It really has been a splendid day for British fashion news. First up: The British Fashion Council has announced the provisional show schedule for London Fashion Week, taking place from September 14-18 and there are some corkers on it.
Although we already knew that Preen were returning from New York (HURRAH!), and that Rag & Bone were going to show on schedule (they’ve got their first London store opening up shortly), it’s very exciting to see that Philip Treacy is coming back to the official schedule, hopefully more along the lines of the time I watched Grace Jones dance on cars in New Bond Street, and less like the unfortunate on-schedule collaboration he presented with Umbro back in 2006, (not even redeemed by the presence, if I remember correctly, of hot footballers) when everyone hopped it out the venue sharp-ish.
It’s also great to see Richard Nicoll reurning to a full catwalk slot (although many of us loved his cerebral deconstructed presentation last season – and the great cellphone-charging handbag in association with Vodafone), as well as Moschino Cheap & Chic taking a full slot, as opposed to last season’s half one, squeezed trickily in as it was between shows. Anya Hindmarch also takes a full slot, not a surprise after her triumphant Michael Howells-directed, Quality Street-popping fun fun fun masterpiece last season.
New presentations to the schedule include Lucas Nascimento, and Marques Almeida (graduating from Fashion East) for NEWGEN, as well as Willow (yet another Australian label defecting to LFW) and Huishan Zhang.
And second: the supremely talented and very lovely Jo Sykes was announced today as the new Creative Director of Nicole Farhi, after relinquishing her position at Aquascutum in the wake of the Tillmans disaster. Finally we can expect something new and fresh from a Nicole Farhi show, rather than just the prospect of dozing fitfully through one. It’s just the jolt that the label needed to make it relevant again. She starts in September and her first collection will be for AW13.
A lot to look forward to then. And it’s partly thanks to the sterling efforts of the BFC. It’s getting hard to remember when London was an ignored irrelevance on the international calendar, wedged unhappily between New York & Milan, praying for even one major US editor to grace us with their presence.
Photo: Richard Nicholl AW12 presentation by LLG