Fashion shows

London Fashion Week for the people



Anya Hindmarch London Fashion Week

Fashion Week for press and VIPs really does seem to be a thing of the past these days. The best shows always seem to have an element of public spectacle – whether that’s Virgil Abloh’s debut as Louis Vuitton’s menswear creative director (for which he invited hundreds of fashion students to watch) or Martine Rose’s Camden street show, which was literally staged in a residential street, with all the neighbours watching.

This week’s London Fashion Week SS19 shows coincide with the London Design Festival, which means retailers have the spotlight on both fashion and interior design. (more…)



NYFW: visions of blackness at Pyer Moss SS19



Pyer Moss ss19 Landon Nordeman for The New York Times


Pyer Moss
isn’t a household name but Robin Givhans’ Washington Post write-up spells out all the reasons why it’s the standout show of NYFW so far. Designer Kerby Jean-Raymond coralled a number of messages into one important and fantastic collection that I predict will be snapped up by buyers and collectors instantly.

As Givhans describes, Jean-Raymond expressed his vision of American blackness, not as ‘other’, but in the everyday sense of black culture. (more…)



These bags will be all over fashion week



Tommy Ton Celine bag

Like it or not, street style at Fashion Week is still a major barometer for the trends we’ll all be wearing in months to come. Yes it’s contrived, yes, most ‘influencers’ are wearing stuff that’s borrowed, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t carefully mapped out their outfits to the nth degree.

Here are the handbags I expect to see all over the street style round-ups. Some of them have had a lot of mileage already, but come in new colours, sizes or materials. (more…)



THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, Gucci, Grenson, Matches



Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands and industry stories currently buzzing on my radar…

All attention has been on couture this week, with a wonderful Valentino show (Valentino is winning couture for me at the mo, not least for Pierpaolo’s studio antics), a pleasingly understated Dior show, and a shimmering Chanel show (watch my verdict on SHOWstudio). Elsewhere, these were my big stories…

BURBERRY X VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
Burberry X Vivienne Westwood collaboration
Now here’s a collab I can get behind. Burberry and Vivienne Westwood are joining forces to rework pieces from the Westwood archive in support of rainforest charity Cool Earth. (more…)