PFW: Veronique Leroy AW12

Veronique Leroy’s PFW show was pretty much the most French show of my week. The Lycée Henri IV in the Latin Quarter was the venue, a school with book-lined wooden shelves and high, corniced ceiling.

Leroy’s collection drew from the 60s and there was definitely a kittenish, BB thing going on with the hair and the [...]

Statement Trousers

From left: Olivia Palermo, Viviana Volpicella, Caroline Issa

Street style at London Fashion Week confirmed the statement trouser as the style choice for the workhorse crew. The fact that you’re wearing tailored trousers screams ‘I’m here for srs bizness!’ but choosing a pair with a wacked out print confirms your fashion credentials. Teamed with a jumper [...]

Tweed Boucle Jackets

Tweed or bouclé jackets never really went away, Chanel’s classic version has ensured that the nubbly trophy jacket is never far from the catwalk. This season though tweed jackets are really having a moment, tapping into the revamped retro trend. Nearly every high-street retailer and designer has produced a version for the season, so I [...]

Margaret Howell AW11

While all around have been mining the ’70s for all it’s worth, Margaret Howell does retro with a lightness of touch and a masculinity that takes it out of the museum and into the street.

Having seen the show I definitely feel like I need a hat. A proper man’s hat, not an indie Chelsea-Dagger [...]

Topshop Unique AW11

When I was a child I used to hang out in Woolworths trying to buy lottery cards and watching the films on the screens, which played against a backdrop of whatever was in the Top 40. I remember the scene at the end of 101 Dalamtians (where they’re crowded round a piano) going hilariously well [...]

Net a Porter launch print magazine!

STOP PRESS! Net a Porter are launching a print mag for Spring 2011, consolidating their status as the King Curtis of fashion retail editorial.


I’m wondering which fabulously highbrow publications they’ve poached their print staff from this time round, seeing as their editorial staff is made up of ex-Elle/Voguers. Robin Derrick [...]

Balenciaga pre-fall: pattern mixing perfection

Can you feel the simmering pre Fashion Week excitement in the air? This is really nice time, SS11 hasn’t yet dropped into stores and we’re just biding our time till we can see the AW11 collections. I’m currently drooling over the Balenciaga pre-fall, a mish-mash of patterns and textures. The key is in the clash [...]

London Fashion Week: Topshop Unique SS11

Topshop Unique’s LFW show was held at the old Eurostar terminal which gave it a Bum Bum Train surrealness, I was half expecting to be wheeled out of the show and into some other random scene, like a boxing ring or tea room. Loved all the ‘don’t wear heels’ tweets, it was a mere minutes [...]

London Fashion Week: Margaret Howell SS11

Margaret Howell show, whatatreat! One of the few shows I felt comfortable in my post-wisdom teeth comfy outfit of Grensons, jeans and jumper. I mentioned that all of the UK press were there, it was a bit of a fashion royalty fest, with Lorraine Candy, Imogen Fox and Anna Dello Russo. We all squished into [...]

London Fashion Week: Giles SS11

I am currently sitting in bed singing ‘Giles, oh Giles, oh Gi-iiiles!’ to the tune of Des’ree’s lyrically dubious song. If all around you are reviving the ’70s, and you’re coming back to your stomping ground what do you do? Throw a massive fashion party that melds ’90s post-rave and Studio 54 high glam, with [...]

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