Robot rabbits, black eyes and criminals: It’s fashion, darling

Ogunlesi has since apologised for using the Saudi Arabian flag on the runway.

With the position of creative director at Alexander McQueen up for grabs, following Sarah Burton’s resignation, Ogunlesi has put her hand up for the role both verbally and by including crotch-grazing bumster pants in her show.

It’s difficult imagining Princess Catherine – patron of Family Action, which assists people affected by domestic abuse – continuing to wear clothes from the makers of her wedding dress and countless blazers, if that happens.

Fakes are in

On the day Joseph Altuzarra delivered a Prada-pretty collection of fifties-inspired A-line coats and slip skirts at New York Fashion Week, the only topic of conversation was Brooklyn-based designer Shao Yang’s show.

Rather than talk about Shao’s perfectly okay neon green suits or denim rompers, people pondered the jewellery of the event’s host.

The ankle bracelet of Anna Sorokin, better known as fraudster Anna Delvey, was court-ordered – not a designer piece.

The show was held on the rooftop of the apartment building where Sorokin, convicted of stealing money while posing as a German heiress, is held under house arrest. Her story was adapted for the Netflix series Inventing Anna, starring Julia Garner, making Sorokin fashion week’s most celebrated fake.

Anna Delvey hosting the Shao show at NYFW.

Anna Delvey hosting the Shao show at NYFW.Credit: Getty

“It’s so hard for new designers to get any attention, and I can just get publicity — bad publicity, any publicity, just for taking out garbage,” Sorokin told The New York Times.

Sorokin was referring to her own rubbish, not the collection.

Send for the supermodels

On Saturday in London, poor Molly Goddard was forced to rely on exquisitely executed tulle skirts to scare up scant social media attention.

Joseph Altuzarra’s Prada-pretty collection and New York Fashion Week flew under the radar; Molly Goddard’s perfect skirts at London Fashion Week; Erdem’s textile tribute to the late Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire.

Joseph Altuzarra’s Prada-pretty collection and New York Fashion Week flew under the radar; Molly Goddard’s perfect skirts at London Fashion Week; Erdem’s textile tribute to the late Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire.Credit: Getty

Erdem’s posh gimmick for his elegant Deborah “Debo” Cavendish collection on Sunday, involved textiles sourced from the late Mitford sisters’ collection at Chatsworth House, which only resonated with people who remember the Mitford sisters antics in the 1930s and 1940s.

More successful at stunts over style and substance was Anna Wintour’s Vogue World event at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane theatre on Saturday. The ticketed fashion showcase, billed as a “theatrical West End production encompassing the best of British culture”, lasted a reported 37 minutes – barely double the length of time of most runway shows.


Tickets started at £150 ($289) for guests to see Kate Moss slowly walk in a silver Maison Margiela dress and wonder why former talk show host James Corden was on stage. Supermodels Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington appearing together for the finale felt as original as a white T-shirt, following the comprehensive promotion for their Apple TV+ documentary series The Super Models, premiering on September 20.

For Burberry’s show on Monday it felt as though all the stunts had been done, leaving designer Daniel Lee at a loose end. Reimagined trench coats, blue-soled shoes and bulging belt buckles were a strong enough statement.

Guests who left the event by Bond Street underground station, would have seen the station completely rebranded as Burberry Street, letting gimmicks have the final word.

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