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Can Chanel create a fragrance classic with Gabrielle?



Chanelle Gabrielle

Chanel is really going for it with its new fragrance, Gabrielle. Which is not at all surprising, given it’s its first big fragrance launch in 15 years. Reviews so far have been mixed. Some describe it as smelling like a room diffuser from Next (ouch), while others love its fruity-floral effervescence.

While the ad campaign positions it as bold, groundbreaking and dynamic, it’s really not a power scent. To me it’s more of a pleasing ‘feminine’ floral fragrance that’s uncomplicated and easy to wear. (more…)



Helmut Lang re-editions are here



Helmut Lang Astro Moto Jacket 1999

Fashion people love to bandy about words like ‘timeless’. But here’s the proof with Helmut Lang. The brand has reissued a few pieces from its archive, including elbow cut-out sweaters, a zip denim jacket, the painter jeans and the silver Astro Moto jacket. In case you missed it, Helmut Lang has adapted its business structure, hiring an ‘editor’ instead of a single head designer, and planning to offer up regular reissues from the archive to highlight its heritage. (more…)



Found! The oldest Levi’s women’s jeans in the world



oldest Levi’s women's jeans in the world

Love this story on what’s thought to be the oldest pair of women’s jeans in existence. They’re Levi’s of course, and were owned by Viola Longacre, a student teacher who bought then in the early 30s. The cut is surprisingly contemporary (I’d snap these up in a heartbeat), which proves why people lust after vintage Levi’s. (more…)



Read this: Know your style by Alyson Walsh



Know Your Style Alyson Walsh

If you know Alyson Walsh and her blog That’s Not My Age, you may know her book, Style Forever which came out in 2015. A statement on why style doesn’t disappear when you’re over 40, it’s been a hit with women of all ages, dispensing no-bullshit advice from Alyson and her coterie of global tastemakers. And happily, she’s about to release book number two. Know Your Style is released tomorrow, with even more observations on cultivating individual style, this time without the age focus. (more…)