BETHANY WILLIAM’S PRESENTS CAPSULE COAT COLLECTION – LFW 2021

This London Fashion Week, Bethany Williams will present her gender-neutral capsule coat collection, exclusively for Selfridges.

As with every collection and project Bethany works on, the social and environmental issues go hand in hand.

“This particular project was inspired by our ongoing work with The Magpie Project, a charity that supports women and children under five in temporary, unsuitable or no accommodation. The Women’s Institute community creates a personal blanket for every baby born into the Magpie Family. A blanket is so much more than a piece of fabric, it is a feeling of comfort and shelter and I wanted that feeling to be at the heart of this capsule collection.”Bethany Williams

Drawing on her inspiration, the collection saw Bethany dive into the historical heritage of vintage and antique wool blankets from across the UK. All the blankets are carefully sourced from vintage sellers, whether that’s Antiques Markets or car boot sales. Steeped in history, each blanket sourced tells a story from the textile and weaving techniques to the county, town
or village it was made in. One of her favourite pieces sourced for the collection was found on a pitch-black frosty morning at Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Racecourse. With her phone touch as her only source of light, she came across a rare and usually very expensive Welsh, patterned wool blanket with brightly coloured pink and orange patches.

With this collection, the story continues, as each blanket is given a new lease of life through Bethany’s artistic vision and mastering of design-led upcycling techniques, which created this capsule collection. Shapes for the details on each garment come from historical research into childrenswear that she explored with the V&A Museum of Childhood. The complimentary
colour palettes, slightly oversized fit and skilful patchwork techniques all create a unique, bespoke-feel to each garment.

Handcrafted in London, the nine upcycled blanket coats are available in three different jacket styles. Each garment is conceptualised by allocating a specific blanket to each style of jacket based on its weight, thickness and colour. The outer material is the blanket wool for optimal insulation with a 100% organic cotton lining, sourced from Wales.

This collection is part of Selfridges sustainability initiative, Project Earth, committed to putting sustainability in the heart of the business and reinventing the way we shop.


“We are so thrilled to be continuing our partnership with Bethany Williams. Bethany joined the Selfridges menswear edit as part of our Bright New Things programme, and we are so excited to now be launching this collection straight from her LFW presentation. She was a clear choice
to be included as one of our key Project Earth partners due to her innovative approach to sustainable and socially conscious work
Jack Cassidy, Head of Menswear at Selfridges.


CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN: THE UPCYCLED COLLECTION

Today, Christian Louboutin launches a dedicated capsule collection as part of the Selfridges Project Earth initiative.

Supporting Project Earth’s pillar on waste reduction. Christian Louboutin unveils an exclusive capsule collection crafted from upcycled denim sourced by global charity Caritas International. The six-piece collection inspired by archival pieces will include men’s trainers, women’s pumps, boots and handbags all reimagined in upcycled denim. Each pair of shoes or bag is unique reflecting the past life of the denim- original denim pocket seams and stitching are integrated on each piece.

Notes to Editors:

About Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin established his business in the heart of Paris in 1991, first with a collection for Women followed by a Men’s collection a few years later, both recognizable by the signature red lacquered sole. 2014 welcomed the launch of Christian Louboutin Beauté. With a prolific collection of women’s and men’s shoes, handbags and small leather goods, Christian Louboutin now counts 164 boutiques around the world.

SS21 menswear: New age of self-expression

Thanks to these strange times, the old style rules are out and boundaries are blurred. We’ve been wearing tracksuits for the 9–5, bringing out tailoring for virtual celebrations and wearing our usual going-out-to-the-bar outfits for our going-out-to-get-some-milk trips. And yet, it has also given us time to reflect on our tastes and question: what dowe really want to wear when all bets are off? Who are the brands we truly identify with, and why? And with spring just around the corner, how do we want to emerge back into the world?

Freed up from trends and the usual fashion rules, self-discovery is key. With that in mind, Daniel Sannwald’s surreal photographs capture the many sides of your character you can explore this spring and beyond. A distillation of true, individual style.

FIND NEW FASHION FRONTIERS

Many of us have, understandably, lost all momentum when it comes to getting dressed. But perhaps that makes for the perfect opportunity to discover something new and explore a braver side of ourselves. For starters, donning bold colour is an easy win to boost your mood – JW Anderson, Bottega Veneta and Marni have that in spades this season, brightening up any rainy day. Delving deeper, earth-conscious designers such as Bethany Williams, who champions upcycling, and community-orientated brands like Labrum London, whose collections showcase untold stories of West Africa, make for design with a strong message – a (stylish) way to express yourself and your values, without saying a word.

