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Orange Crush

Fashion and beauty go tangerine-tastic


Main photo Olivia Halsall; cover image Rui Faria

The trends for spring and summer are always a little lighter and brighter than their autumn/winter counterparts. However, nothing could have prepared us for 2014’s hottest colour story. Orange is, frankly, everywhere. And there’s not just colour to get excited about. This season, there are some key fashion trends that will make updating your wardrobe all the easier. For example, whatever your height, this season is all about flats, the pointier the better (p53) – so ditch the platforms. Shirtdresses have reinvented themselves for a new generation, and Laura Barton is on hand to explain how to avoid chemistry-lab-coat connotations (p51). Menswear has jumped headlong into summer in fabrics with maximum stretch (p78), and womenswear is having a sports-diva moment; expect to find technical fabrics in high-fashion pieces (p66). For anyone unconvinced by fashion’s capricious nature, there’s always Easter. And Easter brings every excuse for more chocolate. Discover the digital version of the magazine, as well as extra interactive content, on our app for iPad, which can be downloaded free at the App Store.






April 2014


31 TOP 20 Launches, special offers and events for April

91 LADY MARMALADE Orange is the new red: a happy hue that’s hot for summer and puts an instant smile on your face


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41 SHE’S A LADY A new TV drama, The Crimson Field, will take up-and-coming actress Alice St Clair from the society pages into the public eye

Photographer RUI FARIA Beauty Editor JAN MASTERS Hair ERNESTO MONTENOVO at Phamous Artists using Bumble and Bumble Make-up LINDA ÖHRSTROM at Linkdetails Model ANA N at Established wearing Vionnet top £575



35 ZEITGEIST People and places in the air this month



45 TANGERINE DREAM Orange, in all its incarnations, is this summer’s standout shade, adding a shot of energy and optimism to the season’s hottest styles 49 TORY TIME A knack for knowing what women want to wear has made Tory Burch a multi-billion-dollar brand. Now she’s added a cosmetics line and a fragrance to her empire

99 SUMMER ON THE RIVIERA Fancy classic glamour with an edge? Kristèle Ng Man Sun, International Make-up Artist for By Terry, shows you how with By Terry’s new collection, inspired by the South of France 103 BEAUTY NEWS Erno Laszlo’s new four-week rejuvenation programme; Aesop hair care; 111 Skin’s Celestial Black Diamond Eye Cream; Miss Heaven Scent discovers an air of sensuality 104 HIGH FIVE Top five beauty treats for April


51 HOW TO WEAR SHIRTDRESSES Dash thoughts of the surgery or the chemistry lab. Wearing a shirtdress properly is a calling of its own

107 RAISING THE BAR The custom couvertures created by French chocolate lab Or Noir are a blend of the finest cocoas. The recipes may be secret, but the results are enjoyed the world over

53 POINT SHOES Goodbye platforms, hello pointy flats; the pointier and flatter the better in all manner of mesh, laser cut, lace and iridescent leather

113 GREAT BRITISH BAKER Inspired by flowers and fairy tales, Rosalind Miller’s wedding cakes range from simple designs to Baroque creations

54 WOMENSWEAR NEWS MaxMara’s Grace Kelly vibe; the new high jewellery collection from Fabergé; Esme Vie; Markus Lupfer’s favourite things

114 COMMON GROUND Despite the variability of Burgundy’s wines in terms of style and quality, the region has recently enjoyed some standout vintages

56 ORANGE CRUSH Bringing a vibrant new energy to eveningwear and a verve to accessories, orange is the official shade of SS14 58 WOMENSWEAR NEWS DL1961’s 360-degree stretch denim; the Pilot Montre d’Aéronef watch by Zenith; Alice + Olivia; an interview with Theo Fennell 60 NATURE WATCH The wonder and fragility of butterflies and birds are captured in miniature by the world’s most creative horologists 62 MENSWEAR NEWS Car Shoe classics; Haider Ackermann’s latest menswear outing; the JeanRichard Boat Race watch; The Grooming Guru takes a trip 64 AZURE THING From cobalt to cornflower, azure to air force, when it comes to SS14’s menswear there’s a hue of bright blue to suit every mood 66 SPORTS DIVA Fashion turns gym bunny for summer, pairing racer-back vests with tennis pleats and tank dresses with go-faster stripes 78 FOOTLOOSE Jump into spring in sports-inspired casuals designed for maximum stretch

