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TH E HO M E J O U RNE Y 5 4 MINE meets one of our favourite interiors visionaries, Katharine Pooley
3 E DITOR’ S L E TTE R Gift-giving with Astrid 11 N E WS OF OUR WO RL D MINE rounds up the latest in luxury
SM ART CO O KI E 5 8 Healthy eating with author Niomi Smart
14 DAY v s NI G H T Shine and sparkle, plus ’40s-style favourites
TH E BE ST F RO M E AST TO WE ST 6 5 Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new restaurant
22 R E N E E STE WART Our talented and oh-so-lovely cover star tells MINE what makes her heart skip a beat
FAL L I NTO W I NTE R 5 8 Pamper and refresh yourself at a seasonal retreat
32 ACCE S S(ORIE S ) AL L ARE AS Style speaks volumes, so turn it up
DAZ Z L I NG & G O RG E O U S 7 5 Celebrating Dolce & Gabbana’s beauty offerings BE ST D RE SSE D 7 6 Delightful dressing table ornaments
45 LIVE AN D LET D RI VE Astrid takes the DB11 for a spin
SNAPSHOTS: BACKSTAGE BEAUTY 8 2 How to get AW17’s runway looks at home
46 RE D D E VI L Hot stuff for gentlemen
A PE RF E CT TE N 8 5 Chloé – reimagined and bottled
50 AUT UMN AM BE RS Warm and comforting fragrances
MINE ISSUE 7 WINTER 2017
CONTENTS CO N TI N UE D
88 THE GE N TLE TO U CH Women lead the cosmetic-aesthetic charge
BE AU TY AND THE BRI D E 1 2 1 Foolproof beauty essentials
97 JUST D O I T! MINE’s bridal guide kicks up its heels
H O NE Y M O O N H E AVE N 1 2 2 The finest destinations for newlyweds
98 FAIRYTALE OF N E W YO RK Wedding dress trends from the Big Apple 104 BR IDAL BEAU TI E S A host of trend-leading bridal designers 110 WE LL GR O O M E D Because it’s not all about the bride… 114 LOCATION LOCATI O N… London’s best places to tie the knot 118 WE DDIN G WON DE RL AND A visit to The Wedding Gallery
J E W E L L E RY: HE R & HI M 1 2 6 The season’s finest pieces SANTA BABY 1 2 8 Fashion gifts for her HOLY MOLY 1 3 0 Fashion gifts for him XMAS XSTASY 1 3 2 Beauty gifts for her GODS GIFT 1 3 4 Beauty gifts for him
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Z AH R AA AL-N AJJAR
RO B E RT JAM E S
E L L E B L AKE M AN
ZOYA KAL E E VA
T E S S A C L AYTO N
L ARRY K I N G
T H E A DAR R I COTTE
B E N JAM I N M AL L E K
J E S S I CA D I N E R
TAN YA P H I L I PSO N
AR AB E L L A D U P O N T
SARAH ROYCE -GRE E N SI L L
S AM AN T H A F RE E D M AN
CH ARLOTTE SI N CL AI R
S O P H I E G OO D W I N
GE O F F WARI N G
R O B Y N H AM I LTO N
N ATO W E LTO N
Here we go again…
PH OTO B Y R AC HE L PA L M E R
Bond girl Astrid (p45)
…it’s the holiday season! Whatever that means to you, one thing’s for sure: you will be celebrating. Whether that’s high jinx and getting up to no good (hope so!), or simply toasting a chance to bolt the doors and do absolutely nothing (that’ll be me), it really is a magical time of year. The unavoidable commercial message of ‘spend, spend, spend’ sends many of us into a frenzy. But as someone who likes to delve deeper into the spirituality of it all, I think there’s nothing wrong with looking at gifting as something quite meaningful. Sometimes we need (and like) a reason to give, as much as we do a reason to celebrate. Gifting feels good, be it to loved ones or to a certain someone, for an act of random kindness. Love makes the world go round, and this is really just another step that keeps the circle going. So, ‘Gift away!’ I say – and keep encouraging that love with thanks. Need a few pointers? This issue has a dedicated gift guide, brought to you by those in the know (p126). On the subject of love, something’s definitely in the air – eighty per cent of brides get engaged over the festive period. Wow – that’s a lot of happy ladies! So we thought we’d give them a shout-out and gift them with our super luxe insider knowledge. Arabella Dupont delivers key trends from across the pond (p98) while Robyn Hamilton shines a light on the best of British bridal fashion (p104). Elle Blakeman, who knows every luxury London haunt, points us to the most fabulous party venues (p114) and the brilliant Charlotte Sinclair suggests honeymoon hotspots when it’s time to relax (p122). Above all, be kind to yourself. Don’t be shy about indulging and rewarding the person who keeps the wheels turning – you. After all, you’ve a whole new year to get through in 2018! What a thought. But I’m confident there’ll be something to lift you among our fashion, beauty, travel, food and interior pages. ASTRID JOSS,
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TH E PER FU M ED GAR D EN Botany and the arts unite in stunning British newcomer Parterre, which creates perfumes from seed to bottle. All ingredients are direct from Keyneston Mill, the Dorset botanical garden of the passionate and artistic Julia and David Bridger – cocreators with Grasse master perfumer Jacques Chabert (who conjured Chanel’s Cristalle and Guerlain’s Samsara). The fifty-acre estate boasts over 2,000 plant varieties. ‘Our mission is to grow the most unusual plants we can source,’ they say. A trio of truly beautiful classic scents with a definite twist form the first range: Tribute to Edith (flora), Run of the River (citrus) and Root of All Goodness (leather). As for what that twist is… spritz to find out! parterrefragrances.com
NEWS OF OUR WORLD MINE rounds up the latest in luxury
OUTERWEAR GETS CLEVER Luxury label Tricouni does exactly what we all want from outerwear: perform while looking fantastic. Using ultra-technical fabric innovations and their three-inone design concept, the pieces allow for layering and offer solutions for the busy, modernday woman’s wardrobe. Zip in and out gilets in supersoft lightweight fabrics keep you light on your toes but warm within. Fur trims, knit lapels and fleece pocket-linings add snug treats and style. With five key classic styles – peacoat, parka, single-breasted, double-breasted and double face wrap coat – in the essential hues of black, grey, stone, blue and heather, there’s nothing else you could possibly add. tricouni.com
L AY I N LU X U RY Tielle Love Luxury by Tradelinens has been providing the world’s leading five-star hotels for more than thirty years. And it’s launched a new, globally curated, exclusive bedding range – the Signature Collection. So now is the moment to make the ultimate investment in your day-to-day wellbeing – and the moment to make your dreams a reality with the very best from this specialist premium linen company. tielleloveluxury.co.uk
NEWS OF OUR WORLD
The leading supplier of coloured gemstones, Gemfields, has issued its second book, Ruby – The King of Gems, endeavouring to enlighten us (and the jewellery trade) about these precious coloured stones. Specialist Joanna Hardy surveys the history of rubies, from ancient Burmese mines to recent exciting discoveries in Mozambique – as well as the kings, queens and Hollywood legends who wore them. Sixty pieces are featured, including previously unseen designs from royal and private collections. Historic items sit alongside pieces for jewellery houses such as Graff, Boucheron, Cartier and Chaumet. thamesandhudson.com
G E T S M E LLY It’s hard not to get excited about fashion genius Anya Hindmarch launching a candle line. With fellow creative and perfumer Lyn Harris, she brings us Anya Smells. These three fragrances evoke her memories of family summers (Sun Lotion), mornings (Coffee) and newborns (Baby Powder). As tongue-in-cheek as ever and pushing to make the everyday extraordinary, Anya says, ‘My obsession has always been with the combination of playfulness and irreverence with the critical ingredient of craftsmanship.’ anyahindmarch.com
S TAT E O F T H E A R T
akeup can completely change a face, at the stroke of a brush. Just as we have Monets and Da Vincis to thank for beautiful works of art, to be admired and adored, there are among us highly acclaimed makeup artists – geniuses who transform faces in the name of both beauty, fashion and art. Yasmin Heinz is one of them and her new book, Elements – The Art of Make-up (published by Prestel), is a celebration of her work. With 180 illustrations, weaving together the best of fashion, beauty and photography, it showcases makeup at the front line of art. Having worked at the cutting edge, from photoshoots and runway shows to music videos and advertising, Yasmin’s client list is second to none, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Dior, Chanel and McQueen. She’s collaborated with photographers Ellen von Unwerth and Annie Leibovitz, and models including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, David Gandy and Diane Kruger – to name but a few. ‘Makeup isn’t revolutionary,’ Yasmin says, ‘but I hope my images will make somebody’s day, inspire them and lift them up.’ As Conde Nast Asia beauty director Kathy Phillips remarks, each time Yasmin picks up brush, sponge, tint, powder or cream, she paints a new perception of beauty. And this truly is beauty as art. elements-by-yasmin-heinz.com
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Brocade singlebreasted blazer, £4,040, Gucci at matches fashion.com
Brocade trousers, £391, F.R.S at matchesfashion.com
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Cross-body bag, £1,180, Bottega Veneta at matchesfashion.com
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Velvet loafers, £680, The Row at net-a-porter.com
FA S H I O N
Earrings, £185, Lizzie Fortunato at matchesfashion.com
Metallic fringed jacket, £470, Rachel Zoe at net-a-porter.com
Jumpsuit, £6,168, Azzaro at matchesfashion.com
RALPH & RUSSO
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Rose gold diamond ring, £2,790, Bee Goddess at harrods.com
Embellished leather pumps, £675, christianlouboutin.com
Mini bag, £2,974, Roberto Cavalli at farfetch.com
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Dress, £5,670, Valentino at brownsfashion.com
Suede-trimmed velvet clutch, £560, Miu Miu at net-a-porter.com
Dress, £1,395, Attico at matchesfashion.com
Collar, £215, S Max Mara at matchesfashion.com
MARCHESA Crystal buckle suede pump, £710, Prada at matchesfashion.com
FA S H I O N Cashmere sweater, £655, Chloé at matchesfashion.com
Spike Cristobal brooch, £725, Balenciaga at matchesfashion.com
Heels, £465, emmylondon.com Pleated silk-twill skirt, £1,060, Gucci at net-a-porter.com
BOTTEGA VENETA Fieno gloves, £105, Weekend Max Mara at matchesfashion.com
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The talented, ever bright, hugely fun and oh-so lovely Renee Stewart tells MINE what makes her heart skip a beat
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“IF I TOLD MY PARENTS NOW THAT I WANTED TO BECOME A DOCTOR, THEY WOULD BE HAPPY”
