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Selfridges Toasts Shakespeare Birthday with Theater

High-end department store Selfridges is rolling out a new in-house theater as part of its Shakespeare celebrations this year. This of course marks a new level of, well, theatrical flourishes for the chain that gave us the modern drama of shopping and legitimized consumer culture in Great Britain.

In collaboration with LG, the Selfridges store on Oxford Street in London will host a new theater until September 24, 2016, as part of their celebrations of Shakespeare’s 400th birthday year.

The new “reFASHIONed Theatre,” located in Selfridges’ 3,500 sq-ft Ultralounge space, will hold 100 seats, and will feature a traverse stage, box office, royal box and a lighting rig to provide an immersive retail theater experience for its customers.

Much Ado about Shakespeare

Customers will be able to watch rehearsals and performances of “Much Ado About Nothing” performed by British theatre company The Faction. Rehearsals will run from July 18 to August 22, with performances taking place from August 23 to September 24. Tickets for the show cost £20 (around $26) which includes a commemorative brochure.

MAC cosmetics professionals will be showing customers how stage makeup is applied, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art will host a two-week residency prior to the show, offering visitors speech tuition, stage-craft workshops, acting, dance and on-stage combat masterclasses.

Selfridges has also launched a collection inspired by Shakespeare, including exclusive one-off pieces created by designers including Christopher Kane, Maison Margiela, Craig Green, Rick Owens, Simone Rocha and Alexander McQueen. The garments will be used in the store’s window displays alongside famous Shakespeare quotations.

Shakespeare’s 400th birthday

This year, celebrations have been taking place across the world to celebrate the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death. Some UK-based examples include the British Library’s special exhibition entitled “Shakespeare in Ten Acts”; the BFI’s extended program of Shakespeare on film, and King’s College London’s Shakespeare400, a series of performances, programs, exhibitions and activities to honor the Bard’s life.

Christian Louboutin heels

Saks Fifth Avenue to open shoes-only store

Christian Louboutin heels

The iconic US department store Saks Fifth Avenue plans to open its first freestanding shoe store.

The new store is to open in Greenwich, Connecticut in the US in the fall of 2016, Women’s Wear Daily reports.

The store has not yet been named, but will reportedly be modeled after the shoe department at the Manhattan flagship store; 19 other Saks franchises have emulated this same architecture.

To start with, the store will sell only women’s shoes.

Printemps Store Paris

Le Printemps celebrates its 150th anniversary

Printemps Store Paris

The famous department store and tourist draw on the Boulevard Haussmann in Paris is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Le Printemps is French for spring, so it is only fitting that the anniversary celebration will begin this Friday, March 20, on the first day of the season.

A heritage of innovation and elegance

From the opening of the department store in 1865, Jules Jaluzot aimed to set Le Printemps apart from the competition, and the name reflects this desire for originality. At the time, most rival stores were named either for their founders (Harrods, for example) or their pricing policies (Le Bon Marché roughly translates as “the good deal”).

Jaluzot chose to break the mold, emphasizing Le Printemps as a place where “everything is new, fresh and lovely, just like the name.”

This slogan was accompanied by an annual event, La Fête du Printemps, which celebrated the arrival of spring by handing out violet bouquets to customers at the store’s entrance.

Pink and plenty of flowers

As part of the anniversary celebration, the store’s facade and window displays will be decked out in pink — and particularly in Le Printemps’ signature Rubine Red shade — and in floral motifs.

Japanese artist Hiroshi Yoshii has created Rose, a new pink mascot that will be the face of the festivities. In addition to appearing inside the store in special edition products, the character will greet passersby on the Boulevard Haussmann as a giant 13-foot statue.

Floral prints and the color pink will also make their way into some 1,000 items designed by 400 fashion, beauty and design brands exclusively for the 150th anniversary. These special edition products will be available at Le Printemps stores and through a dedicated platform online.

Tasty treats and festive window displays

Of course, no department store celebration would be complete without special window displays, so Le Printemps has invited 11 French and international artists to lend a hand. Each will stage showcases of some of the exclusive items designed for the anniversary.

