January 2014

Chanel’s Focus on Lips – Le Rouge Chanel

January 30, 2014

It’s very hard for a girl to resist the charms of a brand spanking new, gleaming, black shiny, Chanel lipstick. In this little design wonder with the double interlinked ‘C’ logo, we have the ultimate status symbol as well as a variety of textures, shades and depths that’s a key cornerstone of beauty. It’s no […]

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Penhaligons release Tralala. Inspired by the World of Meadham Kirchhoff

January 23, 2014

I have a love-hate relationship with Meadham Kirchhoff. Much of the time, love the collections: the inspiration, the frou-frou, the playfulness and the masterfully distressed contradictions and cut. But hate, no, loathe, the ‘trying to prise a ticket from the PRs hands to get into the show’ routine that’s the usual LFW catwalk seasonal stand-off. […]

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Agi & Sam inspired by Masai Culture for A/W’14

January 22, 2014

The winners of last year’s ‘Emerging Talent Award’ delivered this season with a collection inspired by Masai culture and, more specifically, Agi’s recent east African travels exploring his patrilineal warrior heritage. As the label’s first trek into a clothed world devoid of flamboyant colour, the grey-scaled fabric designs were inspired by the vibrant tradition of […]

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Versace’s Couture Slave to the Rhythm

January 21, 2014

You can trust Ver-Says to go all glam on our asses at any time, nevermind couture.  So you could practically hear our shrieks when La Donatella gave us Grace Jones ‘Slave to the Rhythm’ type snoods on dresses and jackets, sharp shoulders, see-through panelling, sheeny metallic come fluid sheaths and fur…great big, swishy, trailing swathes […]

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Zanini’s Schiaparelli – Worth the Wait?

January 21, 2014

It was one of the biggest talking points of last year. Who would be at the helm of the re-invigorated Schiaparelli, the House we all Love to Love? When Marco Zanini was announced, this shy-from-the-glare-of-the-spotlight designer with a sense of whimsy and history, who managed single-handedly to breathe life, whimsy and humour into Rochas as […]

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Nicole Farhi’s Joanna Sykes’ Purist Casual Approach

January 20, 2014

Nicole Farhi showcased an informal studio presentation with a collection devoted to signature knitwear and eased silhouettes. Creative Director Joanna Sykes continued her purist journey with the label by emphasizing deconstructed separates produced from the softest organic textures of wool, flannel and jersey. The collection was removed from the confines of strict tailoring. Pattern knits […]

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Crombie Re-Vamped–The AW’14 Collection

January 15, 2014

When it comes to strategising a modern campaign for British branding the concept of ‘heritage’ is always in vogue. Admittedly, the theme can be slightly overkill for some labels that have unconvincingly attempted to concoct contributions to the history of dress. Fortunately, Crombie stands as a reserved example of men’s clothiers worthy of esteemed historical […]

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Kent & Curwen Spurred On By A New Vision

January 14, 2014

Kent & Curwen British preppie approach is well documented, and, with a store on Saville Row and a fresh injection of capital, this traditional British heritage brand is set for bigger global recognition. Add to that, the appointment of Simon James Spurr in September of last year. Spurr has stints at big international houses from […]

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Dolce & Gabbana’s NEW Eyebrow Shaping Pencil

January 14, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana drip-feed new products into their beauty range constantly so it’s always worth dropping by Harrods to see what new tempting items have come on board. This month it’s a beautifully glam Veil Pressed Powder and a top  item for me (to save me from run-of-the-mill pfaffy eyebrow pencil sharpeners that chew up […]

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Return to Heritage for E.Tautz–Autumn/Winter ‘14

January 13, 2014

Patrick Grant and the E.Tautz team made a triumphal return to the heritage of British tailoring for AW’14. The collection boasted a travelling bazaar of fabrics that were embellished, printed, woven and hand-stitched to perfection. Last season represented a new direction for the label, placing emphasis on the cohesion of light fabrics and modern square […]

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