On trial: Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets

Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets
It’s taken me over 20 years to realise I only like matte lipstick (or in fact any lipstick) if it’s faded to a stain. As much as I love the process of applying lipstick from a bullet, I don’t love the feel of that thick layer sitting there. I usually blot and reapply, then use a cotton bud to blur the edges (“like you’ve just eaten berries” as makeup artists are so fond of saying!), and then wait half an hour or so before I go out.

The good part is that once it’s on it doesn’t budge, although if it’s a pinky-nude it might fade a bit too much. The new Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets are something very special. They’re described as an ‘inverted emulsion in a liquid lipstick’ which sounds very fancy. But in layman’s terms, it’s a ‘water in oil’ formula in which the water gradually evaporates once the lipstick has been applied. The oils and pigments then fuse, leaving a veil of deeply pigmented colour.

The liquid colour comes in a bottle with an exclusively designed ‘calligraphic applicator’. It’s a dream to apply, smoothly delivering just enough product and if you want double intensity, you can let the first coat dry before applying another. The lipstick doesn’t feel cakey and the appplicator deposits it right into the corners of the mouth.

I did apply a bit of Mac Prep and Prime Lip as a base, and even though the effect of Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet is matte, I can happily report no dry flaky bits. Not one!

I haven’t tried Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup, but this is said to be inspired by that and the Lip Maestro velvet lip colour. It feels like every brand is currently trying to reinvent the lipstick, which is great for consumers as there’s so much great new stuff to try. These retail at £27, available in 18 shades and they’re currently available in the UK at Selfridges – here, and nationwide from 26th October.


WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets
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Buy it now: Is Chanel e-com coming?

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Well you can’t theme a Chanel show around data and servers and not expect some savvy journos to jump to conclusions. Chanel has been dipping its two-tone toe cap into the e-com pool one inch at a time, with make-up, fragrance and even entry level fine jewellery. Surely, the full e-com works isn’t far off? (more…)

What to buy from Uniqlo U by Christophe Lemaire

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If you’re a fan of ‘gentlewoman style‘ (come on, it’s my first week, humour me!), you’ll be familiar with Christophe Lemaire. The former creative director of Hermès is now heading up Uniqlo U, a new, twice-yearly collection, produced by the Uniqlo Paris R&D centre team, where Lemaire is artistic director.

The debut Uniqlo U collection arrived today and I got an early look a few weeks ago when I saw the line in its entirety. Then it was impeccably merchandised; colour-coordinated, pressed to within an inch of its life and modelled on gorgeous young things in the showroom. But how does it stack up in store? I went to a preview shopping event yesterday and tried everything on so you don’t have to…

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DESIGN If you’re a disciple of Christophe Lemaire, then you already know what to expect. Classic colours (let’s call them muted primaries, such as ochre yellow, dull red, denim blue), utilitarian staples with a luxury cut and finish and plenty of outerwear. The coats are great and if you like MA1 jackets and haven’t got one yet (um, where have you been?), then these come in lots of colours and are reversible (buy them here, £59.90). Uniqlo is famous for its down jackets and there’s a lot of choice here. I bought the featherweight Light Down Shirt Jacket (£69.90) as a useful layer to wear under my coat and as with everything, they come up big so go a size down.

There are lots of boyish pieces but there are also some standout shirt dresses (buy them here, £39.90), tunic tops and cotton grandad shirts (here, £29.90) for the Chloé-Hermès-Lemaire girl. I’ve noticed that Uniqlo is doing a lot with French designers and there’s a definite French-Japanese harmony to this that will speak to all the cool kids.

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QUALITY Uniqlo’s ‘LifeWear’ philosophy is all about the practical, everyday-anywhere pieces and in that respect, I think the best quality pieces are those made from utilitarian fabrics. The nylon, denim and cotton pieces look like they will last well. There are some great cashmere knits but I baulked at paying £100 for high street cashmere.

FIT A lot of attention has been paid to cut and fit and I think this could well determine the ongoing success of this line. I wasn’t sold on the Jil Sander collection a few years ago, but the cut on this collection is extremely considered. The MA1 is cropped and has a very curved silhouette. It’s a slightly more ‘fashion’ version than other MA1s. The sleeves are gently curved which I noticed on my padded Light Down Shirt Jacket too. It just helps it look more contemporary.

I tried a very simple black rollneck. It’s cut slightly wide which I loved and I was super tempted, but was just not sure about the quality. There are a lot of beautiful knits though, I loved the Milano Ribed Crew Neck (£39.90, here) which looks like it could be Acne Studio. It’s boxy but slim and so didn’t quite fit my shape. Overall, I will say that you need to be slimish for these shapes to flatter. They’re quite androgynous and bulky or generously cut which is very much the look of the moment.

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TRENDS For those who love the Vetements mania for padded jackets and bombers, this is for you. If you need to stock up on bright knits in simple shapes, then the cut on the knits is very appealing. I discovered an amazing chino-jean hybrid (I’ve christened them ‘jean-os’) that is a perfect fit. It’s a chino cut with an ironed-in front crease and adjustable side tabs (£29.90, buy them here). Very menswear-y but the twist is it’s a denim-y fabric. I’ve been wearing mine all day and might have to go back for more.

Accessory-wise, there’s not a huge amount. But I can imagine the padded mittens, bag and scarf will do well. I don’t think Uniqlo does much in the way of leathergoods, which is a shame as it would have been good to see a leather bag or two. Maybe in time…


WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Uniqlo U
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LFW SS17: Mother of Pearl’s Scorsese girls

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Amy Powney at Mother of Pearl always gives good reference. They frequently tend to music and youth culture, but not the obvious generic tropes of ‘punk’ or ‘grunge’ (#zzzzzz).

For example, for Mother of Pearl SS17, her main reference was New York Stories, the 1989 trilogy of short films by Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen. (more…)