Paris Fashion Week.

Waight Keller’s Star Ascends at Chloe in a Blaze of Stevie Nicks

March 8, 2015

Hot on the heels of the Celine show where Phoebe Philo lightened up her strata of strictness but still retained an ultra level of severity with the emphasis a tad to much on the contrived, the vastly underrated Clare Waight Keller seems to go swimmingly with the flow in a natural order at Chloe. Waight […]

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Ricci’s in Contemporary Safe Hands with Guillaume Henry

March 8, 2015

It says something of the weight of a designer when he moves to one of the wonder houses of the world. As Peter Copping headed to Oscar de la Renta to take over the mantle of a maestro, how would the wunderkind new boy at the helm, ex Carven designer, Guillaume Henry, cut it as […]

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Westwood’s New Breed Power (Jackets) for AW15

March 7, 2015

When Vivienne Westwood steps outside her leftfield comfort zone, she shines. This was one such show that showed Vivienne Westwood is still relevant and can create ‘a look’ for the season. In this case, HUGE oversized jackets paired with everything from crop trousers to fringed or hobbled skirts and balloon pants. The proportion has just […]

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Galliano at Maison Margiela -The Shot in the Arm that Paris Needed.

March 7, 2015

Oh how we’ve missed you John Galliano. Like a shot of A grade drug to the arm, the first RTW Maison Margiela was all sorts of wonderful. Galliano deftly manages to simultaneously defy and entrance. Here, were the smacks in the face of genius that Paris has missed for so long. From his misplaced tainted […]

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Dries Van Noten’s Art School Madame of Contrasts–AW15

March 4, 2015

Set in the gloriously opulent and plush Hotel De Ville with its French renaissance architecture and Baroque showiness, this was going to be a show to wow an audience into submission. And with that we have the juxtaposition. Although Dries Van Noten is known for his opulence, his clash of fabrics and textures, his loud […]

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Giambattista Valli’s Heavenly Sugar Rush

January 26, 2015

Couture is meant to lift the spirits. Wealthy women’s indulgence and the pinnacle of a brand, couture is often regarded as a worthless spectacle for millionaires and billionaires. I disagree. When couture shows THIS good come along, they not only represent the best of fashion, but the best of art. And this Giambattista Valli SS’15 […]

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Marc Jacobs Come Hither Jazz Age for Louis Vuitton A/W’13

March 9, 2013

Ahh! I said in another recent post that I wondered when designers would start pulling out lingerie as daywear or as a necessity to the periodesque looks that were shown all over Milan and Paris. Someone had to take up the challenge. Step forward Mr Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton who executed it to perfection […]

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Givenchy’s Post Modern Bohemian Gypsy Dream for A/W’13

March 4, 2013

Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy keeps everything just so, so right and modern that it re-establishes a person’s faith in fashion, beauty, energy and ideas. Tisci neither labours the point, sucks the humour out of a joyous industry by over seriousness nor leaps to fantasy so over-wrought it’s deemed unwearable. What Tisci does is create beautiful […]

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Nobody Does it Better – Celine A/W’13

March 3, 2013

I’m the world’s first to say that I’ve swayed hither and dither over Celine’s collections in the past and their sharp minimalism that’s seemingly so un-me. Yet I can appreciate fabulously honed design that’s been thought-through to the nth, leaving nothing to chance and certainly nothing in excess. What Phobe Philo seems to have in […]

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I don’t get Isabel Marant. Shoot me now.

March 3, 2013

Time for my faltering admission. I don’t get the hoo-haa over Isabel Marant.  Like a few other designers (aka Wang’s own line) and high street names come quasi designer status stores like (the re-born) Whistles and Maje, it’s all a bit ‘whooosh’ right over my head. And yet the mainstay bigwigs of fashion lap them […]

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