Resort 2019: Chanel sets sail

Pre-summer, resort, cruise. Call it what you will, but in Chanel’s case last week, Cruise seemed like just the right name. Karl Lagerfeld chose to show his latest collection in the Grand Palais, Paris, with the set design looking less palais, more cruise liner.

AW18 trends to go: Feet first

Designers are taking an adventurous path for AW18 shoes and bots, sticking with some established favourites and also going in new directions. And role-play is big news as our shoes carry us into cowboy country, help us live an urban sports lifestyle, or make us act like a style star in can’t-miss-them power prints that…

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…