Lifestyle articles from The Luxury Channel Magazine.

Head-To-Toe Bridal Beauty By Fiona Sanderson

The latest statistics released reveal that there were 239,020 marriages between opposite-sex couples held in 2015. That’s over a quarter of a million couples who made plans for their wedding. We were interested, however, in all the preparations that take place when people prepare their looks for the big day.

We talked to two leading medical directors, Dr. Amanda Wong-Powell and Terry Loong, who has over 10 years’ experience in the aesthetic industry restoring youthful features for both women and men, and asked them what you should do for your wedding day.

Their clinic, W One Knightsbridge, prides itself

Le Parc du Cap – Le Nec Plus Ultra By Harriet O'Grady

There’s no doubt about it, the Cote d’Azur still remains one of the most beautiful and exciting stretches of coastline in the world. Its soft Mediterranean light, its Alpine backdrop, its clear waters, its corniches, creeks and beaches still dazzle. There are many lovely places but the Cote d’Azur has the edge and always will have because it attracts, and no doubt will continue to attract, the very rich and famous. With them comes that special veneer of pure glamour we find so alluring. Their excesses are so monumental in the form of giant superyachts and palatial villas, that

Esthechoc – The Revolutionary Vegan Chocolate Beauty Supplement By The Luxury Channel

It is “the secret weapon used by celebrities and fashion insiders alike to keep themselves looking fresh-faced and glowing.” So says Harrods, but as The Luxury Channel gets swept up in the hype around Esthechoc, we wanted to try it for ourselves to see whether this luxury chocolate brand really can hit the sweet spot and do you some good….

Music artist and brand ambassador Elle L has launched a new campaign, called Golden, on behalf of Esthechoc, a revolutionary vegan chocolate beauty supplement that, when enjoyed daily over the course of a few weeks, has proven and powerful

Luxury And Lalique Through The Prism of Glass By Ramy Salameh

On the 130-year anniversary of Lalique, Ramy Salameh visited Wingen-Sur-Moder in Alsace, to luxuriate in the enduring Lalique legacy and discover the ultimate luxury weekend break….

The light softly and elegantly illuminated bunches of sculpted grapes that wrapped themselves around a Lalique ‘‘Saint-Vincent’’ plaffonier. The ceiling light-shade adorned my grandmother’s North London apartment and was my first and earliest introduction to the work of the great René Lalique. Even as a child, the way the light permeated the sculptural glass was not lost on me. That same sense of amazement and artistry remains in Alsace, weaving its magic through

Spinning The Bottle – Ornellaia’s 10th Edition For Vendemmia d’Artista By The Luxury Channel

At a special benefit auction held at the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Ornellaia presented the 10th edition of its Vendemmia d’Artista project on the 30th anniversary of its first vintage, 1985.

The project celebrates the unique character of each new Ornellaia vintage. Every year since the release of Ornellaia 2006 in May 2009, a contemporary artist has created a site-specific work of art and a series of limited edition labels, drawing inspiration from the word chosen by the winemaker to describe the character of the new vintage. The Vendemmia d’Artista project includes a label created

Dr. Amanda Wong-Powell: Royal Beauty Doctor By Fiona Sanderson

The Luxury Channel spoke to Dr. Amanda Wong-Powell of W One Knightsbridge in London, who boasts a long list of A-list celebrity clients. She has just opened her new W One Penthouse Suite in the heart of Knightsbridge, where her specialist team of renowned physicians prides itself on innovative treatments ranging from but not limited to: medical facials, skin peels, Botox, dermal fillers, facial rejuvenation, intravenous vitamins and surgical body treatments.

Firstly, how would you describe yourself?

I am foremost a doctor, but I’m also an entrepreneur and most importantly, I am an artist with beauty. I qualified as

LA’s Ultimate Airport Luxury Touchdown By Ramy Salameh

Forget the crowded airport thoroughfares and lounges, the queues for immigration to boarding and waiting for baggage. In fact, imagine what it must feel like to be delivered for departure directly to the aircraft steps and to be met on the tarmac on arrival by a chauffeur-driven limousine….does royalty and heads-of-state spring to mind?!

The City of Angels International Airport (LAX) has been running the ultimate pre and post-flight luxury for the last year and is coming up for its first birthday. Premium passengers can expect a one-of-a-kind experience within The Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport, the first

Moser – The Royal Connection And The Bridal Collection By The Luxury Channel

For those wanting to follow in royal wedding traditions, Moser – world-leading producers of luxury handmade crystal – have shared insights as to their most popular glassware sets, gifted and used by royal families worldwide, and they reveal which pieces have been selected for the Moser 2018 Bridal Collection. Moser’s luxury beverage sets, decorative objects and master-engravings have always been popular items for royals, dignitaries, celebrities and those that appreciate luxury crystal.

Frantisek Schneider, CEO at Moser, commented that “the most precious gifts are those that are given with love, and create a memory of a special moment in

Best In London – The People Who Really Matter By Caroline Phillips

Caroline Phillips unearths the people who really matter to the people who really matter. The doctors, practitioners, therapists and service providers who celebrities and folk with their finger truly on the pulse have on speed dial. An alphabetical guide to the country’s leaders in everything from psychotherapy to gut health. From who you should visit for semi-permanent make-up to hair removal. Not to mention the super-facialists and who to choose for acupuncture or to accompany you to buy your clothes….

GUDRUN JONSSON – For Gut Health And Emotional Release

Gudrun Jonsson is the hallowed healer of Holland Park. Some call

Jonathan Mizzi – This Is Awkward By The Luxury Channel

A new yoga-inspired furniture collection – called the Awkward Series – was launched during Decorex; the first line to be designed by rising star Jonathan Mizzi. A Maltese British designer, Mizzi founded his company Mizzi Studio in 2011 to fuse design, architecture and art into one holistic workspace.

Mizzi is known for projects spanning high-end design, architecture and art, for his futuristic techniques and now for the Awkward Series. The line is made up of a limited edition range including an 8-seater dining table, a 2/4-seater table and a coffee table.

The inspiration for the series comes from

Vaishaly Clinic – The Ultimate Glow-Getter By Caroline Phillips

What links Rachel Weisz, Kirsten Dunst and Sophie Dahl? Oh, and Elle Macpherson, Meg Ryan and Gwyneth Paltrow too. They’re all clients of Vaishaly, the super facialist. She’s also brow sculptor (threader) to the superstars. As if that isn’t enough, she and one of her team of whizzo therapists have just started offering microblading —a form of eyebrow tattooing, about which more later. Plus Vaishaly has recently expanded into the neighbouring building to open a nail bar offering everything you could ever want for the tips of your hands.

First to her most recent offering, Cupcake Nails. It’s

Rolls-Royce And The Greatest Phantoms In History By The Luxury Channel

This July, Rolls-Royce will gather together the greatest eight Phantoms from the last 92 years in Mayfair, London. These ‘‘Great Eight Phantoms’’ will welcome the next generation of this most celebrated luxury item. Over the next few weeks, Rolls-Royce will announce which great Phantoms will journey to London from around the world, telling the stories of these motor cars and the historical events they witnessed.

From its debut in 1925, the Rolls-Royce Phantom has stood as witness to history’s most defining moments, from treaty signings to occasions of state and events that have defined the world we live

Moser Celebrates 160 Years of Crystal Craft By The Luxury Channel

Celebrating 160 years since its founding, Moser has created a unique anniversary collection of masterpieces inspired by its rich history, entitled MOSER 2017, which is being exhibited at London’s luxury tableware retailer, Thomas Goode, until September. For the occasion, the most important and timeless examples of Moser’s historical archives have been lovingly revived by contemporary masters using crystal craft and a unique colour palette meticulously handed down from generation to generation. These works of art have undergone the same procedures as the originals created over a hundred years ago.

At the centre of the exhibition is a

Cool Britannia By Hannah Norman

Britain may be firmly on course for Brexit from Europe, and so it seems that now more than ever is the time for this nation to be focussing on its own industries and talents.

It’s the perfect time to reinstate the British luxury craftsmen who have been seemingly disappearing. Andrew Guest, Commercial Director in charge of special projects at Thomas Goode for the past 17 years, is in agreement. “We have some of the finest craftsmen in Britain,” he told us, “but you never really hear about them, because they don’t really sell themselves. There is a lot

Hästens – Crafting Sleep For A Restless World By Fiona Sanderson

Providing the planet with the best bed in the world requires precision and allows for no shortcuts, and no compromises. Fortunately for the sleep-deprived denizens of the 21st century, Hästens has been hand-making beds since 1852 (which, for those who know their history, is well before the invention of the light bulb), so it’s no surprise that their master craftsmen know a thing or two about getting a good night’s sleep.

