Beauty

13 AW18 trends to think about now (plus what I’m not going to buy)



Salvatore Ferragamo AW18 Fashion Show by Sonny Vandevelde

Even with temperatures in the high teens and low 20s, there’s an autumnal bite in the air. Can you feel it? The September issues are getting me in the mood for knitwear and plaid, the idea of blankets isn’t so alarming, and I’ve started lighting my scented candles again. Here’s what I want to wear for AW18…

1/ BLANKET STYLING This look is going to be unescapable. Part poncho, part blanket, Ports 1961 does it best with its classic felted numbers smothered in graphic typography (more…)



Summer fragrance: citrus and musk



Hermes Eau de Citron Noir and Musc Pallida and Cardamusc pure perfume oils
This summer’s twin fragrance obsessions are citrus and musk. I can’t get enough of either. My big citrus passion at the moment is Hermès Eau de Citron Noir (from £48 for 50ml), the latest addition to the Hermès colognes by in-house nose Christine Nagel. From the same family of cool citruses as Eau D’Orange Vert, it’s so juicy and delicious, I want to stick a straw in it and drink it. (more…)



Buy it now: long hot summer beauty



Summer beauty by Vogue/Josh Olins

I’ve never known a summer like it. We’re barely exiting July and we’ve had streak upon streak of ten-hour sun-saturated days and balmy nights. This week we’ve had severe weather warnings. My sun-starved limbs say bring it on, but… where does that leave beauty? (more…)



Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up



Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up exhibition at the V&A museum

For one of the best cultural experiences this summer, I can’t recommend Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up highly enough. I went to the press preview a couple of weeks ago and it’s probably the busiest press preview I’ve ever been to. In fact, they had to do two sessions to fit everyone in.

If you don’t know the back story, 1920s Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was badly injured as an 18 year old in a gory bus crash. (more…)