Why are people cross about the return of the kitten heel?

Kitten heels are back. Vogue has said so, and Twitter has howled in laughter. Maybe it’s the memory of all those prissy ladies-who-lunch heels. Although they never really left, especially not in branches of LK Bennett. Or maybe Theresa May is responsible for this distaste. She debuted her leopard-print kitten back in 2002 when the heel shape was still in … Read More

London men’s fashion week kicks off with 90s rave

London men’s fashion week is a now familiar January feature on the the industry’s calendar, but the world is a different place since the last round of menswear shows in June. The post-Brexit vote fallout and its impact on fashion was top of the agenda in the mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s speech to open the event on Friday. Dressed … Read More

Classic chic v sportwear: this season’s style swap

I always thought serious fashion was about beautiful clothes for beautiful people and took place mainly on the pages of Vogue. This week I realised it in fact lies in the uncertain territory somewhere between art and politics. It was reading interviews with the two leading young designers Demna Gvasalia (from Georgia) and Gosha Rubchinskiy (from Russia) that did it. … Read More

J.W.Anderson: ‘provocative’ new exhibition

Fashion designer J.W.Anderson is set offer a rare glimpse into his artistic process, in a “provocative” new art exhibition. Anderson, who has put ideas of gender subversion at the heart of his fashion shows, will oversee the Disobedient Bodies exhibition at The Hepworth gallery in Wakefield next spring. It will show the intersection between modern art, fashion and sexuality In … Read More

Little peace or goodwill on first day of sales

Among the rails which had once held coats and the deep tissue-paper underfoot, the last hunting women of the day moved and sought. They seemed not to notice each other directly; only, in a dangerous way, to be aware of the direction of each other’s glances, as hungry men are suddenly aware that one of them is out for a … Read More