Interview with the World Renowned Mark Niemierko
Winter Spa Deals
Suzanne Bernie Joins the Team
The Ultimate Guide To Winter Weddings
The Four Seasons
Luxury Mountain Top Weddings
MINT VELVET www.mintvelvet.co.uk
Editor-in-Chief Gabriella Enriocco
Editorâ€™s PA Sophia Moretti 07514412050 Fashion Editor
Beauty & Fitness Editor Caroline Topperman
George Watts Belinda Chorley Vicki Lord Kelly Millar Suzanne Bernie
Sophie Milner, Kirsti Reid, Madeleine Spencer, Maggie Reid Kimberleigh Spreadbury, Jodie Edwards, Laura Farrington, Dean Smith, Stewart Bernie
Photographer Liam Smith
Videographer Daniel Gold
International Presenter Ileana Madarnaz
International Videographer Lizbella Molina
HR Manager Samantha Roberts Sales Team Vicoria Hewitt Anna Wilson
10 Editor’s Letter 40 British MODE Loves 78 British MODE Loves Menswear 130 Wedding Fairy SOS 142 British MODE Loves Bridal 168 Honeymoon Essentials
Fashion 12 Missing Piece of the Jigsaw 30 Fur or Faux? 32 The Power of Accessories 34 Theo Fennell 36 Christmas Jewellery Selection 38 Jean Michel Cazabat’s Killer Heels 48 Battle of the Boots 50 Celeb Style Report 52 New Style Columnist Suzanne Bernie 54 Rising Talent 64 Award Winning Stylist Mark Leeson 68 Hair Care Essentials 72 Tartan Rocks the Catwalk 76 Tartan Trends 80 Luxury Outerwear for Men 88 Christmas Gift Guide
Gown & styling by Belinda Chorley of Beyond Burlesque Assistant: James Del-Gatto Photography by Dave Kai Piper Model: Chloe Jasmine Whichello Hair and Make-up: Candy Alderton Location: Russell and Leigh’s (Narnia studio’s)
116 Winter Beauty Bible 118 Get Under Your Skin with Environ 120 Men’s Scents & Colognes 122 Christmas Gift Sets
Bridal 126 Mark Niemierko On Celebrities, Trends & The Academy 134 The Complete Guide to Winter Weddings Abroad 136 Skincare (Guide) 140 Luxe Ski Wear (Guide) 144 Belinda Cholrey’s New Season 150 Nita Lake Lodge Whistler 156 The Four Seasons Whistler 164 Winter Wedding Arrangements 172 Rigby & Peller Royal Lingerie
Misc 102 Belle Epoque 40th Anniversary 104 Belle Epoque Hotel Review 106 Bel & The Dragon Hotel Review 108 Holiday Deals 110 Top 10 Christmas Spa Deals 178 Chestnut Hummus & Rosemary Flatbread 180 Salted Caramel Chocolate Rolos 182 Honey Glazed Ham with Pea Shoots & Baby Leaves 184 Stilton & Walnuts with Pea Shoots & Baby Leaves
EDITORS LETTER Team SPIRIT Many people don’t acknowledge the importance of a team, to their own detriment. I’ve had the pleasure these past four months of working with some of the most determined, self motivated, personable and truly lovely people that I’ve ever met and if ever there was a time to believe in the power of the collective, then it would be now. I’m very thankful, to you the reader, for hopefully sharing this publication with your friends and family, but more importantly for enjoying what we work so hard together to produce each month, only dreaming that people will find it interesting, entertaining and engaging. It’s definitely time for me to dedicate this letter specifically to those who contribute to, and show support for the publication, because no amount of hard work is ever enough without an incredible team of loyal and like minded people. It’s with a great sense of happiness that I get to see those who are a part of this journey surprising themselves at how far they’ve come, or what they’re capable of, or simply discovering the fact that they actually love something that before now they’d never have considered partaking in. As children we all dream and I think it’s fair to say that the majority of us dream big. As teenagers we often lose sight of those dreams, we lose sight of our uniqueness, our individuality and our self importance in a quest to be socially accepted. If there’s anything I’d like people to take away from British MODE and all that we are, whether you’re a reader or a contributor, it’s that feeling of youthfulness, of empowerment, in particular, in the sense that you are able to express yourself, using that natural ‘God given’ instinct that should govern your choices and in turn reward you with success. When all is said and done, fashion, style and beauty are all wonderfully creative, limitless vehicles to use in order to express yourself and I hope that all of you feel free enough and confident enough to be able to do so. On that note, happy Christmas, be safe and we’ll be back bigger and better than ever in 2014.
Gabriella Enriocco, Editor-in-Chief 11
Piece of the...
s u o i r o l g n i e n i b om c s r u o l o c d n a s e r .” w a s g i j “Fabrics, textu s ’ t a h T . t i f es c e i p e h t l l a n i e r e harmony, wh Article by Sophie Milner
Jigsaw’s AW13 collection draws inspiration from the seasonal beauty of nature, totally awakening the senses. Their undeniably classy womenswear collection is comprised of earthy tones such as burnt orange and wine-red, which is contrasted beautifully against sugar coated pinks and pearlescent creams. For men, hues remain strong in a selection of smoke-grey, forest green and chocolate. Vintage vibes set the tone for the season as old-school silhouettes are re-imagined and updated with modern twists. This season, the power of a rich colour palette runs parallel with Jigsaw’s innovative use of textures, creating a visual and physical playground for the senses. Both the men’s and women’s collections evoke images of brisk walks through the British countryside on a crisp autumnal day. Deep, forest green hues paint the collection, whilst patterns mimicking tree bark and smudged fallen leaves ‘decorate’ it. Moody winter shades of smoke, ivy and heather are contrasted against a sweep of fall shades of plum, citrus lime and simmering red. The menswear collection is comparatively toned down as the designers have opted for darker hues of burgundies, browns and blacks, with the occasional injection of bold red tartan.
ly, creating quintessential Scottish garments and visions of adventures in the cold winter highlands. Chunky knitted jumpers featuring big roll necks protect from the scathing winds, soft wool garments hug the skin, shielding from the elements, whilst aran knits possess a definite heritage feel, without looking outdated. Hitchcock’s heroine is an important character in the collection. Herringbone jackets featuring vintage cuts capture the true spirit of Jigsaw, whilst waxed jackets and luxe leather add an element of practicality to the wardrobe. A knitted cobalt blue sweater and skirt combination creates a bold feminine duo, whilst a grey flannel suit is quintessential boy-meets-girl androgyny. The addition of ‘boyish’ garments is not only on trend, but it has the power to instantly update and add interest to any outfit. The earthy tones and androgynous silhouettes flirt with one another in contrast with the delicate overtones of glamour.
Jigsaw references the past with a nostalgic nod to the forties, evident through the use of beautiful beading and glistening tweeds. Sophisticated yet feminine silhouettes are draped in organza and jacquard creating an illusion of opulence. This season’s most coveted coat in a radiant icy pink, is so reminiscent of winter-blushed cheeks, cleverBoth the women’s and men’s collections ly blending the natural with the sensual. are heavily centred around traditional British knitwear. Heritage checks and a Oozing with tradition, Jigsaw’s men’s colmultitude of tartans are woven beautiful- lection envisages the return of masculinity 17
through the look of the classic British gentleman. Manliness is personified through the use of strong textures, practical knits and dense wool garments. Heritage fabrics are vital to the image: tweed blazers and thick woollen coats are the backbone to the collection. Think old-school English gent with an updated modern edge. Simple shirts, jerseys and knitted pieces form essential male wardrobe staples and allow accessories to do the talking. Accented touches from tartan scarves add a sense of sophistication and care without looking over-done. Jigsaw are effectively redefining masculinity, returning men to their glory 18
days with the ability to make any fashion conscious male look devilishly handsome. Old and new are entwined seamlessly by harnessing the best vintage styles and combining them with contemporary tailoring techniques. Through textures, hues and structures, Jigsawâ€™s AW13 collection has captured the quintessential snapshot of Great Britain, from the misty skies to the warm shades of the rolling hills. This season, fall in love with heritage tweed and great British knits â€“ a true testament to this islandâ€™s glorious natural landscape and design ingenuity.
Model wears Jigsaw ensemble: waxed cotton parka coat £225, tencel shirt £49, superwool cashmere worn with love sweater £98
Model wears Jigsaw ensemble: estelle check trouser £98, pure cashmere polo neck sweater £98, textured check knit coat £165
‘Sumptuous shades of pink glide across a textured check knit coat’
The return of masculinity
Model wears Jigsaw ensemble: Fine wool bomber jacket £149, merino roll neck jumper £85, cotton twill classic tapered chino £89
Model wears Jigsaw ensemble: heavy wool peacoat £350, slim fit mini oval print shirt £75, zip wool waistcoat £150, narrow cord slim fit trousers £69, two tone brogue boots £250
Model wears Jigsaw ensemble: harris tweed overcoat £295, formal slim stretch shirt £65, cotton twill classic tapered chino £89
Model wears per una Speziale Dress £119, Necklace £29.50, Ring £7.50, Bracelet £19.50
Glistening Gold Be fearless this winter by infusing hints of gold into your wardrobe, and if youâ€™re truly bold, opt for a gorgeous, glistening gold gown.
Model wears Twiggy for M&S Woman Jacket £59, Twiggy for M&S Collection Skirt £45, Belt £15, Glove £17.50, Scarf £25
Wrapped Up Stay warm with classically tailored pieces and bold accents.
Model wears per una Speziale Coat £229, per una Cardigan £49.50, M&S Collection Skirt £39.50, Belt £15, Shoe £19.50
Fur or Faux? Whether real or otherwise fur or faux will always be glamorous. Here are three of our favourite pieces for the season.
Liska 'Mene' grey fox fur coat ÂŁ4794.35 Liska chocolate brown fox fur trim coat ÂŁ2510
Jason Wu silver fox fur peplum coat ÂŁ4256
Columnist and global image consultant Kelly Millar shares some of her current favourite brands and style tips. Frey Wille Launched in the 80’s in Austria the brand creates precious fire enamel jewellery. Themes range from Greco-Roman art to the more contemporary. I absolutely love the bracelets and rings in varying widths which you can layer and combine. They’re made with 24k yellow gold powder or 18kt white gold powder and make an eye-catchingly bold statement - ideal for evenings out.
Alex Monroe This English designer established his brand over 20 years ago using nature as a metaphor to insinuate themes of nostalgia and ‘old’ England. I’m a big fan of his ‘love’ ring which you can stack with other unique pieces. His feather collection is glorious as well as his renowned Bumblebee Necklace - they are delicate, distinctive pieces.
Kara Ross New York designer Kara Ross is known for her bold and unique use of exotic skins and gemstones. Her designs are original, feminine, intrepid and imbued with sophistication. I adore her key pieces such as the Pave Baby Shirt Cuff in gold with rubies. I wear them frequently both casually with jeans and with something more glamorous for an evening out.
Lara Bohinc I have been a long time fan of Lara Bohinc’s designs and I am particularly besotted with her recent Apollo and Planetaria collections which are available in silver, rose gold and gold. They are eye catching, make a bold yet beautiful statement and are the perfect compliment to any day wear or evening ensemble. Her accessories are extremely versatile; I love her Apollo clutch in snakeskin as well as her other beautifully made handbags. 33
Theo Article by Laura Farrington
When purchasing a gift for someone special this Christmas, your search may lead you to find a gift which reflects the uniqueness of your loved one. It’s easy to get caught up in the customary presents that will be on many people’s shopping lists, however, renowned jewellery and silverware designer, Theo Fennell, provides beautiful and distinctive pieces that will be ‘the’ perfect gift when searching for something special.
His creations are the the company continperfect gift this Christ- ues to base its operamas, with imaginative detailing making each piece feel distinctly individual and personal.
Looking through the pink tourmaline and yellow gold range, the Bee and Blossom ring, White gold fashioned from yel& diamond low and rose gold, is 7 stone recentred around a loveveal eternily bee motif setting it ty ring apart from anything else. The bee in this instance represents ‘happy industry’ and the ‘maker of honey;’ every piece has an enchanting For over 25 years, Theo story set within it that 5 stone emerald cut diamond Fennell has produced is a delight to decode. ring £75,000 captivating pieces of jewellery and is now The Theo Fennell flagacknowledged as one of ship store is based in Britain’s foremost de- London and showcases signers of jewellery and the brand’s ideal that silverware. His unique every piece of jewelwork boasts innovative lery should be original and distinctive designs, and beautifully crafted pushing the boundaries with immaculate atof the craft of designing tention to detail. With tions around its stuand creating jewellery. this ethos as the focus, dios and workshops 34
Fennell which are at the very ellery and silverware. core of the company; The brand offers a collection of gift ware certain to delight both gentlemen and ladies. Items such as their beautifully handmade and engraved silver condiment sleeves, for the ‘iconic inhabitants’ of the breakfast table, are just perfect to add White gold & diamond solo that extra dash of style reveal engagement ring this Christmas. This set is the sterling partner for the ultimate best of British, ‘The Full English Breakfast,’ certain to make any Brit happy any time they sit at the dinner table. On the Theo Fennell website, the brand states that they can custom-make their vision to the very edge of the customer’s imagination. From the flagship store in Fulham Road, customers can watch their special one of the reasons that piece evolve from a it leads design in jew- two dimensional hand
drawing into a miniature work of art. Working with the studio, you can choose every stone, symbol, material and design to create a one off piece that is truly special to you and your loved one. The amount of thought which goes into their jewellery will undoubtedly make that special someone’s Christmas one they will always remember. You can co-create a piece of infinite value and emotional depth by adding a birthstone, gold from an old coin or a family ring to fashion a bespoke item of true richness and meaning. Theo Fennell is passionate about the originality and craftsmanship which goes into every single piece of their collection, from workshop to store to treasured truly personal piece.