116 FOOD NEWS Easter treats from La Maison du Chocolat, Neuhaus, Prestat and William Curley; Richard Corrigan’s roast lamb recipe 119 MAGIC TOUCH Talisman founder Ken Bolan has always had an uncanny knack for searching out extraordinary pieces. And now he’s creating them, too 122 THE HISTORY BOYS Charlie Wallrock and David Wackett are experts at finding rare, offbeat and extraordinary objects. Just don’t call them antiques 124 INTERIORS NEWS The Natuzzi Re-vive chair; the Dux Xclusive black leather bed; the Miele energy-efficient W1 collection; new, exclusive pens 125 LIFESTYLE NEWS Hever Castle in Kent; the Saxon Hotel in South Africa; florist Moyses Stevens 130 THE ULTIMATE TREASURE Most famous for creating jewel-encrusted eggs, Fabergé has reinvented itself for the 21st century, with jewellery collections that nod to the past HAR RODS M AGAZINE


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Tangerine DREAM Orange, in all its incarnations, is this summer’s standout shade, adding a shot of energy and optimism to the season’s hottest styles

Anthea Simms






Ralph Lauren Collection gown £6,990

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli bag £740 Christian Dior dress £2,400

Etro dress £2,075

“I adore this colour for spring. It’s unexpected yet sophisticated, and anyone who wears it is sure to stand out” Monique Lhuillier

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Jimmy Choo shoes £495



f all the colours to have been tarred with the too-directional-to-wear, too-difficult-to-bother brush, orange must be the most maligned. Called “the colour of insanity” by Vincent van Gogh, it enjoyed a fleeting vogue in the 1970s. But recent years have seen the high-voltage hue fall out of favour, resigned to playing bit parts on fashion’s fringes. Designers might have shown an orange-toned blouse here or a tangerine tote there, but it was usually tempered with black and rarely worn head to toe. Yet SS14 might be the season where orange shakes off its second-rate status for good, as the super-saturated shade was a surprise hit. Cooler than coral and less obvious than red, bright orange was used at Christian Dior, where it gave a bold contrast to washed-out pastels. At Prada, citrussy orange hues gave a hit of high-energy colour in keeping with SS14’s sporty, exuberant attitude. Donna Karan’s 25th-anniversary DKNY show offered a punchy case in point for orange’s piquant charms, while also leading the charge for fashion’s new love of athleticism. Karlie Kloss closed the show by stomping down the catwalk in a bright-orange, bias-cut crepe dress and a pair of high-tops. Her lack of accessories only served to underscore orange’s statement-making appeal. Ralph Lauren was another designer that forwent adornment in favour of bright blocks of the breakthrough colour. His 1960s-inflected show included a series of flowing, off-the-shoulder evening dresses in an orange that was almost fluorescent in intensity. Monique Lhuillier also made a convincing case for orange as a modern choice for eveningwear by pairing a poppy-orange cutout dress with a matching lace overlay: a less predictable take on the season’s peek-a-boo trend. “I adore this colour for spring,” Lhuillier said. “It’s unexpected yet sophisticated, and anyone who wears it is sure to stand out.” Frida Giannini’s super-sexy take on sports luxe at Gucci saw the colour worked into stylised Art-Nouveau illustrations that wound their way around sheer black bomber jackets and low-backed silk dresses that revealed mesh bra-tops beneath. The show’s standout was a strappy, silk plissé orange halter-dress. Part laid-back and part louche, it was split to the thigh, and its slouchy shape was loosely cinched with black leather straps.

