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From the EDITOR “It was a surprise to discover such laid-back luxury – it was fashion without being fashionable, and I loved that. I said to myself: ‘These are the people I want to work for’… I have loved fashion ever since I was a student. My parents didn’t teach me; I just had it in me.” Fashion, like art, is almost impossible to define as it is forever evolving to reflect modern culture and is purely subjective. However, if I had to listen to one person’s interpretation, it would be that of Cecilia Bönström, head of design at Parisian fashion label Zadig & Voltaire. Trends come and go and Bönström very much recognises the fleeting nature of fashion. Therefore, rather than buying into the newest fad, she has always looked to long-lasting pieces that stand the test of time. And that is no doubt one of the reasons why Zadig & Voltaire celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Ellen Millard speaks to the designer about the label’s evolution and how the team will be celebrating its milestone birthday (p. 22). Alicia Rountree understands all too well the fickleness of the fashion industry. Now a supermodel with an ongoing contract with Victoria’s Secret, the Mauritian-born beauty’s path to the top was not without its obstacles, as she faced many rejections along the way. Fortunately, her down-to-earth and laid-back attitude stood her in good stead and at 30, she enjoys a varied career, from modelling in high-profile shoots to running three restaurants and working as a health coach. Chris Allsop catches up with Rountree during her down time in Mauritius to chat London Fashion Week, juggling jobs and life in Chelsea on pages 18 to 21. Erik Madigan Heck is one of the fortunate few who have been able to capture the fashion industry’s enduring influence in his celebrated photographs. The famed photographer launches his latest book this year, Old Future, which features a compendium of his photographs whittled down to 100 of his most prized. Visit pages 46 to 47 for our sneak preview. Finally, as this issue went to print, we learnt the sad news of Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, who tragically died at her home in Kensington in February. I had the pleasure of interviewing Tara less than a year ago, and we discussed the launch of her label Desiderata London and her love of fashion. We therefore pay tribute to her through this fashion issue.




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As the trend for bespoke luxury services continues to rise, Ellen Millard goes behind the scenes of London’s most prestigious department stores to scout out some of the best personal shoppers on offer



hose familiar with Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes will know that putting your sartorial choices in the hands of someone else comes not without its risks. Indeed, one only has to type ‘worst Oscar dresses’ into Google to uncover reams of deprecating comments, making the work of some of the world’s most skilled stylists redundant – apparently, not even the finest haute couture can escape the wrath of a keyboard warrior. But when they get it right, boy, do they get it right. Who can forget Angelina Jolie’s thigh-revealing Versace dress at the Oscars in 2012, or Lupita Nyong’o’s powder blue Prada 2014 Oscar gown? That’s not to mention pretty much everything Kate Moss, the Duchess of Cambridge and Michelle Obama have worn, ever. When the world is watching your every move, it’s only natural to tailor your wardrobe to suit – and it would appear that the trend for carefully orchestrated style is trickling down to the standard shopper, too. Where once having your own stylist was the mark of the elite, nowadays personal shopping services are ten a penny, with bespoke outlets cropping up in stores

“A bespoke service is where you can set yourself apart from your competitors” across the high street. At the top end of the market, an effort to maintain an air of luxury is ever present, and department stores such as Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Selfridges are going out of their way to ensure that theirs is a service that stands out from the crowd. “Delivering a luxurious and memorable, yet personalised, experience is at the core of what we do,” Harvey Nichols’ head of style concierge, Sepideh Shayan, tells me. “As brands become more and more accessible, the industry looks for other ways to make their customers feel special, and a bespoke service is where you can set yourself apart from your competitors.” As is to be expected, confidentiality comes at a price, that which many clients are willing to pay, so much so that none of the department stores I speak to are willing to reveal the hard numbers behind their most extravagant appointments. Discretion is key, and extends not just to the specifics, but to building access – Selfridges is said to have a secret entrance specially reserved for users of its personal shopper service – and, in some cases, beyond the shop floor.

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“Our team can travel to a client’s home, office or hotel depending on the request, such as updating a new season wardrobe or working on a home interiors project,” Sabrina Cannon, Harrods’ deputy director of personal shopping, says. “Our Wardrobe Management service may require one of our stylists to visit a client’s home and detox their wardrobe. Sometimes, we accompany clients to fashion shows to select pieces from the new collections.” Harvey Nichols’ most seasoned shoppers frequent the store on average three to four times a week, making full use of the styling service, which takes care of not just fashion requests but gifting, food, and beauty products, too. The service allows the store to keep track of which brands are proving most popular, with Shayan citing “Gucci’s maximalist effect” and brands such as Off-White and Brandon Maxwell, as having a particular impact of late. At Harrods, the bespoke offering is equally vast, with specialists from each department available to select products from the store’s eight floors. The level of exclusivity extends to the products, too, with brands such as Anya Hindmarch presenting the opportunity to personalise gifts with monogramming and engraving services, which include the option to write a message or illustration in your own handwriting.

Rather unusually, Harrods has recently introduced a separate styling team known as Men’s Advisers, which caters to the needs of male shoppers – who, it comes as no surprise, tend to be more habitual than female shoppers. The team is available not just for fashion queries but for sourcing gifts, gadgets, bespoke furniture and watches, and can even assist with tailoring, too. Savile Row, who? “This service has been meticulously designed to take into consideration how men like to shop,” Cannon explains. “Men can often be time-poor, but they have a great knowledge of trends. While they tend to shop habitually, they are often interested in exploring different options; however, expectations regarding their shopping experiences continue to have one long-standing requirement: efficiency.” Also tapping into the trend of the time-poor man is Erika Nilsson-Humphrey, a former investment banker whose love of fashion and busy lifestyle led her to set up Dappad (, a personal shopping service for men with a difference – the difference being that it is only available online. “I didn’t think that the shopping process was really tailored to modern life,” she tells me. “We outsource our food shopping, cooking and dry cleaning; we’re so busy and there’s so much information out there – it’s nice for somebody else to take care of your clothes and just deliver a ready-made outfit in which you can simply walk out the door.” Users of the service are required to complete a short questionnaire online, giving a brief outline of their style, before chatting to one of Dappad’s four stylists to discuss further details. The team will consequently create a box of clothes selected from the 16 brands that the company stocks. The package is delivered free of charge, and anything the client doesn’t like is collected and returned to Dappad. It all seems ridiculously simple, and it is. Everything from the selection process to the delivery is tailored to create as little hassle as possible. Even the brands are limited; Nilsson-Humphrey and her team work with a carefully curated selection of boutique labels – such as Stutterheim, Tiger of Sweden and Gant Rugger – in a movement against what they believe to be an overcrowded market. “There are the same clothes everywhere in every department store, and sometimes it’s nicer to have well-picked independent labels instead,” the founder explains. “The brands we carry have to have great style and great quality. We’re bringing minimalist styling to men’s wardrobes.”

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“Online shopping hasn’t changed the habits of a nation; it just facilitates it in a different way”

On the other hand, Shayan believes that Harvey Nichols’ in-store service offers an equally effective remedy to the traditional shopping format, arguing that the rise of online retailers has done little to alter the desire for personal shopping. “If a client finds the number of options in-store overwhelming and enjoys a more bespoke selection handpicked by a stylist, it’s exactly the same online and that’s why our team works hard to unify the two experiences,” she says. “Online shopping hasn’t changed the habits of a nation; it just facilitates it in a different way.” One change that all three can agree on is the rising demand for bespoke luxury services, whether that be handmade products, personalised gifts or, in this case, advice. “Personal shopping goes beyond functional shopping,” says Cannon. “Customers want personalised attention from a trusted consultant who has knowledge of products, services and trends.” It’s a trend that to many may seem as one of showmanship and opulence, a desire for something that not everyone can have – but for Nilsson-Humphrey, the rise in personalised experiences is in fact a result of a more pared-back attitude to life. “If you look at the trends during the banking boom, everything was big and brash. Now, people appreciate the small boutiques and brands that offer a more personalised service, rather than ‘everywhere for everyone’. They want to go back to basics.”

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International model, restaurateur and Chelsea resident Alicia Rountree opens up to Chris Allsop about London Fashion Week, eating five coconuts a day and why she lasted only a month in LA


own the road from her parents’ home in Mauritius in early January, I am lucky enough to be sitting with Alicia Rountree who, like her surroundings, is a warm blast of tropical sunshine. Giggly and open, she’s telling me about her path to becoming an international supermodel, which has a faintly Zoolander twinge to it. When her pre-school classmates were sharing their ambitions to become firemen or vets, she told her teacher that she wanted to be a model when she grew up. And not just any model – a top model. “I didn’t think twice,” she laughs. “I always wanted to be in fashion from when I was very young. My friends and I threw fashion shows with our Barbies, and I used to fill my scrapbook with pictures of supermodels pulled from magazine shoots.” Today, of course, it’s Rountree who’s in the magazines. The 30-year-old model’s status is well established, as she has fronted campaigns for high-profile brands, including Ralph Lauren, Guess, and L’Oréal, and has an ongoing contract with Victoria’s Secret. Her path to the top was hardly fraught, but it wasn’t an overnight success, either. She began modelling in London at the age of 17, when she caught the attention of model agent Elena Sheridan-Young at a British Vogue charity party. Sheridan-Young offered the teenage Rountree a contract, which she signed the next day. However, London proved stiff competition and like any model starting out, she had many rejections. Fortunately, her luck began to change 18 months later following a trip to New York to visit her then boyfriend, Nicolas Dutko (now a business partner). “My career slowly grew from there,” she says, recalling the disappointments of her early near misses. If there was any one moment when she thought that

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“I used to fill my scrapbook with pictures of supermodels”

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she’d finally made it, it was when she was picked to front an Abercrombie & Fitch campaign that was being shot by acclaimed fashion photographer Bruce Weber. “That was great,” she reminisces. “With modelling you have to be tenacious – hang in there”. Despite clearly having the temperament to succeed – not to mention the good looks – Rountree has also been fortunate with her familial support network. She grew up in the small, sun-kissed Mauritian town of Rivière des Anguilles as the youngest of five siblings, born into a loving family that’s lived on the island for five generations – its wealth generated from land ownership and sugar plantations. She maintains a close relationship with her parents, Paddy and Elizabeth, whom she’s described as “superchilled and relaxed”. It was thanks to this laid-back outlook that enabled her to pursue her modelling dreams rather than continue her studies at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS). Rountree returns to the island to see her family whenever she can, confiding to me that she has “barely left the house” since she arrived back for Christmas. Despite this, there are day-old photographs on news sites of her stand-up paddle boarding over crystalline blue

She remains refreshingly honest and open. When I ask about her acting ambitions, the model tells me that she only lasted a month in LA waters, and she has also somehow found time to rescue a puppy from a pipe. With success has, naturally, come a higher public profile. This peaked when she was dating Jude Law in 2013 (leaving her name perpetually prefaced with ‘Jude Law’s ex’ in unimaginative tabloids), and flared again in 2015 when an Instagram image she posted of herself showing her arm slung around Mick Jagger at Rihanna’s birthday party prompted speculation – and a swift denial – about her involvement with the rock star septuagenarian. Despite these experiences, she remains refreshingly honest and open. When I ask about her acting ambitions – she has studied at RADA – the model tells me that she only lasted a month in LA. “I was so stressed out that I got a stye in my


She has always loved London Fashion Week for its energy and the way emerging designers are given a platform

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eye,” she says of her recent attempt to crack Hollywood. “You’re constantly bringing up all these emotions. I’ll try again, but the timing has to be right.” She also admits that it was difficult dealing with the 12-hour time difference between LA and Mauritius. But, to be fair, she’s busy enough. Juggling responsibilities is a pleasure for her. “The more I do the happier I am,” she says, “and the better I do.” Besides modelling, she’s also a health coach and has launched a ballet/interval training app called the Supermodel Ballet Body. It appears that coconut might be her beauty secret: she uses the oil on her face and skin, and, with coconut trees in her parents’ garden, admits to eating five a day since arriving home. “Maybe I’m eating too many?” she giggles. But if anything is going to wean her off coconuts, it’ll be tartines, the open French sandwiches that are the theme of her three Tartinery restaurants, a collaboration with her ex flame Dutko that began in 2010. Refreshingly for a model, Rountree has always been a foodie, but is a strict vegetarian and combines her love of food with her passion for healthy eating and fitness. Her eateries are all based in New York for the moment, but she has her eye on bringing the brand to London soon. She loves the Big Smoke, especially Chelsea where she has a flat, and where her parents had a house when she was growing up. When in town, she grabs juices at The Good Life Eatery and the house pasta at Scalini. At this year’s London Fashion Week, which she has always loved for its energy and the way emerging designers are given a platform, she’s looking forward to Julien Macdonald – “always such fun and so glittery!” – as well as Bora Aksu and Antonio Berardi. Her own style is to dress simply, but she has found Gucci’s last two vibrant collections irresistible, and loves her fur-lined Gucci slippers. This style paradox suits the grounded girl from Mauritius, who flits between her celebrity life and her life at home, having clearly found the perfect balance.



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As Zadig & Voltaire celebrates its 20th anniversary, the label’s head of design, Cecilia Bönström, tells Ellen Millard about the brand’s first show at New York Fashion Week, androgynous style and working with Bella Hadid


t’s 720am in Sweden and the snow is falling thick and fast, covering the streets with a blanket of white ice. At the bus stop, among the commuters huddled in down feather ski jackets and chunky snow boots, a teenage Cecilia Bönström shivers in cut-off jeans, tartan tights and cowboy boots. This was the now-designer’s uniform of choice at school, defiant in her style despite the arctic temperatures outside. “I have loved fashion ever since I was a student,” she tells me, recalling her somewhat inappropriate outfits over the phone from Paris. “My parents didn’t teach me fashion; I just had it in me.” Nowadays, the designer prefers a cashmere jumper and leather jacket over Butch Cassidy-esque boots and, as the head of design for Zadig & Voltaire, she has plenty at her beck and call. The Parisian brand is known for its laid-back attitude to luxury, providing timeless wardrobe

“It was a surprise to discover such laid-back luxury. It was fashion without being fashionable" staples with a punk twist. Bönström embodies its core customer, emulating the nonchalant vibe that it has promoted ever since it launched in 1997 – but her foray into the business was not as conventional as one might think. Starting her career as a model, Bönström spent her wages on Prada and Gucci, until one day she stumbled upon a Zadig & Voltaire store and had something of an epiphany. “I was in shock; it was like falling in love,” she gushes. “I loved the simplicity of the stores and the products. It was a surprise to discover such laid-back luxury – it was fashion without being fashionable, and I loved that. I said to myself: ‘These are the people I want to work for’ – so I called them up and that’s how it all began.” It’s been 14 years since the designer joined the company and 20 since the brand was founded by Thierry Gillier – now Bönström’s partner in business and personal life – and, as to be expected, the team is pulling out Zadig & Voltaire S/S17 campaign, photography: Fred Meylan


all the stops to mark the momentous occasion. First and foremost, the label will be showing its A/W17 collection for the first time at New York Fashion Week, which, by the time this issue prints, will have taken place. When I speak with Bönström a few weeks beforehand, the team is working flat out for the big event and it seems she barely has time to catch her breath. She tells me that the show will incorporate the brand’s signature style – military-inspired pieces, chunky knits and a lot of leather – and while it will be a largely female-orientated presentation, there will also be nod to the burgeoning trend for gender-neutral attire. “We really wanted to include five or six male silhouettes, because the Zadig & Voltaire woman has always been about a mix of masculine and feminine,” she explains. “I love choosing details from the male closet and, now we’re heading forward into the next 20 years, Thierry wants that link to be much more visible, so it was very important for me to have men in the show. Some pieces will be worn once on a woman and then once on a man, to show that in the future we want to have a shared wardrobe.” Before the A/W17 collection is unveiled, there’s the small matter of launching the S/S17 line, which this season features a campaign fronted by a couple of familiar faces. “Zadig & Voltaire likes to create unexpected twists. For our 20th anniversary, we needed someone really strong and what I liked about Bella [Hadid] is her youth and beauty, but also her positive mind and focus. “We like to try and capture a girl who has a certain image as stripped-down, and show her in a sleeker, more nonchalant way," she continues. "We took

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“Bella Hadid stars alongside her brother Anwar, French DJ Clara 3000 and Dutch model Vera Van Erp in the S/S17 campaign"


Bella, who is known for being very sophisticated, and made her into a Zadig & Voltaire girl.” The model stars alongside her brother Anwar, French DJ Clara 3000 and Dutch model Vera Van Erp, who each sport the label’s latest line in photographs shot in Zadig & Voltaire’s Parisian headquarters. The collection is another collaborative effort, featuring the intricate detailed illustrations of tattoo artist Virginia Elwood, reinterpreted as prints on dresses and delicate beading woven onto cashmere jumpers. Alongside the main line, a capsule collection of five signature Zadig & Voltaire pieces redesigned by students studying at French art school Penninghen will launch in June, representing a new generation for the brand. A military jacket, a cashmere jumper, a handbag, a leather jacket and a classic white T-shirt will be jazzed up with prints created by students who won a competition hosted by the fashion house. There will be treats to be found outside of the stores, too – this year the brand’s international flagship boutiques will display a different window design each season, created by students at The New School, Parsons Paris to mark the 20th anniversary. It’s been a hectic two decades for Zadig & Voltaire, during which the brand has rocketed from a boutique label with just one store in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, to a global name – the company now has outlets in 24 countries, four of which are within the Royal Borough alone – and Bönström has been around to witness the speedy trajectory for three quarters of its lifetime. “When it started, Zadig & Voltaire was really a pioneer of easy, affordable luxury. At the beginning, Thierry worked by product; he wanted to make the perfect white T-shirt and the perfect cashmere sweater.

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“When it started, Zadig & Voltaire was really a pioneer of easy, affordable luxury” “After I joined, I pushed for more of a silhouette," she goes on. "There’s nothing cooler than wearing a worn T-shirt or loose cashmere sweater and then a strong blazer or coat over your shoulders. I like that juxtaposition.” Now Zadig & Voltaire is a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry and unsurprisingly, Bönström has ambitious plans to grow the brand over the next 20 years – she hints at a potential denim line – with the aim of turning the label into a full-fledged lifestyle brand in the futur akin to Ralph Lauren. For now, the team is focused on preparations for the New York show and marking Zadig & Voltaire’s milestone birthday with as much style as it can muster. While the designer is currently working around the clock, I assume that celebrations will be in full swing once the A/W17 show is done and dusted – but, as it turns out, I couldn’t be further from the truth. “We had a party planned in an apartment in New York's Chelsea district, but I had to cancel it because the next day we are shooting the winter campaign with Bella,” Bönström laughs. “I can’t go out partying with the photographer and the model and then shoot the campaign; I want very smiley models the next day. So instead we shall be celebrating by being asleep in bed.” No doubt it will be a well-deserved rest. 194 King’s Road, SW3,



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With a new collection, a store opening in Hong Kong and online expansions all taking place this year, Annoushka Ducas MBE is still very much ahead of the fine jewellery game, writes Olivia Sharpe

According to The Economist Intelligence Unit, the luxury goods market in Asia, particularly China, is set to grow significantly, accounting for 50 to 60 per cent of luxury revenue within the next few years. This argument stems from the ongoing rise of the global middle classes – increasing to 3.2 billion by 2020, according to Mario Pezzini, the director of the OECD Development Centre (leading experts in analysis of global economic and social development policies) – and the fact that the bulk of this growth is predicted to come from Asia (again, largely China). Good news, then, for the likes of Annoushka Ducas MBE, who has just opened her first store in Asia for her eponymous luxury jewellery label, located in the five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hong Kong. According to Ducas, the Asian market has become a very important one for her business in recent years. “We see a huge amount of Asian clients coming through our various concessions in London, whether it’s

Harrods, Harvey Nichols or our own standalone stores,” she comments. The Hong Store store, which opened at the end of January, is modelled after the existing two boutiques in London (the studio boutique is situated in Chelsea’s Cadogan Gardens, while the flagship is on Mayfair’s South Molton Street), in terms of its elegant Art Decoinspired design – featuring fluted gold ceilings, brasstrimmed mirrors and a glittering crystal chandelier as the centrepiece – and stock, although Ducas may design the odd exclusive piece for her Asian clientele. While she believes there is little difference in her Eastern and Western clients in terms of tastes, Ducas stresses how sizing is an issue as Asian women tend to have smaller hands so she has had to adjust pieces accordingly. With her first jewellery company, Links of London (which she sold in 2006 for roughly £50 million), and her second Annoushka, founded in 2009, Ducas has been a


the fine jewellery industry, having spotted a gap in the market for luxury jewellery that is also wearable and affordable. However, the jeweller’s reasons for launching a store in Asia aren’t purely commercial; Hong Kong holds a special place in the jeweller’s heart as she lived there for three years and it was where she first realised her passion for jewellery design. Her mother had been running a successful fish company and one day rang up her daughter to ask if she had any ideas for gifts she could give to her chefs. It was then that Ducas, who at the time was working for an estate agent but spending weekends in the Philippines, having commissioned a local silversmith to make jewellery for her, had the brainwave of designing cuff links shaped as fish. She then approached Harvey Nichols with the idea of creating a line and the store was immediately hooked, buying the collection under the condition that Ducas would design additional pieces, to which she agreed. However, her mother’s sudden death in 1989 left Ducas juggling businesses, but her then boyfriend (now husband) John Ayton, encouraged her to get a loan from the bank in order to set up her own jewellery company. Links of London launched in 1990 and the rest, as they say, is history. Like Links, Annoushka has been extremely successful, with two stores, 11 concessions and a reported annual turnover of £10m. Does Ducas see more stores on the horizon? “No, I don’t think so,” she answers. “It’s nice to have a stronghold in Asia, but living now in a world of digital it’s no longer necessary to have stores across the globe.” There has been a notable shift in the global jewellery market towards e-commerce as brands are capitalising on the benefits of reaching a larger audience through online sales. A report by McKinsey & Co. predicts that the luxury jewellery market’s online sales will double from six to 12 per cent by 2020 and for 18 per cent of luxury sales will be made online by 2025. Some brands have found it easier than

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others to adapt their business to e-commerce, but Annoushka appears to have made the transition seamlessly, with digital and online sales having grown 50 per cent last year and are projected to hit £1m in the next year. Ducas has always had her fingers firmly on the fashion pulse when it comes to her contemporary jewellery pieces. “I’ve always thought it strange when designers treat jewellery different from clothes,” she says. “Clothes can go with anything, you can wear colours with other colours, there are no strict rules in fashion, and I think jewellery is becoming like that.” By refusing to conform to traditional rules of jewellery design, Ducas broke the mould, mixing metals and creating jewellery pieces to be worn in unconventional ways, thereby setting a new standard in design. This forward-thinking approach can very much be seen in her latest collection of rings, called Crown. As the stacking ring trend sees no sign of waning, the jeweller has evolved this concept, creating five new designs inspired by the shape of a crown, in five different variations – ranging from white gold with white diamonds to rose gold with brown diamonds, and yellow gold with white diamonds. These can be arranged in whatever way the wearer sees fit, whether stacked together or worn separately. For the jeweller, understanding the needs of the modern woman is vital in creating a successful jewellery line. “I’m much more interested in the feeling of the world, and the attitude of people and how they wear things,” she comments. “Things have become more casual, whether it’s because we bang off a quick email or text, as opposed to writing a letter, or picking up the phone. Our lives have changed, and so has the way we behave, and that has filtered down to fashion and jewellery. It’s more about an attitude, a way we approach our lives, rather than a trend.” Crown collection, from £2,500 to £2,900, Annoushka Studio Boutique, 41 Cadogan Gardens, SW3,


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Tiffany & Co. Legendary Style campaign, photography: Hanna Besirevic, images courtesy of: Tiffany & Co.

