Designer to Watch – Ji Oh -

New York-based, Korean designer and Central Saint Martins alumnus, Ji Oh, is gaining a well-deserved following with her eponymous line. Favoring leather, silk and jersey she creates her signature look through modern layering. What has been inspiring you this season? I’m inspired by people who draw attention with their glamour…those with a style that is simply-done yet provocative. What is the theme of ...
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Designer to Watch – Hellessy -

Hellessy designer, Sylvie Millstein, founded her luxe brand based out of New York in 2012. Born in Paris to a French father and Japanese mother, Millstein effortlessly blends characteristics of both cultures with a modern aesthetic. Each collection is made in America and incorporates sumptuous materials, exquisite details, and a precise fit. What has been inspiring you this season? Art, in particular, ...
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Luxury brands are missing out by snubbing the hashtag offline

Browsing through the September issues on our desks this month and one thing that particularly sprang to mind – other than the models reclaiming the front covers – was the dearth of hashtags being used in any of the season’s big fashion campaigns. Reporting on this space used to mean buying a stack of said publications twice yearly and physically scanning ...
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Fruity Windows by Bethan Laura Wood for Hermès UK

Known for her colourful and vivid patterns, London designer Bethan Laura Wood was commissioned by French luxury brand Hermès to create artful still life installations for its UK stores this summer. Called The Fruits of Labor,  the sets see the brand's scarves and accessories displayed with juicy, oversized fruits and vegetables. The installations wink at classical still life paintings - inspired by the work of French ...
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Hermès fashion sales strong in H1 as sales, earnings rise but forecasts drop in full-year margin

French luxury fashion house Hermès Friday posted single digit rises in H1 earnings and sales but blamed foreign exchange rates for denting profits and forecast a related drop in its operating margin this year. However, Ready-to-wear and Accessories were again its star category in H1, with sales jumping 16%, benefitting from the success of its latest collections, notably in fashion ...
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Trading Post by Dr. Collectors

American indigo craft brand Dr. Collectors brings its French chic-meets-Americana aesthetic to LA's up-and-coming La Brea district with the opening of their first flagship store. With over 40 years of collecting under his belt, vintage fanatic Olivier Grasset has become one of the most revered names in the business. Fascinated by American vintage denim, Grassett together with is son Teddy run Dr. ...
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Denim Design Talent: Alex Mullins -

WGSN takes a closer look at the S/S 2015 collection of London based menswear designer Alex Mullins. Hailing from south west London, Alex Mullins studied BA Fashion with Print at Central Saint Martins, following with an MA in menswear at the Royal College of Art. A 2012 graduate, Mullins was part of the initial collective of young designers (alongside Craig Green and ...
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Digital Handwriting: Moleskine’s Livescribe Notebook

Stationery brand Moleskine has collaborated with smartpen makers Livescribe to develop a notebook with on-page icons that the pen recognises as commands to tag notes and start or pause audio recordings. Using the pen, writers can enjoy the process of drawing or making notes by hand while Livescribe uploads each mark digitally to its companion app. Notes can then be ...
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Guess foresees Q3 woes on autumn range weakness, slashes outlook, shares plunge

Struggling casualwear retail giant Guess late Wednesday issued a stark Q3 warning after reporting a steeper-than-expected dip in Q2 profit on continuing soft demand in North America and Europe. Admitting weak demand for its autumn collection in North America, Guess slashed its guidance for both Q3 and the full year and its shares fell 8% to $23.52 in after-hours trading, ...
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Pop-Up Characters For Bread by Torune

Japanese kitchenware brand Torune has created a set of animal-shaped moulds that turn normal slices of bread into pop-up characters - perfect for bento boxes, kids' lunches and cute breakfasts. Available at online store Jbox, the cutters come in three types - Frog, Panda and Bear - and cost $13.50 for the set. Users simply press the cutter into the bread, ...
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Tory Burch Launches Tabletop Collection

Fashion designer Tory Burch has enriched her product range with a new home décor and entertaining collection. Inspired by her own home and embodying her sophisticated everyday style, the line includes tabletop, soft goods and decorative accessories that can easily double as gifts, from brass picture frames and bolt-like bottle openers to serving pieces and accent cushions. Blue and white drive the colour palette, covering ...
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Australia’s Westfield ups stake in new Milan mall as H1 income rises

Westfield Corp said Wednesday it was making “significant progress” with its $11.6bn (US) investment in global projects as the Australia-based mall giant reported a 5.3% increase in H1 operating income. Westfield said it has increased the share of its €1.4bn ($1.84bn), 1.8m sq ft Milan mall development to 75% from 50%, with Galeries Lafayette acting as the anchor tenant. It ...
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Voga night with Lexie Sport

British women's fitness brand and friend of WGSN sport, Lexie recently held a special Voga night to celebrate the launch of its Lexie Blonde collection with retailer Active in Style. Voga, a energetic fusion of yoga and vogueing, is the latest fitness craze sweeping London. The dynamic class, hosted by queen of Voga Juliet Murrel, was the perfect place to showcase ...
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Sophy Robson Launches NAIL-IT’S

Celebrity manicurist Sophy Robson, whose clientele has included Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne, has created a collection of six faux nails that feature fashionable designs such as animal prints and black bows, to more classic styles including half-moons and French manicure tips. The false nails come with a slightly pointed tip and a shorter length for practicality. The glue-on nails are ...
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Sophie Douala’s Abstract Playground

Sizzlingly with summer colours, this collection of work by French graphic designer Sophie Douala, has brightened up our day! She experiments with forms, lines and colour to craft these three-dimensional, zany prints.  
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