Sass & Bide hasn’t held a runway show for two seasons, but this season they’ll return to the catwalk. Note use of “catwalk” instead of “runway”: The spring 2010 show will take place in London — not New York, where the designers had shown for seasons. Perhaps their PR firm, People’s Revolution, which now represents London Fashion Week, orchestrated the move? We had previously wondered what prompted the cancellation of the past two shows. The economy might not have had anything to do with it, after all. British Elle reports the shows were canceled while designer Heidi Middleton was treated for breast cancer.
It’s terrific to hear Middleton’s well enough to stage another show, but we are starting to get jealous of London, the land of vinegar fish, spotted dick, and now Burberry Prorsum, Jonathan Saunders, Sass & Bide, and Matthew Williamson’s spring 2010 shows. With the exception of Burberry, all of those labels used to show here. Antonio Berardi recently announced he’ll return to London, too, after showing in Paris since 2005. Good for London. Good for the British Fashion Council. It shan’t sap our appreciation for New York’s fine gridded street system and 24-hour subways, even though we seldom ride them past 11 p.m.; at least we have them and London doesn’t.