Archive for November, 2016

Party dressing: what to wear now

Once again dawning upon us, once again demanding our attention, once again reminding us that we need to go shopping: the party season is here. For the next few weeks we will (hopefully) be getting invitations to work-dos, elegant soirées or family dinners, and so it is time to find the perfect outfit for every pre or post Christmas occasion. A sparkly dress or statement skirt are always safe options, or if you want to stand out from the crowd there is always the trusty trouser suit, seen this month on various celebrities. Add a bag and a statement coat and you’re good to go, and so here are our favourite picks of the season.

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Plastic Reflector Kinetic Installation by Thijs Biersteker

The “Plastic Reflector” installation is an installation that works as a kinetic camera, created by Thijs Biersteker, and which visualises the viewer in waste form. The camera was called for by Persgroep Netherlands’ Plastic Soup Foundation, and it is visible at the ADCN Gallery in Amsterdam until December 18

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The Best European Christmas Markets

If you’re looking for that something special to give to your loved ones this Christmas, and can’t find anything at your local shopping centre, where better to find unique and interesting treasures, taste new food from international cuisines, as well as getting into the Christmas spirit, than a traditional, old-fashioned Christmas market? Here we choose our favourites from around Europe.

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Finery London: a convincing alternative to fast fashion

Bored of ephemeral pieces, copied and pasted from one clothes shop to another, the desire for individuality and quality is felt more and more among consumers. Created in 2014 by people who are highly experienced with online fashion (previously working at Asos and Topshop), Finery London responds to this new requirement by developing a slow fashion mentality at an accessible price.

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RETAIL TREND: the notion of a playful store that combines business and games

As Christmas approaches, ephemeral concept stores are increasing, reflecting this thirst for experience that we find with the success of DIY workshops. The best consumer retail approach of the moment, to seduce consumers while they also learn something? Ephemeral concept stores (an urgent and limited series concept not to miss) with small Made in France labels (ethical and original) to discover + a cup of coffee (bio) or meeting new people (via an app) + cupcake workshops (fun), tattoo or decoration (fifties style)= guaranteed success.

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Empreintes – an arts and crafts café-concept store

A new concept store opened in the upper Marais, a space of 600 square metres presents more than a 1000 objects by different designers (table art, decoration, lifestyle objects, jewellery, furniture, lamps or cabinet of curiosities), embodied in unique pieces or in small series. This boutique-workshop is an initiative of France Art Workshops, who promote and help the arts and crafts industry in France.

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Au grand Magasin: a vintage pleasure

For a whiff of nostalgia, there’s nowhere better to visit than the vintage boutique “Au grand Magasin”. Discover a schoolchild’s universe, as well as postcards from the 50s to the 70s, 60s style clothes, and remains of the “yéyé” movement like an ephemeral museum.

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