M I N E MENSWEAR UPDATE
Leo Fenwick Simon Holloway
Shoes, bags, rocks
Party girl: interrupted TAMARA BECKWITH
The new diamonds
IT'S OUR PARTY...
No one loves a party more than we do! From
P ORT R A I T B Y N ATO W E LTON
planning and hosting to the emotion evoked when receiving a beautiful invitation. As event planners and stylists, we are privileged to be part of all these elements – whether it's a wedding, a press launch or a private dinner, we know what it takes to create a memorable occasion. Turn to page 34 to see how we would create the dream wedding – from flowers to floral cloths; plus see cakemaker MAKI'S towering creation. Behold, fairy-tales do come true! And if you're going to throw the ultimate party, you must dress for the occasion: turn to page 62 to see SOPHIE GOODWIN'S stunning Night Fever fashion story (because sexy is the new naked), as well as AN NA BROMILOW'S ode to the silhouettes du jour (The Shape Of Things To Come, page 50). Life is full of endless decisions… where to go, who to marry and whose party to crash – the original party-girl turned good wife TAMARA BECKWITH answers these questions, and more, in her fantasy 24 hours on page 78. And for the boys… how to look cool without looking overdressed? Find out how the impeccable LEO FENWICK does it, and what Hogan's SIMON HOLLOWAY is coveting now. And finally, while Fashion Week and our busy itinerary keep us Londonlocked, we're living vicariously through Instagram darling ALICE BIBBEY – who travels the world in style, even with a baby on board. Proof that one should never compromise on fabulous. Enjoy the issue.
Anthony Marklew and Javier Salvador, By Appointment Only Design
MINE ISSUE 2 AUTUMN / 2015
CONTENTS 10 INTO TH E BLUE
COV ER PH OTOG R A PH Y B I L L I E SC H EEPER S; STYL I N G A N N A
The new (colourful) way to do statement jewellery
B R OM I LOW; M A K E-U P SON I A B H OG A L U SI N G A R M A N I B EAU TY; H A I R OL I V ER DAW AT FR A N K AG EN CY; M OD EL LU CY G A SCOYN E AT N EX T; D R ESS, POA , A SH I STU D I O
14 CLUTCH CONTROL
The season's finest bags – to have and to hold
BYE-BYE SPRITZ 74
…hello fabulous new – and surprising – ways to scent yourself. By Francesca White
20 STEPS TO HEAVEN
Put your most stylish foot forward… 26 HOGAN'S RUN
"MY PERFECT PARTY" 78
First Jimmy Choo, now Hogan – Simon Holloway shares his design secrets with MINE
MINE joins reformed party girl Tamara Beckwith on her fantasy 24 hours of fun
30 BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE
CROWNING GLORY 82
From a few chairs to a furniture hire empire; how Great Hire became the event planners' go-to
Bridal beauty that's neither paredback nor safe. Bring. It. On HAVE YOUR CAKE…
34 A MODERN FAIRY-TALE
& FLOWER IT! 90
When By Appointment Only Design dreams up the ultimate wedding day, it looks like this…
Six show-stopping creations from the UK's top cake-makers, with the added wow of fresh blooms
50 THE SHAPE OF THINGS
STREET CRED 102
The name's Fenwick, Leo Fenwick. Meet the dashing heir to Bond Street's sartorial stalwart
Fashion's boldest and most beautiful silhouettes brought to life 62 NIGHT FEVER
ROK STAR 106
Daring cuts and diaphanous fabrics – only the brave need apply…
Becky Fatemi is taking on London's multi-million property scene… 7
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108 JAVIER IT ALL
BÉSAME MUCHO (KISS ME GENEROUSLY) 132
Food blogger Javier Fusté on where to eat in the capital, now
Spanish-born, London-based bride Carmen Fernández Santa Cruz shares her stunning wedding day in Seville, exclusively with MINE
112 HIGH SOCIETY
When the A-list want feeding, they call Bertie de Rougemont
WE HEART CARMEN 138 116 THE MAN FROM AYNHOE
Love Carmen's look? Of course you do. Here's how to get it
Getting hitched? Do it at the UK's coolest, most eclectic venue
THE PRICE IS RIGHT 140 118 CHALET GIRL
Whatever the event, high-end planner Lisa Baker reveals how not to break the budget
Fall in love with the work of interior designer Brigitta Spinocchia Freund 126 PARTY: YOUR WAY
IT'S ALL ABOUT ALICE 152
What's your definition of 'party'? Thea Darricotte has the answers
Check out the world of our new Insta-crush, Alice Bibbey
CONTRIBUTORS LISA BAKER
BRIGITTA SPINOCCHIA FREUND
BERTIE DE ROUGEMONT
AUNDREA INSINNA 9
WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND, SAPPHIRE AND AQUAMARINE NECKLACE, POA, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
PLATINUM, AQUAMARINE, SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING, POA, HARRY WINSTON
PLATINUM, AQUAMARINE, SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, POA, HARRY WINSTON
Luxury jeweller Harry Winston has this ability to make any gemstone in demand, and wildly fashionable again. The new Secrets collection (which reworks the brand’s best archive stuff, and includes everything from drop earrings to pendants, bracelets and rings), brings aquamarine boldly to our attention. A glorious looking sparkler, all the heavyweights have fallen for its charm: Tiffany & Co, Boodles, Fabergé, Chaumet, Bulgari... it will offset any colour eyes and emphasise virtually every skintone – it’s modern and traditional all in one. But, most importantly, it says, ‘I know exactly what I’m doing.’ Diamonds? Move over. There’s a new kid in town…
PLATINUM, AQUAMARINE, SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND EARRINGS, POA, HARRY WINSTON
PLATINUM, AQUAMARINE AND DIAMOND BRACELET, POA, TIFFANY & CO
WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND, AQUAMARINE, INDICOLITE TOURMALINE AND BLUE SPINEL RING, POA, CHAUMET
WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND, PARAIBA TOURMALINE AND AQUAMARINE NECKLACE, POA, CHAUMET
PLATINUM, GREEN TOURMALINE, AQUAMARINE, MOONSTONE, SAPPHIRE CABOCHON, BLUE TOPAZ AND DIAMOND BANGLE, POA, BOODLES
PLATINUM, MONTANA SAPPHIRE, BLUE SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BRACELET, POA, TIFFANY & CO
WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND, BLUE SAPPHIRE, OPALS, PARAIBA AND BLUE TOPAZ PENDANT, £7,700, FABERGÉ
PLATINUM, AQUAMARINE AND DIAMOND EARRINGS, POA, TIFFANY & CO
WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND, TANZANITE AND TURQUOISE WATCH, £46,700, BULGARI
GOLD, TOURMALINE, DIAMOND, AQUAMARINE AND MOONSTONE RING, POA, FABERGÉ
WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND, PARAIBA TOURMALINE AND AQUAMARINE EARRINGS, POA, CHAUMET
Now is NOT the time for a serious clutch bag. Harness your silliest self and go for slogans, bright colours, stripes, chevrons, glitz, jazz and sparkle. For once, we don’t want black, elegant and understated – these bags are all-singing, all-dancing and unapologetically screaming for our attention. Anya Hindmarch, Charlotte Olympia, Kotur and Edie Parker are leaders of the pack, so show off your sense of humour and think witty and wonderful. It’s also an easy way to bring a classic outfit bang up to date and is an excellent topic of conversation at a cocktail party.
Shrinking violets, jog on.
PERSPEX CLUTCH, £795, CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA AT NET-A-PORTER.COM
ENAMEL CLUTCH, £1,730, VALENTINO AT NET-A-PORTER.COM
LEATHER CLUTCH, £795, CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA AT NET-A-PORTER.COM
S T Y L E D BY S O PHIE G O O DW I N
GLITTER CLUTCH, £395, ANYA HINDMARCH AT NET-A-PORTER.COM
LEATHER CLUTCH, £395, CHRISTOPHER KANE AT NET-A-PORTER.COM
PERSPEX CLUTCH, £975, EDIE PARKER AT NET-A-PORTER.COM
EMBELLISHED SATIN CLUTCH, £1,336, OSCAR DE LA RENTA AT NET-APORTER.COM
NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR A SERIOUS CLUTCH BAG. HARNESS YOUR SILLIEST SELF AND GO FOR SLOGANS PERSPEX CLUTCH, £500, KOTUR AT NET-A-PORTER.COM
SATIN CLUTCH, £1,250, ROGER VIVIER AT MYTHERESA.COM
COTTON BOX CLUTCH, £1,000, OLYMPIA LE-TAN AT MYTHERESA.COM
SHELL CLUTCH, £1,096, NATHALIE TRAD AT MYTHERESA.COM
Work it in cool wooden platforms, luxe colour-pop trainers and chunky heels
1. Alice, £675, Charlotte Olympia 2. Diane, £795, Jimmy Choo, 3. £450, Nicholas Kirkwood at Browns 4. £425, Jimmy Choo 5. £1,140, Azzedine Alaïa at Browns 6. £700, Stella McCartney at Browns 7. £650, Roksanda 8. £495, Fendi 9. £435, Balenciaga at Browns 10. Amanda, £645, Charlotte Olympia 11. £605, Fendi 12. Duffel, £1,095, Jimmy Choo 13. Fan, £1,600, Ralph & Russo
14. Rococo, £525, Charlotte Olympia 15. £620, Manolo Blahnik at Browns 16. £675, Rochas at Browns 17. Gunmetal Rose, £1,400, Ralph & Russo 18. £525, Sophia Webster at Browns 19. £950, Fendi 20. Baroque, £1,400, Ralph & Russo 21. Abel, £550, Jimmy Choo 22. £640, Valentino at Browns 23. £725, Christian Louboutin at Browns 24. £640, Manolo Blahnik at Browns
'Statement heel' takes on a whole new meaning – think architectural stilettos and anything-goes embellishment
PH OTO GRAPH Y B Y N ATO W E LTO N
1. Abel, £550, Jimmy Choo 2. Tatiana, £650, Jimmy Choo 3. £1,530, Fendi 4. Pendant, £1,600, Ralph & Russo 5. Century, £625, Charlotte Olympia 6. Lilyth, £595, Jimmy Choo 7. Rosanna, £525, Jimmy Choo 8 £675, Christian Louboutin at Browns 9. £350, CH Carolina Herrera
Look to pretty ankle details and show-stopping fabrics to turn heads on – and off – the dancefloor… 5
Don't hold back. Choose bold textures and clashes so vibrant you'll definitely be feeling a little light-headed!
