PREVIEW OF THE BEST OF THE HIGH STREET FOR AUTUMN 2019

Ohhhhh the nights are drawing in, most of us are unluckily enough to have returned from our Summer holidays and yes we have that sick feeling in our stomachs, reminiscent of the ones we use to get at the thought of going back to school, Ohhhh God Autumn in here. Yep, September’s only round the corner and cold dark nights, just behind it, but let’s not get down about it, because with September and Autumn comes the best season for menswear ! I mean who wants to wear, shorts and flip flops and swimwear and sunglasses and t-shirts, I DON’T, honestly.

Anyway, all of those nice retailer type folks have gone to all the trouble of sourcing great coats, sweaters, boots and jackets so you can layer up and look cool as, my friend.

River Island going for a much more subdued and sophisticated feel for Autumn this season.

COS always push the boundaries, but never to far into the ridiculous or unwearable. No changes for this season, in a class of their own!

Not having the best of times on the high Street at the moment, for poor old TOPMAN, but have to say well done guys as you’d never know looking at this sterling example of  Autumnal ware, keep it up fellas.

This brand have totally got their act together over the last couple of season and are producing genuine, stylish gear with the quality to match. Well done Jacamo.

Cool, considered and the epitome of stylish, from the premium end of our Great British High street is Jigsaw Menswear. Keep it up amazing!

Another brand that isn’t having the best of time at the moment, but you’d never know. M&S are knocking it out at the moment, you always know you can rely on the quality of their produce but 10 out 10 for style and generally getting right for Autumn.

The best kept secret in the beauty industry, until now – D.S & Durga

D.S & Durga believe in perfume’s ability to conjure unseen worlds. The power of scent is equal to that of sight and sound. Artistry is their first priority.

D.S. is really the perfumer. He taught himself how to make perfume by immersing himself in all things fragrant. He is passionate about translating musical and literary spaces into scent. His distinct process involves creating accords of lifelike objects, places, characters and weaving them into rich narratives. The sniffer reading the description should be clearly able to sense the ideas within the perfume.

Kavi (aka Durga) designs everything. She approaches her work like an architect (the profession she left for ‘fumes’). Thinking in angles, light, shadow, and texture, Kavi seeks to create clarity in form and function for the houses of the perfumes. With great intention she honors the subtle messages of product design.

D.S. & Durga were pioneers in the DIY Brooklyn movement around the turn of the century. They began by turning things they loved into scents. At first handmade scented stories of cowboys, open terrain, Russian novel characters, folksongs etc, and packed them into hand-stamped boxes in their Bushwick apartment. They started from scratch, taught themselves as they went along, and did it their way.

All of their boxes contain descriptions, notes, stories, and anecdotes about the perfume inside. Though a perfume can be enjoyed without knowing its name, they believe it enriches the experience to talk about and understand what they are trying to say, why they made something, and what is in it.

This season sees the launch of the best-loved scents re-imagined. Let your self be enveloped by three scents that are now available as a luxurious body wash and lotion that will leave your skin hydrated, nourished and lightly scented by the world of D.S & Durga.

Watching and wearing the work of a Fashion Genius – Jean Paul Gaultier Watches

Unless you’ve been fully consumed by BREXIT this Summer, it’s been hard to miss and why would you want to ? The Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion Freak Show, a retrospective of the work of this Fashion Revolutionary. This became the hottest ticket in town where every celeb under the sun came to pay homage to the Gallic genius.

It’s disputable the effect this Frenchman has had on modern culture whether through his Fashions, fragrances or even through his participation on Eurotrash with Antoine de Caunes.

Now another way to access and participate in the work of this legendary style icon is the Jean Paul Gaultier watch collection, like his couture fashion is original, creative and glamourous. Bearing the name of the eponymous French “enfant terrible” fashion designer, the watches have all the hallmarks of the brand – from the familiar sailor stripes to punk chic studs and chains synonymous with the designer’s catwalk collections.

Each new collection in the watch portfolio features a key reference from the Gaultier repertoire: “Punk chic”, with faceted bracelets reminiscent of the famous corset and a rock n’roll heart. “Index”, a new line with Arabic figures and a toothed rim around the bezel. “Bord Cote”, a tubular design to create a ribbed effect on the mirror dial. “Navy Tattoo”, is a tribute to the classic Gaultier logo with an original rose tattoo design embossed on the dial with the designer’s name. “Decroche” pieces are inspired by the vintage telephone clearly seen on the dial and a detachable wide leather cuff for different styles. Finally “Cockpit”, an aviator style watch, with a white padded bracelet and a blue aluminium bezel.

All the watches are 316L stainless steel with ion plating finishing in different colours, such as gold, rose gold, gun metal etc. All watches are water resistant to 3, 5 or 10 ATM making them perfect for everyday use.

