Bonkers London Fashion Week, Christopher meets Donatella, TK Maxx prospers, Polyvore investors, Grocery chic

London Fashion Week going to be bonkers (Telegraph) Sarah Mower reports that “the British Fashion Council’s biggest problem is finding enough room on the schedule to accommodate everyone hammering on the door. But as problems go, it’s a nice one to have.” Donatella Versace on fashion and celebrity (Times) Christopher Kane interviews Donnatella Versace and learns that she finds “the excessive emphasis on finance

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London Fashion Week | Creativity in a time of crisis

Beth Ditto, courtesy of NME and LOVE

LONDON, United Kingdom — With the economy in the doldrums and the raging debate about “how long this will last” in full throttle, we have been distracted from the creative heart that is the fashion industry. Thank goodness for Katie Grand, Todd Lynn and Christopher Kane. In a recent interview with Ponystep about the launch of LOVE magazine, Grand reveals herself to be true to her creative sensibilities, especially given

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Luxury Outlook | Faith Popcorn on the Recession Culture

LONDON, United Kingdom and NEW YORK, United States - Are London fashionistas living in a bubble? There was no sign of global economic turmoil last night as party-goers let loose after a busy day of shows during an even busier night of events. Following strong showings by Giles and Christopher Kane, there was the opening of the fabulous new Dunhill flagship (see here for our review of the sister store in Tokyo), an exhibition of stunning fashion photography by Mary McCartney, and the biggest party of London Fashion Week hosted by Giles Deacon and Swarovski (with a huge Giles cartoon ghost made completely of flowers, pictured above). The mood is certainly more sombre across the pond in New York. And,…

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London Fashion Week | Kane and able

Everyone is packing up and leaving for Milan, but our thoughts are still on a strong London Fashion Week, albeit one without the major American buyers who have stayed away due to the rise of the pound -- or more accurately, the fall of the dollar. We liked the bold graphism of Duro Olowu, the long (but apparently unwalkable) silhouette of Marios Schwab, the fuzzy prints at Erdem, and the spaceage knits of Louise Goldin. But our  highlight again was Christopher Kane, a man continues to live up to the very high expectations placed on him by an industry desperate to find London's next great designer -- someone in the league of Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Vivienne Westwood. The…

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London Fashion Week: The creativity and commerce conundrum

As I looked out on the waiting crowd for Giles Deacon's show last evening, there was something special in the air. Where else could you see wunderkind Gareth Pugh nestled next to Italian eccentric Anna Piaggi and Vogue's Hamish Bowles and a raft of other notable fashion names, all crammed into a tiny space in a small schoolhouse waiting for a fashion show to start? No New York designer of similar repute would even think of forcing the fashion A-list into this cramped setting. But then again, the fashion A-list probably wouldn't even bother turning up to a show in a similarly  uncomfortable setting for a New York designer. London fashion is officially hot again.  And, this time it's not…

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Kaning it, London Fashion Week

He Kaned it. Christopher Kane, who only hit the London Fashion Week radar one year ago after winning the best collection award from Harrod's during the St Martins MA graduate show in February, that is. His collection was a true tour de force, hitting all the right notes, and that included the music from his show going from soft Sunday afternoon in the park to a sexy club on a cheeky Thursday night. How could anyone make golf ball size swarvoski crystals work? Christopher Kane did. I watched the video here: Christopher Kane, Autumn/Winter 2007. Here are some photos I took at his graduate collection show last year.

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