MILLI ON AIR
The shape of things to come
Lock Down Love Contents 2020
Ruby Hammer INTRODUCES Empowering Women in the Beauty Industry
My Personal Luxuries Marcella Martinelli
INTERVIEW WITH Alberto Nardi by Juliet Herd
JEWELLERY FILES Beautiful Jewellery - 5 TALENTED DESIGNERS Woman of Substance - CAROLINA BUCCI Luxury Watches - PATEK PHILIPPE Modern Day Icon - BVLGARI Bee My Love - CHAUMET Rose des Vents Collection - DIOR Red Carpet Collection - CHOPARD Luxury Watches - BREGUET
ON THE COVER Natasha Luwedde
Jean Queen - DONNA IDA Solferino - SAINT LAURENT Natasha - THE COVER STORY The Magical World of - COCO FENNELL Current Mood - WALES BONNER The Timeless Beauty of - MARIA GRACHVOGEL All about - DIOR The Fashion Revolution - MAYAMIKO
Lock Down Love Contents 2020
LOCK DOWN FILES
A Lock Down Love Story Claire Mischevani - GLAM MASKS Apu Jan - LOOKING AT THE NEW NORMAL
Juliet Herd - LONDON CALLING The Ultimate Staycation - COWORTH PARK Chris Sullivan - UNDERGROUND LONDON
BEAUTY FILES So good in Bed - NIGHT TIME BEAUTY PRODUCTS Bridget Hancock - MASTERING MENOPAUSE Beauty Offer - NEWA Ciona Johnson-King - SUMMER NEONS & PASTELS Vicky Grammatikopoulou - VIE HAIR
ART & DESIGN FILES Constructed Femininity - CLAIRE LUXTON Theo Woodham-Smith PRESENTS ADRIANA ZAEFFERER Plastic Habitat - JACKIE INGLEFIELD Pure charisma with an extraordinary voice. NICOLE EMMANUELLE
LAST WORD Peter Wilcock - #POSITIVITY Exclusive with Dr Sherif Wakil by Laurie Stone MilliOnAir Property The Little Black Book
STYLE FILES Alison Lowe MBE - STYLE UNCOVERED Trausti Thor Sverrisson - THE GENTLEMAN TRAVELER Chris Sullivan - STYLE COUNSEL Felicities PR - FOOTWEAR TO WATCH Deborah Latouche #LOVEDBYLATOUCHE
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Editors Note Guest Editor this month is our resident Beauty Editor Ruby Hammer MBE We invited Ruby into this edition to share her favourite black founded beauty brands. To say we are totally in love with these empowering women is an understatement, and we have been lucky enough to try a few of their beauty products.... we can't wait to try them all!
@millionair_mag Antonia Burrell
ollowing on from the devastating events that have been taking place in America regarding racism, injustice and discrimination, many people have had their eyes opened and taken time to listen, learn and educate themselves on what black communities are facing. We must take time to actively celebrate and elevate their communities by acknowledging their cultures and businesses. I have and will always push inclusivity as a brand ambassador, creator and makeup artist. I am proud of MilliOnAir for providing an inclusive attitude, now and historically, whether through the models featured, freelancers hired or brands featured. In this issue of MilliOnAir I have highlighted several of my favourite black founded beauty brands - whether you make a purchase, follow and share or choose to make an investment in a black founded company it is all support. We need to keep up momentum making this a movement not a moment! Ruby Hammer MBE @rubyhammer
Lauren Naipier UOMA SKIN ALCHEMISTS founder Theresa Edward was born and raised on the Caribbean island of St Lucia. She comes from a family of renowned herbalists and grew up seeing her Aunt Mano â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an alchemist and the most established herbalist on the island - blending botanicals from her garden, creating remedies, tinctures and harnessing the medicinal power of plants to help local people overcome all sorts of ailments and skin conditions.
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MilliOnAir | BEAUTY NEWS
Ruby Hammer MBE Beauty Editor
nclusivity has always been at the heart of my career from makeup artistry to brand consultancy and launching my own brand. I was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa, to Bangladeshi parents before moving to South London in the early seventies. I have had many incidences in my life where having a minority skin tone has been flung in my face, but I have also used it as an asset driving me to make changeâ&#x20AC;Ś My identity does not force me to be inclusive â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I choose to be inclusive! I choose to listen and educate others.
Beauty is personal and universal, a reflection of our values and our cultures. The notion that one person can define what is beautiful in modern society is outdated, the global reach of social media allows for unique and representative imagery to be seen by all. Over the last month the atrocities highlighted in the media have made me pause and reflect on the industry and for this edition of Millionair I want to honour black founded beauty brands. We all need to see representation, have discussions on inclusivity and what it means to each of us and ensure that everybody can see themselves within the media.
SKIN ALCHEMIST www.skinalchemists.com
Plant powered skincare that works hand made in London, inspired by St. Lucia
Founded by Theresa, born and raised on the Caribbean island of St Lucia to a family of herbalists. After migrating to London, she found her skin suffering due to the negative effects of a fast-paced city life, a trip back to St Lucia led to her creating Skin Alchemist a collection of skincare with fresh organic plant ingredients and natural minerals
The Chocolate Cove nourishing Body Exfoliate is divine, containing Himalayan pink salt to soothe dry skin and the scent is made up of spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamon bringing aromatherapy benefits.
ANTONIA BURRELL www.antoniaburrell.com
''We have a strong passion for clean, chemical-free, quality, luxurious 100% natural products and treatments, that simply work and help to improve the quality of your skin, your life and your personal well-being.''
Antonia is a BABTC accredited practitioner, as associate lecturer in the Chemistry of Aromatherapy at the London College of Fashion and an incredible facialist. With globally sourced ingredients of the highest quality Antonia Burrellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s products lift your senses and leave skin radiant. Antoniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new And Breathe Air Cleansing Room Spray has 14 intelligently blended therapeutic plant oils and extracts which help to cleanse the air and smell amazing.
Her wealth of natural plant and aromatherapy knowledge, coupled with her extensive experience as a therapist, has made her one of the most sought after and renowned skincare experts in the UK today; her "Natural Face Lift Facial"
LAUREN NAPIER www.laurennapier.com
It began with a desire to have clean skin. "I am a minimalist, a makeup artist, skincare enthusiast and world traveler. I couldn't find what I was looking for in a makeup remover - so I created it" says Lauren. Lauren is a self-declared minimalist, makeup artist, skincare enthusiast and world traveller with a natural approach. As an artist I tend to steer clear from wipes but I have used Lauren’s Cleanse wipes for several years now, they are individually wrapped for hygiene and perfect for travel, containing aloe, chamomilla and cucumber extracts they hydrate and smooth as well as remove makeup in one step.
"When I started, it was the height of MTV and monochromatic makeup. Today, it's the contour craze. It's great, but it's not realistic and frankly speaking, most women haven't got the time." say the Lauren Napier Beauty founder. "In a culture obsessed with perfection, I see beauty in informal moments. We all want to feel comfortable and confident with what lies beneath. “There is beauty in taking it off.”
''We have a strong passion for clean, chemical-free, quality, luxurious 100% natural products and treatments, that simply work and help to improve the quality of your skin, your life and your personal well-being.'' Produced in small batches, handmade and hand blended Eléngé is ethically sourced and fair trade. The founder Carine started out by making products for her family before expanding into the business she runs today. For glowing super soft skin Eléngé Facial & Body Coffee Scrub rubbed over your skin will remove dead skin cells, brighten and tighten all in one.
''Do what you can with what you have until you're able to do what you want. Just start! You will learn along the way. Find someone in your industry and ask them to mentor you or give you advice. Everything you need is on the internet; don’t rush start slowly and build organically.''
“Makeup is there for you to have fun with. It should never feel like pressure. It should never feel like a uniform. Feel free to take chances, and take risks, and dare to do something new or different.”
Whilst other makeup brands dabbled in diversity Fenty owned inclusivity from its conception. Rihanna provided representation for everyone with an extensive range of base products coming in 50 shades with imagery that depicted everyone inclusively. Black, white, big, small, disabled, young and old were all depicted and celebrated. A year post launch it was quoted as creating ‘the Fenty effect’ the chain reaction of brands launching more inclusive shade ranges to try and emulate Rhianna’s success.
PAT McGRATH www.patmcgrath.com
The queen of American fashion, Vogue’s Anna Wintour, proclaimed her “the most influential makeup artist in the world.” Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II made her a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to the fashion and beauty industry. It’s undeniable: Pat McGrath is the most influential and sought-after makeup artist in the world. Pat McGrath MBE is one of the most sought-after makeup artists in the world and for the last two decades has worked not only on runway shows but on concepting, launching and developing luxury cosmetic brands, breakthrough advertising campaigns and editorial spreads. A true creator and innovator the launch of Pat McGrath Labs sold out in minutes with thousands left on waiting lists.
When I was a child, the world of makeup was so different. There wasn't the wide range of shades available for darker skin tones like there is now. Pat McGrath
DANESSA MYRICKS www.danessamyricksbeauty.com
Every formula is designed to be multifunctional in it’s use and work on a broad range of skin tones. It’s a playground of customizable colors and texture designed for both professional makeup artists and everyday consumers. Danessa Myricks Beauty gives both artists and consumers the ability to easily customize and freely create while exploring an inclusive world of beauty without boundaries.
Danessa’s vision was to create a brand with limitless possibilities for women from all walks of life. As a selftaught makeup artist with minimal resources she was creative with the products that she had access to, blending and mixing colours and textures to make things work. Every formulation is designed to be multifunctional in its use and work on a broad range of skin tones. The Dew Wet Balm in the range can be used to diffuse textures or to create a glass like effect on the skin – perfect for editorial or a day on the beach.
UOMA BEAUTY www.uomabeauty.com
As the creative director of UOMA Beauty, Sharon has taken a very hands-on approach to create a makeup range that is forward thinking, radical and uncompromising. She draws inspiration from her Afro heritage and infuses it with fierce modernity to create a truly fresh aesthetic.
We celebrate life in all its colour and vibrancy. Uoma which means beautiful has been designed by Sharon Chuter to make sure every person feels inspired and included, empowering all those who have ever felt left out. Nigerian born, London and LA based Sharon is a rebel with a cause and a mission to drive inclusivity.
The collection is made of products that are ground breaking in innovation, esthetically pleasing with instant payoff, skin loving, delivers maximum pleasure to all the senses and most of all suitable for all skin tones.
My commitment to you as a reader is that I will continue to feature brands that are inclusive - Everybody should be able to walk into a High Street shop and buy a product, knowing it has been created to make them look and feel beautiful no matter the tone of their skin or the texture of their hair. Ruby Hammer MBE
MilliOnAir | LUXURIES
luxuries Marcella Martinelli co-owner and luxury editor of MiliOnAir Magazine shares her ultimate indulgences.
Chopard Happy Heart collection The core values of Chopard—the House with a big heart—have always been generosity and caring for others. A perfect combination of Chopard’s talisman heart and emblematic moving diamonds, the Happy Hearts collection unites all the world’s big-hearted women.
L'Heure Du Diamant Heart
Happy Sport Launched in 1993, the happy sport model is the first watch to combine diamonds with a stainless steel case. It remains until today one of the most iconic models and most desirable in the industry.
Alexandra Llewellyn exquisite Zodiac Backgammon boards star constellations are crafted in Mother of Pearl and silver wire, inlaid meticulously by hand, they complement the playing pieces designed to mirror the sun and moon travelling around the stars in orbit.
The sun playing pieces, made from Cabochon Carnelian, a glassy, translucent stone known for its brilliant orange and red-orange crystals perfectly compliment the cast solid Silver of the moon playing pieces, designed to reflect the surface of the moon as they shimmer around the board.
Asprey Objet D'Art Aspreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crystal collections are true marvels of design and innovation, with unique pieces made to last for generations. Aspreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leather goods are recognised for their unique style, unsurpassed quality and innovative design. Each piece is created using the finest materials, expertly applied traditional techniques married with a strong heritage of craft and specialist knowledge of exotic materials.
Fattoria La Vialla A fresh, new natural and organic product from Tuscany. OliPhenolia is extracted by filtering and concentrating the aqueous part of olives with the use of ceramic membrane technology and reverse osmosis, without chemical solvents or heat, purely by mechanical filtration. This method was invented by Dr. Massimo Pizzichini and his team and preserves the delicate polyphenols molecules which makes this a wonderful natural beauty product.
luxuries Virgil James These cross body bags by Virgil James are effortlessly casual with a unique creative edge. Functional and made of the highest quality Italian leather they are independent of seasons trend which makes them the ultimate form of sustainability.
Natasha Dahlberg Jade vine earrings with emerald and gold beads. Jade is associated with purity and harmony, it is believed to bring the wearer good luck and protection
MilliOnAir | COVER MODEL
On The Cover Natasha Luwedde at Select Models Management ''First of all, I am super grateful to all the heroes on the front line that worked to keep the country functioning during lockdown. My mum is a nurse, so I happen to have a first hand experience of the sacrifices that they had to make. My lockdown experience was an emotional rollercoaster. The uncertainty about absolutely everything, especially at the start caused me fear and anxiety. However, I started to look at the multitude of things that I had to be grateful for. The saying that your health, is your wealth has never been more true. I learned to accept what I had no control over, and focused on what to do with the abundance of free time that availed itself. I volunteered as a responder for the NHS. The number of responders on my street alone was humbling. It was emotionally uplifting to see all acts of kindness and the creativity birthed by lockdown. On Black Lives Matter. The George Floyd incident that ignited the BLM movement was truly horrific. It was humbling seeing people of all races, religions, ages come together for social justice. Once again, humanity shone through. The most important lesson of all is that we are all humans at the end of the day. A lot more unites us, than divides us. ''
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MilliOnAir | LUXURY INTERVIEW
MERCHANT OF VENICE JEWELLER ALBERTO NARDI ON THE DOLCE VITA DAYS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF HERITAGE
By Contributing Editor Juliet Herd
Whenever gemologistAlberto Nardi is asked if his exquisite pieces are made in Italy,he takes great pleasure in replying that not only are they crafted in the country of his birth, but“much more than that,they are made inVenice”,where goldsmith production dates back to the 11th century. Founded in 1926,Nardi is one ofVenice’s most celebrated independent jewellery brands,occupying five arches of the same corner of historic St Mark’s Square where Giulio Nardi, Alberto’s grandfather, first opened his store. During the Dolce Vita years of the 1960s, Nardi became a mecca for the international jet set, attracting such A-list clients as Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Ernest Hemingway and Marilyn Monroe. More recently, the likes of Elton John, Dita Von Teese and Domenico Dolce have found themselves bewitched by the brand’s distinctive Venetian aesthetic. It was Giulio’s love for Venetian exoticism that led him to reinterpret one of the most emblematic of Venetian jewels, the ‘Moretto’, made famous by Shakespeare’s Moor of Venice, Othello.These brooches, with their elaborate jewelled turbans and costumes in gold, rubies, sapphires and emeralds, soon adorned the lapels of European and Hollywood royalty, including Paola, Queen of Belgium,ElizabethTaylor and Ingrid Bergman,and propelled the jeweller to international fame. Today, Nardi jewellery is still made in the workshop adjacent to the boutique under the artistic direction ofAlberto,whose designs continue to be inspired by the spirit ofVenice – the architecture, motifs, mosaics, art and culture.And like the city’s ancient merchants before him, he travels the globe, sourcing jewels and visiting clients. Here, shortly after reopening his store in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, he explains why his family’s timeless fine jewellery is as relevant and sought after as ever.
How does it feel to be finally open again for business? “I must say, I was just like a child on his first day at school. I was so happy and excited to see my work place again; it was deeply liberating.”
What were some of the biggest challenges you faced during lockdown? “It is self-evident that the day-to-day job and most of the ongoing projects were severely hit by what happened, still, as I often say, creativity cannot be put in quarantine. I kept planning our future, both from a creative stand point and the communication side. Having a friendship with many of our customers, I could share with them our concerns, hopes and strategies.”
