Milan Fashion Week is unquestionably one of the most important dates in the fashion calendar, with industry insiders from Anna Dello Russo to Daisy Lowe coming from around the world to grace the Front Row.
Gabrielle Chanel's ability to create functional, simplistic, yet chic garments is unprecedented. She stripped back the excessive decoration, frills and fuss and created well-constructed staple pieces, namely the tweed suit and the infamous little black dress.
TOPMAN went for a Punk and California surfer look at the beginning of London's Collection Men 2015, with their spring summer 2016 range. London Collections Men, the annual fashion showcase, that brings out the established, as well as emerging new labels from London.
The thing with balance is, it requires restraint and I know how difficult that can be when all those amazing trends strut down the catwalk, but you must be strong! What is your existing style? What trends work with that?
Now these may just sound like the ramblings of an insecure twenty-something and I can't apply this effect to everyone that uses social media, however after conversations with various friends I realised I'm not alone.
I run a start-up fashion label in South London, financed with my own money. An army of unpaid interns would make my life that much easier and would keep my costs that much lower. But I won't do it. Every one of my staff is paid. It is simply the right thing to do.
From fashion to fast food, Thailand has a real fixation with Hitler and Nazism! For most people the idea of wearing a T-shirt with the image of Hitl...
The world of fashion is increasingly under the environmental spotlight as the impact of the industry becomes apparent from pesticides in cotton through to working conditions in Bangladesh. Top of the hit list are fast fashion chains with campaigns questioning whether the pile it high sell it cheap model can be environmental sustainable.
We would choose real women. And not only would they be non-models but, if we were to show their faces, then we would tell their stories and celebrate their achievements. No more anonymous mannequins.
At the moment I am back in California, designing my newest collection, Skype-ing with my London based team daily, and planning a celebration of my being "Damed" with my American friends; the party will also be celebrating the 94th birthday of my beloved Salah Hassanein.
The discussion that ensued prompted me to write this note, partly - to summarise my thoughts on why the term "affordable luxury" is an oxymoron crafted by people with a profound lack of understanding as to what "luxury" really means.
I was 49 when we moved to LA. Long gone were the years when I might have had the confidence to carve down the boardwalk on roller blades in a bikini. ...
Fashion was always meant to be accessible - it was just the logistics that got in the way... Digital has changed everything. Digital fashion is often touted as a victory for convenience - discover, browse and shop wherever you want, whenever you want. But the real winner is choice and access.
During a spate of nostalgia, a friend of mine posted a childhood photo on Facebook of him and his mum. It was the 80s, but the strangest thing about it was that it could easily have been mistaken for something far more recent, based on him mum's very on-trend clothes.
From a fashion perspective, Hunter and Barbour are two brands that have seen a huge revival as British heritage brands meeting the new contemporary taste palate for fashion.
Most people who come from marginalised cultures (myself included) don't have a problem with people wanting to participate in our culture in an appropriate and respectful setting - in fact, we love it! Under the correct circumstances, cultural exchange can be a truly wonderful thing...