Despite the bad omens — the introduction of two apparel lines designed by British celebs; Burberry's abandonment of its signature plaid pattern; the fact that the big fashion editors haven't shown up to London's Fashion Week in ages — Richard Bradbury, chair of the UK's Graduate Fashion Week, insists that the state of British fashion is strong. Sure, he says, the big talent — native sons and foreigners alike — have been choosing to show elsewhere (Milan, Paris, New York, blah, blah, blah) but this is a reflection of, as another Fashion Week poohbah puts it, an "exporting of creativity." There's that English joie de vivre we love so dearly! After all, why stay home when you can colonize?

Fashion Forward [The Guardian]