How high street brands are disrupting the beauty industry

Topshop makeup and H&m Beauty - affordable and high quality make up on the high street

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…)

Introducing Jigsaw A-Line

JIGSAW AW15 Sheepskin Jacket £495 Soft Stretch Polo Neck Sweater £129 Richmond Indigo Skinny Jeans £79

How great is it to see the British high street embracing style conscious ‘mid century modern’ women with well made, classic cuts that have contemporary flair? Whistles has successfully led the charge here for a while, M&S is doing so much better and Jigsaw is the latest to up its game.

As Lisa Armstrong pointed out in The Telegraph, Jigsaw was amazing in the 90s but then it lost its mojo. I remember the John Pawson-designed store and Juergen Teller campaigns (more…)

Buy it now: Bally AW15

Bally aw15

Bally has moved on a little from its grown-up sobriety of a couple of seasons ago (which I loved) to something more tactile and playful (which I love even more). Preston of Keep It Chic alerted me to the above shot from Paris Vogue, featuring Bally’s retro fur coat and my favorite Corner bag. The retro theme extends to its ad campaign, with bubble gum pink accessories, squat, square heels and sixties ‘Factory Girl’ styling…

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Bally aw15

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Bally; Paris Vogue

Buy it now: Jil Sander Navy AW15

Jil Sander Navy aw15
I’m surprised Jil Sander Navy doesn’t get a lot more attention. It’s easily one of the better diffusion lines; the cuts are great, the quality is good and it’s all highly wearable. The knits have a whiff of prep school uniform, as do the sensible shirts, while the skirts are slightly risque (but never too much) with strategically-placed splits. (more…)