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contents feature 08 A Life in Style

Uncovering the real Coco Chanel

12 Diamond Geezer

Stephen Webster does glam rock gems


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20 Fashion Icons

Meet NW London’s fashion elite



bouTique bou iqueS With a range of unique and diverse boutiques scattered across NW, anyone with a good eye for a chic suit or a sharp shift is supremely well-catered for, says Emma Mills

Celebrating fashion anniversaries

46 Haute Hotels F ashion’s take on luxury travel

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Hoss Intropia at Pamela Shiffer

Gorge Glam Rock Zadig & Volatire, St John’s Wood This is without question the place to get this season’s latest winter looks. Divine leather bomber jackets in a range of dusky colours are an essential autumn purchase, while cashmere jumpers with cool silver elbow pads and pleated dresses will make for a chic solution to the increasing wintery months. 94 St John’s Wood High Street NW8 7SH

Chic Shoes

Statement Pieces by Malene Birger, Marylebone The premier flagship store in the UK for the brand, by Malene Birger’s unique sense of aesthetics has already earned the label a distinguished place in the international fashion world with fans that include Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole, Claudia Schiffer and Kate Hudson. We love their latest striking dresses and trouser suits, great for any power dressing fashionista. 28-29 Marylebone High Street W1U 4PL

Seasonal Style James Lakeland, St John’s Wood As people start to roll out their Autumn/Winter 2011 collections make sure you’re at the front of the style stakes with a few core pieces of divine knitwear. We love the dark autumnal tones in James Lakeland’s latest collection, their knitted dresses teamed with fur gillets and suede boots make for a classic look, while the high-end design quality really sets the pieces apart. 134 St. Johns Wood, NW8 7SE

Must-Have Handbags DESA, Hampstead With 35 years experience in the fashion industry and some impressive credentials in working with leather, DESA has created a stunning range of luxury hand and clutch bags for women, as well as a range of gorgeous boots and shoes. The stylish shop is a great place to get inspiration for the Autumn/Winter season and their unique bags are perfect for the busy city slicker. n 65 Hampstead High Street, NW3 1QP

Jewelled ‘Capri’ cut-out swimsuit, £1,200, Melissa Odabash 48b Ledbury Road W11 and 93 Walton Street SW3 020 7589 2245, Platinum ‘Tatjana’ stilettos, £690, Lara Bohinc,

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Tracey Neuls, Marylebone We love the quirky approach to design at Tracey Neuls. Classic and exemplary craftsmanship with a playful Victorian edge, Tracey’s range

of shoes is extensive and inspiring, as is the way she displays them in her shop – shoes hang from the ceiling, or sit on dinner tables, presented as the centrepiece at a posh meal, their colours filling the shop with character. Not to be missed! 29 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2NQ



Perfect Prints Pamela Shiffer, Primrose Hill Prints don’t just have to be a summery staple, bring some colour into darkening days with the stunning range of dresses and skirts from this independent boutique in Primrose Hill. Stocking a great variety of funky pieces from designers such as Almatrich, Oui and Alessi as well as the totally amazing Hoss Intropia, Pamela Shiffer’s store is a bright, light and refreshing place to shop. 75 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 8UY

Chunky Knits Anna, Primrose Hill Anna stocks a great range of transitional cardigans and jumpers perfect for the move from late summer to autumn, from brands including Micheal

Guts for Garters

Press, Primrose Hill Regularly name checked by NW’s fashion elite and boasting the kind of fashion credentials that include Ralph Lauren, Cacharel and Marc Jacobs, it’s no wonder that Melanie Press’s fashion shop has become a local gem. Style-wise it’s bold, brave and effortlessly cool. We love the Metro scarves from Faliero that she’s currently stocking. And the fact that

the shop is hidden down a side street just adds to its exclusivity. 3, Erskine Road, NW3 3AJ

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KJs Laundry, Marylebone This chic boutique has some of the classiest wardrobe staples we’ve seen, effortlessly blending quality with style. Their chic vests and t-shirts come in a range of colours and prints, channelling the ongoing trend for muted tones of taupe, stone, slate and nude, and, quality wise, they’ll absolutely last the distance, while being versatile enough to make the transition from summer to autumn easily. 74 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2PW

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Guts for Garters, Camden This quirky Camden boutique opened earlier this year and aside from showcasing art and interiors, it stocks a totally unique and eccentric range of contemporary and vintage fashion. The perfect place to find that one designer treasure it also makes for a fascinating afternoon out, so take a girlfriend and get exploring. 205 Royal College Street, NW1 0SG


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CoChineChine, Hampstead Run by Mel Chan, this divine little store is simple and classic, and its selling point is the number of high end brands it sells exclusively from its premises on Heath Street. Their summer shoe selection was to die for and if you’re still on the lookout for some special pieces for a late summer holiday then look no further. 74 Heath Street, NW3 1DN

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Kors, Fahri and Jospeh. And don’t forget to stock up on knitted dresses, a comfortable, stylish winter essential. 126 Regents Park Road, NW1 8XL

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76 In Pursuit of Glory England gears up for the Rugby World Cup

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from the editor... As I came to put the finishing touches to this September’s dedicated fashion issue, I was reminded of something the inimitable Chanel once said: “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” The way we dress and the kind of style that we evoke is so tied to where we live, and with London as one of the four fashion capitals of the world it’s no wonder that this city offers the best of everything chic, couture and classic. Researching this issue and thinking through the features we’ve included, the Vantage team has been delighted and inspired by the wealth of fashion expertise right on our doorstep. A true fashion captial, in every sense of the word. So it seems quite fitting that our special fashion issue takes you all over NW and beyond, into every aspect of your lives and where you live. In our six page local feature we explore the stylish streets of St John’s Wood, stroll through the fashion boutiques of Primrose Hill, hunt out a vintage delight in Hampstead and snap up a statement piece in Marylebone (p.16). In addition we meet the mighty fashion elite that make NW a style centre of its own (p.20), talk to the achingly cool Stephen Webster about breaking the mould with his subversive and decadent jewellery (p.12) and take a look around some of the chicest hotels created by fashion designers around the globe (p.46). No fashion issue would be complete without some reference to Chanel, and our interview with Justine Picardie, author of the most comprehensive and intriguing biography of Chanel, is a wonderful escape into the world of a woman that not only changed

fashion, but changed the way women dressed forever. Meet Coco and Justine on p.8. In Motoring we take a peek at Land Rover’s new Range Rover Evoque and hear of plans for a collaboration with fashion superstar Victoria Beckham (p.69), while our Food and Drink pages search out the best places to drink and dine during Fashion Week (p.90) and our Out and About section takes you through the essential not-to-bemissed parties, events and shows (p.92). If soaking up the atmosphere of just one fashion week this year isn’t enough and you fancy a mini-world tour through New York, Paris and Milan as well, then make sure you check out our guide to the best places to stay in each city, chosen for their proximity to the event, their style status and their certainty to be at the centre of all the fashion week fabulousness, (p.84). We’ve even looked to eternally chic France for inspiration this month, embracing the kind of shabby chic interiors you can imagine in a Provence chateau in our Trend piece (p.42), and recreating a classic Dior look on p.37. We’ve also featured bags from Anya Hindmarch (p38), interiors from Diane von Furstenberg (p.48) and our favourite beauty products from all the top fashion houses (p.52). Stay stylish...!

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Of all the fashion designers in the world, Coco Chanel’s legacy is the one that has burned brightest, reached furthest and lasted longest. Emma Mills meets author of a new book on Chanel and NW resident Justine Picardie to discuss the most important woman in fashion


t is hard to know where to begin when we consider the kind of legacy Chanel has left the world of fashion, and more crucially the world of women. She not only changed the way we dress, but she changed the way we look. She was one of the first women to cut her hair short, and to keep it short throughout her life, while also singlehandedly introducing tailoring for women, affording us the same status and power through excellently cut suits that previously only men had enjoyed. “Men had this sartorial dignity that came with the sharp cut of suit,” explains author and fashion editor Justine Picardie. “That simply wasn’t available to women until Chanel.” The list goes on. Tweed jackets – the ones you see across the high street from Whistles to Boden – are an “entirely Chanel invention”. The tweed used in Chanel jackets is still sourced in Scotland and Cumbria where Chanel first started using it. She is also the reason women now wear such comfortable, well-fitting clothes, popularising trousers, jumpers and cardigans for women. She sought so much of her inspiration from the way men dressed – famously adopting the Breton striped sailor tops that have become a trademark Chanel look. And she embraced black, taking it from something worn only in mourning to a distinctive and definitive colour of its own. “I imposed black,” says the opening quote from Chanel in Justine Picardie’s book. “And it’s still going strong today, for black wipes out everything else around.” And it was her own mourning period for her lover Boy Capel in 1919, along with that of hundreds of women widowed by the First World War, that gave rise to an item so deeply ingrained in fashion culture it can represented by just three letters – the LBD. “It was in fact the little black dress that my mother got married in that first made me aware of how important Chanel was,” explains Justine. “Very romantically my parents met at the open air theatre in Regent’s Park where my father, who was an actor, was performing in The Tempest. They married months later and she wore an amazing little black dress, not a Chanel, but a licensed copy of a Chanel black dress, which obviously she kept and I then began to wear as a teenager. As I became older and more aware of fashion I started to understand Chanel, and I realised what an important statement it was to get married in that dress. It made me think about the power of the little black dress. It was such a radical statement, the complete antithesis of a traditional white wedding gown. And it was that dress that made me think about fashion and what it means; that it can be more than the surface of things and say so much more.” And thus begun a fascination with Chanel that finally led Justine Picardie to write her extraordinary biography Chanel: The Legend and the Life – a comprehensive look at Chanel’s complex, and sometimes contradictory, personal life, her revolutionary impact on the world of fashion

and the incredible lasting legacy she has left. When I see Justine Picardie talking about the book at Daunt Books in Marylebone she has carefully dressed in an outfit that owes its origins entirely to Chanel. “Firstly I’m wearing jeans. Chanel didn’t wear jeans but she wore comfortable trousers and I think jeans are the closest you can get to comfy trousers these days,” she explains to a captivated audience. “My jeans come from Gap because she believed strongly in the democratisation of fashion. “My ballet pumps are classic Chanel ballet pumps, because she believed women should always be able to walk in their shoes. And they’re red because Chanel said women should always wear a touch of red to be reminded of the blood within us. The Breton striped top I’m wearing, which is also from Gap, is obviously a testament to her famous stripey sailor tops that you still see everywhere. Then over that I’m wearing an old navy Chanel jacket. It’s very soft, made of jersey, which was something she started using during WW1, when material was scarce and jersey was about the only thing she could get hold of - but even then she turned it into something creative. And navy was one of the colours she used with great success,” she finishes, smiling. Quite aside from her amazing fashion history, Chanel also had a fascinating life story; at times ambiguous, and even controversial, she has certainly lived in every respect. The perfect subject for a biographer? “What interests me as a writer are the forces that drive fashion, and Chanel as a woman, an icon, a symbol of change in women’s status

Chanel is an icon, a symbol of change in women’s status


Jacket cover from the paperback edition of Chanel: The Legend and the Life with exclusive illustrations of Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld

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and the way they look is at the centre of that. She’s got it all,” says Justine. But the life story of this iconic enigma came with a series of contradictory accounts of her past that Justine needed to pick through, sorting truth from embellishment, fiction from fantasy, and never ever shying away from some of the more unpopular aspects of Chanel’s character. A tough task, but under Justine’s careful hand, Chanel emerges a wonderfully flawed but at the same time intriguing woman, in no way perfect, but in so many ways compelling. “It helps if you feel empathy for your subject,” says Justine. “If people want to prove a point or dislike their subject it’s problematic. Of course there were times when I was exasperated by her, but I was always intrigued by her. And, ultimately I ended up admiring Chanel, she became the heroine of my book. She did make some bad judgements in her life – getting involved with a German officer in Paris during WW2 was not a high point, for instance – but it doesn’t make her wicked, it simply makes her flawed.” Yet, it is exactly these flaws that make her so special. Renowned for being misleading and contradictory about her life, this was a trait that stemmed from a challenging past of which she was ashamed. Born illegitimately into extreme poverty in 1883, losing her mother at a young age and being abandoned by her father, Chanel was left with her sister as a small child to grow up in a convent, a past she tried hard to erase she got older. “The thing is that shame can manifest itself in many ways,” muses Justine. “And her way of dealing with it was to rewrite her history; to tell stories about herself. In many ways I think she was her own best creation. She reinvented women’s clothes, thereby reinventing a fashion past and she then reinvented her own past while in the process of inventing who she was a woman.” Justine speaks with such warmth, it’s clear that her relationship with Chanel has been long and fruitful. Even at the age of three or four Justine says she knew how important Chanel was. “I remember a bottle of Chanel No5 sitting on my mother’s dressing table, and knowing innately that it was something special. There was something so distinctive about


the black and white design. In many ways I associate that bottle with learning to read. As I got older that label became familiar and the letters on it started to mean something.” This small moment in childhood eventually led Justine to Chanel’s private apartments in 1998, when she went to interview custodian of the brand, the inimitable Karl Lagerfeld, and took the opportunity to talk to him about Chanel. From here the biography started to take shape and in the course of her research she not only visited the convent where Chanel grew up – finding what she thinks could be the origins of the infamous interlocking Cs in its stained glass windows – but also spent an incredible evening with Chanel’s niece. “Because she lives a long way out of Paris I stayed with her one evening, and as she was showing me up to my room, she took me to a series of wardrobes that held all of Chanel’s own clothes. She kindly allowed me to look through them. At one point I tried on one of her jackets, still beautifully chic, and when I went to put my hands in the pockets her handkerchief was still in there, as I pulled it out you could still smell the unmistakable scent of Chanel No5. It was an amazing moment.” This progression full circle through fashion history, starting and ending with Chanel’s signature scent, is the kind of poetry you see in a perfectly crafted Chanel jacket. Amazingly, there is still more in Justine’s childhood that ties her to Chanel. Growing up as a child in Marylebone, Justine used to see interlocking Cs on lampposts all over the city, and had heard an urban legend that they pertained to Chanel. “During the research for the book I visited the Westminster archives and had it confirmed from the archivist there, and her predecessor, that they were indeed the Chanel interlocking Cs, put on lampposts around Marylebone and Mayfair by her lover, the Duke of Westminster, as a romantic gesture to the woman that he could not and would never marry, but loved so much,” she says. The book was clearly for Justine an incredible labour of love, taking nearly ten years to complete and bringing together an unprecedented level of research. The images, which run throughout the book, include exclusive sketches from Lagerfeld and never before seen images of Chanel, as well as some of the brand’s earliest advertising and personal photos of her with Boy Capel and the Duke of Westminster. Reviews of the book have commented on how the book is put together with the same thought, care and elegance as a Chanel suit, and for Justine this couldn’t be higher praise. “I am proud of the book, and I hope that I have brought together all the disparate strands of Chanel’s life and woven them together into something readable in a way that reflected my subject. I do know that when I had to rework a chapter or a sentence 37 times, as she would rework a sleeve or a hem, I felt I was doing her justice.” n Chanel: The Legend and the Life is available at Daunt Books Hampstead, and Marylebone. Justine is speaking at the Hampstead Literary Festival, 12 September, Heroes & Villains, 12.30-1.30pm, with Daisy Waugh, Anne Sebba and Christopher Stevens

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Stephen Webster’s cutting edge gems shook up a previously traditional industry, injecting a dose of much needed glamour and rebellion. Emma Mills talks to him about being an artisan, embracing glam rock and why he has to live by the sea. With exclusive images by Sarel Jansen


isiting Stephen Webster’s jewellery store in Beverly Hills is a unique experience, and perhaps the best demonstration of the kind of kudos and glamour that encapsulates the Stephen Webster brand. Part bar, part shop, part art gallery, it is a fitting showcase for what is now an iconic lifestyle brand. “I’d like to have some more stores like the one in Beverly Hills,” explains Stephen at his Mayfair offices. “It’s in an iconic location on Rodeo Drive, looking straight onto the Beverly Wilshire. Our bar and lounge is called No Regrets, I show art that I like and have musicians and DJs that interest me and we have evenings with 300 people spilling onto the pavement enjoying the atmosphere. And it’s great; it’s turned into something else. It’s still come out of the jewellery, but it’s taken the brand to another place.” The Stephen Webster brand is indeed a vital force in the world of jewellery, and as Stephen will attest, the people buying his jewellery subscribe to the whole lifestyle associated

