Paris Fashion Week.

Barometer – Paris Fashion Week Special – AW16

March 11, 2016

A tale of two cities (brilliance abounds, but there were still some batshit-mental moments), we give you the rundown on our favourite collections, to save you believing some advertising-influenced baloney: LOVING Dries Van Noten – Possibly the most nuanced and on-point designer working in Paris today, Dries gave us a decadent, early-20th century inspired wardrobe, […]

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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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Galliano’s Wraps, Fold & Form at Maison Margiela Fall’15 Couture

July 9, 2015

If anyone was ever in any doubt regarding Galliano’s return to fashion from the wilderness of ‘boy done wrong’, they need only look to his recent Margiela collections, indicative of his unsurpassed talent and his place as the greatest living designer. Maison Margiela, headed by Galliano, is on a roll. This Fall ‘15 couture saw […]

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Giambattista’s Gone Big for Couture Fall 2015. Ruffles, Tulle and Peplum

July 7, 2015

If Donatella took a leftfield, festival glam-luxe approach to couture, then it was down to Giambattista Valli (inspired by the inherent eccentricity of Peggy Guggenheim and Talitha Getty) to bring it back to a more refined vision of modern couture where the pointers were on structure and tulle – peeking out on hips, from slits […]

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Donatella’s Festival Couture for Atelier Versace Fall 2015

July 6, 2015

Showing that she’s still ‘the Don’, La Bella Dona sent out supermodel beauties in trailing, frayed, new-age festival-inspired dresses that smacked of a new dawn, new Don at Atelier Versace. We know that Signora Versace is capable of breaking the rules. She was the first designer to star in another designer’s ad campaign when she […]

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Generation X – Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2016

July 1, 2015

Marc Jacobs may have been fired from Perry Ellis for his now-infamous Grunge collection, but who knew that it would be so influential over two decades later? Not those Generation X slackers, the progenitors of the hipster pandemic, and who still refuse to GrowTFU and wear a suit. There are many things you can accuse […]

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Jungle Boogie – Balmain Menswear Spring/Summer 2016

June 30, 2015

It’s hard to imagine where the modern French fashion industry would be without American hip-hop. So beholden in fact that Paris stalwart Givenchy has just announced that it will show its Spring/Summer 2016 women’s collection during New York Fashion Week in September. Whilst Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing eschews the straight-up streetwear homages oft seen […]

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Face Jewellery Faces Off with Fornasetti’s L’Eclaireuse Candle

May 3, 2015

  One of the shows that took Paris fashion week by storm was Givenchy’s severely sensual, beautiful take on Jesuit Victoriana meets Chilean Chola girl gang. Riccardo Tisci’s vision of pristinely cut peplums and sumptuous  velvets that move as elegantly as the wearer with copious amounts of lace, jacquard and fur, helped end Paris Fashion […]

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Burton Steps Closer to McQueen’s Heritage on the Eve of ‘Savage Beauty’.

March 11, 2015

Even by Sarah Burton’s extremely high standards and vision, this was one of her finest for AW’15 Perfectly executed, Burton’s array of Victorian melodrama heroines stayed as true to Alexander McQueen’s vision even if the late great Lee would have ensured a more theatrical staging. On the eve of the launch of the feted McQueen […]

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Karl’s Chanel Classicism with Some Brilliant Twists. And Even Humour

March 10, 2015

This morning Chanel set their AW’15 show in a brasserie replete with models (Kendall and Cara, if you please) not only walking but chatting on barstools and waited upon by male model muses. It was a return to classicism and to form for the haute brand. Trad low, square-heeled spectator shoes spelled wife rather than […]

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