Fashion seasons are fleeting on the style merry-go-round

The world of high fashion used to be simple: houses would hold runway shows twice a year in Paris, Milan, London or New York, and the clothes would arrive in stores four or five months later. But in 2016 a seismic shift took place – and the implications for Australians are significant. Driven by ever-growing demand from Asia, the advance of “fast fashion” retailers such as Zara and the inexorable rise of social media, some of the industry’s most esteemed houses have disavowed the traditional spring/summer and autumn/winter groupings and decided…

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Fashion book report: This season’s best reads cataloguing behind the scenes shoots and style inspiration

Fashion today is a source of light entertainment – you just have to look at its popularity on social media for confirmation. But if that’s too fleeting a medium to allow you to get up close and personal with the worlds of high profile designers, photographers and models, look instead to literature for a more permanent celebration. Grown-up colouring books remain on trend: Yves Saint Laurent Colouring Book from the Federation Pierre Berge (£9.99, Arsenal Pulp Press) and Vintage Vogue by Iain R Webb (£7.99, Octopus Publishing) are two with…

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