Dior brand powers ahead as launches boost sales

Christian Dior SA enjoyed a strong fiscal Q1 with sales up 6% to €7.8bn and organic growth of 4%. While the biggest chunk of those sales came from its subsidiary LVMH, the Dior brand itself was buoyant. Christian Dior Couture saw its sales rising 13% to €417m ($553m) in the three months to end-September. Growth was strong in all regions, ...
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S/S 15 Colour Trends by Crown Paints

British brand Crown Paints has unveiled its spring/summer 2015 colour stories. The stories were influenced by expert panels from the world of styling and interiors, with the assistance of students from Manchester School of Art. The event also featured an inspirational talk by David Bachelor, an artist and author whose work has been focused on colour and its urban applications for over 20
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Last Weekend for MoMA’s Designing Modern Women 1890-1990 Exhibition

MoMA's Designing Modern Women 1890-1990 exhibition shines a spotlight on women's influence on 20th-century design with a vibrant installation featuring pieces designed by over 60 women and drawn entirely from MoMA's collection. While celebrating the diversity and creativity of individual artists, the exhibition also serves as a unique overview of women's journey as they asserted and developed their place in modern design.
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Mirror City – London Artists On Fiction & Reality

Running until January 2015 at the Hayward Gallery in London, a new exhibition explores the in-between space that divides reality and the virtual world. MIRRORCITY: London Artists on Fiction and Reality includes painting, sculpture and installations from 25 artists, curated by Stephanie Rosenthal.
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TOKYO: Kapok Opens First Japan Store

Popular Hong Kong boutique Kapok has unveiled its first Japan branch alongside a grand opening on October 8th.
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Infamous Ibiza brand, Flossy shows off their new S/S 15 kids footwear range

Infamous Ibiza brand, Flossy shows off their new S/S 15 kids footwear range today at the Vinyl factory, London. A substantially increased collection of quirky prints will be available next season, ranging from ice creams and lollies to ditzy floral and jellybean photographic allovers.
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Florals Fade into Darkness in Simone Truong’s Dream-like Prints

Simone Truong's dripping blooms melt into the abyss for a surreal twist on classic florals. Inspired by classic floral masterpieces, distortion techniques are used to pull and stretch petals, fading them into hazy stripe. She combines traditional painting techniques with modern photoshop effects to transport her florals into new surreal realms. Her florals are often scattered on jet black or pastel grounds, drifting ...
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US September retail sales in unexpected dip, analysts concerned over consumer confidence ahead of Holiday

US retail sales fell an unexpected 0.3% month-on-month in September, far more than analysts had expected, and a worrying sign that a still-cautious consumer is heading into the all-important Holiday shopping season. It was the first decline in sales since January and the dip surprised analysts who had expected sales to edge down just 0.1% following a 0.6% on-month rise ...
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Target Uses Instagram for Halloween Campaign

Target has published nine images on its Instagram account this week as part of its Halloween campaign. The images feature a virtual neighbourhood decorated for Halloween, and each image is divided in two parts: trick on the left and treat on the right. Loading Knock once to trick-or-treat! Or, click here: @_trick_01 or @_treat_01 View on Instagram   Each part is tagged, leading users
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Online Growing Pains: Why Ecommerce Players are Focusing on Service

Online sales remain a ‘good news story’ when it comes to market forecasts. In the last few weeks WGSN has reported online retail sales in Europe will grow 17% this year (Mintel); US online and mail-order sales combined will grow 14% for the Holiday (Deloitte); and order volumes in the UK will increase 10% in the run-up to Christmas (IMRG). This ...
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Design Boutique Chamber Opens in New York

Chamber, a new boutique of limited edition design, opened in New York City last month in the Chelsea neighbourhood. Founded by Juan Garcia Mosqueda with interiors designed by MOS, Chamber is located underneath the city's famous High Line. Chamber is a mix of design gallery and store, creating a new retail experience. Every two years, Garcia Mosqueda will invite a designer
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Chanel nails storytelling with epic Baz Luhrmann and Gisele No.5 fragrance campaign

Big budget fragrance campaigns aren’t of course a new phenomenon, but they do continue to be the strongest examples of the fashion industry pushing storytelling. From Dior to Calvin Klein, there are numerous iconic tales from over the years that are easy to recall, and equally associated with the perfumes they’re promoting. But it’s perhaps Chanel No.5 that’s managed to be ...
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LONDON: Horst, Photographer of Style

Currently on show at the V&A is a retrospective of German photographer Horst P. Horst, a leading photographer of the 20th century.
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Kvadrat Opens Showroom in Japan

Danish textile company Kvadrat has opened its first showroom in Japan, in the country's capital Tokyo earlier this month. The 80 sq.m. space is located in the city's Minami-Aoyama district and and features Kvadrat's entire collection as well as products from the company's other brands: Kvadrat/Raf Simons, Kinnasand and Kvadrat Soft Cells.
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Chanel Ad Featuring Mini Muse

Hudson Kroenig, the adorable son of model Bran Kroenig, has been popping up in recent Chanel ad campaigns and he is only in kindergarten!  He has already walked a Chanel runway for spring 2014 and now is starring in Chanel's cruise collection campaign with model Joan Smalls.
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