London Label Vin and Omi Goes Even Greener for Fall 2019

NATURAL WOMAN: The zero-waste concept label Vin and Omi served up a green cocktail of a collection this seasonal. Dresses at the fashion show were made from organic nettle, cow parsley and linen fabric from the English Cotswolds, while olive green and mandarin latex fabrics were sourced from the brand’s plantation in Malaysia.
Chunky knitwear was fashioned from “combed-off” alpaca wool that had been donated from Vin and Omi’s friends, while Jodie Kidd returned to the runway after 10 years, opening the show in a floral-print dress.
Other garments were made from recycled plastic bottles while the fish-shaped bags came from old vinyl film posters, part of a long-term strategic partnership with the outdoor media owner Ocean Outdoor. Those vinyl pieces will eventually be developed into a retail line, with sales and profits to be donated to the Marine Conservation Trust.
Vin and Omi also got their green fingers on the models’ makeup: Decorative plasters on the models’ faces were made from bamboo fiber while metal foil flowers on the hats and jackets came from cans that had been collected by the homeless in Birmingham, England. The design duo also showed off a biodegradable perfume holder that was designed for Floral Street, the eco-friendly fragrance label that partnered

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This is what London street style looked like before Instagram

Another season of London Fashion Week is almost over, and with it another season of cool street style looks that will no doubt set the trends for SS19. But whilst we’re now used to seeing them all over social media (if it didn’t go on Instagram, did you even wear it?), that wasn’t always the case.

Ever wondered what Londoners wore in the 20s or 30s, or even the 50s? Well wonder no more, because Ancestry, which specialises in family history, just shared their fashion records with us.

This includes fashion shows dating back to 1916, including images of London’s best-dressed woman of 1937 – Rosita Forbes – sporting the year’s biggest trend of wide leg trousers, an Ascot riverside parade in Richmond, the evolution of the Crinoline, top models learning new makeup tricks and more. Scroll down to see these and more pics.


Date: 31 May 1937
A riverside parade of Ascot fashions attracted a large audience at Richmond. The parade was held on the terrace of Mary Childs overlooking the Thames. A parade of Ascot fashions by the riverside at Richmond Bridge.


Date: 1916
London Fashion. The Cordoline – an improvement on The Crinoline


Date:N/A
Dresses from the Gay Ninetees meet the fashions of today on the Promenade Deck of a Pleasure Cruiser built high on the roof tops of a Bayswater store.


Date: 23 Jul 1953
Two of the top models of the future, now training at London’s biggest model school, are 20 year old Ticia Burrows, of Surbiton, and 22 year old Jean Leeson, of Fittleworth, Sussex. They are shown some of the new tricks of make-up by Miss Marjorie Wood, the Beauty Counselor, who is “headmistress” of the school, in Pont Street, W.


Date: 26 Jan 1929
The very latest in gloves have heavy trimmings to the cuffs. Here is a unique of black kid gloves with “mousquaitaire” tops covered with fine white wool embroidery of antique design thus supplying an additional ornamental cuff to a coat


Date: 25 October 1937
Rosita Forbes, traveller, writer and explorer, and London’s best dressed woman, known in private life as Mrs. Arthur McGrath.


Date: 23 Sep 1923
Her Majesty the Queen, who has Returned to London from Scotland for Two Days Takes the Opportunity to See the New Fashions and Select Autumn Clothes. Her purchases included new styles which she will wear for next Tuesday, on the occasion of the launching of the new Cunarder. Mannequins, who wore the gowns for the Queen, returning from the Palace, with some she had selected. FOX PHOTOS. SEPT. 23.


Date: 27 Mar 1937
A few months ago eight pretty girls were lining up outside employment exchanges in Wales, hoping for jobs. Now after a few weeks training they have blossomed into West End mannequins. They are the “vanguard” in a scheme evolved by Miss LucyClayton, who is recruiting girls from Wales for her mannequin school, training them free of charge. Photo shows- The eight Welsh girl mannequins seen in London.

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Candid photographs of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe are on display in London for a new exhibition, Fox News has learned Friday.
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Review: 2019 London Art Fair

artrepublic looks at the standout work at this year’s Fair.

Kicking off the 2019 art scene, the 31st edition of the London Art Fair took over the Business Design centre in Islington in mid January. Filled from top to bottom with an impressive labyrinthine display of artwork, it was easy to get lost in a good way. Ranging from Sculptures to Portraiture, contemporary art to early twentieth-century pieces, there was something for everyone.

