London Fashion Week Gives Fog The Finger

NFL exec: Team in London ‘clearly’ not happening soon

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Although London is known for being the most eclectic and unpredictable of the fashion capitals, there were a few themes that emerged from the dozens of runways. Romance was in the air for many designers, with many catwalks awash in pretty pastels, petal appliques and floral prints and embellishments. All shades of pink were popular. Temperley London went for the kind of classic old Hollywood glamor it relishes, with grand silk ball gowns and matching opera coats in shades of rose, powdery carnation pink, and rich fuchsias, while at Burberry feminine sheer lace pencil dresses in sugary pastels were worn with soft cashmere sweaters and coats for a sophisticated and sexy look. Preen chose to feature a bright neon pink, which appeared on plastic and rubberized dresses and raincoats. Volume was big, too, with many trapeze shapes and floor-sweeping gowns and wide-leg trousers seen at shows including Mulberry and Erdem. This being London, many designers were impossible to fit into any talk of trends. Vivienne Westwood produced a collection featuring her signature draped dresses and tailored separates, though those designs were sidelined by a modern dance performance with an environmentalist message by model Lily Cole. Christopher Kane, known for his quirky and imaginative designs, showed futuristic dresses that looked like they could be Star Trek costumes and floral prints that looked like biology text book illustrations. Bay Garnett, a stylist for British Vogue, said that Kane and Meadham Kirchhoff, which showed Tuesday, stood out as two of her highlights of the week because they were so creative.”It’s so imaginative. It’s the kind of eclecticism, the kind of spirit of Britishness, I think,” she said.


We know a significant portion of those will also watch the games week-in, week-out, and buy all of our products.” The league also has offices in Canada, Mexico and China, plus a significant presence in Japan. The Buffalo Bills have played a regular-season game per season in Toronto since 2008. The 49ers and Arizona Cardinals played in Mexico City in 2005. A preseason game in Shanghai could be next. But there is heavy focus on the UK market, where the Wembley event itself is the highest-grossing merchandise day that exists for any event in the country, Parsons said. The NFL is expanding its events throughout the fall, including an upcoming tour with the Lombardi Trophy, and technological advances are allowing more fans to access games played abroad. Several UK networks now air NFL games live. The NFL RedZone channel is available. Fans can pay 100 pounds for NFL Game Pass (the UK’s version of DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket). Even HBO’s “Hard Knocks” aired this year on Channel 4. Logistical issues aside, perhaps the biggest unknown when discussing the possibility of placing a team in London is whether UK fans from far beyond the city limits would be willing to make the trip for 10 home games a year, rather than just once or twice. “It’s a very small percentage of expats, Americans, coming to the game and a very high percentage of British people who come from all over the country to get some of their NFL fill,” Parsons said. “Will people come to every game if they’re coming down from Scotland?


It pisses people off. And so the colors come aggressively: bright reds and pinks, plaids, neons, prints. Coincidentally, I have just moved to the “London” of San Francisco, up in Golden Gate Heights, a very foggy part of the city. And damn if it hasn’t made me want more color around me. And so with this all close to my heart, I devour all that London Fashion Week has to offer. Much of it would look ridiculous on me riding Muni on my way to anywhere. But I don’t care. It’s fun and inspiring and entertaining and right now, that’s all I need. And a few Sharpies. So as I continue to organize my old clothes into my new closet up in the clouds, I’m pushing colors to the front, as a big “Fuck You” to the fog, my homage to London and Punks. Let’s all follow London’s lead and give fog, or anything dark and depressing and dull, the finger.