Fashion weeks Archive

Louis Vuitton luxury goes futuristic at Paris fashion week

The Place Vendôme, like Louis Vuitton, is a monumental triumph of French luxury branding. The grandest square in Paris – which is not square but octagonal, faceted like a diamond so the rows of tall symmetrical windows reflect the maximum amount of sunlight – is an illusion. The Place Vendôme is a facade, a 300-year-old shopfront, behind which the owner of each plot is free …

La vie en rose: how fashion fell for the pink dress

Paris fashion week is almost over, bringing catwalk season to a close four weeks after the circus rolled into New York. And here’s what it boils down to: soon, you will want to wear a pink dress. Wait. A dress? A pink dress? Is this the same fashion industry that’s been banging the drum for tracksuit bottoms and gender fluidity for the past two years? Indeed. …

Stella McCartney's flashmob finale ditches strutting for dancing

It has been an emotional Paris fashion week. The Vogue-versus-the-bloggers plotline had laid bare the tension and rivalry embedded in a group of people currently spending 12 hours of every day of the week together, even before Kim Kardashian’s ordeal at gunpoint escalated the nervy mood. So at Stella McCartney’s Monday morning show at the Opéra Garnier you could cut the atmosphere with a knife. …

Fashion’s old guard are right to fear the blogger | David Mitchell

Live by the sword, die by the sword. That’s what Vogue.com’s senior editors should be thinking at the moment. Ruefully, if they can do that without exacerbating wrinkles. Last week they were simply going about their business disparaging and belittling people – just a normal day at the office for those who professionally sit in judgment on what others are wearing – when they got …

Demna Gvasalia reinvigorates Balenciaga with strategic disrespect

The bar for iconoclasm is pretty high at Paris fashion week these days. This season’s biggest debut saw Christian Dior’s first ever female designer shun the revered New Look in favour of feminist slogans and references to T-shirts worn on Sex and the City. Demna Gvasalia of Balenciaga. Photograph: Willy Vanderperre/Balenciaga But Demna Gvasalia, the man who orchestrated a street style cult around the DHL …

Show’s over for veteran fashion elite as style insurgents seize front row

This was meant to be Vogue’s year. The British version of the magazine turned 100, resulting in, among other celebratory goings-on, an exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery, Vogue 100: A Century of Style, telling the story of one of the world’s most influential magazines. But a turn of events, and the social media reaction, threw a stiletto at the brand’s well-manicured public appearance and …

Maria Grazia Chiuri's Dior debut spells out her feminist message

With a catwalk show in the gardens of the Musée Rodin that brought Rihanna and Kate Moss to the front row and a square mile of central Paris to a standstill, Maria Grazia Chiuri became the first woman to head the house of Christian Dior. It’s a position that arguably makes her the most powerful woman in Parisian fashion since Coco Chanel. The moment is …

The Guardian view of Vogue v the bloggers: business is winning | Editorial

There is a picture on Instagram that perfectly captures the current row about who decides what is fashion. The dispute is between Vogue magazine, fashion’s ultimate arbiter for the last 100 years, and the fashion bloggers regarded by their millions of social media followers as the real deal. The picture, posted by the blogger Caroline Vreeland, was taken during Milan’s fashion week. It shows the …

Paris fashion week: Bouchra Jarrar shows she means business at Lanvin

Bouchra Jarrar’s first show for Lanvin at Paris fashion week kicked off at noon on Wednesday, under bright lights at the Hôtel de Ville. This represents a shift for the French fashion house. Under the direction of Alber Elbaz for 14 years, Lanvin was always an evening show often soundtracked with disco. The time and place announced a new mood and the clothes in the …

Sporty evening sandals and bare ribs: Milan fashion week’s messages

1 Gucci: because this is the show defining what we really wear No, I’m not winding you up. And, yes, I’m talking about that Gucci show, the one with the orange fur coat with the zebras and the red leather jacket with the pussybow collar. Gucci has changed how we dress. I’ve been watching the off-catwalk fashion – not so much the peacocky Anna Dello …