The Parisian department store has also partnered with La Maison du Chocolat, which will present multiple exclusive chocolate creations in the atrium from March 20 through the end of spring.

Shoppers can also take advantage of eight food stands set up along the store’s facade on the Boulevard Haussmann, which will serve sorbet, hot dogs, waffles, chocolates, cookies and other treats.

There will be a photocall on the roof, cooking demonstrations, cotton candy making and floral bouquet handouts in the store, just like in 1865.

The second part of the anniversary celebration will take place in September, with a special emphasis on the themes of elegance and heritage, as Le Printemps will participate in Les Journées du Patrimoine, a French event celebrating the country’s heritage sites.

The anniversary festivities will conclude around Christmas.

Le Bon Marche shoe department

Le Bon Marché through Martin Parr’s lens

Luxury Parisian department store Le Bon Marché has tapped Martin Parr to shoot its new ad campaign set to debut on the eve of Paris Fashion Week

Le Bon Marche shoe department

The first two campaign visuals, created in collaboration with the advertising agency BETC Luxe, will be displayed outdoors in Paris from March 2 to promote the opening of Le Bon Marché’s new space dedicated to footwear.

Le Bon Marche shoe department ad campaign

Parr’s campaign is the first in a series that will accompany events at the department store all year long.

colourful flat sandal

Sophia Webster pops up at Harrods

colourful flat sandal

Sophia Webster will showcase her fun range of fruity shoes in her very own pop-up store at London’s top luxury retail destination.

As of Monday, shoppers at Harrods will be able to discover quirky slide sandals, ‘flatforms’, wedges and show-stopping heels from Sophia Webster’s latest footwear collection.


Sophia Webster Banana slide

Taking inspiration from the fruit references running through her Spring/Summer 15 collection and her East End heritage, the pop-up brings ‘London’s most luxurious fruit stall’ to Harrods.

The exclusive pop-up will remain open for one month and will house the largest selection of Sophia Webster styles in the UK.

flamingo inspired black vinyl heel

Price tags for the collection range from £250.00 ($385) for slide-ons to £495.00 ($765) for the more elaborate flamingo vinyl print heels.

Discover Sophia Webster’s complete shoe range which includes the Valentine’s day-inspired Tyra heel:

Bergdorf Goodman hosts Alexander Wang Pop-up store

Alexander Wang Takes Over Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman hosts Alexander Wang Pop-up store

Starting Thursday and until the end of March, shoppers at the NYC-based department store can discover the enchanting world of the US designer.

Bergdorf Goodman is offering a pop-up experience featuring worldwide exclusive access to apparel and handbags from both the Spring 2015 runway collection and the T by Alexander Wang Spring 2015 range.

Also up for grabs, collectible packaging and a complimentary USB flash drive with a playlist curated by Alexander Wang and DJ Jesse Marco, for customers spending over $500.


This sneaker-inspired Ready-to-Wear collection will occupy a temporary takeover of the brand’s fifth floor space. Echoing Wang’s collection, the pop-up will be designed in black and grey speckled performance rubber, also used for the label’s Spring 2015 fashion show.

Wang’s Sneaker Clutches, Sneaker Bags and Sneaker Backpacks are all available just ahead of New York Fashion Week.

These bags are illustrated with custom paneling, lace stitching, toe boxes, basketball mesh and “air bubble” outsoles, and will come with special packaging: a sneaker box with barcode logo.

Passers-by on Fifth Avenue can enjoy a sneak peek of what’s in store: on Thursday night, the Fifth Avenue façade of Bergdorf Goodman will be the site of a projection, a first in the history of the iconic store. A play on Wang’s bar code logo, the projection will take place after sunset.

If you’ve only got time for window shopping, an array of sports-inspired collectibles, including Alexander Wang bar code logo shoeboxes, Alexander Wang bar code posters, all-black basketballs, trophies and all-white tennis racquets, placed alongside items from the Spring 2015 collection, have pride of place in the store’s two windows.

