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Readers, welcome to the issue! I hope you enjoy the people, places and experiences that we have presented to you on the pages that follow. This issue has a chic French essence to it due to the time I spent in Paris at the start of the year. So who better to have on the cover than the ultimate powerhouse Parisian, Jean Paul Gaultier. I would like to say a special thank you to the wonderful duo, Pierre et Gilles for allowing us to use the iconic painted photograph on the cover. I dedicate this issue to our digital readers who frequent the issue from parts of the world such as Russia and Uganda who are Thank you to my team â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially Viktorija for without your incredible talent, dedication and commitment the magazine simply would not be.
Lee Joseph Hagan Editor
Enjoy the spring and I shall see you in summer.
Viktorija Grigorjevaite Creative Director
Alecia Marshall Deputy Editor
Viktorija is our Creative Director and an artist, photographer and curator, who runs a production house of commercial photography called VGGV,
Aspiring theatre producer, book lover and art fanatic, Alecia is every inch the consummate creative. When she is not seeking out innovative theatre, reading under the radiator or loitering in galleries, she can be found somewhere warm with a pot of green tea and a packet of custard creams.
of visual production services in the UK and Internationally. She holds degrees in BA Sociology and BA Fine Art.
Michelle Langan Writer / Proofing Editor With a love of writing and a nosey nature, Michelle married her two (ahem) talents writing for the likes of J17, Smash Hits and Mizz before moving back up North to concentrate on writing her own scripts whilst writing storylines for Coronation Street and Hollyoaks.
Adam Scovell Writer Adam is a writer and Wirral. He is currently studying for a Masters degree in Music at the University of Liverpool and runs the twice Blog North Awards nominated website, Celluloid Wicker Man which specialises in essays covering cinema and contemporary art.
Design: Dave Tompkins at Candy Studio. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / Writers: Andrew Collinge, Liz Collinge FRONT COVER IMAGE CREDIT: ÂŠ Pierre et Gilles, Jean Paul Gaultier for the cover of his book A nous deux la mode, 1989
Exhibition What: Me Myself & Art When: 29 May - 13 June 2014 Where: John Lennon Art and Design Building, 2
Me Myself & Art will showcase the work of 22 emerging artists. Utilising a variety of sharing ideas with a wider audience. Showcasing a variety of contemporary and traditional techniques, motivated by the world around them, from politics to personal experience. The exhibition will attempt to challenge and entertain the audience.
What: Artic Summer Who: David Galgut When: Available Now
What: Tmesis Theatre & Physical Fest Where: Unity Theatre & Bluecoat When: 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sat 31 May 2014
What: Under The Skin by Jonathan Glazer. Who: Jonathan Glazer Where: Select cinemas
What: Science Fiction: New Death Where: FACT When: 27th March â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 22nd June 2014
and Physical Fest are back for 2014, and this year Physical Fest - the only festival of its kind in Europe, celebrates its 10th consecutive annual outing since its launch back
years sees Scarlett Johansson playing an ambiguous alien picking up men in modern day Glasgow for
In this literary tour de force, twice Booker shortlisted novelist Damon Galgut evokes the life and work of EM Forster, his travels to India, and the freedom and inspiration he found there. At once an exploration of the life and times of one of living and being, and a stunningly vivid evocation of the mysterious alchemy of the creative process, Arctic Summer is a literary masterpiece, by one of generation.
Artistically ambitious and distanced like a modernday Kubrick, Under The Skin is one of the watershed moments of digital cinema.
This major new exhibition considers how our relationship with technology has blurred the lines between the real and the virtual, making our everyday lives feel increasingly like science
Derek Jarman The Celluloid Shaman Written by: Adam Scovell
nly a mere handful of months into 2014 and already it has been a year of contrast. As I type, the Sochi
seemingly full support in spite of the terrible treatment of the LGBT community in Russia. Alongside this there has also been the Arizona Anti-Gay bill allowing people to exercise their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Religious Freedomâ&#x20AC;? to not serve LGBT people if they wish as well as the even more worrying Anti-Gay laws just passed in Uganda which criminalises homosexuality (and was only a step away from making it a crime punishable by death rather than jail sentences). With this backdrop, 2014 is also the year long celebration of last thirty years. The celebration sees numerous screenings of exhibitions and even the rare chance to visit his beautiful garden at Prospect Cottage by Dungeness Power Station. The loss of Jarman to AIDS related illnesses in 1994 seems all the more devastating in light of the current world events and it could do with his sharp, acerbic wit and endlessly proactive creative voice to argue back.
to comprehend the man as a singular entity. Though famous (for Ken Russell no less), painter, photographer, costume designer and writer shows him to be a true Renaissance Man with little seeming out of his range.
attacks on Thatcherism in The Last of England (1988) to the were made with the purpose of exuding his creativity while simultaneously expressing his heartfelt anger at inequality. Even in his more unusual projects such as music videos for The Smiths and Pet Shop Boys or his rendering of visuals of creative striving and almost addiction to pushing the creators. For Jarman was the arch provocateur, aiming to dislodge the conservative comfort of Britain in the 1970s and the 1980s in order to show whole worlds which had been ignored in the name of supposed moral decency. With the likes of Sebastiane (1976), The Tempest (1979) and Caravaggio (1986) he pushed the buttons of the social norm, almost screaming at his society to acknowledge all he stood for by accepting his storming creativity. As the world of 2014 becomes increasingly polarised again in its treatment of LGBT communities, it screams for artists in
world situations would have not only enraged him, but would angry and ultimately stunning. He is a voice that is still not only required but also one that is sorely missed.
