2nd July 2010
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
It’s all very well having the stationery, but a hand-written note is nothing without the perfect pen. Montblanc’s Limited Edition Patron of Art Edition Elizabeth I 4810 celebrates the Elizabethan age. Details drawn from her life include a hand-carved crown on the 18k gold nib, a gold-plated Tudor rose on the cap, and an elegant interlaced pattern representing Elizabeth’s own embroidery on a prayer book she gave to her stepmother, Catherine Parr.
In The Bag
Anya Hindmarch’s Gracie bag is a fab addition to any party outfit. Effortlessly going from day to night, its show-stopping pleated green leather has a vintage screen siren feel, while the spacious inside will fit everything from your diary (got to keep track of the next event!) to your make-up.
£595 – www.anyahindmarch.com
Can’t walk another step in your skyscrapers? Slip these flexible fashion pumps from Pretty Ballerinas into your bag and pop them on en-route from one engagement to the next.
£149 – www.prettyballerinas.com
Get Your Rocks Off
Pearls are the traditional jewel of choice for social soirees, but that’s no reason to stay stuck in the past. Stephen Webster’s Lobster Clasp chain bracelet from the Jewels Verne collection brings them straight into the 21st century, and is guaranteed to rock the summer with its combination of black rhodium plated chain, gold rivets and a string of pearls.
£450 – www.stephenwebster.com
Get yourself hot to trot with glamorous false lashes from Pop Beauty’s Icon range, inspired by vintage fashion queens Twiggy, Marianne Faithful, Liza Minelli, Edie Sedgewick and Brigitte Bardot. Then give yourself a summery golden glow with the new Lumi Lux four-colour bronzing palette from Pixi.
The Wildflower Martini at Dukes Hotel in London was launched in celebration of the Chelsea Flower Show, but is running all summer.
Dukes Hotel, St. James Place, London SW1A 1NY – www.dukeshotel.com
Nothing says scent of the summer like a Jo Malone cologne. The new Rose Water & Vanilla from the Cologne Intense Collection is perfect for summer: delicate rose water and vanilla are given a 21st century twist with tangy neroli and the sweet, floral woodiness of petitgrain.
100ml £80.00 – www.jomalone.co.uk
In The Driving Seat
Small but perfectly formed, the new DS3 super-mini from Citroen is perfect for zipping around the city, from pampering appointment to party to after-party.