AW18 key items: Coat wars

Oh for the days when parkas reigned supreme. It was all so easy back then as the parka took a starring role in any outerwear strategy while ‘traditional’ coats were, well, a bit too traditional to generate excitement.

AW18 Alexander McQueen: Often sublime, a little ridiculous

Alexander McQueen showed on Monday with Sarah Burton offering up a much more wearable vision than you would expect from the label. A brand that was once known for its over the top eveningwear offer is gradually turning itself into something that women can wear for their everyday lives, albeit as long as those lives…

Stella McCartney AW18: All about Ease

If reports are to be believed, Stella McCartney is planning to buy back the half of her company that she doesn’t own from partner/backer Kering and go solo. That’s a huge step in the modern luxury sector where brand ownership is nowadays more often about megasized conglomerates.

Balenciaga AW18: Bodycon, big and bi!

Demna Gvasalia has been with Balenciaga for a few seasons now but I’m still not quite convinced about him. No big fan of his Vetements label, I still have fond memories of some of the looks Nicolas Ghesquière created for Kering-owned Balenciaga and feel that the house’s founder is probably spinning in his grave at…

AW18: The power of three

You can jostle to get into the shows of cool new labels and flashy (often trashy) influencer brands. But nine times out of 10, your best bet would be to join the queue for one of those tried and trusted names who season after season turn out influential looks that real people will want to…

Dior Aw18: Protest, prettiness and power

Two of fashion’s biggest hitters showed in Paris on Tuesday – Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent (or Dior and Saint Laurent as we should call them, forenames are so passé). Their respective visions were about as different from each other as it’s possible to get.