Christmas Arctic Circle We love Arctic Circle diamonds which originate from the world-class diamond mines in Canada. The rough diamonds are specifically selected by master diamantaires, meaning that if you purchase one for someone you love, you’ll both have the knowledge of the exact mine of origin of your diamond. The ring showcased here is an example of the classic designs that inspire Arctic Circle’s glorious pieces.
Holts London Holts Gems stock one of the largest collections of precious and semi-precious gems in the UK and offers a professional service in bespoke jewellery, allowing you to experience the process of rock to ring, pearl and bead re-stringing, stone testing and jewellery valuations. This Sapphire and Diamond Starburst ring demonstrates the artistic talent poured into the creation of their pieces. Brown & Newirth
Brown and Newirth have been creating handmade engagement, wedding, eternity and partnership rings at their London workshops since 1967. Combining modern technology with traditional skills, Brown and Newirth create rings that are truly unique. This ring is part of the ‘Pink Champagne’ collection which is made from a specially developed pink gold and set with sparkling champagne diamonds.
s Alexis Dove
Alexis Dove’s jewellery is quintessentially English. The designer is inspired by the nature of the South Downs, Sussex, and by her love of vintage jewellery. The collections are all handmade and would make gorgeous presents for the women in your life. This Vintage Bunny pendant is an exclusive, handmade necklace that can be personalised with their initial, making your gift all the more memorable.
Having forged the wedding rings of royalty for almost 100 years, Clogau are one of the most highly regarded jewellers the world over. Both pendants featured are new additions to the winter collection. The Am Byth bullet and Seren Wishes star pendants are available in rose gold and gold, silver and rose gold, and silver and gold. These would, of course, make lovely gifts for a mother, sister, friend, daughter, or wife. Marco Bicego These vibrant earrings are from the Murano collection, inspired by the vibrant colours on the Venetian island of Murano! We love the versatility of Marco Bicego’s gold jewellery collections which are designed to be mixed, matched and layered. With jewellery for every occasion it’s easy to find something you love for someone you love. Whether they’d prefer something more understated to wear daily with jeans or a statement piece to provide the perfect compliment to an evening gown, you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for. 37
Jean Michel Cazabat’s
Article by Kirsti Reid
Jean Michel Cazabat began his career in 1980 as a buyer and designer for Charles Jourdan. After working for the prestigious Jourdan for five years, Cazabat moved to New York to serve as president of the exquisite brand, Stephane Kelian. By 1999 he decided to establish himself as a designer under his own name, and using his experience with Jourdan and Kelian, launched a luxury women’s shoe collection of his own. It did not take long for world of fashion to catch
on to his vision and to this day he remains one of the world’s most highly respected designers. By 2003 he had launched his men’s line, endorsed by celebrities such as Elton John, Steven Tyler and Seal. Both Cazabat’s men’s and women’s collections are available internationally and also in Harvey Nichols. Growing up in the French countryside of Gascony, Cazabat was influenced by fashion from a very young age. Inspired by the stylish women of the 1960’s, the era in which he grew up, they wore cord and wood platform sandals which epitomised the chic and stylish woman of the time. Taking this design aesthetic Cazabat drew on various elements for inspiration. The designer’s collections
This is a vibrant and fun collection catering to the needs of the modern multi-faceted women of today.’
clearly reflect an independent attitude, a lust element is pulled through in a much stronger for life and a bold temperament. way, with all over embellishment as seen on the Francesca shoe boot. In keeping with the Cazabat’s signature style includes intricate season and the very changeable weather, the stitching, the use of metallic and glitter, skins line is comprised of boots, pumps and heels and prints, which is wrapped up with an ex- and an uniquely casual range of leather shoes uberant edge to create an ultra feminine, which have quite a sporty feel. The line is unshow-stopping shoe. The whimsical details deniably versatile as it features ‘looks’ suitable and seductive silhouettes recurring through- for the office, bar, and also informal wear for out his designs, reflect the high spirited wom- casual weekends. an which forms his muse and contain a definite element of fun and flirtatiousness. Cazabat is clearly a fan of contrasting elements as boots vary in length, either long and he AW13 women’s collection embodies knee high or cut short at the ankle, similarly all of these key elements yet has a goth- heels are either smothered in crystal embelic undertone, symbolised in the dark lishments or remain simple and understated colour palette comprised mainly of burgundy with the use of textured leather. A key feature and teal. Luxurious fabrics in varied weights of the line is the use of multiple colours, many and textures play a major role throughout, of the shoes being available in the same style which features black leather, tweed, baroque but crafted from a slightly different fabric or velvet and metallic crocodile skin. Each piece differing in colour. This is a colourful and fun has its own metallic feature or detail, in some it collection, highlighting and catering to the is a simple nod to a metallic zip, like the Mad- needs of the modern multi-faceted women of ison biker boot, whilst in others the metallic today.
LOVES Shaun Leane 'Tusk' earrings £373.34
Gianvito Rossi open toe bootie £515.56
DSquared2 embellished feather brooch £186.67
Pomellato gold topaz earring £3793.33 Saint Laurent Casandra' monogram clutch £945.79 40
Irene Neuwirth diamond earring £24631.34
Alexander McQueen 'Knucklebox' clutch £1937.8
Irene Neuwirth rainbow moonstone earring £1888.23
Atelier Swarovski twist necklace £777.79
Burberry London check clutch £333.34
Brian Atwood 'Manica' pump £840.01
Giorgio Armani striped pump £528.9
Balmain zipped biker jacket £4773.39
Joseph leather trouser £755
Altewai Saome 'Metropolitan' jacket £600.01 Joseph 'Sara Plongee' bonded dress £845
Reed Krakoff large cuff £613.34
Proenza Schouler pointed toe pump £671.76
Marni leaf layered earring £320.33 43
Christian Dior gold plated necklace £844.46
Marni circle motif collar necklace £421.48
Rochas almond toe bootie £779.24
Alexander McQueen skull chain clutch £1898.97 44
Missoni zipper wallet £209.34
Shaun Leane 'Serpents Trace' bracelet £1057.79 Givenchy shark tooth necklace £696.01
Brian Atwood 'Cassandra' pump £746.68 45
Model wears Dune - Carnival Zip Detail Open Shoe Boots ÂŁ99
Model wears Dune - Decorum T-Bar Buckle Court Shoes ÂŁ85
Battle of the Boots
Journalist Laura Farrington shares her favourite selection of high end and high street boots.
Let us know which pair you’re loving on twitter @BritishMODE or by using #BritishMODE Zara leather riding boot £119 These classic riding boots from Zara are an easy way to look chic this winter. Being knee high they will keep your feet nice and toasty, without compromising on style. The gold plated accents are beautifully contrasted against the black leather, creating a luxurious and expensive look for the high street.
Saint Laurent Cavaliere buckled leather riding boots £975 We simply adore these expertly made Saint Laurent riding boots. Not only do they look beautiful, they'll certainly keep you warm this winter, whether you're going riding or not! Team these with a pair of skinny jeans and a tweet jacket and you'll definitely look the part.
Steve Madden Sloann Peeptoe Leather Platform Ankle Boots £129 These gorgeous Steven Madden platform ankle boots are undoubtedly statement heels. They feature a rather large stiletto heel and of course gold plating detail making them ideal for a night out at a bar with the girls. The peep toe design is simply timeless, they also feature a zip fastening and are made from smooth leather.
ASOS Apprise Leather Chelsea Point Ankle Boots £65 We're quite fond of the Leater Chelsea Point Ankle Boots made from100% real leather. The polished finish gives them a really classic appearance and we can't deny that a pointed toe always looks more sophisticated. The high stacked heel is 2.4", so for those of you with a more petite stature you may want to consider this pair of beautiful boots. ASOS Kingdom Leather Over The Knee Boots £85 For over the knee boots, ASOS have really delivered. At only 85 pounds, these boots are simple and classic yet sit fashionably above the knee. Made with soft leather and finished with a triple strap and buckle details, these boots are a statement piece for your wardrobe. Without being too risky whilst pulling off the over the knee design, the flat sole and low heels means you will be comfortable whenever sporting these boots.
Giuseppe Zanotti Design knee high boot £905
This delicious pair of boots by Giuseppe Zanotti are located in a beautiful Parisian boutique named Biondini. Crafted from 100% leather and featuring a wraparound leather strap with a gold-tone plaque fastening they’re ultra chic and versatile. The chunky mid heel is very on trend at the moment and of course the almond toe never fails to look elegant.
Celeb Style Report 3.
Writer Kirsti Reid reports on the latest celebrity trends as we share with you where to find them. Valentino Floral Tapestry Dress £2,185 saksfifthavenue.com
Model Angie Harmon was seen wearing this preppy floral dress from the AW13 collection. Cara Delevingne also wore Valentino on the cover of I.D magazine.
2. Bayswater Double Zip Tote £1,500 mulberry.com
Lana Del Ray has been seen sporting an entire Mulberry outfit or signature handbag.
Mulberry Peacoat Black Bonded Leather £1,750, mulberry.com Cara Delevingne is also no stranger to Mulberry as she was the face of their woodland themed fall ad campaign. Kate Moss, Delevingne’s friend and idol is also wearing Mulberry this season, spotted in a double breasted pea coat made from bonded leather whilst out shopping.
Images courtesy of Valentino and Burberry
Black and white lace Valentino dress Ciara has been spotted elegantly dressed in Valentinoâ€™s Fall collection 13 at the Pret-a-Porter Spring/Summer 14 Valentino show in Paris in early October. Her outfit of choice was a monochrome dress featuring black leather panels and creamy white lace. Ciara is not the only one endorsing the Valentino collection, Elettra Wiedemann is a fan of the vibrant red cape which she wore to the same show.
Burberry vinyl trench coat ÂŁ1995 burberry.com Beyonce was spotted in this oxblood vinyl trench on the set of her new music video. The coat, complete with gold epaulettes, metal pocket trims and a high gloss intensity is a must have this winter, and the dark hue will compliment the rest of this seasons colour palette. 51
New Style Columnist Suzanne Bernie The end of the year may not be the most obvious time to start something new but as a brand new year is just around the corner it actually seems like a very good time! For me this December edition of British Mode is a perfect time to introduce myself and say what a pleasure and delight it is to be working with British MODE as a new style columnist and say hello to you, the readers. I’m very excited to get to know you, giving you style advise, telling you about the seasons ‘must haves’ and just where to find them, answering your fashion dilemma’s as well as sharing my insights as a busy stylist. So hello, I’m Suzanne Bernie and I’ve been working as a stylist for many years. 52
Thoroughly enjoying all the incredible variations in which a stylist can work. Never knowing where and what the next job will be. For me this way of working is ideal and feeds my creativity and keeps me free spirited. I’m a Northern gal at heart but after coming to London in order to be near my now husband, not only did I stay in love with him but I also fell madly in love with this magnificent city. It is an inspirational vibrant and creative whirl of craziness, and a strong contender as the best city in the world with opportunities beyond belief, I truly believe nothing is impossible. My career in fashion started in retail and then moved into wholesale selling to major retail-
Photography by Ori Latter, image courtesy of Suzanne Bernie
www.coathanger.net Instagram: Coathangerstylist Twitter: @Coathangernet Facebook: is.gd/coathanger ers on the high street. When buying from Paris and running a busy showroom I learnt about the job of a stylist and I realised this was my dream career. There was no option but to make it happen and happen it did! After two years assisting and learning absolutely everything a stylist should know, I was ready to go it alone. Styling shoots for Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Elizabeth Hurley for Vogue. Styling for TV for brands such as BMW and E! Entertainment and music videos and album covers for such greats as Sir Paul McCartney. At the same time my opinion was forever being called upon, what did I think of certain styles and did it suit this person, from there Coathanger was created. Requests for my style opinion came flooding in, making me realise that there were so many people out there who needed a little honest and friendly advice with their image. I have wonderful clients from all over the world with extraordinary lives and from all walks
of life and of all ages, my youngest being 10 and the oldest 80 - with budgets of all sizes. Over two years ago Westfield London approached me to work with them in Personal Styling and six years ago Coathanger started Bespoke Uniforms dressing staff for hotels, hospitality and front of house teams, giving an edge to corporate dressing. These wonderful experiences have allowed me to give presentations and lectures at various colleges and universities such as Istituto Marengoni, helping young and up and coming stylists to really learn just what the job entails. To me as a stylist I believe how we feel on the inside is most always shown by how you look on the outside. What mood you wake up in dictates what you choose from your wardrobe. For me fashion and the psychology behind it fascinates me, and getting to know about my clients lifestyle enables me to discover their true personalities through the outfits they wear. I look forward to getting to know you all and letting you into my world of STYLE !! 53
Rising Talent Four up and coming designers who are taking the industry by storm. Article by Kirsti Reid.
