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Lymphatic Drainage

So you’ve eaten too much turkey, you’ve drunk far too much red wine and there is no longer the Yuletide excuse for you to continue to over indulge.  Yet if the thought of hitting the gym or taking any strenuous exercise seems too unbearable, then Paul Drinkwater may be just the answer.  Specialising in Oedema Lymphatic Drainage, where the system is healthy but sluggish, the 1 hour treatment aims to remove all toxins from your body. The therapeutic massage involves very light pressure with long, gentle, repetitive strokes, so as not to damage the valves just beneath the surface of […]

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Vivia Ferragamo

Vivia  Ferragamo, granddaughter of the legendery shoe designer Salvatore, is to launch her shoes and accessories line at Liberty this February. With fashion firmly in her blood, London-based Vivia has successfully managed to combine the ambition and detail of her grandfather’s brand with a fresh unique perspective, creating a style which is distinctly her own.  Since her break-out collection in 2002, the FIT graduate and Emanuel Ungaro alum has built up her own lucrative label, Vivia, in Europe and Asia and her top-to-toe collection of women’s ready-to-wear includes swimwear, shoes and handbags. While acknowledging the genuis touch of her grandfather, […]

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D&G LA

This week saw the opening of the LA D&G flagship store, attended by some of Hollywood’s finest and most fashionable, in participation with charitable cause The Art of Elysium. It is surprising, perhaps, that the dynamic duo known for their glittering red-carpet and party-friendly creations didn’t have a solid base in Los Angeles before. They are now however firmly established on Robertson Boulevard, nestled amongst Kitson, The Ivy, and the new Chanel concept store, in an ultra-modern building covering over 6000 square feet, designed by Dordoni Architetti Studio. The launch party turnout suggests a profitable future for the Italian design house, with […]

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Openings & Launches

Seasonal Treats at the Dorchester

The man who was raised on a French farm surrounded by ducks and geese and who has now made the Dorchester one of the most exciting and innovative places to dine has created two new exclusive menus for the festive season: The Ultimate Christmas menu and the New Year menu. Alain Ducasse, the 15 Michelin-starred chef, once said a great hotel must deliver more than 'starchy service or ostentatious luxury' it must offer 'hospitality to match the region' and 'top-quality cuisine'. He has done just that this Christmas as Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester is putting on a lavish feast […]

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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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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 […]

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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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Lowe for Paradis

Daisy Lowe is the latest model and society darling to succomb to the charms of the glamourous Paradis magazine, following in the footsteps of model Lily Cole who dared to bare for a nude shoot in an earlier edition. The upmarket publication, which markets itself to contemporary men who require “an international mix of thought, beauty, culture, sex and style”, is released only biannually to chic audiences in both London and Paris, and speaks volumes of the young model’s growing influence and popularity. With her trademark dark bangs casually dishevelled, cigarette in hand, Daisy shows exactly why she is a […]

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Prada Paradise

While the English may be rushing to visit the new Westfield complex, Kuala Lumpur is busy adding even more extravagant shops to their prestigious mall, Pavilion.  This time it’s none other than Prada and set over two floors with three entrances, it seems to be making our giant Westfield look humble. Designed by Robert Baciocchi, the architect behind many a Prada store, the space which is set across 336 square meters, is made of backlit aluminium sections.  Baciocchi doesn’t end it here however, with alternate titanium and bronze finishing and a black marble stairway in a casing of bronzed mirrors, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Gilgamesh

Trying to find a different night out in London can be pretty challenging.  Every restaurant seems to blend into another and the rise in the popular Pan Asian cuisine such as, the impeccable head-girl of restaurants E and O, proves difficult for the humbler sorts to hold their own against However, hidden incredibly well in the stable yard of Camden is something that you definitely won’t be expecting on a Monday night.  Gilgamesh is a mix between a Buddha bar chain and a leisure centre.  Upon arrival you go straight upstairs by escalators and enter a movie set of the […]

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Hit or Miss ?

Nick Valentine has created four floors of decadence, resulting in a trifle-effect.  Leaving no signs of the slightly bohemian kooky furnishings of its predecessor, the late 43 South Molton, Valentine has opted for a slightly “louder” club. With no expense spared Valentine, co-founder of the popular Cuckoo club, shows no evidence of being “crunched,” refusing to shy away from profligate décor.  Perhaps this is where it goes wrong? Python-skinned furnishings, peacock feathers, gigantic chandeliers, it’s certainly not a subtle approach, although some may succumb to the tongue-in-cheek venue. With a booming dance floor in the basement and four further floors, […]

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