Leather ‘Ryder’ bag – JOSEPH

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Created for
JOSEPH

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creative direction & product photography SHINI PARK photography SIMON SCHMIDT assist VALENTINA STANDHARTINGER

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linen suit JOSEPH trainers EYTYS bag ‘Ryder’ bowling bag JOSEPH
Practicality is the name of the game, and JOSEPH knows it like a seasoned quarterback. The new bag & leather accessories collection borrows from the boys but also a nod to uniform, both things – I’ll be honest – that make me swipe right*. That isn’t to say, that the pieces are to be taken too seriously. On the contrary, the Ryder is a stellar upgrade to the everyday work bag with a twist of bowling, the Mortimer a versatile everyday clutch, and don’t even talk to me about the how clam-shaped Cosmetic Pouches with contrast stitching remind me of Linguine alle vongole with a glass of dry Chardonnay.

The trick is in refreshed essentials: the bucket bag gets a new ‘do.

*Technically, I do not have first-hand experience with dating apps, given the 12-year relationship, but the single millenials in the office say that’s what kids do these days.

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dress JOSEPH,
sliders, leather ‘Mortimer’ bag JOSEPH

Joseph

The messenger
There’s a crispness to the Mortimer that smartens any frumpy getup (everyday in this dank London weather). The zips are nifty too, swipe left into a wristlet, or zip right to convert into a boxy shoulder-strap.

Break up an all-black look with an oversized shirt, finished off with graphic accessories.

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Dress – JOSEPH. Shoes – Celine.

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‘Ryder’ Bowling Bag – JOSEPH

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Created for
William & Son
“million years ago”
Dress – Paul & Yakov. Diamond bracelet – William & Son MYA

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“I’M HERE… TO SEE… MYA!”, I announce mid-wheeze as I crash into the Bruton Street boutique, fifteen minutes late to my meeting. Clemence, Head of Jewellery at William & Son, is actually who I’m meant to seek – the two names I’d confused in frenzy – but I am nevertheless led towards a cabinet displaying some of the most brilliant emerald pieces I’d ever seen. A discreet plaque discloses the collection name: MYA.

And what do you know, Clemence also happens to be sitting right behind the cabinet.

MYA is short for Millions Years Ago, and is a unit of measurement in geological terms to measure the age of a rock”, she explains. The collection pays homage to the origin and extraordinary journey of rare stones, the yellow brick road journey, so to speak, of a rock formation into the richest of emeralds and diamonds.

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Diamond necklace & bracelet - William & Son MYA. Cashmere tube – Mandkhai. Jeans – Isabel Marant. Boots – Yuule Yie.

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You really don’t see emeralds done like this. It’s never not set in some classic or ironically vintage mount, or worn in the most traditional manner. “The green appears more blue-ish in ethically sourced Zambian emeralds, especially in London’s grey lighting” she adds, and brings out a vintage piece from another cabinet (Columbian-sourced) for me to compare — I can’t even tell, and I’m even wearing new set of contacts for the month. I notice that the organic diamond ‘crusting’ is also actually an intricate pattern of oval and teardrop shaped diamonds. The emeralds may have been a happy relics of coincidental geologic events, but once in the hands of William & Son, evidently nothing is accidental.

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Diamond necklace & bracelet - William & Son MYA.

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The more I get to know about MYA, is that it hasn’t taken Million Years to ripen, to be worn with a cardigan-skirt combo or a classic evening gown. It’s aching to be in an unconventional story: to meet new characters at a pyjama party in East London, glow under lampshades of an ornate sitting room, and be paired over a cashmere tube top and 90’s denim.

And you know what they say, what happens at a Mile End pyjama party, stays in the East…

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creative direction SHINI PARK assistant photographer & styling SIMON SCHMIDT lighting LANCE PENEZ runner ZANA WILLBERFORCE in collaboration with WILLIAM & SON

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photography SHINI PARK assistance KLARISSE GEPILANO model ANNA SOFIA MOLTKE (WILHEMINA) fashion ERDEM x H&M

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Skirt, tights & shoes – Erdem x H&M\

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Erdem x H&M; shot at the London West Hollywood

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art direction SHINI PARK photography assistance SIMON SCHMIDT in collaboration with ROGER&GALLET
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Inspired by ancestral beauty recipes and officinal galenics: a careful cocktail of precious ingredients selected for their virtues
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What is our skin if not for the most elaborate (and diva – speaking of mine) personality on our body. No pancreas has ever pouted, or a kidney crossed its arms in complaint about how beautiful and moist it should be looking. Long time readers will know mine threw a coup during the latter half of my 20’s and decided to entirely mutate its ecosystem under a banner named ‘adult-onset eczema’. MAN, that was a pain to fix. Also, apologies for harping on about it for years.

