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2012 TREND PREDICTIONS THE ARRIVAL OF THE NEW KNIT
GUIDE TO PARTY SEASON ETIQUETTE
LIVERPOOL’S HOT LIST: WHERE TO EAT, DRINK, SLEEP & SHOP
Amanda Harrington’s NEW FASHION DIRECTION
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to the Christmas Holiday issue, featuring a sparkling mix of exclusive celebrity interviews, on-trend fashion advice and survival tips for the festive season. While working on this edition, we gave the producers of E4’s latest scripted reality series, ‘Desperate Scousewives’, an access all areas pass to our cover shoot with Amanda Harrington. They followed every step of the process, from hair and make-up through to the final selection of the strongest images. The shoot will be featured on the show on 12th December, and you’ll find our pick of the best pictures from the day, plus an exclusive interview with Amanda, from p10. We also spoke to man of the moment, George Panayiotou, our men’s cover star, about his ambitious plans for the launch of PlayGround, Liverpool’s most exclusive nightspot. Find out how George proposes to give your nightlife an upgrade from p22. Other highlights of the issue include our fabulous fashion shoot from p16, men’s grooming and fashion from p40, and Tracey Bell’s guide to party season etiquette on p37. Special thanks are due to Amanda and George, our gorgeous cover stars, design and art director, Dan Perry, who has burnt the midnight oil working on this special Christmas issue, Style Editors Hester Brodie and Luke Trevaskis, men’s style guru Bryan Harrop, and proofreader Debra Williams. We’ll be back in the New Year with more exclusive interviews, must-have fashion, and beauty buys and trends predictions for the year ahead. See you next month.
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a d n a Am Harrington His&Hers INTERVIEW
His & Hers c atches up wit h model turn fashion and ed TV star A the highs an manda Harr d lows of bec ington abou oming famo t life, us. words: eMMA hil
ver since the first episode of ‘Desperate Scousewives’ aired last month, heads have swivelled markedly whenever Amanda Harrington enters a room; then moments later the excited chatter erupts: ‘Do you love her? Do you hate her? And do you think the show in which she stars is a good thing for the city?” To the outside observer, the level of attention, and intensely divided opinions, that ‘Scousewives’ has generated is intriguing but slightly unnerving. Viewing figures for the show have already topped the half-amillion mark and thousands of Liverpool residents have used social networking sites to make, at times, surprisingly personal comments on everything from the stars’ actions to their accents, wardrobes and even the quality of their hair extensions! Some would duck for cover and wait for the furore to die down, but Amanda Harrington is clearly made of much sterner stuff. She won’t shy away from an argument on screen or off if she feels she has right on her side,
and is happy to take on her fiercest critics on Twitter, standing up for herself and her cast mates. It’s a feisty side of Amanda’s character which has certainly come across on screen. However, as we prepared for this month’s fashion shoot with the model, which was filmed by the Scousewives crew, who have been following Amanda’s every move, it was her less obvious qualities which quickly won over the His & Hers team. We’d chosen Matou’s roof terrace as the location for our shoot, which afforded us unrivalled views of the Liverpool skyline; however, although the backdrop was spectacular, shooting in such an exposed location on one of the coldest days of the year was to prove challenging. While the His & Hers team shivered theatrically in our overcoats, Amanda strode out in a wafer thin evening dress, smiled for the camera and managed to fight the urge to shiver. She remained polite, professional and enthusiastic over the coming hours, even when her hands began to turn slightly blue, quietly insisting that she would
work for as long as it took to ensure we got all the shots we needed for the magazine. We liked her determination to get the best possible picture, and her easy banter with the team. When we realised that, despite the weather, we had all the shots we needed in the bag, we headed into the warmth for our interview with Amanda, smiles on our faces, feeling that we’d made a feisty new fashion friend!