A seasoned buyer would feel very at home amongst the Henry Moore and Dali sculptures. Alongside the exuberant display of fine art from some of the most critically-acclaimed artists of the twentieth century such as Sir Anthony Caro and Ben Nicholson, the London Art Fair offers the opportunity for prospective collectors to get advice from curators as to how and where to start in collecting art.

Above all, it offers an exploration into bite-sized versions of some of the most prestigious and celebrated galleries in the UK and worldwide. At first an overwhelming spectacle, typical gallery-goers will not be used to the sheer volume of art all under one roof. Navigating the maze of white walls can seem daunting but incredibly rewarding after stumbling upon excellence, which is frequent and often.

artrepublic were thrilled to see the prominent print focus in this year’s London Art Fair. The contemporary print artists stood to serve as refreshing palette-cleansers amongst the swathes of fine art and sculpture. A breath of fresh air, a playful nudge or a satirical wink, these prints offer it all.

David Shrigley was a headliner for the London Art Fair this year. Combining stylistic childlike innocence with an often mundane or unassuming subject, to produce a piece that is fun and engaging. He celebrates the nuances of everyday life the with the intimacy of the imperfections in his work. There’s an openness to his work that emphasises his accessibility, making his works very desirable to own. His piece ‘My Rampage Is Over’ was exhibited featuring a huge blue elephant. A naive delight, evoking memories of childhood bedtime stories; of letting your own imagination run wild.

Another print heavyweight who exhibited boldly this year at the London Art Fair was the Connor Brothers. Their style is instantly recognisable, with their iconic use of vintage photography with modern type. The Connor Brothers have definitely cemented their position within the print space of the London art scene, notoriously popular and effortlessly cool. Most recently they have issued a series of book covers using a selection of their prints. Elevating the smutty form of the pulp novel, their works of art subvert the previously derogatory gender roles. As opposed to the women on these novels only serving to titillate or be murdered they are remastered as untouchable, graceful, almost statuesque. A contemporary twist on a classic.

Kicking off the 2019 art scene, the 31st edition of the London Art Fair took over the Business Design centre in Islington in mid January. Filled from top to bottom with an impressive labyrinthine display of artwork, it was easy to get lost in a good way. Ranging from Sculptures to Portraiture, contemporary art to early twentieth-century pieces, there was something for everyone.   A seasoned buyer would feel very at home amongst the Henry Moore and Dali sculptures. Alongside the exuberant display of fine art from some of the most critically-acclaimed artists of the twentieth century such as Sir Anthony Caro and Ben Nicholson, the London Art Fair offers the opportunity for prospective collectors to get advice from curators as to how and where to start in collecting art.   Above all, it offers an exploration into bite-sized versions of some of the most prestigious and celebrated galleries in the UK and worldwide. At first an overwhelming spectacle, typical gallery-goers will not be used to the sheer volume of art all under one roof. Navigating the maze of white walls can seem daunting but incredibly rewarding after stumbling upon excellence, which is frequent and often.   artrepublic were thrilled to see the prominent print focus in this year’s London Art Fair. The contemporary print artists stood to serve as refreshing palette-cleansers amongst the swathes of fine art and sculpture. A breath of fresh air, a playful nudge or a satirical wink, these prints offer it all.   David Shrigley was a headliner for the London Art Fair this year. Combining stylistic childlike innocence with an often mundane or unassuming subject, to produce a piece that is fun and engaging. He celebrates the nuances of everyday life the with the intimacy of the imperfections in his work. There’s an openness to his work that emphasises his accessibility, making his works very desirable to own. His piece ‘My Rampage Is Over’ was exhibited featuring a huge blue elephant. A naive delight, evoking memories of childhood bedtime stories; of letting your own imagination run wild.   Another print heavyweight who exhibited boldly this year at the London Art Fair was the Connor Brothers. Their style is instantly recognisable, with their iconic use of vintage photography with modern type. The Connor Brothers have definitely cemented their position within the print space of the London art scene, notoriously popular and effortlessly cool. Most recently they have issued a series of book covers using a selection of their prints. Elevating the smutty form of the pulp novel, their works of art subvert the previously derogatory gender roles. As opposed to the women on these novels only serving to titillate or be murdered they are remastered as untouchable, graceful, almost statuesque. A contemporary twist on a classic.  The almost-serious and almost-sensitive work of Charming Baker was another to look out for this year. Often contradictory, pulling the viewer across the emotional spectrum with his work. Disarmingly playful imagery besets an often melancholic backdrop, or is victim to violent scribbles. The resulting composition is a juxtaposition of innocence and darkness, provoking an eerie sense of nostalgia.  A master at combining texture with form, there is a distinctive layering within Baker’s work that enables him to effortlessly discuss themes such as joy, love, death and despair. The style that he has established is one of timeless eccentricity, beautifully thought provoking.   If you’d like to view any of the sensational prints by Shrigley, The Connor Brothers or Baker please visit the artrepublic gallery in Brighton.

