Posts Tagged ‘Selfridges’

“Blink” Retail: Queen Kamali gets even more Active

Friday, September 12th, 2014

If you read my post about Surviving LFW by escaping to The Savoy for some calm, quiet time, you will have spotted that when advising you to try The Savoy’s pool I suggested donning a Norma Kamali swimsuit for the occasion. Well, I figured that 1) you’re a fashion conscious individual, 2) you are rather sophisticated and 3) that you appreciate timeless yet brilliant design if you’re someone who would appreciate the joys that The Savoy has to offer.

I design a couple of swimwear collections as part of our consultancy service, and I have to say that through my years of researching the best of the best in swimwear, Kamali is pretty much Queen. She has built a decades long career around doing marvellously innovative things with jersey. In a wonderfully fatalistic fashion moment, the same day that I posted about wearing Norma Kamali to complete your restorative lengths in style, I also came across a whole new and exciting collection of Kamali styles in Selfridges. I think this must be a recent addition as I haven’t noticed it before.

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges

If you train, or if just like to look like you train, then this is the collection for you. Reminding me of Hot Gossip meets High Disco this collection features graphically go faster style ‘spliced’ inserts, either in mesh, high sheen or bright metallic silver and I want it ALL!!!!

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

And who but Norma Kamali could get away with having a maxi dress in an active collection?

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Pure perfection. Do take a look in Selfridges or at Kamali’s online shop as there’s lots more to this offer including some fabulous swimwear for you to wear during your trip to The Savoy!

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Beauty: Working Out at the Face Gym

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

When I go for a facial it usually involves a soothingly lit room, plinky plonky music and a deep pile terry robe, so hitting the Face Gym in the middle of Selfridges fast fashion floor was quite a contrast! It was an emergency and they had a spot free so I swallowed my pride and took a seat.

The Face Gym at Selfridges

The Face Gym at Selfridges

I had basically been wincing all day, every time I saw my reflection. The results of a goodbye at the weekend had left me with tear-puffed eyes and a face that seemed to show every day or my age, plus a few more for good measure. I was not a happy bunny. The therapist took my details and asked what I wanted to achieve and after a short discussion she assured me that I had come to the right place.

Wow, she was not kidding. Amazingly, a few moments in, I kind of forgot that my face was being smooshed in full view of a crowded shop floor. There was some ouchy moments, but of the kind that makes you think ‘Ooh, I didn’t realize I had muscles there, let alone muscles that were so sore’. I could literally feel the stress being smoothed out of my face and neck. After 30 minutes (that flew by) I emerged able to look at my make up free face and a smile replaced the scowl. £35 very well spent, and justified even further when I went out still make up free, bar a touch of red lippy, and was told by old friends how well I looked.

I am already thinking of booking in again and this time going for the ‘Advanced’ option of ‘Mouth Work’, during which a therapist literally massages your mouth and jaw from the inside out. All in the name of research, and the quest for a happy face. If this has tempted you to give your chops a workout, then you can find out more about Face Gym here, or head down to Selfridges Oxford Street to take a look.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Selfridges gets Reflective

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

We spotted this very clever theme in Selfridges’ designer womenswear department. What a cute way to label the mannequins and then the blown up version of the compact looks really striking too. Never short on innovation in product or display, Selfridges are looking really outstanding just now, and this also subtly reflects (ahem…) their current focus on the concept of beauty with the Beauty Project.

Selfridges designer womenswear department

Selfridges designer womenswear department

Selfridges designer womenswear department

Selfridges designer womenswear department

 

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Louis Vuitton at Selfridges

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Louis Vuitton in Selfridges

Louis Vuitton in Selfridges

This Selfridges window scheme was designed by Louis Vuitton, featuring their product alongside these stools from Cassina. I’m not sure what it represents but as a symmetry addict I find it very pleasing, and I also like how it frames their lovely twirly lift too.

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Y3 launches second London store

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

When I think of Adidas and designer collaborations, the first name that comes to mind is Stella McCartney. I guess that might be the case for most people. After all, the Stella for Adidas collection is really fabulous and highly covetable so I don’t feel to bad about that.

In actual fact, the Stella hook up is the second designer collaboration for Adidas. This year is the tenth anniversary of the Y3 collection, the name of the Adidas collaboration with conceptual and utterly innovative Japanese designer, Yohji Yamamoto. Yamamoto is one of the longest standing and most influential designers out of Japan, alongside Comme des Garcon’s Rei Kawakubo and Issey Miyake. The Y3 collection is less about functional sportswear and more about a sports inspired take on relaxed fashion, expressed with Yamamoto’s signature sculptural shapes and innovative detailing.

