Connect with us

Fashion & Style

The Best Autumn Buys From & Other Stories, Arket and Zara

Published

on

We really are spoilt when it comes to high street fashion here in the UK. Every season, whatever your budget, you know you can find pieces that will tug on your heart strings without breaking the bank. There has also been a push over the last few seasons for the high street to create designs that don’t just cater to transient trends, but rather offer longevity and timeless style. This is certainly the case for autumn/winter 2020, and with the first few signs of the new season appearing in stores, I can tell you now that it’s going to be a good one. 

& Other Stories, Arket and Zara in particular have pushed the boat out this year with expensive-looking autumn-ready pieces. Premium-feel fabrics and sculptural silhouettes seem to be the name of the game for 2020, as do classic, muted colourways. We want to make sure, however, that we’re only buying items that we really need and love, so we recommend doing a bit of an inventory of your wardrobe before you ‘add to basket’.

If you’re a little tight for cash at the moment, why not use the below list as a way of editing your pre-existing wardrobe? Dredge up those flares, go hell for leather and style-up your fave shirt dress with a chunky chain. However, if you’re looking for something to fill in some gaps, then we’ve got your back. Ready to go? Scroll down to see what we’re loving for autumn. 

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fashion & Style

Tiffany & Co. is opening a Blue Box Cafe in Orange County

Published

on

By

West Coast fans of the 1961 Audrey Hepburn classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will finally get to live out their fantasy of dining at the famous jewelry store.

In December, Tiffany & Co. is opening a Blue Box Cafe at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. It follows last year’s temporary Blue Box Cafe pop-up at the jewelry store’s Beverly Hills boutique and the 2017 launch of its first Blue Box Cafe at its New York flagship store. (The Fifth Avenue cafe is expected to reopen next year.)

Reed Krakoff, Tiffany & Co.’s chief artistic officer, said the jewelry brand’s relocated and newly designed Costa Mesa boutique, expected to open in November, was a natural choice for its latest bistro, which will seat 38 guests.

“It’s an incredible space,” Krakoff said. “It’s pretty rare that we have the space. We have the right location. We have the customer who appreciates that.”

The exterior of the new Tiffany & Co. store in South Coast Plaza, as envisioned in a rendering.

The exterior of the new Tiffany & Co. store in South Coast Plaza, as envisioned in a rendering.

(Tiffany & Co.)

The Blue Box Cafe will offer a menu similar to its New York counterpart, with American classics made from regionally sourced ingredients. Although initially the cafe will offer limited service because of coronavirus restrictions, the plan is to offer full service next spring.

The new Tiffany & Co. eatery will follow local guidelines with inside dining available at limited capacity. (Unlike Los Angeles, Orange County restaurants were allowed to resume indoor dining at 25% capacity as of early September.)

Fans of the brand will be in for much more than breakfast when they visit the new South Coast Plaza location. The 12,000-square-foot boutique is almost double the size of the brand’s recent space. Tiffany & Co. has had a presence in the shopping center since opening there in 1988. The brand’s previous space was last renovated in 2003.

“This store really embodies the best of Tiffany retail right now,” Krakoff said of the store. “It has the space and the scale where we can really tell the whole story of this chapter of Tiffany’s — and the next chapter of Tiffany’s.”

Krakoff, former executive creative director of Coach, joined Tiffany & Co. in 2017 and was tasked with modernizing the legacy jewelry brand. “The biggest challenge has been, and always will be, how do you celebrate Tiffany’s heritage without feeling like you’re stuck in the past,” he said. “It’s a delicate balance. I spent a lot of time in the archives when I began and tried to absorb everything I could. And then I put it away and worked on things that felt interesting, things that felt different, things that felt like they were missing from the assortment.”

EMBARGOED UNTIL 10/19/2020 @ 8 A.M. - Rendering of the new Tiffany & Co. love and engagement room.

A rendering of the love and engagement room at the new Tiffany & Co. store in South Coast Plaza.

(Tiffany & Co.)

Krakoff said the South Coast Plaza store is its highest-volume store in the United States outside of New York and, therefore, will have the largest assortment of rare, diamond and colored gemstone designs from Tiffany & Co.’s high jewelry collection.

The Orange County location will also be the first North American store to exclusively preview the Tiffany T1 collection’s Tiffany T1 bangle and ring in 18-karat rose-gold with baguette diamonds, the latter of which retails for $7,500. The new styles reinterpret the brand’s “T” design, which was introduced in the 1980s.

In terms of the store’s interior design, the new boutique will feature a custom Tiffany Wheat Leaf wall crafted in carved stone, a hand-painted mural by New York artist Yoon Hyup, as well as hand-embroidered murals, plus a custom chandelier made of hand-cast crystal cylinders and an oversize portrait of Tiffany‘s founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany.

“It’s an entirely new store concept,” Krakoff said. “It’s a way for us to tell broader, bigger, more impactful stories, to highlight product in a different way, to show jewelry in a new way, and to essentially to excite the customer.”

