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Will we ever tire of buying shoes? Judging by the last few years, it would appear our appetites are bigger than ever. Each shiny new footwear department (some big enough to have their own postcode), mall and ecom site just opens up more possibility, choice and downright longing.
Harrods’ Shoe Heaven floor has become a thing of legend and it’s only just opened. With 42,000 square feet of footwear fabulosity, you name it, it’s been bought in vast quantity to satisfy our insatiable fetish for the fancy and functional. Two years in the making, Shoe Heaven has three entrances, seventeen luxury branded boutiques and no end of options. Yes there are plenty of statement heels as you’d expect from a store whose glamorous overseas clientele scoops up Loubs by the dozen. But there are also thousands of flats, from affordable Kurt Geiger utility boots to the jewelled ballerinas adored by the Asian customer who likes her beauty and novelty served with a side of comfort.
Trainers? Of course. In particular, Isabel Marant’s cult sneaker trainers have a prime spot, because even if the fashion press are over them, the paying customer it seems, is not. Clearly, we’re a nation of feet-first dressers, so this shrine to our favourite pastime would be hard pressed to fail. In fact, the only downside is there’s almost too much to take in; be warned, this is not a department to whizz in and out of. But then why would you? If I haven’t made it clear, Shoe Heaven is a one-stop shop for the shoe obsessed. And the most impressive part is undoubtedly the bedazzling boutiques, created in partnership with the world’s biggest luxury houses (Vuitton, Dior, Prada, you know the rest…).
Despite its vast size though, Shoe Heaven feels oddly intimate thanks to the exacting eye of David Collins Studio, whose old school vision of luxury marries the killer combo of spaciousness with tactile velvet sofas and hand-knotted carpets…
Many brands have worked on exclusive product and colourways but really, it’s the sight of shoes and nothing but shoes in their mono-product design temples that impresses. If you get your kicks from wall-to-wall Rockstuds or a mirrored wonderland of Saint Laurent’s disco boots, then you really will be in shoe heaven here. For me though, the real fun comes with our favourite shoe visionaries. So Manolo, Prada, Louboutin and Charlotte Olympia are worthy of a Shoe Heaven trip alone.
You arrive at the Manolo Blahnik store up a flight of stairs (yep, an actual stairway to heaven) to find yourself in Manolo Nirvana. Louboutin is also jaw-slacking in its size and breadth. And Charlotte Olympia’s shelves (top and below) are a brilliant expression of Charlotte Dellal’s creative verve and attention to detail. Marvel at her Chinoiserie wedges inlaid with mother of pearl, cult kitty flats and ornate heels carved with dramatic dragons. And don’t think it’s only about the eccentric statements because Ms Dellal caters very well for those who like a walkable stiletto pump too. (Although admittedly she does win the prize for highest heels in the store – hers top out at 145mm).
What has Harrods got in store for the launch? Well nothing short of 37 specially made shoes under the umbrella of the Silver Lining Collection. There’s an exclusive pale silver version of the Charlotte Olympia Kitty flats, a high top sneaker from Chanel, Prada’s silver space-age studded wedge and Louboutin’s sexy metallic spikes. It all reeks of the extravagance, indulgence and a just-for-you attention to service that Harrods is renowned for. With increasing competition from other retailers and etailers, this idea of shoe heaven in a serious statement of intent to get the shoe obsessed stampeding through its hallowed halls.
Fashion archives have become quite a thing in recent years. But have you ever wondered what goes into creating them? It’s something I’m a little obsessed with. When I ask brands about their archives, I usually hear either that everything is kept in an off-site, temperature-controlled, white-gloves location (think heritage luxury brand) or, more commonly, “it’s all stuffed in a back room full of jumbled up rails and we’d never allow visitors inside.” Continue reading
This weekend I’ve been testing out the new Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation which launches on August 29th. First things first, the packaging is amazing. How could you not love a powder pot with its own dinky kabuki brush? Continue reading
The buy at Browns for AW14 is outstanding this year and it’s all up online now. My highlights are what looks like the entire Simone Rocha collection (above – how much python print!) and an exclusive selection of the new Barrie line (recently acquired by Chanel, and now designed by Odile Massuger). They actually go rather beautifully together…
[Main image: US Vogue]
The Chanel and Dior AW14 couture collections were so different from each other although they both referenced the past to inform the future. The other thing they had in common was youthful hair and makeup. Chanel’s wayward ‘eighties boy band’ hairpieces (above and below) stole my attention from the clothes, giving the outfits an energetic attitude alongside equally youth-centric Sharpie-pen eyeliner flicks. (Full disclosure: I had a major backcombing habit in my teens.) Continue reading
Chanel is sooo good at dreaming up seductive little beauty treats to reel you in. Example: its recent release of limited edition formats and products for its youthful fragrance, Chance. First there’s a Shimmering Body Cream in Chance (£57 for 200g) that moisturises the skin leaving a veil of iridescent shimmer scented with signature jasmine, patchouli and pink pepper. Then there’s Chance Eau Fraiche Shimmering Touch (£42 for 25g), a fragranced highlighter gel that you dab wherever you want it. Again, it has a bit of shimmer so it’s designed to be applied on shoulders or décolleté or anywhere else you expect to be
sniffed kissed or caressed. (FYI, Chance Eau Fraiche is Chance updated with a citron and woody twist.)
And then there’s Chance Eau Tendre Shimmering Powdered Perfume (£48 for 25g), a fabulous product if you love girly rituals. It’s a pearlescent fragranced powder applied with a big powder puff, depositing a grapefruit-infused fruity-floral mist on the skin. At £48, it’s pretty extravagant for a fun product, so probably best for the die hard fans, but there’s no denying it elevates the Chanel pampering experience.
It’s the eve of London Collections: Men, so the latest DRG STYLE INDEX is a little bit menswear focussed. Here’s my ranking of the brands on my radar this week…
1) J CREW X PUBLIC SCHOOL
Every good menswear designer knows there’s more money to be made from womenswear. So naturally it makes sense for (newly crowned CFDA Menswear Designer Of The Year) Public School to work with J Crew on this womenswear collab. Continue reading
Chanel always manages to nail the summer make-up palette. Take a look at this collection (on counter today), which screams spectacular sunsets, fruit popsicles, beachy frolics
and unsuitable holiday romances. Continue reading
We’re all familiar with the iconic brand ‘codes’ of Chanel; the double Cs, the pearls, the tweed, the number 5. But here’s a lesser known one: the suntan. Mademoiselle Chanel arguably made the suntan fashionable – until the 1920s, a tan was associated with peasants and farmers, not refined sophisticates. Now of course, every beauty brand under the, um, sun has its suncare line but if you don’t want to fry, or deal with the mess and fuss of fake tan, Chanel would like you to consider its Healthy Glow Manifesto.
Admittedly a fluffy marketing campaign, it’s a seductive one that offers an all-season approach to looking glowy, healthy and outdoorsy (in the chicest way possible of course). Continue reading