Hudson’s Bay makes major move on Europe, buys Germany’s Galeria Kaufhof for €2.82bn

Watch out Europe. The German department store sector now has a big slice of Canadian influence. After a months of speculation Hudson’s Bay Corp (HBC) has agreed to pay Metro AG €2.82bn ($3.17bn) to buy the Galeria Kaufhof chain, the Galeria Inno stores in Belgium, plus their respective real estate portfolio. HBC said the purchase creates a global platform, positioning HBC for ...
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Watch the Burberry Menswear SS16 show live here

Burberry brings a ray of golden sunshine to London’s Kensington Gardens with it’s much anticipated presentation of the Burberry Menswear 2016 collection. With an air of mystery, Burberry’s quintessential style will be accompanied by the great British musician Rhodes and a 24-piece orchestra. Join us and discover what the new Spring Collection will offer with a front row seat to ...
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Sportmax takes a thoroughly modernistic approach to a Cruise

Milan: There was no question that life by the sea was not far from the mind of the designer Laura Lusuardi, at Sportmax. For Pre-summer 2016, she presented a clean, tailored and precise collection with that modern edge that we have come to expect from the brand. In a palette of navy, denim blue and crisp white, nautically inspired silhouettes were cut in ...
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Matthew Miller reworks contemporary tailoring

London: Conform, Control, Constrict were the three words used to describe the S/S 16 theme at Matthew Miller. His frustrations with red tape and the systems that enforce this restraint resulted in a collection focused around the uniform of those constraints – the banker coat, suits – single and double breasted styles, white shirts, the tailored drainpipe trouser and ties from ...
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Christopher Raeburn’s Borneo jungle survival kit

London: Borneo and the maverick anthropologist Tom Harrison – who devoted his life to preserving the country's environment and culture – was on the mind of Christopher Raeburn for S/S 16. The clothes were the survival kit needed for Borneo’s jungle, all executed with technical precision. His signature deconstructed and remade design style was seen across all categories – made from ...
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James Long’s creative free-form

  London: Individuality and freedom of expression were the key messages at James Long's S/S 16 bohemian parade of decorative but wearable patchwork clothing, energised by the free-form, multi-coloured ensemble attitude. “I was looking at people who are so natural in their clothing, they think they’are blending in, but they’re totally not” said James. The clothes had a 90’s feel with ...
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Marbella foam party sportswear at Christopher Shannon

London: High-cut running shorts, mesh fabrics and discarded neon bikinis as styling items were the hints that pointed to the 90s Marbella foam party inspiration behind Christopher Shannon’s latest collection of modern, deconstructed sportswear. Voluminous pleated chinos were topped with trucker jackets, sometimes with their backs cut out, and there was a real focus on Shannon’s core item, the shirt. ...
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Utility resort looks at Lou Dalton

London:  Summer utility was the main message of Lou Dalton’s new collection, which was inspired by dress codes of the Casuals and the 80s and 90s rave scene, with the intention of defining the essentials of tailoring and functionality for the perfect men’s wardrobe. The backbone of the range was a series of Harrington jackets in technical cottons, joined by ...
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Craig Green’s colourful ceremony.

London:  Craig Green demonstrated a controlled, summer evolution of his aesthetic, which is now firmly established as a mix of Japanese workwear influences with ceremonial, robe-like styling. The clothes had an assembled feel with plenty of soft layering hardened by quilted panels, which added an armoured appearance. Straps remained the predominant method of fastening, trailing behind many of the looks, ...
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Northern Soul through the decades at Topman Design

London: Topman packed a lot into today’s Northern Soul inspired collection. The show had an analogue 80s feel, with the music playing off a cassette tape while live TV screens showed video projections of the models as they walked down the catwalk, spliced and distorted in super-saturated colours. The accompanying clothes drew from a range of decades, mixing patched and studded ...
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Theory CEO Andrew Rosen on the evolution of retail, working with start-ups and what he thinks about wearables

Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory, and investor in labels including Rag & Bone, Alice & Olivia, Proenza Schouler and Reformation, took to the Fashion Tech Forum stage in New York yesterday to share his insights on everything from content to wearables. Here are six of his most interesting comments… 1. On online shopping: “For 10s of thousands of years, we’ve ...
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RewardStyle isn’t worried about Instagram’s ‘shop now’ button, announces investment from Miroslava Duma & Nasiba Adilova

Brands and retailers have been asking for ways to make their Instagram content instantly shoppable almost since the platform’s launch. Demand has resultantly spawned a number of third party and copy cat apps as well as a few brands that have had a go at doing this themselves, the most widely used and recognised being LiketoKnow:it. LiketoKnow:it -which is an ...
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Smallable expands to include Teen and Adult lines

WGSN’s Kidswear team were excited to meet Cécile Roederer yesterday, the Paris-based founder and CEO of Smallable – one of our favourite children’s online concept stores. Cécile is a pioneer of the kids’ online boutique. She identified a gap in the market seven years ago, when she recognised that while many mothers love beautiful design, they were either too time-poor or ...
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TOP 10 HAPPENINGS AROUND THE GLOBE: JUNE 2015

Summer has now hit most parts of the world and to celebrate the summer solstice, the WGSN City by City team has kick-started a brand new blog feature – Picks Of the Month, highlighting the absolute not-to-miss events from around the world. Our top picks highlight the best gigs, festivals, theatre performances, carnivals, parades, rooftop parties, as well as interesting ...
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US retail bounces back in May as consumers refresh their wardrobes

Thank goodness for some sunshine! US consumers dusted off their pocket books in May and returned to spending while word is the economy is set to expand in Q2. US retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 1.2% month-on-month in May to $444.9bn, following a slender 0.2% gain in April, as consumer spending rebounded. Analysts, however, had expected a 1.3% gain last ...
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