Ms Taylor taking a taxi unless it was a limousine. I was excited when I found both the ring and the earrings as a set in a catalogue of jewels auctioned by Christie’s after her death; additional confirmation they were not lost. There was also a Moretto brooch that was especially designed by my grandfather for Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.”
Moretti brooches are part of the cultural and artistic history of Venice. What do they mean to you? “The Moretti have characterised us since the beginning but, of course, our production includes many more collections and pieces. What is the reason for their success? They are indisputably beautiful and full of charm but, also, they are absolutely different from everything you see nowadays. Their timelessness makes them perfect for people who do not follow the ‘fashion of the day’. They need customers with a strong personality.”
Can you describe Venice without tourists and the atmosphere there now that the city is up and running again? You made the brooch depicting a Moorish Venetian prince worn by Princess Michael of “If I compare what Venice was like last summer to what Kent that caused a stir a few years ago. How do it is today, it seems from a different geological era. I was lucky enough to stroll alone in Piazza San Marco on a you respond to the criticism? sunny spring morning [during lockdown]. The atmosphere was unreal but beauty was everywhere, almost as if, without people, the historical buildings had expanded dramatically. Having said that, I believe that now is the right time to visit Venice for conscious tourists, who love beauty. Never in the history of this city has there been the privilege to walk through it in such perfect harmony with the surroundings.”
Elizabeth Taylor was one of Nardi’s most famous clients. Do you have any stories you can share? “The tradition of creating custom-made objects for our customers, such as Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly, has always been a distinctive feature of our shop. The American writer and producer Dominick Dunne once described how he visited Nardi’s while in Cortina shooting [the 1973 film, starring Elizabeth Taylor] Ash Wednesday to buy a gift for Ms Taylor who, in those years, was at her career peak. The gift was a ring set with ‘Angel Skin’ coral and diamonds, which the actress liked a lot. At the film premiere, noting she was not wearing it, Mr Dunne asked her about it. She said she lost it in a taxi in Rome. He said he never believed it since he never saw
“I am happy to confirm once more that the Venetian Moretto testifies to the multiculturalism of Venice, open to the world as a broad-minded city. The ‘Venetian exoticism’ is present all over the city and reaches its sublimation with the Moretto, which represents a Moor prince, as a matter of fact. Venice represents the gateway to the East for Europe. After Marco Polo’s exploits and ever since the first centuries of the Republic’s history, artists have reproduced models, works and mosaics characterised by an exotic style that remains unique and inimitable.”
Paola di Liegi wearing a Nardi Moretto Brooch
Nardi Store What does the theme of Venetian exoticism mean Who is the Nardi client? to you today?
“Our customer base is global and cosmopolitan. Our “I believe that Venetian exoticism – the dream of faraway customers do not settle for standardised luxury; they search for originality, diversity and something that is places and the merging of different cultures - is a theme neither ordinary nor predictable.” that is perpetually fascinating. The profiles of its buildings and the tiles of its mosaics are still sources of inspiration and reflection for me.”
How important is your personal relationship with clients?
Belgium, Ernest Hemingway, Arthur Rubinstein, Ingrid Bergman, Barbara Hutton, Joe di Maggio, Elton John, Dita Von Teese, Valentino Garavani, Gianni Versace and “The direct relationship with my customers is an essential Domenico Dolce. With pleasure and even pride, I admit part of my work, in addition to being a pleasure. Trying to that sometimes I find myself going through the pages of fulfil their wishes, listening to them and doing all I can to our guest books and stopping at some signatures which transform their purchase into an important moment, well, still move me.” that’s my job. With a hint of irony, I could say that their task is much easier: just to purchase a Nardi jewel.”
Apart from Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly, which other celebrities have been fans over the years? “For privacy reasons, I prefer not to say too much about present customers, but talking about the past, we’ve had many relevant figures enter our doors: Queen Paola of
Grace Kelly wearing a Nardi Moretto Brooch
Three generations of the Nardi family have been custodians of the St Mark’s Square boutique – what does that history represent to you? “The word ‘tradition’ comes from the Latin verb ‘trahere’, which indicates the act of bringing something into the future. [Gustav] Mahler used to say, ‘Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire’. Well, for me our tradition does not mean to focus on the past, but to try to bring this past into the future. Ever since I was a kid and used to visit my grandfather in the shop after school, I dreamt of my future in the ‘Gioielleria Nardi’. It was not always easy but, in the long run, I am proud of the path I’ve taken. My brother Saverio has always been next to me as a business partner.”
What are the most important lessons you learnt from your grandfather Giulio and father Sergio? “My grandfather was a man of incredible charisma and was always accompanied by success. From the time when he was a young soldier and first discovered Venice, where he met the woman who was to become his wife, he always faced life with pride and intelligence. My father was a more complicated man. Over time I was able to discover qualities both of his personality and working skills and abilities which, as a rebel teenager, I was not able to focus on. Both my father and grandfather had a remarkable artistic sensibility and taught me the love for this work and absolute respect for our customers.”
Nardi is synonymous with glamour. Is that quality more important than ever today? “I believe there is a return of interest towards companies with a history which is not artificially fabricated and a type of luxury which reflects true craftsmanship. To have a piece of jewellery or a pair of cufflinks tailor-made for me is real glamour.”
How difficult is it to maintain your independence as a brand?
distinguish themselves through their originality and coherence.”
Can you tell us about your ethical and sustainable practices? “The foundation of the Goldsmith Association in Venice dates back to the 11th century and I can say with pride that my ethical commitment is to keep this precious and ancient tradition alive in the city with my workshop and local production. When I’m asked if our jewels are made in Italy, I answer with a twinkle in my eye that not only are they made in Italy, but much more than that, they are made in Venice.”
How did your pret-a-porter Mia Nardi collection come about? “I was fascinated by the idea of making jewels which were beautiful and joyful but also accessible. That’s how Mia Nardi was born. For me it is not a collection for young people but for women who are independent and, more and more, want to gratify themselves with the purchase of a jewel. The main theme is flowers: earrings and rings as primroses, water lilies, tulips, roses…small caskets which create an ideal secret garden.”
Like the ancient merchants of Venice, you still travel the globe sourcing precious stones and visiting clients. Can you tell us about those trips? “The trips have a dual aim: the sourcing of the precious stones directly from the country of origin and meeting customers. I’ve always been fascinated by stories of the old Venetian merchants - just like Marco Polo - who used to travel the Silk Road to purchase the most beautiful precious stones. To carry on that tradition seems to me no small heritage.”
How far and wide do you travel?
“I have been to Colombia to purchase emeralds; Sri Lanka and Myanmar for sapphires and rubies and, of course, Belgium for diamonds. For a long time, I regularly visited “Being a jeweller in a city such as Venice means being the United States to meet customers. Wherever I go, I try squeezed between two big commercial types of business: on the one side we have the cheap souvenir shops aimed at and bring with me the essence that made Venice unique. mass tourism and, on the other, we have the international In a way, I like to imagine myself as an ambassador of the Venice of beauty, of which I hope to be a worthy keeper.” brands which, here as elsewhere, occupy the most exclusive streets. To maintain a position in this context is very complex and not easy but, once again, I believe it www.nardi-venetzia.com will be our history that gives us a future. Also, I believe that, outside Venice, there is a niche for brands which
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Jewellery Designers that inspire, empower and deserve our support
Edited by Marcella Martinelli
MilliOnAir | 5 TALENTED JEWELERY DESIGNERS
mi Woods jewellery are contemporary heirlooms that celebrate all of their connections to Africa and her diaspora. The jewellery is individually and ethically handmade with fair-trade African gold and globally sourced conflict-free fine metals.
The solid gold jewellery is now made with fair-trade African gold. which is sourced from small-scale artisanal mines that support the well-being of miners and their communities by paying miners a fair wage and contributing to improved health care, education, safety and living conditions on the continent.
Omi means 'water' in the Yoruba language. Together with Woods it pays tribute to founder Ashley Alexis McFarlane's Jamaican-Ashanti-Maroon heritage; the word Jamaica derives from the indigenous Taino word 'Xaymaca', meaning 'land of wood and water'.
MilliOnAir | 5 TALENTED JEWELERY DESIGNERS
Almasika Fine Jewellery
orn in Paris and raised in a Beninese home, Catherine Sarr’s tryst with fine jewelry was a result of her frequent family trips to Benin as a youngster. These early memories prompted Sarr to start her own jewellery line, Almasika Fine Jewellery, which blends symbols of Africa’s cultural heritage with contemporary designs, creating ornaments of universal appeal. The concept was sparked by an image of Royal Sandals adorned with the most beautiful cowrie shells which is an ancestral symbol of prosperity, fertility and spirituality. The collection launched in Paris in 2014 at Colette and as they said the rest is history. All pieces are handmade from 18th- carat gold with conflict-free natural diamonds.
“Each outing there [to Benin] came with the reward of a dazzling show of jewellery adorning my mother, aunts and cousins, and trips to the market, where, for hours at a time, I would watch craftspeople transforming traditional materials into magnificent necklaces, earrings and bracelets,” Sarr remembers.
The name Almasika was derived from two words: ‘Almasi’ meaning diamonds in Swahili, and ‘Sika’ meaning gold in several West African languages, and quite fittingly, one can see a notable fusion of gold and diamonds in the line.
MilliOnAir | 5 TALENTED JEWELERY DESIGNERS
lison Morris started her career in the corporate world and as a solicitor, it was all conferences and courts, then she moved on and toured with several bands working as a stylist and driving the tour bus. After a couple of false starts, she finally found her calling designing and creating luxe jewellery. Here is the result, cool and edgy, Elegant rebellion' is what inspired her.
Veiled Rebel is fine fashion jewellery for those who know their own mind. Venom, our new capsule jewellery collection, is perfect for adding edge to your individually cool style. It is inspired by the sweet spot where sleek silver beauty meets bold metal hardware.
MilliOnAir | 5 TALENTED JEWELERY DESIGNERS
auren Harwell Godfrey is the founder and designer of Harwell Godfrey, a bold line of fine jewelry based in San Francisco, California. With aesthetic roots in ancient textiles and ethnic patterns, the collection is handcrafted in 18k gold with precious gemstones, powerful inlay and vivid enamel. Designed with healing energy in mind, each gemstone is thoughtfully selected to enhance the wearer’s experience. From literal references to the Four Elements to figurative references to block printing and weaving in cultures from long ago, the collection brings a sense of history to modern day precious heirlooms. No detail is left unfinished: most pieces even feature delicate engravings on the backs, reinforcing the intentions of the design with beautifully-rendered motifs.
"MAJOR" MOON 18k Yellow Gold Crescent Moon Medallion with inlay and gemstone details, measures 2” tall.
"MAJOR" MOON IN MOTHER OF PEARL WITH RAINBOW STONE AND PEARL STRAND 18k Gold, Diamond, Mother of Pearl Crescent Moon with bail that opens. Measures 2” tall. Rainbow Stone Bead and Baroque Pearl Strand with Solid 18k Gold Hexagon. Measures 32” in length.
Harwell Godfrey Black Onyx Heart pendant is made from black onyx, diamonds and gold.
All profits from each Black Onyx Heart will be donated to an organization that is actively fighting for justice for black lives, NAACP. The pendant, envisioned as a healing talisman, has a black onyx heart at its core. As Godfrey sketched the design, she realized that her signature triangle motif placed over the heart in repetition created what looks like a broken heart that has been put back together. The choice of black onyx was twofold: its colour not only represents the black lives it honours, but it is also said to be a stone of grounding and strength. Made to order with delivery in 6 - 8 weeks.
www.harwellgodfrey.com Learn more about NAACP at https://www.naacp.org/
MilliOnAir | 5 TALENTED JEWELERY DESIGNERS
isa Allsopp is a unique designer, originally from Barbados, she is inspired by ancient Egyptians,Etruscans and Roman pieces. Her love of colour and gold adds the finishing touches to the gemstones. Disa creates rings, earrings and necklaces with special techniques such as forging and reticulation. Rough and rare cut gemstones make Disa's work contemporary and current while maintaining a timeless charm, all individually handmade in her London workshop.
Paraiba Tourmaline 18k Gold Ring â&#x20AC;&#x201C; What could be more reminiscent of Caribbean seas than this stunning Paraiba tourmaline? It is even cut and faceted in to the shape of a water droplet! Add then the hammered texture 18k gold and you are walking barefoot on the warm sands of Barbados, listening to the waves and watching as the fishing boats come in.
Disa exhibits internationally with stockists throughout the UK, United States, Japan and France. She exhibits at selected retail and trade shows as well as welcoming private clients by appointment to her London Studio. Ethical Awareness: A large percentage of the metal used by Disa Allsopp is recycled and she can provide Certified Diamonds on request.
MilliOnAir | WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE
Woman of Substance Carolina Bucci By Marcella Martinelli
With her confident timeless style Carolina Bucci is the modern cutting-edge Jewellery designer who combines Florentine woven creations with wearability, sustainability and relaxed glamour.
What inspires the beauty, modernity and wearability of your jewellery? I design pieces that I love to wear - it all starts with a selfish desire. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t design things I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want myself. On top of that I love the idea of mixing and matching collections so that all of our pieces, however unrelated, should be able to work together.
#MyForteBeads The FORTE Beads Maker has four exclusive colour Lurex cords to choose from with beautifully crafted Florentine Finish end caps in 18k Gold: Storm, Gunmetal, Sun & Moon
Which is your most cherished piece? In terms of design, it has to be my lucky bracelets which kickstarted my brand after they appeared on Sarah Jessica Parker in SATC. In terms of individual pieces, it is probably one of the least valuable, but most sentimental a simple ring in the shape of a butterfly that my husband bought in a downtown NY gift shop and used to propose with.
PINCHED 5CM WOVEN BRACELET Our artisans have modernised a centuries old Florentine loom to weave 18k Gold chains and silk threads, which has enabled us to create incredible, subtle variations in density and rigidity, and in colour and shine of pieces.
You were born into a family of Italian jewellers, what other profession might have attracted you, had you not pursued your family trade? I have always loved painting pottery - in fact, I studied it a little bit in both Italy and NY - and at one stage I dreamt of opening a small store with a kiln in the back where I would sell my painted designs.
You have collaborated with many charities, is there one in particular close to your heart? We have just been working with Citymeals in NYC - they deliver food and company to elderly homebound in NY. The lockdown months have given us all a firsthand experience of what it is to be cut off from the rest of the world and so, right now, that cause feels particularly important to me.
After the lockdown, what do you think is the best way to reconnect with your clients? Offer them a genuine, unique experience - to become immersed in our world. We have 1950s Italian art, and 1960s Italian furniture. We have our own store scent. Our playlist. There is nothing like walking into a happy store and feeling like you are special and looked after. That is the level of service that we aim for and I don’t believe the convenience of online shopping can be compared. The difficulty in my view,is not reconnecting with clients, but being able to bring some of our physical store magic to our online experience. TUTTO PER TE RING
Tell us about the collaboration with Audemars Piguet, how did it happen? I had been wearing an old 1980s gold Royal Oak in press shoots, and at some point a mutual friend introduced me to Francois Bennahmias the AP CEO. He wanted to know why I was wearing a decades-old men’s watch and not one of their new women’s pieces. Flippantly, I told him they didn’t excite me enough, and he asked me point blank “do you think you can do better?”. My answer was yes, obviously, and 2 years later we released the first Frosted Gold Royal Oak.
In this ever changing world, what motivates you? Making things that people want. There is so much work and time that goes into new pieces. Design. Manufacture. Packaging. Marketing… that sometimes by the time things launch I become a little “over” them. But then, when they start selling, and especially when things are selling faster than we can make them, that is such a great feeling and reminds me what it is all about. Equally it is very important to me that I am the latest Bucci to carry our family business forward. That idea of legacy filters into everything that we do with the business… in terms of how we treat employees, how we think about sustainability, and our commitment to charitable causes. So, to answer your question more generally, I guess the idea that I leave the family business in good shape for future generations is my overriding motivation.
