Access all areas: New York’s new luxury, from Coach, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta. And, oh, Kanye West
Accessible fashion. It means different things to different people – simplified design, clothes everyday people can wear everyday, and can afford, too. It probably helps if you can get in to see the damn things, which was my issue with the mob scene outside of Kanye West’s Yeezy show, the usual squabbling scrum of press, buyers and incessantly snapping street style photographers augmented by fans of the various celebrities reputed to be turning up, and said celebrities’ security cliques. Is this worth it, I asked myself, someone’s elbow in my ribs and someone else’s in an eye. Probably not.
It felt like groundhog day as you took your seat in the Topman venue in London’s High Holborn – where the high street behemoth and the various designers it supports has shown since London Collections: Men first launched in 2012 – and watched the boys go wandering by. Not just because of that déjà venue, nor the clothes, which for autumn/winter 2015 were standard seventies-via-nineties-via-last-season stuff jazzed up with psychedelic prints and a heinous passage of tartan. But because, well, we weren’t here all that long ago.
I’ve just arrived in New York for the latest round of shows. It’s been snowing, in case you haven’t heard.
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