Vincent van Gogh

Christian Dior

The Old Tower in the Fields, 1884, Vincent van Gogh

Ralph Lauren

“Orange is the colour of insanity”


Gucci dress £2,640


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Monique Lhuillier gown £3,699

Gucci dress £1,240

Givenchy Pandora bag £925

Victoria, Victoria Beckham

The Row


Monique Lhuillier

Bottega Veneta dress £2,870

Victoria, Victoria Beckham dress £699

The Row dress £1,699

This season’s orange-toned offerings might be a million miles from AW13’s undemanding neutrals, but they’re far from being impossible to pull off for day. At Etro, vibrant orange was used to bring a playful element to the brand’s 1940s floral prints, making an appearance on a relaxed shirtdress and a draped wrap dress – both more wearable than you might expect. Meanwhile, Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier made a belted orange day dress with feathered mohair fringing that cascaded down in a waterfall effect. Over at The Row, the Olsen sisters showed that orange doesn’t always have to be searingly bright: their bohemian, billowing dresses and veiled headgear were rendered in a rusty saffron, perhaps referencing Buddhist monks’ robes. There were more everyday orange looks at Fendi and Victoria, Victoria Beckham, where the designer used the shade to pep up simple yet cleverly cut shifts and draped crepe de Chine drop-waist dresses, and at Fendi, where sherbet-orange shades gave an added dimension to summery, semi-sheer organza dress coats. Orange accessories were everywhere in the SS14 collections, too: at Miu Miu, Miuccia Prada debuted an all-orange array of patent platform Mary Janes, lace-up knee-high boots and suede sandals, while Jimmy Choo designer Sandra Choi showed apricot floral court shoes and sleek, citrus-hued, multi-strapped sandals. The slew of punchy, new-season orange bags on offer this season (such as Givenchy’s Pandora and 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Pashli) make their classic-coloured counterparts look positively pallid in comparison. Allowing even the timid to embrace tangerine as an accent colour, they give a new lease of life to last season’s ladylike separates; and juxtaposed with clashing primary-coloured brights, they make an eye-popping statement. In fact, whichever way you wear it – in high doses or as a restrained dash – a hit of juicy orange is fast becoming the ultimate in instant joie de vivre. The future looks bright indeed. HMN Available from Luxury Accessories, Lower Ground Floor and Ground Floor; Designer Collections, Designer Studio, Eveningwear, International Designer and The Shoe Salon, First Floor; and . For more information, download the Harrods Magazine app HAR RODS M AGAZINE


seeing that it makes women happy”. She admits that when she encounters someone wearing one of her products, she can’t help but approach them. “That’s something I’ll never be jaded by,” she says. “I’ll go up to them and tell them, ‘Thank you for wearing that.’” Family is the other thread that’s woven through Burch’s work. It was her father, the late Buddy Robinson – a financier who once dated Grace Kelly – who provided her introduction to fashion. “He was always impeccably dressed, and he designed his own clothes,” she says. “He’d add the most interesting details, like a lining of Hermès scarves on the inside of a dinner jacket.” Her mother, Reva, is a former actress and the namesake of the aforementioned pumps (“My mum says she’s known as a shoe,” Burch quips). She exerted a similarly stylish influence, buying Burch a Saint Laurent gown for her school prom and taking her on shopping trips to Arabian souks. “So much of the company is about [my parents],” she says. “I spend a fair amount of time going through old family photos; they’ve been a big inspiration.” An avid traveller, Burch often begins a new collection by reflecting on past trips. “Travel always plays a big part in what influences us each season,” she acknowledges. “Although we’re proud to be an American brand, we’re constantly informed by different cultures. Hopefully




