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.
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