- Title: UNITED KINGDOM: London Fashion Week closes with Boy George collection
- Date: 23rd February 2006
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (English) BOY GEORGE, SINGER AND FASHION DESIGNER, SAYING: "It's all about creativity. It's just the same thing. Music and fashion walk hand-in-hand and always have done."
- Embargoed: 10th March 2006 12:00
- Location: United Kingdom
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA419Q1J75430P9NJO4RTP9H671
- Story Text: Boy George's label B-Rude, in its first London Fashion Week appearance, closed the five-day event on Saturday (February 18). The grand finale was part of the star-studded line-up event organisers were hoping for as they aimed to give shows in Paris, Milan and New York a run for their money. A total of 170 designers showed off their creations for autumn and winter in almost 50 shows held at the event's main venue, London's Natural History Museum, as well as off-venue sites. The B-Rude design gang - Boy George, Mike Nicholls, and Tim Perkins - moved their show to London after two seasons in New York, where their label was born in 2004. Their catwalk display didn't disappoint those familiar with the range as its designers combined cheery with cheeky, putting sparkling safety pins on mini skirts and pasting peace signs on camouflage prints.
Mike Nicholls has collaborated with George for years on clothes and stage costumes. He had his own label, selling through a shop called Spend Spend Spend in the nineties. Designer Tim Perkins joined the duo when George needed to design the costumes for his stage show Taboo. The brand, for both men and women, is already sold in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo and a London store is planned for this spring.
While the London event has attracted criticism for failing to hold on to established home-grown names like Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, it has become renowned for showcasing cutting-edge work.
Ashish Gupta, a three times New Generation winner first burst onto the London Fashion Week runways in 2004. This season his clothes exuded vibrant colour and sparkle, managing to be both sophisticated and trashy at once.
His collection, which also includes accessories, is hand-made in India in his own in-house workrooms and has attracted the attention of trend-setters like Victoria Beckham and Madonna.
Born in Delhi, his plans to work in a Paris design studio were foiled when his bag containing his entire portfolio of work and his cash was stolen at the Gare du Nord. He quietly began making clothes for friends until spotted by London retailer Browns Focus who gave him his first order in 2001.
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