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LONDON’S sky has been alight this week with all the red carpet premieres of the British Film Institute London Film Festival. Julianne Moore wore Lanvin and Bulgari jewellery for the premiere of her film, The Kids Are Alright, while Isla Fisher chose Jessica McCormack for the Burke and Hare red carpet.

Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley got things going with the premiere of Never Let Me Go, where they wore Vionnet and Chanel respectively.

The premiere of Blue Valentine saw Michelle Williams in an Erdem dress and Charlotte Olympia heels, while Freida Pinto has been impressing in Dior and McQueen at the Miral premiere and press call.

Elsewhere, Hilary Swank chose Donna Karan for the premiere of Conviction – and Lanvin for its press call – while home-grown export Minnie Driver wore Marchesa.

London Film Festival

LONDON’S sky has been lit up this week with all the red carpet premieres of the BFI London Film Festival. Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley got things going with the premiere of Never Let Me Go, where they wore Vionnet and Chanel respectively.

The premiere of Blue Valentine saw Michelle Williams in an Erdem dress and Charlotte Olympia heels, while Freida Pinto has been impressing in Dior and McQueen at the Miral premiere and press call.

Elsewhere, Hilary Swank chose Donna Karan for the premiere of Conviction – and Lanvin for its press call – while home-grown export Minnie Driver wore Marchesa.

DAPHNE GUINNESS, Giles Deacon and Manolo Blahnik last night announced the winner of the Dorchester Fashion Prize in Mayfair – read all about it here. Guinness was dressed in her usual show-stopping fashion in a floor-length sequin gown.

After the prize had been awarded to Thomas Tait, Manolo departed for Soho where he joined Kate Moss – who was sporting a new fringe – at the Dean Street Townhouse to celebrate Brian Ferry’s new album.

Also at the Soho shindig were Poppy Delevingne, Caroline Sieber, Sophia Hesketh and Bella Freud.

Kate Spade, It’s London Calling

Kate Spade may be a true New York brand, but for a month, at least, it’s going London. The company has turned a Georgian townhouse in Covent Garden into the Spade girl’s dream pad. The bags on which the brand got famous are all here, of course, but so too are lingerie and hosiery, fragrance, a capsule clothing line, jewellery, and bedding—even a few one-offs specifically for U.K. girls, like an enamel “London Calling” bracelet and a leather London bag. So why the U.K., why now? “We did what we call a restoration of the brand,” said Chief Creative Officer and President Deborah Lloyd, herself Brit. “After that was complete, we felt that the time was right to introduce or, shall I say, reintroduce Kate Spade to London. When we found this house, it all fell into place.”

Because no opening is complete without a party, last night brought in a host of cute young things. Leigh Lezark, Cara Delavigne (Poppy’s younger sister), VV Brown, and the Mark Ronson-produced girl band The Like (who performed) all showed up to check out the wares. They’ll have to act fast to grab any this time around, but the Spade brand has more permanent designs on London in the works. “We have scouted some locations and are close to signing something—expect our first London store in 2011″, Lloyd said, rushing back to New York to shoot the new ad campaign with Bryce Dallas Howard. “So it’s not adieu, just au revoir for now.” Or should that be ta?

Most people go a little gaga over baby animals, and Hayden Panettiere is clearly no different.The Heroes actress is wearing a Rolex Prohunter Daytona Watch looked overexcited when she was introduced to a wolf cub at the premiere of her animated children’s film Alpha and Omega in London today.She cuddled and cooed over the adorable animal, who stole the limelight as it nestled in the starlet’s arms.

Hayden had earlier stopped by the BBC Radio 1 studios to chat with morning host Edith Bowman, where she dished on fame, the Heroes series and watching her Ukrainian boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko’s fights.

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Cameron For London Fashion Week

SAMANTHA CAMERON has pledged her support of London Fashion Week. Although the First Lady will not be attending this week’s set of shows, due to the recent birth of her daughter Florence, she will be offering her services in the next coming seasons.

