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CENTRESTAGE: Wambui Mukenyi’s grand fashion launch on a plane

Celebrated Kenyan fashion designer and wedding connoisseur Wambui Mukenyi has unveiled her latest luxury bridal line, dubbed “Wambui Mukenyi Luxe”.

The event, unlike most others witnessed locally, happened on a “runway” 20,000 feet above sea level. The launch is apparently the first ever of its kind in Eastern, Western and Central Africa. The launch was an exclusive, invite-only affair and in partnership with Moët & Chandon.

Among invited guests were NTV‘s Kobi Kihara, model Pinky Ghelani, stylist Connie Aluoch, Couture‘s Olive Gachara, Kris Senanu and K24‘s Anjlee Gadhvi. They were served with free flowing champagne during the flight to Malindi and the experience extended to Diamonds Dream of Africa Beach Resort over an exquisite lunch.

“Well synchronised event, creative chic designs, great crowd and brilliant execution,” said Senanu, an entrepreneur and investor in the TV programme Lion’s Den.


According to Ms Mukenyi, Kenya is ready for luxury fashion. “Growing demand and support from our customers is the main reason we unveiled Wambui Mukenyi Luxe, ” she said, adding, “The miles-high launch was to signify the leaps that the brand is making. From Kenya to the world, by bringing the best of Kenya to the rest of the world. Making great strides together with partners who believe in us, like Moët & Chandon, and our consumers who trust us to take the journey together.”

Every collection showed the designer’s love for luxurious fabric, while at the same time instilling her African heritage to produce timeless, feminine pieces. The dresses, in particularly, stand out because of the statement they make. They have a contemporary and elegant edge perfect for today’s modern woman that needs to be unique without making too much effort.

During the unveiling, 16 bridal pieces were showcased. The first catwalk was in the plane, which saw the models display the four designs. The collection featured elegant and trendy pieces, each of them an easy fit with the power to make an ordinary woman feel and look stylish.

On landing in Malindi, the models took turns to showcase the rest of the designer’s work on the beach. Wambui admitted that it was not easy and that she wanted to do something that has not been done here before; to test unchartered waters. “This was a good experience. I showcased the new designs that are definitely going to take wedding gowns to the next level.”


“The feminine gowns are carefully made with every bride in mind. This is showcased by the daring, strapless necklines, complemented by delicately boned bodices that are reminiscent of Victorian corsetry,” she said.

The shy and soft-spoken mother of one has an eye for detail, perfect designs, fabric choices and silhouettes, while at the same time guaranteeing her clients’ style and confidence on their big day. She embraces both classic and new styles, which are effortlessly eye catching and capture many a bride’s fantasies.

Founded in 2009, the Wambui Mukenyi label is the brainchild of the self-taught designer. She joined fashion company JF Fashions as a finance intern, but her destiny twirled on the wheel of fortune, resting on fashion and design.

Ms Wambui began by making custom-made pieces for her clients in 2009, before she branched out to wedding gowns and ready-to-wear clothes full of creativity and style. Her big break came later in the year when her products were used by the cast of Shuga, a drama series themed on love, sex and money. Since then, demand for her label has been soaring. Her pieces have been featured in prestigious fashion magazines in Kenya.

In 2012, Wambui participated in Samantha’s Bridal Show and The Hub of Africa Fashion Week. She described the fashion week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a learning experience. In the same year, she collaborated with media personality Janet Mbugua to launch the Janet Collection, which boasts 20 designs.

Together they came up with designs that Ms Mbugua would be able to wear while travelling and for other formal occasions. Ms Wambui helped bring the combined ideas to life. Asked what is next for her, she said: “All we can say is, this is just the beginning. Stay with us, grow with us, and you shall see what awaits”.

Jeremy Scott is the man fashion loves to hate

Fashion Week is a circus, and no one relishes the big top more than Jeremy Scott.

The designer’s February runway show had fashionistas sweltering in an 80-degree room as they waited for attendee Kylie Jenner to appear, 45 minutes late and with TV crew in tow. Gate-crashers stole seats, relegating top editors from Elle and Teen Vogue to watching a live stream of the presentation in a screening room. Model Gigi Hadid stormed the runway in velvet bell-bottoms emblazoned with the face of Jesus; Anna Cleveland sashayed in a gaudy, Vegas-era Elvis cape.

The industry Web site Fashionista.com called the event a “s – – tshow,” while other critics scoffed at the C-listers, such as Sofia Richie, mugging in the front row. But for Scott, that embrace of chaos, celebrity and kitsch is the whole point.

“I’ve always been inspired by pop culture,” the 42-year-old designer told The Post. “I’ve always been very democratic about my view of fashion and iconography.” As for his haters?
“I would say that they’re stuffy and they could go to another show.”

