Hed Mayner SS23



Hed Mayner SS23

I’m not quite sure how Hed Mayner escaped my notice until now, but here we are. Satisfying my love for all things utility-luxe, oversized and rough-around-the-edges, his SS23 collection is an excellent intro to his quiet, self-sufficient world.

Extreme sloping shoulders are something of a signature, seen here in pinstripe tailoring and 80s-Stone-Island-meets-90s-Yohji outerwear, as are repurposed fabrics – e.g., broderie anglaise bedlinens starched and refashioned into roomy tunics and dresses. (more…)



On my radar: Wanderlust fragrances



Wanderlust perfumes - Voyeur Verde by Maya Njie

The annual escape has begun! Nah, not the hell of Heathrow airport, but the olfactory escape of citrus colognes and wanderlust perfumes. While last year’s big summer scent was all about the return to eau-de-sun-sea-and-sex beachy hedonism, I feel this summer leans more to Mediterranean citruses and herbaceous green notes. (more…)



Lemaire SS23 highlights



Lemaire ss23

What a week it’s been in the UK. If you’re craving calm and serenity after the last few days of chaos, please join me in appreciating the SS23 collection from Lemaire. Ahhhhh that feels better.

There was quite a bit of model-audience interaction at last weeks’ menswear shows. Lemaire also had an element of this with the models posing as everyday people just hanging out doing not very much, while the press and visitors mingled among them wondering which were the models and which were the guests. (In a case of role reversal, the peacocks were the watchers and the understated androgynes were the watched.) (more…)



Trend report: The healthification of beauty is officially here



Ourself beauty

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…)