A designer outlet centre, similar to Bicester Village in Oxfordshire, could be coming to the O2 in Greenwich. Plans are in the early stages and a mall with more than 100 shops is proposed, according to the Evening Standard.
Designers such as Louis Vuitton, Dior and Dolce & Gabbana have been suggested by the American-owned AEG Europe.
It’s hoped the addition of the designer shops will bring in more shoppers in the day time who will then spend money in the nearby restaurants.
Planning permission has been secured from Greenwich council for about 230,000 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor of the O2.
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Who would have thought that high end fashion would get into food? Certainly not us. Hopefully this collaboration with Dior and Harrods will put an end to all this size zero malarky and prompt models to eat a little more.
Apparently though this flirting with food and fashion has gone on much longer than we realised - did you know that Monsieur Dior had a cook book published in 1972?
We reported on Dior's general collaboration with Harrods a couple of weeks ago but now it is time to turn our attention fully to the Dior Harrods Cafe.
Christian Dior currently has a pop up cafe open on the fourth floor of Harrods. It opened on the 16th March and will continue to be open for a month.
The pop up is called Cafe Dior and it takes it's inspiration for both decor and food from a French Salon de Thé (tearoom) and the cook book favourites of Mr Dior himself. These include rather extravagant and not ver 'cafe' like menu options such as black truffle omelettes, lobster club sandwiches and afternoons teas. Not quite bacon butties and fry ups then...
Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd., SW1X 7XL; 020 7730 1234
The not very nice man that is John Galliano and waged war against fashion house Dior today asking for £12 million in compensation for the loss of his job and subsequent fall out after he was heard making anti-Semitic remarks.
Galliano's lawyers have gone to an employment tribunal and argued that he should not have lost his job over the 'drunken outbursts' and derogatory comments about Jews.
His barrister said that he was dismissed “without a serious or real cause”.
They are arguing that when Galliano made these comments he was alcohol, Valium and sleeping pills and therefor it was a health problem and it is illegal in France to sack someone over health problems.
We wonder whether it is illegal to sack someone for being on drugs at work? They could go down that route instead. Either way Dior are having none of it. Their lawyer said that "the designer’s contracts were too complicated for an employment tribunal." And then added: “John Galliano was no ordinary employee. In fact, I would go as far as saying he wasn’t an employee at all. The complexity of his various contracts is sharply at odds with the image of a poor, defenceless employee which the opposing party is trying to project.”
We already know that Mila Kunis is super gorgeous and super stylish but in case you needed a little reminder here she is starring in the new campaign for Miss Dior.
Now, this is just a teaser trailer for the full thing but it gives us an excellent idea of how well Kunis has slotted into her role as fashion muse for the brand.
She's seen in the video sporting some excellently executed 1950s style in honour of the new Miss Dior campaign in which true to real life she is surrounded by paps and people wanted to spend just a few seconds in her company.
Kunis has enjoyed a phenomenal rise in success over the past couple of years helped, no doubt, by her co-leading role in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed Black Swan. She also recently starred in that comedy we thought was going to be amazing but was actually a bit of a let town, Ted and has up coming roles in Oz: The Great and Powerful and the much anticipated Hell & Back.
Second up in the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week was Christian Dior, with newly appointed Creative Director Raf Simons taking the reins.
Flawlessly tailored structured ballgowns were the order du jour, along with a more casual assortment of capri pants and light-hued floral tops (unusual for a couture collection).
Tuxedo jackets and variants of this year’s big peplum trend were also on display, along with interesting combinations like tailored trousers under a pink gown.
However, we couldn’t help but feel that the collection was somewhat… underwhelming? With such an iconic powerhouse label like Dior to represent, and such a high fashion medium as couture to work with, the designs did come across as a bit too safe to do Simons' usual creative flair justice.
Disgraced designer John Galliano, the brand’s previous Creative Director, had used the couture show to exhibit much more ornate and innovative designs in the past, such as the dramatic flower-inspired A/W10-11 collection.
What do you think: is Raf Simons’ first couture effort haute or not?
Check out more of Dior’s designs. Images courtesy of NowFashion.com.
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