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Fashion journalists Camille Charriere and Monica Ainley give you a unique, behind the scenes look at how the fashion industry operates.

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Alexandre de Betak on the future of the fashion show

Since it’s always fashion week somewhere, the time has come to talk about the fashion show. 

If you’ve ever wondered how these unusual events come to life, this episode is for you. Perhaps you’ve stopped in your tracks (or feed scroll) at evidence of a particularly spectacular show or uniquely intricate set. At times these performance aspects can become even more memorable than the fashion itself. Well, chances are a man named Alexandre de Betak with a headphone backstage was calling the shots. De Betak's job is to travel the world year-round dreaming up the most extrordinary sets and parties, catwalks and choreographies.

In fact, over the past 25 years, the “Fellini of Fashion” has orchestrated over 1,500 fashion sows from the helm of his international production company Bureau Betak. Not only does the producer come up with each universe to compliment his clients’ collections, he is also known for gaining access to some of the world’s most celebrated and protected landmarks in which to do so. This past summer there was the spectacular pink-carpeted Jacquemus show somewhere in a lavender filed in Provence (that could only be found by following an exact GPS location). Or a show by the same designer at Paris' Picasso Museum a few seasons back, an unprecedented feat that no doubt required a certain amount of arm-twisting among the Paris establishment. Ditto for the Dior mirror box de Betak built in Moscow’s Red Square, the one he constructed in the center of the Louvre, or in the garden of the Rodin Museum… locations most creatives can only dream of taking over.

As your hosts sit down with de Betak to discuss his unique and largely self-invented career trajectory, they also ask the show maestro to speculate on where the very concept of the fashion show is going next, on why the bi-annual four-city circuit as we know it should really be rethought, and how to properly integrate sustainability if he can help it. Which, of course, he can. 

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Nov 25, 2019
Joining the circular economy with Vestiaire Collective

As Vestiaire Collective celebrates its 10th anniversary, bolstered by news that the resell industry is now growing 1.5 times faster than the fast-fashion industry, Monica and Camille sit down with the founders of the luxury second-hand website to unpack the workings of the booming circular economy. Back when Vestiaire entered the market, second hand shopping was very much a hit-and-miss affair: only the more persistent vintage shoppers were likely to strike gold. But Vestiaire Collective was to change that by building an inspirational community-led platform were fashion lovers and savvy shoppers can find anything from Isabel Marant’s popular Dicker boots (Camille’s first purchase on the site) to Hermes and Chanel's most covetable handbags. 

From their early days as entrepreneurs to working their way to the top of the eco-comm chain, Fanny Moisant and Sophie Hersan reveal some of the biggest challenges faced (like having to change your brand’s name) and explain why we should all be jumping on the circular economy bandwagon. They also talk FNF through vintage trends and how the resell industry is even influencing the first sale industry the days. 

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And follow: @VestiaireCollective, @FannyMoisant and @SophieHersan

Our various shoutouts during the intro included:

A website to repair all your favourite bags and shoes:

Joan Didion’s packing list: 

Capsule wordrobe essentials: 

Black suit: @AdmiseParis / @RaeyOfficial

Boots: @Byfar // @ThisisAeyde // @Prada

Jeans: @Goldsigndenim // @HelmutLang 

Shirts: @Whitnothingunderneath // @PieceofWhite // @RalphLauren // @Cosstores 

T-shirts: @CurrentElliot

Turtlenecks: @francesdeLourdes

Bodysuits: @Prism_london

Jewellery: @Aligheri // @AnissaKemriche (call us biased !)

City sneakers: @newbalance // @Veja

Old-to-new goldsmith: @jessiethomasjewellery 

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Nov 11, 2019
Reconstructing sexy with Mugler's creative director, Casey Cadwallader

In this episode of Fashion: No Filter your hosts get a studio visit from Mugler’s brilliant new Creative Director Casey Cadwallader. 

After a topical chat on whether politics merits a place in the fashion world (or perhaps, whether fashion has the right to take a political stance), Casey tells Monica and Camille about his recent actions — including diverse casting, dressing Cardi B, and creating that exceptionally constructed “naked-suit” for Bella Hadid — which of course speak louder than words.

