Running a fast fashion empire is a tough old task! Aside from the sheer volume of product to be managed, there’s the competition to worry about, not to mention the cheap labour issues and carbon footprint headaches that entail from manufacturing overseas.
ASOS is one fast fashion company that’s tackling these issues in interesting and highly profitable ways. Last week I spent an insightful afternoon drinking in as much info as I could on a personal tour of its Stitching Academy, its brand new design studios, plus the infamous photo studios at ASOS HQ in Camden… Continue reading
Another perfectly-considered offering from Bella Freud. If you’re a fan of her hand-drawn typography, you’ll love these romantic wool sweaters in classic shapes and muted colours, produced exclusively for Net-a-Porter.com…
Jewelled cigarette cases, necessaires, cigarette cases, necessaires… Cartier could quite easily have staged its Cartier: Style and History exhibition at Paris’s Grand Palais around these stunning, opulent objects alone. A historic display of around 600 pieces, most from the Cartier archive, it comprises grand tiaras from the world’s royalty (both regal and Hollywood), epic jewels, and magical timepieces, alongside original sketches, plaster moulds, photos and ledgers. Continue reading
By accident or clever engineering, Lego’s latest offering is right in tune with fashion right now. Its line of adult watches marry poppy primary colours with playful graphics, plus the current obsession with all things customisable and hackable.
Head to the Lego Watch website and you can choose from a number of different styles with customisable straps and bezels. The links of the watches click in and out of place and can be changed to different colours, while silicone straps can also be added. Continue reading
I’m a bit late with this but I’m assured it’s not all sold out. L.A. brand Joyrich has collaborated with creative polymath, Maripol on an exclusive line of kit that’s on sale at Machine A in London.
Maripol is well known for her era-defining Polaroids of Madonna, Keith Haring & co (I must get around to buying her brilliant book) as well as styling Madonna in the early days. (Yeah, Madonna had a stylist all along. I feel cheated.) Continue reading
Wow, Issa, I hardly recognised you! The Issa pre-fall 2014 collection has landed and new creative director Blue Farrier has given it a polished, London-girl look. There are shades of Chloe in here with the poncho cuts and womanly romance (Farrier previously spent time at Chloe and Stella McCartney), plus great touches of whimsy like the Cecil Beaton-esque handwriting and a perfume bottle blouse print. Continue reading
This week is all about couture but did you know that alongside the gowns, there’s also the haute joaillerie to be wowed by? Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Boucheron, Chanel and the rest all showcase their top-tier diamonds, pearls and rubies; quite frankly, the frocks are small fry compared to this finery. Continue reading
I could write a thesis-length post on Raf Simons and Sterling Ruby’s epic joint AW14 collection, but I won’t. Instead I recommend you read all about in Tim Blanks’ Style.com report. Or just enjoy the pictures. Suffice to say, the conceptual art student is alive and kicking on the catwalk and if you love collage, Pollock-meets-Clash paint splatters, Lichtenstein primary colours and provocative wordplay, then it’s all here for ya, wrapped up in dun-coloured cashmere and nubby tweed. Continue reading
I’ve enjoyed the modernised African references that have come through so far on the AW14 menswear runways – notably at Agi & Sam, A Sauvage and Stella Jean. I’m hoping we’ll see more at the forthcoming women’s shows. As much as I like traditional kente cloth and wax-style prints, it’s good to see a more varied approach to ‘Africa’ that moves on from Masai beading and casually draped robes. Continue reading