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September 1 2014

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14 posts tagged "Harrods"

Harrods Keeps It Fresh

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Central Saint Martins has developed some of the world’s great talents—Alexander McQueen, Phoebe Philo, and John Galliano, to name a few. But its runway show—one of the hottest tickets of the week—doesn’t do things traditionally. All that talent comes with a lot of noisy fans, which has turned the show into one of London’s most interactive, kind of like the fashion set’s Rocky Horror Picture Show. And, at the end, a panel hands out a prize for the strongest collection. Previous winners have included Christopher Kane and Alistair Carr (now at Balenciaga). Apart from an award, Harrods doles out £5,000 for the winner, the mother lode for a new designer. Despite the legendary retailer being a tad busy these days (owner Mohammad Al Fayed was cleared on assault charges last week, and CEO James McArthur recently departed), the chain is taking care of the up-and-comers. Next month sees Charlotte Ronson entering Harrods’ hallowed halls, an event that has already created a fashion buzz. Bets are on whether Lindsay will show up, but it promises to be a glitz event.

Extra, Extra: Preen’s New Bags

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Some brands are tortoises. Others are hares. Preen is incontrovertibly—and in the best way possible—the former. Over the past dozen years, Preen designers Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton have taken an incrementalist approach as they’ve gone from hawking togs at the Portobello Arcade to selling out their Power dress on Net-a-Porter. Now the designers are making the leap into accessories, launching a range of bags for Spring 2009. True to their tortoise-y nature, however, Bregazzi and Thornton are getting ahead, rather than getting ahead of themselves: There are a modest four styles in Preen’s debut bag collection, all of which have been snapped up by Selfridges and Harrods in the U.K. (They’ll also be available at forwardfoward.com and ASOS.com.) “Our intention is to expand the range slowly,” says Thornton. “We’ll be adding a few extra styles for Fall, but we really hope to keep things tight.” The focus for now, he adds, is on playing with the bags’ fabrications and finishes and thinking about ways to update details on the Quatro (pictured above at left), $750, and the Roxy (on the right), $538, the two styles that will be recurring staples. Not that Bregazzi and Thornton don’t have a little time left over for plotting Preen’s next move. “Shoes,” says Thornton. “But we’ve got to build on the bags first.” Slow and steady wins the race.

Barneys New York: Going Once, Going Twice?

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Is Barneys for sale? Reports are of the he-said-she-said variety for now, but a new investor and CEO may be in town.

And across the pond, venerable U.K. outfitter Harrods CEO James McArthur (who previously punched in at Gucci and Balenciaga) is out the door after less than a year at the helm. Might he be coming stateside?

Are you “subscribing to all the wrong fashion magazines“? If the fashion spreads aren’t unnerving and slightly menacing, then yes.

England is officially in a recession, so this list of most-clicked online boutiques with prices in pounds might be worth a visit.

Kanye West’s new kicks for Louis Vuitton were inspired by Dune; Marc Jacobs claims the rapper goes into the office more than he does; and other truly fascinating tidbits.

In other Marc-hearts- music-makers-for-Louis-Vuitton news: the designer (in cute Buddy Holly glasses) styles Madge (who touches about $10 million worth of bags) for the French bistro Louis Vuitton ad campaign. Watch the behind-the-scenes clip here.

harrods puts on a spread

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The scene: the Ladurée tea room at Harrods, which is hosting the launch of André Benjamin’s Benjamin Bixby line. The time: late night. In attendance: a bunch of ravenous and low-blood-sugared journalists, buyers, and publicists who have been running around to the shows and events all day with no lunch, no dinner—nothing but Red Bull and, if they’re lucky, a bag of crisps. Enter some hunky, attentive French waiters, some right off the Eurostar (on loan from Ladurée HQ), bringing tray after tray of glorious haute couture nibbles and generally being agreeably attentive. You’ve never seen so many happy women tucking in with abandon. Harrods, we love you.

Photo: laduree-boutique.com