Geezer with it. Stephen’s glamorous, rockstar life has been welldocumented, but, as he says, that’s ok, because it is the biggest driving force in his design. “My life is completely an inspiration for what I do, and what I create. And I think because of that it makes it real. You apply what you like in life to what you do. Otherwise it’s all a bit fake; you’d be making it up. So, everything I do, even the collaborations with other brands, is driven by the things in my life that I love.” He points to a bespoke Harley Davidson petrol tank nestled on a windowsill amidst photos of the various personalities and celebrities he’s designed jewellery for. “That completely came together because of the kind of lifestyle I have and the people I meet. We were one of the first brands that made a launch a real party, you know, a good night out. Now brands work with us because they want to buy into the image that comes with the brand.” Clearly business is booming. But it wasn’t always this way. As with any brand that brings something aggressively


work with amazing stones – things like savarites, tanzanites and tourmalines – they weren’t normal. The business then was all diamonds, pearls and sapphires. Being able to work with something new and being in such a vibrant place gave me confidence in myself as a designer and a jeweller.” Things were going well, and in 1989 Stephen decided to return to London to bring his jewellery home, but found a traditional marketplace that simply wasn’t ready for his bold, colourful work. And so began ten years of working in London and selling his jewellery in America. “It was strange. There was only a few of us, we were a tiny little business and we’d make jewellery, flog it, and repeat. But I wasn’t building my brand or my business particularly.” Strangely, despite the fact that Britain wasn’t ready for Stephen’s jewellery, it was exactly his Britishness that made him a success in the US. “We did our first show in Las Vegas. And it was incredible. We had a product that was right for the market and no one else was doing it. It was quite British in a way; we were cheeky, bold and

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different and new to the market, it has taken many years of working and waiting for the success that Stephen and his team now enjoy. “When I first tried to sell my jewellery here 22 years ago there was no place for it. I’d go into jewellers to show them my work and they wouldn’t know what to do with it.” Things did eventually change in Britain, but, despite his proudly British roots, the first part of Stephen’s career was focused across the pond in the US and Canada. Having left school at 16, unsure of what he wanted to do but knowing he was creative and loved fashion, Stephen came across jewellery and decided then and there that it was to be his craft. “It just looked like what I’d always imagined I’d be doing, it made sense to me, it was making things, and using my hands. I’d loved the small amount of stuff I’d done at school which was hands on, and I knew I could do this. And that I was going to be the best. And in some ways I have made that happen.” Finishing a jewellery apprenticeship, Stephen moved to America to work for a jeweller who spent his days scouring the globe for some of the best gems in the world. He first worked in Canada for four years, until the business moved to Santa Barbara in California, which was to provide the inspiration behind his now iconic, bold designs. “I developed my style there, and taught myself to be a designer. Santa Barbara was full on, and very exciting. I was getting the opportunity to



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had an attitude in a world that had no attitude, just prestige and snobbery!” Stephen later says this show was one of the defining moments of his career, a celebration of a decade of work and recognition from a market that had supported him throughout those early years. For a time, American success was enough, but the tide was turning and Stephen knew it was only a matter of time before Britain woke up. Then in 1995 renowned jewellery house Garrard gave Stephen a show, which he says was the first sign of anyone in Britain showing any interest. “In some ways we were ready for when the rest of the world began to embrace jewellery as the next thing in fashion. And by that I mean that it became fashionable to wear jewellery again. By then my style was edgy, inspired by tattoos and rock and roll - the press got hold of me, because they needed characters and a story, and things started to shift. Since then it’s felt like we are trying to run to keep up.” Despite this mushroom effect on his business, and the fact that he now boasts a team that includes a designer from Chanel’s own jewellery house in Paris and graduates from the Royal College, Stephen refuses to lose sight of being involved with the design. “If I’m not involved people will know, there’s something in the DNA and you can get it right or wrong, and that’s the challenge.” It’s now sixteen years since Stephen’s first show in London and he is still credited as one of the great jewellery innovators, working with new materials, designing new techniques and being at the forefront of a trend that has seen a massive upsurge in jewellery for men. “It was a really conscious choice to get more men wearing jewellery. For a long time there were few places for a guy to look at a whole collection, all that was on offer to us was cygnet rings, cufflinks, pens and some other hideous things! I launched the Ray Man collection which got a lot of press, and then another collection using iron which our male clients went mad for. It pushed enough boundaries but offered something men really loved to wear. And I think that’s where a lot of our success has been, understanding our clients. Men are loyal, once you’ve got them as a client they don’t stop buying things, they get right into it and buy into

the lifestyle you’re offering. They’re a perfect client really!” Stephen didn’t stop pushing the boundaries there, crediting his unique Crystal Haze collection as not only his favourite, but a vital chapter in his life. Crystal Haze is, essentially, a technique that Stephen invented and has used to great effect. The process involves layering a stone under another stone, to make it look bigger. “The concept is extremely old, it dates back to the Victorian era, but the way I used it was very new. And I suddenly had something no one else had,” explains Stephen. “It changed everything for us. It felt really rock and roll, like an illusion. I was credited with reinventing the cocktail ring, which set off something in New York, then Madonna had one, and then Crystal Haze became a whole collection.” These days Stephen still works on designing some of the most imaginative and exciting collections around; you only have to look at his latest Murder She Wrote range to see its genius lies in his playful and subversive streak. Then there’s the other side of his focus, his role as creative director of Garrard which sees him working with an established name as custodian of the brand. “It’s been really cool being part of that, especially since they gave me my first show in the UK. And something as old and respected as Garrard comes with a clout which is different to my brand – and it’s been exciting watching it develop.” A busy man, then, but Stephen’s home life, split between Marylebone and the Kent coast, offers a place to get away and find new inspiration. “I love London - my walk to work has got to be one of the best walks to work in the world, from my flat on Monatgue Square down to Mayfair. But my home is Kent. I have to be by the sea, it’s my second biggest inspiration, its rich blue colours, and its changeable nature – it has a really strange influence on my work and I love it. I wake up and can see France from my window, it’s magic.” Stephen clearly finds inspiration everywhere and perhaps most pertinently is still moved and motivated by the rich history of his industry. “When you think about Lalique or Cartier, these people were incredible – you look back through their body of work and get a bit blown away by it. And I love the way that a jeweller in history has been looked at differently over the years. Do you know that in Saxon times the craftsmanship was so incredible, that they’d cut the jeweller’s Achilles tendons so he couldn’t leave? It was better to cripple a jeweller than lose him! “Even these days, people like my good friend Turkish designer Sevan Bicakci, amaze me. His headquarters in Istanbul are like an old jewellery house, this incredible building full of artisans. I love it when I see something that’s a combination of incredible design and craftsmanship, – because jewellery has got to be both. You can be the best designer in the world, but it’s only half the story. Jewellery is a craft, we’re not artists, we’re artisans.” n

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Fashion Capital There is nowhere better to indulge your inner, or outer, fashionista than North West London. Rich with fashion history, and an even more diverse and exciting fashion future, take some time to get lost in the style streets


rom acclaimed milliner Stephen Jones to accessories queen (and this month’s Vantage interviewee) Anya Hindmarch, the talented designers who have appeared in the magazine over the past few months have been full of praise for London as a hotbed of creative talent and opportunity. Sure, they collectively acknowledge the struggle that those aspiring to enter the fashion industry face. But they are equally quick to describe the buzz of the city, the network of professionals already established here and the inspiration which lies all around them. And North West London certainly possesses some of the most eminent alumni and vibrant style scenery in the whole of the capital. In an age where edgy street-based style once again reigns supreme, Camden Market continues to draw up to 100,000 visitors each weekend, who flock to trawl through rails of classic gowns, punk-inspired get-ups and everything in between. In fact, Wayne Hemingway MBE, the man entrusted to bring the best of vintage fashion to this year’s London Fashion Weekend, started his award-winning label Red or Dead from a market stall in the area, back in 1981. Such was the popularity of his subversive brand of cool that nine years later,

Red or Dead began showing on the catwalk and expanding with lines of swimwear, spectacles and stockings. Today, the pattern is often reversed and renowned fashion designers Stella McCartney and Jean Paul Gaultier are amongst those who have been spotted preparing for their high profile runway collections amongst the eclectic ranges of Buck Street and Camden Stables Market. It is the statement pieces from their own drops which tend to pop up in the boutiques of neighbouring Primrose Hill and Hampstead, sought by the savvy boutique owners who count Vogue fashion editors and models as regulars. These areas have a more refined charm than Camden, but a similarly defiant independence and have resisted any infiltration of high street chains, largely because they are so fabulous and well-liked. Look to the residents of such areas and it is easy to understand why there is such a flourishing and unique fashion community in NW. There are catwalk beauties, both iconic and emerging, who effortlessly project the essence of fashion, those who so perfectly capture it on film and those who take this essence forward in new ways with their designs. Attracted to the locality for its creative and chic atmosphere, the businesses continue to blossom around them. It’s a relationship of beneficial and utterly glamorous, reciprocity. n



KJs Laundry, Marylebone This chic boutique has some of the classiest wardrobe staples we’ve seen, effortlessly blending quality with style. Their chic vests and t-shirts come in a range of colours and prints, channelling the ongoing trend for muted tones of taupe, stone, slate and nude, and, quality wise, they’ll absolutely last the distance, while being versatile enough to make the transition from summer to autumn easily. 74 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2PW

Fashion Forward Press, Primrose Hill Regularly name checked by NW’s fashion elite and boasting the kind of fashion credentials that include Ralph Lauren, Cacharel and Marc Jacobs, it’s no wonder that Melanie Press’s fashion shop has become a local gem. Style-wise it’s bold, brave and effortlessly cool. We love the Metro scarves from Faliero that she’s currently stocking. And the fact that

the shop is hidden down a side street just adds to its exclusivity. 3, Erskine Road, NW3 3AJ

Gorge Glam Rock Zadig & Volatire, St John’s Wood This is without question the place to get this season’s latest winter looks. Divine leather bomber jackets in a range of dusky colours are an essential autumn purchase, while cashmere jumpers with cool silver elbow pads and pleated dresses will make for a chic solution to the increasing wintery months. 94 St John’s Wood High Street NW8 7SH

Chunky Knits Anna, Primrose Hill Anna stocks a great range of transitional cardigans and jumpers perfect for the move from late summer to autumn, from brands including Micheal

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Kors, Fahri and Jospeh. And don’t forget to stock up on knitted dresses, a comfortable, stylish winter essential. 126 Regents Park Road, NW1 8XL


Exclusive Brands CoChineChine, Hampstead Run by Mel Chan, this divine little store is simple and classic, and its selling point is the number of high end brands it sells exclusively from its premises on Heath Street. Their summer shoe selection was to die for and if you’re still on the lookout for some special pieces for a late summer holiday then look no further. 74 Heath Street, NW3 1DN

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Guts for Garters, Camden This quirky Camden boutique opened earlier this year and aside from showcasing art and interiors, it stocks a totally unique and eccentric range of contemporary and vintage fashion. The perfect place to find that one designer treasure it also makes for a fascinating afternoon out, so take a girlfriend and get exploring. 205 Royal College Street, NW1 0SG

Perfect Prints Pamela Shiffer, Primrose Hill Prints don’t just have to be a summery staple, bring some colour into darkening days with the stunning range of dresses and skirts from this independent boutique in Primrose Hill. Stocking a great variety of funky pieces from designers such as Almatrich, Oui and Alessi as well as the totally amazing Hoss Intropia, Pamela Shiffer’s store is a bright, light and refreshing place to shop. 75 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 8UY

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Tracey Neuls, Marylebone We love the quirky approach to design at Tracey Neuls. Classic and exemplary craftsmanship with a playful Victorian edge, Tracey’s range


of shoes is extensive and inspiring, as is the way she displays them in her shop – shoes hang from the ceiling, or sit on dinner tables, presented as the centrepiece at a posh meal, their colours filling the shop with character. Not to be missed! 29 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2NQ

Statement Pieces by Malene Birger, Marylebone The premier flagship store in the UK for the brand, by Malene Birger’s unique sense of aesthetics has already earned the label a distinguished place in the international fashion world with fans that include Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole, Claudia Schiffer and Kate Hudson. We love their latest striking dresses and trouser suits, great for any power dressing fashionista. 28-29 Marylebone High Street W1U 4PL

Seasonal Style James Lakeland, St John’s Wood As people start to roll out their Autumn/Winter 2011 collections make sure you’re at the front of the style stakes with a few core pieces of divine knitwear. We love the dark autumnal tones in James Lakeland’s latest collection, their knitted dresses teamed with fur gillets and suede boots make for a classic look, while the high-end design quality really sets the pieces apart. 134 St. Johns Wood, NW8 7SE

Must-Have Handbags DESA, Hampstead With 35 years experience in the fashion industry and some impressive credentials in working with leather, DESA has created a stunning range of luxury hand and clutch bags for women, as well as a range of gorgeous boots and shoes. The stylish shop is a great place to get inspiration for the Autumn/Winter season and their unique bags are perfect for the busy city slicker. n 65 Hampstead High Street, NW3 1QP



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North West London is the destination of choice for eminent designers, photographers and their muses, says Gabrielle Lane

Rankin Photographer and director, Rankin, lives and works in Kentish Town. over the last 22 years he has earned a reputation for his exceptional portraiture which is exhibited in galleries around the world. He is repeatedly commissioned for global advertising campaigns and editorial features. As a director, he frequently shoots music videos, commercials and documentaries and has directed an award-winning feature film, The Lives of the Saints.

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Henry Holland Holland lives in NW1 and designs each House of Holland collection with London girls in mind. The outcome has evolved from immediately identifiable and sought after slogan t-shirts to carefully constructed looksthink traditional fabrics such as tartan and tweed, styled with an inimitable sense of playfulness. This is set to be a hugely successful year for Vogue contributor Holland with his S/S12 show the hottest ticket in town.

attention and excitement as the moment Helena Christensen, Kate Moss and Jade Jagger walked his debut show in September 1997, clad in the fabulous tropical colours which have become his signature aesthetic. 14 years later, Williamson has won a British Fashion Award, seen the legendary artist Prince perform at his anniversary show, completed a creative director stint at Emilio Pucci and continues to achieve international acclaim for his work.

challenging as that of Lee McQueen. However, Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, has shown herself more than worthy of taking the design house forward. Under her guidance the label has produced collections which reflect the nature, fantasy and fun which propelled it to success, with an exquisite softness. There’s also the small matter of Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress, a design brief confidently given to Burton last April.

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Declared ‘the style icon of her generation’ by Vivienne Westwood, model Daisy is in demand for her wholesome yet high fashion appeal. While her appearance in over twenty major advertising campaigns, including a recent collaboration with Braun, has seen her profile rocket and her schedule stack up, Daisy is based in Primrose Hill, where she lived with her mother Pearl while a young teen.

The icon against which all new faces are upheld. From heroin chic, to boho charm, muse to maker, Kate has reinvented the definition of modelling success and proved herself to be an incredible businesswoman, sealing deals with the likes of Topshop, Burberry, Rimmel and Dior and triggering trends in her wake. Depicted in Kensington as part of the campaign for her gorgeous new A/W 11 Longchamp bag collection, Kate is in fact a notable North West devotee.

While he may now be at home in his glamorous central environs, just moments from his legendary Savile Rowe boutique, Britain’s leading couture tailor was actually born in Muswell Hill. The first of his craft to show on the Paris catwalk in 1994, Ozwald’s career has at times reflected the tough nature of the business but has also proved that talent, imagination and passion does prevail. He has catalogued his life in his fascinating feature film A Man’s Story and has been awarded an OBE and numerous prizes for his beautiful suits and statement use of bright colours. n

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hree consecutive seasons of rich colours and luxe fabrics have produced beautiful bag designs by Kate Moss for Longchamp. And while each collection has been super stylish and successful in its own right, the new line for AW/11 honours the iconic piece which is the Gloucester, a classic handbag with buckle detailing, multiple compartments and the label’s signature embossed on leather. The design has been reworked into eight desirable formats in continuing partnership with the label’s creative director Sophie Delafontaine,

and the colour options of blue, pink and a rich red tone called carmine, show the collaboration is still spawning fresh new looks. A smaller version has been introduced to ensure an effective day to night transition and fabric options include delicate suede and a trendy snake print. The AW/11 collection also acknowledges the popularity of 2011’s summer range with its eponymous ‘Faraway’ bag. Finished with long black goat hair, the style has a slightly nomadic edge and will also complement winter wardrobes. n


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I heart (DK)nY DKNY have launched their new jewellery pieces for Fall 2011 which capture the edgy tone of New York cool which has become the label’s signature. The range juxtaposes leather bracelets against a mix of metals and semi precious stones including rose gold, silver and grey. Fans of DKNY watches will also spot details like logo studs and D-shaped links which have been carried over, along with luxurious black and white ceramics.




