HEDGEHOGS are the fashion industry’s latest animal muse.
The final day of London Fashion week was marked with a candlelit ceremony in Clapham Common during which a giant hedgehog appeared in the smoke of a style-shaman’s bonfire.
As well as using hedgehog motifs on clothes, jewellery and household items, designers will be using spiked, bristled material and developing sensitive fabrics that ball up when provoked.
Designer Tom Logan said: “I’m still in a state of shock. We all thought it was going to be rabbits, bears or emperor penguins.
“But then, the clothing Gods are mercurial, and send us all sorts of mixed signals. This season, they want us to honour the hedgehog. Next time they might want us to start skinning polar bears.
“At least it’s not owls again. Or labradors, which are the least edgy dog breed.”
Department store buyer Nikki Hollis said: “The hedgehog has reaffirmed my passion for my work, and my spirituality.
“I don’t care what people say, there’s nothing shallow about my job.”