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LFW AW18 observations – part one

Preen Beauty Vogue Runway

Sykes London

I eased into LFW on Friday with a first stop at Boden’s Future British showcase at 180 The Strand. This is the LFW base, a couple of blocks along from its former home in Somerset House. At the Future British breakfast, I got talking to Jo Sykes who is back in action with her own line, Sykes, having spend years working for other brands (Nicole Farhi, Aquascutum). I’ve always loved her pattern cutting and fabrications. If you love a silk shirt, she is your woman. (more…)

On my radar: Serge Lutens’ art of beauty

Serge Lutens perfume and make-up

Serge Lutens is one of those people, the more you learn about them, the more you think, damn why I am I only just discovering all this now?

I had heard of Serge Lutens and his incredibly expensive (and tiny) lipsticks. I knew his perfumes from many forays to the Liberty fragrance department but was only vaguely clued up on his past as Christian Dior’s beauty creative director in the late 60s and 70s. (more…)

Year & Day: tableware for the Kinfolk generation

Year & Day tablewear

Lean Luxe alerted me to Year & Day, a new direct to consumer (DTC) tableware brand that’s doing things very discreetly. It has all the right hallmarks for success – a focused offer of just one category, the right millennial colour palette (love the semi-matte blue-black and blush pink mugs and I usually hate mugs), minimalist branding and Insta-friendly photography. (more…)

Buy it now: how successful will the Gosha X Burberry capsule collection be?

Gosha x Burberry capsule collection 2018 shot by Gosha Rubchinskiy

The Gosha X Burberry capsule collection goes on sale on Saturday. It’s weird because I feel like this is almost old news considering we first heard about the collab back in June (and yes, my inner slow fashion advocate hates myself for thinking this…).

In normal fashion timing it’s not old news, but in Burberry see-now-buy-now land, it feels like a lifetime. We saw it on the runway, then in photography shown at the Here We Are exhibition in September and most recently worn by celebrities on the red carpet and in fashion mag editorials. Here’s Daisy Ridley in V magazine… (more…)