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LFW AW18 observations – part two



Burberry reissued archive collection Dover Street Market

Burberry’s youth play
Burberry swapped out its interactive show format this season with a much-simplified version. In recent seasons it has created cultural exhibitions as its catwalk backdrop that are then open to the public for a week or so. This season – Christopher Bailey’s last collection for the brand – it took place in a vast, dark warehouse with plain Jane chairs lining the perimeter.

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LFW AW18 observations – part one



Preen Beauty Vogue Runway


Sykes London

I eased into LFW on Friday with a first stop at Boden’s Future British showcase at 180 The Strand. This is the LFW base, a couple of blocks along from its former home in Somerset House. At the Future British breakfast, I got talking to Jo Sykes who is back in action with her own line, Sykes, having spend years working for other brands (Nicole Farhi, Aquascutum). I’ve always loved her pattern cutting and fabrications. If you love a silk shirt, she is your woman. (more…)



On my radar: Serge Lutens’ art of beauty



Serge Lutens perfume and make-up

Serge Lutens is one of those people, the more you learn about them, the more you think, damn why I am I only just discovering all this now?

I had heard of Serge Lutens and his incredibly expensive (and tiny) lipsticks. I knew his perfumes from many forays to the Liberty fragrance department but was only vaguely clued up on his past as Christian Dior’s beauty creative director in the late 60s and 70s. (more…)



Year & Day: tableware for the Kinfolk generation



Year & Day tablewear

Lean Luxe alerted me to Year & Day, a new direct to consumer (DTC) tableware brand that’s doing things very discreetly. It has all the right hallmarks for success – a focused offer of just one category, the right millennial colour palette (love the semi-matte blue-black and blush pink mugs and I usually hate mugs), minimalist branding and Insta-friendly photography. (more…)