Blue Farrier gives Issa a new London-girl look

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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

Haute joaillerie, Hermes at Harrods and a little Dior whimsy

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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

Raf Simons X Sterling Ruby: An art-fashion clash made in heaven

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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

Modern Africa hits the menswear runway

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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

Buy it now: Sophia Webster’s 3-inch Ida heels

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I love that this exclusive Sophie-Webster-for-Net-a-Porter collection is called Ida. Ida Petersson is Net-a-Porter’s senior shoes buyer who I first met a few years ago when she was at Harvey Nichols. She’s like a bundle of energy in person, so it’s no surprise that she’s a fan of Webster, whose own aesthetic is equally high on the fizzy fun factor. Continue reading

Raf Simons’ SS14 ad campaign has landed (and the first new season drop)

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The Raf Simons SS14 campaign images are in! And although those boots are doing nothing for me, I absolutely love the half-half effect of the headshot and landscape graphics. The campaign was shot in Antwerp by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Olivier Rizzo…

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Calvin Klein Collection menswear AW14: Obsession, Eternity, Escape

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Sometimes you want theatrics and fanfare at a fashion show, other times, the simplest things can resonate. These sweatshirts at Calvin Klein Collection menswear AW14 are doing it for me…

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Louis Vuitton Icons SS14 inspired by Charlotte Perriand

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I do love the wearability of Louis Vuitton’s Icons collections. Devoid of the drama of the RTW collections, these pieces have a lasting usefuless that also transcends seasons. To emphasise that point, inspiration is taken from architect and designer Charlotte Perriand, both the woman herself (timeless black-and-white portraits of her in sportif mode dotted a showroom wall at the press day) and her modernist furniture and interiors. Continue reading

Trainer news: Tom Ford, Adidas Stan Smiths, Nike RT, retail wars

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We’re not even two weeks in and it’s already shaping up to be another good year for sneaker heads.

First, the surprise appearance of trainers (in thrice waxed leather or white velvet!) at Tom Ford’s AW14 menswear presentation. In fact the whole Tom Ford collection was casualised (below), so posh trainers aren’t too out of place…

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What to steal from Burberry AW14 menswear

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Oh goody. In amongst all the tracksuity sport-luxe that’s dominating London Menswear for AW14, Burberry brings us the silk foulard. Slung jauntily around the shoulders of biker jackets and teddybear coats, it’s not the most macho look but it’s one I really love.

My favourite was a London map-print (old style, not Google-style thankfully), which also comes on a jazzy silk shirt. My other highlights were the handpainted grained leather Caban coats (£5,500), round-shouldered camel Chesterfield coat (£2,495) and split collared Aran sweater (£1,495).

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