Positive fashion: recycled gold jewellery



Lilian von Trapp

Two sustainable jewellery brands on my radar; one high end and one more affordable.

I came across Lilian von Trapp’s discreet fine jewellery (above and below, from £310) last week at one of the SS19 press days. I love these super-fine recycled gold earrings that are stone-free but just as twinkly as the rarest diamonds.

You can wear one or two, or wear different sizes in each ear or different sizes in the same ear. The possibilities are endless but the result is understated and effortless. Each piece is handcrafted in Germany with 2% of proceeds going to Earthbeat Foundation to help counter the longterm damage of goldmining.

Lilian von Trapp
Lilian von Trapp

At the other end of the spectrum are Catch Rhys new everyday stacking rings (below), earrings and pendant necklaces, handmade in England from recycled 9ct gold and sterling silver.

Catherine Rhys Jones’ pieces are sold directly to the customer to avoid retail markups, with prices from £25 for solid sterling silver hoop earrings that won’t turn your skin green…
Catch Ryhs jewellery

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Lilian von Trapp x 3; Catch Rhys
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Eye candy for your lips



Rodin X Vanessa Traina

Lipstick boxes daubed with painterly flowers are a thing. I’m loving the look of this Rodin X Vanessa Traina collab, although I’ve never tried Rodin’s lip products. Are they good? I like the idea of the lip and cheek oils (below), which I imagine give a barely-there stain, and they’re packed with safflower seed and sunflower seed oils so even though it says it’s a matte finish, they shouldn’t be drying. Buy them at Liberty and The Line.

Rodin X Vanessa Traina Lip Oil (more…)



Gentlewoman style: Chinti & Parker elevated knits



Chinti & Parker knitwear aw18

I’m completely mad for this new Chinti & Parker knitwear collection. Muted colours, classic cuts but generous silhouettes, and the prices aren’t bad either. It’s surprisingly hard to find jumpers I like that aren’t super-plain or too tricksy. Usually there’s far too much going on and even I’m bored of my navy sweater drawer. (more…)



Deep cuts



cuts book Steve Brooks Gimme 5

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind month for CUTS, my hairdresser and London landmark of sorts. It’s a kind of ‘if you know, you know’ thing; it’s been around forever but was never treated as a ‘brand’, rather a word of mouth hangout that does very good hair. (Side note: they came out with the phrase ‘You Look Good’ long before anyone else.)

CUTS started in Kensington Market during the post-punk years, then progressed to Kensington Church Street (I would pass it on the way to school) and ended up in Soho where it’s been for a couple of decades. It’s where I went when I decided to go short in the early 90s. (more…)