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GuCCI for aw/11 Rarely has one collection epitomised so many of the season’s key trends as the latest drop from Gucci. Look after look had the fashion press captivated in Milan as models took to the runway in a variety of show-stopping designs. At one end of the spectrum, summer’s colour blocking brights were reworked into sophisticated jewelled tones of

emerald and amethyst, but there was also a touch of the dark, gothic vamp seen at Christian Dior. Snakeskin and sharp tailoring can be referenced but the overall style was that of a poised and elegant country duchess. Think faux fur, fedoras and layering.

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While this shoe’s iconic red sole might alone determine its must-have status, its playful appeal makes it all the more charming. After all, if one is choosing Louboutins why not have them super-high, in an outlandish shade and edged with glitter and gold? 8 mIGnons In Chartreuse sueDe, ChrIstIan louboutIn, www.ChrIstIanlouboutIn.Com

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A tempting scrolling function which rattles through the collections and optimised search facilities make the redesigned Balenciaga website a shopper’s dream. However, we love it for its archives, which include sketches from the first range in 1937 along with documentation of how the designs and marketing campaigns have evolved over the decades.

60s style You could be forgiven for thinking summer’s 70s revival was going to pervade AW/11 too and it well might. But those favouring monochrome and simple shapes are already unearthing last year’s chic shifts and rocking a slicker silhouette. This belted jersey dress by Milly at Net-a-Porter has all the makings of a wardrobe staple. www.netaporter.Com


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Annabel Harrison explains why the fashion houses of Gucci, Mulberry, Reiss and Vivienne Westwood are standing the test of time “Fashion is always of the time in which you live. It is not something standing alone.” Few names are more synonymous with the world of fashion than Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. She opened her first millinery shop in Paris 99 years ago, in 1912, and her influence has spanned a century, bequeathing the fashion industry the iconic linked double C, the enduringly stylish monochrome palette and the beloved, quilted Chanel 2.55 handbag. Just nine years after Coco set up shop, a young man named Guccio opened a small luggage store and leather goods company in his native Florence, with a vision for his brand inspired by London. This luxury brand, known globally as Gucci, is celebrating its 90th birthday this year and three British fashion houses are also celebrating anniversary milestones of 40 years: David Reiss’ eponymous company, propelled to worldwide recognition after being singled out as a favourite of Catherine Middleton; Mulberry, the Brit lifestyle brand most well known for its iconic Alexa and Bayswater bags; and Vivienne Westwood, the eccentric, colourful doyenne of punk, pirate and Anglomania fashion.



FIT FOR A PRINCESS In just 40 years, Reiss has grown from a single store in London to a global brand with more than 100 stores and just as much energy and drive as displayed in 1971. Founder David Reiss recognised a niche in the market for affordable, premium quality tailoring and opened the first Reiss store on Bishopsgate in the City of London. Since then, the iconic, directional and modern brand remains true to its design philosophy. The son of a City tailor, Reiss effectively capitalised on the worldwide power and potential of his brand name, as well as his sharp eye: “If I see something I like, I can immediately see the bigger picture.” Reiss has, over the years, continued to broaden its ever-widening design proposition; 2000 saw the launch of Reiss’ highly anticipated first womenswear collection and in 2005 global expansion was announced with the opening of the first of nine US stores. This expansion was given a royal boost in May when the Duchess of Cambridge pledged her allegiance to the British brand; just back from her honeymoon, Catherine wore a Reiss ‘Shola’ dress to meet Michelle Obama in London during the President’s official visit and the Reiss website promptly crashed due to phenomenal interest from the princess-loving public. Always sartorially savvy and equally keen to cater for the gentlemen, Reiss introduced a Personal Tailoring service last year, selling made-to-measure suits of Savile Row quality but with a cost from £550, just £100 more than its most expensive off-the-peg suit. David Reiss’ vision continues to propel Reiss forward and ensures that it expands, evolves and excites; there is no doubt that the next 40 years will result in as much growth and praise for Reiss as the past four decades have seen.

In his younger days, Guccio Gucci worked in the Savoy Hotel for a time and while there he was inspired by London and the refined aesthetic of English nobility. Upon return to Italy, he set himself the task of match-making this sensibility with the craftsmanship skills of local artisans in Tuscany. Within years, word had spread about this equestrian-inspired collection of bags, trunks, gloves, shoes and belts. Innovation was high on the agenda and soon the scarcity of supplies during the dictatorship pushed this further, resulting in burnished cane being used as the handle of the Bamboo bag. This saddleshaped bag became the first of Gucci’s many iconic products and its popularity has endured. Almost a century later, the House of Gucci is celebrating 90 years and with it comes the 1921 Collection, an exclusive range of men’s and women’s ready to wear fashion and accessories. “I wanted to pay homage to the icons, craftsmanship and luxury materials for which the House has become renowned,” explained Creative Director Frida Giannini. “Each item tells a story, representing a chapter within the House’s rich narrative history.” Thus the new Jackie bag nods to the Gucci shoulder bag carried by Jackie O during the Jet Set era; the classic Horsebit Chain handbags were originally inspired by aristocratic, horseriding clients; leather is the familiar protagonist, even on timepieces; and Gucci green from the archives lines the inside of the women’s and men’s moccasins. Immerse yourself in the rich historical past and modern present of this fashion powerhouse by reading the hardcover tome entitled Gucci: The Making Of. Edited by Giannini, the coffee-table essential includes rare photographs, love letters and original essays from Gucci stylist Katie Grand and W magazine’s editor-inchief Stefano Tonchi.



BAGS OF STYLE Inspired by the cool of the city and the craft of the countryside, Mulberry was established in 1971 and the brand has since carved a niche for itself as an idiosyncratically British luxury label. Roger Saul set up the company in Somerset with £500 he inherited on his 21st birthday and it went from strength to strength for three decades. A boardroom coup in 2002, when Saul was ousted, marks the beginning of the shift from respected, small-scale company to modern phenomenon. And this phenomenon is all about the bags. Over the past decade, the name Mulberry has become almost inseparable from fashion week front rows and outfit descriptions of the hoards of women toting its handbags; from young professionals to A-listers and leggy teens to stylish yummy mummies, there is no typical Mulberry bag owner. Everyone else wants one. A catwalk collaboration with Luella Bartley produced the Gisele bag, named after the Brazilian supermodel, which gave rise to the iconic, cult-status Bayswater and satchel-style Alexa. The ultimate stamp of fashion approval came with victory as Designer Brand of the Year at last year’s British Fashion Awards, beating Burberry and Victoria Beckham. Although designer handbags have historically been of Italian or French heritage, Mulberry is quintessentially English, through and through, right down to the practicality of including a shoulder strap with every bag and its support of British craftsmanship. In July, analysts reported Mulberry as the world’s bestperforming fashion retail stock over the past year. By the end of 2011, Mulberry will have more overseas stores than it does in the UK. This is a brand set to stay.

ANGLO, PUNK AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL If Kate Moss is the Queen and Kate Middleton the Princess, then Vivienne Westwood is the brilliant, ground-breaking Godmother of British fashion. It’s hard to imagine a London fashion scene without the eccentric, fieryhaired Dame stalking down the catwalk, dwarfed by six foot supermodels decked out in her creations. It all began in 1971 when Westwood and her partner Malcolm McLaren rebelled against the enduring hippie trend. Interested in music and memorabilia, biker boots and leather, they opened a shop at 430 Kings Road named Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die, branded with a skull and crossbones. Their provocative t-shirts, ‘rubberwear for the office’ slogan and DIY straps and zips aesthetic led to the media labelling the look Punk Rock. The Pirate Collection came next, marking Westwood and McLaren’s first catwalk show in 1981, followed by ‘the Pagan Years’, tweedy collections that parodied the upper class. The Pirates and Punk phases are testament to Westwood’s ability to kick-start trends that will span decades. Today, the pirate flag is still flying high thanks to high profile designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander McQueen. Punk lives on in Balmain’s studded, leathery glory, emblazoned across Henry Holland’s t-shirts and girls like Alice Dellal, who dresses as though she’s stepped out of the 80s. Anglomania is a central thread of the brand’s success although Dame Vivienne firmly believes that fashion is a combination and exchange of ideas between France and England. “On the English side we have tailoring and an easy charm, on the French side that solidity of design and proportion that comes from never being satisfied because something can always be done to make it better, more refined.” Too cool to celebrate officially this year, we nonetheless salute the Dame for her outstanding contributions to fashion. n


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The Lady loves The elegant glamour of a duchess inspired the pre-fall 2011 collection from Christian Dior, epitomising this season’s trend for a ladylike muse styled in vintage lace, ribbons of silk and an abundance of gems and pearls





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adapted version of one of her earliest and most cherished pieces which is both practical and stylish. “It’s such a timeless bag; I would choose it in the softest butter leather with a message from my children embossed in pale gold on the inside,” she explains. “I still love the way clothes, and in particular handbags, can make you feel, they change your mood, make you smile and empower you somehow.” Such enthusiasm, coupled with hard work and talent, has seen Anya Hindmarch open over fifty eponymous boutiques internationally, design for royalty and fashionistas alike and receive an MBE for services to the industry, as part of a career spanning over two decades. Accordingly, ahead of London Fashion Week, I was curious as to what advice she would give those looking to break into the industry. “(I would say) be determined and just keep going, there will be some hurdles along the way but stay focused on what you want to achieve. It is also helpful to find a mentor who can help and support if things get tricky,” she mused. The next project for Anya Hindmarch herself, is the launch of a charming diary, packed full of organisational sections and a directory of her favourite places in London which she enjoys visiting during her rare time off. These locations include unique places, such as Parliament Hill and the control room at Battersea Power Station. n


he Autumn/Winter bag collection from Anya Hindmarch is, by the designer’s own admission, a strong and directional new line. “The Autumn/Winter collection sees the evolution of SS11’s sense of luxurious functionality,” she tells me. “Our initial inspiration for the collection was the refined detailing on menswear, how it’s made and the feel and movement of fabrics. This led to the pulling apart and simplifying of constructions wherever possible, creating new clean lines which we fell in love with.” Ironically, while the new drop is indeed fresh and exciting, the inevitable popularity of pieces such as the ultra feminine lilac grey Maeve Clutch and the chic Maxi Zip Satchel is sure to transcend future seasons. Such options also reflect the various lifestyle needs which we all have. “I think a woman should always have a great day bag,” explains Anya. “Along with a sparkly clutch for evenings and a cross body style for weekends.” And with a busy schedule of her own, which incorporates creative work for her label and consultancy for brands such as British Airways and Vanity Fair, the designer confesses to generating some of her most successful concepts while on the go. “I have my best ideas while in the shower!” She reveals. “It is about the only time I have to myself without my Blackberry or my children! Many of my favourite designs have been created in those precious ten minutes. I always create my mental to-do list for the day so I am all ready and set up by the time I get to the office.” If she was to pick one bag to meet her own personal taste, Anya says she would choose a Bespoke Ebury, an


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news Ralph lauRen Ralph Lauren Home is the destination of choice for discerning clientele with a concept in mind. While the label has chic neutral colour palettes, handsome armoires and chaise longues covered, colonial style beds, safari camping chairs and themed lamps all feature in the range, with each piece built to last.

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basso anD bRooke Proof that every surface can be adorned with gorgeous prints is in the form of the interiors projects of fashion design duo Basso and Brooke. The pair have been at the helm of numerous successful collaborations including that which saw lampshades, console tables and a Bergere Gondola

chair wrapped in vibrant digital designs inspired by Turning Leaf wine. They continue to work in this capacity on a bespoke basis and will be releasing an eagerly awaited collection of soft furnishings and limited edition art prints on their website very soon.

In keeping with the ethos of luxury British brand Mulberry, the eponymous home range includes accessories which are made individually by local craftsmen. Blankets are woven with Scottish yarn, candles are made from natural wax and there are beautiful willow, leather and rope baskets created in Somerset by a team of hot air balloon makers! Aside from decorative items, cosy armchairs, stools, ottomans and fine fabrics have also been given the Mulberry touch.

DVF In keeping with her fashion signature of contemporary patterns and smooth silhouettes, Diane Von Furstenberg’s home range is modern and fun. In Europe, the range is exclusively available at Selfridges and includes bed linen splashed with animal prints and bright colours and a range of beaded cushions. The collection is inspired by the creator’s love of travel, nature and art and such is her flair that Claridge’s asked DVF to redesign its prestigious Piano Suite.


the trend There’s nothing shabby about a chic, French style living space boasting classic furniture, pared-down paintwork, soft colours and antique glass accessories

Savior Dining Table, £POA Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture

Provencal Round White Bedside Table £165, The French Bedroom Company

Fleur de Lis Glass Jar, £20, John Lewis

Fancy Floris Venetian Mirror, £175 The French Bedroom Company



Pip Studio Khaki Dinner Plate, £25.95 Selfridges,

Christalle Chandelier, £195, The French Bedroom Company,

Wild Flowers Wallpaper, £65 per roll Cole & Son,

Aqua Marine Dining Chair, £165 Sweetpea & Willow

French Boudoir Chair £1,654, Juliette’s Interiors

Provence Eau de Source £24, Brissi,


concierge interiors Coudray Bodycare Range from £21.50, Cologne & Cotton

Chateau Collection White Dressing Table with Mirror, £655 Lucy Willow,

Florentina Throw, £120 John Lewis,

Floral Wardrobe, £5,025, And So To Bed

Kasbah Coffee Table, £698 Anthropologie,


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HOspITalITy Discover the interior design secrets of the world’s most fashionable hotels


ashion has always been used to convey a certain type of lifestyle, whether it be laid-back and free spirited or sophisticated and glamorous. Having become synonymous with luxury, three of the world’s most exclusive brands are among those who have unveiled resorts which apply their signatures to interiors.

of a small knitwear enterprise set up by Ottavia and Rosito Missoni in Italy. To date, the brand has retained its vibrant, patterned signature and family-oriented nature of its business, but is now a veritable catwalk force, producing striking and much loved ready-to-wear collections. Over the years Rosita found her passion lay in interiors and the home collection saw its evolution into a formidable hotel partnership with Rezidor in 2005. The newest property is in Kuwait and opened this year.

The Resort

Adria Crochet-knit Playsuit, £485, Missoni

MISSONI The Brand The first Missoni label adorned a brightly coloured striped shirt dress in 1958, following the progression

Rosita Missoni personally oversaw the creation of an 18-floor property which would reflect its Eastern environs, selecting glittering gold touches to mirror the sands and blocks of vivid turquoise akin to the sea. These tones were combined with funky prints, soft furnishings and high-tech electronics to create a lovely retreat for the modern traveller with a welcoming and bright feel. The furniture includes over-sized urns in the lobby, which will feature in all of Missoni’s future hotels, as well as items which Rosita has in her own home, such as Howard J Wagner’s Wishbone Chair. One of her favourite aspects of the hotel is a terrace garden full of palm trees and cacti which serves to inject local nature into the otherwise urban and slick design and she chose to place a large restaurant at the heart of the hotel to represent the Italian kitchen.




B.ZERO1 4-band Ring in 18kt Pink Gold with Black Ceramic, £POA, Blvgari

The concepts of quality and innovation have underpinned the fine jewellery of Bulgari, since its launch in 1884. To date each piece begins creation as a delicate water colour sketch which is then matched with exquisite stones and precious metals for a bold and beautiful finish. Such attention to detail has been extended across luxurious watch, fragrance and accessories lines and lends itself perfectly to the lavish Bulgari Resort in Bali which opened in 2006.