10. £650, Roksanda 11. £680, Christian Louboutin at Browns 12. £380, Sophia Webster at Browns 13. Floresse, £750, Jimmy Choo 14. £950, Fendi 15. £1,530, Fendi 16. £725, Nicholas Kirkwood at Browns 17. £495, Sophia Webster at Browns 18. £680, Manolo Blahnik at Browns 19. Eden, £1,900, Ralph & Russo
As Creative Director at Hogan, Simon Holloway knows a thing or two about sporty cool. But at home he switches up monochrome rigour with classic details, and a touch of playful sparkle. He talks to Charlotte-Anne Fidler about the shoes in his life and his beautiful workspace
PHOTOGRAPHY NATO WELTON 27
What would you say were your favourite menswear and womenswear shoes of all time? I’m an unapologetic classicist. For men: a beautiful, shiny black brogue. Very British. Very masculine. For women: a cap-toe sling-back. Coco Chanel wore them every day – and she knew a thing or two about how to dress!
hat does your role at Hogan involve?
My relationship with Hogan started with a capsule collection
You’ve had a full-on roll at Jimmy Choo and stints in
for the men's Autumn/Winter 2014 collection and developed
the US with Ralph Lauren and Narciso Rodriguez:
from there. Now I’m often in Italy working on a wide range of
what is it like to have a chance to work from home?
products for both Men's and Women's and providing overall
I work partly from home in London and then I am in Milan
almost weekly for concept and development meetings. Working from home definitely allows me to keep the “noise”
Hogan started as a sportswear brand and created the
of the day-to-day at a lower level, and concentrate on concept
first upscale trainer. Where do you go now that everyone
and ideas – which I have been told I have too many of!
is doing upscale trainers? Yes, Hogan was the original luxury trainer. It’s what everyone
How does your fashion aesthetic influence your
now wants. Trainers are Hogan’s DNA and legacy – we design
a full sneaker wardrobe to cover every occasion. We have also
My home aesthetic is much more rigorous: mostly black,
developed a lot of new shoes based on sneaker technology
white and neutral. Fashion is much faster and seasonal. If
– it makes formal shoes look new and cool.
I’m feeling the need for colour at home, I can buy an orchid.
Painting a wall or upholstering something takes a lot more effort and then you’re stuck with it for quite a while. Talking of black, are those cupboards black or navy? They are jet black! Hand-painted and hand-made. Is creative mess part of your work life, or do you have a strict, clean desk policy? I like to think that I work in organised chaos! I try to keep it orderly but sometimes it’s great to just spread all of the research and references around and see it all. Currently, my digital desktop is messier than my actual desk!
What’s exciting you about shoe fashion right now?
Tell me about this photograph [inset]? Who took it
The freedom. Fashion has always been about breaking the
and what does it mean to you?
rules to a certain extent – and this has never been more the
I love this print. It was taken by my
case than now with shoes.
friend Tim Furzer, a New York-based
artist. He took this while travelling by
Do you start with the clothes or the shoes?
cable car up a mountain in Rio de Janeiro
For me, it’s really about proportion. Sometimes it starts
– those are the cables disappearing
with a shoe, other times with a coat or a dress. It’s about
into the mist. It’s a fleeting moment
one providing the sartorial context for the other and
of infinity. To me it represents infinite
setting a mood.
possibility – free thought – which is a good thing to have in a work space. 28
Should we all find a place for sparkly slippers in our lives? What would you wear these [below] with? I consider them a basic. With jeans or a tux, there's always a place, no matter how inappropriate. Sometimes it’s not
And the Love paperweight? What’s the story there?
about being practical and just saying, 'Fuck it! I feel like
I used to live in New York. I bought this at the old 26th
Street Flea Market in Chelsea, which I used to go to every weekend when I lived there. It’s a tiny version of a massive You obviously have a
'60s sculpture by the pop artist Robert Indiana on 6th Avenue.
thing about slippers in general. What is it
That Bakelite phone looks as shiny and black as a pair
about such a classic
of patent Oxfords. Why
gentleman’s shoe that
do you prefer this to the
appeals to you?
latest digital phone?
Slippers are easy to
Oh, I have two iPhones,
shuffle in and out
as well! And an iPad and
of – especially when
laptop! But it’s sort of nice
travelling. They have
to go a little low-tech for a
the unusual capacity
landline at home. It's quite
to look simultaneously
unsettling – yet satisfying –
very dressed up and
to actually dial a number on
also very informal. They
a real phone and stay in one
are a kind of magical,
place during the call!
transformational shoe and can be made in anything
And the classic leather
from plain leather to the most opulent and decorative
diary rather than a digital
diary? Do you have a thing about classic stationery? Or classic things in general?
Tell me about the books on your desk. How do they
This is my black leather Hermès sketch/notebook. I've had it
play a part in your work?
for years, but they make ingenious refills with beautiful grainy
I love books and buy way too many. At the moment I’m
yet transparent paper that you can easily remove and replace.
obsessed with a couple of books from two very different
My sketches have always been tiny, so I love the format. And
recent exhibitions: Barbara Hepworth at Tate Britain – it
now I just snap a photo
explores the work of the master sculptor. Her hand is sublime
with my phone and
and yet so powerful – I regard her as one of Britain’s great art
email or text the notes
treasures. And Chris Stein/
or sketch. It’s kind of
Negative, which chronicles
what I’m all about
the glory days of Blondie –
– old school meets
one of my all-time favourite
bands. Debbie Harry’s fashion legacy of Stephen Sprouse clothes and punky street style is a massive inspiration to me.
BEST S E AT S in the HOUSE "Back when I started out, we flew by the seat of our pants. The events industry was young; we were just a bunch of kids, throwing amazing parties for clients" AUNDREA INSINNA, GREAT HIRE
y family ’s pretty creative, but I have no formal background in design. In fact, I didn’t know a thing about furniture when I started this business. Obviously, I’ve learnt a lot, but I still just go for what I like and what I think the industry needs. I can identify a great product a mile away, and I never compromise on quality. And I do love pretty things! You name it, I’ve done it… I’ve been in catering, hotels, restaurants, conference and events planning, wedding planning, so Great Hire was really a natural evolution. I saw a gap in the market when I first came to London [from Canada]. I was certain I wasn’t the only person who wanted good, design-led, top-quality furniture to hire. And I was right! I simply provided what people wanted. I star ted with just 300 chairs. I bought a consignment of Philippe Starck Ghost chairs (pictured) one day, went home and told my husband that I’d started a business. His first question was, where was I going to put them? I hadn’t even thought about that yet. If I’d given the logistics of this business
any thought, I’d never have dreamt of doing it. Furniture is
I must keep my eye on the future and have the
big and heavy and requires huge lorries to transport it, and
finances in order to keep moving forward. And then there’s the
big lifts to get it in and out of a venue. Madness!
team, and making sure they’re all happy… It’s a juggling act.
I love, love, love what I do! Back when I started
Clients can really surprise you. I’ve had some very
out, we flew by the seat of our pants, and learnt on the
strange requests – I can’t give details, because everything we
job. The events industry was still pretty young; we were
do is confidential! We did once get a bar stool back with the
just a bunch of kids, really, trying out new ideas, throwing
legs in a bag, though. The client had cut them off so it looked
amazing parties for clients, and just having the best time.
good for a film. They thought that wouldn’t bother us!
Travel, for me, is an impor tant par t of the
Finally – and this is ver y impor tant – don’t
creative process. There’s no doubt that the more you
whinge. No one really cares what your issues are – just get
see and experience, the more your tastes evolve.
on with it. You must be a leader, or make sure you hire one, because your team needs a leader. Everyone will try to talk you
I don’t tr y to separate my work life and
out of your ideas, so tune all the negativity out.
private life. It’s all mixed up, I just don’t go overboard on any of it. My husband and I work together, friends and family are always around… It’s all jumbled up into one big pot of life. For me, there’s nothing like sitting on a beach, or skiing down a mountain, or having dinner in a fabulous city, while thinking about the next chair or colour or fabric. It’s all part of who I am. I’d go crazy on holiday if I had no emails to check or new product ideas to mull over! You hear so many horror stories about starting a business, but on the whole I’ve only had good experiences. British people are so polite, everyone was happy about what I was doing. I got an order for chairs on the first day I told the industry they were available. I didn’t even have business cards yet. It doesn’t get much easier than that. And we’ve grown every year since we started and had no major setbacks yet – fingers crossed! I don’t pretend to know it all. Yes, I am hands-on in both our offices [in London and Miami], but I’m a great delegator, too. I give my team freedom to make decisions. I really think by challenging people and letting them think for themselves, you get the best out of them. I have the best people in the business, no doubt about that. Being creative isn’t enough. All the elements of your business have to work. I have to take care of the practicalities – there’s no point having all this beautiful furniture if we can’t afford to deliver and maintain it.
