Press day highlights: Out of Synch by Fernando Casasempere

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A lovely bonus of doing press days at Somerset House, I managed to get an eyeful of Fernando Casasempere’s breathtaking installation, Out Of Synch, just as the sky was clearing following a torrential downpour. An installation of 10,000 ceramic flowers, the display is in situ in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court until 27th April.

Who is Barbara Hutton and what is that fantastic rock she’s wearing?

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This handsome Cecil Beaton photo is on show at Selfridges’ Wonder Room as part of the Cartier Loves Diamonds exhibition. I wasn’t aware of La Hutton but she was a well known American socialite and this Pasha Of Egypt diamond was the biggest circular cut diamond in the world. Alas, Babs didn’t like the octagonal shape of the diamond so Cartier recut it and set it in this humdinger of a ring. If you’re down Selfridges way between now and 29th April, do swing by the Wonder Room where you can see more photos of iconic Cartier designs as well as some fine examples of Cartier’s historic jewels. Plus the jewels are all for sale should the urge to buy strike you…

LIBERTY X NIKE SS12… another drop

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Heads up: Another drop of Liberty‘s insanely popular Nike shoes is set to land first thing (10am to be precise) tomorrow. Choose from the Hyperclave, Blazer and Sky Hi Dunk (with concealed wedge platform), all smothered in Liberty floral print. My money’s on the Blazer so if you want it, get in early…




From the vaults: My Vivienne Westwood Pop Swatch

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I unearthed this old vintage Vivienne Westwood Swatch from my archive (AKA a dusty trunk in the bedroom) yesterday to photograph it for a project. When I mentioned it on Twitter it created quite the buzz, possibly because I discovered people are now listing ir for £300+ on Ebay. My watch probably cost about £50 twenty years ago which I guess was still a lot of money ‘in them days’. But I would never sell it. In my eyes, this is a design classic – functional, beautiful and statement-making. I just need a new battery…

Introducing Vestiaire Collective and Odetta boots

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As I never tire of saying, I’m not the biggest online shopper. The reasons are many but in a nutshell:
*I live in London. We have Harvey Nichols, The Shop At Bluebird, Portobello Market et al
*I work in fashion, ergo I like to shop on the hop, browsing in stores on my daily beat
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On Carine Roitfeld’s new magazine, Hearst’s YouTube channel and the future of fashion magazines

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My take on The Future Of Fashion Magazines is generally that the collectable bi-annuals will continue and the commercial monthlies will eventually migrate to online-only. My Self Service magazines with their endless photo-editorials and long-form interviews have stood the test of time because they’re not topical (there’s no news or celeb interviews promoting their latest film-slash-beauty contracts), so the content is more ‘pure’. All the attention right now is on Carine Roitfeld’s forthcoming ‘fashion book’, CR Fashion Book (which is really a bi-annual magazine) and from this WWD article, the format looks to follow my theory. Only spreads and long form articles will be featured while the gaps between the twice yearly issued will be filled with more immediate, newsy online content.

Obviously, this switch won’t happen overnight. There’s still a huge market for print mags (evidenced by my own monthly tower of glossies), but the generation in its early teens now most likely won’t have the nostalgic connections to print magazines as we know them, so won’t continue to buy the Glamours and Grazias as we do.

And there’s another big development in magazines coming very soon indeed. Hearst’s tie-up with Youtube, a fashion channel called Hello Style launches on Saturday. I imagine these weekly digital TV shows from the likes of US Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan will have far reaching implications for the editorial industry as we know it, so I’ll be watching closely. Will you?

That old Coppola magic

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This DVF/Current Elliot film by Gia Coppola is sooo cute…

PS… anyone want to take me to the new Francis Ford Coppola hotel in Italy?

Beauty buy: ARK Age Maintain skincare

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For some reason, I’m getting bombarded with info about anti-aging products. I don’t generally subscribe to the whole anti-aging schtick but I agreed to try out some products by ARK because it’s not a ‘promise you’ll look younger’ brand, but has more of a self-preservation ethos. So I bypassed the serums and masques and requested a face wash and lip balm. The Age Maintain Conditioning Cleanser is a wash-off cleanser that’s very satisfying to use with a nice consistency and soothing fragrance. I use this at the end of the day as I really like the smell so it serves as an incentive to take that extra make-up removal step that’s usually such a chore.

While the Plumping Lip Balm didn’t noticeably plump my lips (they’re quite plump already), I did love using it. It comes in a glass bottle and the balm is more of a light cream than a waxy balm. I used it in the morning as a base for lipstick and reapplied it later in the day. I noticed that you don’t get that constant need to reapply that you sometimes get with other balms which is good as the down side is that the bottle is not very portable. At £26 it’s expensive but you get a lot of product. (Alas, a too-cluttered washstand meant mine ended up smashed to smithereens on the bathroom floor.) Another reason I avoid all the serums etc is because I don’t want to be saddled with a beauty regime that costs a fortune. However, the ARK products aren’t badly priced considering the science behind them so I’d buy these two products again as they’re so lovely to use.

Duke Vin and the Birth of Ska

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I watched Gus Berger’s excellent documentary, Duke Vin and the Birth of Ska down at Rootikal on Friday night. A 45-minute history lesson on the origins of ska, it has fantastic footage of the early blues and ska parties in the UK plus sound bites from Duke Vin, Don Letts and Jerry Dammers. Recommended…

Buy it now: Pyjama dressing

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Oh to lounge around in these all day…

J Crew blue cotton pyjamas in a wide size range Continue reading