One displays tennis-style looks in silk sponge mesh, pleated and combined with sneaker-detail leather waistbands, complemented by all-white athletic collectibles.

The other window reveals a darker side with all-black memorabilia and shows the collection’s delicately pleated dresses with a combination of aerated basketball mesh, grommet details and sculpted leather panels, which mirror a sneaker’s aerodynamic shape, form and structure.

Late last year, Alexander Wang’s career soared to new heights when he was appointed Creative Director at Balenciaga.

The business savvy designer took the reins from Nicolas Ghesquière, who left the house after 15 years at the helm.


Win a night at Paris’ Galeries Lafayette with Airbnb

Airbnb is known for allowing travelers to stay in unique accommodations, and its “A Night At” contest series takes this reputation to a new level.


The Airbnb activity is designed to unlock places around the world where it’s never before been possible to spend the night.

Airbnb beds Galeries Lafayette

The latest contest will let six winners spend a night at Galeries Lafayette, the historic Parisian department store, the day before the start of the “soldes,” France’s bi-annual sales event.


Galeries Lafayette Christmas 2014

Shopping fans have until midnight on December 28 to visit the dedicated Airbnb page, where they can click “contact host” to explain why they want to take part in the event. The winners will be selected on December 31.

On January 6, 2015, the eve of the “soldes,” the participants will get to spend the night inside the chic department store located on the Boulevard Haussman, which will be closed to the public during their stay.

Galeries Lafayette dome 2014

Following their arrival from 8:00pm, they can take advantage of a personal shopper to help them select and set aside items in a sneak preview.

The guests will then be served dinner before falling asleep on beds set up underneath the store’s famous red dome.

Galeries Lafayette door

The next morning, after breakfast, they will leave with their purchases!

selfridges christmas 2014

Selfridges goes gold this Christmas

selfridges christmas 2014

British department store chain Selfridges have unveiled an exclusive collection of all-gold bags for the holiday season.

Signature styles from the Fall/Winter 2014 collections have been reimagined in gold for an exciting Christmas capsule at .

Anya Hindmarch clutch

Prices for the exclusive pieces range from £450 (approx. $715) for the Mini envelope patent-leather cross-body bag by Sophie Hulme, rising up to £60,000 (approx. $95,000) for a made-to-order Anya Hindmarch crisp packet clutch which comes in a choice of solid 18 carat yellow or rose gold and can be customized with your name.

Sophie Hulme - Mini envelope patent-leather cross-body bag

Other exclusive highlights include a gold snakeskin version of the Proenza Schouler PS11 bag (£1,990, approx. $3,155) and a gold leather tote by Simone Rocha (£1,430, approx $2,270). For the gold-loving traveler there are also three Rimova suitcases which have all had the Midas touch.

Moschino Metallic gold leather tote

All the bags are available to buy in all Selfridges stores and online at Selfridges.com

Harrods Salon de Parfums

Harrods launches Salon de Parfums

Harrods Salon de Parfums

London department store  has opened a new fragrance haven featuring some bespoke treats for perfume fans.

The Salon de Parfums opened this month on the store’s sixth floor and the space contains eleven brand boutiques showing off the ranges of some of the world’s finest fragrance labels: Kilian, Chanel, Clive Christian, Creed, Dior, Ex Nihilo, Guerlain, Henry Jacques, Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie, Tom Ford and Xerjoff.


There’s a fragrance gallery including world exclusive brands like Thomas Kosmala, Liquides Imaginaires and Dead of Night, as well as further special perfumes from Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Saab and Bond No.9.

The boom in fine and niche fragrances (which this week saw Estée Lauder purchase Le Labo) drove the concept behind the space: “a growing appreciation for fine fragrance and a greater interest in individuality inspired us to develop a unique perfumery concept,” explained Mia Collins, head of beauty at Harrods.


The Salon de Parfums is also the exclusive stockist of the ‘No1 Passant Guardant’ fragrance by perfumer Clive Christian; it retails at £143,000 (approx $230,000), making it the world’s most expensive scent.

