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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LVMH posts modest sales growth as fashion, beauty and duty free divisions perform

French luxury goods giant LVMH posted modest Q3 and nine-month sales late Tuesday as stronger performances in Europe and the US helped offset weakness in Asia. Star performers were its fashion and selective retail divisions. As with Burberry earlier in the day, LVMH also pointed to an “uncertain economic and financial environment” and failed to offer a full-year fiscal earnings ...
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Robyn Glaser Home Collection

Vintage quality, retro designs and contemporary colourways are at the heart of Robyn Glaser Home's new home and accessories collection. Throw pillows, wooden trays, graphic wall art and decorative and fashion accessories are all embellished by bright geometric repeats, inspired by iconic French and Italian design of the 1950s and '60s. Playful yet sophisticated, each item is hand-printed and manufactured in the USA,
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Suqqu Opens New Retail Space in Fenwick Bond Street

The Japanese cosmetic company has expanded in the UK, with a new retail space inside department store Fenwick of Bond Street in London. The Suqqu counter stocks all products from the cosmetic and skincare line. There is also a private treatment room – the first in the UK – offering the renowned Gankin massage, a facial treatment created by Suqqu experts ...
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What Can You Do With A Marble Tile? 40×40 by Paolo Ulian & Moreno Ratti

Italian designers Paolo Ulian and Moreno Ratti have created 40x40, a collection of seven prototypes of products made from discarded wall and flooring marble tiles. The tiles are pre-cut into standard sizes, the most common of which is 40 x 40 x1 centimetres. The idea was to realise a new product from just one tile, by cutting the parts and creating
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Minim Playing Cards

Online boutique Fate London has launched a set of minimalist playing cards that pare hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades down to stylised geometric shapes. Called Minim, the playing cards retail for £10.50.
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Cautious Burberry sees luxury market toughening despite strong H1 sales

Despite strong H1 global sales, UK fashion house Burberry maintained a cautious outlook as an increasingly difficult luxury-goods market is expected to weigh on profitability this year. Burberry posted a 7% rise (up 14% currency neutral) in total revenue to £1.1bn for the six months to September 30. Retail sales, meanwhile, lifted 8% (up 15% currency neutral) to £748m, reflecting ...
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