fashion shows

Press trip: 40 years of the Agnes b snap cardigan



 Agnes b snap cardigan exhibition

“Upstairs in a vintage boutique in Tokyo, where most of the clothes were from Comme des Garcons, Margiela, Sacai, Yamamoto, the proprietor had an entire rail of your cardigans. He said they went with everything and that when stocks ran low, people would start to get anxious!”

This is writer Sophie Fontanel penning a sort of love letter to Agnès b in the Assouline book, The Snap Cardigan. (more…)



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…)



Raf Simons leaves Calvin Klein :(



Raf Simons leaves Calvin Klein

Yes, it’s true. In news that most fashion insiders saw coming, Raf Simons and Calvin Klein are parting ways.

It all started promisingly, with Raf’s arty Americana-themed debut well received by critics back in 2016. High points for me were the American quilts, Warhol collaborations, Western-influenced denim and those off-beat balaclavas. The Kardashians campaign lost me a bit and may well have been the point where Raf realised, maybe he wasn’t cut out for this level of commerciality. (more…)