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.
Given that Prada began its relentless rise and Gucci started its Tom Ford-driven comeback at roughly the same time, I’ve always seen the two labels as the big rivals among influencer fashion brands.
Alessandro Michele’s a pretty clever guy. Not only has he driven the rebirth of a label that was finding sales growth elusive, but he’s also driven a major look (maximalism) to be Top Trend at present. And in the process he’s convinced the world to spend way too much money on bags, belts, boots, and…
Farewell collections are always tough, the accumulated weight of a designer’s however-many-years at a label are a hard act to follow in most cases. But Christopher Bailey pulled it off at the weekend, offering up a strong street edge, an LGBTQ tribute that tapped into current colour trends, and a deft use of the brand’s…
It can often be hard to find something new to say about Coach. Stuart Vevers has found a winning formula and has stuck with it. His own brand of maximalism pre-dates the Gucci-driven maximalist trend and features a quirky celebration of Americana with an infusion of Brit boy cool.
New York Fashion Week is facing major change, change that even threatens its existence (in the form that we currently know it), and yesterday’s Victoria Beckham show underlined that.
The first impulse on viewing the DSquared show on Sunday may have been to yell “yee-haw”, but the obvious Western references weren’t the be all and end all of the label’s new full co-ed collection.