They do so at their own peril. This Fashion Week marks the 20th anniversary of Scott’s namesake brand — his show on Friday will be a retrospective of his career — and, love him or hate him, his postmodern, cartoon aesthetic is everywhere.

It’s on TV, with Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus strutting in his eye-popping designs at the MTV Video Music Awards. It’s on newsstands, where reality stars are on the cover of Vogue. It’s even on the Paris runway, with revered labels such as Vetements and Gucci splattering images from “Titanic” or Disney cartoons onto their clothes.



Meghan Markle style file: the fashion history of Prince Harry’s girlfriend

Having begun her career with small roles in CSI: NY and 90210 – as well as a small stint as a ‘briefcase girl’ on Deal or no DealMeghan Markle shot to fame in 2011 when she was cast as paralegal Rachel Zane in Suits.

Not her only reason for being in the spotlight, however, Markle has also been dating Prince Harry for the last nine months.

Confirming their relationship last November, Harry made an emotional appeal for the couple to be left in peace.

Instructing Kensington Palace to issue a statement on his behalf, Harry called Markle his “girlfriend” and noted that she had been the “subject to a wave of abuse and harassment” including a torrent of racist and sexist slurs by “social media trolls”.


Previously relatively quiet on the celebrity circuit, Markle met Prince Harry in Toronto in May 2016 during his promotional visit for the Invictus Games. Soon after she was photographed taking her seat in the royal box at Wimbledon.

While she is an ambassador for World Vision Canada as well as an advocate for United Nations Women, Markle’s father is a Hollywood lighting director and her mother a yoga instructor.

And while you may think balancing a role in a hot legal drama alongside humanitarian work would keep the young star busy enough, the star has also shown a keen interest in fashion.

Sitting front row during a number of shows at New York Fashion Week, Markle has shown her support to designers such as Tory Burch, Wes Gordon, Marchesa, Herve Leger and Tracy Reese.



Shine on: how to make your skin glow

here are many sad things about coming back from holidays. For one, it’s the beginning of the end for that glowy skin you only get after about a week away from your desk and in the fresh air. But with a little prep and a bit of shimmer, you can fake that dewy look all year. Here is how I do it.

Step one

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Step one: exfoliate and cleanse. Photograph: Hani Sidow

Prepping your skin is the most essential part of this process. I use exfoliators and pore-cleansing masks as part of my regular routine, which helps other products sink into my skin easily. My favourite is NSPA’s glow mud mask (Asda, £7). I also use a combination smoothing lightweight emulsion moisturiser (Bare minerals, £30), which adds loads of dewiness but has a lightweight texture that feels comfortable on the skin.

Step two

Hani Sidow - InstaglamStep two: apply a liquid illuminator.

Apply a liquid illuminator all over your face as a base. I like the Buxom Cosmetics liquid highlighter in Divine Goddess (Debenhams, £21) for a really subtle “wet skin” glow.

Step three

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Step three: blend in the foundation. Photograph: Hani Sidow

I use a Real Techniques sponge (Superdrug, £3.99) to blend my foundation properly without leaving too much excess on my face. My favourite for a natural dewy look is the Bare Minerals bare skin foundation in the colour Walnut (Bare Minerals, £28).

Step four

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Step four: apply concealer. Photograph: Hani Sidow

I use concealer under my eyes, down my nose, and on the centre of my chin, which brightens the places the sunlight naturally hits my face. Decide where to put your concealer depending on your face shape. I use Too Faced born this way concealer in Medium tan (Debenhams, £20), which stays dewy even when it has been set with powder. I use pressed transluscent powder, rather than loose, such as Inglot Cosmetics HD pressed powder in shade 404 (Inglot, £12).

Step five

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Step five: add a light contour to cheeks. Photograph: Hani Sidow

For extra glow I add a light contour to my cheeks using the Buxom Cosmetics hot escapes bronzer in the shade Maldives (Debenhams, £21). To bring back warmth to my skin, I add a touch of blusher, then complete by dusting a shimmery golden highlight on the highest point of my cheekbone, and the tip of my nose. Focus this shimmery highlight on the areas you want to enhance and bring forward. I love to use the Nip+Fab travel palette in Medium/Dark 2 (Superdrug, £9.95) which has the contour, blush and highlight in one.

Step six

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Step six: add lip gloss. Photograph: Hani Sidow

Finally, add a little bit of a shimmery lip gloss to compliment your dewy skin. I am using the Buxom cosmetics lip polish in Sugar (Debenhams, £15) on top of my Nip+Fab lip liner in Espresso (Superdrug, £5.95).


Joy of unisex: the rise of gender-neutral clothing

Is John Lewis at the frontline of modern gender politics? It has never seemed so before, but judging by the reaction to the department store’s announcement last week that its own-brand children’s clothes will no longer be divided by gender, some people clearly see the retailer as radical. There will now be no separate sections in the stores, nor such binary labels on the clothes themselves; instead, the labels will read “girls and boys” or “boys and girls”.

