Golden nuggets from London Fashion Week

And so we say farewell to another London Fashion Week, concluding what has widely been regarded as a great success in terms of range of designers and talent. No mean feat coming off the back of Brexit and certainly a job well done by the British Fashion Council. So, until the LFW fashion gravy train comes around again, … [Read more…]

Get Your (Oversized) Cotton Shirt On

The humble shirt. Classic, versatile and completely underrated. And they don’t come more versatile than the over-sized cotton shirt: easy to wear, can be dressed up or down, worn in all seasons and in a dozen different ways.  Ladies, if your wardrobe were a store cupboard, this would be the can of tuna!     Buying Tips: 1. … [Read more…]

Brocade. I don’t think so.

I wish people would stop trying to get me to wear brocade. Every few years,  it seems, we are told by the Powers of Fashion that brocade is the “new trend”, the “fabric du jour” with related editorials on “how to wear brocade” and so on. I’m blaming Gucci for the current brocade madness, but Prada and … [Read more…]

Style Note #1: Got new shoes? Check your soles.

  AND THEN CAREFULLY AND COMPLETELY PEEL OFF ALL PRICE AND OTHER LABELS. You may think why bother? After all, you can’t see them and they’ll eventually wear off anyway. True, but in the meantime, you’ll be walking around with tattered bits of paper stuck to your shoes. Whether you leave them on by default … [Read more…]

So what’s in a name anyway?

“A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet”. Certainly not a sentiment that was shared by all in the aftermath of Hedi Slimane’s controversial 2012 decision to drop the “Yves” from Yves Saint Laurent. Now, following his departure from the label as creative director earlier this year and four years on, the jury … [Read more…]

Gender Bending in Menswear. Is this the future?

Fluidity in menswear is undoubtedly having a moment.  But what’s brought all this on? Androgyny in fashion is nothing new. You only have to look at womenswear over the years. From YSL’s 1966 game-changer, the iconic “Le Smokin” tuxedo suit  to today’s  boyfriend jeans and granddad jumpers.  Nor is it particularly new in menswear. Some of us … [Read more…]