Casey also takes the girls on a trip down memory lane, explaining his journey from 12-year-old goldsmith in New Hampshire, to architect, to Creative Director of a major Parisian fashion house, before addressing the joys of body-conscious dressing, and why choosing to look sexy can indeed go hand-in-hand with modern feminism. Tune in for an inspiring young designer’s journey, a hilarious first-hand account of Beyonce’s sartorial needs, and, of course, if you want to know, the secrets to constructing derriere-hoisting hosiery. 

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Nov 01, 2019
Streetsyle is dead! Long live streetsyle

Monica and Camille, having been obliged to divide and conquer at the shows this season, send each other their impressions of SS20. The good, the bad and the ugly, it’s all there as they recount their favourite

 bits. They then sit down with friend-of-the pod, Tommy Ton, to talk about his career shooting fashion’s best-dressed and his recent foray into dressing those very women, since he is now at the helm of ready-to-wear label Deveaux. The two Canadians bond over how to make it big in the industry when you grew up in the Great North, and the three tackle the burning questions on everyone’s lip at the moment: is streetstyle still for real? The debate covers street style’s current and kk standing fashion tribes(poke David Attenborough), how Tommy started out, and why he was in fact the ideal candidate to launch a RTW label for women. 


J-LO breaks the internet (again) with that green dress

The BOF499 scandal

A catwalk crasher at the Chanel show

Delfina Deltrez Tourbillon presentation

Scott Schuman’s pic of the VOGUETTES paying homage to real French style 

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Oct 12, 2019
Sustainability but make it fashion with Arizona Muse

Brexit getting you down? Fear not, it’s Fashion Week! 

But wait.. lest you forget, fashion is the second most polluting industry on the planet. Bummer.

Makes a week of shows, parties, and sartorial reportage slightly more difficult to enjoy.

But fear not Fashion No Filterites. Your hosts are determined not to let the world coming to the end completely kill the magic, whilst addressing head-on the shiny pink elephant on the catwalk. Enter the world’s most fashionable activist: the brilliant and beautiful Arizona Muse. In this episode, Arizona, Monica and Camille discuss the practical ways in which we can all make a difference in our daily (and fashionable) lives… so we might continue to enjoy getting dressed in the morning without that niggling guilty voice in our heads.

As Arizona puts it, the key is to educate yourself so as to cast the correct vote with your wallet. Hopefully this episode will provide some useful tips and tricks... 

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Sep 18, 2019
Clara Cornet on bringing back bricks and mortar in the digital age

In this episode, Monica and Camille head to Paris’ most famous shopping street to meet Clara Cornet, the creative and buying director for the new Galeries Lafayettes at 60 avenue des Champs Élysée. Clara cut her teeth as a buyer at Opening Ceremony in New York before taking over the new space that has been transformed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels to lure big-spending tourists and trendy Parisians back to the tree-lined avenue. She is responsible for the store’s unique, often exclusive selection of brands and products as well as its intensely modern visual identity and digital content. 

Clara is well-known in the industry for her confient eye, her knack for spotting and nurturing young designers and her ability to always be ahead of the game in an industry forever in search of something new. For example, she was among the first to work with Jacquemus. Now longtime pals, Clara and Simon Porte (Jacquemus) have teamed up again to create Citron, the shop’s foodie destination, a restaurant and cafe boasting Southern French flavours and ingredients that has fast become one of the most Instagrammable destinations in the capital. Your hosts sit down with Clara to discuss how she climbed the fashion ladder to end up in such a coveted role by the age of thirty, what it really takes to be a great buyer, and the highs and lows of opening a physical experience-led concept store in the age of e-comm. 

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Jul 12, 2019
Dressed for radio: a live conversation on female empowerment and the art of power with Tallulah Harlech

In this very first installation of our #dressedforradio live series, in partnership with Escada, your hosts sit down to tackle the gargantuan topic of female empowerment and the art of power dressing. Speaking to the very talented and wonderfully outspoken stylist and fashion consultant, Tallulah Harlech, they discuss everything to do with the transformative nature of clothes: can an outfit really change your mood or land you that dream job ? Is it sexist to dissect and comment on the outfits of our female politicians? Does one have to dress like one of the boys to be heard in the boardroom? 

