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  1. London’s Top 10 Luxury Shops

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    London is one of the world’s best shopping destinations, offering something for everyone from affordable high street chains and vintage clothing, to high-end and bespoke luxury items.

    Browsing London’s luxury shops can be an enjoyable experience, even if your budget can’t match that of the city’s mega-rich. If you want to see how the other half live, head to the popular luxury shopping districts of Mayfair, Knightsbridge, or Bond Street, or visit one of department stores and luxury boutiques in the list below.


    1. Harrods

    Stocking over 750 luxury brands including clothing, accessories, gifts, and food, Harrods occupies one million square feet of retail space in London’s Knightsbridge, making it the biggest department store in Europe. There are 330 departments covering everything from designer clothing to furniture. Harrods are known for stocking an astonishing range of products under their slogan “all things for all people”. Some of the more unusual items sold include gold bars, a luxury yacht, and alligators, elephants, and lions from the pet department, which closed in 2014. In the food hall you can find the world’s most expensive coffee (Terra Nera, costing up to £6,800) and gold-flaked truffles for £190.

    87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL

    Open 10am – 9pm Monday to Saturday, and 11.30am – 6pm Sunday.



    2. Fortnum & Mason

    A favourite of the Royal Family, Fortnum & Mason is best known for their food department, which sells luxury teas and hampers costing up to £25,000. The company was founded in 1707 and is based at Piccadilly and now has outlets worldwide. Visitors can also dine at one of the several restaurants, including the famous afternoon tea, or even visit the barber for a traditional men’s haircut or wet shave.

    181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER

    Open 10am – 9pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 – 6pm Sunday.



    3. Liberty

    Housed in an eye-catching mock-Tudor building, Liberty of London is a must-visit to many visitors to the city and is most famous for its “Liberty print” fabrics which are also available in the form of clothing, furniture, and accessories. Liberty silk scarves start at around £150 and fabric starts from £22.50 per metre. Liberty has taken part in several designer collaborations with brands including Manolo Blahnik, Barbour, Nike, and Uniqlo.

    Regent St, Carnaby, London W1B 5AH

    Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 – 6pm Sunday.



    4. Harvey Nichols

    The luxury department store founded in 1831 now has 16 locations worldwide, but the most famous and popular remains the original at Knightsbridge. The store includes large fashion departments stocking designer labels for men and women, beauty products, and food and wine spread over eight floors. The fifth floor offers several high-end restaurants as well as the food market and wine shop.

    109-125 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, London SW1X 7RJ

    Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Saturday, and 11.30am – 6pm Sunday.



    5. Dover Street Market

    Despite the name, this is not a market, but a contemporary fashion retail space stocking curated designer clothing over five floors. The primary clothing brand available is Comme Des Garcons, alongside several other designer brands displayed in innovative surroundings that bring the Japanese fashion shopping experience to London.

    18-22 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4DG

    Open 11am – 7pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 – 6pm Sunday.



    6. Burberry

    When it comes to British heritage brands, they don’t come more iconic than Burberry. Known worldwide for its distinctive check pattern, the Burberry label sells fashion for men, women, and kids, accessories and fragrances.The Regent Street store offers an in-store monogramming service for leather bags and accessories, and an all-day dining restaurant.

    121 Regent Street, London W1B 4TB

    Open 10am – 9pm Monday to Saturday, and 11.30am – 6pm Sunday.



    7. Selfridges

    London’s first department store, Selfridges on Oxford Street is frequently named as the best in the world and is frequented by the rich and famous residents of London and beyond. Departments include designer clothing and accessories for men, women, and kids, homewares, beauty, toys, electrical goods, jewellery and watches, and a luxury food hall. The latter is famous for selling the world’s most expensive sandwich – an £85 Wagyu beef and foie gras on sourdough.

    400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB

    Open 9.30am – 9pm Monday to Saturday, and 11.30am – 6pm Sunday.



    8. The Royal Exchange

    Not a single shop, but a collection of exclusive boutiques and restaurants, founded in the 16th century and housed in a striking building constructed in 1837. Shops include Hermès, Georg Jensen and Tiffany & Co, and goods available to buy range from fashion and accessories to beauty products and homewares.

    3 Royal Court, Royal Exchange, Unit 15C, London EC3V 3LN

    Open 9.30am -7pm Monday to Friday, and closed on Saturday and Sunday.



    9. Browns

    This iconic female luxury fashion boutique offers curated designs from over 150 labels and is heaven for fashionistas. There are often some impressive bargains to be had in the seasonal sales and you’ll find new items from up and coming designers as well as the more established labels.

    24-27 S Molton St, Mayfair, London W1K 5RD

    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Wednesday, 10am – 8pm Thursday to Friday, 10am – 7pm Saturday, and 12 – 6pm Sunday.



    10. The Village at Westfield London

    Westfield London in White City is one of the largest shopping centres in the UK and boasts an area dedicated to designer brands including Burberry, Georg Jensen, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Mulberry, Tiffany & Co and Versace.

    Ariel Way, London W12 7GF, United Kingdom

    Open 10am – 9pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 – 6pm Sunday.



  2. Top 10 Shops in London with a Royal Warrant

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    Royal warrants have been awarded since the 12th century to businesses that supply services to the royal family. Companies that have been granted a royal warrant have become synonymous with quality and must have been doing business with the royal household for at least five years before the warrant is granted.

    So if you’d like to do your shopping in the same places as The Queen, these 10 shops offer some of the best that London has to offer in terms of food, fashion, and beauty.


    1. J Barbour and Sons

    Barbour was founded in 1894 by John Barbour in South Shields, England. The company is most famous for its waxed cotton jackets and was first given a royal warrant to supply waterproof and protective clothing by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974. As well as the traditional jackets, Barbour now also sells a range of casual wear for men and women, accessories, and bags.

    St Martin’s Courtyard, St Martins Courtyard, 134 Long Acre, London WC2E 9AA

    Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Saturday and 12 – 6pm on Sundays



    2. Burberry

    Burberry is famous worldwide for its trench coats and its trademarked check pattern. The upmarket retailer now stocks full collections for men, women, and children, along with bags, accessories, fragrances, and a beauty collection.

    121 Regent St, Mayfair, London W1B 4TB

    Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30 – 6pm on Sundays



    3. Cartier

    The French jeweller and watchmaking business Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 and opened its first London store in 1902 on the day of the coronation of King Edward VII (the king had also ordered 27 tiaras for the occasion). The company has long been popular with royals from several different countries and after the first royal warrant was awarded by Edward VII in 1904, other warrants followed for royalty in Spain, Portugal, Russia, Siam, Greece, Serbia, Belgium, Romania, Egypt, Albania, Monaco, and the House of Orléans.

    175-177 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 4RN

    Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays



    4. Daks

    Established in 1894, the British luxury fashion house Daks holds royal warrants granted by three members of the Royal Family. The company was founded as a bespoke tailor and invented the first self-supporting trousers that didn’t need braces. The brand now stocks full menswear and womenswear collections including tailoring, knitwear, and accessories.

    10 Old Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 4PL

    Open 10am – 6.30pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday to Saturday, 10am – 7pm Thursday, and 12 – 6pm on Sundays.



    5. Fortnum & Mason

    Fortnum & Mason was granted a royal warrant as grocers and provisions merchant to HM The Queen and tea merchant to the Prince of Wales in 1955 but has been supplying to royalty as far back as 1814. Most famous for their hampers and luxury food items, Fortnum & Mason also sells a selection of homewares and gifts.

    181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER

    Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30am – 6pm on Sundays.



    6. Hunter Boot Ltd

    Seen as an icon of Britishness by many, the classic Hunter wellington boots were first produced in 1856, and have now become an unlikely iconic fashion piece with the rise of festival chic. The company has collaborated with Jimmy Choo and produced bespoke versions of its classic boots for Jack Wills, Cowshed, and Fortnum & Mason. Hunter holds several royal warrants as suppliers of waterproof footwear.

    83 – 85 Regent St, Mayfair, London W1B 4EW

    Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Saturday and 12 – 6pm on Sundays.



    7. John Lobb

    John Lobb Bootmaker has been producing fine shoes and boots for the gentlemen of London since 1866 after he sent a pair of boots to Edward, Prince of Wales, who appointed him as his personal supplier. John Lobb shoes and boots are now available as ready-to-wear styles, custom-made from over 100 archival designs, or as a completely bespoke service.

    83 – 85 Regent St, Mayfair, London W1B 4EW

    Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays



    8. Penhaligon’s

    Penhaligon’s perfume house was founded in the late 1860s by William Henry Penhaligon, who became the court barber and perfumer of Queen Victoria. The royal warrant was given in 1903 by the Duke of Edinburgh. The company also produced a bespoke fragrance, Blenheim Bouquet, for the Duke of Malborough at Blenheim Palace. This scent is still available to buy today along with Hammam Bouquet, the company’s first scent, produced in 1872.

    13 Market Building, The Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RB

    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 6.30pm on Sundays



    9. Prestat

    If you’re on the hunt for posh chocolates, Prestat not only has two royal warrants but is also one of the oldest chocolate shops in London. The company invented the chocolate truffle in 1895 and present a special Easter egg to The Queen every year.

    Princes Arcade, 14 Princes Arcade, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6DS

    Open 9.30am – 6pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm Saturday, and 11am – 4.30pm on Sundays.



    10. Rigby & Peller

    Luxury lingerie brand Rigby & Peller was founded in 1939 and starting supplying bespoke undergarments to Queen Elizabeth II in 1960. As well as several members of the royal family, the brand is also a favourite of celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Lady Gaga.

    The Duke Of York Square, 13 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RP

    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday, 10am – 8pm on Wednesdays, and 12 – 6pm on Sundays.



  3. Top 10 Day Trips from London

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    London has something for everyone, but sometimes it’s nice to escape the big city and head to the beach, the countryside, or just get a change of scenery for the day.

    If you’re looking for ideas for a day out with the family, a romantic excursion with your other half, or just want to explore some of the picturesque locations that are only a train ride away, try one of these day trips from London.


    1. Brighton

    You can’t beat a day at the seaside and Brighton arguably offers the best of the British seaside experience along with a bustling creative arts scene and some of the best live music outside of London. Brighton is also the unofficial LGBT capital of the UK and the whole city has a laidback, alternative vibe.

