Frocks, flowers and graffiti

  • Frocks, flowers and graffiti
    Style must be one of the most over-used words in the dictionary. There are more famous quotes on the subject that I care to count. On the basis that ‘style is a way of saying who you are without having to speak’* here’s five stylish stories I like this week.
  • Fashion and textiles: must-see exhibitions
    In the words of Bill Cunningham “Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life”. Fashion is life-enhancing and this summer museums and galleries are offering an exciting programme of stylish exhibitions, a visual feast to revive our hopes and our dreams.
  • Review: High Gloss
    Over his career Pop Art artist, Heiner Meyer, has captured the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century consumer culture through images of cinema, fashion, TV, luxury cars and elite sports. Meyer’s sculptures and paintings often focus on the feminine beauty culture, employing bright colors his work often satirises well-known and celebrity subjects.
  • Haute couture will travel
    Concierge travel is synonymous with making dreams come true and wearing haute couture is up there in terms of aspirations. Let alone having a piece made exclusively for you. This is about more than fashion. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience normally available only to royalty, heiresses and celebrities. There are only 14 designers who bear the label of haute couture, with one item taking up …
  • Manolo Blahnik: An Enquiring Mind
    As in all the arts, whether paintings, literature and theatre, one of the delights of fashion design can be found in the historical references. In 2019, the exhibition An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at The Wallace Collection explored the inspiration behind the master of shoe design. In his over-50 year career, Blahnik has drawn on his love of art, interior design and fashion of the …
  • Couture Royal wedding dresses: in conversation with Justine Picardie
    Justine Picardie is a former Contributing Editor at Harper’s Bazar and author of Coco Chanel: The Legend and The Life and a new book Miss Dior coming soon. In a live conversation from their individual homes, Picardie and Caroline de Guitaut, Deputy Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art at The Royal Collection Trust, explored the history of Royal wedding dresses. Later, still in a …

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