FASHION POLITICS: “I am soooo psyched! There’s a Lowry at the top of the stairs ­ the most beautiful one I’ve ever seen!” marveled Christopher Bailey from the hallowed halls of 10 Downing Street ­ the British Prime Minister’s office and residence ­ during a party Friday night to kick off London Fashion Week.


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Ever the culture vulture, Bailey was referring to a painting by the British painter L.S. Lowry ­ one of his all-time favorites.


Meanwhile, other guests, including Henry Holland, Gareth Pugh, Roksanda Ilincic, Stephen Jones, Osman Yousefzada, Clare Waight Keller and Maria
Kastani eyeballed the portraits of Queen Elizabeth I and other British icons during the cocktail hosted by Britain’s First Lady Sarah Brown and Maggie Darling, wife of Alistair Darling, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer.


“We’re in the house of power,” said a wonder-struck Yousefzada. “It’s a totally surreal experience.” Indeed, Matthew Williamson posed for a quick photo in front of the prime minister’s front door, prompting some guests to speculate what Britain might be like with a designer at the political helm.


“Well, it would certainly be a more colorful country, wouldn’t it?” said Joseph Velosa, Williamson’s business partner, with a sly smile.

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