I’ve been reusing my 10-year-old Hervé Chapelier canvas tote a lot this summer so was interested to see it also got a mention in US Vogue recently.
Along with the Longchamp Le Pliage, it’s a fine example of high quality, enduring design that does a job without making a song and dance about it. It’s a great product on its own but it could also do with a well-chosen collab or two to introduce it to a new audience – well that certainly hasn’t done Longchamp any harm.
And can we talk about the website? I can think of a million ways to bring the site of this made-in-France 90s favourite bang up-to-date with rich content and engaging stories, not to mention better functionality. Call me please, team Chapelier…
Oh happy days! Gap’s fortunes are on the upswing and to celebrate, the new collections are getting ready to drop. The latest in-store and marketing campaign Back To Blue has already arrived, celebrating true blue denim in all its forms. (I have another post cooking about that but for now all you need to know is the sexy boyfriend jeans are an out and out winner if you’re truly over skinnies.) Continue reading
“Ugly is attractive, ugly is exciting. Maybe because it is newer. The investigation of ugliness is, to me, more interesting than the bourgeois idea of beauty. And why? Because ugly is human.”
Miuccia Prada on why everything is ugly, The Telegraph
I have a version of this Cos coat from two winters ago with thick black and navy stripes and (
actually fake*) slit pockets. It’s the one thing I own that gets commented on every time I wear it. (*Ok the pockets aren’t fake, thank you to my lovely commenter for pointing that out.)
The cut is faultless and the quality is great – it frequently gets mistaken for Prada/Marni/Jil Sander. So if you’re a fan of a bracelet-sleeved cocoon coat, then get in quick cos (lol) these aren’t going to stick around long. Continue reading
This is the summer i finally mastered bronzer. Oh boy isn’t it amazing? Although obviously there’s a knack to applying just the right amount. For this revelation I have to thank Aerin, whose Pretty Bronze Portable Illuminating Powder (£45) is my new toy. It comes in a portable lidded brush format with a clear channel filled with finely milled powder infused with miniscule specs of shimmer. Tap the lidded brush a couple of times, pull off the cap, unsheath the brush, then swish the bronzer around hairline and cheekbones.
This product comes in 2 shades, a golden highlighter or a darker matte bronzer. I’m getting on very well with the darker one and have been using it at every opportunity. Buy it at Harrods and John Lewis.
And if no-brainer, beachy make-up is your thing, then you might be interested in the rest of Aerin’s high summer offer. The Seashell Color collection also includes Aerin’s Beach Cream (a multi-purpose shimmery cream), the Summer Style palette (rosy nudes and taupes for eyes, lips and cheeks), plus a honey-coloured lipstick and gold-flecked gloss. Buy it at Selfridges…
Coming soon – the Marques’Almeida pop-up shop in Hackney. Blink and you’ll miss it cos it’s only open from 28th August to 1st September. I’m not sure what it’ll sell but I’d say it’s worth a nose anyway. Remember, these are the guys responsible for all the ripped-to-shreds denim we’ve been enjoying for the last few seasons and the grungy crenellated heels that will dominate the next six months. See you at The Hackney Shop, 99 Morning Lane, E9 6ND on the 28th…
So much for super-brands shying away from obvious logos, Louis Vuitton recently launched this Vivienne bag (£2,880) with a can’t-miss-it brass logo closure. I’ve taken a secret shine to it as the rest of the bag is neat, clean and understated. Buy it here.
UPDATE: And here’s Alexa Chung with hers…
Pringle Of Scotland is about to launch another of its collaborations with MA Fashion Design students from Central St Martins. The (100% Made in Scotland) archive collection, Princess Grace: More Than an Image was created in collaboration with The Nouveau Musee National De Monaco which gave BA fashion history and theory students access to the palace archives. Now that must have been an eye-opener. Continue reading