The almost-serious and almost-sensitive work of Charming Baker was another to look out for this year. Often contradictory, pulling the viewer across the emotional spectrum with his work. Disarmingly playful imagery besets an often melancholic backdrop, or is victim to violent scribbles. The resulting composition is a juxtaposition of innocence and darkness, provoking an eerie sense of nostalgia.  A master at combining texture with form, there is a distinctive layering within Baker’s work that enables him to effortlessly discuss themes such as joy, love, death and despair. The style that he has established is one of timeless eccentricity, beautifully thought provoking.

 

If you’d like to view any of the sensational prints by David Shrigley, The Connor Brothers or Charming Baker please visit the artrepublic gallery in Brighton, call +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com.

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This London Exhibit Shows How Christian Dior Changed Fashion Forever

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LONDON—The rich and powerful have long delighted in wearing Dior. At the Victoria and Albert Museum’s blockbuster exhibition, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, you can see the dresses worn by Princess Margaret, ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn, and several more recent designs shown off on the red carpet by actresses including Jennifer Lawrence.

“Christian Dior only designed for his ‘maison’ for ten years (owing to his sudden death in 1957),” said Oriole Cullen, the curator of the V&A’s biggest fashion exhibition since its blockbuster Alexander McQueen show, Savage Beauty, in 2015.

“Still, his name is known all over the world, speaking to the legacy of the six talented designers that have carried the name forward,” she added, referring to the half-dozen artistic directors that have succeeded Dior, including Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Raf Simons, Gianfranco Ferre, and, most strikingly, John Galliano, who was fired from Dior in 2011, after being caught on film shouting “I love Hitler,” and anti-Semitic slurs. (He is now creative director of Maison Margiela.)

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From Princess Margaret’s 21st birthday gown to Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence’s red carpet dress, Christian Dior outfits that have made headlines go on show in a London exhibition dedicated to the French fashion house.


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The ultimate vlogger event is coming to London for the first time

If you’re serious about becoming a big name in the vlogging world, make sure you’re at VidCon London

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VidCon 7th Annual Convention ‘Behind the Book’, Anaheim, USA – 24 Jun 2016

In 2009, brothers Hank and John Green founded a grassroots movement in sunny SoCal to celebrate the vlogging community. Now, ten years and 90,000 attendees later, Vidcon, the ultimate vlogging event is hitting London for the first time on 14th February.

The four-day event will include featured creators such as lifestyle vlogger and podcaster Marcus Butler, the UK’s top female gamer on YouTube, LDShadow Lady, and Mark Hoyle AKA LadBaby.

Even the uninitiated should recognise the Hoyle, who as well as being voted Celebrity Dad of the Year in 2018, also bagged the 2018 Christmas No.1 spot with his spoof song ‘We Built This City… On Sausage Rolls’ and donated all proceeds from the sale of the track to The Trussell Trust, a foodbank charity.

With the line-up also including names such as American YouTuber Joey Graceffa (who has over 2.2 billion views on his YouTube channel) and Family Fizz (who have 1.5m subscribers), you can learn the tricks of the trade from those who know them best. There’ll even be brand activations from huge companies including Facebook and Instagram.

This year, VidCon have introduced single day tickets, meaning that even more fans can watch the exclusive panels on Saturday and Sunday. The events will showcase the best online video has to offer, thanks to a huge range of creators. With panel topics including My Online Life vs. My Offline Life, Gamers Unite and LGBTQ+: Coming Out Online, there is truly something for everyone.

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This year, VidCon is also keen to highlight the role of women as online creators, and also has a series of panels set to inspire the next generation of female creators and leaders, with Featured Creators including Patricia Bright and Hannah Witton/

For those who opt for the full four-day experience, there is even more to look forward to, whether that’s the Meet & Greet Lottery, or the Friday night Opening Show on the main stage.

The full line-up is available here and tickets are available to buy on the VidCon website.

VidCon has been at the forefront of video creation and vlogging since its foundation in 2009: this is the event for any budding influencer.

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Jo Malone London Releases Limited-Edition Birthstone Fragrance Caps

TOP IT OFF: Jo Malone London is releasing a limited-edition collection of bronze bottle caps with birthstones in partnership with brand ambassador Karen Elson and British jeweler Duffy.
The collaboration, Karen Elson’s Birthstones by Duffy, is a personal project for the pair. Elson has always had an affinity for birthstones. “What I love most is that they seem so charming and precious, and the idea of being able to create something coveted and collectible was really important to me,” she said.
Duffy, who works with vintage jewelry, said the collaboration allowed him to achieve his longtime dream of designing a bottle cap. “I’ve always wanted to make a bottle top, either for a drink or a fragrance. It was a challenge to work with an object I’ve never worked with before. It seemed like a natural pairing as Karen and I had already known each other through family connections,” Duffy said.

Karen Elson with the fragrance. 
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The Art Deco-style bottle caps are cast from pure bronze and feature a spiked design with a colored, cubic zirconia stone depending on the month. Duffy said he wanted to keep the design sleek and simple. “The Jo Malone bottle, label and packaging is so iconic on its own, so

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London Fashion Week Men’s Fall 2019: What to See, Eat and Where to Shop

LONDON — The first weekend in January is never an easy one, but London has the antidote, with a lineup of streetwear and luxury stores and restaurants serving everything from classic British to Taiwanese food, all of which will be open during London Fashion Week Men’s.

London store End. 
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END OF THE LINE: British property group Shaftesbury has expanded its retail portfolio, opening the first London outpost for the online men’s wear store, End. Occupying 9,000 square feet on the corner of Broadwick and Marshall Streets, the two-story glass-fronted space offers a range of collections from labels including Off-White, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Nike and Adidas Consortiums. The store, which already has units in Newcastle, England, and Glasgow, Scotland, features modern furnishings such as marble staircases and glass showcases.
End is part of a strategy by Shaftesbury to position Soho as a go-to destination for emerging brands. The company has been offering reasonable rents in the neighborhood, which is a few minutes’ walk from Oxford and Regent Streets. Shaftesbury has also helped to install Supreme, Palace, Carhartt and Dukes Cupboard, a multibrand retailer, in the neighborhood. Samantha Bain-Mollison, head of retail at Shaftesbury, has been driving the strategy. She describes End as “influential, with a renowned selection of directional and globally sourced men’s wear.” — Hannah Connolly
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Meghan Markle And Michelle Obama Held A Secret ‘Power Meeting In London

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Meghan Markle reportedly held a secret “power meeting” with Michelle Obama to discuss  “shared” causes, including promoting girls education around the world.

The dynamic duo met Monday night in London, while the former First Lady was in town to promote her new memoir, “Becoming.”

Per the Standard:

A friend who was also at the event said Meghan “had a long private audience with Michelle. They spoke at length about the importance of supporting and empowering women across all cultures and communities. They also talked about shared experiences of pregnancy and raising children, plus shared causes including girls’ education.”

This encounter comes fresh off the advice the forever FLOTUS publicly shared with the newest member of the Royal Family.

“Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she’d have a life like this, and the pressure you feel — from yourself and from others — can sometimes feel like a lot,” Obama said in Good Housekeeping’s January issue. “So my biggest piece of advice would be to take some time and don’t be in a hurry to do anything.”

Obama previously recalled the protocol that she was told to follow when she and Barack Obama made their last official visit to Windsor Castle in 2016. The couple was told they were going to land at the castle in Marine One and then be driven by the Queen, according to the British Press Association.

“People are talking to other people and then you’re briefed, and you’re told, ‘This is going to happen and don’t stand there and don’t touch there and this is precisely what is going on,’” she said.

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The best blow dry bars and blow dries London has to offer

Party hair, don’t care

Unless you’re a dab hand with the old vented brush, blow dry bars are pretty essential to have in one’s little black book of beauty.

Whether it’s a big night out, New Year’s Eve party or wedding that you’re attending, a good blow dry is just the ticket every single time. From cool girl beach waves, big bouncy K-Middy vibes or a volumised straight ‘do, these blow dry spots covers all bases.

So without further ado, let’s run through the best blow dries London has to offer for a spot of pampering in the capital. You and your hair deserve it.

