Stella McCartney AW18: All about Ease

If reports are to be believed, Stella McCartney is planning to buy back the half of her company that she doesn’t own from partner/backer Kering and go solo. That’s a huge step in the modern luxury sector where brand ownership is nowadays more often about megasized conglomerates.

Balenciaga AW18: Bodycon, big and bi!

Demna Gvasalia has been with Balenciaga for a few seasons now but I’m still not quite convinced about him. No big fan of his Vetements label, I still have fond memories of some of the looks Nicolas Ghesquière created for Kering-owned Balenciaga and feel that the house’s founder is probably spinning in his grave at…

AW18: The power of three

You can jostle to get into the shows of cool new labels and flashy (often trashy) influencer brands. But nine times out of 10, your best bet would be to join the queue for one of those tried and trusted names who season after season turn out influential looks that real people will want to…

Dior Aw18: Protest, prettiness and power

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.

Gucci AW18: Maximalist, mad, money-making

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…