#alienadventures: you know you’re in Paris when…(observation 2: fierce shoes)

The women are as fierce as their shoes are. So it’s true. French women don’t eat croissants. It’s how they manage to squeeze into those designer labels. Spotted in department store Bon Marche was this fierce example. Crisp white coat, with heels and leggings to catch the eye – and catch my eye they did. … Continue reading

#alienadventures: streetstyle in China

People watching is always pleasant past-time, especially in a developing nation like China where new affluence and conspicuous consumption wrestles with an emerging street savy identity. These pictures were taken on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai last week. The Shanghai girls were the most sophisticated and polished, favouring lots of sheer flowing chiffons. Their … Continue reading

#alien adventures: high fashion for naked apes

Stylist-turned-designer (and overall good mensch) Shaldon Kopman, has been quietly honing his craft for tailored menswear for the past few years. As all good designers should, he waited until he felt his fashion offering was ready, before officially¬† launching the label last year. In just a couple of seasons, he has already sharpened his tailoring, … Continue reading

Bethea’S: good hair days, far from the maddening crowds

I’m not a hair salon type of person. You know the kind – big, busy, bustling, noisy – where gossip and hair-altering chemicals mingle in a headache-inducing mix. If you are an Elle reader you might have caught a column I wrote about about the day my Buddhist hair stylist moved to London. This is … Continue reading