London Fashion Week Logo used to announce Matthew Williamson's Return to London Fashion Week

Guess who's Back? . . .
There will be even more cause for celebration at London Fashion Week this September, now that The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced the return of Matthew Williamson's mainline Spring/Summer 2010 collection to the schedule.

His return not only coincides with the BFC’s 25th anniversary celebration (25 years of the British Fashion Council, London Fashion Week and the British Fashion Awards), but also the week's move to its new home at Somerset House.

Over the years, Matthew Williamson has shown his collection in New York but has managed to maintain a London base. His close association with London was reinforced with the opening of his celebrated flagship store here in 2004 and by his return to London Fashion Week in 2007 to celebrate the label’s 10 year anniversary. The label continues to grow and expand on a global basis — recently opening stores in New York and Dubai.

Chairman of the British Fashion Council Harold Tillman, said “We are delighted that Matthew has accepted our invitation to return to London this September and to help us celebrate 25 years of British Fashion. Our schedule has a rich mix of iconic, established and new talent. The return of labels such as Burberry and Matthew Williamson will further strengthen the extraordinary showcase of innovative design during London Fashion Week”.

Visit: London Fashion Week | Matthew Williamson

British Shoe Designer Rupert Sanderson Excepting His British Fashion Award

Rupert's a Winner — Again
Things seemed to be getting even better for British shoe designer, Rupert Sanderson.

Ending 2008 on a high, when he was awarded with the accolade of Accessory Designer of The Year at the British Fashion Awards (left), the designer has now received the coveted Elle Style Award for Accessory Designer of the Year 2009.

In front of a star-studded audience on Monday the 9th of February, Sanderson was awarded the prestigious title.

Sanderson was said to be delighted at the honour, which is awarded by votes cast by an industry panel and the public as well.

Visit Rupert Sanderson's e-commerce website, to find out why the fashion press love his to-die-for shoes.

33 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London, W1J 6NP | Tel: +44 (0)207 491 2401
2a Hans Road, Knightsbridge London SW3 1RX | Tel: +44 (0)207 584 9249
Opening/Closing Times:
Monday - Friday: 10.00am - 18.00pm | Saturday 11.00am - 18.00pm

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British Fashion ForumFASHION FORWARD Winners Announced
Designers Christopher Kane, Erdem and Marios Schwab will receive British Fashion Council Fashion Forward sponsorship, for the second consecutive season.

The scheme, established two and a half years ago, provides financial support to the UK's most talented designer who are in the early stages of developing their business and have already established a profile at London Fashion Week.

The award, supported by the London Development Agency, consists of a substantial cash prize, to be used towards producing an on-schedule catwalk show at London Fashion Week, and access to business support specifically targeted at developing a growing designer fashion businesses.

This seasons recipients, despite being relatively new business's, have already garnered a following of international influencers and are sold in directional stores and boutiques.

Previous winners include: Giles Deacon, Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicoll, Sinha-Stanic and Roksanda Illincic.

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Jourdan Dunn
Christopher Bailey for Burberry
Rupert Sanderson
Matthew Williamson
Jimmy Choo
Richard James

Tim Walker

Louise Goldin

Nicholas Kirkwood
Stephen Jones

Designer FashionBartley named Designer of the Year
Luella Bartley has been named Designer of the Year at this year's British Fashion Awards.

The designer, who first worked in journalism for The Evening Standard newspaper and then fashion magazine Vogue, debuted her Luella collection in 2000 under the title of: 'Daddy, Who Were The Clash?'.

A year later she showed her collection at New York Fashion Week.

Her current Autumn/Winter 2008 collection was influenced by 'The Wicker Man' and the witch museum in Boscastle, Cornwall.

Visit: British Fashion Awards | Luella | Links

Photographer: David Sims

British Fashion Awards 2008

Stephen Jones to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award
The British Fashion Council (BFC) has awarded milliner Stephen Jones the Outstanding Achievement Award at this year's British Fashion Awards, supported by Swarovski, on Tuesday 25th November 2008. 

Jones graduated from Central Saint Martins, to go on to open his first millinery salon in London's Covent Garden and his work has continued to punctuate international catwalks and wardrobes ever since.  He has collaborated with the full spectrum of British talent, from John Galliano to Giles Deacon.

This special award celebrates the achievement of a designer whose work has had an exceptional impact on global fashion; it is decided by an international committee including leading commentators, creative directors and stylists. 

