Mary Katrantzou

On my radar: round toe shoes

Gianvito Rossi aw15

When you do the rounds of press days in April and October, you get a very clear sense of the trends that are going to push through for the season. The designers have done their bit, the stores have bought the commercial sellers, and then the PRs do their own edit to show the press. As an editor, if you can’t spot the winners by then, you need to try harder. (more…)

What to expect at the sixth British Designers Collective at Bicester Village

Bicester village British Designers Collective 2015

Now (almost) as much a part of the summer style calendar as The Chelsea Flower Show or Cannes, the Bicester Village British Designers Collective is in its sixth year. Launched last week, the latest pop-up presents some of our biggest British fashion talent in a theatrical new setting. (more…)

Buy it now: Landscape sweaters

Raf Simons SS15

There are landscape sweaters and there are landscape sweaters. I like the ones that have some sort of handmade, homespun element to them, such as J W Anderson’s bucolic offerings for SS15 and Barrie’s cashmere’s (now in the sale). Mary Katrantzou’s Japanese landscape sweatshirt is a winner too. The mass produced ones? Maybe not so much.

For properly rustic landscape knitwear, you could always knit your own from a Sweaterscapes pattern. Or alternatively, there are these rather excellent landscape socks(more…)

Ebay launches House of Holland online pop-up shop

Last season Topshop took the chance to turn London Fashion Week into a shopping opportunity. This season, Ebay is jumping in with an online pop-up shop to support Henry Holland. As part of the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward initiative, Ebay is supporting Mary Katrantzou, Louise Gray and House of Holland with sponsorship, as well as live-streaming their SS13 shows on its Style Collective blog (where – ahem – you can also read some of my fashion musings). As a logical tie-in, it’s also selling an edited selection of House of Holland AW12 on Ebay.co.uk from today until 18th September, with each purchase sent out with a pair of Henry Holland’s phenomenally popular tights.

Gotta say it, this is a great example of 360° thinking; a neat way to bring the buzz of LFW directly to fashion-hungry shoppers while driving sales to Ebay and House of Holland. OK, you can’t buy the SS13 collection straight off the runway (to my knowledge) but maybe we’ll get that by next season.

Will you be buying?