“London Fashion Week is extremely important to the fashion industry in the UK and I look forward to being fully involved from next season,” says Cameron. “We have so much young talent that needs to be supported and nurtured to ensure we are building brands and businesses for the future.”

Cameron is currently working with the British Fashion Council to define the role she will play in LFW in the future.

“We are delighted that Samantha has agreed to play a role in helping us grow and develop London Fashion Week and know how much she will contribute with her considerable experience and creative sensibility,” says BFC ceo Caroline Rush.

“There was no comfort zone with Alexander McQueen,” said Anna Wintour during her address at the designer’s memorial service in London this morning. But you’d imagine that even someone as intractable as Lee McQueen would be able to draw some succor—spiritual at least—from the chilly magnificence of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the venue for the event. If your soul didn’t soar when organist Donald Hunt sent Barber’s Adagio for Strings swelling into the cathedral’s mighty dome, maybe you haven’t got one.

There were plenty more soul-stirring moments, from the poignant memories of McQueen’s close friends Annabel Nielsen and Shaun Leane, to Michael Nyman’s performance of his theme from The Piano, to the London Community Gospel Choir’s exultant “Amazing Grace.” But nothing could match the perversely pulse-quickening (we were in church, after all) impact of Björk’s elegantly spare rendition of Billie Holliday’s “Gloomy Sunday.” She was dressed in a McQueen flight of fancy, the wooden wings from “13,” his unforgettable girl-and-the-robot show. Among the many others in the 1,500-strong crowd wearing the designer’s clothes, Naomi Campbell and Daphne Guinness (pictured) were especially striking.

Sam Gainsbury, who produced all of McQueen’s epics, also produced this sendoff. Her years of experience with the boy genius paid off in a service whose solemnity and ritual—right down to the solitary piper playing Braveheart at memorial’s end—would’ve pleased the designer. “But where was the punch-up?” Gainsbury wondered later. “There was always a punch-up.” Not in this cathedral.

London Calling

It’s not only our editors who’ve jetted off to London to take in the international scene—our roving eye on the street, Tommy Ton, made his way to the U.K., too. Tommy’s filed his first street-style dispatch, and though the taxi license plates may be different over there, the studded heels, statement necklaces, camel coats, and wooden platforms are much the same.

Would I wear a man’s fragrance? Absolutely,” Daisy Lowe told us last night at Harvey Nichols for the launch of Marc Jacobs’ new men’s scent, Bang. “Especially this one. It is very peppery, but in an edgy, musky, woody way. Sort of like Marc himself,” Lowe added with a laugh. The raven-haired model showed up with buddies Mischa Barton, Jaime Winstone, Beth Ditto, Gareth Pugh, and Pixie Lott to celebrate the U.K. debut of Jacobs’ first male fragrance. Jacobs was on hand, too—trooper that he is, coming directly from the airport—and told us he was thrilled to be in London. “I love it, I have a lot of good friends here,” he said. That was evident from the mob scene that greeted him—Rifat Ozbek and Anna Sui took turns holding him in long embraces. “But I also love the architecture, the museums, the restaurants, the theater, everything. Especially, though, I love Claridge’s. It’s just a pity that I am leaving tomorrow.”

Conversation quickly turned to fragrance as Jacobs enlightened us on why he chose to venture into masculine scents after years of domination with more feminine offerings (this is the man, after all, who has blessed us with such girly olfactory treats as Lola and Daisy). “I felt it was the right time, and my partner Robert Duffy was quite into the idea, and it all came together really well. It took a while to get right, but we are really happy with the results.” And happy was the theme last night as catwalker-turned-DJ Jesus Luz (who couldn’t stop grinning—guess he loves deejaying more than modeling) spun tunes for party-ready guests. The closing song? “Celebration,” by Madonna, of course, throwing the crowd, led by Lowe, into a wild frenzy. “This is as crazy as it was in my day,” said sixties party legend Anita Pallenberg, observing the scene. “These people can really party.”