From cool interiors to beauty-desk approved make-up buys and everything in between. Discover our ultimate weekend wish list...
What better time is there to explore all the latest stylish launches and new happenings than at the weekend?
So, without further adieu allow us to introduce: hot list. Whether it’s some much-needed pampering, a quick interiors update or a wardrobe refresh, weekends are all about indulging in some ‘me-time’.
Here at Marie Claire HQ we’re constantly seeking out secret sales, new brands, exclusive beauty treatments and cool coffee table books. We also love updating our home with a cool new piece of pottery, art or a delicious new candle.
We’ve rounded-up all the coolest things to do, see and buy this week. There are new store openings, new fashion brands, A-list collaborations, grooming updates and generally gorgeous and useful things to know so that your downtime is as stylish as you.
This week, we’ve been seeking the best ‘in between’ lightweight coats to keep us looking chic as the weather transitions. We’re super-excited about the Red Valentino store that’s coming to London, to whet your appetite why not pre-order one of the gorgeous pieces from the brand’s collaboration with crochet artist London Kaye?
Plus, check out Sophia Webster’s twisted take on her irreverent classics. We recommend you snap up one of her decadent but light-hearted embellished bags, just in time for Halloween.
In fact, fun fashion accessories appear to be a theme this week as famed fashion photographer Ellen Von Unworth lends her playful eye to Happy Socks for a collaboration that will fill many Christmas stockings with fun.
We’ve also stumbled across some dreamy dresses. One comes with a strong ethical message, and the other is the perfect office-to-party piece.
This is your ultimate weekend shopping list so please do check in with us every Friday so that you can hit the shops fully informed on what’s new and cool each week. Click through to see what we’ve spotted this week…
‘Band merch’ is having a moment. Channel your inner punk in this cool AC/DC t-shirt by And Finally.
Italian label Valextra is new to Matches Fashion for AW16. With its luxe craftsmanship and architectural designs, it’s already proving to be a big hit with fashion insiders.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Damir Doma’s eponymous line, the Croatian-born designer has created an exclusive capsule of his greatest hits for Farfetch. The collection features updated versions of some of his most iconic pieces. Our hero piece is this pretty fringed dress.
Sophia Webster can always be relied upon to inject some fun into footwear. We’ve got our eyes on these gold stilettos from her new Holiday Capsule Collection. We love the crystal embellished 3d bow and elegant pin heel.
Art-lovers rejoice: our go-to highstreet store for directional basics COS are sponsoring a retrospective of Agnes Martin’s work, from her early experiments of the 1950s right through to her final paintings, at the Guggenheim in New York City. In celebration of the collaboration, COS have created a limited-edition 12-piece capsule collection, inspired by the artist’s work. A percentage of the profits will be donated to the Agnes Martin Foundation, so you can shop the line guilt-free.
Three Floor have just launched a limited edition capsule collection in collaboration with the UN Women National Committee UK. Inspired by pioneering female performers, the six piece collection is available to pre-order now. 20% of proceeds will be donated to UN women NC UK, an organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls to shape a better future.
Brand new label Enlist creates seasonless and responsible clothing. With a sound ethical standpoint on animal welfare too, this is fast becoming one of our favouite labels. This cute colour-blocked top is our new go-to for freshening up our workwear.
The latest deisgner on the see-now-buy-now band wagon is Alexander Wang. Exclusive accessories and denim pieces from the SS17 runway collection, which was presented on Pier 94 in New York on September 10, have just dropped online and in-store. Our hero pieces include this sleeveless t-shirt, emblazoned with the brand’s signature barcode logo in a cool leopard print (£195), and these cool cropped flared jeans (£350).
J. Crew are the latest brand to join the athleisure army. In partnership with sportswear label New Balance, the NB x J.Crew collection include trainers, sports bras, t-shirts, tank tops and outerwear, in a cool colour-blocked palette.
Inspiring us to take a winter break, Maje have launched an Après Ski capsule collection filled with gorgeous off-piste styles. Such as this neoprene snowflake sweatshirt (£155).
Problem: Your most fashion-obsessed friend is having a baby and you have no idea what to buy her for her baby shower.
Solution: London deisgner Mary Katrantzou has splashed her signature playful prints across two custom nappy bags in collaboration with luxury ecommerce site The Tot, which was founded by Miroslava Duma and Nasiba Adilova. Available to pre-order now, round up all your best girlfriends to chip in on this dreamy gift.
