La Discothèque at Balmain

Paris: Backstage at Balmain, Olivier Rousteing spoke about “what happened in January” – referring of course to the Charlie Hebdo shootings. With this in his mind, Rousting set out to celebrate Paris as a centre for artistic freedom- referring back to the cultural richness of Paris in the 70’s and 80’s. The designer looked to the house archives of these ...
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BEARD at Somerset House: A Pogonophile Exhibition

This week Somerset House opens their latest exhibition in collaboration with photographer Brock Elbank. Focusing on the world’s ever rising obsession with facial hair, the exhibition consists of over 80 striking portraits of pogonophiles, a project that began five years ago when Elbank partnered with Jimmy Niggles in a bid to raise awareness of melanoma. Having just lost a friend to the ...
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Elbaz wins praise for ultra-wearable collection on Lanvin’s 125th birthday

Alber Elbaz ticked plenty of the right trend boxes with his latest Lanvin collection as he sent out a touch of the 70s, plenty of texture, fringing, long belts, capes and more. But it was more than just a rollcall of trends. For Lanvin’s 125th anniversary he gave us a collection that was pure Elbaz and that answered the autumn/winter clothing ...
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Mayan inspiration at Rick Owens

Paris: Californian Couturier Rick Owens knows how to drape and construct, he also knows exactly what he is doing.  This assured collection was called Sphinx – the same title as his menswear - but this was less provocative, and more autobiographical. With draped robes, sculpted wool felt silhouettes and an almost monastic clarity of line and shape Owens looked to ...
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Futuristic textiles for Christian Wijnants

Paris: Since launching his own label in 2003 Wijnants has won countless awards, including the International Woolmark Prize in 2013, but what is more impressive is his label is sold in over 100 boutiques and department stores worldwide. Inspired by the work of Irish photographer Jackie Nickerson’s Farm series he opened with abstract banana leaf motif monochromes printed, bonded and ...
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Fashion Week With The Kids

With another season drawing to an end, this autumn/winter was a great one for the celebrity kids involved.  Spotted on various front rows, the kids catwalks in New york which ran simultaneously and not to mention Dolce & Gabbana's celebration of motherhood at Milan Fashion Week.  Harper Beckham and baby North West graced the New York and Paris front rows whilst sporting ...
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adidas weathers tough year and plans for recovery as profits fall

The whistle has blown on an undeniably interesting year for adidas Group and the final result? It wasn’t exactly a win for the German athletic sportswear giant in a 2014 that can only be described as bruising. But in the circumstances, the results weren’t bad with the company fighting hard to catch up to major rival Nike and also facing increased ...
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A Heritage Revival at Rochas

Paris: As a tribute to Rochas’ 90th birthday, Alessandro Dell’Acqua honoured the heritage of the brand, reviving and reworking the designs of the late Marcel Rochas. Dell’Acqua’s modern-day tribute referenced the 1934 Rochas’collection- dedicated to birds- inspiring ornithological prints and thirties silhouettes. Swallows patterned romantic silk dresses and featured as black velvet embroidery on an ice blue overcoat and a series ...
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Armani Wears the Trousers

Milan: With forty years experience under his belt, Giorgio Armani took a pragmatic approach to his fall collection; “Here we don’t have to enchant, we have to sell.” Over the years Armani has given women a chic uniform of impeccably tailored wardrobe staples. For fall, Armani redefined these classics: his signature lean and cropped jackets stood strong amongst a flurry of ...
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Dressed to Thrill at Lemaire

Paris: A new era dawns for design duo, Christophe Lemaire and Sarah- Linh Tran. With collaboration with Uniqlo announced, the brands aesthetic is about to grace a larger audience. “More dangerous, less melancholic” is how Lemaire described the vision for their future: as the collection unveiled, one could almost feel the danger dial being turned up a notch, confidence seeping through ...
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ANTWERP: Dries Van Noten. Inspirations

For the first time in his 30-year career, revered designer Dries Van Noten presents his inspirations and influences in an exhibition at Mode Museum, Antwerp, previously on show at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.
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Rare Denim Book Exhibit at Kingpins NY

Back in January of this year, NYC kicked off textile week with the intimate yet renowned denim Kingpins show, with over 60 global exhibitors in attendance. Artistic Fabric Mills treated their visitors to a collection of very rare denim books from Loomchatter group Henry Wong’s library, which caused some real excitement in the denim community. A truly great denim book comes ...
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Purified and Simplified Sportswear at Cedric Charlier

Paris: This season Cedric Charlier went back to simplicity and presented a collection of refined sportswear staples in architectural shapes and eye-catching colours. The dress code was simplified thanks to the geometrical shapes and the precise technological fabrics – second skin knitted trousers came in double-faced neoprene materials and sported a coloured contrasting stripe that ended a few inches above the ...
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Opulence, Chinoiserie and a perfect blend of Utility at Dries Van Noten

Paris: Every season, Dries Van Noten never fails in keeping avid followers on their toes. Just when you think you have your wardrobe organized, then along comes another collection of to die-for-pieces. This exquisite presentation was opulence grounded in utility. It began with the fur trimmed gold brocade coat worn over a pair of oversized chinos  and then continued in the ...
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‘Destruction as a Creative force’ at Vionnet

Paris: ‘Destruction as a creative force,’ was the inspiration for the ‘regeneration’ at the house of Vionnet. The label, founded by Madeleine Vionnet, famed for its sleek, soft cut, and introducing the fluidity of bias cutting to fashion, is the designer that fashion designers have on a pedestal.  The drape, movement and signature fall of the fabric were all in ...
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