As many of you may have picked up from Object Fetish films that draw parallels between Louis XIV and Loewe (not to mention my personal predilection for distinctly Ancien Régime furs and furbelows rather than clean, mean Minimalism) I'm a bit of an eighteenth-century buff. So I was very pleased to be invited to a salon discussion - shades of Germaine de Staël right there - the third such event arranged by Miu Miu, and the first staged in london. Transforming the Miu Miu Bond Street store into a 'lounge library', a selection of fashion thinkers - including Suzy Menkes, the new fashion editor of The Telegraph Lisa Armstrong, Grazia's Paula Reed, blogger Susie Bubble, former SHOWstudio.com editor in chief Penny Martin and fashion filmmaker Ruth Hogben alongside my good self - sat down yesterday for an evening's discussion around the title 'The Pace of Fashion' with host Shala Monroque and moderator Imran Ahmed of the Business of Fashion. The speed of contemporary fashion is something that has been on everybody's minds: with not one but two whole new seasons, pre-Fall and Resort, suddenly registering on every designer's radar's as must-haves both creatively and commercially. With Resort set to kick off in three weeks with another global round of laid-back presentations (maybe not quite so 'laid back' when the likes of Chanel ship out hundreds of editors to the French Riviera to set the right tone for their Croisière show) the time felt ripe to take stock and perhaps questions where fashion is really going with such a need for speed.
Later this month, the 'Miu Miu Musings' video chronicling this intimate discussion will launch on miumiu.com