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The Fashion Comrades

WHILE he might not have scooped last night’s Swiss Textiles Award, Jason Wu didn’t walk away empty-handed.

“It’s been really nice meeting the other designers like Duro [Olowu] and Adam [Kimmel]. In New York you don’t meet so many other designers and it’s really interesting finding out about their different backgrounds. It’s like a camaraderie – going through things together,” said Wu backstage after the awards, where he showcased his spring/summer 2011 collection – one which he described as being his “most ambitious yet”.

“When you’re working on your collection you have to be in your own world, it’s really nice to get out – see other people’s work. It’s really valuable,” the designer told us.

A Fashion Man

KANYE WEST has secured his spot in the fashion stakes by becoming the Accessories Council’s Stylemaker of the Year. The annual ceremony was held last night at Cipriani in New York.

“Kanye West is one of the most influential men in pop culture — from music to fashion. His personal style, whether on stage, in his videos or in his leisure time, pushes the envelope and continues to inspire both designers and shoppers,” says Karen Giberson, president of the Accessories Council. “As a strong supporter of the luxury accessories industry, we are delighted to honour him.”

Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz scooped the prestigious Designer of the Year accolade, while Laura Bush, won the Humanitarian Award. Rachel Rachel Roy received Brand Launch of the Year and Tiffany & Co won the Hall of Fame prize.

The Fashion Hunt

THE St Andrews Charity Fashion Show is on the hunt for this year’s top emerging designer in a new competition dedicated to raising the profiles of UK-based fashion talent.

A celebration of the charity’s nineteenth birthday, The Alfa Romeo Young Designer Award will entitle the winner to a £1,000 cash prize, the opportunity to design a fashion line and an exclusive feature and spread in the charity’s FS Magazine. Five finalists will be chosen to create a capsule collection to be presented in a photo shoot as well as in the FS 2011 fashion show on February 26 next year.

St Andrews Charity Fashion Show, which has been hailed as a key event on Scotland’s social calendar, is a student-run organisation set up with the aim of giving young talent a platform.

Keira Knightley is on a serious roll with three fantastic looks in one day. She started in Chanel at a photocall, then followed with Valentino for a premiere. For her finale, Keira donned a look from Chanel’s Spring 2011 collection at dinner.

Keira’s skirt was a semi-sheer with gauzy black layers and a tweed-printed overlay. She then tucked a thin black sweater in for contrast. Unlike the runway version of this look, she opted against the chunky jewelry and kept the outfit simple by topping it off with black suede pumps.

FASHION’S NIGHT IN will offer you the chance to chat live to designer Roland Mouret and Browns founder Mrs B on Monday night from 5pm.

BROWNSFASHION.COM is celebrating the event by offering anyone who buys anything between now and Monday night the opportunity have a Skype chat with its revered founder, one of her great fashion friends and a Vogue editor.

Shoppers who make an online order before 4:45pm on Monday November 1 will be sent a unique Skype account name for access. Specify who you’d like to talk to and find yourself in conversation with two of the fashion industry’s most influential figures. Lines will be open between 5pm and 6.30pm on Monday.

All Londoners making same day orders before 4pm on Monday will receive free delivery and a bottle of Mumm Champagne to drink while you shop during Fashion’s Night In later in the evening. Plus, anyone who makes a purchase over £400 on BROWNSFASHION.COM between 5pm and midnight will receive a copy of the Browns 40th Anniversary book shot by Paolo Roversi, featuring contributions from John Galliano and Donna Karan.

Jagger’s Fashion

GEORGIA MAY JAGGER will launch her first fashion collection via a new collaboration with denim label Hudson. Named Hudson by Georgia May Jagger, the new range will land in stores in spring 2011.

Having taken time out from modelling earlier this year to concentrate on her A Levels, Georgia made an exception to shoot the Hudson autumn/winter 2010 campaign in New York.

She still managed to get As and Bs in the exams – and now she’s returned to New York to live with her elder sister Lizzy and take up courses in photography and art – with a little fashion design on the side.

Hilary Swank’s Fashion Blues

Based on Hilary Swank’s outfit at a screening of her new movie Conviction, it’s probably safe to say she likes the color blue. Yesterday, the Oscar winner wore dark blue from head to toe—literally, even her toe nails matched!

Monochrome can border on boring, but Hilary’s outfit definitely isn’t. She wore an ink cowl neck draped J. Mendel jersey mini dress with intricate ruching at the waist, paired with cobalt Sergio Rossi gladiator sandals, glass tear drop earrings and finally, metallic blue nail polish. The different textures and slightly different shades helped keep this outfit interesting and fun.

What do you think of Hilary’s look?

Origami Fashion

ISSEY MIYAKE has come up with a new fashion line called 132 5, based on the idea of origami and sustainability.

The number 1 of the collection’s name refers to the single piece of cloth used to make each piece, 3 for its three-dimensional shape, 2 to the fact it can be folded into 2D and 5 to the idea that each garment can be worn in multiple ways.

“I realised I wanted to make clothing which was as universal as jeans and T-shirts,” Miyake tells the Financial Times.

The line is, as Miyake says, created for “practical, active women who don’t take two hours to do their make-up”.

Each garment, developed by computer scientist Jun Mitani, is created from intricately folded cloth in sustainable recycled polyester fabrics. The pieces come in 2D form, that when lifted, take a 3D shape in origami-style skirts, dresses and trousers.

The Reprieve From Fashion Month

Fashion talk switched over—temporarily, of course—to the subject of interiors last night as Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, the go-to designer for Tamara Mellon, Eva Mendes, Elton John, and half of posh London, was fêting his new furniture line. The soirée was held at Guinevere Antiques on the King’s Road, SW6—for those not inducted into the world of high-end interiors, call it the Savile Row of interior design. Lawrence-Bullard’s just nabbed the 2010 Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award—think of it as the CFDA of design—and he’s no stranger to the shop floor, either: He’s currently hard at work on the new Jimmy Choo shop-in-shop at Selfridges. Sophie Dahl, David Furnish, and Lady Victoria Hervey all popped by for a drink and a chat. And, perhaps, to kiss the ring, the sooner to move up the wait list. “He’s at the top of the wish list for so many people I know,” swimwear designer Melissa Odabash (pictured, with Bullard) gushed. “His work is really the couture of the interior world.” Ah, there’s that fashion talk again.

LIVERPOOL’S finest emerging designers and fashion labels will come together next month for a charity fashion show raising money for Children In Need.

The cream of the city’s design talent will showcase their latest autumn/winter 2010-11 collections featuring KU Spendlove, Liquorish Boutique, Beau Butterfly and Trash Denim. Top models from Liverpool’s Amanda Harrington Modelling School will strut down the catwalk while guests listen to in-house entertainment from a host of surprise acts.

Organised by local law firm EAD, the event will be held at the award-winning Albert Dock venue on October 28. Tickets cost £7.50 and can be bought by emailing Hannah.robinson@eadsolicitors.co.uk.