September / October 2014
Autumn leaves Celebrating homegrown talent in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, London and Manchester
True Brit Music Sophie Ellis-Bextor Film Jack Oâ€™Connell Fashion JW Anderson Food Aiden Byrne Beauty Helena McKelvie
Editor in Chief Richard Rawlinson email@example.com Art Director Robin Castle Sub Editor Ian Shine Production Manager Henrietta Hurll
5 FASHION WEEK Design talent on the London catwalks
Contributors Danny Brogan Jo Caird Stevie Chick Hermione Crawford Zakari Hart David Hutter Chris McDonald Georgina Yates
12 FASHIONISTA New season’s trends for him and for her 14 SKIN DEEP Men’s facial hair and women’s nail trends
Chief Executive Officer Niall McBain Chief Financial Officer Simon Ogden
16 FILM BUFF The lowdown on Brit stars Rosamund Pike and Jack O’Connell
President, Content Marketing Raymond Girard Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Development Katrin Kopvillem
18 MUSIC FAN The comebacks of Sophie Ellis-Bextor and The Kooks
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20 CULTURE Horst’s fashion photography at London’s V&A
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Jewels in the crown elcome to the autumn issue of ruby, the Virgin Atlantic Little Red magazine for domestic travellers. Whether you’re visiting places in England or Scotland, or transferring for a trip overseas, we’ve got the lowdown on some of the most sparkling events of the season. To mark London Fashion Week, we big up design stars from Ozwald Boateng to the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite jeweller, Catherine Zoraida. Continuing a celebration of Brit talent, we share the lowdown on Jack O’Connell’s forthcoming cinema release, Unbroken, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Wanderlust tour. Meanwhile, our food spy heads to Manchester to meet top chef Aiden Byrne, our bar crawler raises a glass – or a stein, rather – to the Edinburgh Oktoberfest, and our globetrotter finds some unlikely similarities between Aberdeen and Dubai. Enjoy your flight with Little Red and your onward journey.
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The Scotland-born model of the moment is set to make her catwalk debut at London Fashion Week. The flame-haired 19-year-old has quickly developed an impressive photographic portfolio. Signed up by the Tess modelling agency while still a schoolgirl in Bothwell near Glasgow, Helena McKelvie’s big break was being chosen for Rimmel’s Get the London Look advertising campaign alongside Georgia May Jagger (daughter of The Rolling Stones’ frontman, Mick).
Her appeal is her versatility: she’s alluring whether made up with vibrant red lips or as a delicate natural beauty with porcelain skin and dreamy green eyes. Top photographer Rankin has shot her for the cover of his Hunger magazine, and she’s also featured in Harrods Magazine, Italian Vogue and Elle. What does she like about home? ‘Its quietness compared to London; the forest where I walk my springer spaniel; and Bothwell Castle down the road.’
Faces of fashion As London Fashion Week offers previews of the spring/summer 2015 collections this September, and new autumn/winter lines arrive in stores, we meet some homegrown talents of the catwalk Words Georgina Yates
The wife of David Beckham and former Spice Girl has added a touch of A-list glamour to the fashion scene since she started designing her own collection of dresses in 2008. Victoria Beckham – no stranger to being mocked for doing more pouting than singing during her time as a pop star – has earned praise and success for her designs, which are characterised by confident simplicity and an artful use of colour. Beckham’s fashion brand also designs handbags, coats, denim and eyewear. Branching out further, she has a more affordable label, Victoria by Victoria Beckham, launched at Harvey Nichols in 2011 – the year she won Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. This autumn, Beckham opens her first standalone store on London’s trendy Dover Street. ‘I think the time is now because I know my customer,’ she says. ‘It’ll be the first time that people will really be able to see the brand through my eyes.’
Ozwald Boateng An English menswear designer of Ghanaian descent, Ozwald Boateng cuts some of the sharpest suits in the business, winning himself an OBE in 2006 for his contribution to British fashion. With a bespoke tailoring service and ready-to-wear store at 30 Savile Row, London, his contemporary styling and bold colours have done much to modernise the image of the Row’s traditional menswear. ‘They
said I was too tailored for fashion and too fashion for tailoring, so I had to move the market,’ he says. Perhaps the best model for his own clothes, Boateng has also been called on to provide costumes for films from Gangster No. 1 to Ocean’s Thirteen. ‘If you’re a designer, there’s got to be some films that you’ve seen that have inspired you creatively,’ he says.
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JW Anderson Not since Alexander McQueen’s early days has a young British designer caused such a stir in fashion circles. A tall, boyishly handsome lad from Northern Ireland, JW Anderson (the J is for Jonathan) has in the past few years won a loyal fanbase for his collections for men and women, created in his London studio. Renowned for his angular tailoring and androgynous styling for both sexes, his designs can sometimes appear challenging when first seen on the catwalk. But there’s much that’s eminently wearable, with just enough edge to remain innovative. The big break for J-Dubs (as he has been nicknamed) came in September 2013 when French luxury goods group LVMH not only took a minority stake in his eponymous label but also appointed him creative director of its flagship brand, Loewe. He has also released a much-lauded collaboration with Topshop, and has been signed up to design a capsule collection for Versace sister line, Versus, with Donatella Versace praising him as a great future talent. Anderson’s own label is stocked at stores including Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, and offered by online retailers such as Net-A-Porter. How does he sum up his signature look? ‘Things that can be borrowed from a man to a woman and from a woman to a man.’