Clockwise from top The 'Newport' sofa in ecru, the 'Masters Chair' in black, and 'The One More, Please' bar stool in green, all available from greathire.com 32
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E R N ... A truly stunning W E D D I N G requires two vital ingredients: a beautiful venue â€“ fall in love with the eclectic wonderland that is AY N H O E PA R K â€“ and a romantic vision brought to life by event stylists with a difference. Cue
BY A P P O I N TMENT O N LY D E S I G N. This really is how they do it PHO T O GRAP H Y NAT O WE LT ON
hen it comes to beautiful weddings, By Appointment Only Design know a little something or two. Most clients don't come with a vision, but they all come with one thing… be it a dream, or a feeling that they want to evoke. From this, Anthony Marklew and Javier Salvador of By Appointment Only Design listen, question, demonstrate, sketch and then, when it counts, deliver. Tony and Javier, and their small but dedicated team, succeed in transforming a space from drab to fab. Where brides-tobe take inspiration from a colour, Tony and Javier look at the venue – the rooms, the architecture, the light that floods through the windows, and how this changes during the day – and then come up with something truly magical. "In the process to piece together all the different ideas a client has, we ask them to write a list of words," says Javier. "Not wedding-related words, necessarily – we want childhood memories, anecdotes from
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the proposal, drinks they love... so that we can conjure up their dream day." This shoot demonstrates perfectly what By Appointment Only Design do so well. Shot at the unique and awe-inspiring Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire, the venue captured the boys' imaginations from the moment they arrived. It was evident that owner James Perkins had a passion for the place; his love for art, heritage, and modern glamour is clear from the furniture, the objects, even the service. "The inspiration behind the shoot itself was to create that dream we all crave," says Tony. And it shows. Imagine immersing yourself in a world where the daily stress is left behind. From the sun filtering through the sash windows onto the abundance of florals to acres of cascading tulleâ€Ś every detail, every moment and every thought has been considered. The textures and colours are effortlessly combined with jaw-dropping displays that represent By Appointment Only Design's aesthetic (remember: More
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THIS PAGE: An elegant bouquet of orchids, roses and peonies captures the vintage glamour of Aynhoe Park OPPOSITE: An aisle-runner with a difference; tulle and hundreds of hydrangeas
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This tulle tablecloth contains over 10,000 hydrangea petals glue-gunned by hand. Decadent, yes â€“ but a truly original way to dress a table
A hand-written calligraphy invitation adds a beautifully bespoke touch to the most unique of days
#THISISHOW W ED O I T Is Never Enough!). Napkins are adorned with vintage ribbons, tulle tablecloths embellished â€“ and literally stuffed with blooms! â€“ cascade and tumble onto the floor. This is luxury at its very best. The icing on the cake, naturally, has to be Maki's towering Architecture Cake (pictured), inspired by the stonework of Aynhoe itself. At every By Appointment Only Design event, no thought is untouched; every moment, every minute, every thought, the boys will have already considered for the client, before she has even considered it herself. So what is the lynchpin to these stunning events? "Hard work and passion are the building blocks to creating a memorable day," says Javier. "That, and dreamy florals to complement the look. Show-stopping displays of blooms will fill the room and bring the party to life."
This Architecture Cake by Maki (makiscakes.com) is a feat of sugar work and skill. The structure emulates that of the venue, while the freshflower embellishment from By Appointment Only Design emphasises the fairy-tale aesthetic of the day
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RALPH & RUSSO Silver lavender silk zibeline ball gown with silk thread-work, silver bullion and metallic biot feather hand embroidery, POA îƒ˘ 50
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Bold ruffles, elegant corsetry, and winged silhouettes: behold, the new couture contours
PHOTOGRAPHY Billie Scheepers STYLING Anna Bromilow MAKE-UP Sonia Bhogal using Armani Beauty HAIR Oliver Daw at Frank Agency MODEL Lucy Gascoyne at Next FLORAL STYLING By Appointment Only Design 51
RALPH & RUSSO As before 52
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RALPH & RUSSO Organza and tulle gown with crystal, silk thread and metallic feather hand embroidery, POA îƒ˘ 53
ASHI STUDIO Short ruffled gazar and crêpe dress with handmade embroidery, POA 55
ASHI STUDIO Gazar kaftan featuring full embroidery and semiprecious stones, POA îƒ˘
NICHOLAS OAKWELL COUTURE Silk organza handembellished gown with fitted corset, POA 58
GEORGES CHAKRA Midi trapeze dress featuring rose beige tulle, sequins and fine silver thread embroidery, POA îƒ˘
ASHI STUDIO Gazar and handembroidered train, with matching trousers, POA
Good girls* (un)dress with luxurious layers of silk and chiffon, delicate beading…
PHOTOGRAPHY Alex Bramall STYLING Sophie Goodwin MAKE-UP Attracta Courtney using Zelens Skincare and Guerlain HAIR Cristian Pignatta at Neville Hair & Beauty using L’Oréal Tecni.ART MODEL Serafima at Select
*And by that, we mean bad girls
and no apologies
Silk and lace gown, POA, Sophia Kah; simulated diamond and ruby earrings, from £156, and simulated diamond bracelet, £373, both Carat London 63
Embellished organdy dress, ÂŁ3,500, Alberta Ferretti; raccoon, beaver and suede gilet, ÂŁ1,750, Hockley
Lace embellished gown, £3,640, Jenny Packham 65
Opposite: Mongolian Murmansky fur coat, £1,950, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini This page: Velvet, lace and Lurex dress, £1,240, Emilio De La Morena; simulated ruby and diamond earrings, from £156, Carat London 67
Velvet dress, ÂŁ685, Emporio Armani; yellow gold necklace, ÂŁ2,030 and rose gold, yellow gold and white gold rings, from ÂŁ980, all Chaumet
Jacquard dress, £910, CH Carolina Herrera; crystal earrings, £139, Amishi
Sequin and satin gown, £1,850, Jenny Packham; rose gold and diamond earrings, £5,450 and rose gold and diamond ring, £2,940, both Bee Goddess at Harrods; velvet clutch, £625, Jimmy Choo
Velvet bow and sequin embroidered lace gown, ÂŁ8,240.99 Oscar de la Renta; rose gold, diamond and black diamond bracelet, ÂŁ7,950 Bee Goddess at Harrods
Velvet and crêpe dress, £1,650, Victoria Beckham; pearl and crystal necklace, £270, Amishi 73
es, we all want to smell nice. But sometimes a quick spritz of parfum doesn’t quite cut it. Insides of the wrists, rub; nape of the neck, dab – it has become so ingrained… we crush the stories of those fragrancemakers between our wrists (oh, the shame!), and those scents, their labours of love, fade as quickly as an old memory. Now more than
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ever, it takes something rather
unusual, something quite clever, for us to stop and take stock of our scent. These are those 'somethings'…
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ON A ROLL
We’re talking roller-balls. Specifically, Byredo’s L'Huile Parfum, £47, which are just about the smartest little vials we’ve come across: slim, clear glass with that thrillingly simple font stamped on the front. These babies go with you anywhere, any time, in any bag, and they’re a dream to apply. Try them. At the traffic lights, under the table, with your eyes closed. The best bit? No one even knows you’re doing it. There’s no billowing cloud of scent to give the game away, no hefty glass stopper to uncork. They’re delightfully discreet. Diptyque’s Solid Perfume, £28, which is a waxy formula in a pleasingly weighty compact, is also worth a whirl.
SU D ’S L AW
Applying our scent should be fun. Probably the most ingenious (and, coincidentally, most childish), way of scenting that’s ever landed in our laps has to be Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Les Bulles D’Agathe, £15: dinky bottles, filled to the brim with soapy, sudsy ‘scent’ – like cut grass, or violet. Simply blow through the accompanying wand (on your skin, on the dog, anywhere!). They’re out of stock in the UK, but luckily you can pick them up in the States.
PAP E R P E R F ECTI ON
No one wants to spend time en avion rummaging around their hand luggage looking for the mini-sized, less-than-
100ml sample of scent that they picked up in duty free. Not when they could be pressing all those buttons on the whizzy chair and ordering numerous spicy tomato juices. No, what you want are the Hermès Refreshing Tissues, £19. Like wet wipes, but far more chic, they smell of citrus and green leaves – so they’re excellent for deflecting nausea, too. And, when you arrive at your destination, quickly find a place to stow your Hermès Cheval Origami, £52 for four. A miniature origami horse, which travels in a neat envelope, it scents your suitcase, takes the edge of the stale smell of air conditioning… basically makes everything smell better. 75
MAT E R I AL GIR LS
Perfumer Azzi Glasser swears by scenting her scarves (wool and cashmere hold on to a scent beautifully). You could go to town with your EDT, and spritz all the clothes in your wardrobe – a word of advice: NEVER attempt to spray silk, your dry-cleaner will not thank you – or you could be a bit cleverer. You could bury a block of rubber incense, try Frederic Malle's Rubber Incense, £70 (far left, top) in with your drawers. Or perhaps try washing your clothes in your preferred fragrance. We love Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Laundry Detergent Aqua Universalis, £32 (left). (Well, it blows boring old Ecover out of the water.) And for those who simply have neither the time or the inclination to do their own washing, buy your accessories prescented. At Guerlain Maison you will find inspired accoutrements (far left), such as silk scarves and wonderfully soft leather gloves, all impregnated with scent (POA).
