Vestiaire Collective – the one that got away*



Rei Kawakubo for Louis Vuitton

Given the chance to get your hands on a ‘must have’ piece you missed the first time around is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, how thrilling! On the other, decision paralysis takes hold – how the heck do you choose between the Rei Kawakubo for Louis Vuitton bag or the Margiela L’Incognito visor shades that got away?

As it happens, ‘the one that got away’ is the name of Vestiaire Collective’s latest campaign (more…)



Prada dreams



Prada Olfactories

The new Prada fragrance collection ‘Olfactories’ probably doesn’t need any more press coverage, but the marketing of these ‘fragrance collages’ appeals to my arty side. The idea is that the focus isn’t on notes or ingredients but the dreamy, subconscious feeling you get from these surrealist visuals. As Olfactories’ creator Daniela Andrier says, “there aren’t any explanations of the ingredients inside. I think it’s something we’re so fed up of; these eternal explanations of bergamot.” (more…)



Quote of the day: Dick Page



dick page and Kate Moss by Bruce Weber

“Anyone who does shows just knows there’s a raft of the cliché questions or directions you’ll get, and a big part of the training is how not to be a bastard about it. But if I had a penny for every time I heard ‘You know—like she did it herself…'”
Lol at make-up artist Dick Page telling it like it is on Into The Gloss

IMAGE: Bruce Weber



Smythson stories: how the Mara diary is made*



Making of a Smythson diary Mara midnight

“Our Featherweight paper is the same paper that’s used for bank notes. It’s extremely thin but durable enough to be written on without the ink showing through.”

I’m being taken on a personal tour of Smythson’s Hertfordshire bookbinding workshops, where its famous diaries are produced, from printed page to hand-finished leather covers. My guide is pointing out each artisanal technique while I take in the familiar sky blue paper hue that serves as a permanent presence throughout the premises. (more…)