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Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo, renowned for its iconic shoes and rich history of Hollywood costume design, announces its collaboration with Oscar winning costume designer and Oscar winner Catherine Martin to create Nicole Kidman’s shoe wardrobe for the upcoming film, Australia. Directed by Baz Lurhmann and scheduled for a November 2008 release, the creative collaboration between Ferragamo’s designers and Ms. Martin has resulted in an exceptional collection of beautiful, original shoes. Drawing from period references and originals from the Salvatore Ferragamo archive, the design team created a wardrobe rich in historical content and detail, worthy of the House’s tradition of Hollywood “Shoemaker to […]

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Just Oriental

Just Oriental Tucked away below the spacious Just St James is their sister restaurant Just Oriental. Peter Gladwin’s informal restaurant offers an extensive range of Pan Asian food from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, China and Japan which includes a wide selection of sharing dishes such as mixed seafood and vegetable tempura or crispy aromatic duck. Other choices that are well worth sampling include their varied choice of aromatic curries and the steamed black bream. Although described as buzzy and vibrant, the overall décor is stylistic rather than cosy, and the seating arrangements seem slightly awkward.  The recessed lighting too makes this […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Diesel Xxx NY

Kiss Me I’m Xxx Brooklyn was the place to be last night, Saturday October 12th, for the hugely anticipated Diesel Xxx “Rock and Roll Circus” themed party. A 24 hour non-stop party happened across the globe, in 17 major cites around the world, covering 8 different time zones. It was one major party! And the finale…..New York City! The reason for this massive event- the biggest international party the world has ever seen – to celebrate Diesel’s 30th Anniversary.  Beginning in Tokyo the party moved from one city to the next – Beijing, Dubai, Athens, Amsterdam, Milan, Zurich, Munich, Paris, […]

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Vendome Mayfair

Just off Green Park, close to Mahiki, should be the perfect spot for a nightclub.  However, this particular corner appears to be cursed.  It seems countless nightclubs have opened up home here only to be packing their bags soon after.  So will Vendome stand the test of time?  This will be their second venture, with another venue already in Walton Street but Vendome, although managing to create a successful line, seems to have failed with this one.  Off to an inauspicious start, everyone was left waiting while last minute technical difficulties were settled.  Ushered quickly to a nearby bar for […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Just St James

The newly converted Just St James used to be the most expensive bank in London and following its revamp the building remains impressive.  Its ornate interior which contains sweeping staircases, marble columns, raised terrace seatings and large balconies is certainly aimed to impress the business client and with its extensive menu they have catered for all tastes. From Butternut squash soup to braised ox tongue and foie gras there is an eclectic mix of starters available.  For the main course too, there is an equally wide selection, ranging from Dover sole and seabass to gnocchi.  I would highly recommend the angus fillet steak which came with an […]

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Gucci Collection

Make a permanent mark: Help save children’s lives. Gucci has announced the launch of the white Tatto Heart Collection, together with a landmark advertising campaign – both devoted to the company’s unique global partnership with UNICEF. Award-winning musical artist Rihanna will appear in a unique international advertising campaign to highlight the 4th annual Gucci Campaign to Benefit UNICEF. The ad campaign will run worldwide in December 2008 and January 2009 publications and will feature key pieces from the Tatto Heart Collection dedicated to UNICEF. Since 2005 Frida Giannini, Gucci’s Creative Director, has designed an exclusive annual collection to support UNICEF’s […]

Openings & Launches

Vendome Mayfair

September this year will see the launch of Vendome nightclub in Mayfair, located on the site that was formerly Pangaea. Following the success of the award winning Vendome, Walton Street, which won best new bar at the London club and bar awards 2008 consultant Freddie Frampton embarked on a design mission with the legendary and truly original interiors guru Paul Daly to resurrect the dance floor. Vendome has been created to induce patrons back on to the dance floor and revive the atmosphere of the clubs of old with people from all walks of life partying with abandon under one […]

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Visionaire

The new issue of Visionaire pushes the limits of paper with an issue devoted to pop-ups.Visionaire, the limited-edition art and fashion publication, collaborates with the House of Krug, creators of Prestige Cuvée champagnes, on a new issue themed SURPRISE. Visionaire 55 SURPRISE features intricate pop-ups by Sophie Calle, Andreas Gursky, Cai Guo-Qiang, Steven Klein, Yayoi Kusama, Alasdair McLellan, Steven Meisel, Guido Mocafi co, Nicola Formichetti/Gareth Pugh, Sølve Sundsbø, and Mario Testino. Executed by renowned paper engineers, the issue astonishes viewers with moveable images, three-dimensional scenes, and surprise reveals. The pop-up folios are housed in a dark purple cloth-covered case with […]

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Louis Vuitton

For 10 years, the Louis Vuitton City Guides have been capturing the spirit of cities. New 2009 edition, new destinations, new design, new sections. To celebrate ten years of travelling throughout Europe, the new collection of Louis Vuitton City Guides will appear in a revised format on 15 October. Louis Vuitton has developed its collection of guides and for the first time presents fi ve individual volumes devoted to fi ve cities of the world: Mumbai, Miami, New York, Paris, and Tokyo. In 2009, the City Guide visits 32 European cities, including six new destinations: Bucharest, Glasgow, Lausanne, Manchester, Palermo […]

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Alfred Dunhill

Created for the discerning gentleman, indeed the modern gentleman, this premise reflects Alfred’s own legacy as a curator of the very finest offering not only superlative product but the ultimate in service and experience too. Appropriately for this eminent British luxury brand, the true spiritual Home of Alfred Dunhill will be found in London, England taking pride of place in the eponymous Bourdon House – formerly the noble London residence of the Duke of Westminster. Established in the heart of Mayfair, this grade two listed Georgian Building has – like dunhill – long since represented grandeur and distinction in British […]

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