Met Gala: Bye-bye austerity, hello excess

The Met Gala was the biggest news in fashion on Monday evening and it seems that as each year goes by, the red carpet choices get ever more OTT. This year’s exhibition theme (Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination) certainly lent itself to excess with a wild mix of angels, bishops, noviciates, a few…

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.

Couture SS17: Cool, quirky and yes… even commercial

Some time ago I worked with a catwalks editor (yes, such things do exist) who hated covering the pre-collections. She had to be weaned (for ‘weaned’ read ‘prised’) off covering the far-less-relevant/commercial couture shows. After all, the couture shows were an anachronism, a flickering remnant of a long-dead past, a patently unfair indulgence of interest…

Burberry September 2016 collection

Burberry kicks off see now-buy now: What’s the verdict?

The buzz around the Burberry show in London yesterday evening was almost deafening as London fashion week geared up for what’s always its hottest ticket. And of course, the celebrities, the live orchestra, the first full see now-buy now collection, the combined men’s and women’s collections… it all added up to an ‘event’. But what…

Valentino AW16: Forget insta-fashion & disruption, this is the real deal

There’s been a lot of talk about ‘disruption’ (everyone’s favourite buzzword) this Fashion Month. We’ve heard about disruption of the seasonal calendar via insta-fashion initiatives. We’ve heard about how fashion’s newer wave has been disrupting the ready-to-wear system by doing couture (with a large dose of irony, of course). And we’ve heard about how some…