Twenty years later: the Hermes tan trainer



Hermes aw98 trainers Vogue Runway

Ten years ago I would have been all over the Sacai x Nike trainer collab (a kind of double-everything monster trainer with a retro vibe). Today? Not so much. I’m well over super-statement trainers and prefer a Nike Air Max shape or a utilitarian gym shoe like a Converse Jack Purcell. (Currently seeking a JP in white – why so elusive, Converse?)

However, I’m feeling the return of the luxe tan trainer, an understated gender-neutral number that kicks the post-ironic, hypebeast trainer roundly in the butt. Do you remember when Hermès did its first trainer? It was in 1998 and part of Martin Margiela’s first collection for the house. A rich conker brown affair, Hermès was the first luxury brand to design a trainer made entirely of leather and thus the ‘Quick’ caused quite the stir. (more…)



What’s the deal with high street fragrances emulating niche perfumery?



Marks & Spencer Seasalt & Freesia eau de toilette

I’ve just done a KonMari fragrance sweep and given a load of hardly-used perfumes to my sister and her friends. Her favourite? An Urban Outfitters eau de parfum called Citron Glacé. I feel her joy; I’ve also kept my Urban Outfitters Macaron Rosé, a light burnt caramel gourmand that was a steal at £15 for 30ml. (I think they might be out of stock or discontinued).

Last week, Jane at British Beauty Blogger posted some pictures of a new high street fragrance line (above) with very chic packaging reminiscent of last year’s Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel bottles. We had to guess the brand and I was thinking along the lines of & Other Stories. (more…)



Positive fashion: Milena Silvano



Milena Silvano reversible coat

Take cover people, we’re being threatened with a second coming of the Beast from The East. Or maybe just cast your eye in the direction of Milena Silvano. This Somerset-based brand just appeared on Vogue.com, showcasing its rustic reversible jackets made from vintage and deadstock patchworked shearling. (more…)



Bobbi Brown newness: Extra Lip Tint



Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint new colours

Despite the deluge of new makeup brands, the likes of Huda Beauty, Kat Von D and Kylie Cosmetics just don’t appeal to me. Either there’s something about the founders that puts me off (I simply don’t get Huda Kattan and that Youtuber make-up look), the marketing is too aggressive or the products themselves are too much for my liking. I really prefer less is more makeup with the odd push in a more adventurous direction. So I guess that’s why I always return to Bobbi Brown and Chanel. (Newness-wise I guess I’m more of a Westman Atelier girl, when is it coming to the UK?!)

These new additions to the OG Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint are perfect (more…)