Plus, Tallulah explains what its really like growing up under the watch of the formidable Amanda Harlech, who was a true muse to John Galliano and the late Karl Lagerfeld, and has repeatedly been voted one of the best dressed women in the world, how sportswear is the answer to all your styling woes and why it’s so important to get away from this dated notion that as women, it is in any way denigrating to talk (or care) about what we wear. To finish: some practical tips on how to style a power suit and a Q&A from the audience. 

Follow Tallulah on instagram: @Realtallulahharlech

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Thank you again to this episode’s sponsor, Escada. 

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Jun 13, 2019
Dressed for Radio — trailer

A quick word to share what our sponsored episodes will look like in the future

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Jun 13, 2019
S2E09 Francisco Costa on 13 years at Calvin Klein and his brand new beauty venture

Fashion No: Filter takes you into the heart of the New York Fashion scene for the third and final episode from its New York Trilogy. This time, Monica and Camille make a visit to the home of Brazilian creative director Francisco Costa. Best known for his 13-year tenure as Women’s Creative Director of Calvin Klein, Costa twice won the coveted CFDA Designer of the Year Award during this time— the highest honour for a fashion designer in America. 

Today, Costa is reflective on his journey from a childhood growing up in Brazil, inspired by his designer and community-organised mother, to Manhattan in the 90s, where he taught himself English before attending FIT and being hired to design for Oscar de La Renta and Gucci under Tom Ford. 

Uniquely open, fun, and generous in spirit, Costa lets your hosts in on his true feelings about the state of big fashion business today, and takes them on a mental trip to the Amazon, where, after leaving Calvin Klein, he found his new source of inspiration. 

His latest venture, Costa Brazil, is not only sustainable but sources its ingredients from the depths of the Amazon rainforest. And as Monica and Camille learn, Costa’s scents and luxurious oils, like all his creative endeavours (and storytelling!) transport you to another world….

Follow Francesco Costa on instagram: @costafrancesco and @costabrazil

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Jun 11, 2019
S02E08 Cate Holstein, founder of Khaite, on how to stand out when you design quiet clothes

In this week’s instalment of Fashion: No filter, your hosts Camille and Monica are still parked stateside for the resort shows and continue their exploration of the NY design scene. Enter Cate Holstein, founder of Khaite, one of the most talked about emerging brands in the industry today, that launched in the Fall of 2016 — and is incidentally up for the 2019 CFDAs fashion awards emerging designer of the year on June 3rd. 

The girls sit down with Cate to talk to her about what made her want to launch a label of carefully curated basics — or as she likes to call them “cherished pieces” in the era of loud digital statements and an oversaturated market.

They cover everything from her first stab at design for her namesake label (that closed shortly after the 2008 recession hit the US), to cutting her teeth as a designer on the high street at GAP and in the luxury market for Vera Wang, to what made her come full circle and back to designing her own thing, only this time focusing her aesthetic on a quiet collection of timeless classics — a spot that has been highly coveted since the departure of Phoebe Philo at @OldCéline.

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May 17, 2019
S02E07 Secrets from celebrity stylist Kate Young (+ bonus MET Ball rap!)

Celebrities. They just know how to look fabulous for every occasion, right? Well, no. Turns out, there is a fashion mastermind behind most red carpet moments these days, and none is more revered than Kate Young. As go-to stylist for the stars, Kate has put (and kept) names like Margot Robbie, Selina Gomez, Sienna Miller and Rachel Weisz on the fashion map. Oscars? Cannes? MET Gala? Publicity tours? You name it, she’s orchestrated the look for it! 

Fashion No Filter flew to New York on the eve of The MET Ball — fashion’s biggest red carpet extravaganza — to catch up with Kate and find out what her job really entails. 

Tune in for an unfiltered discussion on the current climate in fashion, what its really like working for Anna Wintour (Kate started her career at Vogue US where she went from being Anna’s assistant to holding the Sittings Editor position for many years before turning her attention to full time celebrity styling), the scoop on how fashion icons, and their iconic looks are made — from fittings to fiascos — not to mention some pretty real chat about what it means to be a feminist today. 