Art in Print (FROM PARIS TO LONDON)
Duo, Pierre et Gilles unveil a series of previously unseen works on the theme of the hero for their first exhibition at Galerie Daniel Templon. These internationally renowned artists have been producing works together since 1976, creating a world where painting and photography meet. Their art is peopled by their friends and family, anonymous and famous (including Zahia Dehar, Arielle Dombasle, Isabelle Huppert and Karl Lagerfeld), who appear in sophisticated life-size sets the artists build in their studio. Following in the footsteps of Georges Meliès, they give each work its own special character, using tricks and accessories as well as a complex play of lighting and composition. Working from this initial stage, they meticulously apply paint to the photograph once printed on canvas, whose original frame is designed as an extension of the work. Dubbed imagénieurs (imagineers) by art critic Eric Troncy, these accomplished image creators have built up an extraordinary contemporary iconography that sets out to remodel the landscape of our imaginations.
The exhibition features a gallery of portraits, from
We also encounter a number of contemporary heroes, such as a young rebel from the Arab Spring and a happy couple, These hand-painted photographs, unique pieces of art, Blending the humorous with the solemn, street culture of representation and the ambiguity of the hero myth, contributing their own probing psychological insights.
Pierre et Gilles have two upcoming exhibitions in Paris
Heroes, at Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris April 10 – May 31, 2014 Carte Blanche, at Mobilier National/ Les Gobelins
TOP IMAGE CREDIT Le Printemps arabe (modèle Tahar Bouali), photographie peinte, unique, 2011 Sans cadre 116 x 89 cm – encadrée 128 x 101 cm.
LEFT PAGE IMAGE CREDIT Lost in Paradise (modèle Koh Masaki), photographie peinte, unique, 2013 Sans cadre 100 x 73 cm – encadrée 113 x 86 cm.
JJ Adams is a mixed media artist who has been featured in Vogue magazine. He is rapidly becoming one of the UK’s most talked about and collectable artists and has been described as the next ‘Andy Warhol’ His work is bold and confident in a style often completely transforming celebrity images or iconic landmarks with his own inimitable edge and blurring the lines between digital and fine art. Adams uses a range of mixed media in his work from spray paint to hand painting acrylics, screen printing, collage and digital matte painting as well as photography. He admits Rockwell, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Sir Peter Blake and more obscure artists such as Guy Peelleart, Storm Thorgerson and lowbrow artists like Coop, Jim Phillips and Graham Coton who was a World War II comic book artist.
JJ Adams lives in Croydon, has four kids, a cat, a dog and two finches and works from his studio overlooking the Thames Barrier in South East London. JJ’s exhibition can be found in over 50 galleries Nationwide including
Cloud Fine Art Galleries. Locations in Brighton, Worthing & Chester. Generation Gallery - Manchester Images in Frames - Wanstead, North East London Hoxton Street Studios - Hoxton, East London Serenity Designs - Congleton, Cheshire On-line Gallery - EyeBall Gallery
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Experiences that explore pressing questions about society - and its exhibition of its kind. Inspired by the work of J.G. Ballard and based on new writing by awardwinning author China Miéville, made landscapes of the future and explores how our relationship with technology is making our day-to-day Fittingly
cinema, the exhibition is presented as a deconstructed movie set with the curators Omar Kholeif and Mike Stubbs acting as directors, major international artists as actors, Miéville as script writer and artist collective The Kazimier as set designers. Quite unlike a typical gallery journey, New Death encourages you to roam through seemingly endless corridors to discover individual installation spaces where the artworks are presented. autonomous robots that punch away at the gallery walls and even a
Quite unlike a typical gallery journey, New Death encourages you to roam through seemingly endless corridors to discover individual installation spaces where the artworks are presented. autonomous robots that punch away at the gallery walls and even a trampoline where you can capture a brief moment of anti-gravity.
Accompanied by a series of classic
Fiction: New Death is FACT’s most unmissable show of the year.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk T
exhibition devoted to Jean Paul Gaultier, the celebrated French couturier, opens at the Barbican. This dynamic installation of more than 140 cutting-edge couture and readyfashion credentials, from his witty and boundary-pushing designs to his ceaseless interest in society, identity and
“I don’t think I was ever concerned with shocking people. Was I conscious of the fact that I could be shocking? Yes. But I just wanted to show what I found fair or normal or beautiful. If anything, I was the one who was shocked, by certain kinds of intolerance.” The only child of a bookkeeper and cashier, with no formal training in fashion, Gaultier is now one of the most recognised designers on the conical bra, the man-skirt and most recently, the personalised Diet Coke labels (a job previously occupied by Karl Largerfeld), Gaultier is more than space.
ABOVE: Dita Von Teese simmers in a cape-sleeved jacket with cascading tails and a black silk crepe knee length pencil skirt from Gaultier’s Virgins (or Madonnas) collection. Haute couture spring/summer 2007 © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier LEFT: Virgins (or Madonnas) collection “Lumière” gown. Haute couture spring/summer 2007 Black and stained glass print jersey and chiffon gown with cape-style sleeve © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
TOP LEFT: Body corset worn by Madonna for her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour. Alongside the corset, the infamous conical bra (also created for the Blonde Ambition Tour) is considered to be among the most iconic designs in history. Dazed & Confused, April 2008 © Emil Larsson BOTTOM LEFT: A painted photograph framed by the artist, The Virgin with the Serpents features Kylie Minogue in a sky blue pleated tulle gown straight from the Virgins (or Madonnas) collection. Haute couture spring/summer 2007 181 x 137 cm (framed) Gallerie Jérome de Noimont, Paris © Pierre et Giles. Courtesy Gallery Jérome de Noimont, Paris BOTTOM RIGHT: Gaultier’s first collection was designed at the ripe old age of 13, specifically for his mother and grandmother. Virgins (or Madonnas) may be a little more advanced, but the intent remains. Haute couture spring/summer 2007 Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
Designed as an installation rather than a conventional fashion retrospective, this theatrically staged exhibition presents pieces created between the early 1970s and the present day, many of which are being shown in Britain
cultures and countercultures, Gaultier has conceived a new kind of fashion in both the way it is made and worn. Through twists, transformations, transgressions and reinterpretations, he not only erases the boundaries between the idea of androgyny or playing with subverting hyper-sexualized fashion one hell of designer. From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is initiated and produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), under the direction of Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator and Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Curator at the MMFA in collaboration with Maison come quickly enough.
