London Week AW09 RTW just whizzed by and Milan’s already started as I type this. I certainly look forward to Fashion Week coverage but truth be told it sometimes can be a bit overwhelming. So many images to digest and before you’re done with one designer, yet another collection has been uploaded. One can imagine what it must be like for the press and buyers who have to zip from one location to the next in order to catch the shows. And here I am complaining about how tiring it is looking through the photos at!

Anyway we saw more cutouts, more 80’s throwback and what can best be desribed as urban-warrior-princess. Have a look through some of our selections and see if you can spot what I mean. Some favourites were Christopher Kane, Marios Schwab and Louise Goldin. Usual fave Luella was a bit more grown up and sometimes too somber for me so I’m still on the fence about this collection. What about you? Did you have any favourites? Was London a little less exciting this time around?

Armand Basi One// Louise Goldin

Danielle Scutt// Mark Fast

Giles Deacon// Topshop Unique

Luella// Roksanda Illincic

Peter Jensen// Charles Anastase

Peter Pilotto/ Nathan Jenden

Marios Schwab// Christopher Kane

All AW09 images from here.

The next installation at the rotating concept GAP store, next to the GAP flagship on 54th Street, is all about the cardigan – designed by thirty RISD students. The names of the students involved have not been mentioned, but apparently the cardigans will cost over 50% more than usual. Eek! Does anyone feel like GAP can be a tad overpriced sometimes (at least it feels that way here in KL) and aside from a few collaborations like the shoes with Pierre Hardy or their design editions of the white shirt, I can’t seem to justify shelling out so much for some basics. OK, rant over.

Image from here.

H&M announced recently that it has signed a contract to open its first store in South Korea with the store in Seoul scheduled to open in spring 2010. They’re in Hong Kong, Qatar, Tokyo, Shanghai, Jeddah and Dubai but not in KL or Singapore! OK, I swear… rant over.

“Running in Heels” is a new one-hour reality series on working at Marie Claire which follows the lives of three interns at the fashion magazine. Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief says she hopes to offer a documentary-like take on what it’s really like to work in the industry.  The interns are told on their first day, for example, that there is to be “no speaking unless spoken to — these are people who are paid for their opinion. Your opinion is not valuable to them unless they’ve solicited it.” Yay to yet another fashion reality show! Well, not if it were yet another franchise of the Top Model series. (I swear there’s something in the water today that’s causing me to rant non-stop!)