Fashion Week facts Catherine Zoraida
Zoraida’s double leaf earrings have become known as ‘the Kate Middleton earrings’
The Scottish-Colombian jewellery designer has drawn a devoted following since graduating from the Edinburgh College of Art. After an apprenticeship at jewellery titan Theo Fennell, she established her own company whose playful, nature-inspired gold designs are attracting the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge. Some notable designs include a ring shaped like a curled blade of grass, double leaf earrings (now nicknamed ‘the Kate Middleton earrings’), a dragonfly bracelet and seahorse and bluebell pendants. How did you feel about this royal endorsement for the Catherine Zoraida brand? ‘It was a dream come true when the Duchess of Cambridge wore my jewellery,’ says Zoraida. And how has Scotland influenced your work? ‘I designed a golden thistle brooch for my most recent collection, Eden. It’s on sale at Edinburgh Castle.’ Where else do you like to visit? ‘I’ve recently driven a Land Rover across Africa, had an amazing honeymoon in Rio de Janeiro and a friend’s wedding in Morocco. Next on my list is America, as I have a great customer base there too.’
More than 150 designers – from Paul Smith and eco-fashion pioneer Katharine Hamnett to Pringle of Scotland – are previewing their spring/summer 2015 collections to retail buyers and the media at London Fashion Week (LFW) on 12-16 September. Last season, about 75,000 images were added to Instagram with the hashtag #LFW, there were 176,000 mentions of #LFW on Twitter and LFW catwalk shows streamed in 160 countries. An estimated £100m of orders are placed each season during the five-day event, with showrooms all over the capital. The direct value of the UK fashion industry to the economy is £26bn, up from £21bn in 2009. The industry is estimated to support 797,000 jobs.
Join the fashion posse While London Fashion Week is a trade and media event, it’s complemented by a follow-up event for consumers, too. London Fashion Weekend runs from 18-21 September at the magnificent Somerset House, giving you the chance to gain inside knowledge and style advice from some of LFW’s most famous brands. There’s designer shopping, catwalk shows, pop-up shops, hair and beauty, and educational panels from industry experts.
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For him For the autumn, menswear draws its inspiration from the mods of the 1960s
It’s 50 years since Parka-wearing, Vespa-riding mods squared up to Triumph-straddling rockers in Brighton – a subculture milestone recalled in films from Quadrophenia to Brighton Rock (above). Designers have marked the anniversary with their new lines.
This narrow-rimmed trilby brings to mind the 2 Tone ska revival of the 1980s led by bands such as Madness and The Specials. Telstar trilby, Lock & Co Hatters £215 / lockhatters.co.uk
A stripy, slim, flat-ended knitted tie adds texture and a relaxed retro vibe to sharp, mod-style suits for the office. Tie, Charles Tyrwhitt £21.95 / ctshirts.co.uk
Mod pin badge, Pins and Things £4.99 / pinsandthings.com
The original, suede desert boot with crepe sole comes in a range of colours, including chili. Desert boots, Clarks £89 / clarks.co.uk
Oliver Spencer’s autumn/winter collection takes the classic mod look and gives it a modern edge. The sports shirt named after Brit tennis champ Fred Perry has become a classic, and orange is on trend for the season. Polo shirt, Fred Perry / £55 / fredperry.com
Button down shirt / £120 Bermondsey bomber jacket / £690 Fishtail trousers / £140 Tracker shoe / £320, Sunglasses / £185 Oliver Spencer / oliverspencer.co.uk
Bright outerwear injects new life into your wardrobe. Lowell jacket, Toast £129 / toast.co.uk
Make a bold statement in this tomato red midi skirt. Full circle midi skirt, Topshop £45 / topshop.com
Issa, a favourite of Kate Middleton, is among the designers who sent ladies in red down the catwalk for autumn. Silk Gabriella dress, £950 Issa / issalondon.com
Topshop paints the town red with its knitwear range. Turtle rib top, Topshop £34 / topshop.com
For her See red this season, with high street trends reflecting the designer collections
Finish off the look with red lips. This range gives long-lasting colour and a vibrant finish. Envious pure colour envy lipstick, Estée Lauder £24 / esteelauder.co.uk
Nothing gives a confidence boost like a pair of statement heels. Albert heels, Carvela at Kurt Geiger £100 / kurtgeiger.com
It’s red alert as fashion houses such as Tom Ford, Roksanda IIincic, Issa and Meadham Kirchhoff all choose rouge as the shade for autumn/winter 2014. Our selection of styles highlights this colour trend.