Images courtesy of Kelly Love
London based designer Kelly Love began her career in Osaka Japan working with a Japanese artist and designer before returning to her native country, Australia, to complete her studies at Raffles Institute of Design. Whilst at Raffles Love developed a signature design aesthetic, creating beautiful garments with classic silhouettes featuring exclusive prints. Kelly Love’s AW13 collection ‘Flowers and Grandeur’ combines impeccable tailoring and luxe fabrics to create truly exceptional pieces.
focus within the collection. In a sumptuous shades of magenta and burgundy dip dye, it creates a visually stimulation gradation drawing the eye down the garment. At three-quarter length and a relaxed style, it is suitable for most body types although particularly flattering on those with a slender frame who want to accentuate long, lean legs.
Another particularly beautiful piece in the collection is the Dusk In The City Blazer. Created in a soft fawn wool mix with a detachInspired by the Parisian lifestyle of bygone able faux fur collar, this blazer is versatile,
times, Love focuses on the stories an old door in Paris would tell if it could, of the woman who lived there, of her lover and the times they spent together. She creates a heavy mood of nostalgia with a hint of tragedy by enveloping the persona of the woman who lived behind the door in lush yet contrasting fabrics, such as mohair and silk, Italian lace and velvet. Duck egg blue, deep teal, magenta and blush form the base of the colour palette, which is set against a background of dark hues and neutral tones.
it can be worn with trousers, dresses, skirts or shorts, compliment most outfits in your wardrobe. Other features of the collection include floral bloom prints on button down, collared shirt dresses and tapered trousers and ankle skimming, sleeveless day dresses in block colours. The florals are fresh but moody, mirroring the mood of the season. Kelly love is truly a force to be reckoned with, evident throughout this collection alone. Not only is it romantic and thought provoking, it’s dynamic as each item can be dressed up with heels for a formal occasion, or dressed The Mohair Parisian Sunrise coat draws down with boots for a more edgy look. 55
Images courtesy of Zoe Jordan
Zoe Jordan Best emerging British luxury brand finalist of 2012, Zoe Jordan, toys with the contrasts of masculinity and femininity and structure and fluidity, in her self named London label. Many would note that the charm of her work lies within the simplicity of the garments and the designer’s innate ability to capture the essence of the ‘London look’. Exquisite tailoring, contemporary silhouettes and heritage fabrics are all key features of Jordan’s distinctive style and label. The autumnal/winter line is inspired by London life, combining all of these elements into a sophisticated, cohesive collection that defies the boundaries of day and night, to produce a selection of interchangeable garments for the ‘Jordan’ woman. An interesting mixture of jersey and leather is blended to create a sleek, shiny pair of trousers which embodies the luxe style of the collection whilst being practical and comfortable - something that remains at the heart of Jordan’s design aesthetic. The high waistline and zip and button fastening keeps the look fresh and updated. The Mason Tailored coat in charcoal tweed is an unmistakable staple in the collection and is made from herringbone tweed and features inverted lapels and
a stylishly contrasting collar. Long-line and tailored in a rather masculine way, the androgyny of the garment encapsulates eccentric, eclectic London style, and in 100% wool it is the perfect coat for the season. Aside from herringbone tweed, another heritage fabric used in the collection is the knitted Glencheck, cut into a pullover, monochrome in colour featuring leather accents around the neckline and cuffs. Elbow patches and a box silhouette complete the style of the garment. Aside from monochromatic knits and dark charcoal wools, the collection also sees a blanket of creams and neutrals behind splashes of bright orange, gold and blue metallics. Other favourites include panelled strapless bodices, floor skimming maxi skirts and dresses, cut out details and glamorous hints of fur, or faux fur. Diversity is ultimately attractive and Jordan clearly demonstrates the ability to marry metallics with fur and colours that traditionally would not sit beside each other which herein work together and harmonise to produce a striking collection that is both design led and utterly practical. 57
Coleman Originally from Limerick, Coleman studied at the Limerick School of Art and Design and completed her MA at London Central Saint Martins. Gaining experience from working within the industry in New York and Iceland, Coleman then went on to produce her own womenswear and accessories line which launched in 2010. Winning three awards in 2012 including the Golden Egg Innovation Award, she Coleman is certainly one to watch.
and zip through front. A hint of a raglan sleeve for a fitted look and an elasticated waist is used to draw the garment in, giving a luxe sport feel, perfect for wearing casually with jeans and flats or for dressing up with an equally show stopping dress. This particular jacket has become popular amongst many in the fashion industry and has also been seen on the red carpet – the label is also popular with Irish celebrity Sharon Corr and Mary J Blige.
The AW13 collection entitled ‘I Belong To Me’ was inspired by the idea of writing a love letter to oneself. The winter line is in every sense an expression and a celebration of beauty and strength, reflected throughout. Initially the design inspiration came from the imagery of cascading china plates shattering on the ground after being thrown as a way to release stress. The prints draw upon this feeling of release and traditional Chinese symbolism such as the bull exploding into various colours. Digital print on silk is the focus, combined with jacquard weaves, embroidered lace and specially commissioned Italian zips. The leather used is primarily lambskin as it’s super soft and pliable and feels beautiful on the skin. The colour palette, a mix of gold metallics and bright primary red and blue set against dark tones of slate and charcoal grey, forms a complimentary contrast.
A floor skimming dress in black silk with lovely dolmain sleeves, a plunging neckline and fitted waist, features within the collection. The dress sensually caresses the female form in the most flattering of ways and has the same bull print which runs throughout the collection, this time in a true gold tone.
Other highlights from the collection include: skin tight trousers with a patent leather finish, jackets featuring china bull print and classically cut pencil skirts. The collection is evocative of feminine strength and power without being overtly extrovert and maintaining air of wear-ability. As for next season the designer remarked in a former interview “I am very excited about S/ S14, a little hint is I am going back to my “All The Jewellery I Never Got’ hand drawn jewellery water coloured prints creating a new play on stripes mixed with solid colours. It is going The winter line houses a soft gold leath- to be vivacious, sophisticated, playful er bomber jacket complete with hood and beautiful like the ladies I dress.” 59
Jena Theo Jena Theo’s winter collection is in many senses a revival of colour, with vibrant pops of orange, pink, and green sitting alongside flashes of metallic gold and quirky dripping prints of stylised smiling faces. The brand was established in February 2009 and draws its name from both founders, Jenny Holmes and Dimitris Theocharidis, the duo who won the Fashion Fringe Award the very same year. Holmes focuses on volume and unique pattern cutting 60
whilst Theocharidis works on silhouette and tailoring, together producing a collection of exceptional brilliance. The concept behind the brand’s AW13 collection is based upon the Thompson book ‘Hell’s Angels’. As with Kelly Love’s collection, Jena Theo also uses florals in a wintry way, adding an air of darkness, macabre and mystery to the print whilst the bright colours and simple silhouette keeps it beautiful and light hearted. The silk drop hem tunic
features a sleeveless round neck and Once again the two designers have is hand painted in the signature flo- opted to carry the floral motif across ral pattern of the collection. The sim- into their spring/summer 2014 RTW ple shape is easy to wear and looks collection. SS14 which also sees the great with winter boots. introduction of skeletal A beloved piece is the prints, is rather toned ‘ A s with other acid face black midi dress down in contrast to that which has a simple sil- brands Jena Theo of this season. On the houette so as not to disother hand their SS14 has embraced the tract from the print. It is Denim collection once both sleeveless and round dip dye trend’ again features dip dyed necked, very in tune with shirts, dresses and pants the ultra modern tone of rest of the and of course acid print pieces. It’s collection. As with other brands Jena really no wonder why these gloriTheo has embraced the dip dye trend, ously eclectic designs have made demonstrated on a denim shirt with their way into mainstream media a contrasting leather collar and trim over recent years, which is where which makes for an interesting look. they’ll reside for years to come. 61
Stylist Valentina Tiurbini, hairstylist Andrea Martinelli, photographer Gabor Szantai, make-up artist Zannie Vong, stylist assistant Lara Tutton, Model, Dhalia
Model wears black and gold duo-toned Worth Couture jumpsuit
Stylist Valentina Tiurbini, hairstylist Andrea Martinelli, photographer Gabor Szantai, make-up artist Zannie Vong, stylist assistant Lara Tutton, Model, Alina
Model wears a baby pink coat by Jessica NG and a head piece by Culietta
Images courtesy of Mark Leeson , Photography Andrew O’Toole, Make-up Kylie O’Toole
Award Winning Stylist
Mark Leeson on products, golden hair care rules & more!
- When did you first truly know that for smoothing and taming frizz. I also like you wanted to become a stylist and the high quality serums while the anti-huhow did you initially gain experience? midity hairsprays that are available can be incredibly effective and brilliant for finishes. I became interested in hairdressing in my early teens. It was the 80’s and the time - You are obviously very knowledgeawhere hair and fashion were breaking all ble and talented when it comes to colthe rules. All the guys were having col- ouring hair, do you have a favourour in their hair and it was really very in- ite shade for this season and if so what spirational. I left school at 16 and began type of skin tone does it tend to suit best? working for a salon group called John Hawley in Mansfield. Straightaway I was For the last couple of seasons I’ve attracted to the competition side of hair- been using a lot of blue in my collecdressing. It was a buzz and I was hooked. tions. It’s not for everyone but it really does make for a statement colour and - Do you prefer working with long hair or is great for use in photographic work. short hair and do you feel that one perhaps gives you more freedom to create? - You have worked all over the world from Paris to America, which would be I have a passion for both long and short your favourite location and why? Perhair and always encompass both in my haps you could share an interesting ancollections. However, short hair can be ecdote of an experience working abroad? more versatile for photo shoots as there is more flexibility for the styles you can Last year I was asked to present a show for create. You can always add hair by us- Cosmoprof Asia held in Hong Kong which ing wefts and hairpieces but it’s harder to is an iconic event attended by thousands of take hair away. You’re rarely able to cut a industry professionals. I absolutely loved model’s hair on a shoot, so a model with everything about the city, it was incredishorter hair just offers more versatility. bly inspiring on many levels. It was a real buzz to put on a show in front of thousands of people and a real honour to be - Women with curly hair often find it presenting to such a major Asian audience. difficult to keep it straight and sleek. Which products would you recommend? - Due to our changeable British weather, and The new generation of hair oils are fantastic over use of heated appliances hair can often 65
be damaged easily, what are Middy haircuts are on trend your top tips for maintain- this Autumn/Winter and ing healthy, nourished hair? are a great way to try something different before you Keep hair healthy from with- take the plunge to a shortin. This means a healthy, er, edgy style. It’s a good balanced diet is a must. You idea to try a wig first and should have regular trims see if short hair really suits and definitely use high qual- you. Ultimately, just do it! ity, professional products. Hair always grows back. - Alongside hair styling, you provide beauty treatments in the salon, can you recommend a great treatment for Autumn/Winter? The Elemis Exotics treatment is wonderful for Autumn/Winter to revitalise and nourish your skin which can become dry after the summer months. This 30 minute treatment is very popular in the salon. It uses a warm oil followed by a lime and ginger salt application. It’s a fantastic deep cleansing experience and your skin feels amazing afterwards.
- Finally what are your top 5 golden ‘rules’ for hair? 1. Always have cut and colour together. They enhance each other. 2. Optimum condition is paramount to keep any style looking amazing. 3. Don’t be a slave to fashion; trends are there to be interpreted but ultimately it’s about personal suitability.
4. When changing colour, always consider your skin tone when choosing a shade and seek advice from your - We’re currently loving edg- hairdresser if you are unsure ier looks but some are quite about the ideal shade for you. difficult to carry off and transitioning from long hair to 5. If you want to recreate a something rather short can look at home you need the sometimes be too drastic – what right tools of the trade. would be your best advice? So invest in good quality, professional products.
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Esssentials Celebrity stylist and columnist, Vicki Lord, shares her absolute must have hair care products.
Yogi Fat Barrel Wand £64.95
Agadir Argan Oil Treatment £17.00
I’m always recommending Argan Oil to my clients. This wonder oil is ightweight and non-greasy. Argan oil has a low molecular weight, which instantly penetrates into the hair shaft without weighing the hair down, leaving hair soft and silky with a luxurious shine.
Bristle Brush Company, Boar Paddle Brush £28 I love this fabulous paddle brush, which glides through hair without pulling or snagging, leaving it soft and silky with high-shine. It’s a unique design with a mahogany barrel to absorb heat, cork handle and reinforced boar hair, with the boar bulb intact, spreading sebum along each hair shaft for ultimate shine and manageability!
