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Art at Slade

Want to check out the new artists hitting the contemporary art scene?? Then wander over to the MA degree show at the Slade Art School. It promises to be interesting, stimulating and above all a good fix of creativity. These are a handful of the next generation of artists who are and will shape our future.  Artists you need to check out because their works are certainly pieces everyone is going to want hanging on their walls: Gianni Notarianni, Tessa Whitehead, Masako Suzuki   The exhibition starts this Wednesday 10th June and will run run until the 17th June. Open […]

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Apollo LV

Louis Vuitton have upped the ante with their latest ad campaign, which features the most notorious astronauts of the twentieth century in a trubute to the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Buzz Aldrin, Sally Ride and Jim Lovell have all posed for the fashion house in the Annie Leibovitz shoot, with Vuitton’s Icare travel bag nestled carefully amongst them. The space-themed ad is the next in the “Core Values” series of features, which have previously featured big names such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Catherine Deneuve and Keith Richards. Vuitton are said to be launching an entire […]

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The Leopard Changes Its Spots

The newly opened Leopard Bar at The Rubens Hotel has appointed Said Mahri, one of the world’s premier mixologists, to knock up some fabulous new drinks at this centrally located London venue. Located on Buckingham Palace Road, The Rubens Hotel is part of the Red Carnation group, and the Leopard Bar marks the latest in a series of luxe Champagne Bars which are opening across the brand. Said Mahri brings some serious credentials to his new post, having worked at The Savoy, The Connaught, and Claridges. Specialising in new cocktails, he will be serving Laurent-Perrier as the house champagne, and […]

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Le Fin de Lacroix

  Even the mighty are falling. Couture house Christian Lacroix has applied for financial protection from creditors in a Paris court, as debts spiral out of control. Founded in 1987, the French couturier is now US-owned under the Falic Group, who bought it from LVMH in 2005. Since then, however, the Group have been trying to sell a stake in the company, but have been unable to find a willing buyer. The loss of the atelier will leave a noticeable void on the fashion map, especially when the awards season rolls around – over recent years, Lacroix has been a go-to […]

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Too hot for some

The sun has come out and it looks like it’s decided to stay. Shoes and socks off, pedicures out.  Whether you are going to be partying it up in Ibiza, sunning yourself in St Tropez or just having picnics in Hyde Park those toes need some brightening up. But be careful because Essie is all you need but their colours are hot!  Founded in 1981, by Essie Weingarten, Essie is now one of the most popular nail vanish brands worldwide. Every nail salon stocks it, every manicured lady wears it. And the reason why: Essie is always on-trend and always high quality.  […]

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Something very special

The Beauty of Willow Rose There’s something very special about the things at Willow Rose Boutique, very special and soothingly familiar.   Willow Rose Boutique was founded in 2007 by designer and creator Willow Corbett-Winder who makes everything by hand using antique materials, fabrics, vintage beads and jewels that she finds on her travels. Her handmade notebooks, address books and diaries are covered in vintage fabrics that remind you of English summers and the French Riveria or exotic silks that make you dream of Indian nights.   The collection includes antique Grainsack cushions perfect for an elegant picnic and Pom Pom […]

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Street Combat Fighting Lessons

If Bikram bores you, the gym is monotonous and you’re keen for exercise with a bit more kick…street fighting combat fitness classes could be just the thing to speed up your life. The one on one 1 hour sessions held at The Mission Personal Training Studios are taught by personal trainer and ex-bodyguard Andy Macdonald and his team. Incorporating self-defence, Thai-boxing, kicking boxing and martial arts as well as weapon work into the workout, it’s no wonder this is considered an intensive cardio workout too. So, if self-defence lessons have ever appealed, it’s worth heading down to Old Brompton Road […]

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The Palm

One of America's finest exports will be making its way to London has arrived in the form of the legendary Palm Restaurant, offering classic steak and lobster fare to global consumers. The company is built on four generations of Italian-American heritage, and is currently headed up by third generation Wally Ganzi, who will be collaborating with long-standing friends and Palm supporters Ambassador Joseph Zappala and his wife Isabella to create an outpost in the UK. Ganzi describes his goal as bringing "real American hospitality and the great American steakhouse to London". The Palm has created a fail-safe formula through its […]

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Louis Vuitton

A new exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of Art is showing for the first and only time the Louis Vuitton art collection, bringing together an eclectic mix of significant large-scale works joined thematically by their energy and urban culture. Sponsored by the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Creation, the exhibition features modern artists such as Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Paul Chan, whose has created a colour-shifting light projection piece. Seven emerging Hong Kong artists were also selected to participate, bringing a touch of local colour and culture to a collection which bridges Europe, America and China. Louis Vuitton […]

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The Cadogan Arms

What a lick of paint and a few stuffed animals on a wall can do. It’s been an old favourite for many years with the Chelsea crowd. A ‘lets-just-grab-a-pint’ kind of place where the old-school Chelsea gents in their Pink shirts and loafers would mix happily with the jumble-sale clad under age Sloanes. But this is not quite the story any more. After changing hands The Cadogan Arms has a touch more charm, certainly a lot less dirty and has been turned into a rather nice place for a drink on the Kings Road. Last nights opening party was, well, […]

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Empora.com

Could Net A Porter be quaking in its Pedro Garcia boots? Empora.com is setting out “to change the way we buy clothes online.” Designed to give you an effortless shopping experience Empora.com lets you browse items by style, colour and cut of the UK’s favourite fashion labels and boutiques for both men and women. Mixing high end fashion with affordable high street Empora.com enables users to create a style specifically for them. Designers such as Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Twenty8Twelve are placed alongside Diesel and Accessorize making shopping even easier. Yet with new fashion websites appearing at all angles it […]

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Planet Hollywood

World-famous Planet Hollywood will be opening its new £5 million restaurant and bar on the Haymarket, London, with a suitably impressive launch party this June. The new restaurant and bar are designed by Jonathan Manser of The Manser Practise, whose previous works have included Sketch, the Waldorf Hotel and the W Hotel Group. The open-plan space takes full advantage of the vast ground floor windows, and compliments the natural light with exposed brickwork and natural timber, keeping the venue fresh and interesting with movie memorabilia and props from new releases. A “Best of British” room will feature a permanent display […]

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