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Your moment is waiting…

This week saw a premiere with a difference. A celebrity studded affair at the Saatchi gallery saw celebrities including Anna Friel, Dougray Scott, Sam Branson, Yasmin and Simon Le Bon and Dev Patel all flocked to watch the worldwide premiere of Your Moment is Waiting, a new advertisement from Kerala Tourism. The short will be screened with Julia Roberts’ Eat, Pray, Love when it goes on general release in London on 24 September. It was directed by Prakash Varma behind Vodafone’s ZooZoo ads, cost £250,000 and took nine months to make – not much for a blockbuster but a lot […]

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Burberry Acoustic

Music often maketh the fashion show. For years the accompanying soundtrack to a designer’s sashaying collection has fallen under scrutiny from the fash pack, in a bid to marry audio and visual cool factors. Thankfully the British Fashion Council has teamed up with Sony to create a seasonal album series entitled “The Collection for London Fashion Week”, which kicked off this week with a compilation from young legend Christopher Bailey over at Burberry. “Volume One – Burberry Acoustic” is now available from the iTunes store, or on a real old-fashioned record at various fashionable London stores (Start, Browns, Cruise, Matches). […]

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Meat Jewellery

Move over Lady Gaga. Bompas & Parr have launched their very own range of ‘Meat Jewellery’.  At Adam Entwisle’s SS11 London Fashion Week catwalk show no less. Fortunately for Entwisle’s models, though, they weren’t expected to don swathes of dead cow but elegant brooches and hair accessories fashioned as modern day attelets. An attelet is a solid silver skewer that was used in the early 19th-century to truss quail or to garnish pigs’ heads. For grand banquets, chefs would also thread whole truffles and blanched coxcombs onto dishes such as boars’ heads. Antonin Carême, the Georgian era’s answer to celebrity […]

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Chocolate by Trish

Chocolate by Trish is a delicious a new range of Cook’s Chocolates from Trish Deseine launching in October in Selfridges’ Food Halls in conjunction with Chocolate Week. The repertoire includes chocolate buttons, chocolate shards and bitter cocoa dust for use in baking and truffle making but which is also the perfect topping for a steaming mug of hot chocolate. The range is strictly for grown-ups though. Don’t even think of letting the kids make fairy cakes with any of these little beauties! The Irish born chocolate lover has made Paris her adopted home for some 20 years and has been […]

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La Residencia

Set against panoramic views of the Tramuntana mountains and blue skies, La Residencia is located in the medieval, idyllic, coastal village of Deia.  With breathtaking sights of mountains and sea which stretch for miles, it’s little wonder that this village has become home to many writers and artists. Converted from two manor houses, La Residencia has managed to encapsulate the natural and organic surroundings of the village, by using only local art work on their walls, growing their own olive oil and fruit and therefore maintaining the historic charm of Deia; while at the same time synthesising this with an […]

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Fashion Space Gallery

Finally fashionable Londoners are getting a gallery dedicated to the serious pursuit of style. The Fashion Space Gallery at London College of Fashion is relaunching this month with a dynamic new exhibition program and website curated by Magdalene Keaney. Says Keaney, “I am delighted to be working with the Fashion Space Gallery at London College of Fashion to bring to the West End a contemporary exhibition space for fashion related artists, photographers and designers. The sense of possibility is enormous. With our ambitious program of improvement works and with support from corporate funders the Fashion Space Gallery will attempt to […]

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Manolos & Molluscs

All too aware that a relentless diet of shows and champagne can zap the energies of even hardened fashionistas, the fabulous Peal Bar and Restaurant is coming to the rescue. Situated just a stone’s throw from fashion central, Somerset House, the restaurant is launching an oyster bar for London Fashion Week and inviting stylish Londoners to mix their Manolos with the odd mollusc or six. Oysters are packed full of vitamins A, C and D, zinc, calcium and magnesium too. They are also high in protein and contain virtually no fat and slip down so easily they barely count as […]

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Experimental Society

If The London Restaurant Festival is the foodie equivalent of the official London Fashion Week then The Experimental Food Society Spectacular is the cutting edge off schedule version. Taking place on 25 September in The Brickhouse on fashionable Brick Lane, a daytime exhibition will culminate in an extraordinary banquet extravaganza. The society’s members run the gamut of culinary creatives featuring jelly mongers, cake artists, butter sculptors, food landscapers (move over Chelsea Flower Show) and chocolate sculptors. The event is the first time that all the society’s members converge together – each with an exceptional installation that showcases their unique talents. […]

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Designs on Andaz

Andaz hotel is getting into the artistic spirit of things to celebrate the London Design Festival Its 1901 Restaurant is collaborating with quirky British designer, Helen Beard and hosting special ‘craft’ afternoon teas served on hand-painted Limoges porcelain. Distinctive pieces feature drawings of Beard’s trademark whimsical scenes of quintessential British life. Then at Catch Champagne Bar, gentle seaside frolicks gives way to something altogether more sinister. The banks of the river Thames have burst flooding the capital and London has been transformed into an underwater world of colourful jelly fish… Fortunately, though, this is neither news flash or prophesy. It’s […]

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Designer Jumble Sale

Bargain-hunters rejoice, for the ultimate in designer jumble sales has arrived! Former editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Digital Abigail Chisman has lent her fashion expertise and significant industry influence to the new event, which will be held in conjunction with LFW’s On|Off showcase. Chisman told Vogue, “I wanted to put my fashion experience and contacts to good use, by helping to remind everyone that charity still matters even when we are economising. We are offering genuine designer labels at low prices; and I am delighted to say, my former colleagues have embraced this idea with enthusiasm”. Yes indeed they have – rumours […]

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Frey Willie opens Sloane Street Store

Luxury  Viennese jewellery store Frey Willie has launched its new Autumn/Winter collections ‘Hope’ and ‘Nixe’, inspired by surrealist artist Gustav Klimt, these are launching to coincide with the new store, which will open at 4a Sloane Street SWI in October. The painting ‘Hope II’ was the inspiration behind this new Frey Wille Hope collection of bangles, rings, earrings and pendants. Honeyed bandeaus of yellow gold line the multi-coloured enamel designs that include poppy red, cobalt and azure and amber. The Nixe range includes oyster-greys, muted silvers, and glossy liquid amongst mirrored motifs of gold and platinum. Both the new ranges are pictured above. […]

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Festive Four Seasons

The launch date for London's new Four Seasons Hotel has been set for a festive 15 December and marks the end of a two-year, £125m redevelopment. It may boast a whole new extra floor but the number of bedrooms has actually been reduced from 219 to 192 – no Tune Hotel style shoe-horning here thank you very much. The brand new tenth floor is the work of architect Eric Parry. Completely made of glass, its stunning views over Hyde Park will perk up tired guests arriving prior to check-in time and provide a haven for a restorative breakfast and a […]

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