Five-minute Q&A with Amanda H&H: How has your life changed since appearing in ‘Desperate Scousewives’? Amanda: I’ve been in the public eye for a few years now, but this is the first time I’ve been known on a national level. The downside is that you do get a bit of stick and people judge you without knowing what you’re really like,
but after working for free for years and going to castings and really pushing myself, and then gradually becoming more successful, it feels like ‘Desperate Scousewives’ marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life. H&H: Do you think you’re portraying Liverpool in a positive light on the show? Amanda: When I’ve been doing my shoots on the show I’ve tried to work with local companies as much as possible and I think I have a good reputation within the city for promoting Liverpool fashion designers. Everyone involved in the show has put so much effort in and we really want to get Liverpool on side! H&H: The His & Hers team was surprised by how hard-working and determined you are. Do you think the public sees this side of you?
Amanda: I’ve always worked hard, and everyone involved with ‘Scousewives’ is putting in the hours to make the show the best it can be. If that means working till 3am sometimes, then that’s just what it takes. I just really want people to like the show and to feel like it’s a good representation of the city, and I don’t mind working hard for that. H&H: What are your plans for the future? Amanda: I’m looking forward to taking some time off for Christmas, then I’m hoping that there’ll be a second and even a third series of ‘Scousewives’. I’ll be continuing with my modelling and one day I’d love to launch my own fashion line. In the meantime, I’ll just be enjoying this new chapter in my life and taking every day as it comes.
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OUND George Panayiotou, the man behind Liverpool’s first five-star private members’ club, outlines his mission to upgrade your nightlife.
ou may not have met George Panayiotou, the impeccably dressed entrepreneur behind The PlayGround (the city’s chic new private members’ club), but if you’ve attended one of his events at the Hilton, chances are George has already given you a night to remember, and quite possibly a hangover you’d rather forget! Until recently, all that most people knew about George was that he had a keen eye for business (perhaps no surprise given that his family owns the thriving Ability Group, with a portfolio which includes a rather impressive array of hotels). Oh, and did I mention that he throws a mean party? Then E4’s new scripted reality show ‘Desperate Scousewives’, on which the entrepreneur was introduced to viewers as ‘Gorgeous George,’ aired, making him the focus of the kind of female attention that would make Bieber blush. George discreetly shrugs off any talk of being Liverpool’s most eligible bachelor, but
he does concede that appearing on a show which attracts around 600,000 viewers a week hasn’t hurt when generating an anticipatory buzz around the PlayGround launch. However, George won’t be relying on the media hype that currently surrounds him to make his new venture a success. Instead he’s determined to put in the hours and the investment to create a destination that people will want to visit for months and years to come. George explained: “I was taught by my father to go against the grain from an early age. He made his fortune by going into unfashionable areas of East London and converting derelict buildings into luxury apartments. Everyone thought he was mad at the time, but it worked for him! “Today, when I talk about launching a luxury club in the middle of the recession, people
can’t wait to tell me why it will never work. But whenever someone says that, it just makes me more determined to prove them wrong. We have a fantastic location and a fantastic team, and our offering in terms of cocktails is second to none.” George has chosen his collaborators on the project carefully, enlisting two of His & Hers’ fashion heroes, Justine Mills and Kirsty Doyle, for style advice, and he’s been just as careful about choosing the best possible staff for PlayGround, declaring: “It’s no good investing in seamless interior design if you don’t have the service. Every single detail has to be right. It’s all about value; I don’t think the people of Liverpool have a problem with paying the £500 membership fee as long as they feel like they’re getting good value for that money.” To that end, George has blown the budget on interiors, staff, uniforms, and a cocktail menu designed to knock any local competition out of the water. Naturally he is planning the launch party to end all parties. “It will be a night of fun, madness and surprises,” said George. And once the madness is over, he would like to roll out the PlayGround concept to other leading hotels around the world. It certainly sounds like a model that would work well in London or Vegas, but we’re rather pleased that George has chosen Liverpool as the first destination on his list. Ours is, after all, the original party city! www.playgroundliverpool.com
George is determined to put in the hours and the investment to create a destination that people will want to visit for years to come.
