23 September, 2014
Bobbi Brown is the undisputed queen of nudes. Her shades and textures are second to none – I’ve always relied on her flattering lipsticks since way back in the 90s when she practically invented the no-make-up-make-up look.
This month it’s all about great textures to flatter natural-looking eyes, lips and face. Continue reading
23 September, 2014
Who needs expensive glossies when you can pick up this standard of editorial excellence free from an Hermes store? The autumn-winter 2014 issues of Hermes’ magazine has a feel of The Gentlewoman and Fantastic Man, both in the handsome casting and styling of its womenswear shoots (this one’s shot by Julia Hetta and styled by Camille Biddault-Waddington) and in the quiet and precise mood of its men’s accessory shoot… Continue reading
Posted in Brands, Design, Magazines, Menswear, News, Online shopping, Photography, Retail concepts, Technology, Trends
Tagged AW14, Camille Bidault-Waddington, Hermes, magazines, retail concepts, scarves, trends
22 September, 2014
Tom Ford Beauty launches are always a pleasure. But aside from the posh location and lavish nibbles, it’s the products that really deliver. For autumn, the hero product is the Traceless Perfecting Foundation (£62) which comes in fifteen shades. Its big claim is to deliver a humidity-resistant matte finish so you shouldn’t need more than a cursory touch-up. Continue reading
21 September, 2014
Er, hello Matchesfashion.com with your rather excellent (and free) The Style Report magazine! The retailer has stepped up its editorial considerably lately, not least with its current cover and feature on Caroline De Maigret.
Everyone’s current favourite French fancy, the interview is soooo good, she is charmingly blunt in the way that only Parisienne women seem to be able to get away with. And of course, she looks imperfectly-perfect in Boo George’s pictures (styled by Verity Parker). Here she is in Marques’Almeida (above), Preen and Isabel Marant… Continue reading
Posted in Books, Magazines, Online shopping, Photography, Trends
Tagged Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Boo George, books, Caroline de Maigret, magazines, Matchesfashion, photography, Preen
20 September, 2014
This post is a little late because I had so much post-LFW catching up to do.
Simone Rocha is a favourite for Londoners and has finely tuned her unique communion-chic aesthetic. I loved how the models’ heads were swathed in sheer, flower-scattered voiles. Also, those pink lace-ups… Continue reading
Posted in Brands, Design, Events, Fashion shows, News, Trends
Tagged Charlotte Olympia, fashion shows, Harrods, J Crew, London Fashion Week, Meadham Kirchhoff, Simone Rocha, SS15, trends, Vivienne Westwood, Vogue
20 September, 2014
Will we ever tire of buying shoes? Judging by the last few years, it would appear our appetites are bigger than ever. Each shiny new footwear department (some big enough to have their own postcode), mall and ecom site just opens up more possibility, choice and downright longing.
Harrods’ Shoe Heaven floor has become a thing of legend and it’s only just opened. Continue reading
Posted in Brands, Business of fashion, Design, Designers, News, Retail concepts, Trends
Tagged Chanel, Charlotte Olympia, Christian Louboutin, Harrods, Kurt Geiger, Louis Vuitton, luxury, Manolo Blahnik, retail concepts, retail news, shoes
19 September, 2014
The second part of my London Fashion Week SS15 trend round-up for the Oxford Street Fashion Showcase is now live at Oxfordstreet.co.uk. Continue reading
19 September, 2014
This summer, I noticed a trend emerging that I couldn’t wait to hit the high street. All the skater boys were wearing too-short jeans, an inch or so above their battered Vans and it’s a look I’ve always loved.
The skinny jeans obsession has peaked so we’re after something new. and as it coincides with Normcore, I’m just going to say it – welcome back Levi’s 501, I’ve missed you.
How I’d like to wear too-short 501s? Exactly like this. If your 501s aren’t this length when you buy them, you can get them altered at the Levi’s store, fast and free (I think mine were done in a day). And the walkable heels showing just a bit of skin are a refreshing change from Tribute-style ankle-breakers (RIP).
LK Bennett sells slingbacks like this and Kurt Geiger’s courts and D’Orsays are a brand staple. Or if you have cash to splash, head to Saint Laurent, Charlotte Olympia, Dior or Gianvito Rossi…
[Main pic: Tommy ton/Style.com]
Posted in Brands, Design, Trends
Tagged Charlotte Olympia, Christian Dior, denim, Gianvito Rossi, Kurt Geiger, Levi's, LK Bennett, Normcore, Saint Laurent, shoes
18 September, 2014
I’ve been working with Oxfordstreet.co.uk as part of the Oxford Street Fashion Showcase this season, reporting on SS15 trends from London Fashion Week. My first post has gone live, highlighting some of next season’s emerging looks (that you can buy into now if you follow my advice). Click here to read. Continue reading
17 September, 2014
The answer to the question “why do we still need fashion shows?” was answered succinctly on Monday with Thomas Tait’s powerpacked, techno-soundtracked stomper of a show. Fashion shows need emotion, energy and feeling in order to express something these days, the clothes are only part of the story. And so Tait created tension and anticipation in his concrete box of a location, with walls painted in collaboration with artist Georges Rousse setting an intriguing scene. Continue reading
Posted in Brands, Design, Designers, Fashion shows, Music, Online shopping, Retail concepts, Trends
Tagged Ashley Williams, beauty, brands, Burberry Prorsum, Claire Barrow, Coca Cola, Erdem, London Fashion Week, Malcolm McLaren, SS15, Thomas Tait, trends