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Stroll on – could city revamps be the passport to retail rebound?



It’s re-entry time! While the world’s flagship shopping cities have seen their fair share of retail casualties, they’re starting to pick themselves back up again. From London to Paris to New York and even Zürich, it’s clear the battle for tourist dollars is stronger than ever.

“La Samaritaine is like a really pleasant stroll. And when you’re strolling, there are surprises, you discover things, you feel good,” says Eleonore de Boysson, region president of Europe and Middle East at LVMH’s DFS Group. In case you blinked and missed it, La Samaritaine is LVMH’s recently reopened Paris department store, after some 16 years of renovation. Located on Rue de Rivoli and restored to its Nouveau and Deco splendour, the multi-building emporium also encompasses a Cheval Blanc boutique hotel and twelve restaurants. (more…)



THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Céline, Revlon, Santoni, Save Khaki



Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. GET READY FOR CÉLINE E-COMMERCE (AND FINE JEWELLERY)

Celine fine jewellery to launch
News just in: Céline is planning e-commerce by the end of the year. Good news for Céline-ophiles, especially as it’s also working on extending its shoe offer and introducing fine jewellery. (more…)



Beauty bits: Marc Jacobs Beauty, Allure Youtube, Tom Ford, Lipstick.com, contour mania, the Taviettes, Diptyque, YSL



MARC JACOBS BEAUTY COMES TO LONDON

Marc Jacobs Beauty

So Marc Jacobs Beauty arrived in London a couple of weeks ago and no one knew. Not even British Beauty Blogger! I stumbled upon the entire range of it in the Marc Jacobs Mount Street store (after a quick recce of Celine – retail heaven). It’s not cheap but the colours are stunning and the lipstick packaging is right up there with Chanel’s push-click cases. The staff are super helpful and encourage you to try the products, but I haven’t yet. I definitely will soon though… (more…)



Links I liked



Why people wear expensive watches

Google+ explained … And again [thanks to @Ondolady for these links]

Can beauty magazines who go into etail be as trustworthy as consumer reviews and blogs?

Someone made a film about the Bryant Park NYFW tents

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