Saint Laurent gives us the female Bond we’ve all been waiting for

Saint Laurent gives us the female Bond we’ve all been waiting for


The venue

Saint Laurent always shows its Paris Fashion Week show at the Fontaine du Trocadéro, overlooking the Eiffel Tower. However this season things were a little different, due in no small part to the rain (yes even in beautiful Paris we must make allowances for the weather).

A black tent was erected, and inside guests walked a cream carpet which also served as a backdrop to the catwalk. For the show, lights went out, with only white spotlights putting the focus on the models – a nod to the famous Bond film opening credits.

The collection

If James Bond were a woman, this is what she would wear. Part femme fatale, part spy, she wears patent leather trousers with sheer blouses, pencil skirts with lacy bras.

But she is also confident enough to embrace masculine clothing, such as 80s power blazers, and in fact she dresses them up even more with chunky costume jewellery.

She also embraces colour, opting to mix in the classic Saint Laurent black with shades of chocolate, red wine and scarlet.

The accessories

Elegant suits were elevated thanks to leopard print cravates and chunky gold chains, while footwear was decidedly 80s. Think mum-style pointed slingbacks and courts, but with a killer twist. We also saw a lot of leather gloves, a big trend for AW20, also seen on the catwalk in Milan.

The FROW

Saint Laurent always draws an A List crowd, and this season was no exception. Zoe and Lenny Kravitz, Rami Malek, Kit Harrington, Hayley Bieber and Brooklyn Beckham were just some of the famous faces spotted on the FROW.

The standout piece

The black PVC coat worthy of the best MI6 agent.

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Maria Grazia Chiuri celebrates women with her PFW show

Maria Grazia Chiuri celebrates women with her PFW show


The venue

The show venue – set in the Jardin des Tuileries in the heart of Paris – was designed in collaboration with the Claire Fontaine collective to create a space dedicated to Italian women artists who commit to the feminist cause. Illuminated conic phrases hung from the ceiling, flashing at intervals.

‘Women raise the upraising’ symbolising the revolutionary act of motherhood, ‘patriarchy = repression’ illustrated the emotional consequences of make domination and ‘when women strike, the world stops’ highlighted the often unrecognised but essential role of women in society.

The first model opened the show to the word ‘consent’ flashing above her, a – perhaps unintentional but impactful nonetheless – nod to this week’s Weinstein verdict.

The clothes

Maria Grazia Chiuri looked to her teenage diary for her autumn/winter 2020 collection, and more specifically the emotions linked to it. She revisited old photos including some of her mother and actresses who inspired clients of her mother’s couture atelier, and re-imagined them with her vision of today.

The show opened with the Dior Bar jacket, which harks back to the New Look of 1947, launched during the house’s first ever Paris fashion show.

There were 70s shearling jackets and boiler suits, and plenty of heritage checks inspired by Mr Christian Dior himself (‘I love checks. They can be fancy and simple; elegant and easy; young and always right,’ he said).

A polka dot scarf found in the Dior archives served as the starting point for a series of dresses in various styles and lengths.

Other key looks included grandad knits and prim pea coats paired with pleated skirts. Fringes featured heavily, adding movement to long skirts.

The accessories

There again, Maria looked to the past. Silk bandana scarves adorned models’ heads, showcasing hippie style wavy hair. Organza ties and cute backpacks reminded us of school uniforms of days gone by.

The FROW

Dior started off PFW with a bang thanks to a very stellar line-up. Maya Hawkes, Sigourney Weaver, Andie MacDowell, Rachel Brosnahan, Demi Moore, Cara Delevingne, and the list goes on.

The standout piece

A good suit is the ultimate timeless look worth investing in, and for this reason I have to say the black two-piece that opened the show. If the jacket still stands the test of time over 70 years on, then it’s a no brainer.

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Maria Grazia Chiuri celebrates women with her PFW show

Maria Grazia Chiuri celebrates women with her PFW show


The venue

The show venue – set in the Jardin des Tuileries in the heart of Paris – was designed in collaboration with the Claire Fontaine collective to create a space dedicated to Italian women artists who commit to the feminist cause. Illuminated conic phrases hung from the ceiling, flashing at intervals.

‘Women raise the upraising’ symbolising the revolutionary act of motherhood, ‘patriarchy = repression’ illustrated the emotional consequences of make domination and ‘when women strike, the world stops’ highlighted the often unrecognised but essential role of women in society.

The first model opened the show to the word ‘consent’ flashing above her, a – perhaps unintentional but impactful nonetheless – nod to this week’s Weinstein verdict.