n a beautiful, sunny, autumn day in north London, the MINE crew await the entrance of the much talked-about Renee Stewart. Once, that talk would have centered on her rock ’n’ roll and modeling pedigree: she’s the daughter of Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter. Now, however, she is known, quite simply, for being Renee. Having graduated from the London Contemporary Dance School in 2016, she has projects galore afoot. ‘When I was growing up,’ recalls the twenty-five-year-old, ‘I tried lots of things, from riding to painting – and even football! Dad wanted us all to play at some point (there are eight siblings in total). He was hoping one of us would make it to a professional league! He’s football-obsessed. ‘Yet I soon knew that I wanted to be a dancer. I love the artistic side of dancing as well as the athletic side. I even love the discipline and the structure: I’m definitely a person who loves to have a meaning and a purpose – something to get up for and throw yourself into every day.’ However, she admits the industry is tough. ‘Dance is beautiful yet unforgiving – like anything that requires practice and discipline. If you have an off day, you have to get up, go back and do it again the next day. You’re also dealing with body as well as mind. Both are demanding in equal measure. ‘I love days like today (the MINE shoot). The collaborative side of coming together with so many different, creative-minded people is where I thrive.’ Having danced since she was seven, Renee can’t imagine life without it. But she has other interests too: ‘I love taking photographs – I have done since I was nine. I own two cameras: one digital and one film. Shooting on film is exciting because you have the anticipation of waiting for it to be developed.’ As we move through the day, there’s not a single crew member who isn’t touched by Renee’s charm and ease, not to mention her infectious smile: a big, Julia Roberts-esque beam that brings the room to life. Does she mind the comparison to Roberts? ‘Oh, not at all. It’s a compliment, for sure.’ When MINE shoots Renee wearing Dior’s new autumn/winter
biker boots, we ask her to tap to the background music’s beat. She happily complies, pausing only to grant the photographer’s request to strike a pose for a close-up beauty shot. Then she yelps – ‘Oh! I didn’t realize you were still filming me! Wait – I need to get my rhythm back!’ Did her background propel her in the direction she has taken? ‘Growing up in an artistic family was chaotic: constant music playing throughout my mum’s house and my dad’s. Mum’s was more hip-hopbased; Dad would have Sam Cooke or Motown playing. ‘But we made our own decisions and were encouraged in anything we pursued. If I told my parents now that I wanted to change my career and become a doctor or an accountant, they would be happy and supportive. ‘As an artist/creative, you’re forever learning and developing your craft; constantly working harder and harder. Nothing is ever enough! Which is why I love doing what I do. With dance, there’s constant growth and discovery.’ Since graduating with a first-class degree in contemporary dance, Renee has worked with international choreographer Sasha Roubicek on a project funded by the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. In May, they took their piece to Hong Kong for the International Choreography Festival, where it earned great acclaim. Renee’s interest in film has also drawn her into work on three forthcoming dance videos. Her passion for the art of dance is crystal-clear, as is her desire to bring it to the forefront of complementary media like film, photography and fashion. ‘Collaboration is a way for your work to be seen on different platforms and by different audiences,’ she declares. ‘My friend Jacob Jonas holds a monthly Instameet (a community on Instagram) called CamerasandDancers, which brings dance and photography together to create content.’ Talking of Instagram, Renee’s is one to watch, as her 11,000-strong (and growing) following attests. ‘Social media plays such an important role in society, especially for creatives – it’s how our work is seen,’ she explains. ‘I see Instagram as a beautiful magazine of our lives. As a dancer, I try to create authentic and interesting content rather than selfie after selfie… Nothing against selfies though!’
C O V E R S TA R
Silk tulle dress, £995, amandawakeley. com; shoes, £675, christianlouboutin. com; diamond necklace, £120,000, diamond and pink
C O V E R S TA R
Opposite: Tule top, £255, razanalazzouni.com This page: Blazer, stylist’s own; pleated tulle skirt, £5,600, dior.com
“AS AN ARTIST, YOU’RE FOREVER LEARNING”
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Silk tulle dress, £995, amandawakeley. com; shoes, £675, christianlouboutin. com; diamond necklace, £120,000, diamond and pink
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“I’M A PERSON WHO LOVES TO HAVE A MEANING AND A PURPOSE”
Opposite: Black and silver tweed tailleur with asymmetric off-the-shoulder collar and jewelled buttons, POA, ralphandrusso.com
Cotton shirt and waistcoat, both POA, dolcegabbana.it
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Satin dress, ÂŁ2,195, prada.com
Style speaks volumes, and thereâ€™s no better time of year to turn it up
PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATO WELTON
STYLING BY JAVIER SALVADOR & ROBERT JAMES
Tissu Obi/patent bag, ÂŁ1,495, christianlouboutin. com; Embellished satin courts, ÂŁ995, jimmychoo.com
Opposite: Brass clutch, £995, anyahindmarch. com; Tissu Obi/ Velluto Stampato boots, £1,275, christianlouboutin. com This page: Crystal embellished clutch, £350, Sophia Webster at harveynichols. com; Leather sandals, £1,450, ralphandrusso.com; White quartz with minerals, £1,650, hillhouseinteriors. com
Top row: Python bag, £4,950, ralphandrusso. com; Satin and crystal clutch, £1,480, manoloblahnik.com; Satin embellished clutch, £1,880, williamandson.com Bottom row: Satin clutch with jewel handle, £1,880, manoloblahnik. com; Sequin embroidery glitter fabric clutch, £1,250, jimmychoo. com; Glitter clutch, £675, jimmychoo.com
This page: Lambskin and metal cuff, £565, chanel.com; White geode, £235, hillhouseinteriors. com; Leather shoes, £1,040, prada.com Opposite: Silk twill scarf, £320, dior. com; Crystal satin detail courts, £725, manoloblahnik.com; Blue celestite, £425, hillhouseinteriors. com
Satin embellished clutch, £1,680, williamandson.com; Satin court with gold detailing, £895, manoloblahnik.com
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Diamonds are forever – and so is an Aston Martin (well, almost). Licensed-to-thrill MINE editor Astrid Joss takes the DB11 for a spin
ou only live once – albeit twice or maybe forever in 007’s world. And despite never being a Bond film fan, I’m inspired by his fast and fierce appetite for life. So when a day driving Aston Martin’s most recent creation was mooted, I thought I really should. Its predecessor, the DB10, was a bespoke model for 2015’s Spectre. The DB11 reimagines the relationship between form and function, but – like anything shiny and expensive – requires a special factor to make you fall for it hook, line and sinker. So when Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said, ‘This is not only the most important car in Aston Martin’s history, but also in its 103 years’ existence,’ now seemed the right time to be converted to a luxury car appreciator. I set off from Berkshire’s Cliveden House after a briefing by chief creative officer Marek Reichman, who conjures up each new Aston Martin. At the mercy of the vehicle, I felt intimidated by its power and value. Yet as the journey unfolded, a curious thing happened: we became acquainted with each other. I got to know how the car works, and all its clever details; from being able to move the steering wheel to an ideal angle unobtainable in most cars; through
the high-tech sound system and sat nav; to the way it makes you feel a million dollars, courtesy of stunning styling (think hand-stitching, a hand-painted finish and Bridge of Weir leather, untainted by midge bites owing to it coming from long-haired cows). Empowered by confidence, I relished gliding along country lanes and racing down motorways. The Aston Martin and I were friends, inspiring feelings I’ve never had for a car. It was like a fusion of a treasured piece of jewellery with a beloved canine. The DB11, Reichman explained, is living art with fantastic DNA: ‘I’m embodying all of its British history, style and prowess in a shape that has soul. When you lay eyes on the car, I want the same reaction you may have if Usain Bolt entered a room: bowled over by the beauty of sculpture and power.’ Reichman and his team have gone above and beyond to deliver perfection. No surprise, then, that Aston Martin has six hundred customers waiting for one hundred and fifty cars. It has produced 80,000 vehicles in a century, whereas Toyota et al churn out ten million each year. In 2017, Sotheby’s sold a 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 for $22,550,000, making it the most expensive British car ever. You do the math.
Above, Astrid with Aston Martin’s Marek Reichman. Below, DB11s at Cliveden House
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As the days get chillier and darker, we look to layer up. Move away from fresh citrus fragrances to the warm and comforting notes of amber. By Robert James
Amber Absolute private blend candle, £80, Tom Ford at selfridges.com Sicilian Wood body lotion, £45 for 250ml, Tom Daxon at mrporter.com
Suede rinse-free hand wash, £20 for 30ml, Byredo.co.uk
Ambre Royal, £110 for 50ml, Ormonde Jayne at harrods.com
Superstitious eau de parfum, £230 for 100ml, Frédéric Malle at libertylondon.com
Thickening Conditioner, £22 for 250ml, Sachajuan at cultbeauty.co.uk
Amber Lavender body crème, £52 for 175ml, jomalone.co.uk
Orange Amber shaving cream, £20 for 100ml, Claus Porto at mrporter.com
“A S T H E DAYS GE T CHILLIER, MOV E T O T HE WA R M NOTE S OF A MBER”
Dark Amber & Ginger Lily dry body oil, £52 for 100ml, jomalone.co.uk
Colbalt Amber, £98 for 50ml, abelodor.com Grand Soir eau de parfum, £140 for 70ml, Maison Francis Kurkdijan at selfridges.com Suede hand wash, £38 for 450ml, byredo.co.uk
Hair After The Sun, £20 for 125ml, Sachajuan at cultbeauty.com
Hommage à l’homme Voyageur cologne, £172 for 100ml, Lalique at Burlington Arcade, London
DĂ‰COR Make a glamorous entrance with even the simplest spaces
MINE meets one of our favourite interiors visionaries, Katharine Pooley. By Robert James
A bedroom should be a place of sanctuary and sumptuous relaxation
dventures around the world have inspired British designer Katharine Pooley. Now her work is commemorated by a beautiful new book, in collaboration with Assouline.