    Where to go: Take a walk along the historic pier, sunbathe from a deckchair on the pebble beach, shop at independent boutiques and eat at cool cafes in the Laines, and enjoy a beer at the Brighton Beer Dispensary.

    Get there: There are frequent trains to Brighton from London Victoria, London Bridge, and St Pancras, some of which take less than an hour.


    2. Bath

    With its thermal spas and beautiful architecture, the Roman city of Bath makes a great choice for a couples or girls day out. There is also so much history to explore, including the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, and Royal Crescent, making it an interesting and educational family trip with the kids.

    Where to go: Take a look around the Roman Baths and then enjoy the thermal waters yourself by having some treatments at the Thermae Bath Spa. Enjoy a walk along the Royal Crescent and stop off for afternoon tea at Sally Lunn’s teahouse.

    Get there: Trains leave London Paddington twice an hour and take around 90 minutes.


    3. Windsor

    The eyes of the world were on Windsor recently as the location of the latest royal wedding, and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re interested in seeing the castle. Royals aside, Windsor is a charming and picturesque town that’s nice to spend a day exploring, and it’s also the location of the family favourite, Legoland.

    Where to go: The castle is well worth a look and kids and miniature enthusiasts will love Queen Mary’s dolls house on display inside. If it’s a nice day, a stroll or picnic at Windsor Great Park is a must. The town itself is full of quaint boutiques, coffee shops, and eateries.

    Get there: Trains from London Waterloo and London Paddington run regularly and take around 45 minutes.


    4. Cambridge

    The pretty university city of Cambridge is a popular London escape. Take a walk around the grounds of the university to admire the architecture, or take to the river for a punting trip or picnic. There are also several museums worth a visit and the Arts Theatre and Corn Exchange host regular theatrical performances.

    Where to go: Exploring the grounds of the University and the River Cam is a must. For an educational trip check out one of the museums including the Polar Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum, or the Centre for Computing History. For a different kind of education try the Cambridgeshire Wine School, The Cambridge Gin Laboratory, or join a beer tasting tour.

    Get there: Trains from Kings Cross or Liverpool Street station reach Cambridge in around an hour.


    5. Canterbury

    Canterbury is most famous for its cathedral and the town itself is a picturesque location for a wander with medieval streets, historic ruins, and “The Canterbury Tales” themed tours. The River Stour is also particularly tranquil and a cycle path and punting tours means you can enjoy it from several different perspectives.

    Where to go: No visit to Canterbury would be complete without seeing the cathedral, but don’t forget other historical sites such as St Martin’s Church and St Augustine’s Abbey.

    Get there: Regular train services run from London Victoria, St Pancras, and Charing Cross in under an hour.


    6. The New Forest

    If you’re in need of some nature, the New Forest offers the best of the British countryside with hundreds of walking and bike trails, country pubs and tea rooms, and of course the famous New Forest Ponies.

    Where to go: The New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst is a good starting point to learn more about the national park and the kid-friendly museum is great for families. After working up an appetite and pony spotting, stop off at the Ringwood Brewery for beer tasting or enjoy some tea and scones at the Captain’s Cabin in Buckler’s Hard.

    Get there: The New Forest is spread over a large area and is best explored by car. It’s a two-hour drive from central London via the M3.


    7. Whitstable

    The seaside town of Whitstable is a lovely place to while away a day drinking coffee, people spotting, and enjoying a lunch of fresh oysters. There’s also a five-mile cycle trail that goes along the seafront and plenty of places to rent a bike.

    Where to go: Tankerton Beach has beach huts for rent and is a lovely spot for a walk. If you’d rather explore by bike, rent one from Whitstable Cycle Hire. You’ll find oysters everywhere but check out the Whitstable Oyster Company for some of the best with gorgeous views. End your day with a drink at the Old Neptune – a white clapboard pub right on the beach.

    Get there: The train from London St Pancras or Victoria takes around 90 minutes.


    8. Rye

    At a road-trip distance of over two hours, the Cotswolds are just a little too far for a day trip for most, but you can get a taste of their pretty cottages and cobbled lanes in the Sussex coastal town of Rye. Rye is a great spot for browsing for antiques and there are plenty of historic buildings for history and architecture buffs including Rye Castle and the Church of St. Thomas the Martyr.

    Where to go: After a wander down the picturesque Mermaid Street and a look in the shops (check out Vintage Stockroom for 40s and 50s furniture and vintage Americana) you’ll be ready for lunch. Being a coastal town, Rye has some great seafood – try the Globe Inn Marsh with its contemporary menu and range of local ales. Kids will love frolicking in the dunes of Camber Sands just 10 minutes out of town.

    Get there: There are two trains each hour from London St Pancras, taking around 90 minutes.


    9. Mersea Island

    Tiny 7-square-mile Mersea is the UK’s most easterly inhabited island and is connected to the mainland by a causeway that floods at high tide. The pretty pastel beach huts make an Instagram-worthy photo backdrop and you can take a boat trip around the bay, or head further out for fishing or birdwatching.

    Where to go: The Company Shed seafood restaurant is the most famous spot on the island and is a must-visit. They don’t take bookings and queues can be long, so try to get there before midday. The small Mersea Island Museum offers an interesting look into local history.

    Get there: Trains from Liverpool Street Station take less than an hour to Colchester and it’s then a 20-minute taxi ride to Mersea Island.


    10. York

    If you think York isn’t realistic as a day trip from London you may be surprised that just a two hour train journey from London Kings Cross, making it more accessible than many closer destinations. So if you fancy a trip up north, you can’t really go wrong with York. The city offers plenty of shops, bars, and cafes – many of which are located in original buildings dating back to the 14th century. There’s also the cathedral York Minster to explore, as well as York Castle and other historic buildings.

    Where to go: Start by exploring the city’s oldest street – The Shambles – which leads up to York Minster. When it’s time for refreshments, the Perky Peacock Coffee Shop located inside a medieval tower has great cake and a view of the river. If you can stay until after dark be sure to join one of the ghost tours – York is reportedly Europe’s most haunted city.

    Get there: Trains leave every 30 minutes from Kings Cross Station with the fastest service being 1 hour and 50 minutes.


  4. Burberry and Vivienne Westwood announce new collaboration

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    Dame Vivienne Westwood has announced a collaboration with classic British brand, Burberry.

    The designer has created a limited edition collection of re-imagined styles from Vivienne Westwood’s archive, celebrating British style and heritage.

    The Vivienne Westwood collection will be the first collaboration for the brand under new chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci and is planned for launch in December 2018. The collaboration will also support rainforest charity www.coolearth.org.

    Tisci said about the collaboration: “Vivienne Westwood was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer myself and when I first started at Burberry, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to approach her to do something. She is a rebel, a punk and unrivalled in her unique representation of British style, which has inspired so many of us. I am so incredibly proud of what we will be creating together.”

  5. NET-A-PORTER launches kidswear with Gucci

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    NET-A-PORTER has announced the launch of its online kidswear popup, featuring child-size versions of clothing inspired by classic Gucci designs and featuring the signature animal print motifs and iconic Gucci logo.

    The campaign announcing the launch of the collection – The Imagination Booth – narrates the story of a group of children exploring a vintage photobooth that brings their stories to life through animations and Gucci motifs.

    The Gucci kidswear line includes clothing for babies, boys, and girls up to age 12, with several unisex styles.

    Alison Loehnis, president of Net-a-Porter.com said: “Our customers love Gucci and the brand’s DNA translates incredibly well into kidswear. And, I would hasten to add, the clothes are incredibly cute.”

    She added: “Over the years we have had consistent requests for kidswear from our customers, especially our most engaged ones. Women and men are not just thinking about style in terms of their own wardrobes, but in a broader sense of family and lifestyle.”

    The collection is set to launch on 16 July 2018 and will be available for six weeks only.

  6. Top 10 Gym Leggings

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    Gym leggings and yoga pants used to be the preserve of fitness bunnies, but these days you’re just as likely to see activewear out on the street and in the coffee shop as you are in the gym. You’ll no doubt have spotted that a whole new fashion sub-industry has sprung up around the trend of “athleisure”, worth over £7bn in the UK alone.

    Athleisure blurs the boundaries between sports and casualwear – it’s clothing you can wear to the gym but that’s also stylish enough to wear out with friends.

    An increasing number of brands are getting in on the act and coming out with their own athleisure collections. Leggings in particular have seen a revival, driven by Instagram trends for yoga practice and healthy lifestyles, and are now available in a variety of prints and patterns.

    Here’s our round-up of the best gym leggings.


    Train Miracle Zebra-Print Gym Leggings – Adidas by Stella McCartney

    These Adidas by Stella McCartney leggings are printed with a bold black and storm blue zebra stripes with red highlights. The ‘Miracle Sculpt’ stretch fabric includes strategically placed areas of compression to provide support and a more flattering fit. The high-rise waistband also has a handy pocket for stowing away your gym locker key or other small items.

    Train Miracle Zebra-Print Leggings – £120


    Ultimate Mesh Panel Gym Leggings – Adidas by Stella McCartney

    These black cropped leggings include a mesh panel on either side to keep you cool for the duration of your workout. The Climalite stretch fabric is also designed to keep you cool and wick sweat away from the body. The wide waistband has a grey trim that can be matched with a coordinating sports bra.

    Ultimate Mesh Panel Leggings – £60


    ASOS 4505 Minimal Print Gym Leggings

    These high waist leggings are made from fabric with antibacterial properties to keep your gear fresher for longer. In black with a white print and 4505 logo taping down each leg, the leggings go well with any plain sports top or the matching 4505 vest.

    Minimal Print Leggings – £25


    Reebok Training Graphic Gym Leggings

    These form-fitting leggings in an all-over green graphic print are eye-catching without being loud. The high waist style in Speedwick fabric is designed to provide support and draw sweat away from the body to keep you cool and dry.

    Reebok Training Graphic Legging – £43


    ASOS 4505 Sports Legging in Heavy Weight Cotton Elastane

    No need to worry about any see-through material with these deep oxblood red form-fitting leggings in heavy weight cotton elastane fabric. Made from 90% cotton and 10% elastane, the fabric has antibacterial properties and moves moisture away from the skin

    4505 Leggings in Oxblood – £16


    Nike Hypercool Mesh Panel Dri-FIT Print Leggings

    These Nike leggings with a marble effect print not only look cool but also feel cool, with high-tech Dri-FIT fabric that wicks sweat and breathable mesh panels. The elasticated waistband and flat seams provide a comfortable and supportive compression fit. Team with the matching print Nike sports bra or any black sports top.

    Nike Hypercool Dri-FIT Print Leggings – £60


    Nike Sparkle Pro Cropped Lamé Leggings

    Turn heads at the gym with these sparkly copper stretch-lamé leggings. Nike’s patented Dri-FIT technology means these leggings wick moisture away from your skin to keep you cool and dry at the gym or out on a run.

    Sparkle Pro Cool Leggings – £40


    Bershka Gym Leggings in Galaxy Print

    These leggings in a funky galaxy print have a close-cut bodycon fit with a high-rise stretch waistband. There’s a matching gym bra in the same print, or the design is versatile enough to go with any top for a sporty casual look.

    Bershka Galaxy Print Leggings – £21.99


    Asics Training Colourblock Leggings

    These form fitting leggings with a bold colourblock design in white, grey, and lime, will brighten up your gym wardrobe. The moisture wicking fabric draws sweat away from the skin and the wide waistband makes sure these leggings are both comfortable and supportive.

    Asics Colourblock Leggings in Grey and Lime – £50


    Only Play Leopard Print Sport Leggings

    These pink leopard print leggings are dyed with an ombre effect so the colour fades from black at the waistband to pink at the ankle. With a high rise waistband and close-cut bodycon fit, they’re both comfortable and supportive.

    Only Play Leopard Print Sports Legging – £25


  7. Burberry names Riccardo Tisci as chief creative officer

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    Burberry has announced that Italian designer Riccardo Tisci will be taking over from Christopher Bailey as chief creative officer.

    The appointment comes as somewhat of a shock to the fashion world as Burberry is known for its quintessentially British style, while Tisci is famous for his wild, subversive, and boundary-pushing designs at Givenchy.

    There is already an Italian connection at Burberry, as Marco Gobbetti took over the chief executive role from Bailey when he stepped down in October after 17 years working for the brand. Gobbetti and Tisci met while working together at luxury goods company LVMH. Both designers also previously worked at Givenchy.

    Gobbetti said about the appointment: “Riccardo is one of the most talented designers of our time. His designs have an elegance that is contemporary and his skill in blending streetwear with high fashion is highly relevant to today’s luxury consumer. Riccardo’s creative vision will reinforce the ambitions we have for Burberry and position the brand firmly in luxury,”

    Tisci added: “I have an enormous respect for Burberry’s British heritage and global appeal and I am excited about the potential of this exceptional brand. I am honoured and delighted to be joining Burberry and reuniting with Marco Gobbetti.”

    Tisci is a graduate of Central Saint Martins and has designed for Madonna, Kim Kardashian’, Beyoncé, and Rihanna. His first collection for Burberry will be presented in September.

    Following the news of Tisci’s appointment, shares in Burberry rose more than 5%. Burberry had previously reported disappointing third quarter results in January, with revenue down £16 million from the same period in 2016.

  8. Super Sharp – a new exhibition at Fashion Space Gallery

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    The London College of Fashion’s Fashion Space Gallery has announced its latest exhibition, Super Sharp, an exploration of the fashion of luxury Italian designer brands in the jungle and UK garage music scene.

    Versace, Iceberg, D&G, and particularly Moschino were the most popular labels for this subculture in the ‘90s and many of the pieces in the exhibition were sourced from a Moschino archive owned by DJ and producer Saul Milton.

    Saul Milton said: “I’ve been collecting and wearing Moschino since 1997/8. Today, I look and dress like I did back then, pony tail, jewellery and tapered, tailored vintage Moschino and reebok classics. My collection is largely clothes that you would have seen in the raves and the clubs in the 90’s and early 2000’s. It’s a collection of nostalgia, of times when we appropriated other cultures and twisted and turned them into our own style, our own look. Rudeboy culture was everything and fast forward to 2018, it’s come full circle.”

    The exhibition includes original garments, music, testimonials, and quotes from musicians including PJ & Smiley (Shut up & Dance), Navigator, Jumpin’ Jack Frost, Goldie and Chase & Status, exploring how jungle and UK garage music influenced club fashion and culture.

    Super Sharp is the first instalment of RTRN II JUNGLE; a series of events and exhibitions exploring British rave culture in the ‘90s.

    The exhibition is on now at Fashion Space Gallery and runs until 21 April 2018.

  9. Top 10 Activewear and Sportswear Shops in London

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    Fitness clothing is no longer all about function. The line between activewear and fashion is blurring, with sports-inspired designs appearing on the catwalk and some big name design collaborations with celebrities and active fashion brands. In fact activewear is currently the fastest growing segment of the fashion market.

    Whether you’re a dedicated runner, you enjoy your regular yoga class after work, or you head to the slopes several times a year, you’ll want to make sure you look great as well as being kitted out with suitable, comfortable clothing.

    These activewear shops in London offer the best of fashion and function with some of the best designs from top international activewear brands.


    1. Decathlon

    The Decathlon sports superstore offers an affordable and extensive range of activewear for all kinds of different sports including running, yoga, tennis, skiing, surfing, mountaineering, ice skating, fishing, and pretty much any other activity you can think of. All the big brands are here, alongside its in-house labels, and you can often find items marked down to a substantial discount. There’s also a good selection of sports equipment and accessories including camping equipment.

    Decathlon Surrey Quays, Canada Water Retail Park, Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 2XU

    Open 9am – 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm Saturday, and 11am – 5pm Sunday

    Decathlon Wandsworth, 55-57 Garratt Ln, London, SW18 4TF

    Open 9am – 8pm Monday to Saturday, and 11am – 5pm Sunday



    2. Selfridges Body Studio

    The activewear department on the third floor of Selfridges stocks over 130 sports brands in all sizes. The Body Studio occupies 37,000 sq ft of retail space and includes a café with a menu of healthy greens and smoothies.

    400 Oxford St, London, W1A 1AB

    Open 9.30am – 10pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30am – 6pm Sunday



    3. The Sports Edit

    The Sports Edit activewear boutique offers a curated selection of some of the best international sportswear fashion brands for both men and women. There’s also the in-store brand, SALT, exclusive to The Sports Edit, which uses hi-tech fabrics with a clean, modern, and minimal aesthetic. If you’re wanting to be the best dressed out running, at yoga class, or at the gym, you’ll want to check out the selection here.

    172 Fulham Rd, London, SW10 9PR

    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 4pm Sunday



    4. Sweaty Betty

    Sweaty Betty was one of the UK’s first retailers to specialize in fashion-forward activewear for women and now has several boutiques and concessions worldwide. The new flagship store on Carnaby Street opened earlier this year and offers the full clothing, accessories, and equipment range spread over two floors. There’s also an in-store exercise studio offering free classes in yoga, Pilates, Bootcamp, and more.

    21 Beak St, Carnaby, London, W1F 9RR

    Open 11am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 12 – 5pm Sunday



    5. Zakti

    Zakti is one of the newest retailers in the world of activewear and considered a rival to Sweaty Betty, though they offer menswear too. The chain was started by the founder of Mountain Warehouse and already has several branches in the UK. The aim of the store is to provide good-quality technical athletic clothing at lower prices than its competitors.

    40 Upper St, London, N1 0PN

    Open 9am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 5pm Sunday



    6. Frame

    Frame Studios is famous for its fitness classes but it also offers a well-stocked shop with some of the top brands in activewear for men and women. They also have their own range of fitness clothing and a maternity line designed in collaboration with Mamas & Papas alongside accessories, skincare, and supplements,

    29 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EY

    Open 7am- 10pm Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.30pm Saturday, and 10am – 6.15pm Sunday



    7. Topshop

    The flagship Topshop store on Oxford Street is definitely all about fashion but they also have an extensive activewear range, including the Ivy Park label designed in collaboration with Beyoncé.

    214 Oxford St, Marylebone, London, W1W 8LG

    Open 9.30am – 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am – 9pm Saturday, and 11.30am – 6pm Sunday



    8. Gap

    Gap is a long-time favourite for their workout clothing and activewear basics and are a great choice for the latest styles if you’re not bothered about sporting designer labels. Lines are available for both men and women for the gym, barre, running, yoga, hiking, swimming and golf. There’s also a good selection of sportswear for kids.

    376/384 Oxford St, London, W1C 1JY

    Open 10am – 9pm Monday to Saturday, and 12.30 – 6.30pm Sunday



    9. River Island

    River Island’s RI Active line is inspired by streetwear and includes design details like neon accents and funky prints. You’ll look great but the clothing stands up to the most strenuous activities too, using the latest activewear technical fabrics and features.

    Marble Arch Park House, 473 Oxford St, Mayfair, London, W1C 2AU

    Open 9.30am – 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am – 9pm Saturday, and 12 – 6.30pm Sunday



    10. Lululemon

    No list of activewear brands would be complete without the designer yoga wear label Lululemon. The new European flagship on Regent Street not only includes a large retail space with the brand’s entire collection on display, but there’s also an interactive fitting room with laser lights and a community space offering free weekly yoga classes.

    187-191 Regent St, Mayfair, London, W1B 4JP

    Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 – 6pm Sunday



  10. London’s Top 10 Sneaker Shops

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    Recent research by retailers has suggested than the average British man owns more pairs of shoes than the average woman, and men spend more per year on their shoe collection. A big part of the reason for this is that men are more likely to own several pairs of trainers.

    Collecting sneakers can become a somewhat addictive habit, so if you’re looking to feed your obsession and check out the best that London has to offer in terms of new kicks, check out some of these trainer shops in London.


    1. Footpatrol

    Footpatrol is one of London’s best known and loved stores for sneakers, offering a huge range from the latest releases, to limited editions and Japanese exclusives. Footpatrol frequently takes part in collaborations with major brands and the store itself is almost impossibly hip – you’ll probably want to hang out here for a while and just take it all in even if you don’t end up buying anything.

