designers

Grace Wales Bonner wins the LVMH Prize

Grace Wales Bonner lvmh prize

How brilliant to hear that Grace Wales Bonner just won the LVMH Prize for 2016. She’s one of the few designers doing something truly original and meaningful that changes how we think about fashion. (more…)

On my radar: Ports 1961 Resort 2017

Ports 1961 Resort 2017

While Alessandro Michele has been successfully shaking up Gucci, someone else has been quietly reinventing another heritage Italian brand. Over at Ports 1961, womenswear creative director Nataša Čagalj is properly getting into her striding, adding a cool wonkiness to otherwise staple separates. (more…)

Judy Blame, a London icon

 Judy Blame For Jo Malone collaboration

I could be wrong, but I had the sneaking feeling that some of the 20-year-old bloggers at the Judy Blame X Jo Malone London breakfast were wondering, “who’s that funny fellow sat at the end of the table tangled up in ribbons and buttons?” I, on the other hand was a little too thrilled.

Judy Blame is of course, the brilliant jewellery-designer-slash-stylist-slash-80s-icon whose bricolage-luxe aesthetic has had wide reaching influence across the fashion-sphere. (more…)

On Vogue Festival and the masterclass economy

Vogue festival 2016 main entrance

As fashion and its industry become more fashionable than ever, it’s unsurprising that people want to know more about it. There’s a real thirst for expertise, insight, insider stories and an understanding of the inner workings of it all. And of course, to be part of it.

Enter the rise of what I call the masterclass economy, an uptick in conferences, workshops, panel debates and hands-on masterclasses that let you get stuck in. Apple’s new store in San Francisco is a good example, with a dedication to knowledge workshops that embrace and encourage creative entrepreneurship. And of course, London’s Vogue Festival is one of the pioneers in recent years of the more glamorous type of symposium. (more…)