March 2015

Boucheron – Place Vendome Perfumed Body Cream

March 30, 2015

Yes, it is Spring but not so much as you’d know it. Dreary weather aside, one way of making yourself feel better is to engulf yourself in little luxuries. To some this is truckloads of ice cream or chocolates while watching TV. For me, it’s wrapping myself up in fragrance – home, perfume or body. […]

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Givenchy’s Cuir Blanc

March 29, 2015

Boom! I knew it had arrived with its sweet bowl-you-over waft of loveliness seeping through the packaging.  Cuir Blanc is a sparkling, addictive line of white narcotic joy wrapped in expensive new handbag leather. It’s white pepper on white musk on white leather layers all add a little bit of difference. Pristine and elegance personified. […]

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Hermes’ Le Jardin de Monsieur Li

March 14, 2015

It’s new and from Hermes so already the hint is there that this will be ‘plus elegant, plus classy’.  Though designer-perfumer Christine Nagel joined in 2014 (a brilliant contemporary appointment to this classic house), the indomitable grey fox and taste-maker of all that is Hermes fragrance, Jean-Claude Ellena’s handwriting is strong in this devastating new […]

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Burton Steps Closer to McQueen’s Heritage on the Eve of ‘Savage Beauty’.

March 11, 2015

Even by Sarah Burton’s extremely high standards and vision, this was one of her finest for AW’15 Perfectly executed, Burton’s array of Victorian melodrama heroines stayed as true to Alexander McQueen’s vision even if the late great Lee would have ensured a more theatrical staging. On the eve of the launch of the feted McQueen […]

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Karl’s Chanel Classicism with Some Brilliant Twists. And Even Humour

March 10, 2015

This morning Chanel set their AW’15 show in a brasserie replete with models (Kendall and Cara, if you please) not only walking but chatting on barstools and waited upon by male model muses. It was a return to classicism and to form for the haute brand. Trad low, square-heeled spectator shoes spelled wife rather than […]

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Waight Keller’s Star Ascends at Chloe in a Blaze of Stevie Nicks

March 8, 2015

Hot on the heels of the Celine show where Phoebe Philo lightened up her strata of strictness but still retained an ultra level of severity with the emphasis a tad to much on the contrived, the vastly underrated Clare Waight Keller seems to go swimmingly with the flow in a natural order at Chloe. Waight […]

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Ricci’s in Contemporary Safe Hands with Guillaume Henry

March 8, 2015

It says something of the weight of a designer when he moves to one of the wonder houses of the world. As Peter Copping headed to Oscar de la Renta to take over the mantle of a maestro, how would the wunderkind new boy at the helm, ex Carven designer, Guillaume Henry, cut it as […]

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Westwood’s New Breed Power (Jackets) for AW15

March 7, 2015

When Vivienne Westwood steps outside her leftfield comfort zone, she shines. This was one such show that showed Vivienne Westwood is still relevant and can create ‘a look’ for the season. In this case, HUGE oversized jackets paired with everything from crop trousers to fringed or hobbled skirts and balloon pants. The proportion has just […]

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Galliano at Maison Margiela -The Shot in the Arm that Paris Needed.

March 7, 2015

Oh how we’ve missed you John Galliano. Like a shot of A grade drug to the arm, the first RTW Maison Margiela was all sorts of wonderful. Galliano deftly manages to simultaneously defy and entrance. Here, were the smacks in the face of genius that Paris has missed for so long. From his misplaced tainted […]

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Dries Van Noten’s Art School Madame of Contrasts–AW15

March 4, 2015

Set in the gloriously opulent and plush Hotel De Ville with its French renaissance architecture and Baroque showiness, this was going to be a show to wow an audience into submission. And with that we have the juxtaposition. Although Dries Van Noten is known for his opulence, his clash of fabrics and textures, his loud […]

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