Business of Fashion

Self-care wear: The offhours home coat



Offhours Homecoat

It’s been raining for three days solid and I can barely drag myself out of the house. No matter though, as I work from home and luckily for the likes of people like me, there’s a whole new fashion and lifestyle category designed to cater just for us.

It’s not pyjamas, it’s not tracksuits (god forbid), but it is cosy and comforting for the work-from-home and namastay-in-bed brigade. So let’s hear it for the ‘Homecoat’ from Offhours, a padded kimono-esque wrap coat to envelop yourself in while doing Headspace meditations on the balcony, or cranking out your investor deck on your daybed. (more…)



The new direct-to-consumer classics



Paravel luggage - direct-to-consumer lifestyle brand

No-fashion fashion; it seems the world is catching up with the ‘gentlewoman style’ set (according to the New York Times), who covet the best version of a thing that they can wear forever. This was the premise of my book, The New Garconne, which came out in 2016. The wardrobe building blocks featured in there have held up pretty well, although silhouettes have morphed slightly over time. But classics are classics, so I think we will always need a blazer, a tailored pant, a slim-heeled shoe and a decent tote.

Interestingly, some of today’s best classics don’t come from the heritage brands but from ‘direct-to-consumer’ (aka DTC) start-ups. (more…)



Trend report: What to steal from Dior men fall 2020



Dior Shawn Stussy men's fall 2020 by BRETT LLOYD

“I’m a commercial artist. I think things are going so well because I’m not afraid to do things that are commercial.”  And therein lies the success of Kim Jones. His Dior men’s fall collection shown last Tuesday was highly anticipated by me and my fashion cohorts as soon as the collab with Shawn Stussy was announced. (more…)



LVMH just bought Tiffany for $16 billion – so what now?



LVMH bought Tiffany for 16 billion dollars

Tiffany, a brand stuck in the 60s. Even has the colour scheme of that era. Truly perplexing why any company would pay this for a sinking ship.”

Ouch! LVMH is hoping to disrupt the above kind of thinking, a reaction to the recent news of its $16 billion Tiffany takeover deal. Hard luxury (watches and jewellery) is an interesting category and one that’s ripe for reinvention. Louis Vuitton has been amping up its high jewellery of late with the 2018 appointment of Francesca Amfitheatrof as its artistic director of watches and jewellery (coincidentally previously the design director at Tiffany) and a new line in fine jewellery. (more…)