Removing the kid gloves: precious fabric and memories

Removing the kid gloves: precious fabric and memories
I was thinking about how often wraps are mollycoddled as precious pieces. This is partly through fear of delicate threads, sometimes a wish to keep it pristine to retain value (outdated now) and maybe anxiety because they’re made in such limited numbers. This week I was trying to decide what to wear for a Glastonbury-esque ...

Wedding, fashion and carrying your baby

Wedding, fashion and carrying your baby
Last weekend was the wedding of two people I’m supremely fond of and it was such a joy to be asked to attend. They had waited a long time for marriage to become legal and so witnessing the ceremony was emotional and very happy. In particular, they had made such an effort to accommodate children at ...

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 ...

Oh John, what have you done? 1

Oh John, what have you done?
I have been undecided on whether to blog about the swift career demise of John Galliano, partly because of all the media tittle-tattle racing around the internet and partly because I have loved his designs for a very long time. Yesterday I received a free humongous bottle of Miss Dior Cherie thanks to participation with ...

Prototypes and samples 1

Prototypes and samples
I post this from Malaga where I sit with a glass of red wine (probably rioja as it’s rather nice) and thrilled to have some wifi. I’m pleased and content about a recent purchase of a prototype. What is a prototype? It is a piece of unfinished clothing so it cannot be called a sample, ...