LEFT:Dita Von Teese, Flaunt, 2003 Buttons collection, “Circé” ensemble Haute Couture spring/summer 2003 Black hat-gown of lace appliqué on fine straw and black horsehair, jet pin; black lace bloomers, black fishnet tights © Perou RIGHT: Part of the Movie Stars (or Cinema) collection. Well known for his involvement in film, Gaultier is responsible for the costumes featured in Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element. Haute couture fall/winter 2009–2010 © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
Fashion Forecast Laura Jones, PR Manager at Think Publicity steps in and presents you with a S/S 14 fashion forecast Designers from across the globe have been giving the season creating a live gallery on not only the catwalk but on the streets as well. In Paris Karl Lagerfeld launched multi-coloured paint dashed dresses as part of his art exhibit complete with Chanel Robot rapping about Picasso. Over in Milan, Muccia Prada used street art on her structured shift dresses juxtaposing them against a collage of textures and prints to create an explosion of innovation and excitement for the season ahead. The prize-winner of subtle sophistication Phoebe Philo used large brush strokes against a paint pot of colours to evoke a renegade renaissance at Celine.
â&#x20AC;&#x153;One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.â&#x20AC;? - Oscar Wilde
Versace, Kenzo, Jil Sander and even Calvin Klein over in showing that the lines between the art of fashion and fashion as art remain blurred, for this season at least. Back in the real world River Island and Topshop have been creating pop art impressions on the high streets rails, with form sandals even futuristic hologram heels. Online, ASOS have created imitation acrylic painted clutch bags and we have even seen some abstract expressionism on the hangers at Zara. If you’re in doubt of how to make like Wilde and be a work of art this season, at least you can wear it.
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Collective Predictions Presents…
Laura Apsit Livens A graduate from the London College of Fashion (BA(Hons) Cordwainers Accessories), Laura Apsit Livens is singlehandedly bringing back the hat. At the tender age of 22, Laura boasts her own label and regularly collaborates with giants such as Louis Vuitton and Boodles. The Collective meets Laura to discuss inspiration, determination and Busta Rhymes. Tell us about your relationship with materials. materials is a massive part of my design process - I like taking ordinary materials and using them in an unordinary way. Once, I set PVA glue to look like veins and manipulated leather to create a collection based on skin. I love it when and almost have to double take. I admire certain artists such as Bart Hess and the way he experiments with unexpected material. I crave the excitement caused
Your current collection is titled ‘Blue Epoch’. Why Blue? Every season I pick a subject from comes from a visit to TATE Liverpool when I was thirteen and looking at time. The feeling of seeing that colour has really stuck with me. The more I found out about Klein the more I fell meditation.
You have worked extensively for a multitude of couture houses. How Working under Philip Treacy was an invaluable journey which moulded my aspirations and career path. I worked in the studio for two years through several worked for Givenchy, McQueen and Valentino and put in a 36 hour shift for taught me how to deal with extremely stressful situations!
Is couture millinery a dying art?
working to the strict rules of how stop and almost say to myself, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I can open my own Atelier on Duke Street, Mayfair, but soon I would love to open a larger studio and employ other milliners to teach and pass on the skills and craftsmanship.
Would you describe the hat as an accessory or is it something more than the term allows? My brand is split in two: Aura for Laura Apsit Livens which is the readyto-wear and bespoke line, consisting of wearable contemporary pieces, and Laura Apsit Livens which are the experimental couture pieces neither of which I would describe as accessories. I see hats as a statement and a continuation of the total image. I hope in the future some of my work is noticed in the art world.
graduate to be recognised in such a competitive industry? great to work with someone who I can ago that if I was going to pursue this career path, I would pursue it all the way. I am a typical Taurus: no is not an answer. There have been a lot of lessons learnt, mistakes made and doors closed, especially after realising that there old Cordwainers graduate specialising in leather millinery. Where I am right now is so exciting: the spotlight is on London.
Who would you most like to design a hat for? Busta Rhymes - he always makes my he gives me a call.