The Resort The challenge for architects Antonio Citterio and Partners was to fuse traditional Balinese design features

VERSACE The Brand Gianni Versace grew up in Italy amidst the influences of antiquity, including art, sculpture and architecture; the Greek mythological figure of Medusa

with the contemporary and high-end Italian style of Bulgari. They did so by incorporating unique materials from the surrounding areas into each of the 59 villas while maintaining modern, clean lines and a chic colour palette. Refined bangkiray hardwood was chosen for the interiors along with natural lava and palimanan stones and woven fabrics. Local artists were also drafted in to decorate flatware, ceramics and other details to give the

property a cosy authenticity. At the highest point of the resort a Hindu Temple was constructed, which honours Balinese traditions but also serves as a deliberately magnificent focal point for the development. Speaking at the opening of The Bulgari Resort, the CEO said that the inventive nature of the project really captured the spirit of the brand.

is now incorporated into the Versace logo. His fashion endeavours began in 1978 and captured a sense of the grand theatre which he loved. Accordingly critics praised his daring designs until his death in 1997. Under the guidance of his sister Donatella

the fashion house has continued to prosper and was seen as a natural choice for Sunland Group who wanted to construct a beautiful, neoclassical hotel concept.

The Resort ‘Palazzo’ is Italian for palace and the Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast in Australia is an opulent development which combines design features from Europe’s most beautiful stately homes. Mosaics and gilt gold details honour the neoclassicism of post-Renaissance Europe, which inspired Austrian educated architect Soheil Abedian when he was striving for a serene yet lavish vibe. The similarities between the hotel and typical palace design are most evident in the huge foyer and impressive dining rooms which are fit for royalty, but the accommodation is also structured into left and right wings as such as residence would be. Evidence of Gianni Vesace’s theatrical passion is captured in photographs displayed throughout the property. n

Paillette-embellished Printed Dress, £1,180 Net-a-Porter,


Get the look CLARIDGE’S

There are few hotels as legendary as Claridge’s for interior splendour. The property is renowned for its art deco style which has been honed for nearly a century under the guidance of eminent designers including pioneer Basil Ionides, Oswald Milne, Thierry Despont and David Collins. Strong lines and bold curves dominate its appearance, with features including magnificent engraved glass screens in the restaurant and a grand crystal chandelier in the foyer. Claridge’s suites are individually hand crafted and unique and juxtapose original features with a modern flair.


Fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg was entrusted to create a glamorous space for longer stays at the heart of the five star hotel. The result is a sumptuous two bedroom suite which honours both her eclectic signature and the class and history of its location. While the entertaining space features vivid patterns, a leather-topped private bar and golden accessories, the master bedroom is a tranquil retreat with comfy velvet armchairs, bespoke soft furnishings and a lovely dressing table area.



Finishing Touches Floral displays and contrasting cushions were chosen to finish the Piano Suite. Both are available from Selfridges, the exclusive home of the designer’s eponymous interiors collection. White Hydrangea, £12.95, Sia Home Fashion; Cut-Out Decorative Cushion in Fawn, £155, Diane Von Furstenberg Home

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Soft furnishings with geometric prints and bright colours give neutral décor a modern twist. Sanderson have a range of great fabrics available, including this lovely velvet.

Virtually identical to the purple velvet chair of the actual suite – this is an attractive and comfortable classic. Its rich, bold colour adds an extra style punch. Velvet Accent Chair in Purple, £379.99, England at Home

Miro in Fig/Yellow from the Lazlo Collection, £POA Sanderson

Dressing to Impress Every fashionista needs a spot for pampering. This Venetian dressing table has a top draw for beauty essentials, and a three panelled mirror for easy hair styling. Its timeless appearance has been in vogue since the 12th century. Venetian Dressing Table, £555 The French Bedroom Company

Change Your Spots Inspired by a love of travel and adventure, Furstenberg commissioned a beautiful leopard print rug for the room. This design will look similarly gorgeous against hard wood flooring. Leopard Rug, £330, The Rugs Warehouse


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catwalk Hair Achieve model results with a powerful and precise hairdryer from Parlux. The 3200 Black Flower edition possesses a 1900 watt capacity motor and is both light and durable, which is crucial for fast, efficient and gorgeous styling! £85.95,

catwalk skin urban retreat at Home The iconic and indulgent spa experience of Urban Retreat is now available to clients, in their own home. The 20,000 sq foot beauty mecca, situated on the fifth floor of Harrods, is renowned for its exclusive treatments, legendary brands and beautiful ambience and will now recreate the same environment in a personal setting. Professional make up application, signature massages and revitalising facials are

among the services on offer, with each therapist guaranteed to have received expert training. Attention to detail also ensures clients receive designer robes, can enjoy fine herbal teas, listen to soothing, customised playlists and unwind in a gently lit and lightly fragranced environment, whether in need of relaxation or wishing to have fun with friends.


A youthful radiance is always in vogue and La Prairie is one of the most exclusive and effective brands within the anti-ageing skincare sector. The new Cellular Power Infusion formulation promises to support and revitalise the skin’s structure using the finest ingredients. £310,

1. For a natural finish change the tone of your hair according to the seasons. Opt for lighter and brighter during the summer and richer shades in winter. 2. Condition hair to help close down the hair’s porosity and ensure it looks healthy and shiny. However, don’t weigh hair down with silicon. 3. Do not comb conditioner through hair upon application. Leave it to sink in. 4. Use a great hairspray to add lift and hold but avoid hair appearing too fixed.

Louise Galvin has become an internationally recognised colourist in her own right having been born into a hairdressing dynasty. Based in Marylebone, her philosophy is to opt for natural results using complimentary shades to the hair’s tone and such expertise, along with a passion for beauty, has earned her a huge celebrity following. For Autumn/Winter she recommends opting for lustrous multi-tonal highlights woven through the hair to give a sexy, sun-kissed look. Her tips for Vantage readers are as follows:

louise’s t top beauty products: 1. Louise Galvin Sacred Locks Intensive Treatment Masque for Fine Hair, £26, Louise Galvin 2. L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray, £2.03, Boots 3. REN Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra Moisture Body Oil £34,





4. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers, £20

catwalk nails Stand out from the crowd with the forthcoming Facets of Fuchsia Nail Enamel from Revlon. Part of the bold Expressionists collection for AW11, which is inspired by art, the intense, glittery shade has very large sparkly particles and is sure to acquire cult status and shine under a few flashbulbs! aVailable From october £6.49,


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trend alert PRETTY PERFECT Barefaced beauty was the key at Carolina Herrera’s Autumn/Winter show, where simple and wearable looks were complimented by flawless complexions, a subtle pink lip and just a touch of liquid eye liner. magiC ink JET BLaCk Liquid EYELinER £14.50, Benefit Cosmetics




Fashion Week Arm yourself with these beauty musthaves from fashion houses to ensure a picture perfect finish for all kinds of shows and soirees

Le parFuM, £55 eLie SaaB www.harrodS.coM This ultra-feminine floral and woody scent is a beautiful debut fragrance from the master of beautiful gowns.

address book Third Space Spa Bulstrode Place, Marylebone Lane, W1U 2HU It is the exclusive products and treatments from renowned Parisian skincare brand Payot which make this spa extra special. The luxurious face and body rituals available incorporate aromatic oils, natural minerals and gemstones which are tailored to either calm or energise.

Le VerniS in peridoT, graphiTe and QuarTz, £17.50 each chaneL This stunning Autumn/Winter nail varnish collection proves that Chanel is once again the go-to brand for the season’s ‘it’ shades.

three of a kind MaScaraS There are few things as effective at conveying instant glamour as a full-bodied flutter. Ditch the falsies and try these new wonder mascaras. Avoid clumping and achieve a sleek, statement finish with False Lash effect Shocking Mascara from YSL.

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Alternatively, open up the eye area and separate lashes with the specially designed wand and formulation of Lancôme’s hypnôse doll eyes Mascara.

Achieve an effortless day-to-night transition with this smooth and super dark pencil from Burberry.

Those needing more of a boost should try instant definition Mascara by Clarins as the protective complex of rich algae found at the heart of this product is designed to repair and strengthen.




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A Model Destination The Mayfair Spa is the destination of choice for the fashionistas flocking to the capital this month, says Gabrielle Lane


hile the May Fair Hotel is the official hotel of London Fashion Week, it also offers an impressive range of beauty treatments which are available in the stunning surroundings of its spa.

Approach The ethos of the May Fair Spa centres on providing clients with services which are tailored to their specific needs. Guests are encouraged to talk through the desired outcome of their treatment with a therapist who will consider relaxation along with an intended result, whether this be a radiant complexion, firmer skin tone or relief from aches and pains.

Surroundings Serving as a welcome retreat from city life, the spa is a peaceful and modern destination styled with a sleek black and metallic décor. Accessed discreetly from the main lobby of the hotel, it possesses a very calm ambience and feels more private and exclusive than many of its rivals. While there is no pool, there are some suitably zen-like features including an aromatic steam room, three natural experience showers


and a gorgeous relaxation room with heated ceramic beds which guests are invited to enjoy both before and after their treatment. During treatments, the use of hightech electronic beds ensures guests recline in a comfortable position and body therapies are typically undertaken within a spacious suite with its own walk-in shower for use afterwards.

Treatments The phrase ‘red carpet ready’ embodies the menu of services available at the May Fair. Customised facials, microdermabrasion and eye treatments targeting wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles will ensure a glowing complexion, cellulite and stretch mark treatments promise to visibly improve skin texture and ingredients such as cashmere and silk allow all clients to indulge their inner diva. If winding down takes priority over dressing up, there are some lovely massages available including traditional Swedish, hot stone and aromatherapy varieties and couples will enjoy the Moroccan Steam Cleansing Ritual which nourishes the skin using an exotic combination of warm temperatures, organic oil and mineral clay. n

The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, W1J 8LT

Spa Spotlight ... the Catwalk Wrap Ignore the adage ‘pain for beauty’ and book in for the Catwalk Wrap if you’re seeking a slimmer, firmer silhouette for your next holiday, or indeed, runway appearance. The process involves enveloping the body in cloth and marine algae to detoxify and smooth the skin, leading to a measurable improvement in body tone. Application of the masque is fun and made even more enjoyable by the genuine friendliness of the therapist, who will explain the process and also provides a head massage as the treatment takes effect. Swaddled in fabric, with soft lighting and soothing music, it’s difficult not to drift off to sleep during the development time and, while this treatment is geared towards achieving amazing results, it’s also one of the most interesting and relaxing of those I’ve tried.

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shaPe UP in style Ciclotte exercise bikes have always been renowned for their super stylish form, which challenge the conventional design of stationary fitness equipment. However, they have now become even more attractive owing to an exclusive collaboration with the fashion house of Roberto Cavalli. The new limited edition range incorporates animal print and signature colours which further enhance the bike’s additional appeal as an item of furniture and lends it easily to grander living environments. An accompanying Roberto Cavalli gym clothing range is also available.

Denise Lebar Hair Boutique is a discreet salon in the heart of the capital offering pioneering health and beauty treatments where clients can rest assured that they will be seated in their own private booth. Amongst the treatments available is Indiba, a patented system which uses ionic technology to encourage cell rejuvenation and toning. The service is ideal for those looking to kick start a weight loss programme or contour their body after birth.

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PUma by hUssein chalayan Striking catwalk collections, dresses crafted from LEDs, quirky creations for avant-garde singer Björk and an MBE have punctuated the career of fashion designer Hussein Chalayan who became creative director of sportswear label Puma in 2008. This Autumn sees the launch of a new range of clothing for Puma Black Label which bridges style and performance and features twisted shapes, geometric prints and splashes of colour. PUma by hUssein chalayan

sUPermodel training There can be no greater endorsement for the regimes of personal trainer Nicola Addison, than the stunning figure of Daisy Lowe. While Lowe may be somewhat naturally blessed in the looks department, Addison is a real specialist in devising workable and effective lifestyle packages which are perfect for busy professionals. Her signature six week programme incorporates bespoke breakfasts, lunches and dinners, lymphatic massages and gym activities.

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What dO NEurOSurGEONS dO? Mr Lewis Thorne, consultant neurosurgeon at The Wellington Hospital, explains how his specialism not only focuses on the brain, but the whole body as well

I am often asked what a neurosurgeon does, and people are usually surprised by the answer. Most of us do specialise in brain tumours, head and spine injuries, and brain haemorrhages, but our remit extends far beyond that. Neurosurgeons are involved whenever a nerve is involved, and nerves are present throughout the entire body. Many of us do as much spine surgery as brain surgery. We look after back and neck pain, but also pain in the arms or legs caused by trapped nerves in the back or neck. Many are familiar with sciatica: pain in the leg from a nerve trapped in the back. There is an equivalent arm pain caused by the same problem in the neck: brachalgia. I often see people whose shoulder pain turns out to be a neck problem - both can be treated by neurosurgeons, and often without resorting to surgery. Pain or numbness in the legs when walking can also be caused by nerve entrapment in the spine. Carpal tunnel syndrome, painful numbness in the hands, is another common nerve entrapment syndrome with which we deal. We also specialise in facial pain, a terrible burden for those afflicted but again neurosurgery can help. We deal with the abnormal flow of brain fluid, a problem called hydrocephalus; this can sometimes mimic

GP SESSIONS: MEN’S hEalth All too often and for various reasons, men tend to ignore their health. Here we look at how to check the testes by self examination – something which is rarely done by men despite recent media coverage Testicular cancer only accounts for one per cent of all

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higher in Caucasians and is increasing. Although testicular cancer is rare, it’s not uncommon to find a lump in your testicles. There are many conditions that can be easily confused with testicular cancer,

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neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, but can be treated with a relatively simple neurosurgical procedure. Some of these less known problems are more common than might be expected. An older friend of mine had a fall and broke her thumb. Every time she saw a doctor she complained of her headache, but the focus was always her thumb. After a few weeks a mutual friend rang me, our friend was no longer engaging. She was not just in pain, she seemed older, less involved. I spoke with her on the phone - she was struggling to get words out properly. I spoke with her GP and we admitted her to a local hospital. A scan confirmed a subdural haematoma, a slowly expanding blood clot caused by her original fall. This diagnosis was often mistaken for stroke or dementia before scanners were more available. It was a simple matter to let the blood out by making a small hole. She chose to have it done under a local anaesthetic. Afterwards, she was able to tell me of the moment when the pressure was let off, and she instantly felt herself returning to normal. Although this kind of surgery is routine to us, we never forget how strange and frightening it must be for our patients, nor do we ever fail to enjoy the results our patients can achieve.

Migraines are a misunderstood affliction and are much more than just a headache. Onsets differ in severity – lasting anything from four to 72 hours; leaving most sufferers feeling nauseated or sick and sensitive to light or sound, which can prevent them from conducting normal activities for at least one day. Some sufferers may also experience neurological symptoms which may include visual disturbances, such as blind spots, distorted vision, flashing lights or zig-zag lines. Did you know..? • one in seven people in the UK suffer from migraine • Migraine affects twice as many women as men • Migraine affects people from all age groups • Sufferers experience an average of 13 attacks each year • Around 60 per cent of sufferers never consult their GP because they mistakenly think that nothing can be done to help them For more information about triggers, preventions and available treatments, please visit

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I Vacheron Constantin continues its tradition of providing world firsts with the new addition to its World Time collection

ncluding half and quarter zones, the planet is split into 37 time zones. Surely there isn’t a mechanical self-winding device, especially one less than one centimetre in thickness and fewer than four in diameter, that would simultaneously be able to read the time in each? As a matter of fact, there is. Not only is Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time the first watch to do just that but it also indicates which cities of the world lie in darkness and which are enjoying sunlight via a unique day/night shading dial on the world map that adorns its face. Set the time of your current

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The knowledgeable uniformed guards of the Burlington Arcade, the Beadles, have been a feature of the luxurious promenade since it opened in 1819, when they were employed by Lord Cavendish to keep behaviour in order. Under the watch of the Head Beadle, each one has the power to eject any visitor who dares to flout the rules.

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As the great Elizabeth Taylor once said, ‘Big girls need big diamonds’. The Burlington Arcade, and surrounding area, houses some of the finest jewellery shops in the world and it therefore the ideal place to buy your own sensational stones – big or small – to treasure forever.

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The right handbag can be one of wisest investments you’ll ever make. Thomas Lyte has the ultimate bag for ladies; silk-lined and in ultra-soft leather, this neat camel-coloured clutch is a classic staple that will go with everything, lasting for years to come.

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This chic area in the heart of London’s Mayfair has become an elite playground for the world’s jet set looking for an injection of history, culture and true English style.

