Beauty

On my radar: Violette



Estee Lauder new Global Beauty Director Violette

A great hire by Estee Lauder, they have appointed French MUA, Violette (whose YouTube channel I’ll admit I hadn’t seen until now) as their Global Beauty Director.

I just love the ‘real’ way she films herself doing her make-up, fly-on-the-wall style without looking at the camera. And I’m a sucker for a French accent in these sorts of films. Check out her channel here.

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IMAGE:  Violette by Estee Lauder
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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: OFF-WHITE, SYKES LONDON, LEBON, AMAZON AND MORE!



Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands and industry stories currently buzzing on my radar…

1. OFF-WHITE X JENNY HOLZER
Off White Jenny Holzer collaboration SS18
I loved all the techy utilitywear in the Off-White SS18 show. And of course the genius Off-White Jenny Holzer collaboration, with poetry she had sourced printed strategically onto clothes and projected on the walls of the Pitti Palace. This W Magazine interview is a great read.


2. JO SYKES IS BACK

Sykes London by Jo Sykes womenswear for on the go career women
Great to hear that Jo Sykes has returned with Sykes London, a contemporary-priced label for the on-the-go career woman. The classic silk shirt that she designed for Freda at Matches Fashion is still one of my most-worn wardrobe staples.


3. WOULD YOU SPEND $10 ON LUXURY VEGAN TOOTHPASTE?

Lebon toothpaste
I’m obsessed with my teeth and I’m not gonna lie, the branding of Lebon toothpaste is extremely seductive. It’s vegan, comes in lots of flavours and I’m sooo tempted by the ‘Sweet Extravagance’ variety which is flavoured with ‘the most exclusive roses from Grasse’. Naturally…


4. AMAZON HAS (HOPEFULLY) SOLVED THE RETURNS CONUNDRUM

Amazon Prime Wardrobe Jeff Bezos
Amazon is planning to solve the challenge of online returns with Amazon Prime Wardrobe, a service that lets customers pay after they’ve tried on and decided what to keep. It will also incentivise by giving a discount based on how many items the customer keeps. Now it just needs to sort out its not-so-inspiring product offer, says Retail Week…(sub req)

IN OTHER NEWS…

More Amazon: this is a super-fascinating (and slightly terrifying) podcast about the power of Amazon and the future of retail.

Farfetch is taking over the world, one nation of shopaholics at a time. Yep, it’s just joined forces with Chinese ecom behemoth JD.com. Read more here.

Is the millennial make-up bubble bursting? After The Estee Edit flopped, its parent brand Estee Lauder announced it’s pumping more funds into Gen X-targeted Victoria Beckham Beauty. And this week along came KKW Beauty from Kim Kardashian who told the New York Times (sub req) that she’s looking less at Insta-contour products and more at anti-aging formulas. Well, they do say it’s the 35-plus market that has the cash to spend. (And if that’s you, I suggest you check out Nadine Baggott’s excellent Youtube channel. Everything you wanted to know about acids, AHAs and serums but were too baffled to ask…)

That said, Selfridges is banking big on the youngsters. New  additions to its beauty hall are Huda Beauty and 3INA

Ever wondered what a freelance fashion journalist really does? This Glossy story is pretty accurate. FML

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IMAGES:  Dazed/Antonio Giacometti; Sykes London; Olivier Granet; Matthew Ryan Williams/The New York Times
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How to create a capsule fragrance wardrobe



Nasomatto Pardon and Aesop Marrakech Intense

I frickin love talking to fragrance people. They’re so passionate, poetic and downright knowledgeable about perfume and the senses. One who is more passionate than most is the effusive Michael Donovan, founder of Profile PR and perfume e-tailer Roullierwhite.com. When I saw Michael last (at the Frederic Malle boutique where he schooled me on everything there is to know about Mr. Malle and his magical juices), we talked about our fragrance journeys and about the evolution from having one signature scent to having a wardrobe of different ones.

I like the idea of having a capsule fragrance wardrobe that represents a concise edit of perfumes for particular moods and occasions. Michael agrees that it’s good to have a choice so you can dress for your emotions. “The idea that one fragrance will work for every occasion and across the seasons is the same as imagining that you could wear the same outfit every day,” he says. “A ‘wardrobe’ of scents lets you choose according to occasion, season and mood.”

