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The Review! Welcome to our first anniversary issue, and what better way to celebrate than with an accessories special, highlighting the key (and most lustworthy) pieces on harrods.com. From new brands MCM and Phillip Lim to stalwarts Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan, there's never been a better time to shop.
Party pieces to mark our first birthday
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Hate not being able to fit more than your phone and lipstick in your party bag? Then you need this eye-popping piece from Diane Von Furstenberg. Deceptively spacious, it will make the heels to flats transition at the end of the night a whole lot more glamorous.Shop Diane Von Furstenberg
theReed Krakoff interviewDesigner, photographer, mentor and Creative Director - Nicola Copping talks to fashion’s most prolific face.
How would you describe the aesthetic of your brand?
Modern sensual luxury. It is an idea of a new American luxury: the combination of sensuality and femininity, utility clothing and sport clothing.
Where did you train?
My first job was as an intern at Anne Klein, working with Narciso Rodriguez before he had his own brand. I was at Parsons [The New School for Design based in New York] at the time. For me, it was an amazing education on American luxury and sportswear within a global brand.
I was then at Ralph Lauren for five years between 1987 and 1992 and then two years later I set up my own brand. I grew up with American luxury but at the same time I’ve always had a very strong sense of European design and sensibility. People like myself, who have grown up on typical American luxury and European design, have absorbed all of it and what’s exciting to me is to come up with the next generation of that and to work to reinvent that idea.
I like this idea of luxury,
sensuality and toughness - the
unexpected mix of those ideas
What do you think it is about the American aesthetic that appeals to the British?
American style is timeless and classic, which can be easily mixed with the fearless, trendy fashion British women are known to pull off.
What was the inspiration behind the famous folded belt motif on your handbags?
That idea really came from when I photographed a bunch of boxers and the wraps they put around their hands. I like this idea of luxury, sensuality and toughness – the unexpected mix of those ideas.
What kind of women do you have in mind when you design? Do you have an ultimate Reed Krakoff muse?
Strong, confident and sensual women that I am surrounded by inspire me daily – like my wife, Delphine. But really, for me it’s more about the point of view in terms of design that I follow. If I follow that, it will be for the woman I am designing for. It’s freer to do that than having the customer in my mind.
Why should a woman carry a Reed Krakoff bag?
It is an everyday luxury. One that is modern and coveted - something that makes every woman feel confident and beautiful.
If you weren’t a designer, what would you have been?
A photographer or landscape architect.
Given your work with the CFDA and Parsons, how vital do you think it is to play a part in the education of the next generation of designers?
The CFDA creates a sense of community and support for emerging American talent. Being a part of that community as an active mentor provides me the opportunity to give back and foster young designers.
It sounds like you are a major multitasker! How do you find the time to do everything? And what do you to relax?
I love what I do and have amazing teams that support my vision. Work-life balance has always been a priority to me. When I am not at work, I try to spend my time with my wife, Delphine, and our four children.
What one item would you save if your house was burning down?
That’s easy. We spend our summer in the East Hamptons and I always put together a book of photographs I have taken during our break and I give it to my wife and kids as a present at Christmas. I’ve done it for 10 years now.
We celebrate the land of the free (and fashionable)
When it comes to power dressing, isn’t it an advantage to be styled by a woman that started her own revolution? Well we’re not talking Bastille levels, but Donna Karan has overhauled women’s fashion in her three decade reign. A workwear stalwart and the brains behind the capsule wardrobe concept (remember her seven easy pieces?), her tailored jerseys, draped satins and nipped-in wools would be enough to shut even Alan Sugar up in the Apprentice boardroom.Shop Donna Karan
Lenny Kravitz may have sung about the American Woman but it’s Ralph Lauren who's dressing her. And with the Ralph Lauren Black line launching soon on harrods.com, there's never been a better time to live the American dream (well, in your wardrobe anyway). Expect luxe leather and heritage tweeds in sleek silhouettes. Uptown just got interesting.Shop Ralph Lauren
Surely a brand that counts Angelina Jolie and Kate Winslet as past models can’t be anything short of glamorous? Well St. John certainly doesn’t disappoint with its just-arrived collection. While famed for its beyond-luxe basics (think reams and reams of cashmere), we spied spicier elements of anything-but-ordinary feathers and sequins – bound to prove a saint (sorry) come party season.Shop St. John
Meet our new kids on the block (only not so ‘80s)
Meet Mr Smith
2012, what a year it's been with the Diamond Jubilee, London 2012, and now the launch of Paul Smith mainline on harrods.com. Yes, that’s right. The ambassador of dandified Britishness is bringing his skinny tailoring, quirky print shirts and raffish knits online. Roll out the bunting, it's time to celebrate.Shop Paul Smith
Review HQ is alive with whispers about a certain Mr Grey – but it’s not what you think. Thom Grey, the new diffusion line from US designer Thom Browne, is giving us a lesson in style with its collegiate capsule collection. Available exclusively at Harrods, its varsity jackets, Oxford shirts and Winter-ready knits will put some prep in your step.Shop Thom Grey
In The Pink
Now we at The Review are about to make the stress of shopping for your working wardrobe a little bit easier. Let us introduce you to harrods.com newcomer Thomas Pink, the British shirt supremo that’s been around since the 18th century – so they must know a thing or two. Available in every cut and creed imaginable, we say choose any colour, as long as it’s Pink.Shop Thomas Pink
It’s a month of beauty firsts here at The Review...
