17 December, 2013
The fashionisation of beauty is rolling along at a jolly pace isn’t it? Following both Chanel and Dior with their standalone luxury beauty stores comes Burberry and its all-singing-all-dancing Beauty Box. The store opened yesterday in Covent Garden’s King Street selling make-up, perfume and accessories.
From the entry-level nail polishes and perfumes plus associated sunnies, scarves and bags, it’s but a short jump to the coveted trench or coat. And thus (the mega-brands hope) a loyal customer for life.
Naturally, a Burberry store isn’t a Burberry store without some digital wizardry at play. So if you haven’t time for a mini mani, try the Digital Runway Nail Bar instead. This ‘playful virtual experience’ lets you try the latest Burberry runway shades by placing the polish onto a radio-frequency identification-enabled platform to match your skin tone to the required colour.
OK, I’m not actually sure what a radio-frequency identification-enabled platform is but it sounds sufficiently snazzy enough for me to seek it out next time I’m in WC2…
Posted in Beauty, Brands, Business of fashion, News, Retail concepts, Technology, Trends
Tagged beauty, beauty news, Burberry, Chanel, Dior, retail concepts
15 December, 2013
Patterned men’s blazer, Folk SS14///Blouse, Peter Jensen SS14///Vintage jeans, Beyond Retro///Ring, Fiona Paxton SS14, Eddie Borgo earrings
Jacket, Hysteric Glamour (stylist’s own)
Coat, Kate Spade SS14 (buy it here)/// blouse, Antipodium SS14///culottes, Wood Wood SS14
Vintage top, Beyond Retro///Ring, Fiona Paxton SS14
Coat, Carven Resort 14///Skirt, Antipodium SS14///Pink men’s sweater, YMC///Vintage pie crust blouse, Beyond Retro///Shoes, Jimmy Choo///Socks, Falke///Earrings, Eddie Borgo SS14
Coat, Carven Resort 14///Skirt, Antipodium SS14///Pink men’s sweater, YMC///Vintage pie crust blouse, Beyond Retro
Men’s jacket, E. Tautz SS14///Vintage top, Beyond Retro///Jeans, Just Cavalli SS14
Vintage top, Beyond Retro
Vintage top, Beyond Retro///Jeans, Just Cavalli SS14///Ring, Fiona Paxton SS14
Vintage top, Beyond Retro///Jeans, Just Cavalli SS14
Coat, Kate Spade/// Culottes, Wood Wood SS14/// Ring, Fiona Paxton SS14
Mesh dress, DKNY SS14
Photography: Emma Miranda Moore
Styling: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Model: Nastya Siten at Models 1
Posted in Photography, Shoots, Shopping, Styling
Tagged Beyond Retro, Carven, E Tautz, Eddie Borgo, Emma Miranda Moore, Folk, Jimmy Choo, Navaz Batliwalla, Peter Jensen, shoots, shopping, SS14, styling
14 December, 2013
Vanessa Friedman wrote about wearables in the FT yesterday, suggesting that tech companies need to get fashion people on board if they want their wearables to look halfway decent. I’d say Nike is ahead of the curve in this sense, it’s just released its Nike FuelBand SE in a very luxe-looking black version accented with rose gold.
While it’s previous Fuelbands were neon-hued and perfect for the American Apparel-clad youth market, this understated version is more suited to sophisticated millennials and their elders. That’s a lot of boxes ticked…
Posted in Brands, Design, News, Shopping, Technology, Trends
Tagged accessories, FuelBand, millennials, Nike, technology, trends, wearables
13 December, 2013
In London we haven’t had a truly cold snap yet this year but I’m bracing myself. If the threats are true that we’re in for the harshest winter since 1949, then I plan to be thoroughly insulated. Continue reading
Posted in Brands, Design, Shopping
Tagged And Daughter, cashmere, coats, ESK Cashmere, Gloverall, Hanro, J Crew, knitwear, menswear, Norwegian Rain, shopping, unisex, Woolrich
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! Continue reading
Posted in Brands, Design, News, Retail concepts
Tagged Andrew Bunney, brands, collabs, design, Nike, pop-up shops, retail concepts, Roundel
6 December, 2013
Right, fantasy desk accessory time. I’m totally going to start arranging vintage stamps , malachite candle holders and (faux) coral-handled magnifying glasses on my shabby chic desk like an eccentric professor. These rather refined goodies are from L’Objet, the home decor brand by Elad Yifrach. The former interior designer launched his Mediterranean-inspired luxury tabletop and accessories line nine years ago, with Bergdorf Goodman as his first client. Continue reading
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!