Nili Lotan, Versace, DSquared2, Dion Lee pre-fall 17

Pre-fall 17 trends: Beautility (or how utility got gorgeous)

Utility detailing has been a big deal for some time and in a world where the parka is the favourite coat style, that’s no surprise. But all those drawstrings, giant pockets, zips, parachute nylons, heavy cottons, and topstitching have been evolving. We’ve had purist ultra utility, and we’ve had a more girly pretty utility (remember…

Loewe, Preen, Versace, Sportmax SS17

SS17 key trend: Drawstring dramas

Parachute styling. Big in the 80s and making comeback every few years ever since. Well it’s back again for SS17 and in a season when the 80s are very much on our minds (with all those big shoulders and almost-ra-ra skirts, how could they not be?) it’s clear the ‘new’ parachute styling owes more to…

Pringle of Scotland, Prada, Carolina Herrera, Versace SS17

SS17 runway trend: Check mates and gingham gangs

Small-scale checks are proving to be print and pattern favourites on at least three of the Big Four runways (and who knows what paris will bring?) Surprisingly versatile, these checks SS17-style, run through the full range of looks starting with Bardot-influenced ginghams for a sexy ingenue edge or a look that underlines the extremely simplicity…

Cannes Film Festival 2016

Cannes Film Festival: Fashion fun on the riviera

Who cares about the movies on show when you can ogle celebs on the red carpet? Well, some of us do actually but it has to be said that the Cannes Film Festival has always been as much of a celeb photo opportunity as a celebration of either high art or popular culture.

Specs appeal: 2016’s best statement sunglasses

The recent AW16 collections showed us that sunglasses aren’t just for summer but are a year-round accessory. And that doesn’t mean an 80s-style-too-cool-to-show your-eyes look that channels Magenta Devine or a (slightly younger) Anna Wintour. No, that refusal to remove your shades even at midnight is still a bit too, well, naff.

Couture SS16: Versace says sex sells

You’ve got to hand it to Versace. The fashion house has had its ups and downs but it’s back on a roll doing… well, what it’s always done really. Versace knows that sex sells and that’s what it gives it well-heeled clients, specially when it comes to its haute couture Atelier Versace offer.

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.…