Tag Archives: brands

design: topshop get’s folky!

3 Oct

For the latest in the AP. series; topshop we headed out to London’s Lamb’s conduit Street and to the new Folk clothing store.  Folk has long been hidden under the radar of whats hot and trendy in the capital, and the new store encompasses everything the brand stands for.

Focus on materials and attention to detail that flow through the range are evident throughout the store design too with rope hung lighting, rails and shelving crafted from old shelving, and marble heads from sculptor Paul Vanstone.

fashion: bibliothèque marc jacobs.

9 Sep

Marc Jacobs is, it would seem a secret bibliophile.

Marc has opened a new store on Manhattan’s Bleecker Street named Bookmarc, which will be home to a careful selection of book titles and Marc Jacobs stationery products.

Looks like we’ll all be closing our iPads and writing letters again after all . . .


fashion: chanel cruise & crystal renn, again!

7 Sep

Say hellow to St Tropez, again, for the Chanel cruise.

Yup you could be forgiven for thinking that you’d seen it all before.  St Tropez, check, Chanel, check, Crystal Renn, check, check and check.  But it seem’s like Mr Chanel, Karl, has a thing for plus size girls and a motorbike.

Crystal Renn (above) recent star of the chanel campaign for their new SoHo store (see it here!) was back on the catwalk, and as she has said of working with Chanel “living out her dreams”, though the real star of the cruise collection was the bike . . .

as you can see from our earlier post on the new Keira Knightley Chanel ad, perhaps this is the start of a real trend for next Spring Summer . . . time to dust of those James Dean’s!!!


fashion: keira knightley’s new chanel ad

7 Sep

Keira Knightley was first named a face of Chanel back in 2006; shortly after she began appearing in the brand’s Coco Mademoiselle fragrance ads.

Now it seems she’s refreshing her partnership with the brand: this past Saturday, she was snapped at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, reportedly filming a Chanel commercial in a camel suede jumpsuit and matching cap-toed boots. Knightley, who was captured riding a Ducati motorcycle, had a stunt double on set, and was at one point surrounded by a cadre of motorcycle-riding men in black jumpsuits and helmets, well I should coco!


fashion: kate moss looses out in topshop shake up.

2 Sep

It was a marriage made in retail heaven, and made an international star out of not only the british supermodel, but also out of her ‘uncle phil’ the legendary head of the global cheap chic fashion chain, topshop.  Now though it does look like topshop gathers no moss as the mega famous chain has dropped its collection with the famous model (instyle).

Phillip Green said in a statement it was due to other commitments and the collection taking up too much of her time, whilst reports state that it was due to his fury at her branching out into fragrance and an exclusive handbag collection with longchamp earlier this year.  Either way what is clear is that the collection hasn’t been as commercially successful as the retailer had hoped, and as with the retailer parting ways with former head Jane Sheperdson could just be ‘uncle phils’ way of showing that the brand is bigger than the person . . .


fashion: aleander wang is no longer homeless

31 Aug

Alexander Wang has been secretive about his rumored Manhattan flagship, and although he’s still being tight-lipped about the interior, he has confirmed the location of his first store, which will be open by the end of this year: 103 Grand Street, in a SoHo space formerly occupied by Yohji Yamamoto (pictured below). “It’s a perfect, iconic location, and there is a massive amount of windows” Wang says to vogue, adding that he plans to bring “a new perspective on luxury”.

C’mon Alexander, when are we going to get a stire right here in London, now that’d be iconic!


fashion: uniqlo “made for all”

30 Aug

Japanese fast-fashion brand Uniqlo has named Charlize Theronand Orlando Bloom global brand ambassadors for its new “Made For All” philosophy.

The sexy A-list duo will appear in Uniqlo’s ad campaigns across the globe designed to get the “made for all” tagline across to the world at large, the new message emphasizes its commitment to provide clothing for everyone, regardless of nationality, age, occupation or gender.  Yup, we’re already heading off to our local Uniqlo too . . .


fashion: topshop – a catalonian affair.

29 Aug

In our continuing series on our favourite, or, top shops we thought we would share some photos of possibly the worlds most beautiful H&M store.  AP. took these photos on a recent trip to the Catalonian capital and we think you’ll see why it makes our list of the worlds topshop.

designed by Estudio Mariscal, the design house founded by the designer Mariscal (most famous for designing the logo and mascot for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics) we can see a restrained approach and new found respect for the stunning architecture of the building, complimenting the neo-classical design with beautiful features and bold splashes of colour more fitting of a high end boutique than a fast fashion outlet.  Impressed?  So were we.


fashion: madonna fronts D&G aw2010/11 campaign

28 Aug

Madonna continues to grace the pages of many of the world’s glossy magazines having swapped Versace for, Louis Vuitton, and LV for D&G.   The new ad campaign again see’s madonna back in familiar territory with the sexy black and white Italian imagery – though this time around it’s less Italian housewife, and more sexy donna!  See for yourself – what do you think?


fashion: black.co.uk

26 Aug

The only place that AP. is shopping for it’s summer brights (and blacks!!!) this season is Black.co.uk an amazing website for near enough anything your heart can and does desire – and with cute illustrations too, natch’!!!  Net-a-porter had better watch out . . .

Our style fav’ is this hot printed scarf – hey if it’s good enough for Elle!


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