Tom Ford to make London Fashion Week debut

07:12 18 February 2013

Tom Ford will make his London debut. File picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Tom Ford will make his London debut. File picture: Ian West/PA Wire

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Burberry and Tom Ford are expected to catch the eye in two of London Fashion Week’s most eagerly awaited shows.

British favourite Burberry will lay out the red carpet in a marquee in the grounds of Kensington Gardens this afternoon, while the US designer’s show will take place later this evening.

Today is the penultimate day of the fashion extravaganza, which attracts a global audience of fashionistas.

Organisers were hoping for an unprecedented US audience at this season’s event as Ford leads a host of key buyers from across the Atlantic.

Making his London debut, Ford, a former Gucci designer, has previously opted to unveil his collections at low-key private presentations in front of select audiences.

Yesterday fashion icon Dame Vivienne Westwood called on the Duchess of Cambridge to stop buying so many different outfits and instead make more of an effort to be environmentally friendly by re-wearing what she has.

Before her London Fashion Week showcase at the Saatchi Gallery, Dame Vivienne said that when Kate goes to so much effort to find an outfit that looks good, she should wear it more often, and in doing so set a good example.

The designer, who believes in quality over quantity, disapproves of Kate’s expansive wardrobe.

She said: “I don’t have any advice to her, except I think it would be great if she wore the same clothes over and again, because that’s very good for the environment and it would send out a very nice message.

“If you’re going to all that trouble to get an outfit that suits you, then you should keep on wearing it.

“I mean, you don’t have to have a red outfit one day and then something almost the same in blue the next.”

After his showcase in Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House, designer Matthew Williamson expressed his opposition to Westwood’s comments on Kate, who has been pictured wearing his designs.

“She has a lot to do doesn’t she? So she needs a good wardrobe. So, no, I disagree,” he said.

When asked if a girl can ever have too many clothes, Williamson said: “Of course not.”

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