Young African Menswear: Lukhanyo Mdingi

The 23 year-old designer and Elle Design Competition finalist Lukhanyo Mdingi took the breath out of virtual fashion media when he recently presented the lookbook for his A/W 2015 collection Taintless, a masterly exercise in forward-looking, minimalist menswear in shades of deep and dark blue. As he launches his eponymous label, we speak to the menswear visionaire about the state of the young fashion scene in South Africa, the importance of industry support and how international exposure is exactly what is needed.

Fashion First, Business After: Pierre Bergé, the world’s biggest fashion businessman

While Yves Saint Laurent was deeply occupied with the creation of his iconic garments, businessman Pierre Bergé was by his side, managing and realising the financial sustainability of the couture and RTW houses of Yves Saint Laurent Couture, and later, ready-to-wear. A lifelong partner, both in romance, business and friendship, he has dedicated his life to the legacy of one of the biggest fashion designers of the 20th century. He pushed the limits of womenswear with his appropriation of the male tuxedo, and radically merged art and fashion in many iconic pieces: broadly, he pioneered a postmodern strategy in fashion, one which dominates much of fashion design today. As a new exhibition at the Bowes Museum opens to celebrate this precocious talent, Mr. Bergé held an exclusive Q&A session to a selected few in the magnificent halls of this 17th century-style French Château on the North English countryside. Here, he shares some invaluable reflections on the development of the fashion industry, its changing strategies, thematic occupations, and the eternal question of art versus commerce.

Flirting “with the cliché of the sad clown”: Grayson Perry at...

As huge fans of the man who is best known simply as ‘the transvestite potter’, to say we were excited to meet and photograph Grayson Perry exclusively backstage, before his fourth and final Reith Lecture would be an understatement. To round off his series of prestigious talks for BBC Radio 4, Grayson spoke in the Platform Theatre at CSM to a crowd of industry professionals and students alike. The question he set out to answer, one of which many of the audience were no doubt eager to hear his take on, was “how does one become a contemporary artist?”