A Bohemian fairytale at Dries Van Noten -

Paris: Dries Van Noten never fails to delight and surprise his avid followers and this Spring/Summer collection was a no exception. It all began with the ‘tweeting’ of the feathered variety – setting the mood while models glided over a bed of feathered moss. A fresh take on a Bohemian feel mixed with Eastern sensibility prevailed in signature separates ...
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Deconstructed tailoring and feminine layers at Cédric Charlier -

Paris: Cédric Charlier sent forth a Spring collection with a dynamic combination of tailoring and feminine layering. Exposed basting stitches, fringe and feathers produced tactile surface interest and a deconstructed aesthetic. Charlier played with colour by using bold stripes and multi-layering, adding pops of contrasting shades which created dimension. Asymmetrical foulard hemlines cut from silky summer weight fabrics created fluid ...
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Monochromatic layering at Christophe Lemaire -

Paris: Monochromatic dressing flooded the catwalk at Christophe Lemaire's exquisite Spring 2015 presentation. Crisp layers of summer weight fabrics were well-suited for classic tailoring and long layers. New shirt treatments in the form of pull-over and capelet shapes were a refreshing update to the traditional button-front. Coats and dresses in trapeze silhouettes with fullness towards the bottom, sumptuously swooshed as ...
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The Live in Levi’s Project

Everyone has a story behind their favourite pair of Levi's and to celebrate this, the iconic blue jeans brand has launched its 'Live in Levi's Project'. It's been said that the best thing about denim is that it gets better with age. Whether its a stellar fade from raw or just busted up stonewash, the trusty twill will endure the myriad of ...
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Why Retailers are Focusing on ‘The Payment Experience’

A major stumbling block for retailers looking to create a better customer service online is around the checkout procedure. According to Amazon Europe around 70% of customers abandon their baskets and 86% of online shoppers dislike having to re-register their details on websites they’ve already visited. While that first stat might be related to customers using shopping baskets as browsing tools, ...
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Copper Crossing at Triennale Design Museum, Milan

Opened last week at Milan's Triennale Design Museum, the exhibition Copper Crossing explores the metal of the moment in its many different forms and applications, including contemporary art, design, technology, science and architecture, with more than 250 pieces on show.
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European online retail sales forecast to double by 2019 with m-commerce driving growth

Online retail sales will double in Europe by 2019 with this year alone seeing a 17% surge, new research from Mintel shows, as m-commerce plays a significant role in the growth. The €165bn sales figure achieved in 2013 will grow to €330bn by 2019, while 2014’s total online revenue is expected to come in at €193bn, the equivalent of around ...
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Kartell in Tavola: Tableware by Designers and Chefs

40 years after its historic collections by Anna Castelli Ferrieri and Franco Raggi, Italian brand Kartell has announced Kartell in Tavola: a brand new series of tableware with six different lines, created by international designers and chefs.
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H&M Go Green With Conscious Denim Collection.

Scandinavian retail giant H&M offers a sustainable alternative to your average pair of jeans with the launch of their green line, Conscious. Green initiatives are nothing new to Swedish fashion house H&M, but this autumn sees the brand take its green activity blue (or indigo rather) with the launch of their first ethical denim collection, Conscious. Launching in stores and online October ...
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Trend Alert – Deep Plunge -

Provocative V-shaped necklines emerge in Milan, infusing everything from floor-sweeping balls gowns to 1970s calf-length dresses with a touch of sex appeal.
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Pretty surface embellishments emerge as a must-have update for occasion items

Glittering crystals drive this trend and are generously applied in a host of designs, spanning the abstract at Tod's through to measured repeat designs at Fendi. Aigner confirms florals as an essential motif for the season.
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Jimmy Choo confirms IPO with London listing planned for October

Luxury footwear brand Jimmy Choo has confirmed plans to list on the London Stock Exchange as it targets a global expansion following strong revenue growth over the last two years. The company, which had sales of £282m ($460.5m) in 2013, expects the listing to take place in October. It was originally founded in 1996 by Tamara Mellon and Jimmy Choo ...
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Marques Almeida x Topshop

Retail giant Topshop prepare for their latest designer collaboration, this season teaming up with denim design duo Marques Almeida for fall 14. Fresh off the heels of their S/S 16 London Fashion Week runway show, masters of denim destruction Marques Almeida get set for one of the most anticipated designer collaborations of the season. Launching October 9th, the Portuguese design duo will ...
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Key Trends: Live From Cersaie 2014

This year's edition of Cersaie is promising some exciting trends. Here is a preview before the full trend analysis goes live on Homebuildlife next week.
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Social commerce proves key digital trend for S/S 15 fashion weeks

Fashion week season might traditionally be about what the next trends in apparel and accessories are set to be, but increasingly it’s becoming just as much of a hotbed for lighting up new opportunities in digital and social media. During New York and London there were familiar themes like utilising influencers (Tommy Hilfiger and Topshop) or democratising the fashion show by ...
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