Perfect pairing: J Brand X Bella Freud



J Brand x Bella Freud denim collection AW17

The J Brand X Bella Freud collab is such a good fit. It’s Bella’s first foray into denim and tapping into J Brand’s denim knowledge and customer base will help to expose her to bigger international markets, while retaining her English boy-girl attitude. I’m glad it hasn’t gone off on a wonky L.A. girl tangent!

Alongside the denim jeans, jackets, skirts and limited edition jumpsuit (available exclusively at jbrandjeans.com & bellafreud.com) are Bella’s signature knits in cashmere and merino wool. (more…)



Margaret Howell AW17 – suited up



Margaret Howell check suit by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue, 1986

I’ve had Margaret Howell tailoring on the brain, after spotting a version of the above image on my favourite editorial throwback Instagram account, @Magazine_Fan. It’s a UK Vogue shot of Jeny Howorth by Peter Lindbergh from 1986, featuring a double-breasted jacket with structured power shoulders. Interestingly, thanks to the small houndstooth check and subtle colour scheme, it hasn’t aged too badly.

Thirty-ish years later, Margaret Howell is still turning out excellent suiting (more…)



Quote of the day: Heist hosiery



Isabelle Martin Fellu X Heist hosiery
“We [the brands] don’t actually know what ‘nude’ is. We can take a stab at a range of colors, but we have no idea what the distribution of skin tones is. What are the Pantone shades that are important, and how do you transfer those from Pantone into fabric dyes from rayon to cotton to cashmere?”
Toby Darbyshire, CEO of bodywear brand, Heist on facing the challenge of skin-toned hosiery, Lean Luxe

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Isabelle Martin Fellu for Heist Hosiery
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Harrods Salon de Parfums: see, touch, smell



Floraiku fragrance at Harrods Salon de Parfums 6th floor

It takes a lot to get me to an 8.30am press launch, but the addition of seven new boutiques to the Harrods Salon de Perfums did the trick. Joining the original ten boutiques, this 6th floor haven is a destination for serious scent seekers.

Let’s talk personalisation and experience, two big lifestyle trends that are a gift to luxury retailers. At Harrods they’re expected by wealthy overseas customers, who demand excellence and uniqueness from every visit. With bricks and mortar retail struggling overall, it’s the ‘wow’ experiences that get people talking and – crucially – returning for more. (more…)