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Welcome to BEAUX Magazine, Volume 4, as we present to you the Harvest issue, where an exciting collection of images have been passionately created to delight our readers. Although cool and chilly weather is normally associated with fall, we are pleased to offer you 50â€™s Pool Party by Claire Harrison, a photographer based in London with her colorful and playful shoot, reminiscent of dayâ€™s gone past but with modern twist. BEAUX stylist Bhisan and Jeff team up for Beneath The Surface, focusing on the hat craze that has hit the fashion scene most recently; meanwhile Patryk Chaou, our Fashion Director at BEAUX follows up with photographer Surachai Saengsuwan in the sexy Temple of Dawn. Then young stylist Marco Ho and I collaborate in Shadows & Me with model Matthew Lam. Returning to the scene is Samson Poon and Bhisan in Lushes Past. And first time BEAUX contributor Warren Wee shoots the moody and beautiful Fuir La Nuit in the streets of Hong Kong. Finally, photographer Jacopo Manfren gives us our superb cover shots in the stunning and beautiful The Holy Mountain. To our fashion and art readers, Saisangeeth Daswani provides us with an insightful review of how fashion is now heavily relying on the world of computers, and electronic gizmos to attract buyers in When Fashion And Technology Meet. We then have several key brand stories, including Pal Zileri and Loro Piana 8 BEAUX
by Jefferson Mendoza and Darlene Chu. To art lovers, we were honored to have Australian artist Tim Summerton provide us with a personal perspective on his art and inspiration for his upcoming exhibition Floating Forest, to be shown at The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong, coming this October. Again, many thanks to all the contributors who have offered their time, energy and trust in BEAUX magazine. A very special thanks to all the models this time, because without them, we wouldnâ€™t be able to realize our creativity. Publisher and Chief Editor Norm Yip
Publisher & Chief Editor Norm Yip Production & Fashion Director Patryk Chaou Fashion Stylists Patryk Chaou, Bhisan Rai Assistants Marco Ho, MC Max, Reve Ryuu Writers Jefferson Mendoza, Komphech Akkarasetthi, Darlene Chu Designers Norm Yip Assistant Editor Leroy Luar Advertise email@example.com BEAUX MAGAZINE is published by Studio 8 Hong Kong Publishing Ltd. Room 802, Block B, 8/F Hong Kong Chai Wan Industrial Building 26 Lee Chung Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong T +852 2540 6267 F +852 2542 4208 E firstname.lastname@example.org W beauxmagazine.com
16 AGENDA 24 BEAUTE HARNN: The Success of An Asian Brand by Kompech Attarasethi 30 FEATURE The Modern Classics of Pal Zileri by Jefferson Mendoza 36 WHAT’S HOT FOR HIM 38 WHAT’S HOT FOR HER 40 SHOOT OUT ‘50s Pool Party’ by Claire Harrison 64 SHOOT OUT ‘Beneath the Surface’ by Jeff Ip 72 SHOOT OUT ‘Temple of Dawn’ by Surachai Saengsuwan 90 SHOOT OUT ‘The Holy Mountain’ by Jacopo Manfren 104 SHOOT OUT ’Fuir La Nuit’ by Warren Wee 120 SHOOT OUT ‘Shadow and Me’ by Norm Yip 134 SHOOT OUT ‘Lushes / Past’ by Samson Poon 142 ART ‘The Art of Tim Summerton’ by Norm Yip 150 BRAND STORY ‘Luxury: A Well Kept Secret Under the Wraps’ by Darlene Chu 156 MUSE ALOUD ‘When Fashion And Technology Meet’ by Saisangeeth Daswani 162 MUSE ALOUD ‘London In 48 Hours’ by Patryk Chaou
Darlene Chu is a freelance writer in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and a CGA designation.
Claire Harrison has observed the world with a creative eye since a young age.
Born in Milan, Jacopo started his career as a photographer after studying History of Art. Greatly inspired by the Italian and American cinemas from the 70s, 80s and 90s, his photography work reflects his background in the Fine Arts. He has already shot for prestigious magazines such as Russian Vogue, Russian Harperâ€™s Bazaar, Maxim etc. Now based in Los Angels, Jacopo took time out to shoot a beautiful spread for this issue of Beaux Magazine.
Darlene loves travelling around the world in search of the best of everything. Her favourite city is Hong Kong where she has many dear friends and family. Darlene has also assisted Beaux Magazine Fashion Director, Patryk Chaou, on various fashion styling projects for print, events, and fashion shows and has worked with wellknown fashion names such as Donna Karan New York, La Perla, Sportmax, and Lane Crawford. Darlene shares with Beaux her love for fashion, food, and music.
Born to artistic parents, Claire has developed her natural talents, and has realised a flare for capturing a balanced image. Through her school years Claire became more fascinated with the beauty of light and composition, and capturing this through an art-form. This love flourished when she studied Photography and achieved Degree Honours at the prestigious Surrey Institute of Art & Design University. Since graduating Claire has assisted many great and established photographers, and has learned how to delicately use light to shape an object. Along the way, she has adapted these skills into her own unique flare to capture lighting, movement and expression in a still image. www.claireharrisonphotography.com/
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Reve went on to study make up at the Mode Gakuen in Tokyo. His studies were halted this year during the tsunami tragedy and Reve decided to stay in Hong Kong for more working experience before returning back to his studies.
Hailing from Singapore, Warren is an award winning conceptual photographer specializing in property, fashion and food photography.
After graduating from one of the prestigious Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, Surachai went on to work with some of the top Thai fashion magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar Thailand, Volume and Dapper.
A very dedicated make up artist who jumps at every opportunity to learn and experience while he assisted Beaux’s Make Up & Hair Director Wil Wu. For this issue of Beaux, Reve takes the helm for the first time on his own and teams up with stylist Bhisan Rai in creating the captivating spread “Fuir la Nuit.”
He has worked on numerous high profile assignments such as the ad campaign for the world’s highest al fresco bar 1-Altitude in Singapore, Marina Bay Financial Centre & Marina Bay Residences, along with top fashion magazines in Singapore such as Singpaore Tatler Weddings, Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Folio, Designare, etc. Warren’s “Tea Party in Wunderland” fashion shoot won him a CrowBar Award in 2007 and his “Pure Homme” ad campaign earned him the coveted Best of Show at the British D&AD in the same year. Warren teamed up with Bhisan Rai in Hong Kong in the spread “Fuir la Nuit.”