A true fragrance enthusiast, he also believes in dressing perfume first. “Fragrance can affect our mood, so it’s sensible to apply your perfume before anything else. So you may have been about to wear jeans and a T-shirt, however a spritz of something sensual can put you in the mood for something altogether more sophisticated and alluring.” Yep, sold.

So what should go in this capsule fragrance wardrobe? I asked Michael for his recommendations and added a few of my own. Feel free to add yours in the comments…


THE DAY FRAGRANCE – LONG-LASTING, POLISHED, ENERGISING

How to choose a fragrance wardrobe. Day fragrance - Chanel Jersey and Perfumer H Orange Leaf

Michael recommends Eau d’Ipanema by A Lab On Fire. Freshness, a twist of berries and mango, jasmine and freesia. This represents summer in a bottle. £90/60ml. Buy it here.

Mediterraneo by Carthusia. This is the oldest recipe in the world (from 1390); a fresh yet sophisticated combination of crushed lemon leaves and green tea. It is a very well behaved fragrance – you can take it anywhere. £80/100ml Buy it here.

DRG recommends Jersey by Chanel Les Exclusifs. This is my go-to if I have a day of back-to-back meetings and need to feel energised and focused. It’s clean and cologne-like with a sharp zing of lavender countered by a subtle musk. Buy it here. I also love Orange Leaf by Perfumer H, a gentle uplifting citrus.


SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND – EASY TO WEAR, CLASSIC AND COMFORTING

How to build a fragrance wardrobe - Weekend fragrance Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay and Urban Outfitters Macaron Rose

Michael recommends Oh Denim by Uermi. This is perky pink pepper, sumptuous florals, amber and vanilla – eminently wearable. £105/75ml Buy it here.

Fleurs de Rocaille by Caron – An aldehydic classic with notes of violet, lily-of-the-valley, jasmine and ylang-ylang creating an infinitely wearable and elegant scent. Invoked by Al Pacino in ‘ Scent Of A Woman’! £89/100ml Buy it here.

DRG recommends Blackberry & Bay by Jo Malone. A year-round favourite, this is a juicy green scent that’s fresh, fruity but comforting. Buy it here. I also love Macaron Rose by Urban Outfitters. It lasts all day and blends non-cloying rose water with the gourmand warmth of sugarcane. Buy it here.


HOLIDAY AND TRAVEL
– FRESH, CLEAN, JOYFUL AND UPLIFTING
How to build a fragrance wardrobe. For holidays and travel, include Hermes D'orange Vert and Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Body Oil Spray
Michael recommends Debaser by D.S & Durga. Think figs and coconuts, the happiest scent on the planet – utterly delicious! [Yes, it’s actually named after the Pixies song!] £139/50ml Buy it here.

Peacock Throne Hair Fragrance by Thameen. Hair fragrance is genius for travelling in the summer. Hair is porous so holds the scent better than skin. Peacock Throne is an exotic light bouquet of summer flowers – jasmine, taif rose, iris – over a spice vanilla base. £85/50ml Buy it here.

DRG recommends Eau d’Orange Verte by Hermes, a sophisticated, versatile green citrus. Get the mini 15ml size so you can carry it with you for respritzing throughout the day. Buy it here. Bronze Goddess Shimmering Body Oil Spray (not technically a fragrance, but that’s how I wear it) by Estee Lauder, so delicious and beachy, it’s intoxicating. Buy it here. I also can’t not mention Shay & Blue Sicilian Limes – a punchy feel-good citrus. Buy it here.


THE POWER PERFUME – A SCENT TO BE RECKONED WITH

Nasomatto Pardon or Aesop Marrakech Intense

Michael recommends Black Afgano by Nasomatto. A work of genius, this exudes confidence and personality. £118/30ml Buy it here.

Beat Cafe by JUSBOX. Warm, honeyed cognac over golden tobacco and a warm leather base. This brooks no argument. £130/78ml. Buy it here.

DRG recommends Pardon by Nasomatto. Seriously punchy, this opens with magnolia and tonka bean then dries to a warm but distinctive woody base. Buy it here. Aesop Marrakech Intense – cooling and spicy at the same time. Amazing for summer. Buy it here.


