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The bi-annual fashion extravaganza that is London Fashion Week Men’s took place this week, celebrating its 5th anniversary as a separate event from LFW – with logo art by none other than Tracy Emin (it was neon and pink and fabulous). Read all of Fashion Capital’s show-reports, street style and commentary from the 4-day event here.

Supermodel Bianca Balti (best-known the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue adverts) launched her debut swimwear label, inspired by “the Pirelli calendar girls”. However, this is not your typical swimwear collaboration; bucking the itty-bitty bikini trend, Balti has instead created a collection incorporating flattering silhouettes – including one pieces, high-waisted bottoms and vertical stripes – for sizes ranging from 6 to 20. “I wanted to create a line that would make women feel comfortable at the beach. The trend now is mini bikinis and, of course, I decided to go in the opposite direction; not everybody feels good exposing a lot of skin.” With prices between £44 to £87, this collaboration is affordable compared to most, and is available on Yoox.com right now if you fancy mixing up your butt-flashing bottoms for something a little more classic.

It was announced this week that British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful has appointed Venetia Scott as Fashion Director, replacing Lucinda Chambers – his first hire in the position (which he formally takes up on August 1). “Visionary, influential and inspiring are overused terms, but in this case appropriate to describe Venetia’s work,” said Enninful. “Venetia will continue the legacy of creativity and innovation for which British Vogue is known, positioning it for its next century.”

Style.com (the e-commerce website launched by Condé Nast last year) is discontinuing operations and will now redirect to Farfetch.com – a symbol of defeat to say the least in crowded market of online designer retailers. “Today Farfetch, the leading global platform for the fashion industry, and Condé Nast, the preeminent content provider, announced a strategic partnership to connect Condé Nast’s global editorial portfolio with Farfetch’s e-commerce, technology and logistics platform,” read a statement from the company, adding that, “The partnership will offer readers the unique ability to browse and shop Condé Nast’s inspirational editorial content on a global scale, further commercialising the editorial portfolio. As an early investor in Farfetch, this partnership is the next step in our evolving business relationship,” Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and chief executive of Condé Nast International and newly appointed board member of Farfetch, commented. “It further unites two leaders in their respective sectors, combining best-in-class content with the world’s leading online luxury shopping destination. This is an industry defining collaboration, and I am very pleased to be joining the Board of Farfetch. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Style.com team for their dedication, energy and commitment.”

Mario Testino was awarded Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur this week, and undoubtedly deserved accolade. The famous photographer been shooting for the very best for over 40 years, as well as doing philanthropic work through his cultural foundation in Peru. “France is happy to show its recognition today to a person who, despite living under the brightness and the warmth of the planet, contributes to the development of young Peruvians as well as to the appreciation of the art and cultural heritage of their nation,” said France’s ambassador to Peru, Fabrice Mauriès. “It’s important for all of us to receive accolades because the children in us never leave us,” commented Testino. “As a child, if you do something that you’re told is good, then you want a prize, and accolades are like our prizes. It’s the way that we feel that something is recognised, that we’ve done something right and I think all of us like that.” Anyone that has seen Testino’s work knows that he most-definitely has been doing something right.

By India Hunnikin


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