He was also a winner of the Harper’s Bazaar Cannon Fashion Photography Award in 2007 and have held numerous award winning photo exhibitions in Bangkok. As one of the up-and-coming photographers in Bangkok, Beaux Fashion Director quickly teams up with Surachai at the serene Being Spa located in the bustling Sukhumvit area in Bangkok for the sensual menswear spread “Temple of Dawn,” featuring Swiss Thai model Phil Blaze and David Docando from Barcelona, Spain.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Saisangeeth graduated from the University of Boston in the US and eventually moved to New York to gain experience in the fashion industry.
Model Janis Yip has become one of the most regular faces to appear in Beaux.
Veteran model Matthew Lam can be seen all over the city in huge campaigns that included Bank of China, Vaseline, Philips, Hong Kong Disneyland, PCCW, FuBon Bank, Wai Yuen Tong and more.
While attending the prestigious Parson’s School of Design, she interned at Derek Lam and eventually worked for a French forecasting agency in New York. She is now back in Hong Kong working with a New York based trend service agency Stylesight. With a fervour passion for writing, Saisangeeth contributes her first piece with Beaux Magazine....
She first appeared in the first issue of Beaux with the “It’s not me, it’s you” spread featuring local Hong Kong brand Koyo Jeans. She appeared twice in the third issue in the spreads “Colour Flash,” and “Camouflage.” Although she’s only been modelling for about a year, Janice has an unique look and a versatile face, and she quickly became one of Beaux’s favourite muse. She appears again twice in this latest issue of Beaux in the spreads “Beneath the Surface” with fellow model Lydia Wei and “Fuir la Nuit”.
He was also the winner of two awards in the 2008 CCTV Modelling Contest in Beijing beating out hundreds of other mainland models. Matthew graces Beaux with the spread “Shadows and Me.”
BATTLE THE SUN WITH EX:BEAUTE BEAMS PROTECT
RUPERT SANDERSON: A SHOE FOR ALL WOMEN
Sunlight has profound effects on human skin. Just because we are winding down to the Autumn season does not mean we should stop using sunscreen. Long exposure to the sun and ultra-violet rays cause premature skin aging, skin cancer and a host of other changes to our skin.
Award-winning British shoe designer Rupert Sanderson once again plays with the three elements he is so renowned for this Fall / Winter season: symmetry, silhouette and negative space. Infused with wintry blacks, chocolate browns, nudes with electrifying accents of fluorescent blue, his shoes reflect ancient stained-glass windows with the strong shapes and luminosity.
Exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun accounts for 80% of the symptoms of premature skin aging. Ex:beauteâ€™s Beams Protect UV SPF30 PA++ will help you battle the harsh affects of the Autumn sun. The product is not just a sunscreen but a state of the art skin care pampering treatment with sunscreen as an additional benefit. It has been designed with delicate and sensitive skins in mind. The treatment not only protects from harmful UVA and UVB sun rays, but also aids to hydrate and sooth dry skin at the same time. While protecting your skin from the sun, it also blocks air pollution and reduces skin problems in the long run. www.madrex.com/ 16 BEAUX
With shops in London and Paris, women in Hong Kong are blessed to be the third city to have a stand-alone store right in the heart of Central. No woman should be without a pair of luxurious Rupert Sandersons as his shoes are well known not only for their exquisite designs and attention to detail, but his heels are amongst the most comfortable money can buy. For more information, visit: www.rupertsanderson.com/hk
PREPARE FOR YOUR BIG DAY WITH L’ORÉAL The Fall Season in Sub-tropical Hong Kong also heralds an increase in wedding ceremonies as the hot, humid climate begins to cool down for the winter. While we all have the important wedding checklist of finding the perfect ring and the perfect dress, we often forget to prepare the perfect hair for the big day! Preparation is key! Start working with your hair stylist as soon as possible to perfect the cut, colour and condition of your hair well before the big day! This process may take several months so it is not something that can be rushed and accomplished in a matter of weeks. A few things to keep in mind: if you need to colour your hair, start at least 2 months before your wedding day to make sure things are going the way you want. Get your hair in optimal condition with L’Oreal Série Expert Power Dose treatments. Ask your stylist to develop a regimen based on your specific hair type and needs.
CLINIQUE “THE NEW BLACK COLLECTION”
THE HATWOMAN:TOP MILLINERS IN HONG KONG
Black,” a colour collection inspired by a cult classic. What began in 1971 as simply a new lip gloss shade, BLACK HONEY turned out to be a runaway success. This single lip colour has inspired an entire collection featuring a universal shade for the eyes, lips and cheeks. “The New Black” is flattering for all skin tones and easy to wear.
Those who still reminisce the British colonial traditions of hat wearing, now Hong Kong has an answer to your needs!
The complete Collection includes: Eye Shadow Quad, Powder Blusher, Moisturizing Gloss, Blush Brush, Cream Liner, and Volumizing Mascara. As with all Clinique products, the new collection is 100% fragrance free, dermatologist and ophthalmologist and allergy tested. “The New Black Collection” is available from Aug 1, 2011 at Clinique Boutiques and selected counters worldwide. www.clinique.com.hk
Located in the heart of Central, the “Hatwoman” stocks the world’s top milliners such as Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy, as well as 13 other hat designers from Paris, Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong. “We’re the only serious hat shop in Hong Kong,” explains founder Elizabeth Gomersall Bradley. “So our customers range from performers wanting headwear for the stage, film or TV, to people needing a hat for a special occasion like a wedding or imporant horse race (such as the Ascot or the Melbourne Cup), to those who want an everyday hat for sun protection or warmth. We aim to carry a wide range of beautiful headwear to fit most occasions, whether formal or casual.” www.hatwoman.hk
CHOPARD AND THE NEW XTRAVAGANZA WATCH Utilizing fine watchmaking and Haute Joaillerie Chopard delicately combines the two elements in the new Xtravaganza Watch. Xtravaganza is a timepiece distinguished by Chopardâ€™s refined and free-spirited aesthetics and the Swiss company once again proves that it knows no boundaries when it comes to creativity and technical audacity. To further enrich the collect, Chopard added new pendants to match the watches. The jewellery reveals yet again the crafts exercised within its workshops are not partitioned and that there is indeed a close connection between the various forms of expertise. www.chopard.com
THAI BRAND MILIN HITS HONG KONG Thai fashion designers have recently garnered a small but faithful following in Hong Kong. Although Thai fashion has yet to been recognized internationally, Thai designers are well respected within their own country and many produce amazingly international levels of work.
