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What a year
it’s been. With the fashion world in a constant state of flux, The Review has been paying close attention. So as 2012 comes to a close, we’re proud to present the year’s most fabulous fashion moments. Enjoy!
Harriet Hawksworth, Editor
Inject your Winter jacket with a fresh shot of Spring
theAndreas Kronthaler interviewLast year it was Thom Browne, this year Vivienne Westwood MAN will host a catwalk show at Harrods during Men's Fashion Week in January. Harriet Hawksworth caught up with Vivienne Westwood's right-hand man and husband, Andreas Kronthaler, the creative force behind Vivienne Westwood MAN.
This season you have chosen to take part in London Collections: Men - what prompted this? We are still showing our full MAN line in Milan as usual, but we also really wanted to showcase a preview in London as it’s our home and the opportunity to do something with Harrods is very exciting and we’re really looking forward to it.
It’s fair to say the fashion press is pretty female-heavy, who are your male style icons? I’m not an icon-lover, but I’m always happy to see people looking great. Prince Charles always looks good and he is a lovely, charming and elegant man.
You oversee MAN in collaboration with your menswear designer Francis Lowe, how do you work together during the design process? We start with the inspiration for the collection which can be triggered by anything - an image, a postcard, a painting in a museum or art gallery, a person walking down the street. The full design process is really complicated because it’s not a single effort; you are working in a team. It probably starts with the fabric which triggers a thought and then the formation of an idea which leads to the decisions you make along the way.
It's important to choose well and not consume aimlessly, quality will always have a price.
What can we expect from the show at Harrods in January, and can you reveal any themes for the new collection? I don’t want to reveal too much but the show in London will reveal 10 looks from the collection in an engaging and energetic presentation which is very much in tune with the London man.
If you could dress one single man, past or present, who would he be?
I would like to dress James Bond because I think he could do with a looser English cut of suit - to make more of a statement about his heritage like the Bonds before him.
Do you follow what other designers are doing? Are there any fellow designers that you really admire? I think what Christian Dior did was incredible, but I do admire most designers because I think it’s a bloody hard job to get a collection together.
As Creative Director, how is the design process different for womenswear than it is for men’s? In menswear you think in millimetres and in womenswear you think in inches, so in men’s it’s about subtlety and in women’s it is more about making a bold statement to change something. Men’s dress is more coded than women’s, it’s difficult for a man to wear a skirt unless it’s a continued tradition e.g. kilt, sarong. You have to consider menswear as much as you consider womenswear. The effort is similar and some restraint is always good as it helps with decisions. Without limits, you lose touch. When working on the collections with Vivienne, our ideas merge into one design. We don’t split the process up into parts of “you do this and I’ll do that”. We work on our Gold label together but Vivienne mostly looks after the knitwear, and I look after the menswear myself with a great team beside me.
This issue of the magazine is dedicated to 2012’s top fashion moments, what is your most memorable moment from the last year? Looking back the best moment must have been the unveiling of The Climate Revolution banner with Vivienne, her son Joe and myself, at the Paralympics closing ceremony- it was such an incredible experience.
You originally applied to study Industrial Design in Vienna, what was it that drew you to fashion instead? I always wanted to be a fashion designer but didn’t know how to become one, so I decided to learn to be a goldsmith. After this I went on to the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna and as soon as I realised there was a fashion course I just went for it.
Vivienne Westwood is famous for its political and environmental messages. How can fashion be a tool for change? We are in dreadful danger from the destruction of the environment and the financial crisis is just a symptom. It’s important to choose well and not consume aimlessly with a throwaway attitude- quality will always have a price.
Who is the Vivienne Westwood MAN? Do you have a particular guy in mind when you’re working on the collection? It is important to give our customers freedom to express who they are and who they want to be. When I see people wearing our clothes, they always wear it in different ways and it makes me happy. I always think a man looks best in a well cut suit.
Welcome the new season with oodles of style
Yay! New season lands
Oh Summer, how we’ve missed you. Here at Review HQ we’re dreaming of balmier climes, and the best way to realise this is through our wardrobes. Victoria Beckham’s diffusion line, Victoria, has just launched on harrods.com with its graphic Cruise collection, and we are totally in love with Carven’s cute cuts. McQ Alexander McQueen’s dragonfly print has our (collective) heart all-a-flutter.
