Monthly Archives: September 2015

Sweetness Published

Regular readers may have noticed I have a penchant for macarons – the chewy, pretty patisserie. Now French macaron master, Pierre Hermé (who French Vogue dubbed “the Picasso of pastry”) is publishing a sumptuous book filled with recipes for his most enduring flavours and more outré offerings such as tangerine and cucumber, wasabi cream and strawberry, and hazelnut and asparagus. The cover looks like a coffee table art or fashion book: this is aspirational pastry; the macaron as muse, if you will. The book is out on the 6th of October and is available at for £18.68.


If you wish to familarise yourself with his edible ouvre before then, he has a shop in London and a delightfully serious website written in idiosyncratic English. It says things like “It is a divertimento. A one-act play taking a fresh, new look at the interplay of balance and tension between the chocolate shell and the ganache filling” while introducing new chocolate “Les Galets”, featuring “Azur”, a dark chocolate with a yuzu ganache. It even – rather endearingly – suggests drinks to go with some creations: tea, coffee and water.  


His signature flavour combination is “Ispahan”, a rose, raspberry and lychee concoction available in various incarnations: macarons, bonbons chocolat, cake and granola to name but a few. Other unique macarons include “Mogador” which sounds like a land Tolkein invented but is actually a passion fruit and dark chocolate flavour; “Infiniment Jasmin”, jasmine flower and jasmine tea, and “Mosaic”, pistachio, cinnamon and cherry.

Pierre Hermé Paris, 13 Lowndes St, London SW1X 9EX.


Autumn designer picks

Fashion’s Autumn arrives on a swathe of dark Victoriana, 80s-inspired eveningwear and challenging 70s-inspired patterning and colouring in the daywear. The plethora of deliberately ugly jumpers need no mention here, as well, you can get the idea without my help, likewise the eveningwear of  uninspiring blacks, reds and luxes that make even designer look cheap. However, there are some great notes to take away, such as the preponderance of shearling and the affection for quirky accessories.

erdem cape

Erdem Angela printed silk-organza cape, £1,150.

A painterly pattern, murky pre-Raphaelite colours and structured shape make this a cape for drama. Who needs a flimsy cape you might ask, but the question should surely be who doesn’t need a cape? It will pay for itself in no time by increasing the drama of every single exit you make by at least 50%.
Isabel Marant Roddy leather-trimmed suede ankle boots, £415.

Not got the cojones for full-on dark Victoriana? These booties are gateway Victoriana, easing you in before you graduate to maxi-tulle and capes.
 wool cape
Junya Watanabe Cutout wool-felt cape, £785.
I know, it’s another cape, but really a survey of the latest high fashion isn’t going to be all polo-necks and trousers, you can get those anywhere. This is the really fun stuff. One of my favourite designers unveils another inspirational shape.


Simone Perele Look embroidered stretch-tulle and jersey underwired bra, £70, and Look embroidered stretch-tulle and jersey briefs, £45.
Some dark-Victoriana in underwear form.


Anya Hindmarch Custard Cream Clutch, £995.

Has there ever before been an object that has so instantly won my affection as this brass rendering of an excellent biscuit? No.

peter pilotto
Peter Pilotto Track embroidered tulle and wool-blend crepe dress, £1,445.
Detailing inspired by pinball makes this dress both retro and innovative.
fendi boot

Fendi Shearling ankle boots, £1,100.

What would happen if a slipper and a stripper shoe mated? The unholy progeny would most likely resemble this deliriously silly boot: both cosy and kinky, which is confusing for everybody.

marni earrings
Marni Gold-plated resin earrings, £200.
Mid-century minimalism in burgundy resin makes these earrings chicer than anything that is essentially fancy plastic has a right to be.
pedro garcia
Pedro Garcia Xadani shearling-lined suede ankle boots, £340.
More shearling for the pampered foot.
paula bag
Paula Cademartori Dun Dun mini appliquéd leather and suede shoulder bag, £1,335.
Psychedelic suede.