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PRESS COVERAGE: Recent and Prospective 23/09/2013


NICOLE IN ‘GQ RUSSIA’


FARAH IN ‘CANARY WHARF MAGAZINE’


MONIQUE IN ‘S MAGAZINE’


MONIQUE, LILITH AND LUCIA IN ‘SATURDAY MAGAZINE


AIMEE ON ‘NEVERUNDERDRESSED’


AIMEE IN ‘IMAGE MAGAZINE’


BODYSILK IN COLLEZIONI’


BODYSILK IN ‘ELLE RUSSIA’


BODYSILK IN ‘ELLE RUSSIA’


BODYSILK IN ‘‘HARPERS BAZAAR CHINA’


FRANCES IN ‘ROLLERCOASTER’


ISABELLA IN ‘ELLE RUSSIA’


CELESTRIA AEROFLOT STYLE


AIMEE - COSMOPOLITAN PSYCHOLOGY


BELLE BEAU - ELLE RUSSIA


BODYSILK - GRAZIA RUSSIA


BODYSILK - HARPERS BAZAAR RUSSIA


MONIQUE - HARPERS BAZAAR RUSSIA


BODYSILK - HELLO RUSSIA


ISABELLA IN INSTYLE RUSSIA


STELLA AND MONIQUE IN INSTYLE RUSSIA


MULTIPLE MYLA RANGES ON PASSION.RU


STELLA IN ‘WOMEN’S HEALTH RUSSIA’


CELESTRIA IN ‘WOMEN’S HEALTH RUSSIA’


ISABELLA IN ‘DAILY EXPRESS’


ISABELLA IN ‘HARVEY NICHOLS DUBAI MAGAZINE’


ISABELLA IN ‘DASH MAGAZINE’


ISABELLA IN WONDERLAND


Mary Portas declared Harvey Nicks ‘more kitten heels than cool. I just think it’s lost that edge’ While it is not a fall from fashion grace as precipitous as that of John Galliano (sacked from Dior for anti-Semitism), or Dolce & Gabbana (convicted of tax evasion in Italy), it is still shocking. According to Queen of Shops Mary Portas, Harvey Nichols — the iconic Knightsbridge store that opened its doors in 1831 and has spread nationwide — is no longer what it once was. If it were a supermodel, it would have developed thread veins, cellulite and be walking around in a snow-washed denim shirt. Last week, Portas — who marketed the store so successfully in the early Nineties that it became synonymous with high fashion, and managed to get it name-checked many times on Absolutely Fabulous — declared the shop ‘more kitten heels than cool. I just think it’s lost that edge. ‘It was the innovator at a time when Selfridges were behind and I think now they’ve taken over. ‘I wouldn’t go there to see who the new designers are.’ I have to admit that while I frequently prowl Harrods for inspiration, I haven’t darkened the doors of a Harvey Nichols for years. I’m put off mainly by the windows: on a visit to the London branch last week, the display featured a quirky ensemble of burst mattresses, with very few clothes on show. It just looked a mess. So last Friday, I decided to put both Harvey Nichols and Selfridges to my secret-shopper litmus test to see how they compared…

HARVEY NICHOLS As I step inside the Knightsbridge branch, I am welcomed by a very cheery doorman. I am in the beauty hall, which is fine — all the usual brands are here and a SpaceNK boutique. On a weekday morning, though, the floor is almost empty, which means I am ‘Tasered’ a dozen times by over-eager perfume sellers. Upstairs, the fashion seems cramped and unexciting, which is a shame, given last year’s appointment of Paula Reed, previously the fashion director of Grazia. All the predictable names and clothes are present: Isabel Marant’s creamy knits, Stella McCartney’s tailoring, plus Balenciaga and Rick Owens — but sadly no Louis Vuitton womenswear. ‘Do you stock Victoria Beckham mainline?’ I ask two sales assistants, who are chatting to each other. ‘Um, do we? Yes, we do. Oh, no, we don’t.’ (They don’t.) There is some edgier stuff on sale, such as Alexander Wang shoes (around £400), Comptoir des Cotonniers clothing, and creations by up-and-coming designers Emma Cook and Christopher Raeburn. Enlarge Goodies: Primark skinny jeans (left) and Dries Van Noten skirt (right) There is also the key feathered and bejewelled skirt by Dries Van Noten from his landmark new collection (I badly want this, but it is more than £1,000). However, the sales assistant is so laid-back, she doesn’t come over to help me. The lingerie department is hopeless: no Myla, a weeny Hanro selection, and no mainline Agent Provocateur. There is the ubiquitous MediSpa and a Daniel Hersheson beauty salon, where I could get a wax without an appointment — which is always a plus. But, sadly, this is the sort of place where you’re not allowed to leave with wet hair after a trim. I was roundly told off when I tried to do this, which is insane given its customers are super-busy women with no time to linger. 5/10


RAQUEL IN APPLE DAILY DELUXE


DEBORAH IN JESSICA MAGAZINE


LILITH IN MILK


MYLA SELECTION IN MILK


MONIQUE ON THE JOURNELLE BLOG


ISABELLA IN GQ


ALLIE CRANDELL WEARING MONIQUE


ELIZA IN ESQUIRE MAGAZINE


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