>> One of Valentino Garavani's favorite models, Natalia Vodianova, missed the big premiere of his documentary; she was in London for the launch of the 2009 Fashion Fringe search for emerging British design talent — the UK's version of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award — instead. In celebration of this year's honorary chairperson, Donatella Versace, who flew in from Milan for the event, guests like Claudia Schiffer, Roland Mouret, Jonathan Saunders, and Jacquetta Wheeler were served "Donatella Delight" cocktails. Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet is also on the judging panel this year, as is Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon, who is overseeing the introduction of Fashion Fringe's first accessories prize. The four as yet unnamed finalists will show capsule collections during Spring 2010 London Fashion Week, and the winner — who in the past has been Basso & Brooke and Erdem — receive upwards of £100,000 for a follow-up show.
Purple and orange were two colors hard to ignore on the Spring 09 catwalks--purple, we've seen for some time and orange appeared, no doubt because of Prada and a few brave designers who used it last season. Some designers, in fact, used both at the same time. In the spread above Basso & Brooke, Luella, and United Bamboo all employed this technique while designers like Christopher Kane and Modernist kept with one of the two colors, making them more interesting with texture and technique.