In times of recession, the trends turn towards a return to the classics. Take for example the iconic quilted Chanel 2.55 handbag with the leather and chain link strap. A timeless classic, and in recent years a popular fashion choice for style leaders and ordinary folk alike. So popular that Chanel have sold more in the last year than ever before and are even increasing the price for next season. (So, put that on the top of your christmas list if you have your eye on one before the price rises!) This trend is true of beauty products too. Lately, I have noticed on occasions, the smell and the sight of Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Creme popping in and out of handbags. It took me back a few years when all and sundry were going crazy of this fair-sized tube of gloopy wonderment. Why did it get forgotten? Well along came super-brand, super-priced beauty products to rival such a great fragranced, all round beauty classic. A tube of Eight Hour Creme lasts for ages and is a fraction of the price of say, By Terry's Baume de Rose, plus it has the added bonus that it's a safe purchase. It's been around for eons and we've all tried and tested it sometime throughout the years. We've seen too, a rush on an assortment of body cleansers, from cool organic brands like Ren to the fun and affordable at Lush. Whats more classic though than a simple bar of soap? Especially when it comes in a classic fragrance such as Chanel No5? Beauty brands have also luxed up classic products to remind us of how good things used to be. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is celebrating it's 30th birthday this year and its still looking good. I'd forgotten how brill it was until I unearthed a tube amongst my sister's giant bathroom drawer filled with expensive must have creams. It was the only product I was familiar with, sitting next to hundreds of pricey bottles and jars. It made a great base for my evening make-up and I've been hooked ever since (Note to Sister..it now comes in a limited edition diamante lid bling-ed up version, just her style!!) Or how about a touch of modern art to jazz up a beauty staple. This Christmas I will be adding Kiehl's Creme de Corps to my list- in Jeff Koons limited edition print please, Santa.
Jeff Koons for Kiehls Creme de Corps. Looks good and a portion of the sales goes towards supporting a children's charity.