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The curious case of Andre Walker



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An unexpected highlight of Paris Fashion Week was the Andre Walker presentation at Musee des Art Decoratifs. A former designer under Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton and at Jacobs’ own label, Walker recreated pieces he first designed in the mid-80s.

Back then, he didn’t have a production set-up, so after his shows he would take the original samples to Patricia Field and sell the one-offs. Which means that (until now), the pieces bought by Kim Jones, Paper magazine’s Kim Hastreiter and Pat Field herself were the only ones in existence.

Andre Walker SS18
Andre Walker SS18

While the pieces shown at PFW had something of an 80s sculptural quality to the silhouettes, they were fashioned out of fabric supplied by Pendleton, so think blanket-soft wool wrap coats with ovoid cut-out details and utilitarian stripes.

Even though the cuts were straight out of 1982, they looked surprisingly contemporary thanks to the understated styling with the socks and jazz shoes. (The whole thing was a rather low-key affair, hence the photobombers milling about in the background…)

Andre Walker

I’m not sure where Andre Walker intends to go from here; he comes across as a bit of an outlier who has had a few false starts but never quite made it big. But he certainly created a buzz during a Fashion Month that seemed steeped in nostalgia. Perhaps he just needs a good business partner. One to watch in any case…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Vogue
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Gentlewoman style: Uniqlo U AW17



Uniqlo U autumn-winter 2017

The Uniqlo U AW17 collection has started to arrive in stores and online (the U.S has it already and the UK will get it at 8am on Thursday) and it’s always good to see how Christophe Lemaire marries classic ‘LifeWear’ with seasonal colours and silhouettes.

Even if you don’t think of yourself as someone who follows trends, there are always certain tendencies that capture the public’s imagination and take hold for more than a season. Volume and padded protection are two that have seen more than a couple of winters now. The beautiful Uniqlo U blue padded coat manages to look comfortable and luxe here; hopefully the same will be true IRL. The outerwear is definitely the strongest category from Uniqlo U; I also really like the hooded trench number and the double-face wrap camel coat.

Colour-wise, it’s about that rich camel, the rust reds, the deep blue and lots of cream and khaki. Again, these are classic neutrals that happen to be knocking about in fashion right now. Which is a good thing because if you like them, there are more of them around. Corduroy is another right-for-now trend that suits Uniqlo U and I can see these brick red cords selling fast. (Also worth noting: the stand collar long sleeve shirt dress from summer is back.)

Uniqlo U autumn-winter 2017
Uniqlo U autumn-winter 2017
Uniqlo U autumn-winter 2017
Uniqlo U autumn-winter 2017
Uniqlo U autumn-winter 2017
Uniqlo U autumn-winter 2017
Uniqlo U autumn-winter 2017

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IMAGES: Uniqlo U AW17
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All about lips: Man Ray for NARS Holiday



Man Ray X NARS

I love how NARS Cosmetics comes up with clever but classic arty collaborations for its special collections. It never seems gimicky because the execution is always beautiful. (Remember the Sarah Moon collection?) This Man Ray for NARS Holiday collection is such a good choice with a mix of simple lip motifs and more statementy photo prints for the palettes.

Man Ray for NARS Holiday Collection - Noire Et Blanche Audacious Lipstick Coffret

Shown top and above is the Man Ray for NARS Noire Et Blanche Audacious Lipstick Coffret. Apart from the fact that coffret is my favourite beauty word (that means Christmas is coming…), I think this set of four mini lipsticks in a special decorative pot is such a no-brainer gift. Classic shades, useful size, reusable Man Ray printed magnifying pot, not bad for £42.

Below is the Man Ray for NARS Love Game Eyeshadow Palette shown both closed and open (£45 exclusive to Space NK). Inspired by Man Ray’s muse Ady Fidelin, it has the loveliest selection of warm neutral and jewel-tone eye colours.

Man Ray for NARS Holiday Collection - Love Game Eyeshadow Palette
Man Ray for NARS Holiday Collection - Love Game Eyeshadow Palette

Lips are a motif I have always loved, they never seem to get old. Yves Saint Laurent was a fan and Pat McGrath has used gold lips as part of her Pat McGrath Labs packaging. I actually have a pair of Prada lip print mules (never worn, you know I hate mules!) that I can’t bear to part with. They really are a work of art. This gold lip motif make-up case with four matte velvet lip pencils (£48, below, exclusive to Space NK) is a killer. It could easily double as a clutch and would be great for travelling, plus I love the formulation of NARS lip pencils. And the Double Take Overexposed Glow Highlighter is another useful, timeless hero product elevated with surrealist lip imprints. Yours for £30 (limited edition formula).

Man Ray for NARS Holiday Collection - The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
Man Ray for NARS Holiday Collection - The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
Man Ray for NARS Holiday Collection - Double Take Overexposed Glow Highlighter

I love that there is something for every price point. These NARS Love Triangle trinkets (£20, below) contain a mini blush and a lipstick. So, so chic! There are a few varieties – this one is Impassioned (blusher) and Anna (lipstick) – but note that the lip motif is only on the box, not the product.
Man Ray for NARS Holiday Collection - NARS Love Triangle - Impassioned and Anna

These are scheduled to go on sale in the UK on October 15th12th. I don’t like creating ‘buy it now’ hysteria but I think these are worth grabbing as soon as you see them. In the U.S, they’re available now at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com. [Update: they’ve arrived in the UK at SpaceNK, Fabled, Look Fantastic and narscosmetics.co.uk.]

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IMAGES: Man Ray for NARS Holiday
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Style and substance: Francesca Belluomini



Francesca Belluomini

It’s a year since my book was published and I’m still going on about it I’ve met so many brilliant women who have bought it, talked about it or Instagrammed it. Thank you! Among them was the effervescent Francesca Belluomini, who writes the blog chicfb.com, has published her own book and is a voracious Instagram liker and commenter. We got DMing and found we had a similar stylistic point of view. (more…)