Tuesday, July 17, 2007

British Fashion Council announces new on-schedule designers for London Fashion Week

The British Fashion Council have announced the new additions to the official catwalk shedule at London Fashion week this September. I just cannot get that excited by Adidas by Stella McCartney appearing on the schedule as the closing show (in the same place that Marc by Marc Jacobs occupied last season) as designer sportswear from a multinational has absolutely no place on the catwalk. Adidas are playing their cards close to their chest on this one: the collection is said to be a new concept for Adidas and different from Stella’s current sportswear offer, but no more information is available at the moment.

Markus Lupfer's own-name collection for Spanish house Armand Basi is showing for the first time in London. Although it's hard to believe, it's actually five years since Lupfer last showed, under his own name, in London. Since then he's been consulting for Cacharel, Ruffo, Kangol, Mulberry and Topshop.

Charles Anastase, the hotly tipped Parisian fashion illustrator & fashion designer shows for the first time in London. He showed his début collection in Paris for Spring 05, but hasn't showed anywhere for the past couple of seasons. Given the British media's over-reaching obsession with the size zero debate, I'd love to see his current muse, Beth Ditto, working it down the London catwalk.

Rodnik is owned & fronted by two good-looking, posh boys, Philip Colbert and Richard Ascott, who have gone from selling scarves made from Russian goats beards door to door in 2004 at boutiques like Browns to developing a full ready to wear collection that is stocked by Barneys, Jeffrey, Maxfield, Corso Como, Browns, and Selfridges. From their ever-present parasols, to playing miniature instruments in their up and coming “We are not a rock b®and-world tour", they certainly have an eye - and ear - for self-promotion. Already beloved by American fash mag mavens, this will certainly be an amusing show. Whether they can cut it on their first Official outing remains to be seen.

As mentioned before, Luella is returning to the catwalk, in a rumoured very lucrative deal with the BFC. Matthew Williamson also will be showing in London.

Image: Rodnik AW 06/07 collection