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➤ Dan Stern keeps an eye on the street in London Fashion Week

❚ DAN STERN, A STYLE-WISE OLD OWL from the 80s, was described by his pal at LSE Robert Elms as “always a pioneer” in his book The Way We Wore. These days Stern has been making a new life as the lensman behind the year-old photoblog, Street Fashion Monitor. He claims it is “the next generation of online fashion monitoring, combining the immediacy of street style blogging with the search facility of subscription-based trend forecasting services”. Your search can be refined simultaneously by choosing from 200 categories that include the prevailing weather and accessories such as walking canes and eye patches.

Here we see some of his images of the Pam Hogg and KTZ collections shown in London Fashion Week which seek to fulfil his maxim, which is also that of Jean Paul Gaultier: “Clothes are only interesting when they are on a body in motion.” Stern believes he offers “a real insight into what people do once they purchase the garments to make them their own”.

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➢ View more London Fashion Week pix at Street Fashion Monitor

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2011 ➤ Highlights from Princess Julia’s London Fashion Week

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Tied, taped and belted: London based “knitwear” designer Eleanor Amoroso was showing her second collection since graduating from Westminster last year. Photography © Matt King

❏ Sep 19: In the flurry of off-schedule London Fashion Week events Vice magazine sent onetime Blitz Kid, now international club deejay Princess Julia to review the Blow Presents line-up for Spring Summer 2012. Julia reports from St Luke’s Church on Old Street: “Eleanor Amoroso featured trails of thread and chunky strips of gigantic rope, precisely covering the girls’ modesty, but exposing almost everything else. Big knickers are essential here…”

➢ Julia’s pointer — “The kufi is seriously in”

➢ Read Julia’s full report on Blow Presents at Vice Style

➢ Blow Presents is a platform for young emerging design talent and avantgarde fashion

➢ More shows at Matt King Photography

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A new look for the Princess by Alex Box for Illamasqua. Photography Jem Mitchell

AND AT THE WORLD OF PRINCESS JULIA BLOG…

❏ Sep 20: My London Fashion Week Moments where Julia decides: “Giles Deacon’s show topped it all off for me, totally camp, dresses with trains trailing (I want one), swan headdresses by Stephen Jones, sexy silver ensembles, m’lady shapes and party puffs.”

➢ Read Julia’s account of modelling for Illamasqua — “I realize I’m part of the Joan Collins school of presentation”

➢ Illamasqua asks Julia how she likes the Anita Berber look from the 1920s Weimar Republic

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2011 ➤ The other design festival running alongside London Fashion Week

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Reddress at York Hall: 550 metres of fabric which can accommodate 200 people in its folds in an event space in East London — plus shop

➢ Kate Burton writes at her LFH blog:

“ ❚ TODAY MARKS THE BEGINNING of London Fashion Week. I am intrigued by the interactive installation and performance space that comes in the form of a huge red dress — Reddress — which is part of this year’s London Design Festival.

The installation — sponsored by The Finnish Institute at Bethnal Green’s iconic York Hall — features a dress designed by Aamu Song which sets out to examine the role between performer who resides within the dress and audience by inviting us to enter pockets concealed within the dress and to become part of the experience…

➢ London Fashion Week programme Sep 16–21, 2011

➢ REDDRESS is an installation and performance space designed by Aamu Song. It will host a series of evening concerts and daytime events in East London, Sep 22–25.

➢ Aamu Song and Johan Olin run their own Com-pa-ny of artists and designers in Helsinki.

➢ London Design Festival hosts nine days of design events all across town, Sep 17–25, showcasing the UK’s world-class creative community.

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➤ “Warrior of the night” Frankland bounces back with London Fashion Week in her sights

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Punk power: Judith Frankland models her own design Dare To Wear Fur from her collection for The Woman Who Likes to Say Hello. Photography by Denise Grayson. Above left, Pink Power, for the woman who holds her own in a man’s world. Illustration by Manny More

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❚ THE GLOVES ARE OFF. Onetime Blitz Kid Judith Frankland aims to return to the couture fashion scene at London Fashion Week in September. During two decades spent abroad, she mixed bespoke design with nightclub promotion which in Italy won her membership of i guerrieri della notte — the warriors of the night.

Today in her fashion blog at The Swelle Life, she declares that ultimately “my passion is for fashion” as she unveils yet another outfit in her new collection designed for “The Woman Who Likes to Say Hello”.

She writes: “The seven outfits are part of a work in progress to be finished very soon in anticipation of presenting a small collection next Fashion Week in London. It is the first I have undertaken in eight years.”

Alongside Judith’s latest chapter in her progress back into fashion, Denise Grayson shoots her in the bold jacket (above) that eyeballs the woman who dares to wear fur (or at least, who dares to fake it).

Regular readers know Judith as one of the faces in the masthead atop Shapersofthe80s — grabbed from Bowie’s 1980 Ashes to Ashes video when she was dressing like a singing nun. So it’s no surprise that the new fur-woman silhouette evokes a more subversively punk spirit in contrast to previous separates in the new collection which combine power motifs with hints of romantic vulnerability. Manny More’s delicious illustration (above left) affirms the feminine bows and understated lace dress of a powerbroker’s outfit for the woman in a man’s boardroom — while the tightly knotted kipper tie provides a slap in the eye for the male chauvinist who is deceived by the notes of pink prettiness.

Judith’s designs demand high standards of tailoring and her ambition is to collaborate with an experienced cutter. She says: “I want to explore the possibilities this can create. I would love to work with a professional pattern cutter and, frankly, I feel they do not get the applause they deserve. We can all play with and drape fabric, but boy, it takes talent to bring that to life.”

In the short-term, Judith’s mini collection is likely to turn a few heads during Newcastle’s first Fashion Week (May 14–21), a citywide initiative to champion the Tyneside Business Improvement District. Then it’s London’s turn.

➢ Review: Judith Frankland experiments with power and femininity

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