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.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion