Carolina Herrera SS17

SS17 key trend: Denim in the spotlight

Exactly two years ago, the biggest runway story was the fact that the collections we’re awash with denim for SS15. Fast forward 24 months and designers may have calmed down a bit when it comes to high-end denim but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important as a trend fabric. In fact, it’s so important…

McQ Alexander McQueen, Red Valentino, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, M Missoni, SS17

SS17 runway: Top trends from four big names

The SS17 action wasn’t all about what happened on the runways yesterday as four major names released the lookbooks for their secondary lines. Red Valentino, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, M Missoni and McQ by Alexander McQueen all offered clues as to the direction this quartet of influencers will be following for their mainline labels, as…

Pre-fall 2016 key item: A mini adventure

The pre-fall collections have confirmed one thing – (almost) anything goes. That means that when it comes to length, there’s something for everyone and the mini is as big news as midi, maxi and everything in-between. So what’s key about the new minis? Well, what’s worn with them is as important as the skirts/dresses themselves.…

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…

Pre-fall 2016 trend: Power pantsuits

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s hard to get away from pantsuits, especially if you’re working in a fairly conservative office environment where they’re a must-have if you’re looking for a more comfortable alternative to the traditional shift dress or skirt/top combo. Most designers include at least one every season as they know they’ll always sell,…