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NAHM Fall/Winter 2012Tommy Hilfiger's daughter didn't need his help with her fashion line.

The legendary designer is thrilled with his offspring Ally's new line NAHM - which she worked on with design partner Nary Manivong - and says it looked better than it had in previews when the collection was presented at New York Fashion Week this week.

"I love it. I saw some of the samples, but now seeing them on the models, they look great. [Did I help?]I put my three cents in and they give me a couple of pennies back. They know exactly what they're doing. They have a very specific point of view," Hilfiger said.

Ally said the collection was inspired by vintage prints and "strong, powerful women." She told People, "We're growing our customer up a bit, but she's also this very effortless, intellectual woman."

The designer sourced some of the floral and Egyptian-influenced fabrics from her own vintage collection: "They're recolored and resized."


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Henry HollandHenry Holland is "delighted" to have been awarded sponsorship through the British Fashion Council's Fashion Forward scheme.

The 28-year-old designer - who was joined by fellow womenswear creators Louise Gray and Mary Katrantzou and menswear designer James Long in receiving the prestigious accolade - will receive a cash prize to assist him in showcasing collections for the next two consecutive seasons at London Fashion Week.

"I'm delighted to be receiving Fashion Forward sponsorship. It is a huge accolade for the brand and I am excited about what the future holds."

Established six years ago to provide funding to emerging British design talent, the BFC's Fashion Forward sponsorship has previously been awarded to the likes of Christopher Kane, Giles Deacon, Jonathan Saunders and Erdem.


Steven Kolb of the CFDADates for London and New York Fashion Weeks have changed in order to avoid a schedule conflict. NYFW will now take place from September 6 until September 13 this year while London will immediately follow from September 14 to September 18.

Moving LFW one week earlier than normal will help to avoid a clash with Milan Fashion Week which kicks off on September 19. "Both committees remain committed to finding a long term solution that would see a confirmed Fashion Season where brands and designer businesses in all four fashion capitals (New York, London, Milan and Paris), can plan for the long term and when exceptional circumstances arise there is dialogue and empathy to find a solution that works for all," said a statement from the British Fashion Council.

Steven Kolb of the Council of Fashion Designers of America added, "We've been back and forth on this. People are anxious and need to know the dates. There's no value for the cities to compete. In the spirit of working together, London and New York are in agreement that we will go in the earlier period, but with the hope that the four cities will come out of this confusion and work together to plan future show weeks. We need to begin to look at the fashion season not as individual fashion weeks, but very much as a global business."


Jamie Bell, Adrien Brody, and Willem Dafoe for Prada

Jamie Bell has walked the runway for Prada's menswear show. Miuccia Prada - who has been at the helm of the Italian fashion house since 1978 - recruited some of Hollywood's hottest stars, including Jamie, Adrien Brody, William Dafoe and Gary Oldman, to model the Fall/Winter menswear collection at Milan Fashion Week.

Jamie, however, admitted the experience accentuated his insecurities about his looks and made him realize how "short" he actually is: "You suddenly see how short you are. You discover nervous twitches in your face you didn't know you had, and you don't know where to look."

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Alexa ChungAlexa Chung admits her new fashion TV show is "really intense." The British beauty - who creates her own fashion range as well as TV presenting and DJ-ing - admits "24 Hour Catwalk," where designers are challenged to create a runway collection in a day, is tough and she believes even she began to go crazy as she had to stay up as long as the contestants.

"It's a very mean show. It's really intense. There's designers - there's a first round challenge where two of them go, and then the next two are really excited and pumped to be through and then we're like, 'Wait, you have to create a collection in 24 hours'. So then they have to stay awake all through the night. It's very mean, they get very emotional. But it also involves me staying up for 24 hours too! By episode six I was losing my mind," she said when speaking about the show on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Alexa is loved by many designers, with Christopher Kane previously stating she manages to always look phenomenal: "It was just one of those things. She contacts me, she wanted to wear something so it's great. She looks phenomenal, she always does."


Tina and Beyonce Knowles at LFW for House of DereonBeyonce Knowles made sure to compliment every one of the models during her House of Dereon show during London Fashion Week.

The singer-and-actress - who is expecting her first child with husband Jay-Z - and her mother Tina unveiled their collection at exclusive store Selfridges on Saturday, and the models admit she was a pleasure to work for.