Burch in her New York office; Tory Burch Solid Perfume Pendant Necklace £110 and eau de parfum from £60; ABOVE Tory Burch Bronzer & Blush Compact £35 and Lip Color £22; Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka at the opening of Burch’s Rodeo Drive store. Available from The Perfumery Hall, Ground Floor

that’s one of the reasons why we resonate on a global level.” Her SS14 collection took its cue from the Côte d’Azur, and her muse was Romy Schneider’s character in La Piscine (the 1969 Jacques Deray movie on which André Courrèges was costume designer). The easy glamour of the French Riviera translated into clean-lined ’60s-style shifts, crisp white capri pants and silk gazar cocktail dresses: the kinds of timeless, versatile pieces that would work just as well on a 25-year-old in an office as they would on a 55-year-old at a wedding, a fact that’s reflected by the ever-widening age range of her customer base. “In the beginning, our customer was 30 to 45,” Burch says. “But as the brand has progressed, it’s gone both ways [younger and older] quite significantly, which is something I’m really proud of.” The collection was leavened by embroidery and prints that depicted flowers and botanical drawings, inspired by Burch’s garden at her home in the Hamptons. “I find flower arranging quite therapeutic,” she says. “At the weekend, I’ll get up super-early to go to the flower market, then spend hours on an arrangement.” Of course, this being Tory Burch, her weekend retreat is no country cottage; it’s a palatial 1920s property that American Vogue’s International Editor at Large, Hamish Bowles, described as “the sort of house that Jay Gatsby might have built to bedazzle Daisy Buchanan and win her heart again.” The house functions as a family home, too. Burch is a single mother; she has three teenage sons and is stepmother to three girls from her second marriage, to the company’s co-founder, Chris Burch. (The couple divorced in 2006 and settled a long-running legal dispute involving the business in December 2012). She’s as hands-on when it comes to parenting as she is with her business, dropping her children off at school each morning and clocking off at 6.30pm so she can have dinner with them. One of the first designers to use social media, Burch personally manages her brand’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, which offer insight into her eclectic interests (flower arranging, art, travel, tennis and hip-hop). She credits these accounts as being key factors in helping build her brand, and her social-media successes (alongside her website’s popular Tory Blog) are testament to her fans’ appetite for her messages.

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It’s not easy to stand out in the supersaturated designer-denim market, but DL1961 is no ordinary denim outfit. It may be something of an anomaly in the denim game for having its base in New York rather than LA, but sisters Sarah and Zhara Ahmed, who launched the label in 2008, have a serious pedigree: they come from a family with more than three generations’ experience of making jeans. Every pair of DL1961 jeans is made in the family-run production facility, and all use proprietary denim blends DLX or DLPro, which stretch 360 degrees, ensuring that the jeans will never lose their ultra-flattering fit. DL1961 jeans £275. Available from Fashion Lab, Fourth Floor

by Lindsay Macpherson One of Britain’s bestknown jewellers, Theo Fennell founded his brand in 1982 after learning his trade at silversmiths Edward Barnard, whose history dates from the late 17th century. Today his signature key pendants and experimental one-off pieces have earned him a celebrity client list that includes Sir Elton John. He talks to Harrods Magazine about what inspires his intricately crafted designs.

Alice + Olivia

Designs for LIFE

Flight of fancy What would Louis Blériot make of the Pilot Montre d’Aéronef by Zenith? When he wrote “I am very satisfied with my Zenith watch” after his cross-Channel flight in 1909, he was basing his assessment on one of Zenith’s earliest designs. The ladies’ Montre d’Aéronef has an automatic Zenith Elite 681 movement in a 40mm case. While the white Superluminova numerals and sparkling, diamond-studded bezel are a nod to contemporary demands, the model retains all the Zenith codes – a solid case, a screw-locked crown and bold Arabic numbers. Blériot would be fascinated. Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef watch £5,300. Available from The Fine Watch Room, Ground Floor



Stacey Bendet sells herself as a designer for “girls who wanna have fun”. When she first cooked up the Alice + Olivia brand in 2002, her mind was already set on that all-American girl who wants to be pretty as well as preppy, elegant but not to the point where she can’t climb a tree if she fancies. Her latest show is testament to her continued focus. A mix of full-on glamour and sports luxe, the collection includes cotton ballgown skirts, piqué polo tops, racer-back vests and flirty, floral sundresses. Alice + Olivia dress £299. Available from Designer Studio, First Floor