And, stay for a bonus review of The MET Gala’s weirdest and most wonderful looks in the form of a rap (!) by beat poet/fashion publicist Sophie Roche Conti. 

Email or reach us on Instagram @fashionnofilter, @camillecharriere, @monicaainley. 

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May 10, 2019
S02E06 Alexandra van Houtte on founding fashion’s first search engine

Monica and Camille get a studio visit from friend-of-the-pod Alexandra van Houtte, founder and CEO of, fashion’s first online search engine. At 29 Alexandra is already a key figure in the fashion tech landscape, having dreamt up the idea of a keyword search database for stylists and journalists in need of a reference centre for runway pieces, new designers and trends. Alexandra had the idea while working as a frustrated stylist at Paris fashion glossies, identifying a missing tool while planning shoots for editors late into the night. 

When she launched Tagwalk three years ago from her sofa, investors turned her down and the press was slow to catch on to the concept. Today, Alexandra is on Vanity Fair’s list of the world’s 50 most influential French people. How did she ascend to fashion greatness in such a short period of time? Who are the mentors that kept her focused on the big picture? How did she learn to be a good boss? Tune in for all this and a couple good chuckles! 

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Apr 10, 2019
S02E05 Jenny Walton on individuality in the era of social media (+bonus roundup of LFW)

In this episode, Monica and Camille introduce you to one of their fashion friends, the streetstyle star and illustrator, Jenny Walton, who is also Creative Director for Scott Schulman of The Sartorialist (her fiancé!). 

The girls sit down in between shows during London Fashion Week for a relaxed conversation about how Jenny came to being flown all over the world to attend the world’s most prestigious shows alongside Scott. They cover everything from her career ascent, her love of Miuccia Prada, how to remain yourself amongst all the noise on social media, and why shopping vintage is the most sustainable way of being stylish nowadays. 

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Guest du jour: @JennyMWalton

Jenny’s other half: @TheSartorialist 

LFW FAVOURITES: @SimoneRocha_, @Burberry, @BabbyM, @JW_Anderson, @RichardQuinn, @RejinaPyo, @PeterPilotto, @Erdem, @Loewe, @Roksandailincic, @Preenbythorntonbregazzi, @VictoriaBeckham, @MollyGoddard 

STREETSTYLE STANDOUTS: @JennyMWalton, @SarahHarris, @PernilleTeisbaek, @LindaTol_

JENNY’S SHOUTOUTS: @Charlesvonbarksalot, @WhatMiuccia, @SimplicityCity, @SimoneRocha_, @MarcJacobs 

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Feb 22, 2019
SO2E04 Lucy Yeomans on the enduring power of print

In this episode, Camille and Monica take you inside the gilded offices of Fashion’s e-commerce giant, Net-a-Porter, for an interview with the woman who has solidified Net as an editorial authority too. 

After editing UK Harper’s Bazaar for 14 years, Lucy Yeomans has been editor-in-chief of Porter magazine since its launch in February 2014 — a time when most publications were moving from print to digital. After coming up with the idea of Porter with her friend Natalie Massenet, Lucy expertly spearheaded Net’s move against the tide, successfully founding a highly relevant fashion glossy that has exceeded all circulation expectations. Assembling an impressive masthead of fashion media heavyweights, she infused Porter with her unique perspective, creating a magazine that is one hundred percent on women's side.

Your hosts catch up with Lucy on the state of the print world today, her impressive career path and get her wisdom how to responsibly helm a magazine for woman in the post me-too era. 

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Porter Magazine coverstars: @Gisele, @BellaHadid, @MargotRobbie

Supermodel: @The_real_Iman 

Photographers: @peterbeardart, @mirella_ricciardi, @Mario_Sorrenti

Eco warriors: @Parley.TV 

Stylist: @moppy_pilcher (Morgan Pilcher)

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Dec 17, 2018
SO2EO3 Vanessa Friedman on Accountability in the Fashion Industry

This week New York Times fashion director and chief fashion critic Vanessa Friedman talks to your hosts about her month-long probe into the sexual misconduct allegations against photographers Marion Testin and Bruce Weber. 

