February 2016

Valentino’s Valentina Poudre. Classic Powdery Heaven

February 25, 2016

Sometimes, new releases and even flankers can surprise you. I’ve always been a fan of the pretty and classic Valentina by Valentino range so was delighted when a new incarnation was recently released. Valentino Poudre is all that good releases to market should be: in keeping with the designer, true to the brand heritage and […]

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A Very Mixed Bag at Gucci AW’16

February 24, 2016

I’m kinda’ seeing the relevance of see-it buy-it now shift to show culture when seated in a chill factor temperature and viewing the latest Gucci AW’16 collection as it livestreamed. Only Gucci and Kering’s CEO Francois-Henri Pinault is in favour of maintaining the status quo. See it, buy it in 6 months. Even if you […]

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Frapin’s The Orchid Man. A Punch That Feels Like A Kiss

February 18, 2016

Reading the notes and inspiration behind Frapin’s The Orchid Man, as well as its name, lulls one into a false sense of security. My first thoughts, cased in its masculine, rich burgundy sleeve with bold typography, is that this will be a beast of a scent. Throw in the formidable hot-as-hell perfumer/creator David Frossard (pictured […]

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Lou Dalton A/W’16. Island Life

February 8, 2016

My friend Amy Liptrot is a supremely talented writer, having just had her first book published, ‘The Outrun’, a memoir of her time living on Orkney whilst overcoming addiction. So evocative is her writing, swimming in an inky ocean barely lit by daybreak, lambing season, the extremes of the landscape, that I’m finding it hard […]

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Vogue at 100: A Century of Style at The National Portrait Gallery

February 7, 2016

Stealing London Fashion Week’s thunder, the most stylish fashion event of Februray occurs this week (pre London Fashion Week AW16) when The National Portrait Gallery marks British Vogue’s centenary with the launch of a major photographic retrospective. The spotlight shines on the most illustrious and directional magazine in the world, British Vogue and its legions […]

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No.12 Lacha by ODIN New York

February 3, 2016

No.12 Lacha by ODIN is as sumptuous and narcotic with a deep masculine thrust as ever a perfume is likely to get. This is the essence of luxury masculinity in fine tailoring, measured and with good taste, kicking back in a Mayfair or St James gentleman’s club – aged Chesterfield Oxblood leather, sandalwood, crackling fires, […]

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Ted’s Sports Togs Hit the Mark

February 2, 2016

Here’s a newsflash. I never thought I’d be the one at the gym scorning at the newbies for crashing my regular classes and cluttering up the machines. But I am. You can tell those new bright young things not so much by their eagerness but by their spanking new gym kits splashed with brand names. […]

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Matthew Miller A/W’16–Lost in Translation

February 2, 2016

We’ve followed Matthew Miller on KatieChutzpah.com since his early collections, from sparse, minimal sportswear (pre-empting the likes of Cottweiler) through engineered prints to the more mature, tailored stride that the Royal College of Art graduate has recently hit. Perhaps one of London’s most politicised designers, Miller thankfully eschews the polemics and manifestos of, say Vivienne […]

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Byredo’s Casablanca Lily is Lush with Eastern Promise

February 2, 2016

Byredo, with its distinctive modernist rounded flacons and its air of Scaninavian haute class, has its legions of followers. They buy into the essence and the style of the brand and of its quirky perfumer-creator, Ben Gorham, (half Indian, quarter Scottish, quarter French Canadian) who grew up in Sweden and then, fittingly created and grew […]

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Moschino A/W’16. Sheer Art Attack

February 1, 2016

With so many brands changing their business strategy, it’s hard to keep up these days. The frequent yawning gulf between the catwalk collection and the retailers’ offering is bad enough, but how do we ascertain when a collection is actually available? It started off at Burberry, which made pieces available immediately after the catwalk show. […]

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