I’ve used many different wands throughout my career but this brand is one of my all time favourites! It creates a beautiful symmetrical curl that stays in place and looks absolutely stunning all night long. Yogi wands increase the amount of negative ions produced and this wand also has a hot tip, increasing shine and hold.
Yogi Irons £89.95
I love the fact that these have a temperature control, allowing you to use them on a lower heat in areas where your hair is more sensitive. The ceramic and tourmaline infused floating plates give a fabulous highshine finish, they heat up very quickly and they’re lightweight which is an added bonus!
Balmain Paris, Hair Dress £124.95 My clients are always wondering how to recreate those fabulous red carpet hairstyles - Balmain has your answer! One of my favourite pieces is ‘The Hair Dress’; made from 100% human hair, creating that must have BIG hair! It can be applied easily using a strand application in under five minutes and it’s super comfortable to wear! 69
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Model wears Limited Edition Coat £89, Limited Edition Dress £45, Bracelet £19.50, Boot £69, all from Marks & Spencer
Model wears Limited Edition Coat £89, Limited Edition Top £35, Limited Edition Skirt £35, Sacrf £19.50, Bracelet £19.50, all from Marks & Spencer
Tartan Rocks Article by Maggie Reid
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Images courtesy of Moschino
Article by Maggie Reid
f you ever held the misconception that tartan was staid and reminiscent of Miss Jean Brodie, characterised by the writer, Muriel Spark, then think again. This season tartan and Scottish heritage fabrics have inspired a range of designers to immerse themselves and their individual design genius in a canvass and palette of extraordinary depth, revealing a sensational duality of up-to-the-minute design and classic style allure.
tartan revolution. Back in the 1980’s, Jeff Banks created ‘that’ tartan suit as worn by androgynous pop icon, Annie Lennox; a combination of tradition and fabulous conception pushed tartan out there as a canvass of both fresh and classic character. Here again, Moschino has cleverly nodded to that era in Pop Music, whilst adding unmistakeable femininity and elegance to the tartan tailored suit, perfect for today’s confident, assured woman.
Moschino’s Rosella Jardini shows great creative inspiration through her imaginative and sharply stylish use of tartan with the Moschino Tartan Fever collection. Upon the waiting world of fashion she unleashed gorgeously tailored jackets, suits, skirts and dresses ready to power their way into the fashion lexicon; she has her way with palette, texture and cut sufficient to unleash a
The tartan fever collection is fresh, free spirited and representative of Scottish heritage, yet very wearable. A key piece is the tartan blazer, inspired by the “ Stewart “ tartan featuring a lapel collar and fluted waist. Almost equestrian in feel, the blazer could be worn for dramatic impact with the matching tartan trousers, or for funky Hogmanay chic, worn with black skinny jeans and black biker boots. Alter-
natively it could be paired with the black mini kilt, black tights and brogues. To achieve that party look add stud detail brogues for quirky impact. Layering is big this Season, so a gorgeous black or even winter white cashmere sweater with tartan trousers or kilt with an art deco brooch clipped onto the mini kilt would look magical.
he tartan fever mini skirt showcases the Moschino quirkiness, humour and playful attitude . The eye is drawn to the heart appliqué red roses detail, perhaps inspired by Poet Robert Burns, “My love is like a red, red, rose” and adorned with the oversized, immediately recognisable, gold ‘M’ logo. The inventiveness of accessories on the catwalk showed a sense of youthfulness, verve and confidence of spirit, whilst the collection highlights a brand comfortable 73
“Having designed a Peace Scarf for
the Dalai Lama... Clark is a great British talent, set to be a shining light globally.”
in its own skin, so to speak. rics trend by acclaimed Scottish women’s wear deTartan is also beautiful- signer, Judy R Clarke. Judy ly designed by Vivienne worked for the late AlexWestwood; the exquisite ander McQueen, going on cashmere shawl is so glo- to set up her own business riously theatrical it is cer- designing stunning betain to turn heads. West- spoke creations commiswood’s tartan skirts are sioned for the likes of pop funky whilst beautifully singer, Emeli Sande; Judy’s cut and will elongate the work has been showcased silhouette when worn in London, Japan, New with heeled boots from York, Italy and Russia. the Westwood collection. Accessorising the West- Utilising antique fabrics, wood tartan skirts with a leather, lace, Harris tweed messy hair bun style, and feathers, Clarke’s theshimmer Forest Green atricality of design would eye shadow and strongly quite easily lend itself to defined black eye liner a Shakespearian Producgives an edgy punk look. tion but also undoubtedThe addition of a studded ly to the wardrobe of any black bracelet, or even woman desirous of an invintage black biker jacket novative edge to her perwould complete the look. sonal style statement; Judy Tartan is used to achieves this through the breath-stopping effect in clever use of texture, layerthe current layering of fab- ing beautiful fabrics such
as Harris tweed and tartan lace, as seen in her signature frock coat style. Having designed a Peace Scarf for the Dalai Lama who in turn gave Clark scarves which were used in the bustle of the World Peace Tartan Frock coat debuted in New York, Clark is a great British talent, set to be a shining light globally. Tartan was featured highly in the Scottish fashion awards, the beauty with the design is that it is so accessible whilst being an investment piece for the wardrobe. In wearing it, you do feel spirited, self assured and confident; it has to be said that celebrities are loving the look. Tartan is a unique part of Scottish heritage, a visual affirmation that we can look to the future with pride.
Image courtesy of Judy R Clark, Photography by David Stanton
Tartan is hugely popular this season after having been seen on catwalks across the globe and we’re particularly fond of blue ‘peace’ tartan. Below are a few of our favourite pieces.
Vivienne Westwood techno tartan print wallet £206.8
Moschino Vintage tartan cropped jacket £349
Dsquared2 tartan pump £453.28
Vivienne Westwood checked holdall £340.83
Burberry London check scarf £326.89 76
LOVES D&G classic gloves £195
Tonello tweed blazer £400.98
Les Copains classic belt £104.6
Salvatore Ferragamo'Bravo' loafer £305 Giuliano Fujiwara tailored trouser £295.51 78
Ermenegildo Zegna velvet blazer £662.49
Mismo expandable tote bag £383.55
Kris Van Assche tailored trouser £431.49
Paul Smith logo cufflinks £68.86 Shaun Leane 'Sabre' cufflinks £427.13
For Men Article by Dean Smith
Christmas is again on the horizon which can only mean one thing… facing the seemingly near impossible task of purchasing gifts for those of the population who were born on Mars, men of course! Help is at hand, clearly, so many questions arise throughout the decision-making process, do you opt for the novelty mug route or the Red Nose Reindeer sweater worn once and stored in the loft and forgotten? Then there is the issue of deciding appropriate expenditure on what are often frivolous products at this time of year and particularly in these difficult economic times.
is simple, most men purchase clothing on the basis of its inherent good looks and even durability, providing them with a sense of style, value and quality which reflects something of themselves and their values. With a luxury brand that is exactly what is on offer. The ideal gift for the man in your life is easier to pick out than you think. Subtle is classic and the biggest impact is often expressed through selecting one block colour or choose Fair Isle knits for added cache. That perfect cashmere sweater or cardigan is light, warm, stylish and devilishly classic. Consider angora, silk and jersey knits or premium merino hand knitted woollens for a true luxury product, don’t settle for anything less! Quality is the most important factor when it comes to outerwear, with the recipient often desiring warm, soft and durable fabrics.
Whether gifts are aimed at partners, brothers or fathers, there is nothing with more longevity and class than a luxurious piece of outerwear. An excellent quality garment, though potentially costly, will be exceptionally well received and could become that loved item, treasured for years to come. For the savvy seasonal shopper there are a plethora of options and great designs; A fine, well crafted piece of outer wear will why not take a look at Pierre Balmain, Paul pay dividends when braving those brisk UK Smith, Polo Ralph Lauren, Norse Projects, mornings with the de-icer or taking a leisurely Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen, stroll to and from the work’s Christmas par- to name but a few. Consider the recently ty; a stylish piece of outerwear could not only opened (US) J. Crew store in London, exbe an outfit maker but also a lifesaver in our perts in the field of luxury quality fabrics inclement climate, all-in-all, the perfect gift. expressed through subtle styling, ideal vendors for both long woollen Pea coats and How do we proceed in this time of gift buy- fashionable Gilets. They also tick the box for ing? ‘Men are impossible to buy for,’ is a that “wow” factor, beloved of even the most commonplace statement often uttered by retiring and reticent of well dressed young female family and friends alike. In my ex- gentlemen. So fear not the season of giving, perience, a man rarely feels more comfort- there is much to give which will most assurable and confident than when he is wearing edly be gratefully received and even adored! a high quality garment. The reason for this 80
Model wears Land's End Men's Regular Squall® Expedition Coat £200.00
Model wears Bow tie and cumberbund set £25, M&S man performance suit, M&S man waistcoat £39.50, M&S man dinner shirt £35, Black patent shoes £59.50
Model wears Harris tweed jacket £199, Limited tie £9.50, M&S man check shirt £27.50, Cashmere jumper £79, Satorial boots £69, Blue harbour cords £35
Model Wears M&S Man Mac ÂŁ79.00
Model wears M&S North coast leather biker £149, Cashmere jumper £79, Autograph brogues £75
Model wears M&S man shirt £25, Sartorial paisley tie £29.50, Autograph trousers £45, Ipad slip £15, Collezione watch £39.50
Model wears M&S Limited tuxedo £129, Limited colar bar shirt £22.50, Limited tie £9.50
Christmas Gift Guide For Her
Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles £20.00 Made with the finest quality Marc de Champagne, they are as delicious as they look!
Clive Christian Womens Gift Set, 3x10ml £185 Contained in this set is the world’s most expensive perfume. Bottles such as these graced the staterooms of the Titanic and will definitely make a gorgeous gift!
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Fortnum & Mason White Chocolate Cranberry Florentines £7.50
Fortnum & Mason Amber Rose Candle £35
This elegant luxury candle is scented with rose, jasmine, sandalwood and patchouli. This new recipe features juicy dried cranberries, crunchy almonds and hazelnuts finished with a snowy topping of silky smooth white chocolate that melts in the mouth.
Fortnum & Mason Bath Truffle Gift Box £18.00 The truffles are rich in natural moisturising oils and have a subtle fragrance so will suit all tastes.
Fortnum & Mason The Christmas Morning Hamper £150.00
The hamper includes: Somerset Cure Oak-smoked Salmon and Fortnum’s Blanc de Blancs Champagne, Christmas Coffee or Assam TGFOP, Buck’s Fizz Marmalade, made with prosecco and Marc de Champagne, and Strawberry Stardust Preserve, both made with a hint of gold leaf, a jar of honey, chef ’s hat & apron and a Fortnum’s Table Bomb 89
Fortnum & Mason Whisky Decanter £225
Fortnum & Mason Chivas Regal, Royal Salute 21 Year Old £135 This rich whisky is aged 21 years in oak casks before bottling in handcrafted porcelain flagons. Royal Salute was launched on 2nd June 1953 as a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her Coronation Day.
Made from high-quality glass with a sterling silver collar, this whisky decanter is a traditional accessory with a touch of contemporary style.
Fortnum & Mason The Bellini Box £35
For any party lover the Bellini Box will make a great present that they can’t wait to pop open! To make the perfect Bellini cocktail Fortnum and Mason provide crisp Prosecco and sweet peach nectar. Packaged in an elegant wooden box, this gift is classic and timeless.
Paul Smith Stripe Trim Leather Wash Bag £159 Made from softly grained black leather, this zip-top washbag has a rubberized interior and two interior pockets and features Paul Smith's signature stripe detail.
Cult51 Night Cream, 50ml £125 You're never too young to begin combatting signs of ageing and the gift of youth, well we think it's a rather good one! Cult51 is a skincare first; a revolutionary 3D night cream with a multi-active formulation containing the finest key actives to help skin cells generate younger looking skin. Fortnum & Mason The Christmas Cheese & Wine Box £100 The box includes three brilliant British cheeses and a fine French wine selected by experts to compliment all three. The Tunworth cheese is made by hand in small batches and has won numerous awards over the last few years. Also included is: a corkscrew, cheese knife, delicious cheese biscuits and a copy of the World Cheese Book.
Fortnum & Mason Connoisseur Blend Coffee, 250g Tin £12.50
This is ideal for any coffee lover which of course includes the sucessful men we love who need a hit of espresso before a long working day. Strong, smooth and rich in taste, this blend of South American Arabica beans is recommended for use in espresso and cappuccino and for after-dinner drinking.
Fortnum & Mason Vintage Style Boxed Compass £20
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For Them Barbie Audrey Hepburn Roman Holiday Barbie £54.95
She is dressed in a recreation of Princess Ann’s costume; a beige A-line skirt with a crisp white blouse, laced sandals and a striped necktie.
Teksta robotic puppy £59.99
Kiddiewinkles Fire Engine Playhouse £229
This is an ideal gift for your son, nephew or little cousin. With a large windscreen, doors and the open back roof he'll definitely enjoy playtime!
