Eric Musgrave

Since 1980, menswear & fashion retail commentator, opinionated thought-leader,
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At the Scoop womenswear show

I rarely write about womenswear on this blog, but as I have returned to Drapers as editorial director after a seven-year hiatus, fashion with a female slant may make more frequent appearances. The womenswear buying season kicked off in London with the Scoop show, which is the brainchild of Karen Radley, whose family firm had a glorious history, including backing Ossie Clark way back when.DSC01732

The original venue for the event is the Saatchi Gallery on the Kings’ Road, but it has now expanded also into the Phillips Gallery in Victoria. A nice touch is that the Saatchi artworks are left in situ and the exhibitors’ rails and tables are arranged around them. So Megan Hogan, Danielle Barbiero and Rachel Beck from US lifestyle brand Eileen Fisher shared part of their space with a rather large paper sculpture made of paper.

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A stand I always head to is that of Marion Foale, one of the great names of British fashion. She started her first business in 1962 with Sally Tuffin. Foale and Tuffin was part of the Sixties’ flowering of British fashion talent. Today Marion, who is seen here with her sales agent Karen Inch, specialises in the most exquisite knitwear, hand-knitted by a secret army of women mainly living in the Midlands. One of her menswear pieces is on my autumn shopping list. It’s a real pleasure for me to meet such clever and nice people as Marion. 

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