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Topic - Charles Gilkes
By day, London may look the same _ downbeat commuters, snarled traffic, headaches galore. But after dark the city will be sparkling on Friday as London Fashion Week spawns dozens of catwalk shows, parties, and ever-more-exclusive after-parties.
"It's something positive, it's a good thing in many ways, and it's not rioting," said Charles Gilkes, co-owner of several London bars and clubs, including Barts, Maggie's and Bunga Bunga. "It means more people are out and about during the week."
He said the majority of Londoners aren't aware of fashion week, but that for a small segment of the population, including many in the service industry, the catwalk shows and the spinoff trade they create, are the most important time of the year.