SWAROVSKI OPENS MILAN FASHION WEEK WITH CRYSTAL WONDERLAND PARTY CELEBRATING #BRILLIANCEFORALL

Swarovski brand ambassador Karlie Kloss arrived at the glamorous event wearing a custom upcycled Swarovski crystal dress by Ronald van der Kemp, joining fellow Holiday campaign stars Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, Chiara Ferragni, Maye Musk, Boy George, Fei Fei Sun, Maggie Jiang, Bryanboy, Eric Rutherford and Nolan Funk.

Hosted by Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, Robert Buchbauer, at the stunning Villa Gernetto in the Milanese countryside, high profile attendees included models Alessandra Ambrosio, Martha Hunt and Shanina Shaik; Brazilian influencer Giovanna Ewbank; and Malaysian actress Neelofa.

Guests were treated to a series of musical performances from stars including award-winning Lithuanian violinist Saulė Kilaitė, Italian global opera superstar Andrea Bocelli, American singer Daya, and a DJ set from British pop icon Boy George.

TOPSHOP SS18 COLLECTION, LONDON FASHION WEEK

The spirit of Soho awakens; the grit and the gleam of London’s heady nightlife. She’s confidently in her element. The Topshop girl’s instinctive verve and personal style played out, and dancing under the glowing signs of iconic venues. Think Madame Jojo’s, the Revuebar – the quintessential, creative underground that caught the imagination of photographer Corinne Day. The days before Instagram; the fun behind closed doors and neon lights.  You had to be there. Today’s venue is skipping distance from this iconic nightclub heartland.

She’s a style star with street spirit. The individual and improbable go anywhere and everywhere. Teeny-tiny satin bandeau dresses, boudoir influences and tissue thin transparent blouses are confidently at play. Showgirl flourishes meet the modern party girl with capes and embellishments. Atomic silver trousers are worn Iggy-skinny and shrunken mohair vests make the perfect good-time mixer. Brushed red metallic leather minis are a fast-track to cool under the lights of Soho.

Compelled by the glitz and darkness, frothy marabou hides beneath nubby, oversize fifties style coats, perhaps pulled from a vintage market. The Brit cool sensibility is always a magpie mix. As her days and nights blur, shine versus matt. She spins the prettiest pastels like vinyl. Frilly babydolls are fearless and part of that decadent, daring underbelly. She owns her look. Who dares challenge? Sporty satin knickers and crystal-embellished chiffon blouses are a style high and her reality. Even gala gowns retain their edge. It’s not a finale, as there’s always tomorrow night.

This immutable style of the London girl crosses over to accessories. Sassy snake-hipped diamanté buckle-belts slink across midriffs. Jewellery adds to her personal stamp – not her Grandmother’s pearls, but poppy paste with an heirloom sensibility. Electric gems meet borderline bling.  Kicky kitten-heel mules speed through the town looking for the next party. Or after-party…

Wherever the Topshop girl goes, she’s getting away with it. She thrives on individuality. And the music plays forever.

Hair by Duffy for L’Oréal Professionnel

Hairstyling products provided by L’Oréal Professionnel

Make-up by Lynsey Alexander using Topshop Beauty

Nails by Jenny Longworth at CLM

Styling by Beth Fenton at Streeters

Casting by Rosie Vogel-Eades at CLM

Music by Michel Gaubert

Production by Family

ESMARA BY HEIDI KLUM FOR LIDL LAUNCHES TODAY

esmara by Heidi Klum collection launches in 670 Lidl UK stores today. In addition to clothing (in sizes 36 to 44), the range also includes must-have accessories and shoes (in sizes 38 to 41*). Internationally, the collection will be available in a total of 28 countries in over 10,000 Lidl stores to create the perfect day-to-evening looks.

Instagram: @lidluk

Facebook: Lidluk

#LETSWOW #esmarabyheidiklum

 

ADD EXTRA SPARKLE WITH GOLDSMITHS EXCLUSIVE COLLECTIONS

Luxury high street retailer Goldsmiths have launched three new exclusive collections this summer including the striking Multi Stone Collection, the alluring D Colour Diamond Collection and elegant Mappin & Webb Empress Collection.

The Multi Stone Collection features stunning white gold and diamond pieces, from rings and earrings to delicate pendants. The new collection uses a state-of-the-art diamond setting technique which results in a much wider visual appearance, and one of a full stone rather than a traditional multi stone look. The Multi Stone Collection is guaranteed to make a statement with its sparkling nature and high impact design, and with price points ranging from £400 to £4,000 it’s suitable for a variety of budgets.

The D Colour Diamond Collection features flawless stones which have been carefully selected to create timeless rings. The GIA colour grading scale states D is the rarest of diamond colours and is completely colourless. Jewellers use the alphabet to grade diamonds. This elite collection includes diamond rings in a platinum setting, with prices ranging between £4,500 to £18,000. Goldsmiths D Colour Diamond offers both contemporary and romantic designs for the perfect engagement.

The quintessentially British brand Mappin & Webb has also unveiled the Empress Collection as part of the Exclusive Collections at Goldsmiths. The regal collection features a reinterpretation of timeless jewellery classics including ornate diamond earrings and pendants. The Empress Collection starts from £1,000 to £5,000 and marks a collaboration of two brands steeped in tradition and quality.

These exclusive collections are all available now at selected Goldsmiths’ showrooms across the UK and online.

