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magazine Autumn 2020
The Power of Now!
International Model & Entrepreneur Fashion made for new adventures
Style, Beauty, Travel, Art & More
''Everything you do, do it with love and compassion'' Co-Director Marcella Martinelli
Ruby Hammer MBE Beauty News - Feline Eyes
Oct Nov Contents 2020
52 My Personal Luxuries Marcella Martinelli
INTERVIEW WITH Camilla Elphick by Juliet Herd ACCESSORY FILES Nicola Sexton Monyat Dior Saint Laurent Max Mara JEWELLERY FILES Van Cleef and Arpels Piaget Bvlgari Swarovski Vashi Interview with Stephen Webster Kassandra Lauren Gordon Vacheron
ON THE COVER Megan Williams
Alexander McQueen Autumn Shades of Pink Cover Story Megan Williams Interview with Sandy Powell OBE My Wardrobe HQ Current Mood Clare Lazaro Interview James Massey The [Un] attended shoot
Oct Nov Contents 2020
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BEAUTY FILES So good in Bed - NIGHT TIME BEAUTY PRODUCTS Bridget Hancock - AYURVEDA Beauty Offer - NEWA Indulgent Fragrances Ciona Johnson-King - GROOMING FOR THE GUYS LDC & Kristen from IRÉN Skin Vicky Grammatikopoulou - AL BASES COVERED
210 TRAVEL FILES The Gentleman Traveller Trausti Thor Sverrisson London Calling with Juliet Herd
228 ART & DESIGN FILES Clementine St JohnWebster by Theo Woodham-Smith The Reconstruction Gareth Pugh The LAST WORD Sophia Purdie with Phil Hellmuth Haute Dogs Wild at heart Foundation And so much MORE.....
198 STYLE FILES The Ivy League by Chris Sullivan Mick Rock by Chris Sullivan ABOUT MilliOnAir online magazine showcases influencers, entrepreneurs and celebrities, alongside new & established luxury brands. The exquisite quality and timelessness of the magazine keeps the readership high and ensures longevity of advertising campaigns and is viewed by over 1 million individuals per issue. With cutting-edge cross-media opportunities and global distribution, we offer advertisers tailored & effective campaigns. ''Bringing people + Brands together''. MilliOnAir™ All content is copyright to MilliOnAir™Magazine and where stated inside any edition. Any reproduction of any part of MilliOnAir™ Magazine is strictly forbidden, unless with prior permission. MilliOnAir™ Magazine is published by Joomag, any views expressed in any articles or interviews are those of the individuals and not necessarily those of MilliOnAir™ Magazine.
VAN CLEEF AND ARPELS Najud earrings with two chrysoprase drops, sapphires, diamonds, black spinels and lapis lazuli set in yellow and white gold www.vancleefarpels.com SHARON WAUCHOB Hand embroidered silk fringe dress www.sharonwauchob.com RALPH AND RUSSO fuchsia flats www. ralphandrusso.com TEAM Photographer Matthew Shave Fashion & Jewellery director Marcella Martinelli Makeup by Ruby Hammer @ Angeli & Co using rubyhammer.com Hair by Tim Crespin @ Angeli & Co using Sam Mcknight modern hairspray Model Megan Williams at www.selectmodel.com
Showstopping REDS Various hues of crimson have utmost influence in the fashion world. Models dressed in crimson from head to toe fire up the runways. Going head-on strong, red is making its way into the runways of Tommy Hilfiger, Marc, Gucci, Balenciaga and many more brands. A model with a white lehenga with red and golden border, and matching red accessories can own the ramp. On the way to the season's boldest trend, hues of vermillion, scarlet, cherry, and crimson can pack a wallop of modernity to one's style statement.
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Editors Note The products I adore Designed to be used on the face, neck and decollete, this 0.5mm Microneedling Roller by OLIVIEREWILSON will give you a more youthful appearance. The roller has 540 ultra fine titanium needles that work to cause ‘micro-injuries’ to the skin, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. The results? A plumper, more luminous complexion, plus better absorption of your skincare products.
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tyle’ and ‘sustainability’ two words that were once never spoken in the same breath will always be two words that compliment each other in MilliOnAir. Our talented team has scoured the globe to bring you the ‘BEST OF THE BEST’ but never at the expense of ensuring the products and people showcased endure and remain true to both style and sustainability. The showstopping colours of this season are stunning as we enter Autumn and will last long beyond. I simply adore Ruby’s article and who better on the planet to teach us how to have beautiful 'Feline Eyes' and get make-up ready in our new mask wearing world. Once again Marcella Martinelli showcases many beautiful objects of desire in 'My Personal Luxuries' And our stunning cover model, Megan Williams – international model and entrepreneur – where does she find the time to do both! Look out for her new brand HUNU, you will want one.
Who can do anything but fall in love with Camilla Elphick’s footwear… so beautiful and so on trend. Being a lover of footwear my eyes were glued to all the beautiful boots from Alexander McQueen, whether ankle or thigh high I worship them all. Finally, when you dive into this Autumn Edition please spend some extra time reading and supporting Sandy Powell OBE, a legend of costume design in the film industry and Oscar stalwart. She is selling many pieces from her personal wardrobe with all of the proceeds going to Refuge to support victims of domestic abuse… let’s all do our best to support Sandy in her quest and the help the survivors of this terrible aspect of life. Enjoy and indulge Millie Cooper
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Ruby Hammer MBE Beauty Editor
MilliOnAir | BEAUTY NEWS
veryday beauty across the globe is continuing to pivot and adapt during the coronavirus era, from an increase in skincare and natural makeup to the new requirements for facemasks in public places. Beauty as we knew it has changed.The emphasis on contoured cheeks and bold lips has been replaced with groomed brows and defined eyes as the focus switches to the upper part of our faces. With half of our faces being covered whilst out and about now is the time to let our eyes do the talking.
Prep your base You may find that your skin has changed since wearing a mask, especially for long periods of time, the increased heat and friction on your face causing Maskne or eczema. Be attentive to how your skin feels, leave it uncovered when and where possible and apply moisturisers with hyaluronic acid and ceramides to hydrate and protect.
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Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fall into the trap of cleansing your skin each time you take a mask off; this may increase skin irritation drying the skin out further. Cleansing twice a day in the morning and evening with a creamy or balm textured cleanser is recommended. GREEN CLEAN CERAVE HYDRATING CLEANSER To reduce transfer and smudging apply foundation and concealer only where needed and opt for long lasting formulations such as DERMABLEND SOS COVER STICK which lasts for up to 16 hours and is sweat resistant (perfect for under a mask).
Fix your frame Well-groomed eyebrows frame your eyes and with the increased focus on the upper part of your face, groomed brows can provide an instant lift to your look. I recommend enhancing the natural shape of your brows by plucking stray and straggly hairs before combing through and filling in any sparse patches. If your brows are unruly set with gel to keep in place throughout the day. ANASTACIA BROW POWDER DUO DIOR BACKSTAGE BROW PALETTE GLOSSIER BOY BROW TWEEZERMAN
Let your eyes do the talking Use the time you would have spent on your lips to really concentrate on your eye makeup, this is a great time to experiment and try new looks. For a soft wash of colour I love YVES SAINT LAURENT SATIN CRUSH EYESHADOWS in their signature nude shades. Apply with your ring finger and make sure to blend out. If you want to add extra oomph start by playing with textures adding in gloss, matte, shimmer and glitter or why not try using the colours from palettes which you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t normally wear. A feline cat eye is one of the most iconic looks of all time, lashes look thicker and eyes sultrier perfect for bringing the attention to your gaze rather than your mask. To avoid wobbly uneven lines draw a dot where you want your flick to finish and using a liquid liner work your way inwards to the inner corner of the eye. I keep MUJI THIN COTTON BUDS dipped in micellar water in my kit to sharpen up edges. If you are feeling more adventurous graphic liner in bright hues to compliment your mask can look incredible. I love the ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS NORVINA ELECTRIC CAKE LINERS, a trio of water activated liners, use one shade or layer for a dramatic effect.
If in doubt, you cannot go wrong with a smoky eye to add impact. We all know the classic black, neutral smoky eye but there are no strict rules for colours. Compliment your eye colour with a deep emerald for brown eyes or orange tinged brown for blue eyes to make them pop. Start by applying a light base shade all over the lid, adding in a medium shade up to the crease before applying your darkest shade to the crease. For added intensity apply a dark shadow along the upper and lower lashlines with a brush making sure to smudge and blend. YSL SEQUIN CRUSH EYE SHADOW PAT MCGRATH EYEDOLS EYE SHADOW NARS POWERCHROME LOOSE EYE PIGMENT ISLAMORADA & STRICKEN RUBY HAMMER PRECISE LIQUID LINER Whether you choose to go bold or natural, mascara will ensure your eyes take centre stage. HUDA LEGIT LASHES allow you to customise your look according to your mood with two full sized mascaras and two brushes in one pack. For a more natural finish the curl & length mascara lengthens even the tiniest of lashes, whilst the volume mascara uses fibers for a voluminous effect. For defined lashes HOURGLASS UNLOCKED INSTANT EXTENSION MASCARA is lightweight formulation which fans the lashes out for a full lash effect.
Let your personality show through your choice of mask and makeup pairing and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to wash your mask at the end of each day.
MilliOnAir | LUXURIES
Marcella Martinelli co-owner and luxury editor of MiliOnAir Magazine shares her ultimate indulgences.
Making a house a home with Gucci. An eclectic collection of homeware pieces featuring seasonal prints, iconic motifs and instantly recognisable branding.
Candle - Multicolour Star Eye mug Candle - Medium Flora print candle Candle -I know everything about love Red apple star shaped dish Bell- Cloche with rabbit
Check wool cushion with fawn Check wool cushion with butterfly Geometric G wallpaper Velvet square G cloud jacquard cushion GG and check wool throw blanket Round plate Yellow GUCCI square dish Feline print coffee pot
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Chopard Chopard Happy Hearts pink caviar shoulder bag with adjustable chain and the Maison signature "C" As convenient as it is elegant, the Happy Hearts shoulder bag makes it possible to bring along the essentials while enjoying a certain freedom of movement. The fine chain shoulder strap and radiant heart-shaped monogram clasp flatter the femininity of this piece, with its wellstructured, contemporary design.
Chopard Happy Hearts crossbody bag, cipriacoloured caviar calfskin with rose gold-toned details.
Haute Parfumerie LOVE by Chopard COMPLETED by master perfumer Alberto Morillas, Chopard’s Love eau de parfum is the very definition of luxurious femininity. An encapsulating fusion of six different rose essences, it’s exemplary of the brand’s savoir faire when it comes to flamboyantly floral fragrances. With a heart of jasmin sambac and orange blossom, the rich base of patchouli, sandalwood, honey, vanilla and tonka bean round off the scent with a powerfully seductive aroma.
MilliOnAir | COVER MODEL
On The Cover On the move with International model Megan Williams on her love of travel, being an entrepreneur and how to be more sustainable day by day. By Marcella Martinelli
egan, you travel all over the world on various assignment, you are known as the face of many Guess adverts and have appeared in Sports Illustrated amongst other very prestigious campaign and shows such as Victoria's Secret, yet you find the time for other projects in particular the invention of the HUNU, a foldable and sustainable coffee cup, what sparked this idea? The idea for HUNU came at the beginning of 2019. My boyfriend had read an article about how in 2020 we would all need to be more responsible and carry more reusables in the hope to slow the constant waste of single use plastics. We started talking and realised that despite so many options already available on the market, there was no coffee cup convenient enough to carry on us all the time. As we live in cities always running around to meet people for a quick coffee on the go we wanted to create something compact enough that you could always carry on in your pocket yet stylish enough that you were proud to use it. That's how HUNU was born.
insightful people and learn from them! It's been so cool to intertwine fashion and my passion for learning more about sustainable practices, speaking to people in the industry who are using their platform for good. I haven't thought about where it could take me just yet but i have found a passion for being on the other side, not as an interviewee but an interviewer, learning from my guests.
HUNU, foldable and sustainable coffee cup
I very much enjoyed watching " Coffee with Megan" on YouTube are you planning to take it further and develop it into a TV show? Thank-you so much it's been so fun to chat to so many
You are very natural in front of the camera do you have any acting ambitions? Acting is something that scares me but at the same time always something I've wanted to try. I would love to take some lessons some time in the future and see if it's something I would want to pursue.
Buying and consuming mindfully seems to be on top of your list what steps can we all take to make a difference? I have learnt that generally we just need less. I've started to eat less meat, buy less clothes and try and stop using plastic where possible. It's all about becoming aware of your consumption. In terms of shopping I have become more aware of my spur of the moment buying habits, and learnt to ask myself 'do i really need this?' I love Livia Firth's, the founder of EcoAge, a method of the '30 Wears Challenge'. Which is asking yourself if you'll get AT LEAST 30 wears out of an item of clothing before purchasing it.
Are there any ethical brands that you particularly like? Skin care wise my favourite right now is Tata Harper - clean beauty, ethically sourced with sustainable packaging and it really works amazingly for my skin. Fashion wise for comfy basics I love Pangaia, a material science company that researches and creates better ways to use and create materials and dyes. Household product wise I love Blueland, who have created incredibly sustainable products for cleaning at home.
A few of my favourite ethical brands Blueland Tata Harper Pangaia
When you’re travelling, do you live by the famous saying “home is where the heart is”?
I would say pretty classical. I feel most at home in jeans and a tee. I find I become more feminine in the summer with dresses and skirts and more prints. I love pairing Yes most definitely! I love travelling and spending time in different places. I plan to try and live in many different simple looks with basics with a cool Jacket and bag. places throughout my life so I do think you can create a What is your motto? home wherever you are happy.
Are they any 80's or 90's supermodel that you admire and if so what is it about them? work ethic, beauty, charisma? Ahh there are so many all the icons like; Karen Mulder, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer there beauty and art they have created with incredible photographers always inspires me. The work ethic and longevity of Cindy Crawford I have also always admired.
What is the best advice you have been given? To love yourself. I think in a time where we are so bombarded by images and sneak peeks into everyone else’s life we can sometimes forget our own greatness and compare ourselves to others we admire. I personally have been through this and then be riddled with self doubt. It's not easy but when you remind yourself to simply love you and have your own back you don’t need anyone else's opinion to lift you up!
To be present and live in the moment. It seems cliche to say but honestly it’s what I have been teaching myself to do especially during 2020, in a year of so much unknown. I think many of us live in our minds, thinking what is next or why didn’t that happen like that. Not realising what’s in front of us and to experience what we have now as in the end that’s all we really have!
To love yourself. I think in a time where we are so bombarded by images and sneak peeks into everyone else’s life we can sometimes forget our own greatness and compare ourselves to others we admire. I personally have been through this and then be riddled with self doubt. It's not easy but when you remind yourself to simply love you and have your own back you don’t need anyone else's opinion to lift you up!
What is your advice to models starting out? To stay true to yourself, there’s going to be a lot of people telling you how to be, how to dress, how to look. And that’s okay as as models we are chameleons. But you can alway ground yourself and bring your own flair and loving personality into everything you do. If you get swept up in trying to be like someone else you will lose your own authenticity that makes you special and is the reason you became a model in the first place.
What is your most memorable job so far? Every Victoria's Secret show I have done has to be top of my list as most memorable. There is no other job like it, with a build up to the castings, to the fittings to the rehearsals and show day! There's no other job where photographers wait outside to see what girls are wearing to the casting and that gets people from all around the world excited.
www.wearehunu.com @wearehunu @meganmayw Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hunu-radio/ id1515036755
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MilliOnAir | LUXURY FOOTWEAR
WHEN THE SHOE FITS DESIGNER CAMILLA ELPHICK ON PUTTING THE FUN INTO FOOTWEAR By Contributing Editor Juliet Herd
uxury shoe designer Camilla Elphick credits her father with instilling in her a lifelong love of fancy footwear. She recalls him telling her as a child to make sure she always had polished shoes and nails if she wanted to make a lasting impression - something she adheres to, to this day.
“He was an accountant but had an obsession with smart shoes and clothes and looking quite sharp,” says Camilla, whose father Nicholas sadly died when she was aged 16. “I was never someone who was casual. I would get dressed up as a girl – any outing was like an occasion. At one point I wanted to get into fashion but I felt more of a compulsion to go for shoes and accessories first as they gave me the most excitement.” Her instinct clearly proved correct as she’s managed to establish herself as one of Britain’s most exciting young shoe designers since launching her eponymous brand six years ago. Her signature feminine and fun footwear is worn by the likes of Alexa Chung, Kendall Jenner, Chloe Moretz, Laura Whitmore and Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan. Her witty and whimsical Pez shoe, with its candy dispenser-inspired heel, has achieved virtual cult status, and her Silver Lining metallic ankle boot with gold arrow detail remains a bestseller. Unsurprisingly, it was that original sugary sweet heel that first brought Elphick to the fashion world’s attention when it was shown as part of her graduate shoe collection at Cordwainers at the London College of Fashion, and led to orders flooding in - before she’d even had a chance to think about setting up shop. “The response was amazing,” she says. “I remember waking up to hundreds of emails from press and stores. I was quite shocked as I didn’t think it would be so sudden.” One of the first to spot that early potential was quirky shoe doyenne Charlotte Olympia, for whom Elphick had been interning at the time and who offered to produce the prototype Pez shoes in her factory, even ordering a pair for herself. “Charlotte was so helpful,” acknowledges Elphick, who also interned for Nicholas Kirkwood, Sophia Webster and Paul Andrew (at Donna Karan in New York during her year out while studying at Cordwainers). While she praises Andrew for being exceptionally helpful, she got a taste of just how maledominated the industry was when he asked her what she wanted to do after her stint with him. “I said I wanted to work with Charlotte Olympia and start up on my own, and he just laughed at me,” she says. It never occurred to her that she wouldn’t succeed. “From the beginning, I was so focused on getting into stores, I didn’t consider the idea of not doing it,” she says. “I was offering something different and I was quite persistent. I never really worried about reaching out to people; I would turn up to a store and ask who was the best person to talk to. I was relentless.” Elphick’s persistence paid off, with her brand quickly gaining a prestigious retail foothold in the likes of Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Luisa Via Roma in Florence, one of her all-time favourite stores, as well as
“The response was amazing,” she says. “I remember waking up to hundreds of emails from press and stores. I was quite shocked as I didn’t think it would be so sudden.”
being carried by stockists in Russia and across the Middle East.
