Fashion Womenswear

Stella McCartney’s Pre Fall ‘16 Collection Shows in L.A.

January 13, 2016

Stella continues to be a celeb magnet. To be honest, I’ve always admired her low-key approach to her own fame and she has been charming and gracious each time I’ve met and interviewed her. The collections tend to influence the high street, though never in an obvious ‘my-God-we’re-going-to-see-that-everywhere’ way while they tend to divide opinion […]

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Elie Saab Switches Gear for AW’16 Pre Collection

December 12, 2015

There’s a groundswell of pure drop-dead gorgeousness happening at Elie Saab. As if there’s been a seismic as well as a tantric sexy shift. Elie has added svelte, sultry and contemporary elegant goth to his usual sophisticated array of gowns. This is the moment that Elie changes up a gear before pressing full throttle. Letting […]

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Gucci versus Bottega Veneta. Who Wins in Chic Geekery Pre Fall ‘16?

December 10, 2015

There’s no doubting Alessandro Michele’s fast track stardom and influence on the new direction for Gucci, all gawky gangly geek meets a riot mayhem of fabric clash. A fact re-exemplified in Gucci’s newly released Pre Fall ‘16 collection. While this label and creative director may be grabbing all the headlines for the new life breathed […]

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Preen Line AW’15. Sequins, Colour Blocking & Attitude

November 27, 2015

Come Christmas, the online stores and high street is awash with sequins and glitter. Fashion magpies (like me) stock up on a few pieces to add to the vintage and street wear. This season, glitter shoes and boots and pretty nifty metallic loafers have been added to the obligatory metallic strappy sandals. Which means, come […]

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Topshop Boutique Christmas Collection

November 26, 2015

Fashion, with all its pre collections, RTW,couture short-run limited editions and designer tie-ups moves so fast that unless you catch on quick whether a journo or consumer, it’s blink and you miss it. And miss it, and often you miss out. Rather than create an over-hyped, over-exposed frenzy like the #HMBalmaination or the forthcoming #BlackFriday […]

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It’s that time of year again–A Claridge’s Christmas

November 18, 2015

It’s one of the things I most miss about London. The big dept store windows, Somerset House ice rink and tree and the Claridge’s lobby tree. The latter always a source of big unveiling and a launch party (natch!) with the focus on the designer serving up the tree design much anticipated. In the past, […]

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Teenage Kicks–How Big Brands are Capturing Them Young

November 7, 2015

Shaming scenes this week on Britain’s high streets as violence erupted up and down the country. Never mind mitigating circumstances, this was the long-awaited arrival of H&M’s collaboration with luxury brand Balmain, and the culmination of months of hyping, Instagramming, celebrity product seeding and extravagant, champagne-fuelled launch parties filled with various members of the extended […]

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Art for Art’s Sake

November 4, 2015

Money for God’s sake – isn’t that how the old 10CC song goes? Contemporary luxury fashion and art now go hand-in-exquisitely-gloved-hand; Louis Vuitton has its Fondation, Prada has its Fondazione, and the designer/artist collaboration is commonplace, so it’s no surprise that the newly-revamped Gucci has decided to follow the same route. Gucci is a name […]

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Vetements. Creating Waves of Optimism & Newness

November 2, 2015

It’s always a bit of an oddity when a newish label suddenly causes a fashion-quake. The latter happens not only when a heart stopping once once-in-a-blue-moon fashion-happening show defies all odds and leaves the fashion professionals breathless. But also when a new, hip, label that no one was quite expecting causes more than just a […]

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The Name’s Ford…Tom Ford

October 28, 2015

It’s time to talk about Tom Ford again. We seem to spend a lot of time discussing Tom Ford over at Chutzpah Mansions but, let’s face it, it’s his world now and we’re just living in it. Not content with completely owning London Fashion Week last February by showing in Los Angeles the very same […]

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