Lengthy summer delays start of winter sales season

JOG Swimwear shop

JOG Swimwear shop

Latest online retail sales stats from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index have revealed a slowing in online retail sales in the UK, with figures from September revealing a 7% increase – the second lowest growth rate ever recorded in the Index and the slowest since 2010.

Although an estimated £8.2 billion was spent online in the past year, multichannel retailers (those with a store presence) have resisted the downward trend more than online-online retailers, with 8% year-on-year growth in multichannel compared to only 5% year-on-year for pureplay merchants.

The lowest-ever recorded growth in this sector suggests the warm weather discouraged shoppers from updating their wardrobes until autumn really sets in. However, whilst footwear slowed to 4.5% year-on-year, accessories continued to perform strongly with sales up 48% year-on-year.

Despite brands and retailers investing in m-commerce sites designed for tablets and smartphones, the report found this sector have the lowest growth rate at 29%, which is a significant drop from the previous all-time low of 36%.

Chief information officer at IMRG Tina Spooner commented: “The unseasonably warm weather last month clearly had a negative effect on the online retail industry, with apparel merchants in particular seeing a significant impact on sales. As clothing and fashion merchants launched their autumn / winter ranges, temperatures during September reached levels significantly above early autumn averages so it is no surprise that winter coats and boots were not at the top of our online shopping lists. This is not the first time we have seen unseasonal weather having a detrimental effect on e-retail sales, however, on a more positive note, it appears the milder temperatures during September boosted sales of beer, wine and spirits and garden products.

“As we enter the fourth quarter and retailers prepare for the key festive trading period, we expect growth levels to return to the consistent double-digit figures we have seen throughout 2014.”

Adgild Hop, principal, Head of Retail Consulting at Capgemini added: “As is so often the case, weather has once again influenced retail performance this month. Retailers across the UK, but in particular those retailers with more seasonal trade, will no doubt be hoping to recoup some of the lost sales before markdown pressures take over. In addition to lying awake at night worrying about the fast approaching Black Friday and Cyber Monday as the prelude to Christmas, no doubt a lot of retailers will be saying a little prayer to the weather gods.”

Additionally, Adgild Hop comments, “This month has also yet again highlighted the relative strength of multichannel versus online propositions, with a year-on-year LFL (like-for-like) performance for multichannel retailers that is 80 per cent higher that their pureplay online counterparts.”



Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

In August 2014, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, Michael Phelps, announced he was entering into a partnership with southern California-based Aqua Sphere to create a new global swim brand that will develop innovative products that are inclusive and accessible to a broader range of swimmers and non-swimmers across the full swimming lifecycle beginning in early 2015.

Aqua Sphere was previously known best for its line of fitness swimsuits, Italian-made swim goggles, open water wetsuits and accessories, but gained instant credibility in the performance tech suit market with the new Phelps relationship.
SwimOutlet.com Blog spoke with Aqua Sphere Business Line Manager, Todd Mitchell, about the new deal with Phelps.

SwimOutlet.com Blog: Tell us a little about how this partnership first came about?

Todd Mitchell: Aqua Sphere had been looking to expand into the competitive swim segment and, like most people, we have followed Michael Phelps’ and Bob Bowman’s careers for more than a decade. When we learned Michael was looking to do things differently in the world of swimming, we reached out and the partnership seemed like a natural fit for both parties. We are very excited to partner with the most decorated swimmer of all time and one of swimming’s greatest coaches to launch this new brand.

SB: It must have been an exciting and busy time for you guys around the announcement that you are partnering with the greatest swimmer of all time…

TM: It’s a fun busy; Aqua Sphere is proud to collaborate with such accomplished individuals to further develop the knowledge of our team and grow into new markets. We’re expanding our resources to service this new swim segment while maintaining focus on the Aqua Sphere brand and its commitment to the active swim and triathlon markets.

Source : http://swimswam.com/

Ultimo launches pink bra for Breast Cancer Care



Ultimo is showing its support in the fight against breast cancer with the launch of a new pink range.

