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Fashion Comment by Pauline Thomas

This page will be used occasionally to comment on interesting fashion articles from British newspapers and magazines.  Usually they will be those I have enjoyed or which have useful statistical information suitable for this website.

10 October 2008

So much for a revival of the House of Hardy Amies of UK and mentioned below in 2002.  Due to the world economic crunch Hardy Amies just one of many failing businesses has today has gone into administration.  After careful consideration of the financial position of the company, the directors appointed administrators. 

One this very same day over in USA, Hearst Magazines decided to close CosmoGirl magazine with December as the last issue. The magazine is a teen title spin off from Cosmopolitan.

Hard times ahead then for the fashion world....


13 February 2007

Ahhhhhh London has worked hard in the past few years to add to the global fashion buzz. The internet and better electronic communication has meant that London Fashion Week has become better organized and is attracting fashion talent from far and wide.
Even more - now we have IQONS to look forward to every day.

New IQONS announced

IQONS ( is a new on-line fashion community that aims to have the same impact on Fashion as MySpace had on music. Today, at a press conference held in London, IQONS was officially launched. The site has had a ‘soft launch’ over the last two months with events in Paris and New York and has already attracted thousands of members.
Colin McDowell, one of the most authoritative fashion commentators in the world, who is The IQONOGRAPHER, announced key fashion industry figures who have agreed to become IQONS. Each month these IQONS will select, comment and offer advice to selected IQONS members. Read more ... at my webpage IQONS.

17 February 2002

Last week in the British Sunday Times supplement called Style, Nicholas Coleridge MD of Condé Nast and Chairman of The British Fashion Council wrote an article highlighting attitudes to London Fashion Week. He emphasised the local snobbery and prejudice which for years has rejected cutting edge fashion seen on London's catwalks in favour of predictable fashion on catwalks overseas.

He wrote of the British fashion scene taking knocks every week from individuals who have nothing better to do, but run it down.


British fashion is a huge industry with well over 270,000 employees with an annual turnover of £14 billion. 


According to Coleridge only 65 British designers both old and new would show in London Fashion Week 2002 compared to 130 shows in New York and nearly a hundred in Paris. Despite this, it is still to London that the world turns for fashion inspiration and fresh ideas.

He tells us that designers like Tom Ford have their design studios in London so they can pick up the cosmopolitan London street fashion vibe. That in turn sets the tone via Ford's end products for fashion design houses Gucci and Yves St Laurent. 

Designers from Paris and Italy mingle amid crowds in street markets in places such as Notting Hill and absorb ideas and fresh ways that emerge a few months later as nouveau in their next collection.

He reminds us that the best designers in Paris today are all British. Coleridge named John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julian Macdonald and Stella McCartney as designers who dazzled the world when they first arrived, but made no impact on British fashion commentators until a few years later when the same designers all became prized possessions of Paris couture.

20 April 2002

In today's UK Daily Telegraph magazine Sally Williams updates us on the house of Hardy Amies. The recently formed British owned Luxury Brands Group (LBG) now owns the House of Hardy Amies at 14 Savile Row, London.

LBG plan to bring the fading house of Amies into the C21st. They also own the Norman Hartnell company and hope to eventually compete with the likes of the French LVMH group and the Italian Gucci Group.

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