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Women spend a small fortune on beauty products.  From creams and serums, to cosmetics and fragrance, we are happy to spend our earnings on products that make us look and feel good.  Taking care of our appearance is vital to women because our appearance is, essentially our brand.  Developing a good skin regime is something we can establish in our early twenties, and we should continue to follow it as we get older. The problem is knowing how to tweak and adjust a beauty routine to suit your ever-maturing skin and keep it looking its best.

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Here’s the science bit; skin is made up of three layers.  The outer layer, called the Epidermis forms a defensive barrier.  The middle layer or dermis, contains the all-important collagen and elastin we need to keep our skin firm and supple, and the deepest innermost layer mainly consists of connective tissue and fat.  As we get older, the collagen and elastin in the middle begins to break down.  We can’t stop this progression, but we can give it a boost by using the correct skincare products.

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Regardless of age, there are some fundamental rules that we shouldn’t break in order to protect our skin for the future.  The sun is the number one cause of premature skin aging.  With this in mind we should all be using a daily SPF year-round.  Eat well and drink lots of water as this is imperative for keeping our skin hydrated and including exercise into your daily lifestyle is the ideal way to keep your skin looking youthful.  Always remove your make-up at night too, even if you feel too tired! 

If you’re in your 20’s

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Congratulations for making it through your teenage acne-prone years!  Whilst your skin is still susceptible to to the odd breakout, hopefully the oily skin you had in your teens is now disappearing to leave a healthy glow.  Although you are still young, this is the perfect time to start a skincare routine so that you can nurture your complexion.

  • Don’t skimp on exfoliation.  Gentle exfoliating unclogs pores and boosts cell renewal which makes your skin’s texture delightfully smooth.

  • Always use a moisturiser with an added SPF.  The Sun’s rays are always going to find you, whether you’re working near a window or driving around in your car.

  • Good cleansing will make your skin glow.  You don’t need to use the harsh products you used in your teens to banish oils anymore, so switch to a gentle formula.

  • Opt for oil free products during the warmer months to help your skin breathe.

 

 

If you’re in your 30’s

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When you reach your thirties, your skin will begin to get drier, thinner and a little more sensitive.  The products you grew to love in your twenties might not be suitable for your skin in this decade.  Fine lines and wrinkles may appear so introducing anti-aging products is a good idea now.

  • Hydration is paramount in your 30’s.  Moisturise your skin with a good quality cream or serum with an SPF of 15 or higher.

  • Cleanse your face morning and night with a gentle cleansing agent, but not soap as it dries your skin.

  • Introduce a night cream into your daily skincare regimen.

  • Treat your eyes.  The delicate skin around your eyes will suffer fine lines so protect them with a soothing eye gel or cream.

If you’re in your 40’s

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Women in their forties can look as vibrant as they did in their younger years if they stick to a skincare routine early on.  However, as we age our skin cell renewal slows down, and skin can lose some of its tone and texture.  Your skin will feel drier as it produces less oil resulting in a duller complexion.

  • Continue to cleanse and exfoliate but avoid using harsh abrasive products on your skin.

  • Moisturise using anti-aging formulas, and if your skin is feeling dry treat it to a daily serum too.

  • Always use a night cream as the skin repairs itself overnight and don’t forget to pamper your eyes.

 

If you’re in your 50’s

 

It doesn’t matter how well you’ve looked after your skin because you will begin to notice the subtle signs of aging in your fifties.  Loss of firmness, wrinkles and uneven skin tone are common complaints in women, but rather than give up now is the time to devote extra time and care to your skincare routine.  Hormonal changes can lead to dehydrated skin but you can offset these effects by using products containing glycolic acid which increases cell turnover.

  • Continue using anti-aging products and look for ones containing retinoids.  Retinoids help speed up surface cell turnover which in turn reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Don’t forget your moisturiser should contain an SPF of 15 or higher.

  • Use night cream and daily moisturiser to rejuvenate your skin.

  • Avoid sitting in direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day to avoid age spots developing.

