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The Art of Eating a Little of What You Fancy

News now of curvaceous supermodel Sophie Dahl, who is turning her hand to a spot of whisking and has put pen to paper to write a new cookbook.  Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights, which she has described as a ‘memoir about food’, will launch at the end of this month. Considering all the furore surrounding Sophie’s weight – she denied having an eating disorder when her weight plummeted from a rounded size 16 to a svelte size 8 –  since her career as a model took off, it will be of interest to some to see the kinds of recipes she […]

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The Anita

If you’re still set on spending your vacation time in a glamourous resort this year, take a trip down Selfridges way and revel in the glittering splendour of the latest ultimate buy – the Anita bling-kini by hot swimwear company Pistol Panties. The limited edition cutaway one-piece is covered in over 5000 bright and dazzling Swarovskis, and is expected to be a massive seller – so much so that Selfridges have a waiting list going for customers to order in advance. The store are celebrating a massive 33% rise in swimwear sales up on last year, and are proud to […]

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Jean Haven

If wading through large department stores or a busy street is your idea of shopping hell then look no further – huge jeans portal ilovejeans.com should solve all your problems. Founded by Sam Reemer in 2006 this online gem is surely the only way to shop for jeans this summer? Some of the nifty resources include a portal that allows you to ‘shop for your shape’ – very shrewdly thought up by Reemer, this allows the shopper to be more savvy about their choices and halves the time spent browsing through tonnes of denim. Further more, there is an alteration […]

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Prada opens in Madrid

This April Prada has opened yet another store. This time it is in prime location, Calle Serrano, Madrid, also known as a haven for the luxury shopper. Replacing the original store, opened in 1986 and situated just round the corner, the new store holds only women’s clothing, while the old store will be refurbished and reinvented to sell the men’s collection. Designed by architect Roberto Bachiocchi, the interior remains faithful to the ubiquitous Prada theme. Linen material and ‘Prada green’ colouring are heavily prominent throughout the 5000 sq foot shop. Set over two floors, the ground floor houses the accessories, […]

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Jo Malone Kohdo

The longstanding perfumery and beauty shop of Jo Malone has released the second season of the limited edition Kohdo Wood collection.  Inspired by the Japanese incense ceremony of Kohdo, the two scents, Lotus Blossom and water ,and Dark Amber and Ginger lily have been designed for day and night respectively. The unique scents have been created so that the day fragrance gives an uplifting and invigorating feeling.  Using a blend of mandarin, sacred lotus blossom, bamboo and aloeswood, the perfume is said to awaken the senses and encourage energy. For the evening, the Dark Amber and Ginger lily evokes a […]

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The Handbook Party

Wednesday saw the suitably glamourous first anniversary party for The Handbook, an event attended by a swarm of fashionable Londoners held at Chelsea hotspot The Valmont Club, Fulham Road. High profile friends and supporters of The Handbook included tailor Oswald Boateng, Rob and Tom Aiken, young entrepreneur Marissa Montgomery, Guy Pelly, Chole Mansell and William Cash. The Valmont Club proved the perfect venue for the occasion, adorned with a sparkling ice sculpture of the company name and offering a range of fabulous cocktails, including the "White and Red" in honour of the company colours. The sublime catering was supplied by […]

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The New York Palace

Anyone similarly addicted to hit television series Gossip Girl will recognise The New York Palace as the home of Chuck Bass, the pinnacle of Bass Industries’s success, and major hang-out for the show’s drama-makers, Blair and Serena. The luxurious venue is in fact part of the Dorchester Collection, the high-end international group including the London Dorchester, the Parisian Plaza Athenee, and the Hotel Bel Air, LA. A Manhattan icon, The New York Palace blends old world elegance with new world opulence. In a prime location on Madison Avenue, the hotel is only steps from Fifth and some of the finest […]

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Lodger Footwear

Despite only entering into the shoe market in October, Lodger footwear seems to be offering something unlike any other shoe designers. Founder Nathan Brown, has steered towards a more exclusive market, offering bespoke, hand made shoes to their customers. Every month Lodger brings another one-off shoe to the foreground. This April we see the vintage tennis shoe take the vanguard. Coming in off-white with a great two-piece toecap and hand stitching details, Lodger remains faithful to the original tennis shoes with flat woven laces and metal tips. With a new store just opened off Saville Row and Bond Street, it’s […]

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Barbie Girl

Further celebrations of iconic doll, Barbie’s 50th birthday mean that Dover Street Market will open a space – devoted to all things pink, plastic and girly – and curated by designer Henry Holland, tomorrow morning. It is said that there will be a supersized Barbie popping out from under the floorboards and so making everything life-sized around her appear miniature. Holland said of the collaboration: ‘She’s such an icon and I loved choosing all the stock for Barbie at Dover Street Market. It’s also quite scary how much of it I want for myself,’ Be sure not to miss the […]

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Ghost Bar

Here’s some news to get London’s club scene buzzing. The opening of another late night bar in Farringdon this spring has been announced. The bar in question is called Ghost and will share the graffiti chic theme of its counterpart in South Kensington but it has been reported will have a ‘more urban and edgier feel’ as it is located in the heart of the trendy East End. David Serlui, who worked to launch Aura nightclub and is one half of the partnership behind the Ghost brand says, ‘We are really excited to be opening another Ghost and this one […]

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Scarlett Johansson for Moët & Chandon

Moët   &   Chandon,   the   champagne  of  cinema,  has  introduced  its celebrity  spokesperson  at  its “Tribute to Cinema” gala  at  London’s Big Sky studio:  the beautiful Scarlett Johansson. Moët is the very first champagne House to introduce  a Hollywood celebrity ambassador, introducing the face of the world’s most loved champagne. Moët’s  “Tribute  to  Cinema” theme infused the evening, which  was  held  at  London’s Big Sky film studio. Guests sipped Moët & Chandon  Imperial  NV  served  from  gold  Methuselahs and enjoyed sweet canapes  with  a  twist:  miniature popcorn, bitesite icecream cones and delicious  churros. British  and  international celebrities arrived in “red  carpet”  […]

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Topshop Hits NYC

New York City is waiting in anticipation for the launch of TOPSHOP/TOPMAN’s debut American outlet, due to open on Broadway April 2nd. US-based fans of the brand will be able to browse the store’shigh-fashion high-street collections in their very own flagship store, spilling over four floors, making transatlantic pilgrimages to the Oxford Circus destination a tale of urban folklore. Alongside the mainline collections, American customers will be able to choose from all the key collaborations currently available in the UK. The latest Kate Moss TOPSHOP collection for SS09 will launch on 2nd April, to coincide with the New York store […]

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