One of my highlights of Paris Fashion Week was the Lanvin AW14 re-see. On a huge scale, this is where you get to see the commercial workings of Fashion Week at play, where buyers view the pieces they’re really going to stock, and write their orders on the spot. The vast space (a 1920s former railway depot) was a hive of activity, it even had a pop-up café to keep the buyers and clerks fed and watered while crunching those numbers.
I was guided through both the catwalk collections and the commercial collections so I could see the pieces close up and learn what sells and what doesn’t. Continue reading
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[Image: Andy Warhol]
Damn you COS, I go into the store seeking Christmas pressy inspiration and come out with another coat I don’t need and a pair of socks. But how could I resist? This tailored couture-style coat has a really good cut, is nicely finished (I inspected from all angles) and has bracelet sleeves to accommodate all the Iris Apfel-esque bangles I plan to buy for the next season. This to me is a great day-to-evening coat. It’s not bulky but its cocoon shape means you can get a couple of layers underneath it if you must. Continue reading
Who am I talking about? Those daft people who dawdle along Oxford Street during rush hour at a snail’s pace, dragging what seems to be their entire worldly goods behind them in an XXXL-size wheelie case. WTF?
After the scarf-necklace comes…the scarf-clutch! I’m loving these delicious Jamin Puech bags (fresh out of their dustbag at Feathers, Knightsbridge).
I do love a versatile trend and it looks like the scarf can be detached to turn the bag into a clutch while the scarf becomes a – er – scarf! But it does very much remind me on this nifty trick I saw on Bag Snob. Check out my own version below. Marvellous, no?
“Youthful beauty is a wonder to be admired, but should not be grotesquely held onto past its time. The greatest advantages of aging are being allowed to be eccentric and commanding respect.”
Jerry Hall, the new face of Chanel
“People are thinking about what they spend and why they spend it. And I think our values are more to do with sustainability, that’s what you buy from Marimekko, you don’t just buy for the season. Our design value is that whatever you buy you can have for a long time.”
Marimekko international sales director Päivi Lonka on the cheering news that Marimekko plans to open more stores despite the recession