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Miu Miu

When the third Miu Miu shop opened this year in New York, the avid fans gave a sigh of relief. House prices may be plummeting, Woolworths may be going under but Miu Miu remains bullish in the retail world. Who would expect otherwise though, when Miu Miu is one of the 220 stores managed by the Prada Group. Formed by Prada in 1993, it’s no wonder that Miu Miu retains a sensual and sophisticated touch throughout its collections. Patrizio Bertelli, Prada’s chairman and chief executive officer, told WWD, “Miu Miu, with its strong and independent identity, has reached a worldwide […]

Fashion & Beauty

Chanel Fennell?

Although best known for his jewellery, the designer Theo Fennell has turned his attention towards something a little different this Christmas.  Normally known for his exquisite and elegant jewellery, Fennell has decided to launch a fragrance, Theo Fennell Eau de Toilette.  This will not be Fennell’s debut perfume; however, it is anticipated to be even more successful than the first.  Blending Saffron, Lily, Rose and Orchid amongst other opulent spices and scents, the result is a rich and seductive fragrance which hopes to succeed any competitors out this Spring/Summer 09. The reason behind its expected success may be due to […]

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DvB Candles

Is there no end to what Victoria can do?  This time, the Beckhams have teamed up with Price’s to produce a brand of candles specially designed to support the David and Victoria Beckham Children’s Charity. Set up in 2002, the Beckhams have created a charity which is aimed at helping children with disabilities or victims of illnesses.  Proving to be a huge success, the charity has already managed to help thousands of children by giving them mobility aids, which help enrich their lives.  The dvb candle is made from unique vegetable wax and each candle has a personal message from […]

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Culture

Goodone

We are all well aware, as savvy citizens of the earth, that the 21st century obsession with throwaway fashion is a toxic and damaging habit. Those lunchtime trips to Primark for frivolous treats are racking up and the time has come to actually bite the organic-eco-fair-trade bullet. And no it does not mean wearing hemp. Enter Goodone, a fast-expanding company based in East London which has captured the attentions of the media through its creative and charitable concept. The two fashion graduates behind the firm source local materials and fabrics, from recycling collections and local business cast-offs, and rework them […]

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Culture

Tibi

Known for its eccentric prints and dresses, Tibi is launching its first swimwear range for 2009. Designer Amy Smilovic, inspired by her home Hong Kong and by her constant travels, created a range of one-pieces, bikinis and pareos to join the launch of her Asian-themed spring collection. Smilovic’s Tibi line features quirky dresses and suits in colourful prints that are feminine yet powerful and the swimwear keeps with the playful spirit. Bold, bright and flattering, it’s beachwear at its light-hearted best. Aqua, green, turquoise and yellow all meld together in candy stripe patterns to create a striking range. Both the […]

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Have your cake and eat it

It is said that Marie Antoinette once exclaimed ‘Let them eat cake’. Unfortunately not everyone is lucky enough to be able to scoff to excess. We all know someone who says they have a food intolerance or suffers from food allergies. And as many of us who do not possess that spangly 21st century Nigella-I’ll just whip that up for you in a matter of seconds and would you like cream on the side of that too-gene, we need a little culinary help. Step forward Cinnamon Clove. This company has been set up by two young entrepreneurs who decided that […]

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New Jackie

Vital bag news for 2009. Frida Giannini, the designer for Gucci, has created an up-sized, slouchier, hand-stitched “New Jackie,” reinterpreting the iconic shoulder bag made famous by Jacqueline Onassis when she was the wife of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Giannini has steered the Gucci label in a more chic business like direction and for her spring/summer collection she has produced the “New Jackie” in every possible material from the GG logo to exotics like crocodile and snakeskin. Gucci’s roots are in accessories, as are those of its designer, and it shows in this classy new addition to the range. […]

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Openings & Launches

Blue Label

To celebrate the 2008 centenary of one of the world’s most iconic brand images, the Johnnie Walker Striding Man, Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch whisky has created a unique release: five collections, including five exclusive bottles, each hand engraved with its trademark slanted label and a Striding Man design from the last 100 years. Featuring versions of the Striding Man created between 1908 and 1999, individually numbered and containing a blend of some of the world’s rarest whiskies, these rare bottles crafted by artisan glassworkers are therefore highly collectable – the ultimate status gift. John Walker established his business […]

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Hypnotherapy

The world of Hypnosis can seem terrifying before you’ve even begun.  Maybe it’s the thought of being in a trance and not being in control. Yet, in reality hypnotherapy is far removed from this preconceived idea, especially with Helen Craven.  Trained in clinical hypnotherapy, Craven has a reassuring approach and deals as much in your past and present life consciously, as she does in the relaxation or hypnosis period after.  Following a lengthy talk, with Craven looking at diet and your everyday life, the relaxation process begins.  What’s so novel about Craven is that she shows hypnosis is something scientific […]

Openings & Launches

Brazillian Chic

Inspired by two very different cultures, Sushinho is an exciting new destination restaurant that opens on The King’s Road, Chelsea, on 12th December. Sushinho mixes Brazilian chic with the practicality and efficiency of Japan. The opening of Sushinho could not be more timely; for 2008 marks the centenary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in Brazil. Numbering an estimated 1.5 million, there are now more people of Japanese descent in Brazil than anywhere in the world outside of Japan itself. The 'usual suspects' of sushi and sashimi are very much in evidence, alongside dishes infused with Brazilian/South American […]

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