The clothes

Maria Grazia Chiuri looked to her teenage diary for her autumn/winter 2020 collection, and more specifically the emotions linked to it. She revisited old photos including some of her mother and actresses who inspired clients of her mother’s couture atelier, and re-imagined them with her vision of today.

The show opened with the Dior Bar jacket, which harks back to the New Look of 1947, launched during the house’s first ever Paris fashion show.

There were 70s shearling jackets and boiler suits, and plenty of heritage checks inspired by Mr Christian Dior himself (‘I love checks. They can be fancy and simple; elegant and easy; young and always right,’ he said).

A polka dot scarf found in the Dior archives served as the starting point for a series of dresses in various styles and lengths.

Other key looks included grandad knits and prim pea coats paired with pleated skirts. Fringes featured heavily, adding movement to long skirts.

The accessories

There again, Maria looked to the past. Silk bandana scarves adorned models’ heads, showcasing hippie style wavy hair. Organza ties and cute backpacks reminded us of school uniforms of days gone by.

The FROW

Dior started off PFW with a bang thanks to a very stellar line-up. Maya Hawkes, Sigourney Weaver, Andie MacDowell, Rachel Brosnahan, Demi Moore, Cara Delevingne, and the list goes on.

The standout piece

A good suit is the ultimate timeless look worth investing in, and for this reason I have to say the black two-piece that opened the show. If the jacket still stands the test of time over 70 years on, then it’s a no brainer.

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Biscoff biscuits just got a chocolate upgrade and we need them

Biscoff biscuits just got a chocolate upgrade and we need them


The best biscuits just got even better. Yes, seriously

Lotus Biscoff chocolate biscuits

Lotus Biscoff biscuits are food of the gods; you know, the caramel-y, crunchy saucer biscuits you normal get next to your cup of tea at the hairdressers? Yeah, those ones.

Well, news just in: Biscoff have released a brand new biscuit and they’re already in stores for you to buy. We thought it might be hard to improve the original flavour, too, but this new twist sounds, quite frankly, delightful.

The Biscoff 2.0 version is a combination of the original biscuit but, this time, with the addition of a Belgian chocolate coating, for all you chocolate lovers out there.

They’re available in Asda, Sainsbury’s, Ocado Poundland, with the cheapest bargain (obviously) available at the latter, where 21 biscuits are on offer for £1.

Lotus Biscoff chocolate biscuits, £1, ocado.com

They’re not the only seriously novelty (and delicious-sounding) product to hit supermarket shelves this week; Diet Coke has launched a new flavour and Aldi are selling a 1kg for a bargain £4.99. And that’s before we even get started on the Easter offers—have you seen M&S’s chocolate Easter sloth? Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Fun fact: Biscoff is a Portmanteau of biscuit, and coffee, as it was designed to be enjoyed with coffee. The biscuits are still produced from their family-run factory in Belgium, where the bakery first opened in 1932. A unique speculoos and cinnamon flavour, they really made headlines last year when they launched a Lotus Krispy Kreme collaboration doughnut and a Lotus speculoos biscuit spread, which was available in most major supermarkets.

Head in store to make the best of the offers now—and fingers crossed, this means there are more exciting product launches on the horizon from the company.

In the meantime: Lotus, you’ve reminded me I need to book a long overdue hairdressers appointment…

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Tony's Chocolonley just launched Easter eggs in their most popular flavours

Tony's Chocolonley just launched Easter eggs in their most popular flavours


Alongside some shocking figures about the chocolate slavery

Easter is a time for slathering freshly-toasted hot cross buns in butter, eating Malteser chocolate bunnies for breakfast and planting brightly-coloured Easter eggs around the house for the mother of all hunts; a time for family roasts, filling the house with daffodils and baking Easter desserts out of, well, even more chocolate.

Got your hands on an M&S chocolate sloth yet? Or Aldi’s booze-infused Easter eggs? Or Lindt’s new white chocolate, gold-wrapped bunnies?

On the topic of chocolate, Tony’s Chocolonely—producers of one of the most delicious chocolate bars on the market—have just launched two brand new products in time for Easter that we think you might just want to try. Trust us on this one. There’s a reason they sell 36 million bars of the stuff every year (and counting).

First to have on your radar are their great big chocolate eggs. Each packet comes packed with twelve little bize-sized solid treats (portion-sized, despite the name) in seven different flavours of Tony’s best-selling classic bars. Flavours include:

  • 32% milk chocolate
  • Milk caramel sea salt
  • Milk hazelnut
  • Milk almond honey nougat
  • 42% dark milk
  • Pretzel toffee
  • 51% dark
  • Dark almond sea salt
  • 70% pure dark chocolate.

