Miss Dior exhibition was opened in Beijing, what about London?

Last week, the House of Dior celebrated the opening of the Miss Dior exhibition in Beijing. (I am looking forward to see the exhibition in London as soon as possible!)

Miss Dior Beijing Exhibition Instagram Announcement
Miss Dior Beijing Exhibition Instagram Announcement

The first thing that I thought about this announcement on Dior official Instaram account is Dior has already realised the significant potential of Chinese consumers! China is a significant market for luxury both manufacturing production and sales. Do you think that have Dior just realised the potential of Chinese consumers in Miss Dior case? I don’t think so!

I really wonder about “Miss Dior” market positioning in London. I went to Harrods to see more about the retailing and explore the consumer profile of Miss Dior in London. As you know, London is a great hub and touristic location for luxury brands’ consumers. London’s luxury goods market is so atttractive for the tourists from around the world. Moreover, according to Luxury Society:

“Luxury shoppers from mainland China and Hong Kong account for about 30% of the luxury goods market in Britain, followed by Russians, Arabs and Japanese.”

So, I think that, the luxury brands which has heritage, global recognition, reputation based on high quality like Dior consider about the changing consumer profile of the 21th century.

I falled in love with lace-tied Miss Dior!

Miss Dior/Special Edition
Miss Dior/Special Edition

As a lace lover, I am so happy to see the lace-tied container of Miss Dior! Hurry up! Because there are only 36 lace-tied Miss Dior in London and I have learned that these lace ties are coming from the Natalie Portman’s haute couture floral lace dress which she wore for Miss Dior advertising campaign. Also, the handwritten typology, soft colours, geometric shaped and no-traditional logo style and tacticle textures- lace tie- was on container proofs that Dior is following the emerging package design trends of 2015.

Let me remind you the dress below which used by Miss Dior official Instagram account to promote the Miss Dior advertising campaign and the video here.

Natalie Portman's haute couture Dior dress
Natalie Portman’s haute couture Dior dress

What is on 5th floor in Harrods?

When you visit the 5th floor of Harrods, you will see a bright hall with elegant department stores based on experiential marketing methods considering to create an emotional and rational response for consumers.

Dior Fragrance on 5th floor in Harrods
Dior Fragrance on 5th floor in Harrods

I visited Dior fragrance department store for execlusive customers on 5th floor and my first impression was “it is  not only a department, it stands for proofing the heritage of the brand!” As you could see on the photo on left, there was a consultancy table for clients who is willing the discover the all notes of the fragrance of Dior. It was a great chance for me to discover how luxury brands are educating their costumers. As you guess, I jumped at the offer of the sales assistant to smell and the discover the scent of Miss Dior! To be honest, I really felt that “I am an exclusive client of Dior” when I set just in front of the table!

I think Miss Dior definitely recovers the top fragrance trends for 2015 which are niche fragrances, fragnance personalisation and novel retail experience. Providing the niche scents, Dior makes its clients to live personal and emotional experience. Giving services in three catagories called “bridal consultancy”, “personal consultancy” and “discovering the main scants”, Dior departmant store attracts the customers!

Yes, It was Musk!

Smelling Miss Dior make me feel like “My soul is free like the runaway bride in Miss Dior Commercial!”. The top notes was fresh and fruity, heart notes was patchouli and the base notes was rose and musk! Yes! Musk! The mystery was solved! It was a another proof that Dior really consider about its new consumer profile! The musk stands for attracting Arabians who are still looking for their traditional scent in European form, for Far East consumers who is willing the discover the new scents of Europe!

Lace it up!

HS

Miss Dior exhibition was opened in Beijing, what about London?

Last call for seeing the gorgeous Honiton laces on Wedding Dresses Exhibition 1775-2014 !

Have you visited Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 in V&A Museum in London? If you haven’t yet, you lace lovers it is a big chance to get an up-close-and-personal look at the fascinating Honiton laces from 18th century!

