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What to buy from Uniqlo U SS19



Uniqlo U ss19

Even though we’re braced for a(nother) cold snap, I’ve seen sure signs of spring in the air. I distinctly detected a Turner-esque chink of blue sky peeping through the grey at 430pm a couple of days ago, which to me is a clear indication that green shoots are on their merry way. Man, you don’t know how happy that makes me feel…!

And perfectly timed is the arrival of Christophe Lemaire’s latest Uniqlo U SS19 collection, billed as a ‘playful meditation on colour’.

It certainly is. I really like these slabs of flat raspberry pink, tan, white and leaf green (more…)



What’s the deal with high street fragrances emulating niche perfumery?



Marks & Spencer Seasalt & Freesia eau de toilette

I’ve just done a KonMari fragrance sweep and given a load of hardly-used perfumes to my sister and her friends. Her favourite? An Urban Outfitters eau de parfum called Citron Glacé. I feel her joy; I’ve also kept my Urban Outfitters Macaron Rosé, a light burnt caramel gourmand that was a steal at £15 for 30ml. (I think they might be out of stock or discontinued).

Last week, Jane at British Beauty Blogger posted some pictures of a new high street fragrance line (above) with very chic packaging reminiscent of last year’s Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel bottles. We had to guess the brand and I was thinking along the lines of & Other Stories. (more…)



It’s not about product so what works in bricks and mortar retail now?



what works in bricks and mortar retail now? Tiina The store Amagansett Christopher Sturman for The New York Times

News broke last week that Debenhams, one of the UK’s biggest department store chains, is closing 50 stores. I worked as a sales girl at Debenhams in Oxford Street during my art student years and I loved it. I worked with amazing people, liked selling and would pop across the road to the Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf exhibitions at the Anthony d’Offay gallery in my lunch hour.

I haven’t really shopped there as an adult, other than occasionally for beauty or pots and pans. I’m more of a high-end heritage shopper or I go to the minimalist stores like Cos and Arket. But it’s a serious warning sign that retail really is changing. Debenhams’ competitors like John Lewis & Partners and Selfridges have been much better at creating a modern lifestyle destination, which taps into the idea that stores aren’t only for shopping. (more…)



The DRG retail index: Topshop, Benetton, H&M, Uniqlo




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 Boutique 2018


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…)