Mellany Sanchez on Shopping IRL and the Power of a Good Desk

Photo-Illustration: The Cut; Photos: Courtesy of Mellany Sanchez

“Good style is smart,” explains Mellany Sanchez, a wardrobe stylist and creative consultant, over the phone. “Practicality is part of the beauty of dressing.” The New York native has styled model Imaan Hammam for the Met Gala red carpet, worked with Drake, and collaborated with Nike. When styling, Sanchez draws upon sharp lines, functionality, and durability above all. “I love when a silk dress is just cut perfectly and it doesn’t flap up in the wind or expose everything when you bend down,” she says. “That’s smart dressing; that’s smart style.”

Sanchez also takes inspiration from feelings, as when combating the disorienting summer heat with crisp tanks and light trousers; from visual references like early Nike ads; from the work of frequent collaborator Jamil GS; and from her personal relationships, like with her family who have been in New York

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Facebook Live Shopping to be discontinued

Back in 2020, Facebook announced a new shopping experience for its users called “Facebook Live Shopping” so that people could shop directly from live streams on the social network. However, the company announced on Wednesday that Facebook Live Shopping is being discontinued.

As detailed by the company in a blog post, Facebook Live Shopping will be completely shut down as of October 1, 2022. From that date on, users will no longer be able to host any Live Shopping events on Facebook. Of course, Facebook Live will still be available for users, but without options to create and sell products during live broadcasts.

Facebook claims that consumer behavior has been changing, as most users of the social network seem to prefer short-format videos. This is why the company will now focus even more on Instagram Reels, which also has a similar option to let users tag products in a

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Visits to shopping centers and high streets dip below pre-pandemic levels | Retail industry

Visits to high streets and shopping centers dipped to below pre-pandemic levels last month, with the north of England – plus Scotland and Northern Ireland – trailing behind the south in terms of the overall recovery from Covid-fuelled gloom.

Footfall decreased by 14% in July compared with 2019, reversing gains made in April, as retailers struggled to entice shoppers amid a heatwave in the third week of the month and surging inflation.

Shopping centers were the worst-hit, down 18.6% compared with July 2019, while visits to high streets fell by 17% and retail parks were down 3.5%.

The data from Springboard showed the UK-wide footfall for July had increased by 15.6% compared with last year, 2021. But the rate of recovery indicates an increasing north-south divide.

Between January and July, footfall increased month on month by an average of 1.8% in London compared with just 0.4% in the north and

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