Perfect for the parents who are trying to dodge that age old question: ‘can we get a puppy for Christmas?’ This cute robotic puppy will become your favourite girl’s new best friend. Behaving in a realistic manner, Teksta the puppy will respond to voice commands and physical motions. Like a real puppy, the more work put into training Teksta, the more you will get out of her! Using hand gesture technology, Teksta can stop and sit and even perform a back flip.
Dressed in a gorgeous festive red jacket, Sebastian the Harrods 2013 Christmas bear is a gift that will be cherished for years come. Spreading festive cheer, this little bear will be a great cuddle partner to open from Santa on Christmas morning. Harrods Sebastian Christmas Bear 2013 £24.95
Model wears M&Co Boys Reindeer Jumper ÂŁ19.00
Model wears M&Co Baby Boy Bow Tie Sleepsuit £11.00
Model wears M&Co Boys check pj's ÂŁ13.00
Model wears M&Co Baby Girls Jumper Dress With Heart Detail ÂŁ18.00
Model wears M&Co Baby Girl Velvet Check Dress ÂŁ20.00
Model wears M&Co Sequin Top Mesh Skirt Dress ÂŁ22.00
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I’m Judi Dench and I am honoured to be a Vice President of Vitalise. I am writing to you on the eve of the Festive Season to ask for your help.
There are millions of people in the UK struggling to cope with disability. They might be disabled themselves and confined to a wheelchair, or caring for a loved one with a disability. Sadly, half of all people with disabilities live below the poverty line. A third of all households with an adult with disabilities cannot afford even one week’s break a year. Almost three quarters of family carers have reached breaking point due to the unrelenting pressure of their caring role, yet a third of carers have never had a break since they started caring. This is why Vitalise’s centres remain open for Christmas. Our guests can leave their worries behind them and draw strength from the warmth and companionship of a Vitalise break during this magical time of year, enabling them to start the New Year with renewed hope and vigour. One of our previous Christmas guests, Anthea Brookes of Altrincham, told us:
“I like the friendly atmosphere generated by the staff and volunteers at Vitalise and I love meeting and enjoying Christmas with new people. What’s also great is that Mum gets a rest too. At home I only have my parents, so it means they get to relax and enjoy the festive season too without having to worry about my care and wellbeing. Because of Vitalise we all get the break we deserve.”
We are determined that nobody should miss out on the opportunity to take a Vitalise break for financial reasons. So in order to make our essential breaks as affordable as possible to all, each and every break is subsidised by an amount of £340, raised from generous individual donations and through our own fundraising efforts. It is only through the generosity of individual supporters such as yourself, who recognise the value of our work, that any of this is possible. That’s why we urgently need your help this Festive Season. So please, give what you can – and help us rekindle the spirit of Christmas. To donate please visit www.just-giving.com/Vitalise-Christmas or call us on 0303 303 0145.
Dame Judi Dench Vitalise Vice President
Bridal Editor Rebecca Martin
Belle Epoque Article by Rebecca Martin
A red carpet spectacular bid a fond ‘bon anniversaire’ to The Belle Époque on Thursday 21st Nov, celebrating the establishment’s 40th anniversary in stunning style. Knutsford Town Mayor Barbara Coan was joined by a host of VIP’s, including Chris Geere, the British actor who recently starred alongside actor Will Smith in Hollywood blockbuster After Earth. Tracey and Char102
lotte Dawson, wife and daughter of comedy legend Les Dawson, and soap actress Roxanne Pallett were also in attendance to join in celebrations and toast to the last 40 years. A red carpet entrance was followed by an elegant champagne and canapé reception, hosted around a roaring fire in the luxurious bar area. Following a toast by Proprietor and heir to the celebrated Belle Époque dy-
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actor Chris Geere nasty Matthew Mooney, guests were whisked upstairs to dine in the most atmospheric of surroundings. Desert was presented in the form of a delightfully rich chocolate creation, topped with edible gold and a single glimmering birthday candle. As the candles were blown out in unison, and glasses raised to the Belle Époque, a rapturous chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’ rang out around the historic walls. With charity, Facing the World, having been chosen as partner and benefactor for the event, Executive Director Graham Banton and Patron Sharon Royle delivered a rousing speech about the work of the charity and the importance of raising awareness for the incredible work that they do, leaving no doubt in the mind that Fac-
ing the World was a most deserving cause. As guests relaxed after the meal, entertainment was provided by close hand magician Carl Royle, a name famous for bringing his dazzling tricks to celebrities and venues across the world. Once guests had been suitably amazed by Carl’s talents, the party moved back downstairs to the fireside, where smartly dressed bartenders expertly mixed Hunters Gin into the official cocktail of the night, aptly named ‘The 1973’. They say life begins at 40, but for The Belle Époque, this landmark anniversary simply serves as a comma of sorts, punctuating the space between a breathtaking history and an exciting future. 103
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Belle Epoque Article by Rebecca Martin It is perhaps a little known fact that hidden amidst the historic building of The Belle Époque, Cheshire, are seven beautifully renovated ho-
luxurious fur throw which I couldn’t wait to wrap myself in, particularly on that chilly winter evening. Just as the white bedding is discreetly
of the dining room once more, this time to be greeted by a dashing waiter ready to take my breakfast order. After eating a rather delicious and
tel rooms. In contrast to the richly coloured pink and red decor of the opulent bar and restaurant, the double room of the Belle Époque is decked in shades of dark neutrals. Olive green textured wallpaper is bedecked with framed black and white prints, each snapshop showing an insight into the glamorous parties of decades past. The carved black headboard of the double bed contrasts against crisp white bedding, and a
emblazoned with the golden threaded embroidery of The Belle Époque monogram, so too are the soft white towels in the sizeable ensuite bathroom wherein luxurious toiletries await, as provided by The White Company.
gourmet version of the traditional bacon roll whilst sipping on freshly brewed coffee and fresh orange juice, it was time to bid a fond farewell to The Belle Époque. I honestly felt a little like I had experienced my own small slice of Great Gatsby-esque delight!
Following a sound night’s sleep in what is easily one of the comfiest beds I have ever slept in, I grudgingly tore myself out of the covers and headed down to the opulence
The Belle Epoque regularly holds wedding receptions as well as other various events. To find out more visit: thebelleepoque.com 105
bel & the DRAGON Hotel Review
Journalist Madeleine Spencer reviews her stay at Bel & The Dragon, Churt. You might expect to both dine and sleep better under the one roof in an country inn in Surrey than you have done in London for months, but a little visit to The Bel & Dragon in Churt will disabuse you of this erroneous belief - my nightâ€™s stay there could not have been bettered. On arriving on a cold and wintry night, I was warmed to the core by both the greeting and the heat emanating from the fireplaces. This auspicious start was fitting - after some investigating, it seems the newly-opened Bel & The Dragon is determined to continue the theme 106
of unfaltering excellence on all counts. On the way to our Austen-themed room, I was shown the coffee and whiskey room open to all guests. After a quick tipple (it would have been rude not to), I had a look around my bedroom (entitled Dashwood). She was a beauty - designer Nicola Harding has created rooms that are both homely and luxurious, stylish and functional. It was almost impossible not to cast off ideas of dining and nestle into the White Company sheets for the evening with a glass of the damson vodka and one of the copious volumes of books dotted around the room
but, alas, plans were in place and a bath in the white, wooden bathroom commenced. During the process of getting ready the Bel & The Dragon once again triumphed - the Babyliss hairdryer was far superior to those usually offered, the iron and ironing board were useable (not the tiny, crusty affairs often provided), and the aforementioned damson vodka proved the perfect aperitif. The downstairs restaurant was equally as agreeable. The open kitchen presided over by Gordon Ramsey at Claridge’s alumnus Ronnie Kimbugwe, provided mouthwatering dishes - the Pumpkin Soup & Shaved Truffle, Wild Mushroom Macaroni Cheese and Beetroot & Creamy Burrata were particularly high points. The evening could only have been improved
by a cocktail and, thankfully, cocktail maestro Sunny Rutherford was on hand to whip some Espresso Martinis up while talking through the process (Sunny - there will be many a cocktail night happening over here now - my friends thank you in advance). Once sated and, let’s be honest, a little tipsy, bed beckoned. And what a bed it was - a huge affair bedecked in buttery White Company sheets and with extra blankets (hearty applause for these) stacked at the bottom. I suspected I would sleep well and was proven right - I in fact slept so well that I missed breakfast. Determined, however, not to miss a Bel & The Dragon meal, I skipped my lunch plans in London and instead sat down for a good meal in the cosy dining room. It was the best move I made all week - Bel & The Dragon, you’ve won a diehard fan. 107
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Friday 1st November 2013 to Monday 31st March 2014: It is not only the height of the summer that the Grand is at its best! A warm welcome is waiting for you this winter, with excellent service and a range of goodies for you to enjoy during your stay.
What’s in store: Comfortable accommodation with a full traditional English breakfast You choose which award winning restaurant you would like for lunch or dinner during your stay A complimentary voucher for a 50cl Carafe of selected house wine to share per day (or you may prefer to try our wonderful mulled wine instead) Hot chocolate with Marshmallows to savour on your first night before you turn in Complimentary use of the Health Club and Spa, which includes a superb indoor heated pool, gymnasium, steam room, saunas plus 8 beauty rooms and hair salon Complimentary Times daily newspaper
And just a stones throw from the hotel why not: * Visit the Internationally acclaimed contemporary Towner Gallery. A magnificent exhibition from the Japanese performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota will be in house from 11th October to 5th January for example *Experience some fantastic evenings of entertainment at our 3 local theatres including ‘The Ripper Files’ ‘3 Phantoms’ and of course not to be missed the traditional Christmas Panto running from 13th December to 12th January! * Take an invigorating sea walk along the prom or across the South Downs Way Kite flying, cycling, hiking and rock pooling are some other ideas whilst you are here! * For our younger guests, remember the Junior Crew Club is available to all ages up to 16 and our popular and now established Family Dining is available every weekend and school holiday from 6.00pm - 7.30pm You can book your ‘Complete’ winter break from just £99.00 per person per night for Lunch, Bed and Breakfast or £110.00 per person per night for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast. Both packages include the little extras detailed above. Visit www.grandeastbourne.com for more
Terms and Conditions: Stays from Sunday to Thursday, subject to availability, outside bank holidays and high season. Extra requirements in addition to the list prize are possible, subject to availability, but will incur additional charges. Prize is non-transferable. Stays must be taken by 31st May 2014. No cash alternative.
Top 10 Christmas Spa Deals
1. Spa day at Pennyhill Park Hotel, Bagshot, Surrey From £134 per guest (saving up to £46 per guest). Offer includes one 60-minute treatment, two-course lunch in the Themis Restaurant and full use of the spa facilities. *Available select dates November 2013 to January 2014. Visit www.secretescapes.com or call 0843 22 77 777 2. Spa experience at Dolphin Square, Pimlico, London From £44 per guest (saving up to £16 per guest). Offer includes one self-administered Rhassoul treatment, 20% off additional treatments booked on the day. *Available select dates November 2013 to January 2014. Visit www.secretescapes.com or call 0843 22 77 777 3. Spa day at Hotel Verta, Battersea, London From £75 per guest (saving up to £20 per guest) Offer includes one 55-minute treatment of your choice, full use of spa facilities and 20% off any additional pre-booked treatments. *Available select dates November 2013 to January 2014. Visit www.secretescapes.com or call 0843 22 77 777 4. Spa day at The Felbridge Hotel, Felbridge, West Sussex From £65 per guest (saving up to £18 per guest). Offer includes 25-minute facial, 25-minute express manicure or pedicure and full use of facilities for up to six hours. *Available select dates November 2013 to January 2014. Visit www.secretescapes.com or call 0843 22 77 777 5. Spa day at Stanley House Hotel & Spa, Mellor, Lancashire From £119 per guest (saving up to £40 per guest). Offer includes a Himalayan Salt Foot Ritual, a Hydrotherapy Bath, an ILA Blissful Body Scrub, an ILA Body Balm Massage, an ILA Ananda Facial and a light lunch. *Available select dates November to December 2013. Visit www.secretescapes.com or call 0843 22 77 777 110
6. Spa day at Sanctuary Spa, Covent Garden, London From £99 per guest (saving up to £46 per guest) Offer includes one 25-minute treatment, full use of the facilities on the day, a glass of Prosecco and a cupcake. * Available select dates November to December 2013. Visit www.secretescapes.com or call 0843 22 77 777 7. Spa day at Kenwick Health & Leisure Club, Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire From £55 per guest (saving up to £18 per guest). Offer includes a 30-minute Elemis Taster facial, a 30-minute Elemis deep tissue back massage, use of Health & Leisure Club facilities, access to Relaxation room throughout the day and traditional afternoon tea. * Available select dates November to December 2013. Visit www.secretescapes.com or call 0843 22 77 777 8. Spa day at Verbena Spa, Helmsley, North Yorkshire From £95 per guest (saving £40 per guest). Offer includes one 60-minute Elemis facial, one 30-minute back massage, light lunch in the juice bar and full use of the spa facilities. *Available select dates November 2013 to January 2014. Visit www.secretescapes.com or call 0843 22 77 777 9. Spa day at Puma Redworth Hall Hotel, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. From £50 per guest (saving up to £20 per guest). Offer includes one 30-minute Decléor Discovery facial, one 30-minute Decléor soft foot treatment, use of all facilities and a light lunch. *Available select dates November 2013 to January 2014. Visit www.secretescapes.com or call 0843 22 77 777 10. Spa day at The Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire, UK From £59 per guest (saving up to £26 per guest). Offer includes one Rasul mud treatment and full use of spa facilities. *Available select dates January to June 2014. Visit www.secretescapes.com or call 0843 22 77 777
Per Una Exquisite Bath Oil GBP 12.50
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Winter Beauty Bible A selection of our favourite products for the month of December
Nu Skins’ ageLOC® line is absolutely phenominal! The ‘kit’ contains 4 brilliant items which will form your entire skincare regimen bar additional products such as face masks and exfoliants.
lightweight although those with somewhat dry skin may prefer something even lighter, particularly if you’re planning to wear foundation or concealer. Nonetheless this is a wonderful product which works best when applied directly after the Nu Skin serum. After application the moisturiser leaves the skin feeling soft and supple, and of course we adore the fact that all of these products are completely Paraben-free.
