Nili Lotan, Versace, DSquared2, Dion Lee pre-fall 17

Pre-fall 17 trends: Beautility (or how utility got gorgeous)

Utility detailing has been a big deal for some time and in a world where the parka is the favourite coat style, that’s no surprise. But all those drawstrings, giant pockets, zips, parachute nylons, heavy cottons, and topstitching have been evolving. We’ve had purist ultra utility, and we’ve had a more girly pretty utility (remember…

SS16 campaigns: Wang’s Balenciaga swansong

It’s always a bit weird when a designer’s final collection for any brand goes on sale. And it’s equally strange when the ad campaign is unveiled for that collection, which is the case for Balenciaga this season. While Balenciaga is poised for a new era under Demna Gvasalia, the fact is that the product (and…

Pre-fall 2016 trend: Let’s hear it for legs

I’ve seen some hosiery trends come and go in my time – from sweet knee socks with flowers up the side, to Lurex ankle socks, lace tights, seamed stockings and every type of opaque/woolly leg covering you can think of. But in recent years tyranny of bare legs from spring to autumn and black opaques in…