Professor Frances Corner, Head of London College of Fashion opened the 3rd annual Kering Talk with the comment that when LCF moves to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2020, all the faculties and facilities will be under one roof, giving the students and teaching staff "literally the space to think".
The purity of the vision for Plexal arises from the stunning blank canvas and expansive space occupying the 68000 square feet ground floor of Here East, nestled into a corner of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park overlooking Hackney Wick and bordering the canal, with impressive terraces looking out across London city.
With Londoner Mariah Idrissi featured in a hijab on the H&M 'close the loop' recycling campaign video, it seems that everyone wants the Muslim fashionistas. Marketers have woken up to Ramadan as a potential parallel to Christmas - another festival that can be commercialised once brands realise that Muslim women often buy new clothes to wear or to gift at holiday time.
The response to an atrocity in fashion, such as the devastating Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh, can be powerful, reverberating outwards to significantly amplify a push towards change. Through working hand in hand with partners in industry and business and through education how can we ensure this much needed change becomes embedded?
Mrs B commands a majestic entrance, coming up on to the dramatically lit stage of the evening talk in her name at London's Arts Club. If not for the dark dress (Lanvin, beautifully tailored) and unusual, striking jewellery, I would swear I might have mistaken her for a matriarch of a more majestic sort.
Dublin-born, London-based menswear designer Sean McGirr takes inspiration from music and art to create fashion that captures "the pureness of the teenage spirit".
Want to know who the next Alexander McQueen or Stella McCartney is? The next big name in British fashion? Me too, which is why I went along to the London College of Fashion's MA exhibition private view last Tuesday night to see if I could hunt down some future fashion design stars amongst the many graduates on show.