Media news roundup

Enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend by catching up on what’s been happening in the industry this week …

COS launches its first activewear line

“The London-based fashion brand announced the launch of COS Active. The majority of the collection is made from recycled materials and sustainably sourced fabrics including; a crewneck sweatshirt made from organic cotton and leggings made from recycled nylon” – Refinery 29

Balenciaga to open flagship store on Bond Street

“It has been reported that Balenciaga has struck a deal to open a new flagship store in London’s iconic Bond Street. The luxury Kering-owned label reached an agreement with British footwear and handbag retailer Russell & Bromley to take over its lease on for its store on New Bond Street” – Hypebeast

DIY with Dolce & Gabbana

“In a bid to raise funds for Covid-19 vaccine research at Humanitas University in Milan, Dolce & Gabbana are launching #DGFattoInCasa, a series of digital workshops taught by experts artisans. Uniting D&G’s passion for craft with the lockdown’s favourite new pastimes, participants will be encouraged to make donations to the cause, which has already received contributions from the designers” – Vogue

Mulberry bans use of exotic skins

“Mulberry has become the latest fashion brand to ban the use of exotic animal skins in its designs. The luxury British handbag label – which already has a fur-free policy – will no longer use the skins of alligators, crocodiles, ostriches, lizards or snakes in its collections from spring-summer 2020 onwards” – Fashion United

Grazia collaborates with artists on three covers

“Grazia has this week published a special fashion issue that celebrates the British fashion industry and explores how the global pandemic is changing the way both brands and customers are viewing luxuries right now. The magazine has replaced its normal fashion shoot and red-carpet imagery with specially commissioned artworks that will be auctioned off for Covid-19 related charities. The three covers have been created by British fashion designers Erdem and Richard Quinn and Instagram artist Sara Shakeel” – Bauer Media

Harrods remote personal shopping

“Harrods is reportedly planning to offer personal shopping for its top customers prior to opening its doors again with staff at the famous Knightsbridge store taking orders by phone or smartphone message. It said that ‘this remote clienteling’ should start on May 18” – Fashion Network

#ChaumetatHome

“Chaumet is opening up its archives online allowing viewers to explore 12 iconic pieces of Chaumet jewellery through its #ChaumetatHome campaign. Twice a week, the luxury brand will present an episode dedicated to one jewel, which you can find on its Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts” – The Jewellery Cut

Van Cleef & Arpels virtually opens its School of Jewellery Arts

“This is the best time for a masterclass in jewellery as Van Cleef & Arpel’s School of Jewellery Arts is launching a series of online video tutorials. Categorised into three lists, there are over 20 finely crafted films for aficionados that are both informative and entertaining including; Art History of Jewellery, The Universe of Gemstones and Savoir-Faire” – Thailand Tatler

Haven’t yet tried CBD? Here’s why you should

“One of the wellness industry’s newest wonder ingredients, CBD tends to provoke mixed opinions. For some, it’s the holy grail of anxiety solutions. Others question whether it does anything at all. Divisive it may be, but CBD brands have recorded huge spikes in sales during the lockdown period” – Vogue

Blue Beauty, the new sustainable beauty movement

“Unlike other clean beauty movements, such as the Green beauty trend, Blue beauty has a very focused agenda on what it wants to help and how brands can work towards achieving the end goal. […] Blue beauty is all about limiting our plastic wastage, making it easier for us to recycle and protecting our oceans from chemicals found in our beauty products, such as suncreams” – ELLE

Fitbit symptom tracker to fight coronavirus

“Fitbit is planning to turn its fitness bands into social distancing and coronavirus symptom trackers. […] Fitbit is currently working with Stanford University and Scripps Research Institute to collect user data to spot the spread of Covid-19” – The Telegraph

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