The new Y3 store is a clean and open space on Covent Garden’s Floral Street, subtly reflecting the Adidas three stripe signature through the triple shelving. The use of mirrors helps to show the detailed elements of the footwear collection in 360 degrees. The shoes in the Autumn collection deserve that additional focus as they are quite stunning, from the refined Y3 trainers to incredible platformed designs with amazing furry inserts.

Y3 new Covent Garden store

Y3 new Covent Garden store

Y3 new Covent Garden store interior

Y3 new Covent Garden store interior

Y3 new Covent Garden store interior

Y3 new Covent Garden store interior

Y3, Floral Street

Y3, Floral Street

Y3, Floral Street

Y3, Floral Street

Y3 mens accessories

Y3 mens accessories

Y3 will also be popping up in Selfridges new Denim Studio with a special collaboration from 19th August, so if you’re a fan of this brand then be sure to go and see it.

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: New Collection from Tallulah and Hope

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

We’ve been keeping a close eye on Tallulah and Hope since the label launched in 2010. You can read up on the founders and their inspiration behind the collection here.

Well, we are several collections down the line now and T&H has gone from strength to strength, swiftly finding a place in many very stylish women’s wardrobes. They have diversified the range, adding lots of new shapes as well as introducing swimwear, yet most importantly they have retained their original vision and built upon their unique handwriting.
Their newest collection launches on the Tallulah and Hope website on 1st August, but the collection is already available in-store at Selfridges London, Fenwick Bond Street, Boutique 1 Dubai as well as Harvey Nichols Riyadh.

We asked Zoe and Lisa about the inspiration behind this collection and they told us “This season we have taken a graphic approach to recurrent themes in our work – water and light, creating bold, directional stripes that have a strong nautical feel.”.

Classic Long kaftan Skybirds, Tallulah and Hope

Classic Long kaftan Skybirds, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Long Shadow, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Long Shadow, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Splash, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Splash, Tallulah and Hope

 

Thalia Short Deck Stripe, Tallulah and Hope

Thalia Short Deck Stripe, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Bathing Belle, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Bathing Belle, Tallulah and Hope

Now I want to be back on holiday!

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Customised

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Highlighted by the fabulous, denim focused windows in Selfridges right now (celebrating their relaunched, restyled and brilliantly refreshed denim department. Want Primark denim without the overcrowded, panic-fest that is the Primark store? Selfridges have added it to their Denim Studio!) it seems we are all into a bit of customization. I think this is very well timed as fashion harks back to the 80′s when we were all madly patching, bleaching, tie dying and slashing our clothes.

Here are some high street highlights of retailers embracing this look on our behalf, and very kindly taking all the hard work on themselves, featuring some of the great, customized looks from Selfridges.

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Browns Focus

Browns Focus

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

Forever 21

Forever 21

For more inspiration, do click here and be inspired!

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Three Dimensional

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Thanks goodness these don’t require those dodgy cinema specs to appreciate their 3D beauty. Fashion has embraced texture for Summer 2013. This is about grand scale, brave and beautiful detailing that borders on the sculptural. This is a modern approach to femeninity, celebrating strength and boldness. These looks are like saying “Yeah, I’m a lady, and what of it?” whilst planting your hands firmly on your hips.

Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana

Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti

Dries van Noten

Dries van Noten

Selfridges

Selfridges

Selfridges

Selfridges

 

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Sofia Bahlner

Sofia Bahlner

Sofia Bahlner

Sofia Bahlner

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Sssshhhhhh at Selfridges

Monday, January 21st, 2013

I absolutely LOVE this campaign from Selfridges. This gorgeous and genius store is offering you an escape from the crazy, high volume, constant stream of information and over stimulation that we experience every waking moment. From the ‘Quiet Shop’ and ‘headspace pods‘ to brilliantly ‘silenced’ product, Selfridges embraces ‘No Noise’.

I particularly like the non branded products created exclusively for this campaign, including such iconic everyday items as Heinz ketchup and baked beans, as well as the store’s shopping bag and right through to ultra-desirable product like unbranded creme de la mer and an exclusive collection from Acne. Very clever stuff, but in a very quiet way. We like that you make us stop and think, and then subtly encouraged us to stop stopping and start shopping…

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Acne as part of Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Acne as part of Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Shine On!

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

It’s to be expected as the party season approaches, but actually we’ve been seeing some stunning metallic looks right through this Autumn Winter. The most recent rash of silvers and gold pieces are looking fabulous for statement daywear, accessories and wonderfully dramatic eveningwear. High shine, gorgeously glossy and a really fresh way to add seasonal sparkle without falling back on the classic sequin (although there are plenty of those to be had too!).

Burberry

Burberry

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols

Browns

Browns

Miss Sixty

Miss Sixty

Mango

Mango

River Island

River Island

Selfridges

Selfridges

Browns Focus

Browns Focus

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Enjoy! Lucy