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X Factor Homecoming
With the support of Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow, a rumoured recording deal, and a triumphant Liverpool homecoming on the cards, Craig Colton says there’s life after X Factor
hen His & Hers spoke to Liverpool-born singer Craig Colton, he said that his feet haven’t touched the ground since he was sent home from the X Factor after receiving harsh criticism from the judges in the first deadlock of the series. “I can’t wait to come home to Liverpool”, said Craig, adding: “I’ve really missed the place!” The singer continued: “We were in this bubble on the show, where we didn’t see any press and didn’t know what was going on in the outside world. It’s been weird to go straight from that to non-stop gigging, but I can’t wait for the X Factor tour – the Liverpool dates at the Echo Arena are going to be huge!” Craig added that he was still in touch with his mentor Gary Barlow, as well as Robbie Williams; both of whom have been helping him to deal with
the pressures of the past few weeks. “They’ve become really good friends. Gary and Robbie have told me that it’s going to be manic, but to make sure I keep song-writing whenever I can so I’m prepared for the New Year. Gary has been much more than a mentor and I know we’ll stay in touch.” The 22-year-old former biscuit factory worker said he’d been overwhelmed by the support from his showbiz mentors and fellow Liverpudlians and promised that we’d be hearing more from him in the New Year. Craig Colton will join Misha B, Janet Devlin, Marcus Collins, Johnny Robinson, Little Mix, The Risk, Kitty Brucknell and Amelia Lily when The X Factor Live comes to the Echo Arena on 27th-28th February. Tickets cost £32.50 plus booking and handling fees. www.echoarena.com
The cold weather has made itself a permanent fixture this month, so we’ve taken to the streets of Liverpool to see how you lot are keeping cosy... WORDS: HESTER BRODIE, PICTURES: ROBIN CLEWLEY
Hairdresser With trends always changing, style savvy Chelsea invests in classic accessories like this tan Mulberry Bayswater and black Vans pumps, teamed with on-trend pieces like this printed T-shirt, keeping cosy in this teal Primark cardi.
Psychiatric Nurse Walking up Bold Street, Michelle looked on-trend and cosy in her classic Fred Perry parka and jean combo - she adds a touch of Mod cool with her Doc Marten boots and satchel teamed with a turned-back knitted hat.
Student As a student, it’s important to invest in key pieces, so we suggest you take a leaf out of Sarah’s book and do just that! Rocking Topshop’s leopard print coat with simple black leggings and studded slippers, she updates her basics ‘purrrfectly’.
Administrator We spotted Lisa’s classic style a mile away. Her camel H&M cape and floppy fedora add a sophisticated spin on her J Brand jeans and Office shoe boots. Top marks for super sophisticated chic, lady!
Shop Assistant Aleisha rocks this quirky look by keeping her colour palette to a simple combination of black, red, blue and grey. She teams her knitted Urban Outfitters skirt with a fur stole and cute ankle socks to create a cosy look, but we heart the way she’s added a tough edge with these Topshop studded slippers.
Visual Merchandiser As a visual merchandiser for Topshop, it’s no surprise that Steph’s entire outfit is courtesy of the store itself! She keeps it simple using a three-colour palette of black, red and cream, and we’re loving that cute hat and those fab chunky boots.