“We are not selling beds – we are selling sleep,” says Ana Mladenovic, manager of Hästens’ Chelsea store in London. “Your sleep is priceless.” Indeed, on average

Jaguar I-PACE – The Future of Electric Motoring Hits The Streets By The Luxury Channel

Jaguar has unleashed its first electric vehicle – the Jaguar I-PACE – onto the streets for the first time. Driving on the streets of London’s famous Olympic Park, the electric performance SUV concept will be on the road in the second half of 2018. The I-PACE Concept is the smartest five-seater sports car – a performance car, a family car and an SUV all in one. It’s set to be the first real electric alternative to a traditional premium SUV, and it is of course as daringly designed and as innovative as the cars that originally put the marque

Gielly Green One-Stop Boutique Salon And Spa By Caroline Phillips

It’s like a studio that houses some of the capital’s greatest artists. Think of it as a curated exhibition or art gallery — but instead of artworks for sale, it has some of the world’s best hair maestros and therapists offering their services. These are the sorts of things that are said about Gielly Green, a tip-top boutique salon cum one-stop beauty lounge in Marylebone, London. It has also garnered glowing reviews in magazines like Tatler and Vogue.

Gielly Green is in the golden triangle that encompasses (celebrity eatery) the Chiltern Firehouse, fashion designer Bella Freud’s hip shop and

Putting The Luxury Back Into Cyprus By The Luxury Channel

A new era of modern beachfront living begins as Ayia Napa Marina begins construction in Cyprus. The £190 million mixed-use residential and commercial project offers luxurious residences, world-class yachting facilities (with a 600 berth marina that can accommodate yachts of up to 60 metres in length), a variety of retail boutiques, waterfront fine dining options, and recreational and nightlife experiences. The development will feature 190 spacious one-four-bedroom apartments, penthouses on the top two floors, 11 luxury beach villas and 18 marina and island villas directly overlooking the marina, featuring walk-out access to private berths, with prices starting at £430,000.

Skytime Jets – How The World’s Wealthiest Fly For Their Ski Breaks By James Shotton

The ski season is one of the busiest times of the year. Most people who are looking for private jet hire during the winter months are wanting to travel in luxury to popular resorts and elite ski destinations across the Alps – and they want to be able to travel where they want, when they want and how they want. This is especially so during the ski season but Skytime Jets, however, can arrange private flights to airports that the commercial airlines either can’t get to, or fly to infrequently. A private jet charter company that was launched in

Ethiopian Airlines – Flying On Cloud 9 By Caroline Phillips

Cloud 9. That’s the business class cabin of Ethiopian Airlines. The one in the A350. This is where you want to be when you leave the tarmac to head for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It’s the first Airbus A350 to fly long-haul out of Heathrow. And the first to fly in African skies.

Let’s start at the beginning. The airline shares a lounge with United at Heathrow. But if you’re flying from Addis Ababa, they have their own own dedicated space – with bar, children’s area, business centre and even an Ethiopian coffee corner.

The aircraft itself boasts spacious seats

Louis XIII – The Journey of A King By Fiona Sanderson

The Luxury Channel talks exclusively to Ludovic du Plessis, the young and handsome Global Executive Director of Louis XIII, about his vision for the brand, films and the future. We find out more about the brand’s l’Odyssée d’un Roi project, stars of the silver screen including Charlie Chaplin and John Malkovich, and why 100 years of love means drinking the finest cognac in the world….

Four French luxury houses have come together to create a masterpiece, called L’Odyssée d’Un Roi. A bespoke tribute to cognac’s mythical journeys through the ages, Louis XIII has collaborated with Hermès, Saint-Louis and Puiforcat. To

The Reveal of The New Discovery SUV By Fiona Sanderson

Land Rover invited The Luxury Channel to their big live reveal of the new Discovery seven-seat SUV. We spoke to Design Director Gerry McGovern about their latest offering, and why he thought this new Discovery is unchallenged in the SUV market. We also spoke to Bear Grylls, Sir Ben Ainslie and Zara Phillips (watch our interview here) about the Discovery’s unique features and why they believe this vehicle really does embody Land Rover’s drive to go ‘‘Above and Beyond.’’

Land Rover chose a night at Packington Hall in Warwickshire, UK – close to Land Rover’s Solihull plant – to

Obone Design – The Craft of Bespoke Luxury Furniture By The Luxury Channel

Looking to spruce up your office space, disguise an awkward chimney flue, or perhaps introduce a modern twist to a classic English home? Obone Design specialises in bespoke furniture for both homes and businesses alike, delivering truly unique and luxurious pieces for any environment. Able to design everything from individual statement pieces to entire rooms, your interiors can be crafted with beautifully-made furniture that has been built to last a lifetime.

Obone has just announced the launch of its new Italian Collection, created by experienced Italian artisans with a passion for creativity and an eye for luxurious detailing. The

Bentley Mulsanne – A Mobile Working Sanctuary By Charlotte Metcalf

We are eating orange-infused quail breasts in the banqueting hall of Schloss Elmau, an historic hotel lying in the shadow of Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak. A wall of windows yields a theatrical panorama over the snow-capped Bavarian Alps that rise jagged and majestic above the forested hillsides sloping up from Schloss Elmau’s groomed lawns. All our eyes are drawn outwards, as though we are in a cinema, though the room itself is lush with gold leaf and warm textured walls. In 2015, Schloss Elmau was home to the G7 Summit and world leaders gathered around this very table for

The Launch of The Jaguar F-PACE By Charlotte Metcalf

‘I’m actually the reason for the F-PACE,’ laughs David Gandy. ‘I’m a sports car enthusiast but when I saw the F-PACE in clay form, I said, “Build it!”’ It’s not every day that I hang out with male supermodels in one of the world’s most prestigious hotels, but this is no ordinary car launch. Jaguar has invited a small (mainly female) group to Montenegro on a privately chartered plane to test-drive their first ever SUV. So now we’re sipping champagne and gathered around a metallic blue F-PACE that blazes lusciously in the evening sunshine.

In front of

On Top of A Mountain With Kenton Cool And The Range Rover Evoque Convertible By Fiona Sanderson

With a reputation for being the world’s best ski resort, Courchevel 1850 has a lot to live up to….and it does! So, I was delighted to be invited to be part of the “in crowd” and test what has been dubbed the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible – the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible. It was also a chance to meet Land Rover ambassadors Kenton Cool and Ben Saunders, two of the world’s top alpine and polar explorers respectively, and hear their opinions on the car.

Courchevel is synonymous with luxury, and masses of it. Courchevel 1850 has

Part of The Furniture – Interior Design Ideas By The Luxury Channel

The Paris furniture fairs, such as Maison & Objet and Paris Déco Off, have long been a staple in the homeowner’s calendar for their spotlight on home and interior design, and the new and innovative products we’ll all be coveting as a consequence! The Luxury Channel rounds up our pick of what was on offer….


Inspired by the timeless allure of games, magic and mystery, L’Objet’s Smoke + Mirrors collection captures the mischief of the after-dinner moment. Combining extraordinary textures and finishes, including natural shell inlays, antiqued brass, ebonized mahogany and the brand’s signature Limoges porcelain, this collection

Tim Gosling On The Art of The Christmas Tree By The Luxury Channel

Tim Gosling, bespoke furniture maker and interior designer to the rich and famous, as well as creator of superyacht interiors, libraries, dining rooms, apartments and stately homes, is known for his meticulous attention to detail. He has an international client list which includes eminent figures from the arts and industry as well as Royalty. With friends and clients such as Sir Elton John, he is no stranger to the celebrity world.

Gosling lives in a large 18th Century house in Clapham, south London, which is dripping with Christmas lights, Santas, gnomes, reindeer and Bambis. He is quoted as saying

May The Force Be With You – Star Buys For Christmas By The Luxury Channel

We bring a little fun for Christmas with our round-up of the best Star Wars stocking fillers….

The Write Way

In celebration of the timeless and iconic Star Wars saga, Cross Pens has unveiled a new series of writing instruments and journals that capture the mythical and modern elements of the original Star Wars film trilogy, putting the force of fine writing, creativity and storytelling directly into the hands of fans of all ages. Featuring iconic characters C-3PO, Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper, the Star Wars limited edition collection from the Townsend line is limited to 1977 units per character

Black Chili Driving Experience By Gareth Herincx

Six amazing cars and two days of thrilling driving staged against the spectacular backdrop of Andalucia, Spain. Yes, this can only mean Continental Tyres’ Black Chili Driving Experience. The event allows the tyre giant to showcase its ultra high performance tyres, all made using a special “Black Chili” compound, fitted to an intriguing blend of fast cars.

Jaguar’s drop-dead gorgeous drophead F-TYPE was the lone Brit in the Black Chili stable, joined by two Americans – the game-changing 100% electric Tesla Model S and the iconic Corvette C7 Stingray.

A Teutonic trio made up the pack – a

Panamera S E-Hybrid – Plug Into Porsche’s Big Green Machine By Gareth Herincx

Meet the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid – one of the fastest, most eco-friendly ways to ferry four adults around in style for £100,000….

The Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid raises many an eyebrow. We’ll come back to its looks, but let’s start with its green credentials. You see, this 167mph two-ton Teutonic beast with a basic price of just under £90,000 is VED Band A, which means it’s car tax free, exempt from the London Congestion Charge and qualifies for company car tax breaks. Why? Because this Panamera is a plug-in Porsche. So, alongside its 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, capable

The First Word On Kitty O’Grady By Lily Agius

French architect Kitty O’Grady worked in Paris at The Atelier Jean Nouvel after graduating from The Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. She returned home to the South of France, where she now lives in Montelimar with her husband and two young sons, working for the architectural firm Atelier 3a….