Rock Star Lady Gaga almost stole the show at this year’s Super Bowl, not simply for her live performance at half-time, but for her appearance in Tiffany & Co.’s latest ad campaign, which aired during the game. Despite having crafted the Vince Lombardi Trophy since 1967, the American jeweller had never before aired an ad during the big game – and in this debut, the pop star discussed her love for the brand. The campaign appears ahead of the much-anticipated release of the company’s new jewellery collection, Tiffany City HardWear, which will be available from late April. Watch this space for further details. Tiffany & Co., 145 Sloane Street, SW1X,

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Pierre Hardy as creative director of Hermès’ fine jewellery division. It is little wonder, then, that the concept of time became Hardy’s main preoccupation when designing the brand’s latest collection. Named HB-IV Continuum, in reference to this being Hermès’ fourth haute bijouterie collection, it comprises three sets based around the themes of time and space – featuring strong, graphic lines, an abundance of colour and the use of gold, diamonds and pearls. He comments: “This year, the fact that I wanted to talk about the idea of the dynamics and movements of time...this pushed me to explore all the different shades of reflected light through the colours of the stones.” Two years in the making, it was well worth the wait. HB-IV Continuum, POA, Hermès,

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Diamonds and Pearls The ability to reinvent oneself and move with the times is the key to success. The founders of jewellery brand Kamushki, Mariam and Dania Sawedeg, recognise the importance of staying relevant in the constantly evolving world of design and have therefore based their latest collection on one of the masters of reinvention, the late music legend Prince. Drawing on the art of transformation, the pair have taken their signature fish motif – a symbol of protection in Libyan culture – and reinterpreted it in a collection of diamond and pearl pieces, modelled by DJ and presenter Zara Martin. This is the first time they have cast freshwater pearls, sourced from Japan, into their designs, and they provide a touch of sophistication to the otherwise edgy and modern range of chokers, rings and earrings set in 18-carat gold. Diamonds and Pearls S/S17 collection, from £360 for rings to £3,500 for earrings and chokers with diamonds, available at Browns

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It’s hard to believe that there was life in fashion before Chanel. The legendary French brand’s latest high jewellery collection, unveiled at Paris Couture Week, pays tribute to its founder, Gabrielle Coco Chanel, and the women who inspired and supported her before her fashion house achieved worldwide fame. It comprises 11 suites featuring lace and ribbon patterns – two guiding elements of Coco Chanel’s style – and signature motifs of the house, including camellias and birds. Morganite, pearls, moonstones and Padparadscha sapphires, blended with diamonds, all make an appearance. The Jeanne brooch (pictured) comprises pink sapphires, grey spinels and white diamonds. Coco Avant Chanel, from £1,825 for rings,


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What can January’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH, one of the watch world’s two major trade shows, tell us about the changing landscape of luxury?

Laureato 42mm, £7,400, Girard-Perregaux

BY Richard Brown

Watch Land is in a state of flux; after many of the

Master Control Date, £4,800, Jaeger-LeCoultre

industry’s power players derided the smartwatch, TAG Heuer has announced it shifted 50,000 of its Connected watches last year, helping increase revenue by 10 per cent. Elsewhere, Audemars Piguet announced turnover of almost £720 million in 2016; while Richard Mille has just unveiled another watch that reaches the million-pound mark. And yet, overall, for the past 18 months Swiss watch exports have been in steady decline, with brands forced to buy back £1 billion of unsold stock in the first 10 months of last year. So, what can we glean from the wares of the 30 brands that exhibited at the first major watch show of the year? For some, it was all about consolidation, for others, it was a case of: “Crisis? What crisis?”.

A Return to Reality In 2015, Switzerland unpegged its currency from a fixed exchange rate with the euro. The Swiss franc soared. Coupled with a downturn in China, as well as across much of Europe (the UK excluded), it meant that annual exports were down 9.9 per cent in 2016. The decline is greater still in the fine watch sector, where timepieces have an export price of CHF 6,000 (£4,800) or above. Faced with slumping sales and inventory-heavy markets, manufacturers are sticking to the tried and tested;

Tonda 1950, £7,950, Parmigiani Fleurier

they’re playing it safe and making more of what they know they can sell. This means line extensions of entry-level pieces and lots and lots of (cheaper) steel. Last year, to celebrate its 225th anniversary, GirardPerregaux reintroduced the Laureato in a limited-edition run. Debuting in 1975, the original Laureato arrived in the decade of the steel sports watch, landing three years after Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak and one year before Patek Philippe’s Nautilus. This year, the Laureato becomes a permanent collection, delivered in four sizes: 34mm, 38mm, 42mm and 45mm. In the flesh, the blue-dial versions are most beguiling. Jaeger-LeCoultre has announced its new, most accessible model: the Master Control Date features an in-house automatic movement, a date display and a solid gold winding rotor visible through a sapphire crystal case back. High spec for a watch that costs £4,800. Parmigiani Fleurier also lowered its entry-level price point, by presenting the first ever steel version of the ultra-thin Tonda 1950. It’s now possible to become a Parmigiani punter for £7,950. Elsewhere, Montblanc’s TimeWalker Date Automatic includes a unidirectional black ceramic bezel, sapphire crystal and a smart and sporty perforated black rubber strap. The watch is water resistant to 100m, is subjected to 500 hours of tests during production and beats with an in-house movement. It punches above its weight at £2,565.,,,


Panerai’s Carbon Potential Today, innovation in watches is as much about materials as it is movements. In the battle to improve the resilience and accuracy of their timepieces, brands have moved away from traditional watchmaking materials – gold, silver and various non-precious metals – and are inventing spaceage composites of carbon, ceramic and silicon. Cartier, Ulysse Nardin, Jaeger LeCoultre, and even that paragon of traditionalism, Patek Philippe, have all embraced the antimagnetic qualities of silicon. No watchmaker, though, has harnessed the potential of carbon quite like Panerai. Stealing the spotlight at this year’s show, the brand announced that it has created a calibre comprised of “lowmaintenance self-lubricating and dry-lubricating materials”. Both the silicon escapement and two mainspring barrels of the Calibre P.3001/C have been finished with a layer of diamond-like carbon (DLC), while its bridges and plates are made from a low-friction tantalumbased ceramic. As a result, the movement requires only four jewels, or bearings – alleviating the need for oils, and overcoming one the greatest hurdles of accurate timekeeping. Panerai has housed the movement in the brand new LAB-ID, a watch the brand is offering with a previously unheard of 50-year guarantee. On the exterior, the carbon treatment continues. The LAB-ID also features a case milled from ‘Carbotech’, a carbon-fibre weave conceived by Panerai in 2015, and a dial consisting of carbon nanotubes, which, by reflecting almost no light, makes for a face that’s impossibly black. Fifty pieces will be produced, each priced at €50,000 (approx. £42,500).

1858 Automatic, £2,900, Montblanc

PAM 671, £11,600, Panerai

Bronze Age Thanks to the launch of Tudor’s Heritage Black Bay Bronze, Oris’s Limited Edition Carl Brashear and U-Boat’s Chimera Net, bronze emerged as a bona fide watch trend last year. The theme continued at SIHH. ‘Paneristi’ will reference the green-dialled PAM 382 of 2011 as the precursor to the modern ‘bronze age’. In 2016, the brand follows up with the Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo, or PAM 671 (£11,600). The 47mm timepiece features luminous hour markers and a stately blue dial that looks razor-sharp against its bronze case. In 1998, Montblanc owner Richemont acquired Minerva, a movement maker with a stored past in precision instruments. Minerva now operates as part of Montblanc, a partnership that’s been celebrated in the 1858 collection. Named after the year in which Minerva was founded, the range comprises three new bronze timepieces, each a reinterpretation of a 1930s Minerva chronograph. Of the three, the entry-level, time-only 1858 Automatic (£2,900) is the most attractive on the wrist. Its clean, black face is complemented by beige hands and Arabic numerals, identical to the original models. Bronze is used on the bezel and crown. A cognac-colour aged calf-leather strap, and a case engraved with the Minerva manufacture add to the historic aesthetic.,

LAB-ID, approx. £42,500, Panerai

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Panthère collection, from £3,200, Cartier

Royal Oak Frosted Gold, from a sellection, Audemars Piguet Da Vinci Automatic, £31,500, IWC Altiplano 34 mm, £44,600, Piaget

Women’s Watches Looking back on 18 months of slumping sales and forward towards a luxury landscape that appears about as smooth as the Swiss Alps, watch industry execs have been brainstorming ways of creating new revenue streams. The buzzword on their whiteboards ringed with the largest circle and followed by the most exclamation marks is ‘women’. Ladies’ watches got a lot of airtime at SIHH this year, with presentations of some of the biggest brands anchored around their new, or updated, women’s collections. IWC announced the return of its Da Vinci line, presenting five new models, two of which are specifically for women. Restored with round, rather than barrelshaped, cases (the Da Vinci range has always been one of IWC’s more under-loved lines, and round watches are far easier to sell), the Da Vinci Automatic 36 is offered in four variations, while the Da Vinci Automatic Moon

Phase 36 comes in three. There was also a pared-back Automatic, which, at 40mm, can be classed as unisex. Cartier, the biggest brand at SIHH by revenue, reintroduced the Panthère, a decadent, square-faced family born in the 1980s. Marketed as a piece of ‘jewellery first, timepiece second’, the extensive quartz range arrives in two sizes, 22mm or 27mm, and a total of 17 styles. Choose between white, yellow or pink gold, as well as steel and a steel-gold hybrid, with or without diamonds. The Panthère de Cartier collection will be available from June. Within Piaget’s new Altiplano collection is the supremely elegant 34mm 60th Anniversary model. It is only available with a pink dial and strap, and houses a manually-wound movement that’s just 2.1mm thick. There’s also the Altiplano 34mm, which is delivered with two dial options: turquoise or opal. The former features an 18-karat white gold case; the opal alternative sits within a pink gold case. Both are set with 72 brilliantcut diamonds. Audemars Piguet is another manufacture taking women’s watches seriously. Its Royal Oak ladies’ line celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and has been updated with the use of frosted gold – where gold is hammered by a diamond-tipped tool to create tiny indentations that sparkle. The dazzling, diamondfree timepieces come in either 18-karat pink gold or 18-karat white gold, in either 37mm or 33mm cases.;;;

Royal Oak Frosted White Gold 37mm, from a selection, Audemars Piguet


Elsewhere at SIHH… Drive ‘Extra-Flat’, from £6,300, Cartier Building on the hugely successful launch of the Drive last year, Cartier has borrowed a base-calibre from Piaget to deliver a slimmed-down version of the handsome dress watch. One of the few criticisms that could be levelled at the original timepiece was that it felt a little cumbersome under a shirt sleeve – an issue that’s resolved in the 6.6mm-deep Drive de Cartier ‘Extra-Flat’.

Roger Dubuis X Pirelli Roger Dubuis has partnered with Pirelli to produce two limited-edition timepieces, each featuring rubber inlays from winning Pirelli tyres. The 88-piece Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton (£61,500) comes with an invitation to a range of local Pirelli events, whereas owners of the eight-piece Excalibur Spider Pirelli Double Flying Tourbillon (£278,000) get access to a twoday VIP motorsport programme organised by the tyre manufacturer.

Grande Sonnerie, £1.1m, Greubel Forsey

Grande Sonnerie, £1.1m, Greubel Forsey Even by Greubel Forsey’s own bar-setting standards, the Grande Sonnerie it launched this year represents a new level of watchmaking. As both a grande sonnerie and a minute repeater, the watch will chime the hours, quarter-hours and minutes of the day, a technical feat that only a handful of industry heavyweights can achieve. What makes Greubel Forsey’s creation even more spectacular is the inclusion of a tourbillon in a case that measures just 16.13mm in height.

Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour le Mérite’, £410,000, A. Lange & Söhne RM 50-03 McLaren F1, £996,500, Richard Mille

Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour le Mérite’, approx £410,000, A. Lange & Söhne

Astronomical Grand Complication 3600, POA, Vacheron Constantin In 2015, Vacheron Constantin presented the most complex watch ever made. The Reference 57260 boasted 57 complications. It was also 131.7mm high and 50.55mm thick, meaning that for anyone other than Flavor Flav, it hardly constituted a piece of wearable tech. Far more practical is the one-of-a-kind Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600. It clocks up 23 (mainly astronomical) complications thanks to a calibre containing 514 components and six spring barrels. Remarkably, all of this is packaged within a wristfriendly 45mm case.

RM 50-03 McLaren F1, £996,500, Richard Mille

Walter Lange, resurrected his family’s business after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Sadly, the father of modernday A. Lange & Söhne passed away aged 92 during this year’s show. Fittingly, for a man of such ambition, Lange’s passing coincided with the launch of the Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour le Mérite’, a watch that unites five grand complications within a platinum case: a fusée-and-chain regulating transmission, perpetual calendar, chronograph, split seconds function and tourbillon. Fifty pieces will be produced. Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat, from £6,300, Cartier

Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton, £61,500, Roger Dubuis

Weighing less than 40 grams, strap included, Richard Mille’s RM 50-03 is the lightest mechanical chronograph ever created, thanks to a new material that earned its creator the Nobel Prize in physics. Richard Mille took graphene, a substance first isolated in 2004 at the UK’s University of Manchester, and introduced a carbon composite to create Graph TPT, a material that’s six times lighter than steel, and 200 times as strong. Each of the 75 pieces produced will come with a 1:5 scale model of the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 car.

Astronomical Grand Complication 3600, POA, Vacheron Constantin

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It’s never too late...



House of Hockney A swimming pool on a sunny day often inspires us to practise a few lengths but, for David Hockney, the lidos of Los Angeles motivated a rather different set of strokes. During the 1960s, the English artist painted a series of swimming pool portraits, which went on to become some of his most recognisable works. Now, the Tate Britain is celebrating his career with an exhibition charting his trajectory from defiant art student to virtuoso. The display will showcase Hockney’s expansive colourful repertoire of portraiture, illustrations and photography. Until 29 May, £17.50, Tate Britain, SW1P, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972, acrylic on canvas, 84 x 120”, ©David Hockney Photography: Art Gallery of New South Wales/Jenni Carter, image courtesy of: Tate Britain

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Illustration: Mai Osawa


Clockwise from main image: In Guerra Per Amore (2016); I Was a Dreamer (2016); both courtesy of: Ciné Lumière

Night at the Movies Be transported to Italy as the seventh Cinema Made in Italy festival returns to Ciné Lumière this March. The five-day event will showcase a new line-up of Italian cinema, opening with Michele Placido’s 7 Minutes (selected for the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival and the 2016 Rome International Film Festival). Q&A sessions with the films’ producers will also be running throughout the week. 1-5 March, from £10, Ciné Lumière, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7,

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Left to right: John Latham, Untitled, No. 2 of 11,1992; John Latham, Forcefield, 1967; both ©The John Latham Estate, images courtesy of: Lisson Gallery, photography: Ken Adlard

Forgotten Moscow

Original Concept The work of John Latham, a pioneer of British conceptual art, is being celebrated this March at the Serpentine Gallery. A hugely influential figure in a number of artistic fields – including sculpture, painting, film, land art and engineering – Latham’s fascinating work has been an inspiration to several generations of artists. A World View: John Latham will explore some of the creator’s most significant work, such as his famous spray and roller paintings. 2 March – 21 May, Serpentine Gallery, W2,

Discover Moscow in the 1920s with a dive into the minds of some of Russia’s most renowned architects at the Design Museum’s latest exhibition. Celebrating 100 years since the Russian Revolution, Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution will showcase architectural plans for six unfinished landmark buildings in Moscow, exploring how each designer reflected the city’s post-revolutionary society. Among the case studies is Boris Iofan’s winning entry for the never completed 1932 Palace of the Soviets project, which was intended to be the tallest building in the world ahead of New York’s Empire State Building. 15 March – 4 June, £10, The Design Museum, Kensington High Street, W8,

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Material World

The Art of Play Coinciding with the return of Lord Leighton’s great masterpiece Flaming June, the Leighton House Museum is hosting a live play about the artist and his life. Entitled The Muse, the play reimagines scenes between Leighton and his confidante Dorothy Dene (who is also the suspected subject of the famous painting) as they would have happened in real time – offering an interesting combination of history, theatre and fine art. 22-30 March, £27, 12 Holland Park Road, W14,

Designers from around the world will congregate at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour this March for the annual London Design Week. This year’s event includes workshops, demonstrations and talks centred on the science behind design, with a focus on the techniques, materials and craftsmen that have shaped the new season. Connect with some of the most experienced creatives in the industry while exploring themes of geology, chemistry, zoology and more. 15-17 March, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, SW10,

Back in Town Catch one of Britain’s favourite comedians, Russell Howard, as he returns to the Royal Albert Hall as part of his biggest tour to date. Following on from four sold out shows back in 2014, Howard returns to Kensington as part of Russell Howard: Round the World for his first set of live shows in three years. With 10 consecutive dates available at the Hall, there’s no excuse to miss out. 1-10 March, from £30.55, Royal Albert Hall, SW7,

Photography: Jemma Allett

In the Frame This March, a new exhibition at The Tabernacle will feature work by Notting Hill-based artist Sheila O’Sullivan, who cites Henri Matisse and Georgia O’Keeffe among her influences. Vibrant oil paintings and illustrations reflect the 95-year-old painter’s

whirlwind of a life, which has involved dancing in the West End and entertaining troops during World War II. Each of her creations is inspired by her experiences and travels around the world. 15-19 March, The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, W11,

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Bada Bing One of the highlights on the art world’s calendar, the BADA antiques fair returns to Chelsea this March celebrating its 25th anniversary. Jack Watkins offers a sneak preview of what we can expect to find this year Held just off the King’s Road, on the Duke of York Square, the prestigious BADA spring fair was first established by the British Antique Dealers’ Association in 1993. Since then, it has become an international event, admired for the elegant design and spacious layout of its pavilion, and of course, its showcase of exceptional precious objects. Founded in 1918, BADA is the leading trade association for the fine arts, design and antiques community, and the emphasis has consistently been on quality. Every item on display is vetted for its authenticity by the association and, with this year marking the event’s 25th anniversary, 90 specialist exhibitors from across the country can expect to attract the usual enthusiastic mixture of collectors, curators, art professionals, interior designers and general visitors. Among those with stands representing the contemporary and 20th-century scenes, John Adams Fine Art will be exhibiting paintings and sculptures by 21st-century French artists, including André Masson’s oil painting from 1968, Le Miele et Le Lait. This piece by the surrealist artist, whose wartime sojourn in the US had a major influence on the country’s abstract expressionist movement, reflects Masson’s interest in Greek mythology. Meanwhile, Alan Wheatley Art is presenting works by modern British abstract painters, such as John Hoyland, Alan Davie and William Gear, as well as London Group artist Ivon Hitchens. On the contemporary design front, first-time exhibitor Peter Petrou’s stand will feature the sinuously handcrafted furniture creations of Joseph Walsh. Based in Cork, Walsh’s imagination is ignited by the wild coastal landscapes that surround his studio. Petrou has also commissioned him to create a site-specific sculpture, Lilium I, which will be displayed in the fair’s entrance.

