Two trends I definitely saw a lot of on the showgoers at London Fashon Week, were too-short, frayed-edge jeans and jolie laide ‘glove shoes’, most often worn together. Last summer, glove shoes were the polarising trend that only style innovators would go near (I wrote about them here), but this summer they’re on track to be a high street blogger favourite.
The block-heeled ballet pumps have filtered down to entry price points now (Topshop, Mango and Office have them), although the high end versions from Martiniano (one of the originators) are still the most refined looking. I prefer the slender shape to the wider squat ones, but there is a bit of variety out there, plus lots of colour options.
2015 has been a busy old year for me. I’ve been juggling working on a book (ETA August 2016 – whoop!) with freelance writing for my regulars and consulting on a new brand. Trying to fit blogging around all that has been a challenge! But I’ve been privileged to work on some great collaborations, as well as getting some amazing behind the scenes access and insights that I’ve loved sharing. (more…)
High street beauty has officially gone premium. Topshop’s beauty is five years old and thriving, J Crew’s lipsticks are a cult buy and H&M is going large on its beauty offer with a litany of launches happening in the next few months.
While Topshop kicked things off five years ago, launching its in-house make-up line on the LFW catwalk, the game changer was arguably & Other Stories in 2013, which paired a luxury Scandi aesthetic with an inviting experiential retail model. In fact, & Other Stories was intended as a beauty concept but was so appealing, it was extended to fashion. (more…)