Yep, it’s that time again. Over the next month, editors, buyers, models, and more will be disembarking planes and weaving their way through New York, London, Milan and Paris as the next round of Fashion Weeks—the Spring 2016 editions—come to life. The key piece this September and October from city to city and coast to coast? The handbag. We had Caroline Issa select one for each city—and a look to go with it.
London Fashion Week
Ed Burstell, managing director of Liberty London; image via the Liberty blog
When I asked Ed Burstell how he described Liberty London back in 2008, when he left the American fashion industry to work for what is perhaps the most British of all British department stores, he said he told people, “It was one of the last great emporiums of its kind left on Earth.” When I asked Burstell how he describes it now, after seven years as the shop’s managing director, his Brit-sharpened wit and American confidence cuts right through.
“I say it is one of the last great emporiums of its kind left on Earth.”
For the launch of this month’s Liberty London Pop-In, Burstell defined the historical context of Liberty’s grand marketplace status, and he outlined what he calls his “subversive” polish on this British institution.
Peter Pilotto is actually Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos; together the duo makes up one of the most iconic modern British brands. Among the first designers to really blow out digital prints, the pair’s East London-born collections continue to explore the edges of color, clash, texture, textile and figuring-hugging fit. We talked to them about structure and saturated color, and harmony in fashion and design.
What to Wear in Milan, Paris, London and New York from 5 Inch and Up Blogger Sandra Hagelstam and Edie Campbell’s Hair in Milanon March 2, 2015
Fashion Week Journal for Saturday, February 28
The sneakers-with-everything trend has no place in Sandra Hagelstam’s world. Her 5 Inch and Up style blog is all about the heel—and the more runway the better. The higher the better. The more editorial the better.
All hail the statement stiletto, really.
We met up with Hagelstam while we were both in London to get her thoughts on style from fashion city to fashion city.
Goodbye and Hello to London: Sister Jane and the NeverEnding Story and the Lee Cooper Jeans Tour of the East Endon February 26, 2015
Fashion Week Journal for Tuesday and Wednesday February 24 & 25
As London Fashion week ends, I offer you this bookend image of me, your narrator, as seen in W magazine’s wrap up of London Fashion Week street style, and, more importantly, we share two tales of new and old London design.
London designers tend to be more about the cult of the individual rather than the same trends showing up in multiple collections. That said, here is our list of the top 10 ideas and themes emerging from across the pond for next fall.
The ’70s influence continues—this time with more of a boho, hippie-deluxe feeling. An intriguing counterpoint to this is the emergence of a hard-edged ’80s new-wave idea paired with a slouchy boot. A darkly glamorous and romantic mood also comes across with lace, new embellishments, tapestry prints and lots of faded vintage winter florals. There are great shearling and statement outerwear options, including the all-important cape, that will help to beat the chill come fall.
1. ’70s BOHO
2. VINTAGE FLORALS
5. ROMANTIC HEROINE
6. ’80s NEW WAVE
7. LACE LUXE
9. TAILORED/FUR HANDBAGS
10. TALL BOOTS
— The Fashion Office
Zara totally nailed luxe minimalism today. This look is perfectly seasonal casual chic, and I want to copy it immediately! The cozy sweater dress is a top trending item in London, and I love the addition of a leather belt to create some definition. The relaxed coat and nude booties keep the palette neutral and clean, while a pop clutch adds a bit of fun to the look.
Ella is always put together and adorably chic. I love that she knows what works for her and stays true to her feminine aesthetic. The button front skirt is having a major moment thanks to retro trends, and Ella’s denim version is pretty much perfect. A delicate blouse and ombré fur dress up the denim, while glitter tights add some playful sparkle.
More candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week from our Global Trend Reporter Crystal Nicodemus.