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Versace shop Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Versace opens new Milan store in historic setting

Versace shop Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

With the world’s fashion press in the Italian city for the Spring/Summer 2015 shows,  has chosen this week to open a new boutique in the recently restored Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

The restoration of the famous Galleria, which survived the city’s bombing during the Second World War, was supervised by the city’s Sovrintendenza alle Belle Arti (Department for the Fine Arts), with delicate work undertaken to preserve and protect the friezes and other decorations.

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Milan

The Versace boutique was designed by Donatella Versace and architect Jamie Fobert, with the space designed to balance the distinctive Versace aesthetic with the delicate late 19th century features of the Galleria.

“It has been an honour to preserve and promote the importance of Italian culture giving back to Milan one of its treasures,” says Donatella Versace, “the importance of Milan to Versace is fundamental: it was in this city that the Maison was born in 1978. It means the opening of our boutique in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is hugely important to us.”

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Versace store Milan interior

In celebration of the opening, Donatella Versace and her team have designed a new accessories collection in honor of the store.

The Versace Ornamental Collection features a heat-impressed print motif which riffs on the friezes and columns in the Galleria.

Karen Millen shop window

Karen Millen Opens New York Flagship

Karen Millen shop window

Contemporary women’s wear label Karen Millen has arrived in New York City with a new Fifth Avenue flagship.

Opening Thursday, Karen Millen’s new Manhattan store sees the brand capitalize on “strong US demand for British fashion retailers.”

The 5,000-square-foot store is part of a new growth strategy that will see the brand’s partnership with Bloomingdales expand from 15 to 20 locations over the next three years, sitting alongside 13 other standalone US stores.

“There’s strong demand for British creativity and design expertise across the world and particularly in the US,” explained CCO Gemma Metheringham.

Karen Millen Fifth Avenue store

The new store joins the recently opened Brompton Road flagship in London, with the brand also unveiling the first taste of its new Fall-Winter 2014 campaign shot by Glen Luchford.

A pop-up leather atelier matching the one in the brand’s Shoreditch store will be creating bespoke leather jackets from Sep, 10 for the following 4 weeks.

Karn Millen currently boasts 400 stores around the world, with new locations in Mexico, Norway, India and Taiwan planned for this year.

Versace Hong Kong flagship boutique

Versace new flagship store in Hong Kong

Versace Hong Kong flagship boutique

The Italian luxury brand has opened its second Hong Kong store — its first flagship in the city. Located in Harbour City, Kowloon, ‘s new 732-square-meter store is the brand’s largest flagship in Asia.

VERSACE HONG KONG FLAGSHIP BOUTIQUE VIP ROOM

The design concept, which was conceived by Donatella Versace and British architect Jamie Fobert, blends Classical Italian features with modern touches and features Byzantine-style mosaic floors, perspex walls and shelving, and brass decorative stars.

VERSACE HK FLAGSHIP BOUTIQUE

The store stocks the men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories lines as well as the Versace Home collection and also houses a watch and jewelry corner and a VIP room.

VERSACE HONG KONG FLAGSHIP STORE VIP ROOM

“For me the boutique suggests an uninterrupted dialogue between our past and our future, between me and Jamie Fobert and obviously between Versace and our clients,” observed Donatella.

VERSACE HONG KONG FLAGSHIP STORE

To celebrate those clients, and the launch of the store, Versace has designed two new limited edition versions of the ‘Signature’ bag in a choice of white or black leather, with only 60 pieces available.

VERSACE HONG KONG FLAGSHIP STORE VIP ROOM

On sale exclusively in the new flagship, the metal mesh version comes in calfskin, while the quilted version is in nappa leather, and all the bags come with a gold and leather ‘Versace for Hong Kong_Limited Edition’ tag.

Versace limited edtion Signature bag black

Alexander McQueen Aoyama flagship

Alexander McQueen opens Tokyo flagship

Alexander McQueen Aoyama flagship

  has unveiled its first flagship in Japan, a 4,200-square-foot space in Tokyo’s Aoyama neighborhood.

