So much for super-brands shying away from obvious logos, Louis Vuitton recently launched this Vivienne bag (£2,880) with a can’t-miss-it brass logo closure. I’ve taken a secret shine to it as the rest of the bag is neat, clean and understated. Buy it here.
UPDATE: And here’s Alexa Chung with hers…
Pringle Of Scotland is about to launch another of its collaborations with MA Fashion Design students from Central St Martins. The (100% Made in Scotland) archive collection, Princess Grace: More Than an Image was created in collaboration with The Nouveau Musee National De Monaco which gave BA fashion history and theory students access to the palace archives. Now that must have been an eye-opener. Continue reading
For any last minute holiday-goers, can I recommend some great travel-friendly fragrances? Cult Beauty alerted me to Le Soft Perfume (£19), a lightweight solid perfume in the prettiest recycled packaging from the ex co-founder of Sephora. As well as delicious scents (I’m wearing La Reine Soleil right now), these stick fragrances nourish, moisturise, firm and restore the skin. Using all-natural Shea butter, mango butter and tamanu oils, they’re well suited to sensitive skins. Buy it here.
Beauty snippets: Marc Jacobs Beauty, Michelle Phan, L’Oreal Nail Art, Michael Kors, Black beauty, meet the perfumers
MICHELLE PHAN LAUNCHED A MAKE-UP LINE – AND SHOWS YOU HOW TO DEFINE YOUR NOSTRILS
Youtube sensation Michelle Phan just launched her own make-up brand. The 250-product collection called ‘Em’, is backed by L’Oreal and launched yesterday. It’s being pitched as a ‘co-created by the community’ line, based as it is on feedback collated by Phan throughout her vlogging career. Find it on Emcosmetics.com. Continue reading
Is this the first time illustration has been used in an etail context? To sell actual product? Probably not, but I love the idea. Especially when used by Topshop US in association with Shit Bloggers Wear. The high street retailer asked Cecilia Doan to illustrate its new season hero pieces based on her satirical Tumblr blog, Shit Bloggers Wear. Nice one whoever came up with this one…
The Liberty London printed canvas accessories that were universally loved at the Liberty AW13 press day have just landed in store. In good time for back-to-school season, not to mention Fashion Month, we have this fine array of pochettes, wallets, tech-cessories and tote bags to accompany us about each any and every kind of business…
As is the rule, the hottest British weather is accompanied by fresh in-store deliveries of, well, knits, boots, scarves and socks. So here are my picks of the new autumn collections that you could wear now, after sundown should you so wish (although ideally not all at once). My vote goes to the Carven sweater and Matthew Miller ‘Born To Fail’ men’s top – especially teamed with J.W. Anderson’s ample skirt. Plus a bit of equestrian detail (on the Village England bag – new label alert!) is always welcome for the summer-autumn switchover…
ABOVE LEFT TO RIGHT:
TOP: Village England bag, £165; Matthew Miller men’s top, £195; Elyona ear cuff, £133
MIDDLE: Burberry scarf, £295; Carven jumper, £320; APC socks, £25
BOTTOM: J.W. Anderson skirt, €755; Tabitha Simmons boots, £815; River Island ring, £15
Last week I had my first hands-on demo of the infamous Clarisonic to launch its new counter in House Of Fraser on Oxford Street. Alas, 15 minutes before my appointment, I found the store temporarily closed due to a power failure, so the expected chi-chi demonstration became a potted history with Daniel Sandler on the pavement until the doors reopened and we set to.
Make-up artist Daniel Sandler discovered the Clarisonic on a trip to the States a few years ago and helped to spread the word on his return to the UK. The Clarisonic then became something of a cult, nay a phenomenon, which has now spawned quite a few imitations. But they’re not exactly the same. Clarisonic’s famous oscillating technology has been patented, meaning none of the copies are an exact match. Whereas the competitors tend to have rotating brushes, these have brushes that gently vibrate back and forth to break down oil and dirt. This means that if used properly, it shouldn’t stimulate acne or aggravate sensitive skin. According to my demonstrator, while you may experience a breakout the first time, this is just the result of deep pore cleaning, much like a post-facial breakout, but subsequent cleanses should be fine.
Here’s what else I learnt:
*You don’t need to scrub or apply pressure, just gently move the brush in circular motions guided by the timer. There are also special brush heads for delicate or sensitive skin.
*You do need to clean and dry the brush head each time you use it. You can use it in the shower but don’t store it in there wet attracting mould (ew).
*Don’t use an oil or cream cleanser. If you wear a lot of heavy makeup, Daniel recommends double cleansing, so use your rich oil or cream cleanser to remove makeup first, then use a water-based cleanser with the Clarisonic.
*Men love the Clarisonic too. It has a brush attachment that lifts the beard to prepare for a closer shave and guys with ultra short hair can even use it on their heads.
*You can also use the Clarisonic Plus on the body, even dry for circulation-boosting dry body brushing. And it’s apparently very effective in reducing those icky upper arm bumps (otherwise known as keratosis pilaris).
At £125-£179, the Clarisonic clearly isn’t cheap. But it’s a tool that dermatologists (its original customers) and make-up artists swear by for prepping the skin to help absorb products more efficiently. Effectively, I guess that also means your expensive creams, serums and make-up will perform better so you’ll need to use less. In that sense, it’s really not a bad investment.
Where do you stand on the current nineties mania? Over it already or fully paid up member of the revivalist club? I’m still in the latter camp; the ’90s was my decade in terms of defining a style and an aesthetic. I clearly remember being enthralled by all things Lang, Comme and Yohji although my budget rarely stretched beyond a CDG tee or a Lang fragrance. Continue reading