“My first job was as an apprentice at a silversmith so old it was almost Dickensian. It’s funny, because when I left art school, every aspect of London’s pop culture was in full bloom, and I was completely immersed in the music and art scene. But that commitment to craftsmanship, tradition and all these incredibly arcane skills fired me up. That’s when I realised I loved both sides of the coin. Everywhere I go I take my sketchbook, because I’m constantly drawing. I’m like a composer taking his guitar around and trying out every tune, hum and whistle he hears. I try to keep my eyes, ears and mind open, and I have a rule that I have to use a black pen so there’s FROM TOP Theo a permanent record of Fennell 18kt white everything I come across. gold necklace £34,500, 18kt white gold earrings There will always be £12,000, 18kt white a quirk on every piece ring, price on I design, a little surprise gold request, 18kt white somewhere – and if you gold pendant, price on turn a piece over, it will request, and 18kt gold always be as good on the Street Sign cuff links back as it is on the front. £7,500. Available from The Fine Jewellery I don’t like trophy Room, Ground Floor jewellery. Serious jewellery should be about more than just a great big stone. For me, the concept and craftsmanship are more important; brilliantly designed, beautifully made jewellery should be a talisman, a token of love or respect. Great jewellery doesn’t have to subscribe to this year’s fashion. There’s a place for statement jewellery, but the word “fashion” implies ephemera. I’m rather attached to the idea of sentimental, emotional jewellery that can be passed down through generations. Really beautiful pieces never lose their moment in time: think of the incredible jewellery in the British Museum.

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CHOCOLATE PANNA COTTA WITH BLOOD ORANGES Serves 6 For the panna cotta 3 sheets gelatine (add 1 more sheet for a quicker setting time) 275ml cream 125ml milk 60g sugar 100g dark chocolate, finely chopped ¼ tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp espresso coffee 1 tbsp vegetable oil For the sauce/garnish 2 blood oranges Juice of 3 oranges 6 tbsp Seville marmalade 6 tbsp Cointreau Fresh organic rose petals for decoration (optional)

Serve with... Casa Ermelinda Freitas Moscatel de Setúbal Superior 2000, Portugal, £56.50

1 Soak the gelatine in water; leave for 5 minutes, then squeeze gently to remove excess water. 2 Heat the cream, milk and sugar over a low heat. Add the gelatine, mix thoroughly and keep heating until the gelatine and sugar have dissolved. When the mixture starts to boil, turn off the heat. 3 Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and add the milk mixture. Stir with a spatula until the chocolate has melted, then add the vanilla extract and coffee. 4 Lightly apply the oil to the inside of the moulds. If using moulds with a flat surface on the top, line them with baking parchment (this makes it easier to get the panna cotta out). Fill the moulds with the liquid, leave to cool for 20–30 minutes, then put in a fridge to set for three hours/overnight. 5 Peel the oranges and cut into 5mm-thick slices. Pour the juice into a pan, add the marmalade and the Cointreau, and put on a medium-to-high heat, stirring well to melt the marmalade. Reduce to about two-thirds the volume and leave to cool. 6 To serve, dip each mould into hot water for five seconds and turn it upside down on a plate. If the panna cotta doesn’t come out, give the mould a further five seconds in the water. Serve with a few slices of orange and drizzle some sauce on the top. Rose petals add an extra finishing touch.

Please note: you will need 6 panna cotta moulds

Chilewich linen napkin £24.95; Villeroy & Boch Farmhouse Touch bread and butter plate £8.50 and Oscar pastry fork £4.95


For the base 75g plain flour 3 tbsp cocoa 50g icing sugar 55g unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 egg 4 tbsp Kahlua