Famed fashion photographer Ellen Von Unwerth is the latest to lend her playful aesthetic to Happy Socks. The match made in sartorial heaven includes colourful socks (naturally), hipster style pants and boxers. Consider your stocking-fillers sorted.
ASOS has launched a new Made in Kenya capsule collection for AW16. Once again, it’s been created in collaboration with SOKO Kenya – a Kenyan clothing workshop that provides fair and safe employment and training for some of the countries poorest communities.
This time Asos worked with a local primary school and asked the children to draw ‘what they see outside their window’. Their drawings have been interpreted as embroidered giraffes, elephants and Kenyan landscapes on jersey sweats, structured short-suits, sweatshirts and dresses. We particularly love this pretty printed dress from the line.
With the party season on the horizon, we need more ready-styled pieces, such as this French Connection dress.
Sophia Webster’s AW16 collection explores the designer’s darker side. Snap up one of her decadent but light-hearted embellished bags, just in time for Halloween. ‘It has been a season of evolution – collecting my thoughts about the past, the present and future,’ the designer said of her latest line. ‘From creating the silhouette and shoes, then bringing all the characters to life with my collaborators, it’s about daring to be strange or unusual but most of all beautifully unique.’
Calvin Klein have launched a capsule line of cashmere basics for AW16. Made from luxurious Italian yarns, the collection includes everything from lightweight tees and snuggly hoodies, to made-for-lounging in jumper dresses.
Levis iconic 505c jeans are back for AW16. Channel Debbie Harry and wear these with a dark indigo denim jacket and metallic boots.
The gift that keeps on giving, Pandora’s classic charm bracelet is perfect for adding meaningful charms to mark milestone life events.
London desgin duo (and real life couple) Tim Rockins and Jess Morris have relaunched their legendary Rockins’ skinny silk scarves (beloved by Kate Moss) and 70s-inspired ready-to-wear on MatchesFashion.com. Our hero piece is this silk paisley print shirt – wear the tie-neck undone for an authentic rock ‘n’ roll finish.
Sosandar is fast becoming our go-to online shop for on-trend clothes, at reasonable price points. The newly launched site is the brainchild of former magazine editor Ali Hall and former publishing director Julie Lavington, so the brand is by women who know how we want to dress nowadays.
Our pick of the new collection is this cool and cosy, step-hem jumper. Modern but timeless, we’ll be snuggling up in this all autumn.
Introducing your new pyjama obsession.
With their super luxurious silk pyjamas, Morgan Lane has firmly earned a place on our wish list.
Our pick of the bunch (and this was a tough one) is the super sexy Drake bra and Yana track pant.
With a detachable oversized faux fur collar, consider this the perfect ‘in betweener’ jacket as the weather starts to change.
Classic tees get a welcome overhaul.
Uber cool Sunspel has teamed up with cult pattern specialists Patternity to create a capsule collection of T-shirts.
Drop by their exqually stylish Redchurch Street store and browse the collection.
Red Valentino are launching their first London flagship store, on Sloane Street and to celebrate the brand have collaborated with crochet artist London Kaye. The special edition collection doesn’t’ launch until September 17th – the day of the store opening – but it is available to pre-order online now. We love this sweet Breton striped jersey t-shirt.
Michel Kors have just launched a super-slick customizable smartwatch that allows you to count calories, view calls and texts and change the face to suit your mood.
Theory’s new Whitney bag comes with a detachable cross-body strap so you can use it as a cool clutch bag too.
Fashion editors love Stutterheim for their sleek and simple rain macs. Beat the soggy weather with this gorgeous version with cool contrasting pockets.
highstreet workwear haven Jaeger and jean genius Donna Ida have put their creative heads together and come up with a capsule collection of ‘versatile denim, which can not only be worn at the weekend but to work, meetings, appointments, on the school run and in the boardroom.’ We love the Donna Ida Early Edie Jumper (£150). And most of the rest of the collection TBF.
Miss Selfridge’s stylish and wallet friendly wares have just landed on ASOS! We’ve got our eye on this cold shoulder rib jumper (£25).
The latest H&M Studio collection has just dropped online and we are knee deep in a wish list. For all you mums, aunties, generous BFFs, there’s a new H&M Studio line for kids too and it is cuter than cute. In fact, we kind of wish it all came in adult size too…
Michael Kors enlisted style influencers Solange Knowles, models Soo Joo Park and Nina Agdal and Princess Olympia of Greece for their first ever ‘street style’ campaign to show off their gorgeous new handbag range.
