December 2012

Burberry’s S/S’13 campaign features Romeo Beckham

December 17, 2012

I fear for Burberry with this one (and I do love that brand). This could be their Brad Pitt/Chanel moment and just before 2012 finishes. Still, already the Twittersphere is all abuzz with the images and conversations about its merits, or not. What I’m referring to, of course, is Burberry’s Spring/Summer’13 campaign featuring none other […]

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Roja Dove releases Fetish. The Dominatrix Chypre

December 17, 2012

Roja Dove, the man whose personality and charisma is as memorable as his works, is truly a master perfumer. This man manages to encapsulate a bygone era in his perfume formulation but make that era truly relevant and as astounding as it was the first time around. Don’t get me wrong, he doesn’t try to […]

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Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

December 16, 2012

A light hearted look back over the past week’s good, bad and indifferent including the “don’t even go there’s.”LOVING“Bore Off” – Corrie’s Helen Flanagan was onto something with this phrase on IACGMOOH. Perfectly sums up how we want to reply to some people/brands who take le p. Escentual.com’s #EscentualWish Campaign – One lucky recipient each […]

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Chamilia & Ernest Jones launch ‘Wish’ bead for ‘Make-A-Wish’ International

December 15, 2012

This week jewellery company Chamilia teamed up with UK retail giant Ernest Jones to launch the ‘Wish’ bead to benefit ‘Make-A-Wish’ International. A slew of celebrities and fashion press attended the flashy launch at London’s Corinthia Hotel to mark the launch and party to the sounds of Model & DJ Joy Vieli with hair-stylist James […]

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Guerlain’s Rose Nacree du Desert

December 15, 2012

It was only at a recent Guerlain afternoon tea with Thierry Wasser, Guerain’s head perfumer, that I smelled the beauty of this perfume. And I do mean beauty. Like a handsome chap with swagger clutching two dozen deep red roses, this bowled me over from the first hello. I had, of course, known of the […]

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Nicholas Kirkwood launches The Chambord

December 13, 2012

Now here was a seasonal glow right in the middle of Mayfair on a Wednesday evening. Barely two weeks from Christmas and shoe designer of the moment, Nicholas Kirkwood, hosted a Christmas drinks party to celebrate his partnering with Chambord black raspberry liqueur and the launch of ‘The Chambord’, a limited edition deep raspberry velvet […]

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Grossmith launches The Black Label Collection

December 12, 2012

Since Grossmith was revived by Simon & Amanda Brooke in 2009, it’s made quite an indelible impression on the niche highbrow perfumery market. This house has heritage and it was always going to use it. And wisely, staking it’s claim to its rightful British throne. While last year’s Betrothal perfume launch coincided with the marriage […]

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This Week

December 11, 2012

This Week’ captures a snapshop of a week’s happenings in the life of Katie’s alter ego, Karen. A lot can happen in London. ‘This Week’  (which is sort of last week, if you see what I mean – check the date), I galleried it at Scream and Somerset House, had tea at The Connaught with […]

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Lyn Harris launches Six Unique Scents with M&S

December 7, 2012

So, this was a mighty little surprise that packed a floral punch. Lyn Harris (of Miller Harris fame) has been associated with creating some memorable fragrances including a couple of my favourites, Rose en Noir (for Liberty) and the late (now depleted) original Matthew Williamson fragrance, Incense, one of the sorriest discontinuations in years. Ms […]

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Alice Temperley launches Flagship Store with typically Red Carpet Charisma

December 7, 2012

Well named Conduit street in London’s West End became a conduit for Alice Temperley’s distinct brand of west London Boho Red Carpet charisma as she officially opened her Grade II listed townhouse, packed to the brim with throngs of the glamorous and the very well-heeled. Influential, grown-up fashion women who know a drop-dead dress when […]

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