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Carnival vibes



Converse Notting Hill Carnival trainers

I might have to put aside my allegiance to plain off white All Star high tops, in deference to these Carnival tribute Chucks from Converse. Aren’t they jaunty? Converse has released these exclusive limited editions today on Converse.com (£70) along with two customised styles by British music artists Lady Leshurr and Clara Amfo.

I have a love-hate relationship with Carnival. I love the food and the vibes (I live on the fringes so we can get jerk chicken literally on our doorstep) but the crowds get worse every year as the route is inclined to pen people into certain streets. It was all so much chiller back in the day.

If you’re interested in the origins of Carnival, try to get your hands on the book, Carnival: A Photographic and Testimonial History of the Notting Hill Carnival by Ishmahil Blagrove Jr and Margaret Busby that came out a couple of years ago. The photography and storytelling are incredibly evocative, not to mention a wonderful history lesson.  (There’s a good piece on it here.) It looks like it might be out of print as it’s showing unavailable everywhere, but keep your eyes peeled…

A great book about Notting Hill Carnival by Allan Capitan Thornhill

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Converse, Allan Capitan Thornhill
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Net-a-Porter new season now



Chloe Moretz modelling new season trends in Porter magazine

This is that funny time of year when it’s blazing hot but the mags are full of new season ad campaigns. And coats. Porter mag is tempting me with come-hither boots and poet’s blouses and Net-a-Porter is bursting its proverbial seams with cashmere overload.

So it’s a good time to think ahead. Alongside the utility-luxe basics that I tend to go for, there’s a lot more romance and whimsy around. Chloe’s blouse has the loveliest trailing scarf (escalators, tubes and taxi doors to be avoided), Balenciaga’s rollneck has a just-subversive-enough asymmetric hem, and this bra by Skin is a new discovery for me – I like the combo of practicality and subtle decoration. Meanwhile, Smythson’s new diaries are just the thing to get you in a new season organisational state of mind. I have the Mara diary for 2016 and it’s been brilliant for planning the months to come.

For a touch of decorative drama, it’s all about the knits and accessories. Gucci’s knits are obviously the winners here, but the sparkly shoes from Charlotte Olympia are equally delightful (to wear with normcore 501s and socks always!). Christopher Kane’s brooch is a great entry-point accessory; I would use it to camp up my beloved Whistles utility jacket. Are Gucci’s furry slippers passe yet? I’m thinking the dreamy velvet version would be perfect as house slippers with chunky cashmere socks. Only problem is, I would then never leave the house…

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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Porter magazine
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Buy it now: Just one piece from PER/se



PER Se Nebula Coat
The girls from Nom de Mode have pivoted. They’ve introduced PER/se (pronounced ‘per say’ as in the Latin phrase meaning ‘by itself’), a one-piece concept that will produce one design every two months. (more…)



Can the Burberry Beauty Pinterest campaign drive mascara sales?



Burberry Beauty Pinterest campaign Cat Lashes mascara

The new Burberry Beauty Pinterest campaign is werking for its money. It’s got everything, from social commerce, to personalisation to cross-platform marketing.

Launched last week, the aim is to drive traffic to Sephora, to sell the new Burberry Beauty Cat Lashes mascara. Why Pinterest? (more…)