“I believe that dressing up is about celebrating and creating better memories.I picture my girls -city girls- who enjoy wearing elegant clothes to work and maybe a little drink after.” explains Milin. Milin is available now in Hong Kong at the Collectives.
One such fashion brand is Milin. The brand is a collective collaboration between Milin Yuvacharaskul, Puchong Nilratand and Guarboon Chuanboon. “Elegant and sensual but rebellious” are the three key words that make up their work ethics. Their ideal customers are girls looking for a unique, individual style who are in tuned with the fashion movement. It intends to define a new generation of socialities and executives looking for day-to-night outfits that best reflect their identity and social status.
For more information on Milin and the Collectives email: email@example.com
THE NEW FACE OF ROGER DUBUIS Roger Dubuis, one of the world’s top watchmakers recently revealed its new image at one of Hong Kong’s most iconic luxury shopping centres: Pacific Place. The exquisitely designed boutique expresses a strong personality tightly linked to the brand’s philosophy: innovative but traditional.
Roger Dubuis Boutique Shop 330, Pacific Place, Admiralty
Founded in 1995, Roger Dubuis set itself a bold challenge: to give time a unique personality - a personality deeply rooted in the culture of grand watchmaking using cutting-edge technology. Far more than a just keeper of time, a Roger Dubuis watch is a state of mind... a mood... an attitude. It is a symbol of personality and a testimony of a unique savoir-faire. As of August 2008, the brand -part of the luxury Richemont Group- has strived to creative innovative timepieces. BEAUX 21
AGENDA ISABELLI FONTANA FOR ESCADA FALL / WINTER 2011 After a brief economic tremor back in 2009, German fashion house Escada was taken over by London-based billionaire Lakshmi Mittal. Now stronger and more financially solid, Brazilian supermodel Isabeli Fontana has been chosen as the face for the Fall / Winter 2011 campaign. Photographed by Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer, the latest Fall / Winter collection reflects yet again the modern dandy attitude of Escada. Masculine contrasts with feminine while the classics are reinvented in a luxuriously new and refined way. Photographed at the Soho House in Berlin, the metropolitan setting is inspired by a sense of pure serenity with a modern yet sensual aesthetic. For more information about the latest collection from Escada, visit: www.escada.com
40s REVISITED WITH MIU MIU THIS FALL
For Fall / Winter 2011, Miuccia Prada presents a classic yet contemporary collection showcasing an independent modern woman for Miu Miu. Signora Prada has moved on from the younger, more avant-garde image, drawing instead from a strong World War II Paris influence. From the little black dresses to the large chunky heeled shoes, right down to the red lips and sleek hair, the collection reflects a strong essence of the 1940s. An inverted-trianglular silhouette puts an emphasis on strong, bold shoulders not only in the coats and jackets, but also on the delicate dresses. Colours are juxtaposed with a modern pallete of reds, greys, blacks and whites accented by prints of lily of the valleys and daisies. Evening pieces also have the same prints embroidered in sequins for an added opulence. Mink is cleverly wrapped around the waist as belts or draped on the shoulders of dresses. Every season, Miu Miu presents an â€œIt Bag,â€? and this season is no exception. Models on the runway carried bags that resembled large coin purses, adding modernity to a classic collection.
Harnn: The Success Of An Asian Brand by Komphech Akkarasetthi Interview by Patryk Chaou
It’s not difficult to understand how in a short span of 10 years, the Thai luxury bath and spa product brand Harnn has quickly grown to be an international name. The name behind it all is Mr Vudhichai Harnphanich, or Paul as he is more affectionately known. Trained as an architect, Paul worked in Thailand and Hong Kong, but quickly became bored of his job. With the Asian economic crisis of the late 90s affecting the architecture industry, he realized his career as an architect is coming to and end. He started a small natural soap business in 1999 with readily available ingredients found in his native Thailand. 24 BEAUX
“I didn’t have to look far for my ingredients as I used natural herbal derived ingredients which were found in abundance in Thailand,” Paul explained. Now he has a patent on his natural soaps made with rice bran oil. He developed his company step by step and now, it’s the 12th year of business and he has 47 shops around the world and carries 4 different brands of different products. The most famous of course is Harnn, which is the range of spa and, body, hand face and hair care products. Vudh is a line of home fragrance inspired by Paul’s travels around Asia; and each scent reminisces of the smells and aromas from each particular place
â€œWe set ourselves apart by focusing our Asian health and beauty knowledge in herbs and org Indian traditional medicine.â€?.
heritage as a selling point and drawing ganic ingredients from Chinese, Thai and
he has been to. Tichaa is a range of caffeine free herbal tea made with white mulberry leaf. Last but not least, Panach is a line of casual home wear inspired by spa wear made with natural fibres such as cotton, linen and silk. What sets the Harnn label apart from all the Spa and Bath products from Thailand? “It’s our emphasis in being an Asian brand!” boasts Paul. “Most Asian brands like to pretend they are European or that they are an European brand. But for Harnn, we take pride in being Asian. All products need to have an Asian touch for us: whether it’s the natural Asian ingredients or herbal extracts we put into our products, or it’s the Asian design elements found in our package design. We set ourselves apart by focusing our Asian heritage as a selling point and drawing health and beauty knowledge in herbs and organic ingredients from Chinese, Thai and Indian traditional medicine. And of course, our emphasis on the ambience of the shop to make it a special shopping experience each time customers come into our shops also helps!” The Harnn brand places an emphasis on a holistic approach to health and beauty. The importance in restoring and maintaining a natural balance through the use of natural botanical extracts inspired by traditional herbal medicine has formed the basis for Harnn’s products. Using centuries of cultural heritage reflected in creative use of unique dermatological properties of traditional Asian herbal extracts provided inspirations for Harnn’s unique and award winning packaging and retail concept design. But a brand’s success cannot be simply being based on the package designs or the shop decor alone. Paul must be doing something special BEAUX 27
behind the scene to make his company such as success. “One important lesson we have learnt at Harnn is learning and building from our mistakes!” Paul finally admits. “We grow by making mistakes as these mistakes enable the company to learn and grow stronger as each time we were forced to find solutions to solve these problems. And our commitment to our quality in ingredients is also an important factor. Also we have an amazing team in each area of the company whether it is in design, retail, logistics or marketing. Everyone works together to help develop the brand. We also try to invest a lot of time and money back into developing a system to help everyone in the company, as our staff is the ones responsible to make our company such as success. When your staff is happy and well treated, they will work harder for you.” Definitely these are useful words we can all learn from!