Not an egg kind of person? They’ve also launched a limited edition lemon meringue milk chocolate bar flavour, packed with soft meringue pieces made from free-range eggs and a hint of zesty lemon. In a word: yum.

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We’ve got some egg-stra special news for you! This year, we’ve released two new Tony’s treats into the wild, starting with our 'great big chocolate eggs'.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Each carton has 12 eggs divided by 7 flavours, which is ehh, not equal! Our eggs are un-eggually divided, which like our bars, highlights the inequality in the chocolate industry.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Grab them whilst they last in @Sainsburys, @wholefoods, @culverandnelson, @whimwhampontcanna or online through our lovely online stockists @ocadouk, @Babipur, @strawberry_meerkat_boutique, @Ecotots and on our choco shop.⁣ (link in bio) ⁣⁣⁣ Curious about the second treat? Keep an eye on our page..But for now, let the egg-hunt begin!

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Both new products look delicious and need to be added to your Sainsbury’s cart ASAP, for more reason than one. As well as being really tasty, Tony’s brand ethos is worth reading up on.

As a company, their main aim is to eradicate chocolate slavery globally. Take a minute: have you ever thought about how exactly your Easter chocolate is made and how this may be affecting the communities who are producing it?

Tony’s Chocolonley great big chocolate eggs, £3.75, sainsburys.co.uk

Tony's Chocolonley Easter Eggs

The average British child eats 8.8 Easter eggs and adult consumes 187 chocolate bars a year; that’s a lot of demand for chocolate. And, according to research conducted by Tulane University and the 2018 Global Slavery Index, there are currently 2.1 million children working illegally and at least 30,000 instances of modern slavery on cocoa farms in Ghana and the Ivory Coast, where 60% of the world’s cocoa comes from.

So how does buying more chocolate help? Every purchase of Tony’s Chocolonely helps to fight slavery in the cocoa industry by investing in a company that’s striving for change. Tony’s buy traceable cocoa beans and invest in long-term partnerships with farmer cooperatives, as well as paying pay cocoa farmers a higher price and investing in proper training for them.

You can get your hands on your own great big chocolate eggs starting from £3.75 a box,  or snap up a milk chocolate 32% lemon meringue bar for £3.98. They’re in store at Sainsbury’s, Whole Foods and Farmdrop, plus online at Ocado.com. Go, go, go.

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I wore a crystal healing necklace for a week and this is what happened

I wore a crystal healing necklace for a week and this is what happened


crystal healing

I’m probably the least likely person to believe in crystal healing. Which explains why I whispered it to my editor when I pitched this story.

I’m no stranger to therapy per se. I’ve done the ‘lie-on-a-couch-and-wear-your-heart-on-your-sleeve’ kind when I was 22 and my parents unexpectedly divorced. I cried a lot. It worked.

So the idea of wearing crystals on my body to cleanse my energy and manifest the things I want seems a little, well, ‘out there’.

Rewind five years and crystal healing was still considered something fringe, practiced by Californian hippies or Gwynnie and her Goop brigade. Now crystal healing has gone mainstream and you see evidence of it everywhere.

I sit next to a colleague with a shard of rose quartz on her desk to ward off negativity. Another carries a piece of amethyst in her coat pocket to thumb during her commute.

On top of that, one of the coolest jewellers in London, Roxanne First, has combined forces with Emma Lucy Knowles, a healer who practices with crystals.

 

Together they have created The Power of Three. Or a crystal healing necklace, which the pair describe as ‘a piece of jewellery that takes care of you as you wear it.’

Choosing my crystals

It helps that this necklace looks beautiful, with three glistening crystals strung on a gold chain. I’m told it symbolises the connection between mind, body and spirit.

There are five sets to choose from to create good vibes: The Hero’s Shield (amazonite, pink opal and citrine); The Power House (hermatite, lapis, smoky quartz); The Super Attractor (citrine, orange moonstone, fire cornelian) and The Lovers Wish (rose quartz, green glass agate, amethyst).

Knowles carefully selects The Radiator Maker (labradorite, amethyst, orange moonstone) for me after talking me through the energies she senses in me. ‘Amethyst is good for balancing emotions and labradorite will raise your self-esteem. Moonstone has a calming protective energy that allows you to draw into your life what you need,’ she says.

The Power of 3 The Radiator Maker, £305, Roxanne First

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Ironically, The Radiator Maker was the necklace my eyes immediately locked on when I entered the room.

‘Maybe you just liked the colour and shape of the crystals; the way they sparkle or the way they feel but you don’t really know why. However they call to you, it’s all good. That’s your intuition talking,’ Knowles reassures me.

