Tokyo Fashion Week gears up for first season with Rakuten as head sponsor

Tokyo Fashion Week will be held for seven days from October 14 to 20. The event’s main sponsor has changed from Amazon to Rakuten and the event has been renamed as “Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo”.

The 20 best moments in fashion this season

The international catwalk season finished this week, bringing to a close a marathon of some 400 shows and major presentations in the industry’s four great capitals: London, Milan, New York and Paris.

Guo Pei to make UK catwalk debut for the V&A Museum

Chinese couturier Guo Pei is set to host her first-ever fashion show in the UK this November.

Kwaidan Editions proves potential with Paris runway show

On Tuesday, for their first show in Paris, designers Léa Dickely and Hung La unveiled a polished, uber-cool collection clearly rooted in the style of Céline by Phoebe Philo.

Louis Vuitton: Great show, not so great clothes

It was a great piece of staging by Louis Vuitton on Tuesday night and quite an impressive show, though we are not so sure about the clothes.

Après Lacoste, le déluge

If the weather gods are any indication, then the future should be kind to Lacoste, whose latest show at an outside tennis court at Roland Garros ended seconds before a torrential downpour.

Miu Miu: After a raw and rich Miu Miu, Signora Prada is back on top

“Raw, instinctive, arty and dangerous,” said Miuccia Prada with a naughty twinkle in her eye after a path-breaking  Miu Miu show in Paris on Tuesday, the final day of the 30-day international runway season. 

Agnès b. fêtes Parisian chic, Beautiful People stuns with chameleonic clothes

Japanese designer Hidenori Kumakiri presented a series of stunning multi-look garments with his Beautiful People label, while Agnès b. featured an extensive collection suited to all occasions. 

Chanel's fresh femininity survives a catwalk crasher

It felt like a scene from a great classic movie, a spy film or romantic comedy set on the rooftops of Paris at Chanel this morning in Paris. It even had a catwalk crasher, and the real life heroine was Gigi Hadid.

Leandro Cano brings Spanish craftsmanship and tradition to Paris

The Spanish Embassy in Paris hosted Leandro Cano's artistic "Ofrenda" collection this season, the Andalusian designer's first presentation in the French capital, for which he collaborated with eight Spanish artisans. 

The essential Alexander McQueen from Sarah Burton

A bare pine floor, unvarnished wooden columns and a few billowing ceiling sails as Sarah Burton stripped back Alexander McQueen to its essentials with a simple set and a brilliant fashion collection for Spring 2020.

Giambattista Valli’s extraordinary women

Many feel called to fashion; but few are chosen. But one true member of the elect has to be Giambattista Valli, who staged one of his most composed ready-to-wear collections on a balmy Monday in Paris.

Sacai’s global tour

It’s often said that you cannot invent that much new in fashion. Those that make that claim should really attempt to get an invitation to a Sacai show, so rich in ideas and so fresh they can be.

Paris Fashion Week: engaged fashion, androgyny and a desire to escape

Vivienne Westwood, Haider Ackermann, Rahul Mishra and Christian Wijnants presented their respective visions of fashion through four very different worlds at Paris Fashion Week over the weekend.

Stella McCartney: Get your rocks off, sustainably

In an era obsessed with sustainability, few designers and brands appear better placed to profit from and lead this movement than Stella McCartney, who staged her latest runway show in Paris on a sunny Monday morning. 

L'Oreal celebrates female empowerment with glamorous runway show

French cosmetics maker L’Oreal hosted its annual runway show on Saturday featuring an all-star cast of movie stars, singers and supermodels who embodied self-empowerment on the sidelines of Paris Fashion Week.

Givenchy designs for the Jane of all trades

Clare Waight Keller put together an eclectic collection for Givenchy for next summer, creating a wardrobe for a woman hesitating between crisp urban chic, romanticism and slick streetwear attitude. 

Valentino’s glamorously groovy grisaille

Probably no designer in Paris is more popular this week than Pierpaolo Piccioli, whose latest show for the house of Valentino earned him the most impassioned roar of 2019 as he took his bow.

Akris: From Ai to Antonio Calderara

Albert Kriemler, the designer and driving force behind Akris, had something to celebrate this Sunday in Paris. The 10th anniversary of his iconic bag: Ai.

Thom Browne: New England meets Louis XVI

A packed house for Thom Browne, as the American designer presented his latest humorous historical mix-up inside the Beaux Arts of Paris’ Left Bank.

Balenciaga: Power dressing for a fiercely beautiful Dystopia

Few houses are having a greater impact on fashion today than Balenciaga, thanks above all to the tenure of its Georgian émigré creative director Demna Gvasalia, who sent out a musing on arty power dressing on Sunday. 

Hermès spotlights leather

The French luxury house presented a collection that was true to its roots at Paris Fashion Week on on Saturday, spotlighting leather – its core material – and putting exceptional artesanal craftsmanship centre stage.

Junya Watanabe blasts the trench coat apart

The Japanese designer constructed his whole collection for next summer around the trench coat, a perennial classic which he deconstructed and dissected in order to reassemble it in an infinite variety of pieces. 

Womenswear goes delicate and playful at Nina Ricci, dark and sexy at Olivier Theyskens

Designers explored the many aspects of womenswear in Paris on Friday, with Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh sending out a delicate yet playful collection for Nini Ricci, while Olivier Theyskens went chic and sexy. 

Elie Saab: Nina Simone does Dynasty

We witnessed the comeback of powerful beauty at Elie Saab, in a show that referenced African color, design and attitude.