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Dot London – April 29


The launch of .london on April 29 confirms the growing power of London as a global city “brand”. Following in the footsteps of Berlin and Vienna, this will make London the third city ahead of New York and Paris, to launch its own web domains.

London's Financial district. (photo  - worklondonstyle)

London’s Financial district. (photo – worklondonstyle)

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson said,”It is hard to imagine that 25 years ago few of us had heard of the internet. Now we take it for granted: watching films on demand and buying weekly groceries.”

Boris Johnson - The Mayor of London

Boris Johnson – The Mayor of London

Johnson’s open letter in the Evening Standard newspaper, who made history by becoming the first business to adopt the new “Dot London” website name,  was signed by 40 prominent figures from culture, business and charity. Johnson said, “Twenty five years ago it was about connecting computer networks. Today it is about connecting with people, communities and customers – and being relevant to them.”

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From 29 April London businesses that until now defined their online presence with internet domains ending in .co.uk and .com, will have the opportunity to choose the .london domain. Web addresses are expected to go live by late August or the beginning of September and will cost from £40 per year.

An initial three month “grace period” will prioritise London-based applicants over those from outside the capital, when applying for the same name.

For information about Dot London go to http://www.dotlondondomains.london.

Parlez-Vous M&S? – Twenty New Food Stores To Open In France.


Marks and Spencer Chief Executive Marc Bolland’s announcement that the retailer is planning to expand its French footprint with 20 stand-alone Food stores, saw shares rise 2.2% to 469.90p at the close yesterday. At an Investor Seminar in Paris, he announced an ambitious plan to drive international growth by opening 250 new stores in Western Europe, India, China, Russia and the Middle East.

Marks and Spencer's Chief Executive Marc Bolland with two models at the opening of the Champs Élysées store.

Marks and Spencer’s Chief Executive Marc Bolland with two models at the opening of the Champs Élysées store in 2011. (photo – M&S)

Bolland said: “We are focusing on Flagship stores to deliver brand presence and stand-out. We also see great opportunities in fresh Food and Lingerie and Beauty concepts.”

The Champs Élysées Flagship store by night. (photo - M&S)

The Champs Élysées Flagship store by night. (photo – M&S)

The plans for Paris would make France it’s largest food market outside the UK. M&S hopes that the expansion will bring relief from the pain it has suffered in the over saturated UK market.

Whiskey and baked goods are favourites with French shoppers. (photo - M&S)

Whiskey and baked goods are favourites with French shoppers. (photo – M&S)

A new franchise partnership with SFH Invest will see three new on-street stores, trading from c.300 square metres, open this summer.

Model Rosie Huntington declaring the store open for business three years ago. (photo - M&S)

Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley declaring the store open for business three years ago. (photo – M&S)

Workers and customers were outraged when M&S shut its stores in France in 2001.

Workers and customers were outraged when M&S shut its stores in France in 2001.

Renowned for quality, affordable lingerie and beauty, it has also lined up 20 sites for expansion in emerging markets.

Noemie Lenoir, a former M&S lingerie model. photo - M&S)

Noemie Lenoir, a former M&S lingerie model. (photo – M&S)

The company will also expand internationally with a ‘bricks and clicks’ approach by establishing flagship stores in key cities, supported M&S Food stores and a full online offer. It has recently revamped its website.

M&S's current 'Leading Ladies' advertising campaign shot by Annie Leibovitz showcases it's food and clothing products. (photo - Annie Leibovitz for M&S)

M&S’s current ‘Leading Ladies’ advertising campaign shot by Annie Leibovitz showcases it’s food and clothing products. (photo – Annie Leibovitz for M&S)

M&S’s International arm made profits of £120 million on sales of £1.1 billion last year. The new French Food stores will offer customers convenient access to a range of up to 2500 exceptional quality, fresh M&S products.

The Paris Flagship Store (photo - M&S)

The Paris Flagship Store (photo – M&S)

Celine’s New Flagship Store Opens At No.103 Mount Street London.


Phoebe Philo and her team opened the doors to their elegantly designed new flagship store on Mount Street today. Clear grey marmorino plastered walls and marbled floors inlaid with semi-precious stones, greeted eager customers. Danish artist FOS created specially commissioned artistic details including door handles, floor lamps and a chandelier.

Born in Paris and educated at Central Saint Martins in London, Philo won the ‘British Designer of the Year’ award in 2010 and the ‘International Designer of the Year’ award in 2011.

worklondonstyle shopping Celine's new flagship store on Mount Street on opening day. (photo - worklondonstyle)

worklondonstyle shopping Celine’s new flagship store on Mount Street on opening day. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Attention to detail includes beautifully inlaid marble floors. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Attention to detail includes beautifully inlaid marble floors. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Geometric shapes were integral to her accessories for the season. Bags featured square handles coupled with cubic bangles and chunky, rectangular platform shoes.

