Three women heading three big houses (Dior, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy) and some of the most grown up clothes we’ve seen in years… a coincidence? I think not. Make that four women, including Virginie Viard, now grand fromage at Chanel, although it’s too early to leap to any conclusions about the direction she’ll take there.
Not that this is entirely a gendered matter, obviously. The shift towards sophisticated, considered dressing might also partly be a sub-conscious reaction to the chaotic politics of so many countries – and a