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Jane Grogan’s Fitness Focus Every month, Jane Grogan will be sharing her expert advice on fitness, health, mindfulness and life solutions.
ecember could arguably be considered as the most indulgent month of the year! With social diaries packed full of parties and events, excessive amounts of food and drink appear to surround us, with temptation at every turn. When we’re not busy socialising, there’s the Christmas shopping, Christmas markets, and visiting family and friends to consider, which doesn’t leave a lot of spare time for exercising. It’s not surprising that the average person gains up to six pounds during this period! New Year’s resolutions may be good in theory, but rarely last. Why not consider a couple of New Life resolutions – small changes you can begin to make today that you can commit to long term. Begin to acknowledge certain behaviour patterns and aim to break them. Don’t give up before you have started; balance and moderation is something we all
can achieve. With reference to diet: if you know you are going to a party where the drinks and food will be flowing, resolve to partake lightly, choosing low calorie options where possible, and drinking plenty of water between alcoholic beverages. Before and after the event, eat lots of fresh fruit and veg, to maintain a healthy balance. And remember – it is not compulsory to try every single canapé! It is equally important to maintain some sort of exercise regime. Even if you struggle to find the time to make it to the gym, try short workouts at home, or brisk walks. Just try not to give up all together. Please visit www.one-self.com for low calorie Cocktail Recipes and exercise ideas. In next month’s issue I will be discussing ways to help you focus on maintaining change and combating the January blues. email@example.com, www.one-self.co.uk
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Red Ninja Opens in Liverpool’s Creative Quarter
A Liverpool company creating apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry, along with games and other creative technologies, has opened its doors in the heart of the city’s creative quarter. Founded by CEO Lee Omar and Development Director Chris Grannell, Red Ninja Studios held its official launch at Liverpool’s Elevator bar. www.redninja.co.uk
His & Hers’ Social Diary: roundup A summary of the month’s events & happenings in brief.
The Northern Design Awards go off with a Bang
A glittering celebration of Northern architecture, interior design and craftsmanship came to Manchester’s Lowry Hotel on 24th November. With accolades being awarded to leading architects, designers, retailers and trade, the shortlisted businesses were a veritable ‘who’s who’ of the region’s excellent design industry, and featured a host of leading Liverpool businesses, including the award-winning Hotel Indigo and Elaine Cunningham Interiors. www.northerndesignawards.com
Chellew Productions’ Ladies’ Lunch
Chellew Productions hosted a Champagne ladies’ lunch at 62 Castle Street, sponsored by Laurent Perrier, to celebrate the talent and achievements of Liverpool actress Pauline Daniels. ‘Stand up and be Counted, Girls’ was held to inspire, motivate and entertain women from all walks of life. Pauline brought all the elements of actress, singer and stand-up comedian to the stage, and blew people away with her larger-than-life personality and fantastic voice. www.chellew-productions.com
Backstage at the MOBO Awards with Crystal Clear
Jessie J, JLS, Dionne Bromfield, Professor Green, Boyz II Men and Mr Hudson were amongst stars at the MOBO Awards to come in for some serious pampering in the backstage hospitality suite. To make sure their skin was in perfect condition, Crystal Clear was on standby, offering a hands-on facial, and gifting their signature black bags filled with a selection of Crystal Clear skincare. crystalclear. co.uk
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Paparazzi Events’ Website Launch
Last month, Paparazzi Events launched their website in style at a glittering event at 62 Castle Street. Featuring fire-breathing, dancing and stilts’ shows as well as music supplied by Skye High Symphony, it was a lively and entertaining event which attracted a host of the city’s movers and shakers. www.paparazzi-events.co.uk
Tracey Bell’s ‘Boys Allowed’ Evening
More than 100 well-groomed men (and a fair few women) hot-footed it to the Tracey Bell clinic on Hanover Street last month to sample the latest innovation in skincare. Guests sipped beers or cocktails and snacked on canapés while receiving expert advice on everything from tackling hair-loss to anti-ageing and toning treatments for men. www.traceybell.co.uk
to see The Win!tickets Nutcracker at The Empire Carolyn Hughes PR Annual Charity Lunch
Carolyn Hughes hosted a glittering charity lunch at GUSTO at The Albert Dock to raise money for The Wirral Witches, a charity she strongly supports. The event attracted a host of TV stars, presenters and models and raised thousands for the charity. www. byinvitationonly.merseyblogs.co.uk
The Nutcracker is coming to the Liverpool Empire from 24th-28th January 2012, and the theatre is giving away two pairs of tickets to the show’s opening night. This is the third visit in as many years for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company who brought Swan Lake and Cinderella to Liverpool in 2010 and 2011 respectively, both receiving great acclaim from critics and audiences alike. This delicious theatrical feast has family-sized helpings of Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy. Nutcracker follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a hilariously bleak Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland. Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s delicious sets and costumes combine with sizzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the traditional favourite. For your chance to win, email: email@example.com, writing ‘Nutcracker Competition’ in the subject heading, and providing your contact details. Winners must be available to claim their prize on 24th January. www.new-adventures.net/nutcracker
His&hers dines out
His & Hers’ Festive Fantasy:
Hiring our own Master-chef As Christmas approaches, we’ve been dreaming of entertaining in style with a little help from Merseyside’s hottest new chef.
