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➤ Beeb turns Nightlife Andy into Dalston superstar

Andy Polaris,window displays, Christmas, shopping, London,BBC News, video

window displays, Christmas, shopping, London,BBC News, video

SW7 versus E8 – Harvey Nichols’ legendary windows and Oxfam’s in Dalston (© BBC)

❚ WHERE’S THE COOLEST CHARITY SHOP IN THE LAND? Dalston obviously, where the Oxfam shop on Kingsland Road in east London has become a destination thanks to its regular one-day sales of designer garments. Come Christmas, its volunteer Visual Display Manager finds himself in a BBC video head-to-head with the most famous shop windows in the land over at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge. It’s a case of East End boy versus West End twirls and the EastEnder in question is none other than Andy Polaris, former singer with 80s soulsters Animal Nightlife.

The BBC Magazine video shows how the award-winning team at Harvey Nix studies the seasonal fashion trends to arrive at a mood-board of imagery that then inspires their window displays for the all-important festive marketing push. In Dalston, by contrast, Andy turns to what’s currently in stock for inspiration and leads off on a theme of gold for his Christmas windows relying, he says, on “colour, light and perspective” – and a surprise last-minute donation.

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➢ Visit Oxfam Dalston at 514 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AR, tel 020 7254 5318 (closed Sun)


➤ What’s what at Fashion’s Night Out next Thursday

Alexa Chung, London, Fashion’s Night Out, Vogue, Mulberry

Alexa Chung: British TV host, Vogue contributing editor and former model

❚ MULBERRY AND VOGUE EDITOR ALEXANDRA SHULMANwill co-host London Fashion’s Night Out on September 6 with a joint private party. It is a grand curtain raiser for London Fashion Week when the British label is known for hosting starry soirées and past guests have included Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst and Alexa Chung.

Thursday’s Night Out, which Vogue calls “the sartorial equivalent of Christmas”, is a shopping extravaganza centred on Mayfair but embracing London’s other smart shopping areas. The biggest names throw street parties and promote great offers and exclusive merchandise for that night.

➢ Vogue’s tips for planning your night out now

London ,maps, Fashion’s Night Out

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➢ London Fashion Week SS2013 schedule Sep 14–18