 

 

 

                                                                       

Our Fashion Advisors at KM Image Consultants keep abreast of what’s happening in the world of fashion. Fashion collaborations are a new and exciting way to revive brands, retain and gain clientele and are on the rise. We all know that the H&M collaborations proved to be successful, however the more exciting ones include “luxury” and more luxury.

JIMMY CHOO and MANDARIN ORIENTAL AFTERNOON TEA

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Let’s start with the Jimmy Choo and Mandarin Oriental afternoon tea. Embracing a fashionable lifestyle, also creates a sense of belonging, identity and aspirations. Of course luxury doesn’t just start and end with fashion. This combination of one of the most renowned hotels and shoe brands in the world seems like the absolute perfect union. With last high tea option held in Munich in February 2014, we’d say a new one is in the pipeline, so keep your eye on this one and take a luxury break whilst you’re at it!

JIMMY CHOO for HUNTER / UGG

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Another memorable Jimmy Choo collaboration was when the designer brand partnered with UGG and Hunter. This allows countryside lovers glamour and practical comfort, and provides urbanites a similar option with UGG.  The price of these boots are almost double but with good reason. There are options for everyone from quirky to chic. Although these are no longer available, according to the January issue of Vogue UK “Uggs are back in” and we therefore may be able to predict that a similar collaboration is on the horizon.

STELLA McCartney and Adidas

 

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A more recent and ongoing collaboration is the Stella McCartney and Adidas sportswear which provides comfortable, fashionable workout wear. There aren’t a lot of options on the market for comfortable yet fashionable fitness clothing, so this collaboration is an exciting one. Our KM image consultants understand and encourage that feeling good and healthy fosters a positive body image and working out whilst looking good can have a great results on all counts. If you haven’t got yourself the perfect workout outfit yet this one is definitely worth considering!

BMW and Louis Vuitton

Product: i8 BMW Sports Car / Louis Vuitton Luggage

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Now let’s talk about one for the men. Fashion is a lifestyle; travelling in style is a must, but what about driving in style? The Gucci/ Fiat collaboration unfortunately left a cheap image in the mind of the consumers. However, a far more exciting one is the partnership between BMW and Louis Vuitton released in mid 2014 for one of the most prestigious models of BMW. The BMW i8 and the Louis Vuitton “Art of Travel” is the purrrfect combination. The set of four suitcase and bag pieces have been especially designed to mirror the luxury sports car. They beautifully reflect what Louis Vuitton do best: innovation and craftsmanship using only the best materials.

They stack and fit together in an ingenious way in order to allow the driver to carry their most treasured possessions in style and security, without compromising the comfort and elegance of luxury travel”

At this point gentlemen, we can say that luxury travelling doesn’t mean an exclusive vacation to a far away destination, but a beautiful travel experience to different cities with innovative luggage to match.

Note to self: Keep your eyes out for even more fabulous collaborations in 2015, where luxury fashion will be branching out into other sectors – we might even see Armani holiday packages – after all we do have amazing Armani hotels!

 

LONDON

Our Fashion advisors at KM image consultants understand the importance of travelling in style . Gabriella Chanel once said “fashion can be found anywhere and is not just present in clothing and accessories.” Visiting trendy cities that are fashion capitals around the globe can be a wonderful discovery and keep you fashion aware. Some of the major trendy cities for fashion include London, Paris, Milan and New York, but why limit ourselves to the obvious when we can explore fashion in other parts of the world.

London is a fabulous city to start. We are interested in places that offer exclusivity and something a little different. Of course Harrods (Knightsbridge) is an obvious choice to find beautiful and exclusive pieces, with luxury food, décor and a very British heritage. However, Liberty London located on Regent Street, can be described as a multi-brand store that is for those in the fashion “know-how”, offering one off pieces “exclusive to Liberty” and a holistic experience which allows you to feel part of the store.  Brands at Liberty include, but are not limited to, Philip Lim, Rick Owens, Alexa Chung, Tod’s, Christopher Kane and Giuseppe Zanotti. Liberty is a very exclusive lifestyle store for the family, offering products for the Home, Men, Women and Children. An absolute must see when visiting London, especially when searching for those niche and never before seen products.

