Florence Welch in Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana from the Outnet, Ashish current season at net-a-Porter, Topshop

Why isn’t the high street all over embellished denim?

I’ve always loved embellished denim. No, wait. Make that, I’ve loved embellished denim since 1973 when my sister bought a pair of shrink-to-fit Levi’s. After wearing them in the bath for several hours they emerged a perfect fit, if rather damp, and she proceeded to add studs. For 13-year-old me, that was the ultimate in…

AW16: Faith Connexion’s sexed-up cool

Faith Connexion is turning into one of my favourite labels. Under Christophe Decarnin it’s become one of the most directional – but also wearable – denim-meets-urban-luxe lines around. If you don’t know Decarnin, he’s the designer who transformed Balmain from staid to sexy before Olivier Rousteing got to it. I’ve got nothing against Rousteing, but…

Levi’s: Another tough quarter for denim giant

We may have seen nearly two decades in which denim has been a key fashion product category but we’ve also seen a similar period in which jeans giant Levi-Strauss has struggled. So are Levi’s fortunes still heading in the opposite direction to the denim sector itself? Hmmm. It would appear so on the surface. But maybe…

Pre-fall 2016 trend: Denim wars, pick your side

We’ve had several seasons now in which runway designers have embraced denim and pre-fall 16 is no different. Well actually, it’s different in one key respect. Instead of denim looks covering the full range of options, this time they’ve polarised into two extremes. In one corner we have the ultra decorative, in the other something…