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BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL AND BAZAAR ANNOUNCE ARTS FOUNDATION: The British Fashion Council and British Harper’s Bazaar have founded the British Fashion Council/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation with the aim to “nurture collaborations and foster relationships between fashion, film, music and art talent.”

“The London scene has always been known for its collaborations, but we wanted to put fashion at its center,” said Caroline Rush, chief executive of the BFC at London’s Shoreditch House, where the partnership launched with a cocktail party Thursday night.

The foundation will begin with a collaboration with Sony Music that will include a biannual series of CDs under the label “The Collection — London Fashion Week,” with each CD’s music selected by a different designer. The first CD has been curated by Christopher Bailey, chief creative officer of Burberry, who has selected acoustic tracks by artists including David Bowie and One Night Only for the release, and designed the disc’s cover. The CD will be released Sept. 20 during London Fashion Week. Sony will also host live music sessions at Somerset House, the London Fashion Week venue. In turn, Rush said, the BFC will arrange for London designers to dress Sony’s emerging artists.

Alison Edmond, Los Angeles editor of Harper’s Bazaar UK, will serve as the foundation’s British ambassador in Los Angeles and Soho House Group is also involved in the foundation.

— Nina Jones

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