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What is your most treasured memory? Any lazy day without a phone at our house in the countryside in upstate NY. Spending time with my family, and properly switching off. Those are the best moments.
Do you have a favourite city? New York is hard to beat. I moved there when I was 18 and stayed for 10 years. One day, when my children are older and doing their own thing, I would love to live there again.
What is your motto?
If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get.
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Edited by Marcella Martinelli
o celebrate the completion of its new production building in Geneva, Patek Philippe created an exclusive Calatrava in stainless steel with a unique design that will cause the hearts of collectors to skip a beat. The commemorative 6007A-001 Calatrava comes in a limited edition of 1000 watches with a diameter of 40 mm and a sapphire-crystal caseback specially marked with a Calatrava cross and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Manufacture 2019â&#x20AC;? inscription. 2019 is the year when the first work groups moved into the new production building. The exclusive styling of the watch stands as a lasting symbol for this new chapter in the history of Patek Philippe.
Moving into this new building and uniting all the production facilities under one roof marked the beginning of a new era for the company. Soon after, yet more space was needed and a case and bracelet workshop was opened in nearby Perly, Geneva in 2003. This was followed in 2010 by a new facility in Plan-les-Ouates for the production of components used in the Manufacture's movements.
The Ref. 6007A-001 Calatrava instantly stands out with its case and broad cambered bezel in polished steel, a very rare material in Patek Philippe’s collections. The design of the dial reflects an inimitable and dynamic face. Be it the railway track scale of the hour circle with triangular markers, the baton hands for the hours and minutes that recall the Ref. 6006 Calatrava, the integration of the self-winding caliber 324 S C movement with an aperture date at 3 o’clock or the applied Arabic numerals: all these elements contribute to a vibrant and exciting dial architecture.
The expressly graphic style emphasizes the technical personality of the dial. At the same time, the gray-blue hue is a signature element accompanied by the subtle circular satin finish that contrasts visibly against the white dial imprints as well as the applied numerals and the white-lacquered hands in white gold with luminescent coating. In its center, the dial features a “carbon”-style texture that plays with light and can be interpreted as an enigmatic footnote referring to the world of high-tech. Another special feature: The calfskin strap with white decorative seams, the prong buckle, and a delicately embossed pattern reminiscent of textile fabrics are coordinated in terms of color and structure to match the dial center.
The commemorative watch Featuring a sapphire-crystal caseback specially marked with a Calatrava cross and the “New Manufacture 2019” inscription. www.patek.com
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Sewn with golden thread and set off with a diamond, the three letters of the Oui collection radiate their joyful message; an original slant on the lovers' vow.
"Yes... A word whispered in your ear, a muffled cry that lies upon your neck... The Oui collection reveals a selfish pleasure, a precious gift or a commitment to life." Victoire de Castellane
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Bvlgari High Jewellery THE BAROCKO HIGH JEWELLERY COLLECTION Capturing the iconoclast spirit and rock attitude of an era, Bvlgari introduces the Barocko High Jewellery collection, a bold, colourful and precious thread woven between the Maison, the city of Rome and the Baroque style. Edited by Marcella Martinelli Sapphire Lace Necklace A highly complex piece with a smooth appearance. The wondrous Sapphire Lace necklace is the result of the artisanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to flawlessly balance the volume and exceptional weight of the central sapphire with the sinuous diamond texture. A blend of elegance and pleasant wearability, achieved through nearly 800 hours of manufacturing.
CHIAROSCURO High jewellery necklace in white gold with rubellite, tourmaline, amethyst, citrine, yellow quartz, aquamarine, tanzanite and diamonds.
HYPNOTIC Pearls high jewellery collection white gold and onyx elements Akoya cultured pearls, 58 round diamonds and pave set diamonds earrings: white gold and onyx element 2 Akoya cultured pearls and diamonds
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A MODERN-DAY ICON
cto encircles with simple sophistication Italian creativity and Swiss mastery in the art of watchmaking. In the 15th and 16th century, Italian artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci excelled in creating both innovative and timelessly beautiful masterpieces. Driven by the same genius, Octo combines a unique octagonal design â&#x20AC;&#x201C; inspired by the 310 AD Roman Massentius Basilica - with exceptional mechanisms. With the Octo Finissimo range, Bulgari launched a calibre, developed and manufactured in-house, that is among the best in this category.
Octo Finissimo Automatic SatinPolished Steel 100m, the new definition of the 21st century contemporary luxury sports watch.
In its constant quest for perfection, Octo Finissimo encircles the highest manufacturing art with an incomparable sense of aesthetics. Octo Finissimo watch with mechanical manufacture movement, manual winding, small seconds (2.23mm thick), backside power reserve indication, BVL 128 - extra-thin Finissimo caliber, decorated with cĂ´tes de GenĂ¨ve, chamfering and perlage finishing. 62 hour power reserve. 40mm extra-thin platinum case (5.00mm thick), transparent case back, crown set with ceramic, black polished lacquered dial, raised indexes, integrated alligator strap and platinum ardillon buckle.
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Hortensia Eden watch A walk in a sensual, fresh and feminine garden. A bracelet before a watch: suppleness and femininity of a braided polish mesh rose gold bracelet. A natural stones is hand-crafted to create the dial: each piece is different and unique.
CHAUMET Bee my love
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Vibrant colours, graphic honeycombs, the warm glow of gold for summer, the Chaumet gardens are brimming with life and loveliness. The Maison showcases it's radiant flora and fauna with the Bee My Love, Laurier, Pierres de RĂŞve, Attrape-Moi and Broche Ĺ&#x2019;illet collections. Intended for everyday wear and to be mixed and matched to illuminate any look, these light and fresh creations herald the return of sunny days. Jardins In Chaumet's Jardins, the hydrangea flowers blossom and dye themselves of the colours of the dawn or the Milky Way, the golden bees forage not far from their diamond alveolus beehives.
Exquises ring Exquises cocktail ring in rose gold set with one oval-cut rhodolite garnet and brilliant-cut diamonds.
L’ÉPI DE BLÉ DE CHAUMET Since it was founded in 1780, Chaumet has continually reinterpreted the wheat motif, a symbol that Empress Joséphine was especially fond of and that she wore in her tiaras in particular. Created in 2015 and reinvented in summer 2019, L’Épi de Blé de Chaumet collection is now adorned with white gold for the first time, with High Jewellery Surprises and Offrandes rings, set with coloured gemstones and exquisite sapphires, while a necklace and a new brooch complete this bundle of golden cereal.
Les Pierres de RĂŞve de Chaumet watch A watch paying tribute to the millennia-old tradition of "Stones of Dreams", hidden treasures of nature 12 stones carefully chosen for their singular beauty and evocative power, portraying landscapes representations Each dial is unique, born in nature and revealed by Chaumet in a jewellery watch
Les Pierres de RĂŞve de Chaumet watch A watch paying tribute to the millennia-old tradition of "Stones of Dreams", hidden treasures of nature 12 stones carefully chosen for their singular beauty and evocative power, portraying landscapes representations Each dial is unique, born in nature and revealed by Chaumet in a jewellery watch
Abeille brooch Abeille brooch in white gold set with one diamond weighing and brilliant-cut diamonds.
Ĺ&#x2019;illet brooch Ĺ&#x2019;illet brooch in white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds.
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Cara wears the new Rose des Vents collection Edited by Marcella Martinelli
Dior Joaillerie unveils a new campaign embodied by Cara Delevingne, the magnetic English actress and model, who elegantly and boldly shows off the creations designed by Victoire de Castellane. The iconic Rose des Vents collection is enriched with a cuff and majestic bib necklace, in which mother-of-pearl and malachite highlight Monsieur Dior’s cherished star, one of the emblematic codes of the House. Adorned with emeralds, rubies or diamonds, the Mimirose line is paired with poetic Rose Céleste jewellery whose precious lucky charms feature mother-of-pearl moons and golden suns, in tribute to the couturier’s passion for the divinatory arts.
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Red Carpet Collection 2020 Edited by Marcella Martinelli
This year, Caroline Scheufele, Co-President & Artistic Director of Chopard and initiator of its Journey to Sustainable Luxury, has decided to celebrate the environment, along with its flora and fauna, by choosing 'Nature' as the main theme of the collection.
Chopard Owl Timepiece
Chopard Orchids Earrings
Chopard Diamond Ring Chopard Ginkgo Earrings
Chopard White Teddy Bears Ring
Caroline Scheufele, Chopard co-president and artistic director, creates the theme of each year’s Red Carpet Collection and designs the jewels.
Chopard Seal Ring
Exclusively revealing the first creations stemming from the brilliant talent deployed in its workshops the collection includes an “Owl” jewellery watch featuring two dials surrounded by multicoloured sapphires forming the eyes of the nocturnal creature; a pair of “Orchids” earrings featuring incredibly naturallooking sapphire petals and tsavorite buds; “Gingko” earrings and ring composed of pear-shaped emeralds, tsavorites and yellow sapphires in shades evoking the foliage of this majestic tree; as well as a series of “Polar bear” and “Seal” diamond rings.
Chopard Spinel Ring
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Breguet By Marcella Martinelli
The depths of the Mediterranean harbor a natural treasure: Posidonia oceanica – an aquatic plant essential to the sea’s balance. Breguet depicts the plant’s arabesques on the Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia through the art of mother-of-pearl marquetry and invisible setting.
To join the diamond and Tahitian mother-of-pearl variety, Breguet proposes three other versions with white mother-of-pearl marquetry: sapphire-set blue, ruby-set red and emerald-set green. From the dominant hue of each version â&#x20AC;&#x201C; red, green, or blue â&#x20AC;&#x201C;, Breguet composes the curves of the Poseidonia in different colors.
THE MILLIONAIR FASHION FILES DONNA IDA SAINT LAURENT THE COVER STORY - NATASHA COCO FENNELL CURRENT MOOD - WALES BONNER DIOR MARIA GRACHVOGEL MAYAMIKO
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JEAN QUEEN DONNA IDA ON REVOLUTIONISING THE POP-UP SHOP AND FEELING HAPPIER THAN EVER By Juliet Herd
Donna Ida, the indisputable ‘Jean
Queen’ of London, is her usual effervescent self, talking excitedly about her business plans, househunting with husband Robert (affectionately known as Bobby Dazzler), and her quarantine baking exploits – she makes a mean banana cake. Yet, her mindset, she admits, has changed. The nation’s prolonged lockdown has caused her – along with countless others - to recalibrate the frenetic lifestyle she maintained, dashing from place to place, hosting pop-ups selling her popular denim-based womenswear brand. “I’ve really loved having this time at home,” says Australian-born Donna, who shares her colourful Berkshire abode with Bobby and their three precious Chihuahuas, Julio, Eduardo and Fernando. “I’ve achieved so much and sales are the same but I’m not running around like a mad person any more. The number of pop-ups I was doing – from Dublin and Edinburgh to York and Truro - was exhausting and not sustainable.” Instead, she’s been forging ever closer ties with her loyal customers through the powerful platform of Instagram ‘Lives’, hosting sessions daily to talk about everything from facial massage tools to jean sizing. “Diet and beauty are the two areas that attract the most engagement,” she says. Once she realised just how enjoyable and bonding the experience was, she started inviting celebrity friends like Lisa Snowdon to take part and now shares her slot with a roster of health, beauty, fashion and fitness experts, and intends to carry on.
“What I love most is speaking to customers and creating product,” she says. “People have been saying, ‘You’re so friendly and nice’. They’d never heard my voice before!”
For Donna, Instagram has been a game changer. “It’s such a great community,” she enthuses. “I truly believe in putting my energy into the direct-to-consumer model, growing your own audience and doing everything to look after the customer. That way, you’re really getting to the person who you want to feel amazing and happy [wearing your product]. I’m much better off growing my own community and working on myself to be the best person to market my brand. I don’t pay influencers to wear my clothes - they either like them or they don’t – it’s not fair to the customer. I have to be my own influencer.” It was her desire to connect more directly that saw Donna take the bold decision to close her two London stores in 2017 after more than a decade in retail, and sever her links with wholesalers the following year. By that time, she’d well and truly established her eponymous brand, launched in 2012, as well as her reputation as a denim expert, renowned for her knowledge of shapes, cuts and washes and beautifully designed collections. She’d also acquired an impressive celebrity following, with the likes of Davina McCall, Lisa Snowdon, Anna Friel and Donna Air, wearing her signature ultra-flattering high-waisted jeans, boiler suits and jumpsuits. “When we looked at our business, we wanted to drive our own brand and not be a retailer anymore,” she explains. “I couldn’t ever see the point in being a third-party retailer; there was not enough margin in it. You have to be selling an enormous volume to make that work. Even when I started in 2006, it didn’t make sense to me but I did it to establish ourselves as denim experts. What we sold online was jeans; we were good at it and didn’t actually need the stores.”
“Overnight, we closed the stores, removing a huge amount of overheads and were able to operate a very nimble, easyto-run and profitable business,” she continues. “Why deal with 20 wholesalers when we could be talking directly to the end user, the customer? The fashion industry has got a lot to answer for: making everything look so glam and fab with all the fashion shows but no one is making any money. People are only talking about it now, because the entire world is affected. When we had the massive financial crisis , you were seen as a bit of a pariah, a failure, if you didn’t survive as a business, even if through no fault of your own. Whereas with this [the coronavirus pandemic], everybody is in it together, which enables people to be open about it and not feel shame.” Donna’s somewhat prophetic decision to streamline her business has certainly put her ahead of the curve. The enforced global shut-down has given her the time to fine tune her designs and production and, on a personal level, to slow down. “We were all busy fools, one way or another; all doing something just because we felt we had to. It’s given people time to rest,” reflects this pocket rocket Aussie, who moved to the UK from Sydney in 1999 to pursue a marketing career but switched to fashion when she couldn’t find any jeans that fitted properly. “I am the happiest I have been in 15 years; I can say that without a shadow of a doubt. I don’t have any of that Monday morning anxiety anymore; of feeling sick and not sleeping the night before. I felt overwhelmed, fearful and anxious most of the time. It was building for years but I got used to feeling sick with all the things I had to worry about and do; making sure we got the deliveries - even when we didn’t have the stores – and hosting all the events and popups. Bobby says I’m much more relaxed and happier and we’ve been able to spend more time together.”
Being confined to home for the past few months has given her the time to refine the pop-up model. Rather than resume dashing from one venue to another, she plans to roll out a Tupperware party-style system, whereby she trains Donna Ida ambassadors around the country to host events in their own homes in exchange for a commission and hefty discount on product.
