We were thrilled to welcome a host of brilliant panelists into the studio to discuss the couture A/W 14 collections, including Judith Watt, James Sherwood and Amber Butchart who unpicked Schiaparelli by Marco Zanini. The experts discussed the difficulties of reviving a heritage house, 'It's tricky to get that heritage correct without becoming cartoonish,' concluded chair Lou Stoppard.
Lucy Norris, Verity Parker and Kerry Taylor joined Lou Stoppard to unpick Dior, musing on Raf Simons' suitability as creative director of the legendary house. 'It's a marriage made in heaven,' said Norris. Topics also ranged from the importance of a working archive to the sense of appropriateness currently seen in fashion.
Our special guests for Chanel, Caroline Charles, Hilary Alexander, Grace Woodward and Frances Corner, spoke about the modernisation of haute couture. The Ulyana Sergeenko discussion, featuring Hilary Alexander, Djurdja Bartlett and Anastasiia Fedorova, revolved around the emerging Russian fashion industry.