The Magical Christmas Journey by Burberry

Burberry’s ‘Magical Christmas Journey’ at Printemps

The Magical Christmas Journey by Burberry

 is creating a special seasonal collaboration with French department store Printemps for the holidays on the theme of ‘Noel Voyage Magique’ (‘magical Christmas journey’) extending across campaign materials, décor, special products and a pop-up store.

The main pop-up will appear at Printemps on boulevard Haussmann in Paris this November, with store windows, the facade and the central atrium of the department store all dressed up for the occasion.


‘Noël, Voyage magique par Burberry’ will tell the story of a little boy and his teddy bear and their magical journey from the Burberry flagship at 121 Regent Street in London all the way to Printemps in Paris.

The Printemps windows will feature their first interactive digital experience, which will let shoppers use their smartphones to control the action.

There will also be a limited edition capsule collection with a mix of prêt-à-porter, accessories, and special collectables.

Beauty fans aren’t left out either, with gifts including a custom version of the My Burberry fragrance decorated with a hand-tied red knot, and a makeup set with nail varnish and powder.

Printemps Haussmann Christmas Window Display

Printemps has previously collaborated with brands including Prada, Dior (pictured above), Chanel, and Lanvin, while the Kenzo Loves Printemps pop-up project is currently in place in the store.

Harrods Shoe Heaven

Harrods opens ‘Shoe Heaven’

Harrods Shoe Heaven

The London luxury department store has unveiled a brand new footwear department, named Shoe Heaven.

The new area is located suitably high-up, on the fifth floor of the  store in London’s smart Knightsbridge district.

Pushing 42,000 sq ft, the space contains 17 footwear boutiques with collections from over 50 of the biggest luxury brands including Christian Dior, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Valentino, Manolo Blahnik and Louis Vuitton.

Shoes are “becoming an ever increasingly important part of the way a woman dresses, and indeed a key part of our business,” explained Helen Davids of Harrods; “the space will be more ‘Penthouse’ and less ‘Shoe Floor,'” she added, in what is one of the store’s biggest rennovations to date.


The luxe marble-floored space was designed by the late David Collins, the celebrated London interior designer who died last summer.

Alongside the shoes and the displays, the space also contains velvet banquet seating and private shopping suites, with staff on hand to provide an experience that is “more five-star hotel than shoe department.”

H&M and Liberty shirt

Liberty x H&M Capsule Collection

H&M and Liberty shirt

London department store and fabric specialists Liberty have teamed up with  for a menswear capsule collection. This promising capsule collection will feature four shirts, a bowtie, a tie and three pocket squares.

The flower is one of this season’s most important prints. Combining classic pattern from Liberty with current fashion has been a very inspiring collaboration for us,” says Andreas Löwenstam, Head Menswear Designer.

H&M and Liberty pocket square

An essential? The shirt. This versatile piece will revive dull jeans or a plain jumper. Available in four shades of blue, it is the key item to shop to instantly make your basics look stylish.

Meanwhile anyone who doesn’t want to go all out with the colorful Liberty bouquets will still be able to pick up a silk pocket square to bring brightness and style to a bland look.

H&M and Liberty bowtie

Last but not least, the prices will be closer to the Swedish giant’s usual range than to the British brand’s and will go from €14.95 to €49.99.

H&M Liberty shirt

Pradasphere Pop up installation

Pradasphere Opens at Harrods

Pradasphere at Harrods

During the month of May, Harrods Knightsbridge’s fourth floor will transform into Pradasphere, an exhibit dedicated to the iconic Italian label.

Pradasphere Key pieces

“Pradasphere will transport our customer into the fabulous world of Prada here at Harrods, marrying two brands synonymous with luxury, design and creativity,” Helen David, Harrods’ fashion director told British Vogue.

pradasphere handbags

First up is in an exhibition hosted on the fourth floor, covering a selection of historic collections, collaborations and experiments from the famous label.

pradasphere library

Prada has also unveiled a capsule collection for the store, featuring a range of ready-to-wear pieces as well as bags, shoes and accessories.

