By and  on September 4, 2007

This season, London’s old guard is coming home: Matthew Williamson, Luella Bartley and Stella McCartney are all returning with a string of shows, parties and openings. Williamson is switching from New York to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his company with a show, party and exhibition at London’s Design Museum; Bartley will show in London again to mark the opening of her first stand-alone store in Mayfair, and McCartney will close London Fashion Week, which runs from Sept. 15 to 20, with a show of her collection for Adidas.

But they’re not the only foreign transfers this season. Charles Anastase, who previously has shown in Paris, will move to London Fashion Week, as will Armand Basi, the Spanish label now designed by Markus Lupfer. Meanwhile, first-timers include Philip Colbert and Richard Ascott, who design under the Rodnik label; Gavin Douglas, winner of last year’s Fashion Fringe competition, and knitwear designer Clare Tough.

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