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Have your cake and eat it

It is said that Marie Antoinette once exclaimed ‘Let them eat cake’. Unfortunately not everyone is lucky enough to be able to scoff to excess. We all know someone who says they have a food intolerance or suffers from food allergies. And as many of us who do not possess that spangly 21st century Nigella-I’ll just whip that up for you in a matter of seconds and would you like cream on the side of that too-gene, we need a little culinary help. Step forward Cinnamon Clove. This company has been set up by two young entrepreneurs who decided that […]

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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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The 25 Club

There’s a new style of gym in town…So say goodbye to your downward facing dogs, your crows and your pigeons, 2009 is bringing you Holistic gyms and 25 Club is pioneering the way. Combining physical workouts with a mental and healthy state of mind, 25 Club manages to give you a hard work out, unlike those gentle yoga stretches most of us are used to, whilst at the same time keeping a nurturing and caring approach to the fitness. With only 200 members, the gym aims for an exclusive hand-tailored approach. The cosiness of the club is heightened further by […]

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Roisin Murphy

To end her European Tour, Roisin Murphy, formally of Moloko, threw a celebrity filled party.  Co-hosted with top stylists Kabir and Leo Belicha, Murphy chose the Soho private member’s club Bureau, for the finale.  Continuing with her red themed tour, the venue was completely transformed into a red boudoir for the occasion.  The night included music from Mr and Mrs Smith, Jerry Bouthier and Murphy’s producer Seiji and there was an abundance of industry faces.  While Mischa Barton, Pixie Geldolf and Anouk Lepere were all in their signature styles, Murphy managed to hold the crown for style icon.  Wearing a […]

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Aubin & Wills

Jack Wills has officially grown up. The recent launch of sister brand Aubin & WIlls, aimed at an older, “graduate” market, has seen stores pop up in Wimbledon, Brighton and Edinburgh, with the promise of more in the pipeline. The stores follow in their predecessors’ footsteps, drawing on founder Peter Wills’ obsession with all things heritage. Jack Wills established itself in 1999 as the UK’s answer to Abercrombie & Fitch, offering a comfortably casual yet stylish aesthetic. Aubin & Wills sees the company step up its use of luxurious fabrics in more classic, plainer pieces, whilst adding a line of homewares to […]

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Rent your Rocks

Sophie Croydon, the founder of Rentyourrocks.com, has created a website in keeping with our troubled times.  The new site allows you to borrow pieces of jewellery, normally retailing at £350 to £18,000 and lets you hire them for just £50 to £750 a week respectively.  Effortlessly easy, Rent Your Rocks is quick to sign up to, and once you have registered you can select your piece direct from the internet.      Croydon has set up the new website to work alongside her family’s established business and claims, “We know that many people want to create a really special look for […]

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Openings & Launches

Palm Jumeirah

"How do you have a party like this in these economic times?" It was a much-asked question for Colin Cowie, the event planner behind the biggest, most expensive launch party of recent years. The opening of the Atlantis hotel on Dubai's Palm warranted a celebration on an unprecedented scale, at an estimated cost of £15 million, with attendees including Robert de Niro, Agyness Deyn, Lindsay Lohan, and Kylie Minogue. Miss Minogue performed at the launch, for a rumoured fee of £1.5 million, whilst guests feasted on Middle Eastern mezze accompanied by flowing Veuve Clicquot. The glamourous event incorporated one million fireworks, set […]

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Eternal Silver London

Eternal Silver London has provoked quite an excitement in the world of jewellery due to their use of Argentium 970-pure Silver instead of the more commonly known sterling Silver.  To the non jewellery gurus, Argentium produces a far shinier, stronger and harder finish than that of the Sterling Silver and means that the jewellery will maintain a bright white lustre while other lesser mortal Silvers start to dull.  The mastermind behind the idea is Simon Harrison and there’s little surprise in this, considering he has previously worked with the likes of Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Givenchy to name only […]

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Home House Bar

After 18 months of refurbishment London's historic Home House, the exclusive private members' club, has opened its stunning extension to general acclaim from critics and members alike. The building – a grand Georgian town house – was designed by James Wyatt in 1773, but with its new cutting edge minimalist interiors it has been brought into the 21st century with a vengeance. The iconic female architect Zaha Hadid is responsible for the transformation. Well known for her fluid approach to design she has created installations for the futuristic new bar which feature her trademark sci-fi-esque style. With its sculpted metallic surfaces […]

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Collections

If you feel you need a little extra sparkle in your life then head for the Collections designer jewellery show to discover the highlights of next year’s trends.   Filled with innovative and stylish jewellery the show will feature exhibitors such as Nina Ricci, Lola Rose, Dower & Hall and Djadji Platinum among many others, and is out to showcase the creative talent available in the industry right now. Newly launched this year, Collections is also introducing the “New Designer of the Year Award.” Sponsored and judged by headline exhibitor Stephen Webster, as well as  Jose Skeates (ECone) and jewellery editor […]

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