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New Baby Steps in Brazil

Financial Times, June 30 2007 In a video clip on Brazilian news service UOL’s website, a model at January’s São Paulo Fashion Week, when asked what she understood by the term “sustainability”, responded that it meant she was earning enough to live on. Apparently, when it comes to environmental issues in Brazil – home to […]

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Baby Steps in Brazil

Financial Times, June 30 2007 In a video clip on Brazilian news service UOL’s website, a model at January’s São Paulo Fashion Week, when asked what she understood by the term “sustainability”, responded that it meant she was earning enough to live on. Apparently, when it comes to environmental issues in Brazil – home to […]

Rio de Janeiro Guide Beautiful yet often brutal, tropically lush yet starkly urban, sophisticated yet populist, Rio de Janeiro inspires fierce loyalty in its carioca inhabitants and seduces thousands of tourists every year. You can view the Rio de Janeiro guide as a PDF, although it’s now out of date. For a recent version, head to (site requires login).

Barneys Goes Green

Financial Times, March 2 2007 It is one thing, of course, for a brand to anticipate all eventualities in consumer behaviour and do a little organic line. It is another, more mainstream, thing entirely when a major international department store follows suit. Yet that is exactly what Barneys New York is doing this year, launching […]

The Cotton Wars

Financial Times, March 2 2007 Organic versus sustainable? Pollutants versus pesticides? Environmentally- friendly or luxurious? Fiona Harkin asks who is putting who (or what) on themselves First it was your chicken. Now it’s your cotton. What? That’s gone organic, of course. It was perhaps only a matter of time before the concerns about what we […]

LA hot spot: Abbot Kinney Boulevard

WGSN, February 15 2007 Fiona Harkin, Lindsey Dupler, Bonita Halm WGSN heads to the LA beachside community of Venice to explore trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard’s shopping hot spots. Barely a mile long and just a few blocks from the beach, Abbot Kinney Boulevard has really come into its own in the past few years. It […]

FashionRio 2007 Highlights, February 2007 (with Becky Sunshine) Life in Brazil is an outdoor affair, which means the autumn/winter season at Fashion Rio doesn’t quite thrill as much as the swimwear filled spring/summer collections. But it does offer trans-seasonal style, with an appealing point of difference for international buyers. Marina da Glõria Fashion Rio The 10th edition […]

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, L.A., February 2007 With a movie industry pedigree, the Roosevelt is a seductive, stylish destination among the brash lights, big billboard ads and star-studded sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard. This is a hotel for those who want to frolic in a deliciously decadent playground of movie history. Built in 1927, the Roosevelt’s Blossom Room was the […]

W Los Angeles Westwood, February 2007 You can’t beat W hotels when it comes to sheer glamour, a sense of escape and larger-than-life design- and the Westwood certainly doesn’t let the side down. With an excellent location bang in-between Rodeo Drive and the UCLA campus, just off interstate 405, it’s an easy walk to nearby shops, theatres and […]

Hotel Angeleno, L.A., February 2007 It’s impossible to miss Hotel Angeleno as you drive up LA’s interstate 405. A striking, circular structure towering over its neighbours in the Brentwood district, the Angeleno is a contemporary yet cosy renovation of an iconic building. “Where Sunset Boulevard meets the 405 freeway!” reads the chirpy website of this relatively modest-sized, […]

Georgian Hotel, Santa Monica, L.A., February 2007 A bright turquoise landmark on the Santa Monica seafront, the historic Georgian offers a refreshing break from high-impact LA. It might not have the glamour and polish of some of the area’s upscale hotels, but it has plenty of charm and a fascinating history. Built in 1933, the hotel entertained many actors […]

Eco-Business Plan – Loomstate for Barneys Green

JC Report, January 25 2007 Style versus substance? It’s a defunct choice when it comes to eco-fashion. Put aside ideas about coarse hemp and cork-soled shoes, and think about what it means to be green — and stylish — in the 21st century. Julie Gilhart, fashion director at Barneys, has a passionate personal commitment to […]

Art Basel Miami Beach, December 21 2006 A unique cultural event, the 2006 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach was packed with visual inspiration. WGSN reports. The sandy shores of Miami South Beach provided a hedonistic backdrop for this dynamic fair, which was an excellent conclusion to WGSN’s arts coverage in 2006. It wasn’t just the promise of […]

Turkey’s Vakko links with Zac Posen, Istanbul November 23 2006 Turkish retailer Vakko jet-setted New York’s social elite into Istanbul to launch its collaboration with Zac Posen this autumn. WGSN speaks to CEO Cem Hakko about global expansion, luxury chocolate and burlesque dancers. Zac Posen for Vakko Vakko chairman and CEO Cem Hakko, son of the fashion house’s founder Vitali Hakko, […]

Macabre art: gothic pop, October 10 2006 In the second part of our Macabre art trend report, WGSN rounds up the sinister, surreal and eerie – all influential for mood and graphics. Are you ready to be lured by the dark side? Ray Caesar, The Prodigal (courtesy of the artist) There’s always been something dramatically kitsch and lowbrow […]

Gourmet Paris, September 21 2006 Paris’ various chocolatiers, bakeries and patisseries can provide rich design inspiration as well as gastronomic pleasure. WGSN lists the best gourmet destinations in the city. Ladurée Financier, tartine, madeleine, macaron, napoléon – the myriad of pastries and delicacies on offer in Paris is overwhelming and each one is honourably named. It’s […]

Paris fashion week exhibitions, September 12 2006 Paris is rivalling London with a fantastic array of autumn exhibitions and a couple of new museum openings too. WGSN highlights the season’s best shows to see during Paris Fashion Week (October 1-9, 2006). WGSN urges you to step away from the catwalks or take a break from the trade shows […]

Small, personal touches for comfortable girls’ club retail

Financial Times August 26/27 2006 Fiona Harkin goes shopping in Brazil, where the new trend – perhaps coming to a shop near you soon – is to make the customer feel at home. Carina Duek, São Paulo “It’s a small, cosy house, with a little backyard where I can hang out my clothes. There are […]

Versace’s airline interior

WGSN, August 17 2006 As private jets become increasingly popular with the world’s wealthiest travellers, luxury brands are muscling in on aircraft design. WGSN checks out Versace’s jet interior. Versace airline interior mock-up In a truly couture experience, Versace has teamed up with jet management group TAG to create exclusive interiors for prestigious private jets […]

Outsider Art trends, May 3 2006 WGSN explores Outsider Art and delves into the minds of those singular individuals who defy any type of categorisation yet continue to provide inspiration for mainstream artists and designers alike. Grayson Perry as Claire, courtesy of Victoria Miro Gallery The Modernist debate is reheating thanks to numerous exhibitions in London, all […]

The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, April 2006 With its aspirational and creative styling, hotel design is becoming increasingly influential for domestic interiors, yet the imaginative Gladstone Hotel in Toronto offers a unique take on the designer hotel phenomenon. Hotel exterior New Nouveau room by Lolli Ursomarzo and Daniel Riitano The humble but highly creative and humorous Gladstone Hotel is […]

Mandarin Oriental New York, hotel review, March 30 2006 When one of Asia’s leading hotel groups, known for its impeccable customer service, hits New York, the result is bound to be both dramatic and luxurious. Hotel exterior The Mandarin Oriental New York opened in December 2003 and is unique in a city where boxy boutique hotels or grand Gotham splendour […]