Flanagans Gents’ Hairdressing Manchester This city-centre barber and grooming specialist on St James’s Square is going from strength to strength, with a new branch just opened in Manchester, plus a training academy. Director David Looms answers our pressing question du jour: is the reign of the hipster beard being challenged by clean-shaven faces? ‘We feel they’ve always coexisted,’ says Looms. ‘Nowadays, it isn’t necessary for a beard to be accompanied by a messy hairstyle; it’s often worn with the classic short, parted cut, with smart clothes to match. ‘Fashion and movies have played a key role in influencing the latest beard craze, but films such as The Great Gatsby and The Wolf of Wall Street are showing off clean-cut and smartly dressed looks. Both can look equally fashionable. It’s a case of anything goes.’
Grooming gems A barber and beautician on trends in men’s facial hair and bling nails for women
Shaving tips? ‘Quality products: cleanser, shaving oil or pre-shave balm, shaving cream rather than gel, moisturiser and shaving brush. This helps give a luxurious lather and lifts the hairs from the face while creating a warming effect. A hot flannel softens the hair while aiding the opening of pores. A clean, sharp razor makes the shave smoother and prevents irritation.’ Beard upkeep? ‘We recommend a beard trim every two or three weeks, accompanied by good conditioner and oil. This helps to keep it softer, fuller and healthier, while maintaining the shape.’ Flanagans shaves cost £28 and a beard trim starts at £10. l flanagansbarbers.com
Malmaison Spa Aberdeen The boutique hotel found on Queen’s Road is known for its chic bar, brasserie and bedrooms, plus its small but perfectly formed spa. Malmaison Aberdeen spa manager Lisa Rettie talks to ruby about the fashion for highly decorative nails, including Malmaison’s Swarovski nail design, which is offered as a £15 upgrade to a standard manicure/pedicure (from £30). ‘We get a lot of requests for clean, classic finishes and then discreet crystals in colours like black bird, silver and even clear,’ says Rettie. ‘Right now, what’s
really big is a clean finish on all the nails with a simple design or single crystal set off to the side of the ring finger to draw attention.’ She adds that nails, like hair and skin, can be dry, weak and brittle. ‘Our Jesica system has specific base coats for different needs,’ she says. ‘It’s all about giving the client what they want, but also giving nails the proper care. We finish with Geleration, a breathable gel that is much kinder to nails than most gels, but still lasts up to two weeks in pristine condition.’ l malmaison.com/spa
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Ros in bloom Rosamund Pike shows a flair for comedy in her new film, set in Scotland Words Jo Caird
osamund Pike recently confessed she had never seen a Bond film before landing the role of double agent Miranda Frost in Die Another Day in 2002, aged 23. It’s hard to imagine Pike recommending that young actors repeat such frank nonchalance at the start of their careers, although it didn’t do her reputation for professionalism any harm, as she got her lucky break alongside co-stars Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry and Judi Dench. In September, Pike’s latest film will be opening at cinemas nationwide. What We Did on Our Holiday is set in the Scottish Highlands. Abi (Pike) and Doug (David Tennant) are a couple trying to keep their planned divorce secret from their kids during their family holiday. Scottish comedian Billy Connolly appears as Doug’s quirky father, Gordie, in this heart-warming comedy drama.
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Pike’s credits swell further this year with the release of Gone Girl, a thriller in which she co-stars with Ben Affleck, and Hector and the Search for Happiness, a British romantic comedy in which Pike is the girlfriend of an eccentric psychiatrist played by Simon Pegg. London-born Pike’s star is certainly in the ascendant. Despite having been a Bond girl, true A-list status has been some time coming. In the years when her big-screen profile has been low, she’s kept herself busy on the West End stage, notably in Hitchcock Blonde, in which she appeared naked aside from a pair of stilettos. Now 35, she has since expressed amazement at her younger self’s willingness to go so far for a part. Pike’s not only in demand with film directors, but with fashion brands, too. She was the face of LK Bennett last year, and the ‘Rosamund’, a bag she designed for the British label, is on sale as part of the autumn/winter collection. The only child of opera singer parents, Pike attended a private boarding school before joining the National Youth Theatre and starring in a 1997 production of Romeo & Juliet. The organisation’s artistic director, Paul Roseby, says her ‘unique fragility and beauty was evident from day one’. After being turned down for a place at drama school, she went to Oxford University to study English Literature, taking on TV roles in her summer holidays. Her upbringing and education, coupled with her English rose beauty, have previously led to her being cast as a character of a certain class – as clever Jane Bennet in 2005’s Pride & Prejudice, and as the posh wife of a factory boss in Made in Dagenham in 2010 – but Pike’s versatility is now being acknowledged. Film critic Jason Solomons, chair of the London Film Critics’ Circle, has nominated her twice for its annual awards, pointing to Pike’s ‘rare gift for comedy’, as well as her ‘precocious wisdom’. The beautiful rose is blooming, but not afraid to show a thorny side when a role demands it. l
t 24, Jack O’Connell has risen from teen actor in TV drama Skins to a Hollywood A-lister. Later this year, he stars in Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie. The film chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during the World War II. Meanwhile, Derby lad O’Connell is still basking in glory for his recent role in Starred Up, showing on board Virgin Atlantic long-haul flights. He plays a
troubled and violent youth who is transferred to an adult prison – which just so happens to be holding his father. ‘What’s important to me is the longevity,’ he says of his career. This means he’s keen not to be typecast in too many ‘Jack the Lad’ roles, and wants parts that are outside his comfort zone. O’Connell says he’d one day like to play Bobby Charlton, the former Manchester United midfielder who won the World Cup for England in 1966. ‘That’s the kind of challenge I want to decorate my CV with,’ he says. l
Take 3 Autumn cinema releases The Equalizer Denzel Washington plays a man helping a girl controlled by a Russian gang.
