Zara, Isabel Marant, Anthony Vaccarello, MSGM AW16

AW16 new-in comp shop: A mini (skirt) adventure

Since the 1960s, mini skirts have either been ‘in’ or ‘out’. Whether that meant Alaïa-style 80s bandage minis or 60s homage A-lines, there was a definite line drawn as to whether it was on-trend enough to deserve a place in your wardrobe. But 50-plus years after its invention, the mini is a classic, which means…

AW16 campaigns: Gucci goes to Tokyo

Alessandro Michele has moved the Gucci ad campaign roadshow from last season’s Berlin to Tokyo for AW16 with a continuation of the ultra-luxe-fashion-against-an-everyday-backdrop trend that’s still serving the brand well. But then Michele is all about continuity and evolution. Having shaken up the brand profile in order to break with the Frida Giannini era in…

Valentino AW16: Forget insta-fashion & disruption, this is the real deal

There’s been a lot of talk about ‘disruption’ (everyone’s favourite buzzword) this Fashion Month. We’ve heard about disruption of the seasonal calendar via insta-fashion initiatives. We’ve heard about how fashion’s newer wave has been disrupting the ready-to-wear system by doing couture (with a large dose of irony, of course). And we’ve heard about how some…

Saint Laurent AW16: Hedi does Yves-with-an-edge

The big question around Saint Laurent is whether Hedi Slimane will stay on or whether the good ol’ contract terms issue will become a sticking point that means Kering waves goodbye to the designer that has helped propel the label’s sales ever higher. We haven’t had an answer to that yet but we have had an…