My favourite space in my house has to be the ‘‘studio’’ in our family home in Alba, where I grew up. This is the room in which my grandmother originally spent many hours painting in the light from a very large window. At one stage it became my

Horses, Heritage And A Fleet of Defenders By Fiona Sanderson

When Land Rover asked me to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show in celebration of the Defender and drive a selection of their classic vintage cars through Windsor Park, I jumped at the chance. Memories of learning to drive in one of these sturdy classics meant that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to drive such an iconic British car down the famous Long Walk to Windsor Castle.

The concept for the Land Rover Defender was initially developed in 1947, but it has been re-modelled and modernised throughout the years. To celebrate this iconic vehicle, Land Rover has

The Cure At VivaMayr Altaussee By Caroline Phillips

The talk en route to the resort is scary. ‘They’ll put us on a diet of 600 calories a day.’ ‘You’ll be given so much Epsom salts you’ll need Pampers.’ Such is the speculation among journalists on the way to the VivaMayr Resort Altaussee, the spanking new wellness and health clinic on the shores of Lake Altaussee in Liezen, Austria.

Ah yes, but is VivaMayr Altaussee going to be like her ‘mother,’ the VivaMayr clinic at Worth – also owned by the Androsch (industrialist) family? Mrs. Putin almost lives at the Worth one. Isabelle Adjani is a fan.

Meet The Life Coach: Anna Percy-Davis By Antonia Peck

From executives to teens, Anna Percy-Davis provides advice and insight to improve people’s lives, helping people be confident, find their motivation and to communicate effectively – in other words, to be the very best versions of themselves. With a background working in investment banking and fund management, followed by a decade spent in executive recruitment, Anna Percy-Davis became an Executive and Careers Coach working with executives across the globe in the UK, Norway, Spain, France and the US. The Luxury Channel met with her to discuss brand versus individual power, and the qualities that contribute to professional success….

Capstar Chauffeurs By Kitty Buchanan-Gregory

How one luxury chauffeur service is helping ex-forces personnel on the road to recovery….

I meet Charlie Bowmont on a freezing cold day in Hyde Park, where he’d kindly agreed to meet me for this interview. However, the black lab had done what black labs do best, and rolled in vulpine perfume that was sending tourists running. I had to screech a warning as he bent down to pat her, but thankfully he seemed unperturbed by both the smell and then being forced to sit outside in the biting wind.

We meet to talk about Capstar, his luxury chauffeur

Meet Maggie And Rose By Antonia Peck

Antonia Peck meets the founders of Maggie & Rose, a private family members club, and discovers why parents need it just as much as their children!

Maggie & Rose is a private members club with a difference – it’s specifically aimed at the little lords and ladies, the children of the intelligentsia who for too long have been subjected to being dragged by their parents to uninspiring crèches and typically child un-friendly coffee shops. More often than not, the experience is unfulfilling for both parent and child so the prospect of a members club dedicated to soft play, inspiring

Les Ambassedeurs – A Review of London’s Most Exclusive Casino In Mayfair By Antonia Peck

Dynamic CEOs and successful entrepreneurs find a fitting playground for their capital at the exclusive Les Ambassedeurs Club, at 5 Hamilton Place in London’s Mayfair. Sir Philip Green notoriously won big, betting against the house at the roulette table, winning £2 million in a single night back in 2004. However, I am compelled to remind readers that statistically, the odds favour the casino and when it comes to ‘‘Les A’’ (as it is affectionately referred to by its members), thank goodness that this historic Grade II* residence of Sir Leopold Rothschild, built in 1810 with a superior library and

Riding Shotgun By Rosalind Milani Gallieni

When Land Rover announced a collaborative partnership with gun-makers Holland & Holland, they invited The Luxury Channel along to the reveal. Welcome to the most luxurious and expensive SUV ever….

Catering to the ultimate aspirational elements of luxury and British-ness, this new collaborative venture between Range Rover and Holland & Holland has brought two brands together to bring HNW clients the ultimate SUV, brimming with personality and creativity. Years of synergy between these two masters of performance means the fit with their respective customers is a naturally organic one, and the offering is a studied piece of excellence. This

Roja Dove – By Appointment By The Luxury Channel

Fully bespoke and ready-to-wear – Roja Dove introduces the new age of bespoke perfumery….

Master Perfumer Roja Dove has further fortified his position as Creative Ambassador for the GREAT Britain Campaign by introducing the world to a new chapter of bespoke perfumery. Born out of a vexation toward the way in which some approach bespoke perfumery, Roja has been inspired to restore integrity to the art by rewriting the rules altogether.

Created for those who desire the luxury of an individual scent but haven’t the luxury of time, his By Appointment perfume introduces a new direction by bringing

Feel On Top Form With FX Mayr By Isabel Donnelly

I felt in need of a little tender loving care and wanted to lose weight and feel on top form, so I booked into the FX Mayr Health Center which sits on the shores of Lake Worthersee in Carinthia, Austria. The building, decorated in a contemporary Austrian style, is situated with the oldest golf course in Austria on one side and the lake on the other – so you have pretty spectacular views.

I am welcomed by a charming man on reception, and he does everything to make me comfortable. My deluxe bedroom has solid wood floorboards and

Bespoke Home Living By The Luxury Channel

As the winter months loom in the northern hemisphere, our thoughts turn to hibernating in the comfort and luxury of our homes to avoid stepping out in the cold. With this in mind, The Luxury Channel brings you our pick of the perfect pieces of furniture with which to decorate your home. From chic chandeliers to stunning sofas, we’ve got it covered….

Tom Dixon

The conventional Gentleman’s club is reworked into a contemporary version of the historic British members club, creating a modern day home-away-from-home where pleasure and work collide. The Club collection features a palette of metallic colours, extraordinary

Buying In London By The Luxury Channel

Karen Goodin from Heaton & Partners shares London’s latest property buying trends….

Dealing in the top end of the prime central London property market, buying agents represent some of the wealthiest buyers in the capital. There has been an increase in the number of buyers from emerging markets such as South America, India and China; however, Americans and Europeans still make up a huge tranche of foreign investment in London. American clients tend to be drawn to the older, period properties, in traditional prime areas such as Kensington and Chelsea. Americans love the historical and cultural nature of London

Aston Martin – Putting Women In The Driving Seat By Fiona Sanderson

The car industry is (finally) waking up to the fact that nearly half of all drivers are women. RAC’s Technical Director, David Bizley, said that the UK has seen a boom in women drivers over the last 25 years, and recent research reveals that women play a major part in the purchase of seven out of ten cars. One of the world’s most influential men in the car industry, former Executive Vice President of Nissan Dr. Andy Palmer, has just taken over the driving seat at Aston Martin as CEO, which is not only great news for this iconic

QMS Medicosmetics – Serious Beauty Treatment By Bella Chalmer

After burning the candle at both ends with various mini-breaks around Europe and summer parties, I noticed my skin looked dull, dehydrated and tired. I went in search of a serious beauty treatment that would re-energise my skin – not a candles burning, listening-to-whale-music in a dark room facial. And so, I booked a treatment at QMS Medicosmetics in Chelsea, London.

An impressive place, perfectly white with bright lighting and friendly staff. It has an almost clinical feel about it that must stem from its German founder, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Med. Erich Schulte. His vision was to create a

Barbour And Land Rover – Driving Forward Innovation By Fiona Sanderson

As a guest of Land Rover and Barbour, I was invited to see the new collaboration between these two iconic British brands. The backdrop was Eastnor Castle, which has 50 acres of mud, hilly climbs and an assault cause that only the Land Rover collection of vehicles would revel in.

Used to driving my Land Rover between Waitrose and home, I was pleased to have an instructor who could put a Range Rover Sport through its paces. Taking your foot off the pedals to allow the car to roll down an almost 95 degree descent takes some nerves!

Access All Areas By Scott Manson

Sick of cramped planes, delays and scuppered travel plans? Scott Manson discovers that flying privately might be just the ticket….

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s definition of hell was, famously, “having to turn right when entering an aircraft.” Right, as anyone who’s ever flown knows, leads to cramped seats, DVT and terrible food, while what lies left is a comfort level several stratospheres above the so-called ‘cattle class.’

Yet despite the massive premium paid by first and business class passengers, the fundamental problem with flying on all commercial airlines is that, wherever you sit, the journey time remains the same. Sure, you

Salone del Mobile – Easter Rabbits And Magic Mirrors By The Luxury Channel

We bring you our favourites from Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the world’s largest home design exhibition.

Marni’s Animal House

Giraffes, ducks, donkeys, flamingos – and one or two Easter rabbits – were the centerpieces of Marni’s collaboration with Colombian women. The brightly coloured sculptures are part of a new, limited edition charity project, featuring unique, handmade pieces tailored in different colours. Traditional chairs and chaise longues complete this fun collection, with part of the proceeds going to Associazione Sogni On Lus, a charity that helps terminally ill children.