How did you begin in interiors? Living in Singapore, I designed several homes. People kept asking me to do theirs. On my return to London, I opened a boutique on Walton Street, with luxury products from around the world, then a design studio.
Do international projects excite you more? I enjoy working on every project because I become immersed in,
Don’t underestimate attention to detail
Below, Katharine’s beautiful new book with Assouline
“M Y S TA R T I N G POIN T IS A LW A Y S TO LISTEN”
Objets are the finishing touches to a well-dressed home
and attached to, the character of each. The Kuwait property in my book is particularly close to my heart: I was able to take inspiration from the client’s antiques and relics, which she sourced in the Far East. To complement her taste, I sourced one-off articles on my travels in Asia.
homes. Some clients have antique collections, which we use to dress a space. But I also believe in ‘less is more’ when it comes to dressing. It’s important to keep a curious mind and a keen eye – inspiration can be found in unexpected locations. When I was in Russia, a detail on the ceiling of the Summer Palace of Peter the Great caught my eye and was later woven into a cornice design. I’m always on the lookout for inspiration in nature, architecture, art, jewellery, fashion and interiors.
Where would you like to work? A dream of mine has always been to create a beautiful safari lodge in Africa. I’ve enjoyed many safaris and the landscape is unsurpassable. I’d use a palette of natural tones, fabrics and textures in a luxurious, timeless combination. De Le Cuona fabrics have an amazing, Africaninfluenced range with beautiful textures, which would work perfectly. I’d also love the opportunity to design a yacht or another private jet.
How do you feel interiors will evolve? That’s difficult to predict. It definitely goes in circles: certain schemes become fashionable again. Who would you like to design your own property? Nina Campbell.
How do residential projects compare to commercial ones? We’ve worked on residential projects where the building is listed, so you’re sometimes limited as to what you can change structurally. But my team and I love the challenge. We completed a castle in Scotland where the staircase was so small that we couldn’t get any furniture in. We had to saw everything in half and glue it back together! There’s always a solution to every problem. From a commercial/hotel perspective, people like to see interior design that has a lived-in feel. But there are far greater regulations – for example, the projects have to be fire-rated.
What was the inspiration for your book with Assouline? Travel is the thread running through the book, which explores the creative process and inspirations behind nineteen of our projects; from a magnificent Middle Eastern villa in Dubai to a historic castle in the Scottish Highlands. No two projects are the same; I take inspiration from a client’s style and personality, as well as each property’s location. What’s in the pipeline for you? Projects across the globe, including a family home in Washington.
Do you follow trends? My starting point is always to listen to the clients and work with them. I travel with them and absorb their tastes. Ultimately, we’re creating
Journey by Design by Katharine Pooley, £60, available online and from book shops. katharinepooley.com
A global audience is inspired to look, live and feel better by lifestyle blogger Niomi Smart. Her popular YouTube series What I eat in a day spawned her book on healthy vegan eating: Eat Smart: what to eat in a day – every day. We spent the day with Niomi at the incredible showroom of Blakes London, cooking up a storm of healthy recipes. From divine carrot cake porridge to innovative smoothie bowls, there is certainly something for everyone. Niomi’s snacking service for the health-conscious, SourcedBox, focuses on natural food, using everyday ingredients that will work wonders for your wellbeing. And her simple-tomake recipes will slot straight into your daily life.
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FOOD ROASTED FENNEL, LENTIL AND FIG SALAD
‘These are some of my favourite flavour combinations. The liquorice taste of the fennel, the aromatic dill, the fresh lemon, the sweet figs and the delicate crunch of their seeds create a wonderful, well-rounded salad. The lentils add real substance to keep you feeling fuller longer.’ Serves 2 100g (½ cup) dried green lentils, rinsed 1 large fennel bulb 1 tbsp olive oil pink Himalayan salt or sea salt freshly ground black pepper 3 fresh figs, quartered small handful of fresh dill, chopped For the dressing: ½ lemon 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil ½ tsp ground cumin
1) Preheat the oven to 180°C. 2) Place the lentils in a small pan. Cover with cold water and place over a medium-high heat. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Add water if needed. Drain, tip back in the pan and leave to cool. 3) Remove tatty outer leaves from the fennel. Cut into 1cm wedges and place on a roasting tray with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. 4) Roast the wedges in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Turn halfway to ensure all are evenly cooked. Remove and allow to cool. 5) For the dressing, zest the lemon. Set the zest aside. Mix the lemon juice, olive oil and cumin together in a small bowl. 6) Mix the lentils and fennel with the dressing. Serve with the fig pieces. Scatter over the chopped dill and a little lemon zest.
“M Y SMOOTHIE BOW L S USE DIF F E R E N T F RU I T S A N D SU PE R F O OD S ”
SMOOTHIE BOWLS – THREE WAYS
‘I discovered smoothie bowls in LA at a quirky café called Juice Generation, but the best I’ve tasted were in Bali – they were a revelation. I’ve since made my own versions, trying different combinations of fruit and superfoods.’ TROPICAL serves 2 Large handful of spinach 100g (½ cup) frozen mango chunks 100g (½ cup) frozen pineapple chunks ¼ cucumber 60ml (¼ cup) coconut water 2 ice cubes 1 tsp baobab powder (optional) 1 tsp spirulina (optional) ACAI serves 2 3 frozen bananas, peeled and chopped (tip: when bananas get overripe, peel and roughly chop, place in a freezer bag and freeze for future use) 50g (¼ cup) fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries and blackberries 100ml (½ cup) unsweetened almond milk 2 tbsp acai powder 2 tbsp maca powder (optional)
SUPERFOOD CHOCOLATE serves 2 3 frozen bananas, peeled and chopped 1 tbsp raw cacao powder 1 tbsp chia seeds 1 tbsp lucuma powder (optional) 125ml (½ cup) unsweetened almond milk
1) Place all the ingredients in a blender. (Make sure your blender can chop frozen fruit.) 2) Whizz until creamy and smooth. Add extra almond milk or coconut water if necessary. 3) Serve in bowls decorated with toppings of your choice. Try sliced banana, fresh berries, dried mulberries, goji berries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut flakes, almond butter or homemade granola.
AVOCADO AND STRAWBERRY ON RYE
‘Avocado on toast is one of my favourite weekend choices when I eat out. It seems to be one of those things that everyone loves. I’ve livened up my version with sweet strawberries and balsamic vinegar.’ Serves 2 2 slices rye bread 8 strawberries, hulled 8-10 mint leaves, chopped 1 ripe avocado, stoned freshly ground black pepper handful of rocket leaves balsamic vinegar
1) Toast the rye bread. 2) Slice the strawberries and roughly chop the mint leaves. 3) Slice or mash the avocado. Place on the toasted bread with the sliced strawberries. 4) Sprinkle over the mint and season with black pepper.
5) Add the rocket leaves, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and dig in.
“IT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS T H AT E V E R Y O N E L OV E S”
CARROT CAKE PORRIDGE
‘I’m a huge fan of porridge – it’s one of the best breakfasts, providing energy that usually keeps me going until lunch. I like experimenting with different flavours, inspired by traditional British puddings. Because who doesn’t want to eat dessert for breakfast when it’s good for you?’ Serves 2 200g (1 cup) rolled oats 250ml (1 cup) unsweetened almond milk 1 carrot, peeled and grated 1 tbsp date syrup or maple syrup ¼ tsp each of ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and ground ginger 30g (¼ cup) raisins
1) Put the oats, almond milk and 250ml (1 cup) water in a small saucepan, and place over a medium heat. 2) Stir in most of the carrot, with the syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and raisins. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring regularly, until thick and creamy. 3) Serve sprinkled with the remaining carrot, or your preferred topping (try our favourite: a small handful of chopped, unsalted, raw walnuts).
