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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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LFW Geek Chic

With London Fashion Week excitement mounting, designers are embracing online technology like never before. Following up its live global 3D broadcast in February when Burberry broadcast runway footage to screening rooms worldwide, this time around the brand is unveiling a new Retail Theatre concept with virtual trunk shows allowing customers to click and buy live from its SS11 show. “We are really excited to be launching Burberry Retail Theatre enabling the first ever live simultaneous virtual trunk shows in our stores globally,” says the label’s chief creative officer Christopher Bailey. “Customers at the exclusive in-store digital events will experience the […]

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Pierre Herme

Fans of the renowned Parisian Pâtissieur now have their very own altar at which to worship. Thus far available only in Selfridges or via mail order, Pierre Hermé’s first stand-alone boutique has just opened in swish Lowndes Street in the heart of Belgravia. This apothecary of pastel coloured gems sees undulating counters lined with all our favourites from traditional pistachio, rose & quince, strawberry & balsamic vinegar and dark chocolate & blackcurrant to salted butter caramel and more off-beat olive oil and vanilla flavours. And as with Hermé’s Paris and Tokyo boutiques, the flavour combinations are set to change according […]

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Ben Eine at Graphic

With a couple of real live Banksy originals (flanked by security, natch) popping up in Oxford Street’s HMV to promote the reclusive graffiti artist’s dvd release, Exit Through the Giftshop, street art is big news once more. Golden Square’s Graphic bar collaborates with a different artist every six months to change its look and showcase new artwork. And this month it’s the turn of Ben Eine who shot into the public consciousness when David Cameron gave one of his prints to Barack Obama and has even collaborated with Anya Hindmarch this year on some cool graphic totes. Inspired by the […]

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Selfridges Biggest Shoe Store Worldwide!

Selfridges new shoe room really will be bigger than the ground floor of the Tate Modern, the store is going to be the largest shoe department in the World…yes the World!! The store will be opening on the 23rd September.  It has been designed by architect Jamie Forbert and is – confirmed Selfridges head of press, Anna Ogundehin – the biggest project that the Westons have undertaken since buying the store for £628 million in July 2003. With exclusive designs on sale from a host of labels including Chloe, Stella McCartney and Givenchy Rodarte and Alejandro Ingelmo, area will house no less than six […]

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W needs you!

London’s forthcoming W Hotel is fast gaining an attention grabbing reputation that would put many reality show contestants to shame. Now Mr W is turning svengali and setting himself up as the hospitality industry equivalent of Simon Cowell meets Sir Alan Sugar. So while some hotels might advertise on Gumtree for new staff, things are done a bit differently at W. The hotel has just launched a recruitment drive to fill two vacant concierge positions – aka the W “Insiders”. Applicants are invited to upload footage of themselves answering questions posed on W’s dedicated recruitment website around key areas: fashion, […]

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Accessorize launches make-up range

Accessorize, the well-known high street accessories store is soon to branch out into make-up. Launching at the end of September the extensive (and might I add, quite exciting…) range will be available in Accessories branches and Superdrug across the UK. The colours range from deep jewel tones, to acid brights with a good selection of easy to wear neutrals. The range is heavy on the shimmer. There’s a selection of baked products in the oh-so-popular style of the MAC mineralise range – but at a far more affordable price (baked bronzers are £6, blushers are £5 and eye shadows £4.50). […]

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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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Flemings, Rhodes & Primrose Bakery

The worlds of fashion and cake are set to fabulously collide during London Fashion Week this year, as Flemings Hotel, Mayfair – a stylish boutique hotel in the heart of London – announces an exclusive collaboration between celebrity fashion designer, Zandra Rhodes and the Capital's perennial favourite cupcake makers, Primrose Bakery. Throughout London Fashion Week (17 to 22 September), Flemings' eccentrically flamboyant Front Room and Cocktail Bar & Tea Rooms will serve-up the specially designed Primrose Bakery cupcakes, complete with Zandra Rhodes's iconic ZR initials in black on a background of pink icing. Available only at Flemings, guests and residents of […]

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Indian Zilla

He’s already flown the Ramsay nest but we’re still waiting for the launch of Jason Atherton’s UK offering, Pollen. However, former head chef at Regent Street’s Veeraswamy, Manoj Vasaikar, has just opened his third restaurant. Indian Zilla is located on the site of the former Barnes Grill. Manoj, who already runs the successful Indian Zing in Hammersmith and Indian Zest in Sunbury, Middlesex, is passionate about authentic Indian cuisine. And to prove it, has travelled throughout the sub continent, running the culinary gamut from home-cooking and street vendors to haute cuisine served in Maharajas’ palaces. Having assimilated everything, he blended […]

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Tata Naka announces pop-up

Exciting news for those fashion followers, Tata Naka has just  announced that the venue for its pop-up shop is 33 Bruton Place W1 with the opening night on the 8th September.  This will be the exclusive outlet for the AW2010 Collection and the chance for fans of the label to buy Tata Naka designs in a central London location until the 21st September. The boutique will feature Tata Naka’s signature prints and style aesthetic with the design of the shop a visual collaboration with renowned creative consultant Emma Davidge and her team at Chameleon Visual. Highlights for the launch night […]

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