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I spent much of the winter break shaking off a nagging shoulder pain. It pulsed angrily behind my left shoulder blade, occasionally radiating up and down my back. On bad days it would seize up completely, so that I couldn’t turn my head one way or other.
Image courtesy of Dover Street Market.
Dior today took up a season-long residency at Dover Street Market, in London. The new 14 square metre Dior space, situated on the first floor – will feature a curated selection of 30 ready-to-wear pieces along with shoes and accessories from Raf Simons’ cruise collection for the brand, and follows Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Chanel into the concept store first founded in 2004 by Comme des Garcons’ Rei Kawakubo. Read more
Helen Mirren in Dolce & Gabbana at the 2015 Golden Globes
On what was the first awards ceremony of the year, the Golden Globes was held in Beverly Hills last night. Hosted for the third year running by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the Beverly Hilton hotel – the awards ceremony’s venue since 1961 – was descended upon by Hollywood’s leading stars for what was the 72nd annual event that saw The Theory of Everything and Boyhood collect multiple gongs. Here, we round up the very best red carpet style from the evening. Read more
Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein, Joan Didion for Céline and Miles Teller for Prada: the spring summer 2015 advertising campaigns include a dynamic celebrity offering. Here, we round up the very best of new season adverts.
Adidas and Stella McCartney have teamed up once again to launch StellaSport: a new sports range aimed at a younger female audience. Read more
British fashion veteran Chris Moore is the subject of a new retrospective exhibition at Duke Street Emporium: the concept store that brings British brand Jigsaw, The Shop at Bluebird and Fenandez & Wells together under one roof. The 80-year old fashion photographer, who has been documenting the catwalks since the ’60s, was recently honoured at the British Fashion Awards, receiving a special recognition for his contribution to the industry. Read more
Chanel have announced that Italian make-up artist Lucia Pica will take up a position as global creative make-up and colour designer in the new year. Read more
I’m not sure when the Christmas jumper first became a “thing”. Once upon a time it seemed only to be a feature of films, worn by Hollywood stars such as Macaulay Culkin in John Hughes’ Home Alone as he merrily detonated Christmas baubles to deter intruders, or corpulent John Candy-types as they made their flatulent passage across the US. In Britain, they appeared as significant extras in class-based seasonal tragicomedies starring Julie Walters or Jim Broadbent, where they were accessorised with glinting Santa earrings and coronary heart failure.
Frida Giannini and Patrizio di Marco of Gucci
Change is in the air at Gucci. Power couple Patrizio di Marco and Frida Giannini are to leave the luxury brand in a joint announcement issued by Kering this morning. Read more
David and Victoria Beckham arrive at the British Fashion Awards
Victoria Beckham, Simone Rocha and Nicholas Ghesquiere were among other designers honoured at last night’s British Fashion Awards 2014. Held at the London Coliseum and presented by Jack Whitehall, the star-studded event was attended by over 2000 industry figures including Alexa Chung, Kendall Jenner and Naomi Campbell. Read more
This morning’s news of the appointment of Johnny Coca as the new creative director of Mulberry ends months of speculation at the beleaguered British brand as to its creative future. More than a year since its previous director Emma Hill left, citing “disagreements with management over creative and operational strategy”, the news will be a welcome fillip to the house. The house issued a profits warning in October, with first-half sales down 17 per cent to £64.7m, and shares falling 10.1 per cent to 675p. Read more
How much time do you spend thinking about what to wear each morning? It’s a question that has taken on new significance in the past couple of weeks: especially for the menfolk.
Beauty is going back to basics. Clinique’s newly-announced 2-in-1 Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer, in stores February 6th, promises a youthful glow and a long-lasting flawless finish. So, after years of make-up/skincare fusions of the BBs, CCs and DDs, does Clinique’s new make-up/make-up hybrid spell the death of double letter beauty products? Read more
You probably want to talk about coats, right? Forget about it. Talk of coats is quite ridiculous. I bought mine in August, and even then it teased me from the shop floor weeks before I made the purchase: my favourite shop assistant was tasked with sending urgent text alerts as the stocks dwindled to danger levels. As a rule of thumb, I like to make my most significant winter purchase on the hottest day of the year and then shop for increasingly thinner layers as the temperature drops. Now there’s frost on the ground, I’m thinking about a nice, flat, strappy sandal.
Sienna Miller, Stella McCartney and Giles Deacon are among the many fashion power-brands opening up their wardrobes to donate coveted pieces to The British Red Cross’ pop-up designer shop, which opened in Covent Garden today.
Last night, the trailblazers of the British luxury fashion industry gathered at the V&A for the 13th annual Walpole Awards. Held in association with Coutts, the event, attended by key figures from across the British luxury industry and presented by Jodie Kidd, saw 11 brands win awards for everything from digital innovation to international branding.
This year has seen record export successes for British luxury to date: Stella McCartney currently exports to 70 countries, while winner of the emerging luxury brand award, Charlotte Tilbury, broke into the US beauty market last month. “British brands have never been more sought-after on a global scale, spurred on by the wealth of creativity, craftsmanship and talent we have, right here in Britain”, said Michelle Emmerson, who was celebrating her first year as CEO of Walpole. It is estimated that by 2017, the British luxury industry will be worth £12.2 billion. Read more
I’ve written in the past about how language barriers can have a significant impact on a luxury brand’s resonance with consumers and their spending power.
As labels continue their charge into frontier emerging and digital markets, this remains a critical conundrum at the forefront of their growth strategies. The logo can only go so far after all, and values and brand equity can often get lost in translation.
Increasingly it is clear that service in particular must be as accessible as possible to the evermore demanding customer. Many brands report a direct correlation to the increasing number of items bought – and the overall value of a sale – to clients if they are served in their native language.***
Sporting a classic trench and cashmere scarf, Romeo Beckham takes a lead role in Burberry’s new festive campaign, unveiled today. Marking the start of the holiday adverts, the campaign, titled ‘From London with Love’, sees Beckham playing a tartan-clad cupid to a young couple (played by new British models Anders Hayward and Hannah Dodds) who take him on a journey through the streets of London to the sounds of British musician Ed Harcourt. Read more
I celebrated a significant birthday last week by going through a checklist of all the things I have still failed to achieve (read War and Peace, win an Oscar, own an Hermès handbag), revising their potential as legitimate life goals, becoming maudlin and then forensically examining my face for signs of decrepitude. When that proved too depressing, I started forensically examining the faces of other women instead.