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Circle Of Friends
Text by Shirin Mehta and Photographs by Richard Pereira
Published: Volume 14, Issue 4, July-August, 2006

Verve lunches with Tony Alston of the London College of Fashion and introduces this venerable institution, celebrating a 100 years, to its circle of friends

Buoyed by good champagne and better company, Tony Alston, head of the international office, London College of Fashion, was his charismatic self, one warm afternoon at Vetro, Oberoi Hotel, Mumbai, at a luncheon organised by Verve. The London College of Fashion comes under the aegis of The University of Arts, London, which consists of five internationally renowned colleges, Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication and London College of Fashion. Alston, 'a typical product of the UK's unique design and education system', nearly four decades at the centre of London fashion as designer, art director and fashion educator, has seen London grow from the 'spontaneity of the '60s to the sophistication of a world fashion capital, today. Besides, he counts among his better friends, the rather reserved designer of coveted footwear, Jimmy Choo, one amongst London College of Fashion's remarkable alumni. Others include designers John Galliano, Aleaxander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Hussein Chalayan....