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Elvis at 21:From New York to Memphis

  © Alfred Wertheimer / Photokunst.com After the success of the Proud Group’s music venue in Camden, Proud have launched a new gallery in Chelsea, and to introduce it they are hosting a photographic exhibition for one of the most famous cultural figures in history, Elvis Presley. ‘Elvis at 21:From New York to Memphis,’ reveals photojournalist Alfred Wertheimer’s images for the first time in the UK. Previously a struggling freelancer, in 1956 Wertheimer was assigned for a one-day shoot involving a pre-famous 21 year old singer Elvis Presley. Taking advantage of the singer’s naturalism in front of the camera, the […]

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The Museum of Everything

This freshly launched space in Primrose Hill, north-west London, has been open for a month and is causing a stir amongst aesthete addicts. Originally only supposed to last throughout Frieze week and perhaps the week after, due to its popularity it has remained open till December. Founded by James Brett, the Museum has taken art to a different dimension by swerving the subject towards ‘outsider art.’ Yet, despite Brett being a keen collector of this form of work, he is quick to dismiss this term, declaring it “too loose and inaccurate.” Brett argues that his artists are “not always artistically talented, but they […]

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Otylia Roberts

    Otylia Roberts has been established in London for over 30 years.  She’s the lady credited with introducing the Brazilian waxing technique to the UK so where better than her swanky new George Street salon for a spot of below the belt grooming.  With a client roster that reads like an issue of Hello Magazine from Victoria Beckham to Gwyneth Paltrow, I was certainly in good company.  A Brazilian isn’t for the faint-hearted but at least her favoured hot wax technique uses natural beeswax with added soothing agents, is more effecitive at removing hair than strip wax and is […]

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Courvoisier Architectural Punch Bowl

Food experience company Bompas & Parr and leading cognac brand, Courvoisier, are hosting an unusual experimental show where they will be building an architectural punch bowl filled with 1000 litres of Courvoisier’s winning cocktail and is large enough to row a boat across.  The exhibition will involve flooding 33 Portland Place and the experiment aims to create a multi-sensory experience, similar to that of the scratch and sniff cinema shows earlier this year. Visitors of the installation will be offered the opportunity of not only stepping onto the rowing boat to scull across the surface but also to enjoy a […]

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Mooli Magic

    Forget the tikka touts of Brick Lane, the newly opened Mooli’s in Soho is serving its eponymous fresh take on Indian street food positioned somewhere between Old Dehli and Tokyo.  Each mooli is packed full of warm flavoursome fillings such as Keralan Beef, Goan Pork, Chicken & Apple, Asparagus & Cumin Potatoes or Scrambled Paneer and combined with zesty salsa, vibrant chutneys and crunchy salad, all rolled in a fresh homemade roti. Brains behind the brand is Sam Singh, a former management consultant and Mathew Chandy a former city lawyer. They have teamed up with head chef Raju […]

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Prada Book

Today November 18, 2009, Prada unveils a new book documenting the company’s experimental, often ground-breaking work in fashion, architecture, film and art over the last three decades. The book launch will take place at a special party at Prada’s store in Old Bond Street followed by events staged at selected Prada flagship stores worldwide as well as the three unique Epicenters in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. At once a chronology, documentary and catalogue raisonné, the book charts a creative endeavor that defies the narrow definition of a fashion house. The partnership between designer Miuccia Prada and entrepreneur Patrizio Bertelli has generated […]

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Disney Couture Pixie Collection

It seems the world has fallen in love with Disney again.  What with the popular heart-wrenching animation ‘Up’ and the hysteria surrounding Zefron’s performance in ‘High School Musical,’ it’s no surprise that fashionable jewellery brand Disney Couture have clocked onto this and are running with it.  Their new Pixie Collection has just been launched in stores this Autumn and as you can imagine the stars of tinsel town have leapt on it.  However, it hasn’t taken long for this side of the ocean to fall for it too. Combining both the youth and enchantment of Disney with quality associated with […]

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Fashion & Beauty

Philosophy Christmas Collection

Universally loved skin product Philosophy, used by practically everyone from celebrities to doctors, has this year shone above other beauty brands by embracing the Christmas spirit.  Founder and creator, Cristina Carlino, has playfully used festive recipes to inspire fragrances for her shower gels and shampoos, resulting in scents that are almost edible. The Christmas collection varies from humorous cookie flavoured shower gels coming in four different recipes including chocolate chip and coconut macaroon, to perfumes and moisturisers such as their popular line Pure Grace, which has a light, fresh and youthful air to it.  As always, Philosophy, have given huge […]

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Caponata & Mennula

You can never keep a notoriously optimistic Italian down and as if to prove it, this season sees two new key launches rising from the ashes of recent closures. Remember Camden landmark, Café Delancey? Well meet the new incumbent, Caponta. The Sicilian Ristorante, Osteria and Bar is run by a family team of brothers and sisters-in-law. But not content with simply feeding their patrons, they have also launched The Forge, a brand new, purpose-built music and arts space next door. The first floor restaurant has a sleek and modern Scandinavian look, flooded with natural light via a glassed-over faux courtyard. […]

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Lumie: Blue Monday

  Jamie Afro’s off the X-Factor and Jordan’s in the jungle.  And if the weather forecast is anything to go by, yup you have every excuse to be feeling blue this Monday.  Fortunately, light therapy specialist Lumie is launching  a series of online SAD clinics entitled,  Blue Monday, with Dr Norman Rosenthal, the renowned psychiatrist who first identified Seasonal Affective Disorder. Today at 19.30, Rosenthal will open the first session answering questions submitted by the general public at www.lumie.com/blue-monday.  Log on  and follow the live chat – or submit your own question prior to the session start. SAD is a […]

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Tangle Teezer

It’s debatable whether the best candidates have been voted out of X-Factor or not but one thing’s for sure, the tycoons of Dragons’ Den certainly passed up a great business opportunity when they failed to back hairdresser Shaun Pulfrey’s Tangle Teezer. It’s ergonomically designed to fit comfortably into the palm of your hand and individual teeth mean that it glides through the hair breaking down knots on impact rather than gripping and breaking already damaged locks. Since the product launched online last year, it has enjoyed phenomenal success.  Now available in over 1000 salons nationwide including Boots the chemist, the […]

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Christmas Cracker

Footsbarn Theatre, which brought us The Shakespeare Party at the Globe last year, are giving us the Globe’s first ever Christmas production.  Normally only open during the summer, the Globe has decided to open its roof for Christmas this year and judging by the popularity of The Shakespeare Party, it looks like this could be a sell out show.  The performance, which will feature a madcap group of rich and bawdy pagans, is inspired by the complete works of Shakespeare.  Christmas Cracker will be suitable for all ages and will be not only full of  jokes but magic, singing, dancing, puppetry, […]

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