While Donna’s daily routine still sounds alarmingly productive by most standards, she insists that lockdown has allowed her to ease up. Instead of jumping out of bed at 5am, she now rises at the rather more leisurely hour of 6.30am and is at her desk by 9. She makes a point of doing her hair and make-up and planning her wardrobe each day. “I really think about what I’m going to wear,” she says. “In the past, I’d chuck on the same thing three days in a row because I was so busy. Now, it gives me joy to get dressed. I wear Donna Ida jumpsuits and dungarees most of the time, and dresses with a nice slide or sandal, when it’s sunny.” Like many of us, she’s also been channelling her energy into baking, whipping up cakes for Bobby and his 86year-old mother, who lives nearby, but admits she rarely gets to enjoy the fruits of her culinary endeavours. “I follow quite a strict eating plan called Metabolic Balance: eggs for breakfast, chicken for lunch and beef for dinner with five hours between meals, plus an apple a day and two litres of water,” says Donna, who confesses to a sugar obsession. “I went on it to keep my weight in check but it makes your mind very clear. If you keep eating food, your body gets tired. If you leave a longer period of time [between meals], you start burning fat.” Fortunately, resident chef Bobby is unfailingly supportive, occasionally able to tempt Donna to cheat. “He made lobster thermidor with a big green salad and chips for our wedding anniversary,” she smiles. Being confined to home for the past few months has given her the time to refine the pop-up model. Rather than resume dashing from one venue to another, she plans to roll out a Tupperware party-style system, whereby she trains Donna Ida ambassadors around the country to host events in their own homes in exchange for a commission and hefty discount on product. “I can phone in on the day or they can send me videos,” she says. “We can have Donna Ida pop-ups in kitchens all over the country!” As a designer who has always based her business on monthly deliveries rather than seasons, Donna wholeheartedly agrees with the current move towards a more seasonless approach with fewer collections. “The fashion calendar is ridiculous and I don’t understand why it wasn’t done before,” says this eternal pragmatist. “When I got into business in 2006, nobody could tell me what the cruise collection was. It harked back to 40 years ago when department stores needed something fresh, but with the internet, it’s now irrelevant and unsustainable to pump endless product into the market.” She has a close relationship with the factory in Tunisia that produces most of her denim, and each pair of jeans comes with an Environmental Impact Measuring (EIM) score, rating them low, medium or high. “Pale blue
denim needs loads of washing so that’s high impact, whereas white and black jeans are made with fabrics containing Tencel and have a low impact score,” explains Donna. “Mostly, the rating is low but it gives that visibility to the customer and allows them to choose.” She’s in regular touch with the factory, communicating via WhatsApp and visiting in person once a year. She was particularly grateful recently when the ladies on the sewing line helped out by modelling the designs as there was no time to send them to the UK for approval. “They also made denim masks for us as a surprise, embroidered with ‘Stay Safe Donna’,” she grins, clearly chuffed by the gesture. “They are a really nice team. They have to like you because you want them to do a good job.” As part of her new, more balanced approach, Donna is already looking forward to her first post-lockdown holiday – to Mykonos with a group of gal pals to stay at her friend American jewellery designer Diane Kordas’s idyllic house. She and Bobby are also planning a move further into the countryside. “I’ve always wanted to do that and now we don’t need to be so close to London anymore,” she reasons. “I’ve got everything I have ever wanted without the stress or distractions.”
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SAINT LAURENT SOLFERINO Edited by Marcella Martinelli
For Fall 2020, Saint Laurent presents the Solferino satchel. The new bag is proposed in a rigid version in exceptional Saint Laurent box leather – it comes in two sizes – or in a supple version in a medium sized suede; with a timeless choice of materials and colors. The Solferino is short porte and also has a mechanical closure in the shape of the jewel-like logo – its attributes make of the Solferino the new Saint Laurent must have bag.
BEIGE SUEDE SOLFERINO BAG BLACK SUEDE SOLFERINO BAG RED LEATHER SOLFERINO BAG CREAM LEATHER SOLFERINO BAG
Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello Website. www.ysl.com Social Media Credits: @ysl @anthonyvaccarello #ysl #SaintLaurent
MilliOnAir | THE COVER STORY
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind
TEAM Photographer: John Rowley www.johnrowley.com Fashion & Jewellery Marcella Martinelli Make up and hair Lisa Valencia at Carol Hayes Management using The Light Salon Boost LED Mask & Hydrogel Face Mask Hair styled using BOUCLĂ&#x2C6;ME Model Natasha luwedde at Select Model management
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN ruffle trapeze dress in pencil drawn art nouveau Amethyst Leather Skull Pouch Antique Gold Double Layer Earrings Black Leather Peak Boots with Gold Hardware www. alexandermcqueen.com
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN ruffle trapeze dress in pencil drawn art nouveau Amethyst Leather Skull Pouch Antique Gold Double Layer Earrings www.alexandermcqueen.com
ALBERTA FERRETTI Multi-coloured Silk Chiffon Dress www.albertaferretti.com VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Vintage Alhambra yellow gold Guilloche earrings www.vancleefarpels.com
ALBERTA FERRETTI Multi-coloured Silk Chiffon Dress www.albertaferretti.com GINA Mary jane shoe,HILLARY in powder lilac & Mint satin www.gina.com
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN draped silver and gold silk moirĂŠ jacquard dress with cut out back Antique Silver Sculptural Hoops www.alexandermcqueen.com
RALPH & RUSSO Pink and nude tulle tiered gown, featuring all-over textured butterfly embroidery www.ralphandrusso.com VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Frivole diamond earrings www. vancleefarpels.com
ZAZABOOM! Bombshell Jacket & Swim Shorts in "The Crown Jewels" print www.zazaboom.co.uk GINA elegant evening boot Prudence in camel satin www.gina.com
DIOR Red wool and silk shaunting dress www.dior.com Chopard red earrings www.chopard.com GINA COUTURE red python red court shoes made to order www.gina.com
ZAZABOOM! Bombshell Jacket in "The Crown Jewels" print www.zazaboom.co.uk
Ralph & Russo Guipure Lace Dress www.ralphandrusso.com Van Cleef & Arpels diamond drop earrings www. vancleefarpels.com
Temperley London Tulip Print Shirt Dress www.temperleylondon.com Gina Couture embossed patent leather Lucrezia stilettos made to order www.gina.com
Ralph & Russo Guipure Lace Dress www.ralphandrusso.com
Donna Ida Cassandra Flared jumpsuit www.donnaida.com
DIOR Nylon cotton in "Tie & Dye shapes" jacquard pea coat, jacquard shorts and Jersey socks www.dior.com
ZazaBoom! Wrap Dress in The Martini Extra Olives Print and Gatsby Girls Swimsuit print www.zazaboom.co.uk
ZAZABOOM! Wrap Dress in The Martini Extra Olives Print and Gatsby Girls Swimsuit print www.zazaboom.co.uk
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The Magical world of Coco Fennell MilliOnAir magazine
Coco started her brand in 2011 and wanted to make clothes that were fun, affordable and above all else very flattering on different body types.
Her dresses have been worn by celebrities such as Rihanna, RIta Ora, Paloma Faith, Kylie Minogue, Elizabeth Hurley and Fearne Cotton. Have a look through her fabulous collection www.cocofennell.com
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By Fashion Contributor Clare Lazaro
he fashion industry's current state of flux has undoubtedly accelerated the sea changes that were already happening in the traditional fashion calendar before the world pressed pause. Fewer live shows, live streaming, digital fashion weeks, more diversity and the merging of womenswear and menswear all indicate a brave new style agenda.
Chiuri on the Dior 2020. Resort collection. High praise indeed for a designer just off the starting blocks. This stratospheric success story is testament to Wales Bonner's relevance and understanding of the current climate, forging trends for all. Her androgynous designs aren't overtly masculine or feminine, they are relaxed and effortlessly chic, slouchy yet tailored. They are cool modern clothes steeped in cultural history, that we all want to wear and can borrow from our other half. www.walesbonner.com
One designer who seems to have a steer on this seismic shift is Grace Wales Bonner with her eponymous label Wales Bonner. Of British-Jamaican descent, the South Londoner drew on her heritage and cultural research as inspiration for her menswear brand, first launched in 2014 after graduating from Central St Martin's. She was promptly crowned Emerging Menswear Designer at the British Fashion Awards.
Grace Wales Bonner
Her softly tailored styles proved supremely popular with men and women alike, so the label's expansion into womenswear seemed almost inevitable, tailoring elements of menswear to the female form. Both collections remain unisex in essence, appealing to the growing appetite to shun gender stereotypes. Her career trajectory show no signs of decelerating. Among a myriad of Art Projects and accolades, the designer went on to win the LVMH Young Designer Prize in 2019 and was subsequently invited to collaborate with Maria Grazia
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The Timeless Beauty of Maria Grachvogel Edited by Marcella Martinelli
MilliOnAir | LUXURY FASHION
Designing empowering clothes has become Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifelong passion and from an early age she realised that designing garments that flattered her body made her feel better than aspiring to look like models in magazines. "When a garment is cut well you stand taller and better and have more confidence" says Maria.
Effortless, authentic, sexy and strong are all words used to describe her collections. Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature dresses, modern jumpsuits, draped tops and her notable Magic Trousers come from a place of internal inspiration, reflecting her state of mind and the mood of the moment. Maria encourages longevity by adopting a slower, more sustainable and thoughtful approach. She champions timeless, precious, meaningful design and encourages the world to buy less, and buy better through a timeless, seasonless approach to dressing.
“Fashion has an extraordinary power,” says Maria. “We tend to think in terms of trends and looks, but fashion’s power is far beyond both of these things. Its greatest strength is its ability to transform; our mood, our body image, and our confidence.” Today, following a successful catwalk career, and time as a retailer on Sloane Street, Maria has returned to her roots at her atelier in Mayfair, the brand’s centre of innovation and creativity.
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For this Spring-Summer 2020 ready-to-wear collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri was inspired by photographs of Catherine Dior—Christian Dior's sister—in which she appears amid her flowers, in the garden that was her passion. Driven by this conviction and by the love of gardens, this new Dior collection evokes—through motifs and embroideries, brilliance and texture of raffia—lush imaginary vegetation. The designs are presented in the style of herbaria: precious inventories that preserve the memory of botanical species. By Marcella Martinelli
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MAYAMIKO Mayamiko is a CO 10 Leadership Award Winner, and committed to Social Enterprise, Fair Trade, Empowering Women, the Environment and Zero-Waste. The brand is on a mission to champion a more responsible approach to shopping. Each of the printed and organic cotton garments has its own encrypted QR code, so the garment can be tracked to the maker. Mayamko is one of the first brand using this technology for transparency, rather than just internal inventory tracking purposes. Encouraging consumers to scan the QR code and ask, in support of the Fashion Revolution initiative, #whomademyclothes
Each garment is crafted in the brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zero waste solar powered workshop in Malawi and most of the textiles are locally sourced from a cooperative of women traders. Mayamiko is on a journey to create a cleaner, fairer and more transparent fashion system that not only minimises the impact on the planet, but has a positive regenerative effect on natural resources and people. Mayamiko is working to introduce natural dyes into its collections, with a limited range of handwoven accessories dyed with food waste in Sri Lanka, including scarves, bags and artisanal jewellery, they are 100% committed to sustainability, and very proud of how it runs throughout the DNA of the brand and is the starting point of every process within it.
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Edited by Marcella Martinelli
is a luxury
British fashion brand established in 2001.
Formed from a love of all things beautiful, Claire has an absolute passion for creating the most stunning garments with an eye for precision fitting. The Designer is a favourite with the Royal family and other high end clients, around the World.
Having now launched a ready to wear collection and a range of masks, Claire says there has been some positivity to the whole lockdown situation. Sustainability is at the heart of all that they do, with most pieces being limited edition, using the most amazing range of fabrics. Everything is hand made in the UK, by the very talented Mischevani team.
''We have designed a range of face masks, in our beautiful couture fabrics, to try and make people feel a little more special, during these difficult times. We will be donating 10% of the profits to the NET (National Emergency Trust).''
MilliOnAir | LOCKDOWN LOVE
Looking At The New Normal With
ApuJan By Emerging Designers Editor ROSS POLLARD
hese are strange times for us all, and especially for the fashion industry, the whole garment trade has had to shift away from itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional event schedule and more than ever embrace the digital world. The landscape has changed more in 2020 than it had in the decade that preceded it, and with that designers have had to adapt. I caught up with Taiwanese designer Apu Jan to discuss the impacts of the pandemic and his collaborations with some significant international brands from outside of fashion on both his way of working and his business which operates in a diverse range of cities across the planet.
When I previously interviewed you, you said that you swap between the UK and Taiwan every couple of months, how has it felt to stay in one place for so long? With a global online business with some physical retail as well how has the pandemic affected you? Indeed, it has been a long stay in Taipei instead of London and has also cancelled my schedule in different cities. However, our Taipei studio has always been our head center for both development and manufacturing. Many of our textiles are designed here and have been created by various factories in Taiwan. Staying in Taiwan has made us put more emphasis on our development and manufacturing. Are you seeing a sustained move to online shopping? Before the pandemic, we had been continuously expanding online stores. We considered a shopping mode that can blend both online and offline customers to make a bigger profit. After experiencing the offline store, people might not make purchases offline but could make purchases online. By integrating the online shop we can have more contacts depending on customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; preferences. Due to the pandemic the fashion industry has become more digitalized. We are also looking for different paths and answers to counter changes swiftly, including the frequency of changing seasons, etc. However, the pandemic indeed influences both online and offline shopping and it is not in a positive way. You've shown consistently at fashion week for many years, have you started to think of alternatives for September? Fashion shows are one of our ways to deliver the brand messages and stories, we have also run through different ways to present our themes including video clips, live streaming & other virtual interactions. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about the specific mode of presentation, but the design, creation, modification to keep on delivering messages via clothes. In recent years you've created some really well-received collaborations in the food and drink industry, how have they come about? We have been enjoying having a collaboration with industries from different fields which gave us plenty of space to design and develop. We can also bring our story and elements to other brands. By working with different brands we have the chance to learn from their experiences, histories, and working modes. After having a few of crossover collaborations, we are also very honored to have received some invitations from international brands like McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and we are also very delighted to work with such a big company. What is the most important lesson you've earned during the pandemic? Apart from creation, we have only a little of understanding about this world and only a few things we can control. We have strong passion in our careers, but there are more severe things compared to fashion. We have to cherish what we have. How do you see the post-Covid industry developing? As I said, the pandemic has changed many tasks which probably many industries have been trying to develop but not at this fast a pace. The pandemic has accelerated developments which lead people to make decisions without any hesitation. We also have to think about the real needs of the brand, as a small-scale team, we might not need that many items in a collection, we might not manufacture that much and put it into stock, and might not expand offline stores that fast, etc. Since the world has kept on changing, we should be more focused to catch up the changes.
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Mastering Menopause in Seven Steps by Health & Wellness Editor Bridget Hancock
beautiful part of being a woman is our ability to procreate but whether we choose to or not, at the end of this stage of life our hormones take a dive and with it can come a host of symptoms. If the loss of hormones is the reason we experience up to 34 menopausal symptoms then why is it some experience fewer than others? According to research our severity of symptoms may depend on our liver health. A life time of toxic exposure, chemicals in perfumes, mercury fillings, pesticides & herbicides in food, scented candles, alcohol, tobacco, chargrilled foods and viral exposure can result in a sluggish liver, which will indicate how greatly we are affected. Over time these toxins build up and overburden the detoxification process of the liver. As a result we are compromised and it is typical to see women who suffer from constipation and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a daily bowel movement.
How can we minimise menopause symptoms and improve our health to feel Fitter at Fifty?
1. Lets start with supporting the Liver These particular herbal teas flush the liver and are easily included into the diet. This is how these three teas can be incorporated into a daily routine.
We can support our bone density by regular weight bearing exercise such as walking, jogging, climbing stairs or playing tennis and at the same time removing acidic foods such as meat, dairy, sugars, and processed foods that cause our body to draw minerals from our bones to maintain homeostasis in the body.
3. How to avoid sagging skin, hair loss, weight gain, painful sex, hot flushes, low libido, foggy memory and low energy.
Ginger When oestrogen declines, our body stores fat around the Soak1 inch of chopped ginger root overnight in 1 litre of boiling water and reheat in the morning drinking through middle which makes its own oestrogen predominantly one would think to protect our bones. The more fat you store, to mid morning. the more oestrogen it produces. However this weight gain comes with side effects such as heart risk and diabetes, not Mid morning to mention an increased risk of breast cancer. This is why I cup of Dandelion tea. Bio identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can be helpful.
Hibiscus Tea 2 cups or 500 ml. An hour after lunch not in one go. Cruciferous vegetables are key try to add one or more every day in to your diet. Rocket Kale Broccoli Cabbage Radish Watercress Milk thistle is an excellent supplement to support liver health and juicing with beetroot is also a great Liver cleanse.