The Drop Tom Hardy stars in this crime drama as a bartender caught up with gangsters in Brooklyn.
The Punk Singer Feminist and punk singer Kathleen Hanna’s life is explored in this powerful documentary.
Back on top The Kooks reinvent themselves with their best album yet ive or take the odd tour of Australia, The Kooks have been quiet since wrapping up gigging duties on their last album, 2011’s Junk of the Heart. Consider their fourth album, Listen, a radical awakening, then. Released on 1 September, the Brighton rockers’ new record has been trailed by the single Down, which reveals how their punky, Britpop-soaked blueprint has been dunked in a funky flavour as a result of collaborations with hip-hop producer Inflo. Inflo’s influence has turned the group’s working methods inside out. Frontman Luke Pritchard says the sessions for the album, which took place in studios across Los Angeles and London, involved absolutely no rehearsing beforehand. ‘I’d write a song with Inflo or on my own, put it up, and we’d play all over it,’ he explains. ‘There was a real freedom to the process.’ This new direction also sees the group infusing their sound with soul and R&B, revitalising their style. Pritchard says it’s ‘pure free expression. Rather than us just being a band in a room, we were really listening to what was going on around us, picking up ideas.’ The result is a welcome change of course for a band who seemed to be running out of steam. A decade after they formed, The Kooks are back on top form. l
Sophie’s choice Why Sophie Ellis-Bextor has ditched the dancefloor for strings and storytelling Words Stevie Chick
he singer of the 2001 hit Murder on the Dancefloor was back in the spotlight last year, but she’d ditched the microphone for charleston and jive moves on TV’s Strictly Come Dancing. This was the precursor to Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s return to music this year with the album Wanderlust, which she’s currently touring with dates at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall on 28 September and London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 1 October. Now a mother of three boys with husband Richard Jones – bassist in rock band The Feeling – Ellis-Bextor,
known for singles including Music Gets the Best of Me and Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love), was never destined to retire to early obscurity. The daughter of former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis and film producer Robin Bextor has showbiz in her blood. But her latest reincarnation replaces pop gloss with a more folky sound, even if her feline beauty and taste for high fashion remain undimmed. She first appeared on the music scene in the late 1990s as the singer with indie-rockers theaudience, charming all and sundry with her ingénue appeal and cynicalbeyond-her-teenage-years wit. But it wasn’t until she ditched the guitars and teamed up with Italian DJ Spiller for Groovejet that she had her first taste of true pop success. In the summer of 2000, she kept Victoria Beckham’s solo debut Out Of Your Mind off the top spot of the UK singles charts. ‘It was insane! It was even on the news!’ Ellis-Bextor recalls. Ellis-Bextor is less interested in pop princess status this time round, with a more mature sound suited to a more mature artist. For Wanderlust, she collaborated with singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt on a set of songs immersed in strings, piano and the folk tradition. In fact, this direction has been fermenting for a while. In 2011, she toured her album Make A Scene, which fared better abroad than at home. ‘I was doing lots of gigs overseas, and spent a lot of time travelling, especially in eastern Europe,’ she says. ‘That led me to want to do something more homespun with a British sound, but also influenced by some of my travels.’ It’s been a move that’s paid off, with Wanderlust reaching number four in the UK albums charts. ‘Dance music’s great for conveying anger and lust,’ she says, ‘but you can’t be too reflective or wistful – it’s not so good at telling a story. I’m 35 now, and keen to see what else I can do.’ l sophieellisbextor.net
Listen up Albums for the airborne
La Roux Trouble in Paradise The follow-up to her hit debut album stays true to La Roux’s synthpop roots while offering a new level of warmth and sexiness.
Common Nobody’s Smiling The rapper’s tenth studio album features Kanye West and new Def Jam signee, Vince Staples.
Maroon 5 V The pop-rock songs on this album go perfectly with Adam Levine’s unmistakable voice. There’s also a collaboration with Gwen Stefani.
Beyond Vogue Discover a different side of fashion photographer Horst P Horst at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum Words Jo Caird
here are few figures in the history of fashion photography who have been more influential than Horst P Horst. The GermanAmerican photographer’s timeless images, which began appearing in Vogue in 1931, remain some of the most memorable ever. A retrospective opening at London’s Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum on 6 September celebrates his achievements in fashion, but also reveals how he continually reinvented himself over a career spanning six decades.
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Turner at Tate Britain The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free, which opens at London’s Tate Britain on 10 September, celebrates the creative flowering of the great painter’s final years.