The first item is their Gentle Cleanse & Tone which as the name would suggest is a two in one product, cleansing, purifying, replenishing and hydrating the skin. It applies to the face as a foam which easily dissolves makeup off the skin leaving it notably softer. Our favourite product hands down was their deliciously creamy Transforming Night The next step is to use the Future Serum cream. If you’re looking for something vel- a powerful, clinically tested formula de- vety soft which leaves skin silky and rejusigned to combat ageing in eight ways. venated then look no further! Although it One pump of this product is more than has a creamy feel it’s definitely not heavy in enough to cover the entire face although fact it’s lightweight for a night cream which we’d recommend you also take the prod- is marvellous; there’s nothing worse than uct down on to your neck and chest - it’s going to sleep with the feeling that your also best applied to slightly damp skin. face is covered in product. It absorbs fairThe formula is quite buttery, however ly quickly and features mild ingredients non-greasy and leaves skin feeling mois- that mimic the skin’s own structure and turised long after it has been absorbed. composition, reducing sensitivity and delivering superior benefits without disturbThe next product that we loved was their ing the skin’s natural moisture properties. Radiant Day moisturiser with SPF 22. A moisturiser that contains SPF is an added Whether you’re shopping for a loved one bonus as it’s so important to protect your or yourself this is an absolute must have for skin from harmful rays! The cream is rather the season. Total price of the kit £311.52
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre 827Initiation £23-24
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Rouge Rubis £18
Lancome DreamTone Serum £69
Diorific 001 Rose D'or £49
Get Under your Skin with Environ Article by Sophie Milner Described as ‘boot camp for your skin’ by the therapist at Skin3 salon, Environ’s Active Vitamin facial treatment uses new technology to penetrate the skin and change the way it works. Developed by South African Plastic Surgeon Dr Des Fernandes, the Environ skincare range has met much acclaim and endorsements from celebrities such as Hilary Swank and Sadie Frost, and is labelled by many as a must have treatment. It’s success lies in its three-pronged approach that trains your skin to behave better from the inside-out, rather than outside-in. Feed, fortify and finish is Environ’s mantra. This innovative trio consists of following an easy step-by-step Environ skin care range, an Advanced Nutrition Programme which includes nourishing vitamin supplements, and the use of mineral makeup (by Jane Irendale), to reach a facial nirvana and gain fresh, dewy and youthful looking skin. Environ’s Active Vitamin Facial treatment uses the latest technological discoveries to penetrate all layers of the skin, to rival results which previously were only achievable with invasive procedures or skin-thinning techniques such as chemical peels or laser treatment. After providing information on your biggest skin woes, from breakouts to wrinkles, the skin therapist gives a 45-min118
ute consultation using powerful Visia imaging technology to capture an in-depth profile of your skin, so that the treatment can be tailored to your specific facial requirements. Through this technology, common problem areas of sun damage, hyper-pigmentation blemishes, capillary damage, dehydration, wrinkles and congested pores are analysed. The system’s camera provides a selection of images that reveal the extent of each problem and rates your skin against the average woman of your age through percentages. So high-tech this analysis is, that it fast-forwards five years to reveal
a photograph of your skin’s condition if you carry on with your current routine of facial care. Watching your face age five years instantly may be a frightening concept, but the treatment is aimed at reducing the affects of aging. It is suitable for conditioning and training even the most delicate complexions affected by sun-damage, uneven pigmentation or scarring!
without surgery or toxin injections. Instead we offer effective but gentle products and treatments which respect and harness the skin’s own powers of rejuvenation.”
So how does the treatment work so well? In a warm, relaxing, dark room, the treatments are applied. Through a powerful combination of pulsed electrical current and low frequency sound waves, and high-dosage preparations of anti-ageing and re-hydrating vitamins A and C, the skin is regenerated. Although this all sounds quite high-tech, and to a degree it is, the theory and science is entirely natural and logical. Vitamins are driven deep into the skin’s structure resulting in improved cell renewal and increased production of fresh collagen and elastin, resulting in softened lines and lessened scars. The skin also looks firmer and finer-textured. Skin3 manager Faye Layton-McCann says the salon’s focus is a combined approach to achieving beautiful, healthy skin, “Our aim is to help our clients reveal the true natural radiance of their skin without using any damaging procedures and
al based from the brand’s BB creams to the eye shadows. Skin3 aims to continue the treatment and keep skin happy and healthy alongside your tailored individual Environ skincare range and skin supplements.
The treatment process is followed by a mini-makeover using Jane Irendale’s mineral makeup collection. Boasting a vast range of products, everything is natural and miner-
Environ Active Vitamin Facial treatments and products are available from salons, spas and independent therapists throughout the UK and Ireland, including Skin3 salon, Swiss Cottage, London. A one hour Environ Active Vitamin Treatment costs around £60 or £75 for the 1.5 hours Advanced Active Vitamin Treatment (please note that there are regional price variations). A course of 12 or more sessions will enhance the longevity of the overall effects. For the nearest Environ salon call: 020 8450 2020 119
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n e M Autsin Reed Signature Pour Homme £45, (EDT, 100ml) ‘This represents the true British gentleman of Savile Row tailoring and dinner at the Ritz. The fragrance has a floral aroma, slightly sweet but not too intense. Its staying power is subtle and would suit the young man who wants to remain classic. With top notes of Sicilian bergamot, grapefruit, tangerine, and pepper, spicy and floral heart notes and sensual undertones of vanilla, vetiver and cedarwood this would undoubtedly make a fantastic Christmas gift for the man you love.’ -Stewart Bernie
Boss Bottled £42 (EDT 100ml) ‘Boss is at first light ,fresh and fruity but later develops into a woody warmer scent. I like the fragrance a lot but it’s really quite subtle and needs to be reapplied throughout the day. It’s definitely a day time fragrance due to its fresh and clean scent. The sensation is awakening and invigorating and the bottle is very contemporary. Top notes include Apple, Bergamot and Cinnamon with middle notes of Tagete and Geranium and bass notes including Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver and Olivewood.’ - Stewart Bernie
Eau De Lacoste L.12.12 Noir £46.50 (EDT 100ml)
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‘This is quite a unique fragrance and when I first tried it myinitial reaction was ‘this is far to spicy and intense’ and I felt that it had a more mature scent, but all is defiantly not lost here. As the day went on the fragrance softened and sweetened a little and I noticed that there certainly is staying power to this product. As a stylist I’m always around people and clients of mine noticed me wearing this scent and commented positively. I’d say this is more of an evening product due to it’s mysterious nature, even the black bottle is telling you this is an all nighter. The top note is watermelon; middle notes are basil, verbena and lavender; base notes are dark chocolate, cashmeran, coumarin and patchouli.’ - Stewart Bernie
Christmas Gift Sets 1.
2. La Prairie Luxorious Radiance Moments Gift Set £218
3. Burberry Body Eau de Parfum Gift Set £75
Lancôme The Essential Mini Brush Set £45
5. Crème de la Mer Luminous Essentials Starter Set £260
YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum Gift Set £61
D&G Pour Homme Eau De Toilette 75ml Gift Set £45.00
Givenchy Gentleman 100ml Eau de Toilette Gift Set £56.50
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Gucci Guilty Black Pour Homme Eau De Toilette 90ml Gift Set £61.00
Mark Niemierko On Celebrities, Trends & The Academy
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Before setting up Niemierko you previously worked in the film & TV production industry. How would you liken staging a production to creating a couples dream wedding?
You made the business decision quite early in your career to cap the number of weddings you plan to 10 per year. Has this contributed to your creativity and maintenance of your reputation for exclusivity?
You planned the weddings of Rochelle from The Saturdays and Marvin from JLS. What was it like working with them and do celebrity clients differ from those who aren’t in the eye of the media?
I think of planning a wedding in stages, acts if you like. Similar to a production, also the fact that on a film or TV drama nothing can go wrong on the day of the shoot. It’s all in the planning – and that’s the same for a wedding. All the hard work goes into the planning, so that come the wedding day it’s the easiest process with all in place.
Wedding planning can’t be done on a mass level or commercially – well certainly not on a luxury, highend scale. There’s too much detail to a wedding, like no other event, so you need to focus on that couple – and that takes time. By not having 10s of clients it means I can give the right amount of attention and properly learn who my client is.
I think I am lucky enough to appeal to couples from Pop stars right through to CEO’s of corporate, creative and fashion brands as well as English Society to varying international couples. Meaning my job is never dull – all my couples are stars and have amazing stories, histories and cultures. It’s my job to understand them and put their tastes and personalities into a day that instantly re127
flects them. Is it possible for a grandscale, formal wedding to maintain an air of the couples own personality?
think you’ll see brides really not be afraid of adding colour to their dresses. Bigger number weddings are back with most being 250 plus. Seeing more 500 plus weddings. Later evening receptions are also becoming more popular. In relation to styles darker, bolder colours. People aren’t afraid to move away from white.
Of course. You simply be true to yourself and not try to take from other weddings you’ve seen. If a couple comes to me and says “I want what you did at X wedding” they aren’t the right couple for me. It’s super How do you feel trends withimportant to be yourself on in the fashion industry tranyour wedding day. scend into bridal?
What do you see as the I think fashion affects all inemerging trends for 2014? dustries. From interiors, to gardens through to small dinBridal dresses are still playing ner parties. The Red Carpet with colour. We’ve seen Vera award season for example has Wang’s pink collection and I always offered inspiration to 128
bridal dresses. You are an inspiration to an emerging era of planners. Who were your own inspirations as a fledgling planner? I didn’t really look to another planner when I started – that’s the reason I started – I felt I could offer something no one in London was really focusing on. The attention to detail and personality. Certainly however I’ve always been inspired by and influenced by people around me. Two of my friends for example – Roby Slovo, Film Producer, has been a massive influence on me personally and in business. As has Craig
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Markham, PR & Marketing Director of Firmdale Hotels. Although he did question me, in a positive way, when I first started “But you’ve never planned a wedding?” I guess I’m also inspired by fashion and interior designers more so than other wedding planners.
The weddings. Every sin- After all we work in the sergle one of them. I’m beyond vice industry, and we aren’t lucky to have the client list the stars. I’ve got and have had. To now call a majority of them friends Finally, what’s next for means a lot. Niemierko?
You have inspired a whole industry of wedding professionals. Did you ever imagine, starting out in the industry, What is the one piece of ad- that you would become so revice that you pass on to stunowned? dents at the Academy? Never it’s insane. And stupid. I pass on a lot, but I guess As in I am ridiculously stuthe first is confidence. If you pid and silly half the time…. don’t have it in yourself – the With my assistants getting ancouples you are meeting cer- noyed with me for not staying tainly won’t. focused. You’ve got to have fun in this industry – there’s What have been the main far too many people who take highlights of your career? themselves WAY to seriously.
In the New Year Niemierko will keep weddings at its core but we will also be showcasing events we have planned, as well as starting a Niemierko Kid’s arm to our family business for all the small events in your life - baby showers, christenings, parties and sweet sixteen’s. It’s going to be jolly good fun.
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60 Second Interview & Exclusive!!!
Last month we sat down to discuss weddings 2014 and now, for our festive edition, we just wanted to catch up for a good goss over a glass of mulled and mince pie to talk broken arms, Madonna and cucumbers... go figure! Here are the highlights for this monthâ€™s wedding fairy sos from our one and only wedding fairy...
on a daily basis in this rather fabulous business. Every time you think you have seen it all, someone comes along and takes your breath away with a fresh twist on a wedding tradition. Who is your role model and why?
The Queen! Her Maj is cool, calm and colYour biggest influence? lected under pressure â€“ everything a wedding fairy should be... Oh and of course, dedicated All the incredible people I get to work with to her loyal subjects!! 131
What’s your career highlight? Broadcasting live into Times Square New York and across America for the Royal Wedding was pretty sensational. The impact of that occasion on a global scale really is pretty mind blowing.
sound! What do you do to relax? Bring on the cocktails! What do you enjoy most about writing?
Probably just being able to share ideas with Most Embarrassing moment? others. I also find it really relaxing. I have always been super imaginative, so I get to drift Falling out of a 5foot tree and breaking both off into my own little World for a few hours – my arms aged 15. This is SO not a good look it’s a pretty fun place to be! for any teenager! An interesting fact about yourself? What makes your new book unique? I cannot bear cucumbers. Apparently it is one It’s your one-stop wedding planning shop! My of a few foods we cannot train our taste-buds ‘Big Day Breakdown’ covers everything you to like. Genetically you are either on board will ever need to know to make your celebrawith cucumbers or you’re not. tion utterly spectacular! Can you give us a 2014 exclusive? First Job? Well, next year is hotting up quite nicely and I was a paper boy and honestly delivered every I can exclusively reveal here in BritishMODE single one! No fly-tipping for me. that I am currently putting the finishing touches to a new book on dating... 2014 is going to What celebrity would you invite to your be all about finding Mr Right! And I have a birthday party? very exciting announcement coming in Jan too! I would love to ‘strike a pose’ with Madonna. I am a lifelong fan. On that note, our wedding fairy signs off for Any nicknames and why? 2013 and looks forward to bringing you a sensational mix of wedding ideas in 2014... None! I need to rectify that – how dull do I
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The Complete Guide To
Skincare When travelling abroad to a cold climate it’s important to add an extra dose of moisture to the skin. Beauty Editor Caroline Topperman shares her tips and favourite products designed to hydrate different areas of the skin.
La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Eye Gel £68 If you are looking to tighten the delicate skin around your eyes reach for La Prairie’s Advanced Marine Biology Eye Gel. With its lightweight formulation, it can be used in the morning and before bed for an extra dose of collagen and elastin. Soon enough you will notice your dark circles and fine lines fading away. Dior Capture Totale Eye Zone Boosting Super Serum £49 Reach for Dior’s Eye Essential cream when you are feeling tired and your fine lines are becoming more apparent. With its detoxifying prowess, your eyes will soon show the brightness of youth. Tapping the cream gently around the eye area removes toxins and encourages cellular regeneration.
Lancome Absolue Premium ßx £135 With 20 years of research behind its formulation it’s perfect for those with dry skin + the SPF 15 will protect your eyes from damage.
Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Eye Cream £30 It is never too late to begin undoing the damage caused by sun exposure, pollution and life in general. Reach for Clinique’s New Repairwear Laser Focus Eye Cream to brighten dark spots and lighten dark circles. Shiseido Sun Protection Eye Cream SPF25 15ml £28 For those of you who are spending a lot of time outdoors and need a richer formulation, Shisedo’s Sun Protection Eye Cream with SPF 25 is the ideal choice. Not only will it help to protect your delicate skin from the damaging rays of the sun, it will also aid in minimizing unwanted wrinkles. With light diffusing powder and apple leaf extract, this cream makes your eyes look brighter and more resistant to damage. 137
Face masks are perhaps the most wonderful way to take a moment to indulge yourself. Whether you are taking a five minute break or a leisurely half hour, there is a perfect mask for everyone. Whether a cream or a gel formulation, they are the most wonderful way to steal an indulging moment.
Fresh Rose Face Mask When you’re on your £62 honeymoon simply look-
ing to relax, Fresh’s hydrating Rose Face Mask is exactly the jar to reach for. As soon as the rose petals and pure rosewater are applied to your face, you can literally feel the cooling gel formula begin to work. Relax, pour yourselves a glass of champagne and let the magic of the antioxidant-rich green tea go to work, hydrating and restoring radiance to your complexion.
Shiseido Benefiance Face Mask £58 This is a mask which should be applied right before you leave to soothe and hydrate the skin, its restorative properties will definitely work miracles and keep the skin moisturised during air travel. With its Pure Liquid Retinol Delivery System, fine lines are sure to be a thing of the past.
We love this cooling, non setting gel mask which is packed with berries and fruity enzymes to gently exfoliate the skin.
OLEHENRIKSEN Blue/ blackberry Enzyme Mask £36
AmorePacific Moisture Bound Vitalizing Masque £37 A day of hitting the slopes will more often than not leave the skin feeling dry and dehydrated which is why this is a staple in my carry on luggage! When travelling, simply dab a few drops of this mask under the eyes to help combat the environment of the plane which often has a dries out the skin.
Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask £39 This is such a marvellous product and once applied the gel formula turns into a foamy texture which is easily massaged into the skin. This product is enriched with vitamin C and five minutes is all it takes for a brighter and tighter complexion.
VitaBella Anti Ageing Face Mask Treatment x 4 £59 This is a brilliant kit which thoroughly hydrates the skin leaving it silky smooth. Not only does it come with the serum for the masks it also contains a gorgeous hydrating moisturiser which is perfect as day cream and will last for 2-3 weeks if used in the mornings. The serum itself is very hydrating and you’ll find that there’s a lot of serum in each vile which is an added bonus.
Ski Wear by Rebecca Martin
Whether you’re headed to the slopes of Klosters or Courchevel for your wedding, baby its cold outside, and as temperatures plunge upon the mountain top, the pressure is on to master the ultimate combination of style and substance. Recent winters have seen a departure away from the vast array of brightly coloured, shiny, padded creations, looking instead 140
towards collections inspired by the trends gracing catwalks around the world. Leading the ski wear revolution is French company Moncler, globally recognised for having creating some of the world’s most luxurious of ski wear. Their Grenoble dedicated ski wear line is a collection which expertly combines rich shades of forest green alongside the finest faux
fur, suede and wool detailing. Glances of envy on the slopes are guaranteed by the stunning ‘Gaisberg’ jacket, it’s technologically sound yet unquestionably stylish construction effortlessly combines ultra-light, technical nylon and a wind proof gaiter with delectably soft forest green suede and a luxurious feather down inner. Moncler haven’t forgotten about the guys, pre-
senting a Grenoble men’s skiwear collection which is equally as impressive. The asymmetric zip, funnel neck and soft dove grey tone of the ‘Trivor’ padded jacket make it the pinnacle of style for time spent on the slopes. Befitting of the brand’s dedication to combining style and substance, the jacket is constructed from lightweight, high-performance technological nylon, with a wind proof gaiter, feather down inner and elasticated cuffs. Team the Trivor jacket with the innovative design and technical construction of the thermal Moncler Technical Padding Ski Trouser and you’re ski ready, with a look befitting of royalty, alongside whom you may saunter on the slopes. For those seeking to embody the essence of Bond style chic, the monochrome palette is certainly the way to go. French fashion house Lacroix has built an indelible status on the slopes, using a B&W colour palette throughout their collections. The men’s ‘Whistler’ jacket and trouser combination features a combination of monochrome palette, graphic lines and a structured, refined style truly befitting of Mr. Bond himself. Paired
together with the full grain leather and Lacroix emblem embossed ‘Classic’ men’s gloves, the result is sartorial perfection! For serious Bond girl style, it simply has to be the Lacroix ‘Lake Louise’ all in one ski-suit. Retaining the same monochrome design, combined with figure enhancing belt detail and high neckline, creating a dazzling look in which to grace the slopes. Embodying a sense of vintage winter glamour, reminiscent of Old Hollywood sirens upon the slopes, the simple design is understated yet impactful. When the sun sets on the slopes, it is all about the après ski, and that can mean only one thing, cashmere. The softest of layers are a winter necessity and nowhere more so than on the snowy slopes of Switzerland. Saint Laurent’s Cashmere roll neck sweaters are just thick enough to be perfect for layering up during the day, and stylish enough to command attention as you sip spiced mulled wine at the fireside. Knitted in Scotland and featuring lambs leather suede elbow patches, the traditional style with luxurious touches will accompany denim or leather perfectly as you
relax after a day spent skiing or snowboarding. Designer Brunello Cucinelli’s range of men’s cashmere knits will keep the gentlemen cosy whilst on the mountain tops. The cable knit sweater, made in Italy from rich Oxblood coloured pure cashmere, is tipped at collar and cuff with a soft grey trim, lending a semi-formal and timeless feel to a stylish piece. For a more casual look with the same luxe accents, the chunkier cable knit cardigan leads the way. Crafted in the Italian village of Solomeo, the classically styled funnel neck cardigan is finished with natural wooden buttons, perfectly juxtaposed against the super soft cashmere. Exquisite quality jackets, structured ski trousers and elegant ski-suits offer the same comfort, warmth and protection, but with an added injection of sartorial excellence. Pure cashmere layers slip beneath ski wear for ultimate comfort, and ups the style ante for the après ski. With such an array of designers creating skiwear that marries style and substance in effortless unison, no longer must seasoned skiers find themselves falling victim to a fashion dilemma. 141
Loves Bridal Sho Jewellery Bluebell Pearl Earrings £120.00
Diorific Vernis True Colour Longwearing £1650 Irene Neuwirth gold stone bracelet £2098.97
Bijoux Heart Trellis gold-plated Swarovski crystal clip earrings £340 Michael Kors Lace-print stretch-wool crepe dress £1,555 142
Vionnet Draped silk crepe de chine dress £1,215
Irene Neuwirth yellow gold bracelet £4046.22
Bijoux Heart Coquet gold-plated Swarovski crystal earrings £388
D&G Dea small ayers-trimmed lace and velvet clutch £895
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Beyond Burlesqueâ€™s New Season
Helena I love black tulle which is why I chose to use it over a changant taffeta skirt (Opal) this skirt is based on a waist reducing waspie that allows for an extremely full skirt without any bulk on the waistline. It exaggerates the waistline as well as reducing it waistline! I would say this garment is the most versatile in the collection because the design compliments a multitude of different tops, which is what I wanted. It also means the garment can be worn confidently to many occasions. 146
Photography: Dave Kai Piper, Models: Chloe Jasmin Wichello & Carmen Obied, Hair and Make-up: candy Alderson
Made from a luxurious wool called â€˜The Glorious twelfthâ€™ this corset-based dress has a tea length skirt (mid calf length) and a definite 1940â€™s feel. For the top half I opted for puff style sleeves (without looking girly) and the front bust line hosts several lapels giving the dress a structured, suited, masculine appearance which forms a beautiful contrast against the ultra feminine elements. 149
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We can’t think of anything quite as romantic as a proposal right at the top of a snow capped mountain on the trip of a lifetime, at Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler (Canada). Their Diamond Ice Proposal Package combines grand gestures with exquisite details to sweep the one you love off their feet. Whilst on an uber luxorious two night break, experience the brilliant sparkle of the included diamond ring and breathtaking views surrounding the glacier-top setting, for an unforgettable proposal. Rooms include the sleek and stylish Rainforest Suite featuring a private elevator. With the finest champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries to greet you and the promise of an ultra relaxing massage in the tranquil setting of the Spa at Nita Lake. crown your evening with a romantic five-course dinner with wine pairings a deux in the
Private Dining Room at Aura restaurant. Activities include a flight up Rainbow Glacier on a magnificent 20-minute helicopter ride with Blackcomb Aviation, a leading independent helicopter and jet charter company, and enjoy a bird’s eye views of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the impressive Peak-to-Peak gondola and panoramic vistas of the Cheakamus Glacier, before landing on Rainbow Glacier for the proposal itself. The ring, included in the package, is crafted by Whistler’s keir fine jewellery and locally designed featuring a one carat round brilliant cut diamond set in14k white gold. Regardless of whether you already have both rings, or the engagement ring prepared, it’s definitely a nice touch to tie the occasion together which will last as a life long momento of one of the most significant days of your life.
The Nita Lake Lodge Diamond Ice Proposal Packages includes: • Two night stay at Nita Lake Lodge in the luxury Rainforest Suite • Champagne and chocolate strawberries in the hotel room • Dinner for two in Aura’s Private Dining Room • Romantic ila couples connect massage in the Spa at Nita Lake • Breakfast in bed each morning and late check out • A 20-minute helicopter tour and 25-minute picnic on Rainbow Glacier with Blackcomb Aviation • Stunning diamond engagement ring in 14k white gold, featuring a one carat brilliant cut Canadian diamond from Whistler’s keir fine jewellery. Rates for the Nita Lake Lodge Diamond Ice Proposal Package start from $20,000 plus taxes and gratuity. A minimum of 14 days notice is required for bookings (subject to availability and weather dependent). Full pre-payment must be made at time of booking and is non-refundable within 14 days of arrival. Available now throughout 2014. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Proposal Package”. For more information visit www.nitalakelodge.com. About Nita Lake Lodge Uniquely situated on the shores of Whistler’s Nita Lake, the luxurious, 77-room Nita Lake Lodge features spacious deluxe studios, along with one and two bedroom suites. Lakeside Aura restaurant showcases bright, modern Pacific cuisine made with the finest local ingredients. Cure Lounge & Patio serves creative cocktails and Old World house made charcuterie, while Fix Café & Deli features wholesome snacks and take-home treats. The full service spa offers a range of services to help guests and visitors reestablish health, harmony and balance. Through Innovative Fitness, guests have access to personalized, professional coaching at Nita Lake Lodge’s gym facilities and outdoors. Located a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Vancouver along the Sea to Sky Highway, Whistler – home of the 2010 Olympic Games – is located at the base of world-class mountains Whistler and Blackcomb. For reservations or more information about Nita Lake Lodge, visit www.nitalakelodge.com or call 1-888-7556482.