Captured by renowned street style photographer Tommy Ton in downtown New York, Nina models the Isadore Top Handle Satchel (£276.80) here.
Speaking about the decision to go in a different direction with this season’s campaign Kors said:
‘Fashion is a celebration of individual style, and I’ve always thought of New York City as the ultimate runway. The Walk was a great opportunity for us to see our favourite new fall handbags through different filters.
‘Style is so subjective. There’s nothing more exciting to me than seeing my designs brought to life by different personalities.’
When quizzed on her personal style influences, Solange cited ‘Erykah Badu, Bjork, Kate Bush, Lauryn Hill’ as well as her best friends:
‘My friend Melina (a video director) and Armina Mussa (an artist and project manager for Saint Heron) have incredible style. It’s truly about the woman and what they reflect and represent and the magic they possess that inspires me stylistically.’
She carries the Brooklyn Large Grommet Suede and Leather Crossbody bay (224.09).
Credit cards at the ready, people.
Maria Tash has been a designer and retailer of fine jewellery for over 20 years. Within that time she’s pierced the ears of everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow, and Julianne Moore, to Zoe Kravitz and Beyoncé from her cult NYC peircing studio.
Widely regarded as the pioneer of the modern movement for luxurious, dainty diamond jewellery in unusual places, Maria is taking her ?curated ear piercings? to London with a permanent piercing studio at Liberty. Hurrah!
Opening on Friday 5th August, prices range from £15 for a standard lobe piercing, to £30 for the new ‘it’ piercing ‘the conch’.
Natalie also adores Bronnley’s Pink Peony & Rhubarb Body Lotion for an indulgent evening at home (it’s high time you had one, now here’s your excuse!).
Delicately fragranced and infused with natural moisturisers, slather this all over a long soak in the bath.
J Crew have just launched a chic but fun new range of cross-body bags. The Signet Crossbody and All Day Tote both come in 15 colours and are priced from £128 for the leather version) to £298 (for calfhair).
‘When starting to conceptualise the line we talked about all of the things we look for in a handbag. Words like simple, classic, functional, emotional and fun kept coming up over and over – so honestly that is where we started,’ J Crew’s Head of Womenswear Somsack Sikhounmuong told us.
‘The inspiration for the Signet bag came from the form and function of an old school camera bag. It’s small enough to not be in the way but large enough to hold almost everything while letting you be hands free to text and scroll through Instagram – what more could you ask for!’
Our pick is the cobalt blue Signet bag, as it’s slick enough for work and vibrant enough for the weekend. Best of all, you can add your initails with the monogramming option – a brilliant option for a gift for someone special too.
You’re guaranteed to find one of Roland Mouret’s ‘Galaxy Dresses’ hanging in the wardrobes of everyone from Victoria Beckham to Beyoncé, and now the brand is celebrating the iconic bodycon’s 10th birthday with a 10-piece capsule collection called #GalaxyTen. The collection includes new evolutions on the classic style, as well as jumpsuits, tops and slinky pencil skirts.
Our top pick from the collection is the structured ‘Galaxy Jacket’. Crafted in navy leather and stretch viscose, it’s peplum silhouette is super-flattering and looks great with loosely tailored trousers. Consider it your new workwear staple.
Cult Dubai store Boutique 1 has set up shop on London’s swanky Sloane St. As well as top British designers Erdem, Peter Pilotto and Roksanda, they will exclusively stock Spencer Vladimir (seen here) and slick tailoring label Atea Oceanie (scroll on).
Other highlights include in-house tailoring and a click-and-collect service. If you’re not London-dwelling, you can check it out from the comfort of your couch at Boutique1.com.
Prada fans rejoice: the barnd has finally launched on Net-a-porter and MyTheresa. Both sites have launched edits of Prada’s pre-fall, autumn/winter, bags and shoes, oh my!
‘The show ticked every box across every different category,’ Net-a-Porter’s VP of global buying, Sarah Rutson told WWD. ‘It had that pioneering spirit, but it’s also going to sell.’ Rutson highlighted the brand’s new messenger bags as a key new style from the coming season’s handbag offering.
Gucci’s summer-ready Garden Collection – which dropped exclusively on their website – has all the florals and exotic emblems you could wish for, it’s the perfect antidote to our changeable weather.
