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A show that takes fashion seriously - without the seriousness. From high street to haute couture.

A show that takes fashion seriously - without the seriousness. From high street to haute couture.


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The Telegraph


A show that takes fashion seriously - without the seriousness. From high street to haute couture.




Roksanda Illincic on dressing Michelle Obama, bold colours and why her daughter always knows best

The award-winning London Fashion Week designer takes Senior Fashion Editor, Emily Cronin behind the scenes at her East London studio to talk about fifteen years of her eponymous fashion label. She reveals how her Serbian roots inspire her use of bold colours, how architecture informs her creative decision-making and why she has started listening to her nine-year-old when it comes to fashion. Plus, having dressed everyone from Michelle Obama to the Duchess of Sussex, the designer tells us...


The 2010s: A decade in fashion

The age of “woke”, the end of the circle of shame, the rise of Instagram. The Telegraph’s Senior Fashion Editors, Emily Cronin and Charlie Gowans-Eglinton are joined by Head of Fashion, Lisa Armstrong to unpick the last ten years in the fashion industry. How has our relationship with fast fashion changed? Are we more obsessed than ever with royal style? And which trends have stood the test of time? All is revealed within. Have a fashion question of your own? Or thoughts on what we should...


A day in the life: London Fashion Week designer

Award-winning womenswear designer, Rejina Pyo joins The Telegraph’s Senior Fashion Editor, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton to reveal whether the job is as glamorous as it seems. She opens up about the pressures of owning your own label, how having a child has improved her work-life balance and the differences between working in the UK and her birthplace, South Korea. Plus Rejina and Charlie bond over a particularly formidable teacher they shared at the world-renowned Central Saint Martin’s art...


Dissecting the costumes of The Crown, one cigarette holder at a time

Netflix’s smash hit period drama is back and the costumes are more fabulous than ever. Olivia Colman takes the helm, Princess Anne is having a sartorial moment and the hats truly are fit for a Queen. So this week, Emily Cronin is joined in the studio by her colleagues on The Telegraph fashion desk, Caroline Leaper and Bethan Holt, to talk sherbet colours, nods to Prada and “investiture chic”. Plus, Caroline takes us behind the scenes of her interview with Erin Doherty, who plays the Princess...


A day in the life: Tech entrepreneur

The third instalment in our series giving you a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of those working in fashion industry. Victoria Prew is the first to admit she’s an unlikely fashionista. She tells The Telegraph’s Senior Fashion Editor, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton how she went from training as a chartered surveyor to owning what Forbes called “the Airbnb of fashion”: the UK’s first peer-to-peer fashion rental service, Hurr Collective. What’s it like quitting your full-time job to go it...


Ask Unzipped: Leather jackets, sustainability and men in skirts

Fashion editors Emily Cronin and Charlie Gowans-Eglinton solve all your style problems. You’ve been in touch in your droves to ask where to find the perfect leather jacket, how to style bolder fashion choices and which trends you should avoid altogether this winter. Tune in for full sartorial enlightenment. Have a fashion question of your own? Or thoughts on what we should be covering on the podcast? Email or leave us a voicemail on 07867 162 170. Get 30 days' free...


The answer to all your (fashion) problems

Looking for a new coat that doesn’t make you look like a tent? Wondering how often you should wash your cashmere? Or maybe you just want to know how to update your wardrobe for the new season? Emily and Charlie are here to answer all your questions! Call the Fashion Unzipped hotline on 07867162170 or email us at by the end of the day on Monday 14th October, and we’ll do our best to solve all your sartorial dilemmas! See Privacy Policy at


Catwalk spats, Naomi Campbell and the return of the flare at Paris Fashion Week

Aaaand breathe. Fashion month is over once again, and The Telegraph’s Senior Fashion Editor, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton is hibernating away from the shows, parties and painful shoes in the comfort of our audio studio. Joining her this week are Bethan Holt and Caroline Leaper from the fashion desk, ready to discuss the designers that made the most impact, how flared jeans are having a moment and their best Paris recommendations. Plus, Charlie tells us what happened when she found herself...


Catwalk protests, the return of sex-appeal and how J-Lo stole the show at Milan Fashion Week

Stop three on the Telegraph fashion team’s whirlwind fashion month: it’s the city of glamour, Milan. Senior Fashion Editors, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton, Emily Cronin and Caroline Leaper dissect the week that was on the catwalks and swap their Milanese café tips. On the podcast menu: how designers are balancing their carbon footprints, why big bags are back and why brands our fashion editors aren’t ready for the return of “sexy” And, following her jaw-dropping appearance at the Versace show,...


Flat shoes at the ready, it's London Fashion Week!

Fresh from the front row, Emily Cronin, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton and The Telegraph’s Head of Fashion, Lisa Armstrong give you their takes on the looks of the moment. On the podcast menu: which designers are putting sustainability front and centre, how to wear this season’s scarf and why our panel were particularly impressed by the spectacular locations of this London Fashion Week’s shows. Plus Lisa reveals all from her backstage conversation with Victoria Beckham. Get 30 days' free access...


