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Do-gooder fashion houses, holiday cheer and the runway response to recession.

YSL the do-gooder
The house of Yves Saint Laurent is channelling the holiday spirit of giving through a partnership with the United Nations Development Fund for Women. The company will make a “generous financial donation” to UNIFEM in the name of nearly 1000 of its major clients according to a press release.

SHOWstudio does Christmastide
British fashion photography favourite Nick Knight’s web site/art project SHOWstudio is the go-to for conceptual videos and fashion stories that are too cool for most magazines. His next project will center around the twelve days of Christmas and judging by the lineup of designers he has assembled (Nicholas Kirkwood, Rodarte and Richard Nicoll, just to name a few), it will be his starriest wonderland of fashion forward imagery to date. Beginning December 26 and ending on January 6, he will reveal Christmastide-inspired images from each designer that appear to be refracted through Swarovski crystals. We told you it would be starry.

Temperley latest to skip the runway
Either Viktor & Rolf’s virtual runway show from last season started a trend or the recession is making it harder to produce traditional runway shows (or both). Temperley London has just announced that it will not show its autumn/winter 2010 collection through a runway show. Instead, the brand will stage a series of installations throughout New York, London and Paris over the course of a year. “By employing cutting edge technology and talent, the four seasonal installations will allow us to communicate our brand message and aesthetic to a larger international audience while supporting both economic and environmental challenges,” said CEO Lars von Bennigsen in a statement.

 
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