Cutting edge to meet classic at London Fashion Week

Fri Sep 12, 2008 1:55pm EDT
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By Golnar Motevalli

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Fashionistas from around the world will descend on London for a week of catwalk shows and cutting edge clothes starting on Sunday when the best of the young talent brush with some classic names in British design.

Among those leading the charge for up-and-coming young designers is Henry Holland who will show under his label House of Holland which achieved cult status last year through his over-sized slogan T-shirts.

"There are two highlights, you've either got the up and coming Brit designer and then there are classic designers like Aquascutum," Laura Jackson, Assistant Fashion Editor at Drapers magazine said.

Giles Deacon, who is fast becoming one of Britain's most popular and sought-after designers, will also unveil his spring/summer 2009 collection under his label Giles.

Classic, long-established names such as Aquascutum and Jaeger will also show. They are both traditional British houses which have seen a surge in popularity in recent years.

Alice Temperley, whose Temperley London label, launched eight years ago and is a favorite on red carpets, returns to home-turf after showing at New York Fashion Week earlier this year.

British fashion stalwarts, Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood, will also show, while supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell make separate appearances at off-catwalk events.

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