Class can commence – MICROBIOME 101

What is the skin microbiome? I hear you ask well, simply, just like our gut relies on certain types of bacteria to keep it healthy, the same goes for our skin. Our skin hosts roughly 100 trillion micro-organisms made up of more than 1000 species of bacteria, viruses, mites and fungi. The place where all this bacteria and other microorganisms live is called our skin biome. It’s a rich ecosystem that plays a key role in how our skin looks and feels and is largely affected by our surroundings, what we eat and the products we use. Scientists can now tell just by looking at a skin swab which people share the same home, office or even city and cohabiting couples can even be identified by their microbiome profile in nine out of 10 cases. Research is also indicating that some of these microbes promote skin health.

Why should we use probiotics in skincare then? Microbes were present long before we started using products and our skin functioned in a healthy native state. The rise of preservatives in skin and body care along with a number of other factors have eradicated cultures of good bacteria present on our skin. Research is still in its infancy so we’re only just starting to understand the impact this has had on us. Correlative data shows that as our modern hygiene products have advanced, so has the rise of skin concerns such as acne, eczema and dermatitis.

Using probiotics in skincare not only increases cultures of good bacteria on the skin but also optimises their healing benefits; providing a protective barrier by outnumbering bad bacteria, maintaining skin pH and taking down inflammation among many others. It is believed the skin microbiome is the basis of healthy-looking skin.

With a living ecosystem that is out of balance, it’s difficult for it to do the job it needs to. Because of this, the biggest benefit of using probiotic and biome-friendly products is that it helps your skin look and feel good on its own

Probiotic, Prebiotic and Postbiotics; what’s the difference? Probiotics are defined as live bacteria that deliver a benefit to their host. For Mother Dirt their probiotic is the live, patented strain of Ammonia Oxidising Bacteria, Nitrosomonas Eutropha.

Prebiotics are food for good bacteria that ensures their survival and growth. Their bacteria feeds off your sweat (specifically ammonia) so sweat is essentially the prebiotic here which we product naturally so it’s is constantly feeding and growing. The removal of ammonia from the skin helps the skin maintain a normal skin pH.

Postbiotics are by-products of the bacteria’s natural function and can be powerful molecules that support your skins healthy barrier. For Mother Dirt the postbiotic is created when the AOB bacteria converts ammonia into Nitrite and Nitrite Oxide which help calm and soothe the skin.

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND? NEW OXFAM STUDY REVEALS SHOCKING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF THE UK’S FAST FASHION CULTURE

It’s a terrifying notion but new clothes bought in the UK produce more carbon emissions per minute than driving a car around the world six times.

It is estimated that more than two tonnes of clothing are bought each minute in the UK. That produces nearly 50 tonnes of carbon emissions – the same as driving 162,000 miles in a car.

Emissions from clothes bought in the UK every second are equivalent to driving a car from London to the Costa del Sol and back. And per hour this equates to driving around the world 360 times.

Buying one new white cotton shirt produces the same amount emissions as driving a car for 35 miles. The is based on a 100 per cent cotton shirt with a net weight of 220 grams, which amounts to 10.75kg of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

An item of clothing could travel 21748 miles – from a cotton field in the U.S, to production units in Bangladesh, to the shipment of the product to Germany and finally to the customer.

Despite these huge figures, a study of 1,000 British adults found more than half – 53 per cent – are not aware fast fashion is damaging to the environment.

The study was commissioned by Oxfam for its Second Hand September campaign, where consumers pledge not to buy anything new for the whole month.

In one month alone the emissions from new clothes bought are greater than those from flying a plane around the world 900 times. This is the amount of emissions the nation could save if we all took part in Second Hand September.

Not only is the textile industry one of world’s major polluters, many of its products are thrown away. Each week, 11 million garments end up in landfill in the UK. To keep prices low, throwaway fashion is made by garment workers often from poor communities, and paid below the living wage.

The statistics produced by Oxfam are based on lifetime emissions for new clothing bought in the UK, including sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, production, transport, washing and disposal. Oxfam’s says the poorest people in the world who did the least to cause climate change are suffering most.

The richest 10 per cent of world are responsible for around 50 per cent of global emissions, while the poorest half are responsible for 10 per cent.

The statistics also found the carbon footprint from new clothes we buy every year as a nation is more than if all 66 million of us flew to Malta for a holiday.

In 2016 it was estimated 1,130,000 tonnes of clothing were purchased in the UK – an increase of 200,000 tonnes from 2012. This results in 94,166 tonnes of clothing being bought per month.

The study of Brits also found the average adult spends £27 a month in fast fashion outlets and two items are currently owned which remain unworn. One sixth own as many as five unworn items. But worryingly, three in 10 said that although they are shocked at how much damage fast fashion has on the environment, they probably won’t change their habits.

And almost one in 10 admitted they are ‘not bothered’ about the impact their shopping has on the environment. However, over one third said they are shocked and will change the way they purchase clothes.