Why wear a crystal healing necklace?

After a very difficult 2019, when both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer (my mum is responding brilliantly to treatment; my father sadly passed away before Christmas), I’d started to shrink into myself.

I was a beauty editor by day, carer by night. It was about flying under the radar and getting through each day.

This time it wasn’t a shrink’s couch that I needed. It was something that would move my life’s gear stick out of neutral so I could connect with myself (and other people) again.

Could a crystal healing necklace really do that?

‘The whole world is made of energy,’ says Knowles. ‘Every person and every object is vibrating at different frequencies. When we are happy, we emit high vibes; when we are down or burnt out we emit low vibes. Your body generates electricity, which interacts with the crystal. Different crystals do different things so we can use them to change our energy and align ourselves with the vibe we desire.’

The Crystal Prep

Key to the Power of Three is the intention-setting ritual.

I dutifully light a candle, close my eyes and ask myself ‘what is the intention of my crystals?’ I then thread my crystals onto the chain, repeating the mantra that comes in the jewellery box: ‘I awaken, I align, I allow myself to truly shine’.

I don’t know what I was expecting when I secured the clasp. There was no clap of thunder. My boss didn’t suddenly offer me a pay raise. My cat threw up. But that didn’t have anything to do with spiritual purging. Just a dodgy fur ball.

What happened over the next few days is difficult to describe. I suddenly began to notice a shift in my thoughts.

In traditional therapy, you are encouraged to snap a rubber band on your wrist every time you find yourself drifting into negative thinking. In much the same way, I would roll the crystals along the chain every time I felt anxious or wanted to silence the voice in my head that says,  ‘you’re not good enough’.

I intuitively repeated my mantra. At times the crystals felt hot. Then they would cool down and I felt calmer and stronger.

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‘You can use your crystals as worry beads or a lucky talisman,’ says Knowles. ‘Most importantly, every time you touch them, you’re tapping into their energy and bringing it in.’

Did It Work?

Even my cynical mind has begun to be more open to the idea that there is a hazy area between science and Eastern spirituality.

Take quartz, for example. It is piezoelectric, meaning it conducts electricity, which is why it’s used in watches. So it has a proven physical power. ‘When we connect with it emotionally, quartz steers us towards clarity,’ says Knowles.

I know that crystals can’t create a force field around you. Bad things will still happen. And, yes, this may all be a placebo effect. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that my crystal healing necklace makes me feel good.  Like EVERY DAY.

Not to undermine a good G&T or anything, but a crystal healing necklace is a healthier and less dramatic way to feel happier. To the nay-sayers out there, that’s surely worth embracing, right?

 

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Introducing 'Making The Cut' the Amazon fashion show to binge watch this Spring

Introducing 'Making The Cut' the Amazon fashion show to binge watch this Spring


The fashion competition series with a million dollar prize fund.

Coming to Amazon Prime Video this Spring the first look of ‘Making The Cut‘ has been revealed. With former Project Runway favourites and fashion icons Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn reuniting to launch the next global fashion business across 10-episodes.

 

Showcasing a diverse group of twelve talented designers and entrepreneurs from Milan, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Belgium who are up for the opportunity of a lifetime. The dozen designers will compete to win a million dollar investment in their brand and the opportunity to create an line exclusively available to shop on Amazon Fashion.

The thrilling first trailer of the series reveals an peek into the style and talent to expect from the designers. With a first look at judges: supermodel Naomi Campbell, actress and designer Nicole Richie, designer Joseph Altuzarra, former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld and influencer Chiara Ferragni giving their hot takes on the designers’ work. Launching on Amazon Prime Video on Friday 27th March 2020, two episodes of Making The Cut will be released each week across five weeks.

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The first ever global and instantly shoppable series takes full advantage of Amazon’s cross-divisional synergies. Allowing viewers to buy limited editions of the winning look of each episode on Amazon immediately after the episode airs. Exclusively available to shop through the Making The Cut store

Across the series the designers will visit three of the world’s fashion capitals – New York, Paris and Tokyo – facing assignments and challenges designed to test not only their design skills but their ability and aptitude to run all aspects of a global business.

Expect incredible fashion, inspiring work and hilariously dry humour.

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M&S have officially won Easter with their chocolate sloth

M&S have officially won Easter with their chocolate sloth


This is not a drill. We repeat: this is NOT a drill

M&S chocolate Easter sloth

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s M&S’s new Easter range and my oh my, their food development team have really upped their game in the ‘niche chocolate Easter treat’ department this year.

