P411 Teletext 410 Oct 2 21:01:00             ————————————————————————————    LIFE IN THE STYLISH LANE It's glamorous, star-studded and brimming with outlandish designs which always hit the headlines - but as likely to hit the high street as bin bags trimmed with barbed wire. So was London Fashion Week no more than a collection of unwearable designs and a chance for extravagant air kissing? We asked Andrew Tucker, author of new glossy title The London Fashion Book, to spill the beans... ——————————————————————————————————1/6—— by Mandy Marodeen WIN A VIDEO RECORDER p413 Pen Pals Garden Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 411 Oct 2 21:01:01             ————————————————————————————    LIFE IN THE STYLISH LANE The difference between the big shows (Milan, Paris, New York) and London Fashion Week is commercialism, says British fashion expert Andrew Tucker. "The New York collections are often about the massive marketing machine whereas London Fashion Week is more about ideas. "And our diversity of designers, from Thomasz Starzewski to Alexander McQueen make London very exciting," he adds. ——————————————————————————————————2/6—— Win tickets to the wood show 415 NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 Pen Pals Garden Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 410 Oct 2 21:00:01             ————————————————————————————    LIFE IN THE STYLISH LANE The theatrical nature of some of the shows in London Fashion Week is part of the richness of the event, says expert Andrew Tucker. "A designer such as Alexander McQueen made a statement by using a model who has wooden legs. "But whereas a lot of young designers used to have the hype without the business sense, now they're much more canny and have both," he says. ——————————————————————————————————3/6—— WIN a video recorder 413 NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 Pen Pals Garden Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 410 Oct 2 21:00:02             ————————————————————————————    LIFE IN THE STYLISH LANE While Andrew Tucker admits to plenty of air kissing this week, the fashion expert points out that London Fashion Week is also hard work. "It's total havoc. You shoot back and forth across the city. None of the shows finish until late at night - some don't even begin until 10pm. "And fashion journalists aren't very nice people," he adds. "It's back- stabbing, but that's part of the fun!" ——————————————————————————————————4/6—— Glorious versatility of ginger 417 IN-DEPTH TAROT READINGS p623 Pen Pals Garden Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 419 Oct 2 21:00:02             ————————————————————————————    LIFE IN THE STYLISH LANE Reporting hot from London Fashion Week, Andrew Tucker predicts colour, beads and linen as trends for next season. "After all the sludge greys around now, there's lots of rainbow colours such as bright green, yellow and red as well as lots more pink," he says. "Pretty feminine looks are still here but less 'twee' and an element of craftmanship - hand-embroidery and stitching - is very important." ——————————————————————————————————5/6—— WIN a video recorder 413 CORNWELL'S LATEST MYSTERY p414 Pen Pals Garden Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 411 Oct 2 21:05:01             ————————————————————————————    LIFE IN THE STYLISH LANE A triumph for British designers, London Fashion Week is also a chance for the models to strutt their stuff. But Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell failed to show this year. So did anyone miss them? "The day of the supermodel is well and truly over," says expert Andrew Tucker. "Fashion is about clothes, not models. "The designers aren't interested in the supermodels any more. They're just too commercial," he adds. ——————————————————————————————————6/6—— A cool club for your teen 140 The London Fashion Book Thames & Hudson £18.95 Pen Pals Garden Recipe Total Ents