Knoll International

Knoll revealed that, for the first time ever,

La Vendemia In Umbria By Lucie Shelbourne

Our correspondent Lucie Shelbourne describes the Autumn months in the Umbrian hills….

As Autumn unfolds her skirts over the Umbrian hills, I try to hinder her by pulling off the yellowing leaves from my pot plants, pushing away the reminder that summer’s lease is breathing its last. Memories of July and August and their devouring element, which instills a fervour that banishes rationality, leaving one victim to all sorts of ensuing emotions, begin to fade like dreams at the break of day. At dawn, gentle rain pitter-patters on the terracotta roof tiles, nudging me out of my slumber. A

Rula Lenska’s Colourful Life By The Luxury Channel

By anyone’s standards, actress Rula Lenska has led an extraordinary life. Born to Polish aristocrats, refugees from the Nazis and then the Soviets, her father was heavily involved with the Polish government in exile. Renowned as a vivacious flame-haired beauty, she found fame in the 1970s as ‘Q’ in the TV series Rock Follies, before accidently conquering America with an Alberto VO5 hair products commercial, famously prompting Johnny Carson to ask on his show, “Who the hell is Rula Lenska?!”

Her long and varied theatrical career has included roles in classic British television series such as Minder, To the

Christening Gifts For The Prince Who Has Everything By Hannah Norman

With his Christening soon upon us, baby Prince George of Cambridge’s nearest and dearest will be focusing their efforts on trying to find the perfect gift for the young Royal. But let’s be honest – despite his parents’ solid grounding, he really does want for nothing, so what do you buy the baby who has everything? Time to think outside the traditional gift box….

Jack And The Beanstalk Bubble Blower

For a bit of fun and a gift with a difference, opt for a Jack And The Beanstalk Bubble Blower. Whilst this may well end up amusing big kids more

Jaguar’s First Ever Sports Crossover Concept Car Revealed! By The Luxury Channel

Sports crossovers have always stretched the possibilities of design, but Jaguar’s latest creation, the C-X17, is a combination of everything a petrolhead could look for in a car – the character of a sports car meets the sleek, seductive style and latest technological influences that Jaguar have become so well known for. Created to introduce the company’s all-new advanced aluminium monocoque architecture, Jaguar hopes to use the C-X17 as the starting point for a future range of high-performance Jags. “The C-X17 sports crossover represents an exciting new direction for Jaguar,” said Global Brand Director Adrian Hallmark.

The company’s

Unique Special Ones Car Concours Comes To St. Petersburg By Fiona Sanderson

Unique Special Ones Russia is more than a just classic car enthusiast’s prestigious event. It is, as the organisers promised, a really unique and luxurious lifestyle event set against a backdrop of magnificent St. Petersburg. The organiser and Chairman Sandro Binelli of the Mac-Group had dreamed of bringing this event to Russia, having organised the famous Mille Miglia race for five highly successful years. “This concours is a first of its kind in Russia and what better place to hold it than in St. Petersburg, home of the Czars,” he told me.

I was a guest of

The Business of Classic Cars By Fiona Sanderson

Interest in the classic car has never been stronger. Car concourses such as Unique Special Ones recently held in St. Petersburg, and Salon Prive and Concours of Elegance in London, have brought together some of the finest classic cars in the world. Ferraris, Bugattis and Bentleys have soared by 28% in value (correct as of June 2014), outstripping gold (which has slumped by 23% in recent years), art (down by 6%) and luxury London property, and some sources say this is thanks to rising demand from wealthy Asians. “Classic cars are proving to be one of the most lucrative and

Egg Lodges – One Is Never Un Oef! By The Luxury Channel

BMT Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced the development of a new series of houseboats, floating lodges and beach houses – luxurious living concepts crafted from a unique egg-shaped form reclaimed from a previous project. BMT Asia Pacific Managing Director Richard Colwill revealed “in the same way that an egg provides a flexible base for many recipes, we see countless opportunities in the development of this design for private or commercial use. The familiar, yet innovate form could be readily deployed along river and coastal sites, and a beach house variant has even been developed.”

The Last of The Lucciole By Lucie Shelbourne

Our correspondant Lucie Shelbourne describes the summer months in the Umbrian hills….

Il lucciole (fireflies) in summer are mesmerising. They resemble an elfin diamond mine at midnight with the flashes and sparkles coming off their silver hammers as they toil away. Watching from my upstairs window, I feel like I am peeping into a secret world. The whole garden below is alive with a mute existence of minuscule fulgurations owned by these infamous insects. The lucciole herald the end of the scholastic year. Younger children come to school during this period with jam jars that hold the lucciola that they

The All-New Range Rover Sport By Victoria Macmillan Bell

I’m perched atop a bank, deep in the Herefordshire countryside, being guided through the next series of challenges by a man head to toe in khaki from the Land Rover Experience team at Eastnor Castle.

Placed around the new Range Rover Sport are tiny cameras that feed images back to the screen to show you what’s what. All I can see from the front cameras is a long drop and then water – no land, just water. You see, the drop is so steep, the bonnet is facing the sky and there’s absolutely no opportunity for you to

Ruben Tabares – Star Trainer By Scott Manson

Ruben Tabares is the go-to guy for top athletes and high net worth types who want to take their training to the next level. David Haye, Amir Khan, P Diddy, Tinie Tempah, Danny Cipriani and John Terry are just some of the stars who have benefited from his radical programmes. We get the lowdown from one of the world’s most in-demand personal trainers.

How does a personal trainer end up on the speed dial of so many notable people?

It’s been a long route to where I am now. My fitness career began when I attended ballet school when

The East India Company – Reborn And Renewed Interview by Fiona Sanderson and words by Hannah Norman

The Luxury Channel meets the man behind the East India Company, Sanjiv Mehta.

For many new business owners, a key challenge is to turn your brand into a household name. But if you were taking on a 400 year old brand, you’d think that part of your job had already been done for you. Not so easy, however, when your brand was synonymous with the British Empire and all that it stood for.

London-based businessman Sanjiv Mehta is under no illusions when it comes to being an Indian at the helm of the East India Company, which he took

The Jaguar F-TYPE: For The Sweet Life! By Fiona Sanderson

For some, La Dolce Vita has connotations of the swinging 50s in Italy, sports cars, girls and boys in dark shades and smoky bars. For me, this certainly couldn’t have been more fitting for my trip to Italy on a sunny spring weekend around the Umbrian hills, with one of my favorite girlfriends and the new Jaguar F-TYPE – open top sports cars, truffles, glorious earthy wines and a massage in the monasterial ruins of one of the oldest villages in Italy. Jaguar had certainly laid out the ideal backdrop for a weekend away and a test drive of

Aston Martin – Stirred But Not Shaken By Philip Cayford

As I watched an array of supercars strutting their stuff, some heavily disguised, at the Milbrook Testing centre in Bedfordshire, the question was inevitably raised – if you had to choose just one supercar to the exclusion of all others, which one would it be? The fabulous Ferrari 458, crackling sex on wheels at 200 mph? The mind-blowing Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, faster still at 254 mph, described by one (biased) reviewer as “the most pointless exercise on the planet” and by another as the best car ever made? One of the insane Pagani collection? The awesome Maclaren

Luxury Seating At Its Finest By Leo Parker

When it comes to lavishly decorating your home, we all like to centre our attention on the furniture which we choose to adorn the rooms of our property. So far as luxury is concerned, it really doesn’t get much more luxurious than the frankly stunning Charles Eames lounge chair and ottoman (pictured above in breath-taking black leather).

Charles Eames was one of the 20th century’s most celebrated and respected furniture designers and the lounge chair and ottoman were unquestionably one of the American designer’s most iconic pieces of furniture and came to typify his body of furniture design. Eames

The Bespoke Impact Roadster – The Ultimate Luxury Toy Car By Hannah Norman

Quite often, we measure wealth in terms of material goods, and if there’s one way of proving you’re a serious step ahead in the luxury game, it’s by the four wheels you roll around in. But what happens when you’re barely old enough to see over the steering wheel, never mind not being old enough to hold a license? For those of the (much) younger generation intent on not having their street cred dented by such seeming trivialities, help is at hand in the form of the two seat electric Bespoke Impact Roadster.

Designed and built in Britain, this

Our Italian Garden Is A Sanctuary By Lucie Shelbourne

Our correspondent Lucie Shelbourne reports from her garden in the Umbrian hills in Italy….

Just as May turns into June in central Italy, all the immaculately raked fields along the road to the town have stacks of white boxes skirting them, and tractors galore. It’s a hive of industry. In the boxes are tiny tobacco plants, which are systematically being planted in long lines. The sight of the maize plants in late summer before they are harvested, standing resplendent in their florentine gold attire, is a feast for the eyes. The other common sight is, of course, the sunflowers

Couture Developments – Swiss Through And Through By Rosalind Milani Gallieni

Buy into spaces of tranquility and peace of mind, true to standards of Swiss excellence, with Kempinski’s new apartments.

