design

Beauty next: Romy Paris lets you customise your skincare like you customise your coffee

Romy Paris beauty concept - a bespoke Nespresso=type machine that makes beauty potions to order

Could Romy Paris be a beauty game changer? This curious coffee machine-like contraption works in a similar way to your counter-top Nespresso machine, but instead of dispensing a skinny latte it produces bespoke skincare concoctions.

It’s the brainchild of co-founders Morgan Acas and Thomas Dauxerre and I think the potential for the beauty industry is huge. (more…)

On Hermes, Apple Watch, and ‘what if’

Hermes Apple Watch

It’s been months since Apple Watch launched and I still don’t know anyone in my regular circles who has one. Definitely not one that they paid for with their own money, that they use regularly. My current evaluation of Apple Watch and other similar wearables is that it doesn’t add up to a long term, meaningful investment. Like other electronic devices – phones, tablets, phablets – there’s a feeling that it will implode in the space of a couple of years, as per the inbuilt obsolescence of most Apple devices. (more…)

How do you feel about glove shoes?

Martiniano Glove shoes

To be honest, I had never heard of glove shoes until I read this story on Fashionista. But apparently they’re a thing. Going by the comments on Fashionista, they’re extremely polarising, which suggests to me that they’re just going to get bigger (Uggs, anyone?).

Martiniano is one of the originators (more…)

The Dior watch with a Raf Simons flavour

Dior watch Dior VIII Grand Bal Plisse Soleil, 36mm in steel, mother of pearl & alligator strap £16,800

Is Raf Simon’s influence permeating the Dior watches line?

It’s not something that’s usually apparent, but the hyper-real colour palette of the AW15 collection does seem to have infiltrated these day and evening watches. I love the odd combo of electric blue and green, offset by the pink-tipped mother of pearl ‘skirt’ in the Dior VIII Grand Bal Plissé Soleil (below), (more…)