C HILD'S P L AY
With your clothes sorted, how about your children? Bonpoint got in on the act years ago, when it asked Annick Goutal to come up with its house fragrance, Eau de Bonpoint, £61 for 100ml. In the range is a specially formulated EDT for babies, sans alcohol (£59 for 100ml). But why stop there? Look closer in stores, and you’ll spy skincare, from £29 (for grown-ups as well as smalls), which has that same orange blossom scent – think powdery, delicate, baby’s-bottom-clean. So now your face can match your wrists. And for the rest of your body, Jo Malone now does its best-selling scents (Lime, Basil & Mandarin; Blackberry & Bay; Peony & Blush Suede) in a Shower Oil, £32 (right) – happy days. Or why not play with Byredo’s Parfum Pour Cheveux, £37 (far right). It’s been formulated specifically for hair, so it won’t strip it, soak it, leave it sticky or gluey or alarmingly flammable. It mists on, it leaves a trail of people quite infatuated in your wake, and, surprisingly, it lasts. All night. Which is the point, ultimately, isn’t it? 76
MY PERFECT PA R T Y To celebrate MINE's Party Issue, who better to describe her fantasy 24 hours of glamorous events than the original party girl? AS TOLD TO SCARLETT RUSSELL
6.30am “I’d wake up bright and early in Mustique. Stepping out onto the balcony, I’d see the sunrise and, after a dip in the ocean, enjoy a plate of fresh fruit, looking out over the glorious Caribbean – banana trees, wisterias, lush greenery and bright blue sea. I’d be wearing a bikini and a kaftan, of course. Mustique is our favourite holiday destination for the
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Tamara shot on location at her London home, exclusively for MINE Tamara wears Dress and shoes by Valentino
whole family and the perfect spot to wake up refreshed and
drinker, so I'd stick with a Skinny Bitch (vodka, soda and
rejuvenated, ready for a day of partying ahead.”
fresh lime) while the boys have Piña Coladas.”
10am “A child-friendly pool party with my entire
7pm“Still at Nammos, we’ll watch the sun go down as
family: husband Giorgio, who I met in London in 1994 and
my favourite DJ, Chelsea Leyland, plays house music. I met
married in 2007 – and our children Violet, six, and Vero, 12
Chelsea at a party I hosted in Soho two years ago, packed full
months, and my daughter Anouska, 27. My sister Clare and
of celebrities, including Nick Grimshaw and David Gandy.
her kids Tatum and Amber would be there, too. All the kids
She played the last DJ set of the night after Pixie Geldof and
get along wonderfully. We would dive into an infinity pool
it was all far too trendy for me, but she was wonderful. We’d
with huge inflatable toys. I love family time.”
all have a little boogie and watch the lovely tanned bodies all
12pm “Giorgio and I would take a private jet to Miami
over the beach and make more even fabulous friends. The best thing about parties is who you’re with.”
and leave the children with some of our best friends over
8pm “We’d all pile onto Valentino’s yacht
there who have kids the same age. Then the grown-ups would do a spot of shopping at Bal Harbour. We'd pick up Tommy and Dee Hilfiger for dinner at Casa Tua – the best and most lively restaurant in Miami. We’d laugh and gossip about family and fashion.”
2pm “The Hilfigers are dear friends of ours and the best party hosts in the whole
"THE BEST THING ABOUT PARTIES IS WHO YOU’RE WITH"
of Miami. The model Karolina Kurkova, her
husband, Archie, and Lenny Kravitz would
for an authentic Italian dinner. Valentino isn’t big on hardcore club music, so we’ll have slightly more subdued background lounge music. He loves hosting and has chefs make the most delicious menu. Everything we eat is sugar-free, fat-free and gluten-free and it’s off-the-scale-delicious. I’ll have gluten-free pasta and freshly grilled tuna. Italian wines would flow and we’d have lots of drunken conversations about Jackie Onassis, Sophia Loren and the ‘good old days’.”
join us for a lazy beach party with sunshine and sangria, though I’d have a chilled glass of rosé. I’m not generally a
11pm “The plates are cleared, we kick off our
big drinker during the day, unless it’s a special occasion. If
Valentino shoes and dance on deck as the yacht sails around
we’re all in Miami at the same time, we always meet up and
the Mediterranean and fireworks go up above our heads.”
go for drinks and sushi at Toni’s or hang out at the Hilfigers. I’ll wear a floaty little black dress. The sun would be out and
1am “We’re saving the last party for the end: my
we’d dance barefoot on the beach.”
wedding in Venice. It was August 27th, 2007 and remains
6pm “Back on the private jet and we’re off to
the most amazing night – and best party – I’ve ever been to.
Mykonos, where we go to Nammos, the most exquisite and
guest this time, not the bride. Chic would come back and
famous beach bar on Psarou beach. White tables look out
I’d add Dolly Parton and Lionel Richie to the roster, as
onto the pristine beach and it’s just spectacular. It’s the
well as Taylor Swift for my daughters, who idolise her. And
perfect place to people watch as it’s filled with gorgeous
Elvis would make it back from the grave to play a set, too!
creatures (beautiful boys, mainly!), and everyone in Mykonos
I’d wear a Valentino gown, we’d drink Champagne and
is there for a party. We’d run into Olivia Palermo and her
dance all night.”
darling husband, Johannes Huebl. Matthew Williamson and
Tamara Beckwith is the co-founder of The Little Black Gallery
Brian Atwood would be around, too. I’m not a big cocktail
It was a three-day event and Chic played. I’d be there as a
PHOTOGRAPHY NATO WELTON
If you thought that bridal beauty meant velvety skin, nude lipstick and a simple hair accessory, think again. This is not another bridal beauty shootâ€Ś
THE COUTURE BRIDE Meet the woman who wants for nothing. Bring a contemporary edge of rock'n'roll to the look
BEAUTY EDITOR Jessica Diner
with a show-stopping headpiece and sultry,
HAIR Gustav Fouche at Michael Van Clarke
smoky eyes. We love Estée Lauder's Pure Color Envy
MAKE-UP Natalie Vella for Estée Lauder
Sculpting Eyeshadow 5-Color
MODEL Daisy Pettinger
Dress, Mira Zwillinger;
Palette in Fiery Saffron
headpiece, Louis Mariette
FLORAL STYLING By Appointment Only Design
THE WHIMSICAL BRIDE The new way to wear a floral headdress? Big! For extra earthiness, rim eyes with Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Emerald Volt. Bare feet optional Dress, Galia Lahav; fresh flower headpiece, By Appointment Only Design
THE MODERN BRIDE
Nothing says modern like iridescent skin and a beautifully adorned top knot. Dab EstĂŠe Lauder's Pure Color Envy Defining Eyeshadow in Naked Gold on the high points of the face, for skin that will photograph luminously at every angle Dress, Fendi; hair clips, Jennifer Behr at Browns Bride îƒ˘
THE DECADENT BRIDE
Why have just one hair accessory? Create a messy chignon and decorate with as many embellishments as your heart desires. (Tip: Michael Van Clarke’s 3 More Inches Holding Spray is your go-to for extra support) Dress, Ralph & Russo; hair clips, Jennifer Behr at Browns Bride; headband, Jenny Packham
THE S TAT E M E N T BRIDE Queen for a day: deep, claret lips plus a costume crown makes a beautiful, regal statement. For lips with attitude, layer up Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Vengeful Red. Your loyal subjects await… Dress, Ralph & Russo; crown, Butler & Wilson; hair clips, Jennifer Behr at Browns Bride; headband, Jenny Packham
THE LUXE-BOHO BRIDE
Bohemia has taken a trip uptown. Tousle hair with Michael Van Clarke's 3 More Inches Thickening Blow-Dry Spray, then loosely tong. Embellish with a bejewelled hair band, placed low on the forehead, and give skin a romantic glow with gold highlights Dress, Romona Keveza at Browns Bride; earrings, Harry Winston; headpiece, Jennifer Behr at Browns Bride
H AV E YO U R C A K E... A stylish celebratory cake becomes something altogether more beautiful when decorated with an abundance of fresh blooms. MINE asked three of the UK's hottest cake-makers to dream up their ultimate floral creation... PHOTOG R A P HY B Y N ATO WE LTON F LORA L STYL ING B Y A P P OIN T M E N T ON LY D E SIGN
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"This creation was inspired by nature, juxtaposed with the modern monochrome circles. The hand-worked sugar florals are perfectly complemented by the organic arrangement of fresh flowers." rosalindmillercakes.com
...& FLO W E R IT !
CL A R ID G E' S CAKE by P EG GY P ORS CHEN
"This cake was inspired by the interiors of some of London’s most beautiful and iconic wedding venues. It has a timeless, classic appeal and yet is on trend, thanks to the use of metallic gold. Sugar orchids are a particular favourite of mine, I created my own specialist tools and cutters to create the unique shape and fine detailing and I am thrilled with the result – especially when combined with By Appointment Only Design’s fresh flower base. This is the ultimate dreamy floral wedding cake!" peggyporschen.com
ROS E CRO Q UE M BO U C H E CAK E b y M A K I ' S C A K E S
"This croquembouche cake is an all-time French classic. It's filled with fresh cream and made using romantic pink rice paper flower decorations. This is a one-off creation for By Appointment Only Design, who have used beautiful, almost tissuelike roses and lisianthus to embellish the base." makiscakes.com
DAISY DAHL I A C A KE by M A KI' S CAKES
"This is an elegant and sophisticated bridal cake featuring a lace design. It can be adapted from season to season: for this particular cake, we chose to use our speciality handcrafted selections of spring flowers. So, ideal for a spring wedding! Other sugar flowers are available to suit summer, autumn or even winter weddings." makiscakes.com
C LEM ATIS C A KE by R OSA LIN D M I L L ER
"From The Botanical Collection, the Clematis is perfect for an elegant, sophisticated bride. The climbing nature of the clematis flower made it the ideal floral subject for a towering, four-tier bridal cake. The sugar-work flowers trail alongside hand-painted designs on the icing itself. Again, the fresh additions from By Appointment Only Design add to the drama â€“ it is a statement design while at the same time not overly showy." rosalindmillercakes.com
O MBRE C A KE by P EG GY P ORSC HEN
"I took inspiration for this contemporary wedding cake from the beautiful ombre floral displays I have seen recently. Decorated with graduating buttercream, I love how the cake takes your eyes from subtle tones to pure colour pop! I filled the cake with summer berry layers to echo the ombre buttercream shades and summery theme."
