london: goodhood flagship store opening

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jo sindle and kyle stewart have come a long way. the founding couple of goodhood fame, a directional style emporium which helped to put shoreditch on the global map of cool, have once again stepped up their profile with a brand new flagship in the neighbourhood. tucked away in a little side street, occupying 3,000 sq.ft. spread over two floors, the new store allows the founders to fully showcase their retail vision by way of a wide range of edited men's and women's fashion and lifestyle offerings. known to take matters into their own hands, sindle and stewart designed the store interior themselves. aiming for a welcoming retail setting that would also reflect the intimacy of their smaller previous shop, the goodhood flagship store features separate sections that harmoniously flow together.

at the same time the decor needed to be a statement of heightened sophistication, and more luxurious materials such as marble were introduced in the design. but don't expect anything over the top, the aesthetic is clean and simple with a playful accent here and there. the aforementioned shop sections are grouped by colour, theme or brand, and aim to offer shoppers a direction and help them understand what can work together. as said, this store offers a rather complete range of goods, featuring an impressive mix of directional brands such as junya watanabe, aesop, mm6, norse projects and perks and mini. make sure you drop by if you're hunting for trophies in the neighbourhood. location: 151 curtain road [shoreditch].

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seoul: culture chanel

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being an important asian market, chanel has stepped up its profile in south korea with a major showcase entitled culture chanel. the luxury brand has just opened an exhibition, curated by french art critic and artistic director jean-louis froment, at the newly opened dongdaemun design plaza in seoul. the show elaborates on the iconic fashion house's creative language through the many locations that inspired its founder coco chanel. it's an immersive brand showcase that is divided in ten sequences, each acting as a particular landmark in her life story. on display are over 500 artefacts, ranging from photos, objects, manuscripts, archival pieces and artworks, but of course also a range of chanel garments, jewellery, watches and perfume creations [on through oct 5]. the opening was a much-publicized event, attended more than 700 guests, including chanel dignitaries from paris and korea, a slew of celebrities and press. location: dangdaemun design plaza, 281 eulji-ro [dongdaemun].

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london: the world of rick owens

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he single-handedly created a fashion vocabulary of his own, and doesn't shun to make thought-provoking catwalk statements along the way. we're talking the one and only rick owens, whose bravado has earned him a high profile showcase that's currently on at selfridges in london. entitled the world of rick owens and part of the masters, a presentation series of 12 fashion legends by the prestigious department store, the showcase includes a special presentation at the wonder room concept store on the ground floor and four conceptual window installations. the concept store carries the designer's furniture and tableware collections, a selection of films, vinyl and books. but there's more: especially for this presentation, owens has designed an exclusive 20-piece collection.

each limited-edition piece is labelled with the department store's signature yellow and owens’ very own torso motif, and includes the iconic leather jacket, t-shirts, crewneck sweats, boxers, tunics, bandanas, do-rags, and adidas by rick owens sneakers. the space is framed by a conceptual series of windows. three windows have been inspired by the opera salomé by richard strauss and oscar wilde. the final window is an impossible staircase inspired by the elements and created by renowned japanese artist ryoji ikeda, while flaming rick owens logos are suspended and a continuous storm of fog cascades. the centrepiece of the showcase is a specially commissioned 25-ft. rick owens torso statue by sculptor doug jennings, and which adorns selfridges’ expansive neo-classical façade. location: selfridges, 400 oxford street [mayfair].

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