3. Water Lily Night Nourishment Cream – a very good night cream containing rich botanical extracts from water lily, chamomile, pomegranate and black tea. Helps to repair, rehydrate and heal your skin while you sleep. 4. Mulberry Tisane – no caffeine, so you can relax and sleep well even if drunk at night. White mulberry leaves are rich in calcium, vitamin A, B1, B2 and C along with carotene, amino acids and alkaloids which are beneficial to the reduction of blood glucose and cholesterol. Future plans for the company? “We will continue to look for good locations for expansion. As Harnn is now a lifestyle brand and we are also working very hard to expand our product lines to reflect our commitment to a better lifestyle for our customers. We hope be able to share my experiences and products with the world as we believe our products are very good and our customers can benefit from them.” www.harnn.com
When being asked about the top must have items, Paul quickly replied with his top 4 favourites: 1. Natural Soap Collection – this is where the brand all started from and made with a mixture of natural vegetable fat. The soap is so natural and mild that even people with dry skin can use it. 2. Bath & Massage Oil – specially formulated from Rice Bran Oil and blended with pure plant essential oils with unique dermatological and aromatherapy properties. Best used as an after shower oil before you towel dry; leaving your body and skin soft and nourished, restoring the natural balance of your body and mind. BEAUX 29
Elegance. Endurance. Together, they comprise Pal Zileri’s ideals that have led them to be what they are today: innovative in their products whether it’s for business purposes, attending a once in a lifetime ceremony or looking great without being too formal. With label recognition in over 75 countries, Pal Zileri has been in operation in northern Italy since the 1970s with Gianfranco Barizza and Aronne Miola as the two founders. Since then, the Italian company continuously strives to reflect their clients’ demands in an ever-changing environment – constantly honing their skills and their usage of different fabrics for different purposes.
The Modern Classics of
Pal Zileri by Jefferson Mendoza
So what makes Pal Zileri’s products so unique? Italian philosopher Machiavelli said if one wants to know the mind of a leader, one ust look at his advisors. With a name in the forefront of suit making, Pal Zileri exemplifies exactly that.
BRAND STORY Its ‘advisors’ consist of 850 employees and over 300 external workers from the designers to the tailors and pattern-cutters: staff from all areas of the business is involved in the creative process. Take a Pal Zileri classic suit. It requires 180 working processes and takes more than six hours to produce one at the highest quality. The Cut Compared to British and American suits, traditional Italian suits have more padding in the shoulders with minimum tapered sides and no vents in the back. Pal Zileri follows these principles of true Italian craftsmanship and this can be seen in their autumn/winter 2011/12 collection. Their creations display a silhouette with soft shoulders made of pure cotton and a slightly lower waistline (73/74 cm) for the jackets – an extreme version compared to the classic 75cm model. The trousers are reproportioned to the jacket, resulting in a lower waist, slimmer thighs and bottom. The rule of thumb, is that a suit should flatter the wearer’s body and boost his confidence. The Fabrics When taken apart, whether it’s the spring/ summer or the autumn/winter collections, Pal Zileri uses about 1,000 types of fabric of the utmost quality from renowned wool manufacturers for each collection. Today, four 32 BEAUX
types of wool are available: from Merino wool as the highest quality, produced in Spain to ‘class-four wool’ as the lowest. This is due to different climates and the diet of the sheep in these areas. Pal Zileri’s underlying structures consist of only natural fabrics (camel hair, horse hair, pure cotton and wool). For one, usage of pure cotton allows good moisture
absorption thus keeping the body dry even in case of heavy perspiration. Moreover, Pal Zileriâ€™s construction techniques of their products guarantee fit, style and durability of the garment â€“ of which everything is handstitched.
The Details Single or double breasted? Do you prefer a two- or three-piece suit? How about two or three buttons? In other words, what kind of image are you trying to project while keeping up with the fashion trends? Tradition has always dictated what is considered to be a BEAUX 33
Pal Zileri Headquater in Vicenza Italy.
gentleman’s suit. Yet to the keen observer, the choice of details attached to the suit can influence whether he is a hit or a miss. Pal Zileri offers six different fashion lines: from the Pal Zileri line, which is the most important one, to Pal Zileri Cerimonia. The latter focuses on formal occasions like tuxedos for a black-tie event. The Accessories
Pal Zileri Today Many men around the world have depended on the Pal Zileri label because of the company’s philosophy of providing a high quality, solid workmanship and services. Today’s Pal Zileri man is about having one foot on tradition and the other on tomorrow’s innovative ideas. www.palzileri.it.
Shoes, ties, belts, perfumes are key features that define the wearer. Pal Zileri’s accessories refine the wearer’s manner of dress to a different level of sophistication.
