Designers

NYFW: visions of blackness at Pyer Moss SS19



Pyer Moss ss19 Landon Nordeman for The New York Times


Pyer Moss
isn’t a household name but Robin Givhans’ Washington Post write-up spells out all the reasons why it’s the standout show of NYFW so far. Designer Kerby Jean-Raymond coralled a number of messages into one important and fantastic collection that I predict will be snapped up by buyers and collectors instantly.

As Givhans describes, Jean-Raymond expressed his vision of American blackness, not as ‘other’, but in the everyday sense of black culture. (more…)



Is it too soon for beauty advent calendars?



Castelbajac X L'OCCITANE Classic Advent Calendar

This time every year we have this dilemma about whether it’s too early to discuss Christmas. But, hey, we need something to look forward to, right? The press got a first look at all the gifty launches a month or so ago (in a month-long junket known as ‘Christmas In July’) and so we’ve seen all there is to see of advent calendars, gift selection sets and the like already.

Beauty advent calendars still seems to have plenty of mileage in them (read my post on the business of advent calendars and beauty subscription boxes here) and brands and retailers are having to up their game in order to stand out. (more…)



First look at L’Oreal Paris X Isabel Marant beauty



L'Oreal Isabel Marant beauty collection

The L’Oreal X Isabel Marant beauty collaboration is about to launch and a few images have landed already has just launched! It’s a capsule day-to-night collection of essentials – think effortless #Frenchgirlstyle a la Isabel Marant herself. (Personally, I love her vibe, her grey hair and her rustic holiday home.) As Marant says, “for me, Parisian cool is not about social media perfection, it is a natural elegance. (more…)



Gentlewoman style: École de Curiosités



Ecole de curiosites white matisse jacket

New brand alert! Weepingly expensive but how beautiful. I discovered École de Curiosités via the Tiina The Store e-newsletter. It’s a Franco-Japanese brand by designer Hans Ito, produced in France from delicious-sounding new and vintage fabrics like ‘typewriter cotton’. Very much in the Egg-meets-Sofie-D’Hoore mould, it’s all roomy dresses,  boyish shirts and relaxed linen tailoring. (more…)