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Style Addict The Latest Fashion News & Views April 22nd


Style Addict The Latest Fashion News & Views April 22nd


Comme Des Garcons Go Vacant

Comme des Garcons have replicated the Vacant store concept by opening up a temporary store for a one-year period. Vacant originally came up with the temporary store/gallery experience, opening for one month only in empty spaces in cities such as: New York, London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm and Los Angeles. The store provides a travelling showcase for an exclusive range of one-off, hard to find limited edition items. Since the recent Comme des Garcons opening the Vacant database has been inundated with e-mails asking if the Comme des Garcons site is a one-year Vacant store?

Meanwhile, Vacant presses forward with future plans including: growth into several new retail markets, pairing with companies to create retail vehicles and the opening of a Vacant annex, a permanent unit based in New York. Vacant guerilla stores will also continue to open throughout the year; Amsterdam, Chicago, Los Angeles, Paris, San Francisco and Stockholm are all on the list. To find out about the latest Vacant events, limited edition items and locations visit the website www.govacant.com

I-Saw stocked by Vacant

AlboMODA*004 – Moscow Showcases 3 British Designer’s Today

AlboModa – the avant-garde Fashion Event in Moscow will be presenting collections from three British based designers today (22 April). The event is now in its 8th year, and this season provides the opportunity for innovative British design talents to show-off their creations before a Russian audience.  Organised by Face Fashion the three designers on show are: Ziad Ghanem, Kim Jones and Robert Cary-Williams.

Ziad Ghanem S/S 2004 collection

Top Fashion Alumni Join Fashion Fringe’s Quest

Fashion Fringe, the national competition to find the next top British designer has gained praise and support from some of the industries most dominant players. Renowned fashion academics, buyers, designers and press have joined up to form Fashion Fringe’s International Advisory Committee. Members of the committee will support, advise and pass on their expertise to ensure that fashion fringe and its winning participants will be a huge success.




Rose Marie Bravo (Burberry)
Margaret Buck (Central St Martins)
Joan Burstein (Browns)
Hussein Chalayan
Laura Craik (Evening Standard)
Claudia Croft (The Sunday Times)
Dolce & Gabbana
Alberta Ferretti
Tom Ford
Robert Forrest (Fashion Entrepreneur)
John Galliano
Julie Gilhart (Barney’s)
Katie Grand (POP)
Sandra Holtby (London College of Fashion)
Marc Jacobs
Joan Kaner (Neiman Marcus)
Alexander McQueen
Luigi Maramotti (MaxMara)
Franco Penne (Gibo)
Anne Pitcher (Harvey Nichols)
Floriane De Saint Pierre (International fashion talent scout)
Scott Tepper (Henri Bendell)
Susanne Tide-Frater (Selfridges)
Zac Posen
Miuccia Prada
Ian R Webb (Elle)
Vivienne Westwood
Anna Wintour (American Vogue)


Colin McDowell – Fashion Fringe’s Creative Director, mentioned that the lack of experience and technical knowledge has often let London’s young creative designers down. “That is why Fashion Fringe has set up an international advisory committee of supporters, all of whom are highly respected in their fields, to give us the benefit of their experience, advice and opinions. They do not have executive status in Fashion Fringe:
basically, they are friends; people we trust and admire; people who share our enthusiasm for Fashion Fringe; people who have generously agreed to give us the advantage of their knowledge and expertise for
which we are very grateful.”

For details on fashion fringe visit:


RIP Rene Gruau


Rene Gruau the eminent fashion illustrator has died in Rome at the grand old age of 95. Throughout his lengthy career he created illustrations for: Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy, French Vogue, and advertising campaigns for the likes of: Air France and the film La Dolce Vita. Guru’s strong use of silhouettes and tones combined with a swift, fluid line produced images that encapsulated the word elegance. He passed away on March 31 but due to personal instructions his death was not made public until mid-April.


Rene Gruau – Miss Dior


Kill Bill Illustration Battle


For those of you partial to a bit of illustrative art, tonight at DreamBagsJaguarShoes, Kingsland Road, E2, is a Kill Bill Illustration Battle between Reso & Gez. The launch party combines the 2nd instalment of Quentin Tarantino’s movie – Kill Bill with competing contemporary illustrators. For the guest list and details visit www.dreambagsjaguarshoes.com/killbill

And Finally…

Happy 1st Birthday to Shoo Magazine, the quarterly glossy that indulges in the delightful world of designer shoes and accessories.


By JoJo Iles














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