If this is the future of lip gloss then please count me in. The new generation of hybrid balm-gloss-lipstick is a brilliant innovation and from those I’ve tried, I can’t see any downside.
There’s everything to love about these. There’s plenty of pigment, suspended in a good amount of oil, and the technology keeps both on your lips. Even when the lip colour gently fades, you’re left with moist, comfortable lips and you don’t get that urge to reapply lip balm. The press release for Rouge Dior Brillant describes this as a ‘fusion liquid balm’ and it also mentions a lip plumping ingredient that reactivates collagen production (although I can’t say this was particularly noticable).
All the colours in this collection are gorgeous by the way – from the milky coral of Victoire and the genteel pink of Bonheur, to the intense red of 999. You can either go for the full monty high-pigment gloss, Natalie Portman style (she’s wearing 999 in the ad) or gently pat it in with a finger tip, which is of course, my preferred method. Ten out of ten to Dior.
Oh yes, and in other Dior news, I finally got to try the cult Creme Abricot, to sort out my serrated cuticles. I gave up looking for the fancy limited edition red packaging, and just went for classic white. In fact, I think I prefer this retro pot (unchanged since 1963). The cream is extremely rich and gloopy so you have to use it at night, which gives it more time to penetrate. Apparently it works for lips as well. So far, I’m liking it.
The Chanel Coco Crush fine jewellery pop-up shop at Net-a-Porter has been open for one hour and already pieces are sold out. (So if you were thinking of splashing £13,500 on the 18-karat yellow gold cuff, sorry you weren’t quick enough). What you can still buy (at time of writing) are the five gold rings. In white gold or yellow gold, they have the signature Chanel ‘quilting’ effect and range from £1,400 to £2,325. You can buy them from the pop-up e-com shop until 6th May.
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Stretchy skinny jeans are out and old school boy-cut Levi’s 501s are back in a big way, if my Pinterest feed is anything to go by. I wear my 501s with as few rips as possible and I get them custom hemmed at the Levi’s store to sit just on the ankle bone. Spring feels like the right time to switch my heavy-soled Church’s lace ups for my balletic Repettos with gamine ankle ties. On top I’m thinking puff sleeved Victorian blouses or something similar from MIH jeans, Chloe or Margaret Howell.
Repettos are best worn sans socks, but then there are the many options of fancy flats cropping up everywhere which look great with fine gauge Falke socks or fluffy cashmere equivalents. My favourites are pancake flat with a pointy toe and an ankle strap or T-bar.
Miu Miu, Tabitha Simmons and Bionda Castana are on my fantasy wish list, the more bejewelled the better. Shop the edit below…
WORDS AND IMAGE: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
I’ve become quite the lip balm connoisseur in the last year, progressing from Burt’s Bees and Blistex (effective and affordable) to the upper echelons of lip moisturisation, courtesy of Chanel Hydra Beauty Nutrition and Creme De La Mer The Lip Balm. In all honesty, the cheap stuff is great and definitely does the job. But I can’t resist the lure of something as utilitarian as lip balm taken to the heights of poshness. Continue reading
How handsome are these new C40 watches from Uniform Wares? I’ve been trying out a ‘smart watch’ recently and I can’t help thinking that an electronic device will never replace a classic watch in my world. These unisex watches are the latest addition to the Uniform Wares Swiss-made stable. Continue reading
I’m surprised how much I love these hats by Karl Lagerfeld for Maison Michel. Each named after one of his celebrity model coterie (there’s Kendall, Poppy, Anja, Karlie and Cara), the shapes are classic Maison Michels, with added flourishes by Karl. Continue reading
So the clocks just went forward and April is in sight but I’m still welded to my winter woolies. April is a transitional month for me, when I want to break out lighter, brighter colours but I’m not quite ready to detach from my cashmere layers. Plus, it still rains bucketloads, so a sensible top layer is non-negotiable.
Some things I swear by: Hanro vests and camisoles (there’s a new one out – ‘Ultralight’, 70g of mercerised Pima cotton, half the weight of the classic Hanro camisole. Can’t get enough of these), Levi’s 501s (there are the new C&Ts if you want the fashion version, or the old school ones in mid-blue are my go-to), cashmere socks (in pastel colours, from Paul Smith or Johnstons of Elgin) and Church’s shoes (new service launching soon – take in an old pair and get £40 off a new pair or a repair).
Words: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Main image: Miranda July by Stella Berkovsky
Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1) IS AMAZON LOOKING TO BUY NET-A-PORTER?
The big news story of the week was the one that reported Amazon is in talks to buy Net-a-Porter. As Amazon has been desperate to carve a slice of the high end e-commerce pie for, well, ever, this is an interesting move. Business of Fashion has the best analysis*. (*Drat, BOF is down for maintenance! Forbes has the story here, with an update saying Amazon denies the talks…) Continue reading
Is ‘Agender‘ the new normcore? It’s a new word to get our heads around but it’s essentially not a new concept. It’s Selfridges‘ description for the current vogue for gender-neutral dressing, in which we take away the gender stereotypes around clothing and just wear what we feel like. Not ‘he’ or ‘she’ but ‘me’. Continue reading