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Stop for a classic cocktail at the nearby 5th View, a stunning art deco bar on the fifth floor of Waterstones – the largest book store in Europe. Relax and take in some of the most impressive views of the city, including The Royal Academy, Fortnum and Mason and St James’s gardens.

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Lulu Guinness will be opening its doors late August, offering customers a selection of the popular designers famous bags and purses.

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Real luxury leather is about more than just fashion; it’s about quality design and long-lasting function that will survive for years to come. Products on offer in the Arcade are designed to the highest standard possible, so you can treasure them forever.

The chic French macaroons from Ladurée make the perfect sweet treat for anyone old or young. The cute pastel tones evoke a playful air of indulgence and make the perfect dinner party gift.

A selection of bags from Pickett, Church’s and Vilebrequin


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F The Range Rover Evoque blends style and substance to brilliant effect

ew cars are in possession of as much prestige at present as Land Rover’s luxurious Range Rover Evoque. The new model remains faithful to the original concept, with impressive handling, advanced engineering and some super practical design features, but also happens to be the most fuel efficient Range Rover to date. However, it is its striking appearance which serves to endear it as much to slick urbanites as those in need of its four-wheel drive offroad abilities. Henry Holland and Daisy Lowe

are among the fashion savvy celebs who have shared their favourite style touches including contrasting roofs and 19” diamond-turned alloys, as part of the latest campaign. We can also reveal that the Evoque’s fashionable credentials are set to be bolstered even further owing to a forth-coming collaboration with Victoria Beckham, which will see a customised, limited edition version of the vehicle produced. n Range Rover Evoque, from £27,955


- EXpress The addition of an ‘S’ to the badge on the boot of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage signifies enough changes to raise what was already a pretty fine car to something special, says Matthew Carter



n creating its new V8 Vantage S, Aston Martin has blessed its two-seat coupé with a whole host of improvements. There’s new suspension, bigger brakes, wheels and tyres and a new gearbox, while the engine has been breathed upon: Aston’s 4.7-litre V8 has more power – up to 430 bhp. It’s lighter, quicker and looks more aggressive. Such have been the improvements to quality and refinement that the interior is incredibly well insulated from the outside world; in fact, the only way to get the full sensation from the car’s soundtrack – the glorious deep bass growl from the V8 – is to drive with the window wide open, which is somewhat draughty. But you will. Such is the aural treat from the retuned V8 that you’ll be driving the new Vantage S with the window open come rain or shine. Whenever you take the V8 over and above 3,500 rpm, the howl from the exhaust is like having Robert Plant in full voice riding shotgun on every journey. Glorious. The sound encapsulates what Aston has done to the baby of the fleet to turn it into the S. It’s sharper, louder, more aggressive and more fun. As well as changes to the engine and its soundtrack – the latter helped by a new exhaust bypass valve map and revised silencer (which thankfully does little in the way of silencing) – the Vantage S has a new seven-speed automated manual transmission that Aston calls Sportshift II. Thanks to the extra gear – the previous transmission was a six speeder – the ratios are closer together for seamless and very rapid acceleration while the shifts themselves are 20 per cent quicker: a couple of flicks of the steering wheelmounted paddles is all it needs to get from zero to “bloodyhell-how-quick-am-I-going?” in a matter of moments. Or to put that more formally, it takes just 4.5 seconds to get to 62 mph from rest. This extra performance is matched by revisions to the chassis and running gear. The steering rack is quicker, the front discs are larger and there are new springs and dampers. The rear tyres – bespoke Bridgestones – are wider than before and there’s a new dynamic stability control system specifically tuned for the Vantage S. There are visual changes, too. Although all modern Aston Martins, frankly, look a little too similar, the V8 Vantage is perhaps the best looking of the lot. It’s aggressively handsome, punchy rather than svelte and perfectly proportioned. The S has been given a new aerodynamic splitter at the front beneath a larger air intake to feed the engine and the front brakes. There’s also a new rear bumper and wider side sills. Dynamically, says Aston, the Vantage S has been influenced by the Vantage GT4 racer. That might be stretching things a little, but there’s no denying the car is feels constrained and uncomfortable in the city, preferring the wide open roads of the countryside. Indeed, driving away from dealer Stratstone into the maelstrom of Park Lane, neither car nor driver was happy. Initially I elected to


use the transmission’s automatic setting so changing gear was one less thing to worry about as I familiarised myself with the car and negotiated the morning rush hour traffic. The ride in town is nothing to write home about, with some of the road imperfections jarring the cabin and, though I’ve not got huge feet, I found the large brake pedal a bit too close to the throttle. So in town, then, the Vantage S felt awkward but as we edged out towards the country via a stretch of threelane highway, things got better. A whole lot better. The first thing was to forget the automatic transmission setting and rely on the paddle shifts to change gear. The second was to punch the Sport setting which instantly sharpened things up. Sport speeds up gearshifts still further and gives a more aggressive throttle response. It also opens the exhaust to give more of that V8 howl, more of the time. All that’s missing is for the driver’s window to open automatically when Sport is engaged. After a few miles on a favourite stretch of empty B road, those first impressions were largely forgotten. The suspension changes make the Vantage S feel sharper than ever and yet also make the ride more compliant. This is one of those cars that feels more comfortable, more together, the faster it goes. The engine – which, let’s face it, is no slouch in the ordinary Vantage – is more potent still and the steering just superb. But perhaps the icing on the Vantage cake is the new gearbox, with a shift quality that’s second to none. After using the paddle shifters for the first time, the automatic setting was consigned to history. As a driver’s car, then, the Vantage S hits the spot. And it’s not bad for the passenger too. The interior is beautifully hand crafted with, in the test car, a rich piano-black finish to the woodwork. Even the steering wheel is a work of art, chunky and covered in grippy Alcantara suede, just like a racing car. The only negative comment concerns the satellite navigation, which is a couple of generations older than the best systems on the market today. Far from intuitive to use, it’s not worthy of a IN BRIEF car costing more than £100,000. Talking of money, that price tag CaR: pitches the Aston against some Aston Martin V8 Vantage S formidable opposition, including the PRICE: Porsche 911 Turbo. But nothing looks £102,500 as good as the Aston, engages like the ENgINE: Aston or has the Aston’s exclusivity. 4735cc V8-cylinder petrol Most importantly, nothing sounds like PowER: the Aston either. n 430 hp For all enquiries, or to arrange a test drive, please contact Stratstone of Mayfair (call 0207 2358888 or email, quoting Vantage magazine)

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’d advise you to wind the window up,” says the genial guide, resplendent in the cleanest hi-vis jacket I’ve ever seen. We’re stopped at the entrance to the disused Edge Hill railway tunnel running beneath the streets of one of the grottier parts of Liverpool. The tunnel was built in 1836, though the track has long been removed. What’s left is two kilometres of rutted pathway littered with industrial debris, muddy in parts and with a bonnet-high lake at the far end to wade through. It’s dark: no sunlight has made it through here in almost two centuries and goodness knows what’s dripping through the structure from above. “All I know is that it’s brown… that’s why I advise you keep your windows up,” says our man. That’s the sort of advice you heed. We’re here because it forms part of the test route devised to launch to new Range Rover Evoque to the press. Edge Hill tunnel is normally off-limits and no wheeled transport has been through it for decades but Land Rover is important around here – Evoque (it rhymes with Coke) is built at LR’s

plant in nearby Halewood – and gets what it wants (dinner last night was held in Liverpool Cathedral, one of the more surreal ‘restaurants’ I’ve ever been to). Testing though it is, there’s no doubting the new Evoque will make it through this bizarre piece of urban off-road terrain. After all, we spent the previous day driving from Anglesey’s airstrip (home to one William Wales and his new missus) and driven on- and off-road across vast swathes of North Wales to get to the ‘Pool. Based as it is on the hugely capable Land Rover Freelander, there was never any worry that the gullies, slippery tracks, muddy hills and forest pathways would stop the sophisticated, electronically controlled four-wheel drive chassis. Evoque is blessed with Land Rover Terrain Response. You just dial in the surface ahead – be it mud, wet grass, sand or rocks – and the electronics work out the ideal drivetrain settings. You also get Hill Descent Control which uses the ABS and engine braking to inch you down steep inclines; the driver need do nothing other than steer. But the thing is, in real life Evoque is as likely to see a dirt track as the Beckhams


are to go on a camping holiday, and the Beckham reference is relevant, as we’ll see in a moment. Evoque was far more at home in (and under) Liverpool. The clue lies in the badge. This is a Range Rover and not a Land Rover. Although just as capable as any four-wheel drive from the company, it majors on style and comfort more than its ability to get down and dirty. And it does the job. Everywhere we went in Liverpool (and we went to some strange places – the tunnel was followed by a run through a water splash in the Albert Docks in the centre of town), it turned heads. Much of this is down to its concept car looks. There are two versions of Evoque, a five-door and a rakish three-door that Land Rover likes to call a Coupé, no doubt to justify the extra £1,000 it’s asking for two fewer doors. But it’s this Coupé version that really does the business. Little changed from the LRX concept car of a few years back, this is a film star of a car. The exterior is a wonderful mix of rugged and sophisticated with the roofline swooping down at the rear to the point where it almost meets the rising waistline; the rear window is more of a letterbox. That dramatic roof line grabs a fair amount of headroom in the rear, though the rear seats have been cleverly sculpted so that adults will fit; mind you, getting there though the tiny slot behind the folded front seat takes a degree of flexibility that not everyone over the age of 16 may still possess. Once inside, though, the cabin is spectacular. The driving position is 4x4 high yet still manages to feel low and sporty. In part that’s down to the rakish centre console, the hooded dash instruments, the circular auto gear selector and, if you’re prepared to pay a little extra, the sports seats which wouldn’t look out of place in a racing car. The materials used are first class and the fit and finish is as good as anything from Audi or BMW but then this is a Range Rover, after all. And there’s plenty of opportunity to personalise the interior. There are three interior ‘themes’ – Pure, Dynamic and Prestige – and there are others to come, including one created by Victoria Beckham; let’s just hope she doesn’t go the Footballers’ Wives route. There’s substance as well as style. We’ve already seen how good it is off-road, but it’s even better on-road. On the motorways, the 190bhp diesel is quiet, refined and punchy while the ride, especially with the optional MagneRide which uses electrically charged magnets in the dampers to simulate the ride comfort expected from an air suspension system, really works. Evoque handles well, too. There’s precious little body roll and it feels more like a hot hatch than a 4x4: it’s no wonder Land Rover is targeting owners of cars like the Audi TT. And yet those chunky wheel and tyres and the greater ground clearance mean Evoque handles speed bumps and city potholes with aplomb. In fact, the only thing I can find wrong with the thing is the price. You’ll see adverts claiming prices start at £28,000, which doesn’t sound too bad except that’s for the basic-spec two-wheel drive version. The well-equipped Dynamic SD4 (the 190bhp one with 20 inch alloys, Xenon lamps, Sat Nav, rear parking camera and so on) starts at damn near £40k. And that’s before you’ve so much as looked at the option list (though the full length glass panoramic roof is a bargain at £460). It’s a lot for a four-cylinder diesel. But judging by the bulging order books and the long waiting lists Land Rover knows exactly what it’s doing with Evoque. I want one. n


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Who said the Olympics had to be all about sport? Bringing a touch of fashion to the 2012 Games will be Stella McCartney who has been appointed creative director for the adidas Team GB clothing ranges. It will be the first time a sports brand has worked with a top fashion designer to produce competition wear for both the Olympic and Paralympic Teams. “As a British fashion designer it is an amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity,” said McCartney, who will oversee the design of both the athletes’ kit and a special edition adidas Team GB lifestyle range. We look forward to seeing the touch of style McCartney will undoubtedly bring to the sporting proceedings.

from catwalk to croquet firSt beckS, now rafa Following in the wake of sporting legends David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal has become the latest superstar to bare almost all for Emporio Armani. Fronting the Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans S/S11 collection, the two-time Wimbledon winner and current world number

two cuts an impressive figure in a series of black and white stills shot by fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot. Nadal may be renowned for his reserved on-court attitude but the tennis champ appears anything but shy in these sultry pictures.

polo in the city England’s polo players celebrated the close of the polo season in style this summer. In an event hosted by the team’s official tailor, Tony Lutwyche, players provided city workers with a treat when they took part in a pop-up polo match in Mayfair. Kitted out in ‘Made in England’ Lutwyche blazers, captain Luke Tomlinson, James Beim and Malcolm Borwick took to their horses to play several chukkas outside Lutwyche’s Clifford Street store, before moving the game onto nearby Old Bond Street and Savile Row. As the owner of the only UK workshop capable of making authentically English suits at the luxury end of the market, Lutwyche has been hailed as the man who saved high-end English tailoring.

Croquet just got fashionable. Adorned with Chanel’s white and black signature colours, this eyecatching wood croquet set, with aged calfskin trunk, will prove a stylish addition to even the most glamorous of garden parties. Stepping off the catwalk and into the world of sport, the fashion house presents a range of athletic accessories that includes lacquered graphite tennis rackets, rosewood and aluminium parabolic skis and even a monochrome carbon-fibre surf board. The elegantly designed and beautifully styled sporting accessories will be available in Chanel stores this autumn.

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In PursuIt of Glory Twenty of the world’s top rugby nations will descend on New Zealand this month to compete for the sport’s biggest prize. Richard Brown met three England players hoping to be named in Martin Johnson’s 30 man World Cup squad


emories of the last Rugby World Cup final will sit particularly poignantly in the mind of Mark Cueto. Four years ago, he was the man who carried the ball – along with the hopes of a nation – over the South African try line only to have his dreams dashed when the match’s television official deemed his leg to have entered touch before the ball was grounded. That judgment may still remain a topic of debate. What’s not in question is the fact that seven matches against the world’s toughest rugby nations stand in the way of England claiming their second Rugby World Cup. Joining Cueto in the hope of repeating the scenes of jubilation that greeted the final whistle of the 2003 final will be rugby league-turned-union international Shontayne Hape and England newbie Tom Wood. Last month, I travelled to the team’s state-of-the-art Surrey training ground to talk to the trio about their pre-tournament preparation and the teams to look out for in New Zealand. What will prove key to England’s success at the Rugby World Cup? Mark Cueto: It’s an old sporting cliché but taking every game as it comes. We mustn’t look too far ahead. Always look after the next game and the bigger picture will fall into place. From the start, every game is massive. Shontayne Hape: It’s about having the belief. Every team that’s heading out to New Zealand is going there to compete. We have to build on the performances we put together during the Autumn tests and the 6 Nations. The last time we won the World Cup was in a year that we had won the Grand Slam.

This year we’ve won the 6 Nations so we’re on the right path. Tom Wood: Preparation is always the key and ours has been pretty intense. We’ve been doing a lot of rugby-specific training rather than just lifting weights. There’s been a strong element of wrestling and grappling. It’s also about focus. It’s different to a one-off test match, where you turn up on the day, perform and that’s the end of it. We’ve got to stay at the top of our game for a long period of time. Mental focus is going to be crucial. Which teams are to be most feared? TW: Fear’s the wrong word. The toughest team to play at a World Cup is perhaps France – and I guess that’s a potential quarterfinal for us. We can beat France comfortably on any given day but they are always capable of pulling out a big performance. When they’re on fire, they are hard to stop. SH: Having made it to the final on the last two occasions, there will be a lot of expectation on England. Of course you’ve got the world number ones playing on home soil, then there’s Australia and South Africa who are always superb. We recently saw how Samoa upset the Wallabies so there’s also a lot of underrated talent out there. MC: New Zealand will be favourites; there will be a huge amount of support for them. That said, whoever you play is going to provide a challenge. Romania, for example, will be considered underdogs, but even against teams like that, there are plenty of opportunities where it can all go wrong. Which other ‘underdogs’ should we look out for? MC: No one saw Samoa’s recent big win against Australia coming and Argentina have a huge amount of quality. They


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are a tough, hard working group of guys who will die for each other. TW: You almost write off teams like Georgia and Romania, but in terms of physicality, teams like that really test you. Often what you will see is that the fitness and professionalism of the more established teams comes through to win the game, but it can be an absolute dog fight. Wales haven’t been at their best for a while but we know they’ve got quality players. Ireland has a group of big name players who may only have one last big tournament in them. It will mean a lot to those guys. SH: In the run up to a World Cup you can only worry about your own preparations. Argentina are up first and are a strong team. That’s who we have to concentrate on beating. After that, we take it from there. How has the squad bonded in the run up to leaving for New Zealand? MC: We’re quite lucky; we’ve been together, generally, for the last 18 months. From that point of view, we’re as settled as any England team I’ve ever been in, on the field and off. It’s not a case of having to do a huge amount of teambuilding; most of the guys know each other pretty well. TW: We’ve been for meals out and we’ve had a few social events together. You forge a bond just by being in this camp. How do you prepare the night before a big game? MC: I’ve got loads [of rituals]. I’ve always been an OCD/ superstitious sort of guy. You start with two or three when you’re 19 or 20 and by the time you’ve played as long as I have, you’ve picked up quirks along the way. There are things like shaving the day of games and sitting in a specific seat in the coach on the way to matches. I make sure I’m the last one out of the changing room, things like that. TW: I’m bad at getting anxious and getting overly up for it too early. I have to focus on reigning myself in and making sure I peak during the game and not before. SH: These will be the biggest games of my career so the night before I just have to stay as relaxed as I can. I try to chill out, listen to music, that sort of thing.

