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…)
What to buy the beauty-phile who has everything? Well there are a few always happily received items one can rely on. A Fornasetti candle, in its illustrated ceramic holder is a definite keeper, or maybe the trinket tray with the illustrated hand to hold her nail polishes and cotton pads. If she’s a lover of the double-Cs, then the Chanel Jasmine Facial Oil is a fabulous everyday treat. (I’ve been using mine daily and it’s still full to the top.) (more…)
Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands and industry stories currently buzzing on my radar…
1. FRENCH GIRL STYLE: MONOGRAPHIE
French girl style? Yeah, we all know it’s a racket but we love it anyway. Here’s the lowdown on the Myth of French Girl style in Racked – it’s a long read but hits the nail on the head. My newest French Girl discovery is Monographie, a shirt-based line by Frenchie Aude Castéja. (more…)
I’m liking the Wales Bonner jewellery edit at Selfridges. There’s a horn cuff bracelet, a crystal clip ear cuff and a crystal bracelet. They’re described as unisex as you’d expect for Grace Wales Bonner, whose collections explore our definitions of race and gender.
In her AW16 menswear show, they were styled discreetly (more…)