It would be a logical move for housing-market companies to accelerate listing plans, Codling said. BC Partners bought Foxtons, founded by Jon Hunt in 1981, for about 390 million pounds before losing control in 2010 after creditors reorganized the brokers debt. Last year BC Partners bought back a majority stake, the Daily Telegraph reported. All but two of Foxtonss 42 branches are in London. Most of the homes it sells are priced at 200,000 pounds to 1.4 million pounds, the company said on Aug. 27. The share sale comprised a primary offering of 55 million pounds and 335 million pounds of secondary sales by shareholders, directors and employees. Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) and Numis Securities Ltd. managed the sale, along with Canaccord Genuity Ltd. Rothschild acted as financial adviser. Volumes of IPOs in Europe , the Middle East and Africa have nearly tripled to about $15 billion this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Deutsche Bank AG is ranked first in managing the sales.

Wilson/Getty Images PHOTOS: NEW YORK FASHION WEEK SPRING 2014: CELEBRITIES SPOTTED FRONT ROW Blocks of colour were interspersed with traditional patterns, from a silk mix jacket with a checkered print to a blouse printed with daffodils matched with wide yellow trousers. Earlier, designer Alice Temperley took her luxury line Temperley London up a notch with a fairytale collection of sweeping gowns in gentle pink, blush, lilac, mint and white. Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images Bright looks at the Paul Smith show during London Fashion Week. There were long dresses embroidered with hand-cut silk flowers and with lace and crystals, gowns printed with a pattern of purple orchids and lace created out of the patterns of trailing leaves. “It’s about transporting you into another mood. We all live such normal lives, with work, it’s nice to have fantasy clothes,” the designer told AFP backstage after the show. Samir Hussein/Getty Images Cara Delevingne hits the runway for TopShops Unique fashion show in London on Sunday. The label recently appointed a new chief executive, Ulrik Garde Due, who will use his experience at Burberry and Celine to promote it as a luxury lifestyle brand. “Now we’ve got the (everyday) Alice line, we’ve got a good business, we don’t have to be so commercial with the runway. We can be more creative,” Temperley said. Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images A playful look from Greek designer Mary Katrantzous London Fashion Week show on Sunday. At the other end of the market, fashion chain Topshop unveiled its latest Unique collection in a tent in Regent’s Park, staging a “Heat Rave” filled with all the best bits of summer. Under the gaze of chief executive Philip Green, model Kate Moss and US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, the models sported loose sun dresses, rucksacks packed for the beach and slip-on mules as they walked along the grass floor.

London Fashion Week: From fairytale gowns to bright, structured looks, there’s something for everyone

Bright looks at the Paul Smith show during London Fashion Week.

Follow Core77 Posted by Sam Dunne | 20 Sep 2013 | Comments (0) This time last year, designjunction established itself firmly as the design show of London Design Festival, with a hearty mix of contemporary manufacturers and emerging design talent showing their wares under some expert curation. Returning to the industrial surroundings of the old postal sorting house in central London, the show opened its doors to an expectant public as the sun set on the fifth day of LDF. We were delighted to see Paul Cocksedge ‘s Vamp drawing some attention with a huge installation recycled hi-fi speakers. Created especially for the event, Innermost’s enormous inflatable lampshade in bright gold caught our eye immediately. London-based New Zealanders Little Shed Collective showed off some nifty laser-etched veneer light panels. Intricate origami skills on display from Scottish designer Kyla McCallum of Foldability . VW+BS revealed their first run of their Silt collection, a tea service made from rare Chinese ‘purple clay.’ Warm metals were back again in force, Bravo! ‘s new copper additions being a prime example. Beautifully delicate porcelain by Great Things to People made possible through 3D printed moulds. More from designjunction to come in our LDF photo-gallery round up next week…