“A younger audience seeing things with fresh eyes isn’t looking for origin or reason. I always looked for origin. I wanted to know where the Adolfo tweed jacket came from. It came from Chanel. I wanted to know where the Chanel one came from. It came from a fisherman. I loved that. It was part of the seduction of anything. How did these things come to be? (more…)
I’m pretty excited for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad Tarantino film, and as a bonus, you’re always guaranteed a memorable wardrobe moment or two. Reservoir Dogs was my favourite, with its incredible cast (does anyone else have an unlikely crush on Steve Buscemi?) and signature suits, while Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction ushered in the era of the iconic nail polish (Chanel’s Rouge Noir is still in demand today).
See, this is the problem. When you live in a city that’s damp and moody 90% of the time (especially even in summer), you come unstuck in a heatwave. I rarely buy full-on summer stuff because it just seems too much like tempting fate. Inevitably if I buy anything remotely holidaymaker-ish we’re beset with weeks of floods. (Context: it’s 40 degrees in London today.)
So here I am in need of shorts, smart tees, a big airy dress and some sort of dress-up-dress-down shirt. Warning: don’t Google ‘women’s army shorts’ like I just did. (more…)
We’re in the throes of a proper 30-degree sunny and muggy city summer. I’m not complaining one bit though, because I’m not a commuter and frankly I’ll take whatever I can get. But I believe in the power of smell to help temper the heat.
I’m back on the Hermès Eau de Gentiane Blanche this summer, a really great cooling smell (earthy and green with a trail of musk) that’s like an olfactory glass of iced cordial. I think it’s one of Jean-Claude Ellena’s best, but actually all the Hermès colognes are excellent and I love the 15ml spray bottles for when I’m flanneuring about town. (more…)