The resulting images will be hosted on the Legends section of Belstaff’s website, which is already home to images of its oldest jackets and the icons who have worn them. Enhancing Show Experiences When it comes to the shows themselves this season, the two big moves come from Burberry and Topshop once again. Both are partnering with technology companies, albeit ones at radically opposite ends of the scale. Burberry is teaming with Apple to capture its Spring/Summer 2014 collection using a set of not-yet-released iPhone 5S devices. Its team will capture both photos and video of the runway looks as well as backstage, which will be shared via social media. It’s a promotional rather than an innovative partnership, a way to leverage the buzz created by Apple’s latest device. Having partnered with more established technology players in the past, this season Topshop has sought out a young mobile startup called Chirp to create a new experience for its show. Chirp is a mobile app that transmit images, notes or links through “digital birdsong” users post their content, then hit a yellow button to emit a unique 20-note chirp, which other devices running the app nearby can pick up. The retailer will be using the app to send out images, including prep and backstage shots, to attendees of the show via several “Chirp locations” around the event site. Its Oxford Circus store will also feature a Chirp and Twitter “garden” full of digital content for shoppers to explore. Other Content Highlights Other London designers will be sharing their collections via a variety of digital means. Twenty-nine of 58 shows will be live-streamed throughout the week, including 18 from Somerset House, eight from Topshops new Regents Park venue, and from off-site locations chosen by Burberry, Mulberry and Paul Smith. The Christopher Raeburn, Sister by Sibling and Simone Rocha shows will also be streamed directly to the BFC’s Twitter feed .
London shares jump on easing Syria fears
House Prices Rise to Record on London Surge By Fergal OBrien – 2013-09-13T08:23:17Z (Corrects to say trough instead of peak in second paragraph.) U.K. house prices rose to a record last month as government measures boosted demand and Londons property market continued to surge, Acadametrics said. Values increased 0.4 percent from July to an average 233,776 pounds ($370,000), the London-based real-estate researcher and LSL Property Services Plc (LSL) said in a report today. In London, prices have risen 40 percent from their trough in April 2009, compared with 16 percent nationally. The Bank of England-run Funding for Lending Scheme has helped to cut mortgage costs, while Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne s Help to Buy program allows people to purchase a home with a deposit of as little as 5 percent of the value of the property. The BOE has downplayed speculation that a bubble may be brewing, saying activity is still at a low level relative to its pre-crisis peak. The property market has turned over a new leaf after years of restrained activity, said Richard Sexton, director LSL unit e.surv. The government has been pivotal in providing the aid that the market has been craving for many years. Eight of the 10 regions tracked by LSL recorded price gains in the latest three months compared with a year earlier. In the southwest and Wales , where values fell, the declines eased, according to the report. Acadametrics estimates that completed housing transactions exceeded 70,000 in August for a second month. That would mark the first time that sales over two consecutive months have been above that level since November-December 2007, when transactions were 104,486 and 84,524.
U.K. House Prices Rise to Record on London Surge
The benchmark FTSE 100 index ending the day up 0.82 percent at 6,583.99 points. “Equity markets are rallying strongly … as the market reacts to better than expected industrial production numbers out of Beijing and reduced tensions around Syria,” said analyst Matt Basi at traders CMC Markets. “It seems global leaders are unanimous on the need to follow UN protocol and direct their efforts to intervene in the crisis down the correct channels, which makes a refreshing change to the ‘bomb first, argue later’ approach that markets had feared.” Traders seized on a possible breakthrough in the Syria crisis after Russia proposed a plan to avert a US-led strike on Damascus by securing a deal for the regime to destroy its chemical weapons. US President Barack Obama said the move could be a “significant breakthrough”, easing fears of an attack that many analysts fear could lead to a wider conflict in the Middle East. Airlines took advantage of the easing tensions with Easyjet rocketing its way to the top of the FTSE 100 leaderboard as the budget carrier soared by 7.18 percent to close at 1,358 pence. “The easing of tensions in Syria — due to the Russian comments and US President implying that military action may not be necessary — has seen airline shares bounce as tourists could be more willing to travel around the general Middle East region,” said Richard Hunter, analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown stockbrokers. The Syria news also pushed oil prices lower, which in turn cuts the cost of jet fuel for airlines. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) was also in demand and the beleaguered lender up 4.71 percent to close at 356 pence. On the London Bullion Market, gold prices retreated to $1,373 an ounce from $1,390. This had a knock-on effect on Randgold Resources as the Mali-based precious metal miner was the biggest faller, down 4.58 percent to close at 4689 pence. Fresnillo was also under heavy selling pressure and the Mexico-based miner saw its shares tumble 3.47 percent to close at 1225 pence.
London Fashion Week Opens With Range of Styles
Turkish designer Bora Aksu, the first to show over the 5-day event, started things off on a bright, cheerful note with a collection of sweet, doll-like dresses and skirts in lemon yellows, blues and bright pinks. It looks like pink, now everywhere in shops for the autumn and winter season, could migrate to the next season. Later on in the day Jean-Pierre Braganza took the idea of girly innocence and gave it a tough, sexy twist, mixing up cotton-candy pinks with revealing styles and his signature asymmetrical hems. Ladylike full skirts, too, seem to be here to stay for at least a while, as seen at Jasper Conran, who paired them with neat starched white collars, stripes or sheer organza overlays. London Fashion Week, which came hot on the heels of its sister event in New York, will feature 58 catwalk shows in all, including Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, Julien MacDonald and Stella McCartney. It will be followed next week by shows in Milan and Paris. BORA AKSU London was awash in rain Friday, but within the comforts of his catwalk show space Aksu evoked sunnier climes and exotic Aegean holidays. Aksu’s catwalk show was an ode to his homeland, Turkey, featuring rich hand-woven textiles, ethnic embroidery and tassels. The preview opened with a series of white dresses, pencil skirts and shorts ensembles that focused on the clothes’ textures: thick quilted cottons, crochets and laces, layered with wispy chiffons and tulles. The silhouettes and many of the details were sweet and girly, with high collars, frills, puffy Victorian sleeves, tiered peasant skirts and flouncy shapes that hide the curves though a cropped, boxy jacket here and there kept things from being too saccharine. JEAN-PIERRE BRAGANZA The Canadian-born Braganza’s spring womenswear preview is inspired by the “contradiction of femininity,” and his opening outfit tells you what this is all about: a satin dress suit with a businesslike blazer and a flirty mini skater skirt, in bold blocks of black, white and pale pink. Braganza takes that interplay between sweetness and toughness further as his collection unfolds.