Marc Jacobs SS18

V for victory? Is Marc Jacobs back on top?

LVMH’s fairly non-committal pronouncements on how Marc Jacobs is going aren’t exactly designed to engender confidence in the brand’s future. And that confidence has been severely dented in recent periods as rumours have swirled around the man who is undeniably on of NYFW’s biggest influencers, from Jacobs quitting, to the company being sold and the…

Calvin Klein SS18

Calvin Klein: Raf riffs the US of A and keeps it cool

Raf Simons and Pieter Mulier were expected to shake up Calvin Klein and they certainly have, from the advertising to the stores (that’s an ongoing project) to the collections at all price levels. That was most visible Thursday evening as we got more new-style Klein, with a distinct break both from what came immediately before.

Red alert: Pierpaolo hits the Valentino sweetspot

Red Valentino, just like many lower-priced brands, often suffers by comparison to its luxe big sister. Just look at what happens around catwalk time. The few paragraphs (at most) people dedicate to Red are nothing compared to the endless pontificating on the meaning of this colour or that embroidery from the mainline Valentino collection.

Whistles, Dondup, Maggi Marilyn, MSGM

Resort 2018 trend: Chill-cheater denim 

In a world where the classic woollen coat has limited appeal for women who want practicality in their outerwear (hoods, roomy pockets, padding, zips et al), we’ve seen traditional coats sitting stubbornly the rails while parkas, or more recently, puffers, have flown out the door. But while both those latter options are great for the…

The Great, Dondup, Dondup Nili Lotan

Resort 2018 denim trend: Jump to it

Designers have fallen head over heels in love with the denim all-in-one for pre-summer (resort) 2018. The versatility of this key item means its likely to be a keeper and could morph smoothly into the spring/summer 18 collections too. We’ll know pretty soon whether it does as they’re just a scary six weeks away. So…