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Gentlewoman style: Louis Vuitton cologne perfumes



Louis Vuitton cologne perfume

These new Louis Vuitton ‘colognes’ sound promising. There are three scents based on the California landscape and you can also buy these cute little cases if you’re into overpriced leather knick knacks (ahem – guilty!).

From top to bottom there’s Afternoon Swim (an effervescent cocktail of orange, mandarin and bergamot – and apparently a dupe for Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino), Cactus Garden (bergamont, cucumber and lemongrass notes) and Sun Song, a sweet-sour blend of orange blossom, lemon and musk. Created by master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, these ‘cologne perfumes’ are eau de parfum strength so have better longevity than the average cologne.

Louis Vuitton cologne perfume Afternoon Swim
Louis Vuitton cologne perfume Cactus Garden
Louis Vuitton cologne perfume Sun Song

It’s interesting that Louis Vuitton has released such strongly non-gendered fragrances. I seem to recall when they launched their first perfumes three years ago, they said they wanted to keep women’s and men’s very separate, but I guess now they have had time to establish some signature scents for both gender, they can go full 21st century modern and do a gender-neutral line.

Personally, I prefer herby citruses and gentleman’s study-type smells to ‘feminine’ white florals. I respond better to ‘non-feminine’ branding as well (as in, less romantic and more graphic). The bottles are the same clever, minimalist vessels designed by Marc Newson, while the boxes and leather cases are a collab with artist Alex Israel. I confess I haven’t heard of him before, but they’re suitably sunny and contemporary, in keeping with Louis Vuitton’s arty aspirations.

Buy them here (£185 for 100ml or £280 for 200ml).

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
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New In: Chanel Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint foundation and Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream



Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint Foundation
The camellia flower is synonymous with Chanel. It’s the minimalist white flower that you see on accessories, prints and even engraved on buttons and was the flower that Gabrielle Chanel’s lover, Boy Capel presented to her. It doesn’t have a smell but it does, it turns out, have some magical skincare properties.

Chanel’s skincare lab created its camellia-extract ‘Camellia Alba PFA’ (stick with me) a while ago. It’s a mainstay of the Hydra Beauty skincare line, of which the cult water-gel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum is one of my Holy Grail products.

This week Chanel introduces a new moisturiser, Camelia Water Cream (£48, below), a light-as-air moisturiser that combines Camellia Alba PFA with camellia floral water and a derivative of hyaluronic acid (the super moisture-booster that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water). If you don’t care much for the science mumbo jumbo, the main need-to-know is that this combo of active ingredients promises plumping, moisturising and energising benefits to the skin.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream

It’s a particularly nice base for make-up and as it happens, Chanel is also releasing a game-changing new foundation later this week. Why game changing? It’s all down to the unique formula that suspends pigment-filled oil droplets in a lightweight water gel. You can just see this bubble-like effect in the pictures below. When you squeeze out the ‘tint’ from the pump, it looks like curdled gel-liquid, but once applied (with its own little brush), it’s a cool-on-the-skin, tinted gel that transforms into a sheer veil of natural colour.

Chanel Les Beiges water fresh tint foundation

I prefer my foundation on the subtle, ‘looks like real skin’ side, so the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint (£48, above and below) will be a great option for summer when I generally need less coverage. Once the water evaporates, the droplets deposit hydrating oils on the skin.

I’m loving anything gel or jelly-textured right now, and this is also the first time I’ve found a Chanel foundation that’s not too pink-based for my skin tone (it comes in six shades).

Chanel Les Beiges water fresh tint foundation

Accompanying the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint foundation are a few new additions to the Les Beiges range. The Healthy Glow Sheer Powder (£42, pictured above) now comes in a logoed case with debossed logo in the powder. There’s also a new sheer brick-hued lip balm (quite pricey at £31), and for understated holiday eyes, there’s a very lovely palette of nine matte and iridescent earth shades called Les Indepensables (£67).

If you’re not really a neons and brights kinda girl, then as the name suggests, this is an indispensable palette that will work hard beyond the summer season. I’m still loving my Essentiel Multi-use Glow Stick, which I wear under my powder shadows for the most natural effect.

The Chanel Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream and Les Beiges de Chanel collection launch on 19th April. Buy them here and here*.

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Raf Simons on design, desire and the pace of fashion



Raf Simons Kvadrat

Raf Simons has pivoted to textile design. Kind of. Well, as a practitioner who doesn’t like to pigeonhole himself, that’s one of his focuses at the mo. Caroline Roux profiled him in this Observer story on the work he’s doing for Danish textile company Kvadrat, which was just shown at Milan Design Week. (Sidenote: we love our ‘Kvad-Raf’ cushions!) Here’s his thoughts on the sped-up pace of fashion. (more…)