Ironically, though, it was the sheer volume of orders and associated production costs, that led to her move three years ago towards an online-only model. She was also conscious of wanting to make her designs more accessible without compromising quality – one of her original goals – and is pleased that she has since been able to bring the price point down, to under £300. “There was the potential for investment to scale it up and go higher end, but that’s not what I started out to do,” she explains. “None of my friends were interested in buying [the shoes] because they were too expensive. They all shopped online. Where we needed to be was in the mid-range, premium luxury bracket, like Rixo or Missoma.” Her timely pivot to online meant that Elphick, 31 at the end of September, was also better placed than others to cope when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, although lockdown was certainly not without its challenges. She closed her Ladbroke Grove office and relocated lock, stock and proverbial barrel to her fiancé Hugo’s parents’ Fulham house, where she worked solo on fulfilling orders and handling customer services, having furloughed her one full-time staff member. She momentarily panicked when the factory making her shoes in Portugal began to experience supplier delays, but with the agility of a small business owner, was able to quickly adapt.
She is particularly proud of the community she has built through social media with a robust and engaged Instagram following of more than 35,000. She recently invited customers to design a pair of Heart & Sole sneakers and the two most popular colour-ways were produced in a limited edition – to the delight of fans. Another bonus of selling online is that Elphick no longer has the problem of store returns and, rather than work in seasons, can offer monthly drops, based on demand. “It was such a waste when we got returns from stores,” she admits. “It would have been a disaster now if we’d still been working in that way. We’ve got a much more simplified and cost-effective business model.”
“I asked them, ‘What can we get?’ And they said, ‘We can produce sneakers’, which people were wearing a lot,” she says, of the goto footwear for home workers. “At one point, I couldn’t get enough delivered [of her Heart & Sole bestsellers]. I didn’t do anything else but send out shoes all day. I was getting envious of friends doing workout videos and taking up cooking. I almost had more work but it was rewarding.” Another stroke of luck was the timing of her new accessories range of leather makeup bags, purses and clutches, which launched in March. “It was perfect for people who couldn’t see loved ones but wanted to send them a little gesture,” says Elphick, who added personalised notes on request. “It was all about connecting with customers. I had so many conversations on the phone during lockdown; connecting on a slightly different level with people wanting to have a proper conversation.”
Sustainability is also key. “As a brand, we focus our efforts on minimising leather waste, reducing our energy footprint and producing our packaging in eco-friendly materials, such as recycled cardboard,” she says. Each collection is designed according to a theme with three different looks to appeal to the brand’s broad customer base: effortlessly cool and cutting edge, quirky and playful and elegant and classic. Along with ankle boots and sneakers, other bestsellers include the Lover Flats with heart detail and diamante gold embellished buckle; the Alicia sling-back flats, featuring an oversized pearl buckle, another Elphick signature, and the new Maya pearl-embellished buckle slides.
Have high heels had their day? “In the last few years, there’s been a move towards people wanting to be more comfortable,” the designer concedes. “But there’s still a market for high heels. I am 5ft 4in and mainly wear them for events, where I want to have a presence. They make me feel better about myself. I also feel like people will want to dress up a bit more and make more of an effort, even if it’s just going out for dinner.” To that end, Elphick is bringing back one of her most popular styles, the Lover Kitten Heels, with a new on-trend curvaceous and slightly higher heel and featuring crystals, leopard print and mirrored pinks and metallics. “They are quite out there,” she says, delightedly. “We are ramping everything up from now on.” It’s shoes with an enduring “feel-good” factor that typically do well, such as her ultra-flattering two-tone sling backs, which Elphick recently reintroduced with updated pearl buckle detail. She’s also debuting a range of more youthful styles in October, including a chunky Chelsea boot with crystal embellishment on the back, lace-up sneakers with arrow detailing, and a “sassy” high heel knee-high boot featuring chain work. “It’s a bit more fashion and sexier; tapping into people who want something a bit more stand-out,” adds Elphick, who hasn’t ruled out bringing back the Pez when the time is right. She’s planning to launch a bridal collection in January after being besieged by bespoke orders last year. There will be four designs, ranging from a classic pump (with a twist, naturally) to a high heel sandal with ankle strap for dancing.
And that’s not all. Elphick’s enforced time at home has also inspired her to design a small jewellery collection. “They’ve all got our signature hearts or arrows and will fit nicely with our shoe styles,” she says, adding that candles and other “little [homeware] treasures” are in the pipeline. With her wedding shoes sorted, has she got a date set for her own nuptials? Like many couples, she and Hugo, a medical education co-ordinator, had planned to marry this year, only to have their wedding derailed by the pandemic. They met seven years ago at a charity rugby match and got engaged while on a llama trek with their dog Lulu in Surrey over Christmas. “He wanted to do something different,” laughs Fulham-raised Elphick, whose mother Denise runs pet concierge travel service PetsPyjamas, which organised the trip. “It [the proposal] was a complete surprise, but I was hoping it was coming soon.” Now, they’re planning to wed in Porto, Portugal, next June. Lockdown, reflects Elphick, has given her time to refine her brand and to relax. “It’s done me some good to be at home,” says this petite powerhouse. “Now I feel very revived and ready to get back into the swing of things.”
www.camillaelphick.com Product photography MARTA FERENC
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MilliOnAir | LUXURY ACCESSORIES
New Season New Shoes by
NICOLA SEXTON debuts A collection that was inspired by her teen years in the 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, focusing heavily on boots; from her best-selling Chelsea boot to knee highs, MilliOnAir magazine
Biker boots, mid-heels and more, which sit alongside the signature pumps and loafers. The perfect shoes to take you from day to night and from town to the country.
These boots are made for walking
''Season to season, Nicola continues to deliver her beloved classic styles in the finest of materials combined with her signature flair for colour. Always designed to take you from day to night, from town to country.'' www.nicolasexton.co.uk
MilliOnAir | LUXURY ACCESSORIES
Weekender Luxury By Marcella Martinelli
MOYNAT THE 48H BAG Taking the iconic shape of OH! Tote Canvas, the 48H weekender is re-imagined where the top corners can be buttoned down to give it that sporty silhouette.
The lux effect is the personalisation tradition of Moynat which still continues today around the world on all their bags and accessories upon request. Each unique lettering is individually painted by hand (in absence of stencils), with the font type from the house’s archives or special creations.
A visionary woman Pauline Moynat, a visionary and the only woman trunk-maker in history, founded Moynat in 1849, and soon made the house the most Parisian among the French leather goods and trunk makers of her time. Pauline Moynat, a visionary and the only woman trunk-maker in history, founded Moynat in 1849, and soon made the house the most Parisian among the French leather goods and trunk makers of her time.
patents, especially for train luggage. Later as a pioneer in the automobile adventure, Moynat specialized in custom-made trunks that fitted the contours and were matched to the colour of the car body. The most famous example is the Limousine trunk patented in 1902, and never copied.
In the Moynat history, many creations begin with a beautiful rencontre or encounter, from the friendship Founded at the time of the establishment of the French between Pauline Moynat and Gabrielle Réjane in the late 19th century to artistic director Ramesh Nair’s railway system, the house registered innumerable patents, especially for train luggage. Later as a pioneer creations for the musician Pharrell Williams. In the Moynat history, many creations begin with a in the automobile adventure, Moynat specialized in custom-made trunks that fitted the contours and were beautiful rencontre or encounter, from the friendship between Pauline Moynat and Gabrielle Réjane in the matched to the colour of the car body. The most late 19th century to artistic director Ramesh Nair’s famous example is the Limousine trunk patented in creations for the musician Pharrell Williams. 1902, and never copied. Founded at the time of the establishment of the French www.moynat.com railway system, the house registered innumerable
MilliOnAir | LUXURY ACCESSORIES
Unique Just as you are. Dior Accessories Gift Guide Discover a selection of iconic gifts from the latest Dior collections, Cross body bag, scarfs and Jewellery.
By Marcella Marinelli
“Don't buy much but make sure that what you buy is good.” ChristianDior
MilliOnAir | LUXURY ACCESSORIES
AYLAH 110MM BLACK
By Marcella Marinelli
STRETCH FABRIC BOOT S
RED LEATHER CROCODILE PRINT ELISE BAG Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello
IC BOOTS AYLAH 110MM RED STRETCH FABR
BLACK LEATHER CROCODILE PRINT ELISE BAG Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello
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Edited by Marcella Martinelli
Beautiful shades of brown are back this autumn, following on from summer's lighter counterpart, nude. The autumnal hue spotted on the catwalks this season. Here are a few of our must-have items to make sure you stay on-trend.
Wool Cashmere Gloves Large Striped Teddy Tote Bag Tan Leather Satchel Bag Flat Brown Lace Up Shoes
Stephen Webster Jewelery
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MilliOnAir | JEWELRY
Mix & Match Combine the newest designs by Van Cleef and Arpels to create a modern and timeless look
By Marcella Martinelli
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High Jewellery Collection
By Marcella Martinelli
Piaget Wings of Light, comprised of three chapters, inviting you on a joyous journey to a fantasy land filled with colour & wonder. Let's start with Enchanted Flight which transcend precision and perfection, we soar with the Piaget Bird on its flight of imagination and inventiveness through the tropics, to reach a tranquil oasis of wonder and harmony. We follow with Magnificent Haven As our journey continues across glistening lands we reach a magnificent oasis and come to rest in an enchanted clearing. Beyond cascading rivers of blue, fierce waters become quiet pools. This is a place of rest and refuge, where the colour of the water reflects and sooths us into a gentle state of calm.
Last but not least we have Ecstatic Dance Rested and revived, it is time to celebrate the wonders of this world, as the sun sinks into a golden glow, the colours of its setting bathing all in a rosy richness of golds and pinks. Across the painted landscape, rainbow colours begin to illuminate the night, washing everything they touch with a magical richness.
''The magic of vivid color, wild plants, majestic animals and simmering sunsets invites you to an exotic escape. Wings of Light presents: an adventure like no other.'' MilliOnAir magazine
Wings of Light Captivating Wings Ring
Wings of Light Diamond Heliconia Necklace
Wings of Light Natural Harmony Necklace
Wings of Light Piaget Sparkling Night Earrings
Wings of Light Secret Cenote
Wings of Light Secret Cenote Cuff Watch
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His and Hers BVLGARI ALUMINIUM By Marcella Martinelli
Launched back in 1998 this 90's unisex classic watch by Bvlgari continues to redefine what a luxury object a sport watch can be. An iconic design, crafted in aluminium and rubber it defies expectations by choosing to focus on pure, cool style. MilliOnAir magazine
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Swarovski celebrates 125 years of heritage
By Marcella Martinelli
A mastery of innovation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and not to forget those iconic
fashion moments! Swarovski are always a step ahead, celebrating their 125th anniversary they have created "The Twist " collection a range of timeless jewellery staples inspired by the elegance of spirals, embellished with blue coloured and white stones within a rhodium-plated setting. Perfect for everyday wear or an evening out. The collection celebrates the unique DNA of Swarovski by honouring its iconic blue shade.
The timeless yet elegant accessories are the ideal everyday companion for every occasion. The highlight this autumn is the TWIST collection. With their dynamic design, these gems are unmistakable. From eye-catching accessories to classic pieces of jewellery, there is something for everyone. www.swarovski.com
MilliOnAir | LUXURY JEWELERY
Jewellery Made With You. Ethically sourced diamonds hand chosen for their beauty.
Vashi By Marcella Martinelli
VASHI By MM The perfect Jewellery to wear every day. Intentionally understated and ready to be personalised with a unique engraving or diamond setting, VASHI new collection explores geometric shapes and minimalist recurring patterns. Take a seat at the workbench and experience having your jewellery engraved just for you. www.vashi.com
Intentionally understated and ready to be personalised with a unique engraving or diamond setting, VASHI new collection explores geometric shapes and minimalist recurring patterns. Take a seat at the workbench and experience having your jewellery engraved just for you.
Having worked in the diamond industry for 20 years, Vashi Dominguez was amazed that the major fine jewellery stores of Bond Street and 5th Avenue had barely evolved since their historic origins. They are intimidating places to enter, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no opportunity to input into the design or to tell your own story. ''At Vashi, we invite our customers to create unique and custom pieces of fine jewellery, with their own hand and in collaboration with our craftspeople, because we believe something you make will always mean more than something you bought. Not only is each piece of jewellery as unique as the hands that wear them, but the process by which it is created becomes a story in itself - a celebration of the most important moments in life. All Vashi diamonds are ethically sourced and conflict free. A workshop in every store means less waste and a lower carbon footprint. No need to wonder who made your jewellery â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you can meet them yourself.''
Stephen Webster Portrait 2017 courtesy of Rankin
Rock Star StephenWebster
Interview by Marcella Martinelli
Stephen Webster, the London-based contemporary fine jewellery brand established in 1989, is known for its powerful aesthetic and its instantly recognisable collections. At the heart of Stephen Webster is a respect for traditional British craftsmanship and goldsmithing.
here’s also a fearless dedication to cuttingedge processes and the creation of daring, intricate designs. Rebellious yet ethical, the brand genuinely stands for something good using materials that are always thoughtfully and responsibly sourced. Indeed, Stephen Webster was a pioneer of Fairtrade gold. This unique approach has helped win him industry-wide recognition. In 2013 HRH The Prince of Wales presented the designer with an MBE for his services to the jewellery industry. In 2015 he was named Jewellery Designer of The Year at the 13th annual GEM awards, Then, in 2018, in Las Vegas, he was presented with the Couture Design Award for ‘Best in Innovation’. Webster has also played a pivotal role as a mentor nurturing emerging British jewellery talent with his involvement in ‘Rock Vault’ from 2012 to 2017. It was set-up to showcase and support emerging British jewellers both in the UK and overseas chaired by Stephen Webster who together with the British Fashion Council came up with the idea.
''He continues to break the rules of fine jewellery with designs that are intelligent, thoughtprovoking and visionary.''
Launched 20 years ago Stephen Webster’s men’s jewellery became instantly iconic. No Regrets, the Men’s collection 2019 sees a revival of these icons and a true representation of the Stephen Webster brand DNA.
This page and previous: Stephen Webster’s Russian Roulette Homeware
Stephen Webster you are the Rock' n roll Jewellery designer par excellence, what do you give a man that has everything? By the very nature of the term, it is of course, almost impossible to know what to give to a man that has everything. However, I believe that having something made uniquely for you and possibly being involved or witness to the creative process, still provokes excitement, no matter what he’s got. We live in a time of ‘less is more’, but people are people and find pleasure and enjoyment in the things that people create, often way beyond intrinsic value. My favourite ‘material’ things are those that have either been around for a long time and therefore I am merely the custodian, or things that I have been given or had made, (or indeed made myself) that ‘will’ be around for a long time, placing me at the start of the journey.
Tell us of an unforgettable place that you have travelled to? Jewellery has taken me all over the world, down mines, up mountains and off the beaten track. I’m so grateful for the variety of places my work has taken me. However, my unforgettable place is where we have a home, perched on the top of the White Cliffs of Dover, looking out over France. Our local pub is the closest pub to France and Europe. I was born not so far away in the same county if Kent, our kids (now 21 and 28) have grown up there and we spent lockdown all together there. Those 10 weeks were my most unforgettable time in our unforgettable place.
What is your biggest indulgence? My biggest indulgence are my old cars and motorbikes. The two cars, both 1959 (the year I was born) Ford Thunderbirds, I keep in the US. I drive one when I visit our home in Miami, the other is with my friend in Upstate New York. We go on a road trip every year, usually in the US but once or twice in Europe. We have taken the slow lane to so many places. My motorbikes are equally as old or older. 1957 Ural with a sidecar my wife bought for me in Siberia for my 50th birthday and my latest a 1949 Norton. I ride them around the country side near where we live in Kent.
An object or piece of Jewellery you will never part with? My special piece of jewellery is a ring I designed after one of my early trips to Japan. I went to the samurai museum in Tokyo which inspired me a lot. Nothing directly but more by way of techniques or some imagery. The ring is a version of a kabuki mask from the traditional Japanese theatre. Carved in 18ct gold with wild ruby eyes and a face studded with diamonds. He looks angry but still so many people want one, it’s the Kabuki Klub.
''Jewellery has taken me all over the world, down mines, up mountains and off the beaten track. I’m so grateful for the verity the vines my way.''