WORDS: emma hill
his month, His & Hers caught up with Liverpool chef Steven Burgess who at the tender age of just 25 has launched his own catering company Rhubarb and Custard and has already been featured in the Merseyside and Cheshire edition of cookbook ‘Relish,’ along with some of Liverpool’s top restaurants like 60 Hope Street and Spire. Steven has catered for everything from small gatherings to awards dinners for hundreds. “I love creating new menus and trying things out. We’ve done some really exciting things this year like picnic baskets for an awards dinner and Christmas is the time for something special so cooking Christmas dinner or a dinner party for a client while they enjoy a glass of champers and some carols round the fire
without having to lift a finger is a nice treat for them!” This year, delicacies such as Christmas terrine with gammon, Cumberland sausage, baby leeks, grain mustard and apple chutney for starters can be followed by sage butter roast turkey, duck fat roast potatoes honey glazed baby parsnips, shallot stuffing, roast onion compote, pancetta wrapped pigs in blankets and a chestnut and red wine spiced jus. If you’ve got room then a Christmas pudding tartlet with winter spiced berry compote and brandy custard is one of the desserts on offer. There’s more information on Steven’s website www.rhubarbandcustard.net if you fancy putting your feet up and letting someone else do the hard work for a change.
HIGH HEELED GUIDE TO NETWORKING
Award-winning networker and businesswoman Geniene Reese is back with the latest from the region’s social scene.
ell, the lead-up to Christmas shows no sign of giving my liver a rest, with events still going strong. I, along with over 400 members of the Liverpool business community, attended the Livercool awards at the Crowne Plaza hotel. Charlotte Hoare and I were there to represent my company, not least as we were both nominated for awards. Charlotte took my ‘networker of the year’ crown; unfortunately I failed to win the ‘social media guru’ title, but I’m glad it went to a worthy winner, It’s About Websites’ Gavin Sherratt. I went to Palm Sugar for the star-studded launch of ‘Are you the Fase’ - run by local entrepreneur Mark Lamb, and Amanda Harrington; be sure to get your name down for the chance to win £10,000 - if you think you have what it takes! Myself and Liz Taylor organised a hugely successful (even if I do say so myself) ‘Boys Allowed’ event at the Tracey Bell clinic. The clinic was packed,
and guests were served fabulous cocktails from Bem Brasil, wine from Shawbury Vinters, and delicious Moroccan canapés from amazing new café bazaar, Kasbah. The world’s smallest portable nightclub ‘Rumours’ provided sounds. Special thanks to Jack from Voodou who beautified Liz and I. The launch of new 5 star club ‘PlayGround’ at the Hilton gave a taste of what to expect when it opens this month. Its Vegas-style luxury will rival the world’s top clubs, proving the huge lure of our fabulous city. I’m sure people will flock here to see what PlayGround has to offer. Fish! Networking is always well-attended and this month’s event - held at Indian Restaurant Mayur – was no exception. Guests had their taste buds tantalised with wonderful offerings from Arif and his team. Sadly, this is my last column for His & Hers Magazine; I’ve really enjoyed updating you about the city’s best events, and I look forward to seeing you at one soon. Happy networking! www.genienereese.com
2.PREPARATION Allocate enough time for a relaxing bath, and careful grooming session, along with choosing an outfit and booking a cab.
