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Raf’s reset for SS20



Raf Simons SS20 Christina Fragkou for Dazed

I didn’t see the Raf Simons SS20 show irl, but I watched it on Instagram Live – is that not the same but almost better? Except instead of chatting to your seatmate after the show, you read the reactions of other Raf-heads (and then check Tim Blanks’s review to fill the missing knowledge gaps).

So accordingly, the Raf Simons SS20 show was a resetting, or returning back to basics of sorts. (more…)



Gentlewoman style: Ami Paris AW19 womenswear



Ami Paris Aw19 womenswear

Ami Paris is going large on womenswear. For SS20, the French menswear brand just showed a full women’s collection as part of a co-ed runway show in Milan and according to BoF, womenswear actually informed the men’s design for the season too.

Ami Paris has featured womenswear in its collections for a while, but mostly as scaled-down carbon copies of the men’s pieces. While there are some strong looks in the new SS20 collection (like this one), I think I prefer the simplicity of Ami’s classic garconne look. (more…)



What happened when Lisa Eldridge won Audrey Hepburn’s lipstick at auction



Audrey Hepburn Cartier lipstick

“Audrey Hepburn’s lipstick holder should be owned by one person on this earth, and that is me.”

Auctions are the epitome of experiential retail. A thrilling experience, they combine drama, desire, competition, social interaction and a bit of a gambler mentality. I’ve only been to an auction once, years ago, a Christie’s sale of pop art posters and design. It was relatively tame and we ended up with a much-loved Robert Indiana LOVE poster that I *think* Tommy Roberts (of Mr Freedom and Tom Tom fame) also bid for.

If you want a sense of what it’s like to bid for something really coveted, watch Lisa Eldridge’s account of bidding for Audrey Hepburn’s Cartier lipstick holder. (more…)



On Farfetch, circularity and the business of positivity



Graduate Fashion Week 2019 Farfetch Conscious Design Hub

Heads up! There’s a trendy new buzzword in town. Forget diversity, authenticity and sustainability; ‘positivity’ neatly encapsulates all three and can be moulded at will to suit the subject. The British Fashion Council has a positive fashion initiative, there’s a great website dedicated to Positive Luxury and it’s the tagline I use on here for anything related to considered fashion or beauty.

On which note, there was a palpable positivity at London’s graduate showcase, Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) last week. Now in its 28th year, something felt different this time – it seemed buzzier, less scrappy and had the ego boost of support from industry heavyweights including LVMH and Farfetch. (more…)