Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments at London Fashion Week S/S 2013

Peter Pilotto delivered wave after wave of their instantly recognisable prints | Photo: Morgan O’Donovan for LFW Daily

LONDON, United Kingdom — London Fashion Week, which concluded on Tuesday evening, has become known for its directional designers and digital prints. Along with our favourite roving backstage photographer, Morgan O’Donovan, we’ve selected ten memorable fashion moments from the London collections. Morgan O’Donovan is a contributing photographer at The Business of Fashion

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Interview with Joseph Velosa, Co-Founder and CEO of Matthew Williamson at FBC

LONDON, United Kingdom — When Alison Whelan and Courtney Blackman asked whether I'd like to conduct an interview at London's Fashion Business Club, the first interviewee I suggested was Joseph Velosa, CEO and Co-Founder of Matthew Williamson. You see, Joseph is one of the unsung heroes in British Fashion and BoF has always been about featuring the people who make fashion happen from behind the scenes, to show the professional side of the industry, and to learn from their experiences. In this way, our mission is entirely complementary to that of FBC. Joseph graciously accepted the invitation and didn't disappoint. Late last month, FBC members packed into the Swarovski Crystallized Lounge in central London to hear what he had to…

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Restructuring Versace, Escada sells Primera, Matthew’s menswear, Homegrown luxury, Karachi fashion rebellion

Restructuring Luxury at Versace (NY Times) “I am a survivor,” the designer Donatella Versace said matter-of-factly during a recent blitz of New York, a visit that made it appear little had changed in the world of the occupationally fabulous.” Escada sells Primera brands (Drapers) “Primera comprises brands Laurèl, Apriori and Cavita. Luxury German womenswear house Escada previously signed a contract to sell the

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Brooks Brothers dresses down, Burani shares halted, LFW comeback, Williamson’s world, Fashion from Federer

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece

‘We invented business casual’ (Globe and Mail) “Still serious about suits, Brooks Brothers owner says storied firm is well-positioned to succeed in an increasingly dressed-down world.” Burani Shares Halted as Auditor Cites ‘Uncertainties’ on Future (Bloomberg) Mariella Burani Fashion Group, a licensee for Vivienne Westwood “was halted in Milan trading as the luxury-goods maker’s auditor cited

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Mango to Iraq, Luxury and the environment, Williamson returns to London, Topshop expands, Adidas educates

High fashion and Hollywood glamour as Mango open stores around the world (Times) After a successful launch in Iran, Mango looks to move further into the Middle East, setting up a store in Irbil, Iraq. Is luxury fashion good for the planet? (Observer) “Premium brands don’t have the best reputation when it comes to social and environmental issues, but change is in the air.” Matthew Williamson returns to London

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Williamson’s H&M debut, LVMH Q1 positive, Japanese m-commerce, Brooks turns around The Bay

Matthew Williamson, courtesy of H&M

H&M launches Matthew Williamson collection (Drapers) “Hundreds of frenzied shoppers descended on H&M’s Oxford Circus store in London like locust this morning, eager to get their hands on a the Matthew Williamson collaboration.” LVMH 1Q Revs Slightly Up On Fashion, Leather Goods (WSJ) “French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA Wednesday posted a modest rise in first-quarter

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British Fashion Awards | Open for business?

LONDON, United Kingdom - Yesterday evening's British Fashion Awards ceremony was a wonderful occasion to celebrate the best in British Fashion Talent. There was a very impressive list of awards categories and an even more impressive list of winners, but I couldn't fight this nagging feeling that something was missing. Then, I realised that there was not even one award to acknowledge the various talented business people who also make their own kind of fashion magic, and are an essential part of the British fashion eco-system. Over the course of the evening, awards were given out for everything from Designer Brand (Jimmy Choo) and Fashion Creator (Tim Walker) to Red Carpet Designer (Matthew Williamson) and Designer of the Year (Luella…

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Prince and Matthew Williamson: The video is finally here

During London Fashion Week, one of the unquestionable highlights was Prince's surprise performance on the Matthew Williamson catwalk. I have never seen the normally subdued and restrained fashionista crowd whoop and holler like they did when the diminutive dynamo stepped onto the catwalk from the front row.  It was definitely a sight to be seen. And, despite the apparent smoothness of the whole collaboration, the deal was only done the night before the show. Prince made the request and Williamson told reporters that when Prince makes a request, you don't say no. The most frustrating thing was that no video footage of Prince's performance was available afterwards. All of the photographers and videographers had signed waivers on arrival, preventing them…

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