I strongly suggest that you RSVP to everything immediately – and remember to give your host prior warning if you later find that you can’t attend.
TOP TEN TIPS
10. A SMILE AND A THANK YOU
Remember that a smile is the most important accessory you have. With a smile, a kiss, a firm handshake or touch on the arm, you’ll never be forgotten, and your next party invite will already be in the post as you’re taking off your make-up.
I SIMPLY LOVE ANY EXCUSE FOR A PARTY, AND I EMBRACE THE CHANCE TO PUT DOWN THE DAILY CHORES AND PICK UP THE LIPSTICK AND PAINT MY LIPS – AND THE TOWN - RED.
9. THE EXIT
If an invitation specifies an end time - don’t linger! You don’t want to overstay your welcome.
Don’t be afraid to ask the venues you’re planning to attend for VIP tickets or access to VIP areas/service. It’s in the organisers’ interests to ensure you have the best possible evening.
Wine flows freely at most events but avoid drinking too much. You may have great conversation and style, but if you end up on the floor, this is all everyone will remember. You don’t bag Prince(ss) Charming/the next invite/a sensational business deal from the kerb. Moderation is all the excess you need!
Important to get right, but not a hard code to crack. Planning and preparation is again key. Ask the host what dress code is expected, and remember that it’s always better to dress up rather than down.
Simple but valuable words to remember: BE ON TIME!
5.MAKE GUESTS WELCOME
If it’s your event, ensure that those invited attend (or know that they are welcome). Always find the time to say hello and chat. You should never be shy - I never allow myself to be - and it’s helped me in networking and in finding the right friends/man.
Difficult as this is, avoid gossip. Also steer away from ‘heavy’ subjects such as marriage, religion and politics. Parties are about positivity, and being friendly.
Tracey owns the celebs’ favourite beauty clinic: www.traceybell.co.uk and regularly hosts and attends Liverpool’s hottest events.
funny man Jake Mills on the highs and lows of the holiday season Often described as ‘the comedian’s comedian’, at just 23, Jake Mills has already been chosen as a finalist in the prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award. His one-man stand-up show ‘Quaking in their Ugg Boots’ has won him a loyal comedy following and this Liverpool lad is being hailed in the national press as ‘the one to watch’ on the comedy circuit. This month, Jake talks frankly (and funnily) about the pressures to get into the festive spirit. hristmas! That time of year when we all come together to spend and eat far too much whilst making empty resolutions to join the gym next year. But it’s ok, it’s Christmas, it’s allowed. The Beach Boys once said, “Christmas comes this time each year”. A bit of a silly thing to point out, you might say, but no, it’s not. It isn’t just a lyric to a catchy Christmas song, it’s a lot more than that. It’s actually a public reminder to the country’s population who seem to completely forget that Christmas even exists, until they hear those
warnings on TV: “Holidays are coming, holidays are coming....”. It’s here! “Christmas?! Now? But it’s only December! I need more time. What date is it this year? What? The same as every year? Where are the reminders?! Do you even feel Christmassy? I just don’t feel Christmassy. I tell you what, next year, I’m doing all my Christmas shopping in October.” And so the panic sets in. The rush of last minute shopping, the worry of having enough food or drink, the fear of entertaining sufficiently. But it’s all worth it in the end. When you’re sat in your living room, the Christmas tree beautifully decorated (on one side, obviously. No one will see the back, so why bother?), wearing your new pyjamas (or ‘Christmas clothes’, if you’re a Scouse girl), in front of the fire and waiting for Santa to arrive. Inevitably thinking the same as the rest of us: “I hope he kept the receipts”.
