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Samantha Cameron’s Fashion Week Role Expands; Christopher Kane Shows Clothes for ‘a Royal on Crack’

• Samantha Cameron, wife of British prime minister David, will take “a significant role” at future London Fashion Weeks, the British Fashion Council announced yesterday. Cameron’s current involvement in fashion design includes consulting for Smythson. [Guardian UK]

Christopher Kane described his spring 2011 collection, which consisted of demure pleated skirts and drop-waist dresses in fluorescent laser-cut leather, as “a royal on crack.” [On the Runway/NYT]

• Julia Restoin Roitfeld stood during the Christopher Kane show so that her mother, Carine, could be seated. [Guardian UK]

• In her eulogy for Alexander McQueen, Suzy Menkes admitted a few misgivings about his last collection: “I am happy for Lee — and for fashion — that his final women’s collection was such a vivid combination of imagination and energy, even if Lady Gaga’s online enthusiasm sent the system crashing and even if the shoes he designed were some of the most chillingly misogynist footwear we have ever seen on the runway.” [NYT]

Stella McCartney unveiled her first men’s pieces today in her spring 2011 Adidas line. [Vogue UK]

Paul Smith on his spring 2011 collection: “I wanted timeless clothes … pieces you’ve maybe borrowed from your brother, boyfriend, or husband.” [WWD]

Maison Martin Margiela will open an e-boutique on October 1. [WWD]

• Daphne Guinness tripped in her super-high platform shoes when she had to walk on cobblestones to get to Alexander McQueen’s memorial service. We give her props for staying upright in them at all. [Daily Mail UK]

• Sienna and Savannah Miller are not ashamed that their spring 2011 collection for Twenty8Twelve, which was inspired by Jack Kerouac and Texas, is very wearable. [Daily Front Row]

• The weird, doll-like mystery guest at Acne’s London show has been identified as Pandemonia, a London-based artist and fashion writer. [Racked NY]

Samantha Cameron’s Fashion Week Role Expands; Christopher Kane Shows Clothes for ‘a Royal on Crack’