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an undone Londoner, whilst New Yorkers offer delightful polish. Nowhere brings it like Milan, but girls from Paris have the edge (see interviewee Garance Doré for reference). This month, The Review is celebrating International style - enjoy without leaving your seat!
Harriet Hawksworth, Editor
The puffa jacket gets a high-fashion makeover
Givenchy Cannes Leather Boot £800Read More
Is it possible to love a pair of shoes more than we love these? No friends, no it is not. Perfectly proportioned with just the right balance of modernity and femininity, these boots look like the kind of pair only the coolest girls would be seen in.Shop Now
Moncler Cheverette 2-In-1 Jacket £1825Read More
The gilet is big news for AW12, and when teamed with the season’s other breakout trend the puffa jacket, we think we’re on to a winner. The clever folks at Moncler have given us two for the price of one. To pull off a puffa in style, make like Paris Vogue Editor Emmanuelle Alt and team with leather and heels.Shop Now
theGarance Doré interviewHarriet Hawksworth caught up with recent CDFA winner, blogger, illustrator, photographer and one half of fashion's hottest power couple Garance Doré to celebrate the launch of of her truly international collaboration with Parisian label Equipment.
From LA and Dallas to Paris and Sydney, travel is a big part of your life. Which country do you feel is the most stylish?
I like to get away from the usual ‘fashion capital’ type places. I recently visited Morocco and was hugely inspired by the colour and landscapes. I love the freedom of Australia, but Brazil is probably my favourite place at the moment; the fashion is amazing and it’s really going through this massive globalization. Also the people are so body-centric, the atmosphere of the place is astonishing!
What’s the first thing you put in your suitcase when you pack?
First of all, I must have all of my geeky things – my books, my iPad, my cameras and all of my gadgets. Fashion-wise, I need to know what I will be doing so I plan around that. I’m really obsessed with white jeans at the moment; they’re just a bit chicer than blue jeans. I pack two or three pairs so they don’t get dirty and I think if you have a shirt, some white jeans and a tailored men’s blazer, you’ll be prepared for anything. I always pack a swimsuit too, as you never know when you’ll fit in a swim at the hotel pool.
Blogging is actually a really mental way to live. It invades every aspect of your life, even when you’re not working, you’re working.
You say that, “the shows are where I find the inspirations for my blog”. What has been your most memorable fashion week moment to date?
When Jil Sander returned to her label for the Spring Summer 2013 catwalk show [after an eight-year hiatus from her eponymous brand] the love in the room was amazing. People were really emotional.
Maintaining a successful website requires a great deal of motivation. How do you feel you have achieved such a huge following, and what advice would you give to someone launching a blog?
Keep it personal, keep it intimate, you have a chance to reach out to people globally so let them into your life. You need to have an original voice and you need to talk about things you are passionate about, and things that come naturally. I loved chatting with friends, illustration and photography, so I decided to write conversationally and mix illustration and photos. My advice is, take all the things you love and make something unique.
You won the 2012 Council of Fashion Designers of America Media award. The prize has only just been opened up to bloggers - what does this say about how the industry is changing?
Winning that award with Scott [boyfriend and man behind the über-successful Sartorialist blog] was an incredible moment. It’s a really exciting time to do what we do. It feels like being at the heart of a storm, everything is changing. Fashion used to be quite a closed world, now it is becoming increasingly democratic, it’s evolving and I love that.
You’ve been working on a collaboration with Equipment (which includes Caroline Issa and Taylor Tomasi Hill) – why did you choose these women specifically to feature in the campaign?
I chose them because they are my friends! It was a dream project really, I just got my most stylish friends together and let them style the clothes exactly how they would wear them. We all love Equipment shirts, so we got together, dressed up and had lunch – such fun!
What’s it like working in the same industry as your partner, Scott Schuman who runs www.thesartorialist.com?
It feels like the most natural thing in the world. Blogging is actually a really mental way to live. It invades every aspect of your life, it’s personal and even when you’re not working, you’re working. So you need to be with someone who understands that. We both love what we do and we are old enough to be completely supportive. There’s no jealousy, we edit each other’s work, we are proud of each other and we inspire each other.
Your personal style icon is Katherine Hepburn. Who do you feel is the style icon of tomorrow?