What career would you have embarked on if you hadn't chosen to be a Jewellery designer? If I hadn’t become a jeweller, I would have been a silversmith or metalsmith of some sorts. I love metal and working with it. The best metal though is gold - thankfully I’m a goldsmith.
What is the best advice you have ever been given? I think it was from my first Forman when I was an apprentice. I won a junior design competition, I was probably 18 years old. I was really excited to tell him because I thought he would be proud of me, the most junior person in the workshop. Instead he told me not to get too big for my boots. Upset by his reaction, all I wanted to do was get too big for my boots.
Behind every successful man stands a woman. Would you agree with that? 100%. Even after 25+ years I still get nervous when Assia stands behind me.
What is your motto? My motto is now a bar/lounge/chapel and the name for our archive: No Regrets www.stephenwebster.com insta: @stephenwebsterjewellery
MilliOnAir | ETHICAL BRAND
Designer Activist Ethical
Kassandra Lauren Gordon Jewellery
n ethical jeweller/Goldsmith and jewellery content creator based in East London. She has studied jewellery manufacture and design in Hatton Garden. Kassandra was a former social researcher, youth worker, community worker and domestic violence professional. She has always wanted to empower people to find their voice, especially when life is not easy. Kassandra designs ethical jewellery with the dress codes of a range of professional industries in mind; from minimalist styles for the more formal work environments to loud pieces for creatives. Her jewellery style is minimalistic with organic, textured elements contrasting with geometric shapes, always infused with storytelling.
“I was getting a lot of Black jewellers messaging me on social media in response to my open letter. They shared their own experiences of racism and discrimination, as well as the financial difficulties they were facing due to Covid-19. Many wanted advice and support for their businesses and their practice, but there just wasn’t anything available from the industry specifically for black jewellers. So, I decided to launch a Go Fund Me page to raise money to do just that, inspired by all the people who had contacted me. Initially I planned to support 10 Black jewellers with £1,000 grants, no strings attached, and to fund some social research. But the campaign was so successful, that with the support of donors large and small, we have been able to support 21 Black jewellers. I am so grateful to all of the donors; we simply couldn’t have done this without them.” Kassandra (left)
Kassandra at work
My pieces appeal to a woman who is bold, fearless and unapologetic about who she is. She has the courage to show herself and allow herself to continue on a journey of discovery about her own growth and the world around her. Kassandra creates engagement rings that bring in some of the same properties such as individuality and freedom of expression. These are not traditional but rather each is unique and limited edition or one-of-a-kind because no two women are alike. In June 2020, Kassandra wrote an open letter to the jewellery industry highlighting how current practices and systems limit accessibility and entry into the trade for Black people; and a five-point plan to help increase the visibility of Black jewellers in the industry and amplify their voices. She also launched a Go Fund Me page to raise Kassandra runs the Black Jewellers Network which produces mentoring opportunities and support for Black money to support Black jewellers facing hardship. Jewellers, a monthly newsletter and free event www. facebook.com/blackjewellersnetwork Kassandra is the host of the 'Created For You' podcast, where she interviews business owners and creatives providing excellent experiences to their clients. https:// Website www.kassandralaurengordon.com IG: @klgjewellery anchor.fm/kassandra-gordon
MilliOnAir | WATCHES
Ă&#x2030;gĂŠrie Vacheron Constantin
his collection pays homage to the world of Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture. The dial decoration is reminiscent of pleated fabric finishing and is graced with a clever interchangeable strap system offering versatility and variety. The collection takes its name from the nymph Egeria who appeared in Roman mythology to the contemporary muses who inspire artists, designers and other creative talents.
By Marcella Martinelli
The new collection entirely inspired by and dedicated to women, the coming together of Haute Couture and Haute Horlogerie, two worlds sharing the same passion for excellence and beauty. With such priceless sources of inspiration, Égérie will inspire you to make each moment more precious than the one before. HAUTE HORLOGERIE DRESSED BY HAUTE COUTURE. With the same obsession for detail, the same quest for absolute elegance, the same creative craftsmanship, these two worlds were meant to meet someday. This double source of inspiration gave birth to Égérie, an Haute Horlogerie collection which celebrates absolute femininity. The perfectly pure design of the dial on which the numbers seem to float over a delicate drape of pure silk is crowned by a halo of diamonds. Its exquisite background pattern, inspired by a tapestry technique, is made possible by a unique machine dating from 1904, the only one capable of traditionally reproducing such a complex design. www.vacheron-constantin.com
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MilliOnAir | FASHION
A New Season A New Story MilliOnAir magazine
By Marcella Martinelli
Black & Welsh Red Leather Oversized Quilt Tall Story Bag £2490
Court Sunglasses with violet and silver frames
Black Leather Over the Knee Chelsea Tread Boots £1050
Welsh Red Leather Oversized Quilt Story Shoulder Bag £2150
Thigh-High Peak Boot £1390
Tread Slick Chelsea Boot £ 540
The Story Book £ 2,150
Lilac Leather Oversized Quilt Story Bag £1990
Patchwork Leather Tall Story Bag £2490
Black Leather Oversized Quilt Story Bag £1990
Black Leather Oversized Quilt Skull Four Ring Pouch £1550
Stockists: www.alexandermqueen.com Alexander McQueen 27 Old Bond Street London W1S 4QE
MilliOnAir | MUST HAVE'S
Dusky Autumn Shades of Pink
From STAND and Lanvin to Gucci and Cartier, varying shades of pink popped up as one of fall's must-wear colors. Even if you're not the type to get dressed in this ultra feminine hue, you might find yourself taken with the more muted tones. MilliOnAir magazine
GUCCI Leather Pilar Espadrilles
MIU MIU DÃ©lice Round Sunglasses
POMELLATO Nudo Pink Quartz Ring
STAND Marina Faux Fur Crop Jacket
MARC JACOBS The Marc Jacobs Continental Chain Leather Wallet
CARTIER Steel Ballon Bleu Watch 33mm
EX NIHILO EXPLICITE Eau de Parfum (100ml)
LANVIN Babar Fairground Sweatshirt
PAIGE Mayslie Cropped Trousers
MilliOnAir | THE COVER STORY
Here and Now with
MEGAN WILLIAMS Mix your style this Autumn for a a feel good factor
TEAM Photographer Matthew Shave Fashion & Jewellery director Marcella Martinelli Makeup by Ruby Hammer @ Angeli & Co using rubyhammer.com Hair by Tim Crespin @ Angeli & Co using Sam Mcknight modern hairspray Model Megan Williams at www.selectmodel.com
CARTIER LOVE earrings in yellow gold www.cartier.co.uk ALEXANDER MCQUEEN black leather asymmetric drape coat with gold metal staple Black Leather Story Bag with Gold Studs and Black Leather KneeHigh Peak Boots with Gold Hardware www.alexandermcqueen.com
Above VAN CLEEF AND ARPELS Snowflake earrings with diamonds set in yellow gold www. vancleefarpels.com DIOR Ecru shantung effect wool and silk jacket www.dior.com
Opposite DIOR Ecru shantung effect wool and silk jacket & trousers with ecru grosgrain band “Women are the moon” T-shirt www.dior.com
VAN CLEEF AND ARPELS Snowflake earrings with diamonds set in yellow gold www. vancleefarpels.com DIOR Ecru shantung effect wool and silk jacket www.dior.com
VAN CLEEF AND ARPELS Najud earrings with two chrysoprase drops, sapphires, diamonds, black spinels and lapis lazuli set in yellow and white gold www.vancleefarpels.com SHARON WAUCHOB Hand embroidered silk fringe dress www. sharonwauchob.com RALPH AND RUSSO fuchsia flats www.ralphandrusso.com
ADLER "Electric Titanium" in Titanium and white gold set with diamonds www.adler.ch RALPH & RUSSO Mustard and purple psychedelic flower silk twill kaftan, edged with a combination of black and lilac feathers at the hem with sequins. www.ralphandrusso.com GINA Rose flower mesh Dahlia Boots made to order www.gina.com www.ralphandrusso.com
RALPH & RUSSO Mustard and purple psychedelic flower silk twill kaftan, edged with a combination of black and lilac feathers at the hem with sequins. www.ralphandrusso. com
ADLER "Electric Titanium" Earrings in Titanium and white gold set with diamonds and ring set with diamonds www.adler.ch RALPH & RUSSO Mustard and purple psychedelic flower silk twill kaftan, edged with a combination of black and lilac feathers at the hem with sequins. www.ralphandrusso. com
CHOPARD earrings featuring diamonds set in rose gold and a necklace featuring rubellite tourmalines tanzanites Amethysts spessartine tsavorite and purple Sapphires set in yellow gold and titanium both from the the Haute Joaillerie collection www.chopard. com VICTORIA BECKHAM Purple Ruffle Blouse in silk Crepe de Chine www.victoriabeckham.com AMANDA WAKELEY gold moth embroidery maxi skirt www. amandawakeley.com GINA magenta shoes made to order www.gina.com
BRUNELLO CUCINELLI double breasted grey wool jacket, with sequin check hwww.brunellocucinelli.com/en ADLER "Wild at heart" earrings in white gold with pear-shaped diamonds and ring in white gold set with one cushion cut diamond and pearshaped diamonds www.adler.ch
BRUNELLO CUCINELLI double breasted grey wool jacket, with sequin check hwww.brunellocucinelli.com/en ADLER â&#x20AC;&#x153;L'Envol" necklace in white gold set with pear-shaped diamonds and diamonds with one pear-shaped diamond detachable pendant "Wild at heart" earrings in white gold with pear-shaped diamonds and ring in white gold set with one cushion cut diamond and pear-shaped diamonds www.adler.ch
VAN CLEEF AND ARPELS Balletti earrings with diamonds, emeralds, black spinels and white cultured pearls set in yellow and white gold www.vancleefarpels.com AMANDA WAKELEY White and pomegranate moth embroidery dress www.amandawakeley.com RALPH AND RUSSO black suede
ROKSANDA Hand Knitted Wool coat and Hand Knotted Boots in napa leather www.roksanda.com STEPHEN WEBSTER Magnipheasant PavĂŠ Earrings www.stephenwebster.com
ROKSANDA Hand Knitted Wool coat www.roksanda.com STEPHEN WEBSTER Magnipheasant PavÃ© Earrings www.stephenwebster.com
MilliOnAir | INTERVIEW
You shall go to the ball... In pre-loved fashion Sandy Powell OBE By Marcella Martinelli
andy Powell is one of the most highly acclaimed costume designers working today and has received more Oscar nominations for costume design than any other living designer. Her many credits include Orlando,The Favourite, Velvet Goldmine, Carol, The Irishman and Gangs of New York. Sandy has partnered with online vintage boutique, Menage Modern Vintage founded by Chiara Menage, to sell over 50 items from her personal collection. All proceeds will be donated to Refuge the charity that supports people experiencing domestic violence.
Photo by Tim Walker
that cases of domestic violence increased dramatically during lockdown and I was very conscious of the disparity between my own experience of this period and the misery that others were going through.
Choosing to wear second-hand clothing is becoming an urgent environmental imperative is this something that has always been important to you even before we all became more aware of it?
Sandy, It is so encouraging to see that someone as busy as you are can find the time to help and join forces with Menage Modern Vintage in order to raise funds for Refuge with all proceeds going to the charity that supports people experiencing domestic violence. Can you tell us about this collaboration and how did it happen? Like everyone else during lockdown earlier this year I used the opportunity to finally clear out my closets
and unearthed mountains of clothing I either no longer wore or had no use for. Several bag loads were donated to my local charity shops in Brixton but when I realised I had a significant number of items that could raise a high price I decided to look into selling them to raise as much money as possible for charity. A friend who is also a costume designer suggested I contact Chiara of Menage Modern Vintage who was used to selling high end vintage and contemporary clothing and together we decided to donate all proceeds to the charity Refuge, having been made aware
I have worn second hand clothing for as long as I can remember! The first pieces of clothing I ever bought as a young teenager in the 70’s were from Oxfam in the days when you could still get things from the £ 30 and £40 pounds. Charity shop purchases and jumble sales were a way of life. In the late 70’s and early 80’s my clothes were either home made of bought from flea markets, I was going to art school in 1930’s tea dresses and victorian capes, like everyone else during the dressing up years of the new Romantics. As much as I love contemporary fashion I have recently tried to make a concerted effort to repurpose what I already have and if I do buy something new make sure I donate something in its place!
1 Gold YSL shoes 2 Vivienne Westwood Black Patent Leather Mary Janes with Moulded Toes
3 Hugo Boss Grey/Black Snakeskin Wedges
Like everyone else during lockdown earlier this year I used the opportunity to finally clear out my closets and unearthed mountains of clothing I either no longer wore or had no use for. Several bag loads were donated to my local charity shops in Brixton but when I realised I had a significant number of items that could raise a high price I decided to look into selling them to raise as much money as possible for charity.
4 Givenchy dress
5 Hugo Boss Burgundy Floor Length Gown with Black Sleeves 6 Yves Saint Laurent Ruched Black Silk Evening Gown 7 Esteban Cortazar Black Silk Palazzo Pants in Contrasting Stripe 8 Burberry Military Caped Jacket with Gold Buttons 9 Mulberry Green Leather
You have been a creative force in the industry Shoulder Bag for many years with your own personal style and costume designs Do you have any personal favourite fashion what is the source of your inspiration? moments? My source of inspiration comes from so many different places! I have always loved fashion, both contemporary and historic and since its my job I spend a lot of time researching different periods and needless to say am often inspired. I am attracted to interesting textures and colours and anything that is not conventional.
There is diversity and change in the fashion industry, do you see this in movies too and on set? I think the world is going through huge changes at the moment, hopefully most of it for the better. The film industry is certainly undergoing long overdue changes which wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen over night but at least there are discussions taking place.
I am not sure if its because we are at our most impressionable in our early teens but some of the moments in both fashion and culture during the early to mid 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s have been the most influential and to this day continue to inspire me. I also love everything Japanese!
What is your greatest wish for a better world? Equality!
What is your motto? Take each day as it comes and as it might be your last. www.menagemodernvintage.com
MilliOnAir | FASHION
My Wardrobe Rent & buy luxury fashion
For your own wardrobe HQ MilliOnAir magazine
By Marcella Martinelli
A Wardrobe for hire is an innovative idea to consume fashion in a sustainable way. MY WARDROBE HQ is the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first fashion rental marketplace that offer this service, it's a leading destination for renting and buying contemporary and luxury womenswear fashion. Discover and wear clothing plus an array of accessories from new and past collections from the likes of Christopher Kane, Coach, Mulberry, Needle & Thread and Temperley London, as well as items from the wardrobes of celebrities and influencers including Arizona Muse, Poppy and Chloe Delevingne, amongst many other stylish women. You can rent the items and if you decide to buy them you can do so and pay the difference. Perhaps this enforced period of reflection will encourage us to think differently about the value that we attach to what we wear.
WHO'S IN? MWHQ launched in November 2019 with a selection of clothes and accessories from over 500 designers including Stella McCartney, Gucci, Prada, Anya Hindmarch, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Needle & Thread, Saint Laurent, Roksanda, Ulla Johnson, Mulberry, Givenchy, IRO, Maje, Sandro, Ganni, Rixo, Valentino, Zimmermann, Kalita, Temperley, Vivienne Westwood, Perfect Moment, Henry Holland, Chinti & Parker, Dodo Bar Or, Isabel Marant and many, many more.
FASHION CONSCIOUS MWHQ is a social shopping platform with a sustainable heart, one that is fully circular by allowing users to rent and monetise their own wardrobes. The unique buy and rent model allows consumers to ‘try before they buy’, with no hidden catches. ''An innovative identity checks process gives our community complete peace of mind with no hidden costs. Many other rental platforms can only loan up to 7 days, and pre-authorise the full RRP of the item each time it’s rented, something that is often overlooked by the buyer. Thanks to our partners, users on MWHQ can rent an item for up to 14 days with no fears of any blocks being placed on their cards.'' -MWHQ
MilliOnAir | FASHION
By Fashion Contributor Clare Lazarro
demanding standards that customers are increasingly demanding from our modern e-tailers. Despite several fast
fashion giants appearing to remain tone deaf to this shift, most luxury e-tailers have listened to their audience's concerns and are making responsible decisions to deliver the best in ethical practices, whilst maintaining their standards of great design and fashionability.
Stella McCartney A/W 2020
Ever the forerunner, Net-a-Porter.com launched their 'Net Sustain' category in June 2019. Shop cool, envirofriendly trainers from Veja (made from recycled and organic materials) and Good News' organic high-tops. Or browse Bite Studios for sustainable timeless classics, plus eco-friendly luggage by Paravel. Matchesfashion.com introduced 'The Responsible Edit' in March this year, with sub sections dedicated to brands supporting charities, artisanal processes, ethically sourced materials and responsible supply chains. Check out cool basics from their exclusive, consciously produced label, Raey.
