End Lines: The Map - Excuse me, you're in my seat

Who gets to sit on the front row at a London Fashion Week show

It's London Fashion Week, when Britain's designers get to show their collections for spring/summer 1999 to buyers and press from the UK and around the world. These trade-only events are spectacular pieces of mini theatre, with supermodels on the catwalk and superstars in the audience. Andrew Groves is a young designer, showing for the first time as part of the official schedule. His show is this Tuesday at 8pm and he has invited 650 guests to see his work, but only a few will be given places on the all-important front row. Here he reveals who they are.

Block C Front Row

Andrew Groves has used Block C to seat all the buyers from the fashion stores, a few members of the international press, high-profile celebrities and guests of honour, Mum and Dad. Stars include singers Sharleen (above, left) and Saffron (above, centre), both Andrew's friends; actors Nicolas Cage (above, right) and John Woo from the movie Face/Off (the film company sponsored the show); actress Honor Blackman, ex-gangster Frankie Fraser, and JG Ballard, who Groves counts as inspirations for his collection. Then there are the buyers. People Groves needs to impress include Joan Burstein of the London shop Browns, the Harvey Nichols team, and the buyers from New York stores Saks, Berdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus - whether they place a clothes order or not can make or break a young designer's career.

1. Simon Melegari Collezoni Donna, Italy 2. Sarah Mower Harper's Bazaar, US 3. Andre Leon Talley Vogue, US 4. John Woo Face/Off 5. Nicolas Cage Face/Off 6. Saffron Republica 7. JG Ballard writer 8. Colin Groves Andrew's dad 9. Anne Groves Andrew's mum 11. "Mad" Frankie Fraser gangster turned celebrity 12. Trixie Lickengood drag queen 13. Sharleen Spiteri Texas 14. Honor Blackman actress 15. Charles Worthington hair stylist 16. Y Yoshie buyer, Takashimaya, Japan 17. Ms S Koyama buyer, Takashimaya, Japan 18. Geraldine James buyer, Harrods 19. Julie Gilhart buyer, Barney's, US 20. Milan buyer, Colette, Paris 21. Kris Pellicano buyer, Pellicano 22. Joan Burstein owner, Browns 23. Gayle Sackloff buyer, AMC/Saks, US 24. Maahiko Ito United Arrows, Japan 25. Joyce Ma owner, Joyce, Hong Kong 26. Damien Shaw buyer, Liberty 27. Angela Quaintrell buyer, Liberty 28. Ann Pitcher buyer, Harrods 29. Sue Whiteley buyer, Harvey Nichols 30. April Glassborow buyer, Harvey Nichols 31. Sue Gunn buyer, Harvey Nichols 32. Adriana Nappo buyer, Selfridges 33. Debbie Taylor buyer, Selfridges 34. Coco Chan buyer, Harvey Nichols 35. Bridget Cosgrave buyer, Matches 36. Bonnie Pressman buyer, Barneys, US 37. Dana Kress buyer, Saks, US 38. Dawn Mello vice president, Bergdorf Goodman, US 39. Lillian Wang buyer Bergdorf Goodman, US 40. Joan Kaner fashion director, Neiman Marcus, US

Block B Front Row

The smallest front-row section, but in many ways the most prestigious place to sit, because this is where the international press get to park their Prada-clad bottoms. Suzy Menkes (above, right), perhaps the world's most famous and respected fashion writer, gets the best seat in the house, in the very middle of the row. Sitting next to her is Isabella Blow (above, left) who usually turns up in some improbable outfit by one of her favourite designers of the moment and a hat by Philip Treacy. Also major league are Michael Roberts (above, centre), who does incredible sketches of the shows and James Fallon of the fashion-trade bible, Women's Wear Daily.

