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London Fashion Week is on, and while the much buzzed about Burberry show is leading headlines, we're more interested in Paul Smith's choice of venue for his F/W collection: The Savoy.
The iconic Fairmont property reopened this October after a nearly three-year renovation, a theme of reinvention that also carried through to the catwalk. Smith's show was centered on modern spins for women drawn from his classic menswear looks. He told the AFP "It was a collection that was going back to my roots."
While Fashion Week is drawing to a close, you can still get in on the Savoy, particularly now that the reopening frenzy has died down. Rooms in March start at £295 a night, a much better deal than the £485 the hotel was asking in October. We're taking it as a sign that overpaying for a luxury hotel is so last season.
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London Fashion Week may have just ended, and the "Fash Pack" of editors, celebrities and photographers may have moved on to the runways of Milan, but that doesn't mean that London's shows are quickly forgotten. British designer Paul Smith, best known for his creative, yet proper, approach to men's suiting has just opened a jewelbox of a womenswear store, and it's nestled inside the swank Claridge's Hotel in the Mayfair neighborhood.
Claridge's is perfect for it, since they are far more fashion-happy than your average luxury hotel. Last Christmas, their lobby Christmas tree was a custom tree by John Galliano for Christian Dior design, and the hotel has just unveiled a complement of Diane Von Furstenberg-designed suites.