Talking with your hands



Karen Walker jewellery photographed by Advanced Style photographer Ari Seth Cohen

Wow, what a great set of editorial images from Ari Seth Cohen. These images are from Karen Walker’s recent jewellery shoot and feature the expressive hands of two of Ari Seth Cohen’s ‘Advance Style’ friends. I love the detail and styling here, and the amazing manicures.

The hands belong to two artistic, Calfornia-based ladies, Phyllis Sues and Roberta Haze. See the full shoot, and jewellery collection here.

Karen Walker jewellery shot by Advanced Style photographer Ari Seth Cohen
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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Ari Seth Cohen/Karen Walker
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Carnival vibes



Converse Notting Hill Carnival trainers

I might have to put aside my allegiance to plain off white All Star high tops, in deference to these Carnival tribute Chucks from Converse. Aren’t they jaunty? Converse has released these exclusive limited editions today on Converse.com (£70) along with two customised styles by British music artists Lady Leshurr and Clara Amfo.

I have a love-hate relationship with Carnival. I love the food and the vibes (I live on the fringes so we can get jerk chicken literally on our doorstep) but the crowds get worse every year as the route is inclined to pen people into certain streets. It was all so much chiller back in the day.

If you’re interested in the origins of Carnival, try to get your hands on the book, Carnival: A Photographic and Testimonial History of the Notting Hill Carnival by Ishmahil Blagrove Jr and Margaret Busby that came out a couple of years ago. The photography and storytelling are incredibly evocative, not to mention a wonderful history lesson.  (There’s a good piece on it here.) It looks like it might be out of print as it’s showing unavailable everywhere, but keep your eyes peeled…

A great book about Notting Hill Carnival by Allan Capitan Thornhill

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Converse, Allan Capitan Thornhill
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Quote of the day: John Dempsey



The Estee Edit Irene Kim and Kendall Jenner

“We live in a world where everybody buys everything. Every girl is a different girl every single day. Someone can buy something from The Estée Edit one day, buy something from Flirt, then next day buy something from Bobbi Brown. The days of being defined by one brand or one person, whether I like it or not, are out the window.”
John Dempsey, executive group president, Estée Lauder, Racked

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IMAGE: The Estée Edit
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For Insta-girls: Chanel N°5 L’Eau



Chanel N°5 L'Eau - a new version of the iconic scent aimed at the Instagram generation

While the fragrance spotlight is on Louis Vuitton this month (it’s pushing boldly into the fragrance arena with the launch of seven unique scents), there’s big news from the Chanel camp too.

Chanel N°5 has a cool younger sister about to grab all the attention, a fresh, lighter version of the iconic perfume. The new incarnation ‘Chanel N°5 L’Eau’ is clearly not your mother’s Chanel N°5. This creation (by Olivier Polge) is for the new-gen Chanel customer – she of the ombre hair, Snapchat lenses and Coco Crush jewellery (although she wouldn’t say no to a quilted flap bag either).

While Chanel N°5 Eau Première was a good attempt to hook this millennial customer, it didn’t quite do the trick. I think this one will. It’s an uplifting blend of citrus top notes (lemon, mandarin and orange), with a heart of rose and jasmine, and base notes of sandalwood. It’s less powdery and ‘classic’ than the original but definitely closely related. I have a Chanel N°5 L’Eau scented blotter in my Smythson diary from a few weeks ago and every day I get a delicious waft of it when I turn the pages.

The face of Chanel N°5 L’Eau is Lily-Rose Depp and I think the ad campaign images are just right – timeless yet youthful.

Chanel N°5 L’Eau is released on 19th September in 50ml spray (£68) and 100ml spray (£96). Click here for updates.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Chanel
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