On my radar: Studio Nicholson X Sunspel



“This isn’t loungewear. They’re definitely not made for ‘slobbing about’ in.”

Eyes are peeled for this Studio Nicholson X Sunspel* collaboration from the unimpeachable Nick Wakeman.

Known for her ‘modular’ approach to fashion and frankly obsessive yen for superior fabrications, these cotton jersey and loop back fleeces are perfect for those who maybe got a bit too comfy during you-know-what and need help transitioning back into polite society without leaving their comfort zone.

Read more here and buy it at Sunspel – women’s here* and men’s here*).


WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Studio Nicholson X Sunspel
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Can Gen Z save Gap?



“Gen Z likes to look for Y2K trends that haven’t become popular yet, so they can be the first to find things. They come across brands from the aughts, like Gap and Von Dutch, and try to rework them and style them in a way that’s fresh.”
Gen Z TikToker Domynique Badillo on saving Gap, Refinery29

I went into Gap in Oxford Street last week to see if there was anything I could buy before all the UK stores close down. The only thing I fancied were a lone pair of stripy PJs that were way too big (I bought them online instead) and some racer back tanks that I left on the rail as the fitting rooms were closed – #Covidtimes.

The piles of jeans didn’t appeal and the once coveted white cotton shirts just seemed unalluring and neglected. By the entrance were benches laden with Gap logo hoodies and tees. Which might, possibly, be the one hope (along with this one of course) Gap currently has for future success – Gen Z. This Refinery29 story maps out the resurgence in interest from the young demographic tapping into its 90s-noughties appeal. The question is, will it be enough?

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IMAGE: Emma Chamberlain in Gap
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Confirmed: The Glossier London store IS returning to Covent Garden



…But not in the same place.

News just in! The Glossier London store is returning to Covent Garden. The most successful of the global Glossier pop-ups, the permanent London store will be opening in a new spot – just a few yards from its previous location in Floral Street.

Scheduled for an end-of-year opening, expect to see the new Glossier Covent Garden store at a location in the much-more-visible King Street, which is practically next door to the Apple store and alongside the Covent Garden piazza, thus much better for footfall.

Covent Garden has long been considered London’s ‘beauty quarter’, with Chanel, Dior and Charlotte Tilbury boutiques all contributing to the buzz of this retail destination. As I mentioned last week, the big tourist cities are slowly opening up post-Covid, so we should expect to see plenty more exciting retail activity in the world’s city centres.

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IMAGE: Glossier
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Suddenly I want to smell like a coconut again



 Maya Njie Tropica fragrance

Well this is awkward. After a lifetime a year in relative isolation during which my longest journey away from home has been the decidedly unexotic Hastings pier, I find myself craving tropical coconut-laced smells.

That’s maybe not so surprising though. As with the power of touch and what’s known as ‘skin hunger’, the pandemic has not only literally stolen the sense of smell from some unlucky individuals, it has also heightened the link between scent and nostalgia.

“Fragrance can control your mood,” says perfumer and founder of her eponymous brand, Maya Njie. “If you’re feeling low and you need a boost, put fragrance on and it will elevate you.” Njie’s popular fragrance Tropica* (above) does exactly that with its transportive notes of fig, pineapple, fresh citrus and musk, blended with what we all consider the smell of eau de suntan lotion, the all-important coconut note.

Coconut is the omni-present heart of such classics as Tom Ford’s sultry Soleil Blanc* and Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess*, a summer ritual so popular it has inspired a mini sub-brand of ancillary products. (I 100% recommend the Smoothing Body Crème*). So potent is its power, it appears to have spawned an entire TikTok aesthetic. ‘Coconut Girl’ is this summer’s teen trope that encompasses hibiscus prints, 90s Roxy bikinis and the nostalgia of grainy disposable camera photos. Or in short, “youthful summer optimism” according to Nylon. Even supposedly avant-garde Comme des Garcons got the ‘Coconut Girl’ memo. Its brand new collab with cult L.A label ERL is a coconut-heavy eau de toilette called, unashamedly, Sunscreen – aka ‘the scent of Venice Beach’ (below).
ERL X Comme des Garcons SUNSCREEN fragrance

Coconut won’t do all the heavy lifting on its own though. To really bottle beachy escapism, you need the sweet notes of vanilla or its more sophisticated sibling, tonka bean, a sultry waft of white floral – jasmine, ylang ylang or neroli – and a juicy twist of citrus. Juliette Has a Gun’s Sunny Side Up* eau de parfum says it all, a unisex ‘skin scent’ that starts out fresh, bright and floral, leaving behind a musky dry down. Vanilla Vibes* (below) is less about the sex-on-the-beach coconut note and more about the après-beach warmth of vanilla, sea salt and musk.
Juliette Has A Gun Vanilla Vibes

For the less floral-inclined, citrus is the way to go. One of the most enduring summer classics is Creed’s Virgin Island Water (below). Still going strong since 2007, its blend of coconut, lime and white bergamot, with a floral heart and sweet, rum-laced base notes is familiar, wearable and cool. Another light citrus is Sunspel’s Neroli Sun eau de parfum* (below), a Lyn Harris creation that blends bitter orange, English herbs and neroli. It’s my gentle citrus of choice and a good holiday-esque scent for the coconut-shy. Meanwhile, Byredo’s Sundazed eau de parfum* couldn’t be a more timely release. Olfactory escapism in a bottle, this sweet-and-sour cocktail stirs up mandarin and lemon with candyfloss, neroli and musk.

Sunspel Neroli Sun

Back to ‘skin hunger’, the combination of tactile body oils and creams with mood-boosting aromatherapy ‘feels’ is perfect for a summer of back garden staycations. Summer Fridays just launched its Summer Silk Nourishing Body Lotion*, an indulgent cream scented with coconut and almond, as well as its Pool Time Glowing Body Oil*, a blend of macadamia, jojoba and sunflower oils infused with coconut, warm almond and vanilla blossom.

Then there’s my eternal favourite, NARS’ Monoi Body Glow I. This elusive deep bronze oil – scented with tiare blossom, white frangipani, ylang-ylang, and vanilla – is currently having stock issues but if you’re quick, Fenwick has it here. Or try the equally lush untinted version, NARS Monoi Body Glow II, here. One other sensorially uplifting recommendation: the Urban Apothecary Coconut Grove Luxury Hand and Body Wash*. I discovered this line at The Conran Shop and it’s so nicely formulated. Coconut Grove is clean, sweet and citrusy with a tropical coconut heart sharpened by bergamot, lime, mandarin and mint.

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IMAGES: Maya Njie, Comme des Garcons X ERL, Juliette Has a Gun, Sunspel
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