Speaking of family, another great British multi-brand store, on a smaller scale, is Browns fashion, located on South Molton Street, London. The single storey store was bought by Joan and Sydney Burstein in 1970 and later expanded to a larger store from 1970 – 1979, being one of the first to stock the very popular Comme Des Garçons. Browns is a fantastic place to get a luxury one on one experience, with fashion “must haves”, that again, are exclusive to Browns alone. If you’re looking to get away from mainstream fashion, Browns is the perfect place to visit.

Think quirky – Dover Street is the heart of alternative yet popular fashion, with stores such as Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Mr Hare and Victoria Beckham, just to name a few. It is also the home of Concept store Dover Street Market, with rather alternative and even collector’s items for the unconventional fashion follower. With extremely high prices and some unwearable garments, it is a perfect destination for a day out to see the creativity of designers and the intricate ideas that are semi used in Prêt-à-Porter and Couture items. As a concept store, Dover Street market works as a mini museum with a restaurant, optional guide and souvenirs provided by Comme Des Garçons.

PARIS

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“Destination Fashion” is Paris through and through; the birth place of Couture and home to some of the most prestigious luxury brands today.

Besides the world famous Champs-Élysées (the hub of fashion), Louvre Tuileries is at the centre of the many great places in Paris to visit. Described as the home of luxury, romance and history Paris is the perfect place to visit to take in some fashion and culture. You will find designer stores such as Hermes, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and style forward concept store Collete, known to be the best concept store in the world. Louvre Tuileries is a must see destination; boasting of the true Paris which is surrounded by vintage shops that take you back to the fashion of yesterday and fabulous jewellery!

KM’s Image Consultants describe Collete as one of the significant shopping destinations in Paris, with its innovative products and service, it is a place for more than just the fashion conscious to visit. As one of the first concept stores (established in 2000), more than just fashion, it presents a way of life.. Although Collete has been described as over-priced, it is pure luxury and to get the full experience, Colette cannot be missed.

A fabulous department to visit when in Paris is Boulevard Haussmann, easy to access on the metro and the answer to all your fashion needs. Boulevard Haussmann, predominantly focuses on luxury collections for men and women. Want an outfit that has just come off the catwalk? This is the place to visit, no one would be able to compete with your fashion-forward style.

To take some of Paris back home with you, The Marais neighbourhood is the “go to” for fine-art and vintage. If you love classical art and fashion, The Marais will have the perfect items and gifts for you, giving you the feeling of a true Parisian experience.

MILAN

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When it comes to tailoring and craftsmanship, Italian Fashion wins every time. The great feature of Milan is that you can buy fashion that suits your needs. “Made in Italy” on a label makes one feel a true sense of pride, so where better to shop than Milan – the clean fashion capital.

We all love to get away from the norm, therefore a great place to visit for exquisite and expensive taste is 10 Corso Como (established in 1990), another of the European concept stores. 10 Corso Como offers fine dining, true Italian culture, the history of Italy through art and most importantly – FASHION! Again, 10 Corso Como has a holistic approach. Once you get walk through the doors, you won’t want to leave, a Milan must-see.

A fantastic department store to visit is La Rinascente, founded in 1865.  Located directly opposite a Cathedral, it allows you to soak up history and fashion at the same time. Although a historical store, you can find classic Italian items along with modern fashion, beauty products and homeware. The perfect excuse to take some of Milan home with you.

Quadrilatero d’Oro’ (translating to ‘Golden Quadrilateral’) is the garden of designer / luxury stores where you’ll find world renowned fashion brands. Even if you’re not shopping, Quadrilatero d’Oro’ is a beautiful place to visit simply to admire the architecture. The shopping district is the inspiration for Italian fashion itself, with avant-garde and trend setting garments, mirroring fashion inspiration that everyone wants to follow. Be prepared to purchase an entire new wardrobe!

