Welcome to Pradasphere (and don’t forget your souvenirs)

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When it comes to immersive, experiential retail, you can’t really beat Harrods and its epic store takeovers. Chanel and Dior have had their turn and this month saw the unveiling of Pradasphere, a fusion of shop windows (40 in total), pop-up shop, cafe and exhibition.

The exhibition on the fourth floor is the big draw. It starts with glass cabinets telling the story of the beginnings of the 101-year-old brand. Originally purveyors of leathergoods, we’re shown vitrines of ancient paper packaging, handbag frames and luxurious vanity sets for the travelling classes. All give an air of revered Milanese shopkeeper to the proceedings, nicely bringing us back to retail. Continue reading

Queene and Belle: Highland stylin’

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If I were a magazine editor, I would be complaining that you can hardly see the clothes in these Queene & Belle look book pictures. But it’s not just about the individual pieces, it’s also about the mood and an aesthetic. So personally I’m all in favour of this lighthearted Scottish knitwear brand and its thrown-together styling…. Continue reading

Inkkas pop-up shop at Topshop

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In need of something to pep up this rain-battered week? How about these South American skate-style shoes from Inkkas? Continue reading

Trending now: Custom 3-D printed jewellery

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Here’s an interesting brand jumping on the 3d-printing personalisation trend. These name bracelets are made to order from Zazzy, a Dutch jewellery brand that uses precious and semi-precious metals for its youthful, casual jewellery. Continue reading

DRG Style Index: Bella Freud fragrance, Rick Owens goes mainstream, Whistles menswear

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The DRG STYLE INDEX this week is all about the new launches and retail concepts launching for AW14. Here’s my ranking of the brand stories that grabbed my attention…

1. BELLA FREUD’S BRAND EVOLUTION

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I know it’s only May but I can already tell we’re in for the autumn of Bella Freud. Her AW14 collection is much fuller then the capsule knits we’ve been used to and we’ll also see her first collab with Fred Perry. Plus this week saw a few Insta glimpses of the first proper Bella Freud fragrance collection (on the back of those delicious candles). Is it too early for Christmas wishlists? Continue reading

Introducing Selfridges Beauty Project (and a can’t-miss special offer)

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Wow, what a month May is looking to be for retail! Last week, Harrods opened its Pradasphere exhibition-café-shop-windows takeover, Fendi unveiled its 3-floor Bond Street flagship, Jigsaw’s Duke Street Emporium arrived in Mayfair and Selfridges just launched its summer ‘Beauty Project’.

An epic nationwide store concept (online and offline), The Beauty Project is a look at beauty, not just from a product point of view but in a wider sense, giving us experiential retail and discussions around how we see beauty. Continue reading

Guest post: Jigsaw’s Duke Street Emporium is a 3D shopping experience

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Jigsaw has opened a mini department store dedicated to what it calls ‘social shopping’, putting the 3D back into retail. DRG contributor ALISON BISHOP takes a tour with CEO Peter Ruis

“Retail brands have the authenticity to create something unexpected, at Jigsaw we like shops to be slightly off-pitch,” CEO Peter Ruis told me at the launch for Jigsaw’s Duke Street Emporium in Mayfair.

The Emporium name comes from the idea that Jigsaw’s new multi-label, multi-concept two-floor store is like a journey of discovery. “It’s a bit of fun, it’s a bit of curating, the rooms are like catacombs of discovery,” says Ruis. “You can travel through the store finding new products and displays, it’s intended to be very fluid and you can spend as much time as you like going from room to room. They are quite small and merchandise is not overloaded so you can always find things to be inspired,” he says. Continue reading

Vacation booked? Well timed, H&M’s swimwear collection just landed*

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The June issues of my favourite glossies have just landed, signaling a klaxon for all things holiday and beach-related. How timely then, that H&M’s swimwear campaign has also launched, featuring Gisele Bundchen in her natural habitat, that is, reclining on a rock dressed in little more than the skimpiest of bikinis and a spray of sea foam. Continue reading

Introducing Chanel No. 5 Eau Première in a new bottle (plus Chanel’s beyond fab ceramic blotter charms)

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Chanel No. 5 Eau Première, the lighter, fresher version of Chanel No. 5 has just been upgraded to join its big sister in the classic Place Vendôme-shaped spray bottle. (See this is what I love about Chanel. It has always utilised its house codes in clever, original ways, Place Vendome being the address of The Ritz where Coco Chanel lived for 30 years.)

And talking of house codes, at the tea party launch last Thursday, the scent was sprayed on teeny flat ceramic camellia and bottle charms. Continue reading

DRG Style Index: Gap, Fendi, Commes Des Garcons, Saint Laurent, John Lewis

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The DRG Style Index has a bit of an art theme running through it this week. Here’s my ranking of the brand stories that grabbed my attention…

1. GAP IS PARTNERING WITH FRIEZE ART FAIR
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This year, Gap has partnered with Frieze New York (opening May 9th) and Frieze London to produce exclusive merchandise in a ‘white cube’ setting that will double as a café. A joint effort with Visionaire, the US collab will produce limited edition tees from the likes of Alex Katz (above), Richard Phillips and Peter Lindbergh. Continue reading

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