Fashion & Style

Fashion & Style articles from The Luxury Channel Magazine.

Ralph & Russo’s SS17 Show In Paris By Irene Major

The City of Light had it all going for our favourite Australian fashion couple, with a celebration for British couture house, Ralph & Russo. They were invited for the second time to showcase in Paris amongst all the big names and the “who’s who” of the fashion world, and Tamara and Michael had truly unleashed their magic throughout the entire collection.

This season was one-of-a-kind as I got to be frowside to see their new collection, which was the one thing everyone was talking about. It was their first time at the Grand Palais and it was indeed

Kyoto Keeps It Cool By K magazine

In Kyoto, twelfth-generation master craftsmen are not unknown. In the former Japanese capital, where age-old artisanal – and sustainable – techniques are practised as a matter of course, the heirs to the throne are updating designs for the here and now and, hopefully, it’s not too late for the future either, as K magazine investigates….

Walking through the gardens and temples of Kyoto, it’s as if one has entered a city that is in large part a work of art, so beautiful is the vision of the craftsmen that built these otherworldly buildings, and that of the landscape artists

New York Fashion Week – Opening The Floor For Seasonal Trends

With the fashion world opening its door for the annual New York Fashion Week to parade the latest trends and styles of the season, shoppers are becoming more digitally savvy and taking a front row seat at the click of a button. NYFW attracts A-listers, industry insiders and shoppers alike, who are all able to view a livestream of the catwalk. Consumers are immediately engaged via multiple platforms, as the week highlights how luxury brands are beginning to see the value of utilising both online and offline services to reach customers.

As part of this trend, Fashion Week has

Isabella Liu’s Sea Rhymes By Rory Howard

A rising star is grabbing the attention of jewellery lovers as London-based Chinese artist, Isabella Liu, reveals her new “Sea Rhymes” collection, which will debut at this year’s International Jewellery London in September.

Wuhan-born and London-based Liu is an award-winning jewellery designer. In the few years since leaving Birmingham School of Jewellery, she has won awards in Italy and Spain, and has been awarded gold medals at what has been dubbed the “Jewellery Oscars” (Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship and Design Awards), and at Milan Expo as Best New Designer and for Best Product of The Year.

Liu now continues to create wearable

Rui Xu – Beauty On Fire By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets Rui Xu, one of China’s foremost couture fashion designers, whose exhibition Beauty On Fire – For Zaha was recently held in London to showcase her unique and remarkable designs. The exhibition was set against the backdrop of the late, great Dame Zaha Hadid’s innovative and inspiring furniture installations….

How would you describe your new fashion collections, and what inspired them?

My new collection is a mix of avant-garde and classical design, combining the opulent aesthetics of the ancient Chinese courts with a playful modernity that allows women to really have fun with their fashion. I like

London Collections: Men SS17 By Charlotte India Smith

This year’s London Collection: Men SS17 got kicked off with Topman. The quirky, innovative designs really pushed the boat out, hotting it up for Spring/Summer with sunburnt models sporting towelling robes and beach-inspired clothing with slogans such as “Dirty Weekend” and “Life’s A Beach And Then You Die,” and sequin-embellished patches featuring mermaids, ice-cream and palm trees. It really gave off that summery vibe, and the whole collection looked both wearable and comfortable. I particularly liked the luxe zip-up tracksuit that appears to be a “thing” for the season.

The beach also seemed to be the inspiration behind

The Future of Luxury And The Future of Anya Hindmarch By Fiona Sanderson

Fiona Sanderson interviews designer Anya Hindmarch at the Conde Nast International Future Luxury Conference in South Korea, about the future of the luxury industry and about how technology, sustainability and creativity will play a big part of business in the coming years….

How do you manage to design for both your traditional customers as well as the new upcoming millennials, who might want something very different?

As women, we have so many roles – at the weekend, at parties, in the boardroom – and we’re all too busy and need to be organised, and so our bags need to be

The William Vintage Advantage – Decades of Style By Jayjay Epega

On a balmy Spring evening in London at The Marylebone Hotel, The Luxury Channel celebrated the launch of the new William Vintage website with an exclusive chat with the charismatic and wonderfully charming founder, William Banks-Blaney, known in the fashion industry as “The Vintage King,” a title bestowed on him by the likes of Vogue and The New York Times.

The venture is so successful and well-known that it’s hard to believe that the business has only been going for five years. High profile names that wear and support William Vintage are numerous and include Helena Bonham Carter, Tilda Swinton,

Kim Winser’s Top 5 Packing Tips By Kim Winser OBE

Packing is a subject that makes most women panic. After years of travel, however, Winser London’s founder Kim Winser OBE shares her top 5 tips to make packing for business or pleasure quick, easy and stress-free….

Tip No. 1

Pack with versatility in mind. What is the climate? Is the trip formal, casual or a mix? A silk shirt is perfect for any temperature and can be worn relaxed or dressed up for dinner.

Tip No. 2

Top-to-toe colour is so stylish and flattering, and makes for simple packing. Be decisive with colour: choose black or midnight navy

Paris Collections At Les Salon Hoche By Irene Major

Paris has always been synonymous with style, and Les Salon Hoche was the place to be for a fabulous showcase of couture in its many guises, as part of Paris Collections.

Fit & Chic Activewear

The amazing pieces that were sent down the runway were perfectly fitted, yet with relaxing and settled colours.

Embrace

Definitely a brand for those seeking relaxing and comfortable wear, for a dressed down look in a busy city. I personally liked the cost dress, which was very 80s and quite Balmain-like.

Beste Bragg Haute Couture

A contemporary collection consisted of well-tailored and

Rahul Mishra’s Ode To Paris By Irene Major

Rahul Mishra, winner of the 2013/14 International Woolmark Prize, returned to Paris Fashion Week for a fourth successive season with a new spectacle for AW16, going back to basics to create a line of garments that infused delicate handwork with porcelain patterns.

It was definitely a story to tell – filled with romance, poetry and sensuality. The designer went to great lengths to highlight a love of Paris. It’s a wonderful city to be in, but one should not forget the sadness that has recently touched this divine city.

Rahul Mishra then went on celebrating, throughout his collection,

The Story of Harris Tweed By The Luxury Channel

The story of world-renowned Harris Tweed has been captured in a new exhibition inspired by the brand’s Hebridean home. A decade in the making, ‘‘Harris Tweed: From The Land’’ is the result of a collaboration between renowned British photographer Ian Lawson and the Harris Tweed Authority – guardians of the iconic Harris Tweed Orb Mark. The exhibition was officially opened by Patrick Grant (creative director of Savile Row’s Norton & Sons) and takes each visitor on a journey into the very heart of the Scottish Outer Hebrides, the remote and romantic home of the world-famous Harris Tweed.

Each length of

London Fashion Week – Facts And Figures By The Luxury Channel

The 63rd edition of London Fashion Week returns this February with a schedule featuring 83 designers showcasing AW16 collections to UK and international press across 5 days.

Alexander McQueen will return to the schedule for the first time in over a decade for AW16, showing alongside brands including Ashish, Belstaff, Burberry, Christopher Kane, Emilia Wickstead, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, J.W.Anderson, Mary Katrantzou, Paul Smith, Peter Pilotto, Pringle of Scotland, Sibling, Sophia Webster and Vivienne Westwood. Also returning to London this season is British fashion and leather goods brand Mulberry, under the direction of new Creative Director, Johnny Coca. Meanwhile Charlotte Olympia,

Fun of The Fair – What To Wear For Carnival By Hannah Norman

With our wintry wardrobes in desperate need of a summery overhaul, The Luxury Channel goes crazy for carnival colours and uplifting brights, as we bring you our guide to making a style statement this carnival season….

Skeena

We love this Serena Orange Fever Skater dress by Skeena. The full skater skirt creates a flattering silhouette whatever your body shape, whilst the art deco print makes it party perfect.

www.littleblackdress.co.uk

Chelsea Paris

Crafted using traditional methods in Italy, these Mina Cranberry Mix shoes from Chelsea Paris tread an effortless line between on-trend desirability and timeless style. Inspired

Chester Barrie – Making Men Look Good At LCM By The Luxury Channel

At the presentation of their AW16 collection, and in the presence of male model David Gandy, Savile Row tailors Chester Barrie took to the red carpet in a celebration of all that is glamorous in the world of menswear – creating a contemporary collection for men who like to look their best. Whilst the style of the suits was all about refinement, the emphasis was quite clearly on comfort; the whole collection underpinned by exclusively woven cloths, luxury textures and sumptuous colours.

We particularly liked the double-breasted Kingly style. For the classic business look, it is a button two show

Designer Fashion Fund 2016 Shortlist Announced By The Luxury Channel

The British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund shortlist for 2016 has been announced. The Fund provides one designer with a bespoke, high level mentoring support programme over a twelve month period, as well as a £200,000 grant to provide the necessary infrastructure to take them to the next stage in its business. The shortlist is:

Emilia Wickstead | Mother of Pearl | Osman | Prism | Sophia Webster

The nominated designers are selected by the Fund Judging Committee and have all been chosen for their potential to develop into a global designer brand. The committee comprises of experts from across

As You Reap, So Shall You Sew By K magazine

A climate-change report raises the alarm for luxury. K magazine investigates….

As heads of state gathered in Paris to tackle global warming at the COP21 conference, a new report pointed out the luxury industry is particularly sensitive to climate change at the beginning of its supply chains – and that’s in addition to transport and delivery disruption, resource scarcity and social challenges.

The apparel industry is a significant contributor to climate change through green-house gas emissions, from energy use and waste production, and also in the impact of agriculture in raw-material production, according to MIT.

Luxury fashion is arguably

Loro Piana Awards Prize For The Finest Wool In The World By The Luxury Channel

New Zealand may have been triumphant in the rugby, but when it comes to the finest wool in the world, they’ve been beaten by their neighbours across the Tasmanian Sea….

In 2000, Loro Piana established an annual challenge with the aim of supporting breeders and obtaining wool of increasingly higher quality and fineness, in their endless quest for the best raw materials. Each year, the best Australian and New Zealand bales produced in the previous calendar year are selected, and a distinguished jury comprised of the Presidents of the Australian Superfine Wool Growers’ Association and the Director of the

Winser London – Fuss-Free Styling For The Travelling Woman Words and images by Melanie Sarah Brewer

Kim Winser OBE is one of the most successful women in British fashion retail. A head girl at school, Kim has never been shy of leading roles and she has many “firsts” under her belt too. In the 90s, she was appointed by Marks & Spencer as the youngest divisional director and first female in the commercial business. Her transformations have included Aquascutum, Pringle of Scotland and Agent Provocateur. Her boldest move by far is her eponymous women’s brand, Winser London. Nominated in the 2015 Premium Brand of the Year category in the Drapers 25th Awards, Winser London continues to

The British Fashion Awards 2015 By The Luxury Channel

The British Fashion Council has announced the winners of the British Fashion Awards 2015. Voted for by over 800 members of the global fashion industry, the winners were awarded at the annual ceremony, which took place at the London Coliseum. Over 2,000 guests gathered to celebrate the successes of the fashion industry over the past year with notable attendees including David and Victoria Beckham, Lady Gaga, Liv Tyler, Nadja Swarovski, Salma Hayek Pinault, Samantha Cameron, Sir Philip Green, Tinie Tempah, Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

The outstanding talents of the British fashion industry were highlighted mid-ceremony during a unique

Excess Is Best – Anna Dello Russo’s Global Factory By K magazine

Anna Dello Russo is one of the most photographed editors and designers at fashion events worldwide. She has developed an eclectic, hybrid and spectacular appearance that reflects the global look of today and tomorrow. K magazine explores her world….

In France, Vogue features the dark, sleek elegance of Parisian Emmanuelle Alt. On the other side of the Atlantic, there’s the classy opulence of Anna Wintour. And then there’s the remarkable extravagance of Anna Dello Russo, who worked at Vogue Italia and Vogue Uomo for 18 years before becoming a media icon and editor-at-large of Vogue Japan.

Dello Russo cultivates

Be Like Bond – Dressed To Kill By Holly Soame

With the release of Spectre, in cinemas nationwide from October 26th, it is now easier than ever to dress yourself in the same style as our favorite Secret Agent. Spy style is not exclusive to Bond, however. Kingsman, which was released in January of this year, inspired its own Bremont watch collection. With a price range starting from £4000, the range featured three watches, but the 18-carot rose gold watch is by far the most impressive, with a classic British aesthetic.

Also due the release of Kingsman, Mr. Porter has released their own clothing line inspired by the

Highlights of London Fashion Week SS16 By Holly Soame

Day One

Day One of London Fashion Week kicked off with a bizarre yet brilliant presentation from Zandra Rhodes, showcasing lots of fabulous colour and prints, in typical Rhodes style – in particular, a predominant pink theme for the majority of her SS16 collection.

Pink seemed to be the theme for day one at LFW. Paul Costello stuck to light pinks in simple A-line skirts and dresses, whereas Bora Aksu opted for accents of pink lace.

Fyodor Golan impressed the crowds with a fresh take on the classic summer floral. Expect to see the “new floral”

Saintly Imagination By K magazine

The first comprehensive display in Britain of Yves Saint Laurent’s work and life highlights the essentials of his vision and the influence it has had on the modern women’s wardrobe, from the trouser suit to the ‘‘smoking’’ to the jumpsuit. K magazine donned a ready-to-wear trench coat to take a look….

A mini biopic opens the Yves Saint Laurent retrospective at the Bowes Museum, near the northern English city of Newcastle. It features photographic stills of a boy working on a collection of paper dolls for his mother. “At fourteen and fifteen, I remember playing at being a great designer,”

Trend Forecasting For SS16 By Holly Soame

The Luxury Channel brings you our list of the super six style trends to look out for on the London catwalks….

1) Masculine Meets Feminine

The SS16 lines shown at New York Fashion Week are forecast to appear again in London. Chances are, we’ll see the men’s suit jacket being used again as a woman’s oversized jacket, something DKNY have shown to be the “battle of wall street.”

2) Seventies Style

It’s happened again, as a repeat of 2011 – 70s style is back! Everything from mixed prints to embellished flared trousers, as seen for SS16 at Rodarte.

Dice Kayek Haute Couture – Mirroring A Luxury Lifestyle By The Luxury Channel

The elegant and iconic building of the Museé des Arts Décoratifs, home to precious decorative artefacts, became the plinth for the pivotal design of Dice Kayek Haute Couture. It was a celebration of experience, tingling the senses with texture, colour, and reminding us of the magic that happens when we immerse ourselves in luxury.

Upon arrival, we were greeted and escorted to the centre hall of the museum, a magnificent room with a sky-high ceiling that was spotted with aerial view points of the show. The catwalk, a mirrored surface, divided the vast space symmetrically down a centre

Ghurka USA – Bags As Unique As Their Owners By The Luxury Channel

Quite often in the world of fashion – and in the luxury market particularly – the quest for the best is matched only by the hunt for exclusivity. We all want bespoke, but how to get hold of something that truly is one-of-a-kind?

One company for whom this conundrum is not a problem is American leather goods purveyors, Ghurka USA. The company was founded after original owner Marley Hodgson saw an old Gurkha regimental kit at auction and was compelled to make his own bag based on the principles used in the kit. Although his first bag

Technology Versus Creativity At The Condé Nast International Luxury Conference By The Luxury Channel

It seems that now more than ever, the luxury industry is changing more rapidly and dynamically than ever before. Whilst some brands have historically embraced the advent of the digital market, several older houses have remained steadfast in their traditional beliefs. The future of luxury will seemingly be determined by technological advancements, as wearable tech competes with hard luxury and high-end jewellery. The big debate in the contemporary world of luxury, therefore, is the increasing impact of technology in an industry where tradition and heritage are far more familiar terms. The question of whether to embrace the digital age with

3D Printing – The Impact On The Luxury Fashion Industry By The Lex Chapter

Florence is home to storied fashion houses who pride themselves on using traditional craftsmanship to create exquisite products, so it’s no surprise that they are averse to the idea of 3D printing. That said, it would be foolish to ignore what is being touted as the next big thing in manufacturing. At the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference, speakers Sophie Hackford of Wired Consulting and celebrated young designer Iris Van Herpen discussed the merits and risks of 3D printing.

Firstly, 3D printing is a quick and accessible way to produce mass clothing, it is extremely useful for providing lower

Top Technology Trends By The Lex Chapter

With hard luxury and technology continuing to merge, it’s hard to know which ‘‘new thing’’ to pay attention to. With the help of the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference, here is The Luxury Channel’s guide to growing luxury technology trends….

The Polo Tech Shirt by Ralph Lauren

As a keen sportsman, it was a natural step for fashion mogul Ralph Lauren to explore the benefits of integrated technology within sportswear. The Polo Tech Shirt has built-in sensors that track and stream biometric data to an app via bluetooth. Silver conductive thread measures heart rate, breathing rate and performance intensity. The

The Apple iWatch – Fashion Translating Into Technology By The Lex Chapter

The release of Apple’s most customisable piece to date has sent a ripple of excitement throughout the luxury fashion industry, especially since Chanel visionary Karl Lagerfeld has been spotted wearing the exclusive gold version. Wearing the watch at the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference in Florence today, he said “look how digital I am – I am wearing the first one.” So it was fitting that Apple Senior Vice President of Design Jonathan Ive and renowned industrial designer turned Apple Design Advisor Marc Newson opened the Conference this morning. We look at what impact wearable technology will have on the

Creativity At Work By K magazine

As the epic Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty show began in London, there is another retrospective, at Tate Britain, which examines his creative process through photographs. K magazine looks through the lens….

It’s an exhibition of the intimate, behind-the-scenes pictures from the The Horn of Plenty show, taken by Nick Waplington. There are models being tied into corsets, scowling at the camera, and images of McQueen so tense, so deep in creative thought, that it’s as though he has forgotten the camera was even there.

Agent provocateur, agitator, enfant terrible, creative genius, and an East End boy; Alexander Lee McQueen the

Quality, Innovation And A Cabinet of Curiosity At Salone Del Mobile By The Luxury Channel

The 54th edition of Salone Del Mobile will open its doors at the Rho Fiera Milano Fairgrounds. Quality and innovation, along with a wide range of goods, are the ingredients that make Salone such an unmissable event. With over 2,000 exhibitors, more than 200,000 m2 of exhibition space and thousands of products making their market debut, Salone Del Mobile attracts more than 300,000 visitors from over 160 countries. We bring you our round-up of what to watch out for….

Arper

Arper is displaying its new collections, inspired by its Work/Life and Soft Technology concepts, meeting the demands of the ever-evolving

Wool Is Cool For All Seasons By The Luxury Channel

Contrary to popular belief, wool is not just a winter fibre nor should it just be classed as a woolly jumper. Merino wool offers much more and can be spun, woven and knitted into different weights and carefully finished in numerous ways for a range of effects and handles that are often surprising. Merino wool is a dynamic natural fibre, offering style and performance for casual and formalwear. The aesthetic possibilities of a wool product are endless, resulting in a spectrum that sees wool as sheer and fine as chiffon, or compact and waterproof, perfect for outerwear. Merino wool

Crawford’s Stingrays By The Luxury Channel

Stingray, or “shagreen” as it used to be called, is not exactly the latest fashion. It has been around for centuries. Originally introduced into the Royal French Court around 1740 by Monsieur Galuchat, the Court’s Master Leatherworker, it became quickly popular amongst all the highest of European social circles.

Stingray skin certainly has an unmistakable texture. The skins resemble the thickness of cow hides and have the ability to absorb a fantastic range of colour dyes. Known for its incredible durability and toughness, stingray is probably the hardest wearing of all exotic skins. For years, local fishermen would

Bellweather Basel By Alex Doak

The Chinese are gifting less, Russia’s slowing down, and the uncapped Swiss franc is driving up costs, but early signs are, says Alex Doak of Tempus Magazine, that Baselworld will be as exuberant as ever….

One of my favourite credit crunch anecdotes (admittedly there aren’t very many) comes from that stalwart of taste and understatement, Hermès. Allegedly, the Parisian brand’s boutiques began offering their more self-conscious customers plain white bags in which to surreptitiously stow their purchases, rather than the usual road-safety orange colour scheme broadcasting its new owner’s criminally insensitive largesse.

Because, as we all know, the

Savage Beauty By Caroline Phillips

Savage Beauty, a major retrospective of the work of visionary fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen, is a cut above the rest. The exhibition – which originated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York – has been edited and expanded, with 244 items on display. Clothes will always look dull after these.

There are 10 sections from McQueen’s MA graduate collection to his final 2010 unfinished one. Each showcases dominant themes and concepts of McQueen’s extraordinary work – from London (which focuses on the designer’s early roots) to Romantic Gothic (which references the Victorian Gothic tradition) and Romantic

Shouting Itself Horst – A Stylish Catalogue By K magazine

The V&A museum’s exhibition Horst: Photographer of Style recently presented a ‘‘definitive retrospective of the work of Horst P. Horst (1906-99), one of the 20th century’s master photographers.’’ Renowned for his glamourous fashion and Hollywood images, he was also a portayer of the male body and exponent of photographic art. K magazine reveals if the exhibition catalogue does him justice….

Horst’s career is inseparable from the successful rise of glossy magazines and cover girls. The above book, like the exhibition, relates the importance and the continuity of Horst, a contemporary of Erwin Blumenfeld, who from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, constituted

The Fabergé Pearl Egg – An Objet D’Art Masterpiece By The Luxury Channel

Fabergé has revived its revered tradition of creating the most precious and coveted of objets d’art. Paying homage to the forthcoming centenary of the last Fabergé Imperial Eggs ever delivered, Fabergé has crafted an extraordinary, one-of-kind egg objet in collaboration with the Al-Fardan family, one of the world’s most renowned collectors of pearls.

The Fabergé Pearl Egg is the first egg created in the ‘‘Imperial Class’’ since 1917. Pearls have been coveted and treasured for millennia, linked inextricably with royalty, style and status. As a result, natural oriental pearls have become highly sought-after wonders of nature given their beauty

London Fashion Week AW15 By Charlotte India Smith

Every season, the bar is being raised and I cannot help but feel the pressure on British designers to keep up their reputation to produce what I feel is arguably more eccentric and quirkier than that of other fashion capitals. Lets face it, we don’t play it safe in London – you only have to look at the emerging talent at the Central Saint Martins show to know that – so take note of designer Matty Bovan. London was ranked the fashion capital of the world only a few years ago by a Global Language Monitor (which ranks fashionable cities

Weaving In And Up By K magazine

Hong Kong-based NGO Redress highlights the fashion industry’s ‘‘catastrophic contribution to today’s environmental crisis,’’ but is hoping to inspire designers and students to make sustainable fashion part of the industry’s mainstream. Are the hopes justified? K magazine investigates….

The world is enjoying a booming fashion industry. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Cotton Advisory Committee, total global textile consumption increased to 69.7 million tonnes in 2010, from 47.3 million tonnes 10 years earlier. In just two years, production volume of the global textile industry in 2013 had risen to 92.3 million tonnes, an expansion of

Fifty Shades of Pink And Grey By The Luxury Channel

From top to bottom (and in-keeping with this season’s latest colour trends), we select our own Top Ten key pieces for the season.

1) Gucci

Elegant, polished and effortlessly chic, Gucci’s grey pipeline travel shirt brings sophistication to every ensemble (£215). www.gucci.com

2) Ralph & Russo

The traditional thread embroidery used for Ralph & Russo’s dresses is intertwined with individual petal applique, with sheaths of organza in a crisp, sophisticated colour palette (POA). www.ralphandrusso.com

3) Derek Lam

Derek Lam’s long-sleeved polo shirt dress features epaulettes, side seam gussets at the hem and gunmetal straps ($990). www.dereklam.com/long-sleeve-polo-shirt-dress

4)

Fashion At The BAFTAs By Hannah Norman

The BAFTA red carpet has been rolled up for another year, and the last bottles of champagne have been thrown away. Congratulations to our own Eddie Redmayne for winning Best Actor, and to the makers of The Grand Budapest Hotel for all their awards, but now our attention has turned to something a little more pressing – who won in the style stakes!

The trend this year was streamlined colour-blocking, with several stars opting to showcase this style. Amy Adams wore white Stella McCartney paired with stand-out, statement belts, while fellow American Reese Witherspoon also chose Stella – with

Get The BAFTA Look! By Jayjay Epega

The EE BAFTA Film Awards take place on Sunday 8th February 2015. The Luxury Channel had a very special invite ahead of the event to take a look into the style preparations by some of the official sponsors, where we were given top tips from leading experts on how to prepare for one of the UK film industry’s most glamorous nights!

Charles Worthington

The BAFTAs will be a contemporary mix of classic versus current trends. I think the looks at The BAFTAs will touch on the SS15 hair trend as seen at Fashion Week and will be a great platform

Duchamp London And The Sophisticated Return of Soft Tailoring By Troy Alexander

Duchamp London hosted their AW15 presentation in the refined Scarfes bar lounge in the spectacular Rosewood London Hotel, offering fine whiskies and cocktails with sensational sexiness. The smashing venue has become the place to be seen and to dine with London’s fashionable elite.

Colour and fabric innovation were at the forefront of this collection while playing on the subtleties of the menswear aesthetic using masculine colours. My two important takeaways: soft tailoring and evening wear.

The collection bought classic menswear staples to life through innovative use of geometric prints and weaves that formed a subtle three-dimensional effect throughout. Using exclusively

Winston And Waterloo Throws Celebrate British History By The Luxury Channel

One of Britain’s oldest companies, Hainsworth, has created two new throws to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo – and the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill. The company has been producing woollen textiles since 1783 in a Yorkshire mill that has been in the family for seven generations. They designed the De Lancey Throw using the colours of the uniforms they supplied to the troops who fought in the Battle of Waterloo. The throw itself is named after Lady Magdalene de Lancey who travelled to the battlefield of Waterloo in 1815 to sit

London Collections: Men AW15 By Madeleine Macey

25 seasons of womenswear fashion but never a men’s show – Madeleine Macey reports on the British heritage brands showing at London Collections: Men, Autumn/Winter 2015….

London Collections: Men (LCM) opened on the 9th January – its 6th season. The focus for LCM is energetically on the clothes themselves and not the social circus that surrounds them. Attending leaves you feeling more like you’re being welcomed into an exclusive club rather than being left on the membership waiting list. LCM generates a genuinely enthusiastic and intimate atmosphere, with designers openly cheering each other on, amidst the backdrop of the rapidly

Tom Ford Introduces A Noir Extreme By Jayjay Epega

Thomas Carlyle Ford is better known to the world as Tom Ford, the world-renowned American fashion designer and film director, who created his own brand in 2005 to offer fashion, accessories and eyewear. Ford also formed a partnership with Estee Lauder that same year, for the development of fragrances and cosmetics. The first fragrance produced under this alliance, Black Orchid (in 2006), was an immediate success. A series of successful fragrances for men and women have since been launched.

Described as “an oriental, sensual fragrance that captures the twin facets of the refined, urbane sophisticate who the world gets to

London Collections: Menswear – What To Watch By The Luxury Channel

London Collections: Menswear kicks off the global fashion calendar this month, with some of the world’s most innovative emerging designers, brands and traditional heritage tailoring.

According to Dylan Jones OBE, Chair of London Collections: Men and Editor of British GQ, “the success of the UK’s menswear sector is rooted in a very British culture of discourse between the fashion industry and the broader creative industries. The wide net of cultural contexts provides not only an unrivalled resource to support and stimulate ideas at design conception, but as this season’s London Collections: Men schedule shows, it is also very

The British Fashion Awards By The Luxury Channel

The British Fashion Awards have been celebrating the contributions of British designers, creatives and models on the international fashion scene since 1989. The 2014 Awards, held at The London Coliseum, were hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall and saw the best of the British and international fashion industries joined by a glamorous line-up of guests, including Rihanna, Victoria Beckham, Suki Waterhouse and Anna Wintour OBE.

The Awards In Numbers

• There were 17 winners at the Awards, voted for by over 400 industry figureheads from around the world. • The total weight of each Swarovski award is over 15 kg, and

Fashion’s New Continent By K magazine

Is ‘‘humble luxe’’ just another buzz word or is it making a difference, particularly in Africa? K magazine explores….

A scarlet red cuff made from the fur of a springbok, a finely quilled olive green cardholder fashioned from ostrich skin, and a pale gold evening bag stitched out of leather and suede made from the skin of a blesbok, with a springbok horn charm and 18 carat gold chain. These exotic items may be considered the height of decadence for some, but are they also helping transform Africa’s economy?

The accessories are all made by Okapi, the label founded

German Watches: Teutonic Timekeepers By Scott Manson

Think of high-end timekeeping and most people will cite Switzerland as the mecca of haute horology. However, over the last twenty years or so, watch aficionados have increasingly been buying up pieces from its northern neighbour, Germany.

On the face of it, Germany’s watch-making prowess shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The country already dominates the holy trinity of football, motoring and beer and, mostly thanks to the industrious watchmakers based in the sleepy towns of Pforzheim and Glashütte, it now boasts a respected timepiece industry too.

German Peter Hele invented the first mainspring and even assembled

London Fashion Week: Why SS15 Is Set To Be A Great Season By Charlotte India Smith

Upon arrival at Somerset House, there is that moment of trepidation as the swarms of fashion students juggle to take over the entrance. Everyone is looking and everyone is judging, vying to see who you are, what you are wearing and what importance you have in the fashion world. They look at everyone with contrived disdain, as they aren’t actually invited to any of the shows – they are just there simply to soak up the atmosphere and are desperate for you to take their picture and ask them for their take on this season, whilst they stream it

London Fashion Week Photo Diary – Highlights From Day Five By The Luxury Channel

We bring you the photo highlights from London Fashion Week, Day Five….

Click to see highlights from Day One, Day Two, Day Three and Day Four.

London Fashion Week Photo Diary – Highlights From Day Four By The Luxury Channel

We bring you the photo highlights from London Fashion Week, Day Four….

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London Fashion Week Photo Diary – Highlights From Day Three By The Luxury Channel

We bring you the photo highlights from London Fashion Week, Day Three….

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London Fashion Week Photo Diary – Highlights From Day Two By The Luxury Channel

We bring you the photo highlights from London Fashion Week, Day Two….

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London Fashion Week Photo Diary – Highlights From Day One By The Luxury Channel

We bring you the photo highlights from London Fashion Week, Day One….

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Patrick Grant Gives Knight’s Uniform A Modern Makeover By The Luxury Channel

In the lead up to this year’s London Fashion Week, premium beer brand Affligem has delved into its rich heritage by collaborating with renowned Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant, to reinterpret the traditional attire worn by the knights who founded Affligem back in 1074.

The bespoke “Knight’s Coat and Tails” suit aims to combine the elegance, sophistication and craft of Affligem, while encapsulating the historical background of its 11th century founding fathers into a suit fit for the 21st century gentleman. In order to keep the suit in accordance with the knights’ traditions, the collection was created under close

Fashion Is All Ablaze – How The Rowing Blazer Has Made Its Mark By Hannah Norman

“The blazer is both ineffably cool and deeply traditional, equally at ease on a boat or in the boardroom, in the classroom or the club….”

As far as the British Summer Social Season goes, one of the places ‘‘to be seen’’ is at Henley Royal Regatta, known not only for the very high standards of international rowing, but also for one of the most colourful and social events of the year. Of course, as with any British tradition, the rowing scene is prone to the many eccentricities that characterise a good day out, and the most sartorially iconic of these

Fashion In The Rain By Hannah Norman

The British Summer Social Season is now well underway, and whilst we’re happy to sip champagne and watch some of the finest feats of sporting achievement the calendar can produce, there’s one problem we never really prepare for – the weather! We bring you our guide to keeping both dry and warm when the sun goes in, while maintaining the glam factor required for such functions.

No-one wants to hide a new dress under a coat, but designer Didit Hediprasetyo toughens up an evening dress with a leather jacket, keeping the look suitably elegant with a flock of birds

The House of Britannia’s Royal Venture With Elizabeth Emanuel By The Luxury Channel

The House of Britannia, the British luxury goods investment and management company, has today announced a joint venture with Thresher & Glenny, shirtmakers to Her Majesty The Queen, to produce a new range of business shirts for women designed exclusively for the company by Elizabeth Emanuel, who became a household name all over the world as co-designer of Princess Diana’s wedding dress.

Managing Director of The House of Britannia, Simon Petherick, revealed that “our research in North America and Europe showed a real market need for a premium business shirt range for women. There is clearly no shortage

Christopher Shannon’s Award-Winning Style By The Luxury Channel

Vertu celebrates the announcement of the British Fashion Council and GQ Designer Menswear Fund….

The British Fashion Council (BFC) and British GQ this week announced Christopher Shannon as the winner of the inaugural BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund, supported by Vertu, the world’s leading provider of luxury mobile phones.

BFC, GQ and Vertu launched the fund to provide a British based designer with a £200,000 support package, including a £150,000 grant to be spent on infrastructure to take them to the next stage of building their business into a global brand, and a £50,000 bespoke, high-level mentoring support

Cannes Jewellery By The Luxury Channel

Many celebrities chose Avakian and Chopard as their jewellers of choice at Cannes….

For the launch of the Puerto Azul Experience Night Welcome Party, Andrea Bocelli’s wife Veronica Berti opted for a stunning Avakian floral necklace set with pink gold and white diamonds.

Kelly Preston, meanwhile, chose an intricate pink sapphire necklace and matching earrings.

Model Irina Shayk chose to wear Avakian jewellery for the premiere of The Search movie, opting for a ring set with a ruby marquise and diamonds from the latest Avakian Caché collection. Later that night, she attended the Roberto Cavalli party adorned

Talking Vintage – Craftsmanship, Patina And Discoveries At Bentley’s By Melanie Sarah Brewer

Melanie Sarah Brewer, of Melanie Sarah Image Styling, talks to Tim Bent, vintage collector and owner of Bentley’s London to define what vintage means to him….

Examples of formal definitions of ‘vintage’ include, “Denoting something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind,” and “The time that something of quality was produced.” Vintage, it seems, is everywhere – interiors, outerwear, jewellery, wedding themes and garden design, amongst many. But who, what and where is staying true to vintage – where does one go to when a traditional antique shop isn’t quite “it?” I

Roland Iten Commemorates The Mille Miglia Race With Special Belt Buckle By The Luxury Channel

Roland Iten, creator of purposely playful, mechanically sophisticated and aesthetically elegant accessories for gentlemen, is a main sponsor of this year’s Mille Miglia.

Roland Iten himself is racing in the 2014 edition of the Mille Miglia, which takes place from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th May. During the 1000 mile, 4 day rally, he is piloting a historic 1953 Porsche 356 Pre A Coupé 1500 with Dutch driver Joop de Hoogh. Their Porsche features a 70hp, air-cooled, 4 cylinder Boxer engine and can reach a top speed of 170 kmph (105mph).

As a tribute to this iconic Italian road

Silvia Campbell And The Great British Shoe Revival By Melanie Sarah Brewer

Personal stylist Melanie Sarah Brewer, of Melanie Sarah Image Styling, meets Silvia Campbell, West Berkshire-based shoe designer and maker, to find out what makes a pair of bespoke shoes truly bespoke….

It’s official – the Great British Shoe Revival is making confident strides when it comes to ladies bespoke shoes. With her design studio/showroom nestled in the picturesque West Berkshire village of Yattendon, the sun is shining on this unique shoe designer and shoe maker. I met with Silvia Campbell to find out when, indeed, is a pair of ‘‘bespoke shoes’’ truly bespoke and just how confident is she

Lulu Guinness Celebrates 25 Years With Hilary Alexander By The Luxury Channel

Despite tube strikes and traffic jams, a slew of editors, stylists, photographers and designers turned up en masse at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design to celebrate Lulu Guinness’s 25th anniversary with Hilary Alexander, to find out exactly how one of Britain’s most cherished accessory designers parlayed one little handbag into a global brand.

“I wasn’t drawn to fashion,” explained Lulu as she turned back the clock to talk through the early days of the business. “I loved glamour and I loved old-style glamour. I started by designing briefcases – but people used to say to me, we

It’s All In The Eyes By Melanie Sarah Brewer

Personal stylist Melanie Sarah Brewer, of Melanie Sarah Image Styling, meets Tom Davies, founder of British bespoke luxury eyewear brand TD Tom Davies….

Our eyes are totally extraordinary, recognising some 10 million colours and making, on average, some 200,000 movements a day. The global market for optics and eye wear is expected to expand at the rate of 6% in the coming years to 2017 and will go on to account for a total of $20 billion in revenues, with frames and sunglasses being increasingly viewed as personal style products. Innovative materials for lenses and frames plus other technological

A Kind of Magic From Shawish Genève By The Luxury Channel

Renowned for its dazzling World’s First All-Diamond Ring, Shawish Genève jewellery is the allegory of a world full of surprises and fairy-tale creatures. During this year’s BaselWorld Fair, Shawish Genève will unveil jewels representing a unique look at the Haute Joaillerie, combining old tradition and magical technology. Featuring spectacular designs, and combining precious stones and technical skills, the Shawish collections truly excel in the art of bringing fascination and emotion into traditional fine jewellery.

The Shawish Genève booth at BaselWorld will be a symbolic embodiment of sensual beauty, styled to experience the enchanted world of Shawish –

Turning Heads With Rosie Olivia Millinery By The Luxury Channel

Turn heads this Summer with bespoke headwear from Rosie Olivia Millinery….

If, like us, the Grand National and Royal Ascot feel less about the betting odds and more about what you might possibly wear, then you’ll know that the perfect hat is key to looking the part at the racecourse.

The Spring/Summer ’14 bespoke haute couture hats from Rosie Olivia Millinery have been sported by HRH Princess Beatrice (whom The Luxury Channel met at Fashion For The Brave) and by Pippa Middelton at her best friend’s wedding. It’s unsurprising, given that the thirty stunning pieces in the collection embody

Power Dressing At The Oscars By Melanie Sarah Brewer

When the stars get dressed for specific roles, their clothes and style are of paramount importance in projecting the personality and feeling of each character.  Indeed, when the stars arrived at The 86th Academy Awards, it was their most important projection moment of the year! The guest list of the Hollywood calendar is unrivalled by any other event and 2014’s opulent night oozed luxury and confidence once again.

The red carpet contrasted against a spectrum of nude fabrics – Cate Blanchet wore an embroidered toile Armani Privé gown and jewellery by Chopard while Jessica Biel wore a Chanel column

Award-Winning Fashion At The BAFTAs And The Oscars By Hannah Norman

Let’s face it, last year’s Oscars were as much about the dresses as they were about the winners. J-Law’s pearly pink Dior gown earned her a million girl crushes overnight, and her now infamous fall up the steps on the way to receiving her award for Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook earned her equally as much sympathy.

The favoured style de jour last year was big, big and even bigger. Big ball-gowns with sweeping tails, not to mention the volumised hair to match, were the trend of choice for last year’s A-listers. Whilst Ms. Lawrence was almost certainly

Jewellery At The BAFTAs – Get The Look By Vashi Dominguez

The BAFTAs have defined the jewellery trend for 2014. Gone are flashy statement pieces, which scream ‘‘look at me!’’ and threaten to outshine even the most extravagant ballgowns. Opulent elegance has arrived. Fine jewellery still pervaded the red carpet, of course, but pieces were dainty and sophisticated, complementing the wearer’s ensemble rather than outshining them completely.

The girls’ best friend, diamonds were the gemstone of choice for the stars. Elsewhere, I spotted glittering blue sapphires and classic pearls. I predicted blue stones would have a shining moment as, back in January, an exceptional 29.6 carat blue diamond was discovered (which

London Fashion Week Photo Diary – Highlights From Day Five By The Luxury Channel

We bring you the photo highlights from the final day of London Fashion Week….

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London Fashion Week Photo Diary – Highlights From Day Four By The Luxury Channel

We bring you the photo highlights of London Fashion Week, Day Four….

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London Fashion Week Photo Diary – Highlights From Day Three By The Luxury Channel

We bring you the photo highlights of London Fashion Week, Day Three….

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London Fashion Week Photo Diary – Highlights From Day Two By The Luxury Channel

It’s only Day Two of London Fashion Week and we still can’t quite contain our excitement at seeing what we’ll be wearing come the Autumn….

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London Fashion Week Photo Diary – Highlights From Day One By The Luxury Channel

London Fashion Week has started, and we can’t quite contain our excitement at seeing what we’ll be wearing come the Autumn….

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Haute Couture’s Heyday Gets A Contemporary Revival By Hannah Norman

Sumptuous flowing silks and volumes of organza with incredible embellishment, encompassing hundreds of hours of careful artisanship. Sounds like a typical offering for Couture Fashion Week in Paris, but in fact, this was Ralph & Russo, the first British brand to have been invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to show their collections in over a hundred years.

This is a true testament to the work of a talented team of couturiers, led by Creative Director Tamara Ralph, particularly given the strict criteria set by the Chambre Syndicale. “It’s the ultimate distinction for a designer

First Look At The Ermanno Scervino SS14 Campaign By Sally Ashley-Cound

Ermanno Scervino has released a new spring/summer 2014 advertising campaign with Italian actress, model and director Asia Argento as the star. ‘‘Asia succeeds in expressing the different nuances of my style, interpreting them with passion and strong personality,’’ says Ermanno Scervino.

In the Cinecittà studios in Rome, a luxurious yacht provides the cinematographic backdrop for the shots by Francesco Carrozzini. On a set inspired by the historic yacht Christina O, Asia Argento becomes an icon of glamour, drawing inspiration from legendary women such as Maria Callas, Jacqueline Bouvier, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, all of whom were

Stuart Weitzman 5050 Boots At Russell & Bromley By The Luxury Channel

The Stuart Weitzman 5050 boot, with its classic and versatile silhouette, is now available at Russell & Bromley. This season, the iconic boot celebrates twenty years since its first production. In that time, the over-knee boot, with its classic silhouette and elastic back for added comfort and fit, has become a must-have staple of many a fashionable wardrobe – frequently selling out globally.

At Russell & Bromley, the 5050 boot comes in butter-soft black calf leather, and luxurious black, brown, wine or blue suede, with the trademark stretch panel at the back for a clean fit and elongated silhouette.

What Is A Moon Phase Watch? By Sally Ashley-Cound

Patek Philippe was not satisfied with the ingenious creation of the Annual Calendar movement, so the brand decided to add a moon phase dial to a select number of its watches, taking the total number of parts in the movement over 330. We take you through everything you need to know about moon phase watches….

Simply put, a moon phase watch displays the current phase of the moon. But why would you need one in the 21st century? That’s an easy question to answer. It’s the same reason you would want an expertly crafted watch that displays the

Dare To Be Red By Hannah Norman

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

www.ralphandrusso.com

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

Luxury Channel Picks For The Year of The Horse By Hannah Norman

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….

Lilogi

www.lilogi.com/ronnie-wood

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,

Time For A Ferrari (And A Meccaniche Veloci Watch) By Scott Manson

Is there a watch aficionado out there who doesn’t also harbor a passion for fast cars? The link between the two has been extensively documented, with scores of top brands – from Hublot to IWC to Breitling – linking up with luxury motoring marques to produce limited edition timepieces.

Italy is arguably the European nation that’s home to the most passionate petrolheads. For proof, look no further than the obsessive Ferrari fans – the tifosi – that attend F1 races at Monza. It’s little wonder, then, that a motor racing influenced premium watch brand would also hail from the

Fashion At The Olympics By Martina O'Boyle

Keeping warm but staying stylish, athletes from the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, the U.S, France and Russia will be increasing fashion competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi….

Lacoste has signed a deal as the official Olympic outfitter for the French teams through the upcoming Sochi games, and through the Summer Games in Rio 2016. Embodying French “chic and elegance,” the athletes will each sport a special ceremonial outfit, an official outfit and two relaxed looks for the Olympic Village.

The entire Italian contingent will wear Armani, after the label signed a two-year deal with the Italian National Olympic

Pro Hunter – Fit For A President By The Luxury Channel

The likes of former American president Bill Clinton, actor Orlando Bloom, luxury brand owner of Kering Francois-Henri Pinault, as well as financier Arpad Busson, are owners of the uniquely designed Pro Hunter Watch.

Pro Hunter is a personalised range of limited edition steel Rolex sports watches, which create a collection of stunning and desirable timepieces. Originally designed as a robust timepiece for hunting, the collection has now plugged the gap in the Rolex product line of sports watches. For many years, hunting clients yearned for a Rolex designed specifically for the hunting community, one that was both practical and pleasing

Milan Fashion Week – A Parallel Universe At The Hotel Principe di Savoia Words and images by Rosalind Milani Gallieni

This grande dame of a hotel, in all its splendour and elegance, transforms completely during the three key dates of this bi-annual menswear occasion, hot of the back of LC:M in London and Pitti Uomo in Florence. The entire ground floor and lobby area are rocking with the influx of the world’s opinion-leaders, designers, models, stylists and international press. Congregating here from about 11pm onwards until the early hours, it’s the wind-down after the day’s appointments, which have been a roller-coaster of presentations, fashion shows and entertainment hosted by leading menswear designer brands such as Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Prada, Burberry,

Which Postcode Is London’s Most Fashionable? By The Luxury Channel

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is launching a new campaign to promote the booming British menswear industry, which brings £10 billion to the UK’s economy and is growing at such a rate that it is predicted to overtake womenswear sales by 2016.

The capital’s pioneering and creative menswear designers are once again being showcased at London Collections: Menswear, which takes place every January. Organised by the British Fashion Council, LC:M has, in just three seasons, become an essential fixture on the international fashion circuit, with its mix of classic British brands, new independent London labels and designers, and

The Luxury Channel Meets Interior Designer Catherine Milner By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets Catherine Milner, interior designer to London’s ultra-high net worths, to talk about prime investments and design inspiration in the Capital….

Catherine Milner offers property acquisition, renovation and interior design services in London’s most exclusive residential locations, sourcing prestigious, and often off market properties in Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Holland Park. Catherine only takes on one major renovation project at a time to ensure that clients get her undivided attention and a very impressive return on their investment.

Why do your clients invest in London, and how do you help them make that investment work?

Swiss High-Jewellery House Bogh-Art Opens In London By The Luxury Channel

Acclaimed jewellers Bogh-Art have opened their first boutique in London, in a prime location on Bond Street, and the aim is to court the international clientele that make Bond Street such a highly desired destination.

The Boghossian family has been in the gemstone industry for four generations, creating exceptional pieces for other jewellers and well-known brands, but as their reputation grew, collectors would commission pieces directly – including royalty. As a result, Bogh-Art was born in 2007, and the launch reflected their desire to bring something new to the world of gems: innovative creations pushing the limits of jewellery

Innovative Luxury From The House of Dormeuil By Melanie Sarah Brewer

The cutting-edge spirit for discovery and innovation is relentless at the House of Dormeuil. The roots of this family story wind back to 1842 when at the age of 22, Jules Dormeuil began to import English fabrics to France. He was joined by his brothers, Alfred and Auguste Dormeuil some sixteen years later, setting up the company as Dormeuil Frères, with headquarters at fashionable 4 Rue Vivienne in Paris.

By 1871, Jules Dormeuil had opened his first shop in the thriving tailoring district of London at 10 New Burlington Street. The momentum continued for the family with premises

Strictly Fashion For The Brave – Julien MacDonald Designs Dress For Abbey Clancy By The Luxury Channel

At the annual Fashion For The Brave Gala, the highlight on the catwalk is always the stunning finale dress. Every year, a celebrated designer creates a spectacular one-off piece for a model personality to make a star turn on the catwalk for this noble cause.

In previous years, Vivienne Westwood and Jasper Conran have produced amazing dresses, and fashionistas were not disappointed to hear that this year, Strictly Come Dancing star and British fashion designer Julian McDonald was set to stun with a bespoke, patriotic evening gown with a twist. The striking creation was worn by model

Ben Saunders Models Fedeli By The Luxury Channel

Polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere prepared to depart to Antarctica, to make history by completing Captain Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition. We caught up with Ben before he left, and he modelled a rather fetching Fedeli hat. Get yours from Fedeli’s online shop.

Bremont – History, Horology And A Whole Heap of Awards By Melanie Sarah Brewer

Following their relocation from Switzerland, The Bremont Watch Company has now not only settled into its new custom-built watch making facility in Henley-on-Thames but gone on to open its second luxury boutique. Loyal Bremont collectors and those who seek a new direction in mechanical wrist watches can now enjoy the full collection in Mayfair, London and Lyndhurst Terrace in Central Hong Kong.

The latest boutique of over 2000 sq ft showcases the company in Asia, to compliment the brand’s growth in the region. Giles English, co-founder of Bremont, told us: “When you have your own store, you can

Loro Piana’s Interiors By The Luxury Channel

Since selling 80% of their business to LVMH earlier this year, all eyes have been focused on what luxury Italian textiles company Loro Piana will do next. Famed for searching for the most precious raw materials to turn into exquisite clothes and accessories whilst ensuring local sustainability, it would seem that it is business as usual in the Loro Piana camp, with the launch of their new Home Interiors range. CEO Pier Luigi Loro Piana gives The Luxury Channel an insight into the business….

What is special about this year’s Loro Piano Interiors collection?

One of the

What Makes An ‘It’ Bag? By Camilla Harrison

Some may say it all began with the Chanel 2.55. Others would argue that it was the Hermes Kelly. Either way, since the latter half of the 20th century, ‘It’ bags are the accessory that everyone from the Hollywood actress to the teenage girl on the high street lusts after.

But what really does make an ‘It’ bag? When Chanel created her iconic 2.55 bag in February 1955, the designer put part of herself into every stitch and seam. From the Mademoiselle lock that referenced her life as an unmarried woman (but is now more commonly replaced by the

Grace Kelly – A Timeless Style Icon By Camilla Harrison

Regarded as one of the most stylish women of the 20th century, Grace Kelly was an icon in her own right even before she became Princess of Monaco in 1956. An established Hollywood actress, she was and still is synonymous with sartorial elegance. Despite being only active in the industry for around six years, Kelly starred in pictures that were later to become screen classics, including Rear Window and To Catch A Thief. She embodied everything that audiences wanted from their leading ladies – sophistication and wholesomeness, with a subtle sex appeal and undeniable allure.

As one

Diamonds – The Best Friends of Ultra Wealthy Investors By Tara Loader Wilkinson

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

Fit For A King By Melanie Sarah Brewer

Personal stylist Melanie Sarah Brewer, of Melanie Sarah Image Styling, gives us an insight into Prince George of Cambridge’s first photo shoot and talks to Cocobaci, a new online luxury store for newborn babies.

On 23rd July, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge proudly showed the world their baby son, a future king, before taking him home for his first night. Their Royal Highnesses were seen cradling the baby prince and posing for pictures on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London. HRH Prince George of Cambridge snuggled up in a soft, white,

David Gandy – The Original Catwalk King By Hannah Norman

Being the world’s only male supermodel with film star looks must surely make one just a little self-assured! However, when The Luxury Channel meets David Gandy, aboard the John Walker & Sons Voyager, he couldn’t have been more down to earth. He even laughs at my unfunny jokes (and trust me, that’s going way beyond the call of duty!).

We’re on board the Voyager yacht because Gandy’s role as an ambassador for Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky means he just so happens to be co-hosting a party to celebrate all that is good about the amber nectar. “Johnnie Walker

Jardins Florian And Porselli – Dancing To Their Own Stylish Tune By Hannah Norman

When it comes to collaborations, there are some matches that work so well together (Butterfly by Matthew Williamson for British retailer Debenhams, or London silversmith Grant Macdonald’s designs for Silver by Aston Martin), but for up-and-coming French company Jardins Florian, their most recent collaboration with Italian brand Porselli has already got us dreaming ahead to our summer wardrobe.

Predominantly for the artistic, eclectic and fashion-forward, Jardins Florian features founder Florian Gonzalez’s collaborations with several brands, to bring his loyal consumers a carefully curated selection of goods, ranging from summer candles to limited edition, state-of-the-art bikes – and everything

Ralph & Russo – Dressing Beyoncé Interview by Fiona Sanderson and words by Hannah Norman

When she stepped out on stage for the opening number of her Mrs. Carter world tour, few would have disagreed that pop star Beyoncé looked anything less than her usual polished self. All eyes were on that now iconic white outfit, which perfectly showed off her enviable physique. But the real secret behind the style lies in the dress design, dreamed up by couture house Ralph & Russo. We caught up with its CEO, Michael Russo, to talk gowns, glamour, and what it’s like to dress one of the most famous derrières on the globe.

“She’s amazing to work

Massimo Ferragamo On Leonardo Da Vinci, Philanthropy And Twitter Interview by Fiona Sanderson and words by Hannah Norman

When I meet Massimo Ferragamo, the Chairman of Ferragamo USA, in Vienna he has just touched down from New York, where he spends a good majority of his time, but despite the hours of traveling and the pouring rain outside, Massimo is in jubilant spirits.

Massimo is in Vienna to speak at the Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit, on the subject of philanthropy. As subjects go, it’s one that is very close to his heart. “It all goes back to the DNA of Ferragamo and the important underlying elements of the company,” he says, “and that will come

From Formula One To Fashion At The Amber Lounge By The Luxury Channel

Founded by Sonia Irvine, sister of Ferrari Formula One star Eddie Irvine (pictured above) and launched at the Monaco Grand Prix in May 2003, Amber Lounge has always been surrounded by a bit of a buzz. The premise was simple: to create a truly VIP party that reflected the glamour and exclusivity of one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. Over the years, Amber Lounge has carved a reputation as a unique venue where F1 drivers, celebrities, royalty and regular race fans can come together to enjoy a stylish, fun night out. Amber Lounge parties have been

Hey There Georgia Girl! By Ben Mirza

Ben Mirza introduces British fashion designer Georgia Hardinge….

Fuse together Fritz Lang’s futurist masterpiece Metropolis, colourful exoticism, playful fantasy and an abundance of femininity and what you get are the eye-catching designs of Georgia Hardinge.

Fast becoming the enchantress of British fashion, Georgia’s creations are structured with a perfectly balanced amount of eccentricity, eclectic beauty and kaleidoscopic colours. British fashion has forever been in a state of flux, with new designers pushing the sartorial boundaries, emerging from those creative bastions like St Martin’s and Goldsmith’s, yet in the second decade of the new century, none trigger such awe as

Dasha Kapustina – In Her Own Words By Hannah Norman

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

Fedeli Cashmere – Made In Italy Comes To London By Philippa Baker

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

Nicky Haslam’s Folly De Grandeur Interview by Fiona Sanderson and words by Hannah Norman

Nicky Haslam is never too far away from the gossip-columns due to his numerous social engagements, but it’s his day job as one of Britain’s top interior designers for which he has earned his well-deserved reputation. In addition to his interior design and packed social calendar, Haslam is also a journalist, author, photographer, gardener and more recently, a singer. He has also thrown open the doors of The Hunting Lodge, his beautiful home in Hampshire, and made it the subject of his latest book, Folly De Grandeur. This is his third title following Redeeming Features and Sheer Opulence, and

The Mirror of East And West: Indian Influence On Western Design By Melanie Sarah Brewer

I can think of no other language in the world which is as expressive and evocative as the language of textiles. One region of our abundant world which has influenced Western design and fashions for centuries long is India.

The first significant contact with modern Europe came when Portuguese traders reached India in the wake of Vasco de Gama’s discovery of the route around the Cape of Good Hope in 1498. Trading posts were set up first by the Portugese on the west coast and then in Bengal. Spices were their main interest, but glorious embroidered textiles were also made

Aruna Seth – Shoe Designer To The Stars By Hannah Norman

Quite often, people will talk about a passion for a craft being in the genes. In Aruna Seth’s case, it stands to reason that it is actually true. The internationally renowned shoe designer takes her inspiration from father Geoff, whose multi-million pound footwear empire was partly responsible for inspiring Aruna to start her own brand. “The connections we needed to get for the Aruna Seth business have been totally different to his business,” she stresses, “ but he has been great to get advice from and moral support. I can ask my dad anything from the finances of the

Top Tips For A Stylish 2013 By Melanie Sarah Brewer

Personal stylist Melanie Sarah Brewer, of Melanie Sarah Image Styling, shares with us her top tips to make 2013 a truly stylish year – with a bit of a British twist….

Wherever you are in the world, enjoying a sumptuous dose of The Luxury Channel, I hope your 2013 brings you happiness, good health and opportunities to make you smile. I have some of my own experiences to share with you here, through my own eyes as a Personal Stylist. Better style decisions so often mean you can be confident, look younger and authentic. It is also possible to bring

Bennison Fabrics – Decorating The Future With The Prints of The Past Interview by Fiona Sanderson and words by Hannah Norman

Ever since the eponymous antiques dealer Geoffrey Bennison realised that there was nothing in the contemporary fabric houses of the late 70s that would complement the style and antiques of grand European homes, Bennison Fabrics has specialized in producing – by hand – some of the finest designs ever transferred onto linen. These aren’t just any old designs, either – these are based on exquisite pieces from the 18th and 19th century. Fiona Sanderson met Director Gillian Newberry to understand more about the background of this traditional English brand.

With such a large collection of prints

Carmen Busquets – A Style Queen To Rule Us All Interview by Fiona Sanderson and words by Hannah Norman

As a pioneering luxury and fashion entrepreneur behind two of the biggest Internet fashion phenomenons (namely Net-a-Porter and CoutureLab), Carmen Busquets can claim to be an authority when it comes to high-end fashion and e-commerce. Having started her first business venture at the tender age of just 22, this forward-thinking Venezuelan businesswoman has risen to the top of her game by instinct, determination and a brazen sense of fearlessness.

“I was young when I started at 22, but it was not a big business then,” she says of the boutique store she opened in 1990 in the Venezuelan capital,

Matt Goss – Good Things Come To Those Who Wait Interview by Sara Malocco and words by Hannah Norman

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 some twenty years 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,

Avakian Diamonds For Men By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel looks at the 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

Home from home in Marrakech By Lauren Steventon

The Luxury Channel skips the chaotic streets of the Medina to stay in Rocksure’s luxurious villa.

There are riads and hotels throughout the city (see this issue’s Luxury Channel Marrakech Guide), however, instead of stepping out into the bustling and stressful streets of the city, I have managed to find an alternative that gives me a fully-staffed private country home minutes from the city. If i want a private tour, the driver will whisk me in to meet a guide. If i want to chill out, the pool and 2.5 acres of land are more than enough. And if

Beach Babe By The Luxury Channel

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 this year?

There has been a demand for swimwear for the bigger busted lady, so 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 – think hot chilli red and vibrant tangerine.

How do you make classic whites and blacks interesting?

Classic whites and blacks

Top Ten Wedding Gifts By The Luxury Channel

Luxurious gifts for the newly-weds’ home.

Weddings & Movie Stars

From the low-key to the lavish, this collection of incredible images (many of which have never been published before) bring to life the most iconic Hollywood weddings from the 1920s onwards. From Grace Kelly swathed in lace to Sarah Jessica-Parker giggling on her wedding day, all the modern bride’s idols are here and serve as a love song to all weddings, not just the one you’re invited to.

Published by Reel Art Press, £49.95. Photograph of Grace Kelly and Esther Williams © Bettmann/CORBIS.

Animal Magic with Cavendish Stone

Wedding Dress Hunt By Lauren Steventon

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

Wishing And Hoping By Antonia Pearce

The Luxury Channel’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. As creative director Sarah Burton designed Kate Middleton’s dress, McQueen is surely the brides’ label of choice.

£7,395.00

www.net-a-porter.com/product/104778

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. Adorned with Swarovski pearls and crystals, the bride who

Party Like a Prince By The Luxury Channel

You don’t have to be born into royalty to party in princely style. Rent your very own castle and raise hell like a Royal!

England

Nestled in the Malvern Hills, Eastnor Castle is the castle you dreamt of as a child, with turrets, lakes and suits of armour to boot. Every year, their Deer Park plays host to the Big Chill Festival (6th to 8th August this year) so you can bop along to Massive Attack, M.I.A and Lilly Allen by day, and retreat to your very own fiefdom by night.

www.eastnorcastle.com

www.bigchill.net

Scotland

One of the finest

Jessica McCormack By The Luxury Channel

Start the new year in some serious jewels and rock on with Jessica McCormack’s Sins And Virtues collection! We interview the eponymous lady herself….

Tell us about your latest collection?

The new collection is called XIV, which represents the seven sins, seven virtues. Each piece has its own story. For example, the Generosity earrings are white-gold ruby, studded syringes that plunge so that you can wear one short and one long. The rubies represent blood. To give blood is to give life. Yet to others, blood might be seen as aggressive but this is my interpretation of sin and

Style Power – The Luxury Channel Meets Marigay McKee By The Luxury Channel

FASHION FORECAST What are the main looks for next year, and where have the inspirations come from?

For next year, the look is ladylike chic. Think Grace Kelly in the 50s, Jackie O in the 60s, Ali McGraw in the 70s and Faye Dunaway in the 80s – all emanated an understated glamour. Cool, casual, refined style for weekends. Think Love Story meets The Thomas Crown Affair.

  • Definitely a LBD from Alaia or Lanvin for classic every day wear.
  • A trench as a key outerwear statement from Burberry Prorsum for chic factor.
  • A great combat pant from J brand.

  • Bev Malik By Antonia Peck

    Bev Malik is a respected Fashion Brand Consultant. She has worked as an acclaimed buyer for Browns and Harvey Nichols, as well as pioneering luxury collaborations with One&Only Resorts. Under her company – Depths of Field – she works amongst others, with the British Fashion Council, scouts young talent for luxury fashion houses, works intimately with emerging designers on strategy, and grooms product for both established and young brands alike. She also forecasts and edits selections for international luxury department stores. She shares with The Luxury Channel her ultimate fashion forecast….

    What are your three fashion forecasts for this

    Bruce Oldfield – Bruce And The Bride By Antonia Pearce

    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

    The Lancasters By The Luxury Channel

    The Luxury Channel gets an exclusive preview of The Lancaster property development at a pop-up exhibition of contemporary art and jewellery.

    The Lancasters Hyde Park was built in the mid-nineteenth century, so it has seen its fair share of glitzy gatherings and social whirls. However, if the walls could talk, their tales would most likely have been about society ladies meeting for lunch, debutante balls or distinguished dinners. That was until Thursday 14 October, when the re-developed properties opened their doors to an evening of contemporary art, high jewellery and bellinis presented by Ty Wood, Violetta Gruosi, Jess Hollander

    Roja Dove By Antonia Pearce

    Antonia Pearce meets Roja Dove to discuss jasmine from Grasse, Diaghilev, the Suffragettes, perfume personalities and the art of taste without ego….

    I am welcomed into Roja Dove’s elegant London town house and am immediately struck by the absence of scent. Instead, the man himself (wearing a black suit with diamond buttons on the cuff) allures, enchants and entertains me with an ‘insiders guide’ to the world of haute perfume without so much as a sniff!

    Had I wanted, I could have smelt a full bouquet of scents – as I am sitting next to a bespoke orgue à

    Six Scented Candles By Reena Patel

    Fill your home with these scrumptious scented candles. Great for dinner parties, bringing a fresh finish to a clean room or for romantic moments with those you love.

    Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir, £38

    Sweet fruity notes of raspberry, plum, pink pepper and pomegranate with patchouli, frankincense and spicy woods create a home fragrance that’s incredibly sexy, totally sophisticated and utterly compelling.

    www.jomalone.com

    Miller Harris Fleur De Oriental, £31

    A classic re-invention of the oriental perfume family, its lasting power comes from amber, vanilla and musk, lightened and animated by fresh orange flower, heliotrope, spicy carnation and Turkish rose.

    Tel:

    The Most Expensive Perfume In The World By The Luxury Channel

    What it feels like to purchase and wear the most luxurious scent on earth….

    Enter any of the 200 speciality stores or luxury boutiques around the world (including Bergdorf Goodman New York, the Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie in Harrods, Paris Gallery and Neiman Marcus) that carry the Clive Christian Perfume collection and your journey begins!

    The Journey

    Here you will be greeted by a perfume specialist who will introduce you to the unique heritage of the perfume house dating back to 1872 and the reign of Queen Victoria. The Queen granted the crown to the perfumery as a mark

    A Model’s Perspective By Antonia Peck

    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

    Mark Fast – Influence and Inspiration By The Luxury Channel

    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

    Tom Ford – Beauty Review By Reena Patel

    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 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 Red

    Zoë Zimmer – The Other Side of The Lens By The Luxury Channel

    The Luxury Channel talks to fashion photographer and former model Zoë Zimmer….

    What made you make the leap from modelling to fashion photography?

    Modelling was something I did for the experience. I’m so happy I did it, but I’m even happier that I stopped doing it. From the start, I knew there was a sell-by date on it, and therefore on me – having to tell clients I was 18 when I was 21 didn’t seem like the healthiest thing to be doing! Having said that, I met some amazing people as a model that were incredibly kind and

    Fashion Is Passion By The Luxury Channel

    The Luxury Channel looks at the designers who have remained at the top of their game while adopting an animal-friendly ethos….

    Fashion, as a rule, is extreme. It is elaborate, excessive, indulgent, ornate and luxurious. Fur, feathers, leather and skins are used across the industry in all manner of unimaginable ways. There are, however, a handful of designers that have deemed the use of such materials unnecessary and have happily adopted an animal-friendly stance.

    Perhaps the most outspoken of these is Stella McCartney. Born into a strictly vegetarian family, McCartney has adopted a strong policy against the use of

    Animal Magnetism By The Luxury Channel

    Delve into the wild as we explore why animal print is strong enough to withstand fashion’s fads….

    Season upon season, we are told that animal print is in, and this season is absolutely no different from the last. Animal print, or more specifically leopard print, has never been hotter. Not only does it feature prominently in the collections we have come to expect it from (for example, Dolce and Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli and Christian Louboutin) but now we see many more major fashion houses exploiting the print to great effect. Balmain, Rupert Sanderson, Mulberry, Azzedine Alaia, 3.1 Philip Lim,

    Time For A Treat By The Luxury Channel

    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.

    www.etsy.com/shop/hotdigitaldog

    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.

    www.dogisagod.it

    HUF Haus By The Luxury Channel

    A front row seat in Nature’s theatre.

    At first glance a HUF Haus appears to be at odds with nature – all sharp angles, gleaming glass and sleek edges. However, behind its slick façade, it’s a surprisingly traditional company with a sense of responsibility towards our planet and it’s inhabitants.

    Established in 1912, the family-run business now has a near cult following, due to its distinctive building style that refuses to surrender to passing trends. However, there is one modern issue that HUF Haus is readily addressing: that of the environment.

    Doing their bit to protect everything from polar

    Rock on in style with Pisani marble By Cara Dattani

    From St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Egyptian staircase at Harrods – Pisani’s timeless marble gives interiors both private and public a luxury of the highest order.

    Marble is one of the earth’s natural wonders. It is a rock that has long been associated with affluence, elegance and refinement. After millions of years of extreme heat and pressure, deep below the earth’s surface, one expects the end product to be something really special. In its variation, colour and strength marble is also one of the most durable products in the world. From the Parthenon in Ancient Greece to St. Paul’s

    Revitalise Your Home For Summer By The

    The work of interior designer Helen Green can be seen at The Berkley Knightsbridge and The Sandpiper Hotel. She gives us ten top tops to make our homes bright and breezy this Summer.

  • Updating your accessories for the summer can make a home feel fresh and seasonal. Pale blue or green candles in hurricane lamps and candlesticks feel summery – choose ocean breeze scented candles for the smell of the summer.
  • Brighten a bathroom by adding a feature skylight; locate one directly above a shower to wake up with the morning sun, or above a bath to look up

  • Fit For The Queen By Antonia Pearce

    Antonia Pearce interviews Rachel Trevor-Morgan, milliner to Her Majesty 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

    Stay Green This Season By The Luxury Channel

    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 soooo 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!

    Go to www.wimbledon.org and www.waitrose.com.

    Fashion At The Races By Lauren Steventon

    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 Cerulean collection, these ‘‘Life Is Beautiful’’ correspondence cards are the only way to RSVP to the 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

    All That Glitters By Antonia Peck

    Those who wish to woo their lover this summer should present their lady with one of these gorgeous jewels….she won’t say no!

    Fabergé’s Rings

    These rings are part of Fabergé’s inaugural High Jewellery collection. Artistic, original and pioneering – the spirit of Fabergé has a new raison d’être and the luxury industry is taking note.

    www.faberge.com

    Damiani’s Engagement Rings

    Jennifer Aniston received a Damiani engagement ring from Brad Pitt. Need we say more?

    www.damiani.com

    Lyme Fine Jewellery’s High-Romance Earrings

    These bespoke earrings will look fantastic on the lady who wishes to dance the night away with her suitor.

    Essential A-List Escapes By The Luxury Channel

    Our mole digs around for the very best in A-list property.

    When Hollywood stars aren’t pounding red carpets, preening in front of cameras or cosying up to their co-stars, they need a bolt hole where they can just unwind and be themselves.

    Luxury in an Ancient Land

    Porto Heli, Greece has long been the one of the best-kept secrets among the rich and the famous. They describe it as the “Cote d’ Azure” of the Eastern Mediterranean, with all the perks of the Cote but also the privacy it lacks. The Aman Residences at Porto Heli are the

    Home Stylish Home – Louise Bradley By The Luxury Channel

    The Luxury Channel meets London-based designer Louise Bradley.

    If you’re stuck in an interior design rut, it’s time to call upon one of the best in the biz, Louise Bradley. She’s outfitted some of the most elegant pads around the world, one peek inside her London showrooms and you’ll see how.

    The showrooms in London’s Chelsea are full of beautiful, sleek, elegant designs, using antique mirror, shagreen, Art Deco touches and lots of sexy and sleek purples, silvers and neutrals: we love the comfy sink-into sofas and beautiful shagreen desks, photo frames and bar kit.

    This

    Belgravia’s Favourite – Catherine Milner By The Luxury Channel

    Catherine Milner has been quietly acquiring, renovating and designing properties for her exclusive and international clientele for a number of years.

    Catherine’s most recent project was described as a triumph in which the ‘style went above and beyond that offered by most top end developers’ (Knight Frank, Belgravia division). Clients and contemporaries alike speak of her reputation for excellence and impressive value-adding renovations, making Catherine the chief port of call for high-specification projects in Belgravia, Chelsea and Knightsbridge.

    Guided by strong architectonic principles and classical influences, in Catherine’s view “every property possesses an inherent and rational logic

    Modus Fireplace Design By The Luxury Channel

    The Luxury Channel takes a look at the hottest fireplace installations around.

    The summer may be upon us, but here at The Luxury Channel we’re already looking forward to winter after our discovery of Modus Design. Their bespoke fireplaces are more akin to art installations than heating devices, transforming your hearth into the focal point of any room.

    No two Modus fireplaces are the same – they will work closely with you or your architect to accommodate your every need and create something truly unique and unusual. And, if you can’t wait until winter, Modus can make

    The Allure of Denim By Alanna Lynott

    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, jeans are unrivalled. Despite rather inauspicious origins, everyone from workmen to celebrities wear jeans; they’re worn on building sites, in classrooms, in offices

    Get ‘Sex And The City’ Style By Alanna Lynott

    Celebrate and recreate the adventures of Carrie and the girls in honour of Sex And The City hitting the big screens once more….

    As the girls head to Abu Dhabi to escape the pressures of work, motherhood and relationships, we find them a couple of years older, definitely no wiser, and their wardrobes still right on trend.

    Everyone’s favourite stylist Patricia Field hit the jackpot when it came to the clothes. It was rumoured that the final wardrobe had a price tag of $10 million – and it shows! The Luxury Channel loves Carrie’s 1970s inspired dresses, especially

    Making a Good Investment And The State of Luxury Retail By Lucia van der Post

    Making A Good Investment

    We’re in the middle of exceedingly interesting times and how to deal with them is furrowing the brows of every provider of bags and shoes, frocks and furbelows. Since few of us are actually short of clothes or in dire need of another gew-gaw, what, they ponder, is going to prise that elusive credit card out of our tightly-curled fists?

    Something special is the universal view. Something of serious quality, with a story to tell, with real wit or that is properly gorgeous. The lower end of the market is still holding up –

    Architecture in Action By Tara Bernerd

    The Boat House in Windsor, designed by End Studio, and Tara Bernerd on adding value to your property.

    The Boat House in Windsor

    The brief: To create a boathouse for receptions and events in Windsor. The boathouse and its sister swimming pool pavilion will be located on the river front with almost 360 views of the English countryside.

    The challenge: How to make the building at one with its natural surroundings.

    The solution: The creation of an “edgeless” lightweight structure that blends with the surroundings. Every effort was taken to reduce the edges of the building for a

    Privately Owned Hotel-Run Villas By Alanna Lynott

    Investing abroad can have its pitfalls, but as Alanna Lynott discovers – if a hotel is prepared to take the edge off then it might be a dream worth pursuing.

    Nestled in 8,000 acres of pristine nature reserve, with panoramic views over a sparkling blue lagoon, the Villas Valriche lie on the wild south coast of Mauritius. It’s the dream destination; the perfect hideaway and it comes with a minimum US$1.1million price tag. It seems this little piece of paradise could be a prudent investment.

    Ingenious ‘leaseback’ schemes mean you can buy your island bolt-hole, which you then

    Windows Still Sparkle In Dubai By The Luxury Channel

    This Christmas 2010, Swarovski Crystallized’s strange and beautiful forms adorn the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue in Burjuman, Dubai.

    Impressive window dressing is a prerequisite for luxury department stores across the globe. There to entice and inflame admiration in the potential buyer, they act as a portal into a fantasy world of shimmer, splendour and decadence.

    As the festive season fast approaches, Saks Fifth Avenue, Burjuman, Dubai have partnered with Swarovski Crystallized Elements to create extraordinary, illuminating and festive window displays. Crystal adorned and limited edition clothing (by international fashion designers such as Michael Kors, Zac Posen and Vera

    Money that Moves By The Luxury Channel

    Housing tours in the US for wealthy Chinese clients, and why Switzerland is the most attractive location to live for the International wealthy.

    US Real Estate Tours Offered to Chinese Wealthy

    Soufun Holdings, one of China’s largest real estate companies, has started to offer housing tours of the US to wealthy Chinese individuals looking to take advantage of the country’s lower real estate prices (Business Week). For a fee of $3,600 each, the tour members viewed homes worth $500,000 to $1m.

    Chinese wealthy allocate 21% of their assets to property (Merrill Lynch) and the invest in real estate

    Titanium Too By Martina O'Boyle

    The Guggenheim Bilbao is a modern architectural icon and the most famous titanium structure in the world.

    The Guggenheim Bilbao was the first building in Europe to be outfitted in titanium. Frank Gehry’s structure is instantly recognisable: its explosive facades, twisting lines and interconnected sections, most of which boast a reflective titanium skin, less than a millimeter thick.