BARCELONA

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There is something for everyone in Barcelona; fashion for all budgets and clothing for conventional and unconventional tastes. There are many local designers that contribute to what is known as “Barcelona Fashion”.

Some local fashion worth a look includes: Ivori, a local brand which specialises in garments and accessories, the soul of the brand is vintage, using old and traditional Spanish dress to create new and exciting fashion. This is a great brand to wear to stand out! Another local brand is Koetánia which specialises in jewellery, providing a custom made service perfect for a unique item that tells a story about you. Another very special local designer is Ailanto. This brand allows you to appreciate the texture and colours of each garment, using geometric shapes which encourage the idea that the most simple detail can make the most beautiful fashion.

Passeig de Gracia is one of the most famous streets in Barcelona, allowing shoppers to buy local fashion whilst enjoying the everyday culture of Barcelona. The beauty of  Passeig de Gracia is the mixture of fashion, from classy to inexpensive chic.

For you luxury shoppers, Tienda Santa Eulalia is the fashion haven of Barcelona. Here you have all the luxury ready-to-wear stores including Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Maison Martin Margiela and many more. If you like to spoil yourself no matter where you are, this shopping haven was made for you.

BERLIN

When looking for a range of diverse fashion trends Berlin stands out with local designers, luxury brands and a very famous concept store.

Concept store Voo’s interior is influenced by the industrial history of the city. Although Voo is more punk inspired (think Vivienne Westwood) it is well worth a visit to get a sense of Berlin fashion. Similar to other concept stores, Voo has its own selection of trends that make it distinctive. Where punk meets mainstream fashion, stocking brands such as now outlandish Kenzo, understated Acne, collaboration products from Raf Simon’s with Eastpack and fashion favourite, yet non-pretty sneakers by New Balance. The store is regarded as a cool “hang-out” with a selection a fabulous cafes.

Das Neue Schwarz is another exciting store which offers vintage fashion at bargain prices for fashionistas after an alternative look. Brands include Celine handbags, Bernard Willhelm bomber jackets, Chloe wedges, Dries Van Noten suits to name a few.

Mykita is a Berlin based eyewear brand which has in recent years gained much success. Many celebrities have sported the eyewear making it exclusive and a “must have”. If minimalistic mixed with making a statement is appealing, Mykita is definitely worth a visit.

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The Trident in Rome is the meeting point of three streets leading to the Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corso, Via del Babuino and Via Ripetta. Here you will find one of the most expensive and exclusive shopping districts in the city. The stunning Versace flagship store is a must see, with it’s Italian roots of mosaic décor. The elegance doesn’t stop at Versace, Louis Vuitton has transformed a classic cinema to create a magnificent designer concept store. The list of luxury brands located here is amazing, so a must see for every fashion enthusiast!

Whist it is easy to get lost in the luxury brands, Rome similar to Barcelona prides itself on style in many forms. There are many very talented local designers not to be missed such as Abitart, a brand which incorporates art into the clothing design. Whatever type of fashion brand you visit in Rome, the heritage of the city plays a key part in the wonderfully inspiring designs.

DUBAI

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In Dubai it is common to see many elegant, chic women dressed head to toe in Chanel and we can’t help but feel the awe. There are just so many amazing places to shop in Dubai. Although we tend to see the ladies (in particular) with branded fashion jewellery, we must remember some of the most beautiful gold and diamonds are sold in the UAE, reason enough to go for a shopping trip to Dubai.

The Mall of the Emirates is the most modern approach to shopping. With every store from high-street to luxury in one place, it’s hard to resist a shopping spree! With over 500 brands and 700 stores, it’s a heaven for fashionistas. A great excuse for some heat and a great vacation to go with it. If you want to get away from shopping… yeah right?! There’s always the family entertainment with a ski-resort and snow park inside.

