BOOK: ‘Return of the Rudeboy’
Following on from the success of last year’s Somerset House exhibition, this beautiful book of sartorial portraits documents a revival of the rudeboy style that was prevalent in the 1960s. Accompanying the stylish snaps is a series of essays putting the movement into context – swotting up has never seemed so appealing. But this book should come with a warning: it features images of real Londoners who have serious swagger, so you can expect to feel very inadequate indeed.
TRAINERS: My Swear
Nobody wants the same trainers as everyone else. Or at least that’s what new swanky sneaker brand SWG hopes. From sole to tongue, every aspect of the shoe is customisable. If that’s not pimped enough for you, the brand also offers embossing and foil initialling. You’ll never get your shoes muddled up in the gym changing room again. From £230.
BEAUTY: The Light Salon
London’s swishest department store, Harvey Nichols has a brand new beauty service for time-poor shoppers. The Light Salon, brought over from Australia, uses Healite II – a warming, amber-glowing LED light – to repair skin. The treatment is done and dusted in under 15 minutes and claims to rejuvenate skin, improve luminosity and prevent fine lines. It can even be used to treat acne. If nothing else, it gives you ten minutes of peace and quiet – with the closest feeling to lying on a beach you’ll get in this chilly city. From £35.
STREETWEAR: Nasir Mazhar
East London milliner-turned-designer Nasir Mazhar is in danger of becoming a household name since collaborating on an all-black tracksuit with north London grime star Skepta. Borrowing heavily from counterculture, Mazhar’s streetwear style has references as far ranging as cyber goths and cholas. This week sees the launch of his new online store, which will stock exclusive pieces from both his menswear and womenswear lines in limited-edition runs. From £40.