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STREET CRED PHOTOGRAPHY NATO WELTON
s a scion of the Fenwick family (yes, of the überstylish department store fame), it’s no surprise
that Leo Fenwick is a snappy dresser. What is something of a surprise, though, is quite how good-looking he is – like a cartoon version of 'tall, dark and handsome' brought to life. As Fenwick’s Head of Brand Communications, Leo is in charge of reinvigorating the 133-yearold brand and communicating their story to overseas customers, which means lots of meetings and lots of different outfits. Luckily, he’s never had to look far for clothing inspiration. "I am surrounded by people with style and I’ve always loved clothes," says Leo. "My mother is a very chic woman and my father is a smart dresser – he has a great collection of braces." Here he gives MINE his top tips for looking the part, wherever you are.
Leo Fenwick outside his family's eponymous store on London's Bond Street Leo wears Caruso suit. Shirt by Salvatore Piccolo available at Fenwick. 103
A DAY AT THE RACES In the autumn, I would wear a tweed suit or a sports jacket and flannels with brown shoes. In summer, it’s nice to wear a lightweight suit. But for Ascot, I always wear a grey morning coat and top hat. A FIRST DATE A first date is all about feeling confident, so you have to feel good in what you’re wearing. I would go for a low-key but fun place on a first date – often that means jeans and a T-shirt or a denim shirt by RRL. A COCKTAIL PARTY I recently had an olive-green suit made by Terry Haste, which I like to wear in the summer. A dark suit with an open shirt in pale blue or white is always a safe option, and I’d add a Drake's tie at Fenwick if it’s a more formal affair. WIMBLEDON Incotex chinos, an Emma Willis shirt and a Boglioli jacket, both at Fenwick (but I would wear a suit if it’s a corporate day or the final). And sunglasses – I love Francis Klein glasses from Paris. A WEDDING A dark grey morning suit by Terry Haste in a medium weight, so I can wear it all year round. I think grey is very elegant. If it’s black tie in the evening, then a midnight-blue dinner jacket. A NIGHT OUT IN IBIZA I wear a variation of the same thing each summer: this year, I wore sky-blue Common Projects sliders, Barena trousers and a James Perse T-shirt at Fenwick
Leo wears As before
R O K S TA R
Is there anything that Becky Fatemi can’t do? The superwoman of the property world made Foxtons a whopping £15million over the eleven years that she worked there (and went down in history as their best sales person ever); she’s organised epic parties for the likes of Naomi Campbell, Rihanna and Jay Z; she speaks four languages – French, Spanish, Persian and English – and she launched her very own agency, Rokstone , four years ago, selling £50million properties to Central London’s most elite buyers. Oh, and did I mention she does it all while looking immaculate?
I NTERVI EW BY LUCIANA B E L L INI PO RT RAIT BY NAT O WE LT O N
When we meet at her chic Chiltern Street office, all
70% of her business comes from international
minimal décor and sleek white surfaces, Becky Fatemi
buyers, which means those four languages come in
is sporting a bouncy blow-dry and is dressed head-to-
very handy. "Because of the level of service we’re
toe in black, including her Chanel ballet pumps and
offering, people come back to us for things outside
classic Chanel quilted bag.
of property. We once had a princess ask us to source
"Aesthetics are very important," says Becky. "It’s
an Hermès Birkin bag for her – so, of course, we did."
kind of like a code – it shows my clients that I’m
one of them." It’s a principle that she brings over
ecky didn’t always want to be in property;
to her work in the property world, too; every home
growing up in Putney she dreamed of
on Rokstone’s books is expertly styled before each
working in the music or fashion industry.
viewing, with perfect mood lighting, a personalised
And after a chance encounter with P Diddy at the
playlist for background music and exquisite flower
Hanover Grand nightclub when Becky was just 17, that
arrangements from By Appointment Only Design.
dream became a reality as she went on to become his
"I always go the extra mile," says Becky. "If you
European Assistant, organising parties for him all over
were opening a shop you would fill it with flowers
the world. This led to the start of her first company,
and candles, and it should be the same with every
Rokstone Entertainment, which she set up in her (very
property." It’s going that extra mile that has earned
limited) spare time while she was working at Foxtons.
Becky her accolades, including winning the Sunday
"I didn’t have a life during that time," Becky admits.
Times Prestige Agency of the Year Award two years
"I would do Foxtons by day, come home and do Rokstone."
running, and kept her clients coming back for more.
It was through her work with P Diddy that she ended
Rokstone’s clients are hugely varied, from members
up arranging parties for celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and
of royalty to top celebrities, but Becky admits that
Paris Hilton, and eventually led to her working with Naomi 106
Campbell on her Fashion For Relief charity shows, which Becky still organises.
his passion for charity spread into Becky’s personal life – she works with the 2020 Change Foundation
to mentor three girls from deprived areas in London and help them understand the working world better. "There is a divide in this city," she says. "And corporate companies have an obligation to train the next generation – a generation that doesn’t have the same opportunities they had." From January, Becky also plans to give a percentage of any deal she does to her client’s chosen charity, something she believes anyone working in property should do. It’s a refreshing approach from someone working in such a high-wealth industry, but not at all surprising if you know Becky and understand her passion for treating everyone equally, be they royalty or a doorman. "You have to make everyone feel special, that’s the key," she says. "That’s why we always refer to house managers, never porters. He is the one running the building – he is the person you have to respect the most."
t is Becky's winning combination of humility, charm, multicultural understanding and work ethic (even as
"Corporate companies have an obligation to train the next generation – a generation that doesn’t have the same opportunities they had"
a single mother with a toddler son, Maximilian, Becky works
B ECKY FATEMI
if it was, I bet I know who the Queen would be calling first.
from 8.40am until 6pm every day of the week, including the odd Saturday), that has made Becky one of the most successful businesswomen in property. So, back to my original question: is there anything she can’t do? "Well, I do remember one buyer calling up and saying, 'I want 40,000sq-ft and a garden, within a stone’s throw of Knightsbridge or Mayfair. Have you got anything?' And I said, 'Yeah, Buckingham Palace!' And he went, 'How much?' I had to explain to him that it wasn’t for sale..." But Visit rokstone.com 107
J AV I E R
ALL… JAVIER FUSTÉ was born and raised in Seville, Spain. He is the founder of the lifestyle blog c h e z f u s t e . c o m , a freelance interior designer and former hotelier at luxury properties on Park Lane. Now his agenda runs between antiques flea markets in the mornings and the hippest bars and restaurants in the evenings…
Javier (above) is thirsty for all things lifestyle. His blog is a go-to for well-written, well-observed reviews and musings. We love!