The new store is set over two storeys, has separate ready-to-wear and accessories sections and follows on from the brand’s accessories-only store, which opened in April 2013.

The retail concept was conceived by the brand’s creative director, Sarah Burton, along with architectural practice David Collins Studio. The design mixes flora and fauna with added influences from painters Francis Bacon and HR Giger as well as nods to the McQueen label’s history.

Alexander McQueen Aoyama flagship store

A heritage tailored jacket and the famous ‘armadillo’ shoe have been etched onto bespoke plaster panel moldings alongside a range of motifs from the natural world.

“The collections are presented in an environment that feels luxurious and precious which is also reflective of our design ethos,” explained Burton.

Alexander McQueen boutique Tokyo

The finishes include Calacatta Oro cracked marble flooring with deep pile carpets, and bronze animal feet on furniture, with the material also used to support marble shelves.

Other key elements include a one-piece marble staircase and a hanging installation by contemporary artists Takeo Hanazawa and Takao Togashi.

Brioni Milan Flagship Store

Brioni unveils Milan flagship and Brioni Miror digital tool

Brioni Milan Flagship Store

Brioni has unveiled a new flagship store in Milan, their largest so far, and a new personalized ‘made to measure’ suiting technology, Brioni Miror.

Situated on Via Gesù in Milan, the new  flagship is set to be inaugurated Saturday, on the opening day of Milan’s menswear fashion week.

The three-storey, 1,200-square-meter boutique is located inside a renovated historical palazzo and features ‘Blue Hour’, a structural light installation by Greek artist Michael Anastassiades on display until July 12.

Creative Director Brendan Mullane and Studio Park Associati of Milan masterminded the design concept which includes tonal beiges, taupes and browns and sanded glass, brass, bahia wood, marble and travertine textures.

“By using Brioni’s excellent know-how and tradition, we have given a Su Misura experience to the concept and tailored a beautiful, almost second-skin suit to its realization. Creating a real one-of-a-kind installation filled with sensual darkness and radiant light,” said Mullane.

Six full-time tailors will be on staff for a full made-to-measure experience, and the opening will also see the launch of the Brioni Miror, a new digital tool designed to help revolutionize the bespoke process.

Brioni Mirror

The project is being revealed in three stages. First the ‘virtual look’ options will be available now, and from next year, users will be able to build a virtual multi-purpose wardrobe. By 2017 Brioni clients should be able to look in a digital ‘mirror’ and see themselves wearing custom Brioni garments with the fabrics and patterns rendered in HD.

Appearing in the brand’s Milan and Rome boutiques, followed by a worldwide roll-out in directly-operated stores by 2015, the system is designed to overcome geographical barriers, physical limits and time restrictions.

With over 1500 fabrics and up to 8 million styling combinations, the client can pop into any Brioni boutique to continue their bespoke fitting process.

Lily Collins for Barrie Knitwear

Chanel-owned Barrie opens Paris store

Lily Collins for Barrie Knitwear

The Scottish cashmere label opened its first store Monday, debuting the brand in the City of Light.

When Parisian luxury brand Chanel first announced it was buying knitwear house Barrie, some people were surprised by the French fashion giant’s interest in the small cashmere specialists who had been quietly turning out top-quality knits for some of the biggest names in fashion since 1905.

Now, with the launch of the 20-piece debut collection for Fall-Winter 2014 and this week’s opening of Barrie’s first store at 380 rue Saint Honoré in Paris, the vision for the brand has become a little clearer.

The line has also been sported by actress Lily Collins in the first campaign for the label, with the 25-year-old actress shot by Lagerfeld in the images.

Alongside the standalone Barrie store on rue Saint Honoré, the brand is also stocked at luxury retailers around the world including Neiman Marcus, Harrods and Colette.

Garance Dore for Bonpoint

Bonpoint By Garance Doré [VIDEO]

French fashion blogger Garance Doré has directed a short film marking the opening of the new Bonpoint boutique in SoHo, New York.