    80 Berwick Street, London, W1F 8TU

    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 12 – 6pm Sunday.



    2. Size?

    Size? Has several branches across the UK and Europe and offers exclusive collaborations with brands like Vans and Fila. They’re known for having the best selection in terms of brands and colour combinations in London. As well as the latest styles, Size? is a great place to pick up some classics like Nike Super Blazers and Puma Clydes. There are also plenty of options from some of the smaller underground brands as well as the big names.

    37A Neal Street, London, WC2H 9PR

    Open 10am – 7.30pm Monday to Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10am – 8pm Thursday, and 12 – 6pm Sunday.



    3. The Other Side of the Pillow

    The Other Side of the Pillow specialises in vintage Vans and is heaven for collectors with early Vans models and limited edition designs that you probably won’t be able to find anywhere else. They also carry a great selection of vintage sportswear and trainers from other brands. The store is decorated with an eclectic selection of knickknacks from the ‘60s to ‘90s. Ideal if you’re looking for something a bit quirky (just look at the opening times!)

    161b Lower Clapton Rd, London, E5 8EQ

    Open 11.11am – 6.11pm Monday, and Thursday to Sunday. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.



    4. Sneakersnstuff

    Swedish store Sneakersnstuff opened their first London branch in Shoreditch in 2014 and has a great selection of limited edition styles as well as their own SNS apparel range. You can often find some of the rarest styles in the world here, with a price tag to match.

    107 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JN

    Open 11am – 6pm Monday to Friday, 11am – 5pm Saturday, and 12.30 – 4pm Sunday.



    5. Nike Town

    Nike fans will be in seventh heaven at this store, which stocks the entire Nike range in 70,000 sq ft of retail space. The store is laid out into separate “buildings”, each of which is dedicated to a particular sport. There’s also a great clothing selection and its home of the Nike running club. You’re welcome to try out different styles on the in-store treadmill and there’s a resident DJ to make sure the atmosphere is pumping at all times.

    236 Oxford Street, London, W1C 1DA

    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 8pm Thursday to Saturday, and 11.30am – 6pm Sunday.


    6. Scorpion Shoes

    Scorpion Shoes in Camden is one of the area’s original independent shops and offers some of the more unusual styles that are difficult to find in the big high street shops. As well as trainers, there’s also a wide range of other footwear for men, women, and kids.

    16 Chalk Farm Rd, Chalk Farm, London, NW1 8AG

    Open 10am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9.45am – 7.30pm Saturday and Sunday.



    7. Sports Dimension

    Sports Dimension in Shepherd’s Bush has a vast collection of sneaker styles and brands and gets US imports quicker than anywhere else. The staff are friendly and well trained and can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

    248 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd’s Bush, London, W12 7JA

    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Sunday.


    8. Mr Sneaker

    Hidden away on Bethnal Green Road, this small independent store has a great selection of unique styles from all the main sneaker brands. If you’re looking for a particularly rare or hard to find model, it’s well worth having a look here.

    408-410 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E2 0DJ

    Open 11am – 6pm Monday to Thursday, 10.30am – 6pm Friday, 10.30am – 6.30pm Saturday, and closed on Sunday.



    9. Profeet Lab

    If you’re more about the fit than the fashion, you can find expert advice and a fitting service for all kinds of sports shoes at Profeet in Fulham. The simulation lab can analyse your feet, ankles, and knees and create custom insoles for running shoes, tennis shoes, hiking boots, and ski boots.

    867-869 Fulham Rd, Fulham, London, SW6 5HP

    Open 9am – 8pm Tuesday and Thursday, 9am – 5pm Wednesday and Friday, 9am – 6pm Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.



    10. NikeLab 1948

    If Nike Town is a little too mainstream for you, checkout NikeLab 1948 for the brand’s rarest styles, new releases, and some interesting artistic installations. There’s also a curated selection of Nike clothing. The whole store is made from recycled materials including rubber tyres and old hard drives. It’s sort of a cross between an underground running club and an art gallery.

    Arches 477-478 Bateman’s Row London EC2A 3HH

    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 – 6pm Sunday.


  11. Top 10 London Pedicures

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    Now we’re well into Summer your feet are probably on full display in open-toed sandals much of the time so if you haven’t already, it’s time to get your toes into tip-top condition.

    Pedicures don’t just get your feet looking beautiful, they can also be very relaxing, especially if they include a massage. So if you spend a lot of time standing or walking, treat yourself and indulge in a pedicure from one of London’s best.


    1. Cowshed Ultimate Pedicure

    Cowshed offers one of the best pampering experiences in London when it comes to pedicures including a scalp and shoulder massage, leg and foot massage, and hydration foot mask as well as the standard pedicure skin treatment and nail filing. The pedicure is finished off with nail paint from Cheeky.

    Price: £70

    There are several Cowshed spas across London. See the website for full addresses and details.



    2. Margaret Dabbs Medical Pedicure

    Margaret Dabbs specializes in foot care and all treatments are carried out by a qualified podiatrist. If your feet are in need of a little extra care, this might be the choice for you. The top treatment is the Medical Pedicure, which includes surgical removal of all dry skin, nail reshape and buff, and application of specially formulated in-house products including Emu oil (yes it comes from an actual emu) for anti-ageing and intensive moisturising.

    Price: £85

    7 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 8UU

    Open 9am – 6.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 11.45am – 6pm on Sunday.



    3. London Grace Top Notch Pedi

    London Grace had the genius idea of opening a nail bar with a real drinks bar so you can enjoy a cocktail or glass of champagne during your pampering treatment. The Top Notch pedicure includes nail shaping, cuticle treatment, moisturizing with coconut lotion and formaldehyde-free nail polish application. All pedicures are dry to avoid spread of infection and nail polish cracking.

    Price: £25

    There are three branches of London Grace in Leicester Square, Clapham, Putney, and another opening soon at Canary Wharf. See the website for full addresses and details.



    4. The Connaught Aman Pedicure

    The Connaught Hotel is known for providing the ultimate luxury experience and its Aman Spa is no exception. The signature Aman Pedicure lasts a full 90 minutes and includes a reflexology massage and application of nail varnish free of formaldehyde, toluene and phthalates.

    Price: £100

    Aman Spa, The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL

    Open daily from 9am to 9pm



    5. DryBy Luxury Spa Pedicure

    DryBy Salon is the ultimate pampering experience, inspired by Hungarian spas. The Luxury Spa pedicure uses traditional Hungarian treatments to moisturize the skin and treat nail health. After the treatment, nails and cuticles are tidied and the feet are exfoliated. The pedicure finishes with a foot and leg massage and polish application in your choice of colour.

    74 Mortimer Street, London W1W 7RZ

    Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 7pm Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

    Price: £75



    6. The Painted Lady Full Works Pedicure

    The Painted Lady vintage style salon in Shoreditch offers great value for money with high quality services. The Full Works pedicure lasts for 45 minutes including a scrub, massage, nail reshape and polish. You can also opt for a paraffin wax pedicure for an hour for an extra £5.

    Price: £25

    65 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DJ

    Open 11am – 8pm Monday to Friday, 11am – 6pm Saturday, and 12 – 5pm Sunday.



    7. Aveda Pedicure

    The Aveda Institute at Covent Garden is a calming retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life with over 70 beauty experts using the famous Aveda plant-based products. The pedicure focuses on treating dry skin, rough cuticles, and nail health. You’ll have a consultation with a nail therapist to choose the fragrances and products most suitable for your needs.

    Price: £48

    174 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London WC1V 7AA
    Open 8am – 7pm Monday to Tuesday, 8am – 8pm Wednesday to Friday, 8am – 6.30pm Saturday, and 11am – 5pm Sunday.



    8. MYZ Maryam’s Favourite Pedicure

    The MYZ beauty boutique in Notting Hill was founded by Maryam Zandi in 2013 and has received rave reviews ever since. The pedicure named as the founder’s favourite involves a nail and cuticle tidy, a foot massage, and application of hot paraffin wax to soften the feet. The treatment is finished off with the application of your choice of polish.

    Price: £40

    20 Powis Terrace, Notting Hill, London, W11 1JH

    Closed on Monday, open 10am – 7pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 7.30pm Thursday, and 11am – 5pm Sunday.



    9. MILK Shellac Pedicure

    MILK is a little different to the other services on this list, as they’ll come to your home or office, rather than you visiting a salon. MILK employs only highly trained beauty therapists and they bring all their equipment with them. The Shellac Pedicure includes a foot soak, nail file, cuticle tidy, hard skin removal, moisturizer and cuticle oil application and gel painted nails in your choice of colour.

    Price: £45

    Services are available for booking hourly from 2pm to 6.45 am



    10. Urban Retreat Pristine Pedicure

    The Urban Retreat salon and spa offers several pedicure treatments. The Pristine Pedicure includes a custom pedicure service with a personal consultation before feet are soaked. You can then choose between a Callus Peel hard skin eliminator or a nourishing Tri Enzyme mask before your cuticles and nails are cut and tidied, and the experience is completed with an indulgent massage and nail polish in the colour of your choice.

    Price: £75

    5th Floor, Harrods, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL

    Open 10am-9pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30am – 6pm on Sunday.



  12. London’s Top 10 Cocktail Bars

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    London may be better known internationally for its traditional pubs, but when it comes to cocktails, you’ll also find some of the world’s best bars here. Whether you’re after a classic cocktail in elegant surroundings, or something more quirky and unusual for a fun night out, London’s cocktail bars will not disappoint.


    1. Mr Fogg’s Residence

    If you’re looking for a bit of escape from reality, get ready to be transported back in time and head to the Phileas Fogg themed Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair. The bar is decked out in full Victorian style and packed with vintage-style curios from all over the world in homage to Mr Fogg’s trip around the world in 80 days. The cocktail menu is extensive and it’s also worth making a booking for afternoon “tipsy tea”, which consists of a selection of sandwiches and cakes and a teapot of gin or champagne tea. Booking is essential.

