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August 23 2014

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we interrupt fashion month for some design talk

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It’s easy, during fashion week, to lose one’s compass a bit and get lost in a sea of discussions about sleeve details, button choices, and fabrics. So it’s refreshing to be reminded that the outside world continues to exist and things do go on other than clothes—for example, the London Design Festival, which was all the excuse furniture line Established & Sons needed to host a dinner at its new North London space last night. Company head Alasdhair Willis and his wife, Stella McCartney, greeted and chatted with guests, but then the Missus, elegant in a white jacket and scraped-back hair, left to attend the British Vogue dinner hosted by Alexandra Shulman. Pity, she missed a great meal. The spare, almost proletarian concrete building managed to come off as a showpiece rather than a showroom, with loos complete with showers, chairs placed precariously on the walls, and an unusual display of rearview mirrors. Said Willis: “In England we have these tiny little rearview mirrors and see this bird’s-eye view of the road. When you go to America, it always impresses me how huge rearview mirrors are—larger than life. I guess it was our own little way to comment on proportions and depth perceptions.”

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