Dior beauty AW15: the highlights

Dior Beauty Cosmopolite aw15

This feels like a pivotal beauty moment for Dior, a sweet spot in which the beauty and fashion messages are perfectly aligned. With his first make-up collection, ‘Cosmopolite’ for Dior, Peter Philips has brought his finesse with colour and finish to meet Raf Simons’ gently retro-futuristic vision, (more…)

What’s in store from Selfridges this Christmas?

Personalised Mini moet champagne Selfridges

I know it’s not cool to talk about Christmas when the clocks have only just gone back but let’s be realistic. The shopping season starts early these days, and stores have to do what they can to grab attention. Last week saw Selfridges unveil its Christmas offer, ‘Journey to the Stars’ which is themed around constellations – aka everything to do with the galaxy, astrology, spiritualism and mysticism.

Selfridges is also maximising its offer on personalisation as it has done for the last two years. Christmas is the one season when people love to customise their gifting. (Tip: make sure your giftee really wants that novelty sweater embroidered with their initials, they’ll have a hard time eBaying re-gifting it otherwise.) (Side note: please tell me Christmas jumpers were just a one year blip?) While the personalised Nutella jar of yesteryear is back again, this year’s biggie is the mini Moet champagne bottle (above), that can be customised with a photo.

As a first, Selfridges is showcasing its entire Christmas gift offer both in store and online. So you can either go the convenience route and just click to buy your Fornasetti Astro pattern plates (coming soon), starsign perfume (below), or Jo Malone London cracker (my edit below will help you). Or you can be rewarded for braving the shop floor. There’s a host of ‘experientials’ to enjoy, including a psychic and mystical playground called the ‘Astrolounge’ and accessories from The Unseen (that respond to the environment around them in spooky ways).  Oh and there’s a £24,000 Star Wars battle pod to play with.


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Where did it all go so Comme?

Comme Des Garcons

Sometimes it feels like there are only a handful of designers who ever existed and everything is a nod to one or other of them. Comme Des Garcons, Prada, Margiela, Alaia, Galliano. Step, repeat. At the moment it’s all very Comme; (more…)

How high street brands are disrupting the beauty industry

Topshop makeup and H&m Beauty - affordable and high quality make up on the high street

High street beauty has officially gone premium. Topshop’s beauty is five years old and thriving, J Crew’s lipsticks are a cult buy and H&M is going large on its beauty offer with a litany of launches happening in the next few months.

While Topshop kicked things off five years ago, launching its in-house make-up line on the LFW catwalk, the game changer was arguably & Other Stories in 2013, which paired a luxury Scandi aesthetic with an inviting experiential retail model. In fact, & Other Stories was intended as a beauty concept but was so appealing, it was extended to fashion. (more…)