LONDON - Designer Erdem Moralioglu has garnered a long list of fans with his delicate, ice cream-colored floral dresses, but this season he decided to try something different.

The Canadian-born, London-based designer, who is known by his first name, put a moody twist on his normally ladylike style in his autumn collection, which was unveiled Monday during London Fashion Week.

It was romantic, but also dark.

The show began with all-black dress and coat ensembles, with a rich mix of textures to keep things interesting: Feather trims, boucle, exposed zips and shimmering sequins on sheer blouses.

Photos from Erdem Moralioglu's London Fashion Week Show. Story continues after slideshow:

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  • Erdem @ London Fashion Week 2013

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  • Erdem @ London Fashion Week 2013

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  • Erdem @ London Fashion Week 2013

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  • Erdem @ London Fashion Week 2013

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  • Erdem @ London Fashion Week 2013

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

  • Erdem @ London Fashion Week 2013

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

  • Erdem @ London Fashion Week 2013

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

  • Erdem @ London Fashion Week 2013

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

  • Erdem @ London Fashion Week 2013

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

  • Erdem @ London Fashion Week 2013

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

  • Erdem @ London Fashion Week 2013

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  • Kate Wears Erdem

    Newly-married Kate Middleton visits Ottawa in 2011 wearing a lacy Erdem Dress. Photo Credit: Getty Images

  • Kate Wears Erdem

    Kate Middleton visits the British high Commisioner's residence in Singapore in a romantic Erdem dress in September, 2012. Photo Credit: Getty Images

There were deep burgundy and black lace dresses with a contrasting pale blue collar, followed by Erdem's signature florals in knee-length dresses. The dresses introduced pinks, purples and neon yellows to the collection's palette, though the colour was largely subdued by the sheer black layers over them.

The final pieces of the collection returned to just black, playing on sheer layers of lace, velvet and polka dots — sometimes all together.

"It was all really beautiful. I'm in love with the colours," said actress Laura Carmichael, better known as Lady Edith in "Downton Abbey."

"I really like the pale blue matched with the burgundy, and the neon was gorgeous as well," she added.


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