Bio identical HRT are hormones that are identical to the ones we naturally produce, and therefore have the same affects. The hormones in standard HRT offered by the GP are compounds that differ to our hormones and some have different affects. In fact the oestrogen locks on to a different receptor (place where it becomes active) which is known to increase breast cancer. Oral oestrogen can further harm the liver, increases the risk of stroke and blood pressure so it is preferable to use it as a gel as in BHRT. Progestin is used in HRT and is not the same as the progesterone our body produces and has shown to increase breast cancer. In order to reduce the risks as well as the toxic load of different chemicals it is advisable to use bio identical progesterone.
Bio identical hormones can help reverse all menopausal symptoms and are safe to use, however liver support is recommended in order to feel healthy, vibrant and reverse ageing. Our bone growth is regulated by oestrogen. It is oestrogen It is important to select a reputable doctor to read your blood tests and adjust your hormone levels to get the right that signals the body to break down bone when bone growth is increasing. It maintains a balance so our bones balance. It is not a one size firs all approach. Dr Nyjon Eccles thenaturaldoctor.org specialises in Breast donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t outgrow our body. When we no longer have Thermography, Natural Menopause treatment, Bio oestrogen our bones can be continually broken down, identical Hormone Replacement and Ageing programs. hence we are at great risk of osteoporosis.
2. Protect our bones and avoid osteoarthritis.
''According to research our severity of symptoms may depend on our liver health. A life time of toxic exposure, chemicals in perfumes, mercury fillings, pesticides & herbicides in food, scented candles, alcohol, tobacco, chargrilled foods and viral exposure can result in a sluggish liver, which will indicate how greatly we are affected. Over time these toxins build up and overburden the detoxification process of the liver. As a result we are compromised and it is typical to see women who suffer from constipation and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a daily bowel movement.''
4. Sleep is key to detoxify and live 7. What can I take to help? a vital life. Phytoestrogens act as a weak form of oestrogen and are found in apples, carrots, celery, fennel parsley, and other legumes in small amounts, but the highest is found in Flaxseeds. Adding flaxseed to the diet daily to support oestrogen can be helpful to minimise some symptoms and is also packed with omega 3. ANATOME have a beautiful SLEEP+ RECOVER £35 blend of chamomile and lavender oils , clary sage, and Melissa to minimise menopausal symptoms and it comes with a card explaining the centering and grounding effects of the oil blend, a suggested night time ritual, a diagram of application points on the body and different methods to Mammograms are offered to over 50’s but they only use the oils. The MENOSUPPORT AND RENEWAL £32 detect cells when they are 1cm in diameter and this may supplement contains Folic Acid which studies have shown indicate. It also means that if there are other potential growths they aren’t seen or removed. Furthermore it is an can decrease depression, borage oil shown to reduce hot flushes, mood swings and breast tenderness, Bromelain to X-ray which is very damaging so best avoided. reduce joint pain and inflammation,`evening Primrose oil Dr Eccles thenaturaldoctor.org advocates and is rolling and soy isoflavones to reduce hot flushes, night sweats and out the use of Thermacheck, this is a heat detecting method which is advised from aged 30 upwards and shows anxiety as well as spirulina and Vitamins and Siberian ginseng. All available at www.anatome.co heated areas indicative of Cancer cells. This allows early detection of abnormal tissues, up to 6-10 years earlier than a mammogram Sleep can be improved by taking a vitamin and mineral analysis test to ensure the levels of vital components are correct. Over 70% of Western women are deficient in Magnesium for example which is supportive of sleep. Consult a nutritionist before self administering and wasting money with supplements that are not affective.
5. What about breast health?
The early detection of abnormal cells using Thermography enables patients who adopt a new diet full of liver supporting cruciferous vegetables with supplementation of Vitamin D, Zinc and Iodine to reverse their prognosis within 6 months.
6.Does diet make a difference? High animal fat and protein can worsen symptoms as its more work for the liver to clear. Caffeine, Tobacco and Alcohol are difficult for the Liver to detoxify as well as being diuretics they only worsen symptoms such as vaginal dryness. Alcohol is challenging for the liver to detoxify and wine and champagne both contribute to ageing due to highly calorific content which convert to sugars and accumulates as fat around the middle.
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ARE INJECTABLE HAIR GROWTH TREATMENTS THE FUTURE OF HAIR LOSS MANAGEMENT? By Vicky Grammatikopoulou
Hereditary hair loss has been a worry for mankind since the dawn of time. It is seen as such a widespread problem and can be psychologically distressing for many, and not just men. Women suffer with stress and loss of confidence due to hair loss, too. So far, hair transplants seemed to be the only solution, but recent advancements in autologous stem cell therapies have been providing one exciting answer…
s a medical cosmetic establishment, it stands to reason that in our clinics we are asked about hair loss a lot. While there is no guaranteed “cure” for baldness, like many clinics in the UK, we have been offering for years now Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) therapy, or, as it is often called, the “vampire” hair treatment. This involves using the patient’s own blood to process a precious healing and rejuvenating serum, which is then reinjected in the areas of concern. Two years ago, however, we introduced a real breakthrough in hair growth therapies - the VieStem Hair
with Regenera Activa. Developed in Spain and already very popular overseas, the Regenera Activa technique was welcomed with great excitement by patients and media in the UK. The prospect of slowing down and even reversing hereditary hair loss without surgery, has been music to the ears of many. This treatment is in effect a micro-grafting procedure that transfer the patient’s active progenitor cells from healthy hair follicles and tissue to points of thinning. So, how does Regenera Activa work and can it work for you? Naturally, we are asked that a lot, too! First of all, let’s understand a little bit more about hair loss itself.
The bald truth The most common type of hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia, better known as Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) and Female Pattern Baldness (FPB). For men, this hereditary condition is linked to the production of DHT and testosterone. It’s typically characterised by recession at the temples (“widow’s peak”) and thinning of the crown, before progressing into the classic “horse-shoe” pattern. For women, androgenetic alopecia is typically visible through a widening part on the scalp and an overall thinning of the hair. As well as genetics, it can also be triggered by hormonal changes or illness. One of the biggest issues with pattern baldness are the number of potions and treatments on the market – or in development – all promising a miracle cure. In reality, the only medications currently approved in the UK for combating the condition are the topical solution minoxidil, which increases blood flow to the scalp; and the oral drug finasteride (often known by the brand name Propecia®), which is traditionally used for treating enlarged prostates, but which was discovered to inhibit DHT in the scalp. Although some people have maintained hair with these medications, results vary between individuals and the medications need to be taken indefinitely. There is also a reported risk of side-effects. Surgical hair transplants are extremely popular these days and these offer life-changing results for many people. While invasive, the quality of these procedures has improved dramatically over the last 10 to 20 years and results are permanent. They are also the only way to restore hair to areas of advanced baldness. The drawback, however, is that transplants can’t account for future hair loss. If you have one surgery, you will likely want more surgeries further down the line. Because you are limited by the amount of donor hair at the back of your head, it means hair transplants can only achieve so much. That said, results can be amazing in the right hands. And on that note, I should stress that if you do wish to go the surgical
transplant route, please always research your clinic/ doctor first! Unfortunately, it’s still an industry where standards and commitment to ethics can vary.
Micro-transplants with Regenera Activa Autologous procedures utilise the body’s own reparative abilities to reverse concerns such as ageing and hair loss. Typically, a doctor harvests healthy cells from one area of the patient’s body and transfers them elsewhere. This reduces the risk of side-effects to virtually zero while also guaranteeing suitability for vegans and allergy sufferers. VieStem Hair with Regenera Activa is one such regenerative treatment. During short procedures that last no more than 30 minutes, the doctor takes a tiny tissue sample from the back of the patient’s scalp, where hair grows permanently. From this sample, the doctor uses a special centrifuge machine to extract thousands of stem cells from the healthy hair follicles. These stem cells are then replanted into thinning areas of the scalp, which can reactivate dying follicles and promote new growth. You can see many before/after photos on our website and social media pages, and you can make up your own mind about how well this works! Suffice to say, we have had many very satisfied clients. Hair growth is a slow, arduous process. Although the first results can sometimes be observed within four to six weeks, new hair growth generally appears between three to seven months. Such is the way with the human hair cycle, new hairs then mature and thicken in the ensuing months. This is much the same with surgical transplants – final results with surgical procedures aren’t observed until between 12 to 18 months. It’s a long process! However, the good news with stem cell micro-transplants with Regenera Activa, there are no large grafts removed from your scalp and no stitches. It’s a non-surgical procedure with zero downtime, and you can return to most normal activities right away.
VieStem Hair with Regenera Activa is one such regenerative treatment. During short procedures that last no more than 30 minutes, the doctor takes a tiny tissue sample from the back of the patient’s scalp, where hair grows permanently.
One of the first patients to have the VieStem Hair with Regenera Activa in our UK clinic by Dr Liakas in January 2018, is 29-year-old Joe Baker from Braintree in Essex. “My hair was my crowning glory,” he says. “Growing up, I was always complemented on my mane. It was my thing.” Joe has three brothers, aged 34 to 31, all of whom have lost their hair. “By the age of 29, their hair was all gone,” he says. Joe says, “I wanted to avoid their fate by any means possible,” but the odds were against him. “I first noticed my hair was thinning in my early twenties. I started to see my scalp through my hair”. Joe was already being treated by Dr Liakas with PRP, a treatment that involves injecting regenerating growth factors from a patient’s own blood into the scalp. This had enabled him to keep most of his hair, but it was still thinning. “I didn’t want a hair transplant as it was so expensive and painful and I definitely didn’t want a hair system. When the clinic suggested the stem cell treatment I looked into the science and the research behind it and it made sense to me. I had to trust the doctor as it was so new, but I liked that it was a one-off treatment and I could afford it.” “I was surprised by how quick the procedure was. I could feel the pressure of the injections, but they weren’t painful.” Three months after his treatment, he said, “Not only was my hair thicker, but I noticed my hairline was filling in again. I hadn’t even realised it was receding. It was only when I saw pictures that I realised how much hair I’d lost and how much new growth there was. I really wasn’t expecting this kind of result. Now my hair feels thick and grows faster than ever. I’ve thrown away all my thickening powders and serums,” he says. Joe says he feels he is winning the battle against baldness. “My brothers joke that I’ve stolen all their hair.” “I recommend this treatment to anyone. Because it’s a oneoff, and I don’t have to have constant treatments or apply lotions every day, I am able to forget about my hair and get on with my life.” “The first year after Regenera Activa, has been positive, full coverage, growth, and I did notice thickening too”, he says. “My hair now feels strong,” he adds, tugging at it. “It’s not going anywhere any time soon.”
Repeat procedures and strength in numbers Owing to the length of the hair cycle, we anticipate that the procedure should be repeated around every two years or longer, depending on a patient’s needs and response to the treatment. VieStem Hair with Regenera Activa is suitable for both men and women, and specifically for managing Male and Female Pattern Baldness. However, it should be noted that it is more effective for patients with mild to moderate hair loss, or who are in its earlier or middle stages. With all hair loss treatments, you should always manage expectations and be realistic. Procedures won’t return a full head of hair to instances of advanced hair loss, for example! And results still vary from patient to patient. At Vie Aesthetics, we combine the micrografting procedure with Carboxytherapy and LED Light Therapy. Both of these promote healthy hair growth by stimulating the scalp and increasing circulation. VieStem Hair with Regenera Activa can also be used as an additional treatment to surgical hair transplants. Indeed, some of our clients have previously had surgical transplants and come to us as a means to slowing/halting further hair loss and thickening existing hair. So, there you have it! If you are worried about hereditary hair loss, there’s no reason to think there’s nothing you can do about it. There are options out there and we believe that VieStem Hair with Regenera Activa is one of the most exciting developments in treating hair thinning and hair loss. Our results speak for themselves, and we now have clients flying in from all over the world for sessions, including from places as far-reaching as Canada, Israel and Brazil! If genetic hair loss is a concern of yours, why not book your consultation and find out if our Hair Management treatments can work for you, too.
Kind regards Vicky Grammatikopoulou CEO, Vie Aesthetics www.vie-aesthetics.com 01268 204577
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By Alison Lowe MBE
hilst there have been many negative elements of being in lockdown, including fear of catching the dreaded Covid19, losing our jobs, family and friends etc., there have also been many positives. For me these have included less commuting; more time to chat with friends and family even if it was online; time to cook meals instead of grabbing takeaway food; and chance to discover fantastic new brands and learn more about others. I made a promise to myself a couple of years ago to start to shop more consciously. This means that instead of rushing out to buy the latest trend piece from a huge fast fashion brand, I would consider whether I really needed the piece? Who it was made by? And would I still love this piece in a few years’ time rather than that impulse trend buy that I won’t care about in two months.
I have used the last few months to really look at brands, to see how transparent they are rather than hiding behind ‘greenwashing’ marketing techniques and it has inspired me to not only buy from but also support smaller brands. In this column I always introduce you to brands and people who work really hard, with great passion, to create more ethical businesses and I encourage you to also delve a bit deeper to see what is going on behind the scenes in the brands you buy from. This month I would like to introduce you to two new brands that you might not have discovered yet. Two very different businesses from different sides of the world, they both have really interesting brand stories as well as amazing products.
I met Keiko Nishiyama in London and immediately fell in love with the beautiful prints she creates for her eponymous contemporary womenswear brand. Proud of her origins and attached to her new home, Keiko has decided to give a double identity to her brand which is both Japanese and English. The label based in London and Tokyo is synonymous with curiosity, mystery and illusion.
Keiko finds inspiration in the concept of the historic ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’. Also known as ‘Wonder Rooms’, The Cabinet of Curiosities were considered to be the ancestors of the museum. They would display encyclopaedic collections, attempting to categorise and unveil stories about the wonders and oddities of the natural world. Keiko strives to recreate and improve the same idea, focusing on nature’s beautiful imperfections. Nature is the core focus of her work. Keiko hand draws all her designs bringing a hybrid curiosity to life for a new story to tell - a unique print for a unique garment. Her pieces are produced in Japan, working with small local, family run production companies and are crafted from Belgian, French and Italian fabrics. Her collections include wearable and statement dresses, blouses, skirts and separates, alongside some very cute accessories including printed tights and embroidery patches. Keiko Nishiyama began her design course in Tokyo before studying and graduating from London College of Fashion. She has presented her collections several times during the London and Paris Fashion Weeks and been featured in magazines around the world including Vogue UK's 'Ones to Watch’, and in i-D Magazine. Discover more about Keiko Nishiyama at www.keikonishiyama.jp
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Alan says his clients are women who have their own distinctive sense of style, a woman who lives in technicolour – or wants to. He believes that women can wear this jewellery every day in what he likes to call random acts of glamour. He says “Glamour doesn’t have an age limit or a price tag. It’s about the man or woman who is polished, elegant, beautifully dressed and confident. Having your own sense of style and showing that confidence is key. I have been inspired by my over the top aunts, who are English eccentrics always fabulously accessorized with gloves, jewels, hats and the perfect outfits to go with them.”
met the delightful Alan Anderson earlier in the year, at a London Fashion Week showcase of Canadian Designers at Canada House in London. His brand ‘Jewels by Alan Anderson’ is a couture fashion jewellery house, with his atelier based in Toronto, Canada. Alan creates the most stunning statement jewellery pieces which are all handcrafted one-of-a kind pieces. The pieces are created from vintage crystals, stones and findings sourced in Canada and the US, which are then turned into exquisite new creations. Alan has a very distinctive style, creating pieces that will be treasured for generations to come, each signed with his signature cartouche. His work is inspired by the glamorous sirens and opulent old world glamour of Hollywood’s golden era, Newport’s gilded age and turn-of-the-century European Royalty. He brought back statement pieces from the turn-of-the-century through the 1940’s – sautoirs, fur clips, tiaras and hinged clampers – which are now signature pieces. In 2005, Alan created the “cab hailer” cuff bracelet which has become a signature staple within the collection.
ieces can be worn in many ways, “A crystal necklace is the little black dress of jewellery. It can take you from a casual day in a white shirt and jeans with sandals, to a gala and anywhere in between. Button earrings are a striking wearable addition. A really big, chunky costume jewellery bracelet can be the focal point of an otherwise understated look and add a lot of impact. I would also have a great brooch – perfect on a lapel or even at the waist. And finally, your jewellery box should have something in your favourite colour, whatever that is!”
Alan handcrafts each piece, prong-setting vintage crystals and stones to create one-of-akind pieces, all signed with his signature cartouche. He does not research trends; instead stays true to his personal style with an ever-changing collection of statement jewellery.
Jewels by Alan Anderson have adorned celebrities and magazine covers around the world. Dame Elizabeth Taylor owned an amethyst cuff which became part of the Christie’s auction of her collection, Katy Perry wore a topaz brooch for L’Uomo Vogue, and Viola Davis, a rose and olivine collar for the UK premiere of The Help. Every Jewel by Alan Anderson is an art form, timeless, collectable and destined to be handed down through generations. Discover more about his amazing work at
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The Gentleman Traveller By Trausti Thor Sverrisson
Wear on, wear in, wear out! These timeless pieces are what you might desire to have in your wardrobe or luggage, a modern classic scent by Aqua di Parma, quintessentially English pyjamas by Turnbull and Asser, comfortable loafers by C-QP and a choice of headwear to suit your mood or weather. Stay on, stay in or indeed go out. In case of the latter, when disembarking from the boardwalk you will have what you need in these timeless accessories.
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso di Toscana www.acquadiparma.co.uk Brioni Red tie in premium silk with pattern in blue www.brioni.com Bennett Winch sand waterproof cotton canvas Weekender - £575.00 www.bennettwinch.com C-QP suede ‘Dinghy’ loafers - (available in four colours) www.c-qp.com Lock & Co green linen newsboy cap Lock & Co ‘Florence’ straw braid panama hat in navy Lock & Co ‘Tivoli’ panama in green toquilla palm www.lockhatters.co.uk Globe-Trotter 20” ‘Chelsea Garden’ trolley case in midnight blue/black with ivy lining www.globe-trotter.com PJ's by Turnbull & Asser ‘Madras’ linen capsule collection www.turnbullandasser.co.uk
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The new Footwear Design Talent to Watch…
By Alison Lowe MBE
ritain leads the world in footwear design and as featured previously, every year The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers host the Cordwainers National Footwear Student of the Year Awards to identify the best new talent. Now in its seventh year, the competition to design ‘an innovative and marketable shoe’, is fiercely contested by students studying at the three universities which offer footwear design courses: De Montfort University, the University of Northampton and the London College of Fashion at the University of the Arts, London. Due to the pandemic, this years awards were hosted digitally but still generated a lot of excitement as the winners were announced. Chair of the judging panel, Katie Greenyer announced the award-winners live on Instagram and on the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers website. ‘What incredible work! We thoroughly enjoyed going through all your submissions. In such difficult circumstances, you delivered.’ She then announced that the winners of the Cordwainers National Footwear Student of the Year Awards 2020 were:
Winner Clara Nordenhok was ecstatic about winning, saying ‘It is an honour and a privilege to have your work recognised by the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers and the footwear industry! It means the world to me, to follow in the footsteps of such talented past winners’. We were able to catch up with Clara to find out a bit more about her and what she plans to do next.
1st Prize Clara Nordenhok London College of Fashion, UAL (winning design right) 2nd Prize Ellie Gray De Montfort University 3rd Prize Jiwon Joung De Montfort University Commendation Liina Vreimann Fashion, UAL
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Clara – “It’s just such an honour! Just to be a finalist was a big deal to me and to actually take home the first prize was unbelievable! It’s really rewarding having your work recognised and gives you a little more confidence in that you are doing something right. To also have the support of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers and to follow the path of so many other talented designers is just amazing.”
What are your plans for the future?
Tell us about your winning submission for this year’s awards… What was the inspiration behind your design? Clara – “The Anima collection has taken its inspiration from Lilith. A female figure who has wandered the earth for 4.000 year, figuring in the mythic imagination of writers, artists and poets. She has come to represent a woman who society cannot control, wild and unkept. Anima derives from a woman’s image of the ideal man and her masculine side. For the man it’s his feminine side. Along with what is considered feminine and how women are perceived in today’s society – feminism is at the very heart of this collection. Focus lies on clean shapes, details and quality craftmanship and I am hoping that I’ve managed to create a collection that looks powerful and feels liberating.”
Clara – “I’m currently in the process of applying for jobs. Though this is not an easy time to find work due to the Covid-19 Virus, I am hoping to find a workplace where I can continue to grow, develop and learn more about the fashion and footwear industry. I absolutely have a dream of starting my own brand one day but I think it’s good to gain some experience for a couple of years first - before fully spreading my wings.” We think that Clara Nordonhok will definitely be a name to look out for in the future!
Previous winners have gone on to work with some of the great names of the footwear industry, such as Adidas and Jimmy Choo Couture; their shoes have been worn by celebrities such as Lady Gaga; and other winners have gone on to start their own labels. Helen Kirkum won the Cordwainers National Footwear Student of the Year Awards in 2014 and has gone on to become an innovative footwear designer creating made to order, handmade sneakers, using recycled sneaker components. Talking about winning the award she says, “The feeling of winning was magical, it was the first time I really believed Why did you choose to study shoe design? in myself and felt proud of my achievements.” Her incredible work has led to collaborations with some of the Clara - “It was actually a bit of a coincidence. I had done world’s biggest brands, such as Adidas, Reebok and a foundation course in womenswear back home in Lacoste – just to name a few. Last year’s winner Meta Stockholm and decided to apply for CSM. When I didn’t Cunder also believes the award will impact her future get in I was contacted by LCF who said that the footwear career positively, “It feels incredible to win this award! It and accessory course leaders were interested in me and means the absolute world to me as it will allow me to kick wanted me to come to London for an interview. I was start my career and help me set up my own brand.” Meta super excited just to show my portfolio but a bit hesitant is currently gaining experience in the industry, interning since I had never really considered studying footwear – I at Nicholas Kirkwood whilst still working on her own didn’t even now there was a course, just focusing on shoe designs. Dimitri Gab who won second place last year is design. When I told my friends about it they thought that now working at Givenchy as a footwear designer. I was crazy and said that all I ever talk about is shoes, and when we would go shopping I would always end up in You can view more about The Worshipful Company of the shoe section. Today I think it’s the best decision I ever Cordwainers, the awards and the winners here: made and now I can’t really see myself doing anything other than footwear design!” www.cordwainers.org/awards/
What does winning the award mean to you?
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Where do we go from here?
By Lifestyle Editor Deborah Latouche
ts been a trying time for all the black people I know, not only have we had to deal with seeing yet another black man being callously killed in broad daylight, we have also been reaching inside ourselves to understand how to deal with this situation. I know that I am not the only black person who has felt physically and emotionally exhausted by the events of the past few weeks. I have spent so many sleepless nights worried about my own family.
Emma Dabiri by Sharon Walters Website: www.londonartist1.com Instagram @london_artist1
I have 3 boys - black boys; it broke my heart to have the give my 12-year-old son “The Talk” like the one my parents gave me when I was a child. To openly tell your child that the world is not fair and that you will be prejudged because of the colour of your skin. To break it down to him WHY we demand that he always be on his best behavior, (even if his friends are not) we do not want to give the school or any other institution a reason to exclude or chastise him in any way. And then to explain to him that he will have to
work at least twice as hard to get where he wants in life. That’s a tough talk for any parent to give. I have met many beautiful people throughout my life from ALL nations of the world and I believe human kind to not be innately bad, I believe that when we have humility at the forefront of what we do – always thinking about how we would feel if we were in that person’s situation, then life and human kindness grows in abundance.
As we are slowly adjusting to coming out of our homes and getting back to work and school, I think we all need to remember the lessons that I believe the Corona Virus came to teach us. It unveiled the grave injustices seen by many on this earth and showed us the true fragility of life and the basic fact that no matter your colour, religion or social status we are essentially all the same. We live and we die.
Sasha Huber photo by Kai Kuusisto Sasha Huber making of Edmonia photo Giorgio Sacher
Above Sasha Huber the Firsts Edmonia Lewis
Left Sasha Huber The Firsts Rosa Emilia Clay Www.sashahuber.com Instagram @sashahuber
This is a journey for us all; trying to figure out the next move in the light of all these awakenings is tough. We need to all be open to embracing one another and going on this journey together, this in my opinion is not a time for division. We need to talk openly and honestly about how we feel, if something appears wrong donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to question it and look inside our hearts for what the right course of action should be. We need to continue caring for our neighbours, shielding the vulnerable and wanting for others what we want for ourselves. Make your life have meaning and uplift others. The beauty of the protests has been seeing people from all over the world rallying together against injustice, we are no longer asking for equality but demanding it!
In 2020 we should not be debating whether Black Lives Matter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Of course Black Lives Matter!
Self portrait Sharon walters
Scenic portrait Sharon Walters
I have included the work of 2 different yet incredible female artists Sasha Huber and Sharon Walters both of whom I am proud to say are life long friends. They are both using the arts to highlight disparities and inequalities in the world. The root of Sasha Huber’s work is to explore her Swiss – Haitian identity via colonial history, although she is a multi disciplinary artist her work with the compressed air staple gun creates powerful thought provoking portraits. Here I have highlighted her Firsts series. ‘The Firsts, researches historical and systematic racism and its debilitating effects on members of the contemporary African Diaspora, The suppression put upon this community has hindered equitable societal and economic developments, which are linked directly to White supremacist thought and action. The Firsts suggest that this hindrance is the reason why today it can still be
possible to be the ‘first black person’ to achieve specific goals across many fields of practice and countries.’ British born Artist Sharon Walters explores race, identity and gender politics through her “seeing Ourselves” series of handmade collages, often using and reconstructing images found in women’s magazines and donated photographs. Her work celebrates black beauty and questions the lack of representation within mainstream media. So often blackness is represented as ‘other’. Sharon provokes an alternative narrative of empowerment. Each piece is a reaffirmation of the right to ‘take up space’ and be seen.
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There’s something inherently romantic and indulgent about drive-in cinema and Sunset Cinema promises to elevate the experience to a whole new level. For the month of July, cinema lovers can enjoy an authentic taste of 1950s American-style drive-in cinema in the heart of West London – adhering to social distancing rules, naturally, with cars parked the appropriate distance apart. The cinema – featuring London’s biggest screen – will show some of the best feel good flicks, classics and cult films, including Bohemian Rhapsody, Mamma Mia, Grease, Joker, La LA Land and The Wolf of Wall Street. You’ll be able to pre-order food and drink online – Dirty Bones burgers & fries and American-inspired snacks and drinks – to be collected on arrival. See you there! Tickets available at
London Shell Co 'Seashore to Front Door' boxes... including
The inventiveness and adaptability of London’s
restaurant and hospitality industry have never been more apparent than during lockdown. The London Shell Co., which normally offers lunch and dinner cruises along Regent’s Canal, has taken to delivering delicious picnic and BBQ boxes (to homes within the M25). Catering for two people, the boxes are a treasure trove of fresh seafood, such as monkfish kebabs, king prawns and whole line caught mackerel – all sourced directly from Cornwall and the same quality as that served aboard the company’s two floating boats. The selection changes every week depending on availability, which only adds to the sense of surprise and excitement. In a typical picnic box (£45), you’ll find ready-to-eat fish and accompaniments,
poached rainbow trout, crevettes and mayonnaise, hot smoked Dorset char, pickles and soda bread. We opted for the BBQ box (£60), which took outside dining to a whole new level: our starter consisted of tiger prawns tossed in melted coriander and lime butter along with chipotle marinated cod, followed by a main of Houghton Spring lemon stuffed rainbow trout served with smokey bean and tomato salad, coleslaw and Jersey Royals with seaweed butter. Cooking couldn’t be simpler – just toss on the barbie and serve! Oh, and each box comes with a bottle of The Grand Duchess English sparkling wine. There’s a 20% discount for NHS workers and all orders must be placed by Thursday for delivery on Friday.
Casa Calavera... London’s first virtual culinary pop-up, Casa
Calavera promises to be a real game changer. Launched in June, this virtual restaurant gives a whole new meaning to traditional dining, delivering authentic Mexican food to homes across central London. Inspired by the Mexican holiday, Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), Casa Calavera is a celebration of everyday life with an accessible and mouth-watering menu drawn from the street side taquerias and beachfront restaurants of Mexico. Heritage cooking techniques, recipes and ingredients are given a contemporary twist with something for everyone – from tacos and tostadas to quesadillas, salads and bowls – and an emphasis on sharing. We kicked off with the casa nachos featuring six different flavour tortillas including blue corn, chipotle and cactus chips, served with delicious casa guacamole and queso fundido. Other winning small plates were the Ahi tuna tostada with pickled cucumber, guacamole and blue corn tortilla, and spiced rice cactus croquetas. From the taco menu, we enjoyed Achiote chicken quesadilla with guacamole and red onion; chipotle beef brisket, and grilled yellowtail with sriracha mayo, pico de gallo and blue corn tortilla. Side dishes include Charro beans, Mexican street corn, Mexican rice with adobo marinade, and roasted aubergine with pico de gallo - all served in sugar cane eco-packaging. La buena vida, indeed! Part of the Hakkasan Group, Casa Calavera is available to order via Deliveroo, Supper and Uber Eats.
The Shed at Home... If you’re already familiar with buzzy Notting Hill eaterie The Shed, run by the dynamic Gladwin
brothers (Richard, Oliver and Gregory) and renowned for its “local and wild” menu, then you’ll love The Shed at Home. Keen to continue feeding their West London clientele during lockdown, the talented trio from West Sussex recently launched this new delivery and collection service, offering seasonal and sustainably produced vegetables, fish and meat. In line with the brothers’ mission to give townies a taste of the English countryside, the menu is unsurprisingly hearty with main dishes such as Tamworth pork chop with fennel and parsley salsa and baron of beef Wellington with truffled mushroom pate. We feasted on a smorgasbord of delectable small plates: blinis topped with smoked chalk stream trout and tarragon crème fraiche; light-as-afeather tempura fried spring onions with Shed harissa and punchy chorizo, labneh and kale with crisp bread. For the main, we tucked into fresh Devon brown crab thermidor with sides of Nutbourne tomatoes and roasted new potatoes. Dessert was a delectable tahini and choc chip cookie, mascarpone and sour cherry sandwich. If you prefer to whip up your own recipes, you can order farm fresh produce boxes from the Gladwin Brothers online shop, featuring organic fruits, vegetables, meat cuts and wine from the family farm and vineyard.
Enjoy the local and wild experience from home with Shed favorites from Mushroom Marmite Eclairs to Honeycomb Crunchies and more!
Graze Time... Graze Time founder Sara Abououf came up with the
genius idea of creating gourmet grazing boxes as the ultimate lockdown treat for Londoners. The boxes are a visual – and culinary – delight and proved a huge hit at my daughter’s socially distanced birthday party recently. We ordered the large cheese and charcuterie box (8-10 people), a beautifully arranged grazing platter of cubed Brie, Gouda, Manchego and Cranberry Wensleydale, salami, prosciutto, red pepper hummus, beetroot dip, Nocellara olives, honey, onion chutney and seasonal fruit. Sara makes a point of sourcing only the best quality and freshest produce so everything tastes as good as it looks. All boxes are customisable to suit any dietary requirements, such as vegan or vegetarian, and the goodies come packaged in a window box, complete with
signature wooden honey drizzle stick, so you can feast your eyes before attacking. Ideal for gifts, Graze Time also offers a variety of other treats, including afternoon tea and breakfast boxes. With sustainability very much at the forefront of the business, the boxes are made from recycled materials (and recyclable) and the pots used for olives and dips are biodegradable. If you’re a last-minute booking person like me, there’s also next-day delivery!