The renowned London show brings together over 160 contemporary galleries at Regent’s Park on 15-18 October for one of the most important events in the art calendar.
Horst: Photographer of Style includes his celebrity portraiture, male nudes, nature and travel photography, which curator Susanna Brown says may surprise those only familiar with Horst’s fashion shots. For example, Patterns From Nature is a series of close-ups of plants, shells and minerals. There’s also photography documenting the nomadic Qashqai people, which he took during trips to the Middle East in the early 1950s. Born in Germany in 1906, Horst moved to Paris at the age of 24 to work for modernist architect Le Corbusier. It was the understanding of architectural form that he picked up then that gives Horst’s images their strength, says Brown. After working for Vogue, collaborating with couturiers such as Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, Horst fled to New York to escape the onset of World War II. He served in the US army, became an American citizen and spent the rest of his life photographing everyone from President Harry Truman to fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. As well as sketchbooks and diaries that offer an insight into the photographer’s working methods, Brown is delighted to be displaying a series of colour prints from the 1930s and 1940s. They showcase not just Horst’s eye for composition, but also his early mastery of colour photography, a technology that was only in its infancy at the time. l
Fashion shoots for Vogue produced Horst’s most famous work
The exhibition shows Horst’s sense of form and his early mastery of colour
orst: Photographer of Style opens at H the V&A on 6 September vam.ac.uk
Shakespeare in Manchester Halloween in Edinburgh From 31 October, the Scottish capital is celebrating Halloween in style with Close Fest, a week of events at The Real Mary King’s Close, a warren of creepy underground streets below the Royal Mile. It opens with The Dark Truth Tour and includes a murder mystery.
Victoria Baths, the historic swimming pool complex in Manchester, will be hosting a contemporary reimagining of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from 10 September. Presented as a modern-day fairy tale, the drama will play out against the backdrop of the venue’s empty baths.
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Wunder-bar Raise a glass and party Bavarian-style at the Edinburgh Oktoberfest Words Chris McDonald
Bar talk Matt Wakeford, bar manager of Edinburgh’s G&V Royal Mile Hotel
in Prosit, Ein Prosit, der Gemütlichkeit! (A toast, a toast, to cheer and good times!). After the success of its Edinburgh debut last year, Munich’s annual beerand-song event, Oktoberfest, will be coming back to Scotland this autumn. Some 10,000 revellers attended last year, including members of the Scottish parliament. The event’s return to Princes Street Gardens on 1-5 and 8-12 October is expected to be equally lively, plus there’s an additional fest at Glasgow’s Green Park on 16-19 and 23-26 October. ‘We decided to export Oktoberfest as we wanted people to have a great party while enjoying quality beer and typical Bavarian food,’ says UK Oktoberfest
How many cocktails do you prepare at Bar G&V? On an average Saturday we make about 400 cocktails. But we’ve also got Scottish gins, whisky, Italian wine and Prosecco, so cocktails make up only 30-40% of our drinks served.
What’s your most popular cocktail? Our Ron Zacapa Blazer, definitely, because of its theatrical value. It combines the hazelnut and caramel essence of Ron Zacapa 23 Rum with honey and chocolate bitters. We ignite it and then mix it. It’s delicious, but maybe not one to try at home!
manager Julie Bui. ‘There were quite a few Germans living in Edinburgh who came. They said they really felt like they were at home; drinking German beer and singing Fliegerlied.’ Keeping the events authentically German is of prime importance to Bui. Edinburgh Oktoberfest staff wear traditional dirndl and lederhosen; the beer is made in Germany and sticks to the country’s strict brewing laws; Bavarian schnitzel, potato salad and other traditional foods are served, and bands travel from Germany to lead the crowds (many of whom dance on the benches) through schlager classics such as Anton aus Tirol and Zikke Zakke. Prosit! (Cheers!). l edinburgh-oktoberfest.co.uk
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Ron Zacapa Blazer • 50ml of Ron Zacapa Centenario rum • Two teaspoons of Italian honey • Two dashes of chocolate bitters • Heat, ignite and transfer three times between containers at maximum distance • Serve hot with a twist of orange
y pal Alfred is back in London after a few months in Brazil, and what better venue for a homecoming than St John Bar and Restaurant, set in a converted smokehouse by Smithfield meat market? Michelin-starred chef Fergus Henderson is the champion of masculine English food – the leader of the nose-to-tail cooking revival who simply reasons: ‘If you’re going to kill an animal, it seems only polite to use the whole thing.’ I start with a gin and tonic at the bar, which occupies the entrance courtyard that’s covered over with skylights. The apron-clad staff and white-washed brick walls evoke a pre-industrial rusticity, creating a relaxed ambience which carries through to the restaurant that’s up a few steps from the bar in the building’s former packing room. For starter, Alf chooses salt beef, beetroot and dill, and exclaims how these individual flavours fuse into a delicious whole. I go for the cured sea trout and celeriac. The horseradish in the celeriac is enough to overwhelm most flavours, but the smoky taste of the fish holds its own. With the main course, I’m keen to enter into the spirit of the St John menu. I consider the venison offal and the devilled kidneys, but in the end accept the waiter’s recommendation of ox heart, accompanied by a glass of claret. The bovine organ comes cut into succulent slithers with a beetroot dressing and a side dish of Jersey Royal potatoes and greens. Alf tells me about his South American adventures as he tucks into saddle of rabbit and chard. He says it’s the
