High Heel Hiatus

At this Spring’s shows, fashion’s refreshing reign of comfort moved into full swing, with legions of designers suggesting flat-soled silhouettes to go with everything from cropped pants to ankle-length pleated skirts and even evening clothes.

Prada - flat sandals - Spring 2014

Prada – Spring 2014

Marc Jacobs - flat sandals - Spring 2014

Marc Jacobs – Spring 2014

Givenchy - flat sandals - Spring 2014

Givenchy – Spring 2014



Alexander Wang | News

Alexander Wang’s latest collection is available to pre-order, giving us an early insight into what it costs to create a coat out of heat-sensitive (or, as Wang calls it, “thermo-reactive”) fabric.

The coats – which start off a dull green-brown, but become a vibrant yellow, lime, blue or purple when exposed to heat – will retail at $7,995, with a $3,998 deposit required to pre-order. The heat-sensitive skirt and top suit – worn by Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Anne V, among others at the show – begin at $2,550, and all look similar until their underlying colour is revealed.

Alexander Wang - heat sensitive

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John Galliano Series, 5 of 6

A John Galliano show – whether for Christian Dior or his own collection – is guaranteed to be an over-the-top display of his imaginative vision. And the experience is not limited to the spectacular clothes sent down the runway, for nearly as delightful to witness are the intricately executed, masterfully thought-out ensembles Galliano wears for his final bows. One gets the sense that nearly as much work and planning goes into them as goes into the entire collection.

John Galliano - Dior - Spring 2007

John Galliano for Dior – Spring 2007

Throughout the years, he’s dressed as a matador, Edward Scissorhands, and even an astronaut. He’s never the same, but he’s always John.

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John Galliano Series, 4 of 6

Kate Moss wears a Jazz Age-inspired slip dress designed by pal Galliano to wed rocker Jamie Hince.

John Galliano - Kate Moss - wedding dress

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Diane von Furstenberg | News

Michael Herz has been hired as artistic director of DVF. His position means that he will oversee the brand’s promotion and design, from the creative direction of the ready-to-wear and accessories lines to the aesthetic of stores and advertising campaigns.

As the company continues to grow – and we continue to expand our product categories – it is so important to have someone next to me who will ensure that all products with the DVF name remain true to our brand,” Diane von Furstenberg said.

DVF - Autum Winter 2014-15

DVF, Autum Winter 2014 – 15 ready-to-wear

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Miss Piggy | News

Miss Piggy has hired Vivienne Westwood to design her wedding dress. Although her beloved Kermie is yet to propose, the glamorous puppet is already primed if and when the big day does ever happen. The ivory-coloured couture gown – which features in new film Muppets Most Wanted – is decorated in paillettes made using recycled plastic bottles, and is accessorised with a tulle veil.

Vivienne Westwood - Miss Piggy

Vivienne Westwood is fabulous – just like moi,” said Miss Piggy. “When I asked her to design this wedding dress for moi’s new movie, Muppets Most Wanted, she was thrilled and I was thrilled.

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Hedi Slimane Series, 2 of 8

You know the cover of Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster, framing the singer in an angular blonde bob – perhaps the most recognisable album art of the decade? Slimane took the photograph and designed the cover.

Haute Couture Mind - Fashion Book - Hedi Slimane - Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster

Hedi Slimane has been called the single most influential men’s designer this century.

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Desire for Logos | News

Recognisable status pieces are back, and with them a desire for logos. We no longer wish for rebellious individualism, instead preferring to show off our inclusion in fashion communities.

Across the spring/summer ’14 catwalks, the logo was abundant. Marc Jacobs’s startlingly beautiful swan song at Louis Vuitton had Edie Campbell naked but for hand-painted Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse graffiti covering her lithe body. Similarly for Carol Lim and Humberto Leon at Kenzo, Missoni, Alexander Wang, and DKNY.

Edie Campbell - Louis Vuitton - Marc Jacobs - Stephen Sprouse

Logos offer free marketing and add value to products. You may not be able to afford the $4,000 Saint Laurent biker jacket, but you can have Hedi Slimane’s $200 Saint Laurent T-shirt which has been redesigned by the artist Zane Reynolds for spring.

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John Galliano Series, 2 of 6

Launched in 1999, his Saddle bag for Dior is an instant mega-best-seller. By 2003, as many as 125 versions will exist, from denim to crocodile.

John Galliano - Dior - saddle bag

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John Galliano

He won over the press: “Bravo!” is how Vogue hailed his 1997 Dior debut. Moneymakers like the 1999 Saddle handbag and 2001 J’Adore Dior T-shirt stoked the public’s craving for logos. Sales of ready-to-wear tripled.

Haute Couture Mind - Fashion Book - John Galliano - Jadore Dior T-shirt - Sarah Jessica Parker

John Galliano. Memorise and use. We are what we know.