Pradasphere Milanese indulgences

Creative director Miuccia Prada has apparently taken her creative inspiration from the brand’s extensive archives for the pieces.

Pradasphere The cafe

Throughout the month, will also get the chance to indulge in a few extra treats at the first-ever Pradasphere Café inside the store.

The Pradasphere exhibition will run at Harrods from the 2 – 29 May.

Pradasphere Pop up installation

Rochas pop-up store at Galeries Lafayette

Rochas pop-up at Galleries Lafayette

French luxury brand Rochas has unveiled a new pop-up store at the exclusive Parisian department store Galeries Lafayette.

The pop-up store is designed to celebrate the French brand’s fragrances, accessories and ready-to-wear collection for Spring-Summer 2014 (the final showing from former creative director Marco Zanini).

Inspired by Tennessee Williams’s “Glass Menagerie,” the stand shows off the collection’s pastel (in orange, yellow, pale pinks and green), ivory and silver shades, matched with silk satin, velvet, organza, frosted lace and technical fabrics.

The label’s three luxury fragrances, Eau de Rochas, Eau Sensuelle, and Eau de Rochas Fraîche, are also on display.

The Rochas location is open from now until Saturday April 5 and the fragrances are also available in the perfume department of Galeries Lafayette.

The Rochas pop-up at Galleries Lafayette

Harvey Nichols Christmas campaign 2013

The best Christmas ad campaigns of 2013

The department stores have unveiled their annual holiday films, here’s our pick:


French visual artist Joanie Lemercier, Shawn ‘JAY Z’ Carter and Barneys’ Creative Director Dennis Freedman teamed up to create an interactive holiday installation this year in New York City. The light shows, 3D mapping and futuristic sleigh ride are all captured in this short film.

Harvey Nichols

“A little something for them, a big something for you.” Luxury London department store Harvey Nichols carries on with its usual tongue-in-cheek Christmas campaign, which sees selfish relatives splurge on themselves instead of their loved ones. 

Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman shows off this year’s ‘Holidays on Ice Windows’ in this reveal video, which features lit-up abseiling acrobats, and plenty of seasonal sparkle. 

Christmas at Harrods

A man is left waiting on the platform as his lady rushes to make the train: Harrods’ black and white silent movie comes with a message: don’t leave your shopping too late, Because Christmas Won’t Wait. 


There’s no message here, just lots of shiny gift ideas in this cool and colorful holiday video from Bloomingdales. 

Harvey Nichols corporate box

Harvey Nichols’ Secret VIP Twitter Account

Harvey Nichols corporate box

Harvey Nichols Manchester has a special secret Twitter account for the city’s luxury-loving footballers.

Image is all in football. While Manchester United’s new Belgian midfield signing, Marouane Fellaini, might be known for his simple tastes (his is the Renault Clio in the carpark full of Ferraris), most of the city’s footballers (whether in United red or City blue) are a pretty luxury-loving bunch.

Hence the luxury department store has used a secret Twitter account to alert the big spenders to the presence of hot new items on the shop floor, so that they can snap them up before their teammates.

“The Twitter feed gives us the opportunity to see a product when it first arrives in store,” Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott explained to the Sunday Times. “I think the element of exclusivity is key, as you don’t always want to be wearing something everyone else has on.”

The secret twitter account, with the @HN_VIP_MANC (Harvey Nichols VIP Manchester, as we understand it) has just 80 followers, (it follows them all back) and has tweeted 241 times to date.

moet vending machine

Moet & Chandon Unveils Champagne Vending Machines

After caviar, cupcakes and high-end mascara, now there’s a vending machine selling bottles of luxury bubbly by Moet & Chandon.

In what some see as the champagne house’s attempt at making bubbly more accessible to the general public, the new vending machine at London department store Selfridges dispenses blinged-out mini bottles of bubbly, bedecked with 350 deco-inspired Swarovski mini crystals.

The machine is located in the store’s Christmas section, where shoppers can stock up on 200 ml bottles for £18 ($29) for the holidays.

moet vending machine

It’s the latest luxury product to find its way into an automatic dispenser at a time when consumers demand convenience and customer service is becoming increasingly automated.