The conversation over whether clothing should be more gender-neutral does not just apply to childrenswear – over the past decade there has also been a marked rise in gender-neutral clothing for adults. Some high-end designers such as JW Anderson, Rick Owens and Rad Hourani have championed gender-neutral clothing, while a raft of smaller companies run by young designers, such as Rich Mnisi, are pushing the idea that men’s and women’s clothes should be obsolete categories. This approach has also filtered down to the high street – H&M and Zara have both created non-gendered ranges.

The British designer Katharine Hamnett has a long history of exploring non-gender-specific clothing, and her newly reissued collection features unisex shirts, sweatshirts and silk all-in-one suits. She says that, in the past, when women stepped on to more traditionally male sartorial territory – wearing military-inspired clothing, for instance – this “was about appropriating male power”. Now, she says, a move towards equality means women “may be feeling more comfortable with themselves”; in other words, they may have the freedom to wear what they like. (It is still far less common for men to seek out traditionally female clothing.)

Clothing by Gender Free World.
Clothing by Gender Free World.

Chloe Crowe, brand manager for Bethnals, a London-based unisex denim brand, says that when they have run pop-up shops, men and women in couples have come in and bought jeans that they can share. The company was launched in 2014 by Melissa Clement, a former senior denim buyer for Topshop, who borrowed her partner’s clothes a lot and wondered why men’s and women’s categories had to be different. The core styles of her brand – skinny, straight and relaxed – are cut the same for men and women. “It’s just clever pattern cutting,” says Crowe. “With denim, it can vary so much depending on your body shape. One woman is not going to [fit in] the same pair of jeans as another woman. I think it makes things a lot more simplistic, and it’s about the style and design rather than your sex.”

Clothing by Gender Free World.
Clothing by Gender Free World.

The growth of the brand follows more awareness and discussion around gender fluidity and what it means to reject the male/female binary. A study for the Fawcett Society last year found that 68% of young people believe gender is non-binary. “When Bethnals lauched, there wasn’t a lot [about gender],” says Crowe. “More brands have released gender-neutral clothing. It has filtered its way to the mass market. There seems to be a huge demand for it.”

“You don’t look at food and say it’s going to be eaten by a man or a woman, so why should it be any different for clothes?” saysTanmay Saxena, founder and designer of LaneFortyfive. The clothing Saxena designs is mostly bespoke tailoring, including shirts and waistcoats; about 60% of his customers are women. The clothes are the same styles for men and women, in the same fabrics, and while the shirts and smocks are cut the same, only the fit for trousers is slightly different.

He has been working on the label for about three years, but formally launched it last year. “I couldn’t find clothes that suited my own style. The basic idea was I would make something that I can wear but at the same time, it has to be irrespective of gender. That idea was always in my head.”

The shirt company GFW Clothing – GFW stands for Gender Free World – has three fits, designed to fit different bodies rather than the broad terms “men” or “women”. Lisa Honan co-founded the brand online less than two years ago and opened a shop in Hove earlier this year.

Initially, she says, it was borne out of frustration at not being able to find shirts she liked. “I’d look in the men’s aisle and see great patterns and short-sleeved shirts, and then you’d go to the women’s aisle and they were blousy, they’ve got puffs or are lacy.” The men’s shirts, she says, didn’t fit her “because I’ve got a woman’s body. It got me thinking why is [there] a man’s aisle and a woman’s aisle, and why do you have to make that choice? You’re not able to make many purchases without being forced to define your own gender.”

Will we ever get to the point where we don’t have men’s and women’s sections in shops? “I would love that,” says Honan. “It’s about expressing your style and being able to choose what you want without having to be told that, because of your sexual characteristics, you have to shop in a certain way.”


North Shore shines at New Zealand Fashion Week

Teenagers from Auckland’s North Shore took centre stage at New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) 2017.

The YMCA North Shore Raise Up crew made up of 18 people aged 13 to 18 years-old ran the NZFW show Walk the Line.

Held on September 2 at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Walk the Line is an opportunity to showcase youth and their talent.

Open Design winner Mirene Castelltort and her model Sabrina Brunton.

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Open Design winner Mirene Castelltort and her model Sabrina Brunton.

Beginning five years ago, the show also gives the teenagers in youth development programme the opportunity to learn practical life skills they can take into the work force.

Teen showcases design at New Zealand Fashion Week
Street style trends spotted at New Zealand Fashion Week
Fashion-forward teen wins judge’s hearts

Crew member Mitzi O’Brien​ said she was pleased to see all their hard work finally come to fruition.

High Fashion winner Jemma Botterill and her model Bella.