This page, from top: Rialto Bridge, Venice, c.1827, Samuel Prout, courtesy of: BADA 2017, ©John Spink; Red’s Finest Flutter, 1959, Alan Davie, oil-on-paper laid on board, courtesy of: Alan Wheatley Art; A powder blue-glazed baluster jar and cover, Kangxi period, c.1690, porcelain, ©James McWhirter Antiques Ltd; Tudor Parcel-gilt, polychrome-decorated and carved oak panel, c.1520–45, courtesy of: BADA 2017, ©Thomas Coulborn & Sons; Big Raven’s Whale, 2017, Georgina Warne, courtesy of: Jonathan Cooper, ©Georgina Warne

Scarcely less striking, and reflecting Petrou’s eclectic interests, which combine the antique, the modern and the contemporary, are a pair of Tamil Nadu ear ornaments, made in southern India around 1900, representing the harmonious workings of the terrestrial, astral and divine worlds of Hinduism. Another contemporary exhibitor to look out for is Jonathan Cooper, whose stand will feature an exhibition of new sculptures by ceramicist and printmaker Georgina Warne. Warne cites the poetry of Ted Hughes and the nature writings of Richard Mabey and Robert Macfarlane as major sources of inspiration in her output. More of a fair regular, Beaux Arts London will feature the distinguished sculptures of the late


This page, from top: Pair of ear ornaments, Tamil Nadu, India, c.1900, 22-carat sheet gold, courtesy of: BADA 2017; Japanese bronze Samurai archer, Yoshimitsu Meiji period, courtesy of: BADA 2017, ©Laura Bordignon; Running Hare, 2017, Georgina Warne, courtesy of: Jonathan Cooper, ©Georgina Warne; George II japanned quarterstriking moonphase longcase clock, c.1735, courtesy of: BADA 2017, ©Howard Walwyn Ltd; George I period Scarlet japanned bureau cabinet. courtesy of: BADA 2017, ©Godson & Coles

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Elisabeth Frink, whose work graces such notable buildings as Liverpool Cathedral, Ragley Hall and Chatsworth House. Among the jewellery specialists, Matthew Foster, another first-time exhibitor, will be featuring items from the 1920s to the 1960s; the styles of the pieces will include Art Deco, Retro and Art Moderne. Elsewhere, Mayfair antique jewellery specialist Sandra Cronan will exhibit a themed display of costume jewellery in the shape of insects, with a particular focus on butterflies. Antique furniture is also well represented at BADA. The long established Thomas Coulborn & Sons will be bringing a Tudor parcel-gilt, polychrome-decorated carved oak panel, while Rolleston will exhibit a very rare, newly restored English japanned cabinet from the early 18th century. Only three examples of this type of cabinet are known to exist, one of which is in the V&A collection. Perhaps the most impressive exhibit of all, and apparently the heaviest object ever shown at the fair, will be a neoclassical bench, courtesy of new exhibitor Alexander di Caraci. The bench is made from solid travertine, the material used in the building of many of Rome’s most famous buildings and monuments. Fittingly, it was formerly located in one of the classical villas that lined the city’s Appian Way. Caraci will be making a joint presentation with James McWhirter, with another highlight being a George III elliptical mirror, attributed to furniture designers Mayhew and Ince, who were rivals of Thomas Chippendale. As ever, there will plenty of Old Masters paintings on view, and perhaps one the most curious stories relates to the themed presentation on English country house paintings by another first-timer, The Parker Gallery. It involves an oil by George Stubbs which recently appeared at a Christie’s New York sale wrongly described as “after Stubbs”. It had been deaccessioned from The Huntington Library Art Collection in California, and after The Parker Gallery uncovered its true provenance, Fake or Fortune?’s Bendor Grosvenor called it “one of the biggest deaccessioning blunders of modern times”. A further feature of this year’s fair will be a loan exhibition of the English master watercolourist Samuel Prout (1783-1852). His shimmering, meticulously detailed depictions of European cityscapes were so admired that he was given the title ‘Painter in Water-Colours in Ordinary’ by George IV, later holding a similar position under Queen Victoria. A Grand Tour in Watercolour will bring together 20 of Prout’s finest works, including his majestic large-scale Venetian landscapes. Another of Prout’s later admirers was John Ruskin, who once remarked, “Sometimes I tire of Turner, but never of Prout.” As it celebrates its silver anniversary this year, I, for one, never seem to tire of BADA. BADA Fair, Duke of York Square, SW3, 15-21 March, 020 7589 6108,



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Images courtesy of: the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

Art Therapy Bringing together more than 110 galleries, the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea offers something to tempt all those interested in art and interior design. Held over three days and celebrating its 18th year this March, the fair shows an eclectic mix of intriguing pieces. Find beautifully made paintings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, drawings and decorative art. And don’t also miss seeing two delightful oil paintings: Euphoria, by Peter Wileman (£4,950, presented by the Lime Street Gallery), and Receding Tide by artist David Taylor (£3,000, Will’s Art Warehouse). Alongside the event, a programme of interactive workshops and specialist talks will explore the psychological, uplifting effects of art and how to incorporate hygge – last year’s hottest interior design trend – into your home. Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, 9-12 March, Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, SW11. A charity preview will take place on Wednesday 8 March,

Clockwise from top left: Day Drifts, Kevin Mcaleenan, Sol Art; Fountain, Alison Bell, Will’s Art Warehouse; Owl, Zara Merrick, Will’s Art Warehouse; Queen, Dan Hillier, ArtDog London; Peep Show II, Kevin Hendley, Cameron Contemporary Art; Bath White, Amy Judd, Hicks Gallery

Luminous Landscapes

Images courtesy of: Piano Nobile

At the family-run Piano Nobile gallery in Holland Park, a solo exhibition of powerful canvases by post-war British artist Peter Coker, who painted everyday subjects in a gritty, unsentimental manner, will take place this month. At the Royal College of Art, his contemporaries were John Bratby and Derrick Greaves. “Inspired by the Whitechapel Gallery’s influential 1956 exhibition of French artist Nicolas de Staël, Coker painted landscapes Bargemon 2, 1978 en plein air, in Britain, Italy and France, exhibiting a free and expansive style using thick impasto paint to capture the power of natural forces,” comments Matthew Travers, the gallery’s director. 22 March to 29 April, Piano Nobile, 129 Portland Road, W11

Forêt de Landévennec, 1986

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Manuel Franquelo

For several years Spanish painter Manuel Franquelo’s fascination with seeing the extraordinary in everyday objects has been the main focus of his work. From 25 March, the Michael Hoppen gallery will present an exhibition of his photorealist pieces, including Things in a Room: An Ethnography of the Insignificant – a series of 11 large-scale works exploring time, memory and the subconscious, which drew crowds when they were recently shown in New York and Madrid. Franquelo comments, “The interpretation of the world through the insignificant and the everyday has always been a recurring theme in my practice.” Franquelo’s latest photographs have been printed onto the surface of aluminium panels, which were coated with gesso using a special digital printer developed by the artist. They feature still-life arrangements of pills, eyelashes, marbles and other detritus of day-to-day living assembled on shelves, tables and radiators. Characterised by an obsession for detail and texture, his work raises important questions about the temporality of throwaway consumer culture. Solo show of Manuel Franquelo, 7 March – 12 April, Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, SW3, 0207 352 3659,

Images courtesy of: the Michael Hoppen Gallery

Beauty and the Beasts

In the valley II [Yn y dyffryn II], Eleri Mills, gesso, paint, applique & thread on fabric; image courtesy of: Thackeray Gallery

Celtic Magic From 14 March, Thackeray Gallery will host a solo show of paintings by renowned Welsh artist Eleri Mills, who comes from a farming background. ”Whether it is her stitched or drawn line, Mills manages to capture a lyricism in colour and shape that does not tire. Almost dream-like and yet inspired by reality,” says gallery director Sarah Macdonald-Brown. Inspired by her native Wales, Mills’s multi-layered work transports the viewer into a mythic, timeless landscape. As an ambassador of Welsh art in America, she has established a worldwide reputation as one of Wales’ leading contemporary artists. Her work is held in collections worldwide. Don’t miss seeing it. Borderland, 14-31 March, Thackeray Gallery, 18 Thackeray Street, Kensington Square, W8, 0207 937 5883,

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In 1905 a group of young artists, led by Henri Matisse, André Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck, caused quite a stir at the Salon d’Automne (the annual art exhibition held in Paris since 1903) with their radical coloured works. They became known as les Fauves or ‘the wild beasts’. “What I could have done in real life only by throwing a bomb which would have led to the scaffold, I tried to achieve in painting by using colour of maximum purity. In this way I satisfied my urge to destroy old conventions, to disobey in order to recreate a tangible, living, and liberated world,” exclaimed de Vlaminck. Astrid Carbonez, Christie’s specialist in impressionist and modern art, comments, “By applying large strokes of paint straight from the tube and liberating colour from reference solely to the object, les Fauves generated a new level of expression, beyond the softness of palette seen in impressionism.” Viewing dates for the pre-sale exhibition, 25 February – 2 March 2017 at Christie’s, 85 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, free entry. Impressionist and Modern Art Sale, 3 March, From top: Les huîtres de Belon, Henri Manguin (1874-1949), signed `Manguin’ (lower left), oil on canvas, painted in 1945, estimate: £15,000-20,000; Louis Valtat (1869-1952), Pivoines, cruche beige fond rouge, signed ‘L. Valtat’ (lower right), oil on canvas, painted in 1918, estimate: £14,000 - 20,000. Images courtesy of: Christie’s Images Ltd, 2016




From top: Oh Bruce, Rich Simmons; Marilyn Portrait, Russell Young; images courtesy of: Box Galleries

Art Attack

Modern Icons As part of its ongoing aim to pioneer contemporary artists from around the world, this month sees Box Galleries present Icons and Superheroes, a modern take on cultural icons. Four artists – Rich Simmons, Paul Mellia, Richard Zarzi and Russell Young – will unveil works inspired by their favourite fictional and non-fictional characters. Highlights include Simmons’s playful paintings of Batman and Superman kissing, and Superman flirting with Wonder Woman – both of which show his clever fusion of Pop Art, street art and comic books. Also featured will be Young’s pictures of Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe, two of the 20th century’s most recognisable Hollywood stars. Collectors of Paul Mellia’s spray paint series include Mariah Carey, Jonathan Ross and HM The Queen, the latter of whom owns a Thomas the Tank Engine original worth £150,000. Icons and Superheroes, 9-30 March, Box Galleries, 402 King’s Road, SW10,

From 8 March, Wilson, Stephens & Jones will present a solo exhibition of Ben McLaughlin’s intricately coloured new collages. The London-based artist is recognised primarily for his figurative paintings, but his pieces often start off in the form of abstract drawings and collages before being transformed into other works. “Over the past couple of years, he has been using his large collection of paper ephemera, including advertisements, cardboard, newspaper cuttings, to make a series of collages. With a nod to early 20th-century artists such as Ben Nicholson, these seemingly simple works have an intensely satisfying purity and balance,” comments Rita Jones, the gallery’s director. Ben McLaughlin Collage II, 8 -25 March, at Wilson, Stephens & Jones, 71 Westbourne Park Road, W2, Images courtesy of: Wilson, Stephens & Jones

Best of British Coinciding with the BADA fair just down the road, the annual Chelsea Antiques Fair returns this year to the King’s Road and visitors can once again expect to find an exquisite selection of furniture, both antique and 20th-century, along with jewellery, silver, ceramics and even fossils. As the fair’s organiser, Caroline Penman, comments, “It’s time to celebrate our London heritage and emphasise the part this great city has played in contributing to the art and culture of our country. Our exhibitors will be showing a number of London-made pieces, and silver, paintings, sculpture and posters will feature strongly.” Highlights include 1930s London Underground posters by Harry Beck, presented by exhibitor Barclay Samson, while Mary Wise will offer a stunning Chamberlains Worcester porcelain basket, circa 1830, which will no doubt delight interior designers. Visit and feel inspired. Chelsea Antiques Fair, 15-19 March, Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, admission: £5, including catalogue and re-entry; Wednesday, 12-8pm, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11am6pm; Sunday 11am-5pm Image courtesy of: Penman Fairs, Chelsea Antiques Fair


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Milano: Galleria V. Emanuele


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Fashion’s favourite photographer Erik Madigan Heck has caught the attention of Mary Katrantzou and Comme des Garçons with his chromatic snaps. Ahead of the publication of his new book, Old Future, he speaks to Ellen Millard about his secret passion for black-and-white imagery and working with Adele

This page: Mary Katrantzou S/S17 campaign

There was a moment during the Noughties when neon hues became the crème de la crème in amateur photography. Preceding more advanced filter apps, the trend for high saturation and Apple’s thermal camera effect on Photobooth filled the internet, plaguing social media profiles and desktop backgrounds in cosmic proportions. Meanwhile, Erik Madigan Heck, who defiantly shot only black-and-white images for seven years, began building a portfolio of his own rainbow snaps – and there wasn’t a bad Photoshop job in sight. Fast forward to 2017 and the shutterbug has outlived the OTT shades that once threatened the future of colour photography, instead building a mini empire of equally dramatic, but decidedly more tasteful, images that have captured the attention of media giants and fashion principals alike. Now, Madigan Heck is launching his fourth book, Old Future, a compendium of his photographs whittled down to just 100 highlights of his career, showcasing the best of his work and his influences in the art, fashion and photography worlds. “It’s a brief survey of the past decade of my work. My friend and I painstakingly placed all of my photographs on the floor as little prints, and over two weeks we narrowed these down from almost 1,000 pictures to 100,” he tells

me. “My favourite is the first picture in the book of a woman in a blue hat that I made for Rodarte. It was the first colour photograph of mine that I fell in love with.” Vibrant snaps from fashion campaigns for Mary Katrantzou – whom he describes as “a sculptor of colour” – Dries Van Noten and Giambattista Valli are featured in the tome, alongside essays by Susan Bright, the former assistant curator at the National Portrait Gallery, and editorin-chief of Harper’s Bazaar UK Justine Picardie – for whom he recently photographed a mammoth campaign marking the publication’s 150th anniversary. When I ask which of his contemporaries he admires, I am surprised to hear that he has a particular fondness for Henry Callahan, an American photographer who notoriously favoured a monochromatic filter. “He is the most underrated photographer in the history of the industry,” he enthuses. “His images are immediately iconic and complex, but subtle and simple compositionally. He took pictures at home of his wife that are, in my opinion, some of the most beautiful pictures ever made.” Madigan Heck tells me that he requires a sense of calm during his photo shoots, playing classical music and using natural light to “try to keep it as mellow as possible”. It’s a method that clearly works as he’s mastered the art of getting the best out of his subjects – his portfolio a testament to his talent. When he’s not snapping models dressed in the latest haute couture, his subjects range from celebrities to political powerhouses, including former US vice president Joe Biden for The New York Times, Adele for TIME (“She’s absolutely wonderful”) and Dakota Fanning for The Guardian. But as a viewer, I would have to argue that his skill truly comes to the fore when fashion is his focus. His ability to manipulate colour and print to produce a graphic image – that in some cases can look more like a work of art – is at its best when working with an equally visual subject, and it’s little wonder that the brands listed on his CV – Etro, Alexander McQueen, Erdem and Valentino, to name a few – are ones that are similarly daring in their work. As long as fashion continues to thrive, so will Madigan Heck, and I for one can’t wait to see what he’ll do next. Available from 3 March, £28,


Clockwise from top left: Florals, 2012, Mary Katrantzou; Without a Face, 2013, New York Magazine; Surreal Planes, 2011, Mary Katrantzou; Š2017 Erik Madigan Heck

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MADE IN ITALY The beautiful town of Taormina, Sicily, was the setting for Salvatore Ferragamo’s S/S17 campaign, providing a dreamy yet dramatic Mediterranean setting for the collection. Named Among Friends, the campaign, shot by Peter Lindbergh, stars models Lily Aldridge (pictured), Andrés Velencoso and McKenna Hellam, all of whom sport the label’s latest line of vibrant clothing and accessories. Contemporary silhouettes in eye-popping colours of red, cerulean blue and yellow stand out against the rugged Sicilian landscape, tying a fresh look into the spirit of traditional Italian heritage. From a selection, 207 Sloane Street, SW1X,

Photography: Peter Lindbergh

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Putting the fun back into fashion, up-and-coming shoe designer Camilla Elphick is standing out from the crowd with her whimsical designs. She tells Alicia Osborne-Crone about her S/S17 collection, collaborating with Smiley and living in Chelsea Everybody loves a statement shoe, but for Camilla Elphick, bright colour and some jazzy embellishment just doesn’t cut the mustard. Pez dispensers, banana motifs and jewelled beetles are just a few of the eccentric designs that adorn Elphick’s fancy footwear – so it’s little wonder that, just a few years after she launched her eponymous label, she’s already putting her stamp on the fashion industry. Handmade in Milan, the designer’s shoes are the perfect mix of luxury, femininity and fun. After her graduate shoe collection, So Bad It’s Good, gained widespread attention among fashion editors – largely thanks to her now ongoing partnership with Pez, which has allowed Elphick to transform the confectioner’s trademark dispenser into a statement heel – she set up her brand just in time for S/S15 and has been climbing the ladder to footwear fame ever since. Her latest collection, Digital Dreamland, is sure to make you smile. Featuring shiny patent leather and metallic designs, the line of sandals, boots and pumps continues to promote Elphick’s favoured kitsch theme with flying dolphins and palm tree motifs, as well as a capsule range created in collaboration with Smiley. Here, the Chelsea resident discusses the inspiration behind the collection, travel attire and her favourite local hotspots.

When I was younger, I used to love going window shopping every Saturday. It was my favourite thing to do. I also liked to collect accessories, so fashion has always been my thing. The fashion houses I loved most growing up were Gucci, Miu Miu and Prada – girly, yet luxurious. While I was studying at Parsons School of Design in New York, I was still trying to decide into which area of design I wanted to go. I kept coming back to the idea of creating shoes or bags. I visited Cordwainers at the London College of Fashion and had a discussion with someone who studied footwear design. After that, I knew immediately I wanted to make shoes. I enrolled on the course and did a lot of internships on the side, working at Charlotte Olympia, Sophia Webster and Nicholas Kirkwood, which only made me all the more certain that this was my industry. I think shoes are the one thing that really helps put together a simple outfit and smarten up your look. People love to have that one item that you really treasure – something different from anything else. My graduate collection from the London College of Fashion, So Bad It’s Good, included a pair of shoes with a Pez dispenser on the heel; they received a lot of attention. People were photographing them and wanted to buy them, so that spurred me


Campaign images: Nicholas Kay; Camilla Elphick at-home imagery: Kate Forster

on to find somewhere to produce them. What’s nice is that, because we now make so many different variations, you can choose a pair to suit your own personal style. For example, a French girl I work with has the poodle pair, which are very cute. My S/S17 collection is a really fun one. I wanted to conjure up this world in which you could immerse yourself. The inspiration was Vaporwave, a digital music and art movement that happened online around 2010. I found it worked really well with our theme – things that bring you back a bit, like MSN Messenger. The range is very colourful and playful; there are flying dolphins, palm trees and Roman busts. We also did a collaboration with Smiley. My favourites are the gold boots with Smiley faces on the back. The idea is that when you look down at your feet, they’ll make you smile. We’re always thrilled to see people wearing our shoes. It’s very rewarding; even if it’s just someone walking down the street, you get the same feeling as when it’s a celebrity. Alexa Chung has been a great supporter and our boots have been a real success after people saw her wearing them. I’ve always thought that what really sets our brand apart is that, even though it has whimsical elements, it’s very feminine and refined, too. My number-one thing is for shoes to flatter the foot as much as possible and that they’re comfortable. Our whole team is made up of women, so we can try on the shoes and really understand what our female customer wants and will wear daily. It’s interesting going abroad, because you’re able to see what people are wearing in different cities and countries. Travelling has definitely influenced my designs and a lot of our stock is in Paris, Italy and the US. I go to Paris every season, and visit the factory in Milan monthly or every other month, depending on where we are at with the collection. I visit New York a lot, as I used to live there

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and it’s always nice to catch up with friends. I’d like to go somewhere completely different too, like Cuba or Tokyo. I generally wear our sneakers on the plane - there is so much walking in airports; you don’t realise how far away everything is! I pair them with wide-leg trousers, a black polo neck, and then my pink coat that I’m absolutely in love with, which is more like a dressing gown. Then I have my Sophie Hulme bag, which fits everything in it. I’d choose flats over heels – I like being able to walk around. I love a high heel on evenings out as I’m quite short, but on the whole, flats are my favourites, or even something in between a flat and a heel. Today I’m wearing a pair of our mid heels with a buckle and they’re so comfy. My perfect Sunday would probably be spending the whole day in bed. On Saturdays, I do most of my work errands and go to the gym. I usually take a class there, and then go out for lunch somewhere with my boyfriend, with a dog walk afterwards.

