Prada AW 17

AW17 Prada: Top of the class or bottom of the heap?

Prada has been going through some tough times lately. Just as upstarts like Alessandro Michele Demna Gvasalia shake things up and get lots of attention (deservedly so in Michele’s case), Prada has seemed a little less relevant, a little less directional. Fashion insiders still love it but bloggers are less obsessed and its resale appeal…

Gucci AW17

Gucci AW17: Gawky, geeky and frequently gorgeous

It was more of the same on the Gucci runway Wednesday. The same… but different too. The same insofar as it’s clear that Alessandro Michele’s love of geeky/granny/decorative chic wasn’t just a few-seasons-only flirtation, but a deep, lasting commitment. It’s a marriage, not a casual relationship. The differences came with a series of new-season motifs…

Delpozo AW17

NYFW AW17 Delpozo: Falling in love again

I do like Delpozo. No, make that I LOVE Delpozo. There’s something about the clever colour combinations, the architectural silhouettes, even the quirky knitwear that impresses me way more than some of-the-moment designers who win praise just for sending models onto the runway in some of the most spectacularly ugly clothes around.

Coach AW17

NYFW AW17: Travelling Coach class

OK, first the disclosure. I’m a Coach fan. Have been for what feels like ages but is actually precisely one year and five months. That was when I first woke up and glanced at the previous evening’s SS16 show pictures. Since then, I’ve not had any quite so big “wow” moments for the other collections…

Lacoste AW17

AW17 Lacoste: Get ready for take-off

In the age of athleisure, it’s always worth checking in with a label that virtually invented the category a long, long time ago. There’s a lot of talk about ‘authenticity’ these days so what could be more authentic than Lacoste? It used to spend much of its time revisiting its heritage piece but under Felipe…

Couture SS17: Cool, quirky and yes… even commercial

Some time ago I worked with a catwalks editor (yes, such things do exist) who hated covering the pre-collections. She had to be weaned (for ‘weaned’ read ‘prised’) off covering the far-less-relevant/commercial couture shows. After all, the couture shows were an anachronism, a flickering remnant of a long-dead past, a patently unfair indulgence of interest…