Featuring a group of children playing with a range of accessories to the sound of British folk musician Rachael Dadd’s track “Bounce the Ball”, the film showcases key pieces from the French label’s Summer 2014 collection.

The SoHo boutique is Bonpoint’s second New York location, following the opening of its Madison Avenue retail spot in 2011.

Unveiled earlier this month, the store features a  tea room and a ‘Miniclub’ designed to help parents organize baby showers and host creative workshops for children.

Givenchy Tokyo Flagship

Givenchy Opens Tokyo Flagship Store

Givenchy Tokyo Flagship

Givenchy has landed in Tokyo with a new flagship, an opening that comes on the back of the brand’s recent debut in Las Vegas, the French brand’s first American store since its New York City flagship closed in 2008.

Located in the ONE Omotesando building, the 392-square-meter space is split over three floors, with its design inspired by the global flagship on rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris.

Givenchy Tokyo Flagship Store

The facade features a bald strip of raw natural iron, with elegant aluminum mesh and a golden motif and 11-meter high windows.

Inside series of rooms are made up of black burnt oak (to honor the label’s classic haute couture delivery boxes) with womenswear spaces clad in calacatta marble and the menswear sections in grey basaltina volcanic stone.

Givenchy Tokyo Flagship interior

The store stocks the full Givenchy product lines, including ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and small accessories.

Givenchy Tokyo Flagship Store photo

To celebrate the Japanese opening the company has also produced a monochrome flower-camouflage print version of the Pandora bag.

The limited edition items come with an engraved serial number on a metal plate to mark the Omotesando debut.

First Givenchy Store In The US Opens In Las Vegas

Givenchy Las Vegas Store

Givenchy has opened a 3100 sq ft store at the Wynn Resort Promenade in Las Vegas, the brand’s first US store since its New York City flagship closed in 2008, and “a major milestone,” according to CEO Sebastian Suhl.

Designed like the brand’s Parisian flagship on the Rue St Honoré, the concept is based around the Givenchy boxes used to deliver haute couture gowns and dresses to customers. Here the lacquered wood boxes are blown up into full rooms, with floors in natural oak parquet.

Givenchy Las Vegas new Store

Marble wall niches hold bags and accessories, with small leather goods on brass stands. The walls and floors of the entrance are in American marble.

Givenchy Las Vegas Store photo

The full men’s and women’s lines are on sale alongside three limited edition Shark Chain bags, which are available exclusively at the Las Vegas store. The bags come in red crocodile skin with red lining, lambskin leather and pale gold hardware.

First Givenchy Store Las Vegas

“The United States is a strategic market for Givenchy and we shall roll out retail units in other key cities during 2014,” added Suhl. A New York City store on Madison Avenue is set to appear in the fall.

Karl Lagerfeld store Regent Street

Karl Lagerfeld comes to Middle East

Designer Karl Lagerfeld

The German designer’s namesake label is set to expand across the Middle East with 25 new locations planned by 2018.

A new deal signed between Karl Lagerfeld and Dubai-based Chalhoub Inc. will see 10 new Karl Lagerfeld concept stores and a further 15 shops-in-shop opening in the Middle East over the next 5 years, with the region labeled by CEO Pier Paolo Righi as “a key area of focus in our phased global roll-out.”

Karl Lagerfeld London Store

The first openings will be in-store units at the Stars Avenue Mall in Jeddah, set to welcome shoppers this month. Another freestanding store will open in Qatar by July. Middle Eastern customers already rank in the top four of the brand’s international clients and the standalone stores will carry the brand’s full lines, but there will be a special focus on handbags.

Karl Lagerfeld London store interior

The Karl Lagerfeld brand is also expanding aggressively into China and has consolidated its position in Europe and Asia, with 17 new stores opening over the past 12 months.

Earlier this year Lagerfeld also unveiled the brand’s first men’s and women’s fragrances, which join the ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories lines.

Karl Lagerfeld store Regent Street

Best known as the creative director at Chanel, Karl will also be in Dubai on May 13 for the couture house’s cruise collection show.