Whatâ€™s Hot for him
Whatâ€™s Hot for her
by Claire Harrison
On Emma Dress / ASOS Halter Neck Bikini Top / American Apparel Vintage Belt /Stylistâ€™s Own On Gertrud Halter One Piece / American Apparel Sheer Dress / PJ By Peter Jensen @ Urban Outfitters Belt / BE & D
Bikini / American Apparel Swim Cap / Beyond Retro
Dress / ASOS
Bikini Top / American Apparel Skirt / Beyond Retro Briefs / American Apparel
Top / Zara
Vintage Blouse / Stylistâ€™s Own Briefs / American Apparel
Blouse / Zara Shorts / American Apparel
Vintage Dress / Beyond Retro Shoes / Urban Outfitters
On Gertrud Halter One Piece / American Apparel Straw Hat / ASOS On Emma Halter One Piece / American Apparel
Turban / Beyond Retro Vintage SwimSuit / Beyond Retro
Vintage Dress / Beyond Retro
Vintage Swimsuit / Beyond Retro
Vintage Blouse / Stylistâ€™s Own Shorts / American Apparel
Blouse / Stylistâ€™s Own Shorts / American Apparel
Tee Shirt / H&M Shorts / ASOS Straw Hat / ASOS Vintage Navy Cap - Stylistâ€™s Own
Vintage Swimsuit / Beyond Retro
Stylist: Adalaide Turnbull Make Up / Hair: Mercedes Molina Models: Emma Carey @ Union Models Gertrud Victor @ First Model Management
P h o t ogra pher / J EF F I P F a s h ion D irect ion / PAT R Y K C H A O U A s s i s t a nt / Y I TI N G S t yl i s t / B H I S AN R A I H ai r & M a ke Up / K I T T Y C H A N M o d e ls / J A N I CE Y I P ; LY D I A WE I
Raffia Hat / Helen Kamilnski Coat / Lanvin
Green Feather Cap / Rizvi
Wool Beret / Noel Stewart Gloves / Lanvin Hooded Jacket / H&M
Velvet Coolie Hat / Stephen Jones Wool Coat / H&M
Wool Coat / Boss Black Fitted Pants / Golfjunkie
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Sweater / Marc by Marc Jacobs Pants / Burberry Prorsum Boots / Boss Orange
Leather Coat / Loewe Underwear / Calvin Klein Underwear
Jacket / Fendi Fitted Pants / Shanghai Tang
Nylon Jacket / Hogan Pants / Burberry Prorsum
Jacket, Scarf & Jeans / Shanghai Tang
Jacket & Pants / Pal Zileri Underwear / Calvin Klein Underwear
On Phil Quilted Vest / Loro Piana Fitted Pants / Burberry Prorsum Boots / Boss Orange
On David Knitted Sweater / Boss Orange Washed Jeans / Fendi Leather High Tops / Todâ€™s
Tee Shirt / Calvin Klein Jeans Jacket / 7 for All Mankind Jeans / Fendi Leather High Tops / Todâ€™s
Knitted Jacket & Scarf / Loro Piana Pants / Marc by Marc Jacobs
Photography Assistant / Korarit Laovanit Fashion Direction & Styling / Patryk Chaou Grooming / David Docando Models / Phil Blaze & David Docando Location / Being Spa Bangkok (www.beingspa.com)
Wool Coat / Burberry Prorsum Fitted Pants / Shanghai Tang Leather High Tops / Hogan
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Crucifix worn as headband / Urban Outfitters Scarf / Chanel Knitted Vest / Forever 21 Bandeau Top / Victoriaâ€™s Secret
Shirt / customized Calvin Klein Pants / Burberry Waist-Coat / Beyond Retro Tie / Ralph Lauren Head-Piece / Stylistâ€™s Own
On Cherish Velvet Skirt / Stylist’s Own Scarf Worn on Waist / Luella Belt / Beyond Retro Bangle / Urban Outffiters Bandeau Top / Forever 21 Green Waistcoat / Guess by Marciano Lace Jacket / Urban Outfitters Red Velvet Shoes / Guess by Marciano On David Trousers / Customized Calvin Klein Shirt / Calvin Klein Sweater / Stylst’s Own Leather Jacket / Customized Vintage Hugo Boss Socks / Hanes Boots / Model’s Own
Suit / Vintage Calvin Klein Crucifix / Urban Outfitters Socks / Hanes Botts / Modelâ€™s Own
Beaded Necklace / Forever 21 Head-Piece / Victorian lace customized by Stylist Black / White Head-Piece / Zara
Shirt / Vintage Red Waistcoat / Stylist’s Own Grey Knit Waistcoat / Forever 21 Trousers / Vintage Hugo Boss Belt / Guess by Marciano Boots / Model’s Own Scarves / Urban Outfitters Ties Worn Around Head / Stylist’s Own
On Cherish Dress / Forever 21 Denim Shirt / Stylist’s Own Suirt Jacket / Urban Outfitters Bangles & Earrings / Top Shop
On David Frilled Shirt / First Kiss Cape / Stylist’s Own Pants / Beyond Retro Tie / Paco Rabanne
Victorian Lace Wrapped Around Body and Head
Styling / Sadie Page Make up & Hair / Monika Monroe Models / Cherish @ Pinkerton Los Angeles David @ Blue Models Los Ageles Location / Joshua Tree National Park, California
F uir by Warren la WeeNuit Styling / Bhisan Rai Make Up / Reve Ryuu Model / Janice Yip
Dress / Bottega Veneta Suede Bag / Versace
Dress / Bottega Veneta Suede Bag / Versace Knit Jacket / Tory Burch
Blouse, Jacket, Skirt, Bag / Tory Burch
Lace Dress / Beatriz da Silva
Lace Dress/ Beatriz da Silva
Lace Dress/ Beatriz da Silva Coat / Tory Burch
Dress / Burbery Prorsum Coat / Gucci
Dress / Burbery Prorsum Coat & Belt / Gucci
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Art & Fashion Direction / Patryk Chaou Styling / Marco Ho Hair / Matthew Chan Make Up / Reve Ryuu Model / Matthew Lam Digital Imaging / Norm Yip Assistant / Kannis Tsui
Shirt / Bottega Veneta Jacket & Pants / Dunhill Jacket / Bally Shoes / Hogan
Full Set / Pal Zileri Belt & Shoes / Bottega Veneta
Sweater & Belt / Bottega Veneta Jeans / Boss Orange Jacket / Loewe
Coat / Burberry Prorsum Scarf / Bally Pants / Golfjunkie Boots / Bottega Veneta
Cardigan / Dunhill Coat / Shanghai Tang Pants / Bottega Veneta Eyeglasses / Modelâ€™s Own
Sweater / Marc by Marc Jacobs Coat / Bottega Veneta Pants / Dunhill
Shirt & Tie / Dunhill Jacket / Marc by Marc Jacobs Pants / Burberry Prorsum Scarf / Bally Shoes / Hogan
Sweater / Bottega Veneta Belt / Bottega Veneta Pants / Marc by Marc Jacobs Coat (worn reversed) / Bally Shoes / Burberry Prorsum
Shirt & Tie / Dunhill Jacket / Marc by Marc Jacobs Pants / Burberry Prorsum Scarf / Bally Shoes / Hogan
Jacket & Pant / H&M
Jacket & Skirt / Horace
Jacket / Milin by the Collectives Pants / H&M
Jacket / Vickteerut by the Collectives Necklace / H&M
Jacket & Skirt / H&M
Fur & Dress / Horace
Text and interview by Norm Yip
Summerton is a gifted, talented artist whose lies mainly in painting visceral images of his memory and experiences from childhood and Australia. His work is landscape, bordering on abstraction. He has a keen and sophiticated color palette that is mature, yet vigorous. We are pleased at BEAUX Magazine to have the opportunity to showcase a few of his artworks, along with an exclusive interview, where he speaks about his work from a personal perspective.
BEAUX: Your upbringing in Australia is crucial to your work. Can you reveal more about where and what are the instances that inform your work? Are there any places that stand out in your memory? TS: For over fifteen years I have been painting from the Australian landscape. Most of my early works were inspired by trips up the coast in Northern New South Wales to the small and rugged beachside town of Seal Rocks. I was drawn to the sparse void like emptiness of the windswept dunes and valleys dotted with salt laden shrubs. My love for this landscape started in my late teens when I would head up with friends on summer holidays and while they were swimming and surfing I would head off drawing, a place where I could experience nature in full force and in solitude. Four years ago I moved from Sydney two hours south to Kangaroo Valley when I had an opportunity to rent a rural barn as a studio on an old dairy farm. Since then I have been totally immersed in the surrounding environment. Recently I have focussed on a particular area of this landscape which features in my body of work to be shown at The Cat Street Gallery titled the â€˜Floating Forestâ€™. I live on a property that has a large section of pristine and untouched rainforest on a steep hillside that leads down to a river and almost every morning I walk through this forest before heading to
‘My love for this landscape started in my late teens when I would head up with friends on summer holidays and while they were swimming and surfing I would head off drawing, a place where I could experience nature in full force and in solitude’.
the studio. I have been concentrating on the unique vegetation of the strangling vines that wrap, loop and hang in the understorey layer and on the forest floor. BEAUX: Your work seems to border on both landscape and abstraction. What are you most comfortable with in hearing your work being described? Do you prefer one over the other? TS: I’m happy for my work to be described as abstract landscape. I feel elements of both are integral to my paintings. I enjoy focussing on particular forms in the landscape and trying to depict them in a simple manner. A faint horizon line might be the only hint that the work is derived from the landscape. In some ways my work is becoming more abstract as I delve deeper into this subject, however I hope that the paintings will still retain a great sense of place. BEAUX: What is your working process with respect to beginning a series of paintings? It appears to be highly methodical and thought out. Is the work pre meditated? TS: When I’m starting a body of work I will spend 1 to 2 months preparing around twenty or so canvasses and it is in this time that most of the planning happens. Many of my paintings come from memory rather than painting onsite. I prefer the studio environment to work. I do a fair amount of preliminary drawing, however most of the planning is in my head. There are ongoing themes and threads that run throughout my work, yet rather than have an exacting idea of what the outcome will be I prefer to let the work evolve in the painting process. I will enter a series of work after deep observation in the landscape and will have some rough sketches, however I’m very open to surprises that come from the act of painting and working from memory allows for more play.
‘Fading Farm Willow’
â€˜Many of my paintings come from memory rather than painting onsite. I prefer the studio environment to work. I do a fair amount of preliminary drawing, however most of the planning is in my headâ€™.
BEAUX: In some of your abstractions, they appear to be influenced by molecular or microscopic organisms, as seen in Dark Wood. Tell us more about these paintings and how they came about. TS: The Dark Wood and Night Nest paintings came from observing the landscape at night. Driving through the countryside in the evening the car headlights illuminate roadside vegetation. Certain forms are strongly highlighted whilst most other information is left out. The road from my studio to where I live meanders along paddocks and parts are cut out of the dense rainforest and when viewed at night there is often an eerie atmosphere. The illuminated white blot like forms that float on the dark surface reflect distant hillside form and the foreground intertwining line represents the tangled forest. BEAUX: Your colour palette is highly sophisticated. Sombre in most instances, yet bright and colourful in others. How do you arrive at this tonal range and choices? TS: Colour has always been very important in my paintings. In my early landscapes I used a limited palette, often subtle muted tones contrasted with a bright colours such as red. More recently my colour range has expanded, however I still try to keep it reduced. There are some melancholy themes that run subtly in some of the nocturne paintings and other paintings bright tones reflect the high that I experience painting from nature. BEAUX: The medium of oil on linen and your way of layering the surface. How did all of this come about? TS: I have always put a lot of work into the preparation of surfaces. Some paintings may have up to ten layers of paint, many of which are hardly visible yet are integral to the final result. In the final layers form is painted onto the surface and then
‘I enjoy the ‘history’ on a canvas, the trace marks and ghosting from the layering. I have a great love for the physicality and technicality of oil paint. Many of the layers are applied with rubber blades across the surface of the canvas, which smear and smudge the wet paint in a way that the brush cannot’.