Offally good Have a break from fancy sauces and enjoy the sturdy English dishes of St John Restaurant in London Words Richard Rawlinson
Table talk Aiden Byrne, the chef of Manchester House in Manchester
Fergus Henderson (left) has put English meat dishes on the global map with St John
tenderest bunny he’s ever devoured. Pudding is elderflower sorbet and Russian vodka: the perfect palate cleanser after a carnivorous feast. Soon after the dinner, I catch up with Henderson, who has recently opened St John Bakery Rooms on Druid Street in Bermondsey, a great place for weekend brunches of an Old Spot bacon sandwich or a fresh doughnut. The bakery ovens have also been used to slow braise suckling pig, he says. What else is new, Fergus? ‘Autumn means game,’ he says of the restaurant’s current dishes. ‘Nature writes your menu – first grouse, then partridge, then woodcock are hurled at you from the sky.’ Inspirations? ‘Quite simply, many lunches!’ And St John’s clientele? ‘Over time, I know fewer of the diners, but this is a good thing. It’s a sign of success that not all of the people filling the restaurant are my friends!’ l
How has your restaurant been doing since it opened last September? We’ve been fortunate. It’s been well received by a diverse range of customers. Our relaxed approach has paid off, with guests returning time and time again.
Describe your cooking style. My style is inventive. I have a tendency to stick with classical marriages of flavours and use modern techniques to enhance them. I hate taking food too far. Less is definitely more.
You were once the youngest Michelin-starred chef: what would a star for Manchester House mean to you? The potential of getting a star means a lot to us, but our main focus is on making our guests happy.
Favourites from the menu? Roasted scallop, creamed pearl barley and black pudding granola, or loin of hare wrapped in chicory with parsnips.
Tell us about the venue. Stereotypically, fine dining restaurants have been rather snooty; our ambition was to avoid this at Manchester House. The open plan kitchen has really added to the relaxed atmosphere. I feel like I’m at home cooking for my friends.
What’s new for you? We’re working on a separate development kitchen at the restaurant where diners will be able to watch the behind-the-scenes action. Which other restaurants do you like? My favourite restaurant right now is Azurmendi in Bilbao, Spain. I think the chef there, Eneko Atxa, is a genius. Unlike some chefs, you’re known as a people person… That’s the first time I’ve heard that! I like to think I’m a fair boss: I allow people to make a mistake before I start getting fidgety. I’m a true believer in allowing people to shine. I have staff who’ve been with me for a long time. manchesterhouse.uk.com
Compare the seemingly contrasting destinations of Aberdeen and Dubai: they’re both oil-rich coastal cities packed with entertainment, and you can even head to either to go skiing!
ABERDEEN Day Whereas Dubai has grown as a tourist hub since its oil supplies have dwindled, Aberdeen remains the energy capital of Europe. The sand dunes by the North Sea may see fewer sunbathers than Gulf-side beaches, but the wealthy Scottish seaport offers plenty of attractions, from nature treks on the white sands of Balmedie beach to Craigievar Castle and the Fettercairn whisky distillery. On 6 September, the Braemar Gathering 1 just outside the city is the place to see kilt-clad bagpipers and strongmen tossing the caber. Later in the year, there’s skiing in The Lecht 2 , a nearby resort that beats Dubai’s indoor slopes hands down!
Words David Hutter
Day & Night
Night The Granite City has evening entertainment, from stand-up at the Breakneck Comedy Club to a play at His Majesty’s Theatre or a concert at the 19th-century Music Hall. There’s no shortage of bars and restaurants either. Sand Dollar Cafe is a smart bistro offering prime-cut steaks and local delicacies such as chargrilled salmon. It’s ideally located for an after-dinner stroll along the promenade. For fish and chips, visit The Ashvale in the city centre and, for special occasions, book a table at the Moonfish Cafe 4 . Enjoy a local dram at CASC pub’s Whisky Club, or head for Soul 3 or Orchid, which are among the city’s trendier bars.
DUBAI Day Dubai may lack Aberdeen’s ancient architecture and green (or snowy) surroundings, but this glitzy metropolis is a magnet for those who like deluxe hotels, shopping and fun in the sun. Try waterskiing or go on a desert safari, riding with camels and camping out with Bedouin guides. Or marvel at the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa 2 , and the artificial island Palm Jumeirah, home to the thrilling Aquaventure Waterpark. The spice and gold markets of Deira 3 mix modern bling with Arabic heritage, while those after a cooler setting can head to Ski Dubai 1 or try indoor skydiving at Inflight Dubai.