Karl Lagerfeld UK store

Fendi Peekaboo Bag Charity Auction

Fendi celebrates new store with celebrity bag auction

Fendi Peekaboo Bag Charity Auction

FENDI is launching a star-studded charity handbag auction to celebrate the opening of its new London flagship.

Tracey Emin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomie Harris, Cara Delevingne, Jerry Hall, Georgia May Jagger, Zaha Hadid, Tanya Ling, Adele, and Kate Adie will all customize the brand’s Peekaboo bag with the results going on sale to the public via an online auction in aid of children’s charity Kids Company.

fendi london bond street store render

It’s all in honor of Fendi’s new New Bond Street store which opens on May 1 and where the bags will go on display on May 2. The auction in collaboration with Sotheby’s will be open from May 1 to May 30 online.

Burberry fêtes new Shanghai store

On Thursday night the British brand brought a bit of Blighty to Shanghai with the “Dreams of London” event.

In honor of the opening of its Shanghai flagship store, Burberry created an enormous custom-built set on the banks of the Huangpu River, featuring a mocked-up Georgian terrace and a cobbled street for the 1,500 guests.

Burberry models walked while Paloma Faith sang in Shanghai

With the whole evening themed around the links between the two cities, it started with a short film exploring the history of the brand’s famed trench coat, followed by projected images that mixed the architecture of the two cosmopolitan centers, a giant choreographed dance spectacle, and musical performances from Paloma Faith, Ed Harcourt and George Ezra.

In fact, Harcourt’s “You Can’t Stop The Rain” was written and performed especially for the occasion.

Burberry brollies at the ready in Shanghai

The musicians were accompanied by a fashion show featuring Burberry star Suki Waterhouse; the show was also an opportunity for the brand to show off the new Burberry Bloomsbury handpainted bags.

To cap it all off, Cara Delevingne flew above the audience on wires, like a Burberry-clad Mary Poppins.

Dancers on set for Burberry in Shanghai

Model Shu Pei Qin, singer Angelababy and actress Carina Lau were just three of the Asian stars in attendance. And, in a fun digital tie-in, BURBERRY collaborated for the second time with mobile messaging platform WeChat.

The brand created a parallel event experience which allowed users to shake, swipe and tap their devices to interact with panoramas of the two cities. After the event they could then explore 360° views of the set.

Burberry Opens Flagship Store in Shanghai

Burberry Kerry Centre Flagship Shanghai

Burberry has opened a new flagship store in Shanghai, its largest in China so far and the first to feature the Burberry Beauty room concept.

burberry shanghai

Located in the city’s Kerry Centre in Shanghai’s Jing An district, it’s the British brand’s eighth location in the city. Open from Monday, the store will get an official launch with an event on April 24 designed to bring London to Shanghai with an immersive digital Burberry experience.

Burberry Flagship Store Shanghai

Inspired by the global flagship at 121 Regent Street in London, the space was designed to incorporate the best of British craftsmanship and materials, with a design concept developed by Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey.

Burberry Flagship Store Shanghai staircase

The store is set over three floors that mix digital and physical displays, including a dynamic illuminated facade on the outside and over 40 video screens on the inside providing an immersive audiovisual experience.

burberry beauty shanghai

With the full Burberry lines in-store, there’s a dedicated watch area (below), and the first in-store Burberry Beauty room (above) in China.

Burberry Watch Store Shanghai

The technical magic also include RFID chips woven into pieces that trigger mirrors to turn into screens and showcase exclusive content like fashion shows and product videos.

burberry shanghai meanswear

Shanghai-based fans can celebrate with exclusive men’s and womens ready-to-wear pieces and accessories, which will be available from April 25.

Burberry Flagship Store Shanghai interior

Karl Lagerfeld opens London store

Karl Lagerfeld Regent Street

Just days after the launch of his debut men’s and women’s fragrances, Kaiser Karl is at it again. The designer opened the first UK store for his namesake fashion and accessories brand in London, a 2,700-square-foot (250 square meters) space on Regent Street in the city’s West End.

