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How Levi’s helped define these cool young brands

re/Done upcycled jeans

Oh I do like a happy marriage! What could have been a fraught, competitive relationship has ended in harmony with Levi’s and RE/DONE joining forces recently at Coachella for a bit of a denim-ed up love-in.

If you remember, RE/DONE launched its denim brand last year on the basis of repurposing old Levi’s 501s by re-cutting them into a slightly more contemporary fit. The success of RE/DONE arguably led to the Levi’s 501 revival (ahem, have you seen me in the current campaign?) and happily both brands have seen fit to align in a formal collaboration, rather than compete. (more…)

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo ten-second lipsticks – plus new, longer-lasting nail colours

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo lipstick - a hybrid of lipstick, balm and gloss.

Just when I thought Chanel’s moisturising lippies couldn’t get any better, they do this. Enter Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo (£26), a chic little black bullet that offers colour, shine and lip care all in one lipstick. These are the slimmest, sexiest lipsticks around, and of course the cap closes with an expensive click. But how do they perform?

Well they’re super soft and creamy so a little goes a long way. I’ve been wearing Article (204, all the names are writing-related), a sweet pinky-coral with just enough shine to add radiance without being full-on glossy. (more…)

Trend report: Trademark AW16

Trademark AW16 ready to wear

These Trademark AW16 look book pictures are giving me flashbacks to my German au pair Uschi (she of the classic Vuitton shoulder bags). It’s partly the model and partly the combo of flares, mules and sensible polonecks. OK, I’ll pass on the flares (not with my diminutive proportions) and you know how I feel about mules, but there are so many other things to love in this collection.

For starters, yes please to the wrap-over quilted jacket with its cute but maddeningly impractical tie-up sleeves. (more…)

Levi’s 501 ways to wear*

Levi's 501 Ways to Wear campaign

You’ve got to hand it to Levi’s for taking the renewed love for 501s and running with it. First came the hipsters with their vintage flea market finds, then the street style brigade, teaming their reclaimed-from-the-archives favourites with classic stiletto pumps. Next, Levi’s decided to revive the originals, in blue and white, followed by the recent 501 CTs, a slimmer, tapered cut jean. Bingo! Cue 501 mania, with a whole new generation discovering the wonders of a true blue indestructible 5-pocket jean. (more…)