Wacoal celebrates Selfridges’ Body Studio

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Wacoal has unveiled a stunning window display in Selfridges Oxford Street in celebration of the department store’s new Body Studio. Featuring some of Wacoal’s best-selling lingerie collections such as Embrace Lace and Vision in a subtly styled and synchronised setting, the display will run until 8th June 2016.

Ann-Marie Manley, Head of Marketing said:  “We’ve really enjoyed supporting Selfridges with the Body Studio so far and now the window display is a great opportunity for us to raise the profile of the Wacoal brand even further.  We think the delicate and feminine look of the window display reflects the premium style of Wacoal’s collections perfectly. We are sure this will entice consumers into the store and encourage them to visit the lingerie area.”

Panache Lingerie take prime spot in Selfridges windows on Oxford Street

Panache Lingerie at Selfridges

Panache Lingerie at Selfridges

Sheffield-based lingerie supplier, Panache, has takenUnknown-9 over the windows on the Oxford Street entrances from 20th to 25th May. Four windows feature key ranges in the SS2016 collections – Andorra & Clara (the Panache range) and Ardour and Quinn in the luxurious Panache Black range.

The Body Studio at Selfridges is the largest intimate apparel, swimwear, loungewear, hosiery and fitnesswear development ever, covering 37,000 sq ft and opened in April 2016.

Panache Lingerie Ltd is a family-owned business started in the early 1980’s and the company now has a collection of brands primarily aimed at the larger cupped size consumer (Panache, Panache Black, Panache Swim, Cleo by Panache, Cleo Swim by Panache, Panache Sports and Sculptresse).

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EveryBODY – the campaign (Selfridges)

On the opening of the Body Studio, Selfridges launches EveryBODY, a multi-faceted campaign that will celebrate the beauty and strength of the body and promote the discussion of the hottest topics within the  mind and body wellness conversation. ‘A healthy mind in a healthy body’ approach underpins the agenda at the core of the EveryBODY campaign programme starting with the transformation of Selfridges’ dedicated 3,500 sq ft special events space, the Ultralounge, into a work-out studio.

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A powerful print and digital advertising campaign shot by photographer Norbert Schoerner will support EveryBODY. Choreographed by multi-award winning British choreographer and director Wayne Mc Gregor, the campaign features non-professional models representing the ‘every-woman’ via a broad selection of shapes, sizes and ethnicities. The use of a choreographer reinforces the aim of the campaign to present an arresting and unexpected neoclassical way to demonstrate the beauty of the female body. Wayne Mc Gregor will also curate a series of impromptu dance performances by female choreographers to take place, unannounced, on the shop floor of the London store.

Campaign runs from 11th April to early June 2016

Campaign runs from 11th April to early June 2016

Inside Selfridges’ new Body Studio

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This week Selfridges unveiled the world’s first integrated bodywear department, located in a brand new and unseen compartment inside the iconic Oxford Street store, as part of a five-year £300 million redevelopment. The 37,000 square feet Body Studio is Selfridges’ largest department ever and carries an impressive collection of over 150 brands and 5000 products among women’s lingerie, lounge, nightwear, swimwear, hosiery and sportswear.

In addition to providing an exceptional and fun shopping experience, in the Body Studio Selfridges also aims to celebrate women – their strength, their confidence, their bodies and their well-being – through the unique environment, product mix and events calendar. Offering a world-class lingerie fitting experience at the Fit Studio, a ‘knicker bar’ where customers are invited to pick and mix their underwear, the first Hemsley + Hemsley café concept, a courtyard garden and even a new Daniel Galvin hair concept, the Body Studio broadcasts the original ideas of wellness inside and out which inspired the project through a compelling shopping experience.

Depth, variety, newness, exclusivity and inclusivity from brands and collections are paramount, as the Body Studio sets out to deliver solutions to every woman, every situation and in every location. Some of the lingerie brands featured at the department are New York based label Fleur du Mal, Coco de Mer (available for the first time outside their London boutique), Silent Assembly as well as niche highlights including Else and For Love and Lemons. The Body Studio will also offer a year round holiday wardrobe featuring under-the-radar swim brands such as Marysia, Dodo Bar Or, Thierry Colson and Muzungu Sisters.

