English Rose With A French Twist-------
As you’ve probably gathered from our latest posts, Beauty Counter is reporting from London this weekend, as the Spring shows have officially crossed the pond. In between getting the backstage scoop at House of Holland, Vivienne Westwood, and Jonathan Saunders (more on that in a bit), we’re also trying to squeeze in some other, er, essential stops. Topshop in Oxford Circus, zoo that it is, is bigger and somehow better than its Broadway sister store, making it a must-see. And then, of course, there’s Harrods. Chanel mounted a takeover at the storied department store earlier this month, creating iconically designed boutiques within boutiques—and a limited-edition beauty range from the house’s global creative director of makeup, Peter Philips. The Knightsbridge Collection, as it is aptly named, is an ode to the English rose. No, not the flower, but rather the porcelain complexion, pink-y cheeks, and just-bitten lips of many a Briton. Included in the five piece line is Chanel’s Poudre Tissée in Brompton Road, a translucent, rose-hued radiance powder with golden flecks and a fabriclike embossed palette; three shades of Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Kensington, a fuchsia, Hyde Park, a coral, and Belgravia, a shimmery golden silver; as well as one Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer lip gloss in Chelesa, a sheer, ultra-shiny neon pink. We were fortunate enough to score some of Mr. Philips’ limited-edition Soho Story collection that he designed for the brand’s store opening on Spring Street last Fall, so we’re happy to add these to our coffers. If only Philips would debut a special-product series for Milan and Paris, we would have a full fashion-capital set. All in good time, we’re sure.