Dutch Design Week 2014: Volvo Design Challenge

As well as providing the free transportation for Dutch Design Week visitors this year, Volvo is staging an exhibition of proposals by established and emerging designers that rethink the materials, texture and experience of car travel. Commissioned to respond to the idea of "experience in motion", Dutch designers Van Eijk & Van Der Lubbe have created a fabric-covered space in the
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Cautious Debenhams happier with H2 improvement after difficult H1

There were no surprises from Debenhams Thursday morning as the UK-based department store group posted an expected dip in annual profits mainly reflecting a difficult H1 when warm autumn/winter weather hurt sales in the run-up to last Christmas. The retailer reported underlying pre-tax profit fell 20.6% to £110.3m in the 12 months ended August 30, in line with analysts' forecast, ...
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Margiela opens accessories store in Milan’s buzzy Porta Nuova

Milan's new business district Porta Nuova is gaining importance on the city’s fashion circuit, with a number of stores moving into the burgeoning area, which lies just north of prime shopping street Corso Como. With limited space and soaring rents in Milan’s central Quadrilatero district, Porta Nuova is fast becoming an alternate luxury hotspot, having already welcomed brands such as ...
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LONDON: Issey Miyake flagship

Issey Miyake has unveiled its new flagship store, designed by Tokujin Yoshioka on Brook Street in Mayfair, just a few doors down from Pleats Please Issey Miyake.
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Eyes/Night Only by Dift at Biennale Interieur

Ghent-based creative studio Dift has created a series of pop-up rooms in collaboration with Ikea as part of the Biennale Interieur in Kortrjik, Belgium, which runs until October 26. The project, which is called Eyes/Night Only, occupies several rooms of an abandoned building in the city centre. The rooms are decorated with furniture and accessories from Ikea and other brands and
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Lee Broom Designs New Soho Bar and Restaurant

New bar and restaurant Old Tom & English is situated on London's Wardour Street, and officially opens on November 14th. Designed by Lee Broom for brother and sister duo Maria & Costas Constantinou, the space also features products from Broom's latest collection, Nouveau Rebel. Around intimate tables and in hidden rooms, visitors can enjoy personally prepared cocktails and traditional English dishes with a twist.
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Editor’s Picks – New York Men’s October Street Shots

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New Collaboration – Jack and Kate Spade x Gap Kids

For the first time, Kate and Jack Spade have worked together to produce a new line in collaboration with Gap Kids. Following in the footsteps of designers including Stella McCartney and Diane Furstenberg. The theme is a magical adventure to Grandma's house and includes pretty puffa jackets and colourful candy-striped tights for girls and camo jackets and gingham shirts for ...
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Home Retail stands by full-year earnings outlook, to close a quarter of its Homebase stores

UK multi-channel home and general merchandise giant Home Retail Group said Wednesday it should meet its pre-tax profit target for the year - if its star brand Argos performs well in the Christmas trading period. The upbeat news came as the retailer also announced it is to close 25% of its 323 Homebase stores. The move is part of three-year ...
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Solid Perfumes by Le Labo

Known for its innovation in the fragrance industry, New York based scent factory Le Labo is set to launch a new range of solid perfumes come November. Available in all 14 of their signature scents – from Rose 31 to Vetiver 46 – these wax based, alcohol-and-paraben-free perfumes are housed in a solid, oblong metal case perfect for on-the-go application. Made from ...
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NEW YORK: Death Becomes Her

The Costume Institute has unveiled its first fall exhibition in seven years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center.
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FKA twigs creates concept film for Google Glass

Just when we thought we couldn't be any more obsessed by Twigs she uploads the first - in what is anticiapted to be a series - of self-directed short films to her dedicated 'throughglass' You Tube account. Set to re-scored versions of 'Video-Girl' and 'Glass & Patron' the film sees Twigs gain the upper hand in a  heated dance off ...
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Bespoke Beauty: myCODAGE By Codage

Merging online shopping with personalisation and interaction, French beauty brand Codage has launched an interesting digital diagnostic tool that enables you to create your own unique product by a click of a few buttons. Called myCODAGE, the online questionnaire proposes 23 questions ranging from skin colour, skin tone and skin type to skin sensitivity and sun exposure. The 5 minutes questionnaire also ...
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Oscar de la Renta, designer to the stars, dies at 82

Designer Oscar de la Renta has died at aged 82 at his Connecticut home. His death was confirmed by wife, Annette, to US newspapers late Monday, and understood to be due to complications from cancer, first diagnosed in 2006. Designer to first ladies and Hollywood stars, last night peers, models and celebrities paid tribute to the man who helped lead ...
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Dutch Design Week 2014: Top 5 Design Academy Eindhoven Projects

Design Academy Eindhoven has opened its home at the Witte Dame building once again this year for an inspiring and diverse graduation showcase that includes innovative material and process experiments alongside conceptual reimaginings of society and culture. Here are our top five projects from the show.
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