Central Saint Martins art school, on London’s Charing Cross Road, is as integral to Soho as the red lights. Students in, well…unusual…creations, have strutted through the streets modelling their own wares, much to the surprise of passers-by. The Sex Pistols played their first gig on site, and fashion (and pop) alumni including John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Stella McCartney and even Jarvis Cocker have stomped the corridors of the historic building. But come 2011 the stomps will be echoey memories as Central Saint Martins is moving to a new home in Kings Cross so that all the disciplines will live together in harmony – rather than dotted around central London. Many worry that the loss of the Charing Cross Road building will mean a loss of inspiration and spirit, but others are embracing the change. Including Donatella Versace who hosted a dinner in London last night to celebrate the launch of the CSM 20:20 Fashion Fund. The Fund is about investing in the future of the UK’s fashion industry by helping that CSM is able to give the most talented young designers the education and support they need. Versace is contributing to the Fund as a founder member but they are also publicising the Fund to ensure the college has the best resources possible.
January Jones looking lovely in Versace, Alexa Chung, Christopher Kane, Daisy Lowe in a tartan Versus frock, Roland Mouret, Dominic Cooper, Shingai Shoniwa in Versus, Stephen Jones and Poppy Delevigne in Versus, all joined Donatella last night, alongside St Martins own Professor Louise Wilson, who said ‘Donatella’s support of Central Saint Martins’ education is to be commended and her foresight in supporting the design talent of tomorrow is to be applauded.’ Indeed.