This spring, Selfridges also debuted a vending machine that sold Chanel mascaras for a limited time.

Last year, the world’s first caviar vending machine debuted in the US for customers with haute snack cravings that go beyond candy bars and chips.

The Beverly Hills Caviar machine dispenses containers of caviar along with all the accoutrements needed to throw a caviar fete, including blinis, truffle oil, Mother of Pearl plates and spoons and gourmet salts.

Galeries Lafayette returns to China after 15 years

 Galeries Lafayette China

France’s luxury department store Galeries Lafayette Friday launched a new shop in Beijing, seeking to tempt China with the “art of French living”, 15 years after a failed attempt.

The entrance to the 47,000-square metre (506-square foot), six-storey shop, intended as bridgehead in the world’s second-largest economy, is emblazoned with an Eiffel Tower.

The name the store has chosen as its Chinese transliteration — “Laofoye” — was historically a title of respect for the mother of the emperor during the Qing Dynasty.

Galeries Lafayette is targeting China’s middle class, with the economy the fastest-growing in the G20 and demand for luxury goods rising, despite a knock from a government crackdown on corruption.

The chain’s showpiece outlet on Paris’ Boulevard Haussmann is a top target for Chinese tourists visiting France — their favourite European destination — and the Beijing version includes a reproduction of its trademark glass dome, made up of LEDs.

With oak floors and distinctive French-style mouldings, the Beijing version looks to distinguish itself from the Chinese capital’s many malls and offers “a whole range of products with prices going from accessible to premium”, Philippe Houze, chairman of the Galeries Lafayette group, told reporters.

“Above all, we are a fashion retailer, and we want to reach customers who are not necessarily hugely rich, as well as fashionistas and the wealthy,” he added.

Its first attempt at establishing itself in the Chinese capital, a franchised outlet, opened in 1996 but closed less than two years later.

Galeries Lafayette has invested 42 million euros in the new joint venture with Hong Kong fashion distributor IT, and they are aiming to open around 15 outlets in China. The Beijing store is Galeries Lafayette’s fifth shop outside France, following Berlin, Casablanca, Dubai, and Jakarta.

Galeries Lafayette beijing

Selfridges logo

Selfridges To Launch Drive-Through Service


The British luxury retail giant Selfridges has launched its first click and collect service in all four of its stores across the UK to improve flexibility amid growing demand for convenience.

With click and collect, Selfridges’ customers will be able to shop online every day until 4pm and collect the following day from the dedicated collection point at one of its four stores.

Selfridges is also opening a drive-thru click and collect service at its London flagship store, enabling customers to collect products ordered online without even having to exit their car.

Shoppers will also be allowed to try fashion and accessories on before deciding whether or not they want to complete their order and take them away.

In addition, Selfridges is launching an international delivery service of online orders later this year.

Harrods logo

Dior to take over Harrods

dior at harrods

From March 16 to April 14 the celebrated Knightsbridge store Harrods, will be tranformed as part of a month-long feast of Christian Dior mixing “French Savior Fair and British charm”.

The store windows will be transformed into classic Dior grey and white. Traditional bright-red post boxes and telephone cabins take center stage, and Dior’s creative director, Raf Simons has also designed costumes for the shop’s Beefeaters.

‘The Stars in Dior’ exhibition will show off the real dresses worn by Hollywood starlets including Emma Watson, and Oscar winning actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Marion Cotillard.

The fourth floor at Harrods will host the “ultimate Dior experience”, which opens a reconstruction of the facade of the Dior flagship at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris. Visitors are then able to explore displays and exhibits featuring some of the brand’s most famous handbags, accessories and fragrances.

“Like the house of Dior, Harrods is reputed for astounding and satisfying its elegant women all over the world,” Sidney Toledano, Christian Dior’s President and CEO, told Vogue UK. “The inspired collaboration with Harrods not only draws attention to Monsieur Dior’s relationship with the fabled department store but also affirms the house of Dior’s continued high standards via creation and discernment,” he added.