Also last year, Brownsfashion.com initiated 'Browns Conscious'. The section features vegan leather by Nanushka, organic cotton pieces by Ganni, plus of course, the trailblazing Stella McCartney. And Farfetch.com now features a 'Pre-Owned' category offering lovingly preserved pieces from high end designers such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior - the ultimate in luxury t's seems hard to imagine, especially in these past few months, a time before we shopped online, and yet it's recycling. One silver lining to this 2020 lockdown has been the only been 20 years since Natalie Massenet founded the groundbreaking fashion e-tailer, net-a-porter.com (amid significant reduction in harmful emissions globally, due to widespread scepticism). The rest, of course, is history with declining air travel and manufacturing. And whilst the internet has allowed us to indulge our retail therapy needs 70% of luxury shopping now being done digitally. Ethroughout, perhaps this is a 'stop and think' moment - a tailers have come a long way since those early chance to decelerate the frenzied way we used to shop, to days, becoming slick, go-to, and sometimes behemoth reduce overproduction and consider the environment with operations. more discerning shopping practices. In which case these But these past 20 years have also seen another signiďŹ cant environmentally aware e-tail categories are a welcome addition to the ever expanding e-tail landscape. Hopefully shift in focus for the fashion industry - namely to the this will be an ongoing movement that others will follow. more serious matter of its environmental and humanitarian impact. As these issues have come to light, With luxury e-tailers doing the groundwork for us and sustainability, cruelty free, eco friendly and ethical taking responsibility, maybe e-tail therapy needn't be a
practices are standards that customers are increasingly
Net Sustain from Net-a-porter.com
Brown bag - Hereu. Cream trousers - Envelope1976. Cream suitcase - Paravel. Trainers - Veja. Canvas high-tops - Good News. Cream crinkle shirt - Bite Studios. Earrings - Melissa Joy Manning.
The Responsible Edit from Matchesfashion.com
Oversized pea coat - Raey. Cream sleeveless jacket - Raey. Roll neck - Raey. Furry coat - Raey.
Browns Conscious from Brownsfashion.com.
Trainers - Stella McCartney. Checked skirt - Off-White. Black ankle boots - Dr Martens. White bag - Jil Sander. Checked shirt - Off-White.
Stella McCartney A/W 2020
Checked bucket hat - Burberry. Sunglasses - Gianfranco Ferre. Checked gloves - Burberry.
MilliOnAir | FASHION ON TREND
Black, White & Red
By Marcella Martinelli
A selection of exciting statement pieces from AWAKE, Lanvin, Monse, Rick Owen , Simone Rocha, Proenza Schouler from their Autumn - Winter 2020 collections.
Proenza Schouler AWAKE mode
All available at www.harrods.com
MilliOnAir | INTERVIEW
International Man of Luxury
JAMES MASSEY, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE MASSEY PARTNERSHIP
ames Massey started his career in communications at Nestlé as an Assistant Brand Manager. This was followed by seven years in marketing at LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton), during the last four of which he was Marketing Manager for TAG Heuer watches. In 2007 he joined Finch & Partners, as Head of their Press Division and in May 2010, he established the Massey Partnership's Luxury Goods division, focusing on providing discrete and high level one-to-one press representation to the finest brands in the world.
James Massey, you are a luxury maven, tell us You work with some of the finest brands in the world, how do you create a memorable Brand what you do? identity? I’d certainly question that description – but my team and I are lucky enough to represent some of the finest luxury brands in the world.
We work with genius brands and take absolutely no credit for the creation of their identities. What I can say that is the best performing brands in the long-term seem to be the We spend our time talking to our clients, understanding ones who possess, manage and preserve a culture at the their motivations, strategies and plans – and then support heart of their organisation – and then communicate it their teams in conveying those to the intended audience outwards. Hermes remains the best example of this. Their through multiple channels. values are consistent, true and transparent – and they are there for all to see, whether you’re in their ateliers, offices, in one of their stores or on their Instagram. When did your interest in Public relations
Can you describe luxury in three words?
It started with my Father really. He was a well-known luxury travel PR in London and used to scour the newspapers every weekend, in the same way that we all scour Instagram every morning. I was quite dismissive of PR in my early twenties, choosing to pursue a career in Marketing and Brand Management at Nestle and then LVMH, but I got pulled in and realised that I loved it.
Considered, desirable and valued.
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''We spend our time talking to our clients, understanding their motivations, strategies and plans – and then support their teams in conveying those to the intended audience through multiple channels.''
What were the challenges you faced during lockdown? It would be churlish of me to pretend that we had any significant challenges in view of what so many people have faced during this time.
The same advice I give to my children on a daily basis today. Say please and thank you - and don’t hit!
Your most essential piece of menswear? Black jeans, black v neck, navy blue blazer
Like any parent, my immediate concerns were for my family. As a business owner, my priority was to ensure my team and our clients were safe, as well as the journalists, stylists and content creators that we work with day in, day out.
What is your next project?
Are they any designers or brands that you admire and if so why?
Made in England or made in Italy?
My main focus is the same as always - keep the team together, happy and motivated, which in turn keeps their mindset focused on delivering for our clients and delivering for the media. It’s been an extraordinary year. At the end of the day, it all came down to communication, I think Christmas is going to be even more significant than ever before in 2020 – not commercially but emotionally. which is what we do for a living. The channels shifted – Family, togetherness and kindness are going to matter the principals of consideration, speed and accuracy more than ever before. didn’t.
Loads but my favourite is Tinker Hatfield at Nike. His designs had me at the age of 13 and they still do more than 30 years later
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
I would hate to live without both in my life but I’m English so if I really had to choose, then Made in England.
What is your motto in life? Be kind www.massey.co.uk
MilliOnAir | FASHION REVOLUTION
Shaku To be loved and worn for decades to come. By Marcella Martinelli
The London-based brand is synonymous with time-honoured techniques, tradition and modernity. Bringing her art to the world SHAKU creates luxurious silk scarfs. In line with slow fashion it is to be to be passed down, not discarded within a season. they are intended to be loved and worn for decades to come. Shakera (‘Shaku’ was her nickname) comes from a family of dressmakers. Born and raised in Mumbai, her mother and aunt both worked as tailors. She learned the intricacies of hand embroidery from them but left for England at nineteen years old to marry and raise her own family. She forged a successful career in property but always harbored a creative side, a passion she fulfilled with drawing and painting in her spare time. For a long time, Shakera nursed a desire to bring her art to the world and it is together with her eldest daughter, Sonera that the dream has become a reality.
For lifestyle brand Shaku it all begins with nature. Founder and creative director, Shakera Tayub’s love of the natural world urged her to set pen, pencil and paint - to paper. SHAKERA TAYUB, FOUNDER
PHOTOGRAPHER - OLIVIA OWEN
ART DIRECTOR - TOM KEELING
MODEL - EVE KOUSH
Photographer - Olivia Owen
Art Director - Tom Keeling
Model - Eve Koushi
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Founded by the inspirational Alison Lowe MBE, Felicities is a passionate team and partnership of creative thinkers, marketing strategists, producers and experts, with years of experience in helping brands connect with their audiences and increase sales. Felicities know how to work with creatives and entrepreneurs and their no-nonsense approach makes sure that they deliver the results you need. The Felicities team are passionate about supporting start-up, creative and retail businesses, mentoring entrepreneurs and developing the next generation of successful brands. Their services help entrepreneurs and organisations develop future-facing businesses that are flexible and can adapt to a changing global environment. Over the past 16 years, the agency has helped fledgling brands take flight and global brands build and maintain market dominance. Brands including - Lotus, Unilever, Mitsubishi, Olympus Cameras, ME London Hotel, Charli Cohen - to name just a few... Felicities solve real business problems through an effective and realistic mix of strategy, creativity, and honest, practical advice. See more at www.felicities.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org and let the team know, how they can help you!
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MilliOnAir | HEALTH & WELLBEING
Ayurveda for Modern day Mind Body Balance
by Health & Wellness Editor Bridget Hancock
yurveda is a 5000 year old ancient medicine originating in India, translating to ‘The Wisdom of Life’ and is known as the ‘Mother of all Healing.’ It is a beautiful and complete understanding of the laws of Nature and the Universe providing tools to live in consciousness to achieve total health, energy and unlock human potential. Ayurvedic philosophy views human beings as being part of nature as we are made up of the same elements; Space, Air, Water, Fire and Earth. Our constitution and energy, is characterised by physical, mental and emotional characteristics that form Doshas (faults) which define us. By looking at the energy needed to get nutrients into the cells to enable the body to function correctly these Doshas can be balanced externally to support the body at a cellular level. The Doshas or combination of Doshas allow Ayurvedic medicine to determine where we require balance to achieve optimal health and vitality.
Vata is the energy of movement; Space and Air
In balance; Creativity and flexibility Out of balance; Fear and anxiety Characteristics: Slim, dry skin, chatterbox, always moving. Routine is very useful in assisting the Vata individual to effectively ground all this moving energy enjoying warming foods and environment regular sleep and calm. Alcohol caffeine and tobacco are not advisable for the addictive nature of Vata.
Pitta is the energy of digestion or metabolism; Fire and Water
In balance; intelligence and understanding Out of balance; Anger jealousy Characteristics, medium build, freckles, tendency to be extravagant, and needs to spend time by water to balance, avoid spicy foods and excessive steam/ heat, exercise in the cooler part of the day and limit salt intake. Caffeine tobacco and Alcohol are not advised. Meditation and breath work are advised for letting go of thoughts.
Kapha the energy of lubrication and structure; Earth and Water
In balance; Love and forgiveness Out of balance; attachment, greed and envy. Characteristics; Heavy boned, olive oily skin, like to sleep in, the essence of calm and peace keeping, need plenty of exercise as there is a tendency to lethargy, avoid dairy, fatty, oily foods and daytime napping.
All people have the qualities of the 3 doshas, vata, pitta and kapha, but one is usually primary, one secondary and the third is usually least prominent.
When we are out of balance due to emotional and physical stresses such as emotional state, diet and food choices, seasons and weather, physical trauma, work and family relationships we are prone to disease. This imbalance can be detected earlier and disease can be prevented.
“Within the body there is a constant interaction between order and disorder. Balance is the natural order; imbalance is disorder. Health is order; disease is disorder.” According to Ayurvedic practitioner Claire Paphitis, in her book ‘Balancing your Agni” which translates to ‘balancing our digestive fire’ it is this that we need to focus on. Paphitis states “A balanced digestive fire will allow you the freedom to enjoy a wide variety of food groups, but if it is weak you will suffer from bloating, wind, digestive discomfort or allergic reactions”. “An imbalanced Agni is the root of all disorders”
Balancing the digestive fire can help cool Pitta who can be prone to anger if over stimulated with heating foods and without a calming routine of meditation and gentle breath work. Vata when out of balance can find themselves cold, anxious and fearful without a daily routine and warm nourishing foods and Kapha, who have a tendency to sleep, perhaps carry excess weight can benefit from a little caffeine to get moving and make the most of the day Ayurvedic morning routine is part of a practice that allows you to maintain inner calmness, peace, energy and peace of mind.
Ayurvedic Daily Routine Wake up early & make bed Clean face, mouth & eyes Drink cup of warm water in the morning Evacuation ( Empty bowels) Scrape tongue Clean teeth Gargle with Himalayan salt Clean nasal passages with sesame oil Oil drops in the ears Exercise of choice 20 mins Pranayama - breath work- 10mins Meditation -10mins Apply oil to head and body Bathe & Dress Breakfast For a deeper dive Sukhavati Ayurveda In a world full of toxic exposure, Retreat for PanchaKharma in Bali, is a compromised food, mounting stress and five method approach to balancing doshas resilience to antibiotics, the return to and rejuvenate the body. It influences the ancient medicine seems more important the body, mind, consciousness and than ever. If a simple dose of Triphala emotions. This is undergone under the (antibacterial, anti inflammatory and guide of an Ayurvedic doctor who monitors antioxidant) can eliminate bladder and prescribes treatments, supplements infections and avoid multiple use of and dietary advice for your stay and antibiotics then surely Ayurveda has a onward journey. place in our modern day, alongside 'Balance Your Agni – An Essential Guide nutrition and homeopathy. to Ayurveda’. Claire Paphitis. Penguin Taking this 5,000-year-old medicinal Amazon or Waterstones £8.99 system (known as the sister science to yoga) and sweeping it in to the 21st Sukhavatibali.com offers 7 nights $2835 century Paphitis book 'Balance Your Agni – An Essential Guide to Ayurveda' is usd per person based on twin share luxury villa. a great way to get started.
Bridget Hancock BSc, DIp Naturopathic Nutrition Health & Wellness Editor MilliOnAir www.bridgetlouise.co.uk Bridget offers private consultations and can be contacted on email@example.com
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for the Guys
A lot of guys don’t want to wear anything too heavy. So here are some skincare favourites every man should have by their mirror. By Beauty Expert Ciona Johnson-King @CionaJK
y favourite book to read at the moment? BE MORE KEANU - a ‘totally excellent’ self-help book by James King based on the life and movies of Hollywood’s most spiritual dude, Mr Keanu Reeves. Both funny and inspirational, the book draws on Keanu’s life and work, finding motivational ideas in both his films and beliefs. With his kindness and wisdom, it’s a wonder Keanu’s been deemed ‘the internet’s boyfriend’. Social media can’t get enough of him! And really, the world would be a better place if we were all a little more KEANU, don’t you think? With Keanu in mind, I also thought that in this issue I’d look at grooming for the guys. So here are my latest tips for that leading man in your life.
We’re being advised to wear sunscreen all year round whatever the climate, so finding a comfortable yet beneficial formula is increasingly important. Many of us find it a stretch to use a separate spf as the cooler seasons approach but thankfully the smart brands are addressing this and have blended spf with excellent skincare. Working with many of Hollywood’s leading actors such a Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Craig and Henry Cavill I know the texture of a product is as important as its performance.
1 Merumaya Youth Preservation Moisturiser SPF20 £40 (1). Merumaya have developed a moisturiser with SPF that doesn’t feel cloying on the skin. It combines hyaluronic acid, anti-oxidants and Tinosorb to absorb UVA/UVB rays plus Matrixyl peptide and amino acids to reduce lines and wrinkles and increase your skin’s elasticity and suppleness. Skin-soothing and calming anti-inflammatories, including Bakuchiol and Echium Oil, are ideal for sensitive and acne-prone skin.
Dermalogica oil free matte spf30 £45 (2) This lightweight, ultra-sheer formula has oil absorbers giving the skin a matte finish without compromising on its broad spectrum sunscreen protection. Ideal for breakout-prone skin.
3 Dermalogica dynamic skin recovery spf50 £69 (3) This firming-yet-calming moisturiser helps combat the appearance of skin ageing whilst giving major spf50 protection.
BEYL Purify & Refresh Cleansing Gel For Men £35 (4) BEYL formulations auto-adapt to hot and humid, cold or dry skin conditions. The result? Comfort for the skin on daily commutes, in changing seasons, on long journeys or when working out in the gym. It also protects against modern pollution from cities and digital devices thus preventing premature ageing, dull skin tone and promoting overall skin health. The purify & refresh cleansing gel has refreshing eucalyptus, micro-algae and vitamin C which enhance the cleansing experience, removing pollutants and excess oil whilst softening the skin for a gentle shave.
5 Dermalogica Active Clay Cleanser £35 (5) Great for urban living. Dermalogica Active Clay Cleanser’s prebiotic dual-action clay and charcoal formula purifies to help balance oily skin. It’s efficient cleansing system also strengthens the skin’s natural defences.
MALIN+GOETZ resurfacing face serum £58 (6)
This multitasking exfoliating serum is powered by a combination of 6% glycolic acid and 2% lactic acid which exfoliates dead skin cells to instantly help smooth texture and balance excess oil. The vitamin C brightens, strengthens and protects skin. Its natural sweet mint and blood orange oils also make for a refreshing aromatic experience.
La Mer The Treatment Lotion £115 (7) Need an instant rush of hydration? This fast-absorbing treatment softens, nourishes and improves the appearance of skin. It’s also the perfect post-shave solution. La Mer’s signature ingredients of Miracle Broth and Softening Waters also make it suitable for blemish prone skin.
Merumaya Retinol Resurfacing Treatment £40 (8) You can always trust this retinol to do some great work repairing skin damage, boosting collagen and reducing hyperpigmentation whist also being gentle. Merumaya boasts 0.3% of stabilised Retinol (the maximum in the EU) whilst also using peptides, moisturising hyaluronic acid and antiinflammatory ingredients to soothe the skin as the Retinol works. The perfect combination.
9 BEYL Eye Cream £65 (9) The BEYL Eye Cream is a naturally derived, microbiome friendly, moisturising eye cream that is suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive. Containing active plant molecules, tuberose cells, natural betaine, chia, turmeric and minerals to re-stimulate circulatory and tissue mechanisms, you’ll notice reduced fine lines and wrinkles and improved skin elasticity and firmness.
Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes Dark Circle Radiance Complex £58 (10) There are times when our eyes need hydration without the worry of more puffiness. The Goldfaden MD BRIGHT EYES Dark Circle Radiance aims to reduce the appearance of darkness and fine lines by using Soy Peptide, Rice Bran Extract, Organic Red Tea and Arnica. Together to they de-puff and brighten.
Tom Ford Oud Wood Deodorant Stick £35 (11) Oud - the rare and precious ingredient from the tropical agar tree - is featured here alongside scents of exotic rose wood, cardamom, sandalwood, Vetiver, Tonka bean and amber. Truly luxurious. As a deodorant stick it also provides fast drying odour protection.
The Goldfaden MD BRIGHT EYES Dark Circle Radiance aims to reduce the appearance of darkness and fine lines by using Soy Peptide, Rice Bran Extract, Organic Red Tea and Arnica. Together to they de-puff and brighten.
Malin+goetz bergamot deodorant £19 (12) This bergamot opaque deodorant offers clean and effective protection for your underarms. Synthesised with natural bergamot extract and probiotic enzymes it neutralises odour, as well as using corn starch to absorb excess moisture.