CarvenShop Just In
When you’re drowning in winter layers, one can feel a little drab. So what better way to cheer yourself up than with this season’s new lines of luxury lingerie? From divine satin boy shorts and camisole sets by Stella McCartney, to bright and playful designs from Mimi Holliday, there’s no longer an excuse for errant grey draws.
Stella McCartneyShop Lingerie
See the year out in (designer) style with the Harrods Sale. And with up to 50% off you’re sure to find something to ward off those post-Christmas blues. We’ve got our keen fashion eye on timeless tailoring from MaxMara and can’t wait to brighten our wardrobe with plenty of prints from Diane von Furstenberg; it’s time to shop ‘til you drop - or at least ‘til you fall asleep on your keyboard.Shop Sale
From fine jewels to Alexa's new bag - December's latest accessories trends
Big up the Bathurst
It may be named after an 18th Century politician, but there is nothing fusty about Anya Hindmarch’s super-cool new Bathurst Bow Satchel. Alexa Chung has already given its vintage/modern mash-up her seal of approval at the British Fashion Awards, so what better way to start 2013 than with this little beauty on your arm?Shop The Bathurst
Marilyn was right, diamonds are a girl's best friend. And now, you can get your rocks off with the launch of Boodles and Theo Fennell on harrods.com. Charms, pendants, rings and earrings in 18 karat gold come encrusted with precious stones AND sparkling diamonds. You may just need a bigger jewellery box.Shop Fine Jewellery
Say Hello to Yellow
If you’re after an instant way to pep up a flagging Winter wardrobe, then look no further. Zesty yellow accessories are the best way to brighten gloomy January days. Alexander McQueen’s skull scarf gets a sunshine makeover, while Saint Laurent Paris’ Y clutch looks luxe in canary leather. Alternatively, flaunt this cheery micro trend in Alexander McQueen’s Button suede slippers – fancy footwear indeed.Shop Yellow
Bags of Stella
Stella McCartney accessories are back for SS13 and boy, do they look good. We’re talking bags and wallets in high-shine chamois, luxe leopard and exotic python, all in the finest animal-friendly faux leather. The iconic Falabella returns in delectable new shades – golden syrup and duck-egg blue are our personal faves. With more celebrity fans than we’ve got fingers, Stella’s sure doing something right.Shop Stella McCartney
Dior is the buzz word on every beauty addict's lips. Home of miracle foundations, high pigment eyeshadow and cult products like the Lip Maximizer (collagen based pout plumping without a needle in sight), this brand is worth getting excited about. And we are.
Everything you need to embrace the new season
With the onset of Spring, you’re sure to need a little breathing space, so swap that woollen scarf for silk. Alexander McQueen's skull version now comes in an array of colours, each perfect with denim. For a more dapper approach, make like Al Pacino in The Godfather and pep up a blazer with a paisley print necktie.
Photo: REXFeaturesShop Scarves
The shawl collar sweater has crept up the style barometer, and come the New Year will prove to be the perfect trans-seasonal layering piece. We love Michael Kors’ light grey cotton number, ideal over a brightly coloured polo. Alternatively, make like knit-lover Daniel Craig and wrap up in a shawl collar cardi. Bond can do no wrong.Shop Shawl Collars
It’s mild enough to ditch the Winter coat, but too cold for a jumper to suffice. What’s a man to do? Opt for a cool cover-up of course. Polo Ralph Lauren’s cotton twill peacoat is a lightweight but warm alternative to wool, while Michael Kors’ technical mac will protect you from pesky showers. We can't predict the weather, but we can help you adapt for the season ahead.Shop Coats
London & Men
London's first Menswear fashion week left us scratching our heads as to HOW and WHY we've ever coped with one measly day at the end of London Fashion Week. The city was teaming with talent. Our highlight was Thom Browne's show at Harrods.
McQ & Stella Return
February's London Fashion Week saw a flurry of Brit-born designers returning to our soil. Stella McCartney held a special presentation at Somerset House and Sarah Burton's all-new McQ by Alexander McQueen line debuted with a stunning forest-themed show.
Louis Vuitton &
Marc Jacobs Exhibition
It has to be a pretty special event to grab the headlines during the shows, but the Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibition at Paris's Musee des Arts Decoratifs whipped the fashion press into a frenzy.
