Issa London to Open Inaugural Store

Fashion label Issa London, that counts the Duchess of Cambridge, actress Eva Mendes and singer Madonna amongst its clients and admirers, has announced that it will open its first ever store in the Roppongi Hills shopping centre, Japan, at the end of March 2013. Following the success of a pop-up...

Neil Barrett Shop-in-Shop by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects have worked with Neil Barrett to design a modular shop-in-shop concept for the fashion designer’s retail spaces in Seoul and Hong Kong. The 16 pieces that form each curved and rotated structure have been carved and moulded to allow for multiple arrangements and adaptations according to specific...

Ecology and Planning Museums for Tianjin, China, by Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects have won the competition to design the new Ecology and Planning Museums in Tianjin, China. These will be the first structures in a cultural district planned for a new eco-city being built on the tide flats of Bohai Bay (south of Beijing) to home 350,000 inhabitants. Consisting...

Work Starts on China’s Second Tallest Skyscraper

The Evergrande Tower, designed by UK architecture firm Terry Farrell and Partners, has started being built in the central business district of Jinan, the capital of China’s Shandong province. The tower, which comes with a building price tag of approximately 25 billion Yuan (or 4 billion USD), will contain apartments,...

Xander Zhou Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013

Although the press notes for Xander Zhou’s show that unveiled his menswear collection for Autumn/Winter 2013 stated that the young Chinese designer intended to bring streetwear to the runway and was inspired by “the feigned nonchalance of back alley boys who seem averse to highbrow fashion”, this was perhaps the...

Corneliani Opens Shanghai Flagship Store

Italian menswear brand Corneliani has inaugurated a new flagship store in Shanghai’s Citic Square shopping centre on West Nanjing Road, one of China’s most famous luxury retail hubs. The store is Corneliani’s 40th in China and it sells all the brand’s lines, from Corneliani ID leisurewear to a made-to-measure tailoring...

Saint Laurent Opens First US Store

Saint Laurent Paris, the recently rebranded concept for French fashion maison Yves Saint Laurent under the creative direction of Hedi Slimane, has opened its first store in the USA. Located in Florida’s luxurious Bal Harbour Shops (ranked as the world’s top-producing shopping centre by the International Council of Shopping Centres...

MAD Architects Complete Marilyn Monroe Towers in Canada

Beijing-based MAD Architects have completed their Absolut Towers (nicknamed ‘Marilyn Monroe Towers’ by the locals owing to their curvaceous shapes) in Mississauga, Canada. The two residential towers (one of 56 stories and the other is 50) are located at the junction of two main streets. They feature a continuous balcony...

Christian Dior Celebrated in Exhibition at the National Museum of China

The National Museum of China in Beijing is unveiling ‘Esprit Dior’, a travelling exhibition showcasing over 100 dresses by French fashion maison Christian Dior. Scheduled to be open to the public between 10 December 2012 and 21 February 2013,  the showcase is being curated by Florence Muller and intends to...

Zaha Hadid’s Galaxy Soho Building is Unveiled in Beijing

Located in Chaoyangmen, in central Beijing, Galaxy Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects comprises four building volumes connected by bridges and plateaus. The 330,000 square meter mixed-use development extends over 18 floors (15 floors above ground, 3 floors below), and provides retail and office units. Access, circulation and sun-path movements have...