12 13 Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous Beard Oil £60 (13) Tom Ford Beard Oil conditions, softens, nourishes and scents with clary sage, lavender and vanilla. Great to smell and great for the skin. Perfect for stubble as well as beards too.
14 Need to cover a few blemishes or disguise a late night? Mac studio fix 24 hour smooth wear concealer £20 (14) This lightweight fluid concealer provides seamless coverage, blurs imperfections while providing medium-to-full buildable coverage with longevity. Its small sponge-tip applicator makes it easy to use and covers blemishes with a natural matte finish that’s never dry or cakey. Ideal for concealing dark circles and skin discolouration.
Tom Ford Emotionproof Concealer £42 (15) This waterproof, transfer-proof, sweat and humidity resistant full coverage concealer is a must-have that even helps cover tattoos as well as imperfections and dark circles.
The Ecco Warrior Soap Dish £5 (16) I’ve always been fond of taking a bar of soap on the road with me. And now the clever Little Soap Company have created the Ecco Warrior Soap Dish. As the name suggests it’s sustainable made from renewable raw materials sugar cane and corn. The ideal accompaniment.
Keanu Reeves: actor, musician, dog lover. He's the internet's boyfriend. The poetic petrolhead. The guru on a surfboard. Part samurai, part samaritan. He is, very simply, 'The One'. 'James has been my movie guru for years and now he's my spiritual guru too! From now on I'm going to ask myself: 'What would Keanu do?' Jo Whiley In this hilarious book of pocket philosophy, film critic and Keanu fan James King reveals what makes Mr Reeves so special. He unpacks iconic films from the Bill & Teds to the John Wicks, as well as the star's own free-spirited life, showing us why the great man with the great hair has all the answers. And how everyone can #bemorekeanu. Get the book HERE MilliOnAir magazine
MilliOnAir | BEAUTY
People who know me, know I am a fragrance aficionado.I have a collection on my beauty counter of some of the most exclusive and precious luxury perfumes from around the world. Just call me... le nez by Millie Cooper
CARINE ROITFELD 7 Lovers Vladimir Eau de Parfum (90ml)
BDK PARFUMS Citrus Riviera Eau de Parfum (100ml)
RAMON MONEGAL FaÃ¯sa Eau de Parfum (50ml)
IGNACIO FIGUERAS Buenos Aires Eau de Parfum (100ml)
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EX NIHILO EXPLICITE Eau de Toilette (50ml)
ELOVE STRANG ers lostinflow Roll-On Oil Perfume (10ml)
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MilliOnAir | BEAUTY
Kristin On a skincare mission, the founder of IRĂ&#x2030;N
empowering women and celebrating beauty
By Millie Cooper
IRÉN Skin Japanese Skincare Reimagined K ristin Chen is the co-founder of IRÉN Skin, an innovative J-Beauty brand that focuses on customizable solutions powered by science and technology. With a passion for skincare since a young age, she started her career in the beauty industry as a part-time beauty advisor with Estee Lauder during her studies. Upon graduation, she worked with several Japanese skincare brands and French cosmeceutical brands in various departments from sales, operations, marketing to management. Kristin lived and worked in many countries like Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Paris. Her extensive travels caused her skin to change constantly which led her to spending a decade long studying skincare ingredients, and the correlation it had on the everchanging skin conditions affected by climate, environmental attacks, hormonal changes and stress. With more than 15 years of experience in the beauty industry, she teamed up with several scientists to develop skincare products that promise visible results backed by science. Profoundly driven and perfectionistic by nature, she is committed to her brand, her customers and her
employees. She aims to disrupt the beauty industry with innovative solutions, and build an ethical skincare brand that is based on honesty and transparency. She devotes her time to manage the teams in Asia and Europe, and works on promoting women’s education and fighting for gender equality, with scholarship programs to motivate and inspire women to pursue science. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from University College Dublin, a MBA Luxury Brand Management from IFA Paris, a Masters in Luxury Brand Management from Polimoda and a MSc Digital Marketing & e-Business from INSEEC Paris. Kristin currently divides her time between Tokyo, Paris and Singapore.
IRÉN Skin's unique formulas bring you smart and clean skincare solutions.
How did you get your start in the beauty industry? When I was a little girl, I used to follow my mother to beauty counters and we would spend hours chatting with the beauty consultants. They would recommend us products to use, and sometimes we would be given these little samples to try at home. It was my favorite thing to do; I was so mesmerized by the universe of beauty. My first student job was a sales consultant for a beauty brand, I was so happy when I was recruited as I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had any experience back then. Eventually, after graduating, I went into the beauty industry and worked my way up from sales to operations to marketing and eventually management, across various Asian and European countries. Creating my own skincare brand had always been a dream for me. Having worked in the beauty industry for almost 20 years, I am very lucky to have a good network of contacts in the industry that help me tremendously in my journey of entrepreneurship.
Why did you want to create skincare products? I used to travel a lot for work, and lived in many different countries throughout my career life. My skin went through turbulent changes because of the constant exposure to different climates, stress, hormonal changes and environmental attacks. I was often disappointed by the many generic products that are offered in the skincare market. Every skin is different and there is simply no one size fits all skincare. It was then I knew customization would eventually become the future of beauty. It was also a very confusing industry, the market is swamped with so many products, information can be vague, it can be overwhelming to not know what products we should be using. We often ended up buying products that we do not need or were not suitable. As consumers, we simply want products that would cater to our specific needs, and want brands to be transparent and honest about what the product does, so that we do not have to buy things we do not need.
This has always been what triggered me to create skincare products. My aim is to develop customizable solutions for the everchanging skin conditions, products that would cater to specific skin concerns, and of course be transparent and honest about it.
How did IRĂ&#x2030;N come about? Back in the days when access to information was much more limited, I used to spend a lot of time studying ingredients and the correlation it has on the different skin conditions. I was very intrigued by the science of skincare and the difference in eastern and western beauty cultures. When I have decided to create my own brand, I took my decadelong of research and approached several scientists to convince them of my plan to create a beauty brand that would be very ingredients-focused, with visible results backed by science. I envisioned an innovative concept that would transcend cultures, customizable to cater to different skin conditions, and clean from toxic ingredients. I am blessed to get the support of many scientists, and we eventually formed our own R&D team and started our development of products.
What sets IRĂ&#x2030;N apart from the other skincare brands? Even though we are based on a playful concept of customization that looks fun and colourful, we are actually very serious about our formulas. We are strong believers of science, and we are one of the few indie brands that have their own R&D team, with strong support of scientists. We do not believe in trends or hypes, our formulations and ingredients choices are based on clinical tests and scientific analysis. Our products not only fulfill the promise of being ethical, honest and transparent, but most importantly, it is results-driven and powered by innovation. Our unique patented technology, the Ziplock Encapsulation, enhances our products by optimizing the penetration level of active ingredients, allows mixing of active ingredients without any contradiction, and with a time-release effect that would ensure active ingredients have travelled well into the deeper layers of the skin before it breaks and releases the nutrients, for faster and better results.
What moment in your career are you most proud of? I am very thankful to my R&D team who has helped me overcome many obstacles in the development process. I am very proud of my all-female R&D team; most of them are on our scholarship programs catered for females who want to pursue science. My happiest moment would be knowing that I have motivated and helped these women achieve their milestones in their scientific career path. Even though the changes we make may seem small, but I am proud that we have at least made some difference in closing the gender equality gap.
How important is sustainability for IRĂ&#x2030;N and what kind of sustainable business strategies are you implementing? Sustainability is not just a buzzword. It is something that all businesses, big or small, should really make an effort on. Sustainability is important for the environment, for
humanity, for social and economic order. At IRĂ&#x2030;N Skin, our formulations are 100% vegan, we do not use animal-derived ingredients, nor test on animals. We also do our best to limit the use of plastics and favor recyclable packaging. We have banned more than 2000 ingredients, including those that would be harmful to the environment. We have a stringent sourcing process, and all our ingredients are ethically sourced. Our serum bottles are made of glass, only the caps are made of ABS plastic, 99% recyclable. These plastics can be reused in 3D printing and can be reheated and recycled to then be used for other uses. We have replaced unnecessary packaging with reusable pouches. To limit the waste of paper, we have completely eliminated the use of internal notices which generally accompany the product, replacing it with a QR code that can be scanned and viewed via the Internet. Compared to bigger companies, the lack of economies of scale may be an obstacle for us to do more in terms of sustainability, but we are definitely working our way and are aiming to be plastic-free in the future.
What does a typical day look like for you? On a work day, the first thing I do after waking up would be to have my breakfast, then spend some time to put on my skincare and make up as that is the me-time I really treasure. In the mornings, I usually have Zoom meetings with my team in Asia, we would go through issues on R&D, product packaging design and product development. In the afternoons I would spend my time having meetings with my team in Europe going through issues on marketing, social media, retail and digital strategies. We have a flexible working hours program rolled out for working mothers, so I spend a lot of time on Zoom meetings when they are working remotely from home (even before Covid-19 happened). With the current technology advancement, it is easy and convenient to connect with my teams even if they are in a different country or away from the office. We stay very connected and discuss openly on every subject. I appreciate everyone’s feedback and we all work closely as a team.
What's your favorite part of your job? I love my job because I am surrounded by people as passionate as I am about the beauty industry. Everyone in the team is dedicated and shares the same vision. Sometimes my team member would text me in the middle of the night because she thought of a wonderful idea that she simply could not wait telling me and we would get very excited discussing it. This keeps me truly motivated.
What and who inspires you? The name IRÉN is actually inspired by Irène Joliot-Curie, the second woman in history to have won a Noble Prize in Chemistry. I am very impressed and inspired by her as she was not only a notable woman in science, which was against social norms at the time, but she was also very active in promoting women’s education and an advocate in fighting for gender equality back in the 1930s.
pat onto my skin in order to keep my skin damp before applying serums. It is important to keep the skin damp before the next step of the routine as it will help absorb nutrients better. I mix three of the Superfruit Booster Customized Serums in my palm and apply them in one As a woman, we may often face obstacles and stereotypes single step. The serums are designed to be mixable and but we have such an unique and wonderful perspective to used in one single step, it modernizes the Japanese art of offer to the entrepreneurship world, especially in the layering, in order to adapt to the active lifestyle. beauty industry. Currently in the day, I am using Skin Reboot Antioxidant Serum, Star Light Brightening Serum and Keep Calm To get into the beauty industry, the very first advice I Soothing Serum. I end my day routine with a moisturizing would give is simply just do it. Sometimes we wait to have sunscreen. that perfect strategy, or wait to have that perfect product, it will never happen. There are bound to be In the night, I double cleanse by removing my make-up failures, and there are bound to be changes. Start working with an oil cleanser then follow with Start Afresh Daily on it and improve along the way. Enzyme Powder Wash. In Japan, it is common to double
What advice do you have for female entrepreneurs wanting to get into the beauty industry?
It is important to define your target audience, and prepare as much as you can by learning about your customer group and competitors. Really think hard about what is your unique selling point, and what is something you can offer to your customers that they will want. Try to learn as much as you can from others in the industry, sometimes we may love our idea so much that we do not want to give it up but it is good to get plenty of feedback from customers, retailers and distributors. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run out of money. Calculate how much you would need and then double that. Manage cash flow wisely and spend frugally as cash flow is the lifeblood of any business.
cleanse the face to ensure impurities and make-up are well removed before applying skincare. Following with an essence lotion and my night serums combination: GlowGetter Renewal Serum, Forever Young Anti-Aging Serum and Quench-Up Hydrating Serum. I end my night routine with a moisturizer.
What does beauty mean to you? Beauty to me is being unique in your own randomness, being comfortable in your own skin, feeling confident and great about yourself. Everyone is unique and our differences is what makes each one of us beautiful.
Find the right team. Nobody can succeed alone in any business. Build a team that will be just passionate as you about the business and work together towards the same goal. Treat others how you want to be treated, especially your customers and your employees. If you would not use certain ingredient on your skin because it can be harmful or if it does nothing good for the skin, why would you want to sell that to others? Be honest, be human, be kind.
What is your daily skin-care routine? When I was much younger, I used to have a beauty routine that involves complicated and multiple steps. It overwhelms the skin and could actually have reverse effects. All we need is a simple and effective routine. In the day, I use the Start Afresh Daily Enzyme Powder Wash to cleanse my skin, followed by an essence lotion to
What are you goals for the brand? What’s next? We are in the midst of developing more innovative and exciting new products. We have started introducing our J-Beauty products into the European market and have received positive feedback, we are now looking to bring them into the USA market too. We are also planning to integrate more innovative technology like AI into our customizable solutions.
LDC CEO, Rebecca Morter Comments; Here at LDC we love being able to bring new, independent, innovative beauty brands to the UK market. Having lived in japan for a year, I fell in love with the culture, tradition and attention to detail. How everything is done so precisely, with so much pride, care and attention. IRÉN Skin certainly embodies this spirit, merging together the traditional, vegan ingredients with the innovation of science to create the perfect products. Instilling this in everything from their packaging and their company ethos to the products themselves, which are incredible! Each of us has such individual skin that requires unique attention and Iren’s model of being able to mix to your preference and skin type is genius! It allows us to get exactly what our skin needs and to be considered, sustainable in our approach. Stockist: www.lonedesignclub.com Tags: @lonedesignclub @irenskin #ldcxirenskin LDC Digital Beauty Zone in Partnership with IRÉN Skin: https://lonedesignclub.com/pages/iren-skin-digitalbeauty-zone Products Page: https://lonedesignclub.com/collections/ iren-skin
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Worried you’ve lost your shape, fitness and confidence during the lockdown? A 360º weight management program could be the answer… MilliOnAir magazine
herever you turn, people are talking about weight. For many, our physical condition has suffered in these strange and testing times. Whether you’ve missed swimming, playing team sports, or even walking to work, it’s been a downward spiral that even Joe Wicks’ fantastic P.E. lessons couldn’t always save. Plus, there have been the mental anxieties linked to COVID-19 and the restrictions on our social lives. Naturally, these can negatively impact on our eating habits, which in many cases, can lead to weight gain. I know only too well how complex weight management can be. Having put on extra weight after becoming a mum, I never really managed to get back to my ideal weight and form - for years. It is no exaggeration to say that throughout the last few years, I have tried everything, from fads to slimming clubs, diet plans, having a PT, gym memberships, motivational practices, yoga, and the list goes on. And I admit, I have been successful a few times, but I never really managed to keep the weight off in the long run. And I know for a fact that I am not alone in this. If weight concerns were prominent before the pandemic, they’re back with a vengeance now. Recent figures claimed that 63% of adults in the UK were overweight. During lockdown, the government launched a “Better Health” campaign, which included bans on unhealthy food adverts and more transparent food labelling. However, government advice is one thing. Doing things for ourselves is another! If, like me, you’ve been worried about weight, then it seems that now is the best time to get yourself on the road to recovery. I know only too well how daunting it can be to know where to begin. While gyms have reopened, some of us may have anxieties about visiting, while others may even want to restore lost confidence before returning to one. My aim with this month’s column is to share with you a scientific way that works and is helping people like me to regain their shape, strength and confidence, and shift those unwanted pounds. It is an allround, personalised one-to one programme, which has been put together by experts at Vie Aesthetics. This 360- medical weight and fitness management programme takes account of the complexity of weight gain causes and it addresses the effects too. It encompasses health tests and assessment, prescription medication, mental support sessions, the latest in physical strengthening technology, and nutrition advice. I believe a combination like this holds the key to long-term success and I have started seeing the results for myself.
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Genetic predisposition often determines how and where we store fat, and sometimes no amount of dieting or exercise can seem to shift it. The areas that are most commonly afflicted include the hips and abdomen, the buttocks, and around the arms and legs. Fortunately, when it comes to body sculpting, there have been advances in technology that can really help. One of the most exciting new introductions to our clinic, and part of the program, is the ViEMax Sculpt – a muscle building and fatburning device that uses High Intensity Focussed Electromagnetic energy (HIFEM) to repeatedly contract the muscles in targeted areas, such as the stomach or arms. During single 30-minute sessions, you essentially perform the equivalent of 20,000 sit-ups and squats – all while laying down! And that’s with no downtime and minimal recovery. I’ve been using it for the last month and already notice a massive difference. Each course lasts for four weeks, with two sessions per week. Over this time, clinical trials have shown that fat is reduced by 19% and muscle mass increased by 16%. The treatment is not just cosmetic though, crucially, as it improves strength and helps with rehabilitation from injury. This is especially true in instances where the muscles may have become weak through lack of use. Suffice to say, it’s perfect for postlockdown lethargy!
Hitting your weight loss goals… While VIEMAX EMS body contouring is ideal for strengthening and toning, it’s possible that, like me, you may have bigger weight loss goals at hand. Doctor-led weight loss programmes can be a superb solution. We had planned to introduce medical weight management long before the pandemic as part of our ongoing expansion into health, wellness and lifestyle. We had become a certified partner of the National Medical Weight Loss Programme (NMWLP), which has already helped many thousands of people achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This programme medical and unlike the traditional dieting courses. Under the close supervision and guidance of a doctor, and after blood tests and assessment, clients are prescribed a course of personalised medication, to help regulate chemical imbalances and appetite. When combined with the suggested calorie-controlled nutrition plan, it can be very effective. As a result, weight loss targets are achievable in shorter periods as you find yourself sticking to healthy eating with – hopefully - minimal temptations.
