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Brown Brings Fashion to Number 10

Brown hosts the reception to celebrate 25 years of London Fashion Week.

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Naomi Campbell Julien Macdonald and Sarah Brown

BLACK ON BROWN: So what was beleaguered British Prime Minister Gordon Brown doing slapping fellow Scotsman Graeme Black on the back Monday night during a cocktail reception at Number 10 Downing Street? Were the two comparing family tartans? Discussing haggis recipes? No, Brown was thanking Black for dressing his wife Sarah, who hosted the reception to celebrate 25 years of London Fashion Week. Black will be dressing Brown for her appearance at Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief event on Wednesday night, and for a Unicef event that takes place in New York later this year. “Sarah’s my kinda woman,” said Black, who showed an ethereal collection on Sunday. “She’s sharp, beautiful - and half-Scottish.”

Also at the reception, The British Fashion Council unveiled plans to establish a fund to support new designers’ businesses and to strengthen London fashion’s international presence. The new project, inspired by the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund and meant to mark the 25th anniversary of London Fashion Week, already has backing from Topshop owner Sir Philip Green, and the British model Erin O’Connor, who is also a vice-chairman of London Fashion Week. BFC chairman Harold Tillman said the first awards would be given to designers next year. “This is not just about giving back,” Tillman told the crowd of fashion press, PRs, and designers. “This is about the health of the industry which has made our reputations.” The cheeky Tillman added: “I have the names and phone numbers of every single person in this room, and make no mistake you will be hearing from me. I expect you to be very generous indeed.”  

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