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Dolce and Gabbana cool on Victoria Beckham's designs

Dolce, right, with Gabbana, left, and Victoria Beckham in Milan in 2008. Credit: Empics

Italian fashion giants Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have said their "friend" Victoria Beckham may well be a designer but they list her alongside high street names.

When asked in London this evening what they thought of new designers such as former Spice Girl Beckham, Gabbana said: "She's a friend. She make a good job but... for us, she don't make the same way like a fashion designer.

"She become after many, many, many different things. She's a designer but..."

When asked if he admired her designs, he said: "She's a fashion designer but it's another... it's different."

He added: "John Galliano is a designer... Alexander McQueen."

Dolce described them as "professional" designers, adding: "Victoria Beckham, Zara, H&M...there's a lot."

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Victoria Beckham to open her first store in London

Victoria Beckham has announced she will be opening her first fashion store later this year. It will be on Dover Street in central London:

She said: "It will be the first time that the people will really be able to see the brand through my eyes."

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Victoria Beckham loses out at fashion awards

Victoria Beckham lost out to rival denim design brand G-Star RAW at the WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2013 in London tonight.

The 39-year-old, who won at last year's awards, was nominated in the team-designers category for her jeans brand Victoria Beckham denim.

Victoria Beckham pictured last month.
Victoria Beckham lost out to rival denim brand G-Star RAW at the WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2013. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

But she was overlooked for the award in favour of G Star RAW, a Dutch designer clothing company which specialises in untreated denim.

Shoe-designer Christian Louboutin also lost out in the Best Footwear and Accessories category, which was won by rival Nicholas Kirkwood.

Other winners at the event, which was hosted at the Victoria & Albert Museum, included sportswear designers Sweaty Betty and the popular high street brand Gap Kids.

Star designer Marc Jacobs leaves Louis Vuitton

Marc Jacobs has been creative director at Louis Vuitton since 1997 Credit: PA Wire

Marc Jacobs, the star designer who turned Louis Vuitton from a luggage-maker into the world's biggest luxury brand, is leaving to take his own label public after 16 years with the company.

"Marc Jacobs is leaving Vuitton and will focus on his own brand," a source close to the French parent company said on condition of anonymity.

The American designer on the runway during a Marc Jacobs show in New York Credit: PA Wire

LVMH and Marc Jacobs declined to comment, but the source said the designer aims to float his business - which is estimated to generate sales of around 500 million euros.

"Marc Jacobs' departure is not a big surprise," said analyst Antoine Belge at HSBC. The American designers departure will mean LVMH will lose one of its fastest-growing brands.

Jacobs to step down as Louis Vuitton's creative director

Marc Jacobs is one of the biggest names in the fashion industry. Credit: Press Association

Fashion designer Marc Jacobs is stepping down as creative director of Louis Vuitton, French luxury conglomerate LVMH has announced.

Jacobs, who is also the director of an eponymous brand, is one of the biggest names in the fashion industry.

Under his leadership, Louis Vuitton became the most lucrative fashion house in the world, thanks in part to the creation of a ready-to-wear line.

LVMH has not said who will replace Jacobs or what his next move will be.

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Tuition fees 'could dry up' British fashion talent

Rising tuition fees could shut out working class talent from studying fashion at Britain's world-class colleges, according to an ambassador for the British Fashion Council.

Group of models at London Fashion Week
Boru Aksu models have displayed the latest wears at the start of London fashion week, which is tipped to bring in £100m to the UK economy. Credit: PA

Speaking at the opening of London Fashion Week, Sarah Mower, who is also a visiting professor at Central St Martins, said today's home-grown success stories "came through at a time when fees didn't exist, or were affordable".

The Guardian reported the British fashion industry is being urged to take inspiration from the US, where fashion veterans give something back through scholarships and bursaries.

London fashion week is expected to inject £100m into the British economy.

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Early Ramadan boosts food sales

Worshippers attend Friday Prayers at Langley Green Mosque in Crawley, West Sussex.
Worshippers attend Friday Prayers at Langley Green Mosque in Crawley, West Sussex. Credit: Chris Young/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The early timing of Ramadan has helped stimulate food sales, delivering high street retailers a much needed boost, the British Retail Consortium said.

Despite tough comparisons from last year, food sales are up, with drinks and ice cream sales increasing along with the temperatures.

Retailers hoping for royal baby boost

Retailers are hoping the imminent arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby, expected in the next few days, will give another boost to the high street as shoppers stock up on champagne and memorabilia.

Pregnant Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge seen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 15.
Pregnant Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge seen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 15. Credit: Press Association/Patrick van Katwijk

In new figures released today, the British Retail Consortium said total high street sales grew 2.9% in June, with real terms growth being at 2.3% over the past six months, compared with 1.5% over the past 12 months.

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