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Beauty bits: John Bell & Croyden



John Bell and Croyden beauty ION sei toothbrush

I’ve spent the last month in a wellness bubble, reading up on the apparently $8 billion industry. Like most people, I had zero interest in mindfulness, self-care and sheet masking rituals five years ago, yet here I am, as obsessed with meditation apps and rose quartz rollers as the next person. I wonder what came first – our anxiety-ridden culture or the industry that told us we need CBD facials and sound baths to stay sane?

I don’t have the answer, but my weakness is anything ritualistic that promises to counter the pressures of digital overstimulation and my not-done to-do list. (more…)



The perfume that never was



Marni perfume bottle Sybarite

Exhibition idea! All those incredible ideas, expensive mistakes, too impossible-to-produce design innovations that never came to fruition.

Example: this Marni perfume bottle by design firm, Sybarite, who created Marni’s global retail identity during the Consuelo Castiglioni years. Sybarite founders Torquil McIntosh and Simon Mitchell’s fragrance bottle never made it to stores, as Castiglioni decided to keep it for her own private collection.

“It nearly launched until Consuelo decided she loved it so much she didn’t want the public to have it,” (more…)



New Order: Art, Product, Image 1976-1995 at Sprüth Magers



New Order: Art, Product, Image 1976-1995 at Spruth Magers

Wait, Another New Order post punk flavoured exhibition? Wow London, you’re really spoiling me!

Preceding the Chelsea College of Arts ‘Use Hearing Protection: FAC 1 – 50 / 40‘ exhibition curated by Jon Savage and Mat Bancroft (I wrote about it here), there’s a Sprüth Magers show on right now that ends on September 14th.

New Order: Art, Product, Image 1976-1985 explores the post punk and beyond years of British art, music and design. (more…)



The Lindbergh look



Linda Evangelista by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue Italia December 1989

“This should be the responsibility of photographers today: to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.”
Peter Lindbergh

How do you define the ‘Lindbergh’ look? I think I summed it up quite well here; soulful, expressive, with a slightly red-eyed, poetic vulnerability. The Lindbergh look “speaks of emotion and individuality, always letting the natural skin shine through.” (more…)