In all honesty, I‘m grateful to even be able to share a skincare routine now; it means a lot to me to be able to present by a routine that has been tried, tested AND SUSTAINED. As with all things, stick to brands that promote natural, wholesome ideals of beauty: Roger&Gallet products are born of healing/natural remedies and precious ingredients are selected only for their virtues. Also, the entire range is relatively inexpensive, so makes for some great gifting ideas.

Here are some notes on personal results from the Aura Mirabilis range.

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As much as I qualm about dry skin, I use this mostly to target my T-zone, which can get quite oily depending on diet and season. Massage until gel turns into oil (at which point the impurities are captured), then rinse with warm water. It visibly clears up pores for me when used gently every other day in the colder months.

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Beauty Vinegar

Perfect for dry skin to refine skin texture and act as secondary cleansing using a cotton pad. My skin is quite sensitive and bone dry in the Winter months so I personally use it as a toner directly on skin and apply pressure to my face and neck. I‘ve noticed skin texture improving visibly after six weeks.

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This is my favourite step: the most concentrated component of the range and what I feel the most effective when massaged in S-pattern on forehead and cheeks. I personally saw noticeable difference in transparency and radiance in my own skin. Tip: do splash out and use more than recommended – I promise your skin will soak it right up.

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legendary cream

Final ‘cashmere‘ layer to lock it all in, even out skin complexion and help increase cell turnover. I feel naked without it because it leaves such a comfortable touch to the skin. Plus, it contains Fleur de Lys extract that fights against redness and irritation, which helps maintain post-eczema* flare-ups.

*Not recommended to treat eczema. I recommend using fragrance-free remedial alternatives for flare-ups.

While this story is in collaboration with Roger&Gallet, all products have been personally tested and tried before the partnership for the sake of integrity.

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photography SHINI PARK bts photography FRANCESCO PIZZO in collaboration with CAMPARI

As part of our specific, designated Monday morning duties, Simon delves into debriefing past week’s clients as Zana combs down and reshuffles the samples rail back into colour order*. I hover between tasks of the deadline variety, our coffees always a degree colder than desired at the first sip. There’s noticeably a bigger Grey chunk in the rails, winter must be arriving with the DHL man anytime now.

I take a bite into the preliminary edits from the Milan: Campari Red Diaries client folder, it’s been four weeks since the Skype briefing call with Costume Designer Diamante Cavalli and three since the campaign filming in Milan. One thing’s for sure: The Italians know a thing or two about Red. Like the Alfa Romeo Spider in The Graduate (1967), or the juicy tomato that garnish my Pizza Margherita dinner on the rooftop of Galleria Vittorio. Most of it’s in their humour though, rich and sarcastic, usually followed with hearty laughs and lots of hand gestures. ‘Alora, tweed and air conditioning to 15 degrees is London, si?’ She’d asked, and all I had to say was: si, Diamante, absolutely SI.

*works better than putting DVDs into colour coordination, as admonished by my husband whose analytical brain imploded on the notion of filing Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction next to Love Actually.

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With director Stefano Sollima

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The Campari Red Diaries filming spans five nights around Milan, I am the visiting fashion consultant on a special scene (to be revealed). By Wednesday – day Three – Director Stefano Sollima, Zoe Saldana, and 300-strong crew & cast are on full swing. I gush about Centre Stage to Zoe during a coffee break and she opens up like a flower. 20 minutes later her management is peeling her off our rather heated conversation on ballet, Puerto Rico and digital influence, then then she is ushered back into set to shoot. Zoe is a force of nature, Neytiri, Gamora or Lieutenant Uhura have nothing on her.

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RIGHT with Costume Designer Diamante Cavalli

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The film follows Mia Parc (Saldana) on another Campari Red Diaries ‘Legend of Red Hand’, following Clive Owen from last year. Not to mention previous Campari Calendar protagonists include Kate Hudson, Eva Mendez, Uma Thurma. It’s been a while since my first Campari celebration with Mila Jokovich in 2010; it was a very Italian ‘red’ affair then, and given the Saldana-grade gumption and Stefano’s storytelling potency, this one – released in 2018 – is also bound to be nothing less than vehement.

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Zoe Saldana

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Be the first to discover the full campaign over at the @CampariUK account. And of course, drink responsibly.