UK: LONDON FASHION WEEK OPENS

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01.29.2024



(22 Sep 1999) English/Nat

London Fashion Week has kicked off, with a notable absence of big British designers.

Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Nicole Farhi have all defected to New York.

But fashion watchers say talent spotters won’t be disappointed as there’s a host of new talent set to fill the gap, making London a top destination for buyers, stylists and photographers hoping to glimpse the next big thing.

Two of the designers displaying their wares on Tuesday were Robert Cary-Williams and Red or Dead’s Wayne Hemingway.

Britain’s best-known designers may have decamped abroad this year, but there are many others keen to take their place on the catwalk.

They include designer Robert Cary-Williams, who launched his spring/summer 2000 collection at London Fashion Week on Tuesday.

Helping him out on the catwalk were top models Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.

With the likes of Alexander McQueen in New York, Cary-Williams is being saddled with playing the part of London’s next big designer.

But despite the absence of big names, fashion watchers are anticipating an exciting London Fashion Week, further bolstering the city’s role as the hub of burgeoning European urban style.

Cary-Williams described his latest offerings as more feminine, cleaner and refined than his previous collection.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“In this one we’re trying a different look from last year which was quite raw the last show, very rough, almost savage-like. This one is more feminine and the colours are quite vibrant and nice cuts… simple, quite simple garments and then a few shocking pieces… edgies, shocking pieces.”
SUPER CAPTION; Robert Cary-Williams, Fashion designer

Also on Tuesday, Red or Dead’s Wayne Hemingway presented a humorous, individual take on eclectic London street style.

His men’s and women’s designs have fans across the globe.

Hemingway said he had chosen to show in London because of its passionately non-elitist spirit.

More than a hundred designers will be showing their spring/summer 2000 collections during the official schedule this week.

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