Dior beauty AW15: the highlights

Dior Beauty Cosmopolite aw15

This feels like a pivotal beauty moment for Dior, a sweet spot in which the beauty and fashion messages are perfectly aligned. With his first make-up collection, ‘Cosmopolite’ for Dior, Peter Philips has brought his finesse with colour and finish to meet Raf Simons’ gently retro-futuristic vision, (more…)

What’s in store from Selfridges this Christmas?

Personalised Mini moet champagne Selfridges

I know it’s not cool to talk about Christmas when the clocks have only just gone back but let’s be realistic. The shopping season starts early these days, and stores have to do what they can to grab attention. Last week saw Selfridges unveil its Christmas offer, ‘Journey to the Stars’ which is themed around constellations – aka everything to do with the galaxy, astrology, spiritualism and mysticism.

Selfridges is also maximising its offer on personalisation as it has done for the last two years. Christmas is the one season when people love to customise their gifting. (Tip: make sure your giftee really wants that novelty sweater embroidered with their initials, they’ll have a hard time eBaying re-gifting it otherwise.) (Side note: please tell me Christmas jumpers were just a one year blip?) While the personalised Nutella jar of yesteryear is back again, this year’s biggie is the mini Moet champagne bottle (above), that can be customised with a photo.

As a first, Selfridges is showcasing its entire Christmas gift offer both in store and online. So you can either go the convenience route and just click to buy your Fornasetti Astro pattern plates (coming soon), starsign perfume (below), or Jo Malone London cracker (my edit below will help you). Or you can be rewarded for braving the shop floor. There’s a host of ‘experientials’ to enjoy, including a psychic and mystical playground called the ‘Astrolounge’ and accessories from The Unseen (that respond to the environment around them in spooky ways).  Oh and there’s a £24,000 Star Wars battle pod to play with.


WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

On Pat McGrath Gold 001 and bold beauty

pat mcgrath makeup line

Much as I love my safe no make-up make-up, I can’t help feeling we’re about to transition into a more experimental and expressive time for beauty. As with fashion, I feel like we’ve overdone the classic minimalism and now we want some exciting colour and decoration to go with our proverbial white shirts and black cigarette pants. (more…)

Where did it all go so Comme?

Comme Des Garcons

Sometimes it feels like there are only a handful of designers who ever existed and everything is a nod to one or other of them. Comme Des Garcons, Prada, Margiela, Alaia, Galliano. Step, repeat. At the moment it’s all very Comme; (more…)