The décor and dishes of Jean-Georges at The Connaught
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Born in Alsace, inspired in Asia and a smash in New York and Tokyo, Jean-Georges Vongerichten helms a new restaurant at London’s Connaught hotel. Robert James reports
ean-Georges at The Connaught is open all day, but dinner offers an opportunity to enjoy a meal without the thought of rushing to meetings or being bombarded by WhatsApps and emails. The Connaught – a London icon – sits perfectly in the heart of Mayfair and on the corner of go-to luxury shopping destination Mount Street. Over the years, the hotel has found ways to reinvent its spaces while maintaining a superlative level of service. The new restaurant has been duly designed by interior architect John Heah as a contemporary yet relaxing and informal dining room. As you enter, you’re absorbed both by beautiful smiles and warm welcomes from the team, and by the décor. From low-slung sofas, you can take in stunning, floor to ceiling, stained glass windows, and fantastic views to the outside water feature and beautiful architecture of Mount Street. A cool but warm natural colour palette, and perfectly positioned mood lighting, complete the scene. Jean-Georges is renowned for his signature Southeast Asian flavours, which grace the menu alongside an eclectic mix of British and Connaught classics. The ‘Taste of Jean-Georges’ is an ideal option when you’re so spoiled for choice: tuna tartare (an utter taste sensation), crispy salmon sushi, egg toast and caviar, black truffle and fontina pizza (an absolute must), and Cornish lamb chops. And with a wine list drawn from The Connaught’s six-thousand-bottle cellar, it’s well worth asking the sommelier to recommend something extra-special. From start to finish, the experience is faultless. Now to find time for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea…
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The sunshine may have subsided, but thereâ€™s no reason not to pamper and refresh yourself at a seasonal retreat. By Thea Darricotte
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Wine lovers will have heard of Castiglion Del Bosco: a twelfthcentury estate complete with its very own ruined castle, now carefully managed by Rosewood. Within five thousand acres of a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is popular both for its views and its vineyards. Its Zodiac wine has become a collector’s item and its brunello is considered among the world’s best. But it’s not just the wine, fresh olive oil and grappa del drago that attract guests: it’s the hallowed atmosphere of a true jewel of a hotel. The golf course is so immaculate that Obama visited for a well-earned break. The gardens – carefully tended by a charming team – were designed by the landscapers of the Vatican. The kitchen gardens have over 180 varieties of vegetables and herbs, which the chefs use for inspiration when creating menus for the two exceptional restaurants. And the stylish staff are attentive without being overbearing. With just twenty-three spacious suites and eleven luxury villas, conjured from restored seventeenth and eighteenth-century farmhouses, guests can imagine they have the estate to themselves. In the summer, the infinity pool, with views of the hill town Montalcino, is hemmed by a haze of lavender, and timid lizards dart between ancient stones in the steps to the castle. But this winter the hotel is soft-launching a foray into the world of log fires, foggy mornings and crisp days. The villas will be available with daily housekeeping, daytime assistance and, should you decide that making Christmas lunch is a chore too far, chefs on call. castigliondelbosco.com
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Abbaye de la B ussière, L a Bussière -sur- Ouche, Côte - d’Or
Keats described autumn as a season of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’ – and there’s no better place to experience those than a Gothic abbey in the heart of Burgundy. The Abbaye de la Bussière was founded in 1131 and, as it flourished, so too did its monastic necessities: a cellar, dovecote and winepress. In time, possession passed from the monks to the aristocracy and, latterly, to a British couple who transformed it into a luxury hotel, now part of the Relais & Châteaux group. Sympathetic to the buildings’ history and romantic design, the owners have kept the nooks, crannies and jewel-coloured stained glass, making it the perfect place to relish thunderstorms as you sip local red wine. The Michelin-starred 1131 restaurant, in the abbey’s former cloister, invites hushed reverence – but, nowadays, from devotees of exceptional dishes. The perfectly balanced, delicate flavours are pleasingly free of the heaviness of some French menus. Twenty tastefully decorated rooms are spaciously arranged, with views over the seventeen-acre park in which the hotel sits. If you’re keen to explore the area, the abbey is a twenty-minute drive from Dijon, Beaune and the Route des Grands Crus wine trail. Experts gathered in the cosy bar will point you towards less well-known but equally worthy wineries, or you can take a bicycle through the beautiful countryside and build up an appetite for supper. abbayedelabussiere.fr/en
“THE PERFECT PLACE TO RELISH STORMS AS YOU SIP RED WINE”
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The Lanesborough, London
After a summer of sunny escapes, body-toning outdoor activities, fresh fruit and salads, the party season should showcase all that hard work. So kick it off with a trip to the new spa at The Lanesborough: so spectacular and beautiful that it’s hard to believe anyone would dare sweat in it. And that’s just one reason to stay at The Lanesborough. It’s now an Oetker Collection hotel, which guarantees the highest levels of style, service and substance – and makes the presence of elegant celebrities in search of a London hideaway more likely (Madonna and Leonardo DiCaprio are among former guests). A big pull for the well-heeled is a round-the-clock, dedicated butler service. No matter what time you jet in, every need will be met. The Michelin-starred Celeste restaurant serves the best pastries in London for breakfast, and an irritatingly irresistible (for those watching their waistline) afternoon tea whose highlight is fresh scones with lashings of cream. Lunch and dinner menus are similarly spectacular. Each room is designed to the utmost standards of comfort and taste, and the Library Bar – with live music and seductive furnishings –makes ‘just one more’ cocktail the smart choice. And now there is the Lanesborough Club & Spa – after all, you have to work off those delicious refreshments somehow. So why not do so in exquisite surroundings and round it off with a soothing massage? You deserve it. oetkercollection.com/destinations/the-lanesborough
Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne
Admired for its beauty, Lake Geneva has also inspired the creatively inclined. Mary and Percy Shelley competed with Byron to write ghost stories there (Mary won with Frankenstein), David Bowie resumed painting when he moved there and Freddie Mercury recorded his last songs on its shores. The beautiful expanse of water – surrounded by frayed mountains, haunting castles and picturesque villages – is an attraction in its own right. Take a paddle steamer and a good book and spend the day enjoying the views and fresh air. When you disembark, recharged and with rosy cheeks, check into the BeauRivage Palace, which opened in 1861 and has hosted Victor Hugo, Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel and Tina Turner. Set within beautiful gardens on the shores of the lake, it exudes the quiet confidence of a grande dame, and is known for its superb service, understated elegance and, naturally, discretion. Rub shoulders with racing car drivers, world leaders and pop stars in the sensational Japanese restaurant Miyako Lausanne, check into the Cinq Mondes spa for a swim and a massage, then prise yourself away for a stroll around Lausanne itself. At this time of year, chestnuts are roasted outside pristine department stores, so warm your hands and tummy while dashing between shops for last-minute Christmas gifts. A trip to the chocolatier Blondel is essential – the spicy dark variety is especially tasty. Then retreat to the hotel’s all-year heated terrace for a glass of champagne and to watch the sun set over snowy Mont Blanc. brp.ch/en/home.html
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The One EDT, £43 for 30ml, enchants with vanilla and Madonna lily
When isn’t it all about Dolce & Gabbana? Fall in love, over and over again, with their beautiful hues
DOLCE & GABBANA
Illuminate features with the new All Over Highlighting Stick in Dazzling Gold, £42
The Nail Lacquer in new (and festive) Royal Pink and Dazzling Gold, each £21 Create your perfect shade, as intense as you like, with the Brow Powder Duo, £42
The ideal statement lip for parties: Classic Cream Lipstick in Scarlett, £27
Recreate the classic D&G cat-eye flick with the new Eyeliner Stylo, £28
dressed They say never judge a book by its cover, but these dressing table ornaments are as delightful to look at as they are to experience. By Jessica Diner
INTO THE NIGHT
The witching hour, when night-time flowers bloom, inspired the latest in Bulgari’s Goldea collection: The Roman Night, £81. A musky chypre with notes of jasmine, tuberose, peony, musk and patchouli, its flacon evokes the house’s Serpenti motifs. Saving for Bulgari jewellery? Get this in the interim.
T O U C H O F V E LV E T
On cool nights, enjoy the warming amber, lavender and leather of Dolce & Gabbana’s Velvet Amber Skin eau de parfum, from £200. One of D&G’s prestige artisanal fragrances – with a handsome bottle and velvet-wrapped stopper – this is a sensual and enveloping addition to any collection.
M I DA S T O U C H
A ROS E BY AN Y OTHER NAME …
Calling all Chanel lovers: No.5 Fragments d’or, £70, is a shimmering body oil, scented with the legendary fragrance of the same name. Ideal for illuminating limbs in gold, it also works well dabbed on the décolleté, cheek and brow bones.
…wouldn’t smell as heavenly as Atelier des Ors’ Rose Omeyyade, £225. It’s made with the gold standard of the rose world: the captivating Damask, whose grandeur is such that whoever wears its essence commands the room.
CROWN I N G G LO RY
The latest addition to Creed’s Les Royales Exclusives – White Amber, £320 – is a decadent fruity floral by the fragrance house established to create scents for King George III. This treasure is presented in a handcrafted bottle by Parisian glassmakers Groupe Pochet, with a 10-carat gold decorative motif. A true collector’s item.
EMBELLISHED B E AUT Y
Each year Estée Lauder unites with jewellery designer Monica Rich Kosann to create dazzling pressed powder and solid perfume compacts. The star of 2017’s marine-themed collection is the Modern Muse Dancing Starfish, £300 (exclusive to Harrods). Infused with Modern Muse eau de parfum, it features a quote from Lauder herself: ‘You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.’ Amen.
W I L D AT T R A C T I O N
The pairing of black and gold is eternally chic. Noir Premier Élégance Animale eau de parfum, POA, is one of a collection that marks milestones in Lalique’s history. This woody oriental commemorates the panther, one of the house’s regular motifs, but – with six currently in the range – we dare you to collect them all.
GO FOR GOLD
Trinket holder? Paperweight? So beautiful is Guerlain’s Meteorites Powder Gold Pearls, £44, that you could be forgiven for taking it as an antique objet d’art. This limited edition will be the jewel in your makeup repertoire, as will its glistening powder pearls that give a luminous glow when dusted over the complexion.
E Y E S H AV E I T
Sisleÿa L’Intégral anti-age eye and lip contour cream, £138, is an extension of Sisley’s face cream range. Powerhouse ingredients – including Persian acacia extract, soy peptide and vitamin E – firm, tighten and de-puff. Winningly, the gold-plated, cooling massage tool looks divine on your dressing table.
AC E O F D I A M O N D S
There are diamonds, and then there are Tiffany diamonds. Tiffany & Co. eau de parfum (from £52) – the jewellers’ first in thirty years – is a sparkling floral musk featuring mandarin, iris and patchouli. But the real talking point is the stunning bottle, inspired by the 128.54-carat, 82-facet Tiffany Diamond (the world’s rarest yellow diamond) and the geometry of their Lucida engagement ring.
TH E S H OWSTO P P E R
Known for crystal tops, Aerin has opted for a solid gold stopper for its Tuberose collection. Tuberose Le Soir eau de parfum, from £145, is a sultry scent featuring beguiling tuberose, the world’s most potent flower. It smells as good as the bottle looks.
