At the turn of the 20th century, the vamp was the height of modernity. Plus ça change. In the 21st century it’s still all Vamp, although this time it has a little more bite.
For several seasons, the catwalks of New York, Paris, London and Milan have featured stark demonesses and dark historical references. Rick Owens strapped his power sex goddesses in fur. Marc Jacobs sent dark flappers down the runway. At Chanel it was shredded Goth Victoriana. And Sarah Burton is carrying the McQueen torch for Elizabethan fetish-wear.
You may not want to be a she-creature — at least not in the light of day — but admit it: the Goth looks that are stalking the runway could "glamour" even the strongest soul.
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Every fashion insider knows Paris has been raiding England’s closet for decades. That funny little island which can barely support its own fashion industry is such a tried and true breeding ground for fashion innovation, many of the noteworthy French fashion house revivals of the past three decades have been helmed by boundary-pushing English eccentrics.
And fashion wonks also know that the alma mater responsible for churning them out is Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design. You will have heard of a few of its alumni: Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci and Stella McCartney. Then there are the lesser-known powerhouses, like demented fashion intellectual Hussein Chalayan, print genius Christopher Kane, punk god Gareth Pugh, and little Zac Posen, who is now back in New York.
So listen up, Hollywood. We love the Couture Capital as much as you do, but the UK fashion industry needs your dough. And I understand it's a day trip from Paris.
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