I am a big fan of Diane Kruger. She just looks so utterly effortless, but there’s a story there. It’s not fashion for fashion’s sake, you feel like she genuinely loves clothes. I’ve heard that she styles herself and does all her own hair and make-up. Not that I’ve got anything against using stylists, but her look just feels so genuine.
Who would you love to work with?
I would love to work with Woody Allen, I don’t know what we’d do but it would be up to him – I’ll do whatever he likes! I love watching people work, so I’d be happy to just watch him. I’m very interested in film.
Do you have a ‘life plan’?
I think it’s hard to go places without vision, so I am trying to think about the things I want to accomplish and how I will do that. But in terms of a huge master plan, no I don’t have one.
Drawing or photography: you can only do one for the rest of your life. Which do you choose?
That’s so easy – photography. Being an illustrator is one of the most solitary jobs, and I am such a social person. Photography allows me to interact with people and be creative, so it’s perfect.
Wherever you are this Winter, brave the cold in style
Get A Gilet
Gilets are the long-overlooked Winter wardrobe saviour. A friend to layers (no pushing jumper sleeves through restrictive arm holes) gilets also provide a healthy dose of 1970s glam. Think Anita Pallenberg and Marianne Faithful in the heyday of Rolling Stones fame, and later, Kate Moss cutting a dash in rock chic fur. Choose from reversible versions by Yves Salomon, Vicedomini, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors.Shop Gilets
Only At Harrods
Imagine the world’s top international designers making one-off creations just for you? You don’t have to imagine, because this season Harrods has myriad jaw-dropping exclusive designs you won’t find anywhere else. Topping our wish lists are Belstaff’s Hartfield coat in so-now khaki finished with snug shearling, Balmain’s lust-worthy pearl-trimmed velvet jacket, and Givenchy’s red ostrich Antigona bag. The only drawback? Stocks won’t last, so get shopping.Shop Exclusives
One-stop Holiday Shop
Whether you’re hitting the sand or slopes on your hols this Winter, the harrods.com Holiday Shop is here to sort your suitcase. From Bond-ready bikinis to athlete-worthy salopettes, we have it covered. But what of magic balms to soothe winter skin, and stylish travel accessories we hear you cry? Only a click away, friends. There’s even gear for your other half and offspring too. So what are you waiting for? Your winter holiday starts here.Shop The Holiday Shop
Kit and knits for life in the fast lane
Time Is On Your Side
Can’t get no (handbag) satisfaction? Streamline your life with 3.1 Phillip Lim’s 31 collection: featuring the 31 Hour bag, 31 Minute portfolio and 31 Second pouch, each is designed to be the perfect size for – you guessed it! – 31 hours, 31 minutes and 31 seconds. The best bit? They pack up Matryoshka doll-style, so you don’t have to choose just one.Shop 3.1 Philip Lim
Bring On The Beanie
It’s a fact: Review HQ loves William Sharp’s cashmere beanies (luxe meets Nineties louche – what’s not to love?). And now Winter’s here, they’re on our minds more than ever. Away from the ski slopes, pair them with structured tailoring for an edgy look that will have you looking sharp all season (see what we did there?).Shop William Sharp
A Fine Romance
Like your accessories pretty and practical? Of course you do, so you'll be head over heels in love with Dolce & Gabbana's retro-meets-romantic AW12 offerings: think exotic animal prints, roomy vintage-inspired shapes and the label's signature lashing of lace. Need more convincing? Super-chic fans include Monica Bellucci and Olga Kurylenko (because if anyone's going to understand the importance of a multi-tasking bag, it's a Bond girl).Shop Dolce & Gabbana
Tell Me About It, Stud
Safety pins, begone! Punk takes on a chic new guise with Eddie Borgo’s oh-so-cool creations. With studs and spikes putting a rock ‘n’ roll spin on the season’s ultra-glam mood, it’s little wonder that the New York brand counts Alison Mosshart, Irina Lazareanu and Tallulah Harlech as fans. Anarchy has never been so alluring.Shop Eddie Borgo
Grab Winter style by the horns
Trainer buffs listen up. There’s a new breed on the market. Haute hi-tops from the likes of Marc Jacobs, YSL and Alexander McQueen for Puma are filling our e-shelves and tipping the footwear scale. Not to be worn with your standard T-shirt and jeans, these thoroughbreds require a more suave ensemble. Daniel Craig has it nailed with his shirt, tie and cardi combo. Well, if it’s good enough for Bond…Shop Hi-Tops
Long Live Mcqueen
Men, admit it: you're busy, aren't you? Very busy and important. Much too busy and important to spend your valuable time shopping for the dapper duds you so obviously require (nay, deserve). Luckily there's a simple solution to this conundrum: Alexander McQueen. With a menswear line that boasts everything from Savile Row-inspired tailoring to off-duty attire with an edge, getting your wardrobe Winter-ready has never been easier.Shop Alexander McQueen
Appease your inner rock god and amp up your military standing with Balmain’s Winter collection. Choose from super-cool chunky knits, ribbed jeans, motif tees and biker jackets. If you’re after something special, opt for one of our exclusive tuxedo jackets – guaranteed to slim your chances of an outfit match at the office party (we know you fear this too fellas!).Shop Balmain
Airport Security, otherwise known as the 100ml challenge, will flummox even the most prepared beauty addicts. When you’re in it for the long haul, every inch of that transparent plastic bag needs to be considered.
