Posted by Bethan Holt, Junior Fashion Editor at Large

Happy Fashion News Day! And Friday. Here's everything you need to know before weekend time. Listen up.

There was a point on Wednesday afternoon when lots of us thought that Dolce and Gabbana were off to prison. Technically, they have been sentenced to 20 months each for tax evasion. However, such is the Italian legal system that they probably won't ever actually end up behind bars. The Telegraph have the company's full statement here. So, those making hilarious references to the next collection being "all about stripes", it looks like you'll be disappointed.

Bad joke. Dolce and Gabbana stripes SS13 (via
The week's most controversial story was Vice's suicidal writers photo shoot. In an unbelievable new low for "fashion" photography, the death scenes of writers including Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and Iris Change were recreated with the models' outfits credited. Never Underdressed's Harriet Walker summed up the whole business perfectly. Vice have now removed the shoot from their website. Fashionista threw extra light on the story when they got a chance to chat with one of the models in the shoot.

A photo of Sylvia Plath not about to commit suicide (via
Not men's fashion week, but the G8 conference. David Cameron decreed a smart casual dress code for the gathering of political leaders in Ireland. "Smart casual" translates, it seems to "your usual, without the tie". The Presidents and Prime Ministers were also treated to Mulberry bags, specially embossed with their individual initials. I wonder if there were ties in the bags?

The leaders. Tie-less at G8 (image via

Dave's new Mulberry (image via
Nicolas Ghesquière's departure from Balenciaga got a little bit messier this week. Following his revealing interview with System magazine, the designer's former employers, Kering, are apparently suing him for of "breach of duty of confidentiality". In other news, here is something from Ghesquière's final collection, available to buy now.

Ghesquiere for Balenciaga jacket. £1,075 at
Meanwhile, Raf Simons is taking his new Dior role beyond the fashion arena. It was announced this morning that Dior will sponsor New York's Guggenheim museum's International Gala in November. Over two days, Simons will host several parties, dinners and performances to honour artists Christopher Wool and James Turrell. Simons is known to be an avid art collector so this is very likely to be the first of many forays into the art world.

Even though we can't see Tom Ford's new men's collection, there's one thing we can glean from the feedback of those who saw it. Tom is doing t-shirts. This means that he's probably still in his street fashion obsession phase which saw him base an entire collection on "Would Rihanna wear this?" for AW13.

Jean Louis Scherrer with lots of lovely happy models (image via
Couturier Jean-Louis Scherrer has died in Paris at the age of 78. In his 60s and 70s heyday, Scherrer dressed the like of Jackie Kennedy and Sophia Loren.

Make sure you find time this weekend- if you haven't already- to listen to Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman's excellently selected Desert Island Discs which include Bowie's Drive In Saturday and We Three by Patti Smith. There are plenty of fun anecdotes and interesting thoughts which come out of her interview with Kirsty Young too. Listen here.

To top off the week's news, here are five looks from London Collections: Mens which I would quite like to wear myself... Happy Weekend.

Agi and Sam SS14

JW Anderson SS14

Richard Nicoll SS14
Jonathan Saunders SS14
E. Tautz SS14 (those espadrilles!) All catwalk images via


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