Workshop visit: At Chanel, it’s all wheat, no chaff

Chanel L'Epi brooch fine jewellery Les Bles de Chanel

When did wheat get such a bad rap? What was once revered for giving us our daily bread is now feared for making us fat, tired and irritable. Time for a rebranding campaign perhaps, but who would have expected the redeemer to be…Chanel?

In fact, the notion isn’t quite as eccentric as it seems if you know the history of Chanel. The young Gabrielle Chanel had humble beginnings, spending her childhood in the rural French region of Auvergne, known for its wheat fields. As a young woman she became friends with Salvador Dali, who once gifted her a painting of wheat, a gesture that symbolised success, growth and prosperity. From there on, wheat became one of the signature house codes, woven, embroidered and knitted into many a collection. Fast-forward to 2016 and the humble ear of wheat is the focus of some of the most extravagant Chanel pieces you can buy – from the ‘Les Blés de Chanel’ high jewellery collection. (more…)

Perfect pairing: White denim and Chanel espadrilles

Chanel espadrilles nail polish colour

Summer’s been a bit unpredictable so far (no surprise there) but it’s OK, I have my Chanel espadrilles. No not those kind of espadrilles, it’s a Chanel nail polish colour, dummy. The sunniest, fizziest orange – and really, what could be more cheering than a Chanel nail colour called ‘Espadrilles’? (more…)

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo ten-second lipsticks – plus new, longer-lasting nail colours

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo lipstick - a hybrid of lipstick, balm and gloss.

Just when I thought Chanel’s moisturising lippies couldn’t get any better, they do this. Enter Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo (£26), a chic little black bullet that offers colour, shine and lip care all in one lipstick. These are the slimmest, sexiest lipsticks around, and of course the cap closes with an expensive click. But how do they perform?

Well they’re super soft and creamy so a little goes a long way. I’ve been wearing Article (204, all the names are writing-related), a sweet pinky-coral with just enough shine to add radiance without being full-on glossy. (more…)

I think I can smell summer…

NARS Monoi Body Glow I bronzing body oil

I’m seriously getting into the NARS Tahiti Bronze range, specifically, the Monoi Body Glow bronzing oil (£44.00). This chocolate-coloured oil is everything: a subtle body bronzer, a moisturising oil and a delicious tropical scent that lingers all day. Of course there’s a ton of similar products out there but the nuances in this are what work for me. (more…)