Haute spots of Paris

Haute couture is quintessentially Parisian. It was founded in the quarter around rue de la Paix where Charles Frederick Worth established a dressmaking salon in 1858. His workshop was among a host of small businesses dedicated to the art of dressmaking and fashion, from embroiderers and feather workers to makers of buttons, shoes and gloves.

Exclusive interview with couturier Ziad Nakad

From his early teens, Lebanese-born designer Ziad Nakad knew that he wanted to work in fashion. Fascinated by eclectic fabrics, sheer embroidery and unconventional beading, Nakad designed gowns for his family and friends to wear. Encouraged by this genuine success, the talented young man decided to explore and embrace the art of dressmaking, and wentContinue reading “Exclusive interview with couturier Ziad Nakad”

MILAN FASHION WEEK: AW17 TREND REPORT

Milan joined in with the call for unity this season; from Missoni’s pink pussy hats marching down the catwalk, to Dolce & Gabbana’s multi-generational parade, and Gucci’s eclectic styling and celebration of 119 individuals made for a perfectly felt nod to the current state of the world, something which Milan fashion week is rather exclusiveContinue reading “MILAN FASHION WEEK: AW17 TREND REPORT”

LFW AW17 Trend Report

London Fashion Week followed hot on the heels of NYFW’s political statement shows, with a strong message for self-care. Designers notably used soft swathes of fabric, oversized knitwear and child-like nostalgia for Autumn/Winter ’17 – what better way to protect oneself from these tumultuous times…

Behind the curtain at Paul Costelloe

American-Irish designer, Paul Costelloe is in my own humble opinion – severely underrated. Not only does the name encompass a family-run design business, with collections that include womenswear, menswear, bags and accessories, homeware, jewellery, eyewear and children’s occasionwear, Costelloe is also a bright leader in the use of hand-crafted, luxurious fabrics combined with cutting edge design,Continue reading “Behind the curtain at Paul Costelloe”

Haute Couture’s Relevancy in 2017

In these turbulent times, there is sometimes a need for escapism. Personally, for me, this takes shape in layers of tulle, glittering embroidery and a world so heavily cloaked in artisanal flair that only a real-life princess could accrue such a wardrobe. Such is the world of Haute Couture. Unlike other Fashion Weeks held sixContinue reading “Haute Couture’s Relevancy in 2017”