Nobody could accuse Sir Paul Smith of slowing down, even in the year he celebrates his 50th anniversary: he has still managed to produce a series of men’s and women’s collections, and has just opened his own foundation.
“Raw, instinctive, arty and dangerous,” said Miuccia Prada with a naughty twinkle in her eye after a path-breaking Miu Miu show in Paris on Tuesday, the final day of the 30-day international runway season.
A key test of a designer is influence – and few have had so much influence this century as Hedi Slimane, creative director of Celine, who sent out a haut bobo collection on Friday with plenty of cosmopolitan good taste.
At the latest Milan fashion week, designers have expressed real ecological awareness for the first time in their shows, without sacrificing creativity, business or glamour, as in any fashion week worthy of its name.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the governments of India and Afghanistan will organise the second edition of the India-Afghanistan trade show in September.
Shoppers in the Afghan capital are going online for everything to avoid bomb attacks and sexual harassment, with dozens of start-ups doing a brisk trade where there were few on the ground two years ago.