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Author: 3D
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
Following on from other cities, it’s London’s time to shine in the fashion week stakes. This season, more than ever, London is showing its renewed relevance with shows from young guarders like Christopher Kane, Gareth Pugh, Richard Nicholl and Giles; achingly cool displays from those who’ve mostly made it (Luella, Paul Smith); and for the first time in over a decade, the Grand Old Dame of British fashion Vivienne Westwood (who, incidentally, has collaborated on a range with Brazilian jelly-shoe purveyors Melissa… watch this space). New York has cash (although economists think that could change), Paris certainly has class, but London has the monopoly on cool.

Making good on their promise to kick overly slender models from the catwalk, last week the organisers of Madrid Fashion Week (the first major fashion week to put in place BMI restrictions) banned three girls from appearing on runways. All of the girls, who organisers declined to name, had BMI’s of under 16 and appeared “excessively thin”.

Lovers of expensive shoes and fluffy animals are celebrating the release of Natalie Portman’s line of vegan shoes. No longer stuck with Stella McCartney’s offerings, stiletto aficionados now have a slightly cheaper leatherless option. To view the collection and buy online  at

Milia M has been announced as the first ever Arabian designer to make it into Milan fashion week. An invitation to show in Milan is a notoriously difficult thing to get, but this week Abu Dhabi Fashion Week in conjunction with Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana offered the talented Arabian woman a place. Milia M’s work is a mixture of sporty chic and deconstructed detailing, and has a freshness to it that is perfectly in line with many of this season’s emerging trends. "I am indeed very proud to be the first Arabian designer in Milano, with this comes a great responsibility and I'm focusing on ensuring that my collection meets the expectations of this discerning and sophisticated audience," the designer said.