The Trouble with Hedi Slimane and his View of Women

  This season, spring/summer 19, was completely overshadowed by designer Hedi Slimane and his new vision for iconic French house Céline. When it was announced that Slimane, he who revolutionised menswear at Dior Homme before divisively reinventing the wheel at Yves Saint Laurent, was to take over from revered British designer Phoebe Philo, who was stepping down from the brand after ten years as creative director, jaws collectively dropped. How could the champion of louche youths in thigh skimming mini dresses possibly take up the mantle of Philo? With her devoted community of ‘Philophiles’, Philo was championed as a designer… Continue Reading

Leiden Podcast – Episode 10: Unpacking Fashion Month

  Warning: This one is for the fashion die hards.  But if you aren’t so inclined, consider this episode as an opportunity to bone up on everything you need to know about this season. This is Leiden Podcast a fortnightly podcast discussing all our favourite things: fashion, beauty, health and fitness. But we don’t stop there, we also interview amazing people, talk about relationships, books, pop culture, money and sex. In our tenth episode Leiden editor Emma Batchelor chats with photographer and fashion enthusiast Will Mac all about mens fashion week, couture week and the recent month of ready to… Continue Reading

Paris Fashion Week – A/W 16/17

Rounding out our coverage of fashion month comes our favourite collections from Paris fashion week, accompanied by illustrations from our very own Judy Kuo.   Balenciaga   The debut collection from Demna Gvasalia (of Vetements fame) was one of the most hotly anticipated of Paris fashion week. Anyone who feared that the house signatures of Christobal Balanciage would be lost or muddied by street-wear influence could breathe a sigh of relief after the first look appeared on the runway. Opera coats, trapeze dresses, bubble skirts, and cocoon coats were all given a Vetements-style update (an opera coat/puffa jacket worn by… Continue Reading

Milan Fashion Week – A/W 16/17

  It feels like a change has been brewing in the Italian fashion capital and we are loving it. As the latest fashion week approaches, we look back on our favourite collections from the Autumn/Winter collections, accompanied by incredible illustrations from Johanna Dziadkiewicz.   Elisabetta Franchi For her Autumn/Winter collection, the designer experimented with colours and shapes inspired by the circus. High waisted trousers, military style coats, knee high boots and flowing dresses all featured heavily. As the show progressed, the colour palette changed from browns, blacks, and creams to vibrant reds, blues, stripes, and high shine fabrics working their… Continue Reading

London Fashion Week – A/W 16/17

  After New York, the next stop on the fashion circuit is London, home of quirk, eccentricity and plenty of colour. We have rounded up our favourite shows from the season accompanied by incredible illustrations by the multi-talented designer behind The Label, Emma O’Rourke.   Alexander McQueen   This season saw Alexander McQueen return home to London after showing in Paris for many years. Creative Director, Sarah Burton, chose the same venue (the Royal Horticultural Halls) for the label’s homecoming as the first McQueen show she had worked on twenty years ago. This stand out collection was perhaps Burton’s most… Continue Reading

New York Fashion Week – A/W 16/17

While the fashion crowd was busy attending shows and having their street style snapped last international fashion month, we were busy launching our publication. But don’t worry we were still keeping our eyes trained to the runways as you may have seen on our Instagram. Now that all those covetable collections are hitting stores we are wrapping up our favourite shows of the season instead of putting together our usual runway report.   Coach This season creative director Stuart Vevers looked to America itself for inspiration. What he came up with was a covetable collection of wearable pieces with an… Continue Reading

Couture Week S/S 16

Let’s talk about couture, that heady world where a single dress can fetch a six-figure sum. A couture piece is a fantasy for almost all of us, yet despite the death of these collections being long purported and the client pool being so small, couture sales are on the rise. The world’s ultra wealthy are spending, with some clients reportedly ordering multiple outfits per collection. Haute Couture (high-sewing or high-dressmaking) in simple terms describes clothes that are made to measure. Most of us are getting around in ready to wear, pieces of clothing that are cut to a pre-determined size… Continue Reading

Paris Fashion Week – S/S 16

As Paris, the city of light and love is also the fashion capital of the world, it is only fitting that Paris Fashion Week ends what has been an overwhelming month of fashion. The French capital is home to some of the most revered luxury labels as well as being the birthplace of that most envied form of style; Parisian Chic. The shows, the after parties (this year marked the 95th Birthday of French Vogue and the party was huge) and the delicious French food, combine to make Paris Fashion Week one heady mix. The week kicked off with Jacquemus… Continue Reading