This year’s British Fashion Awards is set to be the most exciting yet, for me anyway.
Anyone want to place bets on the following?
Emerging Womenswear Designer. Aargh, how can I choose between Marques and Tait? I’ll go for Tait though in light of his LVMH award:
Establishment Designer. It’s a tough call for me between Preen and Margaret Howell but it would be nice to see Margaret Howell get some real recognition from the cool-biased BFC. As a business she makes a ton of money, her ad campaigns are infinitely inspiring, her designs really do endure and I must say she makes a very good coat…
Womenswear Designer. Surely this has to go to JW Anderson? He’d win on looks alone but for sheer multi-tasking, brand building (his own and Loewe) and Instagram prowess, the gong should go to him.
Menswear Designer. I’d like this to go to Paul Smith but I have a feeling it will go to Bailey/Burberry…
Christopher Bailey for Burberry
Accessory Designer. Eek tough call betwen Anya and Charlotte. Anya’s bags have had an outstanding year though *cough* *SolangeKnowlesgate*
International Designer. I absolutely can’t choose, don’t make me! (OK then, Raf clinches it for hotness, artiness and New Order fan-ness) (But I think it should be a three-way tie)
Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent
Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton
Red Carpet Designer. Yawn. Who cares. NEXT!
Creative Campaign. Odd category. Odd nominees. Someone explain please?
The British Fashion Awards take place on December 1 at the London Coliseum. Vogue has all the info…
Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1. NORDSTROM’S SECRET WEAPON
I keep reading about Nordstrom doing original things with digital and experiential retail and now I know why. Its director of creative projects is one Olivia Kim, formerly of Opening Ceremony, AKA queen of the clever collab and someone who just knows how to make retail exciting. Continue reading
Luxury conferences and tech conferences are all the rage so it’s no surprise whatsoever to see Conde Nast stepping up its conference game. Continue reading
I can’t complain. London’s had one of the best and longest summers of recent years, with endless hazy sunshine stretching all through September. Utter bliss! But now it’s about cosying up and hunkering down and for many that means food, friends and family.
Just after London Fashion Week, I went to the launch of Sasha Wilkins’ (aka Liberty London Girl) clever new book, aptly called Friends, Food, Family. It’s full of Sasha’s legendary (if you follow her blog or tweets) comfort food recipes including triple-layer lemon cake, halloumi, avocado and chickpea salad, and fried gnocchi with mozzarella and tomatoes (yes, lots of veggie options). Continue reading
This post is a little late because I had so much post-LFW catching up to do.
Simone Rocha is a favourite for Londoners and has finely tuned her unique communion-chic aesthetic. I loved how the models’ heads were swathed in sheer, flower-scattered voiles. Also, those pink lace-ups… Continue reading
I’ve been working with Oxfordstreet.co.uk as part of the Oxford Street Fashion Showcase this season, reporting on SS15 trends from London Fashion Week. My first post has gone live, highlighting some of next season’s emerging looks (that you can buy into now if you follow my advice). Click here to read. Continue reading
If there was any doubt that phones are now fashion accessories, last week rammed that thought home. With Apple‘s major unveiling during New York Fashion Week with key fashion press in the front row and Natalie Massenet representing (will she be selling the new Apple devices on Net-a-Porter?), the fashionisation of our everyday tech gear is indisputable.
OK the big fuss was all around the smart Watch but the general consensus among the fashion contingent is it ain’t all that (yet). Continue reading
London designers are known for their youthful experimentation but they’ve becoming equally adept at delivering polished wearability. Day two’s highlights included Lucas Nascimento’s sheer, precision-cut layers (above and below), Joseph’s serene sportswear and Whistles’ luxe leather separates.
Even J.W Anderson surprised with extreme commerciality on his catwalk (combined with clever creativity of course), giving us that spring perennial ‘nautical chic’ his way, involving strategic cut-outs and rope details all accessorised with fetishy floppy leather hats. Continue reading
London Fashion Week kicked off with two buzzy new names. Faustine Steinmetz showed as part of New Gen with her first presentation, a clever exploration of couture and branding, set in the suitably arty ICA.
I’m so impressed by this young designer, whose obsession for hands-on labour and figuring things out results in mind boggling textile experiments. On display were denim-look jackets of polyester styled out like Shibori (“It’s not Shibori at all! I actually handpainted it, I just like that look,” Steinmetz told me), and a jeans-n-jacket combo made from unravelled layers of upcycled denim creating a tufty fringe effect. Continue reading
Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ post from retail expert and DRG contributor, ALISON BISHOP who unpacks her physical-meets-digital findings so far from the SS15 fashion show season…
The fashion show is dead. Long live the interactive, digital brand experience now taking place during New York and London fashion weeks, where consumers, influencers and their collective social media clout are the preferred global audience. Continue reading