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10 October 2008
So much for a revival
of the House of Hardy Amies of UK and mentioned
below in 2002. Due to the world
economic crunch Hardy Amies just one of many failing businesses has
today has gone into administration. After careful
consideration of the financial position of the company, the
directors appointed administrators.
One this very same day
over in USA, Hearst Magazines decided to close CosmoGirl magazine
with December as the last issue. The magazine is a teen title spin
off from Cosmopolitan.
Hard times ahead then
for the fashion world....
13 February 2007
Ahhhhhh London has
worked hard in the past few years to add to the global fashion buzz.
The internet and better electronic communication has meant that
London Fashion Week has become better organized and is attracting
fashion talent from far and wide.
Even more - now we have IQONS to look forward to every day.
New IQONS announced
IQONS (iqons.com) is a
new on-line fashion community that aims to have the same impact on
Fashion as MySpace had on music. Today, at a press conference held
in London, IQONS was officially launched. The site has had a ‘soft
launch’ over the last two months with events in Paris and New York
and has already attracted thousands of members.
Colin McDowell, one of the most authoritative fashion commentators
in the world, who is The IQONOGRAPHER, announced key fashion
industry figures who have agreed to become IQONS. Each month these
IQONS will select, comment and offer advice to selected IQONS
more ... at my webpage IQONS.
17 February 2002
Last week in the
British Sunday Times supplement called Style, Nicholas Coleridge MD
of Condé Nast and Chairman of The British Fashion Council wrote an
article highlighting attitudes to London Fashion Week. He emphasised
the local snobbery and prejudice which for years has rejected
cutting edge fashion seen on London's catwalks in favour of
predictable fashion on catwalks overseas.
He wrote of the British
fashion scene taking knocks every week from individuals who have
nothing better to do, but run it down.
British fashion is a huge industry with well over
270,000 employees with an annual turnover of £14 billion.
According to Coleridge only 65 British designers both old
and new would show in London Fashion Week 2002 compared to 130 shows in New York
and nearly a hundred in Paris. Despite this, it is still to London that the
world turns for fashion inspiration and fresh ideas.
He tells us that designers like Tom Ford have their design studios in London so they can pick up the cosmopolitan London street
fashion vibe. That in turn sets the tone via Ford's end products for fashion
design houses Gucci and Yves St Laurent.
Designers from Paris and Italy mingle amid crowds in street
markets in places such as Notting Hill and absorb ideas and fresh ways that
emerge a few months later as nouveau in their next collection.
He reminds us that the best designers in Paris today are all
British. Coleridge named John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julian Macdonald
and Stella McCartney as designers who dazzled the world when they first
arrived, but made no impact on British fashion commentators until a few years
later when the same designers all became prized possessions of Paris couture.
In today's UK Daily Telegraph magazine Sally Williams
updates us on the house of Hardy Amies. The recently formed British owned
Luxury Brands Group (LBG) now owns the House of Hardy Amies at 14 Savile Row,
LBG plan to bring the fading house of Amies into the C21st. They also
own the Norman Hartnell company and hope to eventually compete with the likes
of the French LVMH group and the Italian Gucci Group.
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