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Retail trend: Frocks and flowers



Flowers aren’t the easiest things to buy when you’re fashion shopping, but still, I like the idea. From COS’ pop-ups with Clifton Nurseries, to Chanel’s clever Mother’s Day flower stand (in situ at Chanel’s Covent Garden beauty boutique ’til tomororow – buy 100ml of fragrance and pick up a hand-tied posy), fashion retailers are embracing the senses with their floral tributes.

To add to the roll call, Oasis has teamed up with florists Rebel Rebel to open a pop-up shop in its Argyll Street store. Prices are pretty reasonable – from £5 for the small flower pots planted in retro tins – and the shop is in place until the end of the month.



AW12 trend report: My Whistles picks




Last weekend I was featured in The Guardian, picking out my favourite high street pieces from Whistles. I chose its boyish coats, tailored tees, a little red long-sleeved dress, a pyjama-style blouse and some minimalist leathergoods as my seasonal edit. (more…)



Gary Card designs pop-up Milan store for COS *VIDEO*



Who doesn’t love COS? The Swedish brand may be the high street sister company of H&M but it has all the hallmarks of a higher end designer brand. It has its own aesthetic signature, an arty, design-conscious customer base and an intelligent point of view. It feels kind of secretive though, so here’s a wee peek into the brand as it launches a pop-up shop in Milan (designed by Gary Card).



COS Regent Street gets a bookshop




The Wapping Project Bookshop ‘greenhouse’ is a lovely concept but Wapping is a bloody long way to go for a bit of book perving. So they have upped sticks for two weeks and plonked themselves in the Regent Street branch of COS which frankly is a rather clever idea. You may remember that last year Clifton Nurseries also popped up in a corner of COS; clearly these Scandi types love a bit of crossover retail (as do I).

The shop will sell its usual varied mix, including new and rare photography and art books, magazines and some illustration for children. It’s open from 11.30am to 8pm every day until 14th March.