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Sanctum Soho Opens

And so the recession rolls on, and the hotel industry fights back. Warwick Street is now home to the ultra-special boutique venture the Sanctum Soho Hotel, the latest offering from Concept Venues' Mark Fuller. Fuller is known best for his legendary marks on London's clubland, with Red Cube and Sugar Reef making his name famous, and continuing with the ever-popular Embassy on Old Burlington Street. He has collaborated with the best of the best on the £10 million hotel, which sells itself on its clean yet quirky design and the highest levels of service possible. Sanctum offers a "whatever you […]

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Anyone for Tennis?

Now there’s no excuse not to pick up that tennis racquet. Luxury luggage designer Alison van der Lande has created an ultimate chic new tennis bag that’s sure to be a winner. Made from soft Italian leather and using traditional craftsmanship, the bag is light and easy to carry. It has an extra front zip pocket for tennis balls and accessories and a detachable shoulder strap and comes in two sizes, a standard for two racquets and an extra large which fits in four. Since her launch in 2004 van der Lande has captured a strong celebrity following and her […]

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Sitting in a Tree

  Dating agencies far too often get bad press – but it appears that the awkward, contrived situations most commonly feared are now over, thanks to bespoke matchmaking service Sitting in a Tree. Far from a blanket approach, the three Cupids behind the company select only ten percent of their applicants, and take the time to really get to know their clients so that their pairings are perfectly tuned. Their attitude is casual yet focused, centering the conversation around tea-and-cake meetings and avoiding the formalities of profiles or check-boxes as may be found at other companies – dates will undoubtedly […]

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St Pancras Grand Rosé Challenge

Visit the award-winning St Pancras over the May bank holiday weekend for a Rosé Challenge. The St Pancras Champagne Bar and Restaurant will be serving four Rosé and four complementary canapés and the challenge is to match the Rosé with the canapé. Try two light bodied Rosé – Côtes du Provence Reserve du Chateau St Baillon from France and Primrose Hill 'Tenterden Estate' from England – and two more full bodied Rosé – Vivanco Rioja Rosado from Spain and Rosé des Tourelles de Longueville from France. Paired with delicious canapés of charcuterie, potted shrimp, ham hock terrine and strawberry shortbread, […]

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Summer at The Mandeville

The deVigne Bar, at London's upmarket Mandeville Hotel, will be treating patrons to a new superhealthy yet delectable range of cocktails this summer. Director Claudio Grisorio has concocted a variety of fresh and organic drinks to tempt guests and the public alike, all of which weigh in at under 100 calories and so can be enjoyed by even the most calorie-conscious of customers. Grisorio has taken mixology to new levels in creating drinks that use interesting and diverse ingredients – the Skinny Dipper, for example, takes vodka, lime and ginger and adds further kick with a dash of cayenne pepper. […]

Culture

Couture Council 2009

Dries Van Noten is the fashionista’s subject of honour at the Couture Council’s Artistry of Fashion annual lunch this year, placing the designer up in the ranks of Isabel Toledo, Alber Elbaz and Ralph Rucci. The Belgian designer will not however be publicly revelling in his achievement, telling WWD that he will not be making a dramatic acceptance speech à la Oscars. The prestigious award is significant for its celebration of true “artistry in fashion” – “It’s the skills, the craftsmanship, the colours and the fabric I create” said Noten. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at […]

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Selfridges celebrates 100 years in 109 styles

Selfridges is celebrating its 100th year by collaborating with the world’s most influential designers and iconic brands to produce sought-after products in Selfridges’ iconic 109 pantone. The limited edition ranges will be available exclusively from all Selfridges’ stores from May 2009. They include Jimmy Choo stilettos, Lulu Guiness ‘posy’ bags, Paul Smith Selfridges skirts and Marc Jacobs ‘Stam’ bags, as well as a list of other coveted designer items. Selfridges will also be celebrating its centenary throughout the summer with a number of events which includes the Big Yellow Festival of music, fashion and variety every weekend in May and […]

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All Bagged Up

  We don’t mean to be judgmental…but a superbly packed and branded goodie bag can be a critical factor for an event, leaving clients and guests with a strong final impression of a company’s ethos. Gone are the days of a paltry brochure or branded pens – enter All Bagged Up. The UK’s premier goodie bag creator appears to be defying all signs of recession and is going from strength from strength, now offering more choice and innovation than ever before. After five years of industry triumph they have added more services for clients, making the job of collating the […]

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Pussy Glamore’s Head Girl

Pussy Glamore has fast won itself the title of being the stylish girl’s choice of sexy, sophisticated lingerie and now its young designer, Marissa Montgomery, has created a new exciting headband collection named ‘Hair Lingerie’ to capture the prolonged folk trend currently favoured by top designers. In keeping with Pussy Glamore’s playful, feminine look, the floral themed headpieces and daisy-chain inspired bands in delicate gold are perfect for lazy beach strolls and summer nights. In other designs, alluring Swarovski crystals embellish floral and bird motif headbands in colours of emerald green and sumptuous red, showing Marissa’s eye for detail and […]

Fashion & Beauty

Jo Malone in full bloom

Why not combine horticulture and retail therapy the week of the Chelsea Flower Show. Sloane in Bloom has invited chic boutiques to pit themselves against each other by creating floral window displays that will be judged by the Royal Horticultural Society and the Sloane Association. This takes the art of window dressing to new heights and there is no price for enjoying the spectacle – it is absolutely free. Jo Malone will transform their flagship store into a floral wonderland from May 18th for a week. The theme for this year’s display, which won for the last two years in […]

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M&S tries out Zandra

And so it appears that M&S has hauled in yet another top name into the fray. The unconventional Zandra Rhodes is the latest designer to create a capsule collection for the high street store that will launch on May 7. She said: ‘I am thrilled to see my prints and their beautiful clothes reach a wide range of consumers.’ She follows Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field who helped the chain shake off its mumsy image last year. The collection includes swimwear; a racy snakeskin cut out swimsuit has already been picked out as a favourite, a bright orange […]

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Openings & Launches

The Hotel Missoni

The Hotel Missoni is the first venture to incorporate the iconic Italian fashion brand with a stylish yet comfortable hub for sophisticated international travellers. With a prime location on the corner of George IV Bridge and the Royal Mile, the Missoni Hotel bridges Edinburgh's Old and New Towns, and provides visitors with a central and desirable place to stay. The real attraction, however, is the interior, which in true Missoni style combines simplicity, quality, and brilliant flashes of colour with touches of the unmistakeable Missoni prints. Designed by Creative Director Rosita Missoni, one of the original founders of the fashion […]

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