Introducing: Studio Nicholson

As I mentioned the other day, I’m all over the current crop of female designers who make functional-but-beautiful clothes for women. 24/7 clothes you can whizz around in for meetings and appointments, but that also scrub up well for evening with a switcheroo of shoes and jewellery. (more…)

On Chanel’s Covent Garden beauty pop-up and the Disneyfication of luxury retail

Latest in the rebranding of Covent Garden is Chanel’s new standalone beauty pop-up, a make-up mecca that will be in situ between now and the end of the year. It’s the first of its kind for Chanel in Europe and suggests they’re trialling the concept for a more permanent set-up. Why Covent Garden? “It’s a light-hearted, fun destination,” I was told, although being positioned slap bang at the entrance of the Piazza and also along the same drag as Apple, Burberry Brit, Rugby Ralph Lauren and Opening Ceremony on King Street (AKA, London’s new shopping destination) sounds much more strategic than that. (more…)

Quote of the day

“Magazines are just like books. People want the real thing, not just a flash on the iPad. It’s different. Reading magazines shows you’re taking fashion seriously.”
Zena Hao, a 24-year-old publicist, from Beijing in an insightful story in the New York Times on how Chinese luxury consumers are obsessed with glossy mags

Louis Vuitton: The classics

I’ve always had a soft spot for the classic Louis Vuitton monogram pochette. Alexa Chung carried hers at the recent opening of the Shanghai Maison and it looked very fresh in the sea of other show-offy It bags. (more…)