1. James Fallon W/WWD, US 2. Michael Roberts The New Yorker, US 3. Mimi Lombardo The New York Times, US 4. Anna Harvey Vogue, Russia 5. Isabella Blow The Sunday Times 6. Suzy Menkes The International Herald Tribune 7. Kaori Suro Gap, Japan 8. Fiona Ronaldson Joyce, Hong Kong 9. Myung Hee Lee Vogue, Korea 10 Nadko Seki High Fashion, Japan

It's the man himself: Andrew Groves, the young designer who is hoping to impress the world's press and buyers this Tuesday

Block A Front Row

Block A has been given over to representatives from the UK press, both writers who will cover the show in the next day's papers, and editors who may use the clothes in fashion shoots in the coming months. For a young designer like Andrew Groves, it's key to impress editors from the most directional, trendsetting magazines, such as Edward Enniful from i-D, Ashley Heath (above, centre) and Karina Givargisoff of The Face and Katie Grand of Dazed & Confused. Other influential editors include Iain R Webb of Elle, Tiina Laakkonen of Vogue, Harriet Quick of Frank and, of course, our very own Tamsin Blanchard. Colin McDowell (above, right), fashion's man of letters, gets seat 40. Also in Block A are a London celebrities including Vivienne Westwood muse and art promoter, Jibby Beane (whose every sentence begins "Darling ... "); artist Jonathan Goslan and the interior designer, Nicky Haslam (above, left), a close friend of Hilary Alexander of The Daily Telegraph (they get to sit next to each other).

1. Adrian Clarke Attitude 2. Bryony Toogood Cosmopolitan 3. Katie Grand Dazed & Confused 4. Alison Edmond Harper's & Queen 5. Iain R Webb Elle 6. Fiona McIntosh Elle 7. Edward Enniful i-D 8. Fiona Dallanegra i-D 9. Harriet Quick Frank 10. Sophie Dean Sky 11. Deborah Bee Scene 12. Kirsty Drury Mixmag 13. Juliet Warkentin Marie Claire 14. Tiffany Fraser Steele Marie Claire 15. Kathryn Brown Red 16. Liz Shirley Red 17. Harriet Mays Powell Tatler 18. Mary Eustace Tatler 19. Jonathan Goslan Artist 20. Jibby Beane art dealer 21. Nicky Haslam Interior designer 22. Hilary Alexander The Daily Telegraph 23. Damian Foxe Time Out 24. Lorna V Time Out 25. Tiina Laakkonen Vogue 26. Anne-Marie Curtis Wallpaper 27. Annabel Tollman Wallpaper 28. Mimi Spencer The Evening Standard 29. James Sherwood freelance 30. Ashley Heath The Face 31. Karina Givargisoff The Face 32. Tamsin Blanchard The Independent 33. Susannah Frankel The Guardian 34. Lulu Anderson The Telegraph Magazine 35. Samantha Murray Greenway The Express 36. Grace Bradbury The Times 37. Jo Adams The Observer 38. Daniela Paudice Sunday Times Style 39. John Davidson The Herald 40. Colin McDowell The Sunday Times Style section

A model of a Neanderthal man on display at the National Museum of Prehistory in Dordogne, France
Richard Dawkins dedicated his book 'The Greatest Show on Earth' to Josh Timonen
newsThat's Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome
Arts and Entertainment
Eye of the beholder? 'Concrete lasagne' Preston bus station
architectureWhich monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
ebooksFrom the lifespan of a slug to the distance to the Sun: answers to 500 questions from readers
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    C# .NET Software Developer (Client-Side, SQL, VB6, WinForms)

    Negotiable: Harrington Starr: C# .NET Software Developer (Client-Side, SQL, VB...

    C# Developer (Genetic Algorithms, .NET 4.5, TDD, SQL, AI)

    £40000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...

    C# Full Stack Developer (.NET 4.0, ASP.NET, MVC, Ajax, WCF,SQL)

    £55000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Full Stack ...

    AIFMD Business Analyst / Consultant - Investment Management

    £450 - £600 per day: Harrington Starr: AIFMD Business Analyst / Consultant - I...

    Day In a Page

    Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

    We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

    Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
    Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

    Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

    Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
    Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

    The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

    Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
    Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

    Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

    Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
    Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

    'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

    Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
    Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

    Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

    After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
    Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

    Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

    After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
    Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

    Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

    Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
    7 best quadcopters and drones

    Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

    From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
    Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

    Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

    The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
    Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

    Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

    British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
    Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

    A descent into madness in America's heartlands

    David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
    BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

    BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

    Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
    Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

    Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

    Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
    Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

    Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

    But could his predictions of war do the same?