Marie Claire's edit of the best things to buy, browse and book
Allow us to introduce: hot list. Whether it’s some much-needed pampering, a quick interiors update, a cool event to book tickets for or a wardrobe refresh, here’s Marie Claire’s edit of the best ways to indulge.
Here at Marie Claire HQ we’re constantly seeking out secret sales, new brands, fun events, 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 are.
This week we’re watching:
CHANEL, CELEBRITY BY
Flacons at the ready! We’ll be popping bottles (both perfume and bubbly, of course) to celebrate an icon’s birthday this weekend. Yes, it’s 100 years of Chanel No 5 and to celebrate the brand has created a rather fabulous film that explores the notion of what it means to be an icon.
The film titled CELEBRITY BY, is an ode to creativity and features some serious icons, like the inimitable Marion Cottilard, Lil Buck, Laurie Santos, Hung Huang, Marie-Agnès Gillot, and Graydon Carter and their musings on what the next 100 years may hold.
This week we’re loving:
This is your ultimate shopping list, so check in with us every week so you can hit the shops fully informed on what’s new and cool each week. Click through to see our favourite picks…
Burberry is the first luxury brand to pledge to become Climate Positive by 2040, by investing in key initiatives to support wider climate change efforts beyond its value chain. Underpinning this pledge is a series of commitments Burberry will achieve on its journey to Climate Positive. This includes cutting emissions across its extended supply chain by 46% by 2030 and developing projects which support others in their own carbon journeys.
Marco Gobbetti, Chief Executive Officer at Burberry, says, “Burberry was built upon a desire to explore nature and the great outdoors and they have remained our inspiration for more than 150 years. Drawing on this heritage of exploration and driven by our creative spirit, today, we are setting a bold new ambition: to become climate positive by 2040. As a company, we are united by our passion for being a force for good in the world. By strengthening our commitment to sustainability, we are going further in helping protect our planet for generations to come.”
The two brands have come together with an all new capsule collection that expresses a shared love of warm hues, and prints that celebrate positivity. Comprised of light and breezy styles that are perfect for a picnic in the park or a Summer staycation, the collection is a festival of colour, with enlivening prints splashed across dresses, shirts, swimwear and even Sézane’s iconic Will Jacket.
The Goring is hosting a pop-up with celeb chef Rick Stein and his son this week (14th- 20th June) to celebrate a "Taste of Cornwall”. This will include a series of Cornish lunches & dinners, as well as demos and book signing. The Goring Garden itself is being transformed by LOVE BRAND & Co, the British beachwear brand renowned for its playful prints and swimming trunks made from recycled single use plastics.
While international travel may not be on the cards yet, wine is the perfect way to bring destinations to you.Our pick for this summer are the delicious wines coming from New Zealand's vineyards, from Central Otago to Marlborough. We're trying the Yealands Estate organic Sauvignon Blanc. Bottoms up.
Bicester Village is now open for business, so make the most of the offers on designer fashion and beauty brands such as Spectrum Collection, Isabel Marant and Floral Street. We love this Isabel Marant shoulder bag, retailing at £490 instead of the usual £775.
Le Colonel is a Lille-based and family-run atelier who create accessories for men, women and children. Everything is hand-crafted in their workshop in Lille with sustainability and consciousness at the core of everything they do. Its Liberty London shorts are divine.
Aspinal of London has joined forces with the renowned JD Malat Gallery to launch an exclusive design collaboration that takes its inspiration from the vibrant work of the London-based Ghanaian artist, Kojo Marfo. Born in Ghana and having lived in New York, and now based in London, Kojo Marfo has developed a unique style that encompasses his wide range of influences in an effort to express his experiences and comment on society, his work has since been acquired by top international collectors.
Introducing Jurlique’s NEW Activating Water Essence+: an upgrade of its best-selling hydrating essence with powerful new biodynamic botanicals that deliver even better hydration and radiance-boosting benefits and 100% sustainable and recyclable packaging.
Clearpay and the British Fashion Council have joined forces to launch 'Clearpay Quarter', a unique and stylish event to celebrate London Fashion Week and get Brits shopping again.
Located on the iconic shopping destination, King's Road, the four-day event will offer attendees an 'access all areas' look at London Fashion Week, featuring live-streamed runway shows, fashion themed films and exclusive food and drink menus.
The Clearpay Quarter will be open throughout London Fashion Week, from Friday 11th June to Monday 14th June from 10:30 am - 9:30 pm.
We’re keeping our locks in tip top condition thanks to the new hair care range from Vita Coco. Formulated with over 95% natural ingredients, including that delicious Coconut, hair is left soft, glossy and more manageable. And, it smells pretty good.
