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Nick's update from Fashion Fringe

As a member of this year's Fashion Fringe judging panel, Nick has just phoned to let us know the 2006 competition winner. The annual initiative, set up in 2004 by fashion historian Colin McDowell intended to discover and nurture new fashion talent, was held this afternoon at City Hall in South East London. After a catwalk presentation from each of this year's finalists (Antonio Santana, Six and Seven Eighths, Gavin Douglas and Stephen Harper) the panel, including journalists Sarah Mower, Hilary Alexander, Hamish Bowles, Creative Director of Selfridges Alannah Weston, designers Tom Ford and Giles Deacon and our very own Nick Knight- decided to award the prize to Birmingham-born designer Gavin Douglas. Douglas (pictured), who has previously shown during Caribbean Fashion Week, impressed judges with a collection inspired by an exhibition on black Victorians and will subsequently receive the necessary backing to set up his own label.