London Fashion Week, which kicked off Friday, is hoping to change that perception. Organizers of the twice-a-year extravaganza a trade event aimed at a few thousand buyers, editors, celebrities and fashion elite say it needs to reach out and stoke more general public interest. British Fashion Council CEO Caroline Rush said the goal is to raise British fashion’s profile by making the event more accessible to consumers. One way is to get more people talking on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. “Social media lets you share messages, get it out to broad audiences. It’s a great way to get an instant response, to find out what’s trending,” Rush said. To that end, London Fashion Week organizers are working more closely with bloggers. Fashion news will be beamed to digital screens in London’s subway stations and more shows almost 30 will be live streamed to fans this year, allowing them to view the latest catwalk previews from home or on their phones at the same time as any front row editor. The five-day showcase of spring styles opened on a bright note with Turkish designer Bora Aksu, who sent models down the catwalk in sweet silhouettes, ethnic details and a cheerful palette of bright lemon yellow, fuchsia and pretty soft blue. It was a burst of sunshine much needed in the London drizzle. Natalie Massenet, the new chairman at the fashion council best known for founding the luxury shopping website Net-A-Porter, has even rallied Londoners to dress up for the occasion. “We would like you to join us in putting on the show … fashion is for the consumer, so dress up, London!” she wrote in a letter in the Evening Standard. It’s all part of a bid to help make London Fashion Week the youngest sibling among its more polished sisters in New York, Milan and Paris weightier in the global fashion industry.
Small museum in London is a must-see
This arts and cultural center is the neighborhood near Covent Garden thats close to the theatre district, and close to The Savoy, One Aldwich and the new Me by Melia hotels. Whats good about Somerset House? For starters, its set right on the River Thames, and its home to the Courtaud Gallery ( www.courtauld.ac.uk ), an intimate, yet significant three-floor museum that has a permanent collection of works by Picasso, Modigliani, Cezanne and a full range of artists ranging from the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. Coming up next is a lovely exhibition of drawings called The Young Durer: Drawing the Figure, from October 17-January 12, 2014. Admission to the gallery is 5 pounds and well worth it. If you go, same time for the gift shop, sounds corny, I know, but it houses a lovely small selection of notes, books and other fun things to bring back home. A small bistro on the ground floor, serving very fresh cakes and tea and coffee also has outdoor seating. Planning a special event in London? You can rent out 11 venues within Somerset House, with capacities ranging from 8 to 1,500 guests. Contact: +44 (0)20 7845 4618; firstname.lastname@example.org . Nice note: In the summer, Somerset Houses courtyard is home to 55 fountains, in winter, the water scene switches over to an ice skating rink. Fashionista Alert: London Fashion Week is here in the Fall and Spring. For a full report on my stay at The Savoy, click here: For a full report on my stay at One Aldwych, click here: For more on the ME London Hotel, click here:
London Fashion Week Kicks off With Digital Drive
Simmonds, a black player, had a banana peel thrown in his direction while skating in on a shootout attempt on Sept. 22, 2011 against the Red Wings. The incident caused an uproar across Canada. Many fans in London stepped forward to help identify 26-year-old Chris Moorhouse as the offender. Moorhouse claimed he was completely oblivious of any racial overtone when throwing the banana, saying that as a die-hard Red Wings fan, his only intention was to distract the opposing team from scoring a goal. More coverage Latest hockey videos It didnt work anyway. Simmonds was unfazed by the incident and still beat Jordan Pearce. Initially, London police were not interested in investigating the incident, but that changed when Global Spectrum COO and Flyers president Peter Luukko lodged a complaint on behalf of Budweiser Gardens. Luukko said in a statement that the Flyers and Global Spectrum have zero tolerance for that type of foolish behavior. Moorhouse ultimately plead guilty to engaging in a banned activity, a minor provincial offense in Ontario, and was ordered to pay a $200 fine. He also provided a written apology to London police and the NHL and planned to apologize to Simmonds. Simmonds, then 23, was entering his first season as a Flyer at the time. He shook off the incident, saying sadly hed come to expect things like that as a black man playing in a predominantly white mans sport. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and London mayor Joe Fontana also issued statements condoning the incident. Everyone wanted to believe the incident was isolated and not a reflection of the friendly city with a population just under 400,000. The annual game in London is considered a home game for the Flyers, since Budweiser Gardens is one of more than 115 arenas managed by the Flyers parent company, Global Spectrum. Theyve visited London every fall since 2006, consistently selling out the 9,000-seat arena, conveniently located halfway between Toronto and Detroit.
Rose-tinted romanticism at Temperley London show
SYLVIA HUI 48 minutes ago LONDON (AP) Romantic escapism has never looked more enticing than on Temperley London’s new spring catwalk. For 15 minutes on Sunday, the collection transported the audience from wet and wind-swept London to a lush floral garden with grand ball gowns in the most feminine shades of pink and purple: pale and powdery carnation, dusty rose, and the vivid fuchsias and violets of tropical orchids. Designer Alice Temperley, whose clients include the Duchess of Cambridge, said she wanted to create a dreamy mood reminiscent of Mediterranean summer evenings under wisterias and vines. “It’s all about how do you want it to make you feel, where you’d like to spend summer certainly not urban streets, so it will be somewhere romantic and beautiful,” she said. Flowers were strewn throughout, whether as petal appliques, oversized embroidered blooms or an orchid print. Even the shoes and belts are adorned with flowers and bows. Billowing volume was a key look. Skirts were big and swept the floor like wedding gowns, and were paired with matching swing coats. Trapeze shapes also seen across town at Mulberry’s catwalk Sunday were everywhere. A black evening coat was adorned all over with ruffled black roses to add to the sense of drama and occasion. Temperley’s creations tend to embrace old Hollywood glamor this collection more than ever and her dresses often seem like they would look more fitting on Grace Kelly than any modern film star. To make her look more modern, the designer threw in some leopard prints, including some that cleverly morphed into pink petals near the skirt hems. Temperley is one of the few London Fashion Week designers to focus solely on glamorous, feminine occasion wear, and in so doing she has carved out a sizeable market.