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Chanel Water-Fresh Complexion Touch

I’m so glad Chanel decided to continue with its Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint line. Since its launch in 2019, it’s become a summer sell-out and has now added two innovative new products to the line-up for barely-there make-up. The original Water-Fresh Tint foundation* is still available (when it’s in stock) and amazing, with its ‘microfluidic’ oil-in-water-gel formula that smooshes into a delightful sheer veil of coverage.

To accompany it, there’s the new Water-Fresh Complexion Touch*, a weightless concealer-foundation hybrid, and the Water-Fresh Blush* (below), a super-lightweight and sheer blusher.

Chanel Water Fresh Blush

Both new products are unique in their ultra-light and cool-to-apply formula, but the best part is the subtle finish. These are great for warm weather months when you want some coverage but don’t want to feel it. The formula is incredibly natural-looking yet long-wearing. Mine sits nicely on top of my mattifying Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield sunscreen* (no pilling) and the shade line-up (I use B40) is perfect. The Water-Fresh Complexion Touch comes with its own small brush, but I prefer to use a bigger brush with dense synthetic fibres – NVP’s Flat Angled Make-up Brush is an excellent foundation brush. Blusher-wise, I’ve been using the shade Light Peach*, which really is veil-like and gives the required ‘bonne mine’ effect, but I would happily to go to a deeper coral* too.

Another sheer, veil-like product getting positive reviews is the YSL Nu Bare Look Tint* that I wrote about last summer. It’s now in Boots and the usual places, and having trialled it briefly, I can say it’s another good option for the barely-there brigade. It’s more of a regular liquid foundation consistency than the Chanel and the shade range is fairly broad (I’m a 7).

I’ve been trying to do away with concealer while I’m using the Chanel Water-Fresh Complexion Touch. Since using the skincare recommended a few weeks ago by the Renude aesthetician, my skin has been in really good shape, but on the odd occasion I have a blemish, Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer Stick* is still the gold standard for me. I also have to rave about the Clé de Peau Beauté UV Protective Cream SPF 50*. It looks, smells and behaves like a beautiful luxury moisturiser – if only there was a tinted version.

My barely-there lip product of choice is still Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint* (with Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask* underneath). I haven’t found anything that beats it and I’ve noticed there’s now a vast range of shades.

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IMAGES: Chanel Water-Fresh Complexion Touch*; Chanel Water-Fresh Blush*
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Quote of the day: Andre Leon Talley on toxic punctuality



Andre Leon Talley and Anna Wintour by Marina Schiano

‘It really piques her when you’re late. Or when you don’t show up and she expects to see you there, she gets really, really upset. She can’t stand absentia or tardiness. She can’t stand people who linger over their food. My first lunch with Anna when we first went to Vogue was at BiCE. We sat down at 1 o’clock, the lunch was over at 1:12. As I was about to bite into my main course [she said], “OK, we’re done. Let’s go back to the office.”’
Andre Leon Talley, Amy Odell’s Back Row newsletter

I’m enjoying Amy Odell’s Substack, including the above outtake from her recent Anna Wintour biography, Anna: The Biography. This nugget tickled me, although if you read the whole interview, it also seems like the Anna-Andre dynamic was somewhat toxic.

On the subject of timekeeping though, here’s another good read, from The NYT. Katherine Rosman pins the revival of punctuality on the last two years of WFH and honing our ability to adapt to conference calls in multiple time zones. As well as a new respect for time and the art of not wasting it – aka ‘an office culture of: “I’m here to get things done, not to chitchat.”’ Another effect of post-pandemic punctuality: earlier dining. 430pm is ‘Rosé hour’ in certain hospitality quarters, allowing for a speedy extra sitting to be squeezed in. Anna would approve (as long as you don’t linger too long).

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IMAGE: Andre Leon Talley and Anna Wintour by Marina Schiano 
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First look at Wales Bonner SS23



Wales Bonner SS23

Dear Louis Vuitton, please put Grace in charge of menswear already!

The Wales Bonner ‘Horizon Blues’ SS23 collection is a wonderful evocation of ‘European heritage meets Afro Atlantic spirit’. But of special note are the pieces tailored by Old Burlington Street’s Anderson & Sheppard. The camel hair overcoat (serving Fran Lebowitz swagger), the cashmere dinner suit, the DB sleeveless jacket and trousers – pure perfection.

Wales Bonner SS23


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The next step for DeMellier bags: Apple ‘leather’



Demellier New York tote small grained leather

An interesting update in WWD on handbag brand, DeMellier*. On track to become a $50 million business, the article puts the brand’s success down to a number of factors with a focus on price point and ethics.

I first wrote about DeMellier in 2014 (it was launched under a different name and not five years ago, despite what WWD says). And it’s true – price, problem-solving design and ethics were at its core from the get-go. Its founder Mireia Llusia-Lindh spotted a niche for stylish office bags that were practical (read laptop-friendly) and way below the luxury price point of Celine and co, while giving off an air of mid-2010s stealth-luxe. DeMellier was also early in the purpose marketing era, donating vaccines and medical treatments to children in need for every bag sold. And quality manufacturing was another win – bags are produced in ethical European factories, not fast fashion sweatshops.

Demellier Lisbon bag

Over time, the designs of the bags have evolved. Not strictly for corporate types, they now include smaller fashion bags, like the Nano Montreal* carried by Kate Middleton (an early brand endorser) and my current fave, the beach-friendly Santorini* (below). Which is lucky, as the diversity of design and online business model helped DeMellier weather the Covid storm as people adjusted to stay-at-home lifestyles, replacing laptop bags with phone pouches and micro bags.

Demellia raffia beach bag

While the brand has dipped a toe in clothing with a knitwear capsule*, and customers have requested shoes, Llusia-Lindh is in no hurry to expand. Instead, next steps are clearly focused on evolving its leather use. At the moment, bags are made from leathers that are a by-product of the food industry. But DeMellier is looking at an apple-based ‘leather’, responding to the demand for alt-leather materials such as the mushroom-derived ‘unleather’, Mylo. Watch this space…

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IMAGES:  DeMellier SS22
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