Princess Diana style, pregnant models and carbon-neutral shows at New York Fashion Week

Regular listeners will recognise the dulcet American tones of this week’s guest: it’s the podcast’s first host, Emily Cronin. She makes her hotly-anticipated return to the show after maternity leave. And with New York Fashion Week underway there’s plenty for Charlie and Emily to talk about: Which shows hit the mark? Why is royal style making an appearance on the US catwalks? And what does Rihanna keep in her miniature handbag? Listen to Fashion Unzipped for full sartorial...


A day in the life: Blogger

Episode two of our mini-series about the day-to-day realities of working in the fashion industry. This week, fashion blogger, influencer and podcaster Lindsey Holland talks to The Telegraph’s Senior Fashion Editor, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton, about paying her dues, not getting paid, and finding a work/life balance. And an answer to the million dollar question: is blogging a viable career? Get 30 days free access to The Telegraph online: Subscribe and give...


A day in the life: Magazine editor

In this new mini-series The Telegraph’s Senior Fashion Editor, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton finds out what key players in the fashion industry actually do. Starting at the top, she speaks to the new editor of Stella Magazine, Caroline Barrett. Is the role as glamorous as it sounds? How much of her time goes into choosing the cover? And how does working at a newspaper supplement differ from an independent magazine?All is revealed within.Get 30 days free access to The Telegraph online:...


(Anti)social media: body image, feeding the trolls and sponsored posts

Katherine Ormerod and Alex Light both have considerable social media followings, but are reluctant to call themselves influencers. They join The Telegraph’s Senior Fashion Editor, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton to talk about why the term makes them uncomfortable, why it’s important to scroll “actively” and whether they worry about over-sharing online. Plus, they share their secrets to making the platform work for your mental health, not against it. < Content warning: this episode contains...


Sweat patches, disappearing shorts and dodgy tan lines: summer style dilemmas and how to tackle them

There are numerous reasons summer dressing can make you sweat, but luckily the Telegraph’s fashion team is on hand to keep you looking and feeling cool. This week, senior fashion editors, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton, Frankie Graddon and Caroline Leaper solve each other’s their summer style pitfalls and, hopefully, some of yours too. Get 30 days free access to The Telegraph online: Subscribe and give us a five star review on Apple Podcasts - and let us know...


Meghan’s mum look, Diana’s style rebellion and the repli-Kates: a royal fashion special

The Telegraph fashion team fall into two camps: those who are royal fashion obsessed and those who’ve had to become royal fashion obsessed. This week Charlie Gowans-Eglinton is joined by Fashion News and Features Director, Bethan Holt (the former) and Acting Senior Fashion Editor, Frankie Graddon (the latter) to discuss the politics of dressing as a member of the Royal Family, who gets it right and who misses the mark. Get 30 days free access to The Telegraph online:...


Alexandra Shulman on life after Vogue, social media storms and opting out of the influencer phenomenon

Two years after stepping down as editor of one of the world’s most iconic fashion magazines, Alexandra Shulman talks candidly to The Telegraph's Senior Fashion Editor, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton about the “third act” of her career, the realities of life at Vogue and why she isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Plus, brings us details of her plans for a television series set in a fashion magazine… Sound familiar? Get 30 days free access to The Telegraph online:


Live: The Power of Fashion

Dame Helena Morrissey, Erica Davies and Isabel Spearman join Bethan Holt, the Telegraph’s Fashion News and Features Director, to talk about why fashion shouldn't be dismissed as frivolous. Up for discussion: the key to finding your personal style, why the dress is the busy woman’s secret weapon and how colour can help you get ahead in the workplace. This episode was recorded at Stella Live in London. Get 30 days free access to The Telegraph online:


Tricky dress codes, Spanx and race day hat-iquette: an occasionwear special

Not sure what to wear to that wedding/garden party/race day on the horizon? Don't know your fascinator from your floppy sunhat? This week editor of Stella Magazine, Marianne Jones and acting senior fashion editor, Caroline Leaper join host, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton to talk all things event dressing, from their go-to brands and how to navigate tricky dress codes to the perils of control pants and the dreaded bridesmaid dress... Plus, Fenwick's millinery expert, Mr Tony shares his tips and...


Front bench fashion: Is it sexist to talk about a female politician’s frock?

With Brexit chaos making politicians more visible than ever, The Telegraph’s Senior Fashion Editor, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton sat down with our Associate Editor covering politics, Camilla Tominey and fashion journalist, Frankie Graddon to weigh in on how political figures use fashion as a tool. Up for discussion: why it's not frivolous for politicians to be interested in their appearance, how fashion choices can bolster leadership bids and the politics of wearing pink. Read Frankie’s piece on...