fashion

HTSI editor’s letter: fashion, art and undercrackers

It seems a bit daft that, in 2020, the presence of a female designer at a major label should still be seen as something exceptional. But a look at the current fashion landscape finds comparatively few female creatives at the top. Even Mrs Prada – for so long a torchbearer for the feminists in fashion – has nominated a male designer, Raf Simons, to work alongside her at the brand. 

How To Spend It editor, Jo Ellison
How To Spend It editor, Jo Ellison © Marili Andre

When Maria Grazia Chiuri was appointed creative director of Dior womenswear in 2016, she became the first woman to lead the house in its near 70 years. Immediately, she stamped her agenda onto the fabric of her vision – her first look for the house featured a T-shirt that read “We should all be feminists”. But it is for another point of view that we have featured her this week.

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beauty

17 of the best retinol creams according to our beauty editors

Retinol: it’s the skincare ingredient that needs no introduction. By now you’re likely already aware of the near infinite benefits it has to offer. From working wonders on fine lines and wrinkles, to improving skin’s texture, reducing scarring and enlarged pores. It’s also great for people with acne.

As leading Hollywood dermatologist, Dr Lancer, who works with famous faces like Victoria Beckham and Beyonce, explains – it’s one that truly works. “Retinol is lauded for it’s medically and scientifically-proven ability to speed up the skin’s cell cycle” he says. “It is one of the few ingredients on the market that comes with this absolute guarantee – it has no gimmicks.” The zero BS approach makes it even more appealing.

So, when should you start using retinol?

In theory, you could start using retinol in your mid to late 20s. Prevention is better than cure – aka the earlier the better

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