Katharine Hamnett photographed at her studio in London © Mark C O’Flaherty.
Mrs Tee: Katharine Hamnett’s fashion comeback
“It’s so powerful to say something in a short sentence,” [Hamnett] explains of the continuing power of a slogan T-shirt (which will be a key focus of the Fashion and Textile Museum’s forthcoming exhibition T-shirt: Cult, Culture, Subversion, in February 2018). “It gets immediately inside your brain without a filter,” she continues. “Even if we’ve only sold a couple of hundred of the Cancel Brexit T-shirts, they’ve gone to the right people. They’ve been photographed in the front row at Dior.” November 20, 2017
Designers Unite For Kering’s White Ribbon Campaign
The Kering foundation has launched a new digital campaign for its annual White Ribbon initiative to end gender-based violence, an issue that continues to affect one in three girls and women worldwide. The campaign will run for five days, culminating on November 25, the international day for the elimination of violence against women. To celebrate the initiative, now in its sixth year, Kering has collaborated with brand ambassadors including Alessandro Michele, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney, Joseph Altuzarra and Salma Hayek.
‘It is what’s outside that counts’: the essence of British Northern male style’
“When you say northern style to people, they know what you mean straight away,’ says Lou Stoppard, co-curator of the exhibition North: Fashioning Identity, which opens at Somerset House in London this week. “When you say it, they see it, like Paris or Rio.” The exhibition was a word-of-mouth sensation when it opened at Liverpool’s Open Eye gallery last year, attracting over 30,000 visitors. Its shift to the capital is a pleasing reflection of the way British menswear has so often travelled, historically, from a defining moment in the north to the mass market of the south, then out into the world.