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Beyond Human

A new painting of boxer Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton by accredited artist Lee Jones will be on display next month at The Arts Club in Mayfair’s Dover Street. The painting is part of a series of edgy real paintings titled Beyond Human where athletes are shown as superhuman beings with their vital body parts transforming into Terminator-esque limbs. Limited editions of the paintings (there are only 100 available prints) signed by Hatton and Jones are now available at www.2050sports.com for £15 each, with a percentage of all sales donated to Hatton’s charity of choice. Other prints in the series include […]

Openings & Launches

Webster joins Garrard

It has been confirmed that jewellery mogul Stephen Webster has been appointed the new Creative Director of Garrard. Rumours started circulating after Ron Burkle, who bought Garrard last year, also purchased a 49 per cent stake of Stephen Webster’s own company back in 2007. He will be replacing Jade Jagger, overseeing all of the company’s design team and creative development. It has been said that Webster will bring a modern edge to new pieces alongside maintaining the distinguished heritage that gave Garrard its name. His new projects at Garrard will include a designing a women’s range using red, black and […]

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The New Nokia

The long awaited Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is launched in London tomorrow morning. It may look a little familiar to some people having been sported by no less than Batman in ‘The Dark Knight’ and also Britney Spears. If you do want to get your hands on one of the nicest music and video players on the market then there is added incentive to get shopping early. The first 100 people to purchase the phone at the flagship Regent Street store between 8 and 8.30am tomorrow will receive a pair of tickets to the Benicassim Festival in Spain this summer. 49-63 […]

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Culture

Russian roulette

Victoria Beckham, having already graced the cover of British and Indian Vogue, is now striking her seductive, trademark pout for the Russian edition of the much coveted style bible. The singer turned designer attempts to make thumb sucking sexy as she poses with her thumb in her mouth.  But the former Spice Girl is barely recognisable and seems to have been airbrushed within an inch of her 34-year long life. Her complexion doesn’t look real (unless she’s overdosed on Botox jabs) and her eyes, which are almost completely concealed by a sailor hat, look creepily vacant making a mannequin look as though […]

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Goodbye to Cafe Royal

Furniture and memorabilia from Oscar Wilde’s favourite joint, Café Royal, went under the hammer at Bonhams today. A packed floor started fiercely bidding at 11 this morning at the Knightsbridge salesroom.  The lots, which included clear glass and gilt chandeliers from the Dubarry, Dauphin, George and Napoleon Suites and a mid-20th century full-size boxing ring which used to host black tie dinners in its heyday, reached well over their expected prices. ‘The sale went incredibly well, it can be really unpredictable but we made several thousand over what we were hoping. There wasn’t one lot which didn’t sell, we are […]

Openings & Launches

Barts Launch

Barts is a quirky new 'speak easy' style bar on the prestigious Sloane Avenue in the heart of Chelsea. It is the brainchild of Duncan Stirling and Charlie Gilkes, the young duo behind Sloane Square nightclub, Kitts. The pair were inspired by many of the venues they had visited around the world, from New York to Tokyo. As Charlie says, “part of New York's excitement is that it's full of surprises, and some of the best bars and restaurants are where you'd least expect them.” Among other places, they were especially intrigued by a Mexican restaurant in Manhattan called 'L'Esquina. […]

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Fashion & Beauty

Cowshed

The ultimate sanctuary for girls is filled with an abundance of cosseting treatments.  Well known for their unique and kitsch style, the ‘nail-zone’ section is a relaxing and luxurious manicure haven.  With three chairs practically next door to each other, it’s the perfect way to catch up with friends.  Quick and easy, with televisions and coffees at your disposal (although the latter requires regular skilled hand-swapping) the experience is ideal for a Saturday morning pampering session. In fact, the treatment is great anytime.  Go for a quick ‘polish change’ 15 minute session in your lunch, or alternatively have the Cowshed […]

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Hussein Chalayan

Twice named British Designer of the Year Hussein Chalayan is the subject of a new exhibit at the Design Museum, showcasing his innovative and progressive design portfolio, his first retrospective covering fifteen years of his creative career. A Central St Martin’s graduate, Chalayan’s pioneering work crosses the boundaries between fashion, art, architecture and technology. Since 2003 he has directed numerous art projects, including the short film “Absent Presence” starring British talent Tilda Swinton. The new exhibit features “Afterwords”, exploring the notion of “wearable, portable architecture”, in which furniture literally turns itself into garments; “Airborne”, bringing the latest LED technology to fashion […]

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Laduree Charms

Famous for their mouth-watering, multi-coloured macaroons, Laduree have just designed seven lucky charms, to add yet more followers and fans. Coming in Laduree’s new beautiful Parisian-themed boxes, these adorable charms vary from images of bull dogs and cats, to replicas of cakes and all are almost as edible as the macaroons. So why not start the New Year off with an enchanting box of luck? It will certainly last longer than any of the macaroons you sample. Perfect for gifts, the box is £31 from Harrods. With this new venture Laduree has shown once again why they are known as […]

Culture

Posh underwear

Victoria Beckham has followed in the footsteps of husband David by slipping into Emporio Armani underwear for the Italian fashion house’s latest advertising campaign. The brooding black and white shots show the former Spice Girl reclining on a bed in nothing but lingerie, a pout and a pair of high heels. Fashion designer Georgio Armani revealed that he selected the 34-year-old mother of three for his spring/summer collection because she is a “stylish and intriguing woman.” And the leaking of the pictures happily coincided with Katie Holmes’ campaign for Mui Mui, in which the actress adopts a similar sultry look […]

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