Why you’re wrong about Germany (and the Germans)

It is a country packed with surprises, home to people with whom we have far more in common than we suppose - getty
It is a country packed with surprises, home to people with whom we have far more in common than we suppose – getty

‘Don’t mention the war!’

Anglo-German relations were back in the news last week, when UKTV (temporarily) removed that classic ‘Germans’ episode of Fawlty Towers from its playlist. In the end it turned out to be much ado about next to nothing, but it was a reminder that for Britons of a certain age, Germany will always have a special frisson. Anyone old enough to have seen Fawlty Towers first time around tends to be preoccupied with the place, and for all the usual reasons. If you were raised on comics like Warlord and war films like Where Eagles Dare, you were bound to be intrigued by Germany – but, unless you were a bit odd, you were unlikely to consider it as a holiday destination.

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Highsnobiety Turns Digital Fashion Week On Its Head

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LONDON — Has Highsnobiety cracked the highly divisive online fashion week formula?

It might have: In the midst of long-winded industry talks around the future of fashion weeks and the appeal of virtual runways, the streetwear and lifestyle publication decided to take a step back from it all and come up with a solution of its own.

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It’s called “Not in Paris” and in many ways, it sounds like fashion week cum art fair utopia, as it transcends geographies and art forms to bring together luxury, streetwear, art, music, architecture and even fine wine, under one digital roof.

“So many of the events we write about have been canceled, so we’ve had to think of ourselves as cultural producers in our own right,” said Tom Bettridge, the online publication’s editor in chief. “We basically thought, ‘Let’s set our own calendar

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The coronavirus pandemic has meant all non-essential businesses have been closed since lockdown began on 23 March.

It’s had a detrimental impact on fashion shops across the UK. B2B magazine, Drapers reported in-store sales have dropped 84 per cent compared to 2019, and – despite online grocery sales surging – for the rest of the retail landscape things also look bleak.

Debenhams is closing five more stores across the UK, while Oasis and Warehouse have both permenantly closed after administraitors failed to find a buyer, which also includes around 2,000 jobs losses.

That said, prime minister Boris Johnson has announced all non-essential retailers will be able to reopen in England from 15 June, a move which will include clothes shops, in the latest easing of lockdown restrictions.

As an army of shops prepare to open their doors to the public for the first time in months, many

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Nicholas Daley’s Feel-Good Fashion | Esquire

February

On a cold Tuesday morning inside a Tottenham studio – up the stairs and turn left – crammed with nearly-finished new-season samples, shelves of books, beaded rugs, incense and rails of beautiful clothes, Nicholas Daley is spinning a lot of plates.

There are the buyers, over from Japan to catch-up on orders; the PR agency, who are calling in regular updates on samples needed in time for a presentation to the LVMH Prize judges in Paris ⁠— there’s a train leaving from St Pancras early tomorrow morning. An assistant scrambles between rooms tying it all together. And me, asking him what it’s like to be a designer on the cusp of all of… this? His phone rings, “Sorry, just a sec.”

“What was your question again? How did I get started?”

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Nicholas Daley photographed inside his London studio, February 2020

Finlay Renwick

Five years into starting his eponymous label,

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