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Leju jewellery

Colourful, vegetable ivory jewellers, LeJu, will be sold at the Royal Academy of Arts from 23 January – 18 April 2010 to complement the much-anticipated Van Gogh exhibition – the first of its kind to take place in over 40 years. Three of LeJu’s popular designs will be available for purchase: The Bubble necklace, the Flor necklace, and Polo earrings. The passion, creativity and vibrancy behind LeJu’s jewellery will be a perfect addition to Van Gogh’s own use of colour and complexity. When asked how the partnership came into being, LeJu’s Dutch-born designer Lenny Trines revealed, “LeJu jewellery is a […]

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Skinny Cocktails at Sushinho

  Those fearing the consequences to the line of their party frocks from those calorie laiden Christmas staples of egg-nog and mulled wine will be pleased to learn the secret of Chelsea’s party girls.  Before heading upstairs to it’s super secret VIP lounge, The pre-Raffles brigade head out early to Sushinho, King’s Road’s award-winning fusion eaterie.  In addition to its healthy Japanese Brazilian cuisine, the restaurant’s mixologists are now serving up a delicious new selection of cocktails that are high on luscious ingredients but low on calories! Going down a storm on the circuit is the Cherry Tea Martini, a beguiling blend of […]

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FS:X

It has been an exciting week for the fashion-forward students of St Andrews. FS:X, the St Andrews Charity Fashion Show, has now launched the first edition of The FS Magazine, available to read online, featuring the latest photo shoot and dropping hints as to where this year’s landmark event will be held. The magazine is a creative collaboration between members of the FS Committee, who have worked to make the first issue a condensed version of everything the event embodies. With this year’s creative concept, ‘A Fashion Playground’, the contributors were free to indulge in their favourite elements of the […]

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Rooftops of London

There’s nothing like a bit of height to get some much needed Yuletide perspective. So if ground level living is wearing you down with its crowds of shoppers fighting for elbow room, and if dancing on the table is not a viable alternative then we’ve got just the thing to lift your flagging festive spirits. The capital’s two newest rooftop venues atop Knightsbridge’s luxury Berkeley Hotel and Shoreditch’s uber-cool East Room are storeys from the madding crowd and guaranteed to light up your life like the proverbial Christmas tree. You’d normally associate The Berkeley’s top tier health club and spa […]

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The Style Store

The Style Store, brainchild of Clare Bonsor, is the latest rising e-commerce space. Launched in October the website is already pioneering the way, looking after not only established London designers but also new Australian and South East Asian labels debuting their collection exclusively to the Style Store. Having spent years sourcing latest trends, ripping through magazines and attending endless fashion shows, Bonsor recognized the appeal in introducing an audience to relatively unknown designers from around the world. The Style Store features mainly upcoming Australian talent, which Bonsor describes as having “that extra edge of cool and originality whilst still being […]

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Pilates and Yoga in Balham

Along with the joys of Christmas comes the additional mild guilt and dread that all the fun and frivolous activity will be accompanied by exhaustion, over indulgence and burn out by Boxing Day. South West London has been holding a secret to help handle all this in years past, but at last they are willing to share. With a growing number of clients requiring ongoing attention following the start of healthy regimes and the impending arrival of babies in the family; Sally Roberts and her team at Muirhead Roberts Physiotherapy decided it was high time to stop talking Pilates, Yoga […]

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The Purple Knight

The prestigious label Asprey has launched a limited edition timepiece, the No 8 chronograph black PVD with a special purple face – The Asprey Purple Knight.  Asprey is only releasing 25 of these exclusive watches, which have a unique hand made purple stitched black calf strap produced in the Bond Street workshop. Not only is there a limited number of these watches on offer but they have a price tag to match.  One of these watches will set you back £3, 850 – so this will have to be a Christmas present for a very special someone. To book an […]

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Supperclub Launches

If the Italians do that nebulous “it” better, then the Dutch certainly do a far superior version of the supperclub to any of their European cousins. The launch party attended by a stellar cast of West London’s premier party animals including Rhys Ifans was so delectably Dutch that you wanted to weep tears of tulip touting joy (petals bleached snow white natch). The invitation was emblazoned with the legend, “wear white” and arrived as a flat packed cube which attendees were enjoined to “customize to show us who you are”. However, the likelihood of anyone actually remembering who they were […]

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Roxanne Lowit: Backstage Dior

If anyone knows how to throw a good party then it’s the team at Claridges and when it’s backed up by the John Galliano darlings of Dior you know you’re onto a sure-fire winner! Last night’s bash was held partly in honour of the Art Deco foyer’s Galliano designed Christmas tree, partly to celebrate a mezzanine exhibition by legendary fashion photographer Roxanne Lowit and partly … well it’s almost Christmas after all!  Lowit was on hand to sign copies of her monster sized coffee table tome, a deliciously chunky piece of fashion porn filled to the brim with her pioneering […]

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Zara Simon Jewellery

Central St Martin’s graduate, Zara Simon jewellery has become the highly coveted Christmas present this year.  Her elegant pieces inspired by her travels, are both reminiscent of Ibiza’s sister island Formentera and Asian subcontinents. Each piece has a natural yet glamorous quality.  Having been raised in Ibiza, her first collection was inspired by the rock formations that can be seen by boat along the island’s coast.  There’s an interchangeable feel to them, so you can wear them with anything.  This is exactly what the face of Zara Simon jewellery, model Amber Le Bon does, stating: ‘I never go anywhere without […]

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Film Tree

  The UK Film Council has just announced an exclusive association with the film partnership specialists, Film Tree, to develop advertiser-funded production in the UK. The appointment, which will see Film Tree facilitating relationships between brand owners and filmmakers, is part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to stimulate new opportunities for the financing of film production and distribution in the digital world. Set up by a team with a broad range of experience in film marketing, finance, and advertising, Film Tree will serve as a bridge between producers and distributors keen to explore innovative funding routes, and brands searching for […]

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Dress Me Up!

There’s something exciting going on down Oxford Circus way… TopShop has pulled out an absolute winner this winter with their new Dress Me Up! event, currently running and operating until December 6th.  All of those celebrity gals who worship at the altar of London’s greatest flagship have very generously offered up some of their coolest and most coveted evening apparel to be hired out to us, the public at large, at only £40 per piece. We’re talking names like Jourdan Dunn, who has donated an Herve Leger, Freida Pinto, Peaches Geldof and Naomi Campbell, let alone the designers themselves, from […]

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