    Called the “best building of the 20th century” by the possibly biased King Juan Carlos of Spain, who inaugurated the building in the fall of 1997, the building is intended to resemble a ship on the banks of the river

    Make Me a Perfect Match

    Seventy Thirty is a dating service for the extremely wealthy and successful – and they’ve never been busier.

    Call it what you will—credit crunch, credit crisis, recession — but it has been good for at least one industry: dating companies. Apparently our uncertain economy has provoked a desire for companionship and chemistry. And it’s not just online outfits like Match.com that have seen a rise in singles looking for love. The extremely high-end matchmaking service, Seventy Thirty whose clients must have £1 million in liquid assets and are charged from £10,000 a year, reports more interest ever since Lehman

    Plug In to Being Unplugged By The Luxury Channel

    Embrace the future with clutter-free wireless technology – help is here for that unslightly mess at the back of your console or desk. Wireless alternatives for all your favourite gadgets are at hand.

    The Sonos bundle 150

    Fill your home with music. The Sonos bundle enables you to stream music from your Mac or PC to multiple rooms all over your house and control it via one remote – or your iPhone. You get instant access to your entire music collection, plus thousands of Internet radio stations, from your bedroom, kitchen or wherever you want to hang out.

    Spy Watches By The Luxury Channel

    You may not have your own personal Q or all the nifty gadgets that Daniel Craig has in the James Bond films, 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 stake-out or just meeting up

    Browns 40th Anniversary By Cara Dattani

    Celebrating in style comes naturally to Joan Burstein, CBE and co-founder of Browns. Together with her late husband, Sidney, she launched the flagship boutique on South Molten Street forty years ago in 1970.

    Famously credited for being the first to stock designers such as John Galliano, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren on British soil, Browns has established itself firmly at the heart of London’s shopping scene, celebrating its anniversary with an exhibition entitled “Forty Years of Fashion Innovation.”

    The exhibition featured the exclusive “Future Collectables” collection with unique contributions from the likes of Cristopher Bailey, Missoni, Erdem, Alexander

    Statement Pieces By The Luxury Channel

    Bejewel your coffee table with our pick of the best books on the subject….

    Van Cleef & Arpels

    By Anne-Marie Clais

    The mere mention of the name Van Cleef & Arpels signifies beauty, excellence and mystique. It is one of the few brands that has an immediate and undeniable power to fascinate, a quality earned with over a century of unyielding devotion to the highest standards of haute jewellery. Van Cleef & Arpels deftly combines glamour with nature, and sophistication with simplicity — just like the women who choose it.

    About The Author: Anne-Marie Clais is a graduate of

    Everything To Declare By The Luxury Channel

    Diamonds, pearls, rubies and silver – The Luxury Channel explores the world’s most sparkling exports….

    Diamonds

    Marilyn Monroe cooed and swayed to the words, ‘‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,’’ and men and women buy them to mark their engagement or to decorate a décolletage. However, most think that if it’s diamonds you want, South Africa is the place to source them – and Graff, Tiffany and De Beers seem to agree.

    Pearls

    Vietnam is one of the world’s hottest new travel destinations, as well as a source of incredible pearls. A trip around the breathtaking limestone isles

    An Interview With Katherine Jenkins By The Luxury Channel

    The Luxury Channel caught up with the internationally renowned Welsh soprano, Katherine Jenkins, as she prepared to headline on the final night of A Journey Through Time 111 – the watch and jewellery showcase presented by Tourism Malaysia and Starhill Gallery.

    How did you get involved with A Journey Through Time?

    I got an invitation to come and have my first performance here in Kuala Lumpur. It’s a completely new place for me and I’m excited to be here.

    Is it always exciting when you come somewhere completely new?

    It is, and I think it’s something you

    Heavy Metals By The Luxury Channel

    The new titanium jewellery collection designed by Solange Azagury-Partridge for American Express is revealed….

    American Express sought out acclaimed jewellery designer Solange Azagury-Partridge when they commissioned a special collection to celebrate their new Titanium card. Azagury-Partridge’s pieces adorn the necks of celebrities and fashion icons worldwide, but she has always wanted to work with the notoriously difficult metal titanium. She spoke with The Luxury Channel about the strong and versatile collection she calls “Black Rainbows”, and her collaboration with American Express.

    What was different about working with titanium?

    Titanium is very unforgiving – it is not a metal you

    A Look At Spring / Summer Fashion By Edwina Ings-Chambers

    Edwina Ings-Chambers takes a look at what’s coming down the catwalk for Spring / Summer….

    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 hang on

    Limited Edition Watches By The Luxury Channel

    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.

    Richard Mille

    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 watch combines 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

    Shine On You Coloured Diamond By Sunshine Flint

    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,

    Italian Style, To Go By Sunshine Flint

    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 heel-less 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 up

    Design Direction By Lucia van der Post

    Lucia van der Post says that the furniture and furnishings at the Salon di Mobile in Milan prove that the troubled economy has created a boom in designers’ creativity and innovation….

    For designers who earn their livings by creating new “stuff” (which reminds me of Karl Lagerfeld’s definition of the job of the designer which is “eternally to re-ignite desire”), this year’s Milan Furniture Fair (Salon di Mobile) posed some interesting dilemmas. The Milan Furniture Fair, after all, is to the world of interior design what the catwalk shows are to fashion. It’s where designers strut their stuff. Where

    Image Makers By The Luxury Channel

    The Luxury Channel talks to two of London’s top personal stylists about what they do for their clients.

    Noni Ware has been a personal stylist for two years. Previously, she was the retail editor at Harper’s Bazaar. Before becoming a personal stylist, Camilla Yonge worked in fashion marketing.

    Do you work with men and women? What is the split?

    NW: I work with mainly women, but have a few male clients. Of the women, about 80% are professional and 20% are mothers.

    CY: I work with both, the split is currently 70 to 30, but men are increasing. The

    London’s Watch Retailing Gets A Gallic Boost By James Gurney

    The imminent arrival of Parisian store Kronometry 1999 in Bond Street is cause for celebration for watch collectors, says QP editor James Gurney.

    Until the arrival of Marcus a decade ago, buying a good watch in London used to mean going to Watches of Switzerland, the then somewhat tatty Harrods watch department, Selfridges or Asprey.

    Founder Marcus Margulies set out to create “the most important watch collection in the world.” Despite sticking with such an ambitious strap-line, Marcus has succeeded in creating an environment where, for the first time in London, horological wonders such as Audemars Piguet and Greubel-Forsey

    Billionaire Boys Club – Dashing In Tweed By The Luxury Channel

    Pharrel Williams – superstar music producer, singer and co-founder of fasion label Billionaire Boys Club – has given timelessley stylish tweed a new, relevant spin.

    In collaboration with Dashing Tweed and their resident textile designer Kirsty McDougall, Pharrell’s vision for trendier tweed was quick to become a reality. Hooded jackets, skater shorts and tailored blazers were re-fashioned out of green and brown tweed with a reflective yarn. The royal blue velvet pockets on the blazer contrast with the muted tones of this quintessential fabric.

    Pharrell has demonstrated a quiet respect for the traditional ever since he spoke at

    Pure Purchases: The Eternal Allure of The Bespoke By The Luxury Channel

    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

    Child’s Play By Lauren Steventon

    Apparently Suri Cruise’s wardrobe is worth $3 million. These days a simple T-shirt just won’t cut it with style-savvy youngsters. Lauren Steventon picks the best ranges for children who like to keep it chic….

    Whether your child is a mini fashionista like Tom Cruise’s Suri, an indie kid like Angelina Jolie’s Shiloh or a rocker like Gwen Stefani’s Kingston, they’re going to have an opinion about their wardrobe, and more and more parents are looking for chic, stylish – but still childish – clothes for their toddlers and teens.

    Alex And Alexa

    According to Alex Theophanous, who founded children’s

    Zena Khan’s Sensational Sculptural Jewellery By Antonia Pearce

    Antonia Pearce caught up with the jewellery designer Zena Khan on the island of Bali, to talk mosques, Maharajas and beauty….

    What impact has living and working in Bali had on your design aesthetic?

    Bali is a very spiritual and creative island. It has profoundly changed the way I work. I’ve become much calmer and more confident about the directions I want to go in. Island life forces you to take on only what you need and let everything else slide away. This comes through in my designs, consisting of simple yet exaggerated shapes.

    You moved from London

    Getting Into Costume By Lauren Steventon

    Costume jewellery designers who inspire, transform and enhance the way we wear jewellery….

    Butler & Wilson

    Camp, gothic, girly or bling, Butler & Wilson do it all. Famous for retro-styling and statement pieces, the latest collection includes some Alexander McQueen-esqe skulls sparkling with Swarovski crystals.

    www.butlerandwilson.co.uk

    Kenneth Jay Lane

    The king of Costume Jewellery, Kenneth Jay Lane’s pieces have been worn by style-makers such as Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O, and sell in high fashion outlets like Net-a-Porter. Always beautiful, colourful and sparkly, the pieces are real show-stoppers.

    www.net-a-porter.com

    Joan Rivers

    Didn’t see that one coming, did you?!

    Real Vs Fake: The Costume Jewellery Debate By Lauren Steventon

    Are diamonds really a girl’s best friend? Or could costume jewellery actually be her closest companion?

    Long before Lorelei Lee sang those immortal words in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, diamonds – indeed all precious stones – had exerted their sway over feminine fashion.

    In the past few centuries in the West, gems have dominated the jewellery market, as a symbol of social status, wealth and family history. Cheaper jewellery made from glass or semi-precious metals, and “folk” or “tribal” jewellery had their fans, but they were by no means a fashion trend. However, in the 1930s, things started to change.

    Cinderella Will Go To The Ball By The Luxury Channel

    The House of Borgezie’s Eternal Diamond Stiletto – the world’s first shoe to be made entirely from gold and diamonds.

    Retailing from £100,000 the Eternal Diamond Stiletto comes with a 1,000 year guarantee, representing a genuine fashion investment that lasts a lifetime.

    Made from the earth’s most beautiful natural resources, each pair is as individual as the person for whom they are created.

    Contact House of Borgezie on 0121 233 4111 to arrange a personal consultation.

    www.borgezie.com

    Desirable Design By Alanna Lynott

    Alanna Lynott celebrates five beautiful, “must have” objects of desire from across the globe….

    Lighting

    The beautiful Yakuza Lou Chandelier by designer Eddy Sykes is a hand-made light sculpture that gracefully transforms its shape as it sheds a soft, patterned light onto surfaces below. Its brass contours bring to mind church incense burners, origami fortune-tellers and the mysticism and magic of the Hagia Sophia. It is a radical re-imagining of lighting in times gone by, which combines a feeling of history and enchantment with a cutting-edge modern style. It is also available in black chrome and each limited edition

    Summer In The Hamptons With Hermès By The Luxury Channel

    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