LONDON — For Londoners, it’s all about boutique shopping. Here are five worth noting.
At Coco Ribbon, everything is for sale. Besides offering frilly panties, embroidered satin cushions, Swarovski stilettos and feathered bags, this luxury lifestyle boutique is happy to sell the display furniture. Alison Chow and Sophie Threapleton, who opened the shop last September, have sought labels from here and all over the world, including the U.S., France and Australia, Chow’s home country. Brands include footwear from Beatrix Ong, cashmere by Cameron Taylor and denim by Sass & Bide. Right now though, resin homeware from Dinosaur Designs is flying out, priced from $16 for a teaspoon, as are dusty pink suede bags from Zume, at $368. The only thing that’s not for sale are the Cadbury’s Cherry Ripe’s — they’re free to all visitors.
21 Kensington Park Road, London W11,
(44- 207) 229-4904.
The L Boutique
The L Boutique is a design team, a personal stylist and a boutique all rolled into one. More like a boudoir than a shop, a bed is strewn with flower and diamante headpieces, silk dresses are hung wherever there is space and the mannequins could be on any best-dressed list, complete with silk kimonos, matching jewelry, bags and shawls. Lucia Silver opened the boutique as a tribute to every woman who has ended up at a party wearing the same as another. Inspired by the Twenties and Thirties, everything is one-of-a-kind, the jewelry is vintage but has been restrung, and even the array of organza and chiffon evening coats are all handmade. A made-to-measure service is also available with Silver, by appointment only.
28 Chepstow Place, London
W2, (44-207) 243-9190.
Relocated from Knightsbridge to Notting Hill’s Westbourne Grove, Feathers has also enjoyed a revamp as well as a relaunch. The 2,500-square-foot store has the space to carry more labels, luxuriously big dressing rooms including one for VIPs, and an on-site seamstress. Although the store has been around for more than 35 years, its new site has been open for just four months. American labels include Rick Owens, Burning Torch and New Religion; European labels include Megan Park, Voyage Passion, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Roberto Cavalli and Pucci. The pashminas with pink flamingo feathers by Anna Trzebinski are a must-have, especially in turquoise, priced at about $980.176 Westbourne Grove, London W11,
Sara Chiaramonte set up Tashia, named after her daughter, just over a year ago, and now stocks Matthew Williamson, Calypso, Roland Mouret, Johanna Ho, Buba, Language, Theory and Ann-Louise Roswald. These complement her own Tashia line of suede wraps and fur gilet. Look for Tashia’s capsule collection of silk scarves, vintage print caftan tunics and skirts made from Indian saris. A visit on a sunny day is well worth it, and the patio garden at the back of the store is a treat for weary shoppers.
178 Walton Street, London, SW3,
London’s hip crowd heads to Bare, where an array of brands includes Matthew Williamson, Boyd, Gharani Strok, Markus Lupfer, Sara Berman, Bikini, Studd and J&M Davidson. Accessories by Ana Konder, maker of Chanel’s jewelry, are proving to be a hit, especially the $300 fur-and-rose quartz neckpieces. Owners Daisy Morrison and Tina Ferguson celebrated its first anniversary with a champagne-fueled shopping party in Knightsbridge for every “It” girl and her friend. The basement features a lounge area and cocktail glasses filled to the brim with Smarties. If not for the fashion or the candy, it’s worth visiting just for the dressing room, complete with a fireplace, Louis XVI furniture and Florentine wall varnishings. There are also plans for a Bare in the U.S.“L.A. would be perfect for us,” said Morrison.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye