Highlights of the Week
Lifestyle articles from The Luxury Channel Magazine.
As a guest of Land Rover and Barbour, I was invited to see the new collaboration between these two iconic British brands. The backdrop was Eastnor Castle, which has 50 acres of mud, hilly climbs and an assault cause that only the Land Rover collection of vehicles would revel in.
Used to driving my Land Rover between Waitrose and home, I was pleased to have an instructor who could put a Range Rover Sport through its paces. Taking your foot off the pedals to allow the car to roll down an almost 95 degree descent takes some nerves! …
Sick of cramped planes, delays and scuppered travel plans? Scott Manson discovers that flying privately might be just the ticket….
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s definition of hell was, famously, “having to turn right when entering an aircraft.” Right, as anyone who’s ever flown knows, leads to cramped seats, DVT and terrible food, while what lies left is a comfort level several stratospheres above the so-called ‘cattle class.’
Yet despite the massive premium paid by first and business class passengers, the fundamental problem with flying on all commercial airlines is that, wherever you sit, the journey time remains the same. Sure, you …
We bring you our favourites from Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the world’s largest home design exhibition.
Marni’s Animal House
Giraffes, ducks, donkeys, flamingos – and one or two Easter rabbits – were the centerpieces of Marni’s collaboration with Colombian women. The brightly coloured sculptures are part of a new, limited edition charity project, featuring unique, handmade pieces tailored in different colours. Traditional chairs and chaise longues complete this fun collection, with part of the proceeds going to Associazione Sogni On Lus, a charity that helps terminally ill children.
Knoll revealed that, for the first time ever, …
The colour this year is bright, bold and very distinctly red. As just a hint of red can make an impact, we bring you the pick of our best red alerts….
Ralph & Russo
Couturists Ralph & Russo, fresh from the catwalk at Paris Couture Fashion Week, are the perfect choice for updating a lacklustre wardrobe and throwing in a vivid splash of colour. From stunning ball gowns to perfectly tailored jackets, making a statement has never been so much fun!
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!
www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/isabella-blow-fashion-galore Entrance £12.50; concessions £10; £6.25 on Mondays; until 2nd March.
Somerset House …
Happy New Year to all our Chinese readers! As the year of the horse commences, we couldn’t help but feel a slightly equine touch to our lives was called for. Get ready to canter away with 2014’s latest trend….
Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is more traditionally seen with a guitar rather than a paintbrush, but it transpires that the rock star is actually something of an aspiring artist. Wood has collaborated with Lilogi to create a scarf that features his painting Wild Horses. Warm, earthy tones means this go-with-anything scarf is the perfect seasonal accessory. They’re limited edition, …
Headed to the insomniac side of the pond? Sure, this city offers bright lights and vibrant noises – lots of them! But that’s New York for the outsiders. Be in the ‘‘inner circle’’ this Christmas. How? We’ve got you covered….
Where To Stay
The Gramercy Park Hotel 2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY (212) 920-3300 www.gramercyparkhotel.com
Yes, this hotel pulls in a local crowd with its sexy bar and noteworthy Italian restaurant, Il Maialino. Danny Myers’ spot-on representation of a hearty Roman spot offers nothing less than sheer convivio. Hang by the beckoning fireplace with a good holiday read …
The Luxury Channel attends a talk by Shelley Von Strunckel….
It was very appropriate that we should be sitting in Amanda Wakeley’s Chelsea store – one of London’s top designers – to hear astrologer Shelley Von Strunkel’s predictions for the Future of Luxury.
“The word ‘luxury’ evokes the caress of cashmere, the pop of a champagne cork, the glitter of diamonds,” she said. But, despite that, “as we enter a new era, the meaning of luxury is evolving,” she explained. So whilst the good news is that the glamour and elegance to which we are all accustomed will continue …
She’s one of Hollywood’s greatest leading ladies, so perhaps not so much of a surprise that Campari asked Uma Thurman to be the face of its 2014 calendar, shot by fashion photographer Koto Bolofo. Naturally, The Luxury Channel was invited along to Milan to speak to the lovely lady herself, as well as enjoying a few extra luxuries courtesy of Campari – including a mixology class with Campari spirits, exquisite dinners at Camparino in Galleria, and a private view of Leonardo Da Vinci’s iconic Last Supper painting.
So, down to business – how did Uma come to be …
Our correspondent Lucie Shelbourne describes the Autumn months in the Umbrian hills….
As Autumn unfolds her skirts over the Umbrian hills, I try to hinder her by pulling off the yellowing leaves from my pot plants, pushing away the reminder that summer’s lease is breathing its last. Memories of July and August and their devouring element, which instills a fervour that banishes rationality, leaving one victim to all sorts of ensuing emotions, begin to fade like dreams at the break of day. At dawn, gentle rain pitter-patters on the terracotta roof tiles, nudging me out of my slumber. A …
By anyone’s standards, actress Rula Lenska has led an extraordinary life. Born to Polish aristocrats, refugees from the Nazis and then the Soviets, her father was heavily involved with the Polish government in exile. Renowned as a vivacious flame-haired beauty, she found fame in the 1970s as ‘Q’ in the TV series Rock Follies, before accidently conquering America with an Alberto VO5 hair products commercial, famously prompting Johnny Carson to ask on his show, “Who the hell is Rula Lenska?!”
Her long and varied theatrical career has included roles in classic British television series such as Minder, To the …
With his Christening soon upon us, baby Prince George of Cambridge’s nearest and dearest will be focusing their efforts on trying to find the perfect gift for the young Royal. But let’s be honest – despite his parents’ solid grounding, he really does want for nothing, so what do you buy the baby who has everything? Time to think outside the traditional gift box….
Jack And The Beanstalk Bubble Blower
For a bit of fun and a gift with a difference, opt for a Jack And The Beanstalk Bubble Blower. Whilst this may well end up amusing big kids more …
Sports crossovers have always stretched the possibilities of design, but Jaguar’s latest creation, the C-X17, is a combination of everything a petrolhead could look for in a car – the character of a sports car meets the sleek, seductive style and latest technological influences that Jaguar have become so well known for. Created to introduce the company’s all-new advanced aluminium monocoque architecture, Jaguar hopes to use the C-X17 as the starting point for a future range of high-performance Jags. “The C-X17 sports crossover represents an exciting new direction for Jaguar,” said Global Brand Director Adrian Hallmark.
The company’s …
Unique Special Ones Russia is more than a just classic car enthusiast’s prestigious event. It is, as the organisers promised, a really unique and luxurious lifestyle event set against a backdrop of magnificent St. Petersburg. The organiser and Chairman Sandro Binelli of the Mac-Group had dreamed of bringing this event to Russia, having organised the famous Mille Miglia race for five highly successful years. “This concours is a first of its kind in Russia and what better place to hold it than in St. Petersburg, home of the Czars,” he told me.
I was a guest of …
Interest in the classic car has never been stronger. Car concourses such as Unique Special Ones recently held in St. Petersburg, and Salon Prive and St. James’s Concours in London, have brought together some of the finest classic cars in the world. Ferraris, Bugattis and Bentleys have soared by 28% in value in the year to June, outstripping gold (which has slumped by 23% in recent years), art (down by 6%) and luxury London property, and some sources say this is thanks to rising demand from wealthy Asians. “Classic cars are proving to be one of the most lucrative and …
The Luxury Channel meets wine critic and author Lauren Johnson-Bell….
Tell us about your first steps into the wine industry….
It all happened by accident, as all the best things in life do! I had been visiting wineries and reading wine books whenever I could, but I did not ever contemplate it as a career option – I did not even really understand what sort of wine careers existed. I only knew that when I had my first bottle of Richebourg whilst dancing with friends at Castel’s one night. I was smitten. I called the publisher of a major …
Héloise Agelou is one of the youngest horse-racing experts in the world, and her first acquisition, at the tender age of 21, was a champion two year old, Milanais. Thereafter, she decided to create Agelou Horse Racing Ltd to help a new breed of horse owners enjoy ownership without ceremony, pompousness and hassle whilst retaining a trustworthy, fun and enjoyable environment. She tells The Luxury Channel about investing in these magnificent creatures….
I believe that racing and horses have the power to unite different types of people, without question – from kings to country farmers, barriers cease to …
The diamond industry is notoriously secretive. Some of the world’s leading diamond dealers are largely unknown, including Indian companies Rosey Blue and EuroStar, Israel’s Leo Schacter and Lev Leviev, and Russian-government-backed miner Alrosa. Their clients, who are among the wealthiest and most secretive individuals in the world, prefer to keep low profiles.
“The market is very un-transparent and revolves around a very small, closed community,” said John France, a jeweller in Milan who sells diamonds to the ultra wealthy.
Which is why it came as a surprise earlier this month when Ming Yin Chen (known as Tiffany Chen) revealed …
Cyclical buying analysis suggests that volumes of Bordeaux First Growth increases in late August and early September in anticipation of the Chinese Mid-Autumn festival and particularly in January, before the Chinese New Year; in 2014, this falls on the 31st January. Outside Bordeaux, purchasing of Champagne, Rhone and Italian wines continue to rise, while Burgundy buying endures gaining market share despite its limited production. This would suggest a continued reliance on Asia for First Growths and increased interest in the best of the rest from Bordeaux and other leading regions within Europe; with so much quality outside the …
BMT Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced the development of a new series of houseboats, floating lodges and beach houses – luxurious living concepts crafted from a unique egg-shaped form reclaimed from a previous project. BMT Asia Pacific Managing Director Richard Colwill revealed “in the same way that an egg provides a flexible base for many recipes, we see countless opportunities in the development of this design for private or commercial use. The familiar, yet innovate form could be readily deployed along river and coastal sites, and a beach house variant has even been developed.”
A picturesque walk along the beach followed by a surfing lesson, before being whisked off in a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce Corniche convertible for a half-day pampering session at Harrods, to then return to sink into a sumptuous bed by a warming, wood-burning stove – sounds like the perfect holiday, right? This, however, is not for humans, but for our four-legged friends, courtesy of The Paw Seasons.
A five star “hotel” for dogs run by the lovely Jenny Hytner-Marriott, The Paw Seasons is a kennel-free retreat, allowing your dog plenty of fresh air, exercise (watch this video!)….and no end …
Our correspondant Lucie Shelbourne describes the summer months in the Umbrian hills….
Il lucciole (fireflies) in summer are mesmerising. They resemble an elfin diamond mine at midnight with the flashes and sparkles coming off their silver hammers as they toil away. Watching from my upstairs window, I feel like I am peeping into a secret world. The whole garden below is alive with a mute existence of minuscule fulgurations owned by these infamous insects. The lucciole herald the end of the scholastic year. Younger children come to school during this period with jam jars that hold the lucciola that they …
I’m perched atop a bank, deep in the Herefordshire countryside, being guided through the next series of challenges by a man head to toe in khaki from the Land Rover Experience team at Eastnor Castle.
Placed around the new Range Rover Sport are tiny cameras that feed images back to the screen to show you what’s what. All I can see from the front cameras is a long drop and then water – no land, just water. You see, the drop is so steep, the bonnet is facing the sky and there’s absolutely no opportunity for you to …
Ruben Tabares is the go-to guy for top athletes and high net worth types who want to take their training to the next level. David Haye, Amir Khan, P Diddy, Tinie Tempah, Danny Cipriani and John Terry are just some of the stars who have benefited from his radical programmes. We get the lowdown from one of the world’s most in-demand personal trainers.
How does a personal trainer end up on the speed dial of so many notable people?
It’s been a long route to where I am now. My fitness career began when I attended ballet school when …
“Chocolate – the very word excites the taste buds,” proclaimed Waitrose Food Illustrated editor, William Sitwell, and whilst accepting an invite to preview La Maison du Chocolat’s Christmas collection, I couldn’t have agreed more.
On a sunny summer’s evening, nestled in the heart of London’s Piccadilly, the company’s flagship UK store had displayed all sorts of festive goodies, ranging from the Duo of Pears chocolates (pears with beautiful, soft milk chocolate ganache – sounds like it shouldn’t work, but really, really does!) to the astounding artisanship of the Midwinter’s Night Dream – a 45cm high, handmade wheel of chocolate, depicting …
The Luxury Channel meets the man behind the East India Company, Sanjiv Mehta.
For many new business owners, a key challenge is to turn your brand into a household name. But if you were taking on a 400 year old brand, you’d think that part of your job had already been done for you. Not so easy, however, when your brand was synonymous with the British Empire and all that it stood for.
London-based businessman Sanjiv Mehta is under no illusions when it comes to being an Indian at the helm of the East India Company, which he took …
For some, La Dolce Vita has connotations of the swinging 50s in Italy, sports cars, girls and boys in dark shades and smoky bars. For me, this certainly couldn’t have been more fitting for my trip to Italy on a sunny spring weekend around the Umbrian hills, with one of my favorite girlfriends and the new Jaguar F-TYPE – open top sports cars, truffles, glorious earthy wines and a massage in the monasterial ruins of one of the oldest villages in Italy. Jaguar had certainly laid out the ideal backdrop for a weekend away and a test drive of …
As I watched an array of supercars strutting their stuff, some heavily disguised, at the Milbrook Testing centre in Bedfordshire, the question was inevitably raised – if you had to choose just one supercar to the exclusion of all others, which one would it be? The fabulous Ferrari 458, crackling sex on wheels at 200 mph? The mind-blowing Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, faster still at 254 mph, described by one (biased) reviewer as “the most pointless exercise on the planet” and by another as the best car ever made? One of the insane Pagani collection? The awesome Maclaren …
For tea lovers everywhere! Alice Parsons’ book The Magic of Tea is a beautiful homage to the enchanting world of tea….
Starting with the essential cup to greet each day, The Magic of Tea explores the history, rituals, folklore and flavours of the world of tea through the arc of the day. It discovers the stories of Lapsang Souchong and Earl Grey, Darjeeling and Russian Caravan together with Chai, Mate, Matcha and Rooibos, and travels the world to discover Black teas, Blue teas, Green teas, White teas and Iced teas.
Alice Parsons also shares her delicious and delightful recipes …
When it comes to lavishly decorating your home, we all like to centre our attention on the furniture which we choose to adorn the rooms of our property. So far as luxury is concerned, it really doesn’t get much more luxurious than the frankly stunning Charles Eames lounge chair and ottoman (pictured above in breath-taking black leather).
Charles Eames was one of the 20th century’s most celebrated and respected furniture designers and the lounge chair and ottoman were unquestionably one of the American designer’s most iconic pieces of furniture and came to typify his body of furniture design. Eames …
Quite often, we measure wealth in terms of material goods, and if there’s one way of proving you’re a serious step ahead in the luxury game, it’s by the four wheels you roll around in. But what happens when you’re barely old enough to see over the steering wheel, never mind not being old enough to hold a license? For those of the (much) younger generation intent on not having their street cred dented by such seeming trivialities, help is at hand in the form of the two seat electric Bespoke Impact Roadster.
Designed and built in Britain, this …
Our correspondent Lucie Shelbourne reports from her garden in the Umbrian hills in Italy….
Just as May turns into June in central Italy, all the immaculately raked fields along the road to the town have stacks of white boxes skirting them, and tractors galore. It’s a hive of industry. In the boxes are tiny tobacco plants, which are systematically being planted in long lines. The sight of the maize plants in late summer before they are harvested, standing resplendent in their florentine gold attire, is a feast for the eyes. The other common sight is, of course, the sunflowers …
Buy into spaces of tranquility and peace of mind, true to standards of Swiss excellence, with Kempinski’s new apartments.
A sunny terrace opens out onto the most extensive mountain range, still snow-capped in mid April, and Lake Geneva lies below, absolutely tranquil blue and secure in its world-renowned beauty, and now we are in the reality of it – we have arrived to the swooshing Swiss efficiency of Le Mirador Kempinski, the service-hotel, no less, to the nearby Du Parc Kempinski residential development. Having had its scaffolding and tarpaulins removed the day before our arrival, handover dates are …
For most of us, with the exception of the most distinguished connoisseurs, drinking champagne is simply part of a party lifestyle, but how much thought do we really give to what goes into our glasses?
To get more of an idea, The Luxury Channel was invited by Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte on an exclusive trip to France to get a bit of a taster.
Arriving in Paris in the late afternoon, with the weather not a million miles away from the grey of London we’d just left behind, we decided to take a quick whistle-stop tour of one of …
The Luxury Channel catches up with Russian model Dasha to talk fun, fashion and Fernando Alonso….
Tell us about your steps into the fashion world – did you always want to be a model?
In the past, I never thought that I ever wanted to be a model, but at 17 years old, I won a beauty competition in my country and one of the Japanese agencies liked me and chose me for a future job with them in Tokyo. So I started my career as a model at 17 years old in Japan.
Why did you want to …
This mid-engined model launched for the first time in 2005. Now in its 3rd guise, it’s still the car that took my breath away when I first experienced it. It’s still astounding in every way and of course, now it’s faster, lighter thanks to being almost all aluminium, and bestowed with even better dexterity, no other car out there comes close.
Available with a choice of two flat six engines, firstly with 275bhp is the 2.7litre followed by the 325bhp 3.4litre S version. Pair this with either the optional 7-speed PDK twin-clutch paddle-shift or the standard 6-speed manual gearbox.
Dear Mini, surely it’s not possible to bend the common parts of the original hatchback into yet another derivative? Are there not enough versions for every activity? Apparently not. Enter the Paceman – think 3-door Coupe version of the hefty SAV Countryman.
I can see this on the school run, just as I see it parked next to a Range Rover on a London drive. The styling department has been very busy – hold that chrome-ringed overtime cheque though. No question, it has the BMW finish, the car feels high-end and very chunky and solid; certainly it should stand …
A daring car ride through deserted city streets and flooded tunnels in a race against time sounds like the sort of thing James Bond is best known for. But when Daniel Craig stepped behind the wheel of the All-New Range Rover Sport, this was surely life imitating art, as he put the vehicle through its sporty paces.
Manhattan came to a standstill as Craig – and the flashy dark red model he was driving – turned heads as he speeded through the shut-off streets. Handling the car with all the panache that you would expect from a man whose …
As winter continues to bite across the Northern hemisphere, The Luxury Channel goes in search of a fashionable solution for keeping the big freeze at bay – and comes up trumps with cashmere.
Established in 1934, the Fedeli family set up a workshop in Monza, originally specialising in the hand making of felt hats, an essential accessory for the sophisticated male wardrobe, up to the 50s when Fedeli became the very first Italian company to specialise in the production of premium, cashmere knitwear. Today, each Fedeli garment has the unequivocal touch and look of the hand-made, using this noble …
As the rise of Internet shopping continues ever upwards in terms of popularity, retailers are increasingly aware of the need to diversify trade onto an online platform. Sales of luxury spirits have followed suit, with Alexander & James one of the newest kids to have moved on to the virtual block. The ultimate shopping platform for those who love a little tipple, the site combines e-commerce with handy advice for pouring the perfect cocktails, recipe tips, and the background craft behind each spirit for sale.
With how-to videos to help you perfect your cocktail-making finesse, along with expert …
They say a dog is man’s best friend, and when it comes to splashing money on our four-legged chums, we’re happy to do so without a second thought. When it comes to our pets, we’re pretty potty about them, and like them to travel with us wherever we are in the world – which is fine, albeit for the shocking statistic released recently. International animal travel is traditionally undertaken via live cargo cages in the hold of a plane, and whilst animal fatalities are rare, they do happen, and the figure is much higher than you might suppose – …
Quite frankly, I’ve never thought my skin is very good. Perhaps a bit of a bold opening assertion, but I don’t mind admitting that I’m slightly envious of people with perfect, flawless skin. So I was slightly surprised when skin specialist John Tsagaris tells me that my skin is in fact quite good. I’m not even sure that he’s just trying to placate me.
I’m at John’s Knightsbridge clinic to experience LED light therapy, a rapidly growing revolution in creating youthful, radiant skin. We start off with a one-to-one about my skin. Whilst I’m feeling pretty pleased after having …
Regular readers of The Luxury Channel’s online magazine will remember Fiona Sanderson’s article about Grayshott Spa, from December. She promised she’d be returning in January to try out their strict, 7 day rejuvenation programme….
Have you ever felt bloated and lethargic, with absolutely no zest for the day ahead? Well, I have and didn’t realise this feeling had become normal for me until I tried The Grayshott Programme. But this was more than just an improvement to my sluggish feeling – it really was life-changing. After 7 days of adjustments to my diet and routine, not only did I …
Wandering into Gieves & Hawkes large, spacious shop at number 1 Savile Row, you could be forgiven for thinking that you’d entered a museum. Military uniforms from centuries past are interspersed with yellowed maps and handwritten letters of thanks from famous clients. In an upper room of the celebrated tailor’s and menswear brand are its royal charter from George III and the splendid Guards’ uniform once owned by Viscount Althorp, grandfather of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. After all, Gieves & Hawkes has dressed British kings, princes and aristos, as well as stylish men including Evelyn Waugh and …
At this time of year, many men will be opening their bathroom cabinets and looking at the aftershave that a loved one so kindly gave them for Christmas. They’ll then be wondering whether to splash a little bit on their freshly shaved face – or discreetly throw it in the bin.
Buying the right aftershave for a man might not be quite as tricky as choosing perfume for a woman but it requires a certain skill. Whether this makes it easier or harder, it’s too early to judge, but the choice of fragrances for men is getting wider. More …
Celebrating any birthday is usually done with some degree of recognition, but when celebrating one’s centenary, it seems especially fitting to pull out all the stops. Aston Martin has done just that, teaming up with renowned London silversmith Grant Macdonald to create Silver By Aston Martin, a bespoke range of limited edition extras that every DB owner should want to collect. From picnic baskets to elegant cocktail shakers (we are talking about James Bond’s favourite make of car, after all), Grant Macdonald has all bases covered when it comes to providing luxury through beautiful, bespoke pieces.
Hidden behind …
When Hannah Norman of The Luxury Channel meets Simon Firullo, the designer behind Paradisi bespoke furniture, what comes across most vividly is his abundant passion for his work. “I’ve always loved furniture. It is inspiring, certainly older furniture” he says. An interest in his product notwithstanding, Simon’s strong design background has ensured the furniture he is producing has a strong engineering quality to it. This is Simon’s first foray into furniture production, and he’s currently produced two of his many designs – one is a tub chair, and the other, a much bigger, curved chair – but plans to roll …
Imagine two hard-working girls who never have time to take a moment to pamper themselves, never mind try to reduce their stress levels. Deciding enough was enough, my girlfriend and I took ourselves off for a couple of days to the award-winning Grayshott Spa Hotel in Surrey, less than an hour’s drive from London.
I’d always had the feeling that health spas such as these cater purely for celebrity types, and aren’t interested in meeting the wellbeing needs of us mere mortals. Not so at Grayshott, however!
On entering, you feel like you’re walking into Nirvana. Almost …
At one point in his life, Matt Goss was one of the most famous men on the planet, with a string of hit singles and playing some of the biggest venues in the world. Alongside twin brother Luke, Matt’s trademark blonde quiff made him instantly recognisable as one third of boy band Bros, and as one of the biggest heartthrobs of the late 80s.
Fast forward to 2012 and the quiff has long gone, and whilst Matt’s fame may have lessened, it most definitely has not diminished. He’s now got a residency at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, no …
Where better to test-drive the new Audi A3 Sportback than around the Grand Prix circuit and streets of Monte Carlo?
Arriving in Monaco to beautiful sunshine, I had a very open mind about Audi’s latest baby, the A3 Sportback. Whilst familiar with the A3’s cousin, the A4, this was driving into altogether new territory.
Despite how Audi may wish to market the Sportback, this really is a girl’s car. So, with that established, let’s get past the techno-babble to talk girl specifics.
First off, there are lights in the make-up mirrors, foot areas and cup holders as standard. There …
Christmas is fast approaching, and whilst that should be a time of year to be indulging in goodwill to all men, when it comes to the inevitable headache of Christmas shopping, most people’s goodwill evaporates faster than the token glass of sherry left out for Father Christmas. Even amongst those who sensibly decide that rather than struggle with heavy bags, the most strenuous thing they will do is click the button of a mouse, the question at the back of everyone’s collective mind remains the same – what do I buy that they won’t already have?
Step forward …
The All-New Range Rover – The Sine-Qua-Non of Any All-Terrain Experience Words and images by Rosalind Milani Gallieni
London to Marrakech and back in Range Rover’s own branded private charter. Well, my mother used to say, “firstly, get all the help you can in life, and secondly, when you travel, always do things you don’t get to do at home”…Well, this Marrakech weekend sure made these mere thoughts that cross your mind stick.
A smooth flight over Europe, fully-fuelled by the care and attentions of the hostesses, brought us into Marrakech Airport in perfect time for an evening reception planned at the newly opened Boutique Hotel, the Delano. The landing strip, still warm from the 38° day …
Where would we be without the style and romance of this simple two-wheeled vehicle, which gives us freedom, fun and friends? Once on its saddle, it’s the Vespa we can’t do without. This cool accessory, which takes its meaning from literally a wasp as it resembles its shape from above, was the result of Enrico Piaggio’s determination to create a low cost vehicle to zip people about – but keeping it fun and functional, without huge petrol costs.
As the war drew to a close, Enrico studied every possible solution to get people back in to work and crank …
A celebration isn’t a celebration without a toast….
Queen Elizabeth’s favorite tipple is reportedly Dubonnet, but if you’re not a fan of the spiced fortified wine, why not toast the summer with a different commemorative beverage?
John Walker and Sons, Scotch Whisky Distillers By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, have created a special Jubilee blend which was bottled on February 6th this year, 60 years to the day since the Queen acceded to the throne.
There are just 60 bottles available, one for each year of the Queen’s reign, and the Jubilee blend combines grain …
Fiona Sanderson interviews Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Chairman of Ferrari.
If there’s one person who knows about luxury, it’s Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, the Chairman of one of the world’s most eponymous luxury brands; Ferrari. No surprise then that he was recently commandeered as a key speaker at The Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit in the auspicious surroundings of Churchill’s favourite Moroccan city, Marrakesh. So what observations did I glean from half an hour with the man who has invested over twenty years of his life in one of the world’s most revered brand of supercars?
Well, for …
A collection curated by Carol Woolton.
Masterpiece London is the ultimate destination for the world’s most extraordinary items. “Brilliant” showcases the finest diamond jewellery considered to be innovative one-off pieces. It is structured into four artistic disciplines – art, architecture, fashion and sculpture.
The exhibition is geared toward selling, and private inquiries about the collection can be made via email@example.com in the US.
Bochic jewellery (known for its work with Karolina Kurkova, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Rihanna, Scarlett Johannson, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Chastain and more) has been chosen as one of the 25 best of the best designers …
A suitably stylish way to get around town.
With so many Jubilee celebrations going on this year, you need a suitably stylish way to get around town. Well, black cabs are so 2011 (sorry Phillip!) – we love the new Bentley Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Limited edition which was unveiled in China this April.
Just 60 of the limited edition, top of the range, Bentley cars have been produced by Bentley’s in-house Mulliner department, representing the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
Her Majesty is no stranger to the Mulliner department – they also built the state limousine which was …
A new collection of haute couture jewellery from Avakian.
Diamonds might traditionally be a girl’s best friend, but men are able to get familiar with them courtesy of a new collection of haute couture jewellery from Avakian.
The latest collection from the Swiss jeweller includes some spectacular men’s pieces, including eye-catching cufflinks which employ a complicated and innovative inlay technique in which one precious stone is set within another. Titanium, black onyx and amethyst are inset with yellow diamonds and emeralds. And for any man who feels that a cufflink just isn’t enough, Avakian have also launched a stunning …
The Luxury Channel’s Antonia Peck guides you through four of the world’s top spas.
Sha Wellness Centre
Transform your body and restore your sense of self at this extraordinary macro-biotic spa.
When I returned from SHA Wellness Centre, telling all who would listen about the delights of macro-biotic cooking and my amazing experience at the spa, many skeptics seemed hell-bent on curbing my enthusiasm. Even the man in Waterstones mocked me for enquiring about a book on macrobiotics which was ‘trendy over ten years ago’, leaving me shuffling around in the vegetarian cookbook aisle. So I logged on to …
Enhance your body and mind with W10 Performance….
Let me begin by saying, I am no gym bunny. I do not like the gym. In fact, I would rather get my exercise being late for work every morning (and endure the ensuing panic that follows) than pound on a treadmill for forty minutes.
This is not to say that I am against exercise; far from it – I live for sport, but most gyms or “health clubs” (as they have been popularly re-branded), do not exercise the mind as well as the body. Put simply, if I am going …
Meet Kim Steer – Harrods’ acupunturist in residence at their Urban Retreat.
Five Element Acupuncture can help you maintain your health, enhance wellbeing and combat high stress levels.
What is Five Element Acupuncture?
Five Element Acupuncture was developed thousands of years ago in China. It is a treatment that treats the individual, not just the symptoms.
According to the ancient Chinese, vital energy (chi) travels through your body along pathways called meridians. When you are in good health the flow of chi is smooth and uninterrupted but when illness strikes this flow is disturbed.
Needles on precise points along …
The multi-sensor armband that helps you understand and therefore change your body.
Try the latest fitness craze and diet fad as hard as you might but don’t underestimate the importance of your metabolism. Only when you regulate and understand how to increase your metabolism will you see a significant transformation in your physique and energy levels.
However, what exactly is your metabolism and how can you monitor it? The official definition is the ‘chemical processes occurring within a living cell or organism that are necessary for the maintenance of life/the processing of a specific substance within the body.
QMS bespoke facials are a lesson in routine and results.
Establishing a skin-care routine is something that we all know that we should do. Our mother’s reiterate it, as do the top beauty journalists and experts – but it is often an impossible thing to commit too.
We are all so easily distracted by a pretty product, its smell, or the products proclaimed ability to transform skin in an instant. It is no wonder that our skin gets confused and requires a re-build every so often! And mine was no different.
Step in Chelsea’s QMS Medicosmetics Spa…
Having interviewed …
Nutritional delights and pampering perfection in the centre of London.
What better way to spend your birthday than relaxing 10 floors high in the newly opened luxurious spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane? When my friend suggested a spa treat, little did I expect the warm welcome, luscious organic products and delicious and nutritional lunch experience that lay ahead!
Declining to make use the fitness centre, we were whisked away by our therapists into our treatment rooms. Waving goodbye to my friend for 80 minutes, I enjoyed the ‘Hyde Park Awakening’ signature treatment. Lucia, my friendly …
The Luxury Channel catches up with Heidi Gossman of Heidi Klein for her top tips on honeymoon beachwear.
What are the new swimwear trends for summer 2011?
There has been a demand for swimwear for the bigger busted lady, so this year I have designed a D-G range of bikinis and one pieces, providing extra support and lift for the bust. Hot colours are also popular – a trend straight from the catwalks. So brights are big for summer 2011 – a hot chilli red and a vibrant tangerine.
Classic whites and blacks are always great for a honeymoon …
The freshest and most desirable, delectable morsels in town. The Luxury Channel meets Clemmie Innes to talk wedding breakfasts and fresh produce…
How do menus for a wedding breakfast differ from a 21st birthday party, say, or corporate event?
The menu is bespoke to the couple getting married. Every menu we do for weddings are as different as every client’s tastes.
Can you give us an example menu for 200 guests?
Start with a delicious fresh English crab salad with avocado, tomatoes and a dash of lime. A main course of herb crusted rack of lamb with sweet potato …
The florist Rob Van Helden is a man with an eye for beauty. A world traveller with a 25 year reputation for impeccable floral displays, he is the one to go to for jaw-dropping flowers and creative props that will transform your event from the everyday to the extraordinary. International clients range from heads of state to Hollywood stars. Elton John declared Van Helden’s work to be ‘‘magnificent, incredible, beautiful….genius.’’
How many weddings do you work on a year?
It varies and depends on the season. April up to September gets busy and we can do one or two …
Take the stress out of wedding planning with Quintessentially Events.
MD Anabel Fielding and Creative Director Caroline Hurley from Quintessentially Events take the stress out of planning a wedding.
Why do people tend to bring in a wedding planner?
To take the stress out of the planning process and to make sure that each element is addressed in plenty of time. Also, very much for guidance and suggestions on venues, design, catering and entertainment, realising your perfect day with a best friend who is a wedding/party expert. To control budget spend, making sure that costs don’t get out of …
The Luxury Channel was at the Portal Boutique Bridal Bazaar to film the festivities.
Ten Gadgets and attire to keep you entertained and gorgeous on your honeymoon.
Packing is a nightmare at the best of times – and no more so than when you’re also trying to plan a wedding… Let the Luxury Channel take out the stress with our quick honeymoon accessory guide.
- 100% fairly traded and organic cotton wrap and beanie from Liv to protect you from chills on the plane. www.liv.co.uk
- Refresh yourself after sitting in the stale plane air with Omorovicza’s Queen of Hungary Mist. Orange blossom and rose water purify and tone, while apple pectin give long-lasting …
Antonia Pearce meets Katie Winterbourne for some pre-marital guidance.
Katie offers insight, clarity and positive guidance for people in search of their true purpose and has helped them fulfill their full potential. But what can she tell me about my forthcoming marriage?
Katie offers insight, clarity and positive guidance for people in search of their true purpose and has helped them fulfill their full potential. But what can she tell me about my forthcoming marriage?
Katie’s skills fall into three categories: clairvoyant, clairaudient and clairsentient. She uses all simultaneously. They help her to ‘unravel the self and find any …
Daunting and exciting in equal measure – how to find the prefect wedding dress for you.
Few items of clothing are invested with such a special significance as your wedding dress. Rarely does an outfit inspire so much thought and devotion – and pressure. Even if you think you know what you want, the amount of choice can be a little overwhelming.
To give you a helping hand, The Luxury Channel has put together a stress-free guide to navigating the rails of lace, tulle, satin and chiffon. “It isn’t about being a slavish follower to fashion,” says designer Phillipa …
Beauty tops for confidence and radiance on your wedding day.
The Make-up Artist
If ever the moment was right to call upon a make-up artist then your wedding day is one of them! Watch our video of Daniel Sandler working to create three key bridal looks (city, destination and country bride). The Luxury Channel loves his style and trusts his tips. In fact, he introduced us to the lovely Lara Rorich.
Lara is a model (she features as ‘city bride’ in our clip) but also a make-up artist. Take a look at her website for big-day inspiration. Lara loves …
The Luxury Channel Editor’s pick on Net-a-Porter’s Bridal Boutique.
The Dresses Alexander McQueen’s Silk Satin-Organza Bridal Gown
This creation displays McQueen’s signature structure and tailoring whilst managing to be both ethereal and modern at the same time. If the rumours are true and creative director Sarah Burton is designing Kate Middleton’s dress, McQueen will be the 2011 brides’ label of choice.
Lanvin’s Ostrich Feather Trimmed Georgette Gown
Lanvin Blanche’s floor sweeping georgette dress oozes effortless elegance and simplicity. Alber Elbaz, Artistic Director at Lanvin, knows exactly how to fashion a dress with charm and femininity. …
The Luxury Channel meet Ten Pilates’ master and soon-to-be groom, David Higgins.
Ten Pilates is the coolest place to work out in London. Think super friendly engaging staff, good music and urban-fresh studios. You get the benefits of a personal trainer and the buzz of a class. Once hooked (and people from Claudia Schiffer to Mario Testino are said to be fans) you will quit your gym membership immediately!
What is the Ten Pilates Mission?
Our mission is to educate people about Pilates and teach them how to use their body. We like to help people get the results …
Husbands-to-be need to look their best too! Here are The Luxury Channel’s top tips on macho pampering – Premier Preening Parlours for Princely Perfection.
Jason Shankey Indulgence Package
Any man’s man will relish the fact that this cool den offers up Sky Sports HD, a putting green and a stash of games consoles – and he’ll beam at the complimentary chilled beer or single malt whisky he receives upon arrival. Then its down to business. First, a haircut followed by a hot towel wet shave using the high performance range of grooming products by Irish founder, Jason Shankey. This …
Elemental wellbeing at the Shibui Spa.
The spa is in the basement of the hotel, which emphasises the dark and sexy feel of the interior design. It has a city vibe enhanced by the elegant girls on reception and the utilitarian-cool gym filled with people in motion (although you hear nothing of their sweating and panting). The spa has a trendiness that could only come from a Robert DeNiro-owned New York hotel.
However, there is also a holistic and natural element due to the staff’s gentle manner and their immediate offering of an immune boosting oil to be used …
Feel a million dollars by booking into these spas.
Phyto Universe: The Secret Beauty Garden
When in New York, there’s hardly a bad hair day in sight and we may have discovered why. Escaping the Manhattan buzz, immerse yourself in a tranquil world of natural and botanical beauty by Parisian hair care aficionados, Phyto. This scenic sanctuary features a breathtaking 3,000 square foot vertical garden, which houses 9,000 tropical plants to remind us of the brand’s philosophy. Spa guests enter a private cabana for a complimentary analysis using Phyto’s special ‘hair scope’. Once prescribed, professional hands begin their reparative …
Like clipped peacock feathers the Winter blonde loses some of her sparkle. Antonia Pearce books an emergency appointment at Aldo Coppola.
As if tarred with a dull splash of talcum powder– the winter blonde is a sad creature. Loss of lustre and woeful glances at her holiday snaps – the blonde in January is best described as ash, dull, dry and brassy at best. There is something shameful about this moment in the cycle of the blonde’s year. Exposed the blonde runs cloak and dagger into a trusted salon.
But where to go? The Luxury Channel’s (naturally) blonde editor …
Lauren Steventon interviews lifestyle curator Suzanne Aaronson.
As the founder of highly successful online luxury media platforms such as whatsworthit.com – we asked Suzanne to share some of her secrets…
You are co-host at this years ‘Luxury Briefing Conference 2011: Future Luxe’ – What does ‘Future Luxe’ mean to you?
One, that less is more. For example, it is about a sense of owning a smaller quantity of the best products. Top quality that is lasting and classic.
And two, memorable experiences are the truest of luxuries. Time spent well with those we enjoy and love, at a beautiful …
Our pick of the best futuristic beauty products….
Oxygen facials continue to remain the buzz words in anti-ageing and when skin cries for help in January. This new at-home two step treatment by top dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt cleverly pumps skin with radiance you thought was long lost following festive over-indulgence. A thin layer of the foaming facial masque gets skin glowing as the delicate oxygen spheres mercifully sinks in. Rinse off and pat dry before you apply the protective detoxifying cream to purify and protect.
Dr. Brandt Detoxygen Experience, £63. Available at Space NK and Selfridges …
The Luxury Channel previews the top Womens’ luxury gifts for Christmas 2010.
The Play of Light
This winter Kensington Gardens has played host to Anish Kapoor’s mirrored installations. Wear the essence of Kapoor’s work by investing in a Water Ring (Louise Guinness Gallery) this festive season. Set in 22kt yellow gold with a diamond cut exterior.
Bespoke for £4,405.00 at www.couturelab.com.
Alla S has launched an audio retreat for all those wishing to find inner peace and joy this Christmas and beyond. It is an extraordinarily effective meditation CD that calms and soothes. An added bonus …
Our pick of luxury gifts for Christmas 2010.
Infiniti and Beyond
Infiniti, the Japanese luxury automotive manufacturer has created a limited edition Infiniti Essence Sculpture. Inspired by their concept car, it is made of solid resin with only 300 units worldwide. Meanwhile, in a special collaboration with Louis Vuitton, a carrying case has been crafted for the transport and presentation of the Essence Sculpture. Unique and sexy – this is the ultimate in boy-toy gifting.
Sculpture: 220 Euros and made to order with Louis Vuitton case: $7000
A Delicious Dram
Glenfiddich 50 Year Old is one of …
Antonia Pearce, bride-to-be and editor of The Luxury Channel Magazine meets bridal couturier and fashion designer Bruce Oldfield.
What is your design philosophy?
My design philosophy (as I am sitting looking at some very ornate dresses) is to keep things simple. The whole idea of a dress is to enhance and to follow to some extent the form that we are clothing. I largely eschew anything unwanted or unnecessary. I like a streamline silhouette. I like embellishment, but I keep it as part of the actual construction of the garment. Keep it simple, keep it streamline, and keep it …
Rich and potent fragrances for the ultimate in Autumnal grandeur….
Sisley Eau De Soir, £140, 50ml
Encased with an 18-carat gold-plated cap, this iconic feminine fragrance celebrates 20 years this year. This distinctive limited edition bottle encases a fine balance of fresh citrus notes of mandarin and grapefruit with a floral bouquet and deeper notes of amber and musk.
Lalique Encre Noir Pour Elle, £56.50, 50ml
Addictive and sensual, this exquisite woody number for women is enveloped in voluptuous florals. Includes Sicilian bergamot, Turkish rose and Haitian Vetyver to create a scent that is full of intrigue …
In the pursuit of fragrant and aromatic experience, The Luxury Channel brings you five exceptional facials for the senses.
Ama Releasing Abhyanga, Sequoia at The Grove, Hertfordshire
This Ayurveda treatment has been developed to balance elements and chakras in body and spirit. Using Espa products, a salt and oil scrub is applied to stimulate whilst the face is cooled by a gentle facial cleanse. Following a warm shower, experience the Ayurvedic Marma point massage as a warm infusion of oils and herbs are applied. True to these words, I felt thoroughly relaxed and sleepy and so took a nap …
Emma Reeve meets skin expert and facialist to the stars, Amanda Lacey and seeks advice for her best beauty secrets for the bride-to-be.
In one of London’s best-kept secrets, Cecconi’s, a restaurant on the fashionable corner of Mayfair’s Burlington Gardens, I was about to discover, after several delightful peach bellinis, another of London’s secrets, Amanda Lacey. For your skin, nothing gets much better than a facial with Amanda. Vogue paid honour to her expertise by quoting her as ‘a darling of Vogue’ and with a beauty Oscar equivalent as the ‘Rolls Royce of Facialists’. She, without a doubt, immaculately …
Lauren Steventon explores the Eastern allure of the Ormonde Jayne perfumery.
A tiny shop decorated with gold shagreen walls, black chandeliers, stone floors and black lacquered surfaces….. It sounds like a decadent corner hidden in an Eastern souk. However this perfumery is in fact tucked away in a little arcade, just off Old Bond street, London, and its treasures are the hand-made perfumes of Ormonde Jayne.
Set up by scent-lover Linda Pilkington, Ormonde Jayne is a perfumer’s perfumery. Forget naffly named, sickly packaged and samey samey scents, these are proper grown-up smells, using rare and exotic elements from around …
If I were James Bond, i’d own a Jaguar XKR for pure unadulterated joy – it’s a driving sensation!
The Aston Martin has been the secret agent workhorse for fifty years, so are we really to believe that Monsieur Bond doesn’t have an alternative runabout for the weekends when global catastrophe isn’t on the agenda?
If he did, it would surely be a Jaguar. The new range of XKs, XKRs, XJs and XFs is what gentleman driving is all about. The maestros at Jaguar have fuel-injected a classy fun back into its premier range.
I wouldn’t be the first …
Lisa Butcher, the Model, TV Presenter and mother of two gives us the dirt on the fashion industry, why you should never work with friends and her role as a designer.
What were the best and worst aspects of being a model?
I never really enjoyed doing catwalk to be honest, it was the least favourite part of my job. My favourite jobs were commercials because you got to do more than just walking up and down smiling. When you are doing eight shows a day it gets very tiring. The worst part for me was that with every …
Dr. Schulte is our first ever Luxury Leader from within the beauty industry. Here we asked him some in-depth questions in order to find out more about his pioneering brand, QMS Medicosmetics.
How has your career as a cosmetic surgeon influenced your understanding and approach to the world of medi-cosmetics?
I am fortunate, my career as a trauma surgeon and as an aesthetic surgeon has enabled me to research and lecture all over the world on skin ageing and skin regeneration. I have been able to work extensively on researching new technologies, skincare delivery systems, formulations and have remained …
The Luxury Channel meets designer of the moment Mark Fast to talk crystals and avant-garde film.
You are using Swarovski elements in your collection for a third season. How do you keep your usage of such details fresh?
The methods I use when working with the Swarovski elements changes every season. I am a very technical designer and am interested in the fine details. Swarovski always has new innovative elements to work with as well, so they always keep it fresh too. A lot changes from the beginning stages to the finished product and sometimes I don’t know how …
Fashion designer Tom Ford tells us why lipstick is his preferred beauty staple for women, while we review new lip colour trends hot off the Autumn 2010 Fashion Week runways.
“There is no more dramatic accessory than a perfect lip,” says Tom Ford. “It is the focus of the face and it has the power to define a woman’s whole look. Lip colour can be the most potent statement because it enables the woman to change her impression in an instant.”
Reds are all the rage this autumn/winter and Tom Ford’s Private Blend Lip Colours in Cherry Lush, Smoke …
Tinkerbell Hilton might have a $325,000 home to share with her furry pals but it’s not just celebrity pets that can be spoiled with The Luxury Channel’s top ten animal accessories.
1. Who wants stuffy old relations on the walls when you can have your grinning four-legged friend? Hot Digital Dog will convert any snap of your pooch into a timeless sepia photograph.
2. Is your dog more of a globetrotter than a homeboy? Marco Morosini’s Dog is a God range features several snazzy dog carriers, such as the Caravan in baked clay and platinum.
The Luxury Channel reviews four of the best detox treatments, giving you a first hand glimpse of the highs and lows of a healthy lifestyle.
I have a relatively healthy diet: there’s cake involved, but there’s also a lot of vegetables. So I was surprised at how hard I found Nosh’s weekend detox – the harmless chocolate cravings that I normally experience took over my thoughts, and it was all I could do to convince myself that yes, just one small bite of a toasted teacake would be cheating.
I restrained – I forced down the ayurvedic …
Sarah Chapman gives The Luxury Channel the perfect antidote for guilt-ridden sun exposure this Summer.
Sarah Chapman, the Chelsea-based facialist, is well established in London with innovative techniques earning her a top celebrity clientele and many appearances on TV makeover programmes. Inspired as a teen by living in extreme climates and their effect on their skin, Chapman has always been aware of the importance of good skincare in beauty regimes. “I always had to use plenty of moisturiser to counteract the effects of hot sun or cold wind” she explains.
Chapman belongs to a new generation of skincare specialists …
From being rubbed with hot shells to having electricity passed into her via needles, Alanna Lynott discovers what’s rocking the beauty world this Summer.
Lava Shells Therma Facial & Lava Shells Massage
To be honest, the idea of having my face massaged with hot shells sounded a little faddy and more than faintly amusing. However, after just a few minutes I was converted. Firstly, the Spa Find products used contain Dead Sea minerals and left my skin feeling refreshed and incredibly soft. Secondly, the self-heating shells, created from a blend of porcelain and real seashells, with their smooth surface …
Tim and Ariane Jones offer individual coaching fit for an athlete. Hollywood starlets love them too. The Luxury Channel meets Tim Jones.
What are the fundamental principles behind TJF’s training methods?
The TJF training style is multidisciplinary, emphasising the Integration of mind-body fitness with traditional exercise prescription. We specialise on the movement and function of the client’s body and create our exercise programmes specifically for the individuals needs. Whatever their goal we will assist and empower them to achieve it in the shortest amount of time possible by creating an efficient and effective programme for their body.
In your …
The Luxury Channel talks to Dr. Alla Svirinskaya who indulges us on how to indulge in ‘intelligent luxury’ by shifting our focus from material goods to personal wellbeing.
With reams of celebrity clients and an eight-month waiting list, it’s just as well for us that wellness consultant Alla Svirinskaya has opted to share her knowledge in a new book Energy Secrets: The Ultimate Well-being Plan. In it she reveals the wisdom of healing practises from around the world, including traditional methods from her Russian heritage. And, as Harpers & Queen have noted, ‘her famous and famously sceptical patients are …
With so many people putting their bodies and mind in Terrence’s hands, The Luxury Channel went to meet the man himself and find out why.
Terence John walks into the room with a great sense of energy and purpose. However, this strength is underscored by a certain vulnerability and heart that makes him one of the most appealing and engaging characters you could hope to meet and seems to evoke a love-hate relationship with some of his clients.
I can see why clients trust Terence with both their bodies (Pure Pilates) and their minds (through hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming). …
Chris Moody, CEO of Fractional Jet Europe, has created a unique niche in the private jet market by reselling existing shares from major fractional operators such as NetJets and VistaJet.
The logic of buying a share rather than a whole aircraft is that most people don’t fly enough to warrant the expense of owning a plane outright…
“No one got rich by giving it away; the people who are flying privately tend to be as cost conscious as anybody,” says Moody. “You buy a fraction equivalent to the number of hours you want to fly. For example a 1/8th …
The Luxury Channel interview Rachel Trevor-Morgan, milliner to The Queen.
Who or what originally inspired you to train as a milliner?
I originally wanted to do theatre costuming but my mother always wore lots of hats so that gave me the idea. I rather stumbled into a millinery apprenticeship and absolutely loved it from the word go.
What are your influences and who inspires you?
I have inevitably been very influenced by Graham Smith with whom I served my apprenticeship, his designs were elegant and understated and his hats had a flawless finish. My greatest inspiration now comes from …
Eco-friendly food and accessories to make you stand out from the crowd this English Summer.
Pineberries at Wimbledon
Whatever happens at Wimbledon this year, come rain or shine, victory or (fairly certain) defeat, you can cut a swathe in the most unlikely of areas: fruit. Strawberries are sooo last year darling, didn’t you know? Show off your ‘food-forward’ credentials and pop open a punnet of pineberries this year. Available from Waitrose, they look like pale strawberries but taste like pineapple! They were recently saved from extinction by Dutch farmers in South America – hoorah!
See: www.wimbledon.org and www.waitrose.com.
The Luxury Channel interviews Sonia Irvine; mother, Formula One events mastermind and sister of ex-Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine.
We meet Sonia Irvine in London, just a week after she put on a spectacular three-day event over the Monaco Grand Prix race weekend. Her events company, Amber Lounge, provides a luxury nightlife experience for F1 stars, sponsors, and celebrities.
Congratulations on the Amber Lounge Monaco weekend!
Thank you! It was fantastic, such a great event. We had three fantastic nights.
Amber Lounge Fashion, your charity fashion show, was really successful. I hear Heikki Kovalainen donated a huge amount.
He did. …
So now that your social calendar is all booked up for the Summer, here’s The Luxury Channel’s guide to the best accessories for keeping the season running smoothly.
Write on trend… From Smythson’s Spring/Summer 10 Cerulean collection, these ‘Life is Beautiful’ correspondence cards are the only way to RSVP to summer’s hottest invitations.
£30.00 – www.smythson.com
Pen-up… It’s all very well having the stationery, but a hand-written note is nothing without the perfect pen. Montblanc’s limited Edition Patron of Art Edition Elizabeth I 4810 celebrates the Elizabethan age. Details drawn from her life include a hand-carved crown on the …
‘Polo: The Nomadic Tribe’ – a new book by photographer Aline Coquelle.
Players of polo, whether from India, England, Argentina or Mongolia, are united by their love of the sport and the adventurous lifestyle that goes along with it. Coquelle investigates the sport on a global scale.
Published by Assouline
Hardcover/jacket 160 pages 7 1⁄4″ x 10 3⁄4″ / 18 1⁄2 x 27 1⁄2 cm 110 illustrations ISBN – 9782759404551
Available in Assouline boutiques and online
Those who wish to woo their lover this summer should present their lady with one of these gorgeous jewels… she won’t say no!
These rings are part of Fabergé’s inaugural High Jewellery collection. Artistic, original and pioneering – the spirit of Faberge has a new raison d’ être and the luxury industry is taking note.
Damiani’s engagement rings
Jennifer Aniston received a Damiani engagement ring from Brad Pitt. Need we say more?
Lyme Fine Jewellery’s high-romance earrings
These bespoke earrings will look fantastic on the lady who wishes to dance the night away with …
Attracta Courtney is one of the most celebrated make-up artists in the Fasion Beauty industry. Her secret insider tips and tricks will ensure you are camera-ready in no time.
How do you advise and tend to your clients in preparation for red-carpet events?
I recommend the Carita, pro-lift/pro radiance treatment. It is a salon based, French brand that is absolutely brilliant for toning and lifting the skin. Follow up with their Carita Diamond of Beauty moisturizer.
Spa Illuminate, Mayfair
Tel: 0207 499 7777
What products do you recommend for youthful glows and starlet perfect smiles?
I am a …
Jeans are the ultimate Hollywood staple – simple, classic and a symbol of the American Dream. Alanna Lynott talks to Chloe Lonsdale, founder of MiH Jeans to find out more.
Denim has remained a fashionable material for decades and a practical one for centuries. There’s something magical about slipping on that perfect pair of jeans, indeed to find the perfect pair is to find fashion’s holy grail.
For popularity, universal appeal and sheer versatility, the jean is unrivalled. Despite rather inauspicious origins, everyone from workmen to celebrities wear jeans; they’re worn on building sites, in classrooms, in offices …
Some of the world’s most renowned make-up experts share their insider secrets with The Luxury Channel….
Stars may have a crack team of hair stylists and make-up artists to prepare their red-carpet look, but our panel of world-renowned experts give us the inside track on the at-home techniques the A-list don’t tell you about!
Priti NYC founder Kim D’Amato creates the non-toxic, organic nail polishes so popular with health-conscious celebs (her Blue-Eyed Brunette polish was created for the latest Scorsese film at his request). She shares her organic tips for handsome hands below.
For cuticles, you …
At a men’s only spa, Alex Larman finds out that masculine pampering has its upside.
Perhaps it’s thought that real men don’t bother with such wussy things as spa treatments, or that most men’s definition of male grooming is adding soap to water, but there are a noticeable lack of men-only spas.
Gentleman’s Tonic (www.gentlemanstonic.com) aims to fill that niche with locations in Mayfair and the City Point Club in London, as well as Houston, Texas, and an upcoming full-service spa and concession on the first floor of Selfridge’s.
Their flagship spa in the peaceful environs of Bruton Place, …
The Luxury Channel meets Alana Sorokin, an elite buyers’ agent at the top-end of the property market….
The turmoil in the property market is well documented and everywhere you turn, there is more news about major property companies, escorted by the banks, beating a track to major cutbacks and insolvency. But as every good investor knows in times of turmoil and disorder, great opportunity exists. Indeed, it was the Chinese that first recognized this paradox and the Chinese word for “chaos” can be literally translated to the word “opportunity.”
There are without doubt fantastic deals out there for …
You may not have have your own personal Q or all the nifty gadgets that Daniel Craig has in this month’s James Bond film Quantum of Solace, but you can indulge in your own bit of high-end espionage with an extremely stylish range of voice recorder and walkie talkie watches. We promise you’ll keep time better than anyone else on Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
The walkie talkie watches are an invaluable asset for any would-be spy. They allow two people to communicate with one another up to a range of 2.5km – ideal for communicating during a complex …
The custom furniture designer speaks to The Luxury Channel about his yacht interior designs and where the future of superyacht design is going….
David Linley and his team have worked on yacht interiors and custom furniture for over a decade, designing custom pieces for builders such as Feadship and Alloy Yachts and design firms such as Redman Whiteley Dixon. But now he is putting more emphasis on offering clients a full scheme by his entire interior design team, from materials to design to finished products.
What is intriguing about designing interiors for yachts today?
I consider yachts to …
Edwina Ings-Chambers takes a look at what’s coming down the catwalk for Spring / Summer 2009.
It’s a crunchy old world out there right now. This is true even in Fashion Land, where the concept of the eternally new has become a modern day mantra, and belt-tightening is usually about trends, not trading forecasts. Some credit crunch economic advice can be found in an essay written on crunchiness in 1988 by then editor of The Economist, Nico Colchester. “Crunchiness brings wealth. Wealth leads to sogginess. Sogginess brings poverty. Poverty creates crunchiness. From this immutable cycle we know that to …
With only a few of these stylish and unique watches released to the market, you’ll keep uncommonly good time. Here are six of the best.
This stunning timepiece is one of a very limited edition of 30 watches to celebrate the jeweller Boucheron’s 150th anniversary. Produced in association with Boucheron artisans, the watches combine elegance and modern innovation with an 18-carat white gold case. The movement wheels are set in semi-precious and precious stones such as tiger-eye, jasper, black onyx and diamonds, a technique that took three years to perfect and the first time such stones have …
What makes a great hostess gift? We asked some frequent hosts (and guests) what they like to give and receive.