The new collection, Mollie, goes on sale tomorrow, with £1 of every bra sale throughout October going to Breast Cancer Care, a UK-wide charity.

Ultimo founder Michelle Mone said: “Ultimo is all about celebrating women, so we felt it important to get behind Breast Cancer Awareness month and do something special for a hugely worthy cause.”

Mollie, which comes with a matching Brazilian brief, is contemporary and feminine, crafted from microfiber and complimented with contrast lace detailing.

Complete with a branded motif at the centre, the bra cup features a sling that works to remove the “double boob” effect.


Proenza Swimwear

Proenza Swimwear

To fete the brand’s debut swimwear collection, designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough share their favorite beach getaways and a sneak peek at the covetable suits.

Great news for sun chasers—one of our favorite design duos, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler, are making their first foray into swimwear this month. The pair’s pared-down, architectural bikinis and sleek cutout suits (plus pareos and spot-on espadrilles) are everything we hoped and more. The designers often reference the surf scene as an inspiration, so the decision to launch the line, in their words, “happened very organically.” “We both grew up in urban areas where you couldn’t really go surfing, so skateboarding was more of a thing, and at the time it was very influenced by surf culture. It was a fantasy world to us, like the movie The Endless Summer,” they say. “It’s the aesthetic that we are attracted to, the romanticism of that lifestyle.”

In honor of the aquatic occasion, McCollough and Hernandez share their top beach escapes. “Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji is one of the most remote beaches we’ve been to. Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa,near Bora Bora, is like a fantasy world—the most beautiful place on earth. In Hawaii, we like to rent a private house on Hanalei Bay. It’s American culture mixed with the South Pacific—a perfect combo. La Digue island at Raffles Praslin, Seychelles is outrageously beautiful, like a postcard. And Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos is the best place to do absolutely nothing.” Endless summer, indeed.

Source : http://www.harpersbazaar.com/

New York museum explores history of lingerie

A History of Lingerie

A History of Lingerie

A 1770 corset made of silk is on display at the exhibition. A 1770 corset made of silk is on display at the exhibition.
From 18th century corsets to present-day bras made in stretch lace, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York charts the history of lingerie in a new exhibition.

Exposed: A History of Lingerie features more than 70 of the most delicate objects in the museum’s permanent collection, many of which have never before been shown to the public.

The exhibition opens with several pairings of objects that underscore the connection between underwear and outerwear.

A 1950s nylon nightgown by high-end lingerie brand Iris, for example, is shown alongside a nylon evening gown by mid-century designer Claire McCardell.

Carrying on, the exhibition runs in chronological order, with the earliest object on view being a 1770 sleeved corset made from sky-blue silk with decorative ivory ribbons that crisscross over the stomach.

FIT delves into the lingerie trends from every decade, from a mid-1920s bandeau bra of yellow silk chiffon in ivory lace, to a silk teddy designed by Patricia Fieldwalker in the 1980s.

Contemporary lingerie is highlighted by a custom-made bra and panty in silk chiffon by Jean Yu and a retro-style lingerie set with provocative cut-outs by Chantal Thomass.

Also featured is a L.A.M.B. x Hanky Panky long-line bra and panty designed by Gwen Stefani’s fashion brand in collaboration with Hanky Panky.

The exhibition opened on June 3 and will run through November 15.

Source : lingerieinsight.com

Alessandra Ambrosio Shares Summer Bikini Body Workout Tips

Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio

It’s hard to believe that Victoria’s Secret supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio even has half an inch of cellulite, but in Self’s latest issue, Alessandra admits that she shares these common body concerns.

The 33-year-old mother graces the magazine’s June cover looking especially fit, and she opens up, explaining how she maintains her enviable bikini body.

“If I look in the mirror and see cellulite—and I have some, every woman does!—I run the Santa Monica Stairs,” says Alessandra. “I’ll go up and down the [170] steps four to six times, usually once a week.”

