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Rebel rebel

With THAT day looming on the horizon, if the best you can expect for Valentine’s Day from your man-of the-moment is a wilting offering from the garage forecourt, now is the time to point him in the direction of Rebel Rebel. The London-based design company which specialises in flowers has a top client list from Christian Dior to the Ritz. It won admirers for its trademark flowers in a handbag creation and is renowned for giving a brilliant contemporary twist to its designs with a mix of exotic buds and native flowers. So even if he doesn’t know a rose […]

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Topshop EDIT

Topshop’s Oxford Circus flagship will be playing host to an exclusive pop-up boutique showcasing sparkling new international talent from February 15th. The “EDIT” concession has already previewed, and is home to collections such as KTZ-UK by Marian Pejorskis, featuring huge colourful jewels, and White Trumpet by Reno Inchenko, who uses bright geometrics with origami folding and fringing. The boutique will rotate designers, with seven collections on sale for just four weeks, with five more to follow in March. Topshop has long been a supporter of new and exciting designers, with the flagship’s basement already a renowned treasure chest of kooky […]

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TAG Heuer

Luxury watch brand TAG Heuer has opened the first new-style flagship store in Westfield’s £1.6 billion shopping centre in west London. This is the prestigious Swiss watchmaker’s second London venture, and follows its UK debut in 2001 with a flagship store in Brook Street in London’s West End. After its landmark design of the TAG Heuer 360 degree Museum in Switzerland, the Swiss watchmaker invited Paris-based Carbonale to create a unique shopping experience with a new boutique concept. The new 120 square-metre store, which can be seen from afar thanks to the vast exterior made of brushed and bronze-lacquered steel, […]

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Chelsea Flower Show

This year the champagne house Laurent Perrier has taken the somewhat unusual step of choosing a landscape garden designer for their prestigious Show Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show who has never ‘not ever’ gardened with flowers. But first time Chelsea designer Luciano Giubbilei, whose work is characterised by simple, clean symmetrical lines, is adapting his style a little to fit more into the Chelsea tradition – there will even be the odd black iris or two – although his design will still be a “slightly more formal than previous Laurent Perrier gardens.” The 2009 show garden will be […]

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Beyond Human

A new painting of boxer Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton by accredited artist Lee Jones will be on display next month at The Arts Club in Mayfair’s Dover Street. The painting is part of a series of edgy real paintings titled Beyond Human where athletes are shown as superhuman beings with their vital body parts transforming into Terminator-esque limbs. Limited editions of the paintings (there are only 100 available prints) signed by Hatton and Jones are now available at www.2050sports.com for £15 each, with a percentage of all sales donated to Hatton’s charity of choice. Other prints in the series include […]

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Look Fashion Swap

Boasting both eco and recession-friendly credentials, the Look Fashion Swap is the perfect answer to the current wave of retail tragedies sweeping the nation. Set to take place on January 31st and February 1st, the event will be open only to those who have donated swappable pieces of clothing and accessories in order to gain “points” redeemable against a wealth of cast-offs, offered by big celebrity names such as Camilla Al-Fayed, Peaches Geldof, and Gwen Stefani. The Fashion Swap is being held in aid of Jo’s Trust, a charity which aims to raise awareness of the threat of cervical cancer […]

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Lily grows up

Lily Allen has gone all demure and sophisticated on us in a smouldering new photoshoot for Interview magazine. The opinionated songstress, whose second album, It’s Not Me, it’s You, will be released next month, is interviewed for the cult American magazine by artist and close friend Damien Hirst. And always one to speak her mind, Lily admits that all she really wants is a filthy rich husband. But despite finding fame and securing it with her own talent, would the singer really be satisfied by being just another trophy wife? The pop star confessed: “I just hope I can stay […]

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A good day for Russian oligarchs

Chilling news for hacks at The Evening Standard, former Russian KGB spy Alexander Lebedev has bought the London local paper for a mere £1, the price of two copies of the newspaper. The sale was announced to staff by editor-in-chief Paul Dacre, at 10am yesterday in the crowded Kensington newsroom. The paper, which can be bought from news stands for 50p, has been making losses over the last few years and it was for this reason that owner Lord Rothermere, who met Mr Lebedev at a party, decided to sadly hand over his paper. New boss, Mr Lebedev, is said […]

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Webster joins Garrard

It has been confirmed that jewellery mogul Stephen Webster has been appointed the new Creative Director of Garrard. Rumours started circulating after Ron Burkle, who bought Garrard last year, also purchased a 49 per cent stake of Stephen Webster’s own company back in 2007. He will be replacing Jade Jagger, overseeing all of the company’s design team and creative development. It has been said that Webster will bring a modern edge to new pieces alongside maintaining the distinguished heritage that gave Garrard its name. His new projects at Garrard will include a designing a women’s range using red, black and […]

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The New Nokia

The long awaited Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is launched in London tomorrow morning. It may look a little familiar to some people having been sported by no less than Batman in ‘The Dark Knight’ and also Britney Spears. If you do want to get your hands on one of the nicest music and video players on the market then there is added incentive to get shopping early. The first 100 people to purchase the phone at the flagship Regent Street store between 8 and 8.30am tomorrow will receive a pair of tickets to the Benicassim Festival in Spain this summer. 49-63 […]

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Just did it!

  Nike has upped its pace even more. There’s no excuse now to be skipping the gym. Combining both style and technology of the highest quality, their latest spring collection has stormed the sporting scene this January. Offering a selection of training equipment for all standards, you no longer have to be a gym bunny or marathon runner to appreciate their collection- and their leopard print fabrics and retro themed running shorts are evidence of this. Infact, it’s the Nike Tempo Shorts that have caused cult status. Previously only available in the US, these iconic shorts have finally reached the […]

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Oval Vodka

A new luxury Vodka’s in town.  Described as the purest vodka around, Oval was invented by the Russian Scientist, Professor Valery Sorokin in 2000.  The latest vodka prizes itself on being completely free from impurities and additives.   Based on a unique “structuring” process which combines water and alcohol in an entirely new way, the result is smooth and clean liquor, with no vodka after taste.  Perfect for those who are overwhelmed by the usual ‘kick’ of vodka, Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Oval has created a Rose Royce Cocktail for you to try for yourself. 1cl Sugar Syrup 2cl […]

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