Prada: A Piece of a Woman

Cheers and whoops of joy rung out at Prada from the raw wood set. The last outfits lingered on the catwalk – a dress with a soft, floral prettiness and a face drawn near the hem; and a bold, gold brocade coat with a few hand-painted spring flowers rising up from the bottom like a force of nature. It was an exceptional moment as Miuccia Prada showed herself feisty and fearless about the needs and desires of women. The clothes

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Miu Miu’s New Travel Essential 2017 Collection

Miu Miu’s world is a girl’s world and the latest offering from the covetable brand is a skirt destined to be worn, loved and packed away for all global adventures. First featured in the resort 2016 collection, the pareo skirt has been inspired by the styles worn by women and men in Africa and Asia for centuries. The Miu Miu offering comes in three colourways – a planet print, a colourful check or a cotton voile Vichy – and invites

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A Christmas Need To Be Remembered

Enough of the mad rush shopping, last-minute Christmas e-cards and burnt turkey. This year we’re taking the time to embrace all the special little moments that put the sparkle into the festive season, as Vogue partners with Michael Kors to bring you the best of Christmas. A good way to kick off the festive season – before any of the events and even the to-do lists get under way – is an evening of pampering. A bubble bath with scented

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Marc Jacobs On Beauty And Diversity

Last week’s Marc Jacobs ready-to-wear show was not without controversy, with many decrying the rainbow dreadlock-inspired wigs he used for the hair and sparking a furious Twitter debate about cultural appropriation . But one thing that is sure is that Jacobs has never been a designer to shy away from pushing the boundaries of conventional beauty, and it’s precisely his all-encompassing vision that has made his make-up line such a success. “I don’t think we set out to ruffle any

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LOUIS VUITTON has joined forces with Alibaba

LOUIS VUITTON has joined forces with Alibaba – China’s biggest e-commerce company – to fight counterfeit designer goods being sold online, reports WWD. The new Alibaba Big Data Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance, as it will be known, comprises 18 other companies, including Swarovski, Samsung and Shiseido. Alibaba said that the new alliance “aims to pool resources and increase collaboration to promote a safe and healthy global e-commerce ecosystem where brands are protected from IP pirates” with the assistance of the advanced technology

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The great print heritage of the Hermès

According to Pierre Alexis Dumas, the Martin Margiela years at Hermès – from 1997-2003 – will be the subject of a future exhibition at the ModeMuseum in Antwerp, artistic director of Hermès and the son of the late Jean-Louis Dumas, the exceptional family CEO who brought the iconoclastic Belgian designer into the iconic French brand. I thought back to those days and how Margiela, with his spare, clean cut designs, could never be persuaded to touch the great print heritage

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Gucci’s New Girl At The Catwalk Show

It started with a catwalk show, and turned into an international campaign – not many can boast such quick-fire success with such a renowned international fashion house, but Sophia Friesen is one of the few that can. After walking in Gucci’s autumn/winter 2016 show, she bagged a centrestage role in the campaign (a dreamy haze of Seventies splendour, injected with a heavy dose of electro-glam – shot in Tokyo, it’s Gucci’s answer to Lost in Translation). A Vogue model to

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Fendi Bags: Do-It-Yourself Decoration

I REMEMBER THE FIRST “ACCESSORY” that dingle-dangled off my bag. It was a leather flower-shaped accessory from Prada – over a decade ago – and I clipped it on to the handle of my purple ostrich bag, where it remains today. That modest decoration was followed by slew of hardware, from Dior’s metallics to chunks, chains and eye-catching creatures from almost any known brand. When Celine’s minimalism took over high fashion, bag trinkets went quiet – until Fendi invented “Karlito” in

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All The Fun Of The Dolce & Gabbana

The teen scene boys were front row attending to their quiffs; the girl bands were blond and bland, trying to look cool under their fringes. The music was playing and the clients uncrossed their vacation-bronzed legs. “Tropico Italiano” read the message in lights at the end of the runway. Then suddenly, POW! A group of ordinary guys and girls leapt on to the runway: all scruffy jeans, baggy t-shirts and beat-up sneakers. But they looked like they didn’t give a

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BURBERRY rejected the takeover advances of American company Coach

The Financial Times reports today that BURBERRY rejected the takeover advances of American company Coach, rebuffing “multiple approaches” . The accessories giant was rumoured to have its eye on the British label last month, but neither brand has commented on the stories. This latest rumour, attributed to “people briefed on the matter”, asserts that there are no longer “any active talks” between the two companies, and that Burberry successfully “saw off the interest” from Coach – currently creatively helmed by

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