Karl Lagerfeld London store interior

It’s the 17th store in the Lagerfeld retail empire, which started with the Fall 2012 opening of his store in Saint Germain on the Rive Gauche in Paris.

Karl Lagerfeld London Store

As you would expect there’s a strictly monochrome colour scheme, enhanced by glossy surfaces, mirrors, faux fur chairs and graffiti-style artwork designed especially for the store by I Love Dust.

Karl Lagerfeld store Regent Street

“Karl is a master of accessorization, and the consumer has responded to that. We have doubled the bags offer from last season in response to demand,” Karl Lagerfeld CEO Pier Paolo Righi explained to WWD.

Karl Lagerfeld UK store

With a celeb-studded bash to celebrate the opening, a British-themed capsule collection is exclusive to the store for now (although it will roll out to the other Lagerfeld locations), made up of Union Jack-emblazoned, Lagerfeld-themed candles, T-shirts, sweatshirts, iPhone covers, and wallets.

Lagerfeld London Collection

Burberry beauty products

Burberry Beauty Box opens in London

The luxury brand has unveiled its debut cosmetics store, packed as usual with some forward-thinking digital features alongside all the beauty treats.

Set in London’s famed Covent Garden shopping precinct, the new Burberry Beauty Box mixes “personalised physical and digital experiences” designed to foster connections between the brand’s different make-up, fragrance and accessories.

Burberry beauty products

The store contains all the brand’s beauty lines as well as a selection of accessories, and fragrances including Burberry Brit Rhythm, which launched in September. There are also new seasonal beauty looks designed to complement the brand’s runway collections.

The Runway Made to Order has been expanded to the beauty lines, meaning that customers can shop the new products online as soon as they appear on the catwalk.

burberry Covent Garden store

In store there are dedicated Beauty Stylists offering free consultations for skin, eyes and lips, while you can also book yourself in for the Runway Nail Service with one of the brand’s professionals.

Perhaps the most exciting development is the range of digital developments including the Digital Runway Nail Bar, which offers “a playful virtual experience” for trying on the latest Burberry runway nail shades. You place a polish onto an RFID-enabled platform, choose your skintone and virtually experience the selected nail shade.

Design wise, it’s digital all the way too. The space features a giant digital video screen on the exterior and a 16-foot digital chandelier inside. It’s also the company’s first till-free store, meaning that payment is taken by staff on the shop floor armed with mobile payment software on iPhone and iPads.

Les Enfantines collection

Les enfantines, luxury brand for children

Les Enfantines, which offers ready-to-wear apparel for children between the ages of three months and eight years and  was created by designer Alexia Gobert in partnership with Laure Gues, a descendant of legendary French couturiere Jeanne Lanvin opens its first dedicated store Wednesday.

Les Enfantines collection

Distributed through a very exclusive network of retailers in France, Europe and South Korea, Les Enfantines includes collections of pieces that can be shopped individually in addition to complete outfits, customized clothing and gift sets.

Les Enfantines removable collar

The brand’s luxurious children’s clothing, made from fine materials such as cashmere and wool blends, will be on display in the new 47 square meter store.

Les Enfantines

Visitors to the Parisian boutique will also find a wide selection of Les Enfantines’ signature removable collars, a perfect way to dress up or customize a child’s ensemble.

Les Enfantines childrenswear

The new store is located at 12, rue Guichard, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

Louis Vuitton Courchevel

Louis Vuitton Opens Pop-up Store in Courchevel

Louis Vuitton will open a pop-up store in the ultra-chic Courchevel ski resort this season, from this December 13 to April 6, 2014.

Louis Vuitton Courchevel

The temporary boutique at Courchevel Village 1850, with decor inspired by the region’s signature chalet style, will showcase items from the latest Louis Vuitton collections. Shoppers will find luggage and bags, ready-to-wear apparel, shoes, accessories, watches and jewelry from the prestigious brand.

