fashion shows

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Dior, Balenciaga, Gucci, Michael Kors

Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1.OH MY DIOR!
Dior new Bond Street relaunch
My, what a week for Dior! The Cruise 2017 show was a mammoth feat of production (yes, I did follow the entire shebang via various influencers’ Snapchats), there’s a possible new designer announcement imminent (hint: Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri – hope it’s true) and the four-floor Bond Street maison finally opened its doors. (more…)

Louis Vuitton’s futuristic boom box

Louis Vuitton boom box

What I didn’t love about the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2017 show: the models’ terrible, slouchy walks, the fugly flipflop-trainer hybrid shoes, the OTT logos. What I loved: the fantastic location with its red concrete ramp (the lead-up to the futuristic Niterói Contemporary Art Museum designed by Oscar Niemeyer), the graphic colour placements, the epic Louis Vuitton ‘boom box’. (more…)

Models remember 1990s Helmut Lang

1990s helmut lang
Not to get all ‘it was better in the old days’, but thank you Vogue Runway for these personal recollections of some of Helmut Lang’s best shows. Read what Jeny Howorth, Elfie Semotan (top left) and Stella Tennant said about modelling in those unforgettable 1990s shows here. (And enjoy the catwalk pics and soon-to-come videos here…)

Here’s Elfie Semotan…
“Helmut had special ties with a lot of the models and almost everyone who worked for him backstage. (more…)

Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood AW16

Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne westwood aw16 by Kevin Tachman

The above jacket was my favourite from the Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood AW16 show. It’s an amalgamation of a few ideas, fusing Kronthaler’s Austrian ancestry with British tailoring and a gender-neutral sensibility. The embellishment on the jacket on the left is from antler horns upcycled from antique hunting trophies and was triggered by Kronthaler’s trip back to his Tyrolean homeland at Christmas. (more…)