Need a good reason to go to Harrods? Of course you do. Well here’s one: Valentino has created it’s very own pop-up shop to celebrate the unstoppable cult of the Rockstud. In situ until the end of the month, the Rockstud Rouge pop-up sells bags and shoes adorned with the famous pyramid studs, amid a selection of Valentino AW13 RTW in the expected shade of crimson. (Can I point out that the walls are studded as well…)
It bags may come and go but the Rockstud is in another league altogether. According to Harrods chief merchant Marigay McKee, “it has dominated the accessories market, growing in demand since its launch.” (more…)
It makes up the bulk of my wardrobe, so I’m happy to see so much excitement going on around denim at the moment. From Selfridges’ impressive new denim studio and summer takeover, to the bespoke offer from 3X1, to MIH monogrammed jeans, to Marques’Almeida’s scissored deconstruction, there’s no end of clever things to do with denim.
And then there’s the Faustine Steinmetz approach. Taking the standard trucker jacket shape and 501 jean, this newbie designer has done something that looks like it could be denim but definitely isn’t.
Oh happy days! Gap’s fortunes are on the upswing and to celebrate, the new collections are getting ready to drop. The latest in-store and marketing campaign Back To Blue has already arrived, celebrating true blue denim in all its forms. (I have another post cooking about that but for now all you need to know is the sexy boyfriend jeans are an out and out winner if you’re truly over skinnies.) (more…)
I have a version of this Cos coat from two winters ago with thick black and navy stripes and (actually fake*) slit pockets. It’s the one thing I own that gets commented on every time I wear it. (*Ok the pockets aren’t fake, thank you to my lovely commenter for pointing that out.)
The cut is faultless and the quality is great – it frequently gets mistaken for Prada/Marni/Jil Sander. So if you’re a fan of a bracelet-sleeved cocoon coat, then get in quick cos (lol) these aren’t going to stick around long. (more…)
The best thing about the new M&S ad campaign (shot by Annie Leibowitz – what a coup!) is surely Grace Coddington in her mannish alabaster coat.
The all-star cast also includes Tracey Emin, Karen Elson and Olympic gold medal boxer Nicola Adams. A dramatic, last-ditched attempt at salvaging the brand? That’s what some people are saying and it’s true, times have been tricky lately, especially on the fashion front. This is certainly a bold move from Marks & Spencer to reclaim its place as one of our best loved retailers. Style director Belinda Earl has been busily rethinking the collections, pinning her hopes of success on M&S Collection. This is the rebrand of M&S Women, a considered collection that focuses on contemporary staples – with just fashionable enough proportions and colours to appeal to a fashion-literate customer without chasing trends. Let’s face it, M&S is in need of a clear identity and I think we’re all agreed that you can get your fix of neoprene sweatshirts from Zara and New Look; much better for Earl to up the ante in style and quality (and hopefully price) instead.
So the next few weeks will be pretty crucial for Earl and co, as the new collections drop and customers decide whether to buy…or not. Of course, next to tackle is the shop floor experience, but hey, baby steps, yeah? And should you want to get the Grace Coddington look (or Karen Elson’s, my second fave), all the campaign items are available to buy in Marks and Spencer stores and online at www.marksandspencer.com from next month.
In this picture, Coddington is wearing M&S Collection coat, £99; M&S Collection cardigan, £29.50; M&S Collection shirt, £25; M&S Collection treggings, £35; Autograph shoes £45. Here’s a closer look…
Pringle Of Scotland is about to launch another of its collaborations with MA Fashion Design students from Central St Martins. The (100% Made in Scotland) archive collection, Princess Grace: More Than an Image was created in collaboration with The Nouveau Musee National De Monaco which gave BA fashion history and theory students access to the palace archives. Now that must have been an eye-opener. (more…)
Is this the first time illustration has been used in an etail context? To sell actual product? Probably not, but I love the idea. Especially when used by Topshop US in association with Shit Bloggers Wear. The high street retailer asked Cecilia Doan to illustrate its new season hero pieces based on her satirical Tumblr blog, Shit Bloggers Wear. Nice one whoever came up with this one…
The Liberty London printed canvas accessories that were universally loved at the Liberty AW13 press day have just landed in store. In good time for back-to-school season, not to mention Fashion Month, we have this fine array of pochettes, wallets, tech-cessories and tote bags to accompany us about each any and every kind of business…
As is the rule, the hottest British weather is accompanied by fresh in-store deliveries of, well, knits, boots, scarves and socks. So here are my picks of the new autumn collections that you could wear now, after sundown should you so wish (although ideally not all at once). My vote goes to the Carven sweater and Matthew Miller ‘Born To Fail’ men’s top – especially teamed with J.W. Anderson’s ample skirt. Plus a bit of equestrian detail (on the Village England bag – new label alert!) is always welcome for the summer-autumn switchover…