    15 Bruton Ln, Mayfair, London W1J 6JD

    Open 5pm – 1am Monday to Wednesday, 4pm – 2am Thursday to Friday, 2pm – 2am Saturday, and 3pm – 12am Sunday


    2. The Connaught Bar

    The Connaught Bar inside the Mayfair hotel of the same name appears in many “world’s best bar” lists and it’s a real treat to experience the luxurious surroundings and impeccable service for a special occasion, although it’s definitely not a budget option. The must-have cocktail here is the Martini, which is wheeled out to you and mixed on top of a trolley. Other cocktails are inspired by the elements and listed in the menu under Terra (earth), Ventus (air), Aqua (water, and Ignus (fire). Drinks are served with complimentary olives and snacks and there’s a menu of light bar snacks by day and canapes in the evening.

    Connaught, Carlos Pl, London W1K 2AL

    Open 11am – 1am Monday to Friday, and 11am – 12am Saturday to Sunday


    3. Cocktail Trading Company

    This Shoreditch cocktail bar serves up £9 cocktails inspired by classics with a modern twist, and served in a variety of weird and wonderful ways that include Brasso tins, frozen golf balls, and a chinese takeaway box complete with chopsticks. If you’re feeling peckish, help yourself to the complimentary monkey nuts, served by the pint. The staff are friendly, the vibe is playful, and the setting is cosy, making it a great location for an evening catching up with friends.

    68 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6GQ

    Open 5 – 11.30pm Monday to Wednesday, 5pm – 12am Thursday to Friday, 2pm – 12am Saturday, and 2 – 10.30pm Sunday.


    4. Dandelyan

    Located within the upmarket Mondrian hotel, Dandelyan serves up both classic and exotic cocktails from the green marble bar to guests enjoying the plush pink seating and panoramic views of the Thames. There’s a selection of light bar snacks on the menu and afternoon tea is also available.

    Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD

    Open 4pm – 1am Monday to Wednesday, 4pm – 2am Thursday, 12pm – 2am Friday to Saturday, and 12pm – 12.30am Sunday.


    5. Original Sin

    This narrow basement bar in Stoke Newington has a 70s NYC vibe with regular live music and a free pool table. Cocktails are unpretentious and based around unusual spirits like white rye and mezcal (gin and vodka are noticeably missing from the menu). There’s no food served here, only nuts, but if you’re feeling hungry you can pop upstairs to the Stokey Bears burger bar.

    129 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 0PH

    Open 6 – 11pm Sunday to Monday, 6pm – 12am Tuesday to Wednesday, and 6pm – 1.30am Thursday to Saturday.


    6. Blind Pig

    The vintage-style Blind Pig in Soho can be found above the Social Eating House on Poland Street offers a quirky selection of cocktails inspired by children’s books. Notable cocktails include the “Hunny Pot” with Havana 7 rum, salted butter, Crowded Hive Mead, Somerset apple brandy, lemon, honey, and orange bitters, and the Harry Potter Half a Pint o’Buttah with Monkey Shoulder Scotch, Kamm & Sons, thyme, butterscotch, citrus, bitters, and beer.

    58 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7NR

    Open 12pm – 12am Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday.


    7. Disrepute

    60s-style private members club and cocktail bar Disrepute opened in December 2016 and has already gained a reputation as being one of London’s best. The coded cocktail menu includes retro ingredients like Babycham reduction and Mateus Rosé listed in categories that include “Counter Culture”, “Screws of Convenience”, and “The Pinstripe Lining”. If you want to feel like you’ve stepped into a vintage Bond movie, this is undoubtedly the place for you.

    4 Kingly Court, Carnaby, London W1B 5PW

    Open 5pm – 3am Monday to Saturday, and 5pm – 12.30am on Sunday.


    8. The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy

    As you would expect from anything based at The Savoy, The Beaufort Bar is rather luxurious with £40,000 of real gold leaf used in the decor and an extensive champagne menu. The cocktail menu includes some of the rarest spirits in the world, including £250 1940s Cuban Bacardi and £750 prohibition bourbon. The canapes are as unique as the drinks, including Wagyu beef tartare with caviar and gold leaf topping, foie gras praline lollipops, and beetroot and goat’s cheese macaroons.

    99 Strand, London WC2R 0EU

    Open 5pm – 1am Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday.


    9. The Artesian Bar at The Langham

    The award winning bar at The Langham has the city’s largest collection of rum and an innovative cocktail menu using unusual ingredients (a cocktail named “Throw Some Dough” includes pizza, and the ingredient listing of another drink consists of “Talisker Storm, Unicum, verjus, marsh, samphire, and rain”). There a free canapes on offer and a tapas food menu, with soups and sandwiches also available at lunchtime.

    1C Portland Pl, Marylebone, London W1B 1JA

    Open 11am – 1.30am Monday to Saturday, and 11am – 11.30pm Sunday.


    10. Nightjar

    This underground speakeasy-style bar orders its cocktail menu by era: pre-prohibition, prohibition, and post-war. There’s also a vintage spirits menu with gin, rum, cognac, and whiskey dating back to 1910. The bar food menu includes snacks, tapas, and meat and cheese boards. Live jazz and blues bands play every night of the week.

    129 City Rd, London EC1V 1JB

    Open 6pm – 1am Sunday to Wednesday, 6pm – 2am Thursday, and 6pm – 3am Friday to Saturday.


  13. Top 10 Shops in Old Spitalfields Market

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    Old Spitalfields Market is one of London’s most popular markets and has run on the same site for over 350 years.

    It’s a great place to shop for antiques, vintage fashion, and gourmet food. There are also several boutiques surrounding the main market, offering the best in contemporary designer gear and lifestyle products.


    1. Collectif

    Collectif started as a market stall and now have their own store, selling original designs inspired by ‘40s and ‘50s vintage, retro, and pin-up fashion. New fashion trends are combined with vintage style for a look that’s glamorous, fun, and unique. The collection includes dresses, separate, shoes, bags, and accessories.

    69 Brushfield Street, Old Spitalfields Market

    Open 10am – 6.30pm Monday to Sunday.


    2. In Spitalfields

    Gift and homewares store, In Spitalfields, offers an eclectic selection of furniture, lifestyle goods, and gifts that are fun to browse any time. There’s a nice selection of well-designed London themed gifts for those looking for a souvenir that’s a bit different from the usual tourist tat and homewares range in price from £5 for a poster to over £1,000 for some items of furniture. There’s basically something for everyone here.

    13 Lamb Street, Old Spitalfields Market

    Open 11am – 7pm Monday to Sunday.


    3. Flying Tiger

    Danish retailer Flying Tiger offers a bright and colourful collection of homewares, gadgets, stationery, games, sweets, and party wares. If you’re looking for an unusual gift with a humorous touch you’ll find it here.

    Unit SP1F, 16 Horner Square, Old Spitalfields Market

    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 6pm Sunday.


    4. Belstaff

    Luxury British heritage brand Belstaff sells men’s and women’s fashion inspired by adventure. The company started out in 1924 producing motorcycle jackets and supplied parachutes and aviator suits for World War II. Motorcycle jackets are still available today, alongside a full clothing collection for men and women with a hint of biker chic.

    16 Lamb Street, Old Spitalfields Market

    Open 11am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 6pm Sunday.


    5. Mercantile

    The Mercantile boutique stocks premium fashion brands for men and women including Wood Wood, Dr Denim, Hudson, Deus Ex Machina, Rose Rankin, Soeur, and Royal Republic. As well as clothing, there’s also a nice selection of homewares, gifts, jewellery, and apothecary items.

    17 Lamb Street, Old Spitalfields Market

    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 10am – 6pm Sunday.


    6. Rag & Bone

    American fashion label Rag & Bone was founded in New York in 2002 and fuses British heritage tailoring with modern and edgy design. The store stocks the latest designs for men and women, alongside a fine fragrance collection.

    107a Commercial Street, Old Spitalfields Market

    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 12 – 6pm Sunday.


    7. Cheaney

    Cheaney sells men’s and women’s handcrafted footwear for formal, business, and casual occasions in a range of styles from classic to contemporary. Joseph Cheaney & Sons was founded in 1886 and are still made at the same Northamptonshire factory. Shoes and boots are made from fine leathers and suedes with Goodyear welted technology. There’s also a complimentary polishing service available.

    73 Brushfield Street, Old Spitalfields Market

    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm Saturday, and 10am – 5pm Sunday.


    8. Albam

    Albam is a contemporary menswear brand focusing on timeless wardrobe staples with a focus on high quality fabrics, details, and finishing. There’s also a curated selection of other lifestyle products on offer from other brands including shoes, books, bags, and homewares.

    111a Commercial Street, Old Spitalfields Market

    Open 11am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 6pm Sunday.


    9. Zadig & Voltaire

    French label Zadig & Voltaire was established in 1997 by Thierry Gillier, the co-founder of Lacoste. The collections include men’s women’s and children’s ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, accessories, and fragrances. The style revolves around jeans, boots, and leather jackets.

    113 Commercial Street, Old Spitalfields Market

    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Sunday


    10. Gandys

    The Gandys brand was founded in order to support the charity Orphans for Orphans by Rob and Paul Forkan, who lost their parents in the 2004 Tsunami. The collection is inspired by travel and includes clothing, backpacks, flip flops, round towels, and sunglasses.

    105c Commercial Street, Old Spitalfields Market

    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 10am – 6pm Sunday.


  14. Boden plans to open retail outlets in John Lewis

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    Boden has announced plans to open womenswear concessions in five branches of John Lewis from this autumn.

    Boden currently sells almost exclusively through its catalogues and website, although it does have one brick-and-mortar store in London. The John Lewis concessions are the first stage in an expansion plan, which will follow with more standalone stores in the future.

    Branches of John Lewis in London Oxford Street, Southampton, Reading, Oxford, and Cambridge will be the first to sell Boden clothing, followed by more stores in early 2018.

    CEO of Boden, Jill Easterbrook, said: “We are really excited to be going into John Lewis. It marks the coming together of two great British brands.”

    John Lewis buying director added: “The introduction of Boden builds on our continued strategy to provide our customers with an inspiring selection of unique brands that they cannot find anywhere else on the high street. We are thrilled to be exclusively launching Boden in our shops.”

    Boden was founded in 1991 by former stock broker Johnnie Boden and sells menswear, womenswear, and kidswear. Jill Easterbrook was appointed as CEO in February.

  15. My London: Mark Powell – Bespoke Tailor

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    Established in 1985, Mark Powell is one of London’s most iconic and influential bespoke tailors. Renowned for his nostalgically and classically inspired tailoring, combined with experimental cuts and styling, he was one of the first to successfully bridge the gap between the traditions of Savile Row and contemporary street style.

    Over the years he has dressed countless celebrities from the worlds of film, television, music and sport including George Clooney, Harrison Ford, David Bowie, George Michael, Mick Jagger, Naomi Campbell, Keira Knightley and most recently, Martin Freeman and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

    Drawing style and influence from his bespoke tailoring experience, in 2006 he launched a ready to wear line, Mark Powell London. His shop is at 2 Marshall Street, W1F 9BA. www.markpowellbespoke.co.uk.


    We caught up with Mark for the latest in our ‘My London’ interview series.


    Favourite neighbourhood:

    Soho. I’ve worked here for 35 years and lived here for 10. Even though it’s changing radically I still love it and it’s still special.


    Favourite place for brunch:

    Princi, the Milanese bakery on Wardour Street. It’s serves really tasty food in a typically chaotic Italian environment.


    Best coffee in London:

    No question, Bar Italia on Frith Street. Family run, it’s been here since time and is a great meeting place and top people watching spot, a Soho institution.


    Favourite gallery or museum:

    The National Portrait Gallery. I always find the historic portraits very inspiring and I’m hoping one day they will have a portrait of me there (LOL).


    Tell us a secret:

    I can’t. Not always having been a good boy there are far too many to name and it’ll get me in trouble.


    Favourite place to shop:

    I love the Burlington Arcade, it’s like going back in time. There are some fantastic knitwear shops and jewellers there and it’s where I get my shoes shined.


    Favourite place to find inspiration:

    I have a big collection of fashion books focussing mainly on 20th Century menswear so I find some there and I also find the period clothing at the V&A Museum very inspiring too.


    Best London destination for a date:

    You can’t beat dinner at The Ivy followed by the theatre.


    Favourite park:

    The closest park to me is St.James’s. I walk around the lake every once in a while for a bit of exercise. It’s very pretty but often very crowded with people visiting Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade and the like.


    Favourite food market:

    In my early 20’s I used to enjoy Leadenhall Market in The City. Nowadays, if I do go to a food market, it would be Borough Market after a stroll along the river.


    Your sanctuary in the city:

    Even though I’m not religious, I sometimes sit in St.Patrick’s Church in Soho Square, I find the atmosphere very calming.


    What inspires you?

    Clothes. Since I was a young child clothing and it’s power and importance has been my main interest and inspiration.


    This season I’m loving:

    The resurgence of good classic English shoes, elegant hats and Gentleman’s accessories such as watch chains and tie stick pins.


  16. Canada Goose to launch first UK store on Regent Street

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    Outerwear clothing company Canada Goose has announced it will be opening its first European store on Regent Street in London.

    The new flagship store is reported to be on 244 Regent Street, occupying the previous premises of Armani Exchange.

    This store will be the third retail outlet for Canada Goose, which already has stores in Toronto and New York.

    The revenue of the company has increased by over 450% in the last five years and more worldwide stores are on the cards as part of its expansion plans. After announcing the opening of the London store, the IPO price of the company increased from £10.35 to £13 per share on the first day of trading. The company is valued at £1.37 billion.

    Canada Goose was founded in Toronto in 1957 and has supplied luxury outerwear to scientists and adventurers in the Arctic and Antarctic since the 1980s. Canada Goose jackets have also appeared in Hollywood movies including The Day After Tomorrow, and National Treasure.

    The London flagship is expected to open in autumn 2017.

  17. Natalie Massenet will launch Imaginary Futures VC fund this Spring

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    Following the news that Natalie Massenet will be joining Farfetch, it has also been reported that her Venture Capital business, Imaginary Futures, will be launched within the next few months.

    Massenet registered the business in 2015 shortly after her departure from Net-a-Porter, although it was not clear at the time what sort of project the company was intended to be. She is currently listed as the sole director and shareholder. Massenet is expected to partner with Nicholas Brown, a VC expert who has backed several fashion companies previously including Moda Operandi, Everlane, and Lyst.

    Sources revealed that the pair have already met with up to 50 potential investors and have plans to create a substantial investment fund. One of the companies the fund plans to invest in is claimed to be online luxury fashion retailer, Farfetch, of which Massenet joined as non-executive co-chairman at the end of February this year.

    Other companies rumoured to be of interest to Imaginary Futures include Dirty beverage company Dirty Lemon, and superfood soup and smoothie delivery service, Daily Harvest.

    Neither Massenet nor Brown have so far officially confirmed their activities with Imaginary Futures.

  18. Jourdan Dunn launches ‘Londunn’ clothing line with Missguided

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    Jourdan Dunn has teamed up with fashion retailer Missguided to produce a new ath-leisure clothing label, Londunn.

    The collection is designed to be comfortable enough for sportswear and includes feminine and daring details such as slits and see-through mesh. Styles from the line include tracksuits in velvet and satin, bras and loose mesh tops, hooded body suits, cropped sweaters, and skirts.

    Dunn created the collection to be versatile enough to be worn casually during the day, or dressed up with heals in the evening. She said: “I chose ath-leisure because I want women to feel sexy and comfortable at the same time.”

    The advertising campaign to launch the collection features a diverse range of women including model Georgia Palmer, singer Rina Sawayama, songwriter Rainy Milo, photographer Braina Laviena, and Leonie Anderson, founder of fashion brand LAPP.

    Dunn believes that showcasing a group of unique and different women will make the brand more relatable and wants to make sure the personality of each individual is expressed in the campaign.

    She partnered with Missguided for the range so it would be affordable, and also because she likes the informal way that the retailer communicates with its customers, particularly via social media. She explained: “My audience is the same as their audience and I feel like social media has definitely played a role in this. Our customers are the young, social media girls shopping on their way to school.”

    Missguided has partnered with several celebrities in the past including Pamela Anderson and Nicole Scherzinger. Founder and chief executive officer, Nitin Passi, said about the collaboration: “Jourdan will give us a lot of credibility because she is a supermodel. She created a huge ath-leisure range, which we want to keep on doing for a few seasons. She’ll want to wear it out, and give it to her circle of friends, which includes a lot of influencers, so it will work well.”

    The range will officially launch on the 11th March and will be available from the Misguided website and retail store at Westfield Stratford.

  19. Kate Moss designs Bowie-inspired collection for Equipment

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    Paying homage to our favourite glam rock icon, the late David Bowie, supermodel Kate Moss has collaborated for a second time with Equipment, following the runaway success of her debut collection for the French brand.

    The epitome of rock’n’roll chic, Moss’ personal style oozes throughout the capsule collection, which features silk shirts, jackets and wide-leg trousers that also nod to the pyjama trend that has been key for the past few seasons.

    Inspired by Ziggy Stardust, expect to see star prints, comets and psychedelic patterns that you won’t be able to resist.


  20. Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibits revealed

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    Kensington Palace has revealed further details of its upcoming exhibition ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ which opens in just over three months on February 24th 2017.

    Marking twenty years since her death, the exhibition will celebrate Diana “as a princess, as a trendsetter and as a patron and advocate of charities” and will include a temporary garden filled with tulips, forget-me-nots and English roses.

    Reflecting the fact that everything the Princess wore was closely scrutinised, the curators have selected everything from evening gowns worn on engagements in the 1980s, to the Catherine Walker suits that made up her ‘working wardrobe’ in the 1990s.

    To the delight of fashion fans and those who watched Diana’s personal style evolve, highlights will also include a pale pink Emanuel blouse worn for her engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon in 1981, and a velvet gown by Victor Edelstein famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta. Additionally, a tartan Emanuel suit, worn for an official visit to Venice in the 1980s, will also go on display in public for the first time. Also to be featured are original fashion sketches from Diana’s favourite designers.

    Entrance to ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ will be included in the palace admission price. Tickets for March 2017- 2018 will be available to buy online from 1 December 2016.

  21. My London: Bobbi Brown – Founder & CCO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

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    Bobbi Brown is the founder and CCO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and a New York Times best-selling author. In 1991, Brown changed the face of makeup with ten lipsticks created to fill a void in the market of natural makeup. Today, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has a global presence in more than 70 countries and is the #1 makeup artist brand founded by a woman. As the brand continues to grow globally, Bobbi’s message remains the same today as it was when she launched in 1991: “The secret to beauty is simple—be who you are.”

    Bobbi Brown’s Christmas/Celebrate Indulge Collection” is in stores and online now at www.bobbibrown.co.uk


    Favourite neighbourhood:

    There are so many things I love about London—the people, the accents, the Union Jack flag (I’m obsessed), the traditions, the royals and way too many things to mention.

    London has so many interesting neighbourhoods that I love to explore. There is such history everywhere you look.


    Favourite place for brunch:



    Best coffee in London:

    I prefer green juices and ginger tea.


    Favourite gallery or museum:

    We like to walk from the Connaught Hotel to the Tate Modern through Green Park and St. James Park. If we have time, we often head over to the Millennium Bridge where my husband likes to check out the funny named office buildings such as The Gherkin, The Cheese Grater, The Walkie Talkie etc.


    Favourite place to shop:

    I love Grays Antiques Centre in Mayfair – it has the most amazing vintage Louis Vuitton trunks. When I’m in London, I always visit Liberty to browse their cool selection of scarves and interesting knickknacks.
    I tend to wear a lot of jeans so I love Selfridge’s denim studio (skinny dark denim is my personal favourite).

    I also love to check out my stores when I can, especially the new ones. I love stopping by Harrods and walking around the store, just waiting for the bagpipes to play.


    Best London destination for a date:

    Scott’s is a definite. I never miss an opportunity to go with my husband. I order the martini and Dover sole (without butter of course) and spinach. It’s the perfect, simple meal. I also like the bar at Soho House — the aesthetic is very cool and there are always interesting people milling around.


    Favourite food market:

    I love Detox Kitchen for fresh, healthy options that are perfect on the go. I often take it with me to eat on the plane when I am flying home. Harrods Food Hall is always great too—they always have new snacks I love to try.


