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London Fashion Week Spring Collections 2007 | News Coverage

Paradise Found at London Fashion Week

Looking Back to Thatcher's Tailored '80s

Paradise Found at London Fashion Week
Bollywood designer Manish Arora's show was an explosion of colour, featuring beautiful embroidered birds of paradise (Photo: AFP)
By Hello Magazine, September 22, 2006


The British capital has brightened up the fashion world this week with an ultra vibrant display of hot hues. In contrast to the predominantly nude and black palette seen on the New York catwalks, designers including Paul Smith have opted for summery citrus shades and vivid multi-coloured creations.

Delhi-based designer Manish Arora, who dresses most Bollywood stars, set the colourful tone at the start of the five-day event with a spring/summer collection he said was "inspired by a paradise forest". And so it was, drawing gasps of admiration from the front-rows...more
Looking Back to Thatcher's Tailored '80s
Model Anna Mikhaylik presents a creation by Paul Smith during London Fashion Week. (Photo: Marcio Madeira, Style.com)
By Suzy Menkes International Herald Tribune, September 19, 2006

If Prime Minister Tony Blair reads the fashion tea leaves, he must be shaking in his shoes before the combustible British Labour Party conference next week. The most recurring figure in the early shows of London Fashion Week is the Conservative Party's superhero: Margaret Thatcher.

All the strong London designers, starting with Paul Smith, are putting the focus firmly back on tailoring. Smith's Men Only range, which last season was a tentative stab at the Katharine Hepburn mannish look, took over the spring/ summer 2007 collection...more

Giorgio 'n Bono: Is This London?

British Designer Wins Top Fashion Week Competition

Giorgio 'n Bono: Is This London?
A model presents a creation by Zandra Rhodes. The designer adapted her style to a younger audience with such styles as this gingham pouf dress. (Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP)
By Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer, September 23, 2006

Giorgio Armani invaded London this week sitting in the front row at a young designer's fashion show, receiving an honorary degree from the University of the Arts London and guest editing an issue of the Independent newspaper, where he tinted black the faces of famous models to help focus attention on AIDS in Africa.

The grand tour culminated in a star-studded event for 1,300 on Thursday night with runway shows, celebrity speakers and musical performances to raise awareness for Bono and Bobby Shriver's Red Initiative...more
British Designer Wins Top Fashion Week Competition
Designer Gavin Douglas at the Fashion Fringe event, where he was displaying as one of a group of eminent new UK designers, during the LFW, September 21, 2006 (Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA)
By Adam Fresco, Times Online, September 21, 2006

A British designer has won a contract at London Fashion Week to make clothes exclusively for one of Europe’s top online fashion stores.

Gavin Douglas was one of four finalists in the Fashion Fringe competition set up by Sunday Times Style's Colin McDowell, aimed at finding talent and breathing life into the British fashion industry.

Mr Douglas, from Birmingham, who will receive £100,000, will now design exclusively for Yoox.com, who sell women and men's designer clothing and have more than 2 million visitors each month...more



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