Another reason to visit beautiful Dubai is to take advantage of the Dubai Shopping Festival, where you will find fashion promotions and discounts, have a chance to win luxury cars and take part in traditional cultural activities. This takes place in Winter, which is a perfect time to escape to some warm weather and shop till you drop.

There’s nothing more alluring than a perfectly painted pout. Today, women around the world have greater accessibility to lipsticks and the endless excitement of decorating their mouths with an assortment of shades, textures and finishes from several big brands.

Our personal shoppers here at KM Image Consulting state that a lipstick alone can make any women feel put together, in a matter of seconds and hence is one of the more popular items in the make-up bag. Just a quick swipe of lipstick and a woman can go from drab to fab, brightening up her face and bringing attention to her smile. It’s an easy and affordable way for every woman to update her makeup style for the season and, just like nail polish, there are so many colors, one can never get bored.

This season we have seen the eye make up being toned down and becoming more natural while lips are taking center stage. Our personal styling experts reveal that brighter shades are ruling the fall looks this season. Red lips in shades of wine, berry and plum, hot pinks and fuchsia are definitely going to give you that coveted look.

In terms of finish, matte is in. To wear the look, our smart style consultants teach us to ensure your lips are smooth, healthy and unchapped. To keep your mouth in perfect pucker condition, our experts recommend wearing a lip moisturizer before bed and exfoliating with a lip scrub (you can even make one on your own by combining sugar, honey and olive oil).

Here are our favourite lipsticks for you this fall:

GIORGIO ARMANI COSMETICS – Rouge D’Armani

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YVES SAINT LAURENT – Rouge Pur Couture

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LANCOME – L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick

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LAURA MERCIER – Crème Smooth Lip Colour

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BURBERRY BRIGHT PLUM – Burberry Bright Plum Lip Cover Lipstick

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Pout away!

KM

It’s that time of the year again, where for one month, the world turns fashion-obsessed about the wonder of the London and New York fashion weeks. In case you missed it, here are some of our team’s favourites:

LONDON FASHION WEEK

  • J. JS Lee

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J.JS Lee’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection provides women with ready-to-wear, day-to-day designs. Our personal stylists say that the minimalist and modern tailoring creates a professional look for women with a feminine twist.

 

  • J.W. Anderson

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J.W. Anderson’s signature is creating “things that can be borrowed from a man to a woman and from a woman to a man.” This is depicted in his LFW Spring/Summer 2015 collection. The structured jackets are perfect for any business-man, and the statement shirts connote bright, happy spring and summer days.

 

  • Alexander McQueen

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This menswear Fall/Winter collection by Alexander McQueen uses structured shapes and designs to depict a strong Winter look. Our personal shoppers call the use of black “easy to wear and very sophisticated”, and the outlandish contemporary jackets will make any outfit modern, stylish and avant-garde. 

 

  • Felder Felder

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The twin Felder sisters stole the show at London Fashion Week with their incredibly versatile Spring/Summer collection. Their designs range from chic evening wear to young and sporty day wear (depicted mostly with the bright colour blue). The drop-waist dresses are extremely flattering and the wide choice of colours make this collection ready-to-wear for any time of day.

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

  • Juan Carlos Obando

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In Juan Carlos Obando’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, he combines high necklines and flowing fabrics purposely designed to flatter the woman wearing it. The mixture of bright colours and frills make these designs easily worn for any light Summer evening event.

 

  • Billy Reid

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This fabulous Fall/Winter 2014 collection provides men with ideas for how to look great whilst keeping conveniently warm. The oversized scarves and contemporary jackets are a perfect Winter look, to be worn at work or on a fresh December weekend.

  • Robert Geller

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Robert Geller used British influences to design this creative collection of ready-to-wear clothing. His designs, ranging from suave and smart to sporty and casual reach a wide target audience, producing clothes that every man can look great in!

  • Fendi

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Fendi’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection combines a young and playful look with the sophisticated orchid print. Our stylists suggest these ready-to-wear items are great for those crisp Spring evenings, and practical for day-to-day wear. 

 

See you next year, fashion week!

KM

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