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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…)



Buy it now: the Burberry car coat



Burberry car coat - single breasted trench

I would call this a single breasted mac. Burberry is calling it a car coat. Either way, I like it, especially with the looser, more casual styling that Burberry’s gone for here. It’s less high fashion and more girl-on-the-go and this soft ‘tumbled gabardine’ reminds me of all the vintage Burberry macs I used to love before Burberry went posh. (more…)



Shop the post: top up your tan



how to wear tan.

My default summer-into-autumn mode is everything tan. Tan leather especially, mixed with burgundy, camel, red, and a bit of denim. Tan leather bags seems to have taken over from black as the most popular neutral so there’s plenty of choice on that front.

I’ve been surgically attached to my Mulberry Small Maple tote (which now seems to be sold out – I told you to be fast!), but the Mulberry Amberley satchel is the next best thing (more…)



Buy it now: DeMellier bags



Demellier bags

Milli Millu has rebranded. I met founder Mireia Llusia-Lindh a few years ago by chance at a networking event by – how else? – admiring her bag and asking where it was from. We got chatting and I was happy to champion her growing brand of handbag workhorses.

The brand has evolved tremendously and last year won Walpole’s Brand of Tomorrow award. (more…)