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Satin, sparklers – and a good coat: All Ages gets festive

By Photographer: David Newby Stylists: Helen Seamons and Melanie Wilkinson Interviews: Peter Bevan Party season looks different this year, but the All Ages team are still finding time to sparkle – and to share their highlights of 2020 Continue reading… Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2020/dec/04/satin-sparklers-good-coat-all-ages-gets-festive       

Could it be magic: why store window displays mean more this Christmas

By Jess Cartner-Morley While festive shopping is more likely to be online this year, a tour around the window displays of stores is a pandemic-friendly way of bringing sparkle in the run-up to the big day. There will be no cosy photo op with a random stranger in a cotton-wool beard in Santa’s grotto this […]

‘It’s about the emotion’: why Chanel hired a chateau for a catwalk show with no guests

By Jess Cartner-Morley The French fashion house took a team of 300 to a Loire castle for a blowout event this week, despite the pandemic preventing anyone from attending How important is a catwalk show to a fashion house? Important enough, in the case of Chanel, to take a team of 300 – including the […]

From Martha Washington to Melania Trump: 250 years of first lady portraiture

By Hannah Marriott Portraits of presidents’ wives have evolved with the role, and although it remains highly gendered, a new exhibition aims to celebrate their contribution and to ‘rectify the absences of women in US history’ Bess Truman, US first lady from 1945 until 1953, has not become the sort of historical figure people quote […]

Christopher Wylie: ‘Amazon is one of the biggest threats to the fashion industry’

By Morwenna Ferrier The Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, who now works in fashion, says luxury fashion is reaching an existential moment – and that Jeff Bezos could be the next Anna Wintour Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who exposed the misuse of data by Cambridge Analytica in the run-up to the 2016 US election, says he believes […]

The rock star of retail: how Topshop changed the face of fashion

By Jess Cartner-Morley With its celebrity collaborations and turbo-charged launches, Philip Green’s Topshop brought fun and drama to the once uninspiring business of clothes-shopping. We chart the rise and fall of the pandemic’s most glamorous corporate victim “What’s this I’m reading in the paper? It’s a load of absolute shit, that’s what it is. What’s […]

Debenhams: the rise and fall of a British retail institution

By Rupert Neate Founded in 1778 as a high-end draper, the retail chain prospered for more than two centuries Founded in 1778, Debenhams was one of the largest and most historic department store chains in the world. The business was formed by William Clark as a single high end drapers store at 44 Wigmore Street […]

From fashion forward to slightly awkward: the mixed bag of Philip Green brands

By Priya Elan Topshop, Burton, Miss Selfridge and more helped to define the high street down the years Green’s wealth has shrunk as Arcadia’s fortunes have faded Timeline: the rise and fall of Philip Green Arcadia has gone into administration, completing Sir Philip Green’s fall from the king of the high street. Here we look […]

True gold: 40 years of Spandau Ballet style – in pictures

By Helen Seamons It’s 40 years since Spandau Ballet signed their first record deal. Their signature dandy look played a key role in defining New Romantic and late 80s style, creating an enduring fashion legacy Continue reading… Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2020/nov/30/true-gold-40-years-of-spandau-ballet-style-in-pictures       

TV style icons of 2020: Michael Jordan’s sartorial slam dunk

By Jess Cartner-Morley Gripping Netflix series The Last Dance was more like a Marvel movie than a sports documentary, putting Jordan – the man, the myth and his power dressing – front and centre The Last Dance, the Netflix show about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, scored 24 million viewers around the world within […]

‘I stopped trying to control my body’: the women who gave up grooming in 2020

By Sirin Kale From shaving to threading to dyeing to painting, the little touches that used to seem so important have been squeezed out by the pandemic. And many Britons are all the happier for it During the first lockdown Afsaneh Parvizi-Wayne, a 55-year-old entrepreneur, went for a drive around London. “I remember looking in […]

How to get that fresh look | Funmi Fetto

By Funmi Fetto A light touch on the cheeks and lips balanced by strong eyes will ensure you look full of zest Fresh. It’s a word that makes me roll my eyes because in beauty it’s overused to the point of meaninglessness. This Moschino SS21 look, however, is properly, beautifully fresh. And, thanks to the […]

Hot chocolate: warming shades of knitwear for men – in pictures

By Helen Seamons Cosy up to knitwear in shades of autumn leaves and tonal brown. It’s the ideal alt-festive look for men Continue reading… Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2020/nov/28/hot-chocolate-warming-shades-of-knitwear-for-men-in-pictures       

We love…Fashion fixes for the week ahead – in pictures

By Jo Jones and Helen Seamons Missoma unveils a debut men’s jewellery collection, & Daughter launches a Winter Market initiative and Ganni utilises recycled materials Continue reading… Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2020/nov/28/we-lovefashion-fixes-for-the-week-ahead-in-pictures       

Fendi’s magic touch: the woman behind the world’s most famous handbag

By Scarlett Conlon Artisans from every corner of Italy are putting their spin on Fendi’s iconic Baguette bag. Its designer, Silvia Venturini Fendi, explains why Last year, Silvia Venturini Fendi was on holiday with her girlfriends in Palermo when she came across a small bottega run by a middle-aged artisan and his father. Enchanted by […]

Critics attack Pretty Little Thing’s 8p Black Friday dress deal

By Molly Blackall Deep discounts spark outrage on Twitter as campaigners highlight environmental cost Clothing retailers have come under fire for selling dresses from just 8p on Black Friday, with critics accusing them of encouraging “fast fashion” and unsustainable consumption. Related: Boohoo hires Sir Brian Leveson to oversee supply chain overhaul Continue reading… Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/nov/27/critics-slam-pretty-little-things-8p-black-friday-dress-deal […]

Launch of celebrity candles lights up – and cashes in – on lockdown gloom

By Priya Elan It started with Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina candle; now Alicia Keys, Anthony Hopkins and Drake have joined the trend Forget the It bag, the latest must have is the It candle. Gwyneth Paltrow began this year by selling out of a candle simply called This Smells Like My Vagina on Goop. In September, […]

Dior sticks by Johnny Depp in defiance of ‘wife beater’ ruling

By Priya Elan Fans pledge to buy cologne still advertised by actor after court finds he abused ex-wife Evidence suggests defiant Johnny Depp fans have been buying Dior’s Sauvage fragrance in support of the actor, who continues to be the face of the cologne despite a high court judge finding that he violently abused his […]

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