DSquared2 SS17

SS17: Dean and Dan go deconstructed Dynasty at DSquared2

If this season has been all about maximalism, then yesterday’s Milan shows were the ultimate expression of that trend. So it was with Dean and Dan Caten over at DSquared2 where the 80s theme underlined that maximalist approach. A quick look at the label’s Instagram page with a picture of Joan Collins as Alexis Colby made…

Dolce & Gabbana SS17

SS17 Dolce & Gabbana show shock: Yes, some models CAN smile

Who needs minimalism? That question has been answered with a bang this runway season as, just a few years on from Normcore’s seemingly triumphant moment, most designers follow the more-is-more approach. Whether it actually moves fashion forward or simply buries any progressive ideas under layers of shimmer, lace, massive sleeves, chunky platforms and OTT embellishment…

Erdem, Simon Rocha, Burberry

SS17 runway trend: The History Girls

There’s a historical edge to many of the looks seen on the catwalks but it’s more great literary heroines, pop culture versions of fantasy figures or wild distortions of history than a faithful recreation of past style. So while the empire line is having a moment, don’t think Empress Josephine, think Elizabeth Bennet, Miss Havisham,…

Gucci SS17

Gucci SS17: Same old from Michele but still the best

The Alessandro Michele story at Gucci has been one of the fashion success stories of the age. Plucked from nowhere (well, plucked from an extremely powerful but surprisingly anonymous position running Gucci’s accessories), he’s remade Gucci since January 2015 and put a big smile on the face of owner Kering by driving up sales and…

LFW SS17: Coca goes round the Mulberry bush and gets it right

Mulberry’s turnaround is still a work in progress so the impact its runway collection makes is a big deal. Last season, Johnny Cocoa’s debut didn’t exactly see the champagne corks popping. But yesterday in London he got a thumbs-up, albeit a conditional one, for the continuing evolution of his new vision for the label.

Preen SS17

LFW SS17 Preen by Thornton Bregazzi: A touch of magic

On a day when London Fashion Week went froth sublime to the occasionally ridiculous, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi was thankful leading the charge for the former. Apparently, the influences for the soon-to-get-married Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi included witches, the 1970s, astrology (‘hex appeal’, they called it) and a huge list of more urban themes…