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There’s something lovely about a wardrobe update – we all do it. La Mer’s iconic Crème de la mer moisturizing cream, £215, has been given a new lease of life with a limited edition celestial print.
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Make crystal-inspired luxury part of your daily ritual, courtesy of Lalique
P “PERFUME IS ALWAYS BETTER IN A BEAUTIFUL BOTTLE”
erfume is the most intimate form of luxury. Its application allows a moment of escapism, a time for yourself. And to make this experience of luxury in everyday life more special still, Lalique has created the Mon Premier Cristal collection. Its trio of fragrances are housed in crystal flacons with a contemporary design by artistic director Marc Larminaux. These objects of desire, with elegant atomisers, are destined to be as much a part of daily rituals as they are to be collector’s items. Each scent interprets crystal in a different state. ‘Facets, transparency, an in-depth knowledge of high quality materials – crystal and perfumery have a lot in common,’ says perfumer Karine Dubreuil-Sereni. ‘We always say that when our fragrance is in a beautiful bottle, it smells even better.’ Dubreuil-Sereni’s heavenly SENSUEL conveys the warmth of molten crystal. Its flame-hued fruit – mandarin and peach – segue into the vanilla accents of heliotrope. And at its heart are lush tonka bean and Madagascan vanilla. Amber notes fan the flames. Alexandra Monet’s floral LUMIÈRE evokes the brilliance of sculpted crystal. It enchants immediately with luscious almond; then regal tuberose, the most captivating white flower, is accented by green, narcotic jasminum sambac. Lumière blends darkness and light, tradition and modernity, simplicity and sophistication. TENDRE is Sidonie Lancesseur’s exquisite vision of satined crystal. Luminous Turkish rose is enhanced by playful pear and fresh lily of the valley. Conjuring the softness of a fresh bloom, Tendre leaves a delicate veil of vanilla and white musk. The Mon Premier Cristal Collection is available from Lalique boutiques and Harrods, £550 per 80ml
Made by women for women, Lalique’s Mon Premier Cristal fragrances – Sensuel, Lumière and Tendre – unite the wonders of perfumery and crystal-making
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S NA P S H O T S
Dramatic eyes were in evidence at Elie Saab, Balmain and Marni. Makeup legend Pat McGrath brought bold, graphic, winged eyes to life at Versace. Meanwhile, Aaron de Mey created the perfect Frenchgirl look at Chloé by offsetting smudged kohl eyes with bare skin and lips. And Gucci gave us gothic black lips.
BACKSTAGE BEAUTY We’ve seen these looks on AW17 runways. Here’s how to get them at home. By Zahraa Al-Najjar
From Gucci’s bejewelled lips to Giambattista Valli’s bold and glossy scarlet smackers, the rule is that there is no rule when it comes to applying lipstick. Makeup artist Val Garland took a romantic approach at Preen: smudging red lipstick to make it look like ‘they have been snogging all night’.
GET THE LOOK
GET THE LOOK
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen Deeper (£45, harrods.com) features a fine calligraphy tip – ideal for unleashing your inner artist. To get Elie Saab’s smoky eye look, smudge your eyeliner and add a touch of shimmer with Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Eye Foil (£28, selfridges.com).
Since its unveiling at Versace in 2016, the Labs Lust 004 Lip Kit (£135, Pat McGrath at net-a-porter.com) has been the talk of the town. With six matte lipsticks, clear gloss, and glitter and pigment pots, it allows you to recreate Gucci’s glitter lips in any shade that suits your mood or outfit. And get the patent lip look seen at Giambattista Valli with Loubilaque Lip Lacquer (£65, Christian Louboutin at harrods.com).
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GET THE LOOK
Embrace colour – as seen at Chanel – with the 5 Couleurs Polka Dots eye shadow palette in Bain De Mer (£43.50, Christian Dior at harrods. com). And get the Pucci look for lashes with Vinyl Couture Mascara (£25.50, yslbeauty.co.uk).
CROW NED BEAUTY There’s a headdress for everyone – from Dolce & Gabbana’s jewelled crowns to Chanel and Altuzarra’s pearl-embellished hairbands. Temperley London, meanwhile, kept it simple with plain velvet bands.
GET THE LOOK
Wear Chanel’s classic pearl trend with their knit, metal, fresh water pearls and glass pearls headband (£2,350, at Chanel stores). Get the Rodarte look by adding a gold-plated faux pearl hair slide (£390, Gucci at net-a-porter.com).
In contrast to the minimalism of Dior, Fendi and Erdem, and the dark hue autumn vibe, lashes at Emilio Pucci were coated with vivid summer shades to lighten the mood. And, at Chanel, lids were lit like rainbows.
Chloé is synonymous with cool, feminine fashion – and now it’s reimagined and bottled.
he fragrance scene’s very own Jay-Z, Michel Almairac was commissioned in 2008 to create a scent that captured the iconic Chloé label. The brief cited airy ambience, veils, muted light and a boudoir scent with a definite nod to flowers – especially roses, a symbol of French romance. In short, a scent that conveyed the confident, free-spirited and fashionable femininity of the Chloé woman. Almairac – born in Grasse, the world’s perfume capital – put the rare centifolia rose at the core; exploring its unrevealed facets and enhancing it with notes of peony, lychee, freesia, white musk and warm amber. The result changed perfume forever. An overnight success, embraced by women worldwide, it became an industry icon. Almost a decade on, Almairac has a new trick up his sleeve: Absolu de Parfum, a limited edition reimagining of the Chloé original. Consistency is maintained but enriched by rose centifolia absolute, and the fragrance continues to embody the label’s cool, chic femininity. It’s both instantly familiar and a unique, contemporary reinterpretation. ‘Seductive,’ says Almairac, ‘and more intense.’ The square, pleated glass bottle mimics a Chloé blouse, with a pretty hand-knotted nude ribbon. (It takes an hour to produce twenty-four meters of the latter.) The usual handcrafted silver collar is gold for this celebratory edition, whose launch sees actress Haley Bennett (above right) takes centre stage as today’s Chloé girl. Charming, stylish and joyous, she follows no path but her own, embracing the scent’s free spirit. Ask any woman why she wears Chloé, and she’ll tell you, ‘Why not?!’ Its tender yet bold floral notes, conjured by Almairac’s magic touch, bring out that self-assured je ne sais quoi in us all. Try it to find out.
“ASK ANY WOMAN WHY SHE WEARS CHLOÉ, AND SHE’LL SAY, ‘WHY NOT?!’”
Wielding the needle was once the domain of male doctors. But times have changed and women are leading the cosmeticaesthetic charge. By Beatrice Aidin 87
Dr Rita Rakus
‘Collagen production diminishes by one per cent a year from the age of twenty-five,’ says Dr Marwa Ali (phiclinic.com). ‘By our forties, this has escalated considerably. Without underlying collagen, skin becomes lax – resulting in sagging cheeks, drooping jowls and a crepey neck – and loses its peachiness and glow.’ The good news is that with a suture or several, this can be remedied. After a local anaesthetic – said to be the least comfortable part of the process – Dr Ali injects a cannula into the cheek. This deposits a suture beneath the skin. Its knots attach to flesh, enabling the threads to be tightened. The result: an immediate lift. Dr Ali’s preferred threads, Silhouette Soft, stimulate collagen production to improve elasticity and skin quality. ‘It’s why I prefer a thread lift to an actual facelift,’ she notes. ‘With the knife, you’re not improving skin quality. With the thread lift, you most certainly are.’
St Petersburg-born Nataliya Robinson (nataliyarobinson.co.uk) is the perfect post-procedure facialist. ‘When my clients have fillers, they suffer water retention and puffiness,’ she says. ‘I use a technique adapted from massage developed in the 1930s for postcosmetic surgery.’ Robinson’s speciality is ‘not treating wrinkles – it’s more taking care of the skin’. And there can’t be many facialists in London preparing their own skincare: ‘I have special herbs to massage into the skin; then calendula, camomile and aloe to soothe; followed by a very gentle extraction, and a lactic acid or aloe mask.’ And, she adds, ‘I use smashed coral, in a lotion massaged into the skin, to reduce scars, redness and improve circulation. Obviously the sides are smooth!’
A consultant dermatologist and your go-to for issues such as eczema and acne, Dr Susan Mayou (cadoganclinic.com) ran the paediatric dermatology clinic at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and the paediatric and adult clinic at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton. She’s a star with the cosmetic dermatology needle, and mole-mapping and removal – all conducted with a glorious bedside manner.
In 1992, Wayne’s World was released, Whitney’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ inspired many a karaoke diva, and Dr Rita Rakus (drritarakus.com) began injecting fillers. ‘I’ve been dubbed “the London lip queen” for my subtle and artistic lips,’ she says. She was even given a lifetime achievement award by Restylane, one of the most popular dermal filler brands. Her techniques have evolved to suit changing tastes. ‘Over the years,’ she says, ‘my ladies have wanted more subtle lips. The variety of filler strengths enables me to tailor my lips; from fine lines, to volume and the corners of the mouth. My main aim is subtle rejuvenation.’
● Plastic surgeon Dr Dirk Kremer trained in burns and reconstructive surgery. So it’s no surprise his new product line SkinDoc formula – packed with peptides and stem cells – is proving a hit. The hero product Centennial Skin (£180, fenwick.co.uk) delivers five unique peptides, molecularly identical to growth factors found in the human placenta – but, of course, all synthetically derived.
Lucky for London: Dr Maryam Zamani (drmaryamzamani.com) trained at Washington DC’s George Washington University School of Medicine to be a board-certified ophthalmologist. But she relocated to London and specialises in cosmetic eye treatments, both invasive and noninvasive. Her Tri Eye treatment lifts the eyebrows, improves the texture and clarity of skin on that hard-totreat area, and works like a charm.