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friends, the buddies next to you. It’s the moment before battle, the adrenaline’s pumping, you just want to get out there and do the best that you can. How much support do the England fans provide? SH: They’re immense, at Twickenham especially. Playing France during the 6 Nations was a massive game for us. I remember there were 80,000 fans singing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. When you’re tired and your lungs are busted and you feel like you have nothing else to give, you hear the scream of the fans and it gives you that extra bit of adrenaline. TW: When you’re in the heat of it and you hear the roar go up as someone makes a break, or scores a try, that’s the moment you step back, take it all in and realise exactly what environment you’re in. The New Zealand Prime Minister described you as ‘a bunch of wannabes’ and Jonah Lomu called you ‘imitators’ when it was announced you would be sporting the black away kit in the opening game. What’s your response? MC: It’s a kit. England bring out a new kit every year. It makes no difference if it’s black, white, red, blue or purple. TW: Water off a duck’s back. It’s got a rose on it. It’s an England kit. The 2012 Olympic Games take place in London next year. If you could compete in and win any event, what would it be? MC: It would have to be the 100 metre final wouldn’t it? That’s the grand finale, that’s the one people talk about. SH: It would be quite nice to beat Usain Bolt! TW: Everyone wants to be crowned the fastest man or woman in the world but I’d like to win one of the less popular ones, archery maybe. I used to think of myself as a little Robin Hood as a kid. SH: Archery?! He’s on another planet. The lad’s taken too many knocks to the head! n Shontayne, Mark and Tom were speaking at the Investec International between England and Wales on 6 August.

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What’s going through your head during the national anthem before kick off? TW: God, it’s one of the best feelings. It’s a realisation of a dream. My debut game was away in the Millennium Stadium. The noise in that place! 80,000 people with the stadium roof on... I can hardly describe the emotion. You want to make sure you do yourself justice and that you’re a credit to your country. It’s a feeling you never want to have taken away from you. SH: You’ve just run out at Twickenham. You’re about to represent not only yourself but everyone who’s supporting you; your family, your


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T Pair Champagne with Autumn chic for a fabulous first look at next season’s style

ake the time to catch up with girlfriends and get some top tips for this year’s Autumn/Winter fashion, with the fabulous annual Fashion and Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough. Following on from the top notch Herve Leger event last year, the hotel has invited the inimitable Amanda Wakeley to showcase her latest designs accompanied by sparkling glasses of fizz and the best in awardwinning afternoon tea. Held in the beautiful Aspleys restaurant, the exclusive event will offer a unique chance to

see Amanda Wakeley’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection for the first time and meet the designer, as well as getting some not-to-miss top tips. Over the last two decades Amanda Wakeley has developed an international reputation for designing stylish and supremely luxurious womenswear and, with a client list that includes Scarlett Johansson, Kate Winslet and Dame Helen Mirren, this is the place to indulge the fashionista in you. n 13 October, 4pm, £49pp





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IndulGenCe Timothy Barber visits Soneva Kiri, the resort on the Thai island of Koh Kood that is to luxury retreats what the Abramovich superyacht is to parochial sailing boats


f all the irresistible things you’d hope to experience on an idyllic island – gorgeous beaches, exotic food, kaleidoscopic sea life, picture-perfect sunsets – you’d be forgiven for leaving gourmet chocolate off the list. Yet, at the heart of Soneva Kiri sits a walk-in temple to that most irresistible of foodie vices. In a refrigerated glass room with views over bamboo walkways and the quiet bay beyond, where discrete villas fringe the water and a long jetty reaches out over the pristine surf, you find tray after tray of chocolate delicacies: macaroons, mousses, truffles, chocolate slabs, fondants, fondues, pralines, chilled chocolate drinks – all created by the resident Italian chocolatier and all to be gorged on, for free, as and when you please. It’s worth picking up on this, because Soneva Kiri is run by Six Senses, an ultra-luxe brand best known for its spa retreats – and, indeed, the spa at Soneva Kiri, with its

isolated treatment huts, raised walkways and atmosphere of a serene Chinese garden, is world class. But the fact that Soneva Kiri is as much the perfect holiday destination for the Augustus Gloops of this world as it is for those who like their chi balanced is testament to the level of absurdly enjoyable indulgence on offer here. This isn’t just about pampering – you can spoil yourself any way you choose. The first grand indulgence is the manner of your arrival. Koh Kood is a tiny, jungle-covered island lying just off the Cambodian border in the Gulf of Thailand – which is to say, it’s a world away from the tourist-centric islands clustered around Phuket on the country’s western peninsula. To reach it, board a one-engine aircraft from Bangkok airport for a picturesque 45-minute flight to an islet just big enough to host an airstrip; from there, you’re whipped across the waves in a fantastically stylish speedboat to Soneva Kiri’s jetty. At which point two interesting things happen. A sign


introduces you to the resort’s ethos – “no shoes, no news” – and you’re asked to turn your watch back an hour. Soneva Kiri, you see, keeps to its own time zone. Ostensibly, it’s to take advantage of the daylight hours but the sensation of switching off real life and jumping into a sealed, otherworldly Eden – one where all the fruit is there to be picked liberally and at will – could hardly be greater. Elsewhere on the island, there’s the odd backpackerfriendly hotel but don’t expect to encounter any scruffy gap year students looking for the next Full Moon party. It is an enclosed community, with its own network of roads (joy of joys, you’re given your own golf buggy to get around the place) which link its villas, restaurants, beach, spa and other areas. As you rattle down its lanes, the staff – who considerably outnumber the guests – stop, smile and bow as a matter of course, hands pressed together in the traditional Thai manner. There are three “Soneva” resorts – the other two are in the Maldives. The word comes from a melding of Six Senses founder Sonu Shivdasani’s name and that of his wife Eva, and it represents the top tier of the company’s offering. This means more space, larger accommodation, fewer fellow guests and service of the absolutely-no-request-is-too-difficult variety. Want to head out fishing in a traditional Thai boat? Done. Zip off in a speedboat for some snorkelling and diving? No problem. Go for a private picnic on a distant beach decorated with coral? Very well. Take a plane over Cambodia to see the legendary temples of Angkor Wat? Even that can be arranged, courtesy of the Soneva Kiri private plane. And the villas are, indeed, massive, and very beautiful. My one-bedroom accommodation included its own courtyard with outdoor bath, plus a separate dressing room, bathroom and two showers (one outdoor) – and that’s just on the top level. A spiral staircase led down to a sizeable private pool surrounded by a large deck area with loungers and sofas; follow more stairs back up and you arrive at the open-air ‘living room’. I counted nine different sofa areas in which to sit and admire the views out over the bay. Sleeping with the blinds open, I’d wake up bathed in golden light as the sun rose at the end of the bed (which is vast, naturally). The larger, family-sized villas can sleep several, for those who want to bring nannies, butlers, boxing coaches (this has happened, apparently), grandparents and children. Your little darlings might even end up with a waterslide leading straight from their room to the pool below and if that doesn’t keep them occupied, the remarkable kids’ club – an avant-garde bamboo den resembling a giant, twisted


wicker basket – provides all manner of supervised activities. This means adults can get on with the not so onerous activity of pure, unbridled escapism. Soneva Kiri beach is a humdinger – it’s not huge but it’s perfectly formed, a gentle sandy strip, overhung with palms, and shallow, turquoise waters. With the resort’s low numbers of guests – there are presently just 38 villas – you’re unlikely to find yourself struggling for access to a sun-lounger. The beach is the most remote area of the resort, and you take your buggy along a road that winds through the jungle to reach it, passing the cinema along the way. Cinema? Why, yes – overlooking a lake, for romantic, outdoor screenings every Wednesday night. Fabulous food is everywhere at Soneva Kiri – don’t even think about trying to lose weight here. There’s luminously beautiful sushi down at the beach, and a gourmet restaurant called The View occupies the resort’s highest point, with a rather fine cocktail bar. At the resort’s main hub, by the jetty where you arrive, a large structure of winding wooden walkways includes the main restaurant – put in your own requests for grilled fish and meats, while the buffets of every kind of Asian delicacy are things of wonder. There’s another bar with its own swimming pool, star-watching observatory and shops and you can even take a meal in the treetops, winched up in a bamboo pod, to which staff will swing down zip lines to bring you each course. However, the best dining to be had is off the resort. Take a boat round a headland, up a jungle river and into a mangrove swamp and you arrive at Soneva Kiri’s true jewel; Khun Benz restaurant, named after its female chef. In a traditional wooden building at the water’s edge, Khun Benz – who formerly worked at the Maldives Soneva resort, Soneva Fushi – creates Thai dishes of electrifying loveliness. Tuck in while tree frogs chirrup around you and fireflies dance over the water. No, this isn’t real life; it’s fantasy living of the most decadent kind and, like all the most decadent things, fine chocolate included, it’s irresistible. n


Bailey RoBinson ( or 01488 689700) offers seven nights at Soneva Kiri by Six Senses, Thailand, from £2,800 per person based on two adults sharing a Hill Villa Suite, including full board, international flights and transfers. Valid for travel 16 August - 31 October 2011. Add a day trip to Angkor Wat from £1,200 per person, based on two adults, including a return private plane transfer, full day tour, visa and immigration fees.


dEdiCATEd FoLLoWERS Emma Mills searches out the best places to stay if you’re indulging in a whistlestop tour of this season’s most important fashion weeks


his month, every fashionista worth her salt will be planning their very own roundthe-world trip as they follow the major fashion weeks from New York to London, then Milan and finally Paris. We’ve scoured the four cities to find the best places to stay in the hub of the fashion frenzy, offering all the glamour you’d expect from Fashion Week, along with a great location in the heart of the action.

New York The Mark The Autumn/Winter 2011 Fashion Weeks kick off in New York as always, and this high end, design heavy hotel, while located on the other side of Central Park from The Lincoln Centre, is still only a five minute jaunt in a cab, and vitally at the centre of the best Manhattan has to offer. The Mark is housed in the beautiful 1927 landmark building with 150 rooms and suites. The hotel was redesigned in 2009 by legendary Jacques Grange and unites impressive names such as Frederic Fekkai, whose salon is perfect for a pre-show blow dry, and JeanGeorges Vongerichten, Manhattan’s pre-eminent chef who oversees The Mark Restaurant. The Mark combines old-world comfort, avant-garde design, up-to-the-minute technologies and an unprecedented level of personal service, the perfect NY base for any busy fashionista. For those also wanting to explore the city, New York’s premier museums, galleries, and the best boutiques and restaurants that the Upper East Side has to offer are also all within easy reach. The Mark Madison Avenue at 77th Street New York, NY 10075 001 212 744 4300

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London The Savoy A stalwart of the London hotel scene until it closed in 2007 for a dramatic £100m refurbishment, The Savoy is now making an impressive comeback, and its location on the Strand, a mere five minutes totter in heels to Somerset House, couldn’t be better. Boasting Edwardian elegance with modern marvels, the hotel’s suites are perfect for a long weekend stay, as they all boast large sitting rooms and enviable views across London. We love their river view

deluxe suites; furnished in delightful girly pinks and greens with divine bathrooms, they are the best place to relax and soak away a busy fashion day. Dine in Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill, drink endless glasses of fizz in the Beaufort Bar, and entertain friends and clients with impressive cocktails in the American Bar.


The Savoy is now making an impressive comeback, and its location on the Strand couldn’t be better

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Milan Maison Moschino Where better to stay during Fashion Week than a fashion designer’s own hotel? And this is one hotel you’ll never want to leave. With a delight and a surprise round every corner, this quirky boutique residence has taken inspiration from all walks of fashion and created a series of unique rooms whose whimsical take on a variety of themes is at once flirty and fabulous. Run by luxury hotel group HotelPhilosophy, and designed in conjunction with Rossella Jardini, the creative director of Moschino, the hotel is described by its creators as a ‘place of enchanted fairytales’. The hotel has 65 rooms with 16 unique dream design concepts including Luxurious Attic, The Forest, Sleeping in a Ballgown, Little Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Room. At once crazy, quirky and devilishly clever, the rooms still demonstrate the best in luxury with all the trappings of modern efficiency and luxurious decadence. Make sure you leave


time one evening to dine in their sublime restaurant Clandestino Milano, headed up by acclaimed chef Moreno Cedroni, this sushi inspired restaurant is as playful and unique as the rest of the hotel and makes for a wonderful place to reflect on catwalk shows and exclusive collections. Maison Moschino Viale Monte Grappa, 12 20124 Milan 02 29009858

A delight and a surprise around every corner; this is one hotel you’ll never want to leave

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Paris Plaza Athenee

Our favourite room has to be the divine Eiffel Suite, offering amazing views of the iconic Parisian landmark

For its dramatic final conclusion, Fashion Week comes to the home of style and when it comes to the place to stay, there really is only one option. When iconic fashion favourite Carrie Bradshaw lent out of the window in her Parisian penthouse suite, saw the Eiffel Tower and squealed she made the Plaza Athenee the place to stay in Paris. Not that it wasn’t already. This sumptuously decadent hotel, within skipping distance of the Carrousel du Louvre where Paris Fashion Week is held each year, celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year so you know you’ll be at the height of the action. Our favourite room has to be one of the divine Eiffel Suites, offering amazing views of the iconic Parisian landmark, boasting decadent lounges with rich silk and velvet soft furnishings, grand pianos, baroque furniture and decor, rich, heavy curtains, gigantic bathrooms, opulent bedrooms and beautiful balconies. Embrace the romantic in you and spoil yourself on the last stop on your whirlwind fashion tour. n Plaza Athenee 25 Avenue Monataigne 75008 Paris 00 33 1 5367 6665


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This October, San Francisco institution and renowned chef Thomas Keller will open a London version of his sensational Napa Valley restaurant in Harrods, for just ten days. ‘The French Laundry at Harrods’ sees Keller fly over 14 of his elite, three Michelin-starred kitchen and dining room brigade, along with fixtures, fittings and signature dinnerware to recreate the restaurant’s atmosphere as faithfully as possible. The French Laundry is famed for successfully marrying a French influence with Keller’s American roots and a set nine courses created exclusively by Keller will be served at lunch and dinner, priced at £250pp. Housed in Harrods’ famous fourth floor Georgian Restaurant, the menu will represent the very best of The French Laundry, including many of the dishes that have become classics in the US, as well as new creations for the UK. Booking lines open on 1 September.


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Served in the grand Palm Court, the tea includes edible masterpieces which substitute sparkling diamonds for shimmering icing and dense gold for light cake. The Poison Apple, for instance, is replicated as a red peppercorn and dark chocolate shortbread, while a lightly perfumed Guinness macaroon with blackcurrant jelly conjures images of Webster’s Crystal Clear Diamond. £49pp

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Gaucho Sets Sail

Cafe de Paris Sauce

Enjoy the luxury of great steak  and excellent wine anywhere on  the Thames, as Gaucho of London  launches their 62-foot Sunseeker  Predator yacht. An original location  for a special celebration, a discreet  venue for meetings, a place for  cocktails on route to the O2 or a  special dinner for a select group,  staff aboard the yacht can create  bespoke a la carte menus or  champagne and canape selections.

