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London Fashion Week 2015: From catwalk to High Street. 24 February 2015Last updated at 19:03 ET By Harriet Hall BBC News Inside London Fashion Week Twice a year, London's grand neoclassical Somerset House, welcomes a tumult of fashion designers and their models dressed in their finest gladrags. The courtyard becomes the centre of London Fashion Week - a far cry from the building's sober past as home to the Inland Revenue. This year sees the event's 61st year, during which more than 250 designers will showcase their collections for autumn and winter to a global audience. For those outside the fashion industry, it can be difficult to appreciate why this week is so important. Fashion has long been criticised as frivolous and superficial, dictating trends that are swiftly cast aside.

Indeed, watching the crowds teetering on vertiginous heels, heads topped with designer sunglasses, arms toting handbags and hands clutching smartphones, it is easy to understand why. Some catwalk fashions may seem outlandish or frivolous.... Trickle-down trends. Vogue: Anna Wintour and Political Fashion | Joseph Weissman. In 2010, Syria was perceived by much of the Left, as a nice country helping the Palestinians, which is becoming modern, has an English connection, and is generally a great place. In 2011, people began to realise that Syria is actually quite nasty, because it has a murderous dictator who frequently committed massacres and war crimes.

It is tough to keep up with fashion trends - none more so in politics. Vogue magazine ought to be a leader in the world of fashion and style, yet it was caught out in 2011 when it tried to portray the Assad family as a modern, open, 21st century family. Of Asma Al Assad - the dictator's wife - we read in Vogue that she was: "glamorous, young, and very chic--the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies...a thin, long-limbed beauty with a trained analytic mind who dresses with cunning understatement.

" Last year, Vogue published the infamous "Rose in the Desert" piece on Asma al-Assad, in February 2011. By February 2011, the game had changed. Does Fashion Have a Place in Politics? | Tallulah Bullock. Whilst some may argue that fashion and politics have no business being mentioned in the same sentence- I disagree. My interest in fashion from a young age stemmed from a fascination in clothing’s purpose beyond the practical.

I’ve always been intrigued by the way personal style acts as a non-verbal rhetoric that we use to communicate who we are with each other. Psychologist have deduced that it takes us just 3 seconds to make a judgment about someone based on their appearance. That’s a snap judgment, but a judgment nonetheless. And whilst it may seem depressingly shallow, humans are intrinsically wired to decipher things like gender, social class and status symbols from each other’s appearance- and clothes play a large part in this. Much like politics, fashion is paradoxically elitist whilst also being democratic.

But whilst our personal style decisions can be quite subtle and even subconscious, politician’s sartorial choices are often much more considered than it appears. The seaside fashion shows. Politics is all style and no substance, right? Well maybe, but at least at this year's party conferences there was a bit of style on show. It's been a competitive time in the party politics and fashion stakes. And it's been confusing for newspaper readers who, deluged with fashion images and acres of copy from places as diverse as Blackpool, Milan, Brighton, Bournemouth and Paris in the last few weeks couldn't work out what was truly in style.

The messages, most of which they'd heard before, were as confusing as ever. There was a moment this week when I picked up an evening paper and thought God knows the Tories are desperate but the purple exposed nipple on the little beige two-piece outfit just is vulgar and silly and frankly isn't going to win them any votes.

I now apologise to YSL who probably doesn't want to be prime minister - even though he may get more votes than Iain Duncan Smith. Betsy Duncan Smith - a dead ringer for elegant Lady Helen Taylor - looked ravishing every day. The Political Logic Behind Hillary’s Horrible ‘Pantsuit T-Shirt’ | News & Analysis. CHICAGO, United States — By at least one metric—fashion—Hillary Clinton’s campaign appears to be off to a terrible start. Last week, Twitter was abuzz with pics of the “Hillary Pantsuit T-Shirt,” a fashion travesty currently selling for $30 a pop on her campaign website. Of course, no one would don a pantsuit T-shirt expecting to look beautiful—the purpose is entirely ironic.

But behind the tacky campaign merchandise lies an economic and political strategy, pioneered by the Obama reelection campaign, which Clinton is imitating. In 2012, at the behest of Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, agreed to produce an Obama fashion line that eventually came to include everything from Tory Burch handbags ($75) to Thakoon Panichgul scarves ($95). It worked. According an Obama official, the merchandise created an additional revenue stream of $40 million, while bringing in more than 200,000 donors. Clinton may eschew the idea that she’s running for Obama’s third term.