Available at Goldsmiths Liverpool, Unit 95b 2 Paradise Street, L1 8BQ

H&M REVEALS NEW DESIGNER COLLABORATION WITH ERDEM

Today H&M announced its big secret: the next exclusive designer collaboration will be with ERDEM, the London based must-have designer loved by celebrities and fashion insiders alike. H&M is also pleased to reveal that the visionary film maker Baz Luhrmann will bring the collection to life through his unique storytelling. ERDEM x H&M will be available in selected stores as well as on hm.com, November 2.

For H&M, Erdem has designed a brand-new collection for women and, for the first time ever, a collection for men. Erdem believes in the power of beauty, exploring historical references and personal narratives in every piece he makes. For ERDEM x H&M he’ll reflect and reinterpret the design themes from some of his most celebrated collections, playing with the prints, textiles and delicate craftsmanship that have made his name.

 

“I am so happy to collaborate with H&M, and to explore my work on a whole new scale including a menswear collection which I have never done before. It’s also such a thrill to work with Baz Luhrmann, one of the most important storytellers of our time,”

says Erdem

 

“For me fashion is always about more than just clothing, it is a form of expression –  a stand alone art form. I am excited to be collaborating with ERDEM and H&M to reveal the story of this unique collection,” says Baz Luhrmann.

“From the moment we started talking with Erdem about the collaboration, I was captured by his vision. For ERDEM x H&M he has created an enchanting world full of beauty, delicacy and rich details. These are special pieces you will want to wear forever,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s Creative Advisor.

BRITISH VOGUE AND JOHN LEWIS CELEBRATE STORIES OF STYLE

John Lewis and British Vogue, the undisputed fashion bible in Britain, are teaming up to give Liverpudlians a chance to receive first hand style recommendations and hear about the new autumn winter season trends from the iconic title’s Retail Editor, Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey. The exclusive Stories of Style event is part of the John Lewis national treasures campaign, a summer long celebration of life, design and culture.

Curating a ‘Vogue Recommends’ selection across John Lewis womenswear and beauty, Ginnie will host the event talking through her selected pieces and how to choose and carry wardrobe staples through the seasons.

Ginnie started her career at British Vogue 12 years ago and as Retail Editor edits the monthly Vogue Checklist in the magazine. She is also responsible for the Vogue Trend Report, curated for and presented to the industry insiders, and her personal mantra is about buying wardrobe wonders for real life, with the odd hit of magic.

Ginnie’s Stories of Style evening will take place at John Lewis Liverpool on Thursday August 10th from 6.30pm.

The Stories of Style session costs £15 per guest, redeemable against purchase, with limited tickets available. To purchase tickets for the first Stories of Style session with Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey visit: www.seetickets.com/tour/vogue-stories-of-style.

For those unable to attend an in store session, the curated ‘Vogue Recommends’ looks from the Stories of Style can be explored by booking a personal styling appointment across John Lewis shops.

Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey, British Vogue Retail Editor, comments: “Even though we sell a dream at Vogue, there is absolutely an art to buying sensibly. I’m looking forward to sharing upcoming trends, and tips on must have buys for next season, with John Lewis Liverpool customers.”

Christine Kasoulis, Fashion Buying Director, adds: “At John Lewis we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of accessible fashion and Stories of Style will offer our customers the unique opportunity to see first-hand how some of the most influential people in fashion style the looks we all covet.  We are excited to be working closely with Vogue on this exclusive experience for our Liverpool customers.”

John Lewis’s national treasures campaign is the biggest and most interactive programme of activity launched by John Lewis to date; with shops across the country becoming destinations for discovery allowing customers to see, learn, experience, make and dine through a carefully curated a programme of over 1,500 events and experiences.

THE RIVER ISLAND STYLE STUDIO – LIVERPOOL

The River Island ‘Style Studio’, is a complimentary personal styling service offered by appointment only, in London, Birmingham and now the newly revamped Liverpool store. In order to access it you have to navigate your way through the length of the bustling, noisy, children’s clothing department. On the approach this seemed like an odd location, but once inside the studio it feels very private and quiet. The style studio is a small, self contained area with its own front desk and three changing rooms.

The space has been carefully styled with eclectic furniture and a bar decorated with trinkets and ornaments. In fact, the entire studio feels like the perfect Instagram picture just begging to be photographed. I was encouraged on numerous occasions by the staff to take photographs and selfies, uploading them with various hashtags promoting the new service, suggesting River Island is fully embracing the power of social media.

My personal stylist Jordan gave me the option to either wander around the store with him or for him to select things to on my behalf and bringing them back to the studio. I decided on the latter and we spoke briefly about my style. For a starting point we discussed my fashion style being ‘grungy’ and maybe ‘vintage’ without too much ‘fuss’. I decided not to admit that my usual criteria for selecting an outfit was ‘looks clean’, and eagerly awaited Jordan’s.

The first outfits selected were a mix of black ruffled dresses and floral playsuits, all very stylish and perfectly coordinated. I tried on everything and gave vague comments to my stylist about each item. As fast as I dismissed something, a new outfit would arrive complete with shoes and accessories. Jordan continued to select items and the style quickly evolved into something more tailored and chic. These wouldn’t have been the items I would have picked out myself however they looked great and I felt really comfortable in this style. Despite me being there to review this new service, I was so pleased with the selections made by Jordan that I decided to purchase two of the items. The first, a lightweight playsuit, and the second tailored cropped trousers. Jordan also advised items that could be coordinated with the clothes, giving me ideas for future purchases or for things that I might already own.

River island are offering something few of their competitors provide. A tailored service with fashion styling professionals in a contemporary, vibrant setting. Furthermore, the complementary glass of Prosecco on arrival and attentive styling team makes this experience feel all the more special and personal.

Sarah Hobson