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High Fashion winner Jemma Botterill and her model Bella.

“It has been really beneficial to gain event management experience and skills,” she said.

Fellow crew member Udayan Basu​ said it was not only a good experience for the Raise Up crew but it was also great for the entrants.

“It allows people from year 9 to 13 to showcase their works that they have done through school,”

“It gives them a chance to get a bit of a taste of what they might see or what might happen if they go into the fashion industry,” Basu explained.

The sentiment was shared by YMCA community development manager Kev Carter, who was on hand in the unlikely occasion something wrong.

Carter said it was on the job training for the group who got to work closely with the NZFW team to see how they do things. He also applauded them for their effort.

“I think it is the best show we have had so far, it was really smooth. All the young people did amazing,” said Carter.

Among the show’s entrants were many designers from the North Shore. Two Carmel College students won prizes on the day for their designs.

Mirene Castelltort​, who was also a member of the Raise Up crew, won the Open Division category for her colourful bodysuit-hoodie combo.

Meanwhile Jemma Botterill​ won the High Fashion division for her unisex Gucci-inspired pant suit.

Botterill who wanted to pursue a career in fashion entered as she said the show was a great opportunity to get your name out there as a designer.

London Fashion Week 2017: Dates, fashion show schedule and top events you don’t want to miss

For avid fashion fans across the UK, one of the biggest dates in the calendar is the bi-annualLondon Fashion week.

Despite many of us never getting anywhere near the celebrity adorned front rows of designer shows, the event provides some insight about what we will be wearing next season – and more importantly what to invest in now.

The British Fashion Council (BFC), who organise the event, announced a shake up of events, moving the official show space of LFW and London Collections (the men’s equivalent) to its new home at The Store Studios, in central London.

The London Fashion Week Festival, formerly London Fashion Weekend, has also changed and will give the public an opportunity to celebrate fashion.

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Hikari Yokoyama, Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, Rebecca Hall and Sharleen Spiteri attend the Christopher Kane AW17 show (Image: WireImage)

The city-wide events will allow shoppers direct access to designers, industry insiders and influencers.

The main focus of the festival is a ticketed event, hosted at The Store Studios, 180 Strand, in central London, where designers and their teams host curated pop-up shops, from over 150 international and British brands.

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Topshop Unique’s celebrity filled front row last season (Image: Getty)

The shake up marks a change in tides in recent years, with more high-end designers and high street retailers offering innovative ways to get shoppers more involved.

Brands like Topshop, Marks & Spencer and Burberry have all adopted the runway to retail approach, introducing ‘buy now’ business models to their collections.


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For those hoping to sort out tickets to LFW shows and events or blag their way into an after party or two, we’ve got your definitive guide to all this fashion week related below.

Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof attend the House of Holland show
Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof on the FROW at the House of Holland show (Image: Rex)

When is this London Fashion Week?

The next fashion week in London takes place from 14th – 19th September 2017, showcasing designers’ Spring Summer 2018 (SS18) collections. The British Fashion Council (BFC) presides over all the organisation of the week-long shows and events.

Where will it be hosted?

The main hub of actions on the official schedule will take place at these venues in central London:

  • BFC SHOW SPACE – The Store Studios, 180 Strand, London, WC2R 1EA
  • BFC PRESENTATION SPACE – The Store Studios, 180 Strand, London, WC2R 1EA

Show schedule

Here is our run down of the key shows worth looking out for.

Friday 15th September

  • 3:30pm – Shrimps – The fun faux fur label we can’t get enough of.

Saturday 16th September

Burberry Prorsum AW16 (Image: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty)
  • 11am – JW Anderson – the Northern Irish designer recently teamed up with Uniqlo for a collection.
  • 12pm – Molly Goddard – The Central St Martins graduate won the British Emerging Talent award at the 2016 Fashion Awards and is a 2017 LVMH Prize finalist.
  • 5pm – House of Holland – Expect the likes of Alexa Chung and Lottie Moss on the FROW, Henry Holland’s slogan tees are always quirky and eye-catching.
  • 7pm – Burberry – the show that attracts all the A-listers to the FROW.

Sunday 17th September

Lily Donaldson opened Topshop’s AW17 show with a slogan sweatshirt emblazoned with “HAPPY WKNDR FOREVER” (Image: Rex)
  • 9am – Mary Katrantzou – a favourite of former First Lady Michelle Obama, the Greek designer has taken the fashion world by storm since launching her brand in 2008.
  • 10am – Anya Hindmarch – as the the queen of bags, Hindmarch’s shows are unashamedly playful and full of creative panache.
  • 3pm – Temperley London – Renowned for her feminine and ethereal designs, it’s guaranteed to be a breathtaking show.
  • 4pm – Topshop – a good one for a bit of celeb spotting, expect big name models strutting their stuff and you’ll even be able to shop items from the collection online too.