Visit: British Fashion Awards | Biography | Erin O'Connor Interview

Garrard Welcomes Georgina Chapman as Guest Designer for Fall 2009

Pictured above: Co-Founder of Marchesa and Designer for Garrard, Georgina Chapman

Georgina Chapman to guest Design for Garrard
Georgina Chapman, the British designer and co-founder of fashion label Marchesa, will unveil a limited edition collection of fine jewellery for avant-garde London-based jewellery house, Garrard.

The Collection, Georgina Chapman for Garrard, will launch in Fall 2009.

"Georgina has made her mark in the fashion world with timeless designs of architectural wonder and opulence — harnessing both a formal reserve and modern day elegance. Georgina's passion for art, fashion and jewellery combined with Garrard's strong heritage and exceptional craftsmanship, will allow us to offer our clientele a fresh take on classic Garrard collections," said Terri Eagle, President and Chief Executive Officer for Garrard.

"I am thrilled to be collaborating with Garrard. This is a unique opportunity for me to work with a truly iconic brand with such a rich heritage and to translate my design aesthetic into jewellery," said Chapman.

Georgina Chapman and her business partner Keren Craig, launched Marchesa in 2004 and have established a loyal fan base including fashionistas: Jennifer Lopez, Anne Hathaway, Sienna Miller, Jessica Alba, Renee Zellweger and many other A-listers, who turn to Marchesa for statement, beautifully crafted designs that fuse high fashion with an eclectic aesthetic which is perfect for the red carpet.

Chapman is a 2001 graduate of the Wimbledon School of Art and began her career as a costume designer.

Visit: Garrard | Marchesa [21 October 2008]
Island of the World Fashion Week
Kenneth Cole - Recipient of Humanitarian Designer Award (Photo: Business Wire)
Pictured above: Kenneth Cole
Recipient of Humanitarian Designer Award
(Photo: Business Wire)

Kenneth Cole To Receive Humanitarian Designer Award at Islands of the World Fashion Week
Kenneth Cole and Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. are to receive the Humanitarian Designer Award during Islands of the World Fashion Week in November, 2008.

Owen Bethel, President of Mode Îles, Ltd., founder and organizer of Islands of the World Fashion Week said of the accolade: “In keeping with the event’s focus on the global issues of the education of youth on HIV/AIDS, and poverty alleviation, in line with the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO), it was felt that no other fashion designer personified so explicitly the concern for these issues through their creative integration in his designs and marketing initiative than Kenneth Cole. His innovative approach to addressing and drawing attention to the issues is both outstanding and poignant.

He continued: “Mr Cole took the bold step as a vanguard in the fashion industry and essentially turned his label into an effective educational tool on the scourge of HIV/AIDS, calling everyone to action in the fight against the pandemic. He has also stood out in the fight against poverty with his initiatives in the inner city of New York. Mr Cole has allowed both his label and stores to be used without reservation in getting the message across.”

In 2007 the New York stores served as a distribution point for the first ever city-sanctioned condoms, commonly known as the NYC Condom, in the United States of America. The launch of this city-wide condom initiative was paralleled with the release of a new line of tee shirts and boxer shorts designed by Kenneth Cole. Each contained a condom-size pocket and a discreet woven label with the tagline written by Kenneth Cole and reading: “Safety Instructions: This Garment And its Contents Should Be Worn Whenever Conceivable.” In 2005 he was instrumental in the launch of the “We All Have AIDS” public service promotional campaign during World AIDS Day.

Kenneth Cole, the philanthropist and humanitarian, believes that: “it is great to be known for your shoes. It is even better to be recognized for your soul.” He has been consistent and deliberate in his fusion of fashion and social action, and has served as Chairman of The American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmfAR) and as a member of the board of the homeless organization, HELP USA.

Mr. Bethel continued: “It is an honour for us that Mr. Cole has agreed to accept this award at the premiere of this event and thereby be the first recipient of the award. By this selection we have set the standard high for those designers who would wish to follow in being considered for the award, a search that will certainly be worldwide going forward. The presentation of the award will be marked by the display of several select designs from the Kenneth Cole collection. The award itself has been uniquely designed and crafted by Waterford Crystal of Ireland.”

Islands of the World Fashion Week will take place 5th — 8th November, 2008 at the historic British Colonial Hilton in Nassau and the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, The Bahamas. Three international guest designers, Peter Ingwersen of Noir Illuminati II from Denmark, Nick Verreos of Nikolati from the United States, and Kevan Hall also from the United States of America, will present their collections on catwalk shows alongside 37 designers from 13 island nations around the world.