Keeping it in the Family
If we could pick anyone in history to be our grandmother, Estée Lauder would be high on our list. So it was with great curiosity (and a hint of jealousy) that we inspected the new beauty line from the next generation of the Lauder family. It turns out that we’re totally in love with AERIN’s carefully edited (and exclusive to Harrods) collection of make-up essentials. Each product has real everyday mileage so say goodbye to cosmetic bags weighed down with never-used lippies and blushes.Shop Aerin Beauty
The Soft Touch
Let the sensitive-skinned rejoice! Crème de la Mer has created a new lighter version of its cult moisturiser. The aptly named Moisturizing Soft Cream offers all the luxurious, complexion-transforming benefits of the original, with a soft-as-serum texture that literally melts into the skin. Top tip: it’s so easily absorbed that it makes a great primer, try using yours in the morning to create a radiant base for make-up.SHOP THE MOISTURIZING SOFT CREAM
The Radiance Maker
If you’re a foundation fiend, you’ll have heard whispers about our exclusive new launch from Dolce & Gabbana Makeup. The rumours are true - let us introduce you to Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation. Not only does this magic formula hydrate with myriad light-reflecting particles, but it comes in 15 shades, including three specifically designed to suit Asian skins. If it makes us look even half as radiant as campaign star Scarlett Johansson, we’re sold.Shop Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation
The Hint of Tint
Lipstick can be friend or foe, so if you’re sick of your lippie sticking to glasses, cups and teeth, why not exchange it for a more sultry stain? We’re currently coveting Lip and Cheek Stain Colour, a dark balmy gloss from Tom Ford’s Fall 2012 collection. Dabbed on lips with fingertips gives a just-bitten finish, and it also doubles as a natural dewy blush; move over lipstick, your crown has been stolen.SHOP TOM FORD LIP AND CHEEK STAIN
Harrods’s Chief Merchant on her new walk-in closet
the walk-in wardrobe
I've wanted a walk-in closet ever since I watched that episode of Sex and the City when Carrie gets the perfect apartment with the perfect closet. I remember thinking ‘I want a closet like that one day’. That was five or six years ago and I have been conjuring up the finest closet ever since: I started sketching it a year
ago and I knew it needed to fit 200 pairs of high heels and 50 or 60 handbags, plus I needed a luggage closet and somewhere for all my scarves, belts, coats and long evening dresses. I kept the two wardrobes in my current bedroom for workwear and the walk-in closet houses everything else. It took ten days to build – I went away for Easter and it was there, like an Aladdin’s cave. The important thing is not having the space, but how it’s organised. So the Alaias sit on one shelf, the YSLs on another, the Sergio Rossis on another and it’s really easy to get ready in the mornings. Every morning I hang the next day’s outfit – shoes, bag and lingerie – all together. In my bedroom I have my 45 little black dresses for work and all my tailoring; in the walk in closet, I have everything else. I have this beautiful pony skin Ottoman which I sometimes just sit on and think. And when I have the door closed, no one is allowed in.
The Ultimate Party Trick
Who said only boys could have their toys?
Prepare to light up the dance floor, restaurant, taxi, bedroom floor – well, really wherever you happen to be – with Anya Hindmarch’s light-up bag.
With its dazzling flashing lights – simply flick a switch inside the bag - and metallic gold leather, this updated version of the popular Tiny Tim is surely the only thing to be seen with (and trust us, you’ll be seen) on this year’s party circuit. Taken from the brand’s Quality Street-inspired AW12 collection, we think this would be that oozy caramel that everyone fights over.
Glitz, glamour and all-out opulence: it could only be our Partywear issue – out Friday 19th October