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Beauty snippets: McQueen parfum, By Kilian, Farfetch, Buly 1803, Estee Lauder, Glamour, Fenwick, NARS, Bobbi Brown

I haven’t done a beauty news roundup for yonks but I simply can’t keep up with all the news so I’m putting it all in one place. Deep breath…

A NEW MCQUEEN FRAGRANCE HAS LAUNCHED
Alexander Mcqueen Perfume
Alexander McQueen is relaunching fragrance with McQueen Parfum, a decadent-sounding perfume in an absolutely stunning bottle. Just arrived exclusively at Harrods (more…)

Retail round-up: The high street grows up

Jigsaw A-Line ss16

Something is up on the British high street and it’s all quite exciting. Jigsaw has been going from strength to strength for a while, bypassing the discounting and stepping up its design credentials. The new ‘A-Line’ concept is looking good; it’s creative, vibrant and bolder than you might expect from Jigsaw. The second collection – above and below, arriving imminently – feels fresh, with generously-proportioned tailoring and luxe shirting the obvious standouts. That new attitude is also being reflected in its stores, with a branch set to open in London’s St James’s, a stone’s throw in fact, from the soon-to-be-relocated Dover Street Market. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Gap, Versace, Gucci, NARS

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

1. WOULD YOU BUY A COFFEE FROM GAP?
Gap Lion coffee + Records shop in oxford street
Last week, Gap added a coffee-cum-record-shop (a collaboration with East London’s Lion Coffee + Records) to its Oxford Street store in a move to entice a younger, cooler customer. Will it work? I’m not the target market, so I can’t say, but I love a store with a nice café, so I’ll definitely check it out… (more…)

Quote of the day: WWD

Tommy Hilfiger ss16

“We’ve had people try to use this as an opportunity to launch their careers. You’re merely a guest, a spectator. You can’t go there trying to pick the brains of designers in the industry. There are no photo opps. You have to sign a code of conduct.”
WWD has published an eye-opening insight into the companies selling fashion week tickets to non-industry spectators