RETAIL REPORT: Covent Garden – should a high street be more like a department store?

Oliver Sweeney Henrietta Street Covent Garden menswear destination

In the battle between bricks and clicks, the high street has suffered, but department stores have done well to up their game. They have become nimble at keeping pace with fashion, worked harder to collaborate with brands on pop-ups and events, and just seem more dynamic places to be. It’s something the rest of the high street can learn lessons from and I’m already seeing its influence.

Covent Garden got the memo some time ago. OK, it’s not quite a high street but it’s a shopping district that misplaced its mojo for a while and has since redeemed itself. In the 80s it was incredibly stylish and vibrant. At its peak, London’s cool set gravitated towards the Meccas of Paul Smith, Jones and thrift emporium Flip. (more…)

What to steal from the menswear shows: Marni ss16

Marni SS16 menswear

The Marni colour palette is so on point – I mean, these blues and ochres! I will be stealing what I can from these colour combos as well as the loosely tucked-in tops (a big theme at Prada too) and the boxy shirt jackets. I really want a boxy leather shirt now… (more…)

What to steal from the menswear SS16 shows: satin bomber jackets

Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2016

Satin bomber jackets are set to be the big commercial hit for next Spring if you take your cues from the Paris menswear runways. Saint Laurent’s are faithful to the classic souvenir jacket while Valentino’s are the most youthful in sunny yellow with Hawaiian florals. Louis Vuitton’s are a bit more special-looking (more…)

Prada girls

Prada Cruise 16

Love the Prada girls on the menswear ss16 runway. It’s all about the overall styling for me than individual pieces – those soft mismatched layers and the socks and shoes. (more…)