It won’t be wrong if we call Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 as an informative bridal gown exhibition. You could discover the white became popular in 1840s after the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on 10 February 1840. Or you could learn that in 18th century the brides wore colourful and flowered wedding dress and they could wear it more than once.

Also, thanks to V&A Blog you could explore more about Kate Moss’ wedding dress like its designer is John Galliano and its total of 390,000 sequins and 2800 pearls.

Kate Moss in her wedding dress (Credit: Eonline)
Kate Moss in her wedding dress (Credit: Eonline)

Here’s my favourite, bespoke wedding dress of Eliza Penelope Clay who married with and Joseph Bright, at St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London, on 16 February 1865.

Wedding dress of Eliza Penelope Clay,1865 (Credit: V&A)
Wedding dress of Eliza Penelope Clay,1865 (Credit: V&A)

The look consists of three traditional main pieces, wedding dress, veil and headdress. The colour, ivory-white-cream, was popular in 1800s and was implied purity, cleanliness and elegance. Supporting the skirt by a cage crinoline, protruded out more from behind in contrast to 1850s’ bell shaped look,the silhouette was succeed to getting a wide look.  

Queen Victoria wore a very simple satin dress by combining English lace in her wedding ceremony. Besides setting a royal trend, she also promoted English lace and British manufactures and also, influenced the other brides’ wedding dress’ fabrics decisions.

We still don’t know the designer of Eliza Penelope Clay’s wedding dress. But the designer maintained an Queen Victoria influence in his artwork in terms of choosing English lace. This bespoke wedding dress crafted from silk-satin and trimmed with Honiton applique lace, machine net and bobbin lace and hand-sewn. The feminine-cut to expose shoulder neck set out the elegance by framed Honiton appliqué lace. The sides of the skirt also designed by using the same lace to balance the look.

Wedding dress of Eliza Penelope Clay,1865 (Credit: V&A)
Wedding dress of Eliza Penelope Clay,1865 (Credit: V&A)

In accessories, skilfully designed Honiton applique laced veil allows us to see the one of the original look of Honiton patterns, inspired by flowers. Besides, Honiton appliqué laced veil attached to the bride’s flowered tiara, another flowered detail on the belt blinking the eyes to the spring.

You lace lovers, if you would like to go deeper into Honiton lace like me, I could say that Honiton and its heritage is a must to know as a brand and a manufacturer! Hurry up, you have just 4 days left to see it!

Lastly, I came across this amazing museum called Allhallows Museum/Honiton Museum, located in Devon, which has the Honiton lace examples of 16th to early 20th century! I am dying to visit there!

Lace it up!

HS

Last call for seeing the gorgeous Honiton laces on Wedding Dresses Exhibition 1775-2014 !

A week after London Fashion Weekend, I am still thinking about the lace earrings thanks to the reminder from Roger Hiorns!!

Do you still look at the photos that you saved on your mobiles after London Fashion Weekend like me? LFWend is over but i am still surfing the web to find and learn more about the brands that I discovered.

I came across this gorgeous lace jewellery collection on last Saturday at London Fashion Weekend on Wishlist London section.

WishList London@LFWend
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WishList London@LFWend

In general, you could find earrings, necklaces, bracelets and the rings as the key pieces of the collection, which have sterling silver, plated in gold, rose gold or rhodium on the heart combined with embroidered beaded. Don’t they look like a gorgeous lace jewellery collection?

And The Mandala, which is one of Wishlist London’s signature…If you look the heart of the earrings you will see the symbol of mandala, plated in silver gold and rose gold form, which refer to perfection, eternity, unity and completeness.

“The Sanskrit meaning of mandala is circle. The circle is a symbol of perfection, eternity, unity and completeness. Given these meanings, it’s no wonder Mandalas are such important symbols in all cultures.” (The Symbols)

Let me show you my favourite and precious below! The navy blue earrings with embroidered black beaded, looks like black lace, and combined with navy blue beads! It’s stunning!

