The Gentlewoman

London Fashion Week SS15 highlights: Day 1


London Fashion Week kicked off with two buzzy new names. Faustine Steinmetz showed as part of New Gen with her first presentation, a clever exploration of couture and branding, set in the suitably arty ICA.

I’m so impressed by this young designer, whose obsession for hands-on labour and figuring things out results in mind boggling textile experiments. On display were denim-look jackets of polyester styled out like Shibori (“It’s not Shibori at all! I actually handpainted it, I just like that look,” Steinmetz told me), and a jeans-n-jacket combo made from unravelled layers of upcycled denim creating a tufty fringe effect. (more…)

Quote of the day: Penny Martin

โ€œFor me, the future is going to be about in-person transactions and real conversations, skills and sharing in real spaces, rather than the cabaret of the nameless weโ€™ve witnessed over the past decade.โ€
Interesting insights from The Gentlewoman’s Penny Martin on The Business Of Fashion

London Fashion Week AW12: more highlights

More snippets from LFW…
London Fashion Week is famous for its surprises and its mix of commercial shows by Paul Smith, Nicole Farhi and Jasper Conran are nicely balanced by the interactive, multi-sensory theatre of other designers. Richard Nicoll chose to present a hybrid of showroom, shoot and show while McQ by McQueen’s theatrical show had an element of audience participation at the end. (more…)

The Gentlewoman issue 4: first look

The new issue of The Gentlewoman is out next week and as expected, it’s a corker. How could you not love a magazine that features four of the most powerful (fashion) editors* in the biz putting on their make-up on the tube? (more…)