November 2015

Narciso EDP–Contemporary Seductiveness

November 27, 2015

Narciso Rodriguez’s reason for creating this fragrance (released last year) was “I wanted to create an extremely sexy fragrance that would turn a man’s head.” And whilst wearing this, though I’ve not had this kind of reaction whilst others in my private arsenal of faves elicit  such response, Narciso lies firmly in the entrapment school […]

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Preen Line AW’15. Sequins, Colour Blocking & Attitude

November 27, 2015

Come Christmas, the online stores and high street is awash with sequins and glitter. Fashion magpies (like me) stock up on a few pieces to add to the vintage and street wear. This season, glitter shoes and boots and pretty nifty metallic loafers have been added to the obligatory metallic strappy sandals. Which means, come […]

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L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Rose Privee

November 26, 2015

Yes, I know we’re about to hit December and this overtly pink, rose fuelled hysteria isn’t the first choice when we’re in heavy winter fragrances but, hear me out and stay with me. This beauty appears to have got lost in my banal daily tasks of life and re-discovering it was pure joy. Was it […]

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Topshop Boutique Christmas Collection

November 26, 2015

Fashion, with all its pre collections, RTW,couture short-run limited editions and designer tie-ups moves so fast that unless you catch on quick whether a journo or consumer, it’s blink and you miss it. And miss it, and often you miss out. Rather than create an over-hyped, over-exposed frenzy like the #HMBalmaination or the forthcoming #BlackFriday […]

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All Aboard Aesop’s Marrakech Intense

November 20, 2015

Well this was a sweet and murky surprise. Feted skincare brand Aesop released Marrakech Intense last year but it had flown over my head in the midst of moving city, country, life. So, being chatted in-depth through the range at Aesop’s latest store in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, this was a revelation. Devised in conjunction with perfumer […]

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It’s that time of year again–A Claridge’s Christmas

November 18, 2015

It’s one of the things I most miss about London. The big dept store windows, Somerset House ice rink and tree and the Claridge’s lobby tree. The latter always a source of big unveiling and a launch party (natch!) with the focus on the designer serving up the tree design much anticipated. In the past, […]

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Just Desserts–Valentino Uomo

November 16, 2015

One of the more dramatic turnarounds in recent seasons is Valentino’s menswear proposition, which has been given a reboot in terms of relevance and repositioning. Now much younger and streetwear-driven, the collections follow some fairly stereotypical menswear conceits; £500 sweatshirts, recoloured camouflage, heavy trainers completely unsuitable for any sporting pursuit. The ubiquitous bomber. I could […]

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Everybody’s Changing

November 16, 2015

Maybe it’s the fact that menswear is traditionally seen as the least exciting branch of fashion, or maybe we were so caught up in the revolving doors at large houses in the last few months, including Raf Simons walking out on Dior, or Alber Elbaz’s dramatic exit from Lanvin and the subsequent downing tools of […]

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Sisley’s Soir d’Orient

November 14, 2015

Classy Sisley always quietly releases new make-up, skincare and perfume to the market with assurance and quiet confidence as is befitting of this superior brand. Earlier this year, Soir d’Orient appeared on Sisley counters with its striking black and gold appearance and distinctive sculptured gold head top. But it’s the contents that wow, for Soir […]

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Jo Malone’s Tuberose Angelica–Big, Blooming & Ballsy

November 12, 2015

Jo Malone’s cologne intense Tuberose Angelica is one of those heavy hitters that I immediately loved, forgot about, and have rediscovered. To say it’s full blown is understatement of the year with its gigantic wave of creamy white, full blown tuberose, surely one of the most delicious bursting-with-scent-whites. Its narcotic wave of layered sweet and […]

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