Night After a day in the sun, there’s no better feeling than heading out into the cool evening for some hospitality Dubai-style. Every hotel from the Ritz-Carlton and One&Only Royal Mirage to the Armani have fine dining indoors or alfresco. There are more affordable places on the canals of the Madinat Jumeirah complex, and lively beach bars such as Barasti near the marina, looking out at Palm Jumeirah. For another awesome Gulf scene, treat yourself to cocktails at the iconic, sailshaped Burj Al Arab’s Skyview Bar 5 . Dubai Music Week 4 adds to the party atmosphere on 17-20 September, promising a star-studded line-up.
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Take a tablet For those after the web and games as well as books For intuitive stylus Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 • Sized 210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95mm • 8-inch display • 189 ppi pixel density • From £249
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With its curved white design, this eReader attracts admiration before it’s even switched on. The minimalist style – the only button is the home key – enhances its good looks, while the tasteful rubber trim helps protect it. Barnes & Noble’s GlowLight technology makes the display bright and the text sharp, and the device’s 4GB of memory means there’s enough storage for about 2,000 books.
The Aura’s big advantage over the Kindle is that it lets users buy eBooks from other eBook stores, whereas Kindle users are tied to Amazon. It’s also lighter than the Paperwhite, and while the Aura’s e-ink display may not be as impressive, it’s still high resolution and features Kobo’s ComfortLight technology, enabling bookworms to continue reading after lights out. An HD version is also available.
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Read all about it For great design LG G Pad 8.3 • Sized 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm • 8.3-inch display • 273 ppi pixel density • £199 For best display Apple iPad mini with Retina display • Sized 134.7 x 200 x 7.5mm • 7.9-inch display • 326 ppi pixel density • £319
Our pick of the best eReaders Words Danny Brogan
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite The closest eReader to an actual book, the Paperwhite’s high-resolution display ensures the contrast between the background and text remains crisp. Rather than a backlit display, light comes from the front of the device, illuminating the text evenly, while a fast processor and responsive touchscreen allow quicker page turning and zooming, as well as access to a built-in dictionary and Wikipedia. £109 / amazon.co.uk
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Stars in their aisles There’s a new look to Virgin Atlantic this autumn ou’re in your seat, watching men and women parade past wearing Vivienne Westwood’s latest collection. You must be at London Fashion Week, right? Well, you may be on your way there (see pages 5-8), but you don’t even need to land to see the top designer’s newest outfits, modelled by Virgin Atlantic cabin crew. Launched on board from September 2014, the ‘hot red’ uniforms reimagine the classic inflight look for the 30th anniversary of Virgin Atlantic. The women have been kitted out in high-collared jackets with nipped-in waists, inspired by the 1990s Bettina style, alongside pencil skirts and shoes featuring
Westwood’s iconic hourglass heel. Their double-breasted drape coats nod to 1940s French couture, while the asymmetrical frills on their blouses introduce the ‘wings’ design that also appears on the men’s ties. The rest of the male look is made up of a three-piece Savile Row-style suit in deep burgundy with grey ‘shadow’ details under the lapels and pockets, plus a shirt with wide British-style collar. The shoes are classic Westwood, a version of her Oxford design Sir Richard Branson and Vivienne Westwood in black leather. As well as looking good, More than 7,500 staff will receive the designs are also doing good, new Westwood uniforms, including the with plastic bottles recycled pilots, who get charcoal suits paired to make the polyester yarn and with a red and purple cravat for women a ‘nano’ finish used to extend the or burgundy tie for men. garments’ lifetime. Virgin Atlantic Whether you’re in a window or aisle has also collaborated with the Ethical seat, this new look is sure to add a touch Fashion Initiative in Nairobi to create of glamour to your flight. l its new bags for ground staff.
Dreamliners come true Boston, home of the renowned Red Sox baseball team, will soon be home to the red tail fins of the Virgin Atlantic 787-9 Dreamliner.
Change is in the Air! From environmental advances to community care, our sustainability programme is making changes ur Change is in the Air! sustainability programme includes our comprehensive environmental and community investment programmes. On environment, our number one priority is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for every passenger journey. Our investment in new fuel efficient aircraft means we’re significantly improving our carbon efficiency. We’re also playing our part in driving the commercial uptake of low carbon aviation fuels through our awardwinning sustainable fuels programme. On noise, we’re actively working with the industry and government to reduce our footprint. On the ground, we are focusing on better management of our energy, vehicles, water and waste by engaging our designers, buyers and suppliers on improved, more sustainable supply chain practices. For example, we were the first airline to partner with the Sustainable Restaurant Association and to offer Fairtrade tea and coffee on board. Our community investment programme
supports the amazing organisation, Free The Children (FTC). Our partnership has two parts: international development and a UK schools programme. Through the UK schools programme, FTC aims to cultivate a new generation of young people with the vision and commitment to address the local and global issues of our time. The yearlong programme includes free educational resources aimed at children aged 7-18. It empowers them to discover the causes they care about and to take action to make a difference. The result is that young people are showing, every day, that by taking small steps and tangible actions, the world will become a better place. For further information about the programme, check out the animation at virginatlantic/changeisintheair. To find out how to get involved, e-mail: email@example.com.