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GENTS’ GROOMING With the last of the summer sun but a distant memory … turn to the bottle and fake it this winter - your skin will thank you for it!
BRAZILIAN DARK TAN - £150ML - £40 With a handy pump for ease of application, this product is a mousse formula that is great for both hairy and not-so-hairy skin. I would advise applying this directly after your moisturiser to ease blending. It takes a little longer to dry than some products, but results in a rich tan that lasts a lot longer than its competitors. Opt for the lighter version if your skin tone does not suit such a dark shade.
UNISEX BRONZING GEL 148ML - £25 WWW. FAKEBAKE.CO.UK As a brand that is synonymous with Liverpool, I had high hopes for this product and it didn’t disappoint. This is a perfect formula for us men who don’t like to wait – it provides instant tanning gratification and, unlike most gel formulas, it contains lightweight and fast-drying ingredients. And, if you like combating your free radicals, this super application even comes with its own natural antioxidants!
XEN-TAN TRANSFOROM LUXE 236ML - £24.99 WWW.THEHOUSEBEAUTY SPA.CO.UK As one of the most natural tan builders, Xen-tan develops very gradually with no orange in sight. Suitable for even the fairest skinned individuals, expect olive tones with vanilla scents. It is reassuring to see a hygienically sealed tube on a fake tan; and, with only a thin layer required, this bottle will see you through to spring.
EXTREMELEY NATURAL SELF TAN 200ML - £21 WWW.SIENNA-X.CO.UK As the official supplier to this year’s Brit Awards and BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, Sienna-X has become quite the darling of the media world. The cream is easy to apply, with instant colour building gradually throughout the day. Containing a blend of Butcher’s Broom to aid circulation, one application improves skin tone and helps to balance the skin’s oils.
Men’s grooming focus
Murdock London Comes to Liverpool
tylish gents are always looking for the new luxury grooming brand that differentiates itself from the mainstream, and we think we’ve found that in Murdock. Classic with a contemporary twist, Murdock London is a luxury barbers and grooming brand, with four stores in London. They’ve been looking after many of the finest dapper men and celebrities, from Jefferson Hack to Rory McElroy; Jennifer Aniston was even spotted in their Liberty store last month stocking up for new man Justin! The collection is now available in stores outside London, with the grooming collection being stocked exclusively in selected John Lewis stores including Liverpool and Cheadle. Murdock’s grooming products include six colognes, six candles, and a shaving collection; everything a man needs. The Cologne Collection is particularly fine; encapsulating the great British tradition of luxury grooming. Fragrances are modern, with a pleasing whiff of history about them. Bestsellers include Black Tea, a unisex Indian-inspired scent, and Avalon, a citrus-based scent young gents adore. The colognes are made from 100% natural oils (all ingredients are specially sourced from the highest quality plants - no artificial ingredients in these fine scents!).
Murdock’s Shaving Range includes a pre-shave oil, shave balm and shaving oil, rich in moisturizing agents to stop any itching or razor rash; and they come in useful travel sizes for the gent on the move. So, if you want something different to give your loved one this Christmas (or treat yourself), get down to John Lewis. Here’s hoping Murdock’s open a Liverpool store soon! Murdock’s Collection of grooming products and colognes are available at John Lewis in Liverpool ONE and online at www.murdocklondon.com and www.johnlewis.com
STREET SMART Style Editor, Luke Trevaskis, has braved the weather yet again this month to hunt out Liverpool’s best-dressed. WORDS AND PICTURES: LUKE TREVASKIS
Model As an aspirational stylist, Adam’s second name is ‘customise’. He has teamed his River Island jacket with a limited edition T-shirt, whilst tailoring his Pulp trousers with his own unique slash-style cut. With a pendant from H. Samuel and boots from Matalan, Adam finishes his look with a hairstyle befitting his punk image.
