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…

LFW: Burberry says bye-bye Bailey in style

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…

AW18: Maximalist cool at Coach

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.

Dior couture SS18: Who needs Technicolor?

Christian Dior’s couture collection was unveiled on Monday, which may not seem like big news for the wider industry. But in a world where Maria Grazia Chiuri’s slogans, accessories, logo ribbon slingbacks, tulle skirts and female-driven re-imagining of the house have proved hugely influential, it was.