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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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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Music Is The Answer–Burberry and Apple Music

September 17, 2015

British music is as intrinsic to the Burberry brand as the trench coat and house check, so it’s really no surprise that the digital innovator is the first luxury fashion firm to team up with online streaming service Apple Music – especially as its parent company has nabbed three of Burberry’s top executives over the […]

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Check Mate–The Burberry Scarf Bar

September 9, 2015

There are very few accessories that can truly be described as seminal; the quilted Chanel handbag with its chain strap; the Birkin; Elsa Peretti’s jewellery designs for Tiffany. None of these though is as recognisable as the Burberry cashmere scarf, beloved by barrow boys and the triple A-list alike, this sleek example of iconic neckwear […]

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Kurkdjian’s Oud Satin Mood is his fragrance ‘Fashion Moment’

June 26, 2015

I’m always high on expectation when perfume maestro Francis Kurkdjian releases a new name to the increasing roster of his own house fragrances. Kurkdjian sits somewhere in the triad of artist, visionary and perfume creator with his dreamy visions of olfactory heaven made real with each of his new creations. I’m a huge fan. I […]

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June 22, 2015

Burberry’s catwalk shows are lavish events where mere mortals like us dream of pushing our faces against the glass to peek at the spectacle within. Except, for Burberry Prorsum’s Spring/Summer 2016 menswear collection, that spectacle was set outside, soundtracked by an up-and-coming male singer named RHODES, a British musician with cheekbones carved from marble and […]

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Francis Kurkdjian’s Prettiest Release of Summer–À la Rose

May 7, 2015

Francis Kurkdjian continues to  trail-blaze across the perfumed globe with his perfume releases for top fashion houses (including Carven, Jean Paul Gaultier and Burberry).  All the while, Kurkdjian does not neglect his own brand with its burgeoning releases, one of which, À la Rose must surely be this Summer’s prettiest, most feminine, apt-for-Summer release. What […]

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