Flights to Boston on the first of 16 new Dreamliners to join the fleet will start from Heathrow on 28 October. The 264-seat jets will each have an enhanced Upper Class bar, a Premium Economy ‘Wander Wall’, where passengers can socialise, plus best-in-class Economy seating and larger windows. They also offer broadband Wi-Fi throughout. The first plane will be named ‘Birthday Girl’ – because it’s 30 years since Virgin Atlantic began flying across the Atlantic – and feature special ‘Flying Lady’ livery (pictured above).
The new Dreamliners also continue the Virgin Atlantic drive to reduce environmental impact, with lightweight bodies boosting fuel efficiency and cutting carbon emissions. The next 787-9s to launch will fly to Washington DC, Newark in New Jersey and New York’s JFK.
Red my lips
Film friends Virgin Atlantic sponsors the BFI London Film Festival Hot on the heels of its partnership with the Edinburgh Film Festival, Virgin Atlantic is partnering with the BFI London Film Festival, which runs from 8-19 October. The internationally famous event supports London’s position as a world-leading creative city. It presents the best new British and international films to a London and UK-wide audience, while providing career-enabling opportunities for filmmakers from across the globe through its industry and awards programmes. The sponsorship reflects the passion of Virgin Atlantic for offering superb inflight entertainment on its long-haul flights. The selection includes dozens of films and documentaries, featuring everything from the latest blockbusters through to award-winning hidden gems. There’s also a formidable line-up of top TV shows plus an eclectic music collection. The diverse range is designed to cater to every taste.
New flights to Atlanta ‘I’m headin’ down the Atlanta highway, lookin’ for the love getaway,’ sang the B-52’s on their hit Love Shack, and whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend or sightseeing trip, you can soon head to Atlanta with Virgin Atlantic. Flights from London Heathrow to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport start on 26 October, running once a day in each direction and offering access to more than 100 domestic and international connections – including Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean – through our partner Delta Air Lines. Sightseers in Atlanta can head to the World of Coca-Cola (Coke’s headquarters is in Atlanta), the largest Hindu temple outside India and the world’s biggest drive-in restaurant, the Varsity. For history lovers, there’s plenty to learn about the civil rights movement, which had its beginnings in Atlanta and now hosts the
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, which includes his boyhood home. The city is also ‘hip-hop’s centre of gravity’, according to The New York Times, having bred the likes of OutKast and Ludacris. Clubs for a good night out include Compound and Velvet Room. As for romantic moments, take a trip out to Stone Mountain where you can watch the sun set over panoramic views of Atlanta’s skyscrapers.
As well as the new uniforms, Virgin Atlantic is marking its 30th anniversary with a collaboration with Illamasqua. The beauty brand has designed a fresh make-up look for the airline’s cabin crew and ground staff. Combining sophistication with simple charm, there’s a soft natural definition to the eyes and brows and subtle contouring to complement the shape of the face. There’s also the Glamore Lipstick, appropriately named Virgin, to match the iconic Virgin Atlantic red. It’s a hydrating, satin finish lipstick offering comfort and smooth application. ‘When I think of Virgin Atlantic, I think class and glamour,’ says Clare Lille of Illamasqua. ‘This look oozes elegance that is easily achievable. We wanted to embrace femininity and empower women while complementing all skin tones.’ Rebecca Creer, Global Spas and Styling Manager for Virgin Atlantic, adds: ‘Illamasqua’s new lipstick complements our new uniforms and will take the iconic Virgin red lip into the future.’ The Glamore Lipstick is available at Illamasqua stockists, and you can recreate the full Virgin look on illamasqua.com
International to domestic connections move from London Heathrow Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 on 10 September
As easy as ABC, Virgin Atlantic Little Red connections link London to the rest of the UK and the world
Up to 10 September London Heathrow Terminal 3 to Terminal 1
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Domestic to international connections London Heathrow Terminal 1 or 2 to Terminal 3 Here’s how we’ll connect you: ARRIVE: Simply step off the aircraft and our dedicated bus will be waiting for you. BUS: Board our bus and whizz over to Terminal 3. Then follow the Virgin Atlantic connection signs to your next flight. CHECK: You don’t have to do a thing. We’ll get all your checked baggage to the other side of the airport. The map above provides directions to the departure lounge.
From 10 September London Heathrow Terminal 3 to Terminal 2
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Here’s how we’ll connect you: ARRIVE: At Terminal 3, follow the purple signs for Flight Connections. BUS: Then hop on the connections bus, which departs every six to ten minutes. Easy. CHECK: Just let security check your hand luggage before you go through passport control. Then just relax and enjoy the terminal facilities until your flight is ready to board.
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As well as serving hot drinks, soft drinks, beers, wines and spirits, Virgin Atlantic Little Red flights departing before 9am serve bacon rolls and Rumblers cereals. On all other flights, we serve Tyrrells crisps or chocolate chip cookies.
If you’re travelling with us long haul, we have a superb range of duty free goods available on our flights. Avoid the stress of shopping at the airport and shop at your leisure while relaxing on board.
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