Buy it now: Aerin’s no-brainer bronzer



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This is the summer i finally mastered bronzer. Oh boy isn’t it amazing? Although obviously there’s a knack to applying just the right amount. For this revelation I have to thank Aerin, whose Pretty Bronze Portable Illuminating Powder (£45) is my new toy. It comes in a portable lidded brush format with a clear channel filled with finely milled powder infused with miniscule specs of shimmer. Tap the lidded brush a couple of times, pull off the cap, unsheath the brush, then swish the bronzer around hairline and cheekbones.

This product comes in 2 shades, a golden highlighter or a darker matte bronzer. I’m getting on very well with the darker one and have been using it at every opportunity. Buy it at Harrods and John Lewis.

And if no-brainer, beachy make-up is your thing, then you might be interested in the rest of Aerin’s high summer offer. The Seashell Color collection also includes Aerin’s Beach Cream (a multi-purpose shimmery cream), the Summer Style palette (rosy nudes and taupes for eyes, lips and cheeks), plus a honey-coloured lipstick and gold-flecked gloss. Buy it at Selfridges

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Save the date: Marques’Almeida pop-up shop



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Coming soon – the Marques’Almeida pop-up shop in Hackney. Blink and you’ll miss it cos it’s only open from 28th August to 1st September. I’m not sure what it’ll sell but I’d say it’s worth a nose anyway. Remember, these are the guys responsible for all the ripped-to-shreds denim we’ve been enjoying for the last few seasons and the grungy crenellated heels that will dominate the next six months. See you at The Hackney Shop, 99 Morning Lane, E9 6ND on the 28th…



Burberry, Adidas: How do you wear yours?



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There’s no denying that everyday style has impacted luxury, high street and street wear brands alike in a big way. And especially in the way that a “we’re inclusive” brand message can be disseminated across all visual social platforms.

Burberry arguably kicked the whole thing off with its beautifully executed Art Of the Trench site (with over 22 million page views from fans in over 200 countries to date) and in varying ways, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Hermes, Armani and Amanda Wakeley have taken the personal style ball and run with it. But still, no-one does it better than Burberry. This week, its Art Of The Trench concept arrives at Printemps in Paris, complete with an in-store photo installation celebrating chic Parisians as well as a pop-up of exclusive Burberry product. (more…)



Get the M&S coat off Grace Coddington’s back…



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The best thing about the new M&S ad campaign (shot by Annie Leibowitz – what a coup!) is surely Grace Coddington in her mannish alabaster coat.

The all-star cast also includes Tracey Emin, Karen Elson and Olympic gold medal boxer Nicola Adams. A dramatic, last-ditched attempt at salvaging the brand? That’s what some people are saying and it’s true, times have been tricky lately, especially on the fashion front. This is certainly a bold move from Marks & Spencer to reclaim its place as one of our best loved retailers. Style director Belinda Earl has been busily rethinking the collections, pinning her hopes of success on M&S Collection. This is the rebrand of M&S Women, a considered collection that focuses on contemporary staples – with just fashionable enough proportions and colours to appeal to a fashion-literate customer without chasing trends. Let’s face it, M&S is in need of a clear identity and I think we’re all agreed that you can get your fix of neoprene sweatshirts from Zara and New Look; much better for Earl to up the ante in style and quality (and hopefully price) instead.

So the next few weeks will be pretty crucial for Earl and co, as the new collections drop and customers decide whether to buy…or not. Of course, next to tackle is the shop floor experience, but hey, baby steps, yeah? And should you want to get the Grace Coddington look (or Karen Elson’s, my second fave), all the campaign items are available to buy in Marks and Spencer stores and online at www.marksandspencer.com from next month.

In this picture, Coddington is wearing M&S Collection coat, £99; M&S Collection cardigan, £29.50; M&S Collection shirt, £25; M&S Collection treggings, £35; Autograph shoes £45. Here’s a closer look…
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