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It has been confirmed by the British Fashion Council that London Fashion Week will relocate to The Store Studios at 180 The Strand next season. The new location will hopefully fulfil the Council’s ambition of “creating a fashion and cultural hub in the heart of London” and will be “the coolest new creative quarter in London”. The Studios will also host the bi-annual consumer event, London Fashion Weekend – which has been renamed to London Fashion Week Festival. It seems Brewer Street is no longer THE fashion place to be.

Lee McQueen is to be played by Jack O’Connell in an upcoming biopic about the designer, which will centre on the lead up to the London designer’s Plato’s Atlantis collection. With filming beginning next spring, this film is already attracting a serious buzz.

Sonia Rykiel’s diffusion line, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, will be closing in effort to reposition the mainline brand with lower price points. The result of recent profit decreases, the closure means the brand will lose 79 members of it staff as (according to CEO Eric Langon) “it is essential for the house to rethink and revitalise itself”.

It’s that time of year when all that Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show drama and anticipation starts splattering over our feeds again. Here is the drama so far, condensed: the show will take place in Paris in the Grande Palais; Jasmine Tookes will wear the Fantasy bra, which this year has been crafted with over 9,000 jewels; New-mums Candice Swanepoel and Behati Prinsoloo attendance at this year’s show is yet to-be-confirmed; Bella Hadid may be making her catwalk debut (she posted an Instagram full of implication with a #vsfashionshow). And that’s it so far. The much-anticipated show will take place on November 30, so be sure to stay tuned if you love all the VS action.

The constant and relentless cycle of ‘fashion designer switch up’ continued this week, as it was announced Carven designers Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudad are departing their roles. Leaving by “mutual agreement” with the French design house, the duo arrived at the brand in March 2015 and now leave in October 2016. Relentless, right? In my opinion, if designers are going to continue to hop/be pushed from house-to-house, why not make a thing of it (like Raf Simons & Miuccaa Prada mused last week, and talked of the idea of a group of designers designing for a different house each season)?

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(Images clockwise from top left: Whistles bridal collection, The Victoria’s Secret Show, Jack O’Connell to play Alexander McQueen, Alexa Chung archive, Sonia Rykiel brand and Carven designers Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudad.)

Alexa Chung’s Winter Archive offering – her second collection for M&S – lands in store next week, and comprises of polka dot dresses, frilled shirts and lugsole boots. If you love this IT girl’s signature ‘coolness’, it could definitely be worth a look.

Need a wedding dress? Well, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to modern, affordable, fashionable dresses, and Whistles new bridal collection has just added to that choice. Launching in February 2017, prices range from £499 to £699 – and you can even book exclusive appointments with your bridesmaids. Featuring seven limited-edition styles, this collection is ideal for “a city wedding right through to a countryside celebration” and, on first inspection, all look very lovely indeed. Book ASAP.

The 2016 Fashion Awards (no more British) nominees were revealed on Wednesday, with Jonathon Anderson’s and Alessandro Michele’s names appearing the most frequently. Whilst the Outstanding Achievement Award and Fashion Icon Award will be chosen and announced on the night of December 5th, here is the full list (apart from 3 more awards with nominations, such as the Isabella Blow Award, will be revealed nearer the event) of the nominees:

British Emerging Talent

Alessandra Rich

Charles Jeffrey

Faustine Steinmetz

Molly Goddard

Self Portrait

British Menswear Designer

Craig Green for Craig Green

Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner

Jonathan Anderson for J.W.Anderson

Tom Ford for Tom Ford

Vivienne Westwood for Vivienne Westwood

British Womenswear Designer

Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane

Jonathan Anderson for J.W. Anderson

Roksanda Ilincic for Roksanda

Sarah Burton OBE for Alexander McQueen

Simone Rocha for Simone Rocha

British Brand

Alexander McQueen


Christopher Kane


Stella McCartney

International Business Leader

Adrian Joffe for Comme des Garçons & Dover Street Market

Christopher Bailey for Burberry

Guram Gvasalia for Vetements

Marco Bizzarri for Gucci

Stefano Sassi for Valentino

International Urban Luxury Brand


Gosha Rubchinskiy




International Model

Adwoa Aboah

Bella Hadid

Gigi Hadid

Kendall Jenner

Lineisy Montero

International Accessories Designer

Alessandro Michele for Gucci

Anya Hindmarch for Anya Hindmarch

Johnny Coca for Mulberry

Jonathan Anderson for Loewe

Stuart Vevers for Coach

International Ready-To-Wear Designer

Alessandro Michele for Gucci

Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga

Donatella Versace for Versace

Jonathan Anderson for Loewe

Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy

By India Hunnikin

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