10/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

London Fashion Week History: Tracking British Style From Westwood To McQueen To Schwab

My induction to London Fashion Week took place sometime in 1986, at the hands of Lynne Franks. I say "hands" colloquially, but it was, more accurately, a full-body immersion. Lynne, London's superstar fashion PR of the "Designer Decade" (whose enthusiasms were only slightly exaggerated in Ab Fab's Edina), had decided that I, a rookie reporter who'd recently popped up on Fleet Street from Honey magazine, ought to be clued into what was going on at the first round of collections I was about to see.

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