Would you rather work on a collaborative or solo collection? Collaborative for sure! I love working
Tudor, is an amazing avant-garde hair stylist so we are always playing around with ideas. I am forever dreaming of working with the designers that really got me into the creative industry, Margiela is my number one. at www.lauraapsitlivens.co.uk
Pretty at The Polo
Chain & Leather Belt, £55, Reiss Cube bracelet, £12.50, Topshop Chain & Diamonte necklace, £45, John Lewis Globe brooch, £46, Janice Hancock Vintage at John Lewis White & Gold bag, £990, Miu Miu at Flannels Embellished gold necklace, £17.50, Topshop Peacock brooches, £57.50, Janice Hancock Vintage at John Lewis Gold cuff, £350, Versace at Flannels Gold shoe, £510, Casadei at Flannels Gold platted necklace, £25, Adele Marie at John Lewis Gold quilted bag, £20, John Lewis Gold disc bangles, £45, (each) Azuni London at John Lewis Long cuff, £12.50, Topshop Sparkle cuff, £25, Dune Gem and gold necklace, £16, John Lewis Black & Gold shoe, £130, Carvella at John Lewis
Photographer: Viktorija Grigorejevaite Hester Brodie at Industry People Art director: Laura Jones at Think Publicity
Blue clutch, £65, Dune Pink & black sunglasses, £20, Topshop Skinny Orange belt, £8, Topshop Pink embellished shoes, £130, Ted Baker Orange and leopard, £65, Miss KG at John Lewis Black embellished shoe, £130, Carvella Blue and Leopard, £79, Dune Blue orange necklace, £16.50, Topshop Pink leopard print bag, £790, Miu Miu at Flannels Pink Studded Purse, £425, Valentino at Flannels
Black studded bow shoes, £155, Michael Kors at Tessuti Strappy nude and black heels, £139, Reiss Black tassel clutch, £65, Dune Embellished headband, £290, Miu Miu at Flannels Silver nude bracelet, £15, John Lewis Stack of three rings (silver & rose gold), £45, Ted Baker Silver necklace, £18, John Lewis Three bangle set, £15, John Lewis
Diamante necklace, £20, John Lewis Diamante bracelet, £20, John Lewis Mutli chain bracelet, £30, Adele Marie at John Lewis Sunglasses, £151, Ralph Lauren at John Lewis Nude & Black clutch, £80, Ted Baker at Tessuti
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London Fashion Week and gives us the rundown on the The annual Andrew Collinge Awards took place recently at of the evening was magic and it was certainly a magical occasion as we celebrated and acknowledged the individuals event such as this that makes me proud of all the talented and dedicated people that work throughout the company. There Salon of the year, which this year was won by our Chester Stylist Award which featured 12 stylists, each of whom had to present a model. The standard of hairdressing was incredibly high this year but the eventual winner was Allison Roberts whose model sported a beautiful precision cut and colour. 1. The Andrew Collinge Awards 2014, 2. Alison Roberts taking home the big prize on the evening. 3. Nick Irwin and model at LFW, 4. Modern twist on dreadlocks created by Nick Irwin and the TIGI team, 5. Final look for the Antipodium LFW show, 6. TIGI catwalk session series hairspray used to create the look.
An exhibition I will certainly make a point of visiting this spring is Jean Paul Gaultier at the Barbican in London. His
with his catwalk shows the hair can range from beautifully elegant waves to extreme undercuts and even the odd mohican. Talking of catwalk shows , Liz and I were recently invited to Creative Director. Nick and the TIGI creative team were working on the hair for the Antipodium AW14 show, under Antipodium is one very cool brand and the brilliant clothes on show will be setting the trends for the coming season for sure. Nick and the team created a modern twist on dreadlocks which by working TIGI Catwalk session series hairspray and dry shampoo into the hair and painstakingly twisting each section into place. By doing this they created
Fresh from London Fashion Week and shooting the new Philip Armstrong campaign, Liz reveals her top 10 spring beauty tips As a fabulous new season of fashion approaches prom-
apply foundation, then use a subtle highlighter (such as
top of the cheekbones, nose and chin and blend outwards. Finish with a translucent powder so that the look is natural and not too shiny.
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Metallics look great on eyes too. For the new Phillip
eye colours for our model. Blending two shades allows you to create light and shade on the lids for an exotic look.
liquid liner turned up at the outer corners of your eyes.
of the lower lash line.
to wear, but the stunning pictures from the Fendi catwalk will inspire you.
To enhance your brows and elongate them a tad, brush on a little brow colour, a shade darker than your brows and then brush upwards with an eyebrow brush. Liz Collinge The new natural look is achieved with bronzer – apply to cheeks, forehead, nose and chin and blend. Keep it modern and natural as seen on the Giles catwalk models.
If you are a red lip addict, try the striking new combination from the Altuzarra catwalk show – white rimmed eyes and brilliant red lips.
Bronze, brown, and caramel are new colours for nails this season. At Andrew Collinge salons we love
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10 For the artistic types try these beautiful two-tone nails
Portraits of Andrew & Liz taken by Viktorija Grigorjevaite
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Portraits of Dr Karidis taken by Viktorija Grigorjevaite
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But how else can we quicken the
It’s a fact - beautiful make up starts with beautiful skin. Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors led
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erbert of Liverpool started his hairdressing career 55 years ago. Based in his iconic ‘Bling Bling Building’ he calls his ‘Centre of Excellence’, he reflects back over his history and accolades: receiving four Lifetime Achievement Awards and having the most televised salon in the country. Herbert has delivered over 9,000 apprenticeships over 25 years. Ultimately, building a name that is recognised throughout the world, just one name, Herbert! Hello Herbert! Tell the readers about the new salon... a more contemporary look for us and gives our younger stylists the chance to really excel themselves in a modern
wanted to do. signs of slowing down. What is the secret to your longevity? I still believe there is a goal I am aiming for and that is to
Tell us something about yourself that you think people may not know.
I am a colourful person. I wear colourful clothes. People used to think I was doing it to be somebody that I
than 42 since I was 18 years of age), so maintaining my strong work ethic is part of my obligation to them.
not the case. When I went on Radio Merseyside (which
Is there any advice you would like to bestow on a younger Herbert?
me realised I was a person with feelings. Prior to that I was just this unapproachable image, but the perception
Well I like to think that you are an architect of your own
to get this (gestures around salon) and you have to work to achieve your dreams.
Did wearing the colourful clothes ever feel like you were wearing a uniform?
