We knew that Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden 2010 had to be special. After all, as our Chair, John Galliano was taking part in London Fashion Week for the first time since he left London for Paris 18 years ago – although still a regular ‘unofficial’ visitor to the city he continues to love. So, we had to make an effort to celebrate the event. Balloons, lots of shine, a pink carpet and a great disco with world-renowned Jeremy Healy – close friend and music expert who puts it all together for John’s shows – spinning for our after party. As if that wasn’t enough, catering was in the expert hands of Wagamama, who have recently started doing parties, and Funkin’ cocktails. The whole thing gloriously choreographed by INCA Productions to the design of John Rushworth at Pentagram: both of whom create our ambience and catwalk show with new ideas and fresh verve every year. And all the result of generous support from equally loyal sponsors who come up trumps every year. It is a real pleasure for me to thank Covent Garden London, American Express, Davenport Lyons, DHL, L’Oreal Paris and the Mayor of London for their continued belief in what we are doing.
On the same note, I want to say thank you to all of the media who give us so much help over the year, especially to The Sunday Times Style, Grazia and Vogue.com also, for all of the online tweeting and blog references we get. All are important not just for the exposure they give Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden but for us personally to know that all the effort of our many helpers does not go unnoticed which brings me to our 3 Finalists, chosen at his own request by John alone in June, regularly nurtured, mentored and advised by Roy Peach (Dean of Postgraduate Studies at the London College of Fashion) Angela Quaintrell and Georgina Carr (Head of Technical at the London College of Fashion). And, on the night of September 18th Alice Palmer, Corrie Nielsen and Jade Kang presented their collections for John to choose, once again, entirely alone, with no committee.
Aft era lot of serious thought and careful examination of drawings, to which I was the single, silent witness, John decided on Corrie. Talking together afterwards, he tome me that he loved Jade’s romantic and gentle draping and Alice’s’ ground-breaking new take on knitwear but it was the number of ideas he could see in Corrie’s work that tipped the balance in her favour.
All three are in Paris. Corrie joined previous winners Eun Jeong & JENA.THEO in our first Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden space at, and thanks to, Atmosphere’s in the Jardin de Tuilerie and Alice & Jade were at ZipZone.
The only other thing to tell you is that Corrie Nielsen wull be moving into our second studio in Somerset House where JENA.THEO are already based and her equipment has been kindly donated by Threadneedle Company and Kennet & Lindsell. She will show her first independent collection at London Fashion Week in February.
But before this, we have a very exciting Accessories Award to announce….so watch this space!
Personally, I am already excited, thinking about who John will choose as our Fashion fringe at Covent Garden finalists next year!
See some pictures from this year’s event on our Event Pages.