Losing weight and sticking to any diet or exercise regimen takes self-discipline. Lots of it! It’s a massive mental battle from start to finish. Add in the further pressures of COVID-19, it becomes extra challenging on many levels. Therefore, Life Coaching can be invaluable support for giving you the selfbelief, courage and self-empowerment required to help you hit your goals. The medication is approved, and clinically proven to be safe and effective. During the regular monitoring and visits, the doctor may also amend your prescription depending on your progress and how your body responds. How long a patient remains on the programme depends on individual targets. However, some people may choose to remain on the programme even after they’ve hit their goals for maintenance. We combine our Weight Loss Clinic with two initial sessions Mindset with a lifecoach, which is the third treatment I wish to discuss with you this month. Again, Life Coaching is another recent addition to our clinic, but which had been in the pipeline for some time.
Mental resilience Losing weight and sticking to any diet or exercise regimen takes self-discipline. Lots of it! It’s a massive mental battle from start to finish. Add in the further pressures of COVID-19, it becomes extra challenging on many levels. Therefore, Life Coaching can be invaluable support for giving you the self-belief, courage and self-empowerment required to help you hit your goals. You may already know something of Life Coaching. Essentially, it takes the form of structured conversations, in which a trained coach helps you gain deep insight into your situation at hand. While I’m specifically discussing losing weight here, we also use coaching for anything from careers progression to overcoming shyness, to coping with lockdown restrictions. During private sessions, the coach facilitates a process of enquiry into your goals and obstacles. Over time, this gives you the mental tools to overcome blockages and quash acts of self-sabotage. You will learn fresh ways to resolve issues and progress towards your goals. As with our medical weight loss programmes, we were really excited about bringing these
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THE STYLE FILES
MilliOnAir | STYLE COUNSEL WITH CHRIS SULLIVAN
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with Chris Sullivan
The Ivy League
Undeniably, the style that has had the most impact, lasted the longest, reached the most people and still looks the business is Ivy league. But what exactly is it? In short Ivy League is cardigans, button down collar shirts, wingtip brogues, thin ties, horn rim glasses, chinos and windbreakers. It is Mad Men on the weekend. It is Ralph Lauren at his best. It is Brooks Brothers. It is establishment. It is street. It is jazz. The look was named after the infamous US sports alliance that composed of teams garnered from eight private higher education institutions such as Harvard, Yale and Princeton. It was there that the mode was nurtured. Undeniably though, its roots lay in the thirties but the fashion really took hold in the fifties as a new wave of conservatism swept America that coincided with the golden age of capitalism. Consequently, a new powerful upper middle class emerged smelled the buck and needed in. Initially, a gang of Ivy college kids wanted (and were encouraged) to look like their conformist lawyer, broker, banker dads (who themselves wanted to look like James Stewart) so they sported all of the above alongside loafers, tweed jackets, corduroys, sear sucker and crew cuts. Rebellion it certainly was not.
But it wasn’t these white Anglo Saxon Protestant students who further popularized the conceit. It was also their polar opposite who propagated the conceit -hep cat jazz musicians- who employed it’s conformity. Undeniably this was a sartorial protest against the Uncle Tom demeanor, novelty clothes and carnie antics of the previous generation of black musicians such as Louis Jordan who sang about fried poultry and chitlins and notched up five consecutive #1 songs while doing so. It was pop music that played on the derogatory black stereotype of chicken guzzling entertainers with a deft wit. Thus, super serious bugged out jazz artists such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane Jimmy Heath, Milt Jackson and Art Pepper went in the opposite direction and dressed like square serious Ivy League law students - Florsheim five eyelet Blucher sole Imperial brogues, flat fronted khaki drill cotton chinos and Polo shirts. They hid their many excesses hidden behind conformity and by 1955 the look was their uniform amongst their ilk. Consequently groovy actors such as Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Montgomery Clift and Anthony Hopkins checked the style in New York jazz clubs and assumed the position. And slowly, the look crept into the movies. The Sweet Smell of Success (1957) featured Marty Milner as a pure Ivy jazz musician and King Creole (1958) saw Elvis in chinos and a G9 Harrington. Naturally the fashion started to travel. In the UK young Modernists were copying the jazz musicians by checking out the kit they wore on their Blue Note and Verve record covers (there was no style mags or internet then) while in Paris style mongers queued round the block for J.M.Weston loafers and Gant button downs.
“But the real explosion came when Steve McQueen wore pure Ivy on the cover of Life Magazine in 1963, ‘ says John Simon whose opened his shop The Ivy Store in London in 1964. “He was such a huge mod icon that anything he wore caught on.’ In 1960 Anthony Perkins was Ivy personified in Hitchcock’s Psycho; both Newman and George C Scott sported the style with aplomb in The Hustler of 1961 while even the president John F. Kennedy was all over the manner like a rash influencing Ivy league fashion trends by the hour.
For the shots the actor wears the classic Baracuta G9 windcheater with the trademark Fraser Tartan lining, a white Brooks Brothers button down shirt, a V necked jumper and chinos,
McQueen’s photo shoot pre-empted a surge of interest in Ivy League in the UK as many original Modernists, appalled by the antics of their younger more violent counterparts at the Mods and Rocker riots at Brighton over the Whitsun Bank Holiday of 1964, turned back to the less accessible Ivy League style as worn by their older brothers. ‘We were the first to stock Barracuta and Brooks Brothers as style items in the UK in late 1966,” states Simon. “ At the time the program Peyton Place was huge on TV. Ryan O’Neal played Rodney Harrington and wore a G9 in the show so I put one in the window with a ticket saying, The Harrington Jacket, and the name stuck .The first to buy the jacket listened to jazz, ska and soul, wore really sharp mohair suits and based themselves on McQueen in the 1963 film Love with a Proper Stranger. What he wore in that film was the last word in Ivy.”
undiluted Ivy.“ We sold heavy wingtips and plain cap brogues or GIs namely the, raincoats, cardigans, crew neck jumpers and Levis both sta-prest and 501’s all imported from the US “ explains Simon, “To former mods who weren’t into the hippy stuff.” Initially, known as ‘peanuts’ somehow these stylefixated youth became lumped in with the more violent skinheads and their Ivy clobber misappropriated.
“This was because some guys used to crop their hair, but it wasn’t a skinhead thing like the media reported it was Ivy, ” says Dexy’s Midnight Runners singer Kevin Rowland who wore such back in 67. “They wanted to look like conservative and Middle American - like an astronaut or a serviceman. The style that was so subversive because it was so Ivy League and so conservative compared with all the hippy fashions that were around at the time. We all danced to ska and we all dressed to the nines. The What follows was yet another even odder peculiarity hair was like a short back and sides, the shoes were in the Ivy league Story. By 1967 Simons opened the these thick soled Gibson’s, the Harrington was the Squire shop in Brewer Street Soho selling undiluted jacket while older boys wore Sinatra style trilbies a Ivy.“ We sold heavy wingtips and plain cap brogues
“This was because some guys used to crop their hair, but it wasn’t a skinhead thing like the media reported it was Ivy, ” says Dexy’s Midnight Runners singer Kevin Rowland who wore such back in 67. “They wanted to look like conservative and Middle American - like an astronaut or a serviceman. The style that was so subversive because it was so Ivy League and so conservative compared with all the hippy fashions that were around at the time. We all danced to ska and we all dressed to the nines. The hair was like a short back and sides, the shoes were these thick soled Gibson’s, the Harrington was the jacket while older boys wore Sinatra style trilbies and Macintoshes.” ” After the Daily Mirror (the UK's biggest newspaper) featured a photo of a teenager with a shaved head and big boots under the headline ‘This is a skinhead ‘ in 1969 and followed up with sensational interviews about this new violent youth cult (entire fabrication) the skinhead concept spread nationwide. Just as with Teddy Boys before, and Punks afterwards, it was the media who fuelled the violence and created the stereotype that many young impressionable teenagers aped.
even today, one might find a young football hooligan fascist in the Ukraine wearing a Harrington- the quintessential Ivy League garment that was a favourite of Miles Davis -the great black jazz musician who was above all fervent advocate of Afro American civil rights. A guise sported by lawyers, doctors, presidents, jazz musicians, A list stars, the Ratpack and thugs, Ivy has travelled from Harvard to jazz clubs in Harlem to modernist clubs in Soho to the skinhead clubs of provincial Britain. It certainly is unique. And why is it back amongst the style mongers? Maybe after the bling, overtly brash designer kit of late men, just as the jazz cats did, want to back off from ostentation and look understated and wear a style with legacy, history and quality. “ I have worn it constantly since I was 12,’ says Madness singer Suggs (51). ‘And even though people have criticised me for other things no one has ever had a go at my style of dress. Ivy League is classic, stylish and beyond fashion.” The look was copied (cheaply) and soon almost every working class teenager in the UK (including yours truly) were wearing what was intrinsically the same as a rich US golfer. The Ben Sherman, based on the Brooks Brothers classic was the shirt to own; Loake supplied the brogues and Harrington and Crombie copies were on every market stall in Britain. Subsequently, the skinhead concept was reborn in the late seventies as the uniform of the National Front so that,
Of course, if one wants to dip into the look, there is only one shop in the UK that matters and that is John Simons in Chiltern Street in Marylebone that, stocks a plethora of excruciatingly fine Ivy League kit, which your average common or garden UK style monger would kill for .
John Simons Est. 1955 46 Chiltern Street, London W1U 7QR Tuesday to Saturday: 11am to 6pm Sunday and Monday closed Tel: +44(0)20 3490 2729 info@johnsimons. co.uk
MilliOnAir | STYLE COUNSEL WITH CHRIS SULLIVAN
therealmickrock "I picked up a friend's camera in college on an acid trip. That's how it all began.” with Chris Sullivan
asserts the amazingly youthful Rock sipping on a cup of top notch camomile in the bar of London’s Columbia ggy Pop was the most dangerous performer Hotel.“ We had just come out of the sixties and here was I had ever seen,” remembers photographer Mick this man with his silver hair and silver trousers rolling on Rock.“ He was from another plane. He rolled about on the the floor singing, I Wanna be Your Dog and Search and floor .He growled ; He f*****g barked ; He had such Destroy, while the rest of Britain was singing about peace attitude, such balls, such front, such every f*****g and love and wearing flared bloody trousers.” thing.” His newfound friend and subject David Bowie had Rock, who most famously shot the cover of, Lou Reed’s introduced rock to Iggy. “ I first shot Bowie live at Oxford Transformer and Queen II, describes the legendary Town Hall in ‘72,” remembers Rock. “And in the middle of performance by Iggy Pop [and the Stooges] at London’s the gig David just kneeled down and started plucking at Mick Ronson’s low strung guitar with his teeth and from Scala Theatre in 1972 from which he gleaned the cover of the back it looked like David was giving Mick head. And I got the shot.” Raw Power.“You have to remember how it was then,”
“The next week the photo was over a full page in the Melody Maker,” adds London born Rock. “ But you have to remember the times- up until ‘69 you could get arrested for kissing a man in public and this was just three years later-so the shot created a huge fuss and made David a household name. But he loved it, he instinctively knew that this would sell records and as a result made me his ‘camp’ photographer.”
first person to photograph the Sex Pistols in 1975 but
compared to Iggy and The Stooges they were like a Women’s Institute tea party.” For Rock that summer of ‘72 was the season that laid the golden egg.
“One week I did Iggy and the next Lou Reed ” chuckles Rocks’ new role entailed, not only the recording of all that Rock, “Both were shot at the Scala Theatre in Kings Cross Ziggy Stardust had to offer, but also the photographing of and both became seminal covers- Raw Power and his myriad chums.“David had just been to New York and Transformer- I then covered the rise and fall of Ziggy followed by Mott the Hoople and suddenly I’m all over being his usual clued up self had hung out with among that scene running around with a bit of blusher and a bit of others, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed,” recalls Rock peering kohl and right in there with the bend over brigade .Any over his trademark dark glasses. “ And you have to give thing that looked a bit limp wristed I shot it- The Sweet, David his due, because after the success of the singles Roxy, Queen, Steve Harley, Lindsay Kemp, Rocky Horror Starman and Ziggy Stardust he used every bit of his new –I had them all darling.” found power to help them both.” The most dysfunctional of Bowies new pals, Iggy and The Stooges, had found themselves once again without a recording contract and once again in disarray, so the altruistic Bowie persuaded his manger, Tony De Fries, to get them a gig, find them a deal and fly them over to London. “Somehow, I landed in England on a BA jet. It was 1972.I think,” says Iggy in the foreword to Rock’s book “ Eventually we ended up in the (Stooge) house on Seymour Walk, where I met Mick Rock -and he was a breath of fresh air. No pressure, no air of authority, happily corruptible but not yet corrupted, a big, young English puppy with a floppy ‘fro and an enthusiasm for life in general and nothing in particular, happy but not too happy,” Shortly after, Bowie invited Rock, to photograph these ‘nice chaps’ in concert at the Scala Theatre in King’s Cross.“ Then I got it,” recalls Rock, still stunned some 33 years on.“ I got the whole f*****g ball game. If you look at my shots you will see that the audience were so gob smacked they were almost traumatised. Iggy was doing something so, so new; he was out there to destroy all that came before him and things were never the same again. This was all that punk would become and more; I was the
By 1975 glam was over and Rock had moved on to become Lou Reed’s official photographer endlessly crisscrossing the states on tour. “ In the end I moved to New York.” remembers Rock ruffling his infamous expanse of hair. “That was 1977. New York was dirty, devilish and dangerous and I absolutely loved it. I was right in there in the thick of the punk thing; I shot The Talking Heads, The Ramones, Blondie- all of them- and I partied hard. But New York sucked me in and spat me out. We fought and I lost and ended up with a massive cocaine problem. I didn’t eat or sleep, I was unreliable and my work suffered; then in ’ 97 even though I’d slowed down my heart finally gave out and I was rushed to hospital for a quadruple bypass.” Today, the now tea total, drug free, vegetarian Rock is again on the up. “ I’ve recently done Perry Farrell, Kasabian, Michael Stipe and Kate Moss and have had big exhibitions all over the world,” admits the almost surprised photographer. “It’s as if after blowing my first chance by being silly someone upstairs gave me a bloody good slap on the bottom ” he chuckles after a significant pause.“ But now because I’ve been a good boy I’ve been given me another chance. And do you know what ? I won’t waste this one.”
THE TRAVEL FILES
MilliOnAir | HERITAGE BY THE GENTLEMAN TRAVELLER
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MilliOnAir | CITY LIFE
LON DON CALLING WITH JULIET HERD MilliOnAir magazine
By Contributing Editor Juliet Herd
BRIDGE THEATRE: THE CURTAIN RISES ...
We’ve all got our artistic fingers and toes crossed for the phased re-opening of theatres and music venues with the Bridge Theatre in London leading the way with a series of monologues planned for the autumn. The theatre’s socially distanced season kicks off with David Hare’s powerful new play Beat the Devil (27 August – 31 October) about his own experience of contracting Covid-19, performed by Ralph Fiennes – making his Bridge debut - and directed by Nicholas Hytner. Equally exciting is the news that the stars of BBC1’s recent lockdown production of Alan Bennett’s priceless Talking Heads monologues will reprise their roles on stage in a series of unique double bills (7 September – 31 October). The heavyweight line-up includes Imelda Staunton, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tamsin Greig, Lesley Manville, Lucian Msamati, Monica Dolan, Rochenda Sandall and Maxine Peake with set designs by award-winning Bunny Christie. Another treat in store for those lucky enough to bag one of the theatre’s 250 carefully spaced seats, is Nigeria-born Inua Ellams’ and Fuel’s production of An Evening with an Immigrant (18 September – 15 October). Harnessing poems, anecdotes and stories, Ellams tells how he escaped fundamentalist Islam to direct an arts festival in Dublin and drink wine with the Queen, all while searching for a place to call home. London-based Yolanda Mercy will perform her hilarious one-woman play Quarter Life Crisis (7-17 October), about chaotic Alice, who struggles to find the perfect online dating match – and work out what she’s doing with her young life. Stringent safety measures have been put in place, including reduced capacity seating, and automatic refunds will be given if the season is delayed. Keep those digits crossed!
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Ordering a set of custom-designed and ribbontied bento boxes from California-style fine dining restaurant SOLA is like receiving a luxury gift from Harrods or Fortnum & Mason. The fully recyclable packaging is exquisite – pale “sea foam” green boxes with gold lettering filled with the most delectable food in modular plastic containers – and deliberately so. Chef Victor Garvey wants his new home-dining service to replicate the experience of in-house dining at his Soho establishment, which means creating “a sense of occasion”. As in the restaurant, diners can choose from either a five-course Prix Fixe (£69 per person) or tencourse Tasting Menu (£109 per person), and the idea is to eat straight from the box – with no additional heating or assembly required. The bento menu changes in line with the restaurant’s offering so there will always be tantalising surprises to keep regulars happy. We tucked into the Prix Fixe menu featuring “nibbles” in the form of nori cured salmon, tuna tartare quail egg “Mimosa” and compressed watermelon.
