Barena Venezia is an Italian company that creates simple, functional clothing inspired by the dress of the people who live on the islands around the Venice lagoon.
I just had to share the theatricality and sheer beauty of the pre Autumn Winter 2013 collection from Alexander McQueen.
Sarah Burton, who is currently expecting twins, has created one of her most outstanding collections to date, with a strong ecclesiastical theme - long flowing capes and robes, high collars and dramatic brocade patterns.
Wandering around London's Lambs Conduit Street last week I popped into Darkroom where I discovered and admired these exquisite ties. They are from the debut collection by Marwood and are made from traditional English lace from one of the country's last remaining lace makers.
The Marwood view on neckties is that a tie is a man's opportunity to stamp his style. "It is so easy to get the wrong necktie and so hard to simply find the right one," says Becky French who founded Marwood in 2010.