Endgrain Collection by Raw Edges

Inspired by the way a plant transports water and nourishment from the roots through its grain, forward-thinking London-based design studio Raw Edges added pigment to the tree to try and get a block of wood painted from within. And it worked. The result is Endgrain, a collection of furniture and decorative accessories engulfed by a delicate three-dimensional pattern inspired by chequered textiles. The ...
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Three Key Themes from World Retail Congress 2014

With a central theme of disruption, the World Retail Congress in Paris this week has explored the challenges and opportunities in a new retail landscape where, to quote National Retail Federation chairman Steve Sadove, "the old rules no longer apply". Retailers have recognised the need to embrace these disruptions and are shaping their organisations to meet these head on. Leadership has ...
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eBay heads for split to create independent PayPal

US online retail giant eBay is to spin off its lucrative PayPal arm next year, aiming to help the unit compete better in the fast-moving online payments segment. After the announcement, eBay shares leapt 7.5% to close at $56.63. Although eBay CEO John Donahoe and CFO Bob Swan will lead the transition of both businesses, they will not hold executive ...
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Valentino captures the ethereal elegance of the Grand Tour -

Paris: For Spring/Summer, Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri took us on a grand tour of Italy during the 18th century which was in-keeping with their trademark sumptuous, bohemian aesthetic. Pinafore dresses were narrowly cut leaving sides exposed. Expert craftsmanship could be seen at every turn, from the laser-cut skins to the lace insets and Broderie Anglaise. Ethereal chiffon gowns ...
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Sonia Rykiel returns to its roots with a new creative director at the helm -

Paris: This season marks Julie de Libran's first at the helm of Sonia Rykiel. With prior experience at Prada and Louis Vuitton under the direction of Marc Jacobs she is well prepared to take the French fashion house into its next phase. For her debut, de Libran looked back to Rykiel's inception, incorporating the signature stripe and of course, knitwear. ...
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Kapital Indigo No 8 Collection

Japanese denim craftsman Kapital release the 8th edition of their ongoing "Indigo" collection with a series of deep purple denims. While Kapital are known for their beautiful use of indigo shades fall 2014 sees the brand introduce a more vibrant shade to their denim collections. The small range is part of the ongoing Indigo collection, and the follow on from the ...
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LONDON: Victoria Beckham Flagship

Victoria Beckham has opened her debut store on Dover Street in Mayfair, London.
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A relaxed sensuality at Stella McCartney -

Paris: Speaking backstage after the showing of her Spring/Summer collection, Stella McCartney said, “It was celebrating the softness of a woman, and her fragility....the collection is really about the softer side" – and it was. Diaphanous layers of circular cut silk billowed and flowed in breezy silk layers – cool enough for warm summer days. The idea of comfort ...
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Hedi Slimane takes us to the Sunset Strip at Saint Laurent -

Paris: For his latest collection, Hedi Slimane continued to express his enthusiasm for L.A youth culture and this season was no exception. The bold aesthetic was fit for cutting edge rock clubs on the Sunset Strip. There were a total of fifty-five outfits each featuring coordinated separates. Standouts included the covetable, cropped leather jackets which came in a plethora of ...
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Solid perfumes & travel spray collection by Ormonde Jayne

Ormonde Jayne creates two travel-friendly products from their luxurious fragrance collections. Ormonde Jayne has created a collection of solid perfume compacts which launches this month. The formulas contain an opal-coloured iridescence for a light shimmer when applied to the skin. The shape of the gold compact reflects the eight-sided lid design of the perfume bottle and contains a mirror. The travel-friendly ...
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Autumn Windows: United Colors of Benetton with De Padova

For autumn/winter 2014/15, the windows of the United Colors of Benetton store on Piazza del Duomo in Milan (reopened in April after restoration) have been furnished with several key pieces by Italian furniture brand De Padova.
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Chapeau by Lyngby Porcelain

Hamburg-based designer Milia Seyppel has created a collection of bonbon dishes for Danish brand Lyngby Porcelain. Named after the French for hat, Chapeau is shaped to resemble a bowler hat and coloured in soft, confectionery pastels.
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Next warns on profits if warm weather continues

Next on Tuesday warned it was concerned that if warm weather conditions continue the UK-based apparel retailer may not meet is earnings outlook for the year. The retailer said cooler weather in August resulted in several very strong weeks, while warmer weather in the more important month of September has had the reverse effect. That was reflected in its current sales ...
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Asian Retailers Embrace Normcore

Normcore may not be a new trend but this autumn, Asian brands have started to buy into the trend at retail indicating a shifting taste in the market. Long popular in the west, the newness is such that the concept was featured as a front page story in an August issue of Modern Weekly, China. Featuring supermodel Ming Xi the six paged ...
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Kids On The Moon AW 2014/15 Space Time Collection

Excited for the new Kids on the Moon A/W 2014/15 Lookbook full of minimal designs with interest in dimension and space.  Soft and cosy fabrics are quilted, printed and sculpted giving a space-like quality to everyday items.
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