Fashion loves nothing more than a debut, and in a season of five in Milan, Etro went first. Though the star appearance on Friday was by a veteran; a cyberpunk display by Donatella Versace in a major statement.
Pop-up stores are essential for small and fledging fashion brands to gain mainstream exposure. And none more than the temporary showroom on London’s Regent Street spotlighting Fashion Minority Alliance's brands.
Retail sales volumes fell at a “considerable rate” in September after posting strong growth in August. What’s more the decline in sales is expected to continue next month, albeit at a slower pace, according to the CBI.
An already bruised consumer confidence took a further hit in September, tumbling to a new low.. And with the Bank of England now suggesting the UK has tipped into recession, expect further dips to come.
It’s not that long ago that Made.com seemed to be on a roll with the firm acquiring Trouva in the spring, a move that boosted Made’s presence in interiors but also gave it a foothold in the fashion sector.
In what has been called a ‘mini budget’, the UK government on Friday not only said that it would bring back VAT-free shopping for tourists to Britain but that it would be a better system than the one abolished in 2021.
Thursday marked a day of thrilling shows in Milan; from the Riviera romance of Max Mara and the grand minimalism of Prada, to an orchestra-led display by MM6 and a giant ovation at Emporio Armani for Giorgio.
Women are stronger than ever on the first day of the Milan fashion shows. For next summer, No. 21's Alessandro dell'Acqua has imagined women as very sexy lovers, and Daniele Calcaterra envisioned the power woman.