Here’s ALISON FARRINGTON’S latest monthly retail round up celebrating newness and innovation on the high street. Benetton is getting a reboot with a 90s nostalgia branding fest; Topshop is also dialling up a reboot for its Boutique collection; H&M’s latest Conscious Exclusive collection drops with new closed-loop fabrications and Uniqlo celebrates its LifeWear design principle with a Paris exhibition and pop-up
TOPSHOP REJUVENATES BOUTIQUE Topshop wants to put its premium Boutique line back on the shopping agenda for a new generation of customers that are probably more grown-up and discerning than the retail brand has been talking to in recent years. Boutique is now about a point of difference, global design director Anthony Cuthbertson told the Evening Standard: ‘We are creating perfect wardrobe staples for the contemporary woman,’ he says, adding that the brand will offer investment pieces that are built to last. (more…)
It’s sweater weather! Specifically Merino sweater weather, aka the lightweight, fine gauge knits that I stockpile from Cos and & Other Stories. Merino is not celebrated nearly enough imo; did you know that superfine Merino wool has been found to be therapeutic for eczema sufferers? (more…)
Happy news for fans of Marni’s famous Milanese quirk. The Castiglioni family are back with a new brand – Plan C, encompassing ready-to-wear and some great accessories. I particularly like these chunky Geta-esque shoes and the whimsical illustrated bags. Did somebody say street-style bait? (more…)
Vogue reports that Jil Sander SS19 took its trouser suit cues from the military, the artist’s studio and sports uniforms. I think there’s still plenty of mileage in the boxy, Celine-esque silhouette that’s dominated this decade. Women really seem to like its comfort factor and it aligns with the gender fluid movement perfectly. The Vogue review ends with a caveat that designers Luke and Lucie Meier (now in their third season at Jil Sander) still have some way to go to revive the label.