“I think shoes are the one thing that really helps put together a simple outfit and smarten up your look” When it comes to dining out, I really like the Gladwin Brothers. I’ve been going to their restaurants, Rabbit and The Shed, quite a lot recently. It’s not your typical meal and there’s always something a bit unusual on the menus, so I like taking friends there. I also like the fact that everything is produced on their farm – they even have this delicious sparkling wine made from grapes grown in their own vineyard. I love interior design; I wanted my home to look original and be a reflection of my taste. My most unique find is a painting by Natasha Law and the wackiest item in my house is probably a porcelain poodle. I have some of the flats from the Pez collection on my shelves, too – I think of them as collectables. My favourite places to shop for homeware would have to be Anthropologie and Baar & Bass on the King’s Road. I have so many great pieces from both stores. Digital Dreamland S/S17, from £350,


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Her STYLE BY lauren stevens

Sister Act Conceived during a family trip to Bali, Helmer is the collective brainchild of mother Shevanne and daughters Michelle and Danielle Helmer, who, inspired by the island and its culture, decided to set up their own handbag label. The family continues to travel the world for design inspiration, but the heart of the brand remains in Bali, where the bags are crafted by local family-run artisan workshops. The S/S17 collection celebrates summer with bold colours and striped designs. From £250, available from Biondi, 55B Old Church Street, SW3,

Graphic Content Looking good means feeling good – a notion that inspired Kalmar’s debut beachwear line for S/S17. Offering everything from camisoles to jumpsuits, the collection is awash with graphic prints and bright colours, and has been designed with sunny holidays in mind – although contemporary cuts make the range equally suitable for an urban environment. Key designs include a green and yellow leaf print and a black-and-white zigzag design, both perfect for wearing with sandals or dressing up with a pair of heels. From £110,

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Sophie’s World Elegant and compact in size, the Finsbury bag by Sophie Hulme is the ultimate tote for all seasons and occasions. Made from polished leather, the structured design is finished with gold-plated hardware for a stylish effect, perfect for adding charms or attaching keys. Opt for classic black or brown, or keep it statement with a yellow or wacky cowboy boot-inspired design, all new for S/S17. From £695,

Making Waves Jonathan Simkhai tests new waters with his debut swimwear range for 2017. Succeeding his ready-to-wear collections, Simkhai translates his signature design details into statement beachwear pieces for women. “The new swim collection is a natural extension of the brand,” the designer explains. “My goal was to create pieces that were fully styled while, at the same time, completely functional to give an effortless look that works all day.” Mission accomplished, we think. From £100,

Photography: Mario Testino

A Worthy Kors Get a glimpse of the latest looks from Michael Kors in the brand’s new S/S17 campaign. Shot by world-class photographer Mario Testino, all eyes are drawn to stunning supermodel Joan Smalls (pictured), who looks both chic and confident in a statement brown and navy floral dress. “The combination of strength and femininity is at the core of the collection, and Joan Smalls is the perfect embodiment of that spirit,” comments Kors. The campaign also features brand favourite Taylor Hill and fellow top model Romee Strijd, who flaunt the label’s summer looks. 11-15 Duke of York Square, SW3,

Mother’s Duty Proving herself to be a positive role model both in and out of the fashion industry, yummy mummy and model Miranda Kerr has joined forces with Australian denim brand Mother to design an exclusive capsule collection, the proceeds of which will go to The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation. The charity cares for more than 1,000 women and 600 premature babies each year. The 12-piece collection offers statement denim pieces and casual essentials, including a pair of 1960s-inspired high-waist jeans and inspirational slogan tees. From £80,

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Feeling Blue From ballerina flats to wedge sandals, Stuart Weitzman offers some of the hottest styles for the S/S17 season. One of our favourites is the Both Sandal in bright blue, a chic block heel featuring a unique aztec-style graphic design and decorated with studded embellishments. The statement shoe is made from calf leather with a thin ankle strap for a leg-elongating effect, available in shades of nude and white. £398,


From left to right / Jacket, £840; Trousers, £580, both Paul Smith, 122 Kensington Park Road, W11,; Bodysuit, £270, Body Editions,; Boots, £399, JF London,; Three-piece suit, POA, Dsquared2,; Polo shirt, £620, Berluti, 4 Harriet Street, SW1X,; Shoes, £945, Christian Louboutin, 23 Motcomb Street, SW1X,; Blazer, £675; Trousers, £395, both Daks, 10 Old Bond Street, W1S; Blouse, £685, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi,; Fiore Mosaic shoes, £660, Salvatore Ferragamo, 207 Sloane Street, SW1X,

Follow Suit With a new season brings a new wardrobe and a host of trends to test out. Discover the brands championing power tailoring, rainbow sequins and leather staples with our pick of S/S17’s best collections Photographer: Alexander Beer

Stylist: Graham Cruz

Jacket, £1,165; Trousers, £560, both Vionnet,; Shirt, £845, Valentino, 174 Sloane Street, SW1X,; Shoes, £565, Giuseppe Zanotti, 49 Sloane Street, SW1X,; Jacket, £1,495; Trousers, £395, both Gieves & Hawkes,; Waistcoat, POA, Caruso,; Roll neck, £159, Daks, as before; Shoes, £625, Bally,; Jacket, £2,500; Trousers, £1,100, both Billionaire Couture, available at Harrods; Sweater, £190, John Varvatos,; Scarf, £385, Drake’s, 3 Clifford Street, W1S; Shoes, £805, Giuseppe Zanotti, as before

From left to right / Top, £380, Marni, 26 Sloane Street, SW1X,; Trousers, £360, Emporio Armani, 191 Brompton Road, SW3,; Crêpe de Chine shoes, £995, Charlotte Olympia, 114 Draycott Avenue, SW3,; Jacket, £2,275, Loewe,; Polo shirt, £175, Sunspel,; Trousers, £170, A.P.C., 34 Ledbury Road, W11,; Boots, £475, Crockett & Jones, 155 Brompton Road, SW3,; Belt, £140, Emporio Armani, as before; Top, £259, Daks, as before; Trousers, £545, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, as before; Safari sandals, £480, Aquazzura,

Dress, £860, A.P.C., as before; Boots, £1,350, Giuseppe Zanotti, as before; Jacket, £750, Qasimi, available at Harvey Nichols; Polo shirt, £250, Canali, 126-127 New Bond Street, W1S,; Trousers, POA, Loewe, as before; Sandals, £340, Emporio Armani, as before; Jacket, £512, Tonsure,; Shirt, £445; Trousers, £225, both Pringle of Scotland,; Shoes, £410, Crockett & Jones, as before

From left to right / Jacket, POA; Trousers, POA, both Dsquared2, as before; Shirt, £195, John Varvatos, as before; Shoes, £189, Boss, 55 Brompton Road, SW3,; Dress, POA, Dsquared2, as before; Shoes, £445, Christian Louboutin, as before; Top, £1,030, Sportmax,; Dress, £1,145, Red Valentino, 133 Sloane Street, SW1X,; Shoes, £565, Charlotte Olympia, as before

Suit, £530, Boss, as before; Shirt, £300, Pal Zileri,; Shoes, £410, Crockett & Jones, as before; Jumpsuit, £1,795, Temperley London, 6-7 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road, W11,; Boots, £820, Andrew GN,; Blazer, £1,890, Dunhill,; Turtleneck, £398, Billionaire Couture, as before; Trousers, POA, Vintage Gucci,; Trainers, £220, Boss, as before

From left to right: Dress, £930, Red Valentino, as before; Shoes, £560, Andrew GN, as before; Jacket, £1,495; Trousers, £495; Shirt, £125, all Gieves & Hawkes, as before; Pocket square, £70, Drake’s, as before; Sandals, £630, Giuseppe Zanotti, as before; Shirt, £540, Emporio Armani, as before; Bra, POA, Max Mara,; Skirt, £550, Kalita,; Sandals, £715, Valentino, as before

Set designer: Dom Chinea Hair: Brady Lea at Stella Creative Artists using ColorProof Make-up: Jonas Oliver using Mac Pro Models: Paul Sculfor, James Rousseau, Remy Clerima, Coco Knight, Nell and Farhiya Shire, all @ Select Model Management Photographer’s assistants: Radi Konstantinov and Bradley Polkinghorne Stylist’s assistants: Sophie Whitmore and Carmen Hudges

Jumper, £240, Emporio Armani, as before; Shirt, £129; Trousers, £199, both Boss, as before; Shoes, £256, Just Cavalli,; Dress, POA, Luisa Beccaria,; Cairo Bag, £6,200, Ethan K,; Shirt, £135, Hackett, 137-138 Sloane Street, SW1X,; Trousers, £300, Emporio Armani, as before; Sandals, £395, Bally, as before


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Tod’s has celebrated expert craftsmanship since it was founded – and its limited edition collaboration with London’s most sought-after tattoo artist is no exception

raftsmanship and heritage are bywords of 21st-century luxury, and to be Made in Italy has cemented confidence in quality for decades. In the Venn diagram of leather goods makers, Tod’s sits right at the centre. Tod’s is perhaps best known by a mere glance of the sole for its leather-lined driving shoe with 133 rubber pebbles underfoot. Diego Della Valle, the brand’s owner and CEO, came up with the Gommino concept in the late 1970s, inspired by his travels to the United States. The entirely handmade production process uses 180 steps and 35 pieces of leather. The epitome of smartcasual style, Tod’s popularity has given rise to versions in all manner of leathers and finishes; the women’s style is just as sought-after as the original men’s. In this year’s spring/ summer collection, the patent Double T Gommino serves a classic with a twist; a bronze version offers ultra-modern luxe; and in signature vacchetta, is all elegant simplicity. As the grandson of a cobbler who began a shoemaking business almost a century ago – whose workbench and tools are still displayed at the entrance

to the Tod’s factory in Italy – Della Valle has shoes and leatherwork in his genes. Growing up, his father would take him on business trips to New York (where he supplied Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue), and in 1975 Della Valle took matters into his own hands by launching the understated luxury brand as it is known today. It is based in Le Marche, an Italian region rich in shoemaking expertise and more than 600 leather


factories. Tod’s now produces full collections for both men and women – bags, shoes, small leather goods and ready-to-wear – and is still owned by the family that founded it. This family affair has allowed decades of tradition and expert craftsmanship to continually marry with innovation. Despite its 16,000sq m factory having become the largest production centre for luxury footwear in Italy, every piece of work is completed by hand or by hand-operated machines. Tod’s five UK boutiques include spaces within Harrods and Selfridges. Last year the brand doubled the size of its London flagship on Old Bond Street, upping the ante to 6,000sq ft over three floors – complete with a vachetta leather-wrapped steel atrium. The expansion has been celebrated with a collaboration between the brand and Londonborn tattoo artist Saira Hunjan, in the form of six unique hand-tattooed Double T messenger bags (with Tod’s hallmark Double T logo of two interlocking metal

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T shapes as the clasp). Hunjan has a waiting list of about two years for a traditional skin-and-ink tattoo. Fortunately, an expanded special limited edition collection of tattoo-inspired Double T messenger bags in white, pale grey and vachetta; matching Gommini; and a leather jacket with Hunjan’s intricate designs are now available in select flagship boutiques across the globe. As ever, the values Tod’s places in art, creativity and craftsmanship shine through. 35-36 Sloane Street, SW1X and 2-5 Old Bond Street, W1,

Clockwise from left: Diego Della Valle at Tod’s factory; the making of the Gommino; the iconic Gommino; Hunjan holding one of the six Double T messenger bags; the Double T Gommino; the hand-tattooed Double T messenger bag


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Ask Gieves The bodacious blooms at the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show are the inspiration behind Gieves & Hawkes’ S/S17 collection, a line of tailored pieces presented in a colour wheel of pastel shades. Duck egg blue, cornflower and pistachio hues are paired with classic navy and taupe, merging traditional formalwear with softer accessories for a more season-applicable approach to business attire. Look to the brand’s floral blazers, lightweight jackets and linen suits for tailoring with a fresh, spring twist. POA,

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HIS STYLE By Ellen Millard

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Soft Spot Briefcases are a thing of the past: this season, take accessory cues from Marni and opt for a rucksack instead. As the sportswear-as-daywear trend continues to crop up on the catwalk, the label has produced a soft backpack to meet your everyday needs. Available in a range of shapes – from smaller, curvaceous styles to larger hiking bag sizes – the nylon holdalls have been designed using Marni’s S/S17 prints and come in a range of vibrant styles, including Shutter, a graphic print in red, grey and black. From £470, 26 Sloane Street, SW1X,

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The Balearic Islands were Jonathan Anderson’s calling points when he took to the helm of Spanish brand Loewe four years ago. For S/S17, the creative director returned to the archipelago to shoot the menswear campaign, which stars two characters seemingly isolated in the azure blue waters that surround it. The pair – seen navigating the ocean aboard a yellow rowing boat – sport the label’s latest collection, comprising playful prints and bohemian cuts. From a selection, available at Harrods

Guilty Secret When Gucci debuted it’s S/S17 menswear collection, Jared Leto’s jaw literally dropped. Sat front and centre at the runway show in Milan, the actor couldn’t hide his awe at the label’s knee-length lime green coat. It’s little wonder, then, that Gucci has enlisted its number-one A-list fan to front the campaign for its first ever men’s fragrance, Gucci Guilty Absolute. Created by perfumer Alberto Morillas, the earthy scent comprises two key notes: Woodleather and Goldenwood. From £54 for 50ml, 18 Sloane Street, SW1X,



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As Orlebar Brown celebrates its tenth anniversary, founder Adam Brown talks to LAUREN STEVENS about how the resort wear brand helped shape a new category of menswear and its latest collaboration with fitness label Bodyism

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he ongoing obsession with healthy living has given rise to the prominence of athleisure on runways, as fashion designers continue to embrace the idea of multifunctional clothing within their collections. Defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as: “Casual, comfortable clothing designed to be suitable both for exercise and everyday wear”, athleisure remains at the forefront of catwalks and the high street for the S/S17 season. But the concept of fusing fashion and leisure certainly isn’t a new one, and one of the first to tap into the trend was swimwear designer Adam Brown, whose resort wear brand Orlebar Brown celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Stumbling into fashion purely by accident, the former photographer came up with the concept of designing shorts that can be worn both on and off the beach while on holiday with a group of friends. “We tried to go for lunch after a swim but I was told by the restaurant that I couldn’t go in wearing my swimming trunks,” he explains. “It just got me thinking, ‘actually, I don’t want a swim short, I want a short I can swim in’.” This experience set the ball rolling for Orlebar Brown, the now go-to sartorial solution for sunseekers. “I had no idea where it was going to go,” he tells me, when I mention how far the brand has come in its 10 years of existence. “I hadn’t worked in fashion or retail, or any form of product design beforehand. I had no idea how it was going to evolve and I didn’t have a fabulous business plan I was waiting to implement. I just thought, ‘I’ve got to start selling and try and bring this to life’.” He must have done something right, as the brand has gained international attention from A-listers and everyday men alike since launching in 2007. The likes of Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds are said to be fans and it even made national headlines last year after David Cameron was snapped wearing the label’s signature Bulldog Roc Pool shorts on holiday. But to see Orlebar Brown’s popularity in full force, you need only log on to Instagram, where thousands of men across the globe show off their shorts by using the popular #OBsaroundtheworld tag. “Swimwear used to be considered an add-on rather than the focus, but now it has become a category in itself, which I think we’ve helped to create,” Brown says of the brand’s success. “Men aren’t afraid to dress for the beach any more. It’s that idea of being camera-ready, coming back full circle to how it was back in the 1950s and 1960s, when people actually used to dress up for their holiday rather than it being reduced to an off-duty approach.” A favourite not only with consumers but also other brands, Orlebar Brown has been targeted by fashion designers seeking to collaborate on their own swimwear lines, including Italian brand Emilio Pucci, which approached the label back in 2015. “A friend of the brand sent us two metres of vintage Pucci fabric asking to have some shorts made, so we made them. It just so happened that [the brand’s image director]

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Laudomia Pucci went on holiday with this person about a year later. She saw them and loved them, and that’s how that collaboration happened,” recalls Brown. The latest in a long line of collaborators is Notting Hillbased Bodyism, which has partnered with Orlebar Brown on a 12-piece capsule collection of fitness clothing. Similarly launched 10 years ago by personal trainer James Duigan, Bodyism has grown into a global lifestyle and wellbeing centre where the likes of David Beckham and Pippa Middleton work out. “James approached us, asking for help with some clothes for the Bodyism café and staff, and the collection evolved from there,” explains Brown. As both brands have outlets on Westbourne Grove and share a similar clientele, you might expect a little competition between the two, but in fact, Duigan tells me, it is quite the opposite. “We love Orlebar Brown because they are innovators who changed the entire space they work in, and have managed to stay relevant by staying true to their ethos of style and substance. Adam is one of my best friends and we are so excited by our first men’s collaboration.” Comprising a selection of hoodies, sweats and shorts designed for use both in and out of the gym, the range is a true embodiment of everything both brands represent. “James has been a customer of ours for many years. I love what he’s done with Bodyism and the whole ‘clean and lean’ lifestyle. We spoke about how people work out at the gym, but then want to sit and have coffee at the café and go about their day; the collection is an evolution of the whole multi-purpose clothing trend. “Instead of a short you can swim in, it’s clothes you can work out in,” Brown continues. “Usually, our collaborations are with artists or illustrators, people who can reinterpret our key products – but with James it’s simply a lifestyle project. I think people are going to love it.” So do we. From £75, 206 Westbourne Grove, W11,


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Into the Wild Ditch the candles, cushions and blankets and instead bring warmth into your home with Cole & Son’s new wallpaper collection in collaboration with Ardmore Ceramic Art, a group of artists whose intricate work is rooted in African culture and tradition. Prints are patterned with rich flora and wildlife, ranging from rare birds to big cats, elephants and monkeys. Inspiration for the colour palette has been drawn from the continent’s natural landscape: the arid, sun-bleached desert plains and contrastingly vibrant green rainforests. Whether you choose to go with the collection’s bold prints or more subtle designs, you can be sure that your walls will capture the exotic beauty of Africa. From £75 per 10m roll,

The Ardmore Collection, Singita 109/7034, £295 per 10m roll, image courtesy of: Cole & Son

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As Chatsworth House prepares to open House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion, Camilla Apcar speaks to Lady Laura Burlington about the exhibition’s cast of characters

f the walls of Chatsworth House could tell stories, then the clothes of those who have resided there for more than four centuries would certainly have some good tales. House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth will be the largest exhibition ever held at the Peak District stately home. Opening on 25 March, historical and contemporary clothes will go on show in a survey of the life and times of the aristocratic Cavendish family and the Dukes of Devonshire. It has taken just over six years to put together, and will be curated by Vogue’s international editor-at-large, Hamish Bowles. One of the driving forces behind the project is Lady Laura Burlington, who is married to William Burlington, the son of the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. A former contributing editor for Harper’s Bazaar, fashion is in her veins. In 2004 she became the founding womenswear buyer of The

Shop at the Bluebird on King’s Road, and she also sits on the NewGen board of the British Fashion Council. “I had a very small seed of an idea, to invite Hamish to come and look at the collection, quietly in the hope that he might feel there would be an exhibition there,” says Burlington. But she credits the final product to her parents-inlaw, Bowles and creative designer Patrick Kinmonth, who was responsible for Vogue 100: A Century of Style at the National Portrait Gallery last year. House Style is not about fads, but “a way of life”. “It was really difficult to come up with a name,” says Burlington. “For a long time it was called Dressing the Devonshires – but then we thought maybe no one would know who the Devonshires were. House Style is more than just dresses. “Whenever Hamish finds a dress, he immediately starts looking for a picture of the person who has worn it.