A sunny terrace opens out onto the most extensive mountain range, still snow-capped in mid April, and Lake Geneva lies below, absolutely tranquil blue and secure in its world-renowned beauty, and now we are in the reality of it – we have arrived to the swooshing Swiss efficiency of Le Mirador Kempinski, the service-hotel, no less, to the nearby Du Parc Kempinski residential development. Having had its scaffolding and tarpaulins removed the day before our arrival, handover dates are

The Porsche Cayman – In A Class of Its Own By Victoria Macmillan Bell

This mid-engined model launched for the first time in 2005. Now in its 3rd guise, it’s still the car that took my breath away when I first experienced it. It’s still astounding in every way and of course, now it’s faster, lighter thanks to being almost all aluminium, and bestowed with even better dexterity, no other car out there comes close.

Available with a choice of two flat six engines, firstly with 275bhp is the 2.7litre followed by the 325bhp 3.4litre S version. Pair this with either the optional 7-speed PDK twin-clutch paddle-shift or the standard 6-speed manual gearbox.

The Launch of The Mini Paceman In Bilbao By Victoria Macmillan Bell

Dear Mini, surely it’s not possible to bend the common parts of the original hatchback into yet another derivative? Are there not enough versions for every activity? Apparently not. Enter the Paceman – think 3-door Coupe version of the hefty SAV Countryman.

I can see this on the school run, just as I see it parked next to a Range Rover on a London drive. The styling department has been very busy – hold that chrome-ringed overtime cheque though. No question, it has the BMW finish, the car feels high-end and very chunky and solid; certainly it should stand

From Range Rover With Love – Daniel Craig Reveals The All-New Range Rover Sport By Hannah Norman

A daring car ride through deserted city streets and flooded tunnels in a race against time sounds like the sort of thing James Bond is best known for. But when Daniel Craig stepped behind the wheel of the All-New Range Rover Sport, this was surely life imitating art, as he put the vehicle through its sporty paces.

Manhattan came to a standstill as Craig – and the flashy dark red model he was driving – turned heads as he speeded through the shut-off streets. Handling the car with all the panache that you would expect from a man whose

Jet Set Pets By Hannah Norman

They say a dog is man’s best friend, and when it comes to splashing money on our four-legged chums, we’re happy to do so without a second thought. When it comes to our pets, we’re pretty potty about them, and like them to travel with us wherever we are in the world – which is fine, albeit for the shocking statistic released recently. International animal travel is traditionally undertaken via live cargo cages in the hold of a plane, and whilst animal fatalities are rare, they do happen, and the figure is much higher than you might suppose –

John Tsagaris – The Skin Specialist Every Bride Needs On Speed Dial By Hannah Norman

Quite frankly, I’ve never thought my skin is very good. Perhaps a bit of a bold opening assertion, but I don’t mind admitting that I’m slightly envious of people with perfect, flawless skin. So I was slightly surprised when skin specialist John Tsagaris tells me that my skin is in fact quite good. I’m not even sure that he’s just trying to placate me.

I’m at John’s Knightsbridge clinic to experience LED light therapy, a rapidly growing revolution in creating youthful, radiant skin. We start off with a one-to-one about my skin. Whilst I’m feeling pretty pleased after having

The Grayshott Programme – For The Luxury of Feeling On Top of The World By Fiona Sanderson

Regular readers of The Luxury Channel’s online magazine will remember Fiona Sanderson’s article about Grayshott Spa, from December. She promised she’d be returning in January to try out their strict, 7 day rejuvenation programme….

Have you ever felt bloated and lethargic, with absolutely no zest for the day ahead? Well, I have and didn’t realise this feeling had become normal for me until I tried The Grayshott Programme. But this was more than just an improvement to my sluggish feeling – it really was life-changing. After 7 days of adjustments to my diet and routine, not only did I

How Niche Fragrances Are Gaining A Firm Following By Simon Brooke

At this time of year, many men will be opening their bathroom cabinets and looking at the aftershave that a loved one so kindly gave them for Christmas. They’ll then be wondering whether to splash a little bit on their freshly shaved face – or discreetly throw it in the bin.

Buying the right aftershave for a man might not be quite as tricky as choosing perfume for a woman but it requires a certain skill. Whether this makes it easier or harder, it’s too early to judge, but the choice of fragrances for men is getting wider. More

Grant Macdonald And Aston Martin – A Match Made In 00 Heaven By Hannah Norman

Celebrating any birthday is usually done with some degree of recognition, but when celebrating one’s centenary, it seems especially fitting to pull out all the stops. Aston Martin did just that, by teaming up with renowned London silversmith Grant Macdonald to create Silver By Aston Martin, a bespoke range of limited edition extras that every DB owner should want to collect. From picnic baskets to elegant cocktail shakers (we are talking about James Bond’s favourite make of car, after all), Grant Macdonald has all bases covered when it comes to providing luxury through beautiful, bespoke pieces.


Paradisi Furniture – One To Watch By Hannah Norman

When Hannah Norman of The Luxury Channel meets Simon Firullo, the designer behind Paradisi bespoke furniture, what comes across most vividly is his abundant passion for his work. “I’ve always loved furniture. It is inspiring, certainly older furniture” he says. An interest in his product notwithstanding, Simon’s strong design background has ensured the furniture he is producing has a strong engineering quality to it. This is Simon’s first foray into furniture production, and he’s currently produced two of his many designs – one is a tub chair, and the other, a much bigger, curved chair – but plans to roll

Retreating To Grayshott Spa By Fiona Sanderson

Imagine two hard-working girls who never have time to take a moment to pamper themselves, never mind try to reduce their stress levels. Deciding enough was enough, my girlfriend and I took ourselves off for a couple of days to the award-winning Grayshott Spa Hotel in Surrey, less than an hour’s drive from London.

I’d always had the feeling that health spas such as these cater purely for celebrity types, and aren’t interested in meeting the wellbeing needs of us mere mortals. Not so at Grayshott, however!

On entering, you feel like you’re walking into Nirvana. Almost

The Launch of The Audi A3 Sportback In Monte Carlo By Fiona Sanderson

Where better to test-drive the new Audi A3 Sportback than around the Grand Prix circuit and streets of Monte Carlo?

Arriving in Monaco to beautiful sunshine, I had a very open mind about Audi’s latest baby, the A3 Sportback. Whilst familiar with the A3’s cousin, the A4, this was driving into altogether new territory.

Despite how Audi may wish to market the Sportback, this really is a girl’s car. So, with that established, let’s get past the techno-babble to talk girl specifics.

First off, there are lights in the make-up mirrors, foot areas and cup holders as standard. There

A Vintage Year By Hannah Norman

Christmas is fast approaching, and whilst that should be a time of year to be indulging in goodwill to all men, when it comes to the inevitable headache of Christmas shopping, most people’s goodwill evaporates faster than the token glass of sherry left out for Father Christmas. Even amongst those who sensibly decide that rather than struggle with heavy bags, the most strenuous thing they will do is click the button of a mouse, the question at the back of everyone’s collective mind remains the same – what do I buy that they won’t already have?

Step forward

The All-New Range Rover – The Sine-Qua-Non of Any All-Terrain Experience Words and images by Rosalind Milani Gallieni

London to Marrakech and back in Range Rover’s own branded private charter. Well, my mother used to say, “firstly, get all the help you can in life, and secondly, when you travel, always do things you don’t get to do at home”…Well, this Marrakech weekend sure made these mere thoughts that cross your mind stick.

A smooth flight over Europe, fully-fuelled by the care and attentions of the hostesses, brought us into Marrakech Airport in perfect time for an evening reception planned at the newly opened Boutique Hotel, the Delano. The landing strip, still warm from the 38° day

Vespa – An Unhealthy Obsession By Rosalind Milani Gallieni

Where would we be without the style and romance of this simple two-wheeled vehicle, which gives us freedom, fun and friends? Once on its saddle, it’s the Vespa we can’t do without. This cool accessory, which takes its meaning from literally a wasp as it resembles its shape from above, was the result of Enrico Piaggio’s determination to create a low cost vehicle to zip people about – but keeping it fun and functional, without huge petrol costs.

As the war drew to a close, Enrico studied every possible solution to get people back in to work and crank

Ferrari’s Luca Cordero di Montezemolo By Fiona Sanderson

Fiona Sanderson interviews Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Chairman of Ferrari.

If there’s one person who knows about luxury, it’s Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, the Chairman of one of the world’s most eponymous luxury brands; Ferrari. No surprise then that he was recently commandeered as a key speaker at The Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit in the auspicious surroundings of Churchill’s favourite Moroccan city, Marrakesh. So what observations did I glean from half an hour with the man who has invested over twenty years of his life in one of the world’s most revered brand of supercars?

Well, for

Bentley Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee By The Luxury Channel

With so many Jubilee celebrations going on this year, you need a suitably stylish way to get around town. Well, black cabs are so last (sorry, Phillip!) – we love the new Bentley Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Limited edition which was unveiled in China.

Just 60 of the limited edition, top of the range, Bentley cars have been produced by Bentley’s in-house Mulliner department, representing the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Her Majesty is no stranger to the Mulliner department – they also built the state limousine which was presented to her in 2002. As you would expect from

W10 Performance By The Luxury Channel

Enhance your body and mind with W10 Performance….

