In Israel he is the doyen of graphic shapes, monochrome and drape, with 12 minimalist shops from Rehovot to Haifa, via Tel Aviv (two), Jerusalem (two), Ranaana and Herzliya.
Last Thursday he formally inaugurated his first London shop in New Quebec Street with a bash for a coterie of fashion and media chums; high-flying Israeli ex-pats; and a handful of celebs, including Kristina Rihanoff from Strictly Come Dancing, Avshalom Gur, former head of design at Ossie Clark and Israel’s high-octane celebrity model Hofit Golan.
Trousers and their skinny counterparts, leggings, jeggings and treggings, may be in the ascendant on Planet Fashion, but in the real world, the Little Day Dress (or LDD) is what we are all reaching for this autumn if we want to look fabulously pulled together and on-trend.
You have splurged on the fabulous coat, purchased the pencil skirt, bought a biker jacket and are getting your eye in with animal prints, sharp shoulders and the season’s new trouser shapes. Yup, you have ticked all the key fashion boxes; you have winter 09/10 nailed. And then realisation dawns — what are you going to put on your feet to make all these fabulous new pieces work and look totally on-trend?
If you thought all shapewear was an evil re-creation of medieval methods of torture, designed to crush your rib-cage and prevent you from breathing, you have probably not discovered the USA’s newest and most on-trend collection of shapewear, Yummie Tummie.
Leopards may not be able to change their spots, but they can definitely change their image, thanks, primarily, to the fact that over the past few years celebrities noted for being über-cool have been donning animal print pieces.
Kate Moss has been seen in the past 12 months in leopard-print faux fur jackets, a Cavalli animal print dress and leopard-print mules.
Designers have a love-hate relationship with leather. Except for labels like Loewe and Celine, whose roots are in leather, designers go for entire decades treating skin as vulgar. But then, along comes a new mood, and leather is the fabric du jour. Currently, as part of the revival of all things 80s, they are loving it.
Last year, Marks & Spencer produced a rather sassy day dress. Given wide exposure as part of its mega-expensive advertising campaign, it was a garment that was designed to appeal across several demanding fashion demographics, and was more than usually desirable by present-day M&S standards.
It was Valentino’s signature colour; Vivienne Westwood almost invariably uses it somewhere in each collection (one of her ready-to-wear ranges is called Red Label); the high street’s newest superstar James Lakeland never fails to put at least a half-dozen red pieces into each line; and Alexander McQueen’s autumn 09 collection for Dior, Karl Lagerfeld’s for Chanel and wunderkind Frida Giannini’s for Gucci, all prominently featured red.
Fashion is having a definite trouser moment right now. We may all still be wearing sassy pencil skirts or short skirt-plus-leggings/dress-plus-leggings combos but, trust me, as winter rolls in, trousers will suddenly seem magnetically, irresistibly and rivetingly new. And even if you can resist their allure this season, there is absolutely no doubt that by next spring you will be forced to face up to the challenge of finding the right pair.