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.

Athleisure, khaki, denim: Valentino’s resort 17 curveball

Valentino does athleisure? No, surely not. But it’s true. There it was on Pierpaolo Piccioli’s runway for the resort/cruise/pre-summer collection as the label varied its usual gorgeous-gowns-with-a-cultural-homage/appropriation-touch and offered up a bit more variety. This really was a something-for-everyone collection.. well everyone with a fat wallet, at least… Red carpet? Tick. Cocktails on the yacht?…

Maria Grazia Chiuri

Chiuri to Dior:Where will she take the brand?

So, Maria Grazia Chiuri has got the Dior women’s creative director job. Is anyone surprised? Not really as it must be the worst kept secret of recent times in the fashion sector. It may not mean much in terms of the wider fashion industry but it’s a significant move. As a 52-year-old woman, it’s the…