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Buy it now: Jo Malone London Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense



Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka cologne intense

Jo Malone London’s new Cologne Intense is an instant favourite. Myrrh and Tonka is just the tonic for the most depressing time of the year (this coming Monday is known as ‘Blue Monday’), it’s warm, cosy and comforting yet extremely sophisticated.

The first spray is quite full and sweet, then it settles into the sensual gourmand notes of the tonka bean. What is tonka bean? It’s the seed of the South American ‘Dipteryx odorata’ plant which gives off the familiar nutty, vanilla-like notes that are so prevalent in many cult perfumes such as Thierry Mugler’s Angel.

The press release also mentions top notes of lavender which to be honest I can’t detect at all (a shame as I love lavender). But I will say this is lighter than my other gourmand favourites, e.g. Dries van Noten by Frederic Malle and Pardon by Nasomotto. This does a similar job but is less heady so more suitable for everyday.

If you like combining Jo Malone fragrances, I’m told this is a great match with Basil & Neroli or Grapefruit.

Also noteworthy, Jo Malone London Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense comes in a smaller 50ml size (£74, HERE and HERE) as well as the usual 100ml (£105, HERE).

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Richard Prince vs Ivanka Trump – fake art?



Richard Prince Ivanka Trump

Art provocateur Richard Prince made a different kind of art statement this week by ‘denouncing’ a work of art he once sold to Ivanka Trump. The piece, one of his controversial Instagram series ‘New Portraits’ (above) was commissioned by Ivanka Trump and sold to her and her husband Jared Kushner for $36k three years ago. The series involved Prince choosing an existing Instagram post, adding his own comment, then enlarging it and printing it on canvas as a work of art.

But in a fit of anti-Trump pique and referencing Pa Trump’s ‘fake news’ schtick, Prince has returned the $36,000 and denounced the piece saying “This is not my work. I did not make it. I deny. I denounce. This fake art”.

Richard Prince denounces artwork he sold to Ivanka Trump
Richard Prince Ivanka Trump

Can he actually denounce creating a piece of art? The Fashion Law unpacks the situation here. I kind of love Prince’s sentiment but can’t help thinking it only makes the painting more famous and thus increases its market value. Perhaps that’s all part of the plan?

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Get me some Gosha



Gosha Rubchinskiy aw17

Good old Gosha Rubchinskiy. While the world freaks out about big bad Russians and scary old #manbabytinyhands, finally we have someone who only cares about youth and unity.

Gosha just showed his AW17 show in Kaliningrad, a tiny Russian coastal town between Poland and Lithuania. There were only forty guests present and no music. Instead each model (Russian kids streetcast from Instagram as per usual) walked to a recorded dialogue of his hopes and ambitions.

Gosha is collaborating with Adidas Football in the run up to the 2018 World Cup. So the collection was a mix of hoodies, sweats, excellent Adidas sock trainer-boots (the Ace 16+ Super) and other sporty pieces styled with tailored blazers, rigid jeans, anoraks and a big statement riffing on military-meets-UPS-style trousers and shirts. This was my favourite story – give me a boy in a military beret and I’m anyone’s.

Gosha Rubchinskiy aw17
Gosha Rubchinskiy Adidas aw17
Gosha Rubchinskiy Adidas aw17
Gosha Rubchinskiy Men's Fall 2017

Styling is always key in these shows. Along with the music, venue and casting they give the subtle cues that differentiate one show or designer from another when the clothes are this simple. Gosha’s styling is always very ‘real’ inspired by his young skater-kid audience and their lifestyle. I liked the sweaters over shoulders and tidy belts, the contrast of clean formality with casual youth culture. Watch how this look plays out over the rest of the menswear season…

Gosha Rubchinskiy Adidas aw17
Gosha Rubchinskiy Adidas aw17
Gosha Rubchinskiy Adidas aw17

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On food, fashion and a taste of Ralph Lauren



Ralph Lauren cafe London
Aaaaad finally, finally, the Ralph Lauren cafe is opening on Regent Street. A destination inside the new Ralph Lauren Polo store, it will serve coffee, cocktails, wine and snacks, plus breakfast, salads and sandwiches.

I can’t explain my obsession with fashion eateries but certain brands just lend themselves so well to food. For example, why hasn’t Anthropologie done a cafe? Imagine how many more of its painterly plates and cups it would sell if you had just eaten a splendid tea off them?

I happen to know that the Crown Estate (landlords to most of Regent Street) are very very tricky about mixing restaurants and fashion retail. I imagine they want to strike the right balance and god knows there are plenty of restaurants and coffee chains in the area. For a long time Burberry was not allowed to promote Thomas’s Cafe (although I noticed last week it has a new frontage that very clearly shows the cafe that was hitherto rather hidden), while Jigsaw was not allowed to include a cafe in its recently opened St. James’s Emporium store further up the road in the new St James’s Market.

I’m secretly a little miffed that Ralph’s Coffee & Bar is so prominent, it even has its own entrance from the street. I had rather hoped it might be tucked out of sight on an upper floor, so I could have it all to myself, free of tourists and kids parents. But no, the point of these places is to see and be seen. And invite some much needed footfall.

“Global tourists are coming there and you want to be a part of that energy,” said David Lauren, Ralph Lauren’s vice chairman and chief innovation officer. “You need to step it up and stand out and create something that feels distinctive and special. I think when people walk down Regent Street they’ll stop at Polo and think it’s unusual — and beautiful.” So expect to see me in there seven days a week — morning, noon and night.

Ralph’s Coffee & Bar is open at 173 Regent Street, London W1B 4JQ 10am-8pm Monday to Saturday and noon to 6pm on Sundays (from Thursday 12th January).

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