    Your sanctuary in the city:

    My absolute favourite home-away-from-home is London’s Connaught Hotel – it’s quintessentially English and I get a butler! I especially love the ginger tea that they brew daily from thin-sliced ginger root. I always have a cup (or three) during the day and their chilled vodka martini (3 olives) after work. Plus I’ve run into so many friends and cool people there.


    What inspires you?

    My inspiration comes from a variety of places – from travelling to colourful fabrics to everyday women I see on the street and also out of sheer need. These inspirations find their way into new colour collections and new product ideas. For example, one year at Fashion Week a designer asked me to give all the models a lit-from-within glow. I took a shimmery eye shadow and dusted it on the models’ cheeks and that’s how the concept for Shimmer Brick was born.


    This season I’m loving:

    My new Retouching Pencils and Retouching Wands. When I started out as an aspiring makeup artist, I studied magazine covers to try and recreate the beauty looks. Later, I learned that all covers are retouched. But by then I knew how to make skin look naturally flawless using only makeup. Fast forward to 2016, I’m excited to add two new artistry-inspired tools to the lineup – Retouching Face Pencil and Retouching Wand. Retouching Face Pencils are my newest go-to for everything. Retouching Wand is a cover-up and foundation hybrid. The liquid foundation formula instantly evens out the complexion with invisible, weightless coverage. It’s like magic.


  22. Top 10 Jermyn Street Shops

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    Jermyn Street, just south of Piccadilly is one of London’s most beautiful streets and is the location of some of the most prestigious British menswear labels. There are also several art galleries, restaurants and a small theatre, making it a popular upmarket entertainment destination.

    If you’re looking for some of the best shops that London has to offer in luxury menswear, head to Jermyn Street and start with our selection of the best clothing retailers:


    1. Aquascutum

    Aquascutum is a luxury British fashion label producing both menswear and womenswear and their flagship store opened earlier this year on Jermyn Street.

    The brand was founded in 1851 as a tailors in Mayfair and is famous for creating the first waterproof textile. Aquascutum developed the original trench coat in 1914 and modern versions of this iconic coat are still available and popular today.

    106 Jermyn Street
    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 5pm Sunday


    2. Harvie and Hudson

    Harvie and Hudson specialize in ready to wear and bespoke shirts, with an emphasis on good quality British heritage style and craftsmanship. Every bespoke shirt is hand-cut on site and finished with mother of pearl buttons.

    As well as shirts, there is a wide selection of ties and other clothing and accessories including jackets, trousers, underwear, socks, belts, scarves and cufflinks.

    96-97 Jermyn Street
    Open 9.30am – 6pm Monday to Saturday (closing at 7pm on Thursday) and 12 – 5pm on Sunday


    3. Church’s

    Church’s is one of Britain’s oldest footwear brands, with family experience in shoemaking since 1675. Church’s have a long history of supplying the rich and famous, including several incarnations of James Bond.

    The label is now owned by the Prada group and stocks both men’s and women’s Italian leather shoes in classic heritage styles. The shoes are still made by hand at a factory in Northampton, where the company was founded.

    108-110 Jermyn Street
    Open 10am – 6.30 pm Monday to Saturday (closing 7pm on Thursday), 10am – 6pm Saturday, 11am – 5pm Sunday


    4. Hawes & Curtis

    Hawes & Curtis is a British heritage brand that was originally founded in 1913. The company is most famous for its tailored shirts and has gained many notable fans through history including Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Clark Gable, Lord Mountbatten and the Duke of Windsor.

    The collection also includes a range of casualwear, outerwear, suits, ties and accessories. There is a small selection of women’s shirts and accessories.

    33-34 Jermyn Street
    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 5pm on Sunday


    5. John Lobb

    John Lobb Bootmakers was founded in 1866, originally making only bespoke shoes and boots for gentlemen in London and Paris. In 1976 the company was acquired by the Hermès group and expanded its range with a ready-to-wear collection.

    John Lobb still offers a “by request” service in which the customer can design their own shoes from 100 archival designs, personalized with leathers and suedes in a range of colours, a selection of sole types, buckles in gold, rose gold, anthracite or palladium finish and a personal initials monogram.

    88 Jermyn Street
    Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday


    6. Thomas Pink

    Thomas Pink is a luxury fashion label, specializing in tailoring for men and women. The original Thomas Pink coat was designed for fox hunting and provides the name and inspiration for the brand.

    The branch includes a white shirt bar, assisting you in finding the perfect white shirt for any occasion from job interview to a night out, from over 40 styles. A wide selection of ties and accessories are also available

    85 Jermyn Street
    Open 9.30am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 12 – 6pm on Sunday


    7. Alfred Dunhill

    Alfred Dunhill is a British luxury brand with a range of leather bags and accessories, ready-to-wear, custom and bespoke menswear. The company was started as a line of motoring accessories in 1893.

    The store on Jermyn Street is designed to resemble a private men’s club and boasts a spa, traditional barber and lounge bar.

    48 Jermyn Street
    Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 12-5pm on Sunday


    8. Daks

    The British fashion house Daks was founded in 1894 and holds royal warrants from three members of the royal family. The brand pioneered the first pair of “self-supporting” trousers that did not require belts or braces.

    These days, Daks stocks a wide range of luxury fashion for both men and women including tailoring, outerwear, knitwear and accessories.

    101 Jermyn Street
    Open 10am – 6.30pm Monday to Saturday (open until 7pm on Thursday) and 12 – 6pm on Sunday


    9. Hackett

    Hackett is a British menswear retailer, founded in 1979, originally as a stall on Portobello Road. The first store was opened in 1983, selling good quality and traditional second hand clothing and moved into designing and selling its own items to keep up with demand.

    As well as the men’s clothing and accessories range, Hackett also produces childrenswear for boys. A personal tailoring service is available at the Jermyn Street store.

    87 Jermyn Street
    Open 9.30am – 6pm Monday to Saturday (open until 7pm on Thursday) and 12 – 5pm on Sunday


    10. Foster & Son

    Foster & Son is a traditional English shoemakers, founded in the 1840s. The range includes ready-to-wear and bespoke shoes and boots, bags and leather accessories.

    The shoes are handcrafted in the workshop over the shop on Jermyn street and traditional techniques are used that have remained unchanged for over two centuries.

    83 Jermyn Street
    Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday


  23. Top 5 things to buy from NYX Cosmetics

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    The blogger favourite for bold and beautiful looks, the new range has it all. Known for their professional standard but affordable price tag, the American beauty brand is a girl’s best friend when it comes to Instagram-worthy makeup looks.

    We’ve got the low down on their top, just-in products to replicate catwalk makeovers available to buy now at Boots.com.


    NYX Glitter Primer, £8

    It wouldn’t be autumn/winter without a dazzling going-out look. Take the cue from Opening Ceremony, Kenzo and Jenny Packham and invest in glitter pots in every shade imaginable. Sweep it across cheeks, on brows and in the corner of eyes. Wherever you put it, make sure your skin is properly primed first with the NYX Glitter Primer and it’ll last all night long.



    NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator, £7

    Dewy skin is back and more radiant than ever. Make like the beauty looks at Prabal Gurung and sweep the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator over your face as a base to foundation. For extra shimmer, dot a little extra on cheekbones, brow bones and cupid bows.



    NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Black Cherry Tart, £5.50

    If you buy one beauty product this season, make it the NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Black Cherry Tart shade. Not only does it have the fruitiest colour for a gloss but it taps into the biggest beauty trend of the season. Expect berry lips to be rolling the red carpet all season long for a sexy statement that looks fantastic on a variety of skin tones.



    NYX Two Timer Dual Ended Eyeliner, £8

    This ultra-black liner with a kohl pencil at one end and a liquid brush at the other is the perfect tool for creating AW16’s graphic eye statements. If you’re feeling creative, make your face a work of modern art with geometric lines or unfilled wing shapes a la Kenzo and Giambattista Vali.



    NYX Set Makeup – Smokey Look Kit, £10

    Forget the rule of heavy eyes or heavy lips, pair your dark cherry pout with a smokey eye this season for true gothic glamour. This Smokey Look Kit has everything you need, whether you’re going for a traditional black, come-to-bed smokey eye, or a dusky lilac hue for daytime or a party-perfect navy smudge. Find inspiration for your look at Elie Saab, Givenchy, and Noon by Noor.



  24. Adidas Originals celebrates Gazelles iconic status

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    From the Britpop and grunge music scene to a fresh-faced Kate Moss in the early ‘90s, explaining that for them this means “to look at the past as a place where innovation, creativity and amazing ideas happened.”

    This certainly isn’t about going backwards – it’s about looking at what has been done before and using it for inspiration for what to do next.

    So whether you remember Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the ‘70s in their Gazelles, or Helena Christensen wearing nothing but in her early modelling days, remember to steal ideas from what has been done before, but always give them a truly contemporary spin and attitude.


  25. London Fashion Week: An insiders guide…

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    Eleni Renton is the Founder of LENI’S MODEL MANAGEMENT, a boutique model agency which was launched in 2009, following her takeover of Quintessentially Models where she was a partner.

    Wow, London Fashion Week is here again. I cannot believe it has been six months since the last madness and mayhem of LFW, but I am extremely excited for the September shows! They are always the biggest and the best with the fashion pack springing back to life after the extended holidays throughout August. So if next weekend, you are strolling the streets of Soho and are confronted with an alarmingly high number of glamorous women and men spilling on to the W1 streets near Brewer Street car park, you know we are in full swing of the London fashion calendar.

    Having been at NYFW last week, I think we will see certain trends crossing the pond. Firstly, monochrome is going to be back on trend. At J. Crew, there was plenty of black and white (which I have also seen in the pre-LFW show for Nicholas Oakwell at Claridges) I think the designers have got really smart this season and in acknowledgement of our schizophrenic weather patterns, they’ve decided that we might need some classic colour ways that can see us through a Spring, especially as we all know it’s a season that can sometimes feel more similar to an Autumn.


