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…

Dolce & Gabbana, Red Valentino, Gucci SS17

SS17 print trend: Creature feature

When Fashion Month started it almost looked as if our fascination with print and pattern was on its way out. But a few shows don’t really make a trend and it was soon pretty clear that print was staying put. Let’s face it, in a world that contains Alessandro Michele, quirky patterns are always going…

Preen, Dolce & Gabbana, Dolce & Gabbana, Chloe, Loewe SS17

SS17 trend: It’s a sleeve thing

If you had to choose one area to really focus on for SS17 what would it be? Well, if you want to follow the world’s top fashion labels, it’ll be the sleeve. You couldn’t move for OTT statement sleeves on the runways last month as leg of mutton met trumpet and ultra volume came trimmed…

DKNY jumpsuit finale SS17

SS17 trends: Jumpsuits join the core items club

It was something of a jumpsuit jamboree on the runways this season with many labels sending out at least one and DKNY dedicating a multi-model finale to the item. But that’s not big news in itself, although it would have been not so many seasons ago before one-piece dressing hit the mainstream.

Loewe, Preen, Versace, Sportmax SS17

SS17 key trend: Drawstring dramas

Parachute styling. Big in the 80s and making comeback every few years ever since. Well it’s back again for SS17 and in a season when the 80s are very much on our minds (with all those big shoulders and almost-ra-ra skirts, how could they not be?) it’s clear the ‘new’ parachute styling owes more to…

Miu Miu SS17

SS17 finale: Life’s a beach at Miu Miu

You never know what to expect with Miu Miu collections. Will it be a classic? Will it be a bit, well, odd? Will it be full of light and airy clothes for autumn or cosy coats for spring? Well one thing was clear yesterday, this was definitely a spring/summer show as Miuccia Prada sent out…