MIX AND (MIS)MATCH

Have you found yourself wearing some, shall we say, unorthodox outfits over the past year? Thought so – but we bet a few have opened doors to clothing combinations you may not previously have considered. A designer who’s forever freeing up room for new ideas, Virgil Abloh said of his latest Off-White collection, “I thought of this muse, sort of half businessman, half youthful teenager – and how they can crash together.” Channel that childhood playfulness and newfound experimental side of yourself. How about a hiking vest with a collared jacket? Wellies with tailored trousers? Clashing prints? Patchwork denim? Why not!

RECONSIDER THE CLASSICS

Trench coats. Ties. Adidas’s Tristripe. All mainstays in men’s wardrobes for as long as we can remember. How can we shake things up a bit? Alexander McQueen’s answer is a spliced, reversible version of a belted trench – part of a collection created during lockdown that drew on archive styles and deadstock fabrics for inspiration. Ties – as much neglected as the office water cooler right now – showed up as belts at Versace and in shirt fabrics at Craig Green. Grace Wales Bonner, meanwhile, said of her collaboration with adidas Originals, “I was interested in elevating the familiar, and bringing an eveningwear and tailored sensibility to this essential collection.” Across these designers’ collections, the evolution of traditional menswear ‘uniforms’ grants you free rein – when you find what works for you, go for it.

WHY WE WANT, NEED AND LOVE: MORE JOY

With the capsule label created by Christopher and Tammy Kane landing at Selfridges – including exclusive pieces you won’t find anywhere else – we dive into the world of More Joy. It’s minimal designs and honest, pleasure-seeking ethos are the breath of fresh air we all need right now.

HOW TO INDULDGE A BEAUTY LOVER THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

Whatever their beauty vice, Selfridges has the perfect gift, ready to wow.

Looking for a gift to please the beauty lover in your life? Or in the mood for a little self-gifting, perhaps? (Go on, you deserve it.) When it comes to gifting, we’re of the mind that going down the personal route is always best. Ask yourself: what’s their ‘thing’? How do they like to unwind? Are they a ‘killer red lipstick’ or ‘luxurious bath oil’ kind of person? Whether they’re a serial soaker, a fragrance hoarder or master of a many-stepped morning routine, these are the gifts to truly indulge their guilty pleasures, no matter what their beauty vice.

WHAT’S BIG IN BEAUTY FOR 2021?

After a year like no other, we reflect on the changes to our everyday beauty rituals and look ahead to the big ideas, product launches and trends that we’re most excited for in 2021. So buckle up beauty fans, you’re in for a treat!

The Cocoon Factor

There’s no denying our appetite for products that can soothe the body and calm the mind has grown tenfold over the past year. And while ‘wellness’ is a term that often rolls around every January, our newfound appreciation of soothing beauty rituals is pushing this area of beauty into new, seriously pampering territory. Interestingly, we’re seeing age-old rituals experiencing a resurgence, with people embracing tried-and-tested routes to wellbeing for the first time – from acupuncture mats to dry brushing. Looking ahead, we’re perhaps most excited by the developments in the world of supplements as years of medical research are being poured into capsules that promise to heal and protect the skin from inside out (discover some of our favourites here).

And yet the sensorial pleasure we get from applying a luxurious oil or deeply nourishing cream continues to provide the day-to-day comfort we’re looking for, particularly in these cold winter months. Some of our self-care favourites include La Mer’s skin-plumping Genaissance Set, Sisley’s bestselling Black Rose collection (you’ll find the mask in every beauty editor’s bathroom), and Augustinus Bader’s potent products renowned for their ability to deeply hydrate and repair the skin.

“2020 has been the year for self-care and an increased focus on what we are putting on and in our bodies. The beauty of supplements is exactly that – to add to your existing routine. Our customers are really responding to the heightened desire to look after ourselves, from sleep-inducing supplements and CBD to skin, hair and nail boosters, there’s something for everyone.”

– Emily Saunders, Beauty Buyer

The 2021 Face

Although 2020 was the year our everyday make-up routines went out of the window, it encouraged us to take a step back and hit reset. So, what do we want from our products in 2021? Well, if the last year is anything to go by, we’re seeing a desire to go back to basics – we want to look the healthiest, most radiant version of ourselves, even if we’ve spent just five minutes on our routine. Think: fresh, dewy skin thanks to CC creams, tinted moisturisers and glow-giving serums that offer a hint of colour with little effort. Proving basic needn’t be boring, we’re excited by the new crop of sophisticated formulas that deliver bold pigments in effortless textures – look no further than NARS’ Air Matte Lip Colour, which lasts for hours yet feels as light as, well, air. On the subject of ease, we’re particularly fond of the rise in hybrid products that can be used on eyes, lips, cheeks – or anywhere you fancy. From the multi-use sticks in Dior’s new Pure Glow collection to Nudestix’s bestselling all-over face colour – they’re everywhere. 

