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Friday 01 October 2010
Monday 27 September 2010
Monday 20 September 2010
While the stores are bursting with all-new autumn/winter 2010 designs, for those who attend the twice-yearly ready-to-wear collections, gathering momentum in London as I write, the issue is our personal wardrobe for the, er, spring/summer 2011 shows.
Thursday 09 September 2010
If you were to meet me at a party and ask me about my job, I'd tell you that I work in fashion but (here, a hurried cough) that I'm not really fashion-y at all and I'm more interested in the socio-historical and aesthetic aspects of clothing (here, perhaps nodding my head vigorously) rather than, you know, just, er, liking clothes. By this time, you'd have probably walked off. And you'd be right to.
Monday 16 August 2010
Monday 16 August 2010
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Saturday 24 July 2010
The emotional trajectory of a new season can be intense; a wave of excitement at all the shiny new trends that will definitely change your life, followed by panic. Where do you start? Fortunately, Gap have provided the easiest introduction to autumn/winter imaginable with their new Premium Pant collection, especially given that trousers are set to be a key piece. Granted, this sounds a bit like saying coats with sleeves are big news for cold weather, but dresses did dominate the catwalks for years. In the pick'n'mix spirit of modern trends there is a smorgasbord of styles on offer: a slightly bootcut slim crop at Celine and Balenciaga, high-waisted, Seventies graduated flares as seen at Chloe, skinny straight at Balenciaga, skinny at Stella McCartney and a kick flare at Gucci. Phew.
Thursday 08 July 2010
Do you know why the British economy is struggling? Let me tell you a story to illustrate. On Saturday I went to a village fête in Somerset. Picture the scene: a coconut shy, quoits, an egg-throwing contest, bric-à-brac and an ice-cream van, in a pretty field next to a country church. Toddlers as far as the eye can see; women in striped aprons and men in Birkenstocks. Feeling hungry, I stop by a cake stall, where I buy a home-made chocolate brownie for – get this – 15p. Fifteen pence! By the close of business, I doubt whether the cook-cum-stallholder even made back the cost of her ingredients, let alone turned a profit. And that's what's wrong with the British attitude to enterprise.
Thursday 17 June 2010
The inventive and innovative photographer Brian Duffy shot some of the best known pictures of the Swinging Sixties for magazines such as Vogue, Queen, Town and Nova in Britain, and Elle in France, and became as infamous as his friends and contemporaries David Bailey and Terence Donovan. His dynamic style of fashion photography and his playful portraits of Michael Caine, John Lennon and Harold Wilson leapt off the pages and embodied the free spirit of the era. In the 1970s, this irreverent, occasionally cantankerous character, moved into advertising and devised intriguing, effective and memorable posters and full-page ads for Benson & Hedges cigarettes and Smirnoff vodka, as well as the striking cover for David Bowie's first chart-topping album, Aladdin Sane.
Friday 28 May 2010
Since Alexander McQueen's death on 11 February this year, speculation has been rife as to who would have the requisite talent and insight to continue the designer's legacy – or even if the company would survive his loss.
Monday 10 May 2010
Monday 15 March 2010
Friday 05 March 2010
The final round of the autumn/winter collections was well under way at Paris Fashion Week yesterday, with shows from Balenciaga, Balmain, Rick Owens and Manish Arora. With many of the industry's most influential labels showing at the event, this is the place for the cream of the world's press and buyers to get a head start on the new season's trends.
Monday 22 February 2010
Monday 08 February 2010
Do I look like mutton?" my friend, S, asked me at last season's shows. She was wearing skinny, black-leather Balenciaga trousers and, no, I told her, she did not. Stick-thin and fashion-ed up to the nines, she looked formidable, a somewhat fearsome sight at the school gates, for sure, but age had little to do with that.
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