Bobbi Brown is the undisputed queen of nudes. Her shades and textures are second to none – I’ve always relied on her flattering lipsticks since way back in the 90s when she practically invented the no-make-up-make-up look.
This month it’s all about great textures to flatter natural-looking eyes, lips and face. The Smokey Nudes Eye Palette (£48) is a goer if you’re thinking of investing in a neutral eye-palette. It’s a limited edition with eight shades from a deep smoke to a shimmery cream shade that I’d use to ‘lift’ the brown bone. The packaging is a super-sexy smoked tortoiseshell case – very 70s glam.
Look out also for Bobbi’s famous Shimmer Brick that now comes in a new pinky shade, Sandstone (£32.50). I came late to the bronzer/shimmer brick party so I’m only now discovering the power and versatility of these essential perker-uppers. Finally, there’s the limited edition Creamy Matt Lip Colour (£19.50). Mattes are never that creamy I find, but Bobbi nails the formula with these and the four pinky new nude shades are as endlessly wearable as you’d expect.
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Who needs expensive glossies when you can pick up this standard of editorial excellence free from an Hermes store? The autumn-winter 2014 issues of Hermes’ magazine has a feel of The Gentlewoman and Fantastic Man, both in the handsome casting and styling of its womenswear shoots (this one’s shot by Julia Hetta and styled by Camille Biddault-Waddington) and in the quiet and precise mood of its men’s accessory shoot…
In other Hermes news, the brand has launched a new standalone experiential shopping site just for its silks. La Maison des Carres is designed like an actual house, that you can explore room-by-room, engaging with playful elements along the way.
If you’re a fan of Hermes’ brilliant textile prints, be prepared to spend some considerable time getting lost in the designs, how-to scarf tutorials and irreverent videos. (Guys aren’t forgotten either – they have their own Chambre Des Garcons.)
Tom Ford Beauty launches are always a pleasure. But aside from the posh location and lavish nibbles, it’s the products that really deliver. For autumn, the hero product is the Traceless Perfecting Foundation (£62) which comes in fifteen shades. Its big claim is to deliver a humidity-resistant matte finish so you shouldn’t need more than a cursory touch-up.
For me though, the standouts are the eye quad palette and the Correcting Pen. First the eye quad in Nude Dip. The dark taupe here is just perfect for a sexy neutral eye. You can blend it with any of the three accompanying shades and the textures are beautifully creamy with a hint of iridescence. They can be used dry or wet for deeper intensity. An extremely flattering and versatile quad if ever there was one.
I love how Tom Ford Beauty products are super-luxe but all about the practicalities (that’s the die-hard Virgo for you). The Correcting Pen (£34) is one if those what-did-we-do-before problem-solvers. It’s a double-ended pen with a rounded under-eye colour corrector on one end and a finer tipped yellow-based concealer on the other. The color corrector is for using under your base to brighten under the eyes, with the concealer used under the foundation or on top if you need extra concealing powers. You can also use this ultra-thin stick to help shape brows.
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Er, hello Matches Fashion with your rather excellent (and free) The Style Report magazine! The retailer has stepped up its editorial considerably lately, not least with its current cover and feature on Caroline De Maigret.
Everyone’s current favourite French fancy, the interview is soooo good, she is charmingly blunt in the way that only Parisienne women seem to be able to get away with. And of course, she looks imperfectly-perfect in Boo George’s pictures (styled by Verity Parker). Here she is in Marques’Almeida (above), Preen and Isabel Marant…
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This post is a little late because I had so much post-LFW catching up to do.
Simone Rocha is a favourite for Londoners and has finely tuned her unique communion-chic aesthetic. I loved how the models’ heads were swathed in sheer, flower-scattered voiles. Also, those pink lace-ups… Continue reading
Will we ever tire of buying shoes? Judging by the last few years, it would appear our appetites are bigger than ever. Each shiny new footwear department (some big enough to have their own postcode), mall and ecom site just opens up more possibility, choice and downright longing.
This summer, I noticed a trend emerging that I couldn’t wait to hit the high street. All the skater boys were wearing too-short jeans, an inch or so above their battered Vans and it’s a look I’ve always loved.
The skinny jeans obsession has peaked so we’re after something new. and as it coincides with Normcore, I’m just going to say it – welcome back Levi’s 501, I’ve missed you.
How I’d like to wear too-short 501s? Exactly like this. If your 501s aren’t this length when you buy them, you can get them altered at the Levi’s store, fast and free (I think mine were done in a day). And the walkable heels showing just a bit of skin are a refreshing change from Tribute-style ankle-breakers (RIP).
[Main pic: Tommy ton/Style.com]
I’ve been working with Oxfordstreet.co.uk as part of the Oxford Street Fashion Showcase this season, reporting on SS15 trends from London Fashion Week. My first post has gone live, highlighting some of next season’s emerging looks (that you can buy into now if you follow my advice). Click here to read. Continue reading
The answer to the question “why do we still need fashion shows?” was answered succinctly on Monday with Thomas Tait’s powerpacked, techno-soundtracked stomper of a show. Fashion shows need emotion, energy and feeling in order to express something these days, the clothes are only part of the story. And so Tait created tension and anticipation in his concrete box of a location, with walls painted in collaboration with artist Georges Rousse setting an intriguing scene. Continue reading