Resort 2017 denim: Mad, trad, fad but never bad

Runway denim and high street denim are two different animals but sometimes they come together with ideas from the runway filtering through to a store shelf near you. And this pre-season? Well there’s plenty to pick from including intense colour, zany pattern effects, shrunken or oversized versions of timeless classics and a jamboree of embroidered…

Florence Welch in Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana from the Outnet, Ashish current season at net-a-Porter, Topshop

Why isn’t the high street all over embellished denim?

I’ve always loved embellished denim. No, wait. Make that, I’ve loved embellished denim since 1973 when my sister bought a pair of shrink-to-fit Levi’s. After wearing them in the bath for several hours they emerged a perfect fit, if rather damp, and she proceeded to add studs. For 13-year-old me, that was the ultimate in…

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…

Wishlist: 70s retro print maxidresses

I have issues with printed maxi dresses as ‘women of a certain age’ embraced them as a summer holiday cover-up option a few years back. To me, they’re very middle-aged and being middle-aged myself, I avoid them. But this season feels different. The 70s cuts don’t make me think ouzo, but Ossie (Clarke, that is).