Let’s say it now, there’s not a lot of newness around at the mo. The world’s in flux, designers are scared for their jobs, no one’s taking risks and the big brands especially just wanna sell. Who can blame them? BOF’s Angelo Flaccavento was maybe a bit harsh with his ‘clothes to die from not for’ (lol) summing up of MFW SS23, but he had a point. It’s a commercial season, so let’s just get that out of the way. Honestly, I’m not sad about the black-everything revival, I can’t complain about the loafer love-fest and as a New Luddite, it’s great to see women’s watches in the spotlight. Read on for my round-up of what I’ll be wearing and doing this season… (more…)
This week we’re starting to see the first coverage of the latest Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama collaboration as the Cruise 23 collection prepares to drop in early January. It’s a huge collection and its design and execution are the embodiment of joy, artistry and artisanship.
It’s also super clever.
Yayoi Kusama is one of relatively few fine artists who can be considered almost as brands in themselves. (more…)
One of the most interesting trends I’ve been researching this year is the intersection of health and beauty. The Future Laboratory published a great report on the subject earlier this year and since then I’ve had my radar up for more emerging products and services. Electronic gadgets in particular are getting a lot of attention. The report mentioned the multi-therapy Theraface appliance that treats acne and fine lines, while sculpting the face and – apparently – easing migraines. (more…)
It’s official, we’re moving into a new era of beauty. Thanks to The Future Laboratory and its robust 2022 Beauty, Health and Wellness report, we can look ahead not only to the next 2-3 years, but future gaze on the next ten years of what TFL terms ‘Accredited Beauty’.
Taking influences and data from recent social and economic world events, Accredited Beauty describes a new era of informed consuming in which brands will be expected to back up claims with expertise and evidence. Why? Because we’ve learned to ‘follow the science’, check our facts and interrogate misinformation and disinformation. (more…)