Fashion

There’s something going on in the knicker drawer. After the cami, the big Bridget Jones brief, the Brazilian thong, the Spanx and the sporty, lingerie is going back to the 1990s with a boom in androgynous boxer-hybrids of the type not seen since Kate Moss and Mark Wahlberg first flashed us their Calvins in 1992. Grunge-era underwear – the “grundie” – is back.

Kering clearly believes in the power of three. Tuesday held no less than three high profile CEO announcements from the French luxury giant regarding a trio of its big name brands.

 

While many were aware of his long battle with cancer, news of Oscar de la Renta’s death, due to complications with his illness, have still been met with considerable shock.

 

What is a gown? And where does such an extravagant garment belong in a world of denim and parkas?

No-one can reinvent sportswear quite like Alexander Wang. Renowned for his urban aesthetic, the American designer’s hotly-anticipated collaboration with H&M puts a futuristic spin on practical performance wear. 

Capturing the dramatic scenery of the Polar Circle, art director and magazine editor Fabien Baron’s latest collaboration takes him from the realm of high fashion into altogether different territory. 

Dolce & Gabbana SS15  © Catwalking

From crimson lips, to acid-bright eyes, to oil-slick hair, here are the biggest trends for Spring Summer 2015. 

There has been a recent slew of big-name brand entrants to the $90bn beauty sector, all keen to capitalize on designer star power in order to score soaring sales via the most accessibly priced luxury products on the market.

It makes commercial sense – a pyramid-style business model where a luxury collection at the “pinnacle” rests on a base of less expensive diffusion lines and offerings that provide the bulk of a company’s profits. Lipsticks, mascaras and fragrances are the lucrative entry point upon which to target the aspirational consumer, building up an appreciation of a brand and its heritage that increases over time – and possibly alongside a budding bank balance. 

Jean Paul Gaultier, the revered French designer and one-time enfant terrible of the 1980s fashion scene, has announced that his September 27 ready-to-wear collection, set to show during Paris Fashion Week, will be his last.

Mr Gaultier said that he will be shuttering his accessories, mens and womenswear lines later this year in order to focus on his couture collection and fragrances business, adding:

“Commercial constraints, as well as the frenetic pace of collections don’t leave any freedom, nor the necessary time to find fresh ideas and to innovate. This is a new beginning, I will be able to express again my creativity fully and without constraints.”

 

Proof that Apple was pitching its new Watch as its first official foray into style accessories was made evident during New York Fashion Week by the absence of several famous industry faces from the front rows.

The seasons may change, but this line-up does not. So the Silicon Valley tech giant scored a major coup by luring dozens of top fashion media power players and bloggers to its launch gala on Tuesday, including Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue (below).