1 Line the base and sides of a 20cm springform cake tin with baking parchment. 2 Finely sieve the flour, cocoa and icing sugar together. In a separate bowl, cream the butter, then mix in the egg and 2 tbsp of Kahlua. Combine with the dry ingredients to make a dough, wrap it in cling film, flatten it slightly and freeze for 20 minutes. 3 Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Roll For the filling out the dough and cut it to fit the base of the cake 450g cream cheese, tin. Place the dough in the tin, prick with a fork, at room temperature then cook for 10 minutes until firm. Leave to cool 100g caster sugar briefly, then brush it all over with Kahlua. 2 egg yolks 4 Mix the cream cheese and sugar, add the egg 20g plain flour yolks, sprinkle in the flour and mix thoroughly. 2 tbsp espresso coffee Add the espresso, vanilla paste and a large pinch of 1 tsp vanilla paste salt. Put one third of the mixture in a separate bowl. (or 1 vanilla pod) 5 Melt the chocolate in separate bowls. Mix the 75g dark chocolate, dark chocolate with the smaller mixture, the white finely chopped chocolate with the bigger mixture. If one is stiffer 75g white chocolate, than the other, add a little Kahlua or espresso. finely chopped Spoon the mixtures into the tin, alternating the colours, then create the marble effect with a skewer. 6 Cook at 220°C/425°F/Gas 7. After 10 minutes, Serve with... when the top of the cake is sealed, turn the heat Chateau de la Roulerie Les Aunis 2009, Côteaux down to 120°C/250°F/Gas ½ and cook for 20 minutes, then turn off the oven and cool for three du Layon, £61.50 hours/overnight with the oven door ajar. Keep the cake in the fridge and eat within three days. Wine available from The Wine Rooms, Lower Ground Floor. Homewares available from Entertaining at Home and Villeroy & Boch, Second Floor HAR RODS M AGAZINE



Master Chef Nicolas Cloiseau at La Maison du Chocolat has let his imagination run wild with his whimsical, cartoon-like chocolate sculpture for Easter. The limited-edition creation depicts four chocolate rabbits in a bakery dressed in chef hats and aprons. Alongside them are spoons, pastries, cabinets and even floor tiles made using milk, dark and white chocolate, with all the small details hand-painted to perfection. £730. Available from Food Halls, Ground Floor

Easter TREATS 1. Neuhaus In 1857, pharmacist Jean Neuhaus had the brainwave of covering medicines in chocolate. They were so well received that the medicine was replaced with cream and praline was born. Neuhaus’ Easter eggs are filled with vanilla, wild strawberries and nougat ganache. £35 2. Prestat To mark the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Prestat has created four brightly coloured eggs. Peel off the real egg shell to reveal a filling of solid chocolate truffle. From £3.95 3. William Curley Award-winning chocolatier William Curley has filled his Easter eggs with treats including caramelised or crystalised nuts, sea salt caramels and cinder toffee. From £35 Available from Food Halls, Ground Floor

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Gooey on the inside and crumbly on the outside, is there anything more satisfying than a chunk of chocolate brownie? The story of how America’s favourite dessert came to be is a mystery – some say it was an accident involving biscuit dough, while others believe a housewife made the recipe when she was short of baking powder. Whatever it is, it remains a much-loved treat and not limited to our friends in the US, but enjoyed all over Europe too. Especially for Easter, chefs in the Food Halls have created a recipe using French butter, chocolate eggs, and the store’s own signature couverture for a rich, chocolatey taste. £1.60 each. Available from Food Halls, Ground Floor




As a champion of seasonal foods, Michelin-starred chef Richard Corrigan knows just how good a lamb dish is in the spring. “This is a time when the meat is particularly tender,” he says. “The lambs are born at the end of February and reared for a short period, so the window to enjoy them at their best is quite small.” Corrigan’s deep knowledge of seasonality stems from his childhood growing up on a farm. “Our family fished and hunted much of the food we ate. This gave me a huge appreciation and respect for many of the ingredients we now cook in our restaurants.” His sophisticated yet unfussy cooking style can be found at any one of his world-renowned restaurants, among them Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, Corrigan’s Mayfair, and Bentley’s Sea Grill in Harrods. Here, he shares how to get the best out of seasonal lamb for Easter. Leg of lamb with rosemary and lavender 1 small bunch of English lavender 1 small jar of honey 5 sprigs of rosemary 30g salt 2 cloves of garlic 2kg/4½lb leg of lamb, on the bone Preheat the oven to 200˚C/400˚F/Gas 6. Remove the lavender buds from the stalks and add to the honey. Pull the rosemary leaves from the stalks and place in a blender; add the salt and garlic and blitz. Rub the rosemary mixture all over the lamb and place in a roasting tray. Cover the lamb with foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes. Then remove the foil and leave to roast for a further 40 minutes (for medium). Pour the honey and lavender over the lamb and return to the oven for 10 minutes. Remove the lamb and leave it to rest for 10 to 15 minutes, with some foil on top to keep it warm. Serve with the pan juices and spring vegetables.