FOR THE EVENING – SOPHISTICATED, SEDUCTIVE, INTIMATE

Dries van Noten by Frederic Malle

Michael recommends Carnal Flower by Frederic Malle. Tuberose is the Little Black Dress of flowers and this is velvet perfection. £245/100ml. Buy it here.

Flamenco by Ramon Monegal. This is exuberant and extravert, a glorious hymn to the theatrical dance using Turkish Rose at its heart. £180/50ml.

DRG recommends Dries van Noten by Frederic Malle, my staple ‘gentlewoman’ fragrance that delivers instant confidence and elegance. Buy it here.


LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX – NEED WE SAY MORE?

For a feminine but sexy fragrance i love In the Garden of Good and Evil by By Kilian. And also Tangier Vanille by Aerin

Michael recommends A Weekend in Fontainebleau by IDEO Parfumeurs (for women) – this refers to the trysts between Diane de Poitiers and King Henri II in the woods and moves from fresh forest to unadulterated desire! This is all about seduction. £140/100ml buy it here.

Grey Labdanum by Abel is 100% natural and a dark, smouldering combination of patchouli, clary sage and labdanum with highlights of grapefruit and violet. Irresistible – £45/15ml But it here.

DRG recommends In the Garden of Good and Evil by By Kilian. I won’t lie, the name itself adds to the seduction. It’s a jasmine and apricot-drenched concoction that’s perfect for humid summer evenings. Buy it here. A bit less obvious, I love the sensual muskiness of Tangier Vanille by Aerin. Yes, you can be sexy without being vampy. Buy it here.

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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Vogue, Style.com, The Estee Edit, Deciem and more!



Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands and industry stories currently buzzing on my radar…

1. VENETIA SCOTT APPOINTED FASHION DIRECTOR OF BRITISH VOGUE
Venetia Scott appointed Vogue Fashion director
It’s been such a weird week this week. We’re still in post-election chaos and then the news of the West London tower block fire has shocked and horrified us all. I’ve lived in West London all my life so this is very close to home. But there were a few chinks of good news. I’m really happy to hear that Venetia Scott has been appointed Fashion Director of Vogue. I’m a huge fan of her photography and styling and can’t wait to see where she’ll take the fashion.


2.  R.I.P PART 1: STYLE.COM (AGAIN)

Farfetch swallows up Style.com
It’s a shame that Style.com as an etailer never really hit its stride. This week it merged with Farfetch in what seemed like a very rushed announcement. The Style.com URL now redirects straight to Farfetch.com and the content side of Farfetch will be boosted by the Conde Nast machine. It sounds like the plan is still to monetise all Conde Nast’s editorial content, so we’ll see how that one plays out…


3. R.I.P PART 2: THE ESTEE EDIT

What to buy from The Estee Edit
Estee Lauder’s millennial-focused brand The Estee Edit has been retired after just one year. I think it has some great products but maybe just too many that sounded the same. Personally I was a little overwhelmed by all the ‘glow’ SKUs. There were some standouts though – namely the Pore Vanishing Stick (a great mattifier – I use this every day) and Dissolve the Drama 2-in-1 Make-Up Remover and Cleanser. It’s not all bad though. Estee Lauder Company plans to double the offer of Victoria Beckham Beauty instead…


4. ESTEE LAUDER INVESTS IN DECIEM. INTERNET FREAKS OUT

 ESTEE LAUDER INVESTS IN DECIEM
Oh wait. More ELC news. The Internet is up in arms at the news that the Estee Lauder Company has bought a minority share in niche beauty brand Deciem. Owners of The Ordinary as well as nine other well-priced skincare disruptors, founder Brandon Truaxe was apparently quite vocally anti-Estee Launder in the early days. Sigh… it seems that every start-up has its price. Here’s his promise to customers

IN OTHER NEWS…
Apparently blog ghostwriters are all the rage. I knew I was going wrong somewhere…

Pout Case is a phone case that thinks it’s a makeup palette. Gimmick or genius?

Google has opened a virtual fashion archive that lets you deep dive into all manner of fashion and cultural institutions. It’s the virtual rabbit hole to end them all…

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IMAGES: Vogue, Business of Fashion, Disneyrollergirl, Deciem
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