London’s renaissance as a centre of fashion was highlighted when the top
designers returned to show their collections. The media reported that
big names such as Rocha and Hamnett who had previously defected to Paris
and Milan descended on what the Guardian described as the ‘Hottest venue
for the Autumn catwalk season’. This international showcase reflected
the heart of the city with labels such as Red or Dead paying homage to
the cultural and racial mixes that exist.
The icing on the cake was the debut of the big American designers
Hilfiger and Karan. The welcoming press reception was slightly marred by
controversy over US designer ‘pinching’ the best models, ‘British
designers accuse US rivals of stealing their show’ (Evening Standard).
The success of the show was shown by media reports of high attendances
and record sales proving that London was once again on a par with New
York, Milan and Paris.
Evaluation and analysis by Carma International. Cuttings supplied by The
Broadcast Monitoring Company. ‘What The Papers Say’ can also be found