rubbed out and erased in a process of addition and subtraction that echoes the use of memory. I enjoy the ‘history’ on a canvas, the trace marks and ghosting from the layering. I have a great love for the physicality and technicality of oil paint. Many of the layers are applied with rubber blades across the surface of the canvas, which smear and smudge the wet paint in a way that the brush cannot. There is often blurriness to my works that comes from this process and they drift in and out of focus reflecting a wandering train of thought. BEAUX: Emotion versus intellect. Do you have any particular thoughts on this? And does it inform your work? TS: It would definitely be emotion first. I moved away from the city to focus purely on the powerful feeling of being immersed in nature. I hope to tell some stories through my paintings, however they are firstly a response to my surrounding environment. BEAUX: What are your feelings regarding the audiences tastes? Does it inform you on what you will paint or draw next? Do you allow comments or trends to influence your work in any way? TS: I try not to let too many outside influences into my work. I am happiest working alone in isolation and I always use my own experiences to inform my painting. I’m generally not drawn to trends or gimmicks in painting and admire artists that stay true to themselves. Many of my painting heroes are the quiet unassuming types who have forged their own path in the landscape. September 2011
TIM SUMMERTON’s exhibition Floating Forest will be shown October 13th – November 5th, 2011 The Cat Street Gallery, 222 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong T: +852 2291 0006 F: +852 2544 6110 www.thecatstreetgallery.com
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Remember the dot-com boom when going on the Internet first became popular? When the term “surfing the web” made its way into our vocabulary? The world quickly flocked online, creating websites for anything and everything and our lives continued to evolve around the many cyber developments - the birth of e-mail changed the way we communicate, search engines gave us instant access to information and social communities like Friendster, Facebook and MySpace allowed us to congregate online with people from all over the globe. In more recent times, we’ve entered the era of mobile devices, embracing the world through a 2 by 3 inch screen. The resulting possibilities of this boom in technology, as we’ve seen, are endless. Fashion was relatively slow to make sense of it all but the time came when the industry made its way 156 BEAUX
to the web. Brands unveiled their new cyber homes, runway collections quickly surfaced on the web just minutes after they were shown and critics rambled on in the blogsphere creating names for themselves. This, along with explosion of mobile phones and how ubiquitous Wi-Fi has become, has pushed brands to reposition themselves and consumers, like us, to change the way we shop, bringing the fashion and retail realm into a whole new world of what I like to call, Digital Fashion. These days, brands have a lot more to worry about than the traditional in-store experience. Shoppers are now moving their attention online and it’s up to retailers to attract this tech-savvy bunch. Online stores like Amazon and Ebay proved a very long time ago that e-commerce works and that there is a very hungry market online waiting to
When Fashion &Technology Meet by Saisangeeth Daswani
be tapped. E-commerce revenues have expanded by about 17% every year since 2005, according to Pricewaterhouse Coopersâ€™ 2011 Outlook for the Retail and Consumer Products Sector in Asia and growth in online sales are expected to near 10% annually through 2015. Many brands have followed in the footsteps of these major e-tailers and weâ€™ve seen a subsequent overwhelming amount of growth
making stores like ASOS, Net-A-Porter, Shopbop and Yoox household names and go-to sites for fashion on the web. In Asia, e-commerce was embraced at a much slower pace. For a long while, there was a void waiting to be filled as few Asian vendors dared to make the move online. Retailers overseas quickly BEAUX 157
As e-commerce continues its importance in our market, m-commerce is quickly gaining popularity as well. In the latter half of the last decade, thanks to Blackberries, iPhones and Androids, weâ€™ve gotten used to instant communication and getting things done in the beat of a second. M-commerce exploits this exact idea, marrying convenience with impulse.
picked up on this fact and those that were once upon a time only available to their own markets in the West, now ship all over the world. Net-APorter, a high-end online boutique, now ships to 170 countries with options to view products in US Dollars, Euros or Pounds while Shopbop, another online store catered to fashion forward women, boasts a similar worldwide shipping service as well as the ability to shop in 13 different currencies. Laura Li, Founder of Gizzy & Nacho, an online boutique based in Hong Kong, started her store to address this missing piece in the Asian shopping sphere. “Having lived abroad in the U.S. where online shopping is common, I saw how readily available everything is to anyone. Although shopping is more of an experience here, especially in Hong Kong, I still felt there was a market for it in Asia.” Not only does Gizzy & Nacho cater to the fashion-conscious virtually, Li also carries lesserknown labels that may not traditionally be available in stores here, giving them an opportunity to expand to our side of the world through her online store, which generates half of her sales. Like Li, brands are continuing to find unconventional ways to enter the online market in hopes of feeding their products to an international crowd. Adidas, for example, although having a presence in Asia for 20 years, recently opened a web store on Taobao.com, an online shopping mall in China. Uniqlo, Dell and Li Ning have followed suit. In our struggling economy, many brands have also turned to group selling and flash sale sites like U.S. based Gilt Group, Singapore’s Reebonz and China’s Glamour Sales. These sites offer designer goods at hefty discounts in the form of private sales where new products are usually offered on a daily basis. Not the most glamourous but the sites are by invitation only, staying along the lines of exclusivity. The sales operate on a limited time frame and stocks can disappear in the blink of an eye. Think twice and you’ll lose it. These flash sale sites have quickly
become must-clicks for die-hard fashion fans (the ones that would do anything for a pair of discounted Nicolas Kirkwood pumps). As e-commerce continues its importance in our market, m-commerce is quickly gaining popularity as well. In the latter half of the last decade, thanks to Blackberries, iPhones and Androids, we’ve gotten used to instant communication and getting things done in the beat of a second. M-commerce exploits this exact idea, marrying convenience with impulse. Retailers have now made portions, if not their entire collection, available in the form of an app where smartphone shoppers enjoy additional information than what is presented in-store such as product reviews, comparative prices and the ability to locate nearby store locations. Mango, for example, customizes its app based on the user’s location, and allows shopping directly from the app itself. And although a relatively new concept, payby-phone services are slowly being introduced into the market making the shoppers experience even more efficient. Tablets take mobile shopping even a step further offering larger pictures, richer imagery and more content. Net-A-Porter’s app includes their weekly editorial catalog providing consumers with ideas on fashion trends in addition to being able to shop on-the-go. Gucci’s app has taken an interesting approach by giving an inside look at the design house, its place and its people including historical information on various Gucci products, music recommendations by the brand’s Creative Director, Frida Giannini, travel selections for your next Italian trip and models in 3-D showcasing a few of the house’s ready-to-wear pieces. The ingenuity behind Gucci’s app is that it provides a full-on lifestyle experience to lure customers into thinking that they need Gucci around them in every aspect of their lives. Brands are catching on to these interesting ideas of BEAUX 159
