Alaïa's Italians... Heading to Blass?... Beth Ditto, Burning Bright...

The Memphis Group, the colorful Italian design and architecture movement from the Eighties, is on display at designer Azzedine Alaïa’s gallery in Paris.

LONDON LUMINARIES: The British Fashion Council is celebrating its 25th anniversary by honoring a leading London fashion figure at its annual British Fashion Awards in December. The winner of the onetime award, called London 25, will be decided by a public vote being held on the British Fashion Awards’ Web site, According to the BFC, the winner should embody “the spirit of London,” alongside acting as an international ambassador for the city’s fashion industry. The BFC has posted a list of suggested nominees for whom visitors can vote on the site, which includes designers Alexander McQueen and Sir Paul Smith; fashion plates Sienna Miller, Alexa Chung and Kate Moss, and retail figures such as Topshop owner Sir Philip Green and Joan Burstein of Browns. The winner will be revealed at the Dec. 9 ceremony to be held at London’s Royal Courts of Justice.

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