Monday 18th September

Erdem AW17
Erdem AW17 (Image: Rex Features)
  • 11am – ERDEM – this designer has been worn by the likes of Kate Middleton, Sienna Miller and even Ms Vogue herself, Anna Wintour. His first high street collaboration with H&M also launches in November
  • 3pm – Christopher Kane – he brought us embellished crocs for SS17, so will he get everyone talking again?
  • 5pm – Emilia Wickstead – the Kiwi-born designer has celebrity fans such as Olivia Palermo, Poppy Delevingne and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Tuesday 19th September

Gigi Hadid and Tommy Hilfiger
Gigi on the catwalk with designer Tommy Hilfiger at New York Fashion Week (Image: Getty)
  • 7pm – Tommy Hilfiger – Look out for Gigi Hadid and the chance to see it, buy it now.

You can check the full show schedule for London Fashion Week here.

What events can I go to?

From 21st to 24th September, the BFC will host The London Fashion Week Festival – a series of Fashion Week events open to the public.

Along with giant screens to catch all the shows, there will also be a variety of talks (including Q&As and panel discussions with industry experts) designer and trend-led catwalk shows and a chance to shop from some must-have British brands.

Can I get tickets?

Yes you can. Book tickets to selected events here from Ticketmaster or via the official website. The tiered tickets are priced from £20 to £200 depending on how much you want to see and do.

For full details visit The London Fashion Week Festival.

Which designers will be showing?

Big British labels like Burberry will be there, as will Mary Katrantzou, Erdem and Christopher Kane.

Versace’s sister label Versus and MM6 Maison Margiela will once again join the schedule this season too.

Burberry September 2016 show
Fashion insiders like Anna Wintour will be doing the rounds at the hottest shows (Image: Getty)

Rising fashion stars featured in the BFC NEWGEN line up include Molly Goddard, Richard Malone, Marta Jakubowski and Sadie Williams.

Lily Donaldson, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner at the LOVE and Burberry London Fashion Week Party in February (Image: Getty Images Europe)

The NEWGEN platform offers support and guidance to new designers, helping them put on shows each season. Former NEWGEN alumni include Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and Roksanda Ilincic.

High street favourites Topshop will also be showing their premium Unique line.

How can I watch the shows at home?

Smiling young woman with laptop in bed
You don’t have to miss out on the fashion week action (Image: Getty)

You can watch all the latest fashion action tucked up in bed if you really want to. The BFC website will be live streaming selected shows throughout the week-long event.

Golf’s fashion Masters

1. Payne Stewart
If you are going to dress like a modern fashion maverick on the course, you better have the game to back it up. Fortunately for the plus fours-wearing, Argyle-sock sporting, flat cap-crowned Stewart, he did…

2. Ben Hogan
Golfing great Hogan won nine major championships, but he scores a perfect ten in the style stakes. Always dapper and impeccably tailored, he never hit the links without his signature hat and ubiquitous cigarette.

3. Ted Rhodes
African-American golfer Rhodes had the game, he had the look – a unique hipster jazz fashion sense – and he was super cool. Hell, he had it all. Quite simply he was the Tiger Woods of his era.


4. Seve Ballesteros
“I don’t want people to watch the way I dress,” Ballesteros once said of the interest generated by his classically simple Seventies style. “I want people to watch the way I play.” Well, sorry, Seve… but we did both.

5. Walter Hagen
Not just a well-dressed for a golfer, Hagen was well-dressed, full stop. His eye-catching style, handmade outfits and tailored knitwear helped transform the image of golf in the Twenties and Thirties.

6. Arnold Palmer
Known in the golf world as the king of cool (even before Steve McQueen copyrighted the title), Palmer dressed on the course like he should have been in the Rat Pack. A Fifties vision in flat-fronted trousers, fitted shirts, black-and-white brogues… and a cardigan.


7. Rikard Karlberg
Sweden’s Karlberg is a modern master with a unique taste in fashion. Mixing flat caps and a hipster beard, with the sharp lines and slim fit of Hugo Boss Green, he embodies the golf look of 2017.

8. Gary Player
The Johnny Cash of the golf course, South African Player is known for his adherence to a single stylistic principle: always wear black. His father suggested he have a golfing gimmick and the “Black Knight” chose to wear one colour throughout his career. It worked.

9. Jack Nicklaus
The Golden Bear wasn’t the best dresser in the game when he was at the height of his powers, but he makes this list because of his green jackets. As a six-time winner of the Masters, we think that is about the best fashion statement any golfer can ever make.

10. Jesper Parnevik
Thanks to bands like The Beastie Boys, the Nineties was the decade where golf became cool again. And the golfer that embodied that resurgence in style was Jesper Parnevik, replacing pastels with a slim-fitting mod look, finished off with a flip-billed hat.


