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The curious case of Andre Walker



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An unexpected highlight of Paris Fashion Week was the Andre Walker presentation at Musee des Art Decoratifs. A former designer under Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton and at Jacobs’ own label, Walker recreated pieces he first designed in the mid-80s.

Back then, he didn’t have a production set-up, so after his shows he would take the original samples to Patricia Field and sell the one-offs. Which means that (until now), the pieces bought by Kim Jones, Paper magazine’s Kim Hastreiter and Pat Field herself were the only ones in existence.

Andre Walker SS18
Andre Walker SS18

While the pieces shown at PFW had something of an 80s sculptural quality to the silhouettes, they were fashioned out of fabric supplied by Pendleton, so think blanket-soft wool wrap coats with ovoid cut-out details and utilitarian stripes.

Even though the cuts were straight out of 1982, they looked surprisingly contemporary thanks to the understated styling with the socks and jazz shoes. (The whole thing was a rather low-key affair, hence the photobombers milling about in the background…)

Andre Walker

I’m not sure where Andre Walker intends to go from here; he comes across as a bit of an outlier who has had a few false starts but never quite made it big. But he certainly created a buzz during a Fashion Month that seemed steeped in nostalgia. Perhaps he just needs a good business partner. One to watch in any case…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Vogue
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Quote of the day: Valerie Wickes, Beauty Papers



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“There’s nothing wrong with products, but at the same time, it’s only a little part of the culture and the world of beauty. Talking to people that you don’t necessarily get access to and getting a bigger view on beauty was something really important. We’re more interested, I suppose, in the artistry of it. The artistry is much harder to find.”
Valerie Wickes (right), creative director of Beauty Papers magazine, Into The Gloss

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Ask Alison: ASOS Go Play is a multi-faceted digital beauty retail launch



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Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ post from DRG retail editor, ALISON FARRINGTON, on how ASOS is engaging young beauty consumers with its expanded beauty and own brand Asos Make-up offer

ASOS has joined the beauty teen retail party this week with the launch of its own label cosmetics line ASOS Makeup. (more…)



Burberry’s Brits



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What did everyone make of the Burberry show last week? I loved it! After the initial buzz of the evening wore off, I canvassed some fashion industry opinion, and found the reactions to be 50/50 mixed. While Burberry is very much in favour of opening up Fashion Week to the wider public with its shop-the-runway model, in many ways I think you need to be there IRL to feel the full impact of the shows. (more…)