Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Giles Deacon designs limited edition bags for label.m

British Designer Giles Deacon has designed three exclusive bags Summer 2010, as part of a collaboration with label.m Professional Haircare. Using his illustration skills, Giles has created an abstract-inspired print, reflecting one of Spring/Summer’s trends, which is applied to a microfibre canvas. Giles’ recognisable ‘eek’ emblem is juxtaposed against overlapping multicoloured loops. The design concept is enhanced by Grosgrain Black straps positioned to form a V shape, and is finished with a unique ‘Giles Designs for label.m’ logo. The limited edition fashion bags are available in June 2010 a special Gift with any label.m product purchased at TONI&GUY, essensuals and specially approved label.m salons nationwide.

Jade Jagger launches new fashion & music website

Jade Jagger’s new website launches this week. The website features parties, music, clothing and jewellery as well as updates and information on everything that team Jezebel is up to. Videos, photos, news, and an interactive diary invite users to be part of the world of Jezebel. There is a newsletter as well as daily twitter updates to alert users to Jezebel parties. Monthly loft parties bring the Jezebel action to London at 77 Scrubs Lane, London NW10; the next one takes place on 28 May with secret acts to be announced over the coming weeks. For the first time online, the Jade Jezebel Jagger collection will be available to buy directly from the source. The Spring/Summer 2010 collection is currently available at comprising distressed, deconstructed dresses, slouchy separates and bold jewellery.

New Cowshed Spa opens

A new Cowshed Spa has now opened alongside Shoreditch House, the third in London. Opened this month, the new, upgraded spa is open to all, offering Cowshed’s trademark social grooming in it’s signature ‘lived-in country’ style surroundings. The space is home to manicure/ pedicure stations, three multi purpose treatment rooms as well as a cafĂ© style area serving bakery offerings and drinks. Cowshed’s own product ranges, which include organic, wild-crafted and fair trade botanicals from around the world, will be retailed in the Spa. To celebrate the launch Cowshed is introducing the limited edition ‘Morning After’ package. This treatment has been developed specifically for those who have ‘over-indulged’ the night before. The Morning After Package is priced at £32.00 and includes: The Morning After Facial – focusing on the eye area, incorporating lymphatic drainage and your choice of facial oil; A shot of espresso; and a breakfast pastry or muffin. The Cowshed spa is located right next door to Shoreditch House and is open Monday to Friday 8:30am - 9pm, Saturday 9am - 8pm, Sunday 10am to 7pm.

New e-commerce venture taking advantage of social media launches

A new partnership of internet businesses has recently launched a new e-commerce venture. Keynoir, as the collaboration is known, takes advantage of social networking and empowers people to group together via their networks and act as bulk-purchasers in order to secure offers on lifestyle experiences. The new company is the creation of Philip Wilkinson, Kelkoo director and pioneer of the first online price comparison site in the UK, Glen Drury, former CEO of Kelkoo and VP, Yahoo! Europe and Jan Riem, a technology corporate financier. The members-only buying club, which launched at the end of March in London, will expand across the rest of the UK and Europe by the end of the year, promote offers to users and encourage them to enjoy an aspirational lifestyle that Keynoir enables them to afford.

New menswear brand launches

Forgotten Future is a new premium menswear brand created by designer Richard Dawson. The Autumn/Winter 2010 collection was launched at this years On/Off event during London Fashion week. The collection, aimed at fashion conscious men, is influenced by Constructivist graphics and the underground ‘No Wave’ music scene in 1970s New York. Zip detailing enables proportional play and a versatile approach, blazers turn to boleros, long sleeves become short, T-shirts can be unzipped to create an alternative look. Complex patchwork emphasises the labels attention to detail with pleats and geometric graphics reinforcing the modern ethos. Aran knits are included in over and undersized styles. A vintage cardigan inspired the collections kaleidoscope colour palette of burgundy, purple, mustard and teal grounded with tonal greys, cream and black. Peached silk is used for shirting, high waisted pleat front trousers drape in soft wool flannel. Patchwork enables combinations of silk satin with jersey, corduroy gives a crisp but casual edge. Stockists for this collection will now include the premier menswear e-tailer Oki-Ni.