And five of the worst…

1. John Daly
The man, the myth, the trouser mistakes.

2. Woody Austin
Dressed in shirts that looked like he was trying to win a bet.

3. 1999 US Ryder Cup Team
No. Just… no.

4. Ian Poulter
When he gets it right, he’s great. But when he gets it wrong…

5. Donald Trump
The Donald sports a look that is pure coffee.

Pokemon Fashion, As Reviewed By People Who Know Fashion

We’ve done regular video games, twice actually. Then we did Overwatch.

Now, thanks to popular demand, we’re bringing back Video Game Fashion, As Reviewed By People Who Know Fashion.

This time we’re focusing exclusively on Pokemon.

The experts: the world class team of beauty and fashion editors who make up POPSUGAR Australia and Who What Wear Australia.

Let’s meet them.

Lisa Patulny, Editor of Byrdie

Ashling Lee, Editorial Assistant, POPSUGAR

Alexandra Whiting, Lifestyle Editor, POPSUGAR

Genevieve Rota, Entertainment Editor, POPSUGAR



Lisa: Ash is the perfect example of someone being so great at their job it doesn’t matter what they wear. He’s the Steve Jobs of Pokemon trainers.

Ashling: The ultimate chill, cool-dude get-up: baseball cap, denim, open shirt layered over a v-neck. I mean he’s my kind-of namesake so is automatically cool. 😉

Genevieve: I know this guy! He’s a little cutie. But he’s just a kid, right? We can’t judge his style, his mum probably picked it out for him. (But Ash, please try and stick to a more cohesive colour scheme next time. And why is your shirt stained poo brown?)

Alexandra: When the animator was designing Ash, he had a picture of Michael J. Fox circa Back to the Future stuck on the wall. He doesn’t get a lot of outfit alterations throughout the series either, but he’s made it iconic so I can’t really fault it. Sometimes an outfit is all about the attitude.


Lisa: Alain, we need to talk. Harem pants are not for tucking into boots—those are skinny jeans my friend. Harem pants are for people who’ve just come back from finding themselves in Peru and quote Neruda a lot and rarely shower. Also why is the Cheshire Cat’s tail wrapped around your neck?

Ashling: I find it really hard to layer clothing well – it’s a combination of either not owning enough layerable clothing or just laziness – but this guy looks perfectly prepped for trans-seasonal weather. Is that scarf hand-made?

Genevieve: This guy is clearly pretty chic and with a name like Alain, how could he not be? Is that a scarf around his neck, or a creature? I’m not 100 percent sure but either way, he needs to keep it. I’m not into the gloves (too Michael Jackson circa “Bad”) but I am into the effort he’s put in layering 3 pieces on his top half.

Alexandra: I have a few questions about Alain’s scarf. Is it alive? Is it a Pokemon? Or does Alain simply exist in a lower level of gravity where scarfs float and clothes remain nicely aerated. Jokes at Alain’s expense aside, the kid looks fresh off the Marc Jacobs AW18 runway. Elevated sports luxe with a touch of effeminate fancy. Classic MJ.


Lisa: Apparently the only part of Dawn’s body that feels the cold is her neck. That’s the only reasonable explanation for this outfit which consists of a skirt the size of a postage stamp, a singlet, one of Harvey Specter’s vests and A SCARF. Get changed Dawn, you’re not going out like that.

Ashling: WHAT FUN! I mean, she’s wearing millennial pink, so she already wins.

Genevieve: MILLENNIAL PINK! Also, moon boots as fashion? Comfort level: extreme. Dawn is way ahead of her time, and she knows it.

Alexandra: Dawn looks like a classic US basic circa 2005. You know, the mall-strolling, Ugg-wearing (she actually is wearing Uggs, right?), gum-chewing basic with way too many accessories. I can see six items I would have previously listed as “instant outfit updaters” in my mag days: beanie, hairclips, neck scarf, vest (so ‘00s!), wrist watch and black knee-high socks. Actually, I think Britney Spears wore this exact outfit to the premier of Crossroads.


Lisa: Maybe I shouldn’t have been so harsh on Dawn—this guy is walking around in a pirate coat with no shirt on. Also, can we talk about the size of his collar? I’ll say it. That collar is compensating for something.

Ashling: I have so many questions for this dude. Is he shirtless under that trench? Why? Is that intentional? How long did it take to grow that moustache? Is it easy to maintain? Doesn’t it get in the way when he tries to speak?

Genevieve: Drake looks mad at me so I’ll tread carefully. You know, the coat is incredible. The belt, if you add a metal G, is a dead ringer for the Gucci one “fashion girls” can’t seem to get enough of. And the harem pants are always a yes in terms of effortless style. But all I can see is that moustache, and I’d much prefer if that wasn’t the case. Let it go, Drake. Show off that chiseled jaw.

