Tag Archives: AW14
It’s crunch time for Coach. Will Stuart Vevers’ new ready-to-wear vision sell or not? (They’ve certainly spent considerable budget on the launch.) You be the judge.
Net-a-Porter has first dibs on the Coach AW14 collection which is pitched at the more luxury end than Coach customers would expect. The online exclusive launched yesterday (it arrives in the New Bond Street store on September 15th) with fourteen key pieces including the excellent Apollo spaceshuttle jumper, the shearling-lined wedge boot, a perfectly proportioned leather trucker jacket and the supersized houndstooth parka.
I’d like to hope that Coach will give Vevers more than a couple of seasons to prove himself and for the trad customer to appreciate the direction he is steering the brand. Any thoughts?
This is possibly my favourite coat from the AW14 collections. It’s men’s, it’s double-face cashmere, it’s Louis Vuitton and it’s way out of my budget.
It’s perfect though. I love this style of overcoat and the maroon stripes add a bit of old school military flavour (by way of Helmut Lang). I also like the styling with the wool and alpaca scarf layered underneath. British winters are so dreary and hard work, your coat is the one thing that can help you stand up to them. That’s the power of fashion, no?
This weekend I’ve been testing out the new Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation which launches on August 29th. First things first, the packaging is amazing. How could you not love a powder pot with its own dinky kabuki brush?
The foundation is composed of two powders enriched with a canola oil derivative, designed to offer day-long hydration. So it’s a moisturising powder foundation. These soft-focus powders create a ‘blurring effect’ on the skin caused by light-reflecting micro beads.
The powder is indeed incredibly fine and I found you only need the teeniest bit. It’s very easy to apply; using the kabuki, you just tap off the excess, then buff it in, in small circular motions over your moisturiser and it blends in really smoothly.
The problem I first had was that I used too much and the result was visibly dry cheeks and a bit of a ‘dead’ effect. The next time I tried it, I used a little more moisturiser and a lot less powder. That did the trick. The result was a very nice medium-coverage effect that felt light, but not dry.
I suspect this formulation is best for those with youthful, hydrated skin rather than dry or combination but I did love applying the foundation with the kabuki. The foundation comes in five shades which I really think is a little skimpy – come on Chanel, time to up your shade offer please. These will retail at £55 but considering how little you need, one pot should last ages.
I’m usually a cream blush girl (Tory Burch Lip & Cheek Tint is my current go-to) but Chanel’s powder blushers are always lovely. The two new ones (also available 29th August) are 170 Rose Glacier and 80 Jersey (Europe-only limited edition). I tried Rose Glacier (£31, below) on top of the powder foundation. It’s a versatile candy pink with a hint of golden iridescence that you can apply lightly for day and intensify for evening. On the skin it’s not as scary as it looks in the compact and it has the prettiest scent of just-picked roses. I was slightly dubious about putting powder blush on top of powder foundation but everything blended beautifully, with not a flake in sight.
Finally, good news for all those people who love Le Blanc De Chanel highlighter fluid but hate the bottle. The new version comes in a 30ml pump bottle (below, on counter from 29th August) so no more worries about leaks and spillages. Amen.
[PS, in the photo I'm wearing Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in Queens Of Hearts]
The Jonathan Saunders for Lyle & Scott AW14 collection is technically for guys, but, well, you know what I think about that sort of thing. I would absolutely wear every one of these jazzy golfy beauties. Just arrived at Oki-Ni, Liberty, Present and Lyle & Scott …
How have I not heard of Dusan before? I discovered it two days ago on a rail at The Shop Of Bluebird while prepping for a shoot – luxe tabard-esque layers that nod to The Row and Chloe in refined fabrics and muted tonal colours (with prices to match).
Amelia, the Bluebird PR told me that the collection pretty much sells itself – “we have complete sell through every season”. And she flagged up the coats especially, “every time I walk past, there’s someone trying one on”. I did some Googling and I discovered it’s a 15-year old brand, designed by Serbian-born Dusan Paunovic, based in Milan. And the best bit? Paunovic is a proud celebrity-avoider. Continue reading
It’s new-season new-in time at Mr Porter, so I couldn’t resist doing a little fantasy shopping for Mr DRG. There’s no question that I have to include a little Saint Laurent and Paul Smith in my edit, they both consistently deliver on cut, colour and print (this geometric pocket square is just jazzy enough in its muted colour palette). Sunspel‘s basics are another easy inclusion, you can’t get more classic than its loopback sweats in old-school navy. Sachajuan is a Swedish haircare line and I will confess it’s the packaging that’s speaking to me here. And for an understated sneaker that’s a step up from a Stan Smith, there’s no arguing with the grey suede Original Achilles from Common Projects …
The buy at Browns for AW14 is outstanding this year and it’s all up online now. My highlights are what looks like the entire Simone Rocha collection (above – how much python print!) and an exclusive selection of the new Barrie line (recently acquired by Chanel, and now designed by Odile Massuger). They actually go rather beautifully together…
[Main image: US Vogue]
I’m all about blanket dressing for AW14. Any self-respecting Brit has a stack of thick check blankets for hibernating under or arranging just-so on beds and sofas. So why not just go the next step and dress yourself in one?
Burberry Prorsum’s seasonal masterstroke was swathing all its models in a blanket poncho for the show finale, complete with monogram. And then gifting its favourite influencers with the same. Continue reading