This week alone I wore two items of clothing with large, wafty sleeves in the name of being a bit summery. But both times I had to really, really try hard to keep them safe from bodily fluids, wine or spaghetti bolognese sauce. Here are seven times bell sleeves proved completely impractical...
Designers have previously shown pieces from a range of sub-labels, but today they are more likely to exhibit a single, unified collection. Why are a growing number of luxury apparel companies consolidating their collections, and what does this mean for investors?
1. Give yourself a compliment. I'm sure you are probably your best critic, so its about time you became your best cheerleader! However its not so easy to start switch that on so try starting your day with a compliment to yourself as you are getting dressed. B
Early on in building our first brand we developed a philosophy that went "Red or Dead would be the world's first affordable designer label for people that grew up not knowing what design was and if they did couldn't have afforded it anyway" Admittedly this was a bit of a mouthful and ultimately we shortened it to "The first affordable designer label".
I was beginning to feel that way with this faux leather skirt. I live in a small Welsh countryside town where the majority wear jeans each day and that is very much the norm and generally the done thing.
Just as I return from visiting garment factories in Myanmar, a stream of press attention focuses on challenges facing this area. Although there are challenges, my trip has only made me believe in the unique opportunity this country represents to change the future of how our clothing is made
It's almost Valentine's Day, which means there's plenty of love in the air and many of us will already be thinking of what to wear. Whether you're heading out on a first date in the evening or spending a chilled out day with your loved one, it's a welcome opportunity to dress to impress.
But what exactly is so bad about men who want to count their macros and pluck their eyebrows? If British men are now entering an epidemic of self-care and wellness then surely this can only be positive? If fitness is acceptable for men, then why not skincare?
In the context of life in Myanmar, of course there is a different lens on this. Tedious work that pays is aspirational if the alternative is an inability to feed one's children. Yet, what this experience brought home to me was the depth of our double standards across the fashion industry as a whole.
So what makes London so special? When it comes to style as Brits we embrace tradition, fine craftsmanship, sartorial elegance and the debonair attitude to look immaculate. These are the home grown talent designers that Britain are proud to call their own making their mark on the fashion scene.
We film the Haute Couture show not normally seen - put on specially for the clients, not the press. Despite the shape of some of the 'casts' we filmed in the atelier, the Duchess of Windsor's famous phrase, 'never too rich, never too thin' seems apposite. An insight into the way the world's economy is moving: a large proportion of the guests are from China. Before and after, the champagne flows and Catherine Riviere woos them all charmingly.
The fashion press could not wait for the new collection to be seen and watch it-girl Daisy Lowe open the show as the models sauntered down the catwalk wearing seventies pyjama tops in true boho style.
The way this shot has been set up creates a deeply unsettling power dynamic: Bella is perched on Riccardo's knee - an infantilising position to be in - and he, the legendary designer, is presenting her to the camera.
Behind each of these scandals is a dangerous lack of knowledge about the factories producing these consumer goods, and more importantly little communication with the factory workers on a micro level.
Returning to work from maternity leave was the final boost I needed to start putting myself first again. Inspired to make more of an effort during nine-to-five, I started to research and test products that would revive or disguise the daily grind of being a parent.
Trends come and go, fads pass, and top knots die out (praise the lord!). I think your average folk only see a 'hip and happening' product at its peak...