Premium nightwear is another focal point for the Body Studio as the category continues to grow into one of the most interesting and fast moving in bodywear. Olivia Von Halle, Morgan Lane, Dear Bowie, Pour Les Femmes and newcomer Three Graces lead this movement and after appearing on the SS16 catwalks at Balenciaga, Céline, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Saint Laurent, nightwear is set to be one of 2016’s biggest fashion talking points.

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Last but not least, sports play a big role in the Body Studio and the global athleisure drift will be represented by a concise line-up of brands including Varley, The Upside and Michi. The product offering is rounded off by the most-wanted sports accessories such as waist trainers, pro boxing kits and a limited edition collection of water bottles and yoga mats created in collaboration with international brands and designers.

To mark the opening of this new space Selfridges have announced EveryBODY, the third thought-provoking project following on the steps of The Beauty Project, launched in 2014, and last year’s Agender, which challenged existing preconceptions of gender in fashion and retail. Through EveryBODY, Selfridges aims to support the legacy of positive self-image, promoting inclusivity and diversity through product, animation and a revolutionary media campaign. This project will see the department store collaborate with PSYCLE to offer an in-store gym space, as well as host a series of inspiring talks and uplifting events to galvanise the body and mind.

Chantelle Aeria to be launched exclusively at Selfridges’ Body Studio

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Selfridges will unveil today its brand new 37,000ft Body Studio offering lingerie, beachwear, nightwear hosiery and even a wellness cafe. Chantelle is one of the 100+ brands based in the new department and was featured on a shop window to promote the upcoming department launch.

Chantelle_AeriaChantelle’s new invisible bra, Aeria, is available in Black and Nude exclusively at Selfridges until the end of April. The new style features a combination of a spacer knit on the lower cup and delicate tulle on the upper cup making it the brand’s most feminine invisible bra yet. Aeria allows the skin to breath, offering maximum comfort, and also features fully adjustable straps and a T-back hook.

Coco de Mer moves into wholesaling launching at Selfridges

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Award-winning erotic brand Coco de Mer has closed its first wholesaling deal with Selfridges as it looks to expand the brand globally. Coco de Mer’s continuity collections will launch in Selfridges in April, to coincide with the opening of the department store’s new Body Studio which will also stock massage products and lubricants from the Pleasure Collection.

The move into wholesaling follows a successful year which saw Coco de Mer sales shoot up by 23%, the result of a bold brand refresh initiated by managing director Lucy Litwack. Online retailer Matchesfashion.com will also stock Coco de Mer AW16 when it is launched later in the year.

Litwack says: “We are very excited to be kicking things off in Selfridges in the Spring before also wholesaling AW16. The plan is to go into wholesale slowly because we want to get it right. We’ll work on pop-ups and shop fits to bring the feel of the Coco de Mer boutique elsewhere because that’s what works – that’s what our customers love, so we hope that other customers will love that too. We’ll start in the UK and then broaden into international markets.”

Wacoal (and Fantasie) brands in the Body Studio at Selfridges

The long-awaited opening of the Body Studio at Selfridges will welcome the Wacoal and Fantasie brands as part of their line-up in the massive 37,000 sq ft Body Studio which will pay host to around 100 brands.

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Main entrance Selfridges

The Body Studio represents Selfridge’s biggest ever new development in terms of floor space and will feature women’s lingerie as well as lounge, sleepwear, swim, hosiery and sports.

The Body Studio aims to provide customers with an environment in which they can celebrate confidence, bodies and wellbeing. Featured within the new area will be a lingerie fit studio – to provide customers with a professional lingerie fit experience.

Wacoal part of the Body Studio

Wacoal part of the Body Studio

Ann-Marie Manley, Head of Marketing said:  “We’re really excited for Selfridges to launch its Body Studio and its lingerie fitting area in particular. The fit of our lingerie is absolutely paramount so it’s fantastic that Selfridges have recognised just how important this is for women when they are trying on and buying a new bra. Wearing a bra that fits you perfectly can totally transform the way you look and feel and it gives you so much body confidence. Whether they are shopping for a new everyday bra or something more special, we hope that all Selfridges customers will leave the Body Studio feeling totally supported.”

Other brands taking part include Chantelle, Bluebella, Olivia Von Halle, Silent Assembly and Mimi Holliday.