This complex sauce is  traditionally served with steak  and was created in the 1940s by  Café de Paris in Geneva. To this  day the ingredients of the sauce  remain a closely guarded trade  secret. The closest any restaurant  has come is Le Relais de Venise  L’Entrecote, with branches in  Marylebone, Paris and New York.  Their sauce is made from chicken  livers, fresh thyme, full cream  and Dijon mustard.


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Just in time for London Fashion Week, luxury hotel The Langham has launched its inspired Bijoux Afternoon Tea, which celebrates the playful and dramatic jewellery designs from Stephen Webster’s latest collection, Murder She Wrote. Exclusively launching for Autumn/Winter 2011, the collection uses diamonds and colourful stones to create stunning statement pieces which take their inspiration from the murder mystery genre – think poisoned apples, tiny daggers, barbed wire and glittering crosses.

Lady Blonde’s clever search  function makes finding the  best places to eat, drink and  entertain simple. Search for  the kind of place you want to  go (wine bar, cafe, restaurant),  what you want to do  (cocktails, after work drinks,  Sunday lunch) and who  you’re going with (girlfriends,  colleagues, in laws) and the  site recommends a selection  of the best tried and tested  places throughout London.

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Evening Wines


Three of a Kind... Fashion Week Foodies


Jake Crimmin shares his perfect wines for drinking at dusk, and his favourite local places to enjoy them

lthough the sun is now shining through my wine shop window, it is with some certainty that I anticipate it may well not be shining for you by the time you read this. So, with autumnal chills moving in, I thought it good karma to share with you my top places from which to enjoy the last drops of summer, and suggest some gorgeous drops to enjoy them with. Why not take an afternoon sup on an English sparkling wine and enjoy the ongoing celebrations that, in recent years, have seen UK fizz trumping the French and garnering numerous awards. Pick up a bottle of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2006 at Jeroboams on Heath Street in Hampstead (they promise me they’ll keep some chilled) and bring it for a stroll up Parliament Hill. But please don’t forget the necessary glassware! No matter what your views on the effects of glassware on taste, I think we can all agree that, sometimes, a plastic cup just won’t do. So, kick back with the gorgeous views of our fair city and enjoy the fine, fresh, toasted, honeyed sublimeness of the Nyetimber. Add a summery selection of cheeses and strawberries for ultimate indulgence. If a French friend looks upon your choice with some disdain, just point out where the champagne method was originally invented - England. Sacré bleu! As afternoon turns to evening make your way back into town to my native Gaucho in Hampstead. Should this beautiful day, per chance, be a Sunday you’ll be privy to the full theatre of an Argentine asado on our terrace; a fire and meat inferno of the highest decree. Cool down from all this heat with a glass of Argentina’s answer to maximum refreshment with their national white variety, Torrontés; and in particular the Seleccion ‘G’ Torrontés 2010. Beautifully aromatic with all the florals of elderflower that will leave you reminiscing about a meadow in springtime, it’s perfect terrace drinking and heavenly with our ceviche spoons of salmon, scallops and lemon sole. Should your preferred form of imbibing come in a pint glass, then try The Garden Gate in South End Green, for a fine selection of guest ales and a busy, vibrant terrace. Just a spittoon away from the Heath, this place makes for welcome post-walk refreshment. Get down early though, as Sundays get busy and the BBQ gathers a formidable queue. Should the heavens open (sorry, when) you can always seek refuge within this beautiful Tudor pub for some top notch Sunday roast fare. Bottles up!

STYLE ICON Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green

Quirky bar and restaurant Paradise is a favourite amongst celebs, and is glamming up for London Fashion Week this month by paying homage to style icon Daphne Guiness with a sumptuous cocktail created in her honour. Effortlessly conjuring up images of her inimitable style, this chic cocktail is served in a champagne glass, with 100ml of Guinness, 12.5ml of Chambord, topped with Champagne and garnished with a raspberry. Fabulous, dahling! 19 Kilburn Lane, W10 4AE

FASHION FEAST J Sheekey Oyster Bar

The fashion pack’s favourite place to enjoy a glass of fizz

and the best in fresh fish, J Sheekey Oyster Bar will be offering a glass of Pol Roger and a half a dozen native oysters for £18.75, till 25 September. Pol Roger is a ‘brut nature’ which is a zero dosage cuvee - this means not only does it have a very dry style that is a perfect match with seafood and shellfish, but it also has a lower calorie content. Perfect for figureconscious fashionistas. 28-34 St Martin’s Court WC2N 4AL


Freggo, the Argentine ice cream bar on Swallow Street, has responded to London Fashion Week in the most perfect of ways. Take an hour out of the catwalk shows to rest tired feet and cool harried heads with their unique limited edition ‘LFW Skinny Mini’ throughout September. The ice cream serving includes low-fat options of the bar’s unique malbec and berries and dulce de leche ice creams, along with their delicious passion fruit sorbet – a model of restraint! 27-29 Swallow Street W1B 4Q





Eat in Style This September, Le Caprice celebrates its third decade as one of the capital’s most exclusive eateries with a glittering celebration. The restaurant will reopen on the 14 September showcasing a subtle make-over and inviting its discerning regulars to enjoy the delicious fusion of French and American brasserie fare which has become its trademark. Over the years, the venue has seen the great and good dine in its stylish monochrome environs, including fashion pack devotees. It was Le Caprice where designer extraordinaire Zac Posen chose to hold the star-studded launch of Belvedere Bloody Mary Vodka in April. Arlington Street, SW1A 1RJ

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Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Visit Style: The Duchess of Cambridge has emerged as a very British style icon during the past year, not least owing to the spectacular Alexander McQueen gown she wore for her wedding to Prince William. Until 3 October, visitors to Buckingham Palace are able to personally view the design, which was influenced by the Victorian era and hand-crafted from satin gazaar and six types of lace. It is on show alongside the matching shoes, diamond ‘Halo’ Tiara and Robinson Pelham earrings which she also wore on the day. The collection is accompanied by a video commentary and forms part of a selection of exhibitions scheduled for the summer season.

Stunning diamond rings from LA-based design house Tacori are now available at luxury bridal and jewellery boutique, Joule in Hampstead. Each exquisite piece blends vintage qualities with a contemporary edge giving them a breath-taking and enduring sense of sophistication. Tacori are regularly sought for their award ceremony expertise and have created accessories for the likes of Brooke Shields and Jessica Alba. The rings are available in 18 carat yellow, white gold or platinum. 5 Flask Walk, NW3 1HJ

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Stay in Style If the prospect of dedicated spa packages at the official hotel of London Fashion Week wasn’t enough, The May Fair has unveiled a tempting package in honour of the annual event. Perfect for shopaholics and those who enjoy the style scene, the tailored stay includes accommodation in one of the trendy, deluxe rooms, use of a chauffeur driven car and signature cocktails for you and a guest in the May Fair Bar, which is sure to be one of the most popular destinations for after show parties. Stratton Street, W1J 8LT

Browse in Style Lovely local boutiques KJ’s Laundry and Pipa are amongst the shops, designers and stylists who will be present at London Fashion Weekend from 22 - 25 September at Somerset House. The lively event is an opportunity for consumers to involve

themselves in the industry’s seasonal highlight with a schedule of catwalk shows, heavily discounted label shopping and pampering. The event is curated by Wayne Hemingway. Somerset House, WC2

Drink in Style: Mahiki is a perennially safe bet for drinks during Fashion Week with a tantalising and tropical cocktail menu, relaxed ambience and eye-catching surroundings. The night spot has partnerships with such brands as PPQ meaning it always attracts the right mix of wellheeled, fun-loving guests. 1 Dover Street, W1S 4LD,

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Vogue magazine’s celebration of the fashion industry that is ‘Fashion’s Night Out’ returns this year on 8 September. From 6-11pm central London will play host to a variety of glamorous shopping events for the public, which include special edition products designed by the likes of Stella McCartney and Miu Miu. Guests can have their fortunes told in Mulberry; join a roller disco in Rupert Sanderson and peruse several other latest collections, drink in hand. In stores around W1

Keep track of a hectic fashion week schedule with this attractive new organiser from Filofax. The snake print design is hand made from premium leather and suede and available with a variety of integrated extras such as note paper, to-do lists, sticky notes and a business card holder. Enigma Brindle Filofax, £175



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ELM TREE ROAD ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8 £6,950,000 FREEHOLD An extremely rare opportunity to acquire a superbly presented contemporary semi-detached home (approx. 4,300sq ft) located in a gated development in this highly favoured St John’s Wood address. The house provides well planned accommodation featuring excellent entertaining areas and further benefits from a patio garden, garage and off street parking for several cars. Elm Tree Road is conveniently located within walking distance of St John’s Wood High Street with its numerous shops and boutiques, St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee Line) as well as the open spaces of Regent’s Park. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom Suite with Dressing Room and En-Suite Bathroom, 3 Further Bedrooms (2 with En-Suite), Drawing Room, Family Room, Dining Room, Study/TV Room, Fully Fitted Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Guest Cloakroom, Terrace, Patio Garden, Garage, Off Street Parking for Several Cars. PRINCIPAL AGENT

REGENT’S PARK OFFICE 69–71 PARK ROAD LONDON NW1 6XU T –020 7724 4724 F –020 7724 6160

ELM WALK HAMPSTEAD NW3 POA FREEHOLD A rare opportunity to purchase a delightful detached double fronted home (230sq m/2,476sq ft) peacefully situated within this exclusive cul-de-sac located just off West Heath Road and thus within easy walking distance of both Golders Hill Park and Hampstead Village. This beautifully maintained elegant home provides bright and spacious well planned accommodation currently arranged over two floors only with considerable potential to increase the existing accommodation by converting the garage, roof space and extending above the garage subject to the necessary planning consents. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, 4 Further Bedrooms, 1 Further Family Bathroom, 1 Further Shower Room, Reception Room, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Study, Kitchen, Utility Room, Guest Cloakroom, Storage within Roof Space, Integral Double Length Garage, Off Street Parking for 2 Cars, Front & Rear Landscaped Gardens. SOLE AGENT

Minster Road NW2 - £1,750,000 A substantial detached period family house occupying a large corner plot, with double garage West Hampstead Office 020 7794 7111

Belsize Park 020 7431 1234 South Hampstead 020 7625 4567 West Hampstead 020 7794 7111

3619 sq ft internal floor area • 5/6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms • 28’6 main reception, 25’7 kitchen • Close to multiple transport links •

Rosslyn Hill NW3 - £895,000 Set behind a classical Victorian facade, a fine garden apartment on the lower slopes of Hampstead Village Belsize Park Office 020 7431 1234

Belsize Park 020 7431 1234 South Hampstead 020 7625 4567 West Hampstead 020 7794 7111

877 sq ft internal floor area • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • 20 ft reception with outside access • 32 ft patio/garden •

Priory Road NW6 - £800,000 A well-proportioned 3 double bedroom raised ground floor apartment with private entrance South Hampstead Office 020 7625 4567

Belsize Park 020 7431 1234 South Hampstead 020 7625 4567 West Hampstead 020 7794 7111

1190 sq ft internal accommodation • 23 ft period reception with bay • Parquet flooring throughout • Central South Hampstead location •

Queen’s Park NW6 - £1,100 pw A stunning family house with contemporary interiors, in the heart of fashionable Queen’s Park West Hampstead Office 020 7794 7111

Belsize Park 020 7431 1234 South Hampstead 020 7625 4567 West Hampstead 020 7794 7111

Double reception with open brickwork • 4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Bespoke kitchen/diner • Decked garden with studio/shed •


St Johns Wood Office Lettings. 020 7722 2131

Blomfield Road, London, W9 £1,425.00 per week

A stunning and immaculate three bedroom maisonette set on the raised ground floor and garden level of this period conversion.

Hamilton Terrace, London, NW8 £3,200 per week

A superb 7 bedroom family house set over 5 floors spread over 3300 sq ft. Accommodation includes entrance hall, 7 double bedrooms, drawing room, dining room, kitchen, tv room, utility room, laundry room, three bathrooms, shower room, cloak room, patio garden.

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Wedderburn road nW3 A lateral three bedroom three bathroom apartment (1,451 sq ft) situated on the second floor of this impressive red brick house with the benefit of three balconies. The accommodation comprises entrance hall, reception room with attractive views, superb kitchen with central island, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, second bedroom with en suite bathroom, third bedroom with en suite bathroom, guest WC. Wedderburn Road is a desirable tree lined road located within close proximity of Hampstead Village (Northern Line) and Belsize Park (Northern Line).

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An exceptional top floor two bedroom apartment (1,005 sq ft), entered on the second floor of this imposing ‘William Willet’ period property with a private staircase to the third floor. The flat enjoys two double bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en suite) and boasts a 26’10 reception room with an open plan kitchen and access to both a balcony and a 19’ south facing roof terrace. The property is located in this attractive tree lined road close to the excellent amenities at Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line) with Belsize Park, Primrose Hill and St John’s Wood within close proximity.

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Hanover House, St John’s Wood, London, NW8

£2,900,000 Leasehold

A fifth floor apartment set within this stunning portered block in the heart of St John’s Wood. The apartment has been newly refurbished throughout and benefits from four bedrooms, three bathrooms, guest WC, fitted wardrobes in each bedroom, and has beautiful views towards the church garden.

Elstree T: 0208 387 1546

Knightsbridge T: 0207 225 0878

St Johns Wood Office: 020 7586 5929

Blair Court, St John’s Wood, London, NW8

ÂŁ625,000 Leasehold

A bright and spacious two double bedroom apartment set on the second floor of this conveniently located portered building in St Johns Wood. The property comprises of a spacious 226 x 127 reception room with doors leading onto a private south facing balcony, separate fitted kitchen, two well proportioned double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, family bathroom and guest W/C. Blair Court offers a 24 hour porter service with off street parking and is situated close to the Swiss Cottage Underground Station (Jubilee Line) as well as being within easy reach of the Cosmopolitan St Johns Wood High Street. St Johns Wood T: 020 7586 5929

Belgrade T: 381 11301 1161

St Johns Wood Office: 020 7586 5929

Eagle House, St. John’s Wood, London, NW8

ÂŁ625,000 Leasehold

A spacious and well presented two double bedroom, two bathroom apartment set on the first floor of a purpose built block. The property offers a bright and spacious reception room with high ceilings and large windows, master bedroom with en-suite, further double bedroom, separate fully fitted kitchen and family bathroom. Eagle house is ideally positioned for the Cosmopolitan St Johns Wood High Street and within moments of the Underground Station (Jubilee Line).

Elstree T: 0208 387 1546

Knightsbridge T: 0207 225 0878

St Johns Wood Office: 020 7586 5929

Tower Court, St Johns Wood, London, NW8

ÂŁ549,950 Leasehold - Share of freehold

A two bedroom apartment set on the ground floor of this well maintained purpose built block. The property requires some updating and comprises a bright and good sized reception room, separate kitchen, two double bedrooms and large family bathroom. Positioned only moments away from Regents Park and within easy reach of St John’s Wood High Street and Underground (Jubilee Line). St Johns Wood T: 020 7586 5929

Belgrade T: 381 11301 1161

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ynamic London estate agency, Faron Sutaria has just opened a new sales and lettings office on Parkway, NW1 equidistance from the three areas it will predominately cover - Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill and Camden. The opening of the new Camden office brings the number of Faron Sutaria offices to eight. “We have been established for 35 years, and have a highly experienced and energetic team who strive to offer an exceptional level of service to clients, whether selling or renting,” explains branch manager, Polly Ogden. “Communication is a particular strength and one which sets the company apart from its competitors.” Faron Sutaria was established in Notting Hill in 1975 and has branches throughout West London, and is opening further offices in Islington and Chelsea. Each office is linked through both technology and personal relationships, which ensures clients’ properties are exposed to all applicants registered across the company.

