The beauty pages

I’m having a makeup moment. To look at me you’d never guess – my make-up arsenal consists of cheek-coloured blush, Carmex cherry lipbalm, barely-there lipgloss and a blot of powder but that’s not the point. It’s make-up imagery I’m talking about. When it comes to photography, it’s the fashion imagery that tends to get all the love while beauty is the neglected sister in the attic – ridiculed or ignored. One of my friends who is something high up on a UK glossy openly sneers at the beauty pages. During our regular magazine critiques this contributing editor will skim past with a dismissive hand-wave, ‘Ew, beauty pages – nobody reads those.’ Er, excuse me, I do!

In particular, I adore a product-heavy still life page – smears of eyeshadow, great shiny blobs of lipgloss and scribbles of eyeliner will stop me in my tracks on my way to the horoscope page – especially when supersized to heroic proportions. And sitting in on a beauty editor’s meeting is the best thing ever – all the products are arrayed in front of you while decisions are made on how to shoot lipsticks – ‘shall we do slices or smudges?’.

Harper’s Bazaar are currently doing the best still life beauty pages – they’re like artists’ paint palettes. Actually, the face shots aren’t bad either…

[Pics: Harper’s Bazaar]

Quote of the day

“The two girls who could move their hair without any wind machines were Linda Evangelista and Yasmin Le Bon. They were legendary for the ability to shake their hair even slightly and it could fill two pages.”
Nick Knight (check out this video – phenomenal)

Mon monogram

Even though it’s been overexposed in recent years (um, understatement much?), I’ve always liked the Louis Vuitton signature monogram. Last year, Louis Vuitton launched Mon Monogram, a service where you could have your own initials printed on top of the monogram. Now, you can do the process online. Of course I’m not going to get my own Mon Monogram LV but I had fun playing with the site. Pretty colours!

London fashion Week aw10: Day 5

Ashish sequin pyjamas and vintage brogues – God love him >>>
>>>Bally X Central St Martins shoe collab – I liked the ones by William Hendry that reminded me of a Jean Prouve chair >>> Twitter false rumours: no, the Nathan Jenden show wasn’t cancelled >>> TopShop blog workshop – fun times! >>>

>>> Burberry mania – it’s all about aviator jackets for AW10 and rightly so ♥♥♥ >>>

>>>Who needs Nicola Roberts at justabouteveryshow when you can have Christopher Biggins at Amanda Wakeley? >>> Liberty X 10 Corso Como launch. Fact: Carla Sozzani has the loveliest complexion! >>> Selfridges Alice Temperley party – the entrance was a lifesize rabbit hole >>> Special punch served in teacups >>> New Young Pony Club on the stage >>> filing copy at 2am >>>

London fashion Week aw10: Day 4

Travel traumas on the Bakerloo Line >>> Peggy Guggenheim sunnies at Osman >>>
>>> chunky wedges at Osman blinged up with giant Swarovski gems (yesterday, Richard Nicoll’s crystal bulldog clips got more tweets that the clothes) >>> hot lunch >>> window shopping for myself on the Michael Van Der Ham exhibition stand >>> seriously pointy blue suede lace-up shoes on the Sykes stand ♥♥♥ >>> Christopher Raeburn’s upcycled parachute jackets >>> clever coats at Jaeger London >>>

>>> Paul Smith show at Claridges (why can’t all shows be at Claridges?) >>>
>>>Tonne Goodman in loafers and pristine white jeans at Paul Smith >>> mules at Paul Smith – EEK! >>> capes everywhere >>>

>>> laptops at dawn >>>

London fashion Week aw10: Day 3

Favourite show so far? Margaret Howell ♥♥♥ my kind of show: duffle coats/fairisle knits/rolled-up cords – boring-chic, none of this tricksy nonsense! >>>

>>>Alexa Chung at Margaret Howell channelling French schoolgirl: Peter Pan collar top, grey cardi, knee length skirt, navy tights >>> Faded patches on denim at Mulberry WTF? >>>

>>>The perfect 7/8th trouser at Mulberry >>> biccies pre-show and chocolate in the Mulberry goody bag >>>

>>> Marc Almond at Todd Lynn, (more excited to see him that Janet Jackson) >>> Almost got papped sitting behind Julia Restoin Roitfeld but narrowly avoided. Phew >>> More fun and revelations in Libertylondongirl’s Mercedes blogmobile >>> wisps of floral silk lingerie in the lingerie boudoir at LFW exhibition by the brilliantly named Beautiful Bottoms – two business graduates who are sold at Anthropologie and will be selling at ASOS from May >>> chit chat with Natalie Massanet >>> Boyfriend shoes and mirror-like pointy flats at Beatrix Ong >>>

>>>Meadham Kirchoff’s sequin spot knits >>> Clements Ribeiro’s slim coats with fur collars>>>

>>> Vivienne Westwood Red Label looked quite nice for a change >>>

[Margaret Howell and Vivienne Westwood pics from LFW website]

London fashion Week aw10: Day 2

Overslept >>> newfound love for Kinder Aggugini – cape coats, military jackets, side-button ankle boots >>> girl scouts, fur fest and antler headwear at Topshop Unique plus nifty Victorinox gadgets in the goody bag >>> catch up with nail queen Sophy Robson >>> proper food at Topshop venue >>>

>>>party central at Louise Gray – funnest presentation of LFW >>>

>>> Brazelle jewelled bra straps in the lingerie boudoir – genius! >>>Edwardian dandy romance at John Rocha ♥♥♥ >>> jewellery-dresses dripping with chains at Maria Francesca Pepe >>> photographer fisticuffs at House of Holland >>> experimental denim at Ann-Sofie Back >>> overheard at Ann-Sofie Back “I’ve given up negativity for lent… but I keep forgetting and slagging things off” >>> Rasharn and Jaiden’s Re-Bel magazine >>>