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It’s not every day that designers and their ilk get asked to Number 10 Downing Street for Champagne with the Prime Minister, but that’s just what happened when British First Lady Sarah Brown threw a cocktail party to mark 25 years of London Fashion Week. Guests including Diane von Furstenberg, Luella Bartley, Matthew Williamson, Giles Deacon, Gareth Pugh, Nicole Farhi, Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, Tamara Mellon and Joan Burstein gathered in the Pillared Room of the PM’s office and residence, under a giant oil painting of Queen Elizabeth I.
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During the evening, the British Fashion Council unveiled plans for a fund to support new designers’ businesses and to strengthen London fashion’s international presence. The project, inspired by the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund and meant to mark London Fashion Week’s 25th anniversary, has backing so far from Topshop owner Sir Philip Green and the British model Erin O’Connor. CFDA chief von Furstenberg hobnobbed with her Italian counterpart, Mario Boselli, head of Italy’s Camera Nazionale della Moda, while Gordon Brown made a big fuss over fellow Scotsman Graeme Black, who is dressing the British First Lady for some upcoming events. “Sarah’s my kinda woman,” said Black. “She’s sharp, beautiful—and half Scottish.”
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