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Some peoplecontemporary economists, most historians, journalists on every inhabited continent, academic and professional political scientists, not a few government officials, etchave taken to suggesting that Britain is facing inexorable decline. Having once ruled the high seas and controlled an empire upon which the sun never set, the Brits have seemingly shifted their focus from having a navy to obsessing over "Jersey Shore" knockoffs.
Quite the opposite, says the tourism board officials at VisitBritain. Not only is 2012 going to be the best year ever, but the United Kingdom itself is simply great! To show you just how great the United Kingdom is, and also to "deliver long-term economic benefits from the unprecedented level of interest generated by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games," they've launched a tourism campaign called GREAT.
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Gatwick's newly refurbished Virgin Atlantic lounge
For over a year now, London's Gatwick Airport has been pushing their images as fashionable airport, but now they are actually doing something about it; Gatwick is hosting their own Fashion Week.
Heaven knows what exactly they'll be showing on the other sort of runway; maybe the latest chinos from Brooks Brothers or some trenches from Burberry? You know, the typical upscale airport retailer stuff. Anyway, Racked informs us that the event takes place next Thursday, August 5 through Sunday, August 9. The star celeb of Gatwick Fashion Week will be none other than British supermodel (and fiery redhead) Lily Cole.
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It's that time of the year again! That's rightthe semiannual New York Fashion Week officially starts tomorrow, and will wreak havoc on the Big Apple for seven straight days full of private runway shows which cause models and the international fashion types to overflow into all of the trendy restaurants and clubs, but also a few of the city's most touristed locations. Let's take a look at those now, so that you can either avoid or stalk the fashion folk this week.
Top 5 NYC tourist sites affected by Fashion Week, after the jump
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If you're in New York City right now, then you might have noticed how there are many more beautiful people than usual walking up and down the sidewalks of SoHo and lounging in hotel lobbies. This is because on Thursday begins the weeklong (Thursday-Thursday) semiannual New York Fashion Week, which not only takes over all of Bryant Park with tents to house the runways, but also the spirit of the city as the money rolls in.
Typically, runway shows are limited to the industry: photographers, press and buyers. But with every fashion week comes more and more opportunities to buy your way in, and we've got three sure ways to reserve your spot in the audience, while celebrities and models swarm around you.
Three ways to get tickets to the runway shows at New York Fashion Week, after the jump
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Can you feel that electricity in the air? It's fashion...or rather, it's probably the static electricity of fashionistas donning their trendiest wool ensembles for winter fashion weeks around the world.
Just yesterday began the short-but-sweet Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Berlin. They won't be driving cars down catwalks, no, as Mercedes is only a sponsor, but Berlin is a welcome start to the fashion week season as the city climbs in cool factor.
After the jump, where the real focus is this year
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Just like dineLA's recently extended Restaurant Week, Los Angeles Fashion Week has turned into more of a Fashion Month. We're the first to admit that Los Angeles is no New York when it comes to carrying fashion heft, but there's talent floating around the 405, especially in the Downtown Fashion District. Since early October, various shopping events, trunk shows, previews, and the like, have been taking place around town in celebration of the city's well-known and emerging designers.
Edgy denim label Rock & Republic recently held a collaboration launch party with Essie, and former Robertson Boulevard super-boutiques Madison and Diavolina celebrated their West Third flagship store launch last Thursday with stylists and respected denim designers Emily Current and Merritt Elliott of Current/Elliott. But as Los Angeles is all about what's new and what's next, one of the more anticipated events coming up this month is Gen Art's Fresh Faces in Fashion show on Thursday, October 29th from 7:00 to 11:00 PM.
The City of Lights will become the City of Photographer Flash Strobes in the next 24 hours as Paris Fashion Week officially begins tomorrow and runs through Thursday, October 8. Although this means that Paris will be on its best behavior with gleaming-clean upscale restaurants, the best window displays, and serious eye candy walking down the street, it also means that private parties and fashion shows will possibly clog up some of the sights that tourists regularly hit.
Since we want you to get the most out of Paris in the autumn, with a dash of the glamor of the Fashion Week thrown in, we'll let you in on the places to either hit or skipdepending on how much you love big crowds of pretentious peoplein Paris for the next ten days:
Top 5 Paris tourist sites affected by Fashion Week, after the jump
There is always something happening in New York City, whether its food-related like Restaurant Week, movie-related like the Tribeca Film Festival or any of the movies filming on the street, or just plain old party-related for the heck of throwing a good time. Come this September, NYC's crowded social calendar gets yet another doozy of an event added: Fashion's Night Out.
Only, this night of fashion designers and culture arbiters mixing with shoppers won't be restricted to the Big Apple; it's going global with simultaneous events all around Europe, in Brazil, Russia, China, India, Japan and Taiwan. Stores will stay open until 11pm for the revelry.
To be frank, we're pretty damn excited for this to go down on September 10, which is also the eve of New York's Fashion Week. It's also the day before September 11, and Fashion's Night Out is paying respect to this by donating all proceeds from the sale of their T-shirts to the 9/11 Memorial Fund.
Now onto the parties and events...
The bankers from whose coffers designer clothing is bought may have lost their jobs, but the show must go on at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York -- and at least for now, no one is staying away, even if the clothes aren't as butterfly-vivid as before.
Fashion research firm Pantone announced the official color of fashion week was "iron," a grayish-brown they found in almost one in every six collections being put on. Some designers countered allegations of insensitive frivolity in this climate with toned-down looks, the kind women might actually wear straight off the runway. That meant black turtlenecks at DKNY, brightly colored accent pieces (to mix and match with what you already own) at Diane von Furstenberg and lots of dull grays in the Calvin Klein men's collection.
No tans please: Lily Allen, Dita Von Teese and Katy Perry represent the palest of the pale in the front row of the Christian Dior show at Paris Fashion Week.
A recent New York Times story quipped "the sun never sets on the runway" with the proliferation of Fashion Weeks worldwide. Paris is even safer than New York, considering many of the classic ateliers like Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel are still open there. But "Islands of the World Fashion Week" in the Bahamas sounds like a fashion editor's excuse to take a vacation.
· There Are So Many Fashion Weeks Each Year, You Cannot Attend Them All [NYT]
· M.I.A. Catches the Fashion Week Bug [Jaunted]
· Celeb Travel coverage [Jaunted]
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It was a veritable reality show love-fest at the Semi Precious Weapons Fashion Week Party at Rebel in Manhattan Monday night: "Real World: Brooklyn"'s resident Mormon skaterboi Chet Cannon got cozy with ANTM's Whitney Thompson.
More of the cast was also in the house, dancing it up in the front row before partying with the glam rockers.
Justin isn't the only singer getting inspired by Fashion Week...
British/Sri Lankan hip-hopper M.I.A. is out with a cheeky "Fashion Week surprise," a limited run of self-designed merch that reflects by her colorful on-stage persona.
M.I.A. has had a busy travel year: After getting engaged at our request, she canceled the last leg of her world tour earlier this year due to exhaustion, and has since been busy building schools in Liberia. Not sure when she found time to become a designer too!
· A Fashion Week Surprise [M.I.A.'s MySpace Blog]
· M.I.A. Store [Official Site]
· Fashion Week Travel: Dress Like Justin Timberlake [Jaunted]
· Thanks, Readers! M.I.A. Getting Engaged, No Funny Business [Jaunted]