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Masquerade

House of Masquerade For four nights only, a temporary fashion space from Absolut Masquerade and fashion illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve will be launched.  The room will be transformed into a giant treasure trove, including a walk-in dressing up box filled with vintage clothing and accessories from Mint going on sale.  The joint collaboration with Absolut Masquerade means that there will also be a cocktail bar serving Absolut Vodka throughout the evening and if that wasn’t enough to sway your decision, there will be a stylist on hand to help guests with their fashion options as well as Absolut Masquerade gift […]

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Umberto Giannini

Umberto Giannini Spa Rituals Range Umberto Giannini, a hair care brand created by the award-winning British hairdresser, has launched Spa Rituals, a luxurious new hair spa-treatment range. Each product is infused with a medley of natural Italian inspired ingredients such as fig, olive oil, thyme and rosemary, and its blend of carefully chosen oils are renowned for their therapeutic benefits. With the creation of the six new products, ranging from detoxifying shampoo to overnight hair moisturising balm, Umberto Giannini has added a new dimension to hair care.  The new line joins Umberto Giannini’s growing range of hair products, including its […]

Fashion & Beauty

Jo Malone

Sweet Lime and Cedar Cologne Sweet Lime and Cedar Cologne is the latest new fragrance from Jo Malone.  Inspired by the diverse and delicate blending of Thai Cuisine, the exotic scent is created from citrus fruits, aromatic leaves, flowers and spices.     The new perfume was pioneered in Thailand and although at first it may sound unusual, the art of fusing cooking and carefully combined perfumes has been a long tradition in the Far East. The end product is a captivating and sensual fragrance. Although this perfume would suit both men and women, being heavy on the cedar, some women might […]

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Openings & Launches

Character & Cocktails 2008

Grey Goose is once again celebrating Character with its Grey Goose Character & Cocktails 2008 public party in London on Thursday 23 October 2008. Following the sensational success of last year’s Grey Goose Character & Cocktails party, Grey Goose is joining forces with David Furnish and the who’s who of the celebrity world to create their dream home bars and cocktails in benefit of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. This year Grey Goose Character & Cocktails is back with a dazzling list of celebrity guests from the world of fashion, art, design and jewellery including: David Furnish, Patrick Cox, Theo […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Vendome Mayfair

Just off Green Park, close to Mahiki, should be the perfect spot for a nightclub.  However, this particular corner appears to be cursed.  It seems countless nightclubs have opened up home here only to be packing their bags soon after.  So will Vendome stand the test of time?  This will be their second venture, with another venue already in Walton Street but Vendome, although managing to create a successful line, seems to have failed with this one.  Off to an inauspicious start, everyone was left waiting while last minute technical difficulties were settled.  Ushered quickly to a nearby bar for […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Just St James

The newly converted Just St James used to be the most expensive bank in London and following its revamp the building remains impressive.  Its ornate interior which contains sweeping staircases, marble columns, raised terrace seatings and large balconies is certainly aimed to impress the business client and with its extensive menu they have catered for all tastes. From Butternut squash soup to braised ox tongue and foie gras there is an eclectic mix of starters available.  For the main course too, there is an equally wide selection, ranging from Dover sole and seabass to gnocchi.  I would highly recommend the angus fillet steak which came with an […]

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Gucci Collection

Make a permanent mark: Help save children’s lives. Gucci has announced the launch of the white Tatto Heart Collection, together with a landmark advertising campaign – both devoted to the company’s unique global partnership with UNICEF. Award-winning musical artist Rihanna will appear in a unique international advertising campaign to highlight the 4th annual Gucci Campaign to Benefit UNICEF. The ad campaign will run worldwide in December 2008 and January 2009 publications and will feature key pieces from the Tatto Heart Collection dedicated to UNICEF. Since 2005 Frida Giannini, Gucci’s Creative Director, has designed an exclusive annual collection to support UNICEF’s […]

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HEDDA

Curiousity took me to the Gate Theatre to see how Hedda Gabler  would  stand up to modern day up-dating. Hidden right behind Notting Hill tube next to the Prince Albert pub, The Gate is a tiny theatre, which manages to present some very interesting work and there is no doubt that taking Ibsen’s 19th century masterpiece and relocating it to contemporary Notting Hill  was a brave move.  But was it a successful one?  Skin’s writer, Lucy Kirkwood’s modern adaptation certainly touches on topical issues and successfully alters the language into a colloquial form but she never quite manages to side […]

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Sagatiba Cachaca

Cachaça, Brazil’s favourite spirit, is rapidly growing in popularity in the UK.  Made famous by the cocktail Caipirinha, it has won a new group of devotees among cocktail drinkers and Sagatiba is aiming to catch itself a slice of the growing market with the launch of its multi-distilled premium Sagatiba Pura. Although Cachaça is made from sugar cane like rum, it differs in taste and production as it is made up from fresh sugarcane juice that’s fermented and distilled whereas rum is usually made from molasses. Touted as having a fresher, livelier character, Cachaça dates back some 550 years and […]

Fashion & Beauty

Ralph Lauren

They say you can’t put a price on love but Ralph Lauren has proved that wrong, with the launch of his perfume Love, at £2000 a bottle.  “Aimed at women over 25 with high spending powers,” Love comes in a gold-plated bottle and is undoubtedly Lauren’s most exclusive perfume. The super-premium Love joins the UK launch of Lauren’s Notorious, which hit the US market in the summer and has been hugely popular. Notorious derives its inspiration from the film noir actresses and the French model Laetitia Casta will head up its marketing campaign.  Love certainly carries on this attempt to revive old […]

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