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The 1193.6 mile long Catwalk

London Fashion week goes the extra mile this season – more like the extra 1193.6 miles. House of Fraser hosted the ‘Worlds longest catwalk’ relay from Lands End to John O’Groats, The relay taking over 382 hours walked as if on a catwalk by professional models, volunteers and House of Fraser staff through the rocky paths and English weather. The models walked in the latest trends and the highest heels to raise money for the London Fashion Week registered BFC Princess of Wales charitable Trust. They were hoping to raise a fantastic £20,000 and as the relay finished early this morning the exact about is still to be verified.

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London Fashion Week Through The Eyes Of Frances Phillips

Last night was another great night; Kele De Roc and Alan Endfield were the hosts of a Fashion/Music event to help raise money and awareness for The British Lung Foundation. It was a ticket only event with all the profits going to the charity. We arrived at nine o’clock welcomed by Fashion TV and OK Magazine. The party was held at Studio Valbonne which was the perfect venue for such an event, the deco was fabulous. Spectacular chandeliers were cased in translucent cubes hung from the high ceilings and the Grand antique mirrors were exquisite against the Edwardian inspired gold wallpaper. The whole club was magnificent which mirrored the event. Beautiful clothes on beautiful people strolled down the catwalk followed by an auction of some of the items – of which the money went to charity. The Event was organised flawlessly and the staff and organisers were very friendly and attentive. The evening was definitely a hit as people came from round the world to help support The Lung Foundation. To top the night off- as we left the club there was a bike with a carriage attached ready to take us where ever we wanted to go. I love London.

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London Fashion Week Through The Eyes Of Frances Phillips

Yesterdays show was amazing, Jacob Kimmie showed in the beautiful building of Canning House. The Theme was Debutante in which the building complimented the style of the collection perfectly. Fashion TV was there to film the show and backstage as well as interviewing Jacob himself. There were two show stopping dresses on display created by couture designer Kate Mead, she had made them purely by hand and ‘They both took roughly 8 months to make’ she told me. The dresses were astonishing -one of which was worn by supermodel Alex Weck and caused the audience to gasped with admiration, the other dress weighing just over four stone and was sadly too heavy for a model to walk in, so instead the dress was put on a dummy in the entrance of the House- which worked flawlessly whilst people arrived as they were amazing by the dress and it gave them a shy tasting of what to expect from the show.

All the pieces by Jacob Kimmie were beautiful; they had a elegant touch whilst creating a sophisticated but very sexy look. Through out the collection the ‘Jacob Kimmie’ black and white trademark -either pokka dot or stripped pattern was seen complimenting the clothing, The clash of the fabric patterns was fabulously done and created a extremely unique and contemporary look. The contrast of the vintage style with a 21st century touch was exquisite. Tara Palmer Tomkinson was especially impressed with the show and seemed very keen in investing in some of Jacobs pieces.

This has been Jacob Kimmie’s first independent Show and according to the feedback-it certainly won’t be his last.

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London Fashion Week Through The Eyes Of Frances Phillips

As you all know this week is London Fashion Week. The one week that is solely dedicated to the wonderful world of fashion- held in the exciting centre of London. British fashion is celebrated.

Yesterday I traveled to the big city to see firsthand the fantastic venues and exquisite clothing on the catwalks. I was definitely very excited to see what will be the ‘must haves’ for spring/summer 09. Walking around the exhibition I was very impressed indeed, the colours and materials were fabulous- In fact the whole experience of London Fashion Week is fabulous. Looking around at the clothing it is as though I have walked into another world. The Fashion industry is like a fairy tale world – Vivienne Westwood is the Queen, Karl Largerfeld as the King, Henry Holland as a Prince and Stella McCartney as a Princess. Sounds like a pretty fabulous world doesn’t it?

After the Exhibition I ventured over to the Hospital Club where a catwalk event called ‘Make Your Mark in Fashion’ was being held. Designer names such as Junky Styling and Enamore acted as mentors to young students or graduates. They helped them create unique designs as well as successfully presenting their collections. Their work was fantastic, the designs and the tailoring were faultless. I partially liked the group –Mia as the collection practically made me gasp, (The Image left)it was beyond doubt unique and quirky- I loved it. I also loved what the show represented, how these companies have given their time to help these students was truly touching and certainly questions the stereotypical label that the Fashion Industry holds on its shoulders.


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