In January this year, dozens of men stated that Mario Testino and Bruce Weber had secually exploited them on set. Next, similar allegations were levelled against Patrick Demarchelier.

The domino effect commenced: within just a few months, a handful of fashion's most powerful photographers had been dethroned, denounced and accused of exploiting their immense power. Yet the backlash was muted, and a wider, mainstream ripple was basically nonexistent. The men weren't publicly slated in the way that various Hollywood figures had been, and most publications chose to quietly phase them out as opposed to issuing public statements.

Monica and Camille talk to Vanessa Friedman about the importance of real accountability in the fashion industry and why there is still a way to go despite the #metoo awakening. They also ask her about what it takes to be an objective and fair arbitrator in the creative field, the importance of critical feedback for all and the new role social media has started to play in this field. 

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Dec 04, 2018
S02E02 Why social media is ruining your life with Katherine Ormerod

In this week’s episode of Fashion: No Filter, your hosts catch up with their longtime friend, the journalist, consultant and influencer Katherine Ormerod to discuss her newly published book: Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life. 

Already a critical success, Katherine’s books is a no-holds-barred, no-filter look at what social media is doing to us as a society, and how we can deconstruct the online fantasy to change our own attitudes about modern womanhood. It tackles head-on the pressure we feel daily through our time spent on social media. Thoroughly researched with a personal experience-led narrative, the book paints an alarming picture of the realities of modern life dominated by social media addiction. But it’s not all bad news; Katherine transforms our relationship with Instagram into a lesson in how to allow it to help, rather than hinder one’s career, relationships and general life. 

Monica and Camille open up to Katherine about their own digital dilemmas, from how long they spend online, to finding work-Instagram balance and “comparititis”.

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Nov 19, 2018
S02E01 Behind the Instagram algorithm with Eva Chen

Fashion No Filter is back with an interview with Eva Chen — head of fashion partnerships at Instagram — to kick off a brand new season. Chen, formerly the Editor-in-Chief of Conde Nast publication Lucky Magazine, left the print media world for a new role at fashion’s favourite app. At Instagram, she oversees fashion accounts, nurturing young brands, facilitating the communication strategies of global fashion houses, and keeping daily contact with influencers, designers and supermodels alike. 

Your presenters catch up with Eva between shows at London Fashion Week where she spills the beans on new and improved functionalities for digital savvy fashionistas (did you know anyone can upload their own GIFs?), her career path choices, the future of print media and what it takes to get the revered blue tick. 

For those who want to check out people and accounts discussed in this episode, here’s a little recap: 

Hair stylist @sammcknight1

Glossier Founder @EmilywWeiss

Jewellery designer @SophieBilleBraheltd

Fashion designer/spice girl @VictoriaBeckham

Hashtags #bookstagram & #bookshelfporn

Hotel @lesrochesrouges

Supermodel trainer @RusellSBC

Eva’s two favourite Instagrammers to follow: @coco_pinkprincess & @zooeyinthecity

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Producer: Joel Grove

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Nov 12, 2018
Hot Feminism
In this episode, your hosts and their guests grapple with the question of what being a feminist means today, that is, against the backdrop of the Me Too movement's new importance in the fashion industry. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Mar 02, 2018
Eco Warriors
Camille and Monica tackle the ultimate elephant in fashion’s closet, sustainability, asking activists, experts, and authors how the world’s second most polluting industry can improve. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Dec 16, 2017
Modern Muse
The elusive creature that inspires designers and style seekers alike. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Oct 14, 2017
Overheard at Haute Couture
An intimate glimpse at the creators and wearers of the most glamorous and expensive gowns. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jul 26, 2017
Musical Chairs
FNF report on the endless creative director switches in the fashion industry For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Jun 16, 2017
What Men Really Think of Fashion
FNF confront the pink elephant that's been lurking in their dressing rooms for years... For information regarding your data privacy, visit
May 12, 2017
Street Style Secrets
⁠⁠Exploring the modern photography phenomenon For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Mar 30, 2017
Model Citizens
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Feb 15, 2017
Fashion journalists Camille Charriere and Monica Ainley give you a unique, behind the scenes look at how the fashion industry uses Instagram. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Dec 02, 2016