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Fashion and beauty podcasts we’re bingeing RN

When podcasts are good they can feel as if you have friends round in your living room, happily chatting away. Jenny Brownlees shares the virtual BFFs who are keeping us company, in podcast form.

Written by High Life North
Published 31.03.2020

By Jenny Brownlees

Frankly, we’re quite nosey and love hearing about other people’s beauty and fashion routines and the buys they can’t live without. From light-hearted, fun chats to deep-dives and in-depth interviews, these are the podcasts we subscribe to so that we never miss an episode. In a time when you could do with some easy-listening to fill an hour of your #selfisolating day, the following podcasts are an entertaining treat for any fashion and beauty fan. These are our must-listens…

Podcasts have gained a huge surge in popularity over the past few years, with global audiences tuning in daily. This has meant many luxury fashion brands have started to get on board, to reach customers on this (relatively) new platform. Luckily for us, this has allowed a glimpse into the previously notoriously secretive world of elite fashion houses. If you’re a Gucci-obsessive like us, you’ll love the brand’s pivot to podcast content. Each episode of the Gucci podcast talks to those who are collaborating with the house’s creative director Alessandro Michele, offering an insight into the brand’s eclectic narrative and inspirational vision. Guests include Florence and The Machine’s Florence Welch, Sir Elton John and more. Fashion and beauty cross over here, too – as the launch of Gucci beauty is discussed with guests.

We could all stand to learn a little more about the world of sustainable fashion, and who better to educate us than Vogue’s sustainability editor Clare Press? Clare, along with guests including activist Sinead Burke, Mother Of Pearl’s Amy Powney and model Lily Cole, chats about fashion’s impact on the environment, digging deep and decoding the entire system – discussing how we can invoke positive change. Entertaining and informative, we particularly love the episode with super-stylist and Vogue contributor Bay Garnett.

Anyone who has viewed an episode of House of DVF (where she’d regularly offer motherly-like advice to employees, including The Hill’s Whitney Port) or watched an interview with Ms Von Furstenburg will attest that they could listen to the wise and witty veteran fashion designer talk for hours on a range of topics. Now, thanks to Spotify, we can do just that. This month DVF has launched her very own podcast, highlighting the journeys of other hardworking women across a variety of industries. In each episode, she interviews a woman working at the top of her game—from Kris Jenner and Elaine Welteroth to model Karlie Kloss—about overcoming adversity and accomplishing their goals. We adore this celebration of sisterhood that sees women supporting other women in the spotlight. Feminist goals – you betcha.

If like us you can’t wait to see what influencer Camille Charriere (www.instagram.com/camillecharriere) is wearing, and see which luxurious affair she’s headed to next, tune in to hear her chat all things style with her friend and fashion journalist Monica Ainley. The pair talk to guests including model Arizona Muse, original super-blogger Bryan Boy and celebrity stylist Kate Young in a wonderfully informal way – offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how the fashion industry really operates. A must-listen for industry insiders or casual fashion fans who want to know more about the inner-workings of the hosts and guests glamorous worlds.           

We’ve loved following model and activist Charli Howard (www.instagram.com/charlihoward)on Instagram, so when we heard she was launching a fashion podcast, we knew we were in for a treat. She’s not afraid to tackle the big topics, calling out the industry’s reputation for putting profit before people and planet. Fashion Fix sees Charli interview key industry insiders, as they unpick complex issues from body image, sustainability, #MeToo, low pay in high fashion, diversity and self-care. Listen, learn and join in with the fashion revolution. 

The Business of Fashion is considered the style insider’s bible for all the info, news and goings-on in the industry. Now, they are offering us their insightful content in podcast form. Tune in to hear BOF journalists and expert CEO Imran Ahmed interview the industry’s biggest innovators, including Vogue editors, famed photographer Tim Walker and tennis champion Serena Williams. Not so much a podcast for a casual chit-chat as a real deep-dive into the industries inner workings. If you’re as interested in the ins-and-outs of fashion as a business as much as you are the clothes it produces, this is the podcast for you.      

Fashion historians April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary take you on a fascinating journey inside the history of fashion, to explore why we wear the things we do. You may not think the social and cultural histories that influence our clothing would be of interest, but you’d be surprised – the compelling storytelling from April and Cassidy makes Dressed a must-listen. Topics include; where did cat-eye sunglasses originate? How did mary-jane shoes come to be? And possibly our favourite, the clothes that accompany our TV-obsession The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. We find this podcast oddly relaxing, which is just what we need right now.

Delving into the worlds of both fashion and beauty, The Glossy Podcast, hosted by Editor-in-chief Jill Manoff, features in-depth conversations with fashion insiders, while The Glossy Beauty Podcast, hosted by executive editor Priya Rao, spotlights the change-makers in the beauty and wellness industry. Both weekly shows discuss the impact of technology on each industry, with the people making change happen. Guests include founders of beauty brand favourites The Inkey List, E.l.f cosmetics and Bobbi Brown, and fashion designers like Phillip Lim. Each episode discusses the inner workings of a brand and the challenges of navigating an increasingly complex digital environment, as the world and industries change at an alarming rate.

Beauty journalist and blogger Madeleine Spencer’s Beauty Full Lives is a joy to listen to from start to finish. It explores each guest’s emotional relationship with beauty, how it has shaped their younger lives and the part it plays a part in it now. Guests including Holly Willoughby, Millie Mackintosh and Caroline Hirons let us in on their life’s pivotal beauty moments and the disasters along the way. It’s easy to dismiss beauty as unnecessary or frivolous, but that would be a mistake – it is entwined in our sense of self, is a tool for self-expression and can positively change the way we feel about ourselves day-to-day. We’d recommend Madeline’s podcast to any beauty lover.

If you have always dreamt of your very own beauty agony aunt to tell you exactly what beauty products work and how, this is the podcast for you. Beauty expert Leigh Campbell and Kelly McCarren will answer listener questions on topics such as, Can I Trust At-Home Hair Dye? and Acne Scarring: How Can I Reduce It? We love the no-nonsense approach and insider info on all the best bargain products you can save on. The self-professed ‘podcast for your face’ indeed.

Lift the lid on breakthrough trends, brands and their products with Canada-based beauty editors Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins. Listen to these beauty experts chew-the-fat with an impressive roster of guests including Glossier’s Emily Weiss, NYX founder Toni Ko, celebrity facialists, hairstylists and a host of insiders who are instrumental in making the world of beauty go round. You’ll come away armed with insider knowledge on the inner workings of top beauty company’s, plus every other week Breaking Beauty gives you #TheGlowDown – citing the best new products worth spending your hard-earned cash on.

We’ve long cited journalist Sali Hughes’ Guardian column as our beauty-advice gospel. Her podcast, in association with Avon, is packed full of straight-talking, no-nonsense information on skincare, makeup, body-care, tweakments, adult acne and more. There sadly hasn’t been a new ep since last November, but working your way through the back catalogue is well worth your time.

Outspoken Beauty does exactly what the title suggests – bring you an honest, straight-talking insight into a host of beauty-centric topics, hosted by beauty editor and broadcaster Nicola Bonn. Nicola, along with an array of celebrities, experts and influencers including Alex Steinherr, Sunday Times Style Beauty Boss Sarah Jossel thrash-out our relationship with beauty products, trends and treatments. Expect debate, candidness and product recommendations a-plenty. Outspoken Beauty makes for a fun and feisty listen that all beauty-obsessives will enjoy.

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