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Living up to the mystical connotations of his brand’s name, Talisman founder Ken Bolan has always had an uncanny knack for searching out extraordinary pieces. And now he’s creating them, too BY AMY BROOMFIELD

“I could make you a suit right now,” says Ken Bolan, with unfaltering confidence. “I’ve never sewn before, but if I had the pattern, I could just do it. I don’t know how or why I know these things; it’s instinctive. I always assumed everyone could do that. But then as I got older I began to realise that maybe I was a bit different.” As he speaks, Bolan is cocooned in one of two generously sized hexagonal armchairs upholstered in purple velvet, with silver studded edges. It’s one of his designs, and has the kind of rock’n’roll edge that I imagine attracted Kate Moss to hold her wedding list at his store. In fact, it was Julien Macdonald who fell in love with this particular design, commissioning a sofa in the same style shortly before asking Bolan to redecorate his whole house. Behind us, a bronzed Lavarenne sculpture balances on a white heavy-duty marble table. To the right is a high-Deco console table veneered in tortoiseshell, I’m told. To the left is one sculpted almost entirely from glass, cantilevered by a lead-filled brass ball sourced from a beach house in Miami in the late 1990s. Talisman has long been a treasure trove of one-off pieces, antiques, quirky sculptures and bespoke furniture, but it wasn’t always the case. Bolan’s start in the industry was unconventional; it took him “a wing and a prayer”

TOP The Talisman showroom; LEFT Ken Bolan; ABOVE Talisman Edition 1960s Marbro lamp £8,500 per pair

– and a great deal of trial and error – before he found his feet, ultimately discovering that the skill that would define him was his knack for making things. Bolan came to London from Aberdeen in 1969 with two ambitions: “One was to do something interesting with my life,” he says. “The other was to make a profit.” He briefly tried his hand dealing vintage racing cars before moving to Switzerland on a whim and working odd jobs. At that time, English antiques were the height of fashion in Europe and America. “Those were the James Bond days of Aston Martins and evening suits,” he recalls. “Everyone wanted a leather Chesterfield or a pair of wing chairs, but you had to be a trader if you wanted to buy any of it.” With his small capital, he invested in English antiques and set up his first shop in Bern with virtually no knowledge of what he was selling. Bolan became the first antique trader in the country to deal directly to the public. To his surprise, the business grew quickly. Within 10 years, he had three shops in Switzerland. Bolan returned to England in the late 1970s and founded Talisman in Somerset, but he noticed that the mood for English antiques had changed. “You could almost smell it in the air. There was a move towards the decorative; suddenly, people were spending money on theatrical pieces and trying to do something incredible in their homes.” X HAR RODS M AGAZINE




Charlie Wallrock and David Wackett are experts at finding rare, offbeat and extraordinary objects. Just don’t call them antiques BY CLAIRE BINGHAM / PHOTOGRAPHER ANDY BATE



to 20th-century finds, during a pop-up exhibition in The Fine Furniture Gallery on the Third Floor. Doubling as a showcase for their expertise, the exhibition recognises a growing trend for statement objects. “My taste has evolved,” Wallrock says. “But the underlying aesthetic is always towards the eclectic. The pieces in the exhibition reflect my taste, in that I’m drawn to the unusual.” Wallrock says he believes that a good antiques dealer is someone who buys from the heart. “When something raises the hairs on my neck, I want to own it,” he says. “I only buy what I love. The rule for me is not to be dictated to by fashion, but to buy what I like. You could call it an impulse buy. I call it passion.” HMN FROM TOP An Italian Art Nouveau alabaster lamp, circa 1900; an English Victorian rosewood cabinet in the Orientalist style