This page: Deborah Devonshire and Stella Tennant, Chatsworth, 2006, ©Mario Testino; Opposite page: Mistress of the Robes Coronation Gown, worn by Duchess Evelyn at 1937 coronation and Duchess Mary at 1953 coronation, Painted Hall, Chatsworth, 2016, photography: Thomas Loof, ©Chatsworth


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FEATURE From top: Lord Charles Cavendish and Adele Astaire on their wedding day, 1932, ©Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth; Wool jumpers made by Lords, commissioned by the 11th Duke of Devonshire; Assorted shirts, all Turnbull & Asser, owned by Deborah Devonshire

That’s very important in this show: it’s a way of telling stories about the family and making people feel closer to the actual characters.” Indeed, some of its cast will be more familiar than others. The exhibition stretches back to the 16th century and the formidable Bess of Hardwick, who persuaded her husband Sir William Cavendish to sell all his lands and move to her home county of Derbyshire, where they began to build the first house at Chatsworth. The estate has been home to the Cavendish family and the hereditary dukes ever since. Bess of Hardwick’s Elizabeth I badge – with the monogram ‘E S’ for Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury – will be on display, alongside an account book handwritten by her and her secretary. House Style will then wend its way through the ages – displayed in Chatsworth’s grandest rooms – right up until the present day. Items belonging to the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire will include a Givenchy bolero worn by the Duchess on their wedding day. “When I first asked [my parents-in-law] to open their wardrobes, there was a sort of deep inhalation of breath,” Burlington describes. “They said ‘oh, we don’t have anything you’d be interested in’… but then it all came out.” Adele Astaire, Fred’s sister and dance partner, married Lord Charles Cavendish in 1932. “Their marriage represented a great merging of British aristocracy and Hollywood royalty,” says Pierre Lagrange, chairman of Huntsman. The Savile Row tailor has recreated a pair of riding breeches originally made for the inimitably fashionable Adele, especially for the exhibition. There will of course be ballgowns, including an example designed by the House of Worth, and pieces by Alexander


McQueen, but House Style will also include a lot of men’s clothes: livery, uniforms, court clothes, garter robes and boots. Research has been extensive, with no stone left unturned. The Devonshires’ textile store was opened wide, as well as dressing-up cupboards and the family’s wardrobes. Some pieces have been borrowed from museums, but much will come from the Devonshire Collection: pieces belonging to the family that lives at Chatsworth, managed and looked after by the Chatsworth House Trust. “There have been some really exciting discoveries – perhaps quite small to other people, but quite significant to us,” says Burlington. “Hamish found a 1953 Dior gown sort of hanging on the back of a door, with the label missing, which none of us had given a second thought.” Other finds have been more emotional. “Stella Tennant had lost her wedding dress, an incredible Helmut Lang, and I don’t think he made too many. It was extraordinary and very conceptual. We were borrowing her mother’s dress – the current Duke’s sister – and tried it on a mannequin. As we were packing it away, at the bottom of that box, we found Stella’s packed in tissue. So there it was, 18 years after she last saw it.” Tennant, the fashion model who was once the face of Chanel with the shortest of black haircuts, is among the most contemporary of the exhibition’s stars. She is the granddaughter of the 11th Duke and Deborah Mitford – one of the six notorious sisters, who are honoured in their own right. “There’s definitely a humorous thread throughout House Style,” Burlington explains, “with rubber chicken handbags and the 11th Duke’s slogan jumpers. He came up with injoke designs like ‘Never Marry A Mitford’ or ‘Never Trust A Cadogan’.” Twenty-two of the jumpers will be on display. As with any study of costume, much can be gleaned about what it was like to live during different eras. “After the war, one of the Duke’s smoking jackets was repaired. There’s layers upon layers of tweed,” says Burlington. “I think he could have afforded to buy a new jacket, but it was a time when people were much more careful [with their clothes]. It was more ‘make do and mend’.” Surveys of aristocratic fashion, couture and noble living have been undertaken many times before, but this exhibition – set in one of England’s grandest and most treasured houses – is set to be styled with a thoroughly personal touch. Entry included in Chatsworth House ticket, £21.90, 25 March – 22 October,

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Out of Africa After a successful collaboration with Hermès last year, Halsted Design is excited to launch its new collection of fabrics for 2017. Inspired by Africa, the Zambezi collection comprises five beautiful designs created in the South African province KwaZulu-Natal – including Feather, a geometric print inspired by the wings of African birds. The new collection also includes a limited-edition sofa and cushions. From £120 per metre, available from Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, SW10,

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Food for Thought Gone are the days of cooking solo; food preparation is becoming an ever more social undertaking and bespoke furniture maker Smallbone of Devizes is at the helm of this revolution. Faced with the task of transforming the kitchen into a hub of entertainment – while still maintaining its original function – the luxury British brand has ensured that the art of cooking takes centre stage, bringing worktops and surfaces to the middle of the room and offering new and innovative ways to display cookware and crockery. The Brasserie collection (pictured) tailors to host and guest with large cooking spaces, floor-to-ceiling wine coolers (an essential) and – new to the range – handleless drawers for a sleek finish. From £45,000, 6-7 Thurloe Place, SW7,

Crystal Clear Those of you who like to enjoy a drink in style should look to the new Beau Cut™ collection of glassware for fashionable flutes. Designed by the award-winning Royal College of Art graduate Beau Han Xu in collaboration with Mappin & Webb, the 12-piece range includes three decanters as well as a selection of glasses for wine, champagne, cocktails and spirits. The unique designs play on the shape of a splash of water, with each piece featuring Beau Cut™ zirconia – cut with precision by Swarovski exclusively for the designer. From £350,

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Style Files With the help of craftsmen in Paris and Stockholm, & Other Stories has expanded its offering to include a special gifting department. Available both in stores and online, the new Atelier Gift Shop offers a selection of stylish stationery and office equipment to brighten up your work station. Jazz up your desk with a stork-shaped pair of scissors from the Parisian selection, or opt for a beautiful hand-dipped ceramic pencil pot from the Stockholm range. From a selection, 72 King’s Road, SW3,

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Invariably basing his fashion collections on his exotic travels, designer Matthew Williamson on this occasion looked to the dynamic landscapes of India for inspiration when creating his latest range of vibrant wallpaper and fabrics, in partneship with Osborne & Little. New for the season is the Menagerie print, based on the Mother Amazon design from Williamson’s ready-to-wear line. Hand-painted in the designer’s London studio, the vibrant design – available as both fabric and wallpaper – features monkeys, flying birds of paradise, exotic flowers and butterfly motifs in tones of mint, lavender and lime. The Menagerie print from £78 per metre and from £89 per roll, 304-308 King’s Road, SW3,

A celebration of femininity, the latest concoction by British perfumer Floris is the perfect scent for spring. Available as both a candle and room fragrance, Peony and Rose is a floral fusion of its namesake ingredients, violet leaves and ivy. Hints of green tea, cinnamon, clove and musk add a warming, somewhat spicy undertone to the otherwise sweet scent. From £25, 147 Ebury Street, SW1W,


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From Hermès to Jimmy Choo, discover the most fashionable fragrances to covet this season

Clockwise from top left: Black Opium Floral Shock, from £71 for 50ml,; Eros Pour Femme, from £42 for 30ml,; Miu Miu L’Eau Bleue, from £49 for 30ml,; Velvet Cypress, £165 for 50ml, Dolce & Gabbana, Harrods; Eau des Merveilles Bleue, from £72 for 50ml,; Love Story Eau Sensuelle, from £47 for 30ml, Chloé,; Daisy Marc Jacobs Kiss, £55 for 50ml,; Wildly Attractive, £135 for 50ml, Diana Vreeland, Harrods; Jimmy Choo L’eau, from £36 for 40ml,

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Shine On Exploring the balance between light and shadow, Tom Ford Beauty has introduced a range of spring products designed to illuminate, sculpt and contour your features. Inspired by seasonal shades and memories of the setting sun, the collection is complete with bronzers, highlighters and lip colours to help you step into spring with a sun-kissed glow. From £44,

TREATMENT OF THE MONTH: New York Manicure & Pedicure, The Chelsea Day Spa Nail bars continue to grow thick and fast in London, but surprisingly, finding the ones that do the job properly is a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack. With the booming manicure industry seeing no sign of slowing down, you can now expect to find a salon on almost every street corner, but many of them fail to deliver, whether it be in quality, efficiency or value for money (or in some cases, all three). Fortunately, however, I know of one that ticks all of these boxes and that is The Chelsea Day Spa on the King’s Road. This inconspicuous salon is where you can expect to find the most professional treatments, from manicures and pedicures to facials and massages. The New York Manicure is a favourite among locals; the expert nail technicians will soak, cut, file and shape, fix cuticles, moisturise and polish in almost recordbreaking time. Combine this with the New York pedicure for the ultimate pampering experience. New York Manicure, £20 (course of 10, £180); Pedicure (course of 10, £240), £26, The Chelsea Day Spa, 69A King’s Road, SW3,

Modelling Clay In Full Bloom Inspired by the individuality of the Bloomsbury Set, a group of famous artists and intellectuals, Jo Malone London has created a collection of scents dedicated to their free spirit and unconventional lives. After visiting the famous Charleston House, the former home of the group, perfumer Yann Vasnier chose to create five scents that transition the wearer from morning to night. Featuring the fresh aromas of lily ponds, blossoming trees and blue hyacinth, along with the warm smell of whisky and tobacco, the range consists of five intoxicating scents that each tell their own story. £45 for 30ml, 150 Sloane Street, SW1X,

Containing six clay-textured colours, Laura Mercier’s Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays is bringing a new level of intensity to your eyes. Go subtle or smoky with a mixture of metallic and matte shades. Sweep on with a brush for a sheer wash of colour, or press on the clay-like pigment with your fingertips for a velvety, bold look. As a bonus, the colours, which range from a deep matte black to shimmering pink-platinum, are set to stay put all day with the help of a setting powder that prevents creasing, fading and oil breakthrough – allowing you to dazzle all day. £38,

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Get Lippy Liquid Lipsticks were big last year and, if Burberry’s new Liquid Lip Velvet is anything to go by, it looks like this season they’re only going to get bigger and better. With Iris Law (the daughter of Sadie Frost and Jude Law) as the face of the new line, the brand has created a matte cream lip colour with intense pigment and a non-drying formula. Available in 14 shades, ranging from Light Nude to Black Cherry, the lipstick provides a colour that will last for up to eight hours. £26 each, 2 Brompton Road, SW1X,

Hot-Headed Always striving to offer clients the best hairstyling experience, Urban Retreat’s Josh Rees Hole has brought modern innovation to hair-cutting with the new Thermal Cut and Blow-Dry – which uses hot thermal scissors. It may sound daunting, but the technique works to strengthen and protect your locks as they are cut; the heat of the scissors warms the keratin within your hair, sealing the ends and promoting thickness and shine. £300, available at Harrods

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Toil and Trouble This spring, Bobbi Brown has produced a collection of six remedies, designed to target troublesome areas and improve your skin’s overall health. Ranging from soothing redness and irritation to revitalising dry and tired skin, the treatments are filled with natural extracts and oils from around the world. It is recommended that you apply just two or three drops at a time, twice a day, then sit back and let the vitamin-packed remedy perform its magic. £29.50 each,


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That 70’s Show When thinking of the 1970s, OTT flares and bad tie-dye jobs spring to mind – but for childrenswear designer Marie-Chantal, the Crown Princess of Greece, it was the glamour of Hollywood that made a lasting impression. Her eponymous label’s S/S17 collection is inspired by the glitzy era, comprising silk and jacquard print dresses for girls and lightweight cashmere sweaters for boys, all in a pastel colour palette. Exclusive to the range is a new Painted Flower print – perfect for summer, it was created in-house in the designer’s own Notting Hill studio. From £64, 148 Walton Street, SW3,

Adventure Time Pack your bags: Kenzo Kids’ S/S17 range is taking you on an adventure. The new travel-themed line takes notes from the brand’s adult ready-to-wear, featuring houndstooth prints and stripes printed on dresses, skirts and trousers. Journey through the desert with cactus-printed pieces for boys and girls – including a new transparent raincoat and matching bag – or prepare for a night camping under the stars with the Adventure Kit, comprising a backpack, water bottle and sleeping bag. From £24,

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Calling all dog owners: the new mat from Bowl & Bone is the perfect travel solution for you and your pooch, suitable for both the home and for out-and-about. The Loft mat comes in a range of colours – our favourites are grey and peach – and can be rolled up for effortless transportation. The mat is padded for warmth and is machine washable, so you needn’t worry about those mucky pups. From £65,

Photography: Klaudia Świątek

French Fancy The trend for Parisian chic is reaching a whole new generation thanks to Tartine et Chocolat’s latest line of stylish childrenswear. For little ladies, lightweight basics are updated with ruffles, Peter Pan collars and broderie anglaise, available in a variety of spring colours – from pale green to warm orange. For the boys, linen shirts in shades of blue are paired with cropped trousers for a cool and breezy transition into the new season. From £19, 307 Brompton Road, SW3,

Cowboys and Indians Children’s furniture brand Circu presents its latest magical invention, the Teepee. A new bedroom design inspired by the free spirit of Pocahontas and her love of adventure, the teepee bed is perfect for budding explorers. The ultimate playhouse includes a bed and storage area, as well as a secret toy box compartment that can be wheeled around the room. Bed time has never been so appealing. For more information, visit

Suits You, Son A Suit To Smile In is the name of Paul Smith’s new tailored three-piece, designed exclusively for boys. Part of the S/S17 Junior collection, the suit is cut from the same high-twist wool cloth as its adult counterpart, giving a crease-free finish and allowing for easy movement. Available in classic navy and a range of sizes for boys aged two to 16 years, each component can be bought and worn individually or together for a fully suited-and-booted look. From £68, 122 Kensington Park Road, W11,

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Pack It In This season, baby changing bag specialist Jem + Bea presents its first ever backpack: a lightweight, water-repellent and durable design. Christened Jamie, it features a stylish black python print and gold hardware, and comes with a number of special features, including an insulated pocket to keep bottles warm, zipped pockets for valuables and a new padded changing mat. Adjustable and detachable straps fix easily onto strollers, making the bag fit for both handheld and hands-free use. Jamie backpack, £140,

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high life Tumi, To You Havana, Cuba’s vibrant capital, is renowned for its intriguing mix of past and present; colonial architecture is juxtaposed with a thriving and up-andcoming metropolis. This season, luxury luggage brand Tumi has taken inspiration from the lively Caribbean city for its S/S17 collection. Bold prints and a bright colour palette, reflecting Cuba’s historic architecture, features throughout the range of suitcases, carryons and travel accessories, meaning your luggage is certain to stand out on the conveyor belt. Now all that’s left to do is book those plane tickets. From £50,

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THE WORLD By Alicia Osborne-Crone

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Closer to Home

The Gilpin, Lake District

The Real Madrid Barceló’s new designer hotel is perfectly placed for those wanting to discover the bustling city of Madrid. Set within the lofty Torre de Madrid building in Plaza de España, the option to explore famous sites, such as the Gran Vía and Royal Palace of Madrid, is just a walk away. The hotel has 258 rooms, restored by the renowned interior designer Jaime Hayón, who took inspiration from the local culture, art and fashion to complete its contemporary look. With first-class facilities that include a stylish bar, wellness zone and a pool-spa area with large windows overlooking the city, you will no doubt feel as though you are on cloud nine. From €360 per night,

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Out of This World Ever wish that you could bottle up the care-free, sun-kissed memories of an amazing holiday? Well, the creators of Memo, John and Clara Molloy, have done just that. Together, they have launched a limited edition carousel travel case featuring seven of their favourite scents inspired by their globetrotting lifestyle. Exclusively available at Harvey Nichols, you can now carry the world with you wherever you go. From £2,650 for the Memo carousel travel case, from £145 for eau de parfum, exclusive to Harvey Nichols


Safe Harbour Situated in the heart of the Bahamas, Harbour Island is truly the place of dreams, famed for its pink beaches, crystal waters and laid-back vibe. Adding an extra dose of luxury is Eleven Experience, which has just unveiled its latest property, Bahama House Inn. Dating back to the 1800s, the house has become somewhat of a landmark on the island, and has recently been restored to all its former glory. With beautiful outdoor spaces, an in-house chef and expert guides offering incredible activities (and, of course, days at the beach), guests are booked in for the ultimate Caribbean getaway. From $440 per night,

The Lake District’s beautiful hilly landscapes and bracingly crisp airs have long lured travellers to Cumbria. But not far from Windermere, the Gilpin Hotel, with its six individually decorated spa lodges, is itself reason enough to head north by north-west. Each lodge comes with its own hot tub and sauna, while massage therapists can transform living spaces into private treatment rooms by drawing curtains across the floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel’s executive chef, Hrishikesh Desai, received his first Michelin star at the end of last year, just in time for the opening of Gilpin Spice, an utterly modern, informal gambol through the delights of Asian cuisine. Traditionalists might like to start off at the hotel’s main restaurant, Hrishi, but it’s this new outpost that really packs an exciting punch. Camilla Apcar Spa lodges from £595,

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A Tale of

Two Cities Cape Town has all one needs for a cultural city break, but shines as a relaxing country retreat too, as Sarah Gilbert discovers on a whistle-stop tour of South Africa’s Mother City


The natural beauty of Cape Town is hard to beat: swathes of white-sand beaches are swept by Atlantic rollers and green-carpeted mountains act as a colourful backdrop to the city. The metropolis has a cool urban edge, too, with new world-class restaurants, great bars and cutting-edge galleries from Africa’s innovative artists and designers opening all the time. The ultra-chic One&Only Cape Town makes for the perfect base from which to explore South Africa’s Mother City; its rooms and suites come with African-inspired hues, sleek lines and views over Table Mountain. It’s strolling distance from the heart of the V&A Waterfront, the city’s vibrant social hub, home to

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the recently opened Watershed, a sprawling space showcasing the best in African arts and crafts, fashion and jewellery. And when the long-awaited Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa opens its doors at the Waterfront’s historic Grain Silo complex later this year, it will become the largest museum on the continent. While it would be easy to spend your stay lounging by the pool or being pampered at the Espa Spa, One&Only has teamed up with clued-up locals on a series of one-of-a-kind urban safaris, with a focus on art, culture or history, to keep you entertained. You can also get active with hiking, biking, paddleboarding and surfing.



There is fun to be had in the city, too. I spend one morning foraging along downtown’s Bree Street, where I pick up local cheeses, ham and bread, while checking out Cape Town’s trendiest stores – including Missibaba, South Africa’s answer to Anya Hindmarch, and her neighbour, jeweller Kirsten Goss. British-born chef Luke Dale-Roberts has taken Cape Town by storm with his fresh take on indigenous South African flavours and he’s moved downtown for his latest venture, the speakeasy-style Shortmarket Club, set in a heritage building. I tuck into a large, succulent steak, followed by an inspired local cocktail at The Stack, a swanky new bar and brasserie – the G&T infused with fynbos botanicals is a must. Woodstock is another neighbourhood that’s being transformed. The crumbling buildings around The Old Biscuit Mill are being colonised by creatives, and on a Saturday morning I join the Capetonians flocking to the triple-storey, bare-brick former factory, home to local craftsmen selling their wares and Dale-Roberts’ renowned eateries The Test Kitchen and The Pot Luck Club. The menu at One&Only Reuben’s is also special, thanks to the namesake chef’s knack for marrying international classics with national ingredients, such as duck breast with rooibos chutney or peppered springbok steak. If you hanker for faultless sushi with a South African twist, there’s Nobu, too. For all of Cape Town’s charm, it’s hard to resist the lure of the Cape winelands, with its award-winning vineyards, superb produce and glorious landscapes, all less than an hour’s drive from the hubbub of the city. The newly opened Leeu Estates, my second stay of the trip, sits in the impossibly picturesque Franschhoek Valley. I drive through the grand gates, flanked by a pair of bronze lions, and down a long, leafy avenue that leads to Manor House, a fine example of dazzlingly white Cape Dutch architecture overlooking beautifully landscaped gardens. The elegant rooms and custom-made furniture are decorated in sumptuous natural fabrics and soothing neutral shades, and filled with an impressive collection of contemporary, predominantly African art – including Beezy Bailey’s cobalt blue Peaceman which greets guests in the hall. Breakfast is served al fresco on the sun-drenched terrace, where I feast on farm-fresh produce, freshly baked bread and homemade jams, savouring the views across the perfectly manicured lawn, where a bronze statue of Artemis hunts with her dogs under endless blue skies. I wander through the gardens, where paths are edged with white and purple scented shrubs, such as star jasmine, to the Ila Spa – a South African first – where I’m massaged into a state of utter relaxation using divine-

Clockwise from top left: One&Only Cape Town; the Garden Spa at Babylonstoren; Babel at Babylonstoren; Mushroom dish, Babel at Babylonstoren; Pumpkin seasonal yellow salad, Babel at Babylonstoren; View of Babylonstoren; One&Only Cape Town; Table Mountain suite, One&Only Cape Town; Statue of Artemis and her three dogs, Leeu Estates; Reading Room, Manor House, Leeu Estates; Gardens at Leeu Estates


smelling organic potions made with estate-grown roses, geraniums and lemon thyme. I don’t have to venture far for a taste of some of the Cape’s finest wines. At Leeu Estates’ new tasting room, the hotel has joined forces with husband-and-wife team Chris and Andrea Mullineux, who have 10-years of winemaking experience in Swartland, to create its own unique terroir-led wines. Later this year, the first Leeu Collection will be unveiled. Each vino is perfectly paired with chef Oliver Cattermole’s compact dinner menu at on-site restaurant The Conservatory – he makes the most of local, organic ingredients, such as mushroom risotto and the Estates’ grass-fed beef – and I am very grateful for the on-hand sommelier, who helps me choose from the vast 24-page wine list. Afterwards, as I lounge on a sofa with a digestif from the equally well-stocked honesty bar, I feel less hotel guest, more house guest of a super-stylish friend. My final stop is Babylonstoren, one of the oldest Cape Dutch properties in the province. It’s been in the same family for 140 years, and now the 12 beautifully renovated cottages and nine new Farmer’s House suites – all bright white and clean lines, with their own steam, sauna and salt rooms in a building dating back to the 17th century – are the epitome of rustic luxe. A working farm, it sits at the foot of the Simonsberg Mountains – which you can explore on foot or two wheels – surrounded by vineyards, silver-grey olive groves and orchards. It’s also home to a magnificent garden where the air is filled with scent of wild sage and Cape honeysuckle. I join the daily tour to discover the prickly pear maze and kiwi-covered pergolas, crunching over pathways of abalone shell and crushed peach stones to reach the fragrant chamomile lawn. The farm grows more than 300 edible plants and at its acclaimed Babel Restaurant – a former cowshed – the

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field-to-fork menu focuses on dishes created using ingredients gathered from the garden that morning. My vibrant salad is South African summer on a plate, bursting with colour, flavour and freshness, which I wash down with a lightly wooded Viognier. This is followed by chargrilled lamb cutlets with the restaurant’s signature Shiraz, Babel, and rounded off with an extraordinary dessert of fennel sorbet, rosewater meringue and candyfloss. I get to taste all of the farm’s wines in the state-ofthe-art winery, a converted barn, and in the new Farm Shop – formerly stables – I find plenty of gifts for foodie friends, from wine, olive oil and balsamic vinegar to home-grown rooibos tea, as well as deliciously scented lotions and potions that conjure up memories of the fragrant garden when I am back on home turf. In just a few days, I’ve viewed cutting-edge art, shopped for distinctive designs, sampled exceptional cuisine, savoured fine wines and met friendly locals. It’s safe to say that Cape Town really does have it all.

