Balenciaga Paris’s futuristic purse spray

Sometimes I’m drawn to a fragrance for its packaging rather than the scent inside. In fact, scratch that, usually I’m drawn to a fragrance for its bottle than its scent. A huge factice of Chanel No 5 sits above my desk even though I never ever wear the fragrance. Ditto Moschino Couture with its gold heart stopper and velvet necktie.

Balenciaga sent me its new purse spray which is a thing of sheer beauty. Its a weighty column of futuristic-looking ‘zamak‘, which sounds completely made up (is Balenciaga inventing its own materials now?) but is, apparently, a precious material. And it was delivered with a hand written note – alas, not from Nicolas but still… And the scent? Violety, sherbety, sweet but a little bit sharp.

The bottle

The inspiration

Balenciaga Paris 15ml purse spray with two 15ml refills, £60.00

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Hot jean alert: J Brand’s Gigi

When I attended Net-a-Porter’s infamous Denim Boutique launch back in June, one of the nuggets of news I picked up was its prediction for the Next Big Jean Shape. Denim and casualwear buyer Ben Matthew’s description of J Brand’s Gigi was “a cropped kick flare that hits just above the ankle before flaring out slightly”, which I have to say, did not appeal. It sounded a bit too much like Celine’s icky, tricky flood-length pant to me.

But how wrong I was. Just launched, the J Brand Gigi is a mid-rise skinny cut with the weeniest hint of a flare. Really not ‘booty’ at all. And I can see it looking very uptown with my Rupert Sanderson nude patent Veritys (the only heels that I can walk in) or ancient vintage Charles Jourdan little black kitten heels – plus a little boy shirt and my black pebbled Chanel tote. Apparently there’s a waiting list already. Of course there is.

On my radar: Work boots with a little bit extra…

It’s good to see utilitarian looks being given a bit of extra snazz. Joe Casely-Hayford has revived the John Moore Paragon boot (cult 80s-90s work boot with commando sole and assorted rugged straps), introducing a 12-hole version. I have the originals which get many admiring glances but the Casely-Hayfords (below) are sadly only for guys at this stage. (Read the John Moore story over at Style Salvage.)
Meanwhile, JW Anderson’s heavy metal-adorned work boots (below) are accompanied by an equally hefty studded sock. I think these are mens too but I believe there may be smaller sizes available. I’m seeing these juxtaposed with khaki army surplus trousers (khaki and red, mmmmm) and a silk bourgeois blouse or Equipment shirt. Shoe designers: let’s have more of these in lady sizes please…

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