Visit: Islands of the World Fashion Week | Kenneth Cole

Ralph Lauren becomes the first designer to offer Mobile Shopping

Ralph Lauren becomes the first designer to offer Mobile Shopping
Famed with producing some of the most innovative collections in the world, American luxury fashion designer Ralph Lauren, has taken his pioneering talents one step further, by offering shopping direct to your mobile phone web browser service.

The mobile service marks a new era in retailing, as all you will need to do, is simple use your mobile phone to scan a two dimensional QR code from select magazine ads, Ralph Lauren store window displays and other places; and you can be directly linked to the Ralph Lauren website. No typing necessary.

Alternatively, if you like, you can use the mobile address — — to find out more.

Available in the America, you can purchase from Ralph Lauren's US Open collections and RL Classic shop, as well as the brand's iconic Ricky bag however, visit the site regularly as more items will be added.

Check with your service provider for prices.

Visit: Ralph Lauren | Ralph Lauren Mobile:

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Yves Saint Laurent 1936-2008
Nowadays, rarely does the accolade of 'genius' fit the person the tribute is bestowed upon however, where Yves Saint Laurent is concerned, the designer — who managed to dress women elegantly in an accessible modern way — is an exception.

Yves Saint Laurent's fragility of mind, born whilst serving in the army during the Algerian War, has been well documented throughout his career. His hyper sensitivity toward living in a complex world and, his acute understanding of the dressing needs of women, created a profound talent that had vision (and the force of nature) to pursue a new ideal that pushed (back then), the boundaries and notions of conventional women's dress.

Born in Oran Algeria in 1936, Saint Laurent's career began when he entered a competition sponsored by the International Wool Secretariat and won first prize for a cocktail dress. Shortly after, he was hired by Dior where, at the youthful age of 21, he became designer for the house after Dior's death in 1957. Conscripted to serve in the Algerian War in 1960, and discharged due to illness, Saint Laurent returned to Paris to find Marc Bohan installed as head designer at Dior. With the aid of business partner Pierre Bergé, the decision was made for Saint Laurent to launch his own house in 1961, resulting in a career that would bring a succession of innovative clothing and a diffusion line.

To pioneer the first ever ready-to-wear collection produced by a couture house called Rive Gauche in 1966, marked the beginning of groundbreaking designs available to a wider audience. To this audience, the designer considered every aspect of their lives to the extent where a succession of brilliant designs were conceived and incorporated into each collection. Collections which saw a women's tuxedo pantsuit, called "Le Smoking" — which combined traditional masculine tailoring with a feminine silhouette
— worn for eveningwear (1966), velvet knickerbockers (1967), see through blouses and the classic safari jacket (1969); culminating into the power fashion house we see today that produces: women's and men's ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, small leather goods, jewellery, scarves, ties and eyewear collections throughout the world.

Acquired by the Gucci Group in 1999, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche line is still in production under the direction of designer Stefano Pilati, who maintains the ethos and sensibilities first conjured by its creator 38 years ago.

Yves Saint Laurent died at the age of 71, in his Paris home on Sunday evening (the 1st of June 2008), after suffering months of declining health.

Visit: YSL

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  Versace to design customised interiors for exclusive panama resort
Like Christian Lacroix (who has turned his hand at designing 17 distinct hotel interiors, at the Hõtel du Petit Moulin in Paris), Italian fashion house Versace, is to do the same.

The world-renowned label synonymous with glamour, announced a partnership with the Grupo Attie, Consorio General, and Grupo H to provide exclusive interior design service by Versace Design for the “Vita Tower,” a new high-rise building set to open its doors in Panama in 2010.

“Vita Tower” will feature spacious private units resplendent with custom designed interiors, courtesy of Versace Design. In addition, all of the common areas including an exclusive spa, the concierge reception, and the main lobby will feature the brand’s products.

Versace Design and acclaimed architect Alfonso Pinzon Mendez will together utilize expertise and know-how to create a truly unique living space and lifestyle. As one of a limited number of private Versace Home-designed interiors, the “Vita Tower” will offer residents the opportunity to join an exclusive circle of the world’s finest tastemakers who possess their own piece of the Versace lifestyle.

Giancarlo Di Risio, CEO of the Versace Group, says, “After creating private luxury interiors for our prestigious resorts, such as The Plaza in New York in 2007, we now have the privilege to supply an interior design project for this luxurious real estate that will result in a beautiful one-of-a-kind building over Panama City. The architectural excellence and partnership with Grupo Attie, Architect Alfonso Pinzon Mendez and the House of Versace is a combination which will bring spectacular results.”

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