First, we brought you Aldi’s booze-infused chocolate eggs and Lindt’s brand new white chocolate gold bunnies; next, from supermarket giant Marks and Spencer, we present: an edible chocolate sloth.

Oh yes. Forget your bog-standard hollow oval affair, this Easter M&S are taking things one step further with their chocolate cuddly concoction, aptly named ‘Seth’.

Hand-decorated, Seth is a hollow chocolate sloth made from milk chocolate. For just £5, you can adopt your very own (cocoa based) sloth to take home with you—whether you decide to welcome him into the family as a life-long pet or not, you’ll still have 135g of creamy milk chocolate to enjoy. We stress, in this instance, a pet certainly isn’t for life (unless you have the self restraint of a saint or a weird aversion to chocolate).

Available in all major M&S supermarkets until Easter, Seth joins a range of Easter treats from the supermarket, from your more traditional Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies, to the more out-there, like Seth.

Also in the slightly-niche-but-still-totally-needed category is the Flameggo, a bright-as-you-like chocolate flamingo shaped egg. Did we mention it’s hot pink? It’s hollow, too, with hand-decorated features, and will also set you back £5, the same price as Seth. Although whether you can call this one an egg is up for debate.

The cute Easter treat was first reported on Kev’s Snack Reviews (@kevssnackreviews) Instagram channel after he discovered Seth in his local branch. Keep your eyes on his channel for all the most exciting new food launches and products to be keeping an eye out for in supermarkets and online.

What are you waiting for? M&S have also got a whole host of other luxe Easter treats on offer, so we’d advise heading in store, quick. Seth’s waiting for you…

 

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M&S have officially won Easter with their chocolate sloth

M&S have officially won Easter with their chocolate sloth


This is not a drill. We repeat: this is NOT a drill

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s M&S’s new Easter range and my oh my, their food development team have really upped their game in the niche chocolate Easter treat department this year.

First, we brought you Aldi’s booze-infused chocolate eggs and Lindt’s brand new white chocolate gold bunnies; next, from supermarket giant Marks and Spencer, we present: an edible chocolate sloth.

Oh yes. Forget your bog-standard hollow oval affair, this Easter M&S are taking things one step further with their chocolate cuddly concoction, aptly named ‘Seth’.

Hand-decorated, Seth is a hollow chocolate sloth made from milk chocolate. For just £5, you can adopt your very own (cocoa based) sloth to take home with you—whether you decide to welcome him into the family as a life-long pet or not, you’ll still have 135g of creamy milk chocolate to enjoy. We stress, in this instance, a pet certainly isn’t for life (unless you have the self restraint of a saint or a weird aversion to chocolate).

Available in all major M&S supermarkets until Easter Sunday, Seth joins a range of Easter treats from the supermarket, from your more traditional Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies, to the more out-there, like Seth.

Joining Seth in the slightly-niche-but-still-totally-needed category is the Flameggo, a bright-as-you-like chocolate flamingo shaped egg. Did we mention it’s hot pink? It’s hollow, too, with hand-decorated features, and will also set you back £5, the same price as Seth. Although whether you can call this one an egg is up for debate.

The cute Easter treat first popped up on Kev’s Snack Reviews (@kevssnackreviews) Instagram channel after he discovered him in his local branch. Keep your eyes on his channel for all the most exciting new food launches and products to be keeping an eye out for in supermarkets and online.

What are you waiting for? M&S have also got a whole host of other luxe Easter treats on offer, so we’d advise heading in store, quick. Seth’s waiting for you…

 

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Meghan Markle apparently has some secret visits planned in London

Meghan Markle apparently has some secret visits planned in London


Here’s everything to know…

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made news earlier this year as they announced that they were planning on stepping down from their roles as ‘senior’ members of the royal family, hoping to become financially independent.

It was then announced by Buckingham Palace that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be losing their HRH titles following a new deal, and repaying ‘Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage’. Releasing an official statement, Buckingham Palace announced: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.’

The royal couple have since relocated to Canada, living a peaceful month with baby Archie, returning in the next weeks to carry out their final duties as senior royal family members.

Yes, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been called back to London to attend the Commonwealth Day service, on March 9, also carrying out their last official events as royals. The couple will no longer represent the Queen at home or abroad from 1 April.

It has been revealed however that Meghan Markle will be paying a few secret visits to her patronages during her stay in London.

Yes, according to a source via Harper’s Bazaar, Meghan will be ‘conducting something private and patronage-related meetings during her time in London.’

There’s no word as to whether the Duchess will post about these visits on social media.

Either way, we’re looking forward to having the Duke and Duchess back in the capital!

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