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Battle of the Royal Jubilee Windows

Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Selfridges are gearing up for the Diamond Jubilee and battling it out in in public in their shop windows. First into the fray is Harvey Nics which has created an old world high street timewarp celebrating 60 years of British retail. We’re loving Nic’s Plaice Fishmonger displaying ‘clutch of the day’ and ‘stiletto eels’ and Harvey Nickers lingerie shop. But hot on those eels is Harrods which is running a Pinterest competition to design one of its Jubilee windows – you’ve got until 19 April to enter after which a shortlist will be posted to Facebook […]

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Rouge Coco

Chanel has done it again.  Peter Phillips, the creative director of Chanel make up, has created a Spring line full of soft pinks, light corals and pure colours, to show a perfect reflection of the new Season.  Every piece of the new collection is adorned with a seductive glamour and subtlety that makes it impossible not to be tempted by all of it.   Their Rouge Coco lipstick range offers an extensive use of colours, from orange corals to pale pinks or the beautifully alluring plum, and their elegant and flattering shades mean you are able to wear them throughout […]

Openings & Launches

Mary Katrantzou for The May Fair Hotel

London Fashion Week may be done and dusted for another season but The May Fair Hotel isn’t ready to hang up its stilettos quite yet. It’s joined forces with the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt and guest of honour is Queen of Prints, Mary Katrantzou’s Teflon Egg – in residency for 40 days and 40 nights. Katrantzou’s show was one of the hottest tickets of London Fashion Week  and her Topshop collection too has been an absolute sell-out. Her vibrant three-colour tiered egg is adorned with an army of tiny metal flowers, Swarovski crystals, bells and whistles and described as “Man […]

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Designs on Drinking…

Fashion Week makes us awfully thirsty but a girl can only drink so much Champagne right? While the LFW designers have been busy readying their A/W12 collections, the capital’s mixologists have been devising some rather stylish libations of their own so Celine Trapeze at the ready, grab a front row seat at the bar and prepare to be seduced by the season's most creative cocktails. We will be drinking the following three in copious measures… Galliano Sour at Senkai Grey Goose vodka muddled with white grapes, lime, mint, basil and a touch of  elderflower cordial. Size Zero Hero at St […]

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Stephen Webster’s Dirty Pretty Wink

Just in time for Valentine’s Day…  Brit success story, luxe lingerie label Dirty Pretty Things is three this year and to celebrate, Selfridges is hosting a pop-up shop showcasing the DPT SS12 collection AND a limited edition collaboration with rock ‘n’ roll jeweller Stephen Webster which sees the Envy pendant from the latter's Seven Deadly Sins collection reworked into a customised bejewelled bra of sahara crystal pavé giving a cheeky Dirty Pretty Wink to all comers. The original prototype (on display in the store for the duration of the pop-up) was actually made in Stephen’s workshop – “the process was […]

Openings & Launches

Bella Howard & Lana del Rey at St Martin’s Lane

It’s all about the music right now at St Martin’s Lane hotel with The Front Room’s new pop-up exhibition, Love Buzz, from London photographer Bella Howard. Presented as collage, it’s a vibrant mash-up of the fanzines she started making in her teens interspersed with candid yet stylised shots from popstars to models being effortlessly beautiful at an ultra-hip line-up of parties, festivals and road trips – Corinne Day in glorious technicolour. And ‘that’ NME cover of Marmite pop sensation Lana del Rey – yup that was a Bella special too – believe it or not, originally shot for a style […]

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Boujis Pop Up in Berkeley Square

The Mayfair showroom of luxury car dealer H.R. Owen will be transformed this week into a pop up nightclub in association with Boujis to celebrate the European launch of the new Bentley Continental GT V8. Signature cocktails will be showcased by the boujis brand, including a bespoke ‘BB’ cocktail blended with elit™ by Stolichnaya® vodka for the 300 elite guests to enjoy. The showroom windows will be blacked out and space transformed to build guests’ and celebrities’ anticipation of the Bentley reveal, with a club downstairs to continue the festivities. Boujis resident DJ ‘Klaus’ will also be mixing tracks to […]

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Fashion Scoop

From Mulberry to Topshop, the SS12 palette may be all about pastels and ice cream hues but come London Fashion Week, and shock horror, we may actually have to eat some! Yes, ice cream is having a fashion moment this season and to prove it, luxe gelateria, Scoop is creating a new flavour named after London designer Corrie Neilsen. Scoop MD Matteo Pantani is a big fan of the 2010 Fashion Fringe winner who made her LFW catwalk debut last year and the creamy collaboration – Extra Dark Chocolate (natch) with a hint of Parisian Orange Blossom – will be […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

I Do at 1 Lombard Street

Landmark City brasserie 1 Lombard Street is hosting the City’s largest wedding fair on Monday 6 February, perfect either for those planning their nuptials or hoping to receive something sparkling come Valentine’s Day. Some of the country’s most experienced companies catering to the wedding market will be in attendance from dress designers to make-up artists, wedding planners to florists and photographers to luxury cake makers with themes taking in everything from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Bridget Bardot. And if you’re after a hat that’s more Dita Von Teese than mother of the bride, look no further than Katherine Elizabeth Millinery, […]

Fashion & Beauty

Happy New Year of the dragon

Welcome to the year of the dragon – in Chinese astrology one promising powerful therapeutic waves of change and wisdom combined with a deeper level of collective understanding. So in the spirit of acquiring some extra wisdom and shifting some cellulite I checked out Marylebone’s brilliant Chi-Yu spa. My therapy of choice was the Deep Tissue & Remedial Massage with the amazing Noriko which promised to help release muscle tensions and stimulate blood circulation and her slow deep pressure strokes using juniper and geranium oils were massage music to some shamefully sedentary gluts. The spa’s holistic approach means they can […]

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