Alexandra: I’ll pay the nautical nod to John Galliano, but there’s a fine line between couture and costume, and unfortunately this is the latter.


Lisa: Elesa is wearing Gen Z Yellow which means she’s too young to know what happens to your abs when your metabolism goes to shit.

Ashling: This is also another very on-trend colour – yellow. I kinda dig this – it may be a bit weird – like, I still don’t really know what’s going on here with the dangly stuff – but she manages to wear a skimpy outfit well.

Genevieve: I’m going to go right ahead and assume those headphone tentacles do something powerful – otherwise I’m not sure why they’re there. Tights get a rough trot as a fashion faux pas but with legs like those I’m glad Elesa is throwing caution to the wind. Also, we have another trendsetter in our midst: Gen Z yellow is a total thing right now, and Elesa was there first.

Alexandra: There is no doubt jazzed-up headphones have had several runway moments. Dolce and Gabbanna, Fendi, Chanel, but these look more Alexander Wang. Lots of cut-outs, a minimal colour palette, skin-tight leggings, oh she’s even wearing a chocker, this is a Wang girl for sure.


Lisa: Lose the old man braces and she’s basically Bella Thorne.

Ashling: So. Damn. Cute. I love everything about this – the bright denim overalls, the crop top, the pig tails . . . Would actually copy this and wear in Summer. Or if I was going to a music festival.

Genevieve: How cute is this gal! And why isn’t she in Bondi where she belongs?

Alexandra: Now Misty I know well, and I have long lamented that she is dressed like a tween who was sent to Summer Camp and grew out of all her clothes. The top is shrunk, her shorts are basically underwear, and I know she’s wearing braces that would suggest she needs them to hold up too-big pants, but I’d argue girl is using that stretch to strap down her boobs that just grew in – mum forgot to pack her training bra. And the side pony. I can’t.


Lisa: Not joking—is this a Gossip Girl character? I smell a lawsuit.

Ashling: This is nice but in a sort of average way. Nothing super offensive or weird, just very stock standard female video game character sort of thing. The teeny tiny waist, short mini skirt, thigh high socks, voluminous hair…

Genevieve: OK this girl is so clearly based on Serena Van Der Woodsen from Gossip Girl — or is it vice versa? Serena is definitely the most popular girl in school. There’s too much going on but she pulls it off in a Cher Horowitz kinda way. Do people wear sunglasses on their hats? This has me confused.

Alexandra: Hey girl! Serena reminds me exactly of Stacey from The Baby-Sitters Club. Stacey grew up in NYC but then moved to the provinces (well, Stoneybrook) living her big city life behind but keeping that sense of fashion. It was also the ‘90s. Serena, Stacey, same thing.


Lisa: Steven is that weird pale guy in his late ‘20s who only dates art school students, has a put on English accent and swears he’s Noel Fielding’s second best friend. (A quick FB search will tell you he grew up in Padstow and used to wear Etnies and a lot of Billabong.)

Ashling: I’m getting a bit of Dorian Grey and weirdly, Targaryen vibes from this guy? (Is it the hair I wonder?)

Genevieve: Can I just say that I had NO idea Pokemon had so many human characters. Is this a recent development? I feel like Steven should give Matt Preston his cravat back and maybe ease up on the skin-tight trousers. The torture devices around his wrists can go, and then I think we’ve got a pretty slick dude! Cool hair.

Alexandra: If you told me Steven was Karl Lagerfeld’s new muse/companion I wouldn’t be surprised. I’d probably stalk his social media and write five stories about him. His hair colour is my next big pick for colour trends (pink is done), Kylie Jenner has already tried it so as soon as Summer festival season hits you’ll see it everywhere, topped with a flower crown. The only part of the outfit I think Karl would veto is the crown-like jacket cuffs. He leads the house of Chanel and Coco always said “take one thing off before you leave the house”, plus, Karl doesn’t like being upstaged.


Lisa: I refuse to comment. Get it? That was a garbage joke. (Did it again.)

Ashling: What . . . is this thing and is it OK? It looks scared shitless and in need of a tender loving home.

Genevieve: Um, I love its colouring? Khaki green is all the rage for interiors. And the millennial pink on his/her wings doesn’t go unnoticed – stylish touch, Trubbish.

Alexandra: I feel like you’ve added Trubbish as a joke in an otherwise very serious examination of Anime outfits, but seriously, what hallucinogenic drug were the artists smoking when they came up with this?



Short, sweet and budget-friendly first time round to coats and cover-ups for number two: From High Street to designer, the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy fashion

Pity the poor mothers at Thomas’s Battersea, where Prince George starts school on Thursday — all those months spent building a paparazzi-worthy wardrobe ready for the Big Day.