In April Mulberry rolled out their beautiful new 'Del Rey' design a month early after singer Lana was spotted toting her top-secret namesake before it's realease.
Prada & Schiaparelli at The Met
The Met's Spring Costume Institute exhibition paid tribute to two of world's greatest Italian designers, Miuccia Prada and the late Elsa Schiaparelli. Anna Wintour's white lobster-emblazoned gown at the opening was a jaw dropper.
Oh Queenie, how we love you so. Harrods celebrated The Jubilee in style by adorning our windows with specially created crowns from our favourite designers.
Dior's New Darling
When the Belgian king of minimal (Raf Simons) joined fashion's fanciest empire (Dior) his couture debut was the hottest ticket in the town. And Simons didn't disappoint - the show was one of unparalleled beauty and ingenious design.
Anna Piaggi Dies
The signature blue rinse, the kaleidoscopic furs, the hats, the capes and the beautiful pages in Italian Vogue. This year we said goodbye to a true fashion icon.
Philip Treacy Show
What a man, what a show. When Lady Gaga opned the show in a puce shroud we knew we were in for a treat.
at Saint Laurent
Another highly anticipated debut show from the man famously credited for breathing life into Dior menswear. The jury's still out on dropping Yves from the label's name, with a mixed reaction from the fashion press.
Harrods' Christmas windows took on a distinctly fairy tale flavour for the month of November. World famous designers dressed Disney princesses, from a Marchesa-clad Ariel to Sleeping Beauty dressed in Valentino.
As party of Vogue's Online Fashion Week harrods.com raised money for Macmillan by auctioning a dress worn by Kate Hudson at The White House.
From lashes to nails, start the new year here
Have you shopped Dior skincare yet? With over 60 products available online at harrods.com you could be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed, but choosing your perfect regime couldn’t be simpler. 20-somethings should look towards Hydra Life for moisture that will combat first wrinkles. In your 30s/40s, turn to Capture Totale for innovative anti-ageing performance. Finally, mature delicate skins will benefit from the luxe richness of Prestige or L’Or de Vie - watch your face transform.Shop Dior Skincare
Bat your lashes
Forget the natural look, sometimes a girl has to fake it, and a pair of fluttering new eyelashes is the foolproof way to update your eye make-up for that special evening engagement. Eylure have taken the crown as our current favourite, and they go on like a dream with Shu Uemura’s handy False Eyelash Applicator. Excellent news for anyone that has ever had a vision impairing glue mishap - yep, we’ve all been there ladies.Shop False Lashes
We’re going to upset nail art devotees everywhere and declare that it’s time to return to nude. The new neutral nail is perfectly shaped, lavished with nourishing cuticle oil like Decléor Aromessence Ongles, and then finished with a subtle glossy shade- try Tom Ford’s Nail Lacquer in Naked. We spotted the pared down talon backstage across SS13 shows and predict it will gain further repute come the new season.Shop Nails
Ermenegildo Zegna in The Review’s beauty pages? Yes, that’s right, the luxury Italian menswear brand is stepping its well-shod foot further in to the world of perfume, with the launch of the Essenze collection. If these scents were an item of clothing, they’d be an immaculately tailored suit, refined, sophisticated and infallibly luxurious. You’ll find all five exclusively at Harrods.Shop Zegna
The Ultimate Tootsie Treat
Don't step on my tangerine-hued shoes
As we recline by the fire this Christmas (pipe optional) we’re hardly going to ruin the moment with a pair of cheap slippers. But let’s be clear about this, it’s slippers we need. Hunkering down by a log fire feels wrong in six-inch heels, like drinking Bolly from a plastic glass, it’s something one just shouldn’t do.
So thank goodness for these zesty little numbers. Cheery and glitzy enough to stand out from all the other sorry slippers shuffling around during the festive period, and chic enough to wear outside - if feet could smile they’d smile in these.
A true pro would wear this pair with a pyjama-esque ensemble (try Etro on for size), or those with gothic tendencies could use them to enliven all-black ensembles. We’ll be wearing ours with a floor-sweeping satin dressing gown - Christmas only happens once a year.
New season scene stealers: Hurrah, it's 2013.