Botox has become the most popular in-clinic procedure, its brand name as entrenched as Hoover and Post-it. Dr Tracy Mountford (cosmeticskinclinic.com) was one of the doctors to pioneer its use, more than twenty years ago. How has that changed in the years since? ‘The main difference is that people no longer need to look like their forehead has been ironed,’ Dr Mountford says. ‘Completely immobile looks fake, unattractive, prematurely ageing and very odd. I favour low doses of Botox, all over the upper face. It looks very natural, while allowing some movement.’ Other uses have emerged. The ‘Nefertiti neck lift’ entails ‘Botox injections to the platysma bands [neck muscles] to rejuvenate the neck and improve the jawline’.
● Dr Sebagh Rose de Vie Serum (£129, drsebagh. com) restores angry red skin to Zen-like calm. ● Zelens’ Z Pure Cleansing Liquid Balm (£50, zelens.com) thoroughly cleanses, yet miraculously keeps winter skin hydrated. ● MZ Skin’s Hydra-Bright Golden Eye Treatment Masks by Dr Maryam Zamani (£65 for five, mzskin.com) is your go-to for puffy eyes and immediately reducing the appearance of fine lines.
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The concept is simple. CoolSculpting’s CoolMini © applicator treats the lower half of the face, to treat any double chin. For the upper half, injectables beautify and enhance the brow, cheek and eye areas. This full-face approach achieves naturally wonderful results with minimal discomfort or downtime. ‘But,’ says Dr Mountford, ‘our patients’ expectations and goals for the treatment are prioritised above all else. The initial assessment and consultation is a crucial part of what we do here.’ CoolSculpting © is the secret weapon to re-contour your body and eliminate those unwanted lumps and bumps. It can depuff your waistline and eliminate fat all over
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IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME… Looking ten years younger with Dr Dirk Kremer
he talk of the town since he opened his Harley St Aesthetics clinic, plastic surgeon Dr Dirk Kremer’s most requested procedure is the facelift. Over twenty years, his technique has evolved to become the T-B-T (‘Turn Back Time’); such an innovative procedure that its name has been trademarked.
‘A great facelift is one that goes unnoticed by friends and family,’ says Dr Kremer. ‘I like my patients to look fantastic, rested and rejuvenated, rather than different. Few of my patients want to change their looks. The majority seek simply to turn back the clock and remove ten years from their face.’ Looking ten years younger? We’ll take that. But how is it achieved? ‘We all have fat pads under the skin, covering the bony parts such as the cheeks and eye sockets. But gravity pulls the fat down, and it reduces in volume, leading the face looking loose and lined.’ The T-B-T secures fat pads in their original positions and, along the way, excess skin is removed; vertically rather than laterally, to avoid stretched ‘Joker’ mouths and unnatural appearances. Dr Kremer is also leading the charge with a new skincare line, SkinDoc formula, championed by the press and customers alike. One product to note is the Day Watch serum (£140, fenwick.co.uk), which combines a high concentration of the powerful antioxidants ferulic acid and vitamins C and E. These fight free radicals, one of the prime causes of skin ageing. Get it to your bathroom shelf post-haste, before it sells out – again. harleystreetaesthetics.com; 0845 519 7232
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PUT A SMILE ON Y O U R FA C E Lifting, tightening, and welcome alternatives to needles with ‘The London Lip Queen’
ehind a large wooden door opposite Harrods is the practice of Dr Rita Rakus, MBBS FBACD FBCAM – one of the UK’s largest noninvasive cosmetic clinics (34a Hans Road, London SW3 1RW; 020 7460 7324; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Known for subtle lip enhancements and a keen eye for creating a natural look, Dr Rakus has multiple cosmetic treatments available to her patients. They include Pellevé skin tightening, Fraxel laser
Dr Rakus is known for subtle lip enhancements and a keen eye for creating a natural look
resurfacing and PRP, the highly effective platelet-rich plasma treatment that’s been dubbed the ‘Vampire’ lift. ‘I have lots of enquiries from patients worried about jowls,’ Dr Rakus notes. The bad news, she explains, is that elastin and collagen in the dermal layer of the skin deplete naturally as the years pass, causing the jawline to sag and form ageing jowls. The good news is that intervention can help: ‘There are a number of options, such as filler in the cheeks. This creates volume, which will lift the skin lower in the face – and, therefore, the jowls.’ Alternatively, the ‘Nefertiti’ lift involves Botox injected in the depressor muscles of the lower part of the face. This pulls up the skin, for a sharper jawline and smoother neck. An alternative for anyone not keen on needles is the ULTRAcel device. This uses radio-frequencies and ultrasound to contour the face and tighten the skin, lifting the jowls. Then there’s Exilis: a computer-controlled device that delivers energy to the deep levels of the skin: ‘The collagen network is strengthened and stimulated, to improve skin laxity and jowls.’ Long face no more!
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Drama, detail and texture are the keys to 2018’s wedding dresses. From floorsweeping tulle gowns to chic tiered skirts, Arabella Dupont rounds up trends from New York – home to some of the best designers in the bridal world
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The days of understated veils are long gone: every catwalk from Ines Di Santo to Naeem Khan presented the contemporary alternative. Whether cathedralstyle and sheer, heavily embellished or cropped, the cape is the season’s must-have.
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Bridal Fashion Week’s runways were awash with ruffles, feathers and fringes; whether ’20s-inspired layering at Romona Keveza, a smattering of feathers and florals, or all-over texture à la Mira Zwillinger. Elaborate embellishments are big next season.
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long synonymous with bridal gowns, have grown up. Shimmering sequins were seen at Inbal Dror; delicate organza appliqué dotted with crystals at Berta. A showering of twinkle is this season’s showiest trend.
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Sheer silhouettes are going strong: think lingerie-esque gowns with clever appliquĂŠ detailing. Exquisite fabrics and delicate embroidery give stylish updates to the ever popular barely-there trend.
From 3D floral appliquĂŠ to skirts with intricate beadwork, textured florals are huge. Blooming gowns by Naeem Khan boast theatrical detail, while Carolina Herrera presents clean outlines with delicate silk florals.
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COLD SHOULDER From bouffant and embellished to slinky and lacy, strapless dresses have been made over with slouchy, off-the-shoulder sleeves. Rime Arodaky showed styles with trailing spotty organza, while Reem Acra gave us sophisticated simplicity.
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Statement couture gowns are taking centre stage. Viktor & Rolf showcased crisp silhouettes with voluminous skirts, while Naeem Khan’s blush gowns with appliqué detailing were showstoppers.
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TASTEFUL TAILORING Channel your inner Bianca Jagger with elegant tailoring and sheer jumpsuits. Most designers showed at least one jumpsuit or trouser separate this season, offering everything from laser-cut lace to sharpsuited styling.
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CAPES Crystal-embellished star choker, £95, Jenny Packham at harveynichols.com
Phillipa Lepley and Savannah Miller grab our attention while maintaining ultra elegance.
White diamond and rose gold bracelet, £6,130, Bee Goddess at harrods.com
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Newcomer Razan Alazzouni brings out our inner bridal fantasies with all things pretty and delicate.
Demi halo, £365, emmylondon.com
Crystal and satin sandals, £695, Sophia Webster at neta-porter.com
Crystal pins, £135, emmylondon.com
Swarovski Earrings, POA, konplott.com
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Rose quartz filigree bangle, £2,500, butlerandwilson.co.uk
Choker, £425, Erickson Beamon at net-a-porter.com
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Embellished patent leather pumps, £1,210, Gucci at net-a-porter.com
HIGH DR AMA Whimsical, high octane and truly beautiful – it could only be the ever brilliant, oh-so-British Mr Stewart Parvin.
Pearl and diamond earrings, £9,300, Ara Vartanian at harveynichols.com
Czarina ring in blackened 18k white gold, with black diamonds, £5,500, lilygabriella.com
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Suede and crystal embellished sandals, with ostrich feather tassel, £1,295, jimmychoo.com
Mira Zwillinger brings us the ultimate female touch with an air of softness and light. Feather pendant necklace, £540, Lanvin at farfetch.com
Feather and satin trim silk organza top, £1,000, Halfpenny London at net-a-porter.com
Pearl and rose gold earrings, £738, Sophia Kokosalaki at matchesfashion.com
TASTEFUL TAILORING Strike a pose – any pose! Getting wed in an Amanda Wakeley design means getting noticed…
Box clutch, £1,125, Edie Parker at net-a-porter.com
Embellished headpiece, £750, Philip Treacy at neta-porter.com Leather pumps, £715, Valentino at matchesfashion.com
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Earrings, £76, Marte Frisnes at matchesfashion.com
15ct diamond tiara, circa 1890, £59,000, bentley-skinner.com
18ct white gold, black rhodium, white diamond and Golden South pearls earrings, £12,500, annoushka.com
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Rustic yet chic, Temperley London sticks to what they know best – bridal charm!
Cuff, £735, Erickson Beamon at net-a-porter.com
Rose quartz and rhodolite silver earrings, £550, butlerandwilson.com
THE NEW NAKED Forever on trend, Kate Halfpenny delivers a collection as fashionable as it is stylish.
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Sequin neck silk cape, £925, La Mania at harrods.com
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Nobody puts on the glitz better than the queen of bling Jenny Packham, while Mira Zwillinger adds flair.
