Fashion

A Very Mixed Bag at Gucci AW’16

February 24, 2016

I’m kinda’ seeing the relevance of see-it buy-it now shift to show culture when seated in a chill factor temperature and viewing the latest Gucci AW’16 collection as it livestreamed. Only Gucci and Kering’s CEO Francois-Henri Pinault is in favour of maintaining the status quo. See it, buy it in 6 months. Even if you […]

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Lou Dalton A/W’16. Island Life

February 8, 2016

My friend Amy Liptrot is a supremely talented writer, having just had her first book published, ‘The Outrun’, a memoir of her time living on Orkney whilst overcoming addiction. So evocative is her writing, swimming in an inky ocean barely lit by daybreak, lambing season, the extremes of the landscape, that I’m finding it hard […]

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Vogue at 100: A Century of Style at The National Portrait Gallery

February 7, 2016

Stealing London Fashion Week’s thunder, the most stylish fashion event of Februray occurs this week (pre London Fashion Week AW16) when The National Portrait Gallery marks British Vogue’s centenary with the launch of a major photographic retrospective. The spotlight shines on the most illustrious and directional magazine in the world, British Vogue and its legions […]

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Ted’s Sports Togs Hit the Mark

February 2, 2016

Here’s a newsflash. I never thought I’d be the one at the gym scorning at the newbies for crashing my regular classes and cluttering up the machines. But I am. You can tell those new bright young things not so much by their eagerness but by their spanking new gym kits splashed with brand names. […]

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Matthew Miller A/W’16–Lost in Translation

February 2, 2016

We’ve followed Matthew Miller on KatieChutzpah.com since his early collections, from sparse, minimal sportswear (pre-empting the likes of Cottweiler) through engineered prints to the more mature, tailored stride that the Royal College of Art graduate has recently hit. Perhaps one of London’s most politicised designers, Miller thankfully eschews the polemics and manifestos of, say Vivienne […]

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Moschino A/W’16. Sheer Art Attack

February 1, 2016

With so many brands changing their business strategy, it’s hard to keep up these days. The frequent yawning gulf between the catwalk collection and the retailers’ offering is bad enough, but how do we ascertain when a collection is actually available? It started off at Burberry, which made pieces available immediately after the catwalk show. […]

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Burberry Menswear AW16–Thoroughly Modern

January 30, 2016

You can always judge a man by his shoes, and Christopher Bailey’s Burberry men are all wearing suede penny loafers and trainers this Autumn. This was a hint that the Chief Creative Officer/Chief Executive Officer for the nearest thing Britain has to a fashion superpower had loosened up a little, previous fixations with the Sixties […]

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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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