Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1. COACH 2.0 IS LOOKING GOOD
Coach’s luxury push is hard to ignore. Its ads are all over the tube, it has a prominent position in Selfridges menswear and it’s now opened a store in Paris. So far I’m a fan of this amped up iteration of Coach, although the store interior is looking very Burberry…
2. ALEXA CHUNG X VOGUE
Sorry haters but I’m really enjoying Alexa Chung’s 10 minute episodes for Vogue on the fashion industry. They’re informative, informal, and just bite-sized enough…
3. BALENCIAGA JUST GOT COOL AGAIN
The fashion world’s reaction to the appointment of Demna Gvasalia of Vetements as artistic director of Balenciaga has been overwhelmingly positive. Expectations are high, let’s hope the pressure won’t be too great…
4. CHARLOTTE TILBURY IS OPENING A FLAGSHIP STORE
You read it here first but now it’s been officially announced. Charlotte Tilbury’s first standalone store will be opening in Covent Garden on November 21st.
5: AGENT PROVOCATEUR IS KILLING IT ON SNAPCHAT
Who is doing Snapchat well? Lots of high end brands have taken to it but their content seems to be a samey succession of backstage fashion show snippets smothered in emoji. For something different, how about Agent Provocateur, whose ‘agent takeovers’ let its shopgirls take over the app. These day-in-the-life ‘stories’ are irreverent, engaging and on-point for the brand. See more on Snapchat at @themissap (and why not give me a follow while you’re there: @disneyrollergirl)…
Goodbye summer, hello autumn, with your not-very-appealing promise of cloud-heavy days and luminosity-free skin. I feel a bit cheated that August was such a damp squib; I’ve not felt nearly enough grass between my toes, or rays on my face. But the good news is that there are a number of new products on standby that can fake some semblance of a post-summer glow. Read on for the lowdown…
DECLEOR AURABSOLU INTENSE GLOW AWAKENING CREAM
This year’s big skincare trend seems to be all about remedying tired-all-the-time skin; aka the biggest beauty concern that emerged in Decleor‘s survey of 19,000 women. Blame our 24/7 lifestyles – computer radicals, work stress and overall exhaustion caused by burning the candle at both ends included – for the the dip in skin hydration that apparently happens around lunchtime. Decleor’s excellent Intense Glow Awakening Cream (above) aims to combat those stresses with jasmine absolute, the most concentrated (ergo most expensive) form of jasmine which is known for its restorative, antioxidant properties. The essential oil component ‘drip feeds’ into the skin over the course of the day, meaning that skin should stay rested-looking and aglow right up until night-time. Another claim: it’s good for all skin types including sensitive, oily and rosacea sufferers, and all ages from 16-65. Impressive claims but does it work? I’ve been using it daily since early July (along with the Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Oil Serum) and I love it. The texture of the cream is beautiful – non greasy, light and a little goes a long way. And yes, it does seem to keep the 4pm fatigue-face at bay. Buy it HERE.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY MINI MIRACLE EYE WAND Charlotte Tilbury’s Mini Miracle Eye Wand(above) is one of those nifty duo products that saves time and space and can’t help garnering descriptions like ‘hero product’. “The whole world is tired – even my baby son has baggy eyes!” wailed Tilbury at her press demo. The dual-purpose clicky brush ‘pen’ has an eye cream on one end and a tinted light reflector on the other. Containing super-hydrating hyaluronic acid, the cream is for lifting, plumping and de-puffing tired eyes, while the light reflector comes in four shades to illumnate and conceal. I haven’t tried this properly as I don’t have my shade, but I love the concept. Buy it HERE.
BY TERRY LIGHT EXPERT CLICK BRUSH
Another feat of design wizardry, By Terry’sLight Expert Click Brush (above and below) works on so many levels. It’s the updated version of the famous Light-Expert Perfecting Foundation Brush, but so different is it, that we’re implored to see it as a whole new product. First, the brush is a round, short-bristled kabuki, not a flat brush as its predecessor. The reason for that is the second brilliant thing; you click the base once and out pumps four precise dots of foundation. Dot them on each cheek, nose, forehead and chin, then blend in circular movements with the brush. The result is perfect, natural coverage with an illuminating finish. Easy (if slightly bulky) to transport, you can also use this for post-work touch-ups; it goes on top of faded makeup without cakey buildup. There is one other terrific thing about this – it dismantles. So you can take it apart to clean the brush head and check how much product is left. Buy it HERE.
CHANEL POUDRE UNIVERSELLE IN BEIGE LUMIERE
Arriving on September 18th is a new limited edition radiance-boosting shade of Chanel’s ultra-fine loose powder that evens complexion. I have been using this a lot, with a big fat Chanel brush. You only need a bit, and it’s a little messy but great for setting makeup without killing it dead.
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WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
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