Let me begin by saying, I am no gym bunny. I do not like the gym. In fact, I would rather get my exercise being late for work every morning (and endure the ensuing panic that follows) than pound on a treadmill for forty minutes.

This is not to say that I am against exercise; far from it – I live for sport, but most gyms or “health clubs” (as they have been popularly re-branded), do not exercise the mind as well as the body. Put simply, if I am going

Five Element Acupunture By The Luxury Channel

Meet Kim Steer – Harrods’ acupunturist in residence at their Urban Retreat….

What is Five Element Acupuncture?

Five Element Acupuncture can help you maintain your health, enhance wellbeing and combat high stress levels. It was developed thousands of years ago in China. It is a treatment that treats the individual, not just the symptoms. According to the ancient Chinese, vital energy (chi) travels through your body along pathways called meridians. When you are in good health the flow of chi is smooth and uninterrupted but when illness strikes, this flow is disturbed. Needles on precise points along the meridian

Ki Fit Multi-Sensor Armband By The Luxury Channel

The multi-sensor armband that helps you understand and therefore change your body….

Try the latest fitness craze and diet fad as hard as you might but don’t underestimate the importance of your metabolism. Only when you regulate and understand how to increase your metabolism will you see a significant transformation in your physique and energy levels. However, what exactly is your metabolism and how can you monitor it? The official definition is the “chemical processes occurring within a living cell or organism that are necessary for the maintenance of life/the processing of a specific substance within the body.” Not

The QMS Facial By The Luxury Channel

QMS bespoke facials are a lesson in routine and results….

Establishing a skin-care routine is something that we all know that we should do. Our mother’s reiterate it, as do the top beauty journalists and experts – but it is often an impossible thing to commit to.

We are all so easily distracted by a pretty product, its smell, or the product’s proclaimed ability to transform skin in an instant. It is no wonder that our skin gets confused and requires a re-build every so often! Mine was no different.

Step into Chelsea’s QMS Medicosmetics Spa….

Having interviewed their

Indian Bridal Culture By Reena Patel

Reena Patel explores the créme de la créme of Indian wedding suppliers….

The Make-Up Artist

Asian beauties need to carefully balance their make-up with the heavy designs and colours on their bridal dresses. Gini Bhogal is the popular make-up maestro of choice, who ensures the eastern look is neither extreme, nor overshadowed. During an initial trial session, Gini requests the bride bring along her outfit to ensure the overall look is beautifully balanced. Using luxury cosmetics including Nars, Bobbi Brown and MAC, Gini effortlessly and swiftly applies gentle strokes of flattering shades and tones for a fresh, radiant and

Four Seasons Spa In London By The Luxury Channel

Nutritional delights and pampering perfection in the centre of London….

What better way to spend your birthday than relaxing 10 floors high in the newly opened luxurious spa at the Four Seasons Hotel London on Park Lane? When my friend suggested a spa treat, little did I expect the warm welcome, luscious organic products, and delicious and nutritional lunch experience that lay ahead!

Declining to make use of the fitness centre, we were whisked away by our therapists into our treatment rooms. Waving goodbye to my friend for 80 minutes, I enjoyed the ‘‘Hyde Park Awakening’’ signature treatment. Lucia,

Robert Van Helden – The Art of Floristry By Antonia Peck

The florist Rob Van Helden is a man with an eye for beauty. A world traveller with a 25 year reputation for impeccable floral displays, he is the one to go to for jaw-dropping flowers and creative props that will transform your event from the everyday to the extraordinary. International clients range from heads of state to Hollywood stars. Elton John declared Van Helden’s work to be ‘‘magnificent, incredible, beautiful….genius.’’

How many weddings do you work on a year?

It varies and depends on the season. April up to September gets busy and we can do one or two

Best Laid Plans By Lauren Steventon

Creative Director Caroline Hurley from Quintessentially Events takes the stress out of planning a wedding….

Why do people tend to bring in a wedding planner?

To take the stress out of the planning process and to make sure that each element is addressed in plenty of time. Also, very much for guidance and suggestions on venues, design, catering and entertainment, realising your perfect day with a best friend who is a wedding party expert. To control budget spend, making sure that costs don’t get out of control and that there is sufficient and realistic allocation on costs from the

Honeymoon Accessories By The Luxury Channel

Ten gadgets and attire to keep you entertained and gorgeous on your honeymoon….

Packing is a nightmare at the best of times – and no more so than when you’re also trying to plan a wedding! Let The Luxury Channel take out the stress with our quick honeymoon accessory guide….

  • 100% fairly traded and organic cotton wrap and beanie from Liv to protect you from chills on the plane
  • Refresh yourself after sitting in the stale plane air with Omorovicza’s Queen of Hungary Mist. Orange blossom and rose water purify and tone, while apple pectin give long-lasting

The Intuitive And The Bride By Antonia Pearce

Antonia Pearce meets Katie Winterbourne for some pre-marital guidance….

Katie Winterbourne offers insight, clarity and positive guidance for people in search of their true purpose and has helped them fulfill their full potential. But what can she tell me about my forthcoming marriage?

Katie’s skills fall into three categories: clairvoyant, clairaudient and clairsentient. She uses all simultaneously. They help her to ‘‘unravel the self and find any blocks in the client’s system. It opens the individual to heal and take on new information.’’

I am encouraged to relax and take a series of deep cleansing breaths. Relaxation is easy

Bridal Beauty – Tips & Tricks By Reena Patel

Beauty tips and tricks for confidence and radiance on your wedding day….

The Make-Up Artist

If ever the moment was right to call upon a make-up artist, then your wedding day is one of them! The Luxury Channel loves Daniel Sandler’s style and trusts his tips. In fact, he introduced us to the lovely Lara Rorich. Lara is a model but also a make-up artist who loves working with brides and with ten years of experience in the modeling industry, she certainly knows the tricks of the trade. She studied at The Academy of Freelance Make-Up, where she also

The Body Shaper By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meet Ten Pilates’ master and soon-to-be groom, David Higgins….

Ten Pilates is the coolest place to work out in London. Think super-friendly and engaging staff, good music and urban-fresh studios. You get the benefits of a personal trainer and the buzz of a class. Once hooked (and people from Claudia Schiffer to Mario Testino are said to be fans), you will quit your gym membership immediately!

What is the Ten Pilates mission?

Our mission is to educate people about Pilates and teach them how to use their body. We like to help people get the results

Groom Him By The Luxury Channel

Husbands-to-be need to look their best too! Here are The Luxury Channel’s top tips on macho pampering – Premier Preening Parlours for Princely Perfection.

Jason Shankey Indulgence Package

Any man’s man will relish the fact that this cool den offers up Sky Sports HD, a putting green and a stash of games consoles – and he’ll beam at the complimentary chilled beer or single malt whisky he receives upon arrival. Then it’s down to business. First, a haircut followed by a hot towel wet shave using the high performance range of grooming products by Irish founder, Jason Shankey. This

The Greenwich Hotel By The Luxury Channel

We experience a little elemental wellbeing at the Shibui Spa….

The Shibui Spa is in the basement of the Greenwich Hotel, which emphasises the dark and sexy feel of the interior design. It has a city vibe enhanced by the elegant girls on reception and the utilitarian-cool gym filled with people in motion (although you hear nothing of their sweating and panting). The spa has a trendiness that could only come from a Robert DeNiro-owned New York hotel.

However, there is also a holistic and natural element due to the staff’s gentle manner and their immediate offering of an

New York Spas By Reena Patel

Feel a million dollars by booking into these spas….

Phyto Universe: The Secret Beauty Garden

When in New York, there’s hardly a bad hair day in sight and we may have discovered why. Escaping the Manhattan buzz, immerse yourself in a tranquil world of natural and botanical beauty by Parisian hair care aficionados, Phyto. This scenic sanctuary features a breathtaking 3,000 square foot vertical garden, which houses 9,000 tropical plants to remind us of the brand’s philosophy. Spa guests enter a private cabana for a complimentary analysis using Phyto’s special ‘‘hair scope.’’ Once prescribed, professional hands begin their reparative

The Blonde In Winter By Antonia Pearce

Like clipped peacock feathers, the Winter blonde loses some of her sparkle. Antonia Pearce books an emergency appointment at Aldo Coppola….

As if tarred with a dull splash of talcum powder, the Winter blonde is a sad creature. Loss of lustre and woeful glances at her holiday snaps – the blonde in Winter is best described as ash, dull, dry and brassy at best. There is something shameful about this moment in the cycle of the blonde’s year. Exposed, the blonde runs cloak and dagger into a trusted salon.

But where to go? The Luxury Channel’s (naturally) blonde editor

Futuristic Beauty By Reena Patel

Our pick of the best futuristic beauty products….

O2 Beauty

Oxygen facials continue to remain the buzz words in anti-ageing and when skin cries for help in January. This new at-home, two-step treatment by top dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt cleverly pumps skin with radiance you thought was long lost following festive over-indulgence. A thin layer of the foaming facial masque gets skin glowing as the delicate oxygen spheres mercifully sinks in. Rinse off and pat dry before you apply the protective detoxifying cream to purify and protect.