Windle and Moodie

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Tucked just off the West End is this absolute gem of a salon and its cracking blow dries. The team is lovely (Paul Windle himself is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met), down-to-earth and hard working. All of the stylists are incredibly good at their craft and will spend as long on your hair as necessary to make sure that it’s nothing short of perfect when you leave the salon. They’ve thought of every little detail here – having your hair washed in a dimly lit, spa-like room makes a head massage all the more relaxing, and you’ll be offered a hot towel for your neck if a conditioning treatment is applied. Every time I’ve been my style lasted two or three days, and that’s what I call a great blow dry.

How much is it?

From £45, dependent on stylist

Location

Just a stone’s throw from Covent Garden at 41-45 Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, WC2H 9AP

Hershesons

blow dry bars London Hershesons

Legendary Luke Hersheson himself is one of our 2019 Hair Award Winners, so you can expect big things from a visit to the flagship salon on Berners Street in the heart of Fitzrovia. Blow dry styling is available in 15-45 minute options, depending on the thickness of your hair and whether you want it washed beforehand, and you’re spoilt for choice with style options. As well as their excellent hair services, under the Hershesons roof you’ll also find Sunday Riley facials, Ministry of Wax and DryBy nails. So while you’re there you can get your new year’s party mani sorted, too.

How much is it?

From £34 (express wash-free is £17)

Locations

The Berners flagship has captured our hearts, but you’ll also find a Hershesons salon in Harvey Nichols, as well as blow dry bars in Topshop Oxford Circus, One New Change and Harvey Nichols Beauty Lounge in London, and Selfridges in both London and Birmingham.

29-32 Berners Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3LR

Daniel Galvin

blow dry bars London Daniel Galvin

Wind your way through the third floor of Selfridges and you’ll come face to face with one of Daniel Galvin’s chicest spots. Wash stations are complete with foot rests, so you can literally put your feet up while having your hair done, and it’s tucked out of the way enough that you forget you’re in the middle of one of the capitals biggest department stores. Whether you want big and bouncy or soft and understated, they’ve got it all covered – I can personally recommend Dan for an ace blow dry that’s styled perfectly for your face shape and lasts (as well as a cut beforehand, if you’re in need).

How much is it?

From £35, dependent on stylist

Locations

Marylebone is home to their flagship salon, as well as operating out of Selfridges London (above), Kensington and at the Corinthia Hotel, home to one of the best London spas.

3rd floor, Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB

Duck & Dry

When it comes to blow dry bars with Instagrammable decors, Duck & Dry is the top of the London hit list. The bars are relaxing surroundings are great spaces to chill out in – think pink interiors offset with teal accessories and a whole lot of plants – and the blow dries are rather good too. Choose from their menu of styles for a speedy service, whether you’re in need of beach waves or a vintage ‘Va Va Voom’, or try one of their updos for something even more sophis. This one’s a great choice for a social too; get the gals together and sip on prosecco while you have your hair done with one of their group packages.

How much is it?

From £30, dependent on style

Locations

Those Instagrammable stairs can be found in the Oxford Circus bar, with Duck & Dry locations also in Chelsea, Spitalfields and Soho.

28 Market Place, Fitzrovia, W1W 8AW

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The chicest places to get an ear piercing in London

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Gone are the days where getting your ears pierced involved a trip to your local Claire’s accessories. While we’re not knocking it (ah, the memories), the piercing game has evolved quite a bit since those days.

I used to have two piercings, one in each ear, but in the past couple years, my collection has grown to nine, and call it late teenage rebellion, but it seems I’m not the only one wanting more bling on my ear. A wave of new ‘ear designers’ (I’m looking at you Maria Tash) and piercing studios means that your adult piercing experience has gone more luxe.

No titanium studs here, instead, think delicate gold and diamonds, which means you’ll never have to remove them if you don’t want to. If you fancy joining the rebellion, here are a few London addresses to know about.

Lark & Berry ear piercing

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Where? The Lark & Berry store, 52a George Street, W1U 7EA

What? Sustainable women’s jewellery brand, Lark & Berry have launched an in-store piercing studio complete with a 14K gold piercing capsule collection set with cultured stones, and diamonds. It has been developed with an expert body piercer to curate jewellery that minimise scarring in a new piercing, including hoops which have an increased thickness that have been designed specifically for piercings.

How much? Piercings are free with the jewellery, which costs from £95. Book here.