Well yes, and it was important to me. People would say
Well I have to say, I am proud of owning this building. I bought it when I was 69, completing the sale on my 69th birthday and mothers wedding anniversary. The
and I thought Herbert would always be the same. And yet strangely enough this is me talking about a character
worked out in the end. Can you have friends in business? Of course you can! Most of the senior stylists and people who work with me are my friends. However, this salon is
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The Art of Perfume
Photography by Viktorija Grigorjevaite
Kerry Staniford is a woman in control of her destiny. The founder and managing director of Inodorem (a brand dedicated to creating bespoke, exclusive fragrances), Kerry’s love for fragrance has been a long standing love affair. Dedicated to beauty and individualism, Inodorem collaborates with the most talented, passionate specialists to create original and authentic fine fragrance without compromise. Are you ready for an olfactory marvel? Lee Joseph Hagan meets the inspirational Kerry Staniford to discuss the art of perfume.
six or seven years old at the time, I vividly recall standing at the fragrance counter with my mother and feeling intoxicated by the opulent surroundings and the luxurious scents transforming the air, I was totally captivated. Since luxury perfume houses and over the past twenty years I have experience that same feeling of intoxication when creating a new fragrance or rediscovering a classic from the past.
What inspired you to launch the perfumed home range?
classic perfume as a very expensive room spray as the luxury perfume houses show little interest in expanding the range breath and a chance meeting with a “nose” of the perfumery
How involved are you in the production side of the business? I am passionate about it! I have travelled around the world to locate the very best ingredients and consult with the very best experts. I am in the business of creating exceptional, bespoke products for my clients and attention to detail is everything. I have overseen every aspect of the development of the production process and I still insist that each and every product is crafted individually, which ensures everything thing we produce meets the exacting standards of all our customers. Where are the products produced? Our products are produced in England but incorporate elements from around the world. Our perfume is created in Grasse (France), in collaboration with a historical perfume house, which has been operating for over a century with world renowned reputation for creating several of the classics. The wax we use is a unique combination of natural minerals from several countries, blended especially to work we introduce to our candles. These and several other separate components are expertly brought together under the watchful eye of a master artisan in our bespoke workshop in the Cheshire countryside. The result is the creation of a range of sophisticated candles and
Photography by Viktorija Grigorjevaite
How does the perfumer translate your vision into the
What can a potential customer expect when they visit
It is an emotional journey. Many of these fragrances are based on my memoires. For example, as a child I would
I hope that each customer which visits my store will experience an olfactory revelation in an opulent yet tranquil
interior, the leather panels and a Smokey atmosphere from the wood burning stove. It was the scent of this memory I engaged the perfumer to recreate. He set about using his
Inodorem brand. I aspire to provide each of my clients with an exclusive experience, which furthers their understanding
materials to loosely capture the essence of this vision. Over to create an authentic replica of that childhood memory, the skill involved is astonishing. Our Perfumer is a true modern day alchemists!
Tell us more about the name ‘Inodorem’? Inodorem is the Latin word for scent. It incorporates all we stand for in one beautiful word Take us through some of your personal favourites in the current collection. “Intuition” is one of my favourites as it evokes such strong memories from my childhood. I am currently really enjoying
their signature scent... and if If we can do it over a glass of champagne, all the better.
There is nothing I love more than spending time with my partner Nick and two daughters Enya and Charlotte. My house is a labour of love and I really enjoy entertaining Day and Easter Sunday through a Parisian Antiques market, in the hope adding to my collection. Finishing with a trip to the lovely Laduree shop to indulge in their gorgeous macaroons!
are perfect for spring and the approaching Easter holiday season.
they be and when can we expect them? During the next 3 months we will be introducing a signature range of luxurious body products, in addition to a new years to develop, created without compromise and is a truly elegant and sophisticated scent which I am very exciting to bring to our clients
To experience the full range of Inodorem products visit www.inodorem.com
The Smugglers Cove
If you cast your minds back you may recall the Hope
The New World Trading Company (a four-strong pub
demise in April 2010. Since then, Hope Street has
Living Ventures) is responsible for launching a new and exciting restaurant and bar in Liverpool. Opened in the November of last year, this dock-side rum bar pays homage to the outlaws of the sea, from treasure map menus to burgers in a barrel.
dining, a pre-theatre hotspot, though not perhaps as a street to stop for an impromptu tipple. What Hope complete with a contemporary aesthetic appealing to a more eclectic clientele. It appears Aintree born Jaynie Miller had the same idea. Welcome to Frederiks. Both fashionable bar and Brooklyn-style eatery, Frederiks is a venue perfect for the audiences of the newly
If you are a rum fan, which I most certainly am, this is the bar for you, stocked to the brim with a variety of world-famous rums. My personal recommendation would be the Pink Parrot: a mouth-watering blend of Bacardi Gold, fresh root ginger, watermelon juice,
Stopping for a quick G&T after a preview performance of Twelfth Night, I became an instant fan. Designed by Camp and Furnace architect, Miles Falkingham, the aesthetic intention is clear. Sleek and sexy (the
tickle your fancy, carefully selected beers, ciders and champagnes ensure there is something for everyone. For those of you with a real penchant for exotic ales, gather six friends together and take part in an ale tasting master class. Drink up, me â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;earties, yo ho!
capitalises on the creative atmosphere that threads its way along the iconic Liverpool street. Housing an
delivering something fresh and innovative to the area. If the crowds of Saturday evening are a telling indication, it is sure to be a huhit.
Food at The Smugglers Cove comes in the form of a deli-style menu with rotisserie, barbeque and home comforts, all presented in a delightfully thematic style. Live music is promised most evenings â&#x20AC;&#x201C; though expect something a little cooler than the traditional sea shanty. I strongly recommend gathering a few friends and heading over for the amazing Sunday Roast washed down with numerous bottles of red.
