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Trend report: Connolly AW22



Connolly aw22

How soon is too soon to talk about AW22 tweed winter coats and handknit sweaters? I’m writing this during a June heatwave but by the time I finish, we could well be buried in a freak ice storm. This is London, anything could happen.

This is the AW22 collection from Connolly which I was fortunate enough to witness up close at the Clifford Street store a couple of weeks ago. God, it was heaven. Connolly is a unique store anyway, in a quiet 1719 townhouse selling fashion (by which I mean impeccably crafted clothes) alongside art, homewares and luxury leather goods in a welcoming home-from-home setting. The clothes are designed by Marc Audibet with knitwear designed by Lorraine Acornley, who I know from her previous work with Begg & Co. (more…)



New in: Chanel L’Huile Camélia



As the owner of the world’s saddest, driest cuticles, this new Chanel cuticle oil caught my eye.

Part of the summer nail care offer, Chanel L’Huile Camélia moisturises and pushes back cuticles using the powers of camellia oil, an ingredient used in many J beauty and hair products (and of course, a significant one for Chanel, as the camellia flower is a key house code). (more…)



Atelier Mayer returns



Atelier Mayer Marrakech

“Anyone can come to Marrakech and go shopping. But I’m editing a special collection showcasing hand-craftsmanship.”

She’s back! The wonderful Carmen Haid has revived her brand Atelier Mayer, expanding its original scope from vintage fashion to lifestyle and interiors. Now with the business based in Marrakech, selling a mix of vintage design pieces and made to order items, her range includes bespoke vases, bowls and tableware alongside vintage furniture. (more…)



The culture of fashion: The 90s is officially vintage – here’s why that’s a good thing



Jil Sander 1990s

It recently dawned on me that the 1990s, the era that defined me, is properly vintage. While it’s a discombobulating thought (I mean, I don’t feel middle-aged), there are some positives. One is that the minimalist-slash-deconstructivist designers of the time – Margiela, Lang, Demeulemeester, Sander, Prada, Klein – have become established as classics and thus there’s a new market for them. (more…)