The best and worst of London Fashion Week

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Spiritual healing at Maria Grachvogel's show, held on Tuesday night. Backstage, alongside the models, stylist, hair and make-up teams and dressers, spiritual healers Ingrid Collins and Juan Carlos were hard at work "zapping" anyone who crossed their auras. Patsy and Edina eat your hearts out.

Antonio Berardi's second collection last night, (WED) which confirmed him as a serious name to watch. For his Central Saint Martin's graduation collection Manolo Blahnik made the shoes and Berardi commissioned his own scent. At his debut show, Kylie Minogue modelled and Issey Miyake came to watch. And yesterday, he just showed beautiful clothes.

Kristen McMenamy, the quirky, campy Sandra Bernhard of fashion modelling and star of campaigns for Chanel, Prada and Donna Karan stalking the London catwalks for the first time (at Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Alexander McQueen), along with fellow American Trish Goff, face of Elizabeth Arden and the bird-like Israeli model Nina Brosh, star of campaigns for Dolce e Gabbana and Blumarine.


The poor timing of the fashion calendar that has left London overlapping with Milan, resulting in the unavailability of British supermodels Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Kirsty Hume and Chanel girl Stella Tennant to support our home-grown talent.

The lack of overseas - particularly American - buyers. Milan has stolen them, too.

The inevitable ill-fitting shoe syndrome - why do designers hire models to wear their clothes if they can't even make it to the end of the catwalk without their ankles twisting and feet slipping out of ungainly, badly designed shoes?