Movin' on up! Barbie--no last name required (though it's Roberts, if you must know)--has traded in her Dream House for an even more to-die-for residence: A department in London's Selfridges devoted entirely to her, complete with a designer-stocked closet.
Playing the name game in London is far from easy: So many cool young designers, so many unusual names, and only a week to make sense of them all. It’s largely due to the aversion many Brit design talents have to being crafted into the sort of the fashion celebs we adore stateside. No worries; the clothes spoke volumes for themselves, as London dialed down the quirked, and turned out one of the most sophisticated seasons in recent years. See for yourself!
What's the buzz from across the pond? On the second day of London Fashion Week, those designers who got everyone talking went their own very eccentric way--whether that be upcycling at Christopher Raeburn, haute frayed denim at Marques’Almeida, wacky knits at Sister by Sibling, or racing sophistication at Thomas Tait.
Milan and New York spent weeks arguing about the scheduling for fashion month come next September, and we subsequently spent weeks trying to follow along with all the arguments and compromises. While Milan and Paris ultimately “won” the day, and New York scheduled its week around the European weeks accordingly, London was sort of in the middle of the scuffle, getting squeezed time-wise and ignored in general. London has only recently become respected as a fashion city, and they’ve produced some world-class designers and labels like Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Gareth Pugh, who all subsequently left to show in Paris. Up-and-comers like Christopher Kane and Erdem are making international fashion news, but will they stay? How do London designers feel about being treated like fashion’s poor relation?