The Wine Club... As an advanced sommelier and ex-chef, founder Richard s we’ve all been guzzling so much wine at home – sales Ellison specialises in wine and food pairings. He recommended we try a top English sparkling wine, of alcohol in the UK have soared while Brits have Ambriel Classic Cuvee (£28.50), one of just four offerings remained indoors – it’s the ideal time to start educating from boutique vineyard Ambriel, a hidden gem in the our palates. Award-winning Wanderlust Wine runs an Sussex hills, just down the road from world-renowned online wine club, which delivers sustainable, artisanal Nyetimber. A traditional Champagne-inspired blend of wines straight to your door every two months and offers Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the Classic different tiers of membership depending on budget. For Cuvee is delicious on its own or paired with canapes, sushi instance, silver membership is aimed at everyday or even fish and chips. We found its crisp elegance went drinkers, who receive a box of four bottles (a mix of perfectly with our picnic starter of smoked mackerel pate. sparkling, white and reds), while serious wine lovers can opt for platinum membership, which gives them ten bottles and includes rare and fine wines. www.wanderlustwine.co.uk
The Botanist Tin Planter... The Botanist Gin has come up with the perfect present for all gin and foraging lovers – its new Tin Planter. The
sustainably created and recyclable gift set features a bottle of Islay Dry Gin along with a bespoke herb planter, which means you get to grow your own garnishes. You simply turn the bottle’s tin casing into a stylish planter by filling it with soil and sprinkling with the rosemary seeds provided. When you sip your Botanist gin and tonic, you really can taste the wild Hebridean Isle of Islay, where the gin is handcrafted using no fewer than 22 foraged botanicals.
My Favourite Lock Down Products... For many of us, self-care has never been more important as we try to maintain a sense of balance and routine, whether going on a daily run or applying a face mask. Here are some of my favourite products, which have genuinely made a difference to how I feel and look during these strange times. DANIEL GALVIN JR OrganicHead ARGAN OIL DETOX HAIR MASQUE The exotic scent of organic orange oil, mixed with Argan and coconut oils, is what makes this unique hair masque irresistible. With no excuse any more for not having time to leave the masque on my head to work its magic, I’ve found my hair is glossier, stronger and with greater elasticity, thanks to the exclusive detox blend of antioxidant-rich Argan oil and wheat proteins as well as nourishing organic Aloe Vera. Combing out tangles has never been easier either with Daniel’s Double C curved brush, which features built-in anti-bacterial properties and a circular venting design to cut drying time.
CASETiFY COMPOSTABLE PHONE CASE What’s not to love about my fully customisable, compostable and biodegradable phone case from CASETiFY. It’s just about my new best friend these days – did you know that we’re now spending more than a quarter of our waking hours online? You can choose from six stylish colourways, including red, mint green and limitededition oatmeal (I went for pink), and you can opt to have your case personalised. Made from bamboo-based, high-tensile materials, the new CASETiFY CONSCiOUS cases are super strong so you don’t have to worry (too much!) about dropping your phone, either. Further reinforcing the global casemaker’s eco credentials, it has partnered with Earth Day Network’s The Canopy Project and pledged to plant a tree for every compostable case sold.
OCUSHIELD ANTI BLUE LIGHT SCREEN PROTECTOR As we spend more time either glued to our phones or laptops, blue light exposure is becoming an increasing health concern. Too much blue light can cause eye strain, fatigue and headaches, and it’s worse at night when it blocks melatonin, which helps to remind your body when to go to sleep. Ocushield’s medically-approved anti blue light screen protectors are designed to fit your smart phones, computers, tablets and monitors and really make a difference. Since using one on my phone, I’ve found my sleep has improved and I’m less anxious. For every Ocushield purchase, £1 goes to Fight for Sight, an organisation that funds research into sight loss.
320 MHz YUZU CLEANSER SERUM
I’ve long been a fan of boundary-pushing niche British skincare brand 320 MHz and swear by its Hydration Recovery Serum, so was delighted to try its new Yuzu Cleanser Serum. Inspired by the Japanese ancient rituals of the Geisha girls, it’s packed with advanced bio-active serums that support collagen production, microcirculation and softening of fine lines. The list of completely natural, water-free ingredients is enough to make you swoon: Camellia Japonica oil, Yuzu essential oil, Matcha Tea oil extract and the big new one – Chlorella Vulgaris bio-active from Japanese eukaryotic micro-algae. I told you it was cutting edge! Basically, the oils emulsify and draw pollutants and makeup away from the skin, allowing cells to breathe and heal during the circadian rhythm. Ideal for both morning and night cleansing and for use with Gua Sha, micro needling and facial massage.
One chore we’ve all become well acquainted with during lockdown has been cleaning our own homes. And it’s made us more aware than ever of the products we use to do the job. Colt&Willow has changed the way I clean forever. The UK brand’s powerful plant-based cleaning products are not only free from any nasty toxins but so stylish, you’re actually proud to put the beautiful refillable amber glass bottles on display. Using natural products like the marvellouslynamed Geranium Leaf All-Purpose Cleaner, Rhubarb Washing Up Liquid and Fig & Cassis Potty Spray, cleaning these days is almost a pleasure. Almost! My favourite would have to be the eco-friendly grapefruit Wonder Scrub Cream Cleaner, a powerful bicarbonate soda scrub that will remove extra tough grease and dirt - and smells delicious! www.coltandwillow.com
KIN YOGA MAT
Another lockdown discovery is the Kin yoga mat, which is PVC free and made with sustainably and ethically sourced natural rubber. There are two designs – Classic and Skinny – and gorgeous prints to choose from, including tropical leaves, fierce cheetahs or moonscapes and stars, The Classic mat is grippy even when slippy, thanks to a clever tri-layer and inbuilt air pocket. When I’m not doing sun salutations, I use my mat for Pilates Zoom sessions and other more dynamic workouts (well, my daughter does!). The absorbent microfibre Skinny mat is also perfect for hot yoga as the more you sweat, the better it grips. And breathe… www.kinyogamats.com
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Coworth Park THE ULTIMATE STAYCATION By Editor at large Laurie Stone
DORCHESTER Collectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s luxury country house hotel reopened its doors on July 04.
oworth Park, nestled within 240 acres of picturesque Berkshire parkland and just 45 minutes by road from Central London, provides the ultimate escape to the countryside this summer. An even more personalised service includes contactless check in and out, and the team will create bespoke itineraries for each guest for dining reservations and activities around the grounds, such as horse riding and archery. Spend relaxing days exploring the grounds; enjoy picnics in the wildflower meadow; savour Adam Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dining; and check-in to secluded accommodation. Guests looking for extra privacy throughout their stay can book a selfcontained cottage: charming individual residences complete with private garden and patio creating an extra little piece of tranquillity.
What to do?... Magnificent meadow Our summer meadow is the first view to greet you on your drive up to the mansion house and is a memorable sight to behold. It’s filled with a vibrant array of traditional English country flowers. Cornflowers, poppies and red campions create a colourful display. Wander through and enjoy at your leisure. Garden delights We have so many delightful areas to explore that even our own head of gardens, Terri Crow, can’t decide on her favourite place. Some days it’s the scenic rose garden and gazebo, other days it’s the shady lime grove or the estate’s original sunken garden. Local artist Carol Peace’s beautiful bronze statues are also well worth looking out for. Lakeside living A walk to the outer edge of the estate rewards you with the discovery of our tranquil lake, which is home to our resident swan named Chukka, inspired by the polo fields he overlooks. This is a place of true serenity in which to enjoy a relaxed moment of calm. All things equestrian Home to eight friendly horses, our equestrian centre welcomes both beginners and seasoned riders. Take a leisurely hack around the grounds, head off for a canter or try your hand at dressage the choice is yours.
''240 acres, endless ways to explore. Our picturesque grounds look particularly beautiful at this time of year, when the fragrant rose garden is in bloom and our meadow is a riot of colourful wildflowers'' MilliOnAir magazine
A new ‘Ultimate Staycation’ package includes accommodation within Coworth Park’s Stable rooms and suites, breakfast for two, complimentary early check-in and late check-out, and complimentary car parking and valet service.
Aga and ceramic hob and expands to the outdoors, offering a barbeque in the private garden. Under the culinary guidance of executive chef Adam Smith
Making the most of the hotel’s reopening in the summer, executive chef Adam Smith has enhanced Every guest will receive a special the al fresco offering, including a new private culinary experience Coworth Park ‘Protect Me’ amenity to use throughout their within a dome nestled in the Lime stay, with everything they might Grove. Perfect for those looking for a more secluded dining haven. need including hand sanitiser and sanitation wipes. Relaxed rustic dining can be found a short stroll from the The Dower House Mansion House at The Barn, adjacent to the converted stables A private stand-alone cottage and cottages. Housed in the built in 1775, the grade 2 listed original barn frame with rustic Dower House offers complete features such as a working stone privacy and tranquillity. The fireplace, Dower House has a private driveway, spacious galleried The Barn has a full wall of entrance hall, three en-suite windows with far-reaching views bedrooms, snug/study to read a across Coworth Park’s polo fields book or catch up on emails, and a large open-plan outdoor living room, dining room and terrace for al fresco dining, kitchen where guests can cook surrounded by the calm greenery for themselves or have a dedicated chef cater on request. of the estate. The Barn offers a delicious brasserie style menu Guests staying at The Dower with sharing plates served from House also have access to their an open kitchen. own private gardens with an outdoor dining area. Guests can soak up the stunning views as the sun sets across the The Dower House offers unrivalled flexibility in the way rose terrace, croquet lawn and guests dine, with options ranging wildflower meadow with a from arriving to a butler stocked signature cocktail and bites in hand on the Mansion House fridge (guests can send ahead their shopping list), to having a terrace. dedicated chef on tap throughout their stay, cooking all meals and All in all, it’s the even hosting impromptu private ultimate staycation. masterclasses for the whole family. The private kitchen provides all the facilities of a state-of-the-art modern home kitchen including the option of both traditional
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www.dorchestercollection.com Executive chef Adam Smith
THE BLACKFRIAR Approaching from Blackfriars tube this looks like a normal pub until one sees the ominous statue of the Black Friar perched over the door, who also known as Dominicans, during the Middle Ages were often chosen to head the Inquisition, track down heretics and torture them to trial . The pub was built by the architect H. Fuller Clarke in 1905 and is a one of the finest examples of an Arts and Crafts interior. Magnificently decorated by sculptor Henry Poole with breathtaking bronze reliefs, grinning imps and marble collageall of which revolve around a distinctly parodied monastic themethis is one of the world’s most beautiful and unassuming watering holes. 174 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4EG
THE GRILL ROOM AT THE CAFÉ ROYAL The Café Royal boasts an amazing interior throughout, but the jewel in its crown is the gloriously decadent Grill Room. Designed in the 1860’s in a style that was more Louis XIV than Queen Victoria, the Café was the hippest place in town in the late 19th Century and appealed to both the Bohemian Prince and the High Minded pauperboth of whom drank absinthe at the bar. Featuring a Rococo Revival ceiling, mirrored walls with luxuriously carved caryatiids supporting vases, it was here that Oscar Wilde ‘seduced’ the young Lord Alfred Douglas causing scandal, intrigue and the writers eventual imprisonment for ‘gross indecency’. 10 Air St, Soho, London W1B 4DY PICCADILLY ARCADE Now home to expensive antique jewellery stores, crockery shops shirt makers this arcade it was opened in 1909 in the grand Edwardian style . Designed by Thrale Jell it boasts feature balconies and domes, ionic columns, hanging lanterns and the symmetrical tall bow shop windows. Situated between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street, it’s location could not be grander, but during the early 19th Century, this was, one of the main thoroughfares upon which high end perfumed and painted Regency prostitutes plied their trade. Piccadilly Arcade, St. James's, London SW1Y 6NH
THE JAZZ AGE FOYER AT THE SHERATON GRAND LONDON PARK LANE The greatest twenties interior in London it is pure flapper as designed by Henry Tanner in 1927. More or less intact with its deco carpets, marble staircase, silver framed chairs and incredible murals drawn from Greek mythology it leads to a ballroom where one might easily imagine Louise Brooks doing the Charleston while Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino look on. Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BX THE GRAND LODGE (THE MASONIC HALL IN HOLBORN) Although a Masonic building had stood on the site since 1717 the first Freemasons’ Hall in Great Queen Street was designed by Thomas Sandby (and later extended by Sir John Soane) on a narrow site fronted by the Freemasons’ Tavern and opened in1776. Since then , just as the organization itself expanded, there has been a gradual expansion of the original site, which not completed until the 20th century , now stands in all it’s glory. The main meeting place for illustrious Masons this magnificent Hall has seen the likes of the poet Voltaire, Mozart and his father, writer Rudyard Kipling, composers Gilbert and Sullivan and Prime Minister Winston Churchill pass through it’s doors to do their curious business. Today the Masons have in part thrown off the cloak of secrecy and opened this building to the public on regular guided tours. However it is still a working lodge. Freemasons' Hall, 60 Great Queen St, Holborn, London WC2B 5AZ F.COOKE PIE AND MASH Joseph Cooke, owner of "F.Cooke" comes from one of the oldest pie and mash families in the world. In 1862, his great grandfather opened the first London shop and today, Joe Cooke is the fourth generation of pie and mash experts to occupy this splendid establishment. The interior dates from 1910 and features Baroque revival plasterwork, marble topped tables, tiled and mirrored walls and is simply magnificent. 50 Hoxton St, London N1 6SH
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Constructed Femininity & Alluring Vulnerability By Marcella Martinelli
is a UK based multi-disciplinary artist working with photography, painting, poetry and installation. After receiving an BFA from Goldsmiths University of London, Luxton created a challenging series of self portraits, pushing her emotional and physical boundaries by becoming both the subject matter and the materiality. The ominous undercurrents of her work oscillates between constructed femininity and alluring vulnerability, seducing the viewer with intrigue and uncertainty.
Luxtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work draws on both the modern anxiety of society and the environment; each portrait, painting and accompanying poetry, becoming an exploration of isolation, desire and uncertainty. Luxton has collaborated with brands from Adobe to McQueens and created bespoke artworks for clients such as The Birmingham Royal Ballet and JP Morgan. Claire's work has been shown in London, Miami and Singapore, including exhibits at The London Art Fair and Art Basel.
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The Joy of Nature By Theo Woodham-Smith
ADRIANA ZAEFFERER, ARGENTINAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MOST FAMOUS EQUESTRIAN ARTIST, COMMISSIONED BY THE GRANDEES OF THE RACING WORLD, INCLUDING HER MAJESTY OUR OWN QUEEN ELIZABETH SHE TELLS HER PERSONAL STORY: THE JOY OF NATURE, A LOVE OF HORSES, RIDING WITH THE GAUCHOS
driana Zaefferer, a regal beauty from Buenos Aires, Argentina, born into a family of lawyers and doctors, is one of the most admired and collected equestrian artists in the world.
She painted their winning mounts, legendary stallions, polo champions. Even HM Queen Elizabeth, supreme connoisseur of all things equine, commissioned her to paint several favourites.
She is happiest exploring wild country, such as Patagonia, on horseback, with her local friends, headgear of choice a riding hat made in Argentina, as protection from strong sun and mountain winds.
As a successful young artist, and recognition by racing grandees, her life changed. For about ten years she would spend nine months of each year sketching in or around the stables, racetracks and polo fields of Europe, especially in Great Britain ( the United Kingdom?) returning to South America only in winter. Like Sir Alfred Munnings, whose art she admires , she will observe horses tirelessly, sometimes for days on end, sketching them both at rest and in motion.