"The show was all about power and attitude and having fun which made me really excited as many shows only want models to display the clothes. When Beyonce came in, she complimented all of us. I told her how beautiful her collection was and how I really loved the feather accessory from my first look. Then I bent forward and tickled the feather on her face - haha! She was lovely and was glowing, an image of pregnant perfection," said Leomie Anderson.

Malaika Firth added, "Walking for Beyonce's House of Deron was possibly the best experience of my life yet alone my career. I never knew that I'd get the chance to work with her and I was so excited when she came backstage to talk to all of us!"


D&G Spring/Summer 2012Dolce & Gabbana is folding its D&G line. The Italian fashion house - made of designer duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana - have decided to end the brand to concentrate on their signature Dolce & Gabbana line.

In a statement, they said the move would give "even more strength and energy to our collections." It means yesterday's D&G show at Milan Fashion Week was the last for the range, and the company will be incorporating the D&G line into its signature line.

D&G is a slightly more casual line and is the younger, more flamboyant line of the brand. Unlike Dolce & Gabbana, D&G sells watches as well as clothing. While they are getting rid of the D&G line, Domenico and Stefano recently revealed they are embracing technology and selling their collections on the internet as they want to give everyone the chance to buy their designs.

"It's a retail channel we are very interested in, because it gives everybody the chance to experiment with the Dolce & Gabbana world. You don't have to live in a big city - you just have to own a computer," Domenico said. "Luxury is not a static concept, but it shapes and changes with society. Now somebody who might not have the time to come to one of our boutiques can shop online," Stefano added.


Victoria Beckham and daughter Harper at NYFW

Victoria Beckham has jetted in to New York ahead of her show at New York Fashion Week. The singer-turned-designer - who was accompanied by her eight-week-old daughter, Harper Seven, as she arrived yesterday - will present her Spring/Summer 2012 collection on Sunday at the New York Public Library, and Victoria has recently revealed both she and her little girl were excited about the event.

"Mummy and baby Harper are very excited for fashion week!!! X VB Casting in NY! Today I'm wearing #victoriabeckham and Baby Harper wearing Makie, excited for FW! x VB (sic)" she wrote on her Twitter.

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Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2011For his Fall/Winter 2011 collection, Marc Jacobs wanted "severity and fetish."

The line look focuses on sexiness, and the designer says he was keen to take his new line to the limit: "I wanted severity and fetish. It was about rules and dress codes which are taken to different places and made a bit caricature."

However, fellow his fellow designer Phoebe Philo wanted her collection to be a little more reserved. "I like the idea of women not showing too much, of being quite reserved in a way, and quite covered," The Celine sartorialist said.

As well as his "fetish" collection, Marc recently revealed he is to create a plus-sized clothing line. The designer will become the first top fashion label to create clothes for women above a US Size 12, as he feels females with bigger body shapes should be able to have as much choice as those with slimmer frames. "We are in talks now. For plus sizes. Listen, we are in the very beginning stages of talking to a partner about plus sizes. I'm a big guy 6ft 4in, 210 lbs. It's not easy for me to find clothes. Of course I can have them made. I know how everyone feels. I try to diet but... I don't like the phrase plus-sizes. Any suggestions? We gotta do larger sizes. I'm with you. As soon as I get back to NY. I'm on it! It will take me about a year. But stay with us. (sic)" Robert Duffy - president of the Marc Jacobs label - told followers of his Twitter.

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Zac PosenZac Posen is to return to New York Fashion Week. The US designer will show his Spring/Summer 2012 collection on September 11 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, a year after moving to Paris to show his eponymous collection in the French capital.

"Paris is wonderful but it just feels like the right time to show in New York," said Zac, who still presented his Z Spoke by Zac Posen diffusion line in his hometown.

"For the Zac Posen Collection, I wanted to give a different voice and focus in the international fashion arena. Obviously, New York has been extremely supportive of me and the stars were aligned to base Z Spoke in my hometown. I have learned over the past 10 years to trust my instinct, to have fun with experimentation and to innovate. I do not see this choice as a focus on Europe, rather, it's about taking a risk, which is something that is important to do as a creator in order to evolve," he said at the time of his move to Paris.


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