WishList London@LFWend
WishList London@LFWend

Besides black embroidered beaded and the mandala symboled earrings above, this glossy and colourful earrings in red and navy blue, remind me the engine, made in 2006 by Roger Hiorns (This fascinating and untitled artwork piece is made of blue crystal and a small model of a gothic cathedral). I wish i had a WishList London designed lace jewellery which made by blue crystal…

Roger Hiorns,1975@Tate Modern
Roger Hiorns,1975@Tate Modern
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Roger Hiorns,1975@Tate Modern

If you don’t have any specific plan for this week, I suggest you to visit Tate Modern and enjoy the artworks of Roger Hiorns in “Collection Displays: Energy and Process” on Level 4!

And don’t forget to take a look to Wishlist London website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter ! Even they position Wishlist London, as an exclusive, very selective brand and target up-market channels, the prices are instantly recognisable. If you would like to have a jewellery which has a meaning and refers to your own style in terms of the design and the story behind it!

Lace it up!

HS

A week after London Fashion Weekend, I am still thinking about the lace earrings thanks to the reminder from Roger Hiorns!!

Go black lace! I mean #thedress

#TheDress

I think most of you spent hours to see “the true colors”…Today, millions of people discussed the color of the dress whether it was gold and white or blue and black.

Which side are you on? I obviously see the black lace and blue!

thedress

This blue bodycon dress with lace detailing is from now on, a well-known dress around the world even nobody knows its color! Can you believe that according to BBCBuzzfeed’s online story about the dress has been shared more than 20 million times!

It sounds a successful viral video for Roman Originals to me. What do you think?

If you haven’t looked at the dress yet, the most popular hashtag is the #TheDress and the others are #TheDressIsWhiteAndGold, #TheDressBlueAndBlack.

If you check Twitter you could find very clever tweets based on advertising like:

@M&M' s Brand @tjmaxx

Anyway you lace lovers, we are proud of the black lace!

Lace it up!

HS

Go black lace! I mean #thedress

Discover LFW with Suzy Menkes!

Discover LFW with Suzy Menkes!

If you are in London in these days, you are so lucky! Yes, London Fashion Week (LFW) calling! On 26th February- 1st March 2015 you have a chance to enjoy the biggest fashion show in London!

But if you are not in London…No worries! There are lots of articles, pictures, videos that you can follow… But I could suggest you to go with Suzy Menkes! OMG! I admire this woman! I think some of you have already known her. She is the editor of Vogue International and the one of the best-known fashion journalists in the world.

On Vogue page, you can take a look at the article called “Suzy Menkes at London Fashion Week” and you can follow the breath-taking collections of the LFW day by day.

Let’s get some luxurious lace inspirations from the seasons’ latest trends with her!

Meet with Huishan Zhang, Meet with the Lace !

I came across Huishan Zhang on Menkes’ article, Suzy Menkes at LFW: Day Four. As I learned from the article, the designer mixes his eastern family heritage and British fashion training for his works. As everybody says about him, he is really good at meeting east and west.

“This season was about highlighting that there are two sides to every story and beauty is found in the eye of the beholder.” Huishan Zhang (credit: Vogue)

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Huishan Zhang is looks like focusing the theme of “story and beauty in the eye of the beholder”. On his Autumn/Winter 2015-16 collection you will see the modern western shapes inspired by far east, trousers and tops, cardigan coats, jackets and long dresses. By respecting “two sides”, he mixes proportioned silk, cotton, tweeds, jacquard and the timeless lace on garnet reds, ming blues, greys, black and tawny browns…This collection is a perfect combination of lace&cotton, lace&silk, lace& tweeds…

The blue long lace dress

This blue long dress with white lace decoration must be the queen of the realm of dresses! The perfect mesh of the lace and silk and A shape form make the beholder so calm…The traditional- formed lace V neck reminds me “the British” and the ming blue and the lace pieces on the skirt are “the East”!

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Lace it up!

HS

Discover LFW with Suzy Menkes!

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lace it up!

HS

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