uses to extract oil and gas from rock by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals. She also told reporters backstage that climate change must be addressed to stop the damage caused by extreme weather conditions.

Environmental concerns aside, the designer showcased a collection that was signature Westwood, with tartan, expertly nipped in blazers, and perfectly draped dresses.

"I really wanted to emphasize, to epitomize, my English look," she said. "This show was very easy. Even before I did it, I knew it well myself."

Singer and songwriter Jessie J, who wore an orange Westwood jumpsuit paired with a turban made from a Burberry scarf, was a fan. "She pushes me as an artist," she said, adding: "I could wear this 10 years on, and it'd still be fashionable."

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KATE WON'T TALK

London Fashion Week wouldn't be complete without an appearance by Britain's most famous model. Just don't expect Kate Moss to stop and shoot the breeze with reporters.

Moss stirred a brief commotion as she arrived as a front row guest at Topshop's runway show, causing everyone to put down their champagne and canapes and raise their smartphone cameras.

But Moss, who has long supported the brand, was as cool and unapproachable as ever. She chatted and laughed with Topshop boss Philip Green and her friends, but ignored journalists' pleas for a quick word about the clothes, the weather, or anything at all.

All she would do is say - through a spokeswoman- that her khaki green boiler suit, worn with a vintage shaggy black jacket, came from Topshop.

The supermodel was happy, though, to pose for pictures with her half-sister, Lottie Moss. The 16-year-old, who is just starting out in modelling, sat with Kate, Green and American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who has taken in several shows since fashion week started Friday morning.

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BUT JOELY RICHARDSON HAS PLENTY TO SAY

The movie and TV star, who is part of the Redgrave acting dynasty, has a message for designers: Be nice.

She says she is drawn to Alice Temperley not only because of her designs - Richardson calls them "beautiful, romantic, ultra-feminine, sexy" - but because of the designer's unusually kind personality.

"The clothes are No. 1, but she's very family oriented, very kind and very, very inspired," Richardson said moments before Temperley's catwalk show started Sunday. "When you go into her shop, she has a few pieces that are just there for inspiration. I love that mentality. I'm just starting to wear some of her pieces, and when I work with someone, I really like it if they're nice as well."

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