Dr. Brandt Detoxygen Experience, £63. Available at Space NK and Selfridges stores.

Luxury Gift Directory For Women By Antonia Pearce and Reena Patel

The Luxury Channel previews the top womens’ luxury gifts for Christmas….

The Play of Light

This winter, Kensington Gardens plays host to Anish Kapoor’s mirrored installations. Wear the essence of Kapoor’s work by investing in a Water Ring (Louise Guinness Gallery) this festive season. Set in 22kt yellow gold with a diamond cut exterior.

Bespoke for £4,405.00 at

Instant Retreat

Alla S has launched an audio retreat for all those wishing to find inner peace and joy this Christmas and beyond. It is an extraordinarily effective meditation CD that calms and soothes. An added bonus is its

The Luxury Gift Directory For Men By The Luxury Channel

Our pick of the best luxury gifts for men this Christmas….

Infiniti And Beyond

Infiniti, the Japanese luxury automotive manufacturer, has created a limited edition Infiniti Essence Sculpture. Inspired by their concept car, it is made of solid resin with only 300 units worldwide. Meanwhile, in a special collaboration with Louis Vuitton, a carrying case has been crafted for the transport and presentation of the Essence Sculpture. Unique and sexy – this is the ultimate in boy-toy gifting.

Sculpture: 220 Euros and made to order with Louis Vuitton case: $7000

A Delicious Dram

Glenfiddich 50 Year Old

Top Ten Perfumes By The Luxury Channel

Rich and potent fragrances for the ultimate in Autumnal grandeur….

Sisley Eau De Soir, £140, 50ml

Encased with an 18-carat gold-plated cap, this iconic feminine fragrance celebrates 20 years this year. This distinctive limited edition bottle encases a fine balance of fresh citrus notes of mandarin and grapefruit with a floral bouquet and deeper notes of amber and musk.

Lalique Encre Noir Pour Elle, £56.50, 50ml

Addictive and sensual, this exquisite woody number for women is enveloped in voluptuous florals. Includes Sicilian bergamot, Turkish rose and Haitian Vetyver to create a scent that is full of intrigue

Top Five Facials By Reena Patel and Antonia Pearce

In the pursuit of fragrant and aromatic experience, The Luxury Channel brings you five exceptional facials for the senses.

Ama Releasing Abhyanga, Sequoia at The Grove, Hertfordshire

This Ayurveda treatment has been developed to balance elements and chakras in body and spirit. Using Espa products, a salt and oil scrub is applied to stimulate whilst the face is cooled by a gentle facial cleanse. Following a warm shower, you experience the Ayurvedic Marma point massage as a warm infusion of oils and herbs are applied. True to these words, I felt thoroughly relaxed and sleepy, and so took a

Amanda Lacey – Scent And Glow By Emma Reeve

Emma Reeve meets skin expert and facialist to the stars, Amanda Lacey, and seeks advice for her best beauty secrets for the bride-to-be….

In one of London’s best-kept secrets, Cecconi’s, a restaurant on the fashionable corner of Mayfair’s Burlington Gardens, I was about to discover, after several delightful peach bellinis, another of London’s secrets, Amanda Lacey. For your skin, nothing gets much better than a facial with Amanda. Vogue paid honour to her expertise by quoting her as ‘‘a darling of Vogue’’ and with a beauty Oscar equivalent as the ‘‘Rolls Royce of Facialists.’’ She, without a doubt –

Frédéric Malle – Scents-sational By The Luxury Channel

One of the greatest perfumers in the world, Frédéric Malle, talks to The Luxury Channel about what scent means to him and how he interprets this in his Editions Parfums.

When did you first become interested in scent?

It depends what you mean by interested! As a child of just a few years old, I remember loving the fragrances that my mother (who worked in the business) was spraying on me. As a teenager, I fell in love with good-smelling girls. I toyed with the idea of becoming a perfumer, but I only really got truly interested in the

Ormonde Jayne By Lauren Steventon

Lauren Steventon explores the Eastern allure of the Ormonde Jayne perfumery….

A tiny shop decorated with gold shagreen walls, black chandeliers, stone floors and black lacquered surfaces….It sounds like a decadent corner hidden in an Eastern souk. However, this perfumery is in fact tucked away in a little arcade, just off Old Bond Street in London, and its treasures are the hand-made perfumes of Ormonde Jayne.

Set up by scent-lover Linda Pilkington, Ormonde Jayne is a perfumer’s perfumery. Forget naffly-named, sickly-packaged and samey-samey scents, these are proper grown-up smells, using rare and exotic elements from around the world. Pilkington

Jaguar – Unleashed By James Peck

If I were James Bond, I’d own a Jaguar XKR for pure unadulterated joy – it’s a driving sensation!

The Aston Martin has been the secret agent workhorse for fifty years, so are we really to believe that Monsieur Bond doesn’t have an alternative runabout for the weekends when global catastrophe isn’t on the agenda?

If he did, it would surely be a Jaguar. The new range of XKs, XKRs, XJs and XFs is what gentleman driving is all about. The maestros at Jaguar have fuel-injected a classy fun back into its premier range.

I wouldn’t be the first

The Cosmeceutical Wizard By The Luxury Channel

Dr. Erich Schulte is our first ever Luxury Leader from within the beauty industry. Here we ask him some in-depth questions in order to find out more about his pioneering brand, QMS Medicosmetics.

How has your career as a cosmetic surgeon influenced your understanding and approach to the world of medi-cosmetics?

I am fortunate, as my career as a trauma surgeon and as an aesthetic surgeon has enabled me to research and lecture all over the world on skin ageing and skin regeneration. I have been able to work extensively on researching new technologies, skincare delivery systems and formulations,

Detox Makes The Difference By Lauren Steventon and Antonia Pearce

The Luxury Channel reviews four of the best detox treatments, giving you a first hand glimpse of the highs and lows of a healthy lifestyle….

Nosh Detox

I have a relatively healthy diet: there’s cake involved, but there’s also a lot of vegetables. So I was surprised at how hard I found Nosh’s weekend detox – the harmless chocolate cravings that I normally experience took over my thoughts, and it was all I could do to convince myself that yes, just one small bite of a toasted teacake would be cheating.

I restrained – I forced down the ayurvedic

The Chelsea-Based Facialist By The Luxury Channel

Sarah Chapman gives The Luxury Channel the perfect antidote for guilt-ridden sun exposure this Summer….

Sarah Chapman, the Chelsea-based facialist, is well established in London with innovative techniques earning her a top celebrity clientele and many appearances on TV makeover programmes. Inspired as a teen by living in extreme climates and their effect on their skin, Chapman has always been aware of the importance of good skincare in beauty regimes. “I always had to use plenty of moisturiser to counteract the effects of hot sun or cold wind,” she explains.

Chapman belongs to a new generation of skincare specialists

Brave New Beauty By Alanna Lynott

From being rubbed with hot shells to having electricity passed into her via needles, Alanna Lynott discovers what’s rocking the beauty world this Summer….

Lava Shells Therma Facial & Lava Shells Massage

To be honest, the idea of having my face massaged with hot shells sounded a little faddy and more than faintly amusing. However, after just a few minutes, I was converted. Firstly, the Spa Find products used contain Dead Sea minerals and left my skin feeling refreshed and incredibly soft. Secondly, the self-heating shells, created from a blend of porcelain and real seashells, with their smooth surface

TJF Personal Training By Antonia Pearce

Tim and Ariane Jones offer individual coaching fit for an athlete – and Hollywood starlets love them too! The Luxury Channel meets Tim Jones….

What are the fundamental principles behind TJF’s training methods?

The TJF training style is multidisciplinary, emphasising the integration of mind-body fitness with traditional exercise prescription. We specialise in the movement and function of the client’s body and create our exercise programmes specifically for the individual’s needs. Whatever their goal, we will assist and empower them to achieve it in the shortest amount of time possible by creating an efficient and effective programme for their body.

Alla Svirinskaya Reveals Her Energy Secrets By Antonia Peck

The Luxury Channel talks to Dr. Alla Svirinskaya who indulges us on how to indulge in “intelligent luxury” by shifting our focus from material goods to personal wellbeing….

With reams of celebrity clients and an eight-month waiting list, it’s just as well for us that wellness consultant Alla Svirinskaya has opted to share her knowledge in a new book Energy Secrets: The Ultimate Well-being Plan. In it, she reveals the wisdom of healing practises from around the world, including traditional methods from her Russian heritage, and as Harpers & Queen have noted, ‘‘her famous and famously sceptical patients are

Total Wellbeing with Terrence John – The Teacher By Antonia Pearce

With so many people putting their bodies and mind in Terrence’s hands, The Luxury Channel went to meet the man himself and find out why….

Terence John walks into the room with a great sense of energy and purpose. However, this strength is underscored by a certain vulnerability and heart that makes him one of the most appealing and engaging characters you could hope to meet and seems to evoke a love-hate relationship with some of his clients.

I can see why clients trust Terence with both their bodies (Pure Pilates) and their minds (through hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming).

