While retailers stateside were lamenting over the not-so-stellar Black Friday numbers, U.K. shoppers were more than keen to lap up all the sales involved with the shopping event. Sales greatly exceeded initial estimates, going up 1.6 percent in November. The surge caused overall sales to jump to 6.4 percent compared to last year and is being heralded as the biggest increase in about a decade.
Still, Britain’s Office of National Statistics say that the numbers reported, while impressive, do not take into consideration last November’s Black Friday sales, though they do admit that this year’s shopping event greatly contributed to the hike. Numbers from Cyber Monday were also excluded as it landed on December 1.
But regardless of details, it’s safe to say that U.K. retailers have got to be pretty pleased with their performance this year. And since Black Friday is an event they adopted from the U.S., we Americans would like to say, “You’re welcome.”
[via Bloomberg, Sky News]
Gareth Pugh’s label celebrates its 10-year anniversary and what better way to get the party started than to return to its roots? The designer has announced that he will return to London to stage his Fall 2015 collection.
Pugh usually presents in Paris and last season showed in New York City. He is scheduled to show his latest in London on February 21, and says he plans to stage future shows in the city in the following seasons. “London is where everything began for me,” Pugh said. “My creative family is here, our story is here. So I’m thrilled to acknowledge such an important milestone on home ground. At heart this is a creative decision – it feels timely and true to the spirit of the work.”
Pugh stresses that although he’s shown in different cities, London will always be home. “I never really left London — I’ve lived and worked here forever, and there was always going to be a time when I came back.” We’re sure Longon will be happy to have him back, too!
[via Vogue UK, WWD]
You can’t talk about Sephora cult favorites without mention of Kat Von D Beauty. The cosmetics line is a partnership between sought-after tattoo artist Kat Von D and KENDO, and is known for its high pigment, bold colors and long-wearing makeup that gives users a more edgy look. Today, Kat Von D Beauty announced the launch of KatVonDBeauty.com, a new interactive website that will give fans and beauty lovers a look into the world of the brand through an aggregated feed of Von D’s social content. Fan photos will also be integrated into the homepage on a monthly basis and be handpicked by Von D herself (users must tag all photos with #KVDLook on Instagram to be considered). In addition to the social feed, the site features how-to videos starring Von D and offers detailed product information with sketches and personal quotes with a redirect to Sephora.com for purchases.
To celebrate the launch of the site, KatVonDBeauty.com will host #ARTHEALS, a 24-hour charity challenge that will run from December 18th to the 19th. For every unique e-mail sign up on the website, $1 (up to $10,000) will be donated to the Art of Elysium, an organization that Von D has supported for the past seven years.
Roberto Cavalli has tapped an unlikely model to front its Spring 2015 campaign. Rapper Nicki Minaj stars in the Italian fashion house’s latest ads, twirling and dancing away in flowy maxi dresses. The campaign, shot by Francesco Carrozzini in Los Angeles, pictures Minaj in a cut-out zebra-printed dress, her windblown skirt flying this way and that, and again in a red and green printed piece doing what Cavalli describes as a “tribal” dance.
The campaign comes just in time for the release of Nicki’s new Pinkprint album, so this definitely seems like a perfect extra drop of exposure for the rapper.
Meanwhile, at Cavalli HQ, WWD says the house is negotiating with private equity firm Clessidra SGR SpA on a sale of a majority stake in the company – and they could get up to 90% of Cavalli. But passing over so much to Clessidra could possibly spark a search for a new designer. With all the shifts going on at fashion houses lately, the Cavalli label would have quite a litter to pick from. However, sources say that Emilio Pucci and Cavalli alum, Peter Dundas, could be a top choice for the brand.
[via Roberto Cavalli Facebook, WWD]
IMAGE: COURTESY OF JINSOON
Famed nail polish brand JINsoon has teamed up with Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop for two limited-edition sets of nail polish. “For me, Goop has always represented the best of living and style, integrating simple luxuries into everyday life, which is synergetic with the JINsoon philosophy,” said owner and nail artist Jin Soon Choi about the collaboration.
The Classics 1 and Classics 2 sets each contain three “staple nail lacquers designed to add an elegant touch to fingertips.” Classics 1 is made up of Demure, a pale pink that is new to the JINsoon collection, Dul-cet, a toffee beige that is also being debuted, and a black-red shade by the name of Risque. Classics 2 has one newcomer, Vanity, a hot red lacquer, and also features Coquette, a classic red, and Audacity, a deep burgundy color.
The collection will have a limited-edition run and retail for $48 per set on Goop starting today.
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- Rafael Nadal is the new face of Tommy Hilfiger. [WWD]
- This young man spent at least £100,000 on plastic surgery to look like Kim Kardashian. [Mirror]
- Sorry Kendall Jenner, turns out Kate Upton was 2014′s most googled model. [Vogue UK]
- To help raise awareness of the dangers of fracking, Vivienne Westwood is gifting Prime Minister David Cameron a nice big box of asbestos this Christmas. [The Independent]
- Joey Fatone confirms that Jessica Biel is pregnant. [Page Six]
- Instagram just added five new filters for you to play with. [Instagram]
- Here’s what it takes to be Miss Venezuela. [ELLE]
- Karlie Kloss busts a move in this season’s best little white dresses. [Vogue]