It's easy to assume that the 'big four' have always held sway, but Milan only really gained international recognition in the 1970s and 1980s thanks to the crop of new designers from that era. Currently Milan is facing criticism for its lack of new talent and its slowness in harnessing the digital age of bloggers and social media.
A little known fact about me: I once spent an entire school year, Year Ten to be precise, sporting Martin Fowler from Eastenders' jacket (here's Martin's face when he first saw the offending item) The reason it's a little known fact is because I've done everything in my power since then to suppress it. But perhaps now is the time to finally face my coaty demons and then zip it for good.
I've never met Bao Bao Wan but everything I've read about her makes me smile. From her go-getting globetrotting and unusual upbringing which saw her sent off to school in America at age nine, to her outstanding eye for luxury jewellery design - her life has been described as 'a 21st century fairytale' but to me that doesn't quite ring true.
Many say January is the most depressing month of the year but I love it. It's a time for new beginnings, a fresh start, refocusing and looking ahead to the next 12 months. January is also awards season, meaning that red carpets all over the world are, for a brief few weeks, the focus of the world's media.
I am working like mad to finish the details for the American Hear Association's Go Red for Women event February 14, 2014 - and since much of 2013 emphasised grey, black and white designs (and my wild flower sketchbook pieces) ... I need to put the finishing touches on some new designs emphasizing red...
My exhibition Zandra Unseen at the Fashion and Textile Museum closed 31 August, 2013 to make way for the gorgeous Belville-Sassoon exhibit. Featuring the work of my dear friend David Sassoon (including dresses made for not only our beloved Princess Di but also Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, two beautiful women of impeccable taste).
In recent years a dramatic twist of directive has focused attention on senior style statement makers: the new millennium's fashion "it" generation. Their inventive dress translation - from the avant garde whimsy of the risk takers to the subdued simple elegance of the reserved - has captured the attention of fashion creatives and chroniclers.
New Year, new resolutions? You don't need to feel punished to brighten your outlook and put spring in your step this January. Forget strict eating plans and complicated exercise regimens, at Vogue Paris we've been celebrating the New Year with a rejuvenating and thoroughly luxurious line-up of products and health tips.
The reality is that American Apparel sticking pubic hair on its mannequins probably won't increase lingerie sales, but will it give them publicity? Get people talking? Of course it will, it already has, as this post proves. People want to talk about this, out of shock, out of amusement, whatever the reason, emotion is evoked.