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Chanel is one of the few top-end luxury brands that still values an in-store experience over the convenience of online shopping. This goes for beauty as well as fashion, so much so that is has invested in standalone beauty destinations – the Covent Garden store is beauty heaven and the Heathrow pop-up was a crowd puller.
Making its limited edition products in-store-only adds to the excitement and must-have buzz of the launch – clever thinking from Chanel. Plus, with the expensive items, maybe you do need to see them up close to be seduced into parting with cash. Example: the Dentelle Précieuse compact. An illuminating powder decorated with an intricate lace embossed pattern inspired by Chanel’s 2013-2014 Cruise show, it’s designed to sculpt the face with flattering beige, pink and bronze tones. It does look and sound impressive (I totally trust Chanel when it comes to illuminating products) but I wonder, do people buy these to keep or collect? I just could not see myself ever sweeping a brush over that surface!
Either way, if you’re interested, it arrives in the Covent Garden beauty boutique and selected UK stores (£46) on April 25th…
On this week’s DRG STYLE INDEX, these are the brands that caught my attention…
1. BARRIE TO LAUNCH READY TO WEAR (AND A STORE IS IMMINENT TOO)
The Made in Scotland ethos is gaining momentum with the launch of a new Barrie RTW collection next month. Designed by Chanel’s Odile Massuger using premium cashmere fibre, we’re promised twenty silhouettes merging clean lines with adventurous motifs and colours – I’m particularly intrigued by the description of handpainted porcelain buttons! Chanel acquired Hawick-based Barrie in 2012 as one of its métiers d’art (if you’e into factory porn, Susie Bubble has a heap of photos here). According to this BBC story, there are also plans to increase the workforce by 100 staff over the next three years, while a Paris store is rumoured for June. Exciting plans indeed…
2. KILGOUR’S RETURN
Carlo Brandelli is back at Kilgour and planning to re-establish it as an innovator is menswear. For an early look at the new Kilgour direction (concealed fastenings feature), head to Mrporter.com which also has an interview with Brandelli.
3. HARVEY NICHOLS REVAMPS ECOMMERCE
It’s been a slow slog but the long-promised redesigned Harvey Nichols ecom site is finally here. The homepage leads with bold, bright editorial and it’s big on multi channel retail, promising an equally efficient mobile and instore experience. And customer service has been ramped up too. You can contact style advisors online for instant advice, or arrange to have potential purchases held instore, alongside additional outfit recommendations. Personally I’m more of a ‘bricks’ than ‘clicks’ shopper so I’ll be interested to see if this changes my approach…
4. A.P.C TO OPEN IN LEXINGTON STREET
A.P.C stores don’t stay in place for long. The Notting Hill branch was my go-to for years, then they disappeared from the West London scene, opting instead for Redchurch Street in Shoreditch. Then we had a Dover Street store for a while (until being ousted by Jimmy Choo) and now we’re in line for a store on Lexington Street, W1. This is good news for me as the streets around Carnaby Street are where I’m most likely to actually part with cash. I love A.P.C for its timeless products but equally for Jean Toitou’s unfashiony approach to the fashion biz. He also has great instincts so when he chooses a location for a store, that’s news in itself. All eyes on Lexington…
5. MULBERRY’S MIXED BLESSINGS
I’m really hoping for a positive outcome for Mulberry. Last week we heard that its entry-level bags will be lowered in price by about £100 from June onwards as Godfrey Davis (its interim chairman) looks at ways to return the British brand to profit. I admit Mulberry lost my attention for a few seasons as its bags felt overpriced considering their ubiquity. (If you’re spending £1,000 on a bag, surely you want something special, not the same bag dangling from every socialite’s arm?) That said, I love an underdog, and I’m liking the new calf leather Kensal bag, an understated multi-pocket bag named after my very own neighbourhood. At £1,250, I’d be happy to see it drop in price by £100 – or more.
Chanel’s new Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow quartets (£40) have to be the most user-friendly eye palettes ever. Not only are the shades adaptable and flattering but the talc-free formulations are excellent. Plus each palette comes with a how-to booklet showing how to get the best results. Continue reading
What a surprise to see a Nigel Shafran shoot in Vogue. And styled by Joe McKenna too. Shafran’s last Vogue shoot was 21 years ago and he has brought his quiet observational style to the the UK title with this ode to consumerism (beating Karl to the punch), shot in the temples of Vuitton, Chanel and Celine on Avenue Montaigne… Continue reading
Who doesn’t love a dinky, micro-sized Chanel perfume bottle? Newly available from the Les Exclusifs de Chanel range are 15ml perfume extracts in Beige (above), 1932 and Jersey. With these perfume extracts you have the highest concentration of perfume so just a couple of drops should last several hours. Continue reading
Olympia Le Tan is famous for her book clutches which have been toted by most of young Hollywood and highly coveted by everyone else. She’s less known for her milk carton bag, an equally whimsical handmade creation from a few seasons ago, that slings across the shoulder on a rope cord (below). Continue reading
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…