Eight hours of air con will suck the life out of any complexion, so intense hydration is essential for radiant landing. Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask (1) can be applied thinly and left to soak in to the skin for hours (without giving me a scary clay face), and Kiehl’s’ Rosa Artica Eye Cream (2) is perfect for patting on to my tired peepers.
Preparation for Arrivals begins at 39,000 ft. A deft spritz of a reviving formula like Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic (3) awakens and refreshes, and nothing beats Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit (4) for hiding the dark circles of a sleepless night. I always carry a 30ml bottle of fragrance (5,YSL, Manifesto ), and eyeliner (6,Dolce & Gabbana, Intense ) to create my favourite flicks. Top tip- never leave the country without a Clinique Chubby Stick (7)- it's colour and moisture in one.
Words: Sarah Edwards
Harrods exclusive Balmain jacket is your round-the-clock wardrobe wonder (whichever city you land in)
Japan, New York & Italy; beauty news goes international
Three clues to our newest beauty launch… eyelash curlers… cleansing oils… false lashes… Have you got it yet? That’s right, this month we’re saying konnichiwa to Shu Uemura, everyone’s favourite Japanese beauty brand. Get ready to stock up on all the cult favourites and don’t forget to browse the exciting Karl Lagerfeld collaboration, where east meets west with new colour selections and package designs by the man himself.Shop Shu Uemura
All aboard and let the Holiday Collections tour begin! We start right here in London with the launch of Burberry’s Complete Eye Palette , a compact containing four enticing new shades. Next stop is the US where Bobbi Brown’s Caviar and Oyster collection is a must for Christmas sparkle. Finally, let’s head back to Europe to stockpile Yves Saint Laurent’s iridescent lip glosses. (Psst there’s actually no need to leave your sofa as everything is available on harrods.com).Shop Just In Make-Up
The ultimate New York City girl, Donna Karan is famed for her feminine tailoring, show-stopping gowns and iconic DKNY handbags. Soon we’ll be able to add fragrance (exclusive to Harrods) to that list, with the launch of Woman, a new scent inspired by the strength of females everywhere. We’re all for sisterhood, but our purchase is based solely on the fact that the orange flower and sandalwood blend is divine, oh, and who doesn’t want to smell like Christy Turlington?Shop Donna Karan
When it comes to old school glamour, no one does it better than the Italians and Dolce & Gabbana Makeup’s new Animalier collection is a case in point. This decadent offering (exclusive to Harrods) comes swathed in glossy leopard print packaging that opens to reveal smouldering shades for eyes, lips and nails. Watch out for the bronzing powder compact, we predict it will be one of the biggest beauty must-haves for AW12.Shop Dolce & Gabbana
The Ultimate Waist Cincher
This little belt of mine, I’m going to let it shine
After seasons spent usurped by peplums and tunics, the belt is back and ready to make a statement. And it doesn’t get more out-there than Ralph Lauren Black Label’s Alligator Belt complete with eye-watering sparkle.
Upgrade your outerwear by cinching in Winter coats, or forgo jewels in favour of a belted LBD for evening.
To truly give this belt the attention it deserves, we suggest an all-black ensemble consisting of a cigarette pant, fine knit cashmere polo and a crop jacket. Keep shoes slick and streamlined (try a Casadei pump) matching accessories died with the ‘80s.
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Photo: Jason Lloyd-Evans