As the UK prime minister laid out his cautious ‘one-way road to freedom’ strategy to get the English economy reopened by May, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) warned the plan could be too late for many businesses.
Sustainability is a strand running through almost every product launch these days and that’s very clear from the latest Selfridges debut as the luxe department store unveils a collab with shoe label Christian Louboutin.
The Italian luxe label is being relaunched, and has strengthened its senior management team with the arrival of a new head of marketing, Antonella Leoni, formerly in charge of communications at eyewear group Safilo.
Belmond, LVMH’s luxury hotel and resorts group, has named Karl Bieberach to be its head of global development and responsible for the global expansion of Belmond’s portfolio of hotels, trains, river barges and safaris.
The vaccination programme may be dealing with many millions of people every week and the spread of the virus may be sharply down, but it seems there’s no good news on the reopening of non-essential shops any time soon.
With the government unwilling to allow non-essential shops to reopen very quickly, UK consumers are voting with their feet and continuing to drift back to physical shopping, even though most stores are closed.
There was a notable French touch at London Fashion Week this weekend, with shows from Stephen Jones, Bianca Saunders, Bethany Williams, N Palmer, 16Arlington, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Art School and Jamie Wei Huang.
One true test of any great artist, or significant designer, is whether or not they have an identifiable signature style. One of many reasons that Molly Goddard has become one of the most important creators in UK fashion.