Adidas’ iconic Gazelles have relaunched, with Kate Moss as the face of the new campaign. Consider these the new Stan Smiths…
Fashion blogger Man Repeller (aka Leandra Medine) has teamed up with Atea Oceanie for a collection of classics with a twist. ‘I believe the majority of women could benefit from having a very nice fitted blazer, but it doesn?t necessarily mean it has to come in black or ivory crepe when navy lamé works well, too,’ explains Leandra of her philosophy. We couldn’t agree more…
Introducing the Mulberry Camden, the latest IT bag style from new designer Johnny Coca. The single-handled bucket shape comes in all sorts of glossy colour and print combos, with prices starting at £995. We’re a little bit in love, are you?
Christopher Kane just launched his e-commerce website. Finally, finally, he has an online shop and we plan to spend every second of our weekend browsing through his gorgeous new pre-fall collection.
Rihanna’s latest sure-fire hit for Puma? ‘The Trainer by Fenty’, which launched this week in stores and online. The high-top hybrid silhouette is pretty statement, and we love the matte grey colour.
Cos X Hay is back with a new spring collection, and it’s every bit as chic as the last. Expect to find the sleekest homewares, garden furniture and a few pretty flower pots among the new line, all coming in a range of greens, blues, pinks and plenty of grey. Your old sofa will feel instantly cooler with the addition of this two-tone fringed cushion.
Calling all Sophia Webster fans, the sassy shoe designer has just opened her first London boutique on Mount Street.
Stocking everything from shoes to bags, bridal to kids – the new space will offer all our favourite Sophia Webster designs.
Of the reason behind the new launch, Sophia explains ‘I’m delighted to announce the opening of my first boutique retail space. I have long dreamt of a physical destination for those who already follow and support my brand online and through social media so they can truly step into my world. Having a permanent retail outlet will bring me an insightful new connection with my customers, and the process of designing the interior has helped me to refine and create a blueprint for future shops and spaces. It is the start of a very exciting new chapter.’
Described as an instant touch of glamour, this YSL gold glitter top coat is exactly that and will take you straight from desk-to-disco.
Dedicated shoppers and Michael Kors fans will be pleased to hear the designer has now opened it’s largest flagship store in Europe.
Spread over three impressive floors, the new Regent Street store stocks every category of product, in an achingly cool space that will make your shopping trip a unique and relaxing shopping experience.
Explaining the inspiration behind the new concept, Michael Kors says ‘London is one of the world?s great fashion cities and an endless source of inspiration for me personally. I?m thrilled to be opening a beautiful new flagship on Regent Street that represents everything we do and offers our customers the full world of Michael Kors.’
It was love at first sight when Att Pynta’s new handmade bowls landed in our inbox. Made in collaboration with cool Swedish potter Marie L Sundegren, the dusky pink and indigo styles, each finished with a 24 carat gold trim, will bring a luxe edge to any home – or Instagram account. We love, a lot.
Nothing beats a great mascara. Which is precisely why So Curl – the brand new magic wand from Sisley – should be on your make-up radar.Promising everything you’ve ever wanted – from fuller to longer lashes – it’s our new beauty kit essential.
If you happen to be passing through Covent Garden this weekend, make sure to check out the newly opened COS flagship. Its spacious three floors have been totally refurbished, creating an achingly cool home for the colourful and totally wantable SS16 collection as well as offering a healthy dose of interiors inspo.
If like us your moto is new season, new ‘do, then hot foot it to Headmasters who have this week launched their new hair colour consultation service. Free with every appointment, just ten minutes with their colour experts will determine your perfect, salon-approved, new season shade. Sign us up.
What could possibly be more chic than a Burberry trench? A monogrammed Burberry trench, that’s what.
The British icon has revealed it is now offering personalised monogramming for their range of men’s, women’s and children’s trench coats, making them that much more covetable.
The monogram, which can include up to three initials in a selection of 15 threads, will be placed on the inside panel of the coat, below the inner buttonhole, creating the most personalised version of its trench coat to date. Sign us up.
The Marie Claire Beauty Editors got their hands on this brand new unisex scent some time ago and have been making us green with envy ever since. It’s finally here which means we can shop now and smell seriously good forevermore.
There’s nothing we love more than spending our weekend picking up new plants and decorating our home with new pottery. Cue London-based Part-Time Potter and her pretty creations. Interiors satisfaction guaranteed.
Discover new-to Harvey Nichols skincare brand Mario Badescu this weekend and if you spend over £200, you?ll get over £200 worth of beauty goodies for free.