Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East Pops Up at Selfridges, London

January 9, 2017

Timed to diminish January’s over-bearing dullness and the less than joyful end to London Fashion Week Men’s, Fashion East Store in Selfridges’ Designer Studio is a huge smile on the face, one-stop pop-up shop of the brightest and best in British design, featuring Fashion East’s current line-up of designers. Lulu Kennedy’s school of bright futures, […]

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Heeley’s Contemporary Chypre 21

January 25, 2016

I’m a pushover when it comes to chypres. The most sophisticated (to my mind) perfume type that soon divides the girls from the women or the men from the boys, chypres have an old world allure: A mystery and hard-to-define womanly aura that’s pre the pushover days of sweetly sick, over ripe and over used […]

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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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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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Juliette Has a Gun’s Gentlewoman Has Hidden Depths

November 10, 2015

I’m a tad pre-occupied at the mo by the debonair bandying about of the phrase ‘gent’, ‘true gent’ and ‘gentleman’. A turn of phrase oft used (haphazardly) by young men in their late 20’s and early ‘30s to heap praise on a new and possibly valued acquaintance.  If only these newly termed ‘gents’ lived up […]

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Tom Ford’s Venetian Bergamot

October 13, 2015

An interesting addition to the Private Blend stable at Tom Ford, where other fresh fragrances  lie (such as the great Neroli Portofino and Costa Azzura) that cross the divide and are worn equally well by men and women. It’s obviously a winning formula, for Venetian Bergamot smacks of success with its spiced back notes to […]

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Chutzpah’s Barometer

August 31, 2015

A Chutzpah look back over the week’s good, bad and indifferent including the “don’t even go there’s.” LOVING Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective – A huge fan of the Dermablend setting powder, Dermablend’s foundation (30% pigment concentration) has had a makeover in terms of its look with new darker colour additions to the range (coffee & […]

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Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme–The ‘It’ Perfume of 2015

July 1, 2015

There are some fragrances that have the ‘it’ factor. They breathe self assurance and bestow confidence and allure as soon as they’re worn. Some also have the ability to entrance the wearer almost as much as their intended prey (singular or plural). Step forward the big new launch of 2015 that’s sure to win bountiful […]

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Kurkdjian’s Oud Satin Mood is his fragrance ‘Fashion Moment’

June 26, 2015

I’m always high on expectation when perfume maestro Francis Kurkdjian releases a new name to the increasing roster of his own house fragrances. Kurkdjian sits somewhere in the triad of artist, visionary and perfume creator with his dreamy visions of olfactory heaven made real with each of his new creations. I’m a huge fan. I […]

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Chanel’s Misia. First release from Olivier Polge and latest addition to Les Exclusifs.

June 5, 2015

It launched a few months ago and I’m rather remiss in not reviewing this earlier. Chanel’s latest addition to Les Exclusifs range (developed by perfumer Olivier Polge) takes the very best of Chanel’s heritage and influences, concocting them for a contemporary stride for the modernist Chanel muse. Misia is named after Misia Sert, a good […]

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