Maria Tash ear piercing

ear piercing london

Where? Liberty and Harrods

What? Jewellery designer Maria Tash started off with a studio in New York, which was a hit with celebs and editors alike, thanks to her excellent ‘ear curation’ skills. She will basically look at your ear and suggest which piercings and where they will look nicer. She’s now brought her studio to Liberty and Harrods, and whilst not cheap, her diamond or pearl coronet hoops are forever.

How much? Piercings from £15, jewellery from £100. Book here for appointments at either Liberty or Harrods.

Astrid & Miyu ear piercing

ear piercing london

Where? The Astrid & Miyu Covent Garden (35 Neal Street WC2h 9PR) store or the St Christopher’s Place store (4 St Christopher’s Place W1U 1LZ)

What? If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper alternative, then Astrid & Miyu’s range is super stylish. They have a specific range they use for piercings, which are either titanium or solid gold, which include delicate studs and hoops.

How much? From £45, including jewellery. Book here.

Nichola Joss ear piercing

Where? 39 Harley Street, W1G 8QH

What? Best known for being Meghan Markle’s favourite facialist, Nichola Joss has teamed up with Shen London to offer luxury piercings in-store. Each labret or stud is crafted in 18kt white or yellow gold and adorned with D colour, VS+ Clarity diamonds of triple excellent cut offering some of the world’s most rare and precious stones.

How much? It’s pricey, but then again you’ll never want to take them off. Piercing is free with the purchase of jewellery, which starts at £470 for studs. Book here.

Maria Black ear piercing

Where? In Selfridges

What? Copenhagen-based jewellery designer Maria Black has brought her paired-back Scandi aesthetic to London. Her piercings are made in 14K yellow and white gold, complimented by stunning diamonds and coloured sapphires, and are even better when layered.

How much? Sadly the pop-up at Selfridges is now closed, however there are rumours she might open a studio again in London, so watch this space…

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Natalia Vodianova and LuisaViaRoma Throw Fabulous Fund Fair in London

Natalia Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation has teamed with online luxury fashion web site LuisaViaRoma for her latest installment of the annual Fund Fair.
Slated to take place in London at Roundhouse on Feb. 18, the event takes inspiration from filmmaker Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita,” for its fifth year in the U.K. — and sixth overall.
The Fellini theme will be represented through an over-the-top set design at the English theater — complete with a Trevi Fountain. Guests, who in the past have included Hailey Baldwin and Taylor Swift, will try their hand at classic fair games like Hook-a-duck and bowling. Participating brands Louis Vuitton, Celine, Givenchy, Dior and more will have prizes on hand for the winners. There will additionally be live entertainment from Warner Music Group at the event.
Vodianova launched her foundation Naked Heart in 2004; since then, she has raised more than 40 million euros across the United States, U.K., Russia and France. The organization aims to support children with physical, mental and sensory disabilities through the initiation and support of various projects. Over the years, the Naked Heart Foundation has financed 18 projects across seven Russian cities, including a Family Support Centre in Nizhny Novgorod and summer and

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She might not live in the White House anymore, but that hasn’t stopped Former First Lady Michelle Obama inspiring us on the regular.

In fact, she’s the go-to girl when it comes to pep talks.

It’s hardly surprising therefore that when it was announced that the 54-year-old was touring to celebrate her new memoir, Becoming, with award-winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, tickets were hard to come by.

The 13-night tour starts next week in her hometown of Chicago, where she will sit on-stage with Oprah Winfrey, before going on to tour other cities – even London.

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Yes, Michelle Obama is coming to London and everyone is very excited, with the former First Lady reported to be discussing everything from her childhood and motherhood to ‘her time spent at the world’s most famous address‘.

Surprise surprise, the 2,900 tickets available at the Royal Festival Hall sold out in seconds with tens of thousands of fans taking to Twitter to voice their disappointment.

We crossed our fingers that Michelle might as a result choose new tour dates, and sure enough today our prayers were answered.

Michelle Obama is extending her Becoming tour, bringing ‘Becoming: An Intimate Conversation With Michelle Obama’ back to London for a bigger gig at The 02 in 2019.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday 15 December.

We officially cannot wait for this!

