Charlotte Tilbury: from Youtube to Yourface

I’m a champion procrastinator, I’ve whiled away many an unproductive but happy hour watching videos on YouTube and browsing for vintage clothes on eBay. My favourite videos on Youtube either involve Honey Badgers, full grown men re-creating the conversations of a two-year-old or makeup tutorials.  The plethora of makeup tutorials on YouTube are somewhat hit and miss, however there are some that provide indispensable advice from veteran makeup artists who’ve honed their craft after years of working in the industry. In my opinion, the best ones are by Pixiwoo, Lisa Eldridge and Charlotte Tilbury. The proliferation of  YouTube tutorials have fundamentally changed the way makeup brands market their products. No longer can brands rely on glossy adverts and pretty packaging to tempt customers to part with their hard earned cash – women want to see the products […]

The Shape of Beauty

I  have a career where I wear many hats.  Whether I’m in actress, writer, producer or stylist mode, I have to get my brain into the appropriate headspace. Alas, these hats are metaphorical as apposed to actual – my headwear collection would rather more impressive otherwise. Having been on both sides of the camera I’ve come to understand a great deal about body issues. A few years back I was booked for a TV commercial for a high profile beauty brand. I was dead chuffed to have been chosen from the dozens of hopefuls; I strolled into the fitting session brimming with confidence. After about an hour of with wardrobe, 15 folks from the ad agency and the director ambled in and sat around critiquing my looks as though I wasn’t there. One […]

Georgia Hardinge: The best designer on the high street

Designer/High Street collaborations have become something of a rite passage for the brands involved. For the designer it’s an acknowledgement that their brand has earned mass appeal that the general public wants to buy into. For the High Street brand  it’s is a way of flexing their fashion muscles, not only displaying the high calibre talent they’ve pulled, but also proving  they have their finger on the zeitgeist’s pulse.  For the shopping public it’s a chance to own clothes by designers whose usual  sky high prices are permanently out of reach. However, oftentimes Designer/High Street collaborations cause a shopping riot that’s not worth the hassle. The recent Isabel Marant for H&M collection sold out in hours and the  store on Kensington High Street had shoppers setting up camping outside the store in freezing temperatures. […]

The hot brand to know about now – Self Portrait

I have an unquenchable thirst for fashion that is rarely sated; it’s a burning preoccupation that needs to be fed with fashion news, new designers and trends. However, even I can suffer from fashion fatigue – there are days when I can’t bear to look clothes or write about new trends. When they do it’s most unsettling, my obsessive sartorial compulsions are what a fuel a lot of my work. However, once in a while a brand comes a long that re-lights the flame and stokes the engine of the my fixation – one such brand is Self Portrait. Founded this year by Central Saint Martin’s graduate Han Chong who is also behind the in-the-know brand Three Floor. I’ve been a fan of Three Floor since its launch in 2011, but Self Portrait […]

How to be a feminist without losing your femininity

I had a conversation in a taxi the other day with a colleague and her friend that sparked off a trail of cantankerous thoughts. The friend of my colleague had been on a lunch date with an potential beau –  they had apparently enjoyed a pleasant meal and when it came to settle up the guy had expected my colleague’s friend to pay for half of the meal. She was outraged. So was my colleague. They asked for my opinion on the matter and, being somewhat vociferous and outspoken (in other words, an insufferable loudmouth) I shared my thoughts in no uncertain terms. My views on the issue are as follows – if a woman expects the rights and pay afforded men, she must behave as an equal. This entails picking up her […]

Cool Yule: Christmas in Bloom

It’s an boring and unoriginal cliche, but Christmas has come round really quickly this year.  I’m well aware that I’m grumbling like a puritanical miserablist, but it seems that  saccharine TV commercials peddling tidings of comfort and joy appear on our screens way before the trees have shed their summer leaves. Despite my dismay at festive advertising shooting its load too early, I’m actually rather fond of Christmas. Hanging out with my family, cooking, decorating the house with twinkling lights are activities that make me very happy indeed.  Added to that is the pleasure of getting to dress up for parties; any excuse for a fancy frock and a cocktail. What I don’t so enjoy so much about christmas dressing how homogenised the ‘Christmas party look’ has become. The afore mentioned cursed festive […]

Autumn Essentials on Sale…Hooray!

There’s a change in the air, no doubt about it – autumn’s on it’s way.  As much as I would love for summer to stretch on way into September, there’s something briskly refreshing about the return of fall.  After the long, hot, lazy days of summer it feels right to be pulling on coats and boots and making a fresh start of life.  Maybe it’s a hangover from school days, but ochre leaves falling from the trees and a nip in the air signal fresh new beginnings.  Ironic seeing as autumn by rights should be rather more melancholic.  Maybe the buoyant mood that the seasonal change engenders is wholly to do with the presence of new fashion in the shops.  Either way, I like it. https://twitter.com/Alisha_Magic/status/368403467682865152 The start of a new season isn’t traditionally […]

These Boots are Made for Walking

As much as I love my home town of London, there are times when the city and it’s people grate on my last nerve.  There’s nothing quite like commuting in morning rush hour to bring out the my inner misanthrope.  As I teetered my way to work in 4 inch stilettos, I hopped onto the tube only to manhandled into the personal space of a rather disagreeable, middle aged woman. The lady in question was highly aggrieved that she was forced into in an intimately compromising position with me; I should add that I wasn’t enjoying be up close and personal with her.  She got even crosser when I stumbled into her every time the train jerked and jolted – unsteady on my chic but perilous heels.  She expressed her seething rage by […]

What’s cool now? Bambi and sweats, obviously…

Over the past few seasons the humble sweatshirt has risen up the sartorial ranks from unloved gym wear to a highly coveted hero piece.  The ascent of the sweatshirt is in direct correlation with the resurrection and re-brand of the label Kenzo.  When Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, who created cult store Opening Ceremony, took over Kenzo they infused the label with youthful, streetwise aesthetic.  One of Kenzo re-brand success stories is without a doubt the now iconic sweatshirt. The top 50 A-Line skirts from @kenzo_paris, @ZARA, @Simone_Rocha_ and more http://t.co/cC4MV0riHd — Grazia UK (@GraziaUK) August 30, 2013 The Kenzo sweatshirt craze started over a year ago, which in fashion terms is positively an epoch. However the sweatshirt has continued to grapple it’s way up the ladder of cool by taking centre stage on […]

Three Floor A/W13

There are certain labels that push the envelope, challenge conventional wisdom and encourage us to re-evaluate how we get dressed.  In most cases these ground breaking label’s prices are as high as their concepts; the mere mortals among us can only dream of wearing an extraordinary creation by Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane or Alexander McQueen.  However, once in a while a brand will come along that makes amazing, contemporary clothes that don’t cost the earth; Three Floor is one such brand.  Founded in 2011 by Central Saint Martin’s graduate Han Chong and Yvonne Hoang, the label offers genuinely interesting designs at prices that don’t require the bank balance of an oligarch. Inspired by the outfits of fashion bloggers and industry insiders, the online label has been a firm favourite of editors and buyers […]