9 December, 2013
Andrew Bunney has done the seemingly impossible. That is, take a corporate, uncool brand, (albeit with a killer heritage) and turn out a highly desirable line of product. The result is Roundel, a collaboration with the London Underground, that presents T-shirts, jackets, shirts and even trainers as graphic product that will be as at home on the backs of tourists and cityproud Londoners as design-conscious youth. Bravo Mr Bunney!
As is the way with Bunney (who has his own line called British Remains, as well as being the go-to guy for a number of brands wanting fresh eyes on their product offer) every iota of detail has been thought out. I particularly like the T-shirts that have taken famous quotes and recreated them almost as Krugeresque works of art in the much-loved Johnston typeface.
The collection will be available on 14th December from Dover Street Market with prices from £80-£400. The 14th also sees the launch of a Nike London Underground trainer for Roundel (recognise this distinctive pattern from anywhere?). The Nike Air Max for Roundel will be specially unveiled in a pop-up shop in Piccadilly underground station – love, love, love this linking up of London and street wear iconography!
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Tagged Andrew Bunney, brands, collabs, design, Nike, pop-up shops, retail concepts, Roundel
6 December, 2013
Christmas jumpers and knitted onesies? Please, I have no truck with that. I’m already in new-season mode, more specifically Resort – AKA the season that keeps on giving. The beauty of Resort is its non climate-dependant versatility. Slouchy parkas, leather trench coats, suede pencil skirts – they’re all relevant, all the time. Continue reading
5 December, 2013
Get me to Paris and fast! Forget the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the only luxury trinkets I want to see this month are safely ensconced in the Grand Palais for the just-opened Cartier. Style and History exhibition.
Amongst the 600-odd pieces of jewellery and 300 contextual objects (paintings, dresses, archive documents – oh my!) on display at this exhibition, there’s a focus on Jeanne Toussaint. Cartier’s head of accessories and later director of jewellery, her bold and clever work has been frequently referenced by modern jewellers.
This 1944 singing uncaged bird brooch represents the liberation of France:
4 December, 2013
Cutest speeches from the British Fashion Awards: Miuccia Prada sounding genuinely thrilled to win the gong for International Designer of the Year, and Edie Campbell (Model of the Year) thanking her pony Dolly… Bless!
30 November, 2013
Only two more sleeps til the first episode of Liberty Of London, the three-part documentary about the London store. These sorts of programmes and films around fashionable institutions are proving quite the marketing success story. See Vogue and The September Issue for one example, Inside Claridges for another and Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s for yet another.
Liberty is a British national treasure and we know the Americans love all that stuff. So what better than a behind-the-scenes look at the (slightly eccentric) Brit department store run by a charismatic American (hello Ed Burstell) and featuring a host of highly watchable characters to sell the magic worldwide?
The one hour episodes follow the Liberty team in the run-up to Christmas, taking in fashion week, celebrity visits, plus all the usual hubbub that goes on in fashion retail. Watch out for adorable events and team coordinator Louis Matthewman who I think is going to steal hearts with his dapper suits and bow ties, and publisher Felix Dennis who treats Liberty as ‘his corner shop’.
Liberty Of London airs on Monday night on Channel 4 at 9pm
30 November, 2013
Be prepared to be officially gobsmacked by Estee Lauder’s exclusive solid perfume compacts for Harrods. Estee Lauder is famous for its inventive compacts but these have to be the best yet…
‘Beautiful’ golden horseshoe solid perfume compact, £120
29 November, 2013
There are gift sets and there are gift sets. One for the design-o-phile in your life, these Aesop kits tick the style-meets-function box. Based on the Italian Futurist movement, the graphic typography and bold colour palette are pure packaging porn. And the product inside is just as appealing. There are six sets in total but these three are my favourite, Intensity, Alacrity, Agility…
28 November, 2013
Is this the ultimate in upcycling? For the next eight days, you might get a shock if you amble into Hermes’ New Bond Street store for a silk tie or scarf. The entire ground floor has been hijacked by ‘Petit h’, the luxe, upcycling arm of Hermes, for a unique selling exhibition. Continue reading