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London Spring/Summer 08′ fashion shows to watch out for

August 15, 2007

In the acclaimed novel ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, Miranda Priestly said that everybody goes to Milan and Paris and completely skips the London shows. It’s kinda true. Comparing London Fashion Week to the likes of the other fashion capitals’, it’s lying relatively low. The organizers have since recruited a few big name designers to showcase their runways in London and hopefully, attract more fashion figures in those glitzy front row seats. Last season was Marc by Marc Jacobs, which killed off all the other shows with the attention. This time, it will be Matthew Williamson and Luella Bartley, both formerly of New York FW but are natives of Britain, to help spice up the week.

Saturday 15th September

09:30 Paul Costelloe
10:30 Gavin Douglas
11:45 Caroline Charles
14:00 Ben De Lisi
15:45 Bora Aksu
17:00 Ashley Isham
18:15 Unconditional
19:30 Issa

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left: Gavin Douglas himself,  Ashley Isham’s Fall/Winter runway

I’m an Ashley Isham fan most probably because he is from Singapore too and being one of the greatest export to the fashion world, he certainly does not disappoint, with loads of critics tauting him as an up-and-coming design talent to watch out for.
And then,  Gavin Douglas. Firstly, he is black and you don’t really see a lot of black designers out there who’s doing so good. Secondly, he has a unique laid-back style and he embraces a woman’s curve, making really sexy clothes with a strong silhouette. By the way, he won the coveted Fashion Fringe competition in 2006.

Sunday 16th September

09:30 PPQ
10:45 Armand Basi
12:00 Danielle Scutt
12:00 Louise Goldin
13:15 Amanda Wakeley
14:30 Peter Jensen
15:45 Gareth Pugh
17:00 Todd Lynn
18:15 Eley Kishimoto
19:30 Julien Macdonald

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left: Amanda Wakeley on the runway of her Fall/Winter 07′ show, model Kasia Struss opening her show

Amanda is a great bridal designer that can draw comparisons with Vera Wang and she seems to know what a woman wants. For example, if you want to keep yourself warm but still remain stylish for the cold season, check out her Fall/Winter collection. It’s got really beautiful coats with corset belts and fur collars.
I will also be checking out Todd Lynn, known as the ‘King of Rock & Roll’ of fashion.

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left: Todd Lynn, his version of masculine feminity

I was real crazy over menswear for women and his ultra masculine fall/winter collection is just fabulous.  I’m craving for the very popular boyfriend trousers!
Last one, I think Gareth Pugh deserves a little mention. His designs are so flamboyant and dramatic that they look like they do not belong to the London crowd at all. He reminds me of John Galliano meets Hussein Chalayan meets Giles Deacon… ummm get it?

Monday 17th September

10:45 Luella
12:00 Jasper Conran
13:15 Margaret Howell
14:30 Christopher Kane
15:45 John Rocha
17:00 Basso and Brooke
18:15 Jonathan Saunders
19:30 Ann-Sofie Back

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Who else? The sensational Christopher Kane, whose show has been one of the biggest highlights of LFW ever since his debut in SS07. His neon minis have been so popular and I think what takes him to where he is today is his early working experience in Versace. As you can see from his designs, he is very curve-conscious, women love that. And do you know that his first Fall/Winter show is sponsored by Swarovski’s crystals and Manolo Blahnik’s shoes?
Do take a peek at Basso & Brooke’s show. They won the first Fashion Fringe competition… should be rather promising.

Tuesday 18th September

09:30 Duro Olowu
10:30 Paul Smith Women
12:00 Isabella Blow Private Memorial Service
13:30 Nicole Farhi
14:45 Jens Laugesen
16:00 Sinha-Stanic
17:15 Erdem
18:30 Clare Tough

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left: Fiona Sinha and Aleksandar Stanic, Jens Laugesen with model Alana Zimmer

Actually, I have already seen pictures of his Spring/Summer 08 collection presented at the recent Copenhagen fashion week already and it is pretty good. actually highlighted it out of all the other shows. I like how he work minimalism with clean, sleek silhouettes.
Another must-see is designing duo Sinha-Stanic who were runners-up in the first Fashion Fringe competition to winners Basso & Brooke. They have a wide variety of inspirations and their clothes are made for women not only to look good but be, according to critics, ”sinuous, modern, confident luxury”.

Wednesday 19th September

09:30 Betty Jackson
10:30 Roksanda Ilincic
11:45 Matthew Williamson
12:45 Ashish N Soni
13:45 Aquascutum
15:00 Rodnik
16:15 Richard Nicoll
17:30 Fashion
18:30 Nathan Jenden
19:30 Giles

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After Christopher Kane, Giles is the other show that people will rush to get the tickets. They love how he plays games with fashion, churning out showstopping funky designs one after another and keeps people guessing and be in love with the fun side of fashion. Plus, Giles’ show always manage to boast the most impressive line of supermodels on the catwalk. By the way, he is the latest British Designer Of the Year and that is a really great honour

Thursday 20th September

09:30 Osman Yousefzada
10:30 Asprey
11:45 Antoni & Alison
13:00 Fashion Fringe
14:45 Modernist
16:00 MAN
17:15 Biba
18:30 Allegra Hicks
19:45 Adidas by Stella McCartney

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left: Bella Freud showcasing her last collection for Biba, Lily Cole opening the show for Osman Yousefzada

Osman Yousefzada, who is talented enough to score himself the New Generation sponsorship for the forthcoming LFW event. Watch out for that. But the real highlight is– after Bella Freud left Biba, a whole new creative team, headed by Hector Castro, will be debuting their effort for Britain’s most iconic and fastest-selling label. Anticipation? Yes.

Click here to see New York Fashion Week’s schedules and which shows to watch out for.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 3, 2007 6:52 am

    I don’t understand why so many women go crazy for Manolos.

  2. January 3, 2008 5:35 am

    I wonder if Sex in the City boosted Blahnik sales? I’d never heard of them before that and now I hear about them all the time.

  3. January 4, 2008 4:47 pm

    Retro clothing is the bomb! My favorite place to find it is Goodwill or any thrift store. Ebay is also a great place to find what you are looking for.

  4. March 9, 2009 8:19 pm

    Ebay is one of the great place to shop and find the things you need. You can also try vêtements de marque online

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