Paris Fashion Week Autumn 2015: The good, the bad and the ugly

Paris presented effortlessness, stealth wealth and minimalism for Autumn/Winter 2015. The main idea I got from the collections was of a woman who doesn’t feel that she should prove herself to anyone. Never complain, never explain. Feeling good in your skin and presenting your genuine self to the world are wonderful trends to close Paris ... Read more

John Galliano's debut at Maison Margiela: an analysis

This collection would be lambasted were it not associated with the resurrection of John Galliano. But first let’s look at the Maison Margiela signatures that Galliano has mercifully retained: The mix of high and low culture denim hot pants, leopard and zebra prints, plastic, bright red mesh, muslin (cheap material used to make “test” garments ... Read more

10 breathtaking haute couture looks for Fall 2014

Haute couture gods have once again descended upon Paris, introducing the Fall/Winter 2014/15 season. While the ostentatiously wealthy are busy sending their orders to fashion houses, we mere mortals can drool over the photos of the resplendent creations. Acute aspiration disorder? Nothing provokes it like haute couture. 1. Giambattista Valli Valli's Queen of the desert, ... Read more

At Ashish, prom queen dresses and pink happiness

Ashish Autumn Winter 2014

If fashion critic Cathy Horyn accused designers of fewer and fewer attempts on the catwalks to evoke emotion, Ashish’s Autumn/Winter 2014 show was an exception to the new rule. As we left Tate Modern, my friend and I commented how happy the show had made us feel. “That’s how fashion should be,” she said. Romantic ... Read more

Review: Ashish Autumn/Winter 2013 show

The invitation to Ashish's Autumn/Winter 2013 show at London Fashion Week showed an image of workers on a construction site. Sometimes fashion show invitations act as a sneak peek into the collection, and sometimes they're completely abstract, but the photo on Ashish's invitation was as far from catwalk glamour as you could imagine. Or so ... Read more