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Quote of the day: Stephen Schaffer, Fiorucci



Fiorucci Brewer Street W1

Fiorucci is optimistic and fun. It was never just a fashion or luxury brand. It appealed to everyone. You could walk in and buy something, whether it was jeans or a postcard. It’s 50 years old, but people remember the experience more than anything else.”
Stephen Schaffer, new co-owner of Fiorucci, Business of Fashion. (more…)



Can Chanel create a fragrance classic with Gabrielle?



Chanelle Gabrielle

Chanel is really going for it with its new fragrance, Gabrielle. Which is not at all surprising, given it’s its first big fragrance launch in 15 years. Reviews so far have been mixed. Some describe it as smelling like a room diffuser from Next (ouch), while others love its fruity-floral effervescence.

While the ad campaign positions it as bold, groundbreaking and dynamic, it’s really not a power scent. To me it’s more of a pleasing ‘feminine’ floral fragrance that’s uncomplicated and easy to wear. (more…)



Helmut Lang re-editions are here



Helmut Lang Astro Moto Jacket 1999

Fashion people love to bandy about words like ‘timeless’. But here’s the proof with Helmut Lang. The brand has reissued a few pieces from its archive, including elbow cut-out sweaters, a zip denim jacket, the painter jeans and the silver Astro Moto jacket. In case you missed it, Helmut Lang has adapted its business structure, hiring an ‘editor’ instead of a single head designer, and planning to offer up regular reissues from the archive to highlight its heritage. (more…)



Come to my Grenson London meet-up



DisneyRollerGirl X Grenson

This Wednesday, I’m hosting a jolly get-together at Grenson’s lovely Soho store in London. It’s all an excuse to step away from the social media screen and meet IRL, just like our old blogger meet-ups back in the day. As much as I love making connections online, it’s good to meet face to face, and I particularly want to get to know some of the people I’ve been talking to on social media for the past couple of years. (more…)