Deconstructing the Céline Pre-Fall 2015 collection is no bad way to spend a morning. The idiosyncratic signatures are all present and correct with the mohair shell top under belted wool tabard my main standout, along with the frayed, too-short trousers and loose leather harness (more…)
Having seen the evolution of fashion blogs over the last seven years (this blog started in 2007), I’m interested in the shift from blogs to brands. Many of the fashion blog pioneers have extended their remit, transforming their blogs into successful creative businesses.
And this approach has spread beyond the bloggersphere to the wider world, hence these days, far from simply aspiring to ‘be a celebrity’ (how 2010!), everyone wants to ‘be a brand’. This thought was crystalised last weekend at the third Vogue Festival (in association with Harrods) at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Vogue, one of the biggest publishing brands is not content with being a print publication. It wants to be a multi platform destination, an event, a lifestyle brand. And as such it has created a means to engage with its future customers, who themselves have become pretty well versed in the stepping stones of brand-building. (more…)
As any sneakerhead knows, it’s not about the fashionable and easily available, it’s about the hunt for that coveted rarity. Hence, while many are stocking up on New Balances in every hue and building their bespoke NIKEiDs, others hanker for the purest of old school icons – the Adidas Stan Smith. (more…)
Female designers are at the creative helm of some of the most successful luxury brands right now and coincidentally or not, a rather important trio of them has risen through the ranks of fashion via Chloé. Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, and currently Clare Waight Keller are at the forefront of intelligent, female-friendly fashion, gifting women the multi-tasking wardrobe fundamentals that answer our everyday demands. (more…)
Today’s news: Banana Republic is coming to London – to the old Dickins & Jones store. I can’t say it appeals to me (a more expensive version of Gap? No ta) and it seems like other people think the same. I wonder how it will do? In the meantime, I hear Phoebe Philo has been designing for Gap on the quiet. She has been paid thousands to do this and her influence can already be seen in the spring and high summer collections. The evidence? Lots of preppie-ish cottons, dresses and fine knits in a muted palette and some fabulous (but rather expensive) bags.