Finally, some drama on the catwalk

Instead of off it. Honestly, this season’s Paris Fashion Week has been far too disturbing with all the antics and headlines. Who provided the drama? None other than Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton; who knew the man did anything other than anodyne bags and snooze-some clothes? Well he obviously felt inspired this season and the ...

Less hit, more miss, but she’ll get there 1

Less hit, more miss, but she'll get there
Finally, the collection I had been waiting to see, Alexander McQueen F/W 2011. Some forget what a role Isabella Blow had for McQueen. Not just a champion but a difficult, rude and ostentatious muse. When she died and as McQueen’s star rose in the last few years there was a decline and a certain generic ...

Galliano’s swansong

Galliano's swansong
A low key venue where editors and photographers were just expecting a rail of clothes as the presentation of the Galliano’s F/W 2011 collection turned into a night-club door fiasco. Bouncers selectively let in a baffled crowd all waiting to see what Galliano put out as his unforseen (final?) collection depending on what Toledo decided. ...

Styling killed it 1

Styling killed it
Today was it, the last collection Galliano made for Dior; not that he knew it or that he finished it and boy did it show. The bad: the styling…what happened? It looked rushed, completely inappropriate for the rakish English Victoriana Galliano had in mind. In fact it looked like someone had referenced some lazy Debbie ...

Chalayan gets his mojo back 1

Chalayan gets his mojo back
I have always admired Hussein Chalayan and thoroughly enjoyed the retrospective at London’s Design Museum a couple of years ago. I don’t know another designer who makes simplicity look so luxurious and beautiful. In recent years I have been less taken with his collections; they were disjointed and didn’t reflect Chalayan’s potential he is so ...

Lovely Clements Ribeiro

Lovely Clements Ribeiro
Well, New York, London and Milan fashion weeks have passed with barely anything that raised my eyebrow with interest. A year on from McQueen’s death it has become apparent the gaping hole he has left in fashion has exposed a distinctive lack of creativity and daring. Only two designers interested me in London, the first ...