Thai Tea is an authentic and luxurious spin on the traditional English Afternoon Tea offering. Our head chef has remained faithful to the classic savoury versus sweet concept. The Thai Tea menu, designed and created by the
with 4 savoury and 3 sweet Thai inspired bites. Perfectly crispy wontons packed with spice & the popular Thai Fish cake can be found amongst an array of Thai delights. The sweet portions of the menu secret too long. The Coconut and Pandan dumplings they can only be described as drops of heaven.
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An Oriental Experience Sandwiched between Gucci, The Louvre and the Seine stands the Mandarin Oriental and our very own, Lee Joseph Hagan.
he Mandarin Oriental is famous for many reasons: its suites, restaurant, location and (perhaps most importantly) its dedication to unrestrained, undulated luxury. For this, I commend it. Situated on rue Saint-HonorĂŠ, the most fashionable â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and coincidentally my favourite - street in the world, Mandarin Oriental, Paris stands in the heart of this wonderful city. Surrounded by haute couture, it is a dangerous location for self-confessed fashion addicts. It is a dangerous location for me, but I am known for my bravery. my Superior Suite, I receive a warm welcome from a thick, manila envelope addressed to Monsieur Lee Hagan, a spindling glass of champagne and an assortment of spoils. Wonderful. The silence is noticeable and striking. I expect the occasional rattle of an elevator, the throbbing click of the window. Nothing. The suite is the only sound its own noisy ode to relaxation. Decadent and warm with heavy fabrics, modern prints and a vast, deliciously comfortable bed, I melt into my surroundings. Unusually, it is the bathroom that steals the show. Two plush white dressing gowns adorned with gold embroider
a freestanding bath sits beneath a wall spacious wet-room - complete with television, tuned almost telepathically to FashionTV - stands opulently in the Renowned chef Thierry Marx heads up the two restaurants, which comprise of the smart and relatively low-key Camélia and the avant-garde Sur Mesure – set in an all-white, multitextured room created by duo Jouintechnical six or nine-course tasting menu that deserves a good three-hour wines. Luckily, I have some time to kill Every guest can expect an unreasonable test of willpower when the glossy gâteaux in the cake counter start beckoning.
There are few more decadent things in life than having a single slice of cake delivered up to a hotel room on a silver platter, with full cutlery service. The amber-glazed number was so delicious that my eyes began to water and believe me when I say, not a lot deserves my tears. A night here is expensive – there’s no getting around that - but the outstanding mark of a Mandarin Oriental stay is that it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Faultless perfection.
For more information visit www.mandarinoriental.com/paris
Eco Hotel What do you look for in a hotel? A comfortable bed? Power shower? Complimentary breakfast? All of the above? It is no secret that most of us rely upon our create comforts, but is our innate solipsism preventing us from seeing the bigger picture? The Eiffel Trocadero ensures its guests receive the experience they expect, whilst intelligently considering more integral issues.
Involved in a city ecotourism project of sustainable development and environment protection, The Hotel detergents, is committed to waste sorting and recycling, and uses only CFL or LED bulbs. Most amenities are biodegradable and all breakfast items are either organic or fair trade. It is an impressive commitment and one the
and complimentary lotions, both to be found within the traditional splendour of the rooms, decked with old-style French furnishings and draperies. Marble bathrooms stand stark and uncomplicated in every bedroom, accompanied by an excellent hairdryer, the importance of which, one should never underestimate. Looking for a Breath-taking.
Ethically commendable, the hotel does a curious blend of Second Empire and Rococo styling to the Parisian hotel between the holy trinity of bar, lounge and breakfast area, switching identities well here, but then, so is everything
the hand of the surgeon and underwent an expensive - though admittedly necessary - facelift. A skilled, two month operation stripped the delightfully archaic building of its not so delightful archaic dĂŠcor, revealing
In the subterranean depths awaits the much revered Strip Bar either relieved or disappointed to hear that the name is not as indicative as it may appear, unless of course you are thinking about the steak. Strip Bar, no. Steak, yes.
lot of potential. Visibly inspired by the verdancy of its Farringdon surroundings, Malmaison works in partnership with Lazarides gallery to adorn its walls with visually stunning murals of iridescent branches and leaves, twisting their way from the lift lobby to the corridors of the subsequent
ampleâ&#x20AC;Ś) the interior epitomises urban style, complete with neon slogans and a carefully curated soundtrack. Singular suspended light bulbs add to the chic aesthetic, softened by an eclectic wine display, its contents appealing to even the most discerning connoisseur.
between natural growth and the hotels redevelopment does little to diminish the beauty of the art, which adds a contemporary characteristic to a traditional building.
be disappointed by its cosmopolitan makeover. Well worth a stay.
The expected exorbitance of a luxury hotel is met in the form of bespoke furniture, custom-made beds and smart sourced from North London chocolatiers, The Grown Up Chocolate Company.
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Katie Chin The Collective meets Katie Chin, the Event Hospitality Manager for VIP Exceptional Experience packages at Echo Arena. What makes the experiences you We aim to benchmark our services and Experience to all who come through
single event or an Experience package which allows you to share a box with other like-minded fans.
Tell us about the new refurbishments of the VIP boxes? At Arena Club Class we are always experience the best it can be. Current hospitality research has shown that many clients would rather be in an informal setting rather than a formal
boardroom style layout. We have taken have refurbished our VIP boxes into luxury lounges with a more relaxed and comfortable setting. There is also the option for clients to add artwork and branded memorabilia to their VIP boxes.
that are available? We have a range of packages available at Arena Club Class. These include on three, six, nine or twelve month hire. Exclusive, which lets you enjoy box for that special occasion without being tied into a long term contract. Experience, where you can purchase a special package for just a few people If you are looking for an alternative option to a VIP Box then Hospitality is regularly enjoyed by businesses and seat to watch a fantastic show. Priority gives you the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets for any event along with your own account manager, dedicated website, personal phone line and booking process.
