John Lewis announces beacon technology start-up Localz as £100k JLAB incubator winner

Beacon technology got another nod of approval from the retail sector today as start-up Localz was announced as the winner of John Lewis’ JLAB tech incubator. The ‘micro-location’ technology business wins £100,000 in investment as well as the chance to trial its solution with the department store in the UK. Its premise is to provide customers with access to enhanced services ...
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Trend Alert – Cosmetic Nudes -

Barely there tones are inspired by the light powdery hues of a cosmetic palette. Soft and sophisticated, neutral shades look light and luxurious, perfect for the sheer and silky satins in diaphanous silhouettes for S/S 15.
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Eastern birds and exquisite detailing at Giambattista Valli -

Paris: Was this a swan song from Giambattista Valli for Spring/Summer 2015 or a beautiful Eastern bird singing a sweet tune? Valli is the master of finite detailing and this collection was the epitome of such craftsmanship – from simple sheath minidresses that were seemingly handcrafted with mother of pearl to emulate the branches and flowers of cherry blossoms, ...
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Ocean Leather Collection by Decorum Est

Decorum Est has launched a new tile collection made from the skins of cod, perch, wolffish and salmon. The leathers are combined with calfskin to create new contrasting patterns. These luxurious leathers can be used for a textured finish on walls, furniture and floors.
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Press Preview: aden + anais

The WGSN Kidswear team visited the press preview for aden + anais's new pure Merino muslin collection. In partnership with The Woolmark Company, aden + anais have combined their signature muslin weave with Merino wool to create the most luxurious muslin fabric with ultimate softness and breathability for baby. Merino wool is naturally breathable, soft and smooth on the skin, keeping ...
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Wet look hair dominate on the Paris catwalks -

From wet comb-back hair at Balmain to just-got-out-of-the-pool damp hair at Jean Paul Gaultier and gelled strands at Devastee, the wet look hair is the standout style on the Paris catwalk. Loose strands of wet hair are styled over the forehead at Gosia Baczynska and Jacquemus to form a side-fringe.
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Sacai strikes a dynamic contrast between military and femininity -

Paris: The attention to detail that Chitose Abe of Sacai applies to each piece in her collection is incredible. This season, the designer merged a hard military look with soft, flirty ruffles producing movement and a dynamic aesthetic. Even the prints generated an interesting juxtaposition – masculine tartan and fair isle vs. feminine naïve florals and paisley. Guipure lace edged ...
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Modern angles at Akris -

Paris: Refined and still youthful, Albert Kriemler, creative director of Akris presented a covetable collection of luxurious pieces. Russian artist Kazimir Malevich’s abstract geometric works strongly influenced this season manifesting itself in the form of placed squares, rectangles and pentagons sophisticatedly rendered in tonal colour as the only adornment. Cropped a-line skirts and panel tops were updated with long sheer ...
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Eurozone economic confidence falls in September, weakest since November 2013

The Eurozone economic confidence index fell below its long-term average of 100 in September, survey results from the European Commission showed Monday. The economic sentiment index dropped to 99.9, in line with forecast, from 100.6 in August. The indicator last surpassed 100 in December 2013. Consumer  confidence booked the fourth month-on-month decline in a row propelled by consumers' increased pessimism about ...
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Tailored and utilitarian at Celine -

Paris: Phoebe Philo said about her inspiration for Spring Summer – "In a way, I was open to everything—no preconceived ideas, very little of me saying no." Philo was also apparently inspired by Kate Bush – "a woman who knows who she is". Consequently, this was about a collection that ran along the lines of the whims of need – ...
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Tyrolean meets rock ‘n’ roll at Givenchy -

Paris: Bleached brows and bustiers made for a sexy 'Tyrolean meets rock 'n' roll' look at Givenchy as Riccardo Tisci went hell for leather quite literally. Lacy overlays, lacing, studs and grommets were just a few of the elements that made up the intricately crafted pieces sent down the catwalk. There was little need for colour with a collection ...
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A light-hearted spirit at Chloe -

Paris: Clare Waight Keller, Creative Director at Chloe, sent out a very pretty, ‘boho' inspired collection for Spring/Summer. Perhaps it was a little reminiscent of the audacious spirit imbued by the founder Gaby Aghion or a nod to the early days of Chloe under Lagerfeld, but either way, this was a creative lineup with a carefree, light-hearted spirit. The focus was ...
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Trend Alert – Multi-Layering

Tiered ruffles and long-over-long silk layers become a new standout silhouette for dresses, with designers combining multiple and solid colours in lightweight silk for S/S 15.
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Single color and exaggerated proportions at Comme des Garçons -

Paris: Rei Kawakubo presented a collection of abstract, weird and wonderful creations for Spring/Summer. Bio forms – not dissimilar to an Ernesto Neto sculpture – were shown in layered pieces. Elsewhere elliptical splices formed 3-D segments that cocooned the model whilst also flashing a lot of leg. Vinyl was manipulated into folds, creases and ruffles – lending a sculptural ...
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Vivienne Westwood “pays homage to the children in our world” -

Paris: Vivienne Westwood’s collection called “End Ecocide” was to pay “homage to the children in our world and draw “inspiration from them through the ages” . There were all the trademarks one would expect  – corsetry, billowing gowns and political provocation, not least from the digital photo prints of impoverished children shown on silk tees and tote bags. Historical references ...
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