To celebrate Pride, schuh has collaborated with long time charity partner The Proud Trust to create an exclusive tote bag. Each bag sold will fund a connection between The Proud Trust and an LGBT+ young person to receive life-saving and life-enhancing support.
Say hello to the worlds smallest analogue instant camera. This compact little camera packs a serious punch and boasts a selfie-mirror, self-timer, double exposure and seriously impressive battery life.
Im sure there’s an occasion that needs celebrating. So why don’t do it with aplomb (and in style) with the Belle Epoque Vintage (2013) champagne from Perrier-Jouët. This rich champagne is fully of spice and floral notes like baked apple, peach sorbet and white blossom - it’s really VERY good.
Hotfoot it down to South Molton Street this weekend because for the first time ever, Mejuri (home of serisouly covetable jewellery) has a curated space which houses all the incredible pieces you’ve undoubtedly seen all over your social feeds.
Meet Love Ocean, a brand that quite literally loves (and cares for) the oceans. With each (refillable, and fun) bottle that is purchased, the equivalent of one kilo of plastic is removed from the rivers and steams that are feeding plastic pollution into our oceans.
Founded by Gabi Jennings (who has been working in the beauty and brand space for 20 years), Love Ocean is a ‘commerce with a cause’ personal care and wellbeing brand for the whole family. The gentle product is formulated with a 100% organic blend of seaweed extracts and kelp sourced from the British Isles.
Zero-Living is the home of planet conscious brands. Aiming to help consumers make the right choices, without compromising design. Introducing customers to high quality products that help them reduce waste, use fewer natural resources and are made to the highest ethical standards – encouraging a new way of consuming: buy less, choose better.
Their London Pop-Up Shop at 68 Duke Street closes on June 19th, but if you can't make it down in time their selection of UK based brands are all available to shop via the link below
Founded by Yolanda Cooper of WE ARE PARADOXX (an MC favourite), for a third year running, Plastic Free Beauty Day is back. This time it has partnered with The British Beauty Council and Ocean Generation to lead industry change in 2021.
On Friday 11th at 11:30am, join Cooper, alongside millie Kendall, CEO of the British Beauty Council, Daisy Kendrick, a leading sustainability expert from Ocean Generation and Ben Proctor, Director of On Repeat, an innovative packaging solution launching in June for a 30 minute webinar (with a live Q+A session after) where they discuss everything from Green-washing to what role the beauty industry can play in actively helping the world’s global sustainability efforts.
Vashi have seriously raised the bar when it comes to a bricks and mortar space.
Step through the doors of the new flagship store in Covent Garden to find yourself completely immersed in the Vashi world (which is rather fabulous btw). You’ll get to see first hand how your jewellery is made in a perfectly-appointed, seriously stylish and considered setting (Timothy Han has created a custom scent for the store, palmer //Harding the bespoke uniforms and Fred Rigby the furniture).
Shopping at Vashi is a collaborative experience - the brand aims to put the customer at the centre of it allowing you to have as much input to your purchase as you'd like. The walls have (quite literally) been removed to offer a truly transparent solution to buying and creating pieces of jewellery that will last a lifetime.
Head to Reiss to shop an edit of 16 styles of jeans from Paige. From Claire’s to straight-legs, there’s something for everything.
Just in time for the sunshine, we’re looking to Paco Rabanne for tips on what to wear this summer. The Ciao Paco summer capsule perfectly captures the 70’s essence but for the modern woman. We’ll be styling our Knit T-shirt with simple blue denim and a chunky sandal.
I think we’ve just found the perfect summer shoe. These square toed mules by way of Dee Ocleppo really DO go with everything.
Launching on Monday, Prochaine was founded by two young women and best friends who met working for a contemporary, womenswear label. They immediately bonded over a shared love for beautiful and thoughtful fashion with a unique style and message. Having worked in the industry together, both had found a common frustration for the frequent use of the term ‘sustainability’ (or ‘sustainable’) as a marketing ploy rather than a goal to collectively work towards.
The platform includes brands that are doing their bit in sustainability and striving to improve on their impact on the environment, whether that's limited runs, ethical materials & productions, packaging or carbon offsetting. These amazing brands include Sleeper, Good News, Helmstedt, Peony, Alexa Chung, Hosbjerg, Van Der Kooij, Par Moi, House of Sunny, Velvet Canyon, Stripe & Stare, and many, many more! We are so excited to work with these beautiful and thoughtful brands and highlight the good they are doing.
The Dioriviera capsule by Maria Grazia Chiuri is showcased in the new pop-up store in the heart of Selfridges, London.
