Dark romance at Erdem's London catwalk show

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LONDON (AP) -- 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.

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 color 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 colors," 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.