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THE BEAUTY LAUNCH:
New beauty brand Kiki World doesn’t launch products depending on what marketing executives or ad agencies think – it lets the customer decide by asking them what they like and what they’re missing. Not only does this cut back on over-production, it’s also done in an innovative, safe way using blockchain technology. As for the products themselves, the peel-off, touch-up nail pens are a favourite. Plus, the team is currently gathering votes for new colours of a long-lasting face and body liquid paint pen – perfect for liner or eyeshadow.
THE FOODIE MASH-UP:
Oreo & Chicken Shop
Oreo has made an unexpected move by partnering with Chicken Shop to introduce the ‘Oreo Twist’ menu. This includes ‘The O Fries’ – the perfect balance of sweet and salty; ‘The Big Twist Burger’ which uses a charcoal bun to look just like the iconic cookie; and ‘The Twist & Shake’ milkshake made with a moreish Oreo crumb mixed with Chicken Shop’s classic chocolate sauce.
THE TECH COLLAB:
Beats x Skepta & Emma Chamberlain
Founded by iconic music producer Dr. Dre, Beats has a history of teaming up with a range of culturally significant tastemakers. So it’s only fitting that Skepta and Emma Chamberlain have been part of two recent launches and campaigns. Skepta has fronted a cool pair of silver overhead headphones, while Emma’s buds come in both silver and baby pink.
THE ICE CREAM SHOP:
Anita Gelato is a famous Israeli ice cream boutique that’s just opened its doors in Covent Garden. Founded by Anita almost 20 years ago, it offers a range of 100% hand-made frozen treats – including frozen yogurt and sorbets alongside organic sugar-free, fat-free, soy-based and real cream-based ice creams.
LA Made: The Barbie Tapes
LA Made is a podcast series that discusses a different story every season. The common theme is Californian innovators and how they have changed the lives of millions all over the world. In a timely move, the second season focuses on Barbie – from the doll’s origin story to the untold stories of the people that created her. Truly bingeable.
Listen on Spotify
THE FASHION COLLECTION:
Damson Madder AW23
Regular readers will know how much the LGs love Damson Madder – the sustainable brand that nails Scandi cool by putting twists on wardrobe basics at a reasonable price. With a new season in sight, we can’t help but feel excited about the label’s new dresses, padded overcoats and fun knits – all of which deserve a place on your autumn/winter wish list.
You Could Be So Pretty by Holly Bourne
Holly Bourne is a keen feminist and women's rights activist. Her latest book investigates the messy truths of modern beauty standards. Set in a world where feminism is no longer a ‘dirty word’, she explores the contradictions and pressures that young women face. The book encourages young girls and women to think more deeply about the definition of beauty, social media validation, airbrushing, disordered eating, exercise addiction and the dangers of plastic surgery. She’s sold over 500,000 copies of her previous books, so we’re sure this will be another hit.
Available at Waterstones.com
THE LIMITED DROP:
Basement Approved Football Shirts
Basement Approved started small but has evolved into a multichannel youth community with over 300,000 members across the UK. The platform publishes daily stories, and produces a physical magazine – and recently, it hosted a football tournament called The Basement Cup ‘23. The 16-team competition was held on 19th August, featuring teams repping some of the hottest streetwear brands out there – from Places & Faces to New Balance Football, Peachy Den and Bape – which have all created personalised, branded kit. Stay tuned, as we have a sneaky suspicion a limited number of these pieces may be available to buy on site soon.
THE GENDER-NEUTRAL CAPSULE:
With Jéan ‘With Weins’
With Jéan – a fashion brand known for cool basics and easy-to-wear dresses – has joined forces with New York-based artist Jeff Weins to create a capsule collection spanning a range of styles to suit everyone. Embodying an end-of-summer vibe, pieces include striped boxer shorts, basic tanks, tailored trousers and socks – all designed for wearers to add their own personality and spin.
Nike V2K Run
Nike has dug into its archives to revive some of its OG models, largely drawing inspiration from the Y2K era. Leaning into the popular ‘dad shoe’ trend, its V2K Run model features metallic silver leather panels around the toe and vamp, while stark white mesh acts as the model’s base layer. The first women’s exclusive lifestyle shoe the brand has dropped in a while, it’s already become the must-have shoe in the LG office.