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GALLIANO’S YOUNG GUNS: Kate Moss, Daphne Guinness, Stephen Jones, Erdem Moralioglu and Gareth Pugh turned out to the Ivy Club Friday night to help John Galliano kick-start his tenure as chairman of Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden, the annual U.K.-based talent contest. “Fashion is currently in a strange place, which isn’t particularly creative,” said the British fashion journalist Colin McDowell. “I think designers are being frankly encouraged to be lazy.” Nick Knight rebuked him. “I’ve been working for 25 years in fashion, and I think this is probably the most exciting time I’ve experienced. The whole of the industry is in a state of flux since the advent of the Internet.” Raising his voice, McDowell shot back, “But you are not talking about the designers, which is what I’m talking about. I think in the last five years the creative spirit has moved to photographers, stylists and filmmakers, and what they do with the clothes is more important for us generally than what the designers actually set out to do.” Galliano interjected, “They wouldn’t have those pieces if we hadn’t created them first.”
Galliano also revealed the three finalists of this year’s award: Alice Palmer, Corrie Nielson and Jade Kang. The scheme, which supports emerging British design talent, will see the young designers compete for the award worth 100,000 pounds, or $145,000, during London Fashion Week in September.