beauty

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood



Once Upon a Time In Hollywood Quentin Tarantino costume designOnce Upon a Time In Hollywood Quentin Tarantino costume design

I’m pretty excited for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad Tarantino film, and as a bonus, you’re always guaranteed a memorable wardrobe moment or two. Reservoir Dogs was my favourite, with its incredible cast (does anyone else have an unlikely crush on Steve Buscemi?) and signature suits, while Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction ushered in the era of the iconic nail polish (Chanel’s Rouge Noir is still in demand today).

I spent weeks listening to the Charles Manson podcasts to get up to speed on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘s post golden-Hollywood era mood. (more…)



Ask Alison: Is it time for indie beauty brands to get in on duty free shopping?



Niche beauty Duty Free airport beauty Dezeen

Earlier this week, independent beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury made its airport retail debut at World Duty Free in London Heathrow. The week before, the eponymous brand was one of four indie beauty companies (alongside Anastasia, Hourglass and POLA) to be showcased within the DFS downtown store T-Galleria at Galaxy, Macau.

It’s about time these types of self-made or direct-to-consumer beauty upstarts joined the action within the travel retail space. (more…)



Buy it now: Chanel cruise beauty 2019



Chanel Cruise 2019 beauty Vision D’Asie: Lumiere et Contraste

If you had to limit yourself to only one beauty thingy, what would it be?

Mine would be a pot or stick of something shiny.

Any sheer, illuminating balm works for me – to go on lids, lips, cheekbones, inner corners of the eye. Chanel’s Cruise 19 beauty collection is sublime and all about the illuminating tools, with an overarching colour palette of earthy-meets-ethereal bronzes, silvers, oysters and taupes. Noisy Huda-style make-up this is not! But it is timeless and investment-worthy, with lush, blendable textures. (more…)



What happened when Lisa Eldridge won Audrey Hepburn’s lipstick at auction



Audrey Hepburn Cartier lipstick

“Audrey Hepburn’s lipstick holder should be owned by one person on this earth, and that is me.”

Auctions are the epitome of experiential retail. A thrilling experience, they combine drama, desire, competition, social interaction and a bit of a gambler mentality. I’ve only been to an auction once, years ago, a Christie’s sale of pop art posters and design. It was relatively tame and we ended up with a much-loved Robert Indiana LOVE poster that I *think* Tommy Roberts (of Mr Freedom and Tom Tom fame) also bid for.

If you want a sense of what it’s like to bid for something really coveted, watch Lisa Eldridge’s account of bidding for Audrey Hepburn’s Cartier lipstick holder. (more…)