Harrods: Happy New You Health & Beauty Campaign

Harrods is set to launch its Happy New You campaign this month, which is devoted entirely to health, fitness and beauty. The store will unveil exclusive product launches and events as well as fitness and food demonstrations throughout January. Shoppers will be able to book masterclasses and private consultations with Sensai and Dolce & Gabbana, while luxury brands such as  Givenchy, ...
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Quintessential British Classics from Joseph for Pre-Fall

London: The Pre-Fall show notes for Joseph bore the heading – ‘Something Borrowed’ and it would appear that the Joseph woman did indeed borrow from her ‘boyfriend’s’ wardrobe. From heirloom knitwear and masculine tailored looks, British menswear classics were cut with a nod to ‘old’ elegance with the idea that they were to be worn one size too big, rendering clothes that ...
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JC Penney to shutter 40 stores, Macy’s to axe 14 at a cost of around 4,250 jobs

Ahead of an expected further improvement in US employment figures Friday, department store giants JC Penney and Macy’s both announced store closures and related job cuts Thursday. Macy’s shares fell 3.2% to $65.62 in after-hours trading while JC Penney fell 1.38% to $7.84 on the news. JC Penney Co is to close around 40 stores this year and cut around 2,250 ...
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E. Tautz Channel Luxury Tomboy Style For Spring/Summer 2015 -

Revived heritage menswear brand E. Tautz takes its first tentative dip into womenswear with a tomboy take on the men’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. E. Tautz creative director Patrick Grant hit the right note for contemporary denim back in June last year when he presented his Spring/Summer 2015 menswear collection of concept-cut denims. Showcased at London Collections: Men, Grant sent a brigade of ...
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Collaboration will drive success of the Internet of Things

Estimates place the Internet of Things leading to a market of 50 billion connected devices worldwide by 2020. That’s a lot of work to do between now and then. The speed of innovation that’s needed, said Ulf Edwaldsson, SVP and chief technology officer at Ericsson, at technology trade event CES today, comes down to partnerships. “This can only be achieved if we ...
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Artisanal craftsmanship at Suno

New York: After giving birth to her first child, Erin Beatty and her partner Max Osterweis presented an artisanal manufactured collection. As a continuation of last seasons collection there was a noticeable emphasis on craftwork. There’s a lot of original fabric development that’s one-of-a-kind to us, and we wanted it to feel as if it had been hand-painted or hand-sewn ...
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Basic Wine Accessories by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen

Danish designer Simon Legald has created the Basic series for Normann Copenhagen. The series comprises four wine accessories: a foil cutter, a wine stopper, a corkscrew and a pouring spot.
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Nonchalant free-spirited femininity at Sharon Wauchob

Paris: For Pre-Fall, Sharon Wauchob looked to Jeanloup Sieff’s alluring photopraphs of Jane Birkin and Charlotte Rampling in the late 1960s. The designer stated that she “wanted to make the product as sincere as possible” – and she did it by giving a bohemian sensibility to her clothes. The heart of the lineup was translated into fluid silhouettes worked in ...
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Gentle breaking of waves at The Row for Pre-Fall

New York: Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen presented The Row’s Pre-Fall collection acknowledging references to California surf wear but with a pared-back, soft attitude – "Our last Pre-Fall was dark and heavy, and it was 110 degrees when we opened the store. This season, it was important for us to explore weight and color in the right way." Ashley said. Although ...
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Marks & Spencer general merchandise sales suffer in Q3 on delivery issues, warm autumn

UK retail giant Marks & Spencer Thursday reported a fall in Q3 sales as its general merchandise performance continued to disappoint, blaming online delivery problems and unseasonal weather. The general merchandise division, which includes fashion and homewares, saw same-store sales dip a bigger-than-expected 5.8% in the 13-week Q3 to December 27. It said its clothing sector performance was impacted by unseasonal ...
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Smart watches to lead wearables growth in 2015 and beyond

Unit sales of smart watches are expected to grow 358% from 2014 to 2015, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The introduction of the Apple Watch as well as continuing uptake of other similar wrist-worn devices from the likes of Samsung and LG, will result in a total of 10.8m sales across the US. The category – one of a number ...
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SINGAPORE: Monocle opens Southeast Asia bureau, shop and cafe

Revered culture magazine Monocle has opened its new Singapore headquarters in the tranquil Chip Bee Gardens area.
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Virtual Reality Enters The Mass Market at CES 2015

A number of fast-thinking brands are showcasing affordable virtual reality headsets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week - just months after Samsung announced the first consumer-level VR device at IFA last September.
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JC Penney shares surge on strong Holiday comps gain

JC Penney Co saw its shares leap 20% in after-hours trading Tuesday after the department store giant’s same-store sales for the critical Holiday period rose 3.7% and should also hit the high end of its estimated range for the quarter. "Our highest priority over the last year has been to restore profitable sales growth at JC Penney… this Holiday season was ...
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Internet of Things, wearables dominate early CES trends

The Internet of Things proved one of the hottest buzzwords on the first day of technology trade event CES in Las Vegas, as exhibitors on the show floor and speakers in the seminars hinted at the evolution of a connected world. While this isn’t a new term – IoT being something numerous technology companies have been advocating for some time – ...
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