Fact Box The Ultimate Travel Company (020 3051 8098, tailor-makes an eight-day luxury Cape Town experience from £4,700pp, including three nights’ B&B accommodation at the One&Only Cape Town, two nights at Leeu Estates and two nights at Babylonstoren. The price also includes international flights, private transfers and four days’ car rental. British Airways ( operates 18 direct flights a week from London to Cape Town and recently launched flights from Gatwick, with return fares starting from £989pp


When one thinks of a theme park, one does not think luxury. Orlando, Florida is the theme-park capital of the world and is home to the mother ship of Disney’s global enterprise, Walt Disney World. Disney’s famed attraction is the main pull for the U.S. state’s 60 million-plus visitors a year, but there are still many other reasons why Orlando is a magical place to visit for adults and kids alike. While adrenaline and fast food junkies are still well catered for, Orlando has very much come up in the luxury market division in recent years and now plays host to world-class hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. This more sophisticated side to the city can be found in the suburban area of Winter Park. Business magnates parked their wealth in this sleepy neighbourhood in the 19th century and today it is complete with quaint boutique stores, museums and art galleries, as well as historic points of interest. Winter Park is the gateway to downtown Orlando for commuters and here, along with the city’s impressive skyscrapers, you will find great bars, such as the Eola Wine Company. For shopping, head to the upscale Mall at Millenia, where luxury brands such as Chanel and Jimmy Choo reside next to mall staples Victoria’s Secret and Sephora. Of course, it would be sacrilege to go to Orlando and not frequent any of the parks, each one offering something completely unique and different from the next. Walt Disney World itself is made up of four – the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom – but there’s also Universal Studios and the famous marine zoological park, SeaWorld. The latter recently opened its newest ride, Mako, which has been touted as the tallest, fastest and longest ride in Orlando. Finally, end your trip with an early morning hot air balloon ride, enabling you panoramic views of Orlando’s spectacular landscape, from theme parks to orange groves, as the day dawns.

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Where to Stay Opened in 2014, the Four Seasons Orlando is situated in the exclusive gated community of Golden Oak, otherwise known as ‘millionaire’s row’, located within Walt Disney World. The hotel is unique in being the first on-site that does not fall under the Disney umbrella. This is why guests can expect little in the way of Disneyana – except for the character breakfasts where guests are joined by Mickey and co. for Instagram-worthy snaps – but very much in the way of five-star luxury. The impressive property – incidentally the largest Four Seasons in North America – has 443 rooms, including 68 suites, which range from Deluxe to the top-level Grand, Royal and Presidential categories. In true American style, nothing is done by halves, particularly when it comes to the amenities on offer. Guests can make free use of the three pools (one of which is

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Here, visitors can delve into the magical world of this muchloved children’s books by wandering the streets of Diagon Alley. Enjoy an ice cream at Florean Fortescue’s, purchase a wand at Ollivanders or do battle with dragons on the two themed rollercoasters, before taking the Hogwarts Express across to King’s Cross Station (the other side of the resort). Book by 29 March to enjoy 25 per cent off Disney Tickets plus Disney’s 14-Day Ultimate Ticket for the price of a seven-day ticket

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adults-only), the supersized 14,000 sq ft spa, fitness centre and an 18-hole Osprey Ridge golf course. With all this, you could easily spend your entire holiday without leaving the hotel, but where would the fun be in that? The hotel provides a Disney Planning Centre so families can map out their full itinerary of the parks, or leave it in the capable hands of the experts at the VIP Tour Services, who can organise everything from door-to-door transportation to reservations at shows. British Airways Holidays offers seven nights at the 5* Four Seasons Resort Orlando, from £1,589pp including ‘Stay 6 pay 4’ offer on Golden Oak Room or above, between May 28 – June 28. This includes World Traveller return flights from London Gatwick and accommodation. Book by 28 February. For reservations, please visit: or call: 0344 493 0122

Whatever you might think, Orlando is no longer all fast food chains and doughnut stands. The city has made a concerted effort in recent years to move with the culinary times and there is now a flourishing food scene that extends beyond burgers and beef joints, and surprisingly, this is even applicable to the parks themselves. Epcot, Walt Disney’s utopian city opened in 1982, features an annual International Food & Wine Festival celebrating gastronomic mastery and innovative cookery from around the world. This sensory tour of 30 different marketplaces brings together the cultural food offerings from Germany, Japan, North Korea and Africa all in one place. For sheer novelty value, I’d recommend paying a visit to the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, located in Universal Studios. Sugar addicts’ cravings will be well satisfied in this 19th century-inspired dining establishment, where even the bread and butter is made out of chocolate. In Winter Park, you’ll find many excellent restaurants, arguably the most well-known of which is Luma on Park, incidentally Paul McCartney’s favourite restaurant when he visits Florida. This upmarket American eatery prides itself on using only the best locally sourced produce to create its menu.

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Day one of your trip can either be spent relaxing into your surroundings at the hotel, or heading straight to the parks. If you choose the latter, Disney’s Magic Kingdom should be your first port of call, as it epitomises Disney’s heritage. For your next day, however, I would recommend visiting Universal Studios, which caters more to adults with its movie- and television-themed rollercoasters and stateof-the-art 3D rides and simulators. Highlights include The Transformers ride, which sees the robot cars brought to life in front of your eyes using the latest in 3D and projection screen technology. Next, enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, undoubtedly the most popular attraction at Universal, which certainly exceeded all my expectations.

The best time to visit Orlando is during the spring or late autumn, when the crowds are just manageable and the hot weather bearable. However, this summer will see the latest attraction to land in Animal Kingdom, Pandora: The World of Avatar, which has been based on James Cameron’s 2009 epic sci-fi film, Avatar. Sneak peeks released at the end of last year reveal that the immersive land will feature two major rides, including a canoe ride down the fictional Na’vi River within a bioluminescent rainforest. According to the ride’s spokesmen, even those who haven’t seen the film will be able to appreciate and enjoy the animated experience.

Clockwise from top: Skull Island: Reign Of Kong, Universal Studios; Mako, SeaWorld; Goofy at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando; Pandora: The World of Avatar, Animal Kingdom; The Mall at Millenia; Expedition Everest, Animal Kingdom; Skull Island: Reign of Kong, Universal Studios; Monorail train and Spaceship Earth, Epcot; Outdoor lounge, Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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Gordon Miller checks into three of Morocco’s most stylish and luxurious hotels

atthew Williamson claims to have visited more than a dozen times. Jean-Paul Gaultier has a riad there. And Poppy Delevingne chose it as the place for her wedding. Indeed, Marrakech, Morocco’s exotic city, has become the holiday destination of choice for the fashionable rich and famous. It all started in the 1960s, when the likes of The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Yves Saint Laurent (who designed Jardin Majorelle, the stunning 12-acre botanical garden and one of Marrakesh’s most visited sites) would seek refuge in this ancient fortified city, away from prying European eyes, and indulge in hedonistic activities. Today, visitors continue to be drawn to the red city year after year, seduced by its mesmerising colours, aromatic spices and rich culture. The 18 souks that inhabit Marrakesh are packed full of stall holders experiencing a roaring trade thanks to the many generous tourists and both real estate and luxury hotel development have grown significantly in the past century, despite the global economic recession. Two of the most famous five-star resorts include the Royal Mansour hotel and La Mamounia palace-hotel, which lie adjacent to one another. The former was commissioned by King Mohammed VI for an astronomical sum of money and this extravagant oasis shows off the skill of local craftsmen, for whom it took three and a half years to build. The latter, renowned for its 16-acre lush gardens, was regularly frequented by Sir Winston Churchill (the bar has been named after him) and recently underwent an extensive refurbishment, restoring it to its former glory.

However, if you fancy venturing away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech’s main medina and finding a more tranquil escape, then there are some great alternative options, as I discovered on my recent visit.

Palais Namaskar Palais Namaskar, a 20-minute drive from central Marrakesh and one hour away from the Atlas Mountains, is reminiscent of a sultan’s palace. This Moroccan retreat from The Oetker Collection features traditional Moorish architecture, beautiful landscaped gardens and all of the amenities you could possibly wish for, including a luxury Clarins spa, fine dining and a fitness centre. The accommodation has been divided into four tiers: standard rooms, suites, villas and palaces. The path to the pool villas is an enchanting walkway lined with bougainvillea. The double-fronted property is enclosed within ornate, arched gates and the walls surrounding it have been lined with jasmine and orange trees, promising total privacy as you bathe in the outdoor pool. Inside, the tranquil setting continues with the feng shui design, but for those of you who can’t do without 21stcentury technology, rooms comes complete with televisions and iPod docks. Finally, guests can choose from the freestanding bath tub or the outdoor plunge pool in which to soak up this Moroccan experience in glorious solitude. From €490 for a deluxe room,

L’Amandier Hotel One hour south of Marrakech, in the little-known Ouirgane Valley in the High Atlas Mountains, is where you’ll find L’Amandier Hotel, which officially opens this April. Set on a plateau amid citrus and olive groves, this


Clockwise from left: Main pool, Palais Namaskar; Spa suite, La Roseraie;L’Amandier Hotel terrace, photography: Tara Panchaud; Villa Lavande, L’Amandier Hotel; Swimming pool, La Roseraie; Water feature, Palais Namaskar

intimate hideaway comprises six en-suite bedrooms and 14 villas. The land was bought by two brothers, whose shared vision was one of barefoot luxury, allowing guests to experience the raw, natural beauty of the surrounding Toubkal National Park without compromising on luxury. Skilled craftsmen were employed to undertake the task, all of whom were highly accomplished in timehonoured artisanal building techniques, and used local materials. This has been cleverly fused with contemporary European design, courtesy of British architect Nick Gowing and interior designer Michael Kopinski. The hotel’s amenities include an infinity pool, a 50-cover restaurant, and an all-weather tennis court. Each of the estate’s villas has its own roof terrace, courtyard, plunge pool, and panoramic views across the valley of olive groves, or to the lake and mountains that lie beyond L’Amandier’s neighbour: La Roseraie Spa Retreat. Suites in shoulder season start from €240 per suite per night and €420 for a two-bedroom villa per night,

Domaine de la Roseraie La Roseraie is an institution in the Ouirgane Valley, known and loved from Casablanca to the Côte d’Azur. Founded 46 years ago by Abdelkader Fenjiro – who is the father of the current custodians, Kenza and Nabil – the 40-room retreat is centred on the main hotel with a lounge, a handful of bedrooms and a swimming pool; the majority of the en-suite guest rooms are dotted around the grounds. Having been planted over several decades, and

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lovingly tended by four gardeners, the verdant estate is now home to hundreds of olive trees and pomegranate bushes, some 5,000 rose bushes, a rare and magnificent flowering pecan tree, and a magnolia tree that annually produces its beautiful white blossoms. Kenza Fenjiro, a published writer on aromatherapy, has added a new dimension: cultivating a herb garden whose produce is used in the luxurious spa treatments. Guests are invited to learn about, and create, their own tinctures in the welcoming and attractive laboratory adjacent to the spa. Complete with hammam (traditional Moroccan steam room), four massage rooms, Jacuzzi and indoor swimming pool, the spa was completely remodeled last year. Located in the heart of Berber country, the design pays tribute to the indigenous North African people’s culture and history, with rare artefacts, including jewellery and daggers, adorning the walls and bedecking the floors, which have also been covered in geometric-patterned hand-woven rugs. The overall effect is eclectically charming. It has an authenticity borne out of passion and personal investment. It was Benoît Laberrigue, Kenza’s husband, who designed the space and was responsible for several installations, including the impressive wall-hanging mirror with jagged clear crystals. This unique piece might be considered a totem of the evolved La Roseraie Spa Retreat. As Kenza said, “Nature provides everything. Look around you – it’s all here to be discovered.” From £120 for a standard room for two that includes half board,



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Rising Star In the past year alone, Pierre Koffmann’s protégé Ben Murphy has been awarded the accolades of Chef to Watch 2016 by The Good Food Guide, Breakthrough Chef of the Year at the Food and Travel Awards and received a rare five-star review from the late AA Gill for his restaurant at The Woodfood – all at the ripe old age of 26. Now, he’s venturing to the Royal Borough to head up Launceston Place. Here, he discusses his failed football career, contemporary cooking and tattoos I can really see myself fitting in at Launceston Place. I feel like I’ll be able to follow my philosophy of food and show what I love to cook and eat. I’m definitely going to put a modern twist on classic ingredients and dishes; the menu will be well executed in the hope it delivers on some big flavours.

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I like that the Royal Borough is quiet. Being back here is great because I get to use the same food suppliers that I’ve used before [when I worked at The Berkeley]. I think it’s important to engage the locals; the new menu will be different and up-market. I want Launceston Place to offer a special experience. When I was 16, I was more focused on being a footballer, but then I broke my collarbone. I have been very fortunate with my career as a chef; I love eating and it’s important for me to produce good dishes that will get other people’s taste buds going. My favourite chefs are Pierre Koffmann, who recently left The Berkeley, and Éric Fréchon. I also admire Gordon Ramsay, because he is the last British chef to have been awarded three Michelin stars in London. I’m not a big healthy eater. After a long day at work, I’ll usually eat some chocolate, raspberry mini rolls, maybe a cup of tea and some biscuits. My guilty pleasure is macaroni and cheese – when done properly! All of my tattoos are just as important as each other. Some of them have a family philosophy behind them, others are fashion-inspired, and I have a few random ones as well. The tattoos on my right arm, for example, are in relation to my Nan. 16 Launceston Place, W8,




Table Talk If you could have anyone cook for you, who would it be? Perhaps you may be tempted by a meal from the hand of Chiltern Firehouse’s Nuno Mendes, Claude Bosi of Hibiscus fame, or Damien Hirst’s favourite Mark Hix? If so, your dreams may become a reality as a bevy of Michelin-starred chefs will be whipping up a feast at the annual Who’s Cooking Dinner? event this March. Held at the Four Seasons hotel in support of leukaemia charity Leuka, the soirée will see the likes of Angela Hartnett MBE, Tong Chee Hwee, Zuma’s Rainer Becker and The Ledbury’s Brett Graham present specially devised menus for attendees, who won’t know which chef will be cooking for them until the pre-dinner draw. £7,000 for a table of 10, 7 March, Four Seasons, Park Lane, W1J,

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Coast to Coast It’s no secret that London offers some of the best international cuisine in the world; from your favourite greasy curry house to the swanky sushi bars of Nobu, delicious intercontinental dining comes in many shapes, sizes and prices. But what of Californian fare? Those missing their daily dose of the sunny West Coast should pay a visit to Notting Hill’s Pomona’s, a 120-cover restaurant specialising in all things Cali. The menu, which has been heavily influenced by top chef Gareth Sanderson’s travels, comprises steak tartare, tuna poke salad and sea bass with saffron pearl couscous. 47 Hereford Street, W2,

Piggy in the Middle This little piggy is heading straight to the bar now that Jason Atherton’s flagship boozer, The Blind Pig, has launched its children’s literature-themed cocktail menu. The Long and Short Great British Tails menu will offer 10 new drinks, including Hunny Pot, a rum and mead Winnie-the-Pooh-themed concoction; Half a Pint o’ Buttah, a Harry Potterinspired tipple based on J.K. Rowling’s butterbeer; and Dream Jar, a glowing vodka cocktail created for fans of The BFG – best enjoyed with a side of snozzcumbers. 58 Poland Street, W1F,

For a post-fashion week pit stop, where better to rest your Manolo-clad feet than at Ralph’s Coffee & Bar? The first London-based diner by Ralph Lauren sits next to the brand’s flagship store on Regent Street and specialises in strong brews and tasty cocktails – think classic Margaritas and gin sours. Decorated with the label’s favoured equestrian theme in mind, the space features leather seats, a brass bar and an impressive display of equine artwork. 173 Regent Street, W1B,

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Eagle-Eyed Those missing Ladbroke Grove’s old watering hole The Eagle will be pleased to hear that the pub has reopened under new management, offering a sleek new design and a traditional British and Bavarian-inspired menu. Former Soho House chef Stan Perry gives classic pub grub a German twist with venison carpaccio, chicken schnitzel and crispy pork knuckle, all of which has been created to complement the impressive array of craft beers that The Eagle has on offer. Beer pairings will be recommended for each dish and, in a nod to the venue’s former life as a Truman’s brewery, a dedicated Truman’s bar will occupy the upstairs area, where the brand’s Raw Tank beer will be served. 250 Ladbroke Grove, W10,

A Fishy Plaice If you’re willing to shell out for something a little fancier than your traditional fish-and-chip fare, The Notting Gill Chippy is the place for you. The Kensington Place pop-up takes seafood up a scale, serving soft-shell crab burgers with tomato and avocado and crispy monkfish cheeks with aioli, as well as the restaurant’s signature fish and chips served with sides of tartar sauce and mushy peas. We’re hooked. Until 2 April, Kensington Place, 201 Kensington Church Street, W8,

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Barber Shop New Yorker Dan Barber, renowned for his unique ‘waste not, want not’ approach to dining, will make his first appearance in London with a pop-up restaurant at Selfridges. Located on the department store’s rooftop terrace, the pop-up will see Barber partner with British and European farmers, fishermen and butchers looking to reduce their environmental impact to create a menu from ingredients usually considered waste. The Wasted restaurant will serve traditional British dishes reimagined using cabbage cores, crops and waste-fed pig meat. There will also be a daily special on offer created by a host of guest chefs, the likes of which will include Pierre Koffmann, Gordon Ramsay and Tom Kerridge, as well as a special Wasted afternoon tea by the Rare Tea Company. 24 February – 2 April, Selfridges, W1A,

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When in Ritorno Anyone who’s sipped an Aperol Spritz al fresco in Venice, enjoyed a flute of Prosecco in Rome or raised a glass of Negroni in Florence will be pleased to hear of Chelsea’s newest resident Ritorno, an aperitivo bar specialising in Italian cocktails and wines. The 80-cover bar will delight alcohol enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, as each drink has been inspired by Italy’s very own poets and lyricists. Be sure to sample Sardegna, a vodka-based blueberry and lavender cocktail inspired by Nobel Prize winner and Sardinian native Grazia Deledda. 442 King’s Road, SW10, Images courtesy of: Ritorno


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A Stylish Affair

Donald Glover

David Furnish

Anya Taylor-Joy

Alessandra Balazs

Book Club

Dylan Jones OBE, Marco Bizzarri, & Massimo Bottura

Milo Astaire & Preston Thompson

Greta Bellamacina

Jack Guinness

Joe Alwyn

Thomas Cohen

Hikari Yokoyama

Olly Alexander

What: Bunga Bunga Covent Garden Launch When: 12 January Where: Bunga Bunga Covent Garden, WC2B Who: Sheridan Smith OBE, Natalie Pinkham, Lottie Moss, Grace Woodward and Georgia Toffolo Why: Members of the Made in Chelsea cast fled their usual stomping ground for a night in Covent Garden at the Bunga Bunga launch. The event was held in the restaurant’s upstairs bar, where actress Sheridan Smith OBE performed Barbra Streisand’s Don’t Rain On My Parade, which was followed by more live entertainment by the likes of the Jersey Boys cast and a champagne juggler. Guests indulged in prosecco and cocktails made by sponsor Martini, Bunga Bunga’s signature pizza, gnocco fritto, and arancini balls.

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Astrid Harbord & Martha Ward

Charlie Gilkes & Duncan Stirling

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What: André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards When: 24 January Where: The Goring, SW1W Who: Fuchsia Dunlop, Ruby Tandoh, Jeremy Lee, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Jacqui Small and John Szabo Why: Showcasing the best of contemporary food and drink writing, the André Simon Food & Drink Book Awards hosted its annual ceremony at The Goring. The Great British Bake Off star Ruby Tandoh and Chinese cuisine expert Fuchsia Dunlop were among the winners, with a special commendation awarded to Tandoh for her second book, Flavour: Eat What You Love. The prize for the drinks category was presented to Canadian wine critic John Szabo, for his exploration of geology, volcanism and soil sciences in Volcanic Wines.

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Georgia Toffolo & Jess Woodley

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What: GQ x Gucci Short Film Launch When: 2 February Where: Serpentine Sackler Gallery, W2 Who: Dylan Jones OBE, Marco Bizzarri, David Furnish, Hikari Yokoyama, Donald Glover and Alessandra Balazs Why: To celebrate the launch of their collaborative short film series, The Performers, British GQ and Gucci hosted an event at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, where the magazine’s editor, Dylan Jones OBE, and the fashion house’s CEO, Marco Bizzarri, presented a screening of the two-part series. Starring Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie and Michelin-star chef Massimo Bottura, the movies were shown to guests David Furnish, Jack Guinness and Alessandra Balazs, who were all suitably kitted out in Gucci attire.

