Empowering Handwork: Alexander McQueen And Rahul Mishra

After 29 days in four cities, the international fashion shows for Spring/Summer 2017 came to an end with this conclusion: Although the “See Now, Buy Now” strategy may work for some brands, it is far from being accepted or encouraged by the majority. Only in New York and London were major brands such as Ralph Lauren and Burberry embracing the instant-sale service to customers. Milan and Paris more or less rejected the idea – and for good reason. The fashion

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Princess Startling

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN is a man who can tell good designers from bad – after all, his fairytale-inspired autumn/winter 2008-9 collection has been lauded as one of this season’s very best. “Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual. When you see a woman in my clothes, you want to know more about them,” he says. “To me, that is what distinguishes good designers from bad designers.” And, while his British roots are invariably a key influence in his designs, that’s not

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McQ In Cheek

WHILE more and more luxury brands choose to sue over their intellectual property rights in this climate of ever-faster fashion, Alexander McQueen is tackling the issue with somewhat more a-typical wit. Press were forgiven for thinking that invitations they received to yesterday’s McQ press day – emblazoned as they were with “CHOPSHOP: Higher Street Fashion” in familiar font – hinted at a collaboration between McQ and Topshop. Not so; it was merely a tongue-in-cheek dig at the high street’s fascination

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Dancing McQueen

FOLLOWING on from the seasons-long success of Alexander McQueen’s footwear range for Puma, the two design giants have teamed up again – this time, to create a full range of sports-inspired clothing and accessories. Alexander McQueen Puma, which will cater to both men and women, is to be unveiled for the first time on Tuesday, January 20 in Milan as part of the menswear show season via a short film entitled Ghost – a collaborative effort by Saam Faramond and

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Pearly McQueen

THE menswear shows got off to glitzy start yesterday as, amid a calm collection of caramel shades and sandy tones, Alessandro Dell’Acqua sent out a pair of copper sequin trousers, jacket and matching shoes. Gucci, meanwhile, went a bit more rock n’ roll on us with skinny ties (worn unfastened around the neck), skinny metallic trousers, slinky jackets and glitter shirts. Accents of mustard, cerulean, fuchsia and crimson completed the look. Later, things began to get surreal over at Moschino

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Theatre Of Dreams

WELCOME to the most theatrical day of Fashion Week so far. Alexander McQueen gave us feathered lampshade hats, Agnes B gave us a film in a theatre and Chanel, well, Chanel gave us the Kate show. McQueen’s models were barely recognisable in white face paint and oversized glossy clown lips – like melancholy Leigh Bowery clones. Their heads were adorned with lampshades, hub caps, plastic bags – not to mention the massively oversized houndstooth creations on their bodies. This was

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Boys Boys Boys

AS the menswear spring/summer 2010 shows kick off in Milan this weekend, all eyes will turn to the Dolce & Gabbana catwalk where – following Naomi Campbell’s star turn last year – Madonna’s other half Jesus Luz will be taking to the runway for the Italian label. Also showing their wares tomorrow will be fellow Italian big hitters Giorgio Armani and Missoni – as well as the master of smart understatement, Raf Simons, at Jil Sander. British fashion won’t be

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Paris Fashion Week

AS Giles Deacon brings Paris Fashion Week to a close today with his first non-London show, we reflect on yesterday’s fashion events – which were certainly eventful. Marc Jacobs swapped bunny ears for afros at Louis Vuitton and – as always – the fashion pack swooned with delight. Roland Mouret opened the day with the second show for his RM label; full of covetable flattering dresses and cleverly cut jackets, and was careful to thank Simon Fuller – the backer

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McQueen For Auction

TWO dresses taken from the Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2007 ready-to-wear collection, are to be sold at Bonhams, Knightsbridge at the end of the month. The auction is to include a heavily embellished, gold, floor length dress, recently worn by Holly Valance at this year’s Brit Awards days after McQueen’s death. It was originally decribed by Vogue.com as “Queen of the night” and is currently estimated to be sold between £12,000 – £18,000. The second piece comprises a cream gown with

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McQueen Sued

THE Hells Angels are suing Alexander McQueen, after accusing the British fashion house of misusing its trademark winged death heads symbol. A complaint was filed against McQueen on Monday by the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation (HAMC) stating the label has breached trademark protection rules. HAMC cites a four-finger knuckle duster ring and a women’s handbag, which both carry the winged death motif. “From decades of notoriety, the HAMC marks have acquired very widespread public recognition, consequently they evoke strong and

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