THE AMPERSAND HOTEL Victorian boutique hotel near South Kensington station. Whether at Apero restaurant, The Wine Room or The Drawing Room, your party will be 5-star without killing your budget. I can't resist its veggie Full English breakfast! ampersandhotel.com
AFFORDABLE ADDRESSES DININGS This Japanese restaurant in Marylebone started with an Izakaya style of cuisine that merged with the European cuisine into a tapas menu. Don't miss the Tar-Tar Chips (bite-sized, seafood nibbles)! dinings.co.uk
THE RIDING HOUSE CAFE If you receive a message, 'Meet at the stables' your companion probably means the private room (pictured) in the basement of this hip and laid-back restaurant in Fitzrovia. Be sure to order the Moorish lamb. ridinghousecafe.co.uk
STORY DELI An example of how to take pizza to a different level. This Bethnal Green eatery uses organic products, a crispy no-yeast dough and has a candlelit atmosphere that makes the vibe ridiculously cosy. My favourite pizza: Fico (figs, goat's cheese, Parma ham...) storydeli.com
ROCHELLE CANTEEN In the heart of Shoreditch â€“ behind a hidden door in Arnold Circus â€“ you'll find a peaceful, grassy playground that's perfect for warm evenings. Serving British food, it's ideal for a lunch celebration. arnoldandhenderson. com
OLD TOM AND ENGLISH The aesthetics of this '60s-style bar were created by designer du jour Lee Broom. It offers vintage cocktails and modern British food as part of its sharing menu concept. Choose one of the private rooms for a killer party. Your guests will be impressed! oldtomandenglish. com
ALL OUT BUDGETS
SKY GARDEN This glass dome at 20 Fenchurch Street contains a restaurant, a brasserie and a bar within an exuberant landscaped garden. If you've gone a bit crazy with the guest list, book it exclusively â€“ but be prepared to pay big! Can host up to 450 guests. skygarden.london
MAISON ASSOULINE Located on Piccadilly, a few steps from Fortnum & Mason, this beautiful building has been revived by Prosper and Martine Assouline to host their flagship boutique. The perfect location for a cocktail party, where the walls showcase some of the most precious handcrafted books in the world. assouline.com
THE RIVER CAFĂ‰ This ever-popular Thames-side restaurant has been open since 1987, and has held a Michelin star from 1997. The pasta dishes are London's most inventive. And keep this name in mind: Chocolate Nemesis (an indulgently rich chocolate dessert). rivercafe.co.uk
ACE HOTEL For those who want to hold the party in Shoreditch: '100 Room' at the Ace Hotel is a 600sq-ft top-floor space overlooking the City. If you want to go east and be cool, do it here. acehotel.com/london
HOTEL CAFĂ‰ ROYAL Hold a party here and you can be part of the history of this emblematic property, joining the list of great minds, royalty and rock stars that have celebrated within its walls before you. My favourite room: the former Grill Room, now the Oscar Wilde Bar. The gold Louis XVI details and red sofas are beautifully opulent! hotelcaferoyal.com
CHILTERN FIREHOUSE Talented chef Nuno Mendes left his last role to join AndrĂŠ Balazs in his first European venture. Both have helped secure the Chiltern Firehouse as the most covetable dinner address in London. Call now! The waiting list is long. chilternfirehouse.com
A HIGH SOCIETY Meet the man who started his catering business from his spare room, and now organises parties for the likes of RIHANNA, BEYONCÉ and KATE MOSS… 112
As the founder and creative director of fashion’s favourite caterer, Cellar Society, Bertie de Rougemont has used his impeccable taste to help create some of the most talked-about events in the industry. With
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Cellar Society's notoriously attractive waiting staff; dinner served on unmade beds at the Saatchi Gallery; Bertie de Rougemont
a client list from Prada to Chanel, Cellar Society even did the food at Kate Moss’s wedding, which included a tower of 500 champagne flutes – “It's one of our closely guarded secrets, but it always looks spectacular” – and one alarmingly good-looking waiter to every five guests. Bertie has also organised parties for Rihanna, Beyoncé and Bill Clinton. But the weirdest occasion he’s ever catered for involved serving dinner out of unmade beds – Tracey Emin style – at the Saatchi Gallery. There were no waiting staff to be seen and it took guests a while to pluck up the courage to help themselves to the Champagne and oysters on display. “In the end, they devoured plates of langoustine, poached salmon and entire honey-roasted hams using their hands. It was wild!” For an event at the Monaco Grand Prix, Cellar Society served a 196kg tuna caught two days earlier. It was three metres long, and two top sashimi chefs were flown in from Tokyo to turn the fish into a five-course menu in front of guests. “All that was left at the end of evening was the skeleton, with eyes the size of teacups. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever witnessed.” And for Alexander McQueen’s Frieze dinner, Bertie hosted a candlelit Georgian feast at Christ Church in Spitalfields. 150 VIP guests sat at two 18th-century mahogany tables dressed with antique silverware, as 50 male models – clad in McQueen clan tartan – served dinner. The menu featured fresh lobster, langoustines, mussels and clams from Brancaster in Norfolk, as well as Colchester native oysters, roast mallard with blackberries, whole saddles of venison, ribs of Angus beef and roast penny buns (ceps) from the New Forest. Amazingly this entire set-up started at home in Bertie’s spare room 15 years ago. He’d had enough
RIGHT 3000 Colchester oysters shucked and ready to eat BELOW A lobster tower at the launch of the Hermès exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery
of the music industry and began by hosting a couple of wine tastings for investment banks and City law firms, hence ‘Cellar Society’. But when the 'wine tastings' became 'wine tastings with dinner', the team
OPPOSITE 50 waiters don McQueen clan tartan at Alexander McQueen's Frieze dinner, Spitalfields
decided to branch out. Now they have a full-time staff of 30, which includes Bertie's wife, Andie, business partner, Adam, and head chef, Carole, who is Bertie’s mother-in-law. They haven’t created this client list without hard work and high standards. Linen has to look like it’s been sprayed on, tableware must be symmetrical (there are rumours that staff measure out place settings with tape measures), and everything on the table is hand polished. “OCD is a plus at Cellar Society. It’s all in the detail. We have three golden rules: you are here to serve, never assume anything and always put yourself in the shoes of the guest.” When the waiters are all so beautiful, the first rule could be a sticking point. But Bertie insists ability, manners and charm are all as important as looks, and there is a very specific programme to make sure all staff are up to scratch. “Our boys do get chatted up by clients, and have, in the past, found phone numbers in their pockets at the end of service! But while they are encouraged not
BERTIE’S ultimate party menu
to offend guests, they are under no doubt that they must decline any inappropriate offers politely.” Despite all the fuss of the fashion industry, Bertie’s perfect night is very simple: “Great
Wild SEABASS ceviche with freshly shaved Dorset BLACK TRUFFLE
food, great wine and great company. You don’t need gimmicks, trends or big
budgets – the best evenings are very often
Slow-cooked LAMB SHANK Shepherd’s pie
last-minute affairs where the balance
Battered LANGOUSTINES with CHILLI & TOMATO AIOLI and thrice-cooked hand-cut CHIPS LEMON and ZUCCHINI flower risotto Pata Negra HAM carved on the bone, served with pan con TOMATE Roast baby BEETROOTS with fresh BLOOD ORANGES
of things ends up being just right.” Having said that, Cellar Society’s price per head ranges from £50 for drinks and canapés to £2,500 per person for superluxe events abroad. No surprise then, that after supermarkets and off-licences, they are the biggest buyer of Pol Roger Champagne. “On
average we get through over 10,000 bottles a year of the stuff.” Cheers to that.
H O W T O G I V E A G R E AT PA R T Y BY BERTIE DE ROUGEMONT
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T H E M A N F R O M AY N H O E Aynhoe Park is one of the UK's most-coveted venues, with its bonkers interiors – not to mention the taxidermy! MINE meets owner James Perkins
ith a background in the music industry, James Perkins has experience with parties and events. He is also an award-winning restorer of historic properties. And at Aynhoe Park, his home in Oxfordshire, these skills come together perfectly. Perkins has transformed the interiors of the Georgian stately home, which features original rooms designed by Sir John Soane. With his collection of eccentric curiosities – a dandy selection of taxidermy, sculpture and art – Perkins’ prized plaster works are a clear homage to Soane and one of the most significant collections in private hands. His favourite room? “My library. With the full-size unicorn, amazing red judge’s chair and Aston Martin DBR1 suspended behind the desk.” The works unfold room by room, creating astonishing contrasts – like the taxidermy giraffe suspended by helium balloons in The Orangery, which is illuminated by the reflections of oversized mirror balls. Realising that this extraordinary environment should be shared, Perkins has made Aynhoe Park available to hire on an exclusive basis; it sleeps up to 40. “People rent out the whole house for an entire weekend for weddings or big parties. The wackiest event we’ve ever hosted was an Alice In Wonderland-themed party. There was a burning effigy of a giant rabbit in the garden, which was 30ft high. The house is completely theatrical – a fantasy, whether you like it or not.” For more information, visit aynhoepark.co.uk 117
Spinocchia Freund's work is perfectly showcased in this exquisite, 11,500sq ft, eightbedroom property, situated in the exclusive resort of Courchevel 1850, France
Interior designer Brigitta Spinocchia Freund's modern, sophisticated take on 'ski chalet' is anything but freestyle I NTER VIE W BY CHARLO T T E - ANNE F IDL E R 119
The property was transformed to reflect the beauty of the surrounding mountain vistas
s Creative Director for developers Candy & Candy, Brigitta Spinocchia Freund designed superyachts, private jets and some of the most luxurious homes in the world. Now that she’s launched her own practice, she’s taking a more personalised approach, but the focus is still on elegance and unique design. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think this [pictured] was the home of a very glamorous Bond villain! What kind of people live here? Ha! Ha! They’re far from villains! They’re young and fun – they have real joie de vivre. And they have a lot of children. They wanted a chalet that felt homely and comfortable. But they also wanted very cool spaces to entertain in. How does that affect the interior design and layout? We created spaces for wine tasting, large dinner parties and a space for après ski with a pool, Jacuzzi and steam room all lined in Nero Marquina marble slabs. And the bar has a recessed section on the top that can be filled with snow – and room for 20 shot glasses – so the vodka is always cold! We hung a 5m chandelier above it, dripping with thousands of selenite [mineral] icicles.
Bespoke features include floor-to-ceiling, temperaturecontrolled wine stores
What would you call the overall colour palette used in this house? I think the description 'earthy' is good! We always look at the environment a project sits in. With this chalet, we drew on the colours of the surrounding 121
The designer: Brigitta Spinocchia Freund
forest and mountain-scape. The rust reds and bronze add warmth. What happens in the huge main room? The entire ground floor is open-plan, with amazing views and a double-height ceiling over the seating areas. It’s another entertaining space, so we had to plan it carefully – thinking about how many people would use it, and where they could all sit. In the end, we created two ‘conversation’ areas, centred around the fireplace – and there’s a family kitchen, which they use for informal breakfasts or lunches. Tell us about the epic fireplace. It looks like a Birch tree rising up through the centre of the house… That was the idea! We used lots of natural inspiration in the chalet. It’s made from textured plaster and inlaid bronze. And it’s the focal point of the room – a place for people to gather, as well as keep warm. They can sit on the hearth all the way around, which keeps things informal. Those L-shaped sofas really invite settling in after a long day skiing… We take comfort very seriously! We prototyped them twice and actually measured the client (who is pretty tall) to make sure it was comfortable. There are two types of cushions – a memory foam for the seat cushion and softer duck down for the back cushions. It’s upholstered in a nubuck buffalo skin which is amazing to the touch and really robust. A floor-to-ceiling wine store and tasting table? These people are, obviously, serious oenophiles… The owner is a huge wine collector, so a wine cellar was a must. This one stores over 400 bottles, with each bottle electronically coded so that the client can keep tabs on their evergrowing (or decreasing!) collection. The wine-tasting bench was our suggestion. It’s made from a blackened half cedar log, which we hand-selected for the property. The stools are inspired by French 20th-century designer Paul Dupré-Lafon, and upholstered in old vintage hides.
