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From the audience: the drama at Prada

Prada’s fall 2014 runway was a huge, elevated square, with models atop of it and a brass section in the middle taking part in the most unusual and beautiful cacophony of sound. Models stopped at designated points around the square, giving the audience a better chance to take in Miuccia’s latest offerings. I happened to be sitting underneath one such stopping point, and took a…

At Baartmans and Siegel

A haze of smoke and blue-tinted lighting turned the layerings of carefully constructed outerwear at Baartmans and Siegel into cool silhouettes. The classic yet functional styles were perfectly matched by a modern-retro quiff and white button-down.

At the Jonathan Saunders men’s presentation

They were perched on amplifiers in a concrete-floored warehouse space, but Jonathan Saunders’ autumn 2014 boys weren’t exactly the pinnacle of hard rock n roll. They were more an amalgam of 50s rockers and slicked-hair squares, dashing in slim cuts and bold prints as they were. The retro-infused colour palette took shape in graphic stripes, harlequin checks and patch work florals.

Beautiful moments backstage: Veronica Beard

The danger of running around a fashion week with a DSLR and a trigger-happy firing finger is that you often end up with more photos than you can edit. I’m particularly guilty of this. A few months down the track I realise what an unmined photo repository my hard drive really is. This particular lot were some I took backstage at the spring 2014 Veronica…

Weekend watch: “The Return” by Karl Lagerfeld

Imagined, written and directed by Karl Lagerfeld, “The Return” focuses on retelling the story of Chanel’s Haute Couture re-opening back in 1954, after a fifteen year hiatus following the WWII. Starring Geraldine Chaplin as Gabrielle Chanel, the short film focuses on picturing the deciding steps that eventually shaped the legend of the French designer forever. For the Chanel fans and the fashion enthusiasts alike, the…

A model goodbye

The end of another show, the end of another whirlwind trip. I was leaving my very last show of Milan fashion week – it might just have been Frankie Morello – when I happened to catch these two models mid-goodbye.
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The Yves Saint Laurent biopic by Jalil Lespert

Expected to hit theaters on January 8 2014, the new Yves Saint Laurent film directed by Jalil Lespert portrays the dramatic and influential life of one of the world’s most famous couturiers. The city was Paris, the year 1957 and at just 21 years old, Yves Saint Laurent (played by Pierre Niney) is named head of design at the house of Christian Dior, and so…

Fountains, carousels & clocks: the set at Louis Vuitton

The staging and set at any Louis Vuitton show is impressive. And with Marc Jacobs saying his goodbyes, today’s show was naturally no exception. Out with a bang, Jacobs’ final Paris fashion week show for the brand was set amongst an impressive temporary world featuring a fountain, carousel and escalators. At the gallery: a view of the set for Louis Vuitton’s spring 2014 show.

Edie Campbell body painted & smoking

If I opened the Louis Vuitton spring 2014 show wearing nothing but graffiti, I’d want to keep it on. Sure, you’re a walking brand advocate, emblazoned with a dozen jewel-encrusted logos; but having sat through the process of painting it on it’d just seem a shame not to roll with it for a while. Edie Campbell agreed. Exiting the Vuitton show with a cigarette in…

Backstage moments at Akris

Occasionally I find myself backstage at a show with notepad and camera in hand, ready to report on the brilliant hairstyle creations being sculptured and teased and hairsprayed into place by the hair team. And occasionally, there’s no hairstyle to report on. At Akris’ spring 2014 show, every model’s look was topped by a double-rimmed straw hat that partially shaded the eyes and added an…

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