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What: The Happy Kitchen Book Launch When: 1 February Where: Squirrel, 11 Harrington Road, SW7 Who: Rachel Kelly, Sir Anthony Seldon, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, Alice Mackintosh and Abigail James Why: Rachel Kelly celebrated the launch of her new cook book, The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food, created in collaboration with nutritionist Alice Mackintosh. After working together for five years, the pair have produced a collection of delicious recipes designed to boost energy, relieve low mood and help you get a good night’s sleep. The launch was held at healthy eatery Squirrel, where guests were kept happy with plenty of food, including some delightful butternut squash and feta frittatas and salmon and prawn teriyaki skewers.


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CHELSEA 45 Sloane Avenue SW3 3DH 020 7225 1225 KENSINGTON 172 Kensington Church Street W8 4BN 020 7792 1881 KENSINGTON GATE 22 Gloucester Road SW7 4RB 020 7581 1152 NOTTING HILL 299 Westbourne Grove W11 2QA 020 7727 7777 SOUTH KENSINGTON 25-27 Harrington Road SW7 3EU 020 7581 8888

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Clanricarde Gardens, Notting Hill W2 Charming two bedroom two bathroom flat An opportunity to acquire a flat arranged over the raised ground floor of a handsome white stucco fronted period building and benefitting from excellent room proportions, charming period features and an abundance of natural light. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, reception room, kitchen, undemised terrace. EPC: D. Approximately 70 sq m (754 sq ft).   Leasehold: approximately 87 years remaining

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Radnor Walk, Chelsea SW3 A newly renovated four bedroom house, finished to an impeccable standard A stunning Chelsea house which has been redesigned and refurbished, comprising fabulous open plan living spaces with well-designed bedrooms, and features a south westerly facing garden. 3 bedrooms (all en suite), separate shower room, drawing room/bedroom 4, reception room, media room, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, utility room/kitchenette, garden. EPC: B. Approximately  242.19 sq m (2,607 sq ft).     Freehold

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Pembroke Court, Kensington W8 A two bedroom penthouse apartment with access to a communal garden A penthouse apartment situated on the fourth floor, with far-reaching views both over Edwardes Square to the north and Kensington rooftops to the south. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, kitchen, guest cloakroom, lift, communal garden.  EPC: E. Approximately 73 sq m (781 sq ft).   Share of freehold

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Queen's Gate Gardens, South Kensington, SW7 Beautifully presented apartment featuring a wonderful 23’4 x 18’1 drawing room with tall ceilings and views across communal gardens. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, cloakroom. EPC: E. Approximately 125.4 sq m (1,350 sq ft). Office: 020 3641 6122  


Guide price: £4,650,000

Stanhope Gardens, South Kensington SW7 Designed by award winning architect Carl Turner, this unique Georgian style end-of-terrace 5 story building has been completely refurbished. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, roof terrace. EPC: D. Approximately 215.3 sq m (2,317 sq ft). Office: 020 3641 6122

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Redcliffe Square, Chelsea SW10 A bright and newly renovated two bedroom top floor flat on the popular Redcliffe Square, situated just off the Little Boltons in West Chelsea. 2 double bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen/reception room. EPC: C. Approximately 61.8 sq m (664 sq ft). Office: 020 3641 5903 020 3641 5903  


Guide price: £10,250,000

Drayton Gardens, Chelsea SW10 Traditional in style, the entire apartment was interior designed by Christophe Gollut, who has created a warm and inviting space through the use of rich colours and detailed texture. 5/7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms. EPC: B. Approximately 401 sq m (4,317 sq ft). Office: 020 3641 5903                                       


Montpelier Square, Knightsbridge SW7 A beautifully presented six bedroom house 020 3461 6019

A brand newly refurbished family house quietly located with views over this elegant Knightsbridge garden square. The property benefits from high ceilings, a west facing patio garden and excellent storage. Master bedroom suite, 5 further bedrooms, 4 further bathrooms, guest cloakroom, 4 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, patio garden. EPC:D. Approximately 320 sq m (3,452 sq ft).   Available unfurnished     Guide price: £4,950 per week


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Royal Crescent, Holland Park W11 An elegant family house with access to communal gardens A light and spacious Grade II listed family town house located in Holland Park overlooking beautiful communal gardens. 7 bedrooms (3 en suite), 2 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, kitchen, utility room, storage, attic, private garden with summer house and access to communal gardens. EPC: D. Approximately 392 sq m (4,220 sq ft).   Available unfurnished 020 8166 5449  

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Journal of Prime Property

PRIME RESI provides us with a comprehensive monthly round-up of key news about the local luxury property market

Earl’s Court Exhibition Square, image courtesy of: Capco

Earl’s Court’s ‘gateway’ square in January, the Royal Borough granted detailed planning consent for Capco’s new Exhibition Square, which “will create an important gateway” to Sir Terry Farrell’s Earl’s Court Masterplan. The 139,000 sq ft public square promises to be one of the key hubs of the enormous west London regeneration project, providing direct access to a new hotel, 62,000 sq ft of office space, an entrance to Earl’s Court Underground station, and one end of a new ‘21st Century High Street’ linking North End Road and Warwick Road. The hotel and office buildings have both been designed by KPF architects. Detailed designs for Exhibition Square were brought forward for consultation by Earl’s Court Partnership Limited – the joint venture between Capco and Transport for London – last summer, building on outline planning consent for the whole 77-acre Masterplan, which was granted back in 2013. Capco is currently holding a second round of consultation on proposals for a 400-home development at Empress Place.

First firm fined under new RBKC noise rules A builder who completed a job in Kensington over two Saturdays and a bank holiday Monday last summer has been fined in the first case brought under the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea’s (RBKC) tough new noise rules. Mr Duclei Ferreira’s company, Duclei Construction, was hit with a total fine of more than £3,000 for breaching a notice served under the Control of Pollution Act 1974. The owner was also ordered to pay costs of around £1,250, as well as a “victim surcharge” of £170. According to RBKC, the renovations to the property on Campden Hill Gardens attracted a number of complaints from neighbours, which were followed up with some warnings, but the works apparently continued regardless. Saturdays joined Sundays as sacred days in the Royal Borough in April 2016, with all noisy works banned under the new Code of Construction Practice. High-impact activities like demolition and concrete breaking have also been restricted. “I hope the message now goes out to contractors that ignoring our Code of Construction Practice will have consequences,” commented councillor Tim Ahern, Kensington and Chelsea’s cabinet member for environmental health.

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Emaar returns to Harrods to showcase luxury Dubai homes Dubai’s Burj Khalifa developer Emaar Properties has once again taking over a considerable chunk of Harrods to tout its Middle Eastern wares to London-based buyers. The windows and second floor of the Knightsbridge department store have been transformed into a Dubai property showcase for a second year in a row, allowing shoppers to pick up a shiny new condo and their next season’s wardrobe in just one trip. The 2016 showcase seems to have worked for Emaar, with the developer claiming “multimillion pound sales” from the 205,000 shoppers who walk through that part of the store each month, as well as brand visibility benefits. And this year’s showcase is significantly bigger and more dramatic: it has doubled its floor-length, and promises “even more lavish” window installations. Emaar now occupies five of Harrods’ window bays along Brompton Road, with a seven-foot tall scale model of The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour (designed by Santiago Calatrava) taking centre stage. On the second floor, a 1,200 sq ft touchscreen-riddled sales suite has been designed around scale models and a living area (complete with a Versace carpet), and is open until 31 August. Harrods Estates is on hand to pitch sales and manage enquiries, with residential units in Dubai’s new Opera District, Downtown Dubai, Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai Hills Estate and Arabian Ranches being offered from £216,000;


ACADEMY GARDENS KENSINGTON W8 A STUNNING SIX BEDROOM APARTMENT Sophisticated and elegant, this 5 bedroom apartment with its high ceilings, large open spaces and fantastic views, is set over 5,369 sqft. Academy Gardens is an envious address and this apartment is perfect for entertaining friends and family. The property has been meticulously finished to a superb luxurious standard and the quality is clear from the moment you step into this apartment. Accommodation: Reception hall, vaulted reception room, family room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3 dressing rooms, 2 guest cloakrooms, study. Amenities: Large patio, 2 terraces, open garden, 24-hour concierge, CCTV, underground parking, gym and 25m swimming pool.


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Trans-Atlantic Teamwork Richard Pretsfelder and Matthew Lesser from Leslie J. Garfield, and Paul Finch from Beauchamp Estates muse on the New York and London markets, and talk to Camilla Apcar about their international affiliation

Leslie J. Garfield & Co. 244 East 48th Street, New York, rear exterior

Leslie J. Garfield & Co. 244 East 48th Street, New York, dining room and reception area

New York City, it transpires, is not so unlike London – when it comes to the property market, at least. Leslie J. Garfield and London’s Beauchamp Estates are two agents with a trans-Atlantic affiliation whose work on their home patches are not so different. “Last year in New York, the overall the numbers were up [across the property market],” says Leslie J. Garfield partner Richard Pretsfelder. “A lot of that was driven by the very high-end condo sales – like 432 Park Avenue.” It was a slightly different story for ultra-prime properties: “a slower year on average, with a lot of inventory and uncertainties surrounding the election… But since then – and I think it would have gone this way no matter who won, as there would have been some certainty – enquiries, offers and closings are picking up. “If we get all the tax cuts on income and capital gains for real estate developers that are being talked about… it’ll be a healthier year for the real estate market in New York.” Coming up to the election, “there was a lot of inertia,” says Pretsfelder. “There were a lot of people looking and being very methodical, with extended decision-making and negotiations. People just didn’t know how things would play out.” It’s too early to tell the impact of Trump’s presidency, says Matthew Lesser, another partner at Leslie J. Garfield, “but from a business standpoint, lower capital gains and income tax will clearly benefit our clientele, which will ultimately lead to more spending.”

Leslie J. Garfield was founded in 1972. Its portfolio includes ambassadorial mansions, penthouses, family homes and condominiums, brownstone townhouses, with a particular specialism in the latter. “In the past three years, the Downtown market has been the more attractive neighbourhood,” says Lesser. The price per square foot is higher than anywhere in New York City. Chelsea and Brooklyn Heights have seen “dramatic spikes” in interest and price per square foot, he continues, “which I think actually gives more value to the Upper East and West Sides – notoriously the areas where wealthy people want to live.” Yet prices will continue to rise around Fifth and Madison, Central Park West and Columbus, towards the High Line and Gramercy Park, as well as the West Village ‘Gold Coast’, says Lesser. In Greenwich Village, average sales prices rose 29 per cent over the past year. “We have a pretty finite product.” There are no more real townhouses being built in New York City, and under 2,000 single-family homes. Most townhouses started as single-family homes, and through the Great Depression many were converted into multi-family homes. Excluding the Upper East Side, which is mostly single families, the trend is now reversing. Leslie J. Garfield also specialises in selling multiple dwellings to those looking to convert the space back into a single-family home – an increasingly popular proposition.


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A new subway line could well speed up a renewed interest in Uptown. There are three new stations between the 96th and the 63rd Street lines, and it will eventually connect to the BMT Broadway line and the rest of the New York subway system, with 16 new stations. This state of affairs sounds all too familiar. “I’m basically Rick with a different accent,” says Beauchamp sales manager Paul Finch. “There isn’t much difference between London and New York in that we have the same mix of townhouses and gentrification. The only thing is that here we’ve been hit a bit harder in taxation, and had uncertainty for a lot longer. But in the same way, things started moving again in November. London is still a safe and desirable place to live.” There are about 40,000 units in planning or construction across prime central London, Finch calculates. There has also been a 90% surge in property prices along the Jubilee line extension and Crossrail line, the report notes. As noted in this year’s Ultra Prime Barometer Report by authors including Beauchamp Estate and Leslie J. Garfield, due to the strength of the dollar against the pound, over the past year “London real estate became very attractive to dollar-based investors”. Over the past six months, enquiries from American buyers have risen 10%, and sales by 3%. A US dollar buyer purchasing a typical 3,900sq ft ultra-prime apartment in Mayfair now pays $18.5m, compared to $20.7m in 2015,

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it continues. The average price of an ultra-prime home in Manhattan is £21.5m, compared with £18.4m in Mayfair. “If implemented, a new trade deal between the USA and UK would start from 2019 when the UK leaves the European Union,” says the report. “Tariffs on goods and investments could be lowered to zero, generating a huge uplift in trans-Atlantic business deals and purchases.” The affiliation between Beauchamp and Leslie J. Garfield began in 2015. “What makes it go well is the effort we put into it,” says Pretsfelder. “We’ve been very focused on having an integrated partnership. We see each other’s listings, have regular meetings and converse about deals.” The two agents have transactions that they are working on together; but as boutique agencies, referrals take place on a personal level. “It’s pretty seamless,” he smiles. While Leslie J. Garfield, who founded the company as a broker, amassed his property portfolio, he also brought together an enviable art collection. An avid print collector, he travelled around buying pieces in his free time when he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. From his thousands-strong collection, he will be donating a painting of the United States flag by Jasper Johns to the British Museum in March – another testament to the strength of alliances from across the ponds.,



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A beautifully presented five bedroom house with views over the communal gardens. The house has been refurbished to a high standard and offers approximately 1,941 sq.ft. of accommodation. First floor drawing room, kitchen, 5 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 shower rooms, first floor balcony and access to the central communal gardens.


Share of Freehold ÂŁ832,500

A delightful unmodernised apartment on the second floor of a mid terrace Grade II* Listed building with access to a beautiful communal garden. The accommodation comprises reception room with double sash windows overlooking the garden, one bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. Ideally located for the exit routes from London and the first class shopping facilities readily to hand.


Leasehold for Sale £4,850,000

A penthouse apartment of some 2,522 sq.ft. over the 7th & 8th floors of a landmark building set back from the Embankment by beautiful communal gardens. Exposed beams, extensive panelling and double height reception rooms, the apartment is full of character – from the mezzanine study and sun room, to the view of the London Eye from the master bedroom. The terrace offers views toward Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.


Freehold for Sale £2,225,000

An elegant two/three bedroom ground and lower ground floor maisonette with its own private entrance from the street. Swinton House is a 1930’s purpose building block set back from the road and the apartment is sympathetically decorated with At Deco features. Reception room, kitchen/dining room, 2/3 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, cloakroom and private garage.


To Let ÂŁ925 per week

A new two double bedroom apartment located on the third floor. Approximately 1,227 sq.ft. this modern property is situated opposite the Westfield shopping complex and ideal for the exit routes from London. Generous open plan reception room/kitchen/dining room, two double bedrooms, en suite shower room and bathroom, built in storage, balcony.


To Let - ÂŁ500 per week

A two bedroom flat located on the fourth floor (with lift) in this small mansion block, just off Kensington Church Street, only a short walking distance of Kensington High Street underground station and the open spaces of Kensington Gardens. The flat comprises approximately 728 sq.ft. of reception room, fitted kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, 1 en suite bathroom and shower room.


To Let - £2,050 per week

Full of classic charm with modern style, this penthouse apartment on two floors of this impressive villa in this prestigious residential road. 2 reception rooms, modern fitted kitchen with island, 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, cloakroom, utility cupboard. Balcony overlooking the well maintained communal gardens, garage and off street parking.


To Let - £995 per week

A brand new two double bedroom apartment located on the third floor available in an impressive building on Holland Park Avenue – just opposite the Westfield shopping and leisure complex. Approximately 1,227 sq.ft. this modern property offers a generous open plan kitchen and dining/living space with wooden flooring and small balcony – 2 double bedrooms, en suite bathroom and shower room.

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BlenheimCrescent, Crescent,W11 W11£3,750,000 £3,750,000 Blenheim A magnificent three double bedroom property over 2,300 sqft with a private garden and A magnificent three double bedroom property setset over 2,300 sqft with a private garden and roof terrace, located moments from fabulous amenities Portobello Road. Freehold. EPC=E roof terrace, located moments from thethe fabulous amenities of of Portobello Road. Freehold. EPC=E finish garden roof terrace transport links finish terrace links • Exceptional • Privategarden • Stylishroof • Excellenttransport • Exceptional • Private • Stylish • Excellent

Holland Park sales: 020 8033 9024 Holland Park sales: 020 8033 9024

Lexham Mews, W8 £3,975,000 A beautifully renovated three-bedroom freehold house with excellent natural light, in a pretty cobbled mews situated to the south of Kensington High Street. Freehold. EPC=D

• Three bedrooms • Private patio • Approx 2,150 sqft • Prime location Kensington sales: 020 8033 9025

Wynnstay Gardens


Kensington W8

share of freehold

An immaculately presented 3 bedroom lateral apartment on the 1st floor (with lift) of this highly regarded portered mansion block with the added benefit of 24hr security & access to off street parking. Wynnstay Gardens is superbly positioned on Allen Street, providing easy access to the amenities & transport facilities on Kensington High Street, while Holland Park is also within close proximity. EPC rating D


020 7937 7244

Sandalwood Mansions, Stone Hall Gardens

Kensington W8

A 3 bedroom lateral apartment located in one of Kensington’s most exclusive gated developments, benefitting from a secure underground parking space & 24hr security. The accommodation comprises a fabulous reception room with a dining area, a fully-fitted Poliform kitchen & a useful breakfast bar, 3 spacious double bedrooms (master en-suite with a dressing room) & a bathroom. EPC rating C


020 7937 7244

ÂŁ2,550,000 leasehold

Burnaby Street Burnaby Street

Chelsea SW10 Chelsea SW10 A stunning 3/4 bedroom terraced house in Chelsea, of approx. 1,950 sq ft, entirely redesigned & A stunning bedroom standard. terraced house in Chelsea, of approx. 1,950 sq ft,heating, entirely redesigned rebuilt to an3/4 exceptional The property benefits from underfloor wood floors& rebuilt to an exceptional standard. The property benefits from underfloor heating, wood floors & a patio garden. & a patio garden. EPC rating D EPC rating D

Chelsea Chelsea

020 7594 4740 020 7594 4740

ÂŁ2,750,000 ÂŁ2,750,000 freehold freehold

Queens Gate Mews, Knightsbridge, SW7 A light and spacious four bedroom mews house [2,429 sq/ft] redeveloped to an exceptional standard throughout. The house offers modern open plan living space and the added benefit of a private garage, and air conditioning throughout. Queen’s Gate Mews is in close proximity to Hyde Park and Gloucester Road tube station. Open plan reception, dining, and kitchen. Family room. 4 bedrooms [3 ensuite]. 4 bathrooms. Laundry. Garage.

PRICE: ÂŁ2,500 per week Furnished / Unfurnished

020 7591 0288 | |



ÂŁ3,450,000 leasehold

3 bedrooms | double reception | kitchen | 2 bathrooms | fireplace | lift | porter | Epc C A beautifully presented three bedroom, two bathroom apartment, on the third floor of Duchess of Bedford House, an Edwardian portered mansion building in Kensington. This property features an impressive west facing double reception, a separate kitchen, a bright master bedroom with en suite, two further double bedrooms, a family bathroom and a guest cloakroom. It is moments from Holland Park and the amenities of Kensington High Street.

10 Clarendon Road London W11 3AA

020 7229 1414


3 Bedrooms Bathroom (en suite) Shower room Reception room

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Kitchen / breakfast room Direct access to communal gardens Resident caretaker Approx. 1,487 sq ft (138 sq m)

Guide price £3,250,000 Leasehold with approx. 118 years remaining For more information, call Tim des Forges 020 7399 5010 or email

2 Cale Street Chelsea London SW3 3QU

Same great people, different name History shows that a name change brings even greater recognition and appeal. Two years ago, W.A.Ellis became part of the JLL family and from 2017 will officially change its name to JLL. Same expert team, same intimate knowledge of the prime Central London property market, now backed up by our global expertise. And with our new sales and lettings office on Cale Street, Chelsea, we can help you bring your property to the world stage. JLL Knightsbridge 174 Brompton Road, London SW3 1HP | +44 (0)20 7306 1600 JLL Chelsea 2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU | +44 (0)20 7399 5010

ENNISMORE GARDENS, KNIGHTSBRIDGE, SW7 An impressive grade II listed family house situated in this prime Knightsbridge address. The house has imposing dimensions, with elegant entertaining space, .excellent bedrooms, a 4 person passenger lift and a dumb waiter. The house is beautifully presented and it is unusual in having windows to three sides. In addition to the communal gardens which we understand can be accessed for a small annual charge, the property has a terrace at the rear of the 1st floor drawing room, and at the top of the house. EPC Rating F.

