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L'oreal

“Roaring 20s” will follow COVID-19 pandemic, says L’Oréal

Cosmetics sales have plummeted during the pandemic as store closures, coupled with the shift to homeworking, saw many women to ditch their makeup bags.
Uniqlo

Uniqlo UK apologises for customer service chaos in Covid crisis

The fashion retailer Uniqlo has apologised after its online operation went into meltdown leaving frustrated customers waiting months for refunds for failed orders.
Beauty

Sleeping beauty halls: how Covid-19 upended the ‘lipstick index’

With its army of perfectly groomed and manicured shop assistants the department store beauty hall has traditionally been the backbone of a £2.5bn trade...
Pretty Little Thing

Critics attack Pretty Little Thing’s 8p Black Friday dress deal

Clothing retailers have come under fire for selling dresses from just 8p on Black Friday, with critics accusing them of encouraging “fast fashion” and...
Savile Row Tariffs

Sweatpants out? Savile Row tailors predict end of the lockdown look

Last week the designer Jil Sander told the New York Times that it was time to finally ditch sweatpants because “down-dressing is a drainer”. A...
Ted Baker

COVID-19 and Brexit could see UK manufacturers bringing it all back...

UK factories could be making up to £4.8bn more goods for British retailers in the next 12 months as the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit...
Black Friday

Online Black Friday will be a stiff test for the virtual...

Coronavirus may be doing its best to cancel Christmas but, for the time being anyway, shoppers are carrying on regardless, with this week’s Black...
Pharrell Williams Humanrace

Pharrell Williams announces gender neutral skincare line

The musician and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams has announced the release of Humanrace, his long awaited skincare line. Significantly, it is gender neutral. The Humanrace products,...
Gucci

Gucci’s latest collection revealed in series of films by Gus Van...

The fashion designer Alessandro Michele, having cancelled Gucci’s catwalk shows during the pandemic, needed a way to showcase his latest collection. The director Gus...
JD Sports

UK could face shortage of trainers and leisurewear as Covid fuels...

The UK could face shortages of sports shoes, track pants and stretchy leggings as retailers and suppliers struggle to keep up with a pandemic-related...

Italian fashion brands urged to tackle racism

Black fashion designers in Italy have called upon Gucci, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana to commit to eradicating racism in the country’s fashion industry,...
JD Sports

Face masks “will deter young shoppers” says JD Sports chairman

One of the UK’s biggest retailers has said that making face masks compulsory in shops in England could deter shoppers from visiting stores. Peter Cowgill,...
Laura Ashley

Second administrator to scrutinise Laura Ashley collapse

The pensions rescue service has forced the appointment of a second administrator to scrutinise the finances of Laura Ashley prior to its collapse into...
John Lewis

Sharon White’s radicalism at John Lewis is sorely needed

Department stores have been in decline for years; the rise of online retailing is relentless; and the pandemic is accelerating shopping trends. Even so,...
Tati

Tati, much loved French retailer shuts up shop in Paris

Tati, the much-loved cut-price clothing chain that has been a French retail institution for more than 70 years, is to close its original –...
Virtual Fashion Week Fashion shows

“The fashion show is over”: what I have learned from 20...

Fashion people love to exaggerate, but I have been to a lot of fashion shows – about 3,000, by according to my back-of-envelope maths....
John Lewis

Screens and one-way systems: UK retailers prepare to reopen

Many non-essential shopping chains are preparing to let customers back into stores as the Covid-19 lockdown eases. Outdoor non-food markets and car showrooms were allowed...
Frasers Group Sports Direct

Sports Direct managers accuse firm of making them work on furlough

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct and House of Fraser chains have asked store managers to work at least once a week while under the government’s...
John Lewis Mother of Pearl

John Lewis and Mother of Pearl mark Earth Day with joint...

John Lewis and the fashion brand Mother of Pearl have chosen Earth Day for the launch of their sustainable fashion collaboration, specifically for its...
PPE

Government “ignores” UK textiles firms desperate to make PPE

The government has been too slow to enlist British textiles firms to make protective gear for the NHS, according to industry figures who say...