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Pollocks ‘Worthless’ Exhibition

Following his success last year with the Blank Canvas Exhibition, Josef Valentino, the founder and creative director of Pollocks, is launching ‘Worthless’ – a live art installation that explores the value of material items. Inspired by the recession to create something positive, Valentino intends to explore the concept that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, challenging current perceptions of ‘worth’. Members of the public will be invited to bring their own ‘worthless’ items into the pop-store and have them transformed into pieces of art. The Worthless store event will pay homage to the institution that was Woolworths, via ironic […]

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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 […]

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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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A book for the beach

Former Senior Editor at Harpers threw a soiree at The Langham for the launch of her book A Partial Indulgence last night. Snow Queen vodka cocktails were flowing as was the conversation which was buzzing between guests all evening. The curly-haired writer told The Handbook it was important to take risks when writing, well she did recently take a swipe at a few celebrities when she wrote a piece for the Daily Mail recently about her party days, and then thanked everybody heartily for coming before sitting in a corner with her proud mum and dad on the sofa at […]

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Fred&Ginger

Glamourous lingerie company Fred&Ginger has announced the arrival of their online bridal boutique, providing brides-to-be with a sumptuous array of antique ivory intimate apparel for their big day. The collection, designed by Victoria Holt, draws on the glamour and sophistication of the 1950’s, combining French silk satins, crinkle chiffons, Chantilly lace and the somewhat more modern stand-by, Swarovski crystals. Holt has great experience of the fashion industry, having worked at the international fashion house Jenny Packham. She is now producing Fred&Ginger, a unique brand that reflects past elegance whilst appealing to a contemporary audience. The collection is made up of both […]

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Russell and Helen

  Russell Crowe and Helen Mirren swished down the red carpet last night at the Empire cinema for the premiere of their new film State of Play. Both actors looked preened and polished and laughed together playfully on the carpet defying their years and showing the younger stars how a masterful show between co stars is executed. 'I got to boss Russell around which was fabulous,' cooed Mirren, clearly loving every minute. 'If you ever get bossed around, I recommend you get bossed around by Helen Mirren,' replied a cheeky Crowe, flashing his aviators. The sun shined well into the […]

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Culture

Lulu goes handbags

Terribly exciting news people. Lulu Guinness is relaunching her flagship store at the end of this week. Instead of sitting on your bottoms at home and clicking your way to wardrobe heaven why not get in some early exercise (bikini holidays are looming) and trudge over to Ellis Street to check out the new shop. She told The Handbook: Everyone nowadays seems to be buying online. I wanted to give people a reason to come down to my shop so I have created a destination where people can enjoy a real Lulu experience.’ And that it certainly is, swish down […]

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Armani Jewel Lipstick

Lips are about to become couture. Moving on from its successful collaboration on the Crystal Collection, Giorgio Armani Cosmetics has joined up with Swarovski to create an exclusive limited edition premium crystal jewel lipstick. Part of the ArmaniSilk lipstick range, the exclusive crystal lipstick will be sold only by special order and with a specific customized service.  Each rechargeable lipstick case is hand crafted by a Swarovski specialised jewellery artist in Paris and is completely unique.  There are at least 470 pieces of Swarovski crystals on one jewel lipstick and it takes one entire day to create each piece. Inspired […]

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A royal show

Here is a crucual date to be etched into your diaries. From April 22 Sotheby’s will exhibit some never-seen-before works by former royal photographer Cecil Beaton. One of the most sought-after photographers in the twentieth century, the collection includes black and white prints of icons Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo when they were both guests aboard a Greek cruise ship in 1965. Gilbert and George, the model Twiggy and the some of the Royals also feature. The interest in this case, is the story behind the photographs. For Monroe, Beaton had been trying to arrange the shoot for […]

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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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The Handbook Birthday Party

Last week The Handbook celebrated their first birthday party. Held at the Valmont club just off the Fulham road, the evening was brimming with writers, designers and media kings. With such a successful turnout, the normally intimate Valmont was soon overflowing with guests dining on oysters and champagne. Address books were out and it was finally a chance for all the members and supporters to meet up and chat. With such an eclectic gathering there was plenty of lively discussion and useful networking. Ice sculptures, cocktails and short dresses all marked the start of spring and the revellers were keen […]

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