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Izzue to Launch Capsule With CSM and to Show During London Fashion Week

FIRST TIME AROUND: Hong Kong fashion brand Izzue is throwing a 20th birthday bash in the form of a runway show during London Fashion Week in February. This will be the first time that Izzue’s men’s and women’s pieces will be showcased on a London runway.
“London has always been a source of inspiration for Izzue. It has always embodied British punk, so to show outside of Asia needed to be a natural next step and it needed to make sense, so it had to be London,” said Deborah Cheng, chief commercial officer at I.T group.
Izzue, which is under the multibrand I.T Group, has formed ties with London since 2013 when they launched in the U.K. in Selfridges. Since then, the brand has gone from being a pop-up to having a dedicated space in the department store’s Contemporary Studio on the third floor.
“Our pop-up was so successful back in 2013 that we were offered a permanent space on the ground floor right after, and to this day we are still exceeding their expectations. We’ve grown with Selfridges and now we are located in the Contemporary Studio,” said Cheng.
On top of its runway show debut, the brand is also launching a capsule collection with

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Denim Première Vision Travels to London and Aims to Be More International

LONDON — Denim Première Vision is looking outward and repositioning itself on an international scale: For the first time in 11 years, the denim trade show was held outside Paris as part of a new strategy that will see the show land in a variety of locations.
London was the first stop in the fair’s “roving denim” strategy, which will see the exhibition touch down in markets with mature fashion industries. The two-day event wraps up Thursday at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch.
For Guglielmo Olearo, chief executive officer of Première Vision, London offers a hotbed of creativity and contemporary fashion while also being an “unexplored market for denim. Our new positioning is very contemporary, fashionable and sustainable, and from what I can see so far, London touches on all these points,” Olearo said.
This year’s exhibition hosted 89 companies, ranging from weavers to garment manufacturers to technology developers. Olearo said these exhibitors were chosen to fit the year’s four themes: Discover, Care & Share, Performance and Personalization. According to Première Vision’s fashion director, Pascaline Wilhelm, personalization is the DNA of denim.
According to Wilhelm, trends are stemming from product innovation and comfort. “People don’t want to be constrained with garments, the need for freedom is

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London to lose $900 billion to Frankfurt due to Brexit, German finance group claims

Lobby group Frankfurt Main Finance claims London's financial sector is poised to lose billions of euros in assets by March 2019.
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Alexa Chung Brings Thanksgiving to London

THE BRIT TAKE: Alexa Chung brought a taste of New York to London with a Thanksgiving celebration to kick off the holiday season. “I’m calling it Chungsgiving — I’ve taken Thanksgiving, as if the British haven’t done enough to plunder,” Chung said, while getting ready at the penthouse of the London Edition Hotel, where she hosted the dinner.
“I’ve lived in New York and experienced quite a few Thanksgivings over there. I never had any family living with me, so what the holiday meant to me was bringing your friends together and making a makeshift family of all the expats floating around.” Thursday evening’s makeshift family included Serafina Sama of Isa Arfen, Suki Waterhouse and Poppy Jamie of Pop & Suki, Jack Guinness, Jeanne Damas, Pixie Geldof and Camille Charriere.
“I’ve missed how Thanksgiving in New York used to feel. It’s the one time of the year when it’s not a religious holiday, it’s just the beginning of the holiday season, where you can celebrate it with your mates, get drunk, feel cozy,” added Chung.
Everyone certainly got cozy. The evening kicked off with rounds of American whiskey punch, followed by a turkey dinner and pumpkin pie for dessert. To top it off,

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Great Expectations as Dickens portrait goes on show in London

A youthful portrait of British writer Charles Dickens that went missing for 150 years will go on display in London this week after being found covered in mould next to a metal lobster at a market in South Africa.


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Roksanda Ilincic Lends Her Eyes to Sotheby’s London

COLOR FORMS: Art and artists inform every collection that Roksanda Ilincic designs, and over the past few weeks she’s been in her element, curating a selection of paintings, sculptures and mixed media installations to be auctioned as part of Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated sale series in London.
During a walk-through of the to-be-auctioned items, it was clear which ones caught Ilincic’s eye: There was the graphic acrylic-on-plastic painting by Imi Knoebel, with its citrusy shades and pops of pink and burgundy and the Amy Sillman gouache and watercolor on paper with its red color blocks and smudgy puff of smoke.
She picked out some sculptures, too, including an Aleksandra Domanovic hand with a bird perched on the fingertip and an Anthony Caro box-cum-table made with glass, bronze and steel.
 

