Leading fashion designer extraordinaire Stella McCartney is to show at LFW in February for the first time. The designer will show a one off collection on February 18th during the LFW schedule. Stella is going to be a busy girl next February as she'll also be launching a fragrance as well as an exhibition in Selfridges. All this along with the opening of her second London store. This show won't replace her biannual one in Paris however as she'll still be showing her A/W collection at Paris Fashion Week.
Alexander McQueen at LFW A/W12
Alongside the announcement that Stella will shows at LFW comes the announcement that a 2nd big British designer will also show at London Fashion Week. But it's not the label's main line that will be shown, it's the brands younger more affordable line McQ. The show will coincide with the opening of McQ's flagship store on London's Dover Street which is quickly becoming a mecca for the fashion savvy consumer.
British Fashion Awards Tonight
Tonight anyone who's anyone in the fashion world will gather at the Savoy hotel in London for the annual British Fashion Awards. The most coveted award in British fashion - British Designer of the Year will be awarded to either Sarah Burton, Erdem or Christopher Kane. The British Fashion Council have also introduced a brand new category - The New Establishment Award. This award recognises those designers who have migated from rising stars to established designers. Christopher Kane, Erdem and Jonathan Saunders have all been nominated. Stay tuned tomorrow to find out who won.
M&S Returns to Paris
British department store Marks and Spencers has returned to Paris after a ten year absence. Customers queued up for the opening on the Champs_ Elysees to snap up British fare and the brand received a great reception. The iconic brand closed all their European stores amid a drop in profits back in 2001 but has plans to open more stores in Europe. Model Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley turned up at the opening and caused a bit of a frenzy.
Lanvin Designer Alber Elbaz Designs Claridges Xmas Tree
Alber Elbaz of design house Lanvin this year replaces John Galliano as the designer of the Claridges in store Xmas tree. It even includes Lanvin dolls dressed in a Claridges uniform. If your a londoner like myself you can check out the tree in person up until January 2nd.