These were followed by a starter of summer gazpacho with the soup beautifully presented in a small bottle, ready for pouring over a selection of garnishes. Our “middle” course was a generous cube of creamy foie gras “au torchon”, followed by a main of squab pigeon with white peach and a togarashi jus. Fittingly, the dessert comes in its own box, complete with handles; we were treated to an ultra-smooth chocolate cremeux with caramelised banana. Diners can also order from Sola’s all-Californian wine list – the only one in Europe – served in 100ml bottles. New York-born Garvey launched his post-lockdown “take-away” for customers who may not yet feel ready to return to restaurants or who want the luxury of experiencing SOLA in the comfort of their own home – either for a special occasion or to simply enjoy while watching Netflix. BENTO by SOLA is available Tuesday to Saturday via on-demand ordering platform Slerp within a 2.5mile radius of the restaurant at present, with plans to expand the service. For those craving the full fine dining experience, the Dean St restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday.
DISHPATCH: BRINGING THE BEST CHEFS AND RESTAURANTS HOME If you think home delivery options have tailed off since lockdown, then you’re in for pleasant surprise. If anything, there are more ‘a la casa’ services on offer, including feastbox delivery initiative Dishpatch, which launched in August to wide acclaim. The concept is genius – bespoke feasting menus created by some of the country’s most exciting restaurants and chefs delivered straight to your door. The dishes come fully prepared and all you have to do is follow the simple cooking instructions. Dishpatch founders Pete Butler and James Terry set up their platform in March as a way for restaurant suppliers to sell direct to the public and are now supporting restaurants as they reopen. The first month’s service proved so popular that there is a host of talented new names joining the roster for September, alongside returning favourites. New to Dishpatch are Farang, Sebby Holmes' award-winning Thai pop-up-gone- permanent in Highbury, north London; critics’ favourite, vegetarian Middle Eastern restaurant Bubala in Spitalfields, east London; and Kostas Papathanosiou, head chef of Jason Atherton’s No. 5 Social, formerly of The Fat Duck and The Ledbury. They join Soho’s Andrew Edmunds and St John Bread & Wine head chef Farokh Talati. We opted for Farang’s tasting menu, featuring Gai prik crispy chicken with fish sauce glaze, whole seabass with chilli jam and Gaeng gari aromatic curry of coconut braised Yorkshire beef cheeks, polished off with banana and milk chocolate roti – yum! Available for delivery nationwide on Fridays until 2nd October inclusive, Dishpatch menus range in price from £40 to £58 for two people and can all be scaled up to serve four, six or eight. www.dishpatch.co.uk @thedishpatch
SIX BY NICO LONDON: RETURN TO CHILDHOOD MENU...
This menu will give you instant nostalgia feels as you tuck into the kind of fare that conjures up warm and cosy childhood memories. As part of his revolving culinary concept, chef Nico Simeone has created a six-course tasting menu entitled ‘Childhood” at his Fitzrovia eaterie, featuring classic British household dishes with a contemporary twist. Prepare to take a trip down memory lane as you tuck into lasagne with ox cheek ragu and parmesan espuma, followed by fish fingers, made with salmon tartare served with kohlrabi, lime gel and shaoshing dressing. Childhood favourite, eggy soldiers, made with a cacklebean egg and served with brown butter and celeriac soldier and lovage, makes a star appearance for the third course. Next up is a decadent truffle mac ‘n’ cheese made with cauliflower, aged cheddar and gherkin ketchup, followed by Duck, Duck, Goose!, with XO duck breast, leg bonbon, gnocchi and black garlic emulsion, and finally for dessert, the playfully-named Ring-ARing-A-Roses, featuring savarin creme, raspberry, lychee and rose. “There are some foods that, even after how many years have passed, embody childhood for us all and almost everyone has memories of family meals, ranging from holiday gatherings to the everyday,” says Simeone. Six by Nico’s “Childhood” menu runs until 18th October. www.sixbynico.co.uk/london
FLOATING CINEMA: REGENT’S CANAL... This has to be one of the more delightful and uplifting pursuits of this strange summer – gliding through London’s historic canals before mooring up to enjoy the UK’s first cinematic experience on water. Appropriately, it’s called Float-In Cinema, a collaboration between Openaire, Merchant Square and GoBoat. From 2 September until 27 September, wannabe skippers can rent one of 16 boats on Regent’s Canal at Little Venice before docking downstream at Merchant Square in Paddington Basin to watch a selection of cult classics, blockbusters and musicals. You’ll be able to enjoy favourites such as The Lion King, A Star Is Born, Jaws and Back To The Future, projected from a giant 6x3metre LED riverside screen with audio via wireless headphones, while bobbing on the water or reclining on one of 100 socially distanced deckchairs. There’s also an alfresco menu specially created by artisan pasta pop-up RaviOllie, which you can order via an app on your phone and which will be delivered straight to your boat or deckchair. The boats range in price from £215 to £270 and can accommodate up to eight moviegoers (pets welcome at no extra charge); chairs are £16.50 each. Film start times are at 4.45pm and 8.15pm on screening days, Wednesday to Sunday. www.openaire.co.uk
THE ROLLING STONES: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RETURNS TO CARNABY STREET... Rolling Stones fans can expect to get plenty of satisfaction with the opening of the band’s world-first flagship store, ‘RS No.9 Carnaby’, in London’s iconic Carnaby Street this month. Opening for business on 9 September, the store will stock exclusive new fashion and merchandise, in partnership with Bravado, Universal Music Group’s merchandise and brand management company. Stones’ aficionados will be able to pick up Baccarat glassware engraved with the band’s red tongue logo, chairs and scarves from The Soloist and raincoats and hats from Swedish brand Stutterheim. There’s also a collection celebrating the official ‘Stones Red’ Pantone colour on offer, along with the band’s latest music releases. Mick Jagger and his fellow rockers have promised shoppers a “fully immersive experience” with a soundwave installation featuring their track ‘Paint It Black’ in the window, changing rooms decorated with album artwork and their songs filling the airwaves.
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Wish List THIS MONTH I’M DREAMING OF... ACQUA DI PARMA: NEW FRAGRANCE Sustainability is at the heart of Acqua di Parma’s new Colonia Futura fragrance, which is a big tick in my book! Infused with notes of bergamot, sage and lavender, this heady new eau de cologne is a celebration of nature with 99% natural ingredients. The packaging is also environmentally-friendly with a recycled plastic cap replacing the trademark Bakelite one, and a label made using scrap dust from marble quarries. More than just a pretty scent… Go to www.acquadiparma.com Also available at www.johnlewis.com
ELIZABETH SCARLETT: ‘POUCH FOR PURPOSE’ How adorable are these velvet clutches by luxury accessories and homeware brand, Elizabeth Scarlett, featuring an embroidered mother elephant leading her calf? And they’ve been designed in aid of a good cause.
The sale of every hand-illustrated ‘Pouch for Purpose’ (£28) will provide two bottles of specialist milk to feed a rescued orphan elephant at the famous Sheldrick Wildlife Trust nursery in Kenya. Best-known for its Orphans’ Project, the first and most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation programme in the world, the Trust has raised 262 baby elephants to date. This everyday essential works beautifully as a clutch, travel bag or makeup pouch and follows the success of Elizabeth Scarlett’s Watamu Turtle design, sold in support of Kenya’s Local Ocean Conservation. Sold exclusively at www.elizabethscarlett.com
BOOK LAUNCH: ‘WINE AND FOOD. THE PERFECT MATCH’ I love that this stunning new book is aimed at the “vin-curious” as much as the wine connoisseur. I definitely fall into the former category, so can’t wait to learn about drinking and pairing wines with some wonderful dishes created by Marcus Verberne, executive chef at fine wine club 67 Pall Mall. The club’s first book includes a comprehensive study of the world’s great wines by its head of wine Ronan Sayburn, who suggests a selection of bottles to complement each of Verbene’s 100 mouth-watering recipes, such as pan-friend scallops and wild garlic mousseline potato with a St Joseph Blanc ‘Les Oliviers’, Domaine Pierre Gonon. Tantalising recipes range from classics such as Cassoulet de Toulouse to the Asian-inspired Thai octopus salad and saffron-poached apricot and almond tart with roquefort ice cream. ‘Wine and Food. The Perfect Match’ (RRP: £40) is available from 17 September from 67 Pall Mall (www.67pallmall.com) and all good bookshops, including Waterstones, Hatchards, Foyles and Daunts.
Tantalising recipes range from classics such as Cassoulet de Toulouse to the Asianinspired Thai octopus salad and saffronpoached apricot and almond tart with roquefort ice cream.
MAGIC FRIDGE: Encountering this state-of-the-art LG Signature InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerator for the first time is akin to a surreal ‘through-the-looking-glass’ moment. Give two quick knocks and the fridge’s sleek mirrored glass panel will illuminate, enabling you to see inside without opening the door – thus reducing cold air loss to help keep food fresher for longer.
When you do want to retrieve food or wine from inside, you just step on a smart sensor detector on the floor in front, and – hey presto! - the door opens automatically. There’s even an intelligent air filter that not only removes up to 99.999% of bacteria but also minimises bad odours – ideal for our germ-conscious post-lockdown times. Priced at £5,999, it’s definitely an investment purchase! www.lg.com
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‘En plein air’ By Theo Woodham-Smith
Dedicated to Plein Air Painting British Artist Clementine St JohnWebster MilliOnAir magazine
he almost exclusively works ‘en plein air’ occasionally finishing her larger paintings at home in the studio. We have assembled a selection of her newest work to be shown at her second exhibition at The Osborne Studio Gallery (the first in 2018 was a sellout). In her own words :’Nothing I love more than pushing through the undergrowth, walking miles to find a view, a landscape or a scene, then setting up my easel to paint manically before the light goes’.
Last month she spent a few days painting the cliffs of Hautot-sur-Mer, Normandy, in a homage to Claude Monet, genius of plein air painting, who enjoyed the new freedom of oil paint in tubes. Clementine St John Webster (born 1989) grew up with her family in the deep countryside of Wiltshire and Somerset in the UK , a life of picnics on ponies, and running wild, the youngest of four.
Cliff shadows looking towards Dieppe, Oil on Board, 30 x 40cm
Changing tide at Hautot - sur Mer, oil on board, 30 x 40cm
Sri Lankan fisherman, oil on linen, 29 x 42cm
Moroccan boy and horse, Oil on linen, 180 cm 120cm
Bluebell Woods, oil on linen, 53 x 42cm
Life Guards at St James Palace, 29. 7 x 42cm After a formal education at Cheltenham College then Oxford University, with an emphasis on art, maths, and science, she studied classical painting and drawing at the London Atelier from 2014 to 2016, began life as a fulltime professional artist in 2016. She has written notes on her plein air creative process, including an increasingly compact kit, the lightest of tripods, and specially designed boxes with a multitude of straps, to secure wet paintings in her rucksack for the journey home, leaving her hands free to clamber over rocks. Could forward these notes if useful. A zest for travel has taken Clementine to Kenya and Uganda, tea plantations in Sri Lanka, Normandy beaches, Isle of Wight clifftops, racecourses in Ireland. She was planning to capture vivid scenes of horses, hounds, and people in Pakistan for her second solo show at the Osborne Studio Gallery, but enforced lockdown kept Clementine confined to a friend’s country house in North Yorkshire. Exuberant, newly created gardens at Tunstall, designed by landscape architect Alistair Baldwin, set her spirit
alight. ‘ A field of daffodils sprung up, replaced by cow parsley and wildflowers. Day by day it has changed, tulips turned to rhododendrons, then bluebells, and now foxgloves.’ Enthusiastic and versatile, enthralled by the natural world, she says: ‘Paintings for the exhibition include landscapes, seascapes, garden scenes, horses on their own, horses on the moors, racing scenes.’ SOLO EXHIBITION AT THE OSBORNE STUDIO GALLERY LONDON www.osg.uk.com SEPTEMBER 30TH TO 17TH OCTOBER
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The Reconstruction Gareth Pugh Photo credit Nick Knight Landscape From visionary British fashion designer Gareth Pugh comes a major new creative project titled ‘The Reconstruction,’ launching September 16th and running across London Fashion Week. The body of work marks Pugh’s return to fashion week, and is built around the designer’s first collection since buying back his trademark in March 2020. Celebrating the eternal interplay between fashion, music and film, for the first time a runway collection will be presented as a “visual concept album.” Featuring 13 iconic looks inspired by 13 iconic songs, the collection has been captured in 13 stills and 13 explosive fashion film shorts - shot by globally renowned fashion image-maker Nick Knight. An accompanying series of breathtaking virtual landscapes comes courtesy of pioneering digital artist Jon Emmony.
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POKER phenomenon PHIL HELLMUTH is the author of #POSITIVITY - an inspiring book which is giving inspirational advice to millions of people around the world. In his brilliant column exclusively for MilliOnAir Global Magazine, Phil asks a series of positive questions to a celebrity from the world of business, showbiz or sport. Here he puts the #POSITIVITY questions to singer-songwriter, conservationist and Gallerist, SOPHIA PURDIE, 29, who lives in Kent and is the granddaughter of legendary entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth. SOPHIA and her partner, artist MATTHEW PENN www.matthewpenn.com. In conversation with Editor at large Laurie Stone
WHY is positivity as opposed to negativity important to you.
I DEAL with negative people by either helping someone with negative thoughts gain positive ones, or POSITIVITY is so important to me because we live in if the negativity is through unnecessary reasons I ignore them and concentrate on positive things in my such a fast paced world, that at times can be very life. Life is too short to waste even one second on taxing on your body and mind. It's so important to me that I stay positive even during hard times for my deconstructive negativity. health and well-being. It helps you achieve your goals WHAT is the most positive song on your quicker and in a much more enjoyable way.
playlist. WHAT is your earliest memory of an act of positivity. WHEN I was three years old and we picked up our first puppy.... a little cheeky Jack Russel. Although she was a naughty little thing the joy and memories she gave us were priceless and we still talk about them today.
WHO has had the most positive influence on your life and why. MY parents, because whatever has come their way they have always managed to stay positive no matter what life has thrown at them. How they treat everybody with respect has luckily been passed on to me, which in turn I will pass on to our son who is due any day now.
WHICH positive person in history would you like to meet. STEVE Irwin - I loved him and his positive enthusiasm for nature was infectious and fun to watch as a kid. It's so sad that he is no longer with us but what he has done to inspire generations with such a cool approach will be remembered forever.
WHAT is the most positive piece of advice you pass on to people you meet. THE most positive piece of advice I could pass on would be to enjoy the most simple things in life, even just taking my dog for a walk on the beach gives me such enjoyment. If you can enjoy the simple things then just imagine how great those really unique and special moments will feel. Just be yourself, don't try to be someone you are not and live every day to the fullest.
HOW do you deal with negative people.
Without doubt it's "Stand by me" by Ben E King. It gives me such positive emotional feelings for so many personal reasons.
IF you could sit down with five positive people who would they be and what qualities would they bring. DAVID Attenborough and Jane Goodall. It would be amazing to be in the presence of such passion and wisdom for our planet and wildlife. They are both such big inspirations for our Fragile Fight project. Dolly Parton, what a talent. She's worked so hard throughout her life and her skills as a songwriter and businesswoman have influenced me greatly. Such a respected woman. Ricky Gervais makes me giggle but is also a passionate animal lover, anyone who doesn't hold back when they speak their mind about the protection of animals is at the top of my list. And finally, Oprah Winfrey. What a woman! Not only is she very inspiring to listen to, she has shown how hard work, dedication and correct ethics pays off - plus she loves her dogs to pieces!
WHAT is the most positive film you have watched. THE Birdcage. It's hilarious , I can watch it over and over again without fail. With all their different beliefs they all pull together in the end, it's a fun film with a positive message.
WHO is the most positive person in your life. THE most positive person in my life isn't a person, it's my dog Bailey. Every day he is so pleased to see us and his lust for life brings me so much positivity and happy memories. There are also so many positive people in my life I couldn't just choose one.
out. "This is exactly what we have done and did not react with any negativity. Ten years later we are still so happy together and are expecting our first child. We both take this same approach to any negativity in our lives.
WHAT is your inspirational catchphrase. "GRASP every day and love and cherish the beautiful animals and ecosystems of this planet."
WHERE in the world are you in your most positive state. HOME. I know it's nothing extravagant, but putting the kettle on and cooking dinner with Matt, our dog and cats makes me feel completely at ease, relaxed and happy.
Above Inspired by the imminent birth of Sophia’s baby, figurative sculptor Matt has produced a thoughtprovoking work – Nucleus – showing both male and female foetus skeletons with Sophia holding an antique frame that Matt’s grandfather, a master picture conservator, had once restored. The frame is positioned so that it highlights the next generation of our species and the crystal glass skeletons represent life and death, with the glass acting as a metaphor of the fragility that future generations could face.
IF you could be known for one positive achievement in your life what would it be. THE one positive thing that I would like to be known for is our conservation project "Fragile Fight". I adore animals so much it would be incredible to be remembered for using the skills we have, and employing them to help species that we equally share this planet with, who deserve our love, respect and protection. INSTAGRAM: @ sophpurdie @ matthewpennart @ thefragilefight Sophia and Matthew are founders of www.fragilefight.com - an art led conservation project using the positive power of art to inspire change.
www.philhellmuth.com WHAT is the most positive piece of advice you have been given - when , where and by whom.
