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Business of beauty: Ami Colé for melanin-rich skinimalists



Ami Cole Skin-enhancing Tint

New on my radar: Ami Colé. This beauty brand caught my eye a few weeks ago on Violet Grey*, first for its clean branding and packaging, followed by the subtly enhancing products – tinted moisturisers*, barely-there highlighter* and non-ashy loose powders in a spectrum of inclusive shades.

Founded by New Yorker Diarrha N’Diaye-Mbaye, it’s a far cry from the matte full coverage and ‘baked’ concealer aesthetic of recent years and sits somewhere between Glossier’s barely-there look and the gentle 90s glamour of Naomi Campbell (or what TikTok calls ‘UK Black Girl Make-up‘. (more…)



Shop the post: Farfetch wants your beauty dollars



Farfetch Beauty

Big news this week as Farfetch* enters the online beauty arena.

With leadership from Violet Grey’s Cassandra Grey and expert input from beauty tastemakers including make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench, hair stylist Jawara and model Aweng Chuol, the site is looking for a slice of the global $69 billion beauty pie. (more…)



Everything Japan: J-Wellness, Terahaku, Yasuko Takahashi and more



David Bowie and stylist Yasuko Takahashi

With the Tokyo Olympics happening this summer, the spotlight is firmly on Japan.

For starters, I’m looking forward to the V&A’s Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition, which opens on 29th February. With its vast archives, this is the kind of exhibition the V&A does really well, time travelling from rare 17th and 18th century kimono to contemporary streetwear via Kawakubo and Galliano – that’s got be good!

Meanwhile, Sunspel is also feeling the Japan love this spring, collaborating with three contemporary Japanese brands – 45R, N.Hoolywood and Beams – on a capsule collection of men’s and womenswear. I like this 45R interpretation of the Sunspel Sun and Cloud logo, using an indigo dye cloud placement on a white cotton tee (below). All products will be available in Sunspel* shops and online from 7th March. (more…)



Buy it now: Westman Atelier Lip Suede is here (updated)



Westman Atelier Lip Suede Deep Red

An update for my American followers Westman Atelier fans. Westman Atelier’s Lip Suede compact has landed; a beautiful lacquered clamshell filled with stripes of peptide-rich and marula oil-infused lip colour. It’s priced at $85, €91 or £78 and is available on the Westman Atelier website here. There’s a brush to come at the end of the month.

UPDATE: It’s now arrived in Europe – at Net-a-Porter HERE* or Niche Beauty HERE*. Net-a-Porter is also selling this ‘Shanghai Edition Box duo of the Lip Suede compact with the Eye Love You mascara* HERE.

I know from my stats that you love Gucci Westman’s other products, so I’m expecting these to be a hit. Original story here. Gucci’s red lip masterclass – here – is excellent too. (more…)