 
Ilincic, who was wearing a long, dark purple silk dress with abstract paint smudges on it, said the curating was a dream project and allowed her to get to know some artists she’d never even heard of. “Aleksandra is from Serbia — like me — and now she’s based in Berlin.”
The designer said she was drawn to the mechanical-looking hand and bird sculpture “because it uses intimate elements in a robotic way. I like that mix

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How close is London to getting an NFL franchise?

LONDON — Whenever the NFL International Series rolls into town, the same question always arises: Is it a matter of when or if London will get a franchise? The question is as inevitable as the plethora of jerseys worn by gridiron aficionados at the matches, or the smell of barbecues and beers at the tailgates. But there is a growing feeling a potential franchise is nearer than ever to becoming reality. So what are the key hurdles that remain, and how would it all work? When could a franchise start in London? There is growing optimism within NFL circles that there could be a London-based franchise by 2022. NFL executive vice president Mark Waller told ESPN that was a "logical time frame from a business perspective" as the current collective bargaining agreement and media deals expire in 2020 and 2022, respectively. Waller pointed to how 29 of the 32 franchises have played in London since the International Series began in 2007, and they have seen…
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Isaia to Open London Flagship

Isaia will open its first store in London, a 4,800-square foot shop at 45 Conduit Street, on Nov. 4. This marks the first store in the U.K. for the Naples-based luxury men’s brand, which operates 18 stores elsewhere in Europe as well as in Asia, the Middle East and the U.S.
Gianluca Isaia, chief executive officer and third generation of the family-owned company, said: “I visited London for the first time in 1976 when I was 13 years old and have loved it ever since. London is truly one of the greatest cities in the world. The history, sophistication and the love of tailoring make it the perfect place for Isaia to have a home.”
The store is being designed by Ferrari Architetti and will be decorated with art and artifacts sourced by interior designer Alberta Saladino that speak to its legacy near the Bay of Naples. It will include features also found in other stores such as a vintage Campari bar and a red lacquered piano.
It will be divided into distinct areas intended to spotlight the full range of offerings, including sportswear, tailored clothing and accessories, and there will be a separate made-to-measure area and a “Vesuvio” VIP room.
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The epic rise and modern sparkle of London Jewelers’ watch salon

Since 1926 — when Polish émigré Charles London founded his eponymous shop on School Street in Glen Cove, LI — watch mecca London Jewelers has serviced and offered the finest timepieces from the world’s top craftsmen. And while wristwatch trends have come and gone in the intervening decades, life has a way of coming full…
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The East London Hotel: ‘Rooms from £85 a short walk from the tube’ – review

‘Throw a stone in any direction from this hotel and it’s likely to land in someone’s negroni’ … a great new base for exploring Bethnal Green

Mother Kelly would be surprised at what’s been happening on her famous doorstep. The Georgian terraced houses of Paradise Row are still there but the railway arches at its northern end – once workshops and mechanics’ garages – have been taken over by chic restaurants and cool bars, one of them named after the early-20th-century pie shop owner herself.

From last week – on the other side of the narrow cobbled street – the site of the former Balls Brothers wine warehouse has been turned, after planning wrangles, into the East London Hotel. In this modernist grey box (with interesting geometric window designs) property developers Irfan Hussain and Marin Jakisic have decided to go for quantity as well as quality. They’ve squeezed 161 rooms on to this small plot between Paradise Row and the V&A Museum of Childhood.

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The Not So Swinging Thirties to Take the Spotlight in New London Show

SOBERING UP: The Turbulent Thirties and its fashion — ranging from the influence of Hollywood films to the rise of suburbia — will be the focus of a new show called “Night and Day: 1930s Fashion & Photographs” at The Fashion and Textile Museum. The exhibition will open Friday and run until Jan. 20.
Split into different tableaux, the exhibition highlights the changing political and cultural landscape of the decade, and its impact on fashion. There will be a total of 100 looks on display, lent by Mark and Cleo Butterfield of C20 Vintage.
“Whilst carrying out the research and planning Night and Day, it became clear that escapism was a major theme that needed to be explored. While the decade is famous for its glamorous bias-cut evening gowns that showcased a woman’s curves and its magical musicals full of romance and glamour, these years were defined by a constant anxiety about the harsh economic reality and shifting social status,” said co-curator Teresa Collenette.

“Night & Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs,” at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London, until Jan. 20. 
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Following the Twenties jazz age, Thirties fashion witnessed a drop in hemlines to the ankles and the broadening of shoulders while trouser

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