One year after the arrival of Agnès Sarah Espinasse as CEO, Smalto has presented the first collection of creative director Jean-Luc Amsler, an event which was also a chance to show off new ambassador Yannick Agnel.
Great to see one brand still proudly flying the flag for British tailoring, as the shadow of Brexit approaches. Its name: Dunhill, which staged a stylish, self-assured and high-octane show Sunday night.
There are moments when the stars seem to suddenly, and perfectly, line up for a designer, which is exactly what happened for Kim Jones on Friday in Paris with a thoroughly excellent show and collection for Dior Men.
Some two weeks into the fashion season, designers who truly understand the concept of avant garde tailoring and a certain insurrectionary air, albeit with a hopeful tinge, dominated the past two days in Paris.
The insistence of Virgil Abloh, red-hot menswear designer of Louis Vuitton, that he is not a designer has won him plaudits for self-effacement; but also, on the basis of this show, may well be partially true.
Just when you thought that the dark mood over Paris caused by 'yellow vest' protests would cast a shadow over the menswear season when along comes a brilliant celebration of the beauty and élan of the capital city.
Two collaborations – one with mass and the other with hyper advanced mode – were the key to the latest collection by the house of Valentino, presented with consummate skill on Wednesday evening in Paris.