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AW17 trend report: cowboy boots



Calvin Klein Aw17 cowboy Boots and suit by Lillie Eiger for Dazed
Last year, my much loved cowboy boots bit the dust. I was gutted. Admittedly, they were kind of gross – far too overstated, balding ocelot, and so vast, they made my feet look like ocean liners. But I’d worn them for years and was very attached to them.

Cowboy boots are great because you can’t help but walk with a bit of a swagger. Mine were ankle boots, from R Soles *snigger* with a 2-inch Cuban heel and I wore them with straight leg or slightly boot cut Levi’s jeans (hey, it was the 90s) as well as flat front trousers. Not dissimilar to the Calvin Klein uniform that Raf Simons is proposing for AW17, in fact.

Here’s how Calvin Klein and Céline styled theirs on the AW17 runway…
Calvin Klein Aw17 cowboy boots by Lillie Eiger for Dazed
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Calvin Klein Aw17 Cowboy boots by Lillie Eiger for Dazed

We’ve seen more modest iterations of cowboy boots in recent years, from the likes of Zadig & Voltaire, Acne and Chloe. And I think those are going to be enjoying an enormous comeback this winter. But I’m also interested in the sweet spot between modest and out there. Toga Pulla’s multi-buckle variety seem to be candidates for most-emulated design this season.

Do you have cowboy boots in your long distant past? Are you seduced by Phoebe and Raf’s endorsement? And would you ever entertain the notion of western boots with a skirt suit? Do share in the comments…!


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Chanel autumn beauty 2017 Travel Diary



Chanel Travel Diary beauty fall winter 2017

Do people care deeply about creative director inspirations? If you do, you’re in luck as Chanel’s Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer, Lucia Pica has delivered tons of them for her new beauty collection.

Chanel autumn 2017 is called Travel Diary and just dropped last Friday. It’s meant to be autumnal, but it’s got much more of a late summer feel with its sun-dappled colours informed by road, sea and sky. Pica went on her own road research trip to California, coming back with lush landscape photos that definitely impart a dreamy otherworldly colour palette.

Eye shadows in the evocatively named Road Movie Les 4 Ombres quad (below) are deep lagoon blues and satiny copper tans, while City Lights (not shown) has warm earthy browns. I love iridescent golden browns, so I really like this Ombre Premiere Creme in Memory (below), Chanel’s new cream shadow formulation. It’s a gentle metallic bronze that’s very easy to apply with a finger. Pica also suggests this worn under a powder shadow for depth.

If you like felt tip pen eyeliners, the new Signature de Chanel in Noir (Below) is very precise, waterproof and smudgeproof with its own refillable ink cartridge. And at a push you *could* use it to scribe your postcards home…

Chanel Travel Diary beauty fall winter 2017
Chanel Travel Diary beauty fall winter 2017. Ombre Premiere Creme in Memory

Nail colours are of the muted seascape variety, in a pink-undertoned taupe called New Dawn (below, left) that’s much more flattering on my medium skin than the cool-toned grey Horizon Line (below, right).

That interesting-looking palette? That’s the new Palette Essentielle, a snappy trio of concealer, highlighter and colour for minimalist beauty travellers. It comes in three varieties. This one is Beige Medium with a rather severe aubergine lip/cheek cream colour but a very good cream highlighter shade that’s perfect for the Cupid’s bow and inner corners of the eye. The concealer is the largest component, the idea is you forgo foundation and just use this wherever you need it for a natural, skin-like finish. If I have one criticism, it’s that the concealer tones are just not dark enough. I think it would be nice to see a couple more colourways added for darker skintones.

Chanel Travel Diary beauty fall winter 2017

Also pictured in this shot is the Retractable Dual-tipped Concealer Brush that I used to apply the highlighter. I think I would manage pretty well with just this brush and the Palette Essentielle in Beige Intense for a sunny weekend away.

Lips are bringing all the sunset colour to the party in these stunning flaming reds and corals. The Rouge Allure Ink in Lost (below) is a blissful pale coral, that’s great with a tan and also doubles as a blush. It’s matte on the lip but as with all my mattes, I use mine as a stain and put a sheer gloss on top. Also shown here is Rouge Coco in Daylight (the warm honey shade) and Rouge Allure Velvet in First Light (that intoxicating flame red).

Chanel Travel Diary beauty fall winter 2017 lip colours
Chanel Travel Diary beauty fall winter 2017 lip colours

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Perfect pairing: J Brand X Bella Freud



J Brand x Bella Freud denim collection AW17

The J Brand X Bella Freud collab is such a good fit. It’s Bella’s first foray into denim and tapping into J Brand’s denim knowledge and customer base will help to expose her to bigger international markets, while retaining her English boy-girl attitude. I’m glad it hasn’t gone off on a wonky L.A. girl tangent!

Alongside the denim jeans, jackets, skirts and limited edition jumpsuit (available exclusively at jbrandjeans.com & bellafreud.com) are Bella’s signature knits in cashmere and merino wool. (more…)



Margaret Howell AW17 – suited up



Margaret Howell check suit by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue, 1986

I’ve had Margaret Howell tailoring on the brain, after spotting a version of the above image on my favourite editorial throwback Instagram account, @Magazine_Fan. It’s a UK Vogue shot of Jeny Howorth by Peter Lindbergh from 1986, featuring a double-breasted jacket with structured power shoulders. Interestingly, thanks to the small houndstooth check and subtle colour scheme, it hasn’t aged too badly.

Thirty-ish years later, Margaret Howell is still turning out excellent suiting (more…)