Who are the designers leading the way in diversity this London Fashion Week?

London Fashion Week is traditionally seen as having the upper hand over New York, Paris and Milan in terms of how forward-thinking, fresh and cutting edge it is.

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This might be so, but it’s sadly not leading the charge when it comes to diversity. According to the Fashion Spot, last season New York Fashion Week came in top with 37.3% of models being people of colour, while London was at 34.8% (let’s not even talk about the dire statistics of Paris and Milan which came in at 31.1% and 27.1% respectively).

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The Ashish show is always a sheer delight because of just how much designer Ashish Gupta adores sequins.

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The designer’s ethos is reflected in how he casts his shows – he once wrote in the Guardian: “We need to change that stereotypical idea of what beauty is.”

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The 22 cultural activities every Londoner (and tourist) must do

From global eating in Borough Market to the hottest ticket in town (Hamilton) at Victoria Palace, this is the ultimate weekend ‘to do’ list

Whether it’s the visual arts, theatre, fashion, design or gardening, London leads the world with its wealth of talent, diversity and splendour.


It’s certainly one of our biggest tourist attractions but Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is also a cultural treasure. The world’s largest Victorian glasshouse, the recently restored Temperate House, is the jewel in Kew’s crown. 


  • Publisher: Evening Standard
  • Date: 2018-09-13T11:55:41Z
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NY Fashion Week designers begin to embrace diversity to stay relevant

As the chaos that is New York Fashion Week (NYFW)’unfolds, the eyes of the industry are scrutinizing designers’ every move as they look for momentum that has been lacking in the past couple of seasons. Many designers, including Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler,’decided in recent years not’to’show in the Big Apple (though the latter returned this year). It seems that, for the brands that’are still showing, there is a sense of expectation’in’gauging how successful the’event will be in the future, relative to Paris, London or Milan.

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  • Date: 2018-09-10T01:00:07-04:00
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5 talks to catch at London Design Festival 2018

What: 30 years ago, the south bank of the River Thames was a derelict spot with a huge, empty power station and little else. Now, in 2018, Bankside is a thriving cultural hub, with a recreated Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, the Tate Modern, bars, restaurants and many creative and design studios, which have migrated to the area in recent years. This panel talk chaired by Design Week is part of this year’s Designjunction fair, and will explore the recent regeneration of the London area, with architects, designers and philanthropists taking part in the discussion. Panellists include Tracy Meller, partner at architectural firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Alex Lifschutz, co-founder at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Toby Neilson, director of architecture at BDG Architecture Design, and George Nicholson, board member at social enterprise Coin Street Community Builders and the Illuminated River, which has worked on regenerating the area.

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  • Date: 2018-09-12T16:58:45+01:00
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People, Places and Things to Know: London’s Fashion Rebels, Animal

Now that those former newcomers are the well-known faces of established brands, yet another generation of U.K.-based designers is upon us. Matty Bovan, A Sai Ta and Dilara Findikoglu each have their own distinct style, especially for being so young (at 30, Ta is the oldest of the group), but they share an aesthetic daring and an unwillingness to compromise. What also unites them is their conviction that craft and sustainability are forms of resistance in an increasingly digitized world. In an effort to eliminate overproduction, both Ta and Bovan make their demi-couture all in-studio and in limited quantities. ‘I’m not in this to make a thousand dresses

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