Inspired by the sunny colors of the collection, this ephemeral space exudes a breezy seaside atmosphere, infused with blue, chartreuse or raspberry reverse toile de Jouy, embodying the Pop touch of the Fall 2021 line. To further enhance this celebration of the art of living, Dior has taken over the London store’s rooftop restaurant, dressing it in toile de Jouy. In this exclusive setting, entitled Dior at Alto, the menu is also composed of dishes selected by the House, including some of Monsieur Dior’s favorites. Featuring drinks renamed in tribute to Dior history, the cocktail menu also features elixirs specially concocted for the occasion.
The pop-up store dedicated to women’s ready-to-wear will be open until July 31st; the Dior at Alto restaurant until September 30th; and the bar from August 1st to September 30th, 2021.
Aromatherapy Associates enters the home category with their latest innovation, taking their iconic blends beyond the bathroom.
It has developed an exceptional new range of at-home products to surround your senses with wellbeing, creating a multi-layered experience that allows your wellbeing journey to go even deeper. Included in the collection are ‘The Atomiser,’ a breakthrough waterless diffuser as well as four pure and potent candles. On 1st July, the brand will also launch a special collaboration with fabric care brand The Laundress.
For World Environment Day on 5th June, Treedom have released a special capsule of trees that directly contribute to numerous Sustainable Development Goals that have been outlined by the UN. They have collaborated with a talented illustrator to bring these goals to life. In purchasing a tree, you can follow the growth over its lifetime and get a special geo location and updates from your farmer.
Since Sunglass Hut’s launch 50 years ago, people all over the world have expressed their own unique sense of style and individuality through our sunglasses.
On this special anniversary, Sunglass Hut wants to celebrate the culture they have built with the help of a cool camper van, which will tour between Camden and Battersea Power Station across 4 weekends between May and June.
Make a beeline for Spitalfields Market this weekend to see the pretty stunning new installation which Zipcar UK have created in partnership with floral artist Alice McCabe.
The ‘Living Car’ installation is to symbolise a greener future for cities with 77% of the population saying they are making the switch to Zipcar to reduce their carbon footprint.
Better yet, If readers head down to Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street between 18th-21st May 2021 to visit the Living Car installation, they could win £250-worth of Zipcar credits by sharing an image of it on social media with the hashtag #greenstreets.
If I’m being completely honest, I’d quite like to keep this information to myself. But in the spirit of wellness, I shall share (and most likely go over my word-count). What I’m about to tell you will change your world.
Fragrance and wellness lovers, this one is for you.
I’ve seen countless fragrance launches and again, to be honest, many aren’t worth writing about. But every now and then, you meet a brand that just ticks all the boxes. So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to Vyrao, a new range of perfume, created by Yasmin Sewell, that is quite frankly, a game changer.
Yasmin has assembled the best in the game, to ensure that everything from the visuals, to scent, and energy are careful considered. Sewell didn’t want to create a fragrance that simply fitted into several categories (floral, citrus etc) but wanted fragrances that evoked certain feelings (liberation and sensuality, transformation and illumination, self-love, courage and creativity, attraction and protection), aka Vibrational scent - this was the brief for perfumer Lyn Harris. So together, they looked at flower essences and remedies that are said to evoke several emotions.
You can tell a Lyn Harris creation a mile off, these truly magnificent constructions are expertly blended and complex - they grow and develop over time. To top things off, each bottle is infused with a Herkimer Diamond, thanks to Louise Mita a world-renowned energist and Founder of Integrative Quantum Medicine.
I’ve been sitting with the fragrances for a few days now and it’s impossible to pick a favourite as they all really are that good. I flit between "I am Verdant", which bursts with green notes and iris, "Magnetic 70", arguably the most masculine of the bunch with spicy and woody notes or "Witchy Woo" (I just love the name) which is mysterious, earthy and unlike anything I’ve ever smelled before.
The fragrances are just the start of the Vyrao journey and we can’t wait to see what she does next. Watch this space. But until then, liberal application is vehemently encouraged.
The Vyrao pop up is open now in Selfridges.
STORY MFG celebrates the idea of slow made, with processes and skills that go into the production of their clothing with natural dyes, recycled fabrics and renewable energy being core to the outcome.
The Eden dress is stylish and super comfortable - we love the tie-dye which makes it perfect for summer.
Some brands have been eco-conscious for a while, and just just because it’s been thrust into the mainstream. Enter Filippa K, who is celebrating 10 years of their at-leisure label, Soft Sport. Since it’s inception, Soft Sport has had a mindful approach to fashion, encoring buyers to buy less but buy better - we can fully get behind that.
We’re adding Fendi to our want list this season - just look at all the dreaminess in the summer capsule. From chic accessories to clothes cut to perfection, we ant it all. Even better, check out the pop-up which has now launched at Selfridges.
Add some joy into your look with the colourful earrings by way of Auree Jewellery. Even better, 100% of profits go to Little Village, a Baby Bank charity.