But now the news of Kate’s third pregnancy has put a right royal spanner in the works. Will the Duchess, who suffers from severe morning sickness, even turn up at the chic London day school?

But the Thomas’s mothers need not worry. Their carefully chosen and hugely expensive ‘posh mummy’ designer loot will not go to waste.

Short, sweet and budget-friendly first time round

Dec 2012: No bump and a neat Diane von Furstenberg coat

Jan 2013: A flowing Whistles dress hides any tell-tale signs

The Duchess opts for a Max Mara wrap dress

No bump and a neat Diane von Furstenberg coat, left, a flowing Whistles dress hides any tell-tale signs in January 2013, centre and the Duchess opts for a Max Mara wrap dress

March: An Emilia Wickstead coat for St Patrick’s Day

Looking peachy in a short Tara Jarmon outfit in April

March: An Emilia Wickstead coat for St Patrick’s Day, left, while she looked peachy in a short Tara Jarmon outfit in April

Emilia Wickstead again for an elegant April reception

May: Short Topshop dress proves a wedding bloomer

Emilia Wickstead coat for a spring royal garden party

Emilia Wickstead again for an elegant April reception, left, a short Topshop dress proves a wedding bloomer and another Emilia Wickstead coat for a spring royal garden party

June: In the pink and elegant for Trooping the Colour

July 23: New mum Kate leaves hospital in Jenny Packham

June: In the pink and elegant for Trooping the Colour while new mum Kate leaves hospital in Jenny Packham

In fact, judging by the Duchess’s new love of top-end fashion, they’ll need every swanky label they can get their hands on.

Take her most recent public appearance before her happy news was announced. While she was happy to wear an ‘austerity’ mix of High Street and affordable designer labels for her first two pregnancies, this time Kate stepped out in £1,420 worth of silk poppy-print Prada.

One can only imagine the panic that outfit caused at the school gate.

Since her first pregnancy in 2012/13, the Duchess has worn an increasingly sophisticated maternity wardrobe.

As a first-time mother, she made the classic mistake of assuming that standard clothes, which looked fine in the first trimester, could cope with a burgeoning bump. Take that unfortunate £38 polka dot Topshop dress and a £17.50 ASOS wrap dress: both rode up too high, revealing more leg than was decorous.

By her second pregnancy in 2014/15, the Duchess had learned her lesson — binning the cheap, off-the-peg frocks and upgrading to purpose-made maternity dresses from the affordable UK label Seraphine.

Coats and sophisticated cover-ups for number two

Oct 2014: Striking in mint Jenny Packham gown

Autumn, and a tailored Katherine Hooker dress

Striking in mint Jenny Packham gown while later in Autmn she opted for a tailored Katherine Hooker dress

Jan 2015: A softly styled coat by Seraphine

Well wrapped for winter in Max Mara

March: Pink Alexander McQueen coat (again)

Jan 2015: A softly styled coat by Seraphine, left while Kate was well wrapped for winter in Max Mara, centre. She went for her Pink Alexander McQueen coat again in March

Stand-out Hobbs coat for spring art exhibition

Elegant bump in dark Beulah London coat

A stand-out Hobbs coat for a spring art exhibition while her bump looks elegant in a dark Beulah London coat

Catherine Walker coat for St Patrick’s Day

Statement fuchsia coat by Mulberry at eight months

Charlotte is born: Going home in Jenny Packham

A Catherine Walker coat for St Patrick’s Day, left,a statement fuchsia coat by Mulberry at eight months, centre and going home in Jenny Packham after Charlotte is born

It also helped that in much of the later stages of her second pregnancy, Kate was dressing for winter and could turn to cashmere and wool frock coats from Hobbs, Mulberry and another fashionable label, Goat — tailored enough to give her shape yet voluminous enough to cover her bump. For evening, she discovered the joys of an empire-line dress — in particular an ink-blue silk gown from Jenny Packham, which skimmed over her bump.

So what will the Duchess be wearing third time around? Her favourite designer, Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, has no doubt been beavering away on bespoke maternity pieces.

Ever since she designed the Duchess’s wedding dress, the pair have been as thick as thieves, creating an elegant wardrobe for many of Kate’s biggest events. It helps that last year Sarah gave birth to twins, so she intimately understands the sartorial issues that come with pregnancy.

We can also expect to see the Duchess recycling some of her more successful pregnancy pieces, from the fuchsia Mulberry coat to her pale pink Alexander McQueen. Expect also to see a flash of Emilia Wickstead, the Tatler crowd’s designer of choice, and British designer Erdem.

But judging from the Duchess’s recent appearance in Prada — one of the most expensive, high-fashion labels in Milan — we could also expect to see a smattering of international bombshell frocks.

And that will certainly be enough to make the ground shake in Battersea.