Fashion shows

Quote of the day: Francesca Bellettini



Francesca Bellettini, CEO of Saint Laurent by Marco Cella for New York Times“It was pissing me off a little bit. Why is Anthony’s ready-to-wear always pictured in the magazines with our bags and shoes? Bloody hell!”
Saint Laurent CEO, Francesca Bellettini on Anthony Vaccarello, New York Times

Loving this piece profiling Frencesca Bellettini, who has been at Saint Laurent since 2013 and has been credited with steering the company to its billion euro status. I wasn’t keen on Vaccarello or his YSL vision at first (more…)



Newsflash: Watch the Dries van Noten AW18 live discussion



Dries Van Noten AW18 by Sonny Vandevelde

Quick one: If you enjoyed my punditry on the Valentino Couture show on SHOWstudio last month, I’ll be repeating the act this week! Tune in to SHOWstudio tomorrow at 5pm GMT to watch the Dries van Noten AW18 show and hear me live in conversation with panel host Rosanna Falconer along with Mimma Viglezio, Caroline Burstein and Shonagh Marshall.

These panels are always super insightful as we don’t just talk about the show in question (more…)



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…)