Thursday, 4 February 2021

Yves Rocher rebuffs criticism over Navalny trial

French cosmetics company Yves Rocher dismissed Thursday as unjustified criticism against it over its role in a 2014 fraud trial against Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Kohl's experiences 11% drop in comparable sales in Q4, sees boost in online sales

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based department store company Kohl’s saw its comparable sales decrease by 11% in the fourth quarter of 2020, a dip cushioned by digital sales increasing by more than 20%.

Dior tops global luxury media charts in Q4

Following a year heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report from Launchmetrics has measured the success of the luxury industry’s marketing investments in leading global markets, crowning Dior as the undisputed media king.

Sunday, 31 January 2021


The Colombian designer crafts whimsical and feminine pieces that are imbued with unique stories rooted in her Latin upbringing. This season's spotlight symbolic wave detailing and her first foray into knitwear: half-merino-wool, half-silk cardigans with playful clashing prints. Among the standouts are her (beloved) full-skirted silhouettes—now in patchwork-esque gingham, bright stripes, and embroidered with “once upon a time.”

The buy: the white midi with embroidery at the waist and a tile-like print in cobalt.

Hopes of fresh momentum in fight against leprosy, but stigmatization persists

“We should learn from the history of leprosy. To better fight against an epidemic or a pandemic, we must eliminate discrimination and double standards for those who have been systematically left behind”. This is the message from Alice Cruz, an independent UN rights expert, and Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members, on World Leprosy Day.


Women rely on the Australian talent for his tailoring finesse—typically found in easy yet endlessly chic everyday pieces. His signatures? Perfectly-cut, wide-leg trousers, which abound here (we’re loving the corduroy and dark-wash denim), great suiting, elegant dresses, and quietly cool outerwear. Find endless options of the latter—from the perfect camel coat to shearling in rich jewel tones and a range of pea coats.

Saturday, 30 January 2021

Arket to open first physical store in China

Many stores opened programs may be on hold due to the pandemic, but with the Chinese market already recovering, it’s being prioritized by plenty of firms. H&M Group said on Friday that its Nordic lifestyle brand Arket will be opening a new flagship store in Beijing this autumn.

First ever Arab fashion week for men kicks off virtually

From animal print ensembles to lacy hoodies and flared silky slacks, Arab men on Thursday got their first-ever fashion week, with the three-day event showcased virtually online.

Valentine’s Day spending to fall 20% in US this year

According to a new study from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insights & Analytics, U.S. consumers are expected to spend a total of $21.8 billion on Valentine’s Day in 2021, a 20% year-over-year decline largely attributable to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

L'Oréal USA launches Inclusive Beauty Fund with NAACP

L’Oréal USA has announced that it is teaming up with the NAACP, the country’s largest civil rights organization, to launch the Inclusive Beauty Fund, an initiative offering to fund to Black-owned small businesses and Black entrepreneurs and professional services operating in the national beauty industry. The fund’s first round of financing will make 30 one-time grants of $10,000 each available to all kinds of beauty businesses, including salons, spas, barbershops, stylists, makeup artists, entrepreneurs, startup founders, haircare specialists, and beauty schools.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Perfect brows, intense colour and natural beauty are key for 2021

Make-up may have been a weak beauty category last year but it could be stronger in 2021. That’s according to The Body Shop, which has analyzed Google search data and said color is set to be a big trend this year.

Dior, Chanel turn to arthouse directors for online fashion week

With the pandemic forcing Paris Fashion week online, haute couture designers have turned to celebrated arthouse filmmakers to give a little spectacle to their presentations, even if some admit a growing desperation to return to live shows.

Chic abayas on the catwalk in rare Saudi fashion show

Donning chic neck-to-toe abayas, models saunter in high heels around a swimming pool in a glitter-filled fashion show staged in the unlikeliest of places: Saudi Arabia. Haute couture displays are rare in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom and have usually been restricted to women or avoided female models altogether -- one even displayed dresses dangling from drones.

Furla names Mauro Sabatini as new CEO

Furla is reorganizing its top management. The company's current chief executive officer, Alberto Camerlengo, who was promoted to this role in 2017, is becoming executive president of the board, while Mauro Sabatini, an 18-year partner of the Italian leather goods brand, has been named as his successor as CEO.Sabatini is the founder and former CEO of Effeuno Srl, a Tuscan company specialized in the production of leather accessories. A longstanding supplier of Furla, the manufacturer was acquired by the Bologna-based leather brand in 2018. 

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Transparency, digital and resilience are key trends for apparel sourcing - report

Watch out for the five key trends in 2021 that are expected to reshape an apparel sourcing sector that was “riddled with problems before Covid-19”, a report by GlobalData says. Taking a global pandemic to push much-needed changes to the forefront, it said those five key issues “are rewriting the rules on apparel sourcing”.

Shoe Collection by Valentiono

Shoe Collection by Valentiono

Summer Collection by Stella McCartney.

Summer by Stella McCartney.

Central African Republic: UN mission chief appeals for more peacekeepers

Mankeur Ndiaye, head of the UN mission in the country, MINUSCA, said this “new security situation” is testing its ability to ensure civilians are protected. 

Backcountry to open two stores in 2021

Digital-first premium outdoor apparel and equipment retailer Backcountry has announced plans to open two physical locations this year, reiterating its commitment to brick-and-mortar expansion. Backcountry currently operates one physical store, which is adjacent to its fulfillment center in Salt Lake City. The two new stores will open in Park City, Utah, and Boulder, Colorado, starting May 2021.