THE most positive piece of advice I was given was ten years ago when myself and my partner were subjected to a lot of negativity when we first started dating. This advice was by Matthew himself. He said: "You cannot reason with madness, if you try to, it just adds fuel to the fire and it will never go out. You have to walk away with your head held high and it will eventually burn itself
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THE 2021 HAUTE DOGS CHARITY CALENDAR LAUNCHES IN AID OF WILD AT HEART FOUNDATION
ward-winning London-based milliner Awon Golding has launched the 2021 ‘Haute Dogs x Wild at Heart Foundation’ charity calendar which aims to raise more than £10,000 for the animal welfare charity. Together with celebrated photographer Aurélie Four, Awon and 11 other dog-loving milliners have collaborated to create this fun and adorable calendar that captures each dog's personality beautifully. The calendar features Wild at Heart Foundation rescue dogs modelling couture hats, designed by some of the world’s most famous and loved names in millinery including Stephen Jones OBE and Philip Treacy OBE. Nikki Tibbles, founder of Wild at Heart Foundation said: “Hats off to Awon Golding for once again creating a masterpiece to help raise essential funds for our global re-homing and neutering projects.
Awon commented: “I’m honoured to be working with Wild at Heart Foundation this year to help raise funds for their global initiatives. To reflect their international reach I’ve put together 12 of the world’s best milliners in what will undoubtedly be our most successful campaign yet. We’ve raised over £21,000 in the last two years for dog charities and this year’s is looking set to be a record-breaker.” To help raise the £10,000 target a crowdfunding campaign is now live on Indiegogo and will run until 7th October 2020. To pre-order your calendar in time for Christmas and help raise essential funds for Wild at Heart Foundation please visit www. hautedogscalendar.com Special thanks to PAAW House for sponsoring the first run of the calendar. Calendar price £15.00
“Over three quarters of the world’s dogs are strays and the problem is getting worse. The World Health Organisation estimates that there are over 600 million stray dogs in the world. In addition, it is estimated that around one billion unwanted puppies are born on the streets each year. That’s why it’s so important that we do all we can to help to reduce the problem through education, sterilisation and re-homing. We encourage you all to buy this wonderful calendar to bring joy to your life each month and help with our fundraising mission.”
Awon Golding (right) is an awardwinning London-based milliner specialising in fun and fresh hats for modern women. Along with running her own brand Awon is also the Head Millinery Designer for the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest hat shop, Lock & Co. Her hats have shown at London Fashion Week and she counts Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Lady Gaga and Dita Von Teese amongst her clients. www.awongolding.com MilliOnAir magazine
The Milliners – 12 of the world’s best dog-loving milliners have collaborated on this year’s calendar. January - Edwina Ibbotson February - Florencia Tellado March - Giulia Mio April - Stephen Jones OBE May - Lock & Co June - Awon Golding July - Aoife Kirwan August - Rafa Peinador September - Philip Treacy OBE October - The Season Hats November - Louise Macdonald December - Eugenie van Oirschot The Photographer Aurélie Four is a London-based lifestyle and wedding photographer for people and their companion animals. She was inspired to "do more of the things she loves" (which include capturing love and life, and travelling) by her own pup, Marcel (also known as @lecorgi on social media). www.photobya4.com Wild at Heart Foundation Wild at Heart Foundation - believe in dog! They're working to end the suffering of stray dogs all over the world, which they do through global rescue initiatives, adoption & sterilisation projects, and awareness and education campaigns. In the five years since the charity launched, Wild at Heart Foundation have rehomed over 1,500 rescue dogs from overseas to happy homes here in the UK. They have also sterilised over 25,000 dogs, preventing millions of unwanted puppies from being born into a life of cruelty or hardship. With projects in over 20 countries, they’re working to get to the root of the problem, compassionately reducing the stray dog population all over the world. www.wildatheartfoundation.org
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A STUNNING luxury villa with uninterrupted, breathtaking views
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.
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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.
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Beautiful hair starts with a healthy scalp
t is estimated that 1 in 5 women in the UK experiences hair loss at some point in their life. Hair loss can affect both men and women for a variety of reasons, be it genetic, medical or resulting from damage caused by excessive use of products on the hair. Whatever the reason for hair loss, for many the outcome is the same, they are left feeling distressed and less confident. As hairdressers, we, of course, enjoy creating dramatic and fashionable colours, cuts, and styles for our clients. However, nothing could be more special and rewarding than being able to help someone naturally regain their desired hair in length, thickness and general hair health. In regard to hair loss people are (understandably) quick to panic, and often assume that they will never be able to naturally increase hair growth from their scalp again. However, in order to achieve thick, healthy hair, you have to find the root of the issue, which is always in the scalp. In its simplest terms, trichology is the study of the hair and scalp. CRLab Italy, invested in the study of trichology to create a product line to support and rejuvenate hair for those suffering from dandruff, hair loss and sebum (oily hair). Anyone suffering from any of these ailments should book a Tricotest consultation at our salon. This test is a microscopic analysis of both your scalp and hair to identify common issues, such as styling
product build-up, dirt, bacteria, fungus, DHT enzyme
symptoms, excess sebum, and poor hair nutrition. The Tricotest is designed for both men and women, and the system is simple, easy, and convenient. After the test, you will be recommended a course of treatments, which will specifically target the cause of your hair loss. CRLab embraces a formulative philosophy based on 'dermophytocosmesi', their products are made high quality raw materials, which have undergone a refined productive process, in order to grant an excellent efficacy level. The synergy of essential oils, plant stem cells and oligoelements, is the starting point for their treatment lines and products, whose primary target is the health of your scalp and consequently your hair. Malassezia furfur is a microorganism which caused dry and greasy dandruff and skin dehydration, sebum hyperproduction, the presence of toxins and free radicals.
Inanch London are excited to announce the launch of CRLabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trichology & Tricotest at our flagship salon in Fitzrovia, London.
Sebum Regulating Product set
Anyone suffering from hair loss and excessive moisture or oil would be given the Sebum Regulating Protocol treatment, which provides strength to the hair. The protocol works on the scalp thanks to a well-studied essential oil mixture with great "astringent" capacity and several plant extracts with high nutritive activity. CRLabs chose to use the jojoba extract that has a lipid composition similar to normal human sebum and the avocado extract, a regulator of sebum production. The Laminaria extract and the Fomes extract have a very strong astringent capability, leaving the hair root free from excess sebum. The azelaic acid is a strong antibacterial agent with the capacity to control sebum production. This Protocol is highly effective also for oily dandruff because the formula's active principles fight Malassezia Furfur formation, the contributing cause of dandruff formation and recurrence.
these products, the essential oils of this Trichological Protocol have the capacity to stop dehydration (enhancing the scalp moisturizing) and have a soothing and rejuvenating effect.
Nothing could be more special and rewarding than being able to help someone naturally regain their desired hair in length, thickness and general hair health.
The Edelweiss Plant stem cells are added to this Protocol because of their balancing and regenerating action. We select for this line the Sapphire Gemstone: it reinforces hair bulb metabolism providing important microelements for healthy hair growth. Others suffering from hair loss caused by dandruff and a dry scalp, would use C RLabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moisturising anti-dandruff protocol line. This collection fights persistent dry dandruff, helping those with irritations, scalp tenderness, redness, itching, etc. Due to the great soothing properties of
Inadequate tissue oxygenation are causes of hair loss and thinning hair; these are all conditions in which we can fight only through the synergy targeted products and a serious and complete protocol, because single products cannot act alone. extract also counteracts the activity of the 5-alphareductase, while apple stem cells and hydrolysed yeast protein supports the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle. Ruby dust particles exfoliate the scalp and at the same time supplies iron and chromium minerals. The CRLab Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo, rebalances the scalp thanks to a special blend of essential oils, these oils also purify and sooth the scalp from impurities. Inadequate tissue oxygenation are causes of hair loss and Hydrolysed yeast proteins strengthen hair follicles, thinning hair; these are all conditions in which we can hydrolysed rice proteins nourish the hair and apple stem fight only through the synergy targeted products and a cells support the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle. serious and complete protocol, because single products And finally, a hair loss protection lotion. This special mix cannot act alone. of essential oils and extracts purifies the skin and sensitively stimulates the microcirculation favouring the People suffering from unexplained hair thinning would be supply of nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicle. given the Hair Loss Prevention treatments, which includes a pre-shampoo which rebalances the scalp by protecting the scalp from oxidative stress formation thanks to a special blend of essential oils. Avocado oil
The alpha-hydroxy-acids have a deep regenerating effect due to strong "keratinolytic" activity Hydrolysed collagen restores the scalp connective layer and provides moisturizing action. Rhododendron plant stem cells: this provides regenerating capability. They selected for this line the Diamond Gemstone: it purifies the scalp due to its exfoliating properties.
Moisturising anti-dandruff Product set
Hairloss Prevention Product set
The hair loss prevention lotion has high antioxidant properties and effectively counteracts hair loss, maintaining the correct balance of nutrients within the hair bulb. Thuja oil has purifying and protective properties that help strengthen hair. Calendula (rich in saponins and flavonoids) strengthens the capillaries improving microcirculation. Sage provides tannins, phenols, flavonoids and organic acids. CRLab products are dermatologically tested by the Italian University, following the GMP indications. All of their products are formulated and made in Italy using the most innovative, safe, and certified high-quality raw materials. Below Millie Cooper's hair is being tested by Inanch Emir and was sent home with the Sebum Regulating Protocol treatment, which provides strength to the hair. Millie states: ''Since my course of treatments with the Sebum set my hair has become stronger, shinier and so much less greasy and I am so happy with the results...THANK YOU INANCH.''
To book a Tricotest with one of our haircare specialists go to www.inanch.com
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Aesthetics Q&A By Steven Smith
Welcome to our Autumn column, where some of the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading cosmetic surgeons, top aesthetic doctors and the very best experts in the beauty industry exclusively answer your questions. For each issue you raise, writer and author, Steven Smith, will seek out the elite in the industry to share their knowledge with you. This issue, your expert panel include cosmetic surgeon to the stars, Dr Jeya Prakash, Aesthetic artist Iryna Stewart, the queen of Microblading, Tracie Giles, and one of the world's most renowned facelift experts, Dr Norman Waterhouse.
Living with anxiety and the loss of my husband last year has taken its toll on my whole body. In particular, my hair has been affected, and I have large patches of alopecia. My eyebrows, which were usually quite nice, have become thin and are growing back but seem patchy. Would having them tattooed now be a good idea or would I have to wait till they grew back completely? Stress-induced hair loss is extremely common, with a large number of our clients reporting suffering to some extent – so you are not alone! Our minds and bodies are intrinsically linked, which means that anxiety or bereavement, which start out as psychological difficulties, often also have an immense impact on our physical wellbeing. As we age, our eyebrows also naturally become sparser, and hair growth slows due to hormone changes and ageing hair follicles. Ultimately, this means you might need a little expert help to ‘regrow’ your brows. Having your eyebrows tattooed can actually help to tackle both the cause of hair loss and aesthetic appearance. Unwanted changes to your physical appearance caused by stress, like thinning eyebrows, can contribute towards even more stress and upset. By having them tattooed, you improve not only your appearance but also your mental health! At Tracie Giles London, we work with whatever eyebrow hair you have – whether you have naturally full brows or no eyebrow hairs at all – so you can have your eyebrows tattooed whenever you feel ready. With over 25 years of experience, our technicians are brow experts and will complete an in-depth skin and facial analysis before your treatment, calculating your unique facial measurements to make sure that if/when your natural eyebrow hairs regrow, they blend seamlessly with the newly tattooed eyebrows. We are also able to achieve a variety of different eyebrow styles, from hair stroke brows that mimic the appearance of natural eyebrow hairs to bolder styles that use shading to give a more ‘pencilled in’ appearance. All styles can be adapted and built-up over time to work with any changes in your appearance. Tracie Giles
I have just turned 65 and have always taken good care of myself, which includes working out, eating well and tending to my skin. One of the things I have noticed as I am getting older is that hairs on my ears and eyebrows
seem to take on a different, more wiry texture. Would having my eyebrows subtlety tattooed make them look youthful again? I am really nervous about it as most of the men that I have seen who have had the procedure end up looking very feminine. The bad news? Eyebrow hairs often become increasingly wiry as we age, especially among men, and there is very little we can do to improve the texture. The good news? Eyebrow tattooing can absolutely be used to give you and your eyebrows a more youthful appearance. An ever-increasing number of men are now visiting us at Tracie Giles London to have their eyebrows tattooed, and we are able to achieve extremely natural-looking masculine results. Firstly, our expert technicians will trim and remove any wiry, problem hairs – subtly enhancing the shape of the brows to make them appear more youthful. They can also explain to you how to maintain this shape at home to keep your brows under control. They will then tattoo realistic hair strokes amongst your natural eyebrow hair to add volume and definition. We can use a variety of different techniques and styles to achieve masculine brows, but we recommend our new 'W' Brow for men, which is available with our top Director Artists, or the Microbladed Brow, which uses special flexi laser blades to achieve a more natural result. People may notice you look younger – but no one will suspect your eyebrows have been tattooed! I hope this helps! Tracie Giles
Last month, I turned thirty-five, and my hair is getting thinner. The odd patch of baldness is creeping in. My budget does not run to having a hair transplant and, to be honest, it is not that thin yet. What can I do to keep my thinning hairline at bay? There are various lotions and potions out there that claim to grow your hair back - many are just making false claims. You can have a professional treatment called platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) specifically for hair loss. During PRP, a person's blood is drawn, processed and combined with selected amino acids and hyaluronidase acid, and then injected into the scalp. These two acids are proven to be particularly beneficial for someone who’s hair is getting thinner with age. Initial treatment usually comprises three sessions with a two-
Botox leaves me with that ‘frozen’ look, and I am self-conscious about it. Fillers look nice, but I need something more. I have read a lot about PRP - would that help me obtain a fresher, younger look?
But recently they seem to have gotten a little bigger and are hurting my back, and are even a little droopy. Could I have surgery to keep them full and lift them, and will it ease my back pain?
I get asked this a lot! The frozen look is becoming highly unfashionable and a thing of the past. Many actresses come to me, and they need to maintain their expressions for performance on television and in the theatre. I always view my clients as a blank canvas and create bespoke treatments to suit their specific features and desires. By the sounds of it, you could do something called “Baby Botox”, which relaxes the muscles without giving you that ‘surprised’ look. You can then look into PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatments, which are proven to improve the skin texture, induce collagen production and reduce some signs of ageing. It will definitely make your skin look fresh and more youthful. You will be amazed by the results. Iryna Stewart
Whilst many women do complain of back issues linked to larger breasts, it is important to consider additional reasons that may contribute to your back pain with your doctor. The first thing to look at is the muscles, ligaments and the bones of the spine. Your doctor can advise you how to go about this and recommend you to a specialist.
I am in my 40's, and my breasts have always been an asset that my husband admires.
If breast size is considered a cause of the pain, many women do seek reduction operations, especially as they get older. Any reputable surgeon would want to look at your health in general before moving to operate. Certainly, an uplift of your breasts can reduce neck and back discomfort, with the additional benefit of keeping them looking aesthetically pleasing with a fuller rounded look. This is really, however, a question best answered in person during a consolation (this usually takes an hour). Doctor Jeya Prakash.
My nose was broken in an accident, and it was How much time would I need to take off from work after a facelift? And what would be the a little on the larger size before that. I had best way to prepare for the procedure? been saving to have it fixed. Due to the accident, an NHS surgeon operated on it six months ago. I am not at all happy with the Facelifts are significant procedures and will mandate results. Would it still be possible to see a some time off work. I often say that there are two types of facelift. One is a simple facelift that does not require a lot private cosmetic surgeon to make my nose of heavy structural work in the neck â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this usually smaller? involves a relatively quick recovery time of between two to three weeks, although it may be four to six weeks before you can start socialising and exercising completely I am sorry to hear about your accident. First of all, the normally. A structural neck lift is designed to help a true outcome of any rhinoplasty surgery (nose surgery) takes around a year to materialise. Unless you are having heavy neck with obliteration of the normal neck angle â&#x20AC;&#x201C; recovery from this may take longer because deeper breathing difficulties, it is best to wait another six structures in the neck are treated. Recovery from this months or more before looking to do more work. kind of facelift can often be four weeks or more. Norman Waterhouse. If you still wish to pursue a consultation after six months, please come and see me. Rhinoplasty is something that needs to be carefully discussed over several consultations to avoid unrealistic expiations. Again, even in the hands of a top cosmetic surgeon, it From the top: takes time to see the final results and aftercare is crucial Cosmetic surgeon to achieving this. In the meantime, there are many top Dr Jeya Prakash M.S. F.R. make-up artists who can advise on how to contour the C.S.(Ed) nose area to make it look smaller. Dr Jeya Prakash Permanent Cosmetics &
How old would you have to be to have a facelift? I have just turned 40 and was silly and spent a lot of time in the sun when younger. My face seems to be sagging around the jawline, and the sun damage seems to have made my face in general, look older. There is no specified suitable age to have a facelift. I think most people know when the time is right when make-up will no longer hide the loss of the jawline or the laxity in the neck. These are two of the most common features that prompt people to do something about their facial appearance. A face that sags around the jawline is usually due to gravity, but can also be affected by weight change, menopause and genetics. Sun damage, on the other hand, usually affects the surface quality of the skin. Treatment for each of these is very different in that structural changes are addressed with a facelift whereas sun damage needs to have cutaneous treatments, such as microdermabrasion, laser or phototherapy. Norman Waterhouse.
Aesthetics Tracie Giles Consultant Plastic Surgeon FRCS FRCS(Plast) Dr Norman Waterhouse Skincare expert and Aesthetic artist Iryna Stewart
www.professionalcosmeticsurgery.co.uk www.traciegiles.co.uk www.theaestheticsurgeons.com www.amaizingyou.com www.thelondonclinic.co.uk
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