As a launch offer Faron Sutaria are offering a zero per cent introductory sales fee for clients looking to sell their homes, while landlords can take advantage of a special five per cent tenant introductory fee and a full management fee of ten per cent for the first 12 months of a tenancy. Polly Ogden says: “It’s exciting to be joining Faron Sutaria and launching its Camden office as the company expands. Faron Sutaria is a young, dynamic company which is a good fit for the vibrancy and diversity of the wider Camden area. The area has a huge amount to offer across the spectrum of property purchasers, with its diverse architectural styles and distinctive areas. As we will be covering Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill and Camden we will be able to assist both first time buyers and the more experienced purchaser as well as tenants looking to live within the area.” Polly has an extensive track record in achieving excellent sales results for clients, most of whom are introduced through personal recommendation, and she is joined in the Camden office by lettings manager Steve Murray who has several years experience in managing both private and corporate lettings portfolios. Polly and Steve are supported by an expert team who have been working in the north London market for over 20 years. “Camden Town in particular, is attracting people looking for astute acquisitions in an area which still has pockets offering surprising value for money,” explains Polly. “Camden has superb transport links to the West End and City and access to the newly extended London Overground. I am very much looking forward to putting Faron Sutaria on the map as the leading estate agency in Camden and in becoming part of the local community,” she concludes. n 020 7267 7074



HOLLOWAY ROAD, N19 An impressive period conversion occupying the entire ground floor with own entrance and private garden. Approx. 888 sq ft. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room. £425,000 Share of Freehold 020 7267 7074

GAISFORD STREET, NW5 A 1st floor apartment with twin doors leading out to the cast iron balcony and communal gardens. Approx. 406 sq ft. Bedroom, bathroom, open-plan kitchen/reception room. £330,000 Leasehold 020 7267 7074


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In a prime residential turning, a rarely available Victorian family house featuring grand accommodation (over 2,300 sq ft) on four floors, within an easy walk of Hampstead Heath and the charming street cafes of Swains Lane.

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Hampstead Borders NW2 A superb family home with flexible accommodation arranged over 3 floors only. Ideally located moments from the lower slopes of Hampstead Heath the property also has a fabulous south facing rear garden. 6 Bedrooms * 3 Bathrooms (1 En Suite) * Guest WC * Double Reception Room * Dining Room * Kitchen/Breakfast Room * Utility Room * Reception Hall * Basement Storage * Front & Rear Gardens * Off Street Parking For 2 Cars


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Northwick Close NW8 A fantastic opportunity to purchase this three bedroom mews house (approx. 873 sq ft) in a quiet cobbled close. This property is offered in good condition and has a fantastic west-facing roof terrace. Northwick Close is located near to shops and restaurants of Little Venice and Lords cricket ground with Warwick Avenue underground station only a short distance away reception room | 3 bedrooms | bathroom | kitchen | roof terrace

Guide price ÂŁ1,250,000 freehold

020 7586 5863


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Cunningham Place NW8 A bright and beautifully presented duplex apartment set within a period property, close to the amenities of both Clifton Road and St John’s Wood. The apartment has recently been refurbished and benefits from solid wood floors and an immaculate fully fitted kitchen. Cunningham Place is well located for both St John’s Wood (Jubilee line) and Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo line) underground stations reception room with open-plan kitchen | main bedroom (en-suite bathroom) | 2 further bedrooms | shower room

Guide price £825,000 leasehold

020 7586 5863


Belgrave Gardens, St John’s Wood NW8 As sole agents we are pleased to offer this stunning apartment offering extremely bright, spacious and well planned accommodation set within this small white stucco fronted purpose built block. The flat has just undergone complete refurbishment to a very high standard and boasts a beautiful south facing reception room with a balcony, a well proportioned kitchen/breakfast room, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 2 further double bedrooms and second bathroom. Belgrave Gardens is located off ‘The Famous Abbey Road’ and is close to all local amenities.

£1,250,000 Leasehold

83 Boundary Road, St John’s Wood, London NW8 0RG

T 020 7625 7000 W


St Anne’s Terrace, St John’s Wood NW8 Ideally situated in the heart of St John’s Wood and literally a minutes’ walk to the High Street and tube, we are delighted to offer this immaculate 3 bedroom house in excellent decorative order throughout. Main features are a large reception with access to a well equipped garden, modern fully fitted kitchen and guest w/c, master bedroom with large marble bathroom and access to large roof terrace, two further double bedrooms and a second bathroom. This excellent family home really must be seen.

£1,500 Per Week

The spirit of St John’s Wood

Instructing Rescorp Residential to sell your property will ensure you the best possible marketing, the best price and, more importantly, the right buyer.

Make the right move and instruct Rescorp Residential today!

We look forward to hearing from you. Vic Chhabria Director

11 Hanover Gate Mansions, Park Road, London, NW1 4SJ

3 Imperial Court London, NW8 Imperial Court is one of the most prestigious blocks on Prince Albert Road that benefits from a 24 hour porter service, underground parking, a private gym and a share in the freehold. This extremely spacious ground floor flat benefits from a double reception room and dining area, master bedroom with dressing area and en suite with bathroom featuring a Jacuzzi with TV. The second double bedroom also benefits from an en suite shower room. The apartment has a fully fitted itchen, guest toilet and has its own private entrance.

Guide Price:

ÂŁ1,595,000 Subject to Contract

T: 0203 348 8000 | F: 0203 348 8800 | E:

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A perfeCt loCAtion A beautiful place to live is about more than just bricks and mortar, says Vic Chhabria, director of Rescorp Residential NW8, SJW or “The Wood” as its often called, in my opinion, is one of the finest areas to live in central London. NW8 has it all - it’s a suburb in the city with everything from a buzzing high street full of chic boutiques and cafes serving delectable food, a world famous cricket ground steeped in history and a fully inhabited zoo with international acclaim. If that’s not enough, NW8 also cusps the beautiful Regents Park with its famous rose gardens and boating lakes. So why are so many international buyers homing in on NW8? It’s simple. No other area offers the diversity of shops, schools, parks, sporting facilities, hospitals and restaurants which are all set in a suburban scene and yet only a mile away from the action of Oxford Street. I am a local, and I enjoy what NW8 has to offer, so for an international person looking to buy property in London, one cannot help but take NW8 seriously. Rescorp Residential has built and carved its position as a reputable property agent in NW8 over the past few years. Over 70 per cent of our sales have been to international buyers seeking homes in St Johns Wood. This itself is a testament to the attraction of NW8 by a wider international community particularly as the area is continually improving,


with new development and regeneration wherever there is a spot of available land. I am a true ambassador for St Johns Wood NW8 and I don’t think I would be in the property business if this was not my playing ground. So what is it that we do differently? We don’t just wait for international buyers to come to us, we go to them. I have personally been on many an international trip offering our services as one of NW8’s most active agencies. I have hosted formal presentations, casual get togethers and one on one meetings in Mumbai, New Delhi, Lagos, Dubai and Hong Kong to spread the word and offer our properties to potential buyers looking to purchase overseas. This serves the two facets of my business - to effectively market properties that have been instructed to us and offer an educated and personal service to buyers, many of whom who have bought properties from me without even having looked at them. With prices for ready properties reaching record levels in Mumbai, Singapore and Hong Kong, all of a sudden London now looks cheap! And to pinpoint further, with the three or four future developments taking place in NW8,

the face of St John’s Wood will change dramatically and the average price per square foot will be on the rise again. As being a well-established boutique estate agency located in St Johns Wood, NW8, Rescorp Residential are proud of our reputation as an ethical, friendly yet highly professional company. With an extensive knowledge of St Johns Wood and surrounding areas, we have a comprehensive range of residential properties for sale in NW8 and NW1. For us it is simply about finding the right property and/or the right buyer so, whether you are looking to sell your property or indeed buying one, Rescorp Residential aims to ensure that both the buying and/or selling process is an enjoyable, stress-free and memorable experience.

Buckland crescent, Belsize Park, nW3

ÂŁ1250 per week. unfurnished. sole agent.

Stunning, three bedroom, two bathroom family home that has recently undergone complete refurbishment to the highest of specifications. The apartment boasts own entrance, spectacular 22 ft reception with stylish off-set kitchen, fireplace with gas flame effect fire, sliding doors onto patio and mature private garden, master bedroom with en- suite/ family bathroom and French doors leading to the garden, second double bedroom with en-suite shower room and additional third bedroom. Offered for long let from 30th September 2011.

Property Divas Limited, 34a Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, NW3 1NH 020 7431 8000

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Howley Place W2 ÂŁ2,400,000 This elegant apartment features vast interconnecting receptions rooms, an open plan kitchen leading through to a conservatory, a family room, a master bedroom with en suite bathroom, a further double bedroom, family bathroom, guest shower room and an 80ft private garden. The property also has potential to extend. Share of Freehold. Sole Agents.

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Elgin Avenue W9 £1,150,000 This stunning duplex apartment comprises a spacious reception room, a pristine kitchen/ dining room, a master bedroom with an en suite shower room, two further double bedrooms, a study, a family bathroom and ample storage. The property has the added advantage of a share in the freehold and access to a flat roof. Share of freehold. Joint Sole Agent.

LITTLE VENICE: 020 7828 8100

St Marys Mansions W2 £1,399,500 SO LD


Lanark Place W9 £1,275,000

Hall Road NW8 £1,250,000

Clifton Court NW8 £1,220,000

Aberdeen Court W9 £1,200,000

Clifton Gardens W9 £1,395,000


Randolph Crescent W9 £1,575,000

Westminister Court NW8 £1,299,950 SO LD


Finch Lodge W9 £1,599,950



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Cunningham Court W9 £1,150,000

Warrington Cresent W9 £775,000


Alexandra Court W9 £849,950





Niddulph Mansions W9 £675,000

Leith Mansions W9 £849,950


Clarendon Gardens W9 £699,950

Ashworth Mansions W9 £862,000



Randolph Avenue W9 £899,950




Sutherland Avenue W9 £659,950

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Norfolk Road NW8 £8,000 per week Arranged over just three floors this luxurious house comprises a stunning master bedroom with a dressing room and en suite bathroom, four further double bedrooms and a guest/nanny room with en suite bathroom. The ground floor provides a spacious kitchen, a large dining room and a magnificent reception room, which overlooks the front garden.

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Clifton Villas W9 £3,000 per week This stunning house is arranged over five floors, the luxurious accommodation comprises a large double reception room which can be divided into two separate rooms, an expansive open plan kitchen/family area leading out to a large landscaped garden. The bedroom accommodation boasts five generous double bedrooms and three bathrooms.

LITTLE VENICE: 020 7993 3050


LIStING See below for eS eState agentS agentS in the area

ANSCOMBE & RINGLAND 88 St. John’s Wood high Street NW8 7SH 020 7586 3111

FARON SutARIA 140 Kensington Church Street W8 4NB 0207 908 1563

JONAthAN ARRON 18 Blenheim Terrace NW8 0EB 020 7604 4611

pARkhEAth 8a Canfield Gardens NW6 3BS 020 7625 4567

AStON ChASE 69 / 71 Park Road NW1 6XU 020 7724 4724

GREENStONE 83 Boundary Road NW8 0RG 020 7625 7000

kNIGht FRANk 5-7 Wellington Place NW8 7PB 020 7586 2777

pARkhEAth 192 West End Lane NW6 1SG 020 7794 7111

BENhAM & REEvES 56 Heath Street NW3 1DL 020 7435 9822

hAMptONS INtERNAtIONAL 99 St John’s Wood Terrace NW8 6PL 020 7722 2131

kNIGht FRANk 79-81 Heath Street NW3 6UG 020 7431 8686

pROpERty DIvAS 34a Rosslyn Hill NW3 1NH 020 7431 8000 Share of freehold

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BRIAN LACk & CO 4-6 Saint Ann’s Terrace NW8 6PJ 020 7586 5929

hAMptONS INtERNAtIONAL 21 Heath street NW3 6TR 020 7794 8222

MARSh & pARSONS 35 Maida Vale W9 1TP 020 7368 4458

GUIde PrICe £1,450,000 A four double bedroom, tw RESCORp S oHanover l e aGGate e N T Mansionsapproximately 1,700 sq ft ar 11 floors of this attractive perio Park Road, NW1 4SJ condition throughout. 020 3348 8000 Located on one of Ham apartment is within 150 me numerous cafes, restaurants

CLuttONS 53 Charlbert Street NW8 6JN 020 7586 5863

hANOvER RESIDENtIAL 112 Boundary Road NW8 0RH 020 7372 4499

pARkhEAth 208 Haverstock Hill NW3 2AG 020 7431 1234

tk INtERNAtIONAL 20 Heath Street NW3 6TE 020 7794 8700

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The Yoo Building, St John’s Wood, NW8 A beautifully presented two bedroom duplex apartment set on the fourth and fifth floors of this modern development designed by Philippe Starck. The apartment has the rare advantage of two large West facing terraces accessed from the kitchen, reception room and bedrooms. Further benefits include air conditioning, secure allocated parking, passenger lift and 24 hour concierge service. The building is situated within close proximity to Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo Line) and St John’s Wood (Jubilee Line) Underground Stations.

Price: £1,050,000 | Sole Agent | Leasehold Jonathan Arron Residential 18 Blenheim Terrace, St John’s Wood, London, NW8 0EB

Christchurch Avenue, Brondesbury Park, NW6 Approached via electric gates, a substantial seven bedroom double fronted low built detached house, positioned on a corner plot, providing (419sq m/4,514sq ft) arranged over three floors. The property has been recently refurbished to an exceptionally high standard, incorporating air conditioning throughout and benefits from, a double garage and off-street parking for four cars. The property is located close to the amenities of Queens Park and Brondesbury Park (Bakerloo and Jubilee Lines).

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A truly stunning detached family home (circa 5000 sq ft) which has been redeveloped and comprehensively refurbished to an exceptional standard. Set behind a deep, secure drive, the house occupies a 0.38 acre plot with a 160ft rear garden. This contemporary house boasts fabulous entertaining space, a state of the art kitchen and well-planned living accommodation throughout.

Accomodation includes principal bedroom with en-suite dressing room and a bathroom, five further bedrooms, five further bathrooms (all en-suite), double reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, lounge, playroom, utility room, guest cloakroom, AC on the upper floors, landscaped front and rear gardens, single integral garage, additional offstreet parking for several cars, and a gated driveway.

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Discretely and securely located architect designed house which is set behind a gated private drive accessed via one of St John’s Woods most sought after roads. This low built lateral house offers versatile accommodation with off street parking and a garage, conveniently within a 600 yard radius of St John’s Wood Underground (Jubilee Line) the High Street and the open spaces of Regents Park. Entrance Hall | Guest Cloakroom | Three Reception Rooms Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Principle Bedroom Suite with Dressing Room Second, Third and Fourth Bedrooms En-Suite | Balcony | Garage | Freehold

St Johns Wood Office t: 0207 5863111 e:


Accomodation and Amenities Master bedroom suite, 3 further bedrooms (1 with en suite shower room), 2 further bathrooms, shower room, reception room, kitchen/dining room, playroom, utility room, leisure area including swim spa, hot tub, gym and changing room, self contained staff flat with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and patio, guest WC, cloakroom, decked garden, off street parking for at least 3 cars.

Perfectly located for the shops and amenities of St John’s Wood, lies this immaculately presented newly built house of 446.2 sq m/ 4,803 sq ft. The property is set neatly behind it’s own private electric gates with parking for at least 3 cars.


South Lodge, St John’s Wood, NW8 A superb four bedroom, three bathroom, family apartment situated on the raised ground floor of this sought after purpose built block. The apartment features spacious accommodation including an impressive 26ft reception room. South Lodge is located on the corner of Circus Road and Grove End Road with easy access to St John’s Wood’s shopping and transport facilities.

Principal Agent £1,500 pw

Woodstock Mews, Marylebone, W1 A contemporary bright and spacious two bedroom, two bathroom mews house set over three floors in the heart of Marylebone Village. The house offers great entertaining space, flexible accommodation and boasts a garage. Woodstock Mews is ideally located moments from Marylebone’s vibrant High Street, and the West End.

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ÂŁ1,850 pw

Pavilion Apartments, St John’s Wood, NW8 A beautifully appointed four/five bedroom apartment (2,756 sq ft / 256 sq m) situated on the third floor of this prestigious modern block in St Johns Wood. The property features an impressive double reception room leading to a 30ft terrace with views over the communal garden. Additional benefits include air conditioning, 24 hour porterage, passenger lift and underground parking for two cars. The Pavilion Apartments is located on St Johns Wood Road opposite Lords Cricket Ground and is conveniently located for St Johns Wood High Street and Regents Park.



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Vantage Magazine September 2011 - Hampstead Edition  

All the latest on interiors, food and drink, fashion, interviews, beauty, family, homes and gardens and travel in this dedicated luxury life...

Vantage Magazine September 2011 - Hampstead Edition  

All the latest on interiors, food and drink, fashion, interviews, beauty, family, homes and gardens and travel in this dedicated luxury life...