What upcoming shows are you excited about? We have some really big names
names coming to the venue such as Gary Barlow, Katy Perry, Dolly Parton and The Eagles. We also have Lee Evans at the arena on 31st October and 1st November, which I am really
What is the most important part of your role? The most important aspect of my role is to make sure our customers receive that all their requests are met.
Arena have on the city of Liverpool? treasures and has become one of the most iconic buildings in the North home of entertainment, a city whose foundations are built on incredible bands, comedians and sportsmen and is a city for music and entertainment lovers across the world. Since opening in 2008, ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, has contributed over ÂŁ760 million to the local economy. To join the club please email Katie.chin@accliverpool or call 0151 703 7217. You can also follow @arenaclubclass on Twitter for the latest events and updates.
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corners, Le Marais. Scented candles and subdued lighting announce designerlike romance and Gothic contemplation. Royal-blue paint and red velvet line the claustrophobic halls, and Byzantine alcoves hold mosaic-tile tubs. This is an exercise in pleasure. Admittedly, the rooms are barely bigger than the beds, but yards of rich, the imposing walls, pretending space. In keeping with the quaintness of the interiors, a pocket garden has room for just three tables, an assortment of leafy plants, and a swath of stars. For the discerning traveller with an eye for detail and time for a little contemplation, this is well worth a stay. A premeditated continuation of its charming location, careful consideration has played a major to stay.
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Social Media friend or foe? There’s no doubt about it – the growth of the internet and social media in the last five years or so has changed our world forever, and ultimately how we interact with one another.
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Whether you are sharing video clips of a recent concert via Facebook or making business connections via Linked In, online platforms allow us to instantly share experiences and information with an audience like never before. However, with this window of opportunity there comes a darker side which is becoming increasingly common. Some individuals use the internet as a weapon, with the objective of causing serious injury and damage to another objective of causing menace. The wrath of internet ‘trolls’ Social media has expanded our audience reach and allowed communication barriers to be broken down, but as a result anybody the once unattainable celebrity world have fallen victim to this, with the likes of Tom Daley and Katharine Jenkins to name a few, being subjected to menacing tweets with devastating repercussions.
or not, there are laws in place to protect the innocent and victims of such publications or should seek legal advice as soon as possible and keep copies or records of all messages delivered. The Laws of Harassment provides some protection in such circumstances compensation, may be provided. If extreme, then it could result in the perpetrator being provided with a custodial sentence. Some of the forums such as Google can remove defamatory content also, if they are provided with detailed information by the aggrieved party. However, the remedy is rarely immediate. There is also no guarantee that the forum will agree with you in respect of the content you are complaining about and are loathed to limit free speech. Business owners and employers should
also be aware of both their rights and obligations relating to social media. Where a good reputation is so vital to the success of a business, the impact of a derogatory comment from competitors or consumers can be detrimental. Freedom of speech should always be protected, but likewise there has to be a limit and balance so that individuals and businesses do not become a victim to a torrent of abuse.
undermined and damaged by publications made through any social media forums. The remedy is, however, expensive and lengthy with some cases taking a year or two to go to Trial. Securing an injunction
As for employers, they should be careful to ensure that they have a clear Policy in place with regards to any social media forums accessed via work equipment or during the hours of work. It is essential that employers limit any exposure the business may have to becoming vicariously liable for the actions
With Libel there is a one year limitation period for bringing legal proceedings commencing from the date of publication. If the publication is ongoing and remains published then the limitation period will continue.
Employers should also ensure that they have the right licenses in place with regards to the use of images, which are normally protected by copyright. They should be careful to ensure that there is proper consent or permission for any images uploaded onto a social media platform by employees during work. This could include photographs, designs and plans which are being posted to a blog or forum for work reasons. Finally, the Law of Libel provides protection of repuration to individuals and businesses
reluctant to grant an injunction unless there are very serious reasons for doing so. The legal remedy is usually “after the event” and once the damage has occurred.
If you feel the image and reputation of yourself or your business has been compromised or require advice on any copyright issues, call Jackson & Canter on and speak to Michael Sandys, who specialises in defamation law and the law of copyright and who can advise you of what your next steps should be. We can also advise employers on the kind of policies they should have in place to ensure social media is managed responsibly in the workplace.
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Foodies, take note: if you are peckish for a plate of Michelinstar excellence, ordered from a modern French menu and served from an impressively self-assured open kitchen, Le
The Lancaster belongs to that interesting club of hotels that are drenched in history. Initially built in 1889 as a private
reservation away. Logistically, La Cuisine is a hotel restaurant (albeit a Palatial Normandy and veal rump with chanterelle mushrooms tells the story of a long established restaurant with a class of its own.
term Parisian pied-à-terre for the well-heeled and wellconnected. Marlene Dietrich stayed for several weeks after she left Hollywood, and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were residents here for several months, engaging in furious rows that reverberated beyond the walls of Room 701.
Guest tables face the open kitchen of Chef Hans Zahner, who beautifully complemented by the concluding touches — desserts by famous pastry chef Pierre Hermé, dubbed the
just a fading echo of the celebrity. The hotel is composed of Baccarat chandeliers, 18th century Cartel clocks, Louis XV furniture and the oil paintings of Russian artist, Boris
The artistic thread that weaves throughout the hotel settles talking point for even the most minimalist conservationists. Whether you happen to be in Paris on a windy evening or have to travel a little further, this is well worth a two hour
A 2006 renovation ensures the hotel maintains the essence of a palatial building with the contemporary accessories that the modern guest has come to rely upon: complimentary WiFi, occupy room and suite alike. The Dietrich Suite houses the and sounds splendid, depending on your capabilities.
