She’s back! The UK’s MailOnline reports that Celia Birtwell’s famous archive prints have been re-imagined and re-scaled into an exclusive range of t-shirts, tunic vests, shirts, jeggings, pyjama pants, culottes, and tote bags for Japanese label Uniqlo.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 · Categories: Trend AnalysisPrints & Patterns FashionHistoryRetail and E-tail Textiles & Materials

Study finds Picasso one of the first to use house paint in fine art -

U.S. researchers say new evidence in the debate among scholars about the kind of paint Picasso used to create his masterpieces points to ordinary house paint. The Art Institute of Chicago, working with the Argonne National Laboratory, says the findings add significant weight to the widely held theory Picasso was one of the first master painters to use common house paint rather than traditional artists’ paint. The researchers, using a unique high-energy X-ray instrument, called the hard X-ray nanoprobe, to examine samples from Picasso paintings, determined the chemical makeup of paint he used matched the chemical makeup of the first commercial house paint, Ripolin.


Sunday, February 17, 2013 · Categories: Art and Photography

As reported by Refinery 29, rival film companies are battling it out over who has the right to shoot the biography of French designer Yves Saint Laurent and who is allowed to portray the clothes that set the fashion agenda for a generation.


Saturday, February 16, 2013 · Categories: Film and TelevisionFashionHistory

The New Times reports that after 10 years of traditional fashion shows, and with the help of the public relations firm KCD Worldwide, designer Peter Som, eschewed his usual coveted first Friday of Fashion Week slot in the tents for a digital show on With Som getting ahead of the digital curve, will others follow suit?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 · Categories: Art and PhotographyFashionRunway

Gill Linton, CEO and EIC of says, “There aren’t subcultures like there used to be. Fashion has become so driven by mass consumerism that everyone looks the same and it’s hard to be really inspired anymore.” To emphasize the point, has released a provocative poster campaign throughout New York City that comments on the current state of the fashion industry through thought-provoking quotes from cultural luminaries. The four different posters feature the following quotes:
• “It’s getting out of hand”- Ian Curtis

• “Buy less, choose well”- Vivienne Westwood

• “Your future dream is a shopping scheme”- Johnny Rotten

• “I never think that people die, they just go to department stores” - Andy Warhol

If you attending NYFW, look out for original punk jackets from Byronesque, painted with “OUT OF HAND” at NYFW and worn by fashion influencers such as Malcolm Harris and Simon Collins. Through the posters and the jacket, seeks to express their point of view that the dominant contemporary culture has become too ‘fast’.

Friday, February 08, 2013 · Categories: Consumer IntelligenceFashionMarketing and AdvertisingLifestyle


The coverage confirming that the bones found under a car park in Leicester do indeed belong to England’s most infamous and reviled Plantaginet king, Richard III, have put me in something of a Medieval mood and I started wondering about his life, his wife and what she might have worn. Richard’s Queen Consort was Lady Anne Neville.

(11 June 1456 – 16 March 1485) was an English noblewoman and great beauty.




Friday, February 08, 2013 · Categories:

The Ravens may have won the game, but the blackout won the Internet. Bored Super Bowl fans took a break from their beer and Doritos to storm twitter
Sunday night during a 30 minute-plus power outage. Thanks to super-fast reactions, at least three brands were able to “newsjack” the power outage. Several brands saw it as a chance to market themselves in clever ways on Twitter, which is no doubt experiencing new, all-time usage levels for a sporting event. Oreo, which ran a commercial earlier in the TV broadcast that promoted its Instagram account, reacted quickly with this brilliant power outage-related tweet that’s been retweeted and favorited thousands of times in only about 15 minutes.

Sunday, February 03, 2013 · Categories: Social Media & Networking Sports and FitnessMedia

Last year, British Vogue span The Queen’s wardrobe into a color wheel of sartorial splendor. Now it’s Kate’s turn! Interestingly enough, The Duchess of Cambridge’s most-worn color is the same as The Queen’s. She wore blue on 24% of her official engagements, The Queen wore it 29% of the time.

Sunday, January 27, 2013 · Categories:

I recently read in New York Magazine, that bottles of Tide washing detergent have a street value akin to some types of narcotic drugs. Consequently, supermarkets and drug stores are losing stock to theft at an alarming rate. So, why “Tide?” In a fascinating case of consumer perception and branding backfire (or success, depending on the measurement), it appears Proctor & Gamble’s immersive marketing strategies have made their product so popular that people are now stealing it. Police say the Tide-targeted specificity is about brand-name recognition!



Friday, January 25, 2013 · Categories: Consumer Intelligence

Thanks to PSFK for bringing this to my attention! Already a huge trend in Japan, London is due to get its first cat cafe! Lauren Pears, a senior project manager at Sony PlayStation, aims to open Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in East London and is turning to crowdfunding site indiegogo for support. She wants to create an indulgent space where you can really relax and treat yourself in the heart of London’s bustling business district. For £5 you’ll gain entry to lots of comfy chairs and couches, and enjoy free books, WiFi, boardgames and of course cats. But it’s not just about creating a convenient space for city dwellers who can’t have their own pets. Pears’ cafe will be a home for abandoned, homeless cats, and she’s working with the Mayhew Animal Home to ensure that the cats are well taken care of.


Sunday, January 06, 2013 · Categories: Consumer Intelligence

Selfridges is set to introduce a tranquil shopping experience. From January 7 to the end of February, the department store is launching No Noise, which invites shoppers to “celebrate the power of quiet, to see the beauty in function and find calm among the crowds”.
Located in the store’s Ultralounge, in the minimalistic ‘Silence Room’ designed by architect Alex Cochrane, shoppers will be asked to leave shoes and mobile phones at the door,


Monday, December 31, 2012 · Categories: Consumer IntelligenceRetail and E-tail Lifestyle

Somerset House is a London must-visit at Christmas time; this year more than ever, with an insight into the fantastical world of fashion photographer, Tim Walker. An exhibition of his work, entitled Storyteller, also features several of his larger-than-life props.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 · Categories:

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