Kit Kemp, co-owner and interior designer of Firmdale Hotels
Kit Kemp and her husband Tim’s boutique hotels in London are known for their modern whimsy and vibrant décor set in the best and most desirable locations. Soon New York will get the same treatment when their eighth property, the Crosby Street Hotel, opens mid-2009 in Soho, followed by another site in midtown Manhattan. She and her husband live in London and also have a house near the New Forest.
Move over white – diamonds in rainbow hues are now on everyone’s wish list!
The Hope Diamond is probably the most famous coloured diamond in the world. The gray-blue stone (and its infamous curse) is sequestered inside the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. But there are many other coloured diamonds on the open market, and they’re increasing popular, both as something to wear and something to invest in.
The sheer rarity of coloured diamonds has made them incredibly desirable today — in fact, they command the highest prices at jewellery auctions. From engagement rings to collar necklaces, fancy, …
Fashion designer Antonio Berardi teams up with Peroni to create a new line of luggage.
Fashion designer Antonio Berardi, long a favourite of the stylishly body-conscious set (see Victoria Beckham striding around in his well-cut dresses and heelless PVC boots), has a new fan in Peroni Nastro Azzurro. The Italian beer maker and the Anglo-Italian designer have teamed up to create the ultimate in hand-crafted and authentic luggage and travel accessories. The first piece, Valigia, a luxe weekender bag made from palmellato leather, is out this spring.
The five-year deal with Peroni gives Berardi free rein to come …
‘After Dark’ with William Sitwell.
In our continuing After Dark series, we asked the editor-in-chief of Waitrose Food Illustrated to explore the art of the cocktail. See our Shaken Not Stirred programme for his tour through the world of mixology.
Q: Where did you go to learn about the cocktail?
A: I went to Quo Vadis recently rehabbed by those most exciting restaurateurs Sam and Eddy Hart. I had a lesson from Paul Mant, their top mixologist, in making the perfect martini.
Q: What did Paul teach you about the perfect martini?
A: He showed me the …
Cricket in the Alps? Golf in Greenland? Meters of snow can’t stop these sports fans.
There are enough winter sports out there to fill up anyone’s calendar from skiing and snowboarding to ice skating and the luge. But some people just have to go off piste when it comes to games. You may have thought you could only enjoy these sports under a summer sun or in a green field, but they also flourish in the snow.
On of the world’s most famous sport on snow, White Turf is an international horseracing event held annually in St. …
In our continuing ‘After Dark’ series, we asked the editor-in-chief of Waitrose Food Illustrated to explore the art of fine chocolate making.
Q: What should people know about chocolate?
A: There are as many types of chocolate as there are types of wines and coffee. If you have chocolate from a good plantation with a high cocoa ration, you can get the most amazing effect.
Q: You went to Amelia Rope Chocolate where she has a chocolate consultancy, in addition to her handmade chocolates. What does she consult about?
A: She consults with chefs and other businesses and …
An iconic 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sold for €9,020,000 in 2010 and set a new world record as the most expensive car ever sold at auction….
RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s, made history in Maranello in Italy this month, at the third annual Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event with the most expensive car ever to be sold at auction, a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. Returning to its Maranello birthplace for its auction, the sale price represents €1,980,000 more than the previous auction record, which was set at the same sale last year.
“The historical significance of …
Porsche and Aston Martin enter the world of four-door supercars….
Pricey four-door saloons have created a whole new £100k+ automotive segment. Now it is the turn of the four-door supercar. First up (and strategically launched in Shanghai) is the Porsche Panamera, which in Turbo guise comes with 500hp, 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, 188mph and a price tag of £95k. Porsche thinks it can sell 20,000 a year of this model. A more frugal hybrid is slated for later this year. There is surprisingly generous space for four adults and a fair amount of luggage.
However, Porsche cannot afford to …
Home fragrances have never been so popular or so sophisticated. From scented candles to subtle diffusers, Sunshine Flint sniffs out the top trends….
What’s in a scent? Fragrance has always been big business – just ask the fashion houses, celebrities and designers who roll out new perfumes and colognes season after season. But increasingly, we are buying scent not just to wear, but to use at home, in our bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms. We’re scenting our domestic lives, as well as our public personas. While much of this is made up of low-end air fresheners and sprays, the …
New ideas for business aviation take wing!
Even in troubled economic times, private aviation continues to flourish. In 2008, Fortune 100 companies spent more on private jets than in the five previous years, and although the new VAT tax proposed by the European Commission may threaten some operators and owners, business jet and aeronautic companies continue to forge ahead with new models of planes and operation (including the new supersonic private jet from Aerion Corporation, due to start flying in 2015). The Luxury Channel was in Geneva recently at EBACE, the premiere business aviation conference.
There are three main …
For those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of experiencing it, one of Tod’s finest coffee-table books has been published, called Italian Touch. The tome showcases the lifestyles of a selection of Tod’s customers. Explaining the power of the title as a global marketing tool at the FT Business of Luxury Summit, Diego Della Valle, CEO of Tod’s, said that, “for Italian Touch, 150 families open their homes and show what Italian taste is all about. This is a series of images that show Italian life at the high end. It is our DNA. We can …
Following a complete redesign and lush remodelling, The Krug Room at The Dorchester – London’s original chef’s table – has reopened. The intimate room pays homage to the heritage, elegance and subtlety of both Krug and The Dorchester, and provides guests with an intimate and glamorous setting that takes private or celebratory dining to a whole new level.
The desire for bespoke products continues to gain momentum in spite of boom and bust.
In times of surplus, the energy to consume and spend went unabated. In the guise of a latter day Catherine The Great, men and women of means took every opportunity to act out their whimsical fantasies through patronage. As a result, there was an explosion of concierge services and personal shoppers, eager to please as well as to spend. Their product was good but increasingly uniform.
The current economic climate has forced the issue of true value and quality – we need …
Is Astrology the businessman’s ultimate luxury?
Blame the global recession, Bernie Maddof and the continuous rise and fall of stocks and shares, but 2010 is set to be the year that businessmen have their astrologers on speed dial.
Great businessmen, politicians and the like have long since used the skills of an astrologer. J.P. Morgan employed a full-time astrologer at his bank and once famously remarked, “Millionaires don’t use astrology. Billionaires do.” Queen Elizabeth I had her very own personal astrologer, while Margaret Thatcher attributed her own level-headedness to the fact she was “born under the sign of Libra.” …
The Luxury Channel interviews Daniel Crebesse, head of the UK Bartenders Guild and head barman at The Milestone Hotel in Kensington. Daniel shares his hot tips on how to create the ultimate “at home” bar experience….
After years of working in hotel restaurants, at a time when chefs had very little to do (as almost everything was flambéed), Daniel grew weary of the infamous split shifts and antisocial hours, and decided to turn his attentions to the creation of fabulous libations. He never looked back.
According to Daniel, quality products make for quality drinks. Essentials include high …
The Luxury Channel asked British designer Tara Bernerd to tell us how we are judged on our homes and what our property says about our personality….
I don’t believe we are judged per se, more that our home is ultimately an expression of ourselves. It’s where the heart of us exists and therefore, how we choose to live – our tastes and our characters are exposed. Our homes are often insights into each other. It’s human nature to be interested, perhaps stimulated, by seeing the displays of others. To be invited into someone’s home is an invitation into our …
A non-invasive treatment by John Tsagaris is no fool’s gold. Be prepared for wondrous results!
A woman in her mid-twenties is not necessarily the most suitable candidate for John Tsagaris’ extravagant, scientifically advanced and artful Chrysotherapy Facial Treatment.
However, I reasoned that my relative youth made my skin rather objective and reactionary. The wrinkles that have formed on my right hand brow do require obliteration and I had heard brilliant things about the beautifying powers of Tsagaris.
As such, it was with great interest that I walked into the Marylebone clinic (all scented candles and Grecian busts) to …
Hermès goes on holiday to Lond Island with the opening of a new store in East Hampton.
Not wishing to be left behind by shoppers escaping the city for the summer, this month Hermès is to launch a seasonal store in East Hampton. Luxury retailers including Polo Ralph Lauren, Tiffany, Gucci, Coach and Eli Tahari have previously opened stores there, but this is new territory for Hermès.
Robert Chavez, CEO of Hermès USA, explained, “We send a tremendous amount of merchandise out to the Hamptons pre-summer season and during the summer,” adding that if the store turned out …