Welcome to Pitti City!

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Last week, the magnificent city of Florence welcomed within the ancient premises of Fortezza da Basso, the 79th edition of Pitti Uomo, the biannual men’s trade show that has become the international reference in contemporary menswear. A great opportunity for

Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize Grand Final

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An intimate event, it began with a champagne reception, smoothly leading to new faces from Models1 gliding down the the runway showcasing key pieces from the designers’ collections. Sat front row were the prolific judges - Manolo Blahnik, Stephen Jones,Daphne Guiness, Elizabeth Saltzman, Gianluca

Shanghai Tang Bloggers Breakfast

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Shanghai Tang has long been an luxury brand with internationally-situated stores and a reputation for workmanship and oriental heritage design. Yesterday morning saw the gathering of London’s fashion-blogosphere at the Sloane Street store for a breakfast to introduce us to

Dubai Fashion Week SS11: Abeer Al Suwaidi

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With a fashion show inspired by a cultural theme, the Ush collection by Al Suwaidi kicked off with the beats of the African drum. At first, all the models came out together and walked only halfway disappearing again before the

Iman Pasha: Fashion’s Super-Woman

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How Iman Pasha manages her time to do what she does bewilders me. The endless list of collaborations, designers, events and shopping that she invests her time in somehow questions the boundaries of time and space and human achievement. When

Designer profile: Olivia Rubin Brick by Brick

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After running among Bond Street’s tourists and workers mixed shop retailers having cigarettes amidst the indefinable temperature of London on a late autumnal afternoon, the soft voice of Olivia Rubin resembles an oasis of tranquillity. Even after I tell her

‘Isabella Blow’ – Memories of a Fashion Icon

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Isabella Blow was a fashion icon. She was also a magazine editor, former assistant to Anna Wintour and a muse to countless designers, photographers and artists, including Andy Warhol and Juergen Teller. But of all things she was, she was

Michael van der Ham – LFW SS’11

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London Fashion Week saw the launch of many a designer’s solo show, one of whom was Michael van der Ham. Having spent the last two seasons under the umbrella of Fashion East, his show was one of the most anticipated

Designers Remix by Charlotte Eskildsen

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The beauty of London Fashion Week being held at a venue as grand as Somerset House is that with so many levels and rooms to explore, it’s inevitable that you will stumble across designers you’ve never heard of and shows that

Mary Katrantzou – LFW SS’11

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An 08:30 collection preview is not looked forward to by most fashion editors, but when I was invited to preview Mary Katrantzou’s SS11 collection backstage before her show, I was more than happy to set the alarm early and down