As for flaunting your assets, Alessandra is all about it. “In Brazil, it’s all about the butt,” explains the Brazilian beauty. “For mine, I put 5-pound ankle weights on each leg, get on all fours and kick each heel up toward the ceiling. I do three sets of 20. Then I also do three sets of 20 fire hydrants, where you lift each bent leg up and out to the side.”

And then there are little things that you can do that will help enhance your figure,

JOG Swimwear

JOG Swimwear

Alessandra explains—like good posture or getting a bronzed glow. “Always make sure your shoulders are pulled back and your belly is pulled in,” she says. “And find a great self-tanning spray, too. Getting a little color on your body can make you look more toned, so when you go to the beach, you’ll feel a little better.”

And finally, Alessandra’s advises to always try and keep your priorities straight. “I want my daughter to be nice, have a good education and be disciplined,” she says. “A perfect butt doesn’t make an amazing person. It’s about feeling confident.”

We couldn’t agree more. An awesome butt is nice, yes, but there’s much more to life! For more of Alessandra, pick up the June issue of Self when it hits newsstands May 27.

Source : eonline.com

Vanessa Paradis sexy pour un shooting, les photos dévoilées

Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis a posé il y a quelques semaines en tenue sexy. Les photos de ce shooting sont enfin disponibles et l’actrice et chanteuse est plus belle que jamais.

Vanessa Paradis a fait un photoshot très sexy. La chanteuse et actrice a décidé de dévoiler qu’elle n’avait rien à envier aux nouvelles stars montantes de la musique ou du cinéma. A 41 ans, elle pose en maillot de bain doré, de quoi faire monter la température. Elle dévoile tout son sex-appeal pour le plus grand plaisir du photographe Ben Hassett qui semble avoir pris du plaisir à partager ce moment avec la star française.

C’est sur la plage de Malibu que Vanessa Paradis a été prise en photo. C’est pour le Violet Grey magazine que la chanteuse se prête au jeu des photos. Très à l’aise, le thème du shooting était Sea, Sex and Sun. De quoi lui rappeler les bons moments de son éternel ami Serge Gainsbourg.  Pour le coup, ses cheveux courts ne sont plus bouclés mais plaqués en arrière. Ses formes parfaites dévoilés et son regard perçant. Pour accompagner ce shooting photo sexy, Vanessa Paradis a répondu à quinze questions. Notamment : “Qu’est ce qui rend un homme beau ?” elle répond “l’honnêteté”. “Avec qui aimeriez-vous prendre le petit déjeuner ?” – “Marylin Monroe” ou encore “Quel est la qualité la plus importante chez un homme”, Vanessa Paradis estime qu’il s’agit de “l’intelligence”.

Toutes les personnes présentes sur ce shooting photo avec Vanessa Paradis semblent être tombées sous le charme de l’actrice et chanteuse française. Par exemple, la maquilleuse Sabrina Badrani explique “C’est une BELLE personne, à l’intérieur comme à l’extérieur, et son style décontracté est une chose que l’on peut envier”. La styliste Elizabeth Sulcer explique quant à elle, “Vanessa aime les fantaisies de la haute couture, et élever le glamour, porter un manteau sur un maillot de bain une pièce noire exprime cette vision”.

De son côté, Vanessa Paradis semble avoir également pris un véritable plaisir à poser pour ces photos. Une expérience qu’elle peut ajouter au fait d’avoir tourné avec Woody Allen. D’ailleurs, elle expliquait à ce sujet “Il est charmant, il improvise beaucoup. Il me fait beaucoup rire alors que je n’ai pas le droit de rire dans mon rôle. Et puis il est très docile avec son metteur en scène. Il n’a pas du tout donné son avis, donné des directions. Il est admiratif de John Turturro. Il était acteur comme moi comme les autres.” Pour voir toutes les photos de ce shooting, rendez-vous ici !

Source : Non Stop People