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…

Chloé SS18

Shock horror! French woman designs fab Chloé collection

When Clare Waight-Keller announced she was leaving Chloé I automatically assumed that the label just wouldn’t be able to achieve the style heights she achieved (yeah, I’m a fan). And when they said she was being replaced by Natacha Ramsay-Levi who worked with Nicolas Ghesquière for many years, turning out exaggerated silhouettes and some hard-edged…

Chloe, Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney AW17

AW17: This girl can (and this one, and that one too)…

So the AW17 shows are over. And the verdict? Hmmm. OK, I suppose, but not exactly a vintage season. Maybe designers were too busy protesting about Brexit/Trump/racism/sexism (all worthy causes). Or maybe they were too busy trying to out-Demna Demna Gvasalia with painfully unwearable shoulders and try-finding-a-coat-that’ll-go-with-that asymmetry. But there were some good collections full…

Chloe and Louis Vuitton

Soft or sharp? A new direction for Chloé as designers change

It looks like it really will be all-change at Chloé as Clare Waight Keller focuses on a better work-life balance and steps down while Louis Vuitton’s hugely respected Natacha Ramsay-Levi steps up to the role after a lot of years spent working for Nicolas Ghesquiere. What does that actually mean in practice? Well Chloé’s current…

Specs appeal: 2016’s best statement sunglasses

The recent AW16 collections showed us that sunglasses aren’t just for summer but are a year-round accessory. And that doesn’t mean an 80s-style-too-cool-to-show your-eyes look that channels Magenta Devine or a (slightly younger) Anna Wintour. No, that refusal to remove your shades even at midnight is still a bit too, well, naff.