There is a small restaurant - headed by Chef Michel Troisgros - overlooking a picturesque courtyard with Zen touches, whilst a state-of-the-art-gym is accompanied by breath-taking rooftop views of the city. Something old experiences.
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A Change in Palette Casting a colourful hue across Paris’s elegant charm, Hotel Daniel adds a measure of the East to the French capital.
tourist destination, accommodating over 30 million
the perfect place to stay. Naturally, there is ample choice: old palace hotels, new minimalist boutiques, and, in the case of Hotel Daniel, various shades in between. A newly minted classic (and a stylistic departure from the conventional Parisian abode), tucked away between the Champs-Elysées and rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Hotel Daniel promises the discerning guest a choice of twentysix exquisite rooms: each a separate picture from a travellers handbook, all the exotic vision of renowned designer, Tarfa Salam. It is no easy feat, but Salam successfully fuses East and West, encapsulating the delicious aesthetic of 19th-century France with exquisite Syrian antiques, Oriental rugs and vibrant hand-painted Chinoiserie-inspired wallpaper. Spectacular views across the celebrated Parisian rooftops accompany a balcony breakfast and steaming cup of Ceylon Orange Pekoe, whilst the Daniel Suite invites its lucky Tower. Perfection. An exceptional concierge service ensures you see (and are seen in) all of the right places, aided by the in-room beauty and spa treatments, essential for looking your best in that The hotel brags a gourmet traditional French restaurant though a picnic can be prepared for those seeking adventure
The Hilton A brand synonymous with luxury, Hilton is a name that has amassed an international reputation. Viktorija Grigorjevaite spends a blissful weekend at Hiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Syon Park location.
even miles from the capital (within a companionable distance from the historical home of the Duke of Northumberland), sits Hilton London Syon Park, a pastoral escape mere minutes from the bustle of the city. Acres of fresh air await the fortunate guest, the perfect location for those with a taste for the great outdoors. With all the charm of a country estate, The Hilton invites you to engage in a range of recreational activities including walking and jogging on the grounds (perfect for a walker The interior is no less impressive. Greeted by two exceptional me around the hotel, I am exposed to the Hilton standards. From the Kallima spa to the Syon House Great Conservatory, The lobby is huge. Glass display cabinets house sapphire, diamond and ruby-encrusted pieces by a Swiss jeweller. A seating areas of pale yellow butter-soft leather. Warhol adorns the wall. It is almost too much, a veritable feast for the eyes.
My suite is a calmer, cream palette with a balcony that hangs above an exquisite garden, accentuated in the evening by artistic formations of light. Floor to ceiling windows recall scenes from Downton Abbey to mind, although the bathroom television does little to sustain the sentiment. The a delicious sleep of technicolour dreams. The Capability restaurant showcases seasonal, rustic fare and re-imagined classics from the traditional British menu. Cornish seafood, 28-day-aged Aberdeen beef, wild garlic correlating nicely with the country estate aesthetic. If it is relaxation that you are after then look no further. A taste of the country less than a half hour from the heart of
ME TIME Lee Joseph Hagan explores the London hotel that is concerned with one thing only.
ny hotel that houses a triumphant catwalk show in its basement for the International Woolmark Prize, in the complete with Victoria, Donatella and Diane
I do enjoy a bit of egocentric self indulgence every now and again. ME by Meliá is the fashion-forward brand of the eponymous Spanish hotel group aimed at a savvy, cosmopolitan audience designed in its entirety by world famous architects Foster & that is rarely granted to architects.
Abstract sculptures form a trail of breadcrumbs to the core of the hotel - the reception...
Bar with outdoor terrace and spectacular panoramic views a day and high speed WiFi internet. It is a pretty impressive nutshell. And then there is the art. Abstract sculptures form a trail of breadcrumbs to the core of the hotel - the reception: a dark, sexy space that boasts no natural light but is instead unusually encased by rooms, bars and restaurants. hollow pyramid of marble – charcoal-black outside, ashgrey inside – that soars 100ft upwards to a distant triangle of natural light. A ridiculously large copy of Opus Vivienne Westwood lies open. A sinuous arrangement of elegant leather seating allows you to sit primly or lie back and stare pyramids (depending on the day of the week ) – all generated by a Paris-based company called Blow Factory.
Arriving at my suite, I am greeted by dark grey carpets, silverbronze textiles and a bottle of Moet. The crystalline glass of the windows extends into a small triangular projection over the street, an exhilarating if rather vertiginous experience, especially after a glass or two of champagne. There are electronic panels to control temperature and lighting, with are generous, with Coraline a go-go and neat sliding walls so that you can have them open or shut. Switching the lights to red and sliding shut the wall, ablissful hour was passed soaking in a hot bath, said Moet in hand.
treasury of remarkably bizarre spaces, the sweeping pyramid is a notable addition, after all, there are not many places
What: Twelfth Night Press Evening Where: Everyman Theatre Who: 1. Gemma Bodinetz, David Morrissey, Deborah Aydon, Steve Tompkins, 2. Matthew Kelly, Jodie McNee, David Morrissey What: Mal Bar Launch Where: Malmaison Hotel Liverpool Who: 3. Jude Cisse, Paul Knowles 4. Kathleen Kearney, Alisha Thomas-Jackson, Sharon Simons 6. Viktorija Grigorjevaite, Lee Hagan
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