August 23 2014

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Chunnel Vision: London’s Talent In Paris


Christopher Bailey, Jonathan Saunders, and Matthew Williamson may have made headlines with their homecomings, but the real story at London fashion week—the one that will matter after Burberry returns to Milan and the 25th anniversary buzz wears off—is the city’s impressive roster of emerging talent. For those who missed the festivities, the British Fashion Council is staging its third London Show Rooms event here in Paris, and yesterday’s Sarah Mower hosted the opening brunch. While the discoveries of previous seasons were busy taking orders and planning trunk shows—Mary Katrantzou with Chicago’s Blake, and Erdem Moralioglu with Barneys—newbies like Michael Van Der Ham, LP.BG, and Sykes were getting acquainted with editors and buyers. Holly Fulton, who debuted at Fashion East, was situated right next to the front door. Even if she’d been tucked away at the back of the second floor, you couldn’t miss her dresses printed with abstractions of New York City buildings or her graphic, chunky jewelry, which mixed plastics with shagreen. (That’s one look pictured above.) What’s really striking about the prints is that she draws them all by hand before digitizing them with a computer. “I’m a glutton for punishment,” Fulton laughed. Her pain is our gain. The London Show Rooms are open through Friday at 40 Rue Richelieu.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

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