Beautiful, past and present: Nefertiti, from 3.300BC
Seeing this famous image of Queen Nefertiti in the paper today gave me pause for thought about the way beauty ideals change over the years — or don’t.
The standard wisdom is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and so of course different eras find different things beautiful – such as the Elizabethan trend for women to have high shaved foreheads, or the voluptuous lovelies depicted by Rubens in the early 17th century, neither of which looks finds much favour today.
VENUS LEGAGY – latest in body-sculpting
OK, so it’s not the sexiest piece of kit but this machine, the Venus Legacy, is this summer’s hot new hope for fat-busting, thigh-slimming and bottom-sculpting.
It is from the same company that brought us the Venus Freeze facial treatment – a swift dose of warming radiofrequency energy that gives a small but noticeable contouring lift to the face within half an hour (yes, the name ‘freeze’ is a complete misnomer) and like the Freeze and unlike any other radiofrequency-based body treatment I have tried, it is very comfortable.
this is brilliant…
WORK THAT BOOTY – THE LOUISE PARKER WAY
Figure Magician: Louise Parker shows how it’s done
Earlier this week I went for a coffee and catch-up with the brilliant Louise Parker, who is an expert in the body-transformation business and is otherwise known as Instagram’s ‘Figure Magician’. And while gassing about work/ the weather/ our children/ the holidays we fell to discussing bottom-shaping; I know that lunges and squats are key for getting the backside into shape but what, I asked, can be done for that tricky floppy bit where the bottom of the bottom joins the top of the thighs?
A WORLD OF LIPSTICKS
You may well be wondering exactly what this image is and why… These are lipsticks, carved in minute detail into famous landmarks from five cities – Dubai, London, New York, Paris and Shanghai. And why? It’s part of Heathrow’s month-long International Lipstick Colours of the Year showcase, and I’ve written a whole lipstick report for them which you can find here.
And the most popular colour bought in London? Caramel nude. So now you know.
SHOES, FABULOUS SHOES – PLEASURE & PAIN EXHIBITION AT THE V&A
The Victoria & Albert Museum’s summer fashion exhibition opens this Friday and it’s a cracker. It’s called Pleasure and Pain: Extreme Footwear through the Ages, which says it all, really and shows how our present obsession with beautiful shoes is really nothing new… Here’s a piece I’ve written about it for Newsweek Europe