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There’s just no stopping Nike. Or Liberty. And as for the Nike X Liberty collaboration, it’s now in its 9th season and going stronger than ever. At a special presentation in the Liberty store, I was told that managing the demand is quite a feat, a fine balance between creating interest for the product and over hyping it. (I guess they need to try harder, the collection was almost sold out within three days of hitting the shop floor.)
For Summer 14 there are six trainer styles including the Dunk Sky Hi, the Nike Roche Run, and the Air Max 1 (the latter is the most popular Nike X Liberty shoe). Part of the enduring appeal of this collab is the synergy between tradition and modernity. Nike’s silhouettes are often reissues of past successes. The 1987 Air Max 1 was originally a running shoe while the Internationalist was designed for running marathons. Both are now considered ‘lifestyle’ shoes, since the technology for performance shoes is so much more advanced now.
As with the trainers, the fabrics also borrowed heavily from the archive. Liberty prints are intrinsic to the Liberty brand, with the first print works housed in South London in 1904. Over the years there have been various fashions in Liberty print, from 1910s art nouveau to 1930s Tana Lawn (the ditsy sprig we now know as Tana Lawn is said to derive from the cotton used in the 1930s that was ‘quite creasy’, the floral print came in handy for disguising this) and 1970s paisleys and geometrics.
For this collection, muted, seaside-y blues set the tone across all the shoes. Some are a combo of three different prints patchworked together: a reworked William Morris-eqsue floral based on a 70s design, a 1930s blossom print and a paisley based on an early 20th century print. Somehow these seemingly disparate prints sing harmoniously together. That skill is down to Nike’s Magnhild Disington (footwear designer, materials) and her team, whose challenge is adapting each material to each shoe, taking scale and proportion into consideration. But if patchwork isn’t your bag, there are options of a single all-over print too.
Whether you actually get your hand on a pair is the real challenge of course. They’re exclusive to Liberty for the moment but hold out til 7th May and you can buy globally from retailers including Office, Nike.com and Nike Town London.
There’s a little bit of a buzz around Detroit at the moment – the once-vibrant-now-less-so motoring and manufacturing city.
Shinola is a brand at the heart of Detroit’s resurgence that I discovered last year. It specialises in watches and leathergoods crafted from leather produced by Detroit’s Horween Leather Company – one of America’s oldest tanneries. Continue reading
Coming soon – the Marques’Almeida pop-up shop in Hackney. Blink and you’ll miss it cos it’s only open from 28th August to 1st September. I’m not sure what it’ll sell but I’d say it’s worth a nose anyway. Remember, these are the guys responsible for all the ripped-to-shreds denim we’ve been enjoying for the last few seasons and the grungy crenellated heels that will dominate the next six months. See you at The Hackney Shop, 99 Morning Lane, E9 6ND on the 28th…
Ohhh be still my beating pop art love heart. Lisa Perry has a collection launching in September that beautifully reimagines the graphic goodness of Robert Indiana. As much as I love Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, their aesthetics have been well and truly rinsed by the fashion world. Indiana is still relatively untouched by fashion and it looks like Perry has done a respectful job in realising his typography and targets in her clothes and accessories. (I’m hoping the high street won’t kill this too soon with their bad replicas.) Continue reading
Beauty bits: Michael Kors, NARS, Jo Malone London, Into The Gloss, & Other Stories, YSL, My Beauty Emporium
COMING SOON: MICHAEL KORS MAKE-UP
The Michael Kors machine is about to get even bigger with the announcement of his colour cosmetics line arriving in August. He already has a hugely successful fragrance market (the scented Michael Kors leg shine is one of my all-time favourite products), but this beauty line is set to send his stock even higher. Continue reading
I won’t quite believe this ’til I see it with my own eyes, but here goes anyway. The opening of Balthazar, the London chapter is imminent (so we’re told), but first we’re getting Balthazar Boulangerie on February 6th. That’s next week!*
According to Zagat.com, the famous New York brasserie will open its bakery next Wednesday selling oven-warm goodies to take away. Situated next to the main restaurant in Russell Street, this will keep us fed until Balthazar proper opens it doors. I’ve been holding my breath for years for Balthazar London so this will bring it a little closer. And just in time for LFW too…
Balthazar Boulangerie, 8 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HZ. Weekdays: 7am – 8pm. Saturdays: 11am – 6pm
[Image of New York Balthazar Boulangerie via Zagat]
On the nail front, the general consensus is that nude nails are in, and that includes the so-out-it’s-now-in French mani. I haven’t had a French manicure for years but I did go through a phase of having an American (the more subtle version) at Topshop every week. For doing it yourself though, it’s all a bit of a faff. The lazy-girl option could be Dior’s new, one-step clear Nail Glow. According to Vogue, it enhances white tips with one sweep of the brush. Continue reading
When it comes to beauty products I’m as swayed by the packaging as I am by the performance of the product. Tom Ford’s packaging is the best (and most expensive) in the business, with lipsticks clocking in at £36. Alas, I’m more of a sheer lip stain girl, so I haven’t had reason to indulge in the highly pigmented Ford lippies but here’s something I will entertain. Continue reading
NEIMAN MARCUS PLANS SHOWS TO ENTICE TOP CUSTOMERS TO BUY NEW LINES AT FULL PRICE
Upscale retailer Neiman Marcus Group Inc is to set up special trunk shows and meetings with designers for its best customers in a bid to get them to buy new fashion items at full price.
Engaging Neiman’s core, wealthy customers are the retailer’s “best chance of turning the tide” of deep discounts that is drowning company profits, chief executive Burt Tansky said yesterday.
“The challenge that we have is to get the customer back into the store to buy at full price, because none of us can continue to sell at promotional prices and deep discounts,” Tansky told the National Retail Federation annual convention in New York. “First of all, there’s no advantage to it. Second of all it leads to hell … and it’s got to stop.”
Privately-held Neiman Marcus is testing several marketing ideas across its 40 signature stores, including bringing in groups of 20-30 shoppers for special events, Tansky said.
“We have a number of things going on and already we are starting to understand that our customer, the affluent customer, will come into the stores if we create the right environment,” he said. He noted that some clients said they felt uncomfortable “shopping ostentatiously… Our challenge is to break through that mindset”.