Monthly Archives: September 2010

London Fashion Week is drawing to a close today but not without a final finale from luxury fashion house Burberry. Live streaming their show to hundreds of eager consumers in stores across the world, it was the ticket of the week. Read more

Over the last few days I have become increasingly struck by what seems to me a serious shift in the US political weather – and no, I am not talking about the Tea Party (I think everyone else has talked enough about that). I’m talking about Hillary Clinton’s hair.  Read more

It takes something fairly monumental to stop the juggernaut of a fashion week. Well that happened today – Monday – at 11am. Bang went the momentum that was building in the British fashion capital, and in came the memorial for deceased designer Alexander McQueen, at a venue he could have only dreamed of, St Paul’s Cathedral. Read more

The Interbrand 100 best global brands list 2010 just came out, and there was some interesting (or depressing, depending on your perspective), movement in the luxury rankings.  Read more

London-based designer Duro Olowu has been in New York this past week, even though he’s actually showing his very smart, in both senses of the word, collection at London Fashion Week in a day or so. Here’s an early peek:

The print is sunglasses – or spectators. It’s like a suit, with humour: now you see it, now you don’t. The reason I got to see it, though, is because unlike most other London designers, Mr Olowu is savvy enough to understand that the earlier you get your wares before giant American retailers, the earlier they place their orders, and the bigger those orders are – but that if you save your show statement until London, it doesn’t get lost among the New York megaliths like Ralph Lauren. Weirdly, he seems to be the only one who realises this. Read more

Q: What do you get when you put hundreds of fashion people in a room and make them wait 30 minutes for a show? A: Lots and lots of acquisition rumours. Read more

The revolt against Google’s democratic, do-gooding image continues apace, with the fashion world joining the privacy advocates in questioning the search company’s policies in a way that suggests Google may not be as concerned with the general welfare as with their own pocketbook.  Read more

This morning Bain & Company released a study, in conjunction with American Vogue, on the shopping habits of the “style-conscious” US consumer.  Read more

Fashion darling Olivier Theyskens, a Belgian designer with a strong physical resemblance to a Hollywood version of Jesus in Galilee, who was latterly attached to Nina Ricci and Rochas but fired from both despite critical kudos (something to do with sales), has resurfaced. His new home? American contemporary brand Theory, where he has a new collection entitled – surprise! – Theyskens’ Theory. Read more

On Sunday night Tom Ford provided what was perhaps the most naked demonstration of power I have ever seen in the fashion world.

It began with his decision to hold a tiny, hush-hush show for his debut women’s wear collection, complete with phone-only invites and a ban on photography, which then created a frenzy among editors desperate to be included in the inner circle; segued into a debate among said invitees about whether or not they should go to young designer Thakoon’s show, scheduled for 6 pm when Ford was scheduled for 6:30, and miss seeing Ford (streaming is a great justification for missing shows — designers might re-think its benefits); and culminated in a store show of about 32 super-luxury looks on 32 women like…actress Julianne Moore; painter Rachel Feinstein; singer Beyonce Knowles; wife of Tom Hanks Rita Wilson; ex-supermodel Amber Valletta; social muse Daphne Guinness, and so on. Read more