With a wraparound view like this in the dining room, you’re never going to be short on conversation. We found that the square table works better than a round table in this space. It expands, but it’s sized so that you can still have conversations across the table. Interestingly, the show-stopping chandelier is as much of a conversation piece as the view… True, that icicle chandelier is fabulously eccentric… tell us where you found it. That is actually my favourite feature of this project. We had so much fun creating it. We sourced the selenite ‘icicle’ crystals from Morocco’s Atlas
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Mountains and hung them from cast bronze branches. Its pair hangs over the seating area in the main room. Even the powder room is an event. Are those leather walls? And what’s the fabulous stone of the sink? The walls are clad in wrapped nubuck panels stitched together with leather laces. The vanity unit is made from solid amber onyx, lit from within to give a gorgeous glow. Your rooms are so elegant and meticulously finished, but there’s often an ornate piece – like the chandeliers and gold coffee table. Why do you like to bring them into the mix? With this chalet, we didn’t want anything to compete with the winter 122
wonderland outside the windows, so we kept things quite simple yet beautifully detailed. Even so, rooms can look a little sterile if they are too pared back, so a decorative item, like the chandeliers, add personality and a bit of fun to a space. Despite the glamour of the living areas, the bedrooms are surprisingly cosy. How did you create this effect? We used very soft, cosy fabrics on the bedding and throws from our Italianmade SF range [Spinocchia Freund's new linen range]. Even the curtains are made with cashmere and wool blends. And we used a lot of natural materials, like wood and leather. And the colours – earthy browns and reds – add warmth and softness. How do you make a bed look inviting? Well, we only use the top thread counts. It’s all made-to-order, so each bedroom’s linen had customised borders to tie in the other fabrics in the room. We add toppers and two flat sheets and feather and down duvets to make things supercosy. And I always put six pillows at the back, ranging from hard, through medium to soft. The hard ones are for watching TV; the soft ones are for sleeping. The bunk-bed room is so cosy. Do guests fight over who’s sleeping here? This room is for the kids – though we’re creating more in other chalets for adults! – and was such fun to design. We had small storage holes created for each bunk, where the guests can charge their phone or plug in their iPads. So, what’s the one word you’d use to describe your signature style? I don’t think I can use one word! So, I’d say, elegant, chic, eclectic. Eclectic because I like to mix old and new – antique pieces with the bespoke pieces we produce. And I’d say personal, too. We spend a lot of time getting to know how our clients like to live, so we really understand what their needs are. We think of ourselves as design dream weavers! For more information about Brigitta Spinocchia Freund, and to view the SF Collection, visit spinocchiafreund.com
A crystal â€˜icicleâ€™ chandelier delicately illuminates the dining area with dappled light
Spinocchia Freund focused on luxury and comfort, designing a property that centred on family living and entertaining
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BEST POOL PARTY If you fancy a pool party, whatever the time of year, the most fabulous place to have it has to be The Haymarket Hotel, London. Guests are allowed to use the pool but if you fancy hiring it as a venue, that is also an option. The sleek 18-metre swimming pool is edged in stone and surrounded by stylish grey oak, so you can float in serenity gazing up at hundreds of fibre-optic lights in the ceiling. To get the party started, there is a pewter bar serving some of the best cocktails in town as well as a super-cool and ever-changing light installation by Martin Richman. And why not check into one of the hotel's 50 bedrooms and suites? Or better yet, The Townhouse. With a private entrance and VIP amenities, it's easy to understand why itâ€™s the accommodation of choice for Hollywood stars. B O O K I T: f i r m d a l e . c o m
One person’s ‘Party’ is another’s ‘Pah!’ So whether you’re all about gourmet food or luxe surroundings or just crave a glamorous pool party, there’s a good time here to suit you. By Thea Darricotte 127
BEST INSANE SUITE PARTY The Ritz London is one of the few hotels in the world that instantly evokes a sense of awe. Quintessentially British, from the moment you arrive you will be treated like the royalty you are following in the footsteps of. Smartly attired doormen whisk away your luggage while you ascend the glamorous steps to one of the city's most famous hotels, thanks to its enviable history. Pavlova the Russian ballerina danced here; Churchill, De Gaulle and Eisenhower met in the Marie Antoinette Suite during WWII, and the hotel was the first (and only, to date) to receive a Royal Warrant from his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 2002. Inside, it is like an exquisite jewellery box – rich colours and tasteful gold surrounds you, as does the distant chink of porcelain cups being set in their saucers. However, the real magic is the suites. This is where history with all its twinkling chandeliers and antique furniture meets modernity – and every need is preempted. If you stay in one of the three Signature Suites you will also have access to a full-time Ritz butler. But quite frankly, butler or not, you will never want to leave – this is the ultimate place to party in decadent style, and privacy! B O O K I T: t h e r i t z l o n d o n . c o m 128
TRAVEL BEST FOODIE PARTY Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at The Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park London is on pretty much every foodie’s wish-list. Blumenthal and his executive chef, Ashley Palmer-Watts, spent years pouring over books in The British Library and consulting food historians to come up with a truly inspired gastronomic concept. They have created an innovative menu with intriguing nods to Britain’s culinary history – and the result is sensational. But if you want something extra special, book the Chef ’s Table (below). Overlooking the kitchen, the table is carved from a single piece of 200-year-old oak and will seat six of your best-loved friends. Surrounding you is a Bayeux Tapestry-inspired artwork illustrating the historical influences on the restaurant’s menu – look out for Heston and Ashley making cameo appearances in it! The menu here changes seasonally but one staple you simply must request is the Meat Fruit; a ball of chicken liver parfait encased in mandarin jelly and made to look and smell exactly like a mandarin, appropriate really given the setting! B O O K I T: m a n d a r i n o r i e n t a l . c o m
TRAVEL BEST CINEMA PARTY Cinemas don’t get much more magical than the Winter Cinema at The Berkeley roof garden. Three chalet-style cabins nestle in among fir trees, while Moncler blankets are to hand, to ensure you stay toasty. High above the London skyline, guests will be transported to a Christmas wonderland with hot chocolate and mince pies. Or upgrade to The Luxury Winter Cinema Package for Champagne and canapés. Whether you go with friends, or as a couple, this is certainly a very special cinema. B O O K I T: C a l l 0 2 0 7 2 0 1 1 6 9 9
BEST POSTPARTY RECOVERY You’ve partied yourself into the ground and it's time to recharge: cue ESPA Life at The Corinthia. Upon arriving at this award-winning spa you’ll feel as though you’re entering another world. Soft lighting and polished white marble set the scene, but it's the team of worldclass professionals – offering expertise in fitness, nutrition, complementary healthcare and luxury spa treatments – that make it truly top-notch. Don't miss the Thermal Floor with its stunning silver Pool, Vitality Pool, Amphitheatre Sauna, Steam Room, Ice Fountain, Relaxation Area and Experience Shower – yep, this spa has it all. B O O K I T: espalifeatcorinthia.com
Carmen Fernández Santa Cruz married Juanito Asencio at Cortijo El Esp The bride Carmen Fernández Santa Cruz and her groom, Juanito Asencio. Juanito's suit by Alexander McQueen
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Planning your dream day? Knowing when to splash out and when to save is key to achieving the look you want. Wedding planner Lisa Baker reveals how to get the best from your budget
here are sunny days ahead for the UK economy – at least if the wedding sector is anything to go by. "People are spending money again," explains Lisa Baker, founder of Just Bespoke, a luxury wedding concierge service based in the South East. "We always look to the US for the next big trends, and wedding budgets are definitely getting bigger over there." That’s not to say weddings themselves are getting bolder and brasher – it's just that the DIY vibe of the homegrown wedding, with a fish and chip supper for guests and G&Ts in jam jars, is giving way to something more sophisticated. "Right now it’s very much about personalisation," Lisa explains. "And if you
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want a truly personalised day, you have to spend a little bit more. People are looking for something that’s a little bit more "put-together'." Lisa should know. Since establishing Just Bespoke in 2009, she has orchestrated a host of high-end weddings, and counts footballers, athletes, models and other celebrities among her clients. Her USP is bringing a young, fresh vibe to the proceedings – she’s the same age as the majority of her clientele – and her access to some of the best names in floristry, music, lighting, and everything else it takes to throw an amazing party. "I like to work with real professionals, who are at the top of their game," she explains. "Having a brilliant team around you for a wedding is what makes it work." And it really does work, as the beautiful images on these pages show. After a decade of austerity, we’d all agree a little luxury is no bad thing. But when expectations are high, how do you provide a unique, memorable experience for your guests, while keeping your spending from spinning way out of control? "The key is to establishing what’s important to you," counsels Lisa. "If you’re a foodie, then you’ll want to spend more on catering, to make sure it’s totally spot-on and you’re not going to have any regrets about the day." So, it’s less about slashing your budget, and more about apportioning it wisely? "Exactly. It’s a matter of priorities. If the result is a do that says ‘you’, you wouldn’t begrudge a penny."
Gilded glamour "This was a winter wedding, and the flowers were very much a focal point," says Lisa. "It was all about creating atmosphere – the candlelight, the chandeliers, the touches of silver and gold... The look is opulent but was achievable within the budget as the couple chose to have an intimate celebration, with just 30 guests."
It’s showtime! "There was a real sense of theatre to this wedding, thanks largely to the spectacular lighting," says Lisa. "Hiring a wellknown band, and all the production costs involved, was another huge expense, but the bride and groom were prepared to spend big to provide their guests with a great evening of entertainment with real ‘wow’ factor."
