From around the web and the nationals
ULTIMO, the lingerie brand, has reported a rise in sales for December, up 34% on the same time last year. For November, sales were up 25% on the previous year. The brand’s founder Michelle Mone attributed the boost to sponsorship deals and pointed to the success of the brand in both Tesco and Debenhams. Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato and footballer Robbie Keane’s wife, Claudine Keane, have both started to model for the brand.
GALLERY, a Copenhagen Fashion Week event, will hold an unprecedented 47 catwalk shows from six countries next February 1 - 4. Jill Sander, Marimekko, Henrik Vibskov, Peter Jensen, Ann-Sofie Back, Preen and Minimarket will be among the designers showing.
MAN, the Topman and Fashion East London Fashion Week menswear show, has announced its line up of designers for February. It will include: Shaun Samson, Agi & Sam and Astrid Andersen. MAN showcases new British talent chosen by a panel including Fashion East director and founder Lulu Kennedy and Topman design director Gordon Richardson.
Kate Moss and her daughter Lila Grace have been the subject of speculation that the pair will create a tween range for Debenhams. The Times of India published a piece saying Moss had signed a contract with the high street retailer for the range, due to for launch in summer 2012. Meanwhile, Elleuk.com reports that Debenhams has denied the claim, dismissing it as “pure speculation”.
WESTFIELD is among the shopping centres with stores that will stay open until midnight tonight in a bid to catch last minute crucial retail spend. The Evening Standard reported Westfield is catering for time poor and last minute shoppers. Westfield did research that found Londoners working longer hours risk being without presents over Christmas if they can’t shop at more convenient times. M&S has also extended its opening hours in the week up to Christmas.