Guide Price: £11,250,000 Freehold


Physic Place, Chelsea, SW3 Tucked away in the heart of the golden mile, is this exquisite gated private road. This oasis offers peace and security, whilst being minutes’ walk from Chelsea’s trendy shops and restaurants. The house is situated over three floors, comprising three bedrooms, three en suites, and a large double aspect sitting room on the first floor, serviced by a separate modern granite kitchen, with smart dark granite bench top and timber kitchen cupboards. The top floor comprises of two of the bedrooms, both of which have en suites and terraces. This gated community is private, quiet, and secure. There is a garage which presently has a partition wall to allow for separate storage and utility areas. Most rooms have both separate independent air conditioners and built in TVs (3) and Wi-Fi. The additional newly added feature of a bright garden conservatory makes this one of larger houses within this community offering 1937 square feet (180sq m). The location is outstanding, close to the River Thames, the famous Chelsea Bridge, the glorious Physic Garden, and the annual Chelsea Flower Show. Kings Road shops and restaurants are within easy reach. EPC Rating D

Guide Price: £3,250,000 Freehold

John Taylor UK 48 Berkeley Square, London W1J 5AX Tel: 020 3284 1888 Email:


A quirky one-bedroom Artist’s Studio in Chelsea Avenue Studios, Sydney Close SW3 • 1,300sq ft • Uncommon volume and light • Potential to add value Guide price £2,250,000

• Unique and unusual opportunity • Discreetly and privately located • EPC rating D

CHELSEA OFFICE: T: 020 7225 6700

Leasehold: Approximately 82 years


A two/three-bedroom apartment in a landmark development Trinity House, Kensington High Street W14 • En-suite master with dressing room • Balcony • Open-plan reception and kitchen • 1,150sq ft / 106.84sq m • Elegant dining room • EPC rating B Guide price £2,300,000

KENSINGTON OFFICE: T: 020 3650 4600

Leasehold: Approximately 993 years


Designed for Life Ravenscourt Park welcomes Ashchurch Villas, a new collection of contemporary homes that cater to the modern family Images courtesy of: First Base


The layout of the standard family home was created in the 1800s but, while it remains an essential part of the fabric of London, it no longer caters to the needs of modern family life. Discerning Londoners have come to expect thoughtful, practical and elegant design applied to most aspects of their daily lives, particularly when it comes to their homes. Ashchurch Villas, a collection of 15 contemporary family houses located in leafy Ravenscourt Park, W12, have been built as an updated version of the traditional townhouse, representing the perfect homes for families in all stages of life. Starting from 2,370 sq ft across three storeys, the contemporary four-bedroom luxury villas have been cleverly designed to suit those with young, teenage or grown-up children. One of the main benefits of modern design is thoughtful layout. Ashchurch Villas feature a large reception room on the first floor, which harks back to traditional evening entertaining spaces, but also offers the practicality of a family-friendly living area on the ground floor, which is ideal for daytime activities. A bright and modern kitchen provides a social hub at the heart of the home and looks onto a private garden, while also connecting to a spacious area that could work as a reception, study or playroom. Each home benefits from high ceilings and large windows to draw in the light and has been built using the finest-quality, handpicked materials and premium fixtures and finishes. While modern living often requires connectivity, there are also times when we need our privacy. Ashchurch Villas come with the rare addition of a secure and separate mews studio. The space is a blank canvas and so could be transformed into a home office, a private area for a live-in nanny, a yoga studio or even a retreat for grown-up children in need of independence. Contemporary homes should also have access to good restaurants, beautiful green spaces and a family-oriented community. The Villas provide the convenience of great transport links and easy accessibility to central London, within a relaxing and leafy village environment. The W12 neighbourhood offers everything, from great cafÊs to family pubs for Sunday lunch and fine dining all on one’s doorstep. After a short walk, residents will find themselves strolling along the River Thames or enjoying one of the several beautifully designed local community parks, including Ravenscourt

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Park and Wendell Park. The area is also known for its exceptional schools, from nurseries and preparatory to free schools. Ashchurch Villas is where the realities of modern living are not only catered for, but made beautiful. From ÂŁ2,250,000, for more information, please contact: Strutt & Parker on 020 7318 4677,; or Savills on 020 7016 3865,


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20 Montpelier Street Knightsbridge London SW7 1HD

HEPWORTH COURT, CRANLEY GARDENS, SW7 LYALL MEWS, SW1X SW1W Bedroom | Bathroom Hall || 2 | Entrance Hall 2 Bedrooms 4 Bedrooms | 4| En Suite| Bathrooms Kitchen/Reception | 683 sq.ft Bathrooms | Kitchen/Reception Guest Cloakroom | 2Room Reception Rooms | | Veranda | Lift || Room | 718 sqRoom ft| |24h Lift |Porterage EPC ERoom Kitchen/Dining | Laundry Leisure Suite | Kids Club & Crèche | 2,418 sq ft | Integral Garage | Sainsbury’s | Parking | EPC D Additional off-street Parking | Access to The generously-sized apartment|within Belgrave Square Gardens EPC C

An excellently proportioned and bright two Grosvenor Waterside comprises a double double bedroomfreehold apartment, the An end-of-terrace mewswithin house bedroom with fitted wardrobe, bathroom heart of South Kensington. Positioned on situated in arguably of separate Belgravia’tub s most with walk-in showerone and as well the second floor (with lift) of this attractive desirable locations. Thishall lowwith built flexible house guest as spacious entrance period building, the flat benefits from was disassembled; rebuilt boarding. There is comprehensively a large reception with wooden floors in this stunning from semithe open and fully modernised benefitting open-plan kitchen and private use of a southplan technology living roomadvances with fully-fitted kitchen. latest air- enjoying facing veranda with glassincluding balustrade, The apartment further comprises a master conditioning, Lutron lighting, motorised blinds, the full width of the flat. The apartment benefits bedroom with modern en suite bathroom, a built in entertainment system, underfloor from wooden floors, comfort cooling system secondand bedroom and additional heating fully fitted kitchen withshower Miele and modernaappliances throughout, whilst room. The property is flooded with natural and Gaggenau appliances. The property also boasting the highest ceiling heights within light, offering an of east-west exposure and enjoys private use an integral garage as the development. The building provides 24 dualasviews over Evelyn Gardens well additional parking inalongside the mews hour concierge, aoff-street residents’ leisure suite with Chelsea’s roof tops. and access to the prestigious Belgrave Square gymnasium & spa, an on-site Sainsbury’s and a gardens, subject to separate secure underground parkingnegotiations. space.

£945,000 STC £1,550,000, STC £6,750,000 STC

Leasehold, (approx. 985 years remaining) Leasehold (121 years remaining) Freehold

CADOGAN GARDENS, CLAREVILLE GROVE EATON PLACE, SW1X SW3 MEWS, 3 Bedrooms Dressing Room Entrance HallSW7 |2 Bedrooms |2 | 3 Bathrooms (2|Suite) En | Double| Bathrooms (1 en | Kitchen/Dining/ Two Bedrooms EnSuites) Suite Bathroom Reception | Kitchen/Breakfast Room Reception Room 855 sq ft | Basement Shower Room ||Guest Cloakroom | | 1,764 sq.ft | |LiftShared |Room Resident Caretaker | Storage Room Terrace | Access Reception/Dining | Kitchen | Communal Gardens | EPC D to Belgrave Square Gardens Utility Room | 915 sq ft | EPC E

A arranged three bedroom Anwonderful elegant flatlaterally with plentiful charm, occupying A charming mews house idyllically apartment on the first floor of this elegant period approximately 855 sq ft of lateral space on the positioned in this quiet cobbled cul-de-sac, building (with lift). There are high ceilings third floor of this well-located handsome period within the heart of full South Kensington. throughout and all open building. Arranged overheight the full windows width of the The property is presented in immaculate onto two south-facing ornamental balconies. building, the principal reception room is flooded The condition and has beeniscarefully designed lateral accommodation ideal foraspects family living with natural light from its south-facing throughout withinItalian solid wood building floors close and is situated a well-managed over the street. In addition to the expansive and contemporary furnishings. This attractive to all the amenities and transport facilities of sitting area, the room boasts a bespoke house additionally benefits from south Sloane Square. There is a resident caretaker integrated kitchen and space for dining; perfect and westerly aspects andfor plentiful natural residents mayentertaining. apply access to the light. tennis court for open-plan The apartment Clareville Grove Mews is aSquare secureby gated and gardens of Cadogan separate awards admission to a superb shared terrace, lane, located Itatshould the north end of Clareville arrangement. also be noted that positioned to the peaceful rear of the first floor,87 Street, moments fromhas therecently bountifulundergone amenities Cadogan overlookingGardens Belgrave Mews. Occupiers’ can andexternal restaurants, the areaand is famous for. an refurbishment the internal also enjoy exclusive access to Belgrave Square refurbishment is almost complete. gardens, subject to the usual consents.

£2,000 £1,250 Per PerWeek Week £1,900,000 STC STC

Unfurnished Furnished (174 years remaining) Leasehold

T: +44 +44 (0)20 (0)20 3770 3770 3474 3474 T:

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SYDNEY STREET,LONDON, LONDON SW3 020 7351 7822 FAX:M: 020 7351 2274 117117 SYDNEY STREET, SW3 6NR 6NR TEL: TEL: 020 7351 7822 07530 689536 e-mail: website: e-mail:

Justice Walk, SW3

Onslow Square, SW7

This rare and unusual house has undoubtedly got the wow factor and has a huge impact on the eye. Beautifully refurbished and designed to a very high standard offering 5,358 sq. feet of dramatic space. The property comprises an impressive double height reception room as well as additional living areas making this ideal for both family living and entertaining. The master bedroom has both an en-suite bathroom and shower room with two separate dressing areas. Inconspicuously located in the heart of Old Chelsea, this historical property is close to all the conveniences the King’s Road has to offer.

A recently refurbished interior designed top floor maisonette. This stunning apartment on the third floor (with lift) has fabulous living space with a state of the art Italian kitchen/breakfast room, reception room with study area and a large utility room/guest cloakroom. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and dressing room and there is a second double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a third single bedroom/study. The property is west facing over the communal gardens to which occupants have access.



£6,000 per week


£1,795 per week UNFURNISHED

Dr aycott Place, SW3

Ashburn Gardens, SW7

Newly decorated first floor flat in an elegant period building within walking distance of Sloane Square and the King’s Road. This flat has a wonderful reception with a high ceiling retaining the original features but at the same time having been refurbished in a contemporary style with a very modern kitchen and bathroom.

A spacious and light garden flat which has been recently decorated and offers good sized accommodation close to Gloucester Road underground and the amenities of the area. The flat has two large double bedrooms plus a study/cot room, the master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and there is a separate family bathroom. The flat has an open plan kitchen off the drawing room which opens on two terraces which are ideal for outside dining during the summer months.



£800 per week


117 Sydney Street London SW3 6NR Lettings: 0207 351 7822 or

£800 per week


ElvastonGardens, Place, South Kensington, SW7 Rutland Knightsbridge, SW7 1,957SQ.FT/472 SQ.FT/182SQ.M SQ.M 5,080

A substantial contemporary apartment impressiveeach volume and superb space. An exceptional,and interior designed house with with six bedrooms, bedroom has anentertaining en-suite bathroom/shower room. Superbly located opposite Hyde Park in a private gated road with 24 hour security. Occupying the raised ground and lower ground floors of a beautifully maintained period building. Currently configured with two en-suite bedrooms, planning permission has been approved to create a third bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a Accommodation: further reception room by extending over the terrace. Reception Room : Dining Room : Kitchen/Breakfast Room : Study : Media Room : Cloakroom/W.C : Laundry Room : Master Accommodation Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, Dressing Room & Private Roof Terrace : Five Further Bedrooms with En-Suite Facility : Roof Terrace : Passenger lift: Parking For Two Cars. Double Reception Room : Kitchen/Breakfast Room : Guest W.C : Utility Room : Two Bedrooms with En-Suite Bathrooms : Media Room : Patio & Terrace

Price: £13,800,000 FREEHOLD Price £1,595,000 L/H + SHARE OF FREEHOLD 020 7590 9339 38 GLOucESTER ROaD, Sw7 38 Gloucester Road, SW7

020 7590 9339



For you, the family (and the 30 second commute to work). A collection of beautifully finished 4 and 5 bedroom family homes with an additional mews studio space (to create the perfect home office).



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Property News PRIME RESI provides us with a comprehensive monthly round-up of key news about the local luxury property market

Foulis Terrace, image courtesy of: Savills

Move with the Times Elena Dimova, managing director of CENTURY 21 Sophia Elena, urges buyers looking in prime central London to take advantage of the flat market and buy now

Markets can change direction at the drop of a hat and once that happens, you no longer have the advantage. Markets move in waves. When the wave will peak or trough is the hardest thing to predict. The sales market has been experiencing one of those flat periods through which it goes during times of uncertainty. There are properties on the market that would most likely have been snapped up at higher prices not so long ago. Add to that the weakness of sterling and you have a conundrum for both local and overseas buyers. Wait and see what happens next or take advantage of the current environment? When you finally have all the facts, so does the next person;

There is a window of opportunity to acquire overlooked jewels in prime locations that will not be so easily accessible when the market is flying therefore, by definition, you cannot make a better decision than them all other things being equal. It is those who take a view on the direction of the market and act in times of uncertainty that reap the rewards later. Once the market shifts again, it is a race to get in before it moves too far away, and that results in compromises. Although sterling has been weak, there are signs that it is starting to recover. This may well force the hands of overseas investors looking to capitalise on the existing weakness. Properties that are priced correctly are selling. This shows us that the appetite for prime central London property is there; it is simply a question of price. The global political turbulence is helping the investment case for buying property in London. At present, buyers are looking for inherent value and are not willing to overpay in the hope that the market will catch up with their price, but they want to buy. There is a window of opportunity to acquire overlooked jewels in prime locations that would not be so easily accessible when the market is flying. CENTURY 21 Sophia Elena, 10 Clarendon Road, W11 3AA, 020 7229 1414,

Chelsea townhouses up for £30m An unbroken freehold terrace of 11 buildings in Chelsea has been brought to market for offers in the £30m ballpark. The extraordinary proposition on Foulis Terrace, right opposite Northacre’s celebrated super-prime scheme, The Bromptons, is being offered by Savills on behalf of the trustees of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Hospitals Charity. Having utilised numbers 1–11 as staff accommodation since the ‘60s, the charity has decided to sell up after deeming the mid-19th century buildings

There’s 38,447 sq ft of internal space behind those elegant stucco facades, with plenty of potential for some respectful rejigging “no longer fit for their purpose”. The plan is to use the proceeds of the sale to upgrade facilities at the Royal Brompton Hospital. All in all, there’s 38,447 sq ft of internal space behind those elegant stucco facades, with plenty of potential for some respectful rejigging. “We expect interest in this important sale from around the world,” says Savills’ Luke Hawkesbury, “as investors continue to focus on London as a preferred destination for investment.”


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Rise in price cuts in prime central London High stamp duty rates continue to be the biggest factor in prime central London’s (PCL) lethargic property market, says buying agency The Buying Solution, eclipsing the effects that the EU referendum and the election of President Trump have had. But things may be looking up as many vendors are adjusting their expectations as more buyers bid low. The slowdown in million-plus deals can be clearly traced back to December 2014, when the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) regime was overhauled – and the cost of moving home rose considerably for anyone buying above £1.1m. As a result, transaction numbers have tanked in PCL; deal numbers in the three months to the end of November were 25% down on the same period a year earlier, although the pace of the downturn seems to be easing compared to May-July’s dramatic 40% year-on-year drop, brought on by the result of the EU referendum. Fortunately, many vendors are finally recognising that, in this tough market, asking prices need to be more realistic in order to generate interest, while many buyers are seeing opportunities for “discounts” and cheeky offers. “Double-digit percentage asking price reductions are not uncommon in this market,” notes Philip Eastwood, partner at The Buying Solution, which is helping parts of London’s golden postcodes “to look relatively good value again”. This “re-basing” of vendor expectations seems to be having a positive effect, with rising viewing figures and offer numbers indicating that the market is beginning to move once again. However, it’s not a clear-cut picture: the number of new properties coming up for sale in PCL fell by 14.5% year-on-year in the final three months of 2016, as some vendors paused in the hope of riding out the bottom of the market. Prices in PCL fell 6.3% in 2016, and Knight Frank forecasts that prices will be flat in 2017 as the market stabilises.

Buyer drives away with 130 Knightsbridge parking spaces for £20m Boutique property agency Nicolas Van Patrick has successfully brokered the sale of 130 parking spaces at a prominent residential block in Knightsbridge for more than £20m. It took around six months for the unusual off-market deal to go through, but, as the agency’s Alvarado says: “Due to the rarity of the asset, the buyer remained committed to the purchase and was prepared to wait.” The spaces are all located at Kingston House North, a well-regarded 1930s building designed by architect Michael Rosenauer, just south of Hyde Park. The building, incidentally, served as home to the exiled Norwegian government during WWII.

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Let’s Get Together Nick Crayson, founder of Crayson, calls for traditional estate agency to shape up its act before hybrid agents take over the London property market

In the past 40 years, the Earth has lost half of its wildlife. These species were all part of complex ecosystems and it is fairly clear that, in recent times, mankind hasn’t been behaving as a guardian of the planet – on the contrary, we are destroying everything around us, not to mention ourselves, as we continue to wreck the Earth. In not too dissimilar a way, estate agency seems to be digging its own hole in the middle of London when it comes to the property market. Many are still obsessed with the effects of the increases to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), but on the whole seem completely clueless with how to deal with it. A Willie Whitelaw manifesto-style ‘short sharp shock’ would have been far better

Everyone will lose if the service of traditional estate agency disappears than the slow death of property values, which has been foisted on us by an industry too terrified to accept the truth that a large price correction was needed as an instant response – a painful, slow decline is to everyone’s disadvantage. As an industry group, estate agency is entirely disorganised and unprepared to deal with all aspects of the new paradigm. I am not talking about individual agents – who, as a general rule, are doing their very best to deal with a tricky situation – but their masters and commanders who are still setting completely unrealistic prices and seem incapable of giving the right advice to clients. Most have now become so ineffective at providing the most basic services that it’s not surprising many sellers are starting to list their properties on some faceless ‘hybrid’ agent’s website – where no service is paid for and absolutely none guaranteed in return. Advertisements from some of these hybrid agents discuss savings on fees – so why is our own full-service industry not fighting back through the same channels and highlighting the unreported losses that arise from giving your sale to a faceless company with very little local experience? The combination of all of the above is akin to shooting oneself in the foot and, at the same time, burying one’s head in the sand. Everyone will lose if the service of traditional estate agency disappears. It’s time to fight as everything is threatened by inaction. Crayson, 10 Lambton Place, W11 2SH, 020 7221 1117,


Portland Road, Holland Park, W11

£1,800 per week* Unfurnished

A well-presented four bedroom family house situated on this sought after residential street in Holland Park. Reception Room | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Four Bedrooms | En Suite Bathroom | Family Bathroom | EPC Rating E 1,693 sq ft (157 sq m)

Notting Hill 020 7221 1111 * The following Tenant charges may apply prior to tenancy commencement: Tenancy Agreement £222 (inv VAT) Credit Reference per application £54 (inc VAT). All advertised prices are excluded and other associated services.

60 Offices across England and Scotland, including prime Central London.

Holland Villas Road, Holland Park, W14 

£8,500 per week* Furnished/Unfurnished

A stylish family home with direct access to communal gardens, off-street parking and a garage.

Entrance hall | Drawing room | Sitting room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Scullery | Study Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room | Four further bedroom suites Two further bedrooms | Utility room | Cloakroom | Terraces | Garden | Communal gardens | Garage Off-street parking 5,064 sq ft (470 sq m) Kensington 020 3813 9411 * The following Tenant charges may apply prior to tenancy commencement: Tenancy Agreement £222 (inv VAT) Credit Reference per application £54 (inc VAT). All advertised prices are excluded and other associated services.



Peel Street, Kensington, W8 

ÂŁ2,450,000 Freehold

An impressive three bedroom Victorian terraced house, occupying approximately 1,241 sq ft over three floors only, with excellent entertaining space and a wonderful south-facing terrace. Drawing room | Kitchen/breakfast area | Master bedroom with en suite shower room | Two further bedrooms | Bathroom | Terrace | EPC rating C 1,241 sq ft (115 sq m)

Kensington 020 3813 9477

60 Offices across England and Scotland, including prime Central London.

Radnor Walk, Chelsea, SW3

ÂŁ3,750,000 Freehold

This well laid out family house principally has accommodation over three floors and unusually, the house has a large roof terrace above the kitchen. Entrance hall | Double reception room | Eat-in kitchen | Cloakroom | Basement utility room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Three further bedrooms | Bathroom | Study | Patio | Roof terrace | Fully fitted kitchen incorporating Miele appliances | Underfloor heating in kitchen and bathrooms | Gas central heating | Separate utility room | Extensive storage in basement | EPC Rating E 1,832 sq ft (170 sq m) Chelsea 0207 225 3866



Old Church Street, Chelsea SW3 

ÂŁ3,750,000 Freehold

A stylish three bedroom family house in the much sought after historic part of Old Chelsea. Drawing room | Dining room | Kitchen | Family room | Master bedroom suite Two further double bedrooms | Family bathroom | Shower room | Cloakroom | EPC rating D 2,131 sq ft (198 sq m)

Chelsea SW10 020 3813 9587 chelseasw10

60 Offices across England and Scotland, including prime Central London.

Courtnell Street, Notting Hill, W2

ÂŁ3,750,000 Leasehold

A stylish and contemporary, newly refurbished three bedroom flat with two terraces in the heart of Notting Hill. Reception room | Kitchen/dining area | Three bedrooms | Three bath/shower rooms | Dressing room | Utility room | Plant/storage room | Two terraces | Balcony | EPC Rating C 1,865 sq ft (173 sq m)

Notting Hill 0207 221 1111



Notting Hill & Holland Park Magazine March 2017  

The sister to the Kensington & Chelsea Magazine showcases news concerning local residents and events happening in and around the Royal Borou...

Notting Hill & Holland Park Magazine March 2017  

The sister to the Kensington & Chelsea Magazine showcases news concerning local residents and events happening in and around the Royal Borou...