Monday, 12 March 2012

Rose-tinted spring

You might have noticed a rosy glow to fashion and beauty this season. It's not just Tiffany that's going big on rose gold right now: you can't move for adverts of their new Rubedo metal. You'll find a take on rose-gold in a myriad of jewellery collections right now, from Alexander McQueen to Alex Monroe and Monica Vinader (all at net-a-porter) through to Dominic Jones (see his rose gold-plated Jaw ring, £140) and Alexis Bittar (available at Liberty). This Margiela cuff is the pick of the bunch for me – sturdy and chunky yet with a strange elegance.

Alexander Wang Prisma leather tote with rose-gold metal corners £575

The metallic glow extended to beauty on the catwalks for spring – in its most subtle form as a pretty, sun-warmed glow. There were burnished, bronzed eyelids at Pucci, for example, through to a shimmery iridescence at Armani. Make-up collections from Bobbi Brown and Chanel (the desert gold-inspired Las Vegas limited collection) to NARS and St Tropez (loads of the make-up artists use their rose gold body illuminator to get glowing, sheeny skin on the catwalks) are going for a rose-centred, glowing beauty – so much edgier than all the pastels that flood in come spring.

And on the edgy note, I have to mention Tom Ford's small but perfectly formed spring collection – his first – which features four nail lacquers (31) including silver, gold ('Guilt') and a delicious burnt red, Illicit, that seems to glow like hot coals. He's also done a gold lipgloss (31) – fabulous as a glam top coat though unforgiving by itself – and cream eyeshadows in dusky metallic tones (36). Reminiscent of Chanel's stunning Illusion d'Ombres, these have a great colour kick and staying power, and they're typically sultry. Only downside is they don't come with a brush, as Chanel's do, though it's easy enough to smudge them on with a finger. Ford's beauty collection – with the weight of Lauder's expertise and research behind it – is not only standing up to the hype, but maintaining its hold over us with the quality of its colours, formulations and heavyweight, retro-style packaging. And boy, wait til you see the stunning bronzers he's got in store for May... madly expensive, but so luxe. You'll also find the divine Neroli Portofino as a 'body splash' (102), which is lighter than the edp. I'll post some photos of the nails and eyes in due course...

Nars lipgloss in Dolce Vita, £17.50
Tom Ford Bronzing Powder, 77 (available from May)

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Silver Smoke, €31
Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Burnished Rouge, €31
Neroli Portofino Eau Fraiche Body Splash, 102


  1. I love the cuff! And I'm a massive fan of the Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadows so will be keeping an eye out for the Tom Ford range

  2. Hello Sarah,I think my absolutely favourite thing about your blog is the way it is so considered and edited.The rose gold is lovely:mind you, I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the cost of the Tiffany bangle in the weekend newspaper...must look for the TF nail varnish.Sue

    1. Thank you very much Sue. I know, the Tiffany one is astronomical - it makes the Margiela ones almost look affordable... almost. The TF nail varnishes go on counter in April and they really are stunning. Thanks for your comment, all best Sarah