I have always liked Jasper Conran. Vogue identify his signature perfectly, “his signature lies in his cut and the resultant silhouette.” heck in a different life in a different world when I strolled through the world of fashion as a clothing manufacturer in Manchester, I even made some skirts for the Jasper Conran house! This year the balmy mild weather early on in the Winter season, crushed UK sales and heavy discounting resulted. Marks and Spencer suffered because they were slow to discount and held their prices. Debenhams probably suffered more because they did discount! The discerning public though was onto a winner as fine suit bargains are a plenty. A Conran suit can be found at a Burton price. So go find!
Vogue’s Who’s Who of fashion summarises Jasper Conran’s footprint on fashion as below:
Jasper Conran is the son of Sir Terence Conran and his first wife, author Shirley Conran. He is passionate about the arts and besides his 20-year career as a fashion designer, he has also designed costumes for over 14 ballets and operas. He also renovates historic houses – most recently he bought Walpole House in Chiswick.
As a designer, his signature lies in his cut and the resultant silhouette. He has a particularly British sensibility.
• Jasper Conran’s first womenswear collection was presented in 1978
• His first menswear collection was in 1985
• In 1999, he designed crystal for Stuart Crystal and later china for Waterford Wedgwood
• He also designs a hugely successful range for Debenhams
Jasper Conran is one of life’s great artists – whether it be performance arts, the performance on the catwalk or at parties. For all these reasons, he was awarded an OBE in 2008.