Gucci SS18

Gucci: The good, the bad and the occasionally lovely

Why fix it if it isn’t broken? That’s the big question around Gucci at the moment with many fashion observers wondering when (and if) brand saviour Alessandro Michele will shift gear from his eclectic, hugely decorative style. He’s well aware of that  speculation but seems not to care for now. With sales rising … no…

Topshop Unique SS18 – back on top?

What words do you think of when you say Topshop? Influencer. Affordable fast fashion. Cool. Unstoppable. Kate Moss. Well, maybe a few years ago those words would have fitted perfectly but its crown has slipped a little of late.

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.