A cool, chic scheme "Holding their wedding at home – in a bespoke marquee – was a low-cost option, which meant this couple could afford to go all-out on the styling," says Lisa. "They opted for a chic and sophisticated all-white theme. We used London suppliers, even though the wedding took place in Cambridge – but using local businesses would be a way to cut costs further." 142
LISA’S TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL WEDDING PLANNING Get organised No matter how small your event, planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Create a to-do list of tasks and decide when you want each item to be completed; ticking things off will reassure you that you’re making progress. If it all gets too much, hire a planner, who will be able to pull all the aspects of your celebration together smoothly and seamlessly.
Consider your guests Spend time working through the timings of your celebration and thinking about how your guests will experience the day. It’s easy to see your wedding as one long ‘to do’ list but the atmosphere and flow of the wedding are crucial to its success.
Hire a top team Pay for the best professionals you can afford and secure them quickly. Your wedding 143
day is likely to be the single biggest celebration you have ever hosted, so make sure you have the right suppliers on board to help bring your vision to life.
Source inspiration Create a vision board – it will be a vital reference point for your suppliers, as well as a great source of inspiration when considering flowers, lighting, tablescapes and the overall styling of your celebration. Pinterest and blogs are very useful tools.
Talk it through Discuss your wedding vision openly with your partner to ensure that you are both on the same page and working towards the same celebration. Family and friends are likely to provide some input but ultimately it is your wedding as a couple, so your ideas should be kept front of mind. For more information, visit just-bespoke.com
Clive Court, Maida Vale W9 This beautifully presented two bedroom, two bathroom apartment is situated on the third floor (with lift) in an attractive portered building. Having recently undergone a full refurbishment to a high specification, blending modern technology with the period features of the building, this charming apartment has the added benefit of a private balcony. The master bedroom benefits from large built in wardrobes and a luxurious en-suite shower room, with a second double and large family bathroom. Clive Court is situated within a short walk of the chic cafes and restaurants of Clifton Road and Little Venice. Maida Vale is the closest underground station (Bakerloo Line).
Call Rokstone on 020 7580 2030 or visit www.rokstone.com
ELYSTAN PLACE, CHELSEA SW3 A rare opportunity to acquire a five bedroom, meticulously refurbished, freehold period house in the heart of Chelsea. This unique lateral house, nearly fifteen metres wide and on four floors, features windows on all four sides of the house making it exceptionally light and bright, has front and rear entrances and has the feeling of a detached house. Located just off Chelsea Green, the house features a grand entrance hall, three large reception rooms, a separate kitchen and dining room, five double bedrooms (of which two have en-suite bathrooms), five bathrooms, a utility room, plant room, private East facing patio and direct access onto the West facing communal gardens. The attention to detail within this stunning home is second to none, including a bespoke Mark Wilkinson kitchen with Miele appliances, solid oak floors, limestone tiled bathrooms with underfloor heating, ADT alarm and smoke detector system, a climate controlled wine cellar, and a separate media room. There is further planning permission in place to create a further 1,500 sq. ft. of basement living space if desired. Elystan Place is set on a quiet one way street in the conservation area close to Chelsea Green, and is situated within walking distance of the numerous designer shops and restaurants of the King`s Road, Sloane Street and Knightsbridge, the property is also well located for the numerous transport links of Sloane Square. Call Rokstone on 020 7580 2030 or visit www.rokstone.com
Empire House, Knightsbridge SW7 This bespoke, luxury two bedroom lateral apartment has been refurbished with immaculate attention to detail. Located within a magnificent Grade II listed portered mansion block, the apartment occupies a prominent location in one of London`s most affluent and cosmopolitan areas, Knightsbridge. Situated on the second floor (with lift), this opulent property benefits from a fabulous reception room with dining area, two double bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms, a guest cloakroom and a kitchen/breakfast room. The apartment has been completely refurbished and interior-designed, with individually commissioned pieces manufactured and imported from Italy. A state of the art Crestron Home Automation System controls the integrated music system, comfort cooling, lighting and blinds. There is also the added benefit of a 24hr porter, security CCTV, a passenger lift and entry-phone system. A private resident`s roof garden provides a tranquil oasis in the middle of Knightsbridge, with wonderful views of the London skyline.
Call Rokstone on 020 7580 2030 or visit www.rokstone.com
Glebe Place, Chelsea SW3 Situated on one of the most sought after and beautiful streets in Chelsea, this immaculate Victorian house on Glebe Place encases one of the most spectacular, contemporary interiors ever seen in the area. Entering a classical London facade you discover modern, state of the art finishes, designs, architecture and art. The light throughout is outstanding and every room is an incredible experience as well as a fantastic living space for a multitude of different buyers. The house benefits from a unique double-height living room leading directly onto the 30ft West facing garden. There is a separate kitchen, dining room, cinema room and study all with their own individual and original style that cannot fail to impress and amaze. The master bedroom suite is situated on the first floor with the bedroom positioned to the rear with lovely views over the garden. The contemporary design is continued throughout the house and the master bathroom exemplifies this fantastic creativity with petrified moss being used as a wonderful texture and colour dividing the bath and shower. There are a further four bedroom suites.
Call Rokstone on 020 7580 2030 or visit www.rokstone.com
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This stunning four bedroom penthouse is located on the top two floors of a modern building, situated in the heart of fashionable Marylebone. Delivering stunning 360 degree views, this immaculate large apartment has recently undergone a luxurious refurbishment scheme featuring under floor heating and air conditioning throughout. The property also benefits from a bespoke Sonos sound system, Lutron controlled lighting and electric blinds. The apartment comprises of a triple aspect open-plan reception/dining room, three / four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a guest WC, utility room and generous underground parking with room for five cars. Marathon House also benefits from the added security of 24 hour porterage. The spacious and bright penthouse is in excess of 4,000 sq ft and benefits from huge windows allowing an abundance of light to sweep through in every room. Marathon House is conveniently located in close proximity of the green and open spaces of Regent`s Park and Marylebone village. Call Rokstone on 020 7580 2030 or visit www.rokstone.com
Stanhope Terrace, Bayswater W2 Situated moments from Hyde Park and the delightful amenities of Connaught Village, this wonderful Grade II listed family house has undergone a meticulous refurbishment and redesign by the current owner and now offers a contemporary finish with all the modern amenities such as air conditioning throughout and a Rako home automation system and home cinema room. The living and bedroom accommodation is arranged over only four floors with spacious, lateral entertaining served by the ground and first floors. Four bedrooms and two bathrooms make up the second floor with the master suite occupying the top floor complete with sun-trap private roof terrace. The cinema room is on the lower ground floor. Stanhope Terrace is wonderfully located moments from Hyde Park and just a short walk from Lancaster Gate and Marble Arch tube stations. Paddington and Oxford Street all also close by. Call Rokstone on 020 7580 2030 or visit www.rokstone.com
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As a top brand engagement manager, it's no wonder Alice Bibbey's Instagram account is post by post perfection
"This photo was taken while me and my husband were on honeymoon in Bora Bora at The Four Seasons in April 2014. My dress is Missoni and my sunglasses are Thierry Lasry â€“ it was our second trip to Bora Bora and such a special time!"
"My fur babies Harper and Ziggy in their gingerbread man jumpers, celebrating Christmas!"
"Our matching Goyard luggage! We love Babington House (it's where we married), and we had returned for a weekend break."
"I am rather obsessed with flowers, this is a stunning delivery from By Appointment Only Design, with my Blue Lin Birkin."
@ALICEGEORGINA HAPPY WIFE, MAMMA OF 2 LITTLE FRENCHIES, EXPECTING "This gorgeous Chanel bag was my Christmas present from my husband. He picked it up in Paris."
"I love all things bright and embellished. This Valentino clutch is so much fun and reminds me of sweeties!"
"My hen party in the Private Dining room at Berners Tavern. Dress by Valentino, matching macarons by LadurĂŠe! My favourite flavour is rose (clearly!), vanilla and salted caramel."
"Admiring more beautiful flowers! The pink umbrellas were made for our wedding â€“ they have our insignia on them. I am in love with Maison Michel hats, like this lilac one."
"We visited the Maldives in February this year and found out we were expecting, so it's a very special place for us. We returned for our baby-moon! My kaftan is Juliet Dunn."
"This is the gorgeous interior of JK Place in Capri – one of the most stunning hotels and one of my favourites. I am obsessed with its décor. Here I am wearing an Isabel Marant dress, Maison Michel hat and Goyard tote."
"Waiting in the lobby in Dubai at The One and Only – with my Blue Lin Birkin, wearing a Roksanda Ilincic shirt and Peter Pilotto skirt." "Staying at The One & Only Reethi Rah, on baby-moon in the Maldives. My grandmother hadn’t seen a photo of my baby bump, so we took this one for her! I am wearing a ruffled Lisa Marie Fernandez bikini."
"I love Halloween! We get lots of trick or treating in our street. That night, we also had a friend's birthday – my crown is By Appointment Only Design, my dress is Camilla and Marc!"
"Riding bikes around the island in the Maldives! Wearing another Juliet Dunn dress and Maison Michel hat."
"I took this snap after I had just been to afternoon tea at Claridge's with a girlfriend. Wearing my Birkin, Emilia Wickstead top and Valentino Rockstuds."
"Celebrating my 29th birthday. I'm wearing Alexander McQueen and a monogrammed clutch by The Daily Edited. It was a very special birthday!"
"Flying Emirates to the Maldives (just before we found out we were pregnant!) My jacket is Balmain and jumper is Stella McCartney."
Our second issue packed with more exciting interviews, shopping pages and incredible editorial shoots