Dior couture: Can Maria Grazia Chiuri really cut it?

Before I start, just to let you know that my answer to the question in the headline is yes, she can cut it. But that doesn’t mean everyone will agree and opinion does still seem to be divided on Maria Grazia Chiuri’s tenure at Dior. I still can’t quite make my mind up about her…

AW 17 trend: Knits all round

You have to feel sorry for knit buyers. Their season is on a make-or-break knife edge with he rather frequently not playing ball. After all, nothing makes consumers want to buy this autumn and winter essential more than plunging temperatures. Drop knits in-store too early and they sit unloved on the shelves until the temperature…

Over knee l to r: Prada, Esteban Cortazar, Isabel Marant, Nina ricci, Dior, Saint Laurent AW17

AW17 trend: Big boots bounce back

Has the ankle boot had its day? No, of course not. But designers don’t seem to be as fond of its as they once were and the recent catwalks were a powerful example of that. It was as if they’d all got together to wage some kind of anti-ankle boot campaign. As if C.R.A.B. (the…

Chloe, Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney AW17

AW17: This girl can (and this one, and that one too)…

So the AW17 shows are over. And the verdict? Hmmm. OK, I suppose, but not exactly a vintage season. Maybe designers were too busy protesting about Brexit/Trump/racism/sexism (all worthy causes). Or maybe they were too busy trying to out-Demna Demna Gvasalia with painfully unwearable shoulders and try-finding-a-coat-that’ll-go-with-that asymmetry. But there were some good collections full…

Dries van Noten AW17

Dries Van Noten AW17: Look and learn

OK. The original plan was to write a review of the Saint Laurent collection because I’ve spent most of this week quite liking it. But as each day goes by I like it less. Yeah, there are some great shearling pieces and some knock ‘em dead daywear. But those mini dresses with just one scarily…

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…