The Summer 2014 Campaign (photo - Celine)

The Summer 2014 Campaign (photo – Celine)

In a move away from her usual minimalism and understated elegance, Philo introduced bright colours and bold graphic prints for Spring /Summer 2014. The layered look and asymmetrical pleated skirts were teamed with coats and blazers.

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo - Showbit)

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo – Showbit)

Travel informed the Spring/Summer collections of many designers at Paris Fashion Week. It is represented by colourful tribal prints in the collection at Celine.

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo - Showbit)

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo – Showbit)

Postcards From Paris


Paris holds a special place in my heart. The annual Lycée book haul can prove less than glamorous unless combined with a brief visit to some favourite shops and stops. Journey with me.

A central place to stay.

A central place to stay.

Beauty boost from Sephora

Beauty boost from Sephora

Louis Vuitton - Champs Elysees

Louis Vuitton – Champs Elysees

Lunch at Cafe de Flore

Lunch at Cafe de Flore

Lycée book shop done. Tuileries garden.

Lycée book shop done. Tuileries garden.

Shakespeare and Company

Shakespeare and Company

A walk along the river.

A walk along the river.

Sunset on the Seine

Sunset on the Seine

Joan Collins – A Passion For Life


World famous actress and Dynasty television star, Joan Collins signed the latest instalment of her memoirs, ‘A Passion For Life’ at Selfridges in London today. Joan OBE, Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominee has sold more than 50 million books worldwide.

A Passion For Life

A Passion For Life

‘A Passion For Life’ follows on from ‘Second Act’, ‘Katy: A Fight for Life’ and ‘Past Imperfect: an Autobiography’. It is an illustrated guide to the life of the British Icon. It includes childhood pictures, images from film sets around the world and the story of her marriage to Percy Gibson.

Joan's autobiography 'Second Act' published in 1996 and her light -hearted look at modern life ' The World According to Joan' published in 2011.

Joan’s autobiography ‘Second Act’ published in 1996 and her light – hearted look at modern life ‘The World According to Joan’ published in 2011.

Joan has written 17 books including beauty books and guides on style. Joan returned to the stage in 2013 with her acclaimed one woman show ‘One Night With Joan’. She is a regular contributor to The Spectator.

Style and Beauty advice from Joan.

Style and Beauty advice from Joan.

The It Sweater


The ordinary sweater has morphed into the trophy knit. This season’s most coveted sweater is Givenchy’s Bambi Knit.

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci

This status buy has drummed up waiting lists normally reserved for It-bags; the sky high price tags ensuring they remain sartorial trophies.

With this season’s focus on day wear, team your sweater with a swishy skirt for work or dress it down with favourite jeans for the weekend.

Cable knit from Oaktree

Cable knit Oaktree

Photo Jay Ahr

Photo Jay Ahr

Photo worklondonstyle

Photo worklondonstyle

Oasis Westfield

Oasis Westfield

Galeries Lafayette Returns To Beijing, China.


Fifteen years after its first foray into China, French Department store Galeries Lafayette is officially reopening in Beijing tomorrow. The chain opened a store in Beijing in 1997 but closed a year later as the market was not mature enough. Thierry Vannier, director of the international department says “we are planning to open 16 outlets in China in the coming 5 years.” Hong Kong based I.T. limited owns a 50% stake in the new store. The store is about half the size of the boulevard Haussman store in Paris, in the 9th arrondissement.

Galeires Lafayette Paris Flagship on Haussman.

Galeries Lafayette Paris Flagship on Haussman.

Theophile Bader and his cousin Alphonse Kahn opened the store in a small haberdasher’s in 1895 on the corner of rue La Fayette and Chaussee d’Antin. A year later they purchased the entire building at No 1 rue La Fayette. In 1905 they expanded by aquiring no 38, 40 and 42, boulevard Haussman as well as no 15 rue de la Chaussee d’Antin.

The stores unique Belle Epoque architecture by Georges Chedanne features and ornate coloured glass dome and Art Nouveau staircase.

The store’s unique Belle Epoque architecture by Georges Chedanne features an ornate coloured glass dome and Art Nouveau staircase. (Photo worklondonstyle)

The store is a Paris heritage site. The company also owns stores in New York, Berlin, Dubai, Casablanca And Jakarta.

Lafayette Homme connect to the Coupole through a covered passegeway.

Lafayette Homme connects to the Coupole through a covered passegeway. (Photo worklondonstyle)

Vice and Virtue! To buy or not to buy?

Vice and Virtue! To buy or not to buy?

My favourite spot in Galeries Lafayette Paris - the view of the rooftops from the books store window.

My favourite spot in Galeries Lafayette Paris – the view of the rooftops from the book store window.

The new Beijing store is located in the Xidan commercial district and comprises 47,000 sqm floor space, located over 6 floors.