TED, 16 Student A little shyer than James, Ted (Retail Assistant, Jack Wills) paired his Jack Wills jumper, shirt and jeans with shoes from River Island. His apparel, coupled with his natural reserve and festive look, made for a winning combination of geek-chic – let’s hope Santa gets him some black-rimmed glasses for Christmas!
Abercrombie & Fitch Model Standing at 6’5”, it was Warren’s height that first caught our eye. On closer inspection, it was clear his casual look was well suited to this laidback fashion cruiser. His distinctive haircut is by Splash, with his jacket and jumper from All Saints. Warren sticks to a textbook Topmanjeans-and-Conversetrainers combination to complete his look.
Student Laden with bags when I grabbed him in Liverpool ONE, Khamis had been doing some serious spending – and, well … I couldn’t resist a nose! With his Armani jeans and Hollister sweater, he paired his Polo gilet with practical Diesel deck shoes. It was quite clear Khamis had dressed for designer comfort that day.
MATT, 19 Student Looking every inch the student, Matt wears a casual shirt and sweatshirt by Jules, jeans from our new Jack Wills store in the Metqaurter and shoes from Ted Baker. Matt loves our city and thinks it is a great place to study … and so long as you keep up the style stakes Matt, Liverpool loves you too!
Jack Wills Manager Having lost daylight, I ventured into the Metquarter in the hope that somebody might be vaguely stylish … it turns out I should have just gone there first! James was wearing a jumper and jeans from Jack Wills and New Balance 420 trainers – the new store looked great and James looked very at home.
IT ONLY TAKES A SIMPLE GILET TO HAVE YOU RUNNING IN BOTH THE STYLE AND SENSIBLE STAKES. PRIMARILY A BODYWARMER, YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH THIS GREEN TWEED AND LEATHER STAPLE – ESPECIALLY IN THIS WEATHER! £215, WWW.MY-WARDROBE.COM
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I think this has to be one of my favourite Christmas shopping outfits … there is a lot to be said for understated and practical.
BY CHOOSING A SLIGHTLY DARKER PAIR OF JEANS, THIS LOOK IS INSTANTLY LIFTED. ALWAYS LOOK FOR ROLL-UPS, LIKE THESE INDIGO COATED JEANS, IF YOU PREFER A MORE RELAXED STYLE. £36, TOPMAN.
WORDS LUKE TREVASKIS
I NEVER FEEL LET DOWN BY BARBOUR – THEY PROVIDE SOPHISTICATED COUNTRY STAPLES WITH A WARM SCOTTISH FEEL. THIS LARGE TARTAN AND BROWN SCARF IS ONLY £49.95, JOHN LEWIS.
A GOOD PAIR OF SMART HIGH-TOP TRAINERS, OR THESE ALARIC LOW-TOP LEATHER SNEAKERS BY FOLK, WILL KEEP YOUR FEET CUSHIONED FOR HOURS. £155, WWW. MRPORTER.COM
TO STAY WARM THIS WINTER, OPT FOR CASUAL WEAR SUCH AS THIS STRIPED COTTON RUGBY SHIRT – WEAR IT UNDERNEATH A STATEMENT PIECE AND HEY PRESTO. £160, WWW.MRPORTER.COM
BLACK NAVAJO FINGERLES S GLOVES £10 - RIVER ISLAND
NAVY HAT & SCARF SET
- £20 - RIVER ISLAND
RIVIERAS NAVY SHOES £45 -WWW.MRPORTER.C OM
LUKE’S LO OKS
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MY DESIGN PASSIONS As one of the UK’s coolest jewellery retailers, it’s no surprise that Benna Harry has her finger firmly on the design pulse. Benna is owner of www.benna.co.uk and has just launched an exclusive studio in Liverpool’s Rodney Street, which is open by appointment: call 0845 872 0899 or email email@example.com.
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