Colin’s Column | Jean Paul Gaultier, Fashion Incarnate

The Virgin with the Serpents (Kylie Minogue) by Pierre et Gilles, featuring Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2007 | Source: Courtesy Gallery Jérome de Noimont, Paris

As “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” arrives in London, Colin McDowell reflects on the life and work of French fashion’s enfant terrible.

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Colin’s Column | Italy’s Cultural, Creative and Intellectual Continuum

Valentino and models near the Trevi Fountain, 1967 | Source: The Art Archive/Mondadori Portfolio/Marisa Rastellini

As London’s Victoria and Albert Museum unveils “The Glamour of Italian Fashion,” Colin McDowell explores the country’s rich fashion history.

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Colin’s Column | Remembering Yves Saint Laurent

A still from 'Yves Saint Laurent' | Source: 'Yves Saint Laurent' by Jalil Lespert

Given the intertwined beauty and troubled complexity of the lives of Yves Saint Laurent and his lover and business partner Pierre Bergé, Jalil Lespert’s biopic should have been much more interesting than it is, reports Colin McDowell.

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Remembering Isabella Blow

© Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! Edited by Alistair O’Neill with photography by Nick Knight

With a major exhibition showcasing over a hundred pieces from her personal clothing collection soon set to open at London’s Somerset House, accompanied by a catalogue edited by Alistair O’Neill with photography by Nick Knight, Colin McDowell remembers the remarkable Isabella Blow.

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In Defense of a Free Fashion Press

Cathy Horyn and Suzy Menkes sitting front row | Source: theluxechronicles.com

Fashion critics and journalists should be allowed to publish critical and substantial commentary on fashion shows without brands banning them from runway shows, says Colin McDowell, a member of the recently launched BoF 500.

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Colin’s Column | The Focused Modesty of Azzedine Alaïa

Alaïa S/S 1991 | Source: Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

On the eve of a major retrospective on Azzedine Alaïa, curated by Olivier Saillard and staged at the newly re-opened Musée Galliera, Colin McDowell reflects on the life and work of the great couturier.

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