EMBARGOED UNTIL 10/19/2020 @ 8 A.M. - Rendering of the jewelry room Tiffany & Co. store in South Coast Plaza.

The showroom for high jewelry at the new Tiffany & Co. store in South Coast Plaza.

(Tiffany & Co.)

The space also will also include a Tiffany Blue Box gift wrapping station as well as a personalization counter where customers can get items engraved on-site.

Tiffany & Co. has had a long presence in California with 18 stores, including its Beverly Hills store, which opened in 1966. “We have a connection that’s real and genuine with Hollywood and Los Angeles,” Krakoff said. “ ‘[Breakfast at] Tiffany’s’ is arguably one of the most famous movies that a brand is associated with. … It’s something that is really embedded and part of the Hollywood history.”

The brand has continued its close association with cinema and the zeitgeist. Lady Gaga wore Audrey Hepburn’s Tiffany diamond to last year’s Oscars, and Lizzo recently appeared dripping in Tiffany diamonds on the October cover of Vogue.

Despite the recent wins, the brand has had a major setback. Last November, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, whose jewelry brands include Bulgari and Tag Heuer, announced it was acquiring Tiffany & Co. in a $16.2-billion deal. However, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the French luxury conglomerate pulled out of the agreement in September. As a result, Tiffany & Co. is suing LVMH, and LVMH has countersued.


Continue Reading

Fashion & Style

U.K.’s ITV to Restructure Amid Rise of Streaming

Published

on

By

“The restructure will drive improvements in efficiency and reduce cost,” with the TV giant also looking at its London real estate.

U.K. TV giant ITV said on Monday that it plans to restructure its broadcast business “to better reflect and serve changing viewing habits” amid the rise of streaming.

ITV said it would create a new media and entertainment division with two new business units – broadcast and on-demand.

ITV said both divisions will “be supported by leaner central support services,” a sign of  job cuts. “The restructure will drive improvements in efficiency and reduce cost.” ITV didn’t give details for the expected number of job cuts and savings, but said the process of restructuring “has now started and will be fully complete by the end of March 2021.”

ITV also plans to reduce its London office space over the coming years “to reflect the changing needs of the business in the context of its digital transformation and the move towards more flexible working as well as taking cost out of the business.” No decision about exactly what this means for ITV’s current London offices has been made.

The new broadcast division will continue to focus on ITV’s mass reach TV business, including the flagship ITV channel.

The on-demand business unit will be “the focus of digital product development and growth for ITV,” it added. “It will grow ITV’s online offering by providing new content that appeals to audiences who already do most or all of their viewing on demand and will serve it to them in whatever way they want to access it.” This unit will include on-demand service Hub, Hub+ (the advertising-free version of the Hub) and subscription VOD service BritBox.

Kevin Lygo, currently ITV’s director of television, will become managing director of the media and entertainment unit and continue to run the broadcast business unit. Rufus Radcliffe, currently ITV’s chief marketing officer, will head up the on-demand unit.

Said ITV CEO Carolyn McCall: “Our new media and entertainment division will enable ITV to continue to deliver mass, live audiences while investing in the future to create the sort of content and viewing experience that younger, and other harder to reach viewers want. ITV will continue to broadcast shows which entertain millions of viewers. Most are watched live and that fact together with the scale of these audiences will continue to offer unrivaled opportunities for brands to reach consumers.”

She added: “Linear channels will be around and be profitable for many years but we also need an on-demand business, which will increasingly be the focus of our new investments in content and technology and which will be our growth engine attracting younger and more targeted audiences to ITV.”

 


Continue Reading

Fashion & Style

Billie Eilish’s Green Nike Air Uptempo Sneakers

Published

on

By

Billie Eilish has a serious issue to take up with the internet and her fellow sneakerheads: what color are the Nike Air Uptempo sneakers? Billie gave us all a sneak peek into her shoe closet (spoiler: this place is sneaker central), trying to convince everyone that the Uptempos are mint green and an off-white, though it seems some people feel the off-white shade has a pinkish tone.

“So I’ve come to the conclusion that you guys just don’t know your sneakers at all. Because the people that agree with me — because they know what the f*ck the shoe looks like — are all people that are sneakerheads that know what the f*cking Uptempo Mid Green shoes look like,” Billie said, clearly stressed over the issue, though she does acknowledge that there are bigger problems going on in the world, and we agree with her there.

Suffice it to say, as fellow fashion people, we totally feel Eilish’s frustration, and girl, we’ve been there. We have to hand it to Billie: most descriptions of the Uptempos that she owns do not describe the outer leather as pink whatsoever. So yes, Billie, you can have this one!

Unfortunately, if you’re now eyeing the trainers as we are, they’re sold out in most places, but available for resale on sites like Vestiaire Collective and Poshmark. Read ahead for another glimpse at Billie’s comparison shots, then pick up her shoes, which we’re sure she’ll wear on some virtual red carpet or for a performance soon. Clearly, they deserve the spotlight just as much as Billie does.


Continue Reading

Trending