The pop-up exhibition continues until 31st May in The Fine Furniture Gallery, Third Floor Claire Bingham writes for Elle Decoration, Case da Abitare and The Mail on Sunday YOU magazine

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“We aim to almost get away from the word ‘antique’,” says dealer David Wackett. “What we try to do is source works of art and showcase pieces that stand on their own. Rather than creating typical room sets, we look at items individually and allow them to speak for themselves.” Wackett and fellow dealer Charlie Wallrock share a passion for the rare and unusual; they’re renowned for putting together unexpected arrangements of furniture to create eye-catching installations. With tastes veering from fossils to industrial relics such as a fan from a vintage Boeing 757, the two of them know how to assemble objects with fascinating appeal. Offsetting period grandeur with raw beauty and designs in the collection, Wackett and Wallrock avoid seas of mahogany or rooms chock-full of oak. They enjoy playing with polarities and placing items out of context in order to make a statement. “It’s a fresh approach, more focused towards individual pieces and not constrained by period, material or style,” Wackett explains. “A great majority of items sold are impulse buys. People don’t wake up and think, ‘I must pop out and buy an antique.’ It’s more likely that they’ll walk past something that catches their eye. We aim to invest in objects that we like and will hopefully appeal. We try not to buy things that we don’t covet ourselves.” One piece Wallrock favours is a Flemish cabinet from Alton Towers, former seat of Lord Shrewsbury, which is inlaid with hunting scenes and enchanting vignettes of cats and kittens playing on the interior drawer fronts. Another standout is the Orientalist-style rosewood cabinet by 18thcentury furniture maker Gillows. “This sums up the Gillows story for me,” Wallrock says. “In terms of brands, they’re the original and the best. I love that the cabinet is English, but crafted in a French style, pandering to a resurgence of the Orient and what was in vogue at the time.” Skipping forward to the fin de siècle, an Art Nouveau marble and alabaster lamp in the form of a female figure holding up a globe also has a hold on Wallrock’s heart. “She’s an Italian sculpture from the flapper period, when things changed from strict Victorian ways to the slightly more risqué,” he explains. “She’s beautifully worked, with a lovely face and an original revolving stand, which is unusual these days. The sculpture is such a focal point, you can’t help but notice it.” Wackett and Wallrock’s standout pieces will join more than 350 works, from ancient relics through


Fit for a QUEEN At Hever Castle in Kent, you can enjoy a slice of British history by spending the night within the medieval walls where Anne Boleyn lived as a child. Originally built in 1270, the double-moated castle features a collection of Tudor portraits, artefacts and tapestries, while outside there are mazes, gardens, ponds and a lake. The 18 rooms in The Astor Wing offer views across the castle grounds; all have been individually styled for comfort, but maintain some of the original furnishings. For more information, visit

The GOOD life Home to Nelson Mandela as he completed his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, the Saxon Hotel regularly welcomes royalty, statesmen and celebrities. Set in 10 serene, landscaped acres in the Johannesburg suburb of Sandhurst, it has a 920sq m pool and a world-class wellbeing centre. Meanwhile, the main restaurant, Five Hundred, offers experiential dining, pairing seasonal and artisanal produce with wines chosen by the in-house sommelier. For more information, visit


Credited with creating the first hand-tied bouquet, Moyses Stevens, which started selling flowers in Victoria in 1876, is Britain’s oldest florist. It has been awarded two warrants to serve the Royal Family, and has decorated some of London’s most exclusive clubs and restaurants. Its bouquets are a mix of organic, seasonal and British blooms, plus exquisite roses, twisted and hand-tied with sustainably harvested foliage. Between 25th March and 30th April 2014, customers who spend £75 at Moyses Stevens will receive a 15% discount on selected bouquets. Available from Food Halls, Ground Floor

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