House of Fraser Introduces New Homeware Collection

Pied a Terre has been long established as a footwear brand and paying homage to its roots, the first collection offers a fashion-led range of must-have homeware. Featuring a mix of luxe fabrics, mirrored finishes, bold colour and high shine accessories, the Pied a Terre homeware is an elegant and stylish new addition to the world of Home and the collection is only available at House of Fraser.

House of Fraser Introduces New Homeware Collection

Metallic detailing is key in dining. A touch of gold provides a glam finish on pink and purple patterned dinnerware, while fine gold stripes on white and a simple gold rim on black encapsulates a distinctly sophisticated feel. Silver looks fresh and bright on a cool eau de nil base while gold and black gloss cutlery sits with coloured porcelain dinnerware creating a polished, modern feel.

Layering provides a sumptuous feel to bedlinen. Luxurious throws and embellished, ruched and embroidered cushions add the finishing touches to the designs. A soft-grey herringbone pleat design is perfectly coordinated with matching cushions and a dove-grey headboard for super-chic style. For a feminine feel an embroidered chinoiserie design in shades of pink will brighten any bedroom, while a simple white ruffle design offsets with black to add a harder edge.

In furniture a slick range of black lacquer tables, shelving and cabinets provide a high-gloss base for statement dinnerware and home accessories in bold colours. For a refined look a black glass-topped side table with mirrored legs makes a delightful surface for soft grey accessories and eau de nil dinnerware. Upholstery takes inspiration f r o m the latest catwalk looks featuring a selection of different fabrics and colours. A soft-grey cotton sofa is a piece for any modern living space while a sumptuous deep purple design adds richness to a simple low-key setting. For a smaller piece of furniture, a soft-red velvet armchair sits perfectly with a simple black floor lamp while a soft duck egg chaise lounge looks effortlessly elegant with a single pink cushion.

Pied a Terre Home is exclusive to House of Fraser and shoppers can take a sneak preview of the collection through the House of Fraser website and order online or make a purchase in store f r o m February.

In addition to the homeware collection, customers can also purchase Pied a Terre shoes both online and in store.

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Bigmouthmedia Praises Online Retailing Success Stories

Bigmouthmedia has praised the winners of the 2010 Drapers Etail Awards for continuing to make a success of online retail despite challenging trading conditions.

Bigmouthmedia Praises Online Retailing Success Stories

Senior Retail Strategist Finlay Clark, who sat on the panel of online retailing experts judging the nominations, commended all 59 of the shortlisted candidates for making this year’s selection process particularly challenging. Highlighting the high standard of entries for the 2010 awards, which celebrate success and innovation in online fashion retailing, he praised the winners of each category for proving that even in difficult economic circumstances, a well-run etailing operation can reap dividends.

“Even in the face of the worst recession to hit the industry for generations, the fashion retail sector has continued to develop, innovate and drive profits through its online retailing operations. The downturn has had the same impact upon the industry as it has every other sector, but the fashion business has demonstrated that focusing on the sales channels which provide the best and most measurable returns will still deliver competitive advantage,” he said.

The winners of each of this year’s 10 categories were unveiled at a stylish ceremony and party at the Bloomsbury Ballroom, one of London’s most prestigious venues. While stressing the extremely high standard of entries for the 2010 Awards, Clark singled out Best Multichannel Retailer winners Schuh and M and M Direct – which came out on top of the Best Pure-play Etailer category.

“Schuh, who won the Best Multichannel Retailer category for the second year running, showed real commitment to the online space, and their ability to integrate in-store stock availability with the products offered on their site was impressive. M and M Direct also stood out because of a fantastic set of results and the phenomenal year-on-year growth they’ve enjoyed,” added Clark.

As Bigmouthmedia’s online shopping specialist, Clark provides retail clients with a clear grasp of the digital marketing issues facing their sector, identifying where the new and future opportunities lie in this highly competitive market. Appearing at the Drapers/Retail Week sponsored E-commerce Summit, he is scheduled to provide attendees an insight into the latest developments in the field with his presentation Catching your Customer: Natural versus Paid Search in online retailing.

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Staying Dry In January And February

January and February can produce the best and worst of weather, so there’s no better time to check out Webtogs selection of waterproof jackets to suit any pocket. With scores of jackets between them, Berghaus and the North Face are two of the biggest and most respected names available and provide some great bargains.

The classic Berghaus RG1 jacket is a long standing favourite, ideal for starting out and giving amazing value for money. Ever popular the RG1 uses Berghaus’ own Aquafoil waterproof technology with a DWR coating to keep the elements out. With a choice of 4 colours there’s something for everyone f r o m the classic black to a vibrant red and if the snow and ice of early January returns there’s even an option of a version with extra warmth in the Berghaus RG1 Insulated Jacket.

The North Face Resolve is another classic entry level waterproof offering real value for money with its HyVent waterproof and breathable fabric. The simple styling is supplemented with a fully adjustable hood that stows away when not needed and easily adjustable hem cord for sealing the wearer safely inside a protective shell. 5 colours give plenty of choice, one more than the Women’s Venture Jacket. The Venture Jacket for women is a technical jacket at a budget conscious price, with all the features of more expensive jackets. Brushed chinguard lining and pit zip vents show the attention to detail on one of Berghaus’ most popular jackets.

Gore-Tex Paclite makes an ideal lightweight but waterproof fabric for jackets and the Berghaus Paclite Jacket makes the most of its stunning breathability. With a choice of male and female cuts and a selection of colours the Paclite is destined to become a classic and all time favourite. With a streamlined design, taped seams, waterproof zippers and easy-adjust drawcords it’s easy to create a shell f r o m the weather outside. With a fully adjustable hood, large mesh venting pockets and Velcro cuff adjusters the Berghaus Paclite has all the features but at a tiny weight.

The North Face have also taken advantage of the breathability and light weight of Paclite fabric with men’s and women’s versions of the Circadian Jacket. Although lightweight the Men’s and Women’s Circadian jacket are full of features f r o m a stow away hood to Napoleon and hand warmer pockets. Fully seam sealed the jackets are waterproof, breathable and lock down tight with adjustable cuffs and hem draw cords.

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