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12/02/07
London Fashion Week Gets Ready for Kate Moss and Co.
- Stars set to bask in black and gold, the eye-catching colour on first day

London Fashion Week Gets Ready for Kate Moss and Co.The Natural History Museum will have an extra touch of style all this week, with 48 London Fashion Week designers putting on catwalk shows by Friday.

Dublin-born designer Paul Costelloe kicked off Fashion Week on Sunday morning, presenting the first of the day’s three runway shows in the British Fashion Council tent outside the museum. Along with Costelloe, Caroline Charles and Ben de Lisi showed their upcoming autumn/winter collections.

One overarching colour trend became clear: black and gold. Designers focused on metallics, which we’ve seen for several fashion cycles, whether it was in the form of gold-beaded tops and jackets at Caroline Charles or a floor-length strapless gown at Ben de Lisi. Go for something shiny when buying your clothes this autumn.

Ben De Lisi won the day’s showstopper award. The designer, whose clients include Kate Winslet and Angelica Houston, themed his show "Decadence," and he gave the audience everything he promised. He worked mainly with a rich colour palate of golds, purples and black, and his silhouettes were fresh but body-conscious. (Translation: nothing looked like a sack, as can sometimes happen when designers try to play around with volume.)

His best creation? A sandy-coloured full-length strapless gown that hugged the body just enough before cascading down into beautiful drapes of fabric. A-list actresses, reserve your copy now for awards season.

Speaking of celebrities, London Fashion Week is expected to draw big names including Kate Moss, Madonna, American Vogue editor Anna Wintour - she hasn’t shown up for the past several years - and Mariah Carey. If you happen to be in the Cromwell Road area this week, keep your eyes peeled for familiar faces.

Nine designers will present their collections tomorrow, including new designer Duro Olowu, Richard Nicoll - who works with Kylie - Sophia Coppola, and Todd Lynn, a designer for Bono and Mick Jagger who only presented his first ready-to-wear collection last season.

London Fashion Week




12/02/07
The Queen Reigns Over Scottish King
- BAFTA best film award goes to favourite

The Queen Reigns Over Scottish KingTHE QUEEN reigned over the BAFTAs last night, earning the Best Film award, but some film industry insiders were surprised that the much-fancied movie only won one other gong – Best Actress for Dame Helen Mirren.

On accepting her award, Mirren spoke movingly of the influence on her career of Ian Richardson, who died last week. "I'm really not sure that I would be here today if it weren't for him," said Mirren, in reference to the actor’s support early in her acting life.

Other big winners were The Last King of Scotland, which nabbed three gongs including Best British Film, Little Miss Sunshine, the recipient of two gongs and Pan’s Labyrinth, which was also handed two.

The new venue of the Royal Opera House was judged a success, its stately interior matching the royal subject matter.

Winners:

Best Film - The Queen

The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year - The Last King of Scotland

The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in their First Feature Film - Red Road, director Andrea Arnold

The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction - Paul Greengrass, United 93

Best Original Screenplay Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine

Best Adapted Screenplay - Peter Morgan, Jeremy Brock, The Last King of Scotland

Film not in the English Language Pan's Labyrinth

Animated Feature Film - Happy Feet

Actor in a Leading Role - Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

Actress in a Leading Role - Helen Mirren, The Queen

Actor in a Supporting Role - Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine

Actress in a Supporting Role - Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music - Gustavo Santaolalla, Babel

Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki, Children of Men

Editing - United 93

Production Design - Children of Men

Sound - Casino Royale

Achievement in Special Visual Effects Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Make up and hair Pan's Labyrinth

Short animation Ian Gouldstone for Guy 101

Short Film Asitha Ameresekere, for Do Not Erase

The Orange Rising Star Award voted for by the public Eva Green, Casino Royale



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