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The Four Seasons, Canada’s only AAA5 Diamond property, is conveniently located in Whistler, home to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The township of Whistler, nestled amongst the Coast Mountains range, is a short drive from the Vancouver International Airport. Once there you’ll enjoy both the tranquillity of the amazing scenery and the excitement of the village. With its trendy shops and fine dining there is something for even the most discerning of tastes. The Mountain-Top Heli-Dining Experience is one which we love and would therefore recommend. Not only can you bask in the breathtaking scenery, you can also delight in a gastronomic feast. Picture yourself debarking from a helicopter atop a glacier, your culinary team awaiting with
an exquisite meal and the champaigne already on ice. As reality melts away and fantasy takes hold, you realise that you are both, literally on top of the world. The SIDECUT, Signature Cooking Class, is ideal for couples who loves to be in the kitchen together. This exclusive experience takes place in a private residence where the two of you can grow closer whilst mastering the art of blending spices and herbs. You’ll be able to re-create many fond memories of this experience whilst cooking with your very own personal spice rub, a take home treat. If you’re an Olympian at heart then do take advantage of the Olympic Legacy Package. This is your chance to try out an Olympic activity such as Nordic skiing, bobsled or even the skeleton. Expe161
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rience the adrenaline coursing through leave you feeling utterly pampered. Spend your veins and create memories that you a few hours learning about the Native Peowill be able to share for years to come. ples of Squamish Lil’wat at the Cultural Centre followed by an adventure zip linFor those who only have eyes for each ing. A sleigh ride at twilight will be the other, take a helicopter ride to the very perfect end to an unforgettable day, aside top of a 12,000 year old mountain. Here, from being incredibly fun and festive! where the vast sky is the chapel, you can declare your eternal love for each oth- The Four Season’s Whistler Resort is one er before being whisked off on a private of the most memorable vacation destinaaerial tour of the sea to sky corridor, tions, particularly for those wanting a winwhere the spectacular scenery will be- ter wedding at a luxe location. From percome a symbol of your love for each other. sonal mountain guides and a ski concierge, to a personal chef and of course a chauffer, Just the Two of us Couples Package in- your every need will be met so that all cludes a mouthwatering breakfast to enjoy you will have to think about is each other. whilst admiring the delicate snowfall outside your window. You’ll both be able to relax with a daily couple’s treatment in a For further information visit : world class Spa - an experience that will www.fourseasons.com/whistler 163
Article by florist, Nikki Tibbles Whether you’re planning to hit the slopes or cosy up in chalet hideaway for your wedding, you can create a glorious indoor winter wonderland that reflects the naturalistic beauty of your surroundings. For an elegant and stylish bouquet opt for graceful white and cream flowers paired with gorgeous green foliage. Consider combinations of white fluffy hydrangeas, Lily of the Valley, Avalanche, Norma Jean or Earl Grey roses and white narcissus, along with softly scented eucalyptus or festive silver foliage of senecio for a chic finish. These will not only create a beautiful bouquet, but also provide inspiration for table centre-pieces and additional arrangements around your venue such as beautiful displays of urns and vases in varying heights, chair backs and even place settings, all highlighting the gorgeous floral theme.
array of focal styling points. Giant balls of mistletoe, with accents of holly and ivy hung from the roof are also visually striking. Bringing the outdoors indoors has become increasingly popular over the past year and for an alternative visual statement installing a beautiful placement tree can be wonderfully creative, as too is a beautiful floral arch, to hold the ceremony under.
Scent is a key ingredient to the overall feel of a wedding and along with scented roses and eucalyptus, consider incorporating cinnamon sticks and dried fruits such as orange slices which are all fitting with the alpine setting. For added wow-factor clusters of trees wrapped with masses of white twinkling lights, surrounded by ankle-deep white glistening snow creates an enchanting, picture perfect backdrop. For an even more breathtaking setting addiThe gorgeous Earl Grey rose is my new fa- tional candles hung in lanterns throughvourite and is a delicate white shade which out the trees will create a wonderful effect. when paired with silver foliage looks stunning. For some added glitz spray your For the finishing touches pretty fairy roses with glitter. The key for upcoming lights, flickering tea lights and hurricane florial trends is to focus on opulence and lanterns provide a soft lighting effect, glamour. Winter arrangements that fea- making the occasion feel more intimate ture lots of foliage always provide a so- and of course, magical – consider silphisticated and elegant look to any space. ver or gold accessories and shimmering Consider the use of pine, mistletoe and crystals placed throughout the arrangelichen branches and for a real contempo- ments. Your wedding day is a very perrary style statement eucalyptus is not only sonal experience so regardless of where visually stunning butit releases an intox- you are in the world remember to reicating scent, and can also be used for an lax, enjoy and feel free to get creative.
With a reputation for spectacular and innovative flowers, Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart has been creating stunning floral arrangements for the past 20 years. Nikki Tibbles has a passionate commitment to creating beautiful floral arrangements specialising in ideas that challenge tradition to create stylish, elegant flowers. Nikki believes flowers should enrich our surroundings through colour, texture and scent, drawing inspiration from the environment around us. Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart has two stores, located in Pimlico and at Turquoise Island in Westbourne Grove, along with a concession in Liberty, London. 165
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Since being established in 1939 with just one London store, Rigby & Peller have experienced a stratospheric rise. A focus on discretion, quality and a truly personalised service has seen the store transformed from this one solitary shop into a British institution, to such an extent that they were given the Royal seal of approval in 1960, receiving a Royal Warrant from H.M. Queen Elizabeth. A further Royal Warrant granted to June Kenton, as Corsetiere to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, in 1982 cemented Rigby & Pellerâ€™s exquisite reputation. With eight boutique stores spread across some of Londonâ€™s most prestigious shopping locations, and a client list made up of a combination of Royalty, film stars and fashion insiders from across the world, Rigby & Peller really do have the secret formula when it comes to lingerie styling. Famed for their personalised service, their Lingerie Stylists are trained for six months so that they can fit purely by eye, not a tape measure in sight. Fitting by eye is a specialist skill that takes into account the fact that every woman is unique, details a tape measure can miss. The Lingerie Stylists are trained experts who work with individual customers to find them lingerie which fits them perfectly; they also take into consideration the cut of the lingerie and 174
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how this factor complements body shape, the way in which colour palettes enhance natural complexions whilst considering drawing the best from the latest on-trend collections. They work expertly with women to build a varied lingerie wardrobe, with different shapes and styles to suit any mood. It will surprise many to learn that some 70% of women who walk through the doors of Rigby & Peller are wearing the wrong size bra. It is so important to wear a well fitting bra, not only for health reasons, but also to improve your posture, make your clothes sit better and it has been proven that you even look slimmer when your bust line is where it should be, boosting your confidence. Well fitting underwear should be the foundation to every great outfit, and this is even more important on your wedding day when all eyes are on you. Rigby & Peller understand that bridal underwear is as important as the gown itself, ensuring that you feel exquisite yet sexy and, most importantly, comfortable and well-supported. Many brides arrange fittings with these Lingerie Stylists who then fit them out in the correct size to make sure they will look their best on the big day. Fabrics are carefully considered, with seam-free underwear normally recommended in order to give a smooth silhouette. Issues often arise when choosing lacy or embroidered sets, as they may show through the dress. It is not unusual for brides to choose a second set of underwear for their wedding night, opting for control wear during the day and something sexier for the night, with the stunning Empreinte collections particularly suited to a sensual transition from day to night.
largely by the colour of your dress. Cream or ivory lingerie is particularly special for bridal lingerie; nude lingerie is also very popular with brides-to-be as white often shows through most fabrics. This bespoke company have styles to suit every neckline, and cater to all shapes and constructions of wedding dress. Honeymoon lingerie is an opportunity for you to be a little more adventurous. Matching underwear will forever make women feel like a million dollars, and Rigby & Pellerâ€™s luxurious sets are the utmost in sensual chic. Similarly, silk nightwear is the epitome of luxury and will set the scene when the lights go down and the candles are lit. The Marjolaine Nymphe and Jardin collections are exquisite examples of pure indulgence, perfectly suited for romantic evenings. An area often overlooked when shopping for honeymoon wear is swimwear. Though often considered a daunting task, choosing flattering swimwear pieces will make you look and feel great. Ensuring you have the right style, size and colour whilst selecting a wellplaced print or decorative feature will flatter and slim your figure by enhancing your best features. Pick under-wired or ruffles styles to enhance your bust, remembering that high-waisted classical styles cinch your waist beautifully and high-leg or tie-side will lengthen legs to model like proportions.
Whether or not you are looking for beautiful nightwear, sensational swimwear or that special piece of lingerie, this truly is the essential lap of luxury, guaranteeing the perfect underpinning to any outfit; bridal, day or evening wear. The overall effect is to ensure clothes fit perfectly whilst underConsideration should always be given to the wear and swimwear effortlessly flatters and colour of your lingerie, something decided enhances the contours of your silhouette. 175
Jesse Dunford Woodâ€™s Winter Recipes
CHESTNUT HUMMUS Ingredients
500g, Vacuum Packed Whole Chestnuts 250g, Water 25g, Butter 10g, Sugar 5g, Salt 1, Garlic cloves - Lemon juice 100g, Olive oil
Boil the first part altogether until the chestnuts are soft. Blend smooth with the olive oil, and check for seasoning, possibly adding a bit more water to make the right consistency, and lemon and salt to taste. Once read put straight in a piping bag ready to present.
ROSEMARY FLATBREAD Ingredients
200g , Strong flour 5g, Salt 100g, Rosemary water 10g, Chopped parsley 1/2 Litre Water
Method Boil rosemary with ½ a litre of water and leave to infuse overnight, this is the rosemary water for the recipe. Put all dry ingredients into the mixer and turn on. Add the water until you get a dough consistency. Then add the chopped parsley and mix again. Weigh the dough into 75g portions and roll out (not too flat). Cook in a dry pan, until coloured on both side, and then puff over an open flame til light and ‘pittery’.
SALTED CARAMEL CHOCOLATE ROLOS
For this recipe you need to source some chocolate casings, round hollow chocolates with holes in the top for filling. If you add more cream to this recipe, this turns into a beautiful sauce for vanilla ice cream, French it up a bit and it sounds much more romantic ..‘sauce caramel au beurre sale’.
Ingredients Chocolate casings (makes 40) 200g, Sugar 150g, Double cream 50g, Unsalted butter 5g, Maldon sea salt
Method Mix the sugar and water in a pan and cook until it bubbles and turns golden, we’re aiming for a dark caramel. Once cooled add salt flakes. Pipe the caramel into chocolate casings an leave to set. Melt the chocolate and dab the chocolate case openings with
Chef Jesse Dunford Wood is owner of Parlour (formerly The Regent), Kensal Green, London. Visit www.parlourkensal.com to find out more or follow Jesse @dunfordwood
Steves Leaves Recipes Honey Glazed Ham with Pea Shoots & Baby Leaves
Ingredients (Serves 2) 2 - 3 Thick slices ham 1tbsp Honey 1 Bag Pea Shoots & Baby Leaves 6-8 Cherry Tomatoes ¼ Cucumber 4-5 Radishes ½ Lemon Salt and Pepper
Method 1. Place the salad on to plates. Halve the cherry tomatoes and add to the plates. 2. Slice the cucumber and radishes then add to the salad. 3. Place a frying pan on a medium heat and add the honey until its warm. Cut the ham into generous chunks then add to the pan. 4. Turn up the heat and allow the ham to warm through in the pan for 2 -3 mins. Keep turning the ham so it is fully coated in honey. 5. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Then squeeze the lemon juice over too and season with salt and pepper. 6. Finally add the ham on top of the dressed salad and serve. Perfect with left over roast potatoes pan fried in butter. 183
Stilton & Walnuts with Pea Shoots and Baby Leaves
Recipe courtesy of www.stevesleaves.co.uk
Ingredients (Serves 2) 1 Bag Pea Shoots and Baby Leaves 150g Stilton 50g Walnut pieces 2 Spring Onions 6 - 8 Cherry Tomatoes 2 Handfuls Cranberries Salt and Pepper
Method 1. Place a pan on a warm heat then add the walnuts. Gently toast. 2. Place the salad on to plates. Halve the cherry tomatoes and add to the plates. 3. Slice the spring onion then add to the salad. 4. Roughly cube the cheese and sprinkle over the leaves along with the cranberries. 5. Drizzle the dressing over the salad then season with salt and pepper.
British MODE's December issue, Frostbitten, features exclusive interviews with world renowned wedding planner Mark Niemierko and Award winni...
Published on Dec 12, 2013
British MODE's December issue, Frostbitten, features exclusive interviews with world renowned wedding planner Mark Niemierko and Award winni...