LV Courchevel

The store will offer some of the very latest Louis Vuitton creations, including the Capucines bag available in pastel colors or in vison and the Lockit bracelet in white gold and diamonds.

Armani lands in Saint Petersburg

The Italian luxury brand has launched its first Giorgio Armani boutique in the city of Saint Petersburg. The 260-square meter store hosts the full Armani womenswear and menswear collections.

Giorgio Armani Saint Petersburg

The company will be celebrating the opening with a luxurious event, set to be hosted by Roberta Armani, the famous designer’s niece. Alongside the celebrations for the store, the party will also be fêting the opening of the ‘Eccentrico’ exhibition, a look at some of Armani’s most delightful accessories and jewelry creations from 1985 until today, which will be open to the public until December 8.

The store interiors were created in a “Brushed silk” theme — molded wall panels are covered with a special fabric, as well as a backlit onyx for contrast, complementing a beige stone floor. There’s also space for the brand’s Armani Casa fixtures and fittings, including the space’s green carpets.

Giorgio Armani store Saint Petersburg

The latest opening brings the Armani Group’s Russian presence up to three Giorgio Armani boutiques, nine Emporio Armani stores, ten Armani Collezioni stores, as well as locations for Armani Jeans, Armani Junior and Armani/Casa.

Karl Lagerfeld Store Antwerp

Karl Lagerfeld to open London store

Karl Lagerfeld Regent Street

The Chanel and Fendi designer’s self-named fashion and accessories label will be opening up in the UK capital in March next year.

The Karl Lagerfeld concept store is set to open at 145-147 on London’s famed Regent Street, the West End shopping mecca which welcomes over 70 million visitors a year.

The store will stock all the brand’s men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories collections, from handbags, leather goods, watches, eyewear and scarves to footwear.

Karl Lagerfeld London store interior

“London is one of the world’s leading cities when it comes to Retail and this location offers a unique brand mix” said CEO Pier Paolo Righi. “Our London presence will be a fantastic representation of our brand’s aesthetic and it showcases our cool, accessible-luxe collections in a cutting-edge environment.”

The 250 sq. meter location is the biggest European Karl Lagerfeld store to date and will feature standard glossy black decor as well as the brand’s focus on a connected digital shopping experience.

Karl Lagerfeld London Store

Fans will be encouraged to sign in on a digital guestbook and leave messages for Karl, while display racks will hold iPad Minis for customers to browse the collection and play with interactive content.

The latest location will join the existing Karl Lagerfeld stores in Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Antwerp (pictured above), Shanghai and Beijing.

Karl Lagerfeld store Regent Street

Issey Miyake store Tokyo

Issey Miyake to Open New Concept Store in Toky

Issey Miyake store Tokyo

The Japanese luxury brand has unveiled a menswear counterpart to its Pleats Please line called Homme Plissé as well as a new Reality Lab Tokyo concept store.

Reality Lab Issey Miyake store Tokyo

The Homme Plissé line will feature 10 different styles of pleated pieces, from t-shirts and cardigans to pants. Everything comes in four key colors: light gray, dark gray, blue and black (with a couple of extra accent color options), and the collection is rounded out with some (pleatless) coats and jackets. The pieces range from 12,000 yen ($122) for t-shirts up to 50,000 yen ($507) for outerwear.

Issey Miyake Reality Lab

The Reality Lab concept store, which opened November 11 in Tokyo’s Aoyama district, presents creations by the Reality Lab research team led by Issey Miyake, as well as numerous items from the company’s ranges including the new menswear, the forward-thinking 132 5 line (which includes computer generated prints and recycled plastic pieces), watches and Bao Bao Issey Miyake bags.

Issey Miyake Reality Lab Tokyo

The space, which was designed by Tokujin Yoshioka and combines concrete panels and expanses of primary colors, also features exclusive pieces inspired by a cool paper theme: items include IN-EI origami lamps created with Italian company Artemide and bags with woven paper elements by Tokyo-based designer Mike Abelson.

Issey Miyake Tokyo