July 23 2014

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Harrods Keeps It Fresh


Central Saint Martins has developed some of the world’s great talents—Alexander McQueen, Phoebe Philo, and John Galliano, to name a few. But its runway show—one of the hottest tickets of the week—doesn’t do things traditionally. All that talent comes with a lot of noisy fans, which has turned the show into one of London’s most interactive, kind of like the fashion set’s Rocky Horror Picture Show. And, at the end, a panel hands out a prize for the strongest collection. Previous winners have included Christopher Kane and Alistair Carr (now at Balenciaga). Apart from an award, Harrods doles out £5,000 for the winner, the mother lode for a new designer. Despite the legendary retailer being a tad busy these days (owner Mohammad Al Fayed was cleared on assault charges last week, and CEO James McArthur recently departed), the chain is taking care of the up-and-comers. Next month sees Charlotte Ronson entering Harrods’ hallowed halls, an event that has already created a fashion buzz. Bets are on whether Lindsay will show up, but it promises to be a glitz event.



  1. Valerio says:

    You’re totally right about John Galliano and the others, but this time it’s a little different. If even Professor Louise Wilson (of the Central Saint Martins) says there will be some buyers but I just can’t say who, thats a very clear point she makes. On one hand she is optimistic on the other hand she sounded pessimistic. In my view she don’t have any faith in the collections of the new or upcoming international designers, which they have at their school. In a previous comment I said to Derek, London is avantgarde, modern art fashion, but it has nothing to do with RTW and seeying now some shows I stick to my point. Okay they are innovative, young and very often design pieces to the edge of what is possible. Thats the credit I will give them. On the otherhand London is just fun and you have to enjoy it, actually do not think about RTW but just enjoy the designs of the different shows, everyone has his/hers own taste and I hope for some of the Central Saint Martins designers that they will be succesfull as Alexander McQueen etc. But I have my doubts about it, most of the college students are becoming (if they are lucky) a job as an co-designer at a fashion house. Despite that, I wish them all luck, Vivienne Westwood is till sofar the only designer which surprise me. Actually she overwhelmed me with her designs this time. Arriverderci

  2. Moodie says:

    This is so Tavi from Style Rookie ! Come on!

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