Central Saint Martins’s 2022 Grads Treat London—and Madonna—to a Blast of Colorful Optimism

There was a double-decker runway, 115 student collections, and Madonna in the front row. Whatever horrors are assailing the world, the Central Saint Martins fashion class of 2022 managed to trounce adversity: Their graduation show was a wildly uplifting carnival of mobile sculpture, pinging color, and Gen Z magical thinking. Madge had manifested because her … Read more

At SCAD, A Heartfelt Tribute to André Leon Talley and a Standout Class of 2022 Show

The Savannah College of Art and Design is situated in the Historic District of Savannah, Georgia. With its Spanish moss and grand façades, the city isn’t an obvious location for an art school, let alone one with a robust fashion program that has produced the designers Christopher John Rogers and Recho Omondi. This weekend, the … Read more

Introducing Loisida, a New Brand With a Baroque Take on Lower East Side Style

In New York, the casualization of fashion is ideological and geographical. Uptown polish has given way to downtown edge. What Soho was to many Abstract Expressionists, the Lower East Side has been to many bands, and more recently, fashion brands. Now there’s one that pays homage to that creative mecca below 14th Street: Loisida. (That’s … Read more

An Exclusive Interview with Filippa K’s new Creative Director Liisa Kessler

Today, prior to the release of those resort and spring 2023 collections, the brand is dropping a teaser, in the form of a capsule swimwear collection campaign, shot in the wintery North of Sweden, near Skellefteå. It’s made entirely out of materials already in-house, intriguingly including black velvet, and shows a gaggle of models ice … Read more

Dressing for a Hotter Planet: In the Philippines, Designers Are Creating Compelling Alternatives to Fast Fashion

For Mariton Villanueva, founding Himaya meant creating a brand that acts as a complete antithesis of fast fashion. Though it was officially founded in 2019, with Villanueva’s college capstone project serving as the brand’s first collection, Himaya really has its roots in Villanueva’s childhood, when she would visit her extended family’s clothing factories. There, she … Read more

“Repairing Is Caring” for the Designers Behind the Swedish Label Main Nué

There’s a charming Island of Misfit Toys-aspect to the remake and repair work of Alva Johansson and Maja Freiman. As the cofounders of Main Nué, they find not only beauty, but worthiness in other people’s castoffs. “I really think it’s nice to look at broken things, things that don’t really have a value,” said Freiman, … Read more

A Theatrical Runway Debut From Lùchen, an Emerging Talent in New York

Lu Chen is a recent Parsons graduate who made a double debut last season in a gallery in SoHo. Upstairs there were intricate and truly couture-like pieces on mannequins. (Jordan Roth has worn several pieces from that collection, including a printed look with a built-in video component.) Downstairs there was smaller offering of ready-to-wear that … Read more