All-clusive Beauty

It goes without saying: everyone should be able to enjoy beauty. And as integral as a fully inclusive shade range is, the conversation around race and representation now goes beyond just offering additional shades to a foundation line. Instead, we’re looking to the Black-founded brands that are questioning the status quo and moving things forward – from the inspiring Cashmere Nicole of Beauty Bakerie to the powerhouse that is Pat McGrath, plus the women behind Dizziak and Bouclème who saw a gap in the market for luxurious and effective haircare for all hair types, including afro hair. Nigerian-born Sharon Chuter founded UOMA on the principle of empowering women to celebrate their differences. “Everything should not be one size fits all,” explains Sharon, “this is why we created a foundation with unique formulas for different skin types. Inclusivity starts at home. As an industry, we need to learn to embrace our differences, uniqueness, heritage and identity.”

“I hope to play a small part in making the world a better place – a place where women who look like me understand that they are truly beautiful and have the courage to explore that from outside in. Every person deserves to have that feeling of being enough, being worthy, being beautiful.”

– Sharon Chuter, Founder, CEO & Creative Director of UOMA

Scent-scapism

Fragrance has a unique way of transporting you to a happy memory or even making you feel (for a split second) like you’re in sunnier climates. It’s this power of escapism that brands are focusing on more than ever, with complex, evocative scents that are rich in storytelling. Gone are the days of spritzing a simple feminine floral bouquet; modern fragrances are all about the experience. ‘How does that fragrance make you feel?’ ‘Who do you want to be today?’ are just some of the questions you may ask yourself before choosing your next bottle. A discovery set is a great way to test-drive a few – Byredo’s La Sélection Nomade includes three travel-size versions of its bestsellers for an introduction to the chic Scandi brand. And when it comes to storytelling through scent, does anyone do it better than Maison Margiela? Hmm, probably not. Its Replica fragrances are designed to evoke personal memories and locations – from favourites Beach Walk and Lazy Sunday Morning to By The Fireplace (which makes the perfect cosy winter candle). Finally, for those with some serious wanderlust (we hear you), transport yourself to the balmy evenings of Miami or Italy thanks to the citrussy musks of Loewe’s Agua Miami or Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino.

Conscious Beauty

As we look ahead to 2021, sustainability is, and will always be, an integral thread that runs through the pleasure we find in beauty. We love championing brands that are doing their bit for people and the planet, and this year we’ll be welcoming even more Project Earth products to our ever-growing roster. Today, earth-conscious brands are proving that their formulas are just as luxurious and indulgent as their counterparts – from Tata Harper and Sunday Riley’s high-grade cruelty-free skincare to the totally vegan Biossance, which are all housed in recyclable packaging. Also reducing their footprint are Hermès with its gorgeous refillable lipsticks and fragrance brand Floral Street, whose vegan candles are all responsibly sourced and recyclable. And finally, we’re excited to tease the launch of Westman Atelier (launching later this month), the range of carefully crafted products marry skin-loving (palm-oil free!) ingredients with fast, easy make-up solutions from world-renowned make-up artist Gucci Westman.

“Modern and exciting beauty brands place as much importance on a product’s impact on the environment as on our skin, hair and wellbeing. More than ever, it’s what consumers expect.”

– Sali Hughes, Journalist and Beauty Editor

PRADA HOLIDAY POP-UP LAUNCHES AT SELFRIDGES

Prada, in collaboration with Selfridges, presents the new ‘Prada Holiday’ pop-up store, a magical space dedicated to exclusive gifts for men and women during the Holiday period.

The installation concept is characterized by a modern reinterpretation of the typical festive motifs. Large multi-level silhouettes create three-dimensional compositions on which the products are displayed. White and red, evocative colours of the festivity, are the protagonists of the space and decorate both the columns and the iconic chequered floor. The triangular Prada logo also stands out in white and red.

GROOMING GIFTING

See a selection of our top Grooming gifts at Selfridges this week, perfect for Christmas gifting or even just treating yourself.

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MENSWEAR GIFTING

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