Net-a-Porter goes hard

Net-a-Porter fine jewellery hub

It’s been a while coming but Net-a-Porter is about to unveil its fine jewellery and watches hub at the end of the month. With more interest from women buying high-end jewellery for themselves (who need husbands!), plus the rise of the online luxury customer, there’s no better time to sell hard luxury online.

To date, Net-a-Porter has dabbled with a handful of legacy jewellery brands, including online pop-ups for Cartier and Chanel and collaborations with Tiffany, Piaget and Pomellato. (more…)

I can’t get through winter without (part 2)… Chanel Neapolis New City SS18

Chanel Neapolis New City SS18

Chanel’s cheery spring beauty collections always arrive just when you’re reaching winter breaking point. The Chanel Neapolis New City SS18 collection arrived in January, but it’s taken me a while to take the pics because… the darkness, people!

Anyway, I’m really enjoying the scenic sojourns that Chanel’s creative director of beauty, Lucia Pica takes us on. Her latest is a trip to her hometown of Naples, taking in sunsets, local greenery and ancient frescoes to inspire the colour palette and textures of the make-up.

First impressions: the Les 9 Ombres eye palette in Affresco (below, limited edition) is a real highlight (more…)

Festive beauty for for minimalists

Chanel numeros rouges limited edition lipsticks
I struggle with festive style. I cannot abide a novelty ‘Christmas jumper’, anything too sequinny makes me think ‘Julien Macdonald for Debenhams’, and sparkly eyeshadow makes my eyelids look like they’re disintegrating.

Instead, I resort to my default option of silk shirt (my black Levi’s one with navy stars is as jazzy as I go) and tailored trousers with a cocktail ring or two and one of my Judith Leiber vintage minaudieres.

Chanel’s Numéros Rouges limited edition Christmas collection is rather jewel-like too, with newly red-encased lipsticks replacing the classic black packaging. (more…)

Facial oils for day and night

facial oils for day and night

Is it just me or do other people ‘cluster’ certain types of beauty products? My weakness is cleansing balms, facial oils and hand creams. The facial oils in particular are hard to resist. It’s all about the aromatherapy for me, as facials oils are mostly an end of day pampering ritual and the scent adds to the winding down experience.

I was late to the facial oils party but got seduced a few years ago (more…)