A very wise woman (a.k.a my editor) once confessed to me that though she rarely indulges in make-up, new-season Chanel nail varnishes are her guilty pleasures. The logic behind it is also perfect: I cannot afford a bag, so the vernis is my bit of new season Chanel. This reason is one behind the recent foray of various fashion houses into the beauty market, notably Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford and Burberry, amongst others. They make great products, and we fawn over the beautifully packaged lipsticks, but what gets us really excited is when brands without their own make-up lines send out products – gorgeous and unique.

Alber Elbaz for Lancôme


Lanvin’s creative director is bringing the couture giant’s distinctive graceful girliness to his collaboration with Lancôme. When news of this was announced in January, the beauty world went into a state of full frenzy, waiting with baited breath for details on the limited-edition collection. Elbaz made this all about eyes, with four mascaras, four eye-palettes and Lancôme’s first ever eyelashes. The collection launches exclusively at Selfridges on 15th June (just in time for the Long Vac), and nationwide 1st July. 

Pierre Hardy for NARS

Thanks to the genius collaboration between the famous shoe designer Pierre Hardy and NARS, we have a stunning summer collection. There are two blushes, and six nail polish duos of beautifully complementary shades. The best part? They come in miniature shoe boxes and dustbags! The full collection is currently available online at www.narscosmetics.co.uk


Matthew Williamson for Benefit

The king of vibrant colours has collaborated with Benefit on a limited-edition palette and, like his brand DNA, it is a celebration of shades and patterns. The ‘Rich Is Back’ palette features a mini best-selling ‘They’re Real!’ mascara, Williamson’s four exclusive eye shadows, a mini lip gloss and a powder blush – all of which have been inspired by the 70s, when Benefit first launched. And this might not be his last offerings – the designer has enjoyed his experience so much that he might launch a beauty line in the future! In the meantime, the palette is available at Debenhams stores and Benefit boutiques from 15th June.

Marc Jacobs for Sephora

After the success of his award-winning fragrances, Marc Jacobs is set to venture further into the world of beauty with his own makeup line. He has employed beauty giant Sephora to bring Marc Jacobs make-up to life.  Details have been scarce, which have only fuelled interest. All we know so far is that there will be a pen eyeliner and a day-to-night eye palette. While a launch date has not been announced, an Instagram teaser set it at 9 August – get it in your diaries!