LONDON SHOWS’ NEW HOME: London Fashion Week is heading to the bright lights of central London. After being held at the British Fashion Council’s tents at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington for four years, the London shows will move to Somerset House, an 18th-century neoclassical museum and cultural space near Covent Garden, in September. “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Somerset House to develop London Fashion Week’s profile and…utilize the architecturally interesting spaces to make the venue our new home,” said Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council. London Fashion Week’s move to Somerset House will also coincide with an exhibition staged by photographer Nick Knight’s multimedia Web site SHOWstudio, which will be held there from Sept. 18 through Dec. 20.
VENETIAN KINDS: Get ready for gondola chic. Karl Lagerfeld is already thinking about his cruise collection for Chanel, and plans to show it May 14 in Venice, on the famous Lido Beach.
HYERES TODAY: Belgian Kris Van Assche will preside over the jury at the 24th International Fashion and Photography Festival in Hyères, France in late April. The designer, who is also Dior Homme’s artistic director, will be joined on the jury by actress and filmmaker Zoe Cassavetes, photographer Nan Goldin and Dazed & Confused’s editor in chief Jefferson Hack. Their task will be to select a winner from among 10 budding designers. Talents discovered at the festival in the past include Viktor & Rolf and Gaspard Yurkievich.