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Looking to create a super swish wedding list? Arabella Dupont reveals one of the best-kept secrets in luxury gifting: Platinum by Prezola
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oes the prospect of trawling websites and wandering aisles make you want to skip having a wedding registry altogether? Don’t stress – we have the answer to your prayers. The stylish and contemporary Prezola is the UK’s leading wedding gift specialist. And since launching in 2010, they have helped thousands of couples create all sorts of fabulous big day gift lists. And now it has launched Platinum by Prezola (platinum. prezola.com) – the curated gift list. This lux service aims to help couples create and customise the ultimate personalitypacked list. Renowned for personally sourcing the world’s finest, rarest and most lust-worthy designer homeware, Platinum by Prezola provides the definitive stress-free shopping experience; drawing timeless heirlooms, luxury brands, cool lifestyle gifts, heritage labels and unexpected treasures onto one list. The seriously impressive offering includes everything your wildest dreams could wish for: think chic furnishing from Soho Home, dreamy Hermès dinnerware, pretty Mulberry luggage, vintage champagne from Harvey Nichols, the softest cashmere throws and hand-poured candles. The service is completely personalised, with couples assigned their very own gift list curator to compile a bespoke wedding registry. Not quite sure what you want or where to find it? Fear not: the clever curators have heaps of interiors know-how and can track down near anything, anywhere, worldwide. They offer a one-on-one consultation by phone, email or in person, and can arrange exclusive meetings with some of London’s finest shops. The icing on the cake? All gifts arrive beautifully packaged and on demand. Platinum by Prezola is an exclusive service, available only via invitation through a carefully chosen selection of wedding planners, boutiques, venues and honeymoon providers. Speak to your wedding specialist or, to find out how to apply, email email@example.com or call 020 3409 3051.
“There isn’t a single store with everything you dream of. That’s where the genius of Prezola comes in!” – clients Pandora and Ollie
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Interior designer Guy Oliver’s ode to old-school elegance, this sophisticated ballroom makes for the ideal Mayfair wedding venue. Black and white marble at the entrance, lavendertinted silk on the walls and huge antique mirrors create an atmosphere of velvety glamour. Outside, the nearby Mount Street Gardens and exquisite Tadao Ando fountain offer brilliant photo opportunities. And with dining by the world-renowned Jean-Georges Vongerichten, you can be certain to impress even the pickiest of guests. the-connaught.co.uk
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Somewhere in London it remains the Swinging Sixties, in a place where A-list actors and famous singers drink large whiskies over ice and party the night away with London’s It-girls. That place is Annabel’s. After an extensive (and expensive) move, the club reopens this winter in a huge Georgian townhouse, just two doors from the iconic original. Spread over four floors – and boasting a chic garden terrace and impressive retractable roof – this new imagining promises to be as thrillingly indulgent as its predecessor. annabels.co.uk
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Stepping through this marvel’s intriguing scarlet doors on Mayfair’s Berkeley Street is like stepping into another world: 1930s Shanghai perhaps, or a rakish nightclub in prewar Paris. It is beautiful, theatrical and provocative. A wedding here is not for the faint of heart, but for the bride who throws caution to the wind, then slings her pearls after it. Velvet-covered walls, plush chairs and plenty of corners for cosy têteà-têtes offer intimacy, while the stage is just waiting for live music and dancing to fill the room. parkchinois.com
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The more-is-more approach (is there any other kind for a wedding?) blends with Victorian charm at the Corinthia’s ballroom. High ceilings, ornate cornices, glistening chandeliers and chic, modern styling are all set off beautifully by floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the room with natural light. Holding up to 250, and with room for all the flowers you can dream of, this is the place for a truly lavish celebration. Outside, the hotel’s graceful evening lighting – flanked by traditional London streetlamps, all in the heart of Westminster – looks idyllic in photographs. corinthia.com
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Founded by ‘men of vision’ – including Charles Dickens – as a haven for luminaries of science, art and literature, The Arts Club creates an elevated air for London weddings. Conversation will never run dry while you’re surrounded with the witty pieces of visual artist George Condo, the bold abstracts of painter Matt Connors and the spectacular suspended geometry of Tomás Saraceno. With Mark Ronson as director of music and more famous members than it’s possible to list, you’ll be in excellent company. theartsclub.co.uk
You need a lot more than kickass organisational skills to be a wedding planner for the jet-set. Impeccable taste, for starters. An ability to stay ahead of trends. Fashion flair, discretion and empathy. And ice-bucketfuls of cool. All things that Anna McGregor and Lotte Martin have in abundance. Thanks to their high-end event-planning company LAMP, Anna and Lotte are used to working with talented creatives across the globe; arranging lavish parties and fairy tale nuptials from Cape Town to Cap Ferrat. So when entrepreneur and Urban Retreat founder George Hammer sought tastemakers to curate his latest venture – luxury retail outlet The Wedding Gallery, in London’s Marylebone – the duo were a natural fit. Tessa Clayton spoke to Lotte and asked her to tell us about the project, as well as her and Anna’s shared passion for a great dry martini… 118
Can you explain the concept of The Wedding Gallery?
There’s been nothing else like it before. It’s a one-stop destination where customers can come to browse all the latest wedding trends, ideas and inspiration – from dresses and jewellery to cakes and stationery – in the company of their own Wedding Gallery consultant. It’s more of an experience than a store. How did you get involved?
At a party! Anna happened to bump into Andrew Morrow, one of our business partners, on a night out. She’d organised his best friend’s wedding a few years ago, and he’d known me for years as our paths had often crossed… He was so keen to talk to us about this ‘new wedding concept’ that we met at his house the very same weekend so we could get the ball rolling. Soon we were introduced to George and knew pretty quickly that we were the right
The 20,000 sq ft store, set over two floors, provides a relaxing, creative environment in which to choose your dream outfit and plan the perfect wedding
Outside of our industry, there are plenty of artists and designers who inspire us. Fashion-wise we absolutely love what Mary Katrantzou produces, it’s so exciting. And we can’t wait to see what Edward Enninful does with Vogue. He’s not strictly a designer but he’s a true creative. What about the venue itself? What does One Marylebone bring to the experience?
It’s the ideal location – it’s such a stunning building. It’s Grade I listed and was designed by Sir John Soane, whom we hugely admire. The interiors have come together beautifully, thanks both to the architect, Christian Lahoude, and George himself, who has a great eye for antique pieces. We absolutely love the warm parquet flooring, and the interesting pieces that have been refurbished to bring even more character to the space. We’re thrilled that the Club area has been furnished by Greathire, so that all the furniture that clients and industry members see is available to hire. So not only is it beautiful, it’s also a useful resource.
You both have an art-school background [Lotte and Anna are graduates of Central Saint Martins]. Did you ever consider other careers?
team to bring the concept to life. It’s been an enormously fun, inspiring partnership. You’ve put together a truly exciting collection of brands and suppliers. Can you tell us about the curation process?
At the outset it made sense for us to approach companies we know, love and trust – and they were incredibly enthusiastic and supportive. But we then had the privilege of getting to know a huge range of new suppliers, venues and creatives. All of them bring something different and unique to the space. It’s such a creative industry and every brand has its own style and aesthetic. We’re confident the Gallery has something for every type of client. Which brands do you feel are the standouts?
It’s impossible to choose – but, just off the cuff, I think it’s fantastic to have Gina on board. It’s such an iconic brand, and
few people realise that all their shoes are designed and made right here in London. Bo & Luca are also very exciting as we’re their first UK stockist; the buzz around them is huge. The dresses are beyond pretty, so we know that they’ll be flying out of the door. In the stationery world, Chiara Perano from Lamplighter London must be one of the most creative people out there right now – her work is just a dream. Trends are constantly changing. Where do you find inspiration?
Everyone is looking for new ideas, all of the time, and that’s one of the reasons clients come to us – to access our black book. We’ll definitely be opening the door to new people to be included in the Gallery; whether in our trends area, or by sponsoring a space or hosting an event. It’s so important to us that the Gallery supports young, creative companies, as this keeps things interesting for clients.
No! The events industry is the perfect mix of creativity, business, customer service and logistics – it keeps our brains busy. It’s hard work but we always try to make it fun and keep things in perspective, and be nice to each other. Our ethos is the same in everything we do: be kind, professional and honest. Having a strong team in-house and trusted suppliers at the very top of their game means we can always exceed our clients’ expectations. And when you’re not working…?
Downtime has been a rare thing for us for the last few months. We’re always jetting off for meetings, networking or buying trips. We managed New York, Paris and Venice in the space of three weeks and opened the Gallery! If we do get downtime, Anna spends it with her gorgeous son, and together we’re always keen to explore London and new restaurants or bars – anything Asian and a great dry martini are always top of the list. the-weddinggallery.com
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Radiance & Renewal Instant Clarity Refining Mask, £110, mzskin.com
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n the past decade, the Maldives has become a hub of hotel activity. Tiny atolls bustle with overwater villas and ever more extravagant one-upmanship; from underwater restaurants and nightclubs beneath the sand to menus of Kobe beef and air-conditioned beach bars. If that’s your kind of thing, marvellous. But for those who long for authenticity and a charm that derives from a more relaxed – but no less exacting – experience, there’s Gili Lankanfushi. A short hop from Malé by speedboat, the resort has an excellent heritage. It was originally part of the Soneva and Six Senses group, founded by Sonu and Eva Shivdasani – the first people to recognize the Maldives’ potential, and who spearheaded an ecologicallyminded, barefoot experience. A sale to hoteliers par excellence the Ongs secured both its future and its distinctive atmosphere. For all travellers, but particularly honeymooners, that atmosphere is one of luxurious escapism. Heeding the ‘no shoes, no news’ maxim coined by Sonu Shivdasani, guests remove their footwear on the boat to the resort and remain barefoot for their stay. A small gesture with a powerful effect, it whisks you into holiday mode.
