Know the power of dressing

Ian Griffiths is the engineer at the heart of one of the world’s most successful fashion labels. He’s also largely unknown, even inside the industry. Yet for someone apparently so happy to fly under the radar, he is remarkably jovial when confronted by a journalist and several tape recorders.

Maybe the fact that in his early twenties, he was more or less offered the Max Mara job in perpetuity has something to do with it. Not for him the watchful, fast-twitch responses that tend to be the hallmark of creative directors who have only a one or two year contract. “I’ve got the shortest CV in the business – Royal College of Art, Max Mara, The End” he says, his Derbyshire accent skeetering between a cultivated purr and a gurgle.

We’re in Shanghai on the morning of his big show there. The fact that flying here was my best chance of meeting him – despite him working just outside Milan and spending…

Let it be said that the 80’s were a questionable era for fashion. Yet that hasn’t stopped it from influencing the catwalks of late, and where fashion goes, beauty is never far behind. With that in mind, here are the best beauty breakthroughs from the 80’s that are just as relevant today…