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Chanel Coco Codes



Chanel Coco Codes makeup collection SS17

First world blogger problems: when the light has been so flat and grey, you can’t photograph your Chanel beauty samples, which means you also can’t try them out (cos no-one wants to see a used lipstick in a flat lay, right?) So that’s why this post is a bit late, considering this collection has been on counter already for a couple of weeks. On a happier note, yay, this week’s chinks of sun spell Spring with a capital S *swaps bellywarmer thermals for jaunty ankle socks*.

For a spring collection though, this feels decidedly transeasonal, which is no bad thing. It’s a classic collection that celebrates the Chanel codes, i.e. the signature colour palette of red, white, gold, black and beige. The hero is the blush palette with ‘Coco Code’ embossed on it (below). Chanel releases this ‘exclusive creation’ every season, an extra special feat of prettiness for the cheeks that riffs on one or other of the many house motifs. They’re limited edition collectors items and boy do people really collect them. Often far too pretty to use (hello Blush Camélia Rosé), this Coco Codes blush compact is one of the more useful varieties – a quartet of pigmented squares to swirl together for a wash of colour. In theory, you can also use each square separately, but I tend not to. The ‘red’ is deeply pigmented so go lightly with a big fluffy brush.

Chanel coco Codes Blush Harmony blusher

Also limited edition are two Quadra eyeshadow palettes. Codes Elegants (above) is a medley of warm golds and beige, quite full on for spring but very beautiful if you like bold metallics. Codes Subtils (not shown) is the more subtle option, including a taupe, a brown, a pewter and a rosy-peach.

There are also two limited edition Longlasting Eyeliners of which I have Noir Petrole (below). So much love! Chanel showcased these to press at a showroom event during which the brilliant Kay Montano made up my eyes. This is fantastically soft and smudgy for stroking along the upper lash line. It’s an almost-black tar shade, dramatic but not harsh.

Chanel Noir Moderne lipstick

Chanel’s Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer, Lucia Pica is all about creative shade-shifting, so she has introduced a black tinted nail top coat, Black Metamorphosis for adding dimension to other shades. Try it over Rouge Red to transform it from a vibrant casual red to something deeper and sultry for evening. Beige Beige (a mannequin nails-type shade) and Blanc White (a very sheer milky white) complete the nail line up though I’m less keen on these.

Chanel Coco Codes nail colours

Another unusual take on ‘black’ is the Noir Moderne Rouge Coco Shine lipstick. This looks like a gothy black rose in the bullet but translates as a subtle berry stain. The Rouge Coco Shine range is one of my favourite hydrating lipstick ranges and this one’s a winner if you like your lipstick on the sheer, balmy side.

For a bold classic red, I have Rouge Allure in Independente, a no-brainer for smudged ‘French girl lips’.

chanel Coco Codes

Also, just a quick shout-out for Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur, a new retractable Longwear Lip Crayon. The vibe of these is one of playful spontaneity, just pick up a colour and draw! These one-twist satin finish pencils (below) are deeply pigmented and designed for longevity and the colour spectrum is deliciously bold from no 1 Nude to no 8 Cassis.

My favourite, Rouge no 5 is a limited edition black-tinted red. Wear with fresh minimal make-up to allow your lips to do the talking (or shouting).

Chanel Le Rouge Crayon De Couleur
Chanel Le Rouge Crayon De Couleur

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Gentlewoman style: Sofia Coppola



The Gentlewoman Sofia Coppola

Oh hi, it’s The Gentlewoman cover we’ve all been waiting for! Sofia Coppola is my style twin. We went through the New Yorker phase together (remember Milk Fed?), the Tokyo phase (Hysteric Glamour, Lost In Translation), and the Paris phase (the Vuitton collab, the Charvet shirts – not that I own either).

Somehow she retains her sense of self despite trying out the different personas and she’s arrived at the classic ‘gentlewoman’ style that consists of anonymous luxury classics without looking plain or boring. Can’t wait to see what’s inside – The issue goes on sale next week.

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Bill Yates: The Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink



Bill Yates The Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink

There really is nothing more heart warming than a story of great photography unearthed from the depths of time. Please take a moment to marvel at these examples by Bill Yates, taken forty years ago, then left to languish in boxes until just a few years ago.

Long story short, Yates first picked up a box brownie camera at the age of ten, then after a stint in the Navy went on to do a BA in Art and Photography at the University of South Florida. He stumbled upon the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink by chance, striking up a conversation with the owner outside, who agreed to let him come by with his camera when the joint was full of kids. He then spent seven months visiting on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, creating a body of some 900 images.

What he captured is an unselfconscious confidence of 70s teens in an era when having a camera in your face 24/7 was so not the norm. They seem unfazed by his presence. I imagine after seven months, he was either just part of the scenery or had worked to gain their trust (or both, a la that other youth documenter, Joseph Szabo).
Bill Yates The Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink
Bill Yates The Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink
Bill Yates The Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink
The styling is wonderful, and you know how I feel about a roller skating scenario. This was the early 70s, a time of relative innocence in sleepy Tampa Bay, Florida, which hadn’t yet succumbed to the commerciality of Disney World. As Yates told the British Journal of Photography, “Now the orange groves have turned into plastic motels and hotels. Back then nobody had cellphones or cameras, there was no cable TV. They were just into themselves and each other.”
Bill Yates The Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink
Bill Yates The Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink

Read more about The Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink series here and check out the accompanying book here.

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IMAGES: © Bill Yates
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A shirt made for you



bespoke shirts

I’m in the process of having some bespoke shirts made and the decision making is a minefield! A good one though. When you can have anything you want, the smallest detail counts. Shirt fabric – fine and silk-like or thick and starchy? Plain or striped? Monogrammed? (more…)