The family had no interest in horses, but Adriana’s passion was fired by long summers spent on the family’s property in the foothills of the Andes, where she grew up with the Mapuche, native people who taught her to ride, chose her first horse, and became her closest companions. She began drawing horses as soon as she could pick up a pencil. She taught herself to draw them from life or from memory. By the age of sixteen her talent was recognised by Argentina’s foremost owner and breeder, Julio Menditeguy, who asked her to paint several of his prizewinning horses. She had considered becoming a vet, abandoning this idea, but the knowledge of equine anatomy was not wasted. Without any formal academic training or even a studio apprenticeship, Adriana mastered the techniques of pastel drawing, oil painting, printmaking and sculpture, even bronze casting. At first she specialised in horse portraits, and her list of subjects reads like a Who’s Who of thoroughbreds. Later she learnt to paint groups of horses accompanied by their grooms, trainers, riders and owners, as well as racing scenes and polo matches On her first visit to London aged nineteen, assisted by family connections, she made friends for life with important owners and breeders in the racing community.
Since I was very young I became devoted to nature, and mad about horses. The Indians found my first horse, a mare, the best moment of my life. They taught me to ride, through tiny mountain passages, and sky high to reach the tallest and most distant rocks where you could see volcanoes.
Adriana has decided to tell her own story. She explains what lies beneath the image: a passion for The Horse, and a profound communion with nature, as deeply felt as any 19th century poet.
to reach the tallest and most distant rocks where you could see volcanoes.
Her parents were both skilful artists, but horses played no part in their life. The strongest childhood memory for Adriana remains an equestrian painting in her grandparents’ dining room.
We grew up with the Mapuches (the local native people) who would lead us into the unknown. Sometimes we would ride for days, more than a hundred kilometres, living in the wild. There were moments of profound communication with nature, with colours of such intensity, that are for ever impregnated in my mind and soul.
In her own words: ‘In the 1940s my maternal grandmother, bought a plot of land by a blue lake in the foothills of the Andes. There was no civilisation, not even a road. She built a cabin, then over the years, worked with my mother to plan new buildings, develop the land, transform a wilderness into an estate.’
Horses are an everyday passion. What fascinates me about horses is their movements, their action. You never see them in a vulgar or disagreeable pose. I have spent hours sitting on the grass, observing them, listening, feeling the tiniest move or scent. This is the most important part of my story. ‘
‘Since my earliest childhood we spent all our summers in the Andes. The local Mapuche family became our only company, we went everywhere together, into the woods and up into the mountains.. We shared a boat to row out on to the lake for magical views from the water. Only an occasional passenger boat broke the silence. Since I was very young I became devoted to nature, and mad about horses. The Indians found my first horse, a mare, the best moment of my life. They taught me to ride, through tiny mountain passages, and sky high
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"pLASTic HABITat " Jackie Inglefield
by Marcella Martinelli
Perhaps one way to resolve the plastic problem in the world is to turn it into art. Meet Jackie Inglefield, an American visual artist based in New Orleans who draws and sculpts with debris, currently quilting reused plastics together into 2D and 3D sculptures.
Her creations are sturdy, but light, and made solely with hand tools. Jackie dived into her "pLASTic HABITat "series that laments our complicity in the loss of our wetlands as we smother the planet in polymer skins. As Hubert Reeves said:
“Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he’s destroying is this God he’s worshiping. This is the quote that explains quite simply the question that Jackie asks herself when creating. Why is plastic in such surplus when it is also what is suffocating our planet.
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Pure charisma with an extraordinary voice
Nicola Emmanuelle MilliOnAir magazine
I first heard Nicola Emmanuelle last year at White City house, first of all, I heard the voice and then I saw her standing on the small stage looking radiant, with a flower in her hair, she was a mixture of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, pure charisma with an extraordinary voice. A West end star and recording artist Nicola has become one of the country leading Jazz vocalists, most recently performing to critical acclaim playing one of her idols Ella Fitzgerald in the ‘Rat Pack Live at Las Vegas’, first in London’s Haymarket Theatre and then on a five-month National tour. Thanks to her parents Nicola grew up in a Jazz household. Her Father the great Nathan ‘Dambuza’ Mdledle, lead of the Manhatten Brothers, a South African Hall of fame and her Mother a star with the 50’s group the Woodpeckers. Nicola has worked on major film soundtracks including Cry Freedom and Death is part of the Process, with such luminaries as; Jonas Gwanga, Lord Attenborough and George Fenton. She performs all over the UK and internationally both with her trio and quartet and renowned big bands and orchestras. Regular residencies are The Arts club, Boisdale CW, The Ned, Quaglinos and White City House in London. We are looking forward to hearing Nicola sing live again once the lock down is over, in the meantime you can listen to some of her tracks on her website.
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POKER phenomenon PHIL HELLMUTH is the author of #POSITIVITY, an inspiring book in which he outlines the personal strategies that helped him achieve global success. In this brilliant column, exclusive to MilliOnAir Magazine, Phil asks a series of positive questions to a celebrity from the world of business, entertainment or sport. Here he puts the #POSITIVITY questions to PETER WILCOCK, business mentor, author of Camel in the Tent and podcast host of The CEO Huddle. Peter lives in Teesside with his wife Louise and daughters Leila and Elise. Lua In conversation with Editor at large Laurie Stone
Why is Positivity as opposed to negativity important to you….. There is only one choice - positivity. Even in the darkest situations being negative doesn’t help, it just manifests any problem. This is not to say have blind positivity, but once we become negative logical thoughts disappear and panic takes over. We cry as soon as we’re born, but it takes a year or so before we can smile, so maybe we have to work at being happy, but it’s so important to have a ‘glass half-full’ mentality. I also believe what we think and talk we become, so negative people attract doom and positive people attract light. I prefer light. recruited her as my business analyst. It was love at first sight for me, but she didn’t quite see it that way for three years! Eventually, I persuaded her there was a good side My mother Maura was a theatre sister at Leeds Infirmary, to me, which she got to like thankfully. She taught me that my inspiring qualities are more attractive and she spent her time seeing people on the edge of life, often valuable than the, let’s say, harsher side I used to display being saved, but sometimes beyond saving despite her in corporate life. Having daughters has also bring out my team and the surgeons’ best efforts. She cherished life, never moaned even after standing for nine straight hours softer side, which I’ve grown to like and it’s helped me in business, as I am more compassionate and understanding in theatre. My older brother John and I were brought up than I used to be, which is particularly useful when I’m not to complain or be miserable, she would have none of it. She had a great saying “lie down with dogs get up with mentoring people. So, in a way I need to thank Louise for helping me be a better version of me. fleas” and that stayed with me, so I’ve always been careful who I lie down with!
What is your earliest memory of an act of positivity…..
Who has had the most positive influence on your life and why….. I have met some amazing people but I have to say my wife Louise. She brings out the best in me. We met when I
Which positive person from history would you like to meet…..
What is the most positive song on your playlist…..
Jim Rohn was a big influence on me starting out in business. His messages were so simple but so true for every person. His view was your personal philosophy was like a sail on a boat, it dictated the direction of travel and whether you ended up in your own version of paradise or not. Even today I still listen to him and always feel empowered by his words. He influenced so many people, including Tony Robbins who was sleeping in his car before he saw Jim at a seminar which changed his life. There are some brilliant speeches of his on YouTube, but to meet him would be an amazing experience.
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen. It’s a song I never tire of. I play it full blast in the car most days. It’s a song of independence, of breaking out from the norm and finding the purpose we were put here for - to run. The words are amazing and an inspiration to anyone thinking they are trapped with no way out:
What is the most positive piece of advice you pass on to people you meet….. “You create your own reality.” That phrase takes away all the excuses but also is incredibly empowering. It means no one else dictates how you live your life, it’s all down to what you create yourself. The opposite would be scarier, it would mean either fate or someone else creates your destiny. I prefer to think I’m in charge rather than someone else on how my life turns out. This is also a great piece of advice for young people - you are your own artist so paint the picture you want on your own canvas, not what someone else has decided for you.
How do you deal with negative people….. I walk away. I get a headache if I am around negativity, the same for people who play “devil’s advocate”, who don’t have a plan they just have an opinion about your plan! I’ve also found it is a waste of time trying to turn really negative people around, they are happy being that way so best leave them and walk on. If they call, put the phone by your shoulder until they finish talking as it can damage your health if you take on their negative energy. They say you are the result of the five people closest to you, so if any of them are negative it might be an idea to swap them out.
''This town rips the bones from your back. It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap We gotta get out while we're young ‘Cause tramps like us Baby, we were born to run'' I would advise anyone to play this on the way if they have an important meeting to go to. I promise you’ll walk in feeling six feet taller, ready to take on anything and anyone.
What is the most positive film you have watched….
I am not really a film watcher, but I love watching series on Netflix etc. This might be an odd answer but one of the most positive things I watch is Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain. He travels to places around the world, finds a back-street bar doing unusual food, drinks and eats, chats to local people and generally is the guy we all want to meet and hang out with. In one episode he sat with Barak Obama in a chop suey bar in Hanoi having a beer and chatted to him like he was the guy next door. No matter who was around the table Anthony would be cool and make us all feel like we were his pals. The sad news is Anthony committed suicide a while back, which was a shock to everyone, and taught me even the guys who seem to have it all might not.
My mission in life is to give my daughters bags of self-esteem so my desire would be that is something they remember me for in years to come. I would like to think I am someone who, when the mobile rings and my name comes up people get a good feeling, not reach for the ‘decline’ button! MilliOnAir magazine
If you could sit down with five positive people who would they be and what qualities would they bring….. This is a really tough one but here goes, OPRAH WINFREY. She is such an inspiring woman who came from poverty to become the biggest media figure in the world. She has a wonderful grasp on what matters in life, has a spiritual side which intrigues me, and is an example to anyone that race, gender, background etc doesn’t dictate your future if you don’t let it. I am interested in how people break out from the stereo type - their background usually dictates for them so Oprah would be fascinating to share time with and find out what made her who she is. ELVIS PRESLEY. Again, I’m intrigued how Elvis became Elvis. He had an inner desire to be different, a passion not just for music but for being different, I think he always knew he was special and nothing is more positive than believing in yourself. It ended badly for Elvis, which is a shame, but I would love to know what drove him, how he dealt with all the fame and adulation, but also to understand what lessons could we learn from how and why he self-destructed. I also think it would have been amazing if Oprah had interviewed Elvis! GLADYS ALEWOOD - she was a missionary who rescued children from Chinese oppression. I remember reading about her in school thinking - why? To do what she did in the 1930s was crazy. I would love to chat to her about why she chose such a path, what kept her going through all the dangerous times and learn what made her such a strong woman. People who devote themselves to a cause are so inspiring and to do that they only have a positive outlook on life. Also, she might quite like Elvis! JACK CANFIELD. He inspired me to write my book Camel in the Tent after I read his book Chicken Soup for the Soul. I saw him interviewed and he talked about getting 143 rejection letters from publishers before he sent the 144th and they said: ‘Yes’. That book sold 500 million copies, so I’d like to ask Jack what kept him going through so much rejection. He is such a positive guy and I’m hoping one day he’ll come on my podcast so I can ask him for real how he maintains his positive outlook on life. DALAI LAMA - there can be fewer more positive people on the planet than the 14th Dalai Lama. His words and wisdom are so inspiring especially in today’s world where we seem so busy that we often forget about mindfulness. I have begun meditation recently and it’s amazing to just switch off for 20 minutes every day, ignore the phone and the chatter, and just breathe. It would be an amazing experience to be in his presence and feel the calming of the mind he would bring.
What is the most positive piece of advice you have been given - when, where and by whom..... My father Jack used to tell me not to waste my talent, even when I thought I was doing OK he used to say don’t be wasting what you have. I used to think what he is going on about, I am making the most of what I have. But over time I realised what he meant was we never use our talents to their full potential so keep pushing until you find what you can really achieve. I think all of us should always be thinking we are wasting our talent and keep pushing because one thing is for sure, we will never find the limit.
It would to be known as someone who made people feel good. I wrote a book to inspire people who read it, and on my podcast, I try to find nuggets of wisdom from the guests so people can take them on board and make themselves better. My mission in life is to give my daughters bags of self-esteem so my desire would be that is something they remember me for in years to come. I would like to think I am someone who, when the mobile rings and my name comes up people get a good feeling, not reach for the ‘decline’ button!
Who is the most positive person in your life..... Again, I have to say my wife, Louise. She has no interest in negativity, gossip, envy or anything that detracts from her tranquillity. She doesn’t judge, isn’t interested in seeking approval, and is a light not a moth. She would never start an argument but if one started, especially about our daughters Leila, who is 18, and our 15-year-old, Elise, just hope she’s in your corner.
What is your inspirational catchphrase..... I had to ask around about this, and it appears to be “it is what it is”. By that I mean there is no point wasting time on things we can’t control. Too much energy is wasted on things that are not going to change by worry or anger. “It is what it is” as a saying or a piece of advice helps me move on to things I can control. It’s also a great phrase for our negative friends, there’s no place for negativity to go if someone shrugs their shoulders and says: “Oh, well it is what it is.” Try it.
Where in the world are you in your most positive state..... I have two places, the first is in the car playing music. There’s something about driving, roof down with the sounds of your favourite music blasting out. I probably look a bit crazy singing every word and playing air guitar at the traffic lights, but it makes me feel lucky to be alive and grateful for what I have. My second place is on holiday with my wife and two daughters, ideally sitting outside at an Italian restaurant, nice food, good wine and I look around the table and feel truly blessed.
PETER WILCOCK is author of Camel in the Tent www. camelinthetent.com and podcast host of
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A STUNNING luxury villa with uninterrupted, breathtaking views of the magnificent Mediterranean has just come on the market with a guide price of €39.995million. This palatial mansion located in Sierra Blanca, Marbella, the destination of choice for international clientele looking for their dream home. The plot’s privileged location on Marbella’s Golden Mile provides exceptional views to the Mediterranean Sea at the front, complemented by the magnificent spectacle of the La Concha mountains to the rear. This impressive estate was designed by award-winning local Spanish architect Jesús del Valle Cardenete and in 2017 it won the Premios Maceal award for best international villa.
bedrooms in total, comprising eight bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. The architect has paid special attention to the direct and indirect lighting concepts, opening and extending the sense of space with impressively high ceilings throughout. All of the finishes are of the highest quality as you would expect from a property of this calibre, including Italian marble flooring and ceramics, feature wood panelling, hand-made chandeliers, LED lighting, under-floor heating, alarm system and smart home system.
The property is distributed over four levels and has ten
On the ground level, the magnificent neo-classical there are also four family bedrooms, all with en-suite entrance with Corinthian columns leads on to the stunning bathrooms, dressing rooms, lounge areas and private hallway with two sweeping staircases to the first floor. terraces. The ground floor consists of an office, store room, two guest toilets, staff kitchen, main fully-fitted kitchen with central island, dining room, lounge area with two open fireplaces, games room with bar, TV room, three guest bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and lift access to all floors.
The basement comprises of a garage with parking spaces for eight cars, an eleven-seater cinema, wine cellar and spa with heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, fitness room, massage room, bathroom and two showers.
The basement also houses the staff quarters comprising of two separate one-bedroom apartments, dining area and The living and dining areas lead out on to covered terraces laundry room. and a large barbecue area, perfect for alfresco dining and entertaining. The landscaped gardens include a large This is truly a unique property and must be seen to be infinity swimming pool, sunbathing areas, water features believed. and expansive lawns. Leading off the landing is the sumptuous master bedroom with his and hers en-suite bathrooms and dressing rooms, a lounge area and superb terrace with spectacular views to the Mediterranean Sea. Aside from the master bedroom
*For more information on the sale and to arrange a viewing call: +44 659 336 790. Part-exchange welcome.
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