selling. With the upsurge and somewhat overflow of retailers and information available to shoppers nowadays, while brands experience a wider audience and an increase in sales, they may at the same time lose consumer loyalty. They are thus, on the continuous hunt for web and mobile tactics to market themselves digitally. Gizzy & Nacho’s Li confessed that she doesn’t believe in spending that much on advertising. “I saw the power of digital media. Aside from one Facebook ad, I didn’t spend anything on marketing. It was all by word-ofmouth, the blogger world is pretty strong. I used Lifestyle blogs, Facebook, Tumblr, Four Square, Twitter, I’ve done it all!” As demonstrated by Li, social media has proved successful and retailers are using all these outlets or a combination of them to attract new customers and to keep the ones they already have. However, simply listing a brand on these sites or bombarding consumers with messages on Facebook is not enough. The key is to ultimately turn these consumers into shoppers. Retailers are using creative ways within these platforms to guide people to their website or store by giving them new incentives to shop, be it special discounts, limited giveaways, contests and other similar tactics. Social media aside, brands have not dismissed the powerful word-of-mouth bloggers that surfaced the web early on, acting as informants, inspiration and letting their readers become “in-the-know”. Lifestyle Asia, a site geared towards inhabitants of a few different South-East Asian cities, uncovers the hottest trends, happenings and places in each city. Similarly, Dim Sum & Then Some, one of Hong Kong’s lifestyle blogs, has been, for four and half years now, a guide to help locals discover the best of the city by giving a fresh take on what’s new, what’s next and what’s best in Hong Kong. Founders Kelly Berlin and Neveen Aziz explain, “for brands, being online, with traditional websites, e-mail marketing 160 BEAUX
and within social media platforms, has become an important part of branding and marketing in order to fully engage their consumers.” These blogs are much sought after by retailers and with good reason. “People are using websites like Dim Sum & Then Some to stay on top of the latest hotspots and ideas,” said Berlin and Aziz. Brands featured on these sites also make appearances on various forms of e-marketing that these blogs send out to readers. The e-blasts, usually with direct links to the retailer’s website, eventually makes their way into consumers’ inboxes, highlighting the bloggers’ latest vices, most commonly in the form of an “it” product. The ladies at Dim Sum & Then Sum agree that their weekly newsletters are very popular amongst readers and that they hope to collaborate with luxury brands in the near future to continue to bring the best of Hong Kong. Going down the road, all these platforms will sustain its importance in offering us an endless plethora of fashion content on the web and as the industry continues to go digital, m-commerce will surely take on a larger role. But questions remain will the traditional forms of distribution dwindle? Will smartphones take over and eventually make us a cashless society? One thing is for sure, as they partner up, fashion and technology will continue to bring change and newness to our shopping experience and from the way things have gone, my recommendation is that brands will need to adapt, adapt at gallop speed. Now excuse me while I make my next purchase on Shopbop.com.
Founders Kelly Berlin and Neveen Aziz explain, â€œfor brands, being online, with traditional websites, e-mail marketing and within social media platforms, has become an important part of branding and marketing in order to fully engage their consumers.â€?
IN48 HOURS Text and Photos by Patryk Chaou
London: the seat of the great English civilisation. The name alone conjures alluring fantasies of a grand old city - of cobbled streets flanked by buildings of glorious architectural styles, of verdant meadows greening the horizon, of quaint cafes, OldWorld manners and traditions, of scones, teas and ‘How are you my darling?’. Take my word for it; reality will be more than happy to knock those images right out of your head. Try a 10 hour flight -coach- whilst being surrounded by screaming babies, fenced in to your narrower than narrow window-seat by rank, sweaty passengers. Then, upon liberation from the claustrophobic confines of the plane, plunge headlong into a chaotic 162 BEAUX
sea of passengers as lost as you are. You can make neither head nor tail out of the throngs of people looking to leave, return or stay and neither can they. Confusion holds court, anarchy runs rampant and pandemonium reigns supreme. All this and you’re still in Heathrow, behind Immigration lines. After a hair-pulling 45 minute wait, I finally emerged from the airport all the worse for wear. Luckily for me, dealing with British customs turned out to be less of a hassle than I anticipated; not unlike our border custodians back in Hong Kong. You see, if there’s one thing I do like about London, it is that everyone speaks English; foreigner or otherwise. Though tongue twisting regional dialects abound (Cheryl Cole anyone?), English is spoken and
the English experience I was interested in and so -with guidebook in hand- I blocked out the noise and started out on my quest. In the afternoon of my arrival, I headed straight for Leicester Square and Covent Garden for a quick stroll. Taking the Tube - as the London underground subway system is called - is a mind-boggling experience as it is a massively complex system of organized chaos. It looks intricate, but as long as you know where you are going, navigation isnâ€™t all that hard to achieve.
Buckingham Place Gates
understood throughout so youâ€™ll have no problems being understood. I was in London. With 48 hours to absorb - with as much greed as I can muster - all things quintessentially English, I had a lot of ground to cover and absolutely no idea where to begin. And how am I to be blamed considering London has become as international as an international city can be? With Polish chambermaids, Middle Eastern shopkeepers, Japanese tourists, African sightseers and American visitors taking up every available visible space, London was a veritable mish-mash of diverse traditions all thriving alongside one another in a marvellous cacophony of culture. It was, however,
No visit to London would ever be complete without a visit to Buckingham Palace. Housing one of the last few remaining monarchies in the world, Buckingham Palace is an enduring symbol of what was once the most powerful Empire in the world. To this day, the British Royal family is one of the most beloved of royal houses in the world (with the exception of some provinces in Canada of course) and remains an important symbol of the United Kingdom. The family is an enduring symbol of the traditions which bind together the hearts of every British national. As a matter of fact, several friends of mine raised in pre-1997 Hong Kong still remember fondly the colonial times and traditions that they were brought up with. On the second day of my visit, I charged straight into the grounds of the Buckingham Palace to witness the changing of the Palace Guards; a spectacle I once experienced -albeit on a smaller scale- in Ottawa, Canada. However, as it the place was too crowded with other tourists, I decided to pay a visit to the second most important place for the British crown; Westminster Abbey instead. Constructed in the 10th Century, the Abbey has been the traditional place of Coronation for the British Monarchs as well as the final resting place for generations of British Royalty, nobility and notable persons including famous writers such as Chaucer. BEAUX 163
The Tower Bridge
It was here that Queen Elizabeth II was crowned and married, an event mirrored; once upon a time, by Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana and even more recently by HRH William the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Just a stoneâ€™s throw away from Westminster Abbey stands the Big Ben. Take my word for it that a trip to London will not count as one until you call upon him and hear him chime out the hour. To think; Big Ben has been at work since the time of Virginia Woolf and even long before that. One must also remember to visit to the River Thames and the Tower of London, an execution ground of legendary proportions. In the distance, one is able to recognize Tower Bridge and beyond that, London Bridge. I spent my last London evening in Soho, amidst hip bars and restaurants. Although English cuisine has been met with much derision by most visitors 164 BEAUX
(Case in point: lamb vindaloo has replaced fish and chips as an English national dish), Soho is a great place for eats and drinks. A quick meet up with a long lost friend, throwing back beers and reminiscing about the past; this is what makes London such a great place to be.
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