Designers

The culture of fashion: the creative legacy of Willi Smith



WilliWear designer Willi Smith courtesy Bonnie Brownfield

I finally managed to get stuck into the Willi Smith community archive – part of the recent Cooper Hewitt Willi Smith: Street Couture exhibition – with its immersive oral history from friends and customers. It’s so brilliantly done, giving you a real sense of the designer, the man and his influence on his creative community. (more…)



[UPDATED] Shop the post: Uniqlo +J by Jil Sander is back



Jil Sander is back designing for the high street

[UPDATED – It’s launched! Click to shop below…]

I was brutally critical of the last Uniqlo X Jil Sander collection. I tried on a few pieces in store, found the cut and quality lacking and didn’t give it a second chance. That was 11 years ago. Now it’s time for Uniqlo +J mark two.

The men’s and women’s collection launches just launched in stores and online on 12th November and looks flawless. Prices range from £24.90 to £299. My standouts are the Hybrid Down Short Coat* (£159.90) and Hybrid Down Jacket* (£109.90), the Cashmere Blend Collarless Coat* (£199.90), the Fine Gauge Cashmere Crew Neck* (£89.90) and the Supima Cotton Stand Collar Shirt* (£34.90). The trousers sound promising but I can’t see them properly on the model.

Interesting, but not altogether surprising that there’s no athleisure or ‘bleisure‘ (business-leisure) wear included, as while they may be Covid-relevant, sweats were never a Sander thing. But overall it looks timeless and well made and should chime with the current ‘elevated basics’ zeitgeist.

Shop the U.S site here* and the UK site here*. Or shop directly using the grid below.

Jil Sander is back designing for the high street

Uniqlo +J by Jil Sander
Uniqlo +J Jil Sander
Uniqlo +J Jil Sander

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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Uniqlo +J by Jil Sander
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Trend report: Cool Paris Girl vibes at Paco Rabanne SS21



Paco Rabanne SS21

Loving the Cool Paris Girl vibes at Paco Rabanne SS21.

Full disclosure: I’ve not paid attention to Paco Rabanne for aaaaages but artistic director Julien Dosenna (one-time Nicolas Ghesquiere protege) has reimagined the pioneering house with a modern finesse.

I love the cool girl casting and minimal hair and make up as well as ‘relatable’ styling (more…)