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The villas are delightful: thatched and overwater, with generous decking for sunbathing, and from which you can slip into the Indian Ocean. The sea is pearlescent and the white seabed smudged with coral, through which reef shark weave and iridescent squid pulse. Inside the villas are no gold taps or bling. Nothing is out of place or jarring to the eye, and air conditioning in the main spaces is provided by a sea breeze from the open walls. Yet the rooms are luxurious, with rooftop terraces from which to watch the stars, vast lounging spaces and bathtubs with sunset views. There’s also the game-changing addition of personal butlers, hailed at the touch of a button. But the mode here is natural, friendly and unpretentious, encouraging us to interact with our surroundings. The television, for instance, is hidden – the better to encourage us to experience an outdoor cinema tucked in a thicket of palms, and a starlit screening of The Philadelphia Story. A convivial infinity pool area is enhanced by loungers facing the sea. The main restaurant boasts buffets of Indian curries and Vietnamese pho. And in the kitchen garden, you can dine in a treehouse, the perfume of mint and basil rising from below. Offshore, there’s diving and snorkelling, the latter to a reef where you might be eyeballed by curious green turtles, and witness fish in a carnival of colours. After all, honeymoons are heavenly, but even better when there’s something to do other than gaze into your beloved’s eyes. Surfing at nearby Ninjas, one of the Maldives’ most established breaks, offers the opportunity to carve down wave upon wave, assisted by a guide. Follow that with a wellearned, muscle-soothing visit to Gili’s delightful overwater spa. There are sandy paths to sail along by bicycle (the pedals wrapped in fabric to protect bare toes), weaving in and out of shaded tunnels, to a point on the sandbank where the sunset feels close enough to touch. There’s even a hammock suspended above the warm waves. With a carefully carried mojito in hand, this is luxury at its most ingenious and feelgood. gili-lankanfushi.com ✈ Ampersandtravel.com offers seven nights at Gili Lankanfushi from £8,900 per person. Based on two adults sharing one double room, B&B only, including international flights, sightseeing and excursions
For honeymooners with limited time, or whose tastes run to cities not beaches, there are few retreats as serenely indulgent as Copenhagen’s new Hotel Sanders. In the city’s historic quarter, the brainchild of ballet dancer Alexander Kølpin features dreamy mid-century interiors, a rooftop bar, an outdoor terrace and lively contemporary cuisine in the Sanders Kitchen restaurant. hotelsanders.com
One & Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius has long been a draw to newlyweds. This December, it reopens after a tenmonth, multimillion-dollar renovation. On a sheltered private peninsular in the north of the island, surrounded by turquoise lagoons, its Dutch colonial architecture has been refreshed, its breezy villas have been redecorated in marine and white hues, and there’s a sparkling new spa. oneandonlyresorts.com/oneand-only-le-saint-geran-mauritius Africa makes for a memorable honeymoon. In Botswana, &Beyond
Tented Camp has undergone top-to-toe refurbishment, and now offers a chic wraparound bar, a restaurant area of wood and bronze, and a sleek splash pool with lounging area. Tents are authentic yet indulgent, with outdoor swings, vast beds and views of grassy floodplains. At night, elephants crunch past to drink and wash in the rivers. andbeyond.com Off the coast of Africa, the Seychelles comprise some of the world’s wildest islands. A protected ecosystem boasts giant tortoises, rare seabirds and whale sharks. At the Six Senses’ eco-aware resort on Félicité, low-rise, thatched villas are pressed into tall granite hills, among huge, sculpted boulders. With splash pools, ocean views and winding paths to a secret sundowner spot on a sunbaked rock face, it is truly magical. sixsenses.com
Join us in celebrating our 50 years of independence Come and celebrate with Mauritius, the worldâ€™s melting pot. Discover our beautiful beaches, over 100 fun family activities, 11 championship golf courses and world-class spa & wellness facilities. Choose from a wide choice of accomodation based on our hotel classification system. And enjoy an exciting calendar of activities leading to the celebration of our 50 years of success in building the Mauritian nation.
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Opposite page 1 Solis 18ct white gold, blue sapphire and diamond earrings, POA, davidmorris.com 2 Crown Rivière platinum necklace with diamonds and rubies, POA, sothebysdiamonds.com 3 Dido Belle 18ct white gold, diamond and Gemfields emerald earrings, POA, Van Leles x Gemfields at vanleles.com 4 18ct gold and diamond cuff, £37,500, Buccellati at net-a-porter.com 5 Emerald 18ct white gold and diamond watch, POA, harrywinston.com 6 White gold and white diamond Albemarle bracelet, POA, garrard.com 7 Clarity 18ct gold and diamond earrings, £37,280, Fernando Jorge at auverture.com 8 Talisman 18ct gold, rough and polished diamond small medal, £14,700, debeers.co.uk 9 Double Vintage emerald and diamond ring, POA, boodles.com 10 Chi Chi 18ct gold and diamond four-row necklace, POA, jessicamccormack.com
This page 1 18ct white gold diamond cuff, £4,900, Piaget at mrporter.com 2 18ct white gold and diamond Panthère de Cartier cufflinks, £32,400, cartier.co.uk 3 18ct yellow gold, enamel and diamond cufflinks, £3,105, deakinandfrancis.co.uk 4 18ct rose gold, diamond and cord Riviera 7 Cords bracelet, £1,492, apriati.com 5 Vintage Boucheron 18ct yellow gold and sapphire stirrup cufflinks, £7,500, bentley-skinner.co.uk 6 Red gold De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph, £19,360, omegawatches.com 7 Antique Cartier carved ruby, black enamel, diamond and pearl jabot pin, c.£35,000, sjphillips.com 8 Pink gold Reverso Tribute Calendar, £20,700, jaeger-lecoultre.com
1 Lunaria 18ct yellow gold and diamond wide ring, £1,920, marcobicego.com 2 GG Marmont moth stud iPhone 7 case, £270, gucci.com 3 Kara one-shoulder sequined stretch-knit top, £1,647, net-a-porter.com 4 Leather boots, £1,250, jimmychoo.com 5 Fox fur collar, £325, harrods.com 6 Crystal glasses, POA, dolcegabbana.it 7 Python clutch, £3,750, ralphandrusso.com 8 Star sign silk scarf, £165, halcyondays.co.uk 9 2018 Soho fashion diary, £215, smythson.com 10 Mini trunk, £450, aspinaloflondon.com 11 Dragon 100 embroidered satin pumps, £828, Gianvito Rossi at net-a-porter.com 12 Embellished tulle gown, £11,425, Elie Saab at net-a-porter.com 13 Python clutch, £3,750, ralphandrusso.com 14 Leather and fur gloves, POA, harrods.com
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SANTA BABY… …hurry down the chimney with these. By Tanya Philipson and Robyn Hamilton
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1 Slash textured silk tie, £95, Lanvin at selfridges.com 2 Ace snake-trimmed leather sneakers, £405, Gucci at mrporter.com 3 New Piccadilly Midnight, White and Burgundy Small Classic Grain tote, £1,495, www.mulberry.com 4 Lamb’s wool scarf in rust, £135, www.mulberry.com 5 Document holder, £450, Burlington at smythson.com 6 Printed cotton jersey boxer briefs, £65, Dolce & Gabbana at mrporter.com 7 Bazar striped leather card holder, £155, Balenciaga at selfridges.com 8 Ring key chain, £105, Louis Vuitton, 17/20 New Bond St, London W1S 2RB 9 Woven stretch belt, £85, Andersons at selfridges.com 10 Sonorous headphones, £2,199, Final Audio Design at selfridges.com 11 Looped Darley key ring in scarlet red, £95, www.mulberry.com 12 Foxley slippers in dry suede contrast, £450, jimmychoo.com
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XMAS XSTASY Thou shalt not be without a delightful gift this Christmas, thanks to Samantha Freedmanâ€™s edit
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1 Flora Diffusing Sphere, £355, Fornasetti at net-a-porter.com 2 Trousse de Maquillage in Noir Black Makeup Kit, £550, Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder at esteelauder.co.uk 3 Watch this adorable Candle Carousel twirl effortlessly above your favourite flame. £40, Diptyque at libertylondon.com 4 French luggage brand L/UNIFORM and skincare specialists Sisley have united to create a show-stopping Limited Edition Vanity Case, which can be monogrammed and includes three beauty treats. £1,275, in store at Selfridges 5 Decant your favourite Creed scent into this leather, handbagappropriate Gold Red Atomiser. There is, officially, nothing more chic. £140, creedfragrances.co.uk 6 Crazy Colourful Cracker, £34, jomalone.co.uk 7 Travel Brush Set, £89, bobbibrown.co.uk 8 Preciosity Flash Light Dual Compact, £48, By Terry at net-a-porter.com 9 Behind each of the Gold Holiday Calendar’s twenty-four gilded doors is a treat to pamper yourself from fingertips to toes. £180, Susanne Kaufmann at net-a-porter.com 10 This results-driven serum set uses a unique peptide – found in pure gold and platinum – to firm and plump skin, ensuring it looks more youthful after just one use. Platinum Gold Elixir, £395 for 4 x 10ml, Dr Sebagh at net-a-porter.com
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1 Travel beauty case, £200, Carthusia at Fortnum & Mason (020 7734 8040) 2 Blanche Immortelle Ecrin Absolu gift set, £240, Atelier Cologne at selfridges.com 3 The delicious aroma that drifts from these sticks is a combination of cognac, leather and caramel. Oh Mon Dieu! incense holder (right), £55, and No.69 incense sticks (left), £40 for 60, uk.l-objet.com 4 Cashmere light grey hot water bottle, £89, johnstonscashmere.com 5 Colonia Soap gift set, £54, Acqua di Parma at johnlewis.com 6 This indulgent skincare set will slough away the look of too many mince pies, with plumping and illuminating ingredients. Ultimate The Cream Limited Edition Box, £590, Sensai at harrods.com 7 Leather-bound manicure set, £450, Czech & Speake at mrporter.com 8 Royalty hand wash, £25, Tom Dixon at libertylondon.com 9 Small, chic, stylish – words you never thought would describe a toothbrush. Wall Street electronic toothbrush, £120, Bruzzoni at selfridges.com 10 Beard & Moustache Salve, £39, Atkinsons at selfridges.com 11 Toothpaste squeezer, £180, Lorenzi Milano at finaest.com
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