Leaving On A Jet Plane By The Luxury Channel

Chris Moody, CEO of Fractional Jet Europe, has created a unique niche in the private jet market by reselling existing shares from major fractional operators such as NetJets and VistaJet.

The logic of buying a share rather than a whole aircraft is that most people don’t fly enough to warrant the expense of owning a plane outright….

No-one got rich by giving it away; the people who are flying privately tend to be as cost conscious as anybody,” says Moody. “You buy a fraction equivalent to the number of hours you want to fly. For example, a 1/8th share

Are You On The List? By The Luxury Channel

Members-only clubs give celebrities a respite from prying lenses. We bring you Soho House’s latest venture in West Hollywood and explore the top ten members clubs world-wide….

Soho House has often held an Oscars party to be remembered – it is the place for any aspiring starlet to be and be seen. Soho House West Hollywood is sure to set the scene all year round. Go for its beautiful interiors (a good mix of Shoreditch-style glamour and art-deco chandeliers) and an impressive sweeping marble staircase (perfect for floating red-carpet dresses and those planning an dazzling entrance). You can always

Attracta Courtney – The Chameleon By The Luxury Channel

Attracta Courtney is one of the most celebrated make-up artists in the fashion and beauty industry. Her secret insider tips and tricks will ensure you are camera-ready in no time!

How do you advise and tend to your clients in preparation for red carpet events?

I recommend Carita’s pro-lift/pro-radiance treatment. It is a salon-based, French brand that is absolutely brilliant for toning and lifting the skin. Follow up with their Carita Diamond of Beauty moisturiser.

What products do you recommend for youthful glows and starlet-perfect smiles?

I am a firm believer in the importance of touch; assessing, feeling

Cult Beauty – Hollywood Tips And Tricks By The Luxury Channel

Some of the world’s most renowned make-up experts share their insider secrets with The Luxury Channel….

Stars may have a crack team of hair stylists and make-up artists to prepare their red-carpet look, but our panel of world-renowned experts give us the inside track on the at-home techniques the A-list don’t tell you about!


Priti NYC founder Kim D’Amato creates the non-toxic, organic nail polishes so popular with health-conscious celebs (her Blue-Eyed Brunette polish was created for the latest Scorsese film at his request). She shares her organic tips for handsome hands below.


For cuticles, you

A Malaysian Oasis By Sunshine Flint

Ushvani sets a new day spa standard in London. Sunshine Flint gets the full treatment.

My colleague Alex may decry new-age music and being asked a myriad of questions about his “requirements,” but at Ushvani, a day spa in Knightsbridge near Sloane Square (, they know that women love choice. Hence, there are six different soundtracks of spa music you can choose from. Or you can dock your MP3 player or iPod and listen to your very own spa playlist. There’s the extensive menu of Malaysian, Thai, and Balinese treatments, the yoga and pilates studio, plunge pool, steam shower

Male Bonding, On One’s Own By Alex Larman

At a men-only spa, Alex Larman finds out that masculine pampering has its upside….

Perhaps it’s thought that real men don’t bother with such wussy things as spa treatments, or that most men’s definition of male grooming is adding soap to water, but there are a noticeable lack of men-only spas.

Gentleman’s Tonic ( aims to fill that niche with locations everywhere from Mayfair to Mexico and the Middle East.

Their flagship spa in the peaceful environs of Bruton Place, a stone’s throw from London’s Mayfair, is squarely aimed at the post-metrosexual man, unconcerned about wearing a colourful Paul

Buyers’ Agent By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets Alana Sorokin, an elite buyers’ agent at the top-end of the property market….

The turmoil in the property market is well documented and everywhere you turn, there is more news about major property companies, escorted by the banks, beating a track to major cutbacks and insolvency. But as every good investor knows in times of turmoil and disorder, great opportunity exists. Indeed, it was the Chinese that first recognized this paradox and the Chinese word for “chaos” can be literally translated to the word “opportunity.”

There are without doubt fantastic deals out there for

Seventy Thirty – Make Me A Perfect Match By The Luxury Channel

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. It’s not just online outfits like 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

The Sparkling Chair By The Luxury Channel

The fizz and furore generated by Marcel Wanders’ latest creation at Salon del Mobile, Milan and in collaboration with Magis has left a lasting impression.

In transparent green, this highly experimental chair utilises the same blow moulding technique commonly used for bottles of water. The chair is extraordinarily light, weighing only 1kg. However, the high-pressure air trapped within the chair makes for inner strength and perfect function.

David Linley On Deck By The Luxury Channel

The custom furniture designer speaks to The Luxury Channel about his yacht interior designs and where the future of superyacht design is going….

David Linley and his team have worked on yacht interiors and custom furniture for over a decade, designing custom pieces for builders such as Feadship and Alloy Yachts and design firms such as Redman Whiteley Dixon. But now he is putting more emphasis on offering clients a full scheme by his entire interior design team, from materials to design to finished products.

What is intriguing about designing interiors for yachts today?

I consider yachts to

Giving Up the Host By The Luxury Channel

What makes a great hostess gift? We asked some frequent hosts (and guests) what they like to give and receive….

Kit Kemp, co-owner and interior designer of Firmdale Hotels

Kit Kemp and her husband Tim’s boutique hotels in London are known for their modern whimsy and vibrant décor set in the best and most desirable locations. Soon New York will get the same treatment when their eighth property, the Crosby Street Hotel, opens mid-2009 in Soho, followed by another site in mid-town Manhattan. She and her husband live in London and also have a house near the New

Testa Rossa Record By The Luxury Channel

An iconic 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sold for €9,020,000 and set a new world record as the most expensive car ever sold at auction….

RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s, made history in Maranello in Italy, at the third annual Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event with the most expensive car ever to be sold at auction, a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. Returning to its Maranello birthplace for its auction, the sale price represents €1,980,000 more than the previous auction record, which was set at the same sale last year.

“The historical significance of this car attracted a

Performance Luxury: Four-Door Supercars By The Luxury Channel

Porsche and Aston Martin enter the world of four-door supercars….

Pricey four-door saloons have created a whole new £100k+ automotive segment. Now it is the turn of the four-door supercar. First up (and strategically launched in Shanghai) is the Porsche Panamera, which in Turbo guise comes with 500hp, 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, 188mph and a price tag of £95k. Porsche thinks it can sell 20,000 a year of this model. A more frugal hybrid is slated for later this year. There is surprisingly generous space for four adults and a fair amount of luggage.

However, Porsche cannot afford to

Scents At Home By Sunshine Flint

Home fragrances have never been so popular or so sophisticated. From scented candles to subtle diffusers, Sunshine Flint sniffs out the top trends….

What’s in a scent? Fragrance has always been big business – just ask the fashion houses, celebrities and designers who roll out new perfumes and colognes season after season. But increasingly, we are buying scent not just to wear, but to use at home, in our bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms. We’re scenting our domestic lives, as well as our public personas. While much of this is made up of low-end air fresheners and sprays, the

Big Business For Private Jets By The Luxury Channel

New ideas for business aviation take wing!

Even in troubled economic times, private aviation continues to flourish. In 2008, Fortune 100 companies spent more on private jets than in the five previous years, and although the new VAT tax proposed by the European Commission may threaten some operators and owners, business jet and aeronautic companies continue to forge ahead with new models of planes and operation (including the new supersonic private jet from Aerion Corporation, due to start flying in 2015). The Luxury Channel was in Geneva recently at EBACE, the premiere business aviation conference.

There are three main

The Art of Foresight By Alanna Lynott

Is Astrology the businessman’s ultimate luxury?

Blame the global recession, Bernie Maddof and the continuous rise and fall of stocks and shares, but 2010 is set to be the year that businessmen have their astrologers on speed dial.

Great businessmen, politicians and the like have long since used the skills of an astrologer. J.P. Morgan employed a full-time astrologer at his bank and once famously remarked, “Millionaires don’t use astrology. Billionaires do.” Queen Elizabeth I had her very own personal astrologer, while Margaret Thatcher attributed her own level-headedness to the fact she was “born under the sign of Libra.”

Do You Judge Your Friends By Their Interiors? By Lauren Steventon

The Luxury Channel asked British designer Tara Bernerd to tell us how we are judged on our homes and what our property says about our personality….

I don’t believe we are judged per se, more that our home is ultimately an expression of ourselves. It’s where the heart of us exists and therefore, how we choose to live – our tastes and our characters are exposed. Our homes are often insights into each other. It’s human nature to be interested, perhaps stimulated, by seeing the displays of others. To be invited into someone’s home is an invitation into our

Gold – The Elixir Of Life By The Luxury Channel

A non-invasive treatment by John Tsagaris is no fool’s gold. Be prepared for wondrous results!

A woman in her mid-twenties is not necessarily the most suitable candidate for John Tsagaris’ extravagant, scientifically advanced and artful Chrysotherapy Facial Treatment.

However, I reasoned that my relative youth made my skin rather objective and reactionary. The wrinkles that have formed on my right hand brow do require obliteration and I had heard brilliant things about the beautifying powers of Tsagaris.

As such, it was with great interest that I walked into the Marylebone clinic (all scented candles and Grecian busts) to