    The US were grappling with their own debates regarding fashion week (although maybe this issue is an accurate reflection of the whole of US society at present) and the big question over there was getting more models of colour into the shows, with the CFDA actually issuing a mandate that more races needed to be seen on the catwalks. I think Zac Posen should really get a mention and a commendation here, as he tried to tackle this last season for his AW16 show. In London the focus of our issues are slightly different and the questions being asked here are regarding a Model Health mandate. If this is an issue of interest I would certainly recommend joining the Fashion Debates at Century Club in Soho on Sunday 18th September.

    I have also noted a trend this season where international designers seem to have really embraced London Fashion Week and a lot of non typical fashion brands have jumped abroad the fashion wagon. I have been invited to a Sportswear fashion show for ‘Fit and Chic’ on Sunday 18th, which is a brand by a Brazilian designer who is producing ethical garments. Personally, I think this is fantastic – we all seem to be spending more and more time in our sports gear, so why not be on trend while doing so? It seems the celebrities agree with me, Lily Fortescue, Marissa Montgomery and Louise Thompson are all set to attend and if it’s good enough for their fit bodies, I definitely want in!

    Of course we are also going to see all the classic shows again this year Julien McDonald, Jasper Conran and the highlight of the LFW shows, Burberry. Leni’s Models are currently holding a few girls on option for this iconic show and I personally have my eyes, arms, toes, tongue and legs crossed that they make it! For the more alternative of you out there, the ones wanting to see upcoming designers and get ahead by finding the hottest newest designer then the Fashion Scout shows at Freemason’s Hall is where you need to be hanging out.

    I know that in-between pounding the pavement of the shows, I will be visiting the W hotel for a little bit of a pamper session courtesy of Bare Minerals who will be doing touch ups with their fantastic new BarePro Foundation – it is the dream. So even though I’ll be exhausted, my skin will be looking radiant, which means I’ll be hitting a plethora of fashion week parties. None of which I have decided upon yet, as I am going to be more of a free spirit and see where the night takes me… And finally, look out for one of my Leni’s Casting Cabs – hop into one of my fleet of black cabs for a chance to become a Leni’s Model!

    I promise to fill you in on any gossip in two weeks.

  26. London’s Top 10 Bottomless Brunches

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    Who doesn’t enjoy bottomless brunches? With unlimited booze and a delicious meal to soak it up with, they offer the ideal start to your stress free weekend. With many of the best venues in London getting in on the case, we are spoilt for choice. So much so, that we thought we would do the very ‘ahem’ hard job of testing the best of the brunch for you. From champagne to bloody Mary’s, banana bread sandwiches to fry ups, prices start from just £15 per person. Cheers, or should we say, bottoms up!


    Daisy Green

    Location – various

    Who says bottomless brunches are just for the weekend? Seven days a week, you will be able to enjoy a guilt – free brunch washed down with a never- ending flow of bubbles. This Aussie inspired café boasts charcoal sourdough with avocado, fancy bacon rolls and their award winning banana bread sandwich. And be sure to try one of their Instagram – worthy smoothies – they are as filling and tasty as the brunch itself.

    Price – £35 will see you have a cold and hot dish, along with bottomless prosecco, bloody Mary’s or mimosas. Bottomless coffee and/ or smoothies and juices are also available.


    Dirty Bones

    Location – Various

    Fancy a meal that will keep you full for the rest of the day? Then Dirty Bones offers one of the best bottomless brunches for your appetite. Toasties, burgers, dogs and bones (not literally, of course) fill the menu, offering New York inspired comfort food with a twist. Chicken and waffles, steak and eggs and the green cheese toastie are just some of the offerings, but save room for desert – there are the banana toblerone – tella waffles to devour.

    Price – add bottomless prosecco to a main meal for £19.00 per person.


    Buddha Bar

    Location – 145 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7PA

    For something a bit more special with a table service to match, head down to Knightsbridge and be wined and dined at Buddha Bar. With a set menu offering five Asian fusion bites – including vegetable crunchy sushi, tiger prawn tempura and chicken satay, you will also get a main dish and desert, along with a glass of champagne or a bloody Mary. Be sure to try the home – made sorbets before you leave, the champagne will wash them down a treat.

    Price – set menu with a starter, main, desert and champagne for £39


    The Exhibit

    Location – 12 Balham Station Rd, London SW12 9SG

    This youth club for adults provides the perfect start to your morning, with a menu including croissant French toast, the buttermilk fried chicken burger and their guilt -free super food salad. With more adventurous offerings in the form of crispy octopus, curried goat and smoked aubergine humus – you will be sure to find something to compliment the overflow of bubbles in this chilled out venue.

    Price – add bottomless prosecco to a main meal for £20.



    Location – 7-9 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1EE

    Inspired by the Manhattan trend of bottomless brunches, Avenue’s menu captures the very best of the big apples offerings – and you don’t even have to leave town to sample them. Buttermilk pancakes, smoke salmon bagels and an entire section of the menu dedicated to eggs – how do you like yours in the morning? If you can find room for desert, then vanilla baked cheesecake and pecan pie are top of the menu.

    Price – add bottomless prosecco and bloody Mary’s to your main meal for £15.



    Location – 44-48 Clapham High St, London SW4 7UR

    They sure know how to do bottomless brunches well here. Cinnamon waffle churros, smashed avocado on toast and a brunch sashimi salad are just some of the offerings found on the Mommi brunch menu. This Peruvian – Japanese inspired bar also serves up a full English fry up with a twist – with crispy pork, spicy beans and toasted sourdough in the mix.

    Price – add bottomless prosecco for £15.


    Bunga Bunga

    Location – 37 Battersea Bridge Rd, London SW11 3BA

    If you want to waltz your way into a party come the weekend, then Bunga Bunga’s popular boozy bottomless brunches will be sure to tickle your fancy. With a set menu featuring mouth watering delights – yes please to the warm brioche with jam and Nutella, cured meats, ‘do it yourself’ Bellini kits and pizza, you will also be treated to live entertainment and karaoke throughout the session. Because why should weekends ever be dull?

    Price – £44 for a set three course menu and unlimited Bellinis.


    Forge & Co

    Location – 154-158 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6HU

    Located in the heart of Shoreditch, this popular brunch is a hit with the locals – offering a starter and a main along with unlimited prosecco for 2 hours. Home – made granola and pastries will start your meal nicely, followed by a full English or eggs – accompanied by everything from avocado and bagels to smoked salmon and sourdough. For those with a sweet tooth, French toast with apples and cinnamon cream also makes the list. Drool.

    Price – Choose a starter and main and purchase unlimited prosecco for an additional £15.


    Bad Egg

    Location – City Point 1, Ropemaker St, London EC2Y 9AW

    Choose from three dishes complete with unlimited prosecco, where eggs feature in many of them – if not obvious in the name. Unlike the name, they are good eggs – with breakfast tacos, guacamole & poached egg on toast and a cheeseburger hash – complete with an egg, of course, served on the menu. Granola, French toast and pancakes also make the cut – yes please to those.

    Price– three dishes and unlimited prosecco, bloody Mary’s, frizzante or mimosa’s for £35.



    Location – various

    Every Sunday, relax with unlimited cava and enjoy as much tapas as you can stomach while watching the world go by. Olives stuffed with ricotta, marinated figs and goats cheese on sourdough and chilli chicken kebabs will help keep your stomach lined, while churros with chocolate sauce will keep you sweet.

    Price – £33 for all you can eat tapas and unlimited cava.


  27. My London: Eleni Renton – Founder of LENI’S MODEL MANAGEMENT

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    Eleni Renton is the Founder of LENI’S MODEL MANAGEMENT, a boutique model agency which was launched in 2009, following her takeover of Quintessentially Models where she was a partner.

    With over 17 years experience as a model booker both in the UK and abroad, Eleni has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Naomi Campbell. And since establishing Leni’s Model Management, Eleni has also launched the careers of girls who have gone on to become the faces of Asos, L’Agent by Agent Provocateur, Topshop and even Sky Sports News to name a few.

    Eleni’s founding principles for the agency reflect her own personal upbringing and beliefs. Raised by a Greek entrepreneur father and British mother together with her two siblings, Eleni grew up surrounded by family who she credits with providing her with the guidance from which she was able to pursue her desire for success. And so Eleni has now implemented this same supportive and nurturing ethos upon her team of experienced bookers:

    “At the core of Leni’s Model Management, we are an agency that focuses first and foremost on the bigger picture, the long term goals. My team and I very much see it as a family with our job being to develop and encourage each girl to their peak. We ensure everything from their daily physical and emotional wellbeing to providing them with the right guidance, whether that be the best nutritionist or personal trainer to introducing them to a leading financial advisor to handle their affairs. We are all too aware of the pitfalls of the industry, however with the right guidance, I want each girl to be able to enjoy a rewarding and long lasting career with us should they wish.”

    With her years of experience at the forefront of the fashion and beauty industries, Eleni is also regularly invited to contribute as an expert opinion on the modelling industry overall for press and at events. Highlights have included the ICA debate “Can Real People Do The Catwalk?” alongside Hilary Alexander OBE. And a roundtable discussion with Jodie Kidd on ‘The pros and cons of Retouching’ as featured in The Daily Telegraph.

    Eleni is based in Clerkenwell, her offices and apartment are on either side of Clerkenwell Road. And she spends her weekends in her new home in The Cotswolds.

    We caught up with Eleni for the latest in our ‘My London’ interview series.


    Favourite neighbourhood:

    Clerkenwell because it is close to EVERYTHING and I’ve mainly lived here for the last 20 years and I never tire of it.


    Favourite place for brunch:

    I am rarely in London at the weekend, but if I am – then The Electric, so I can walk down Portobello after.


    Best coffee in London:

    Sampa on Leather Lane in London, it is new and they serve really yummy coffee.


    Favourite gallery or museum:

    I love the Tate Modern externally and it’s location, but internally – hands down – The National, I could get lost in there.


    Tell us a secret:

    Although not religious, I like to go and sit in churches around the city. A certain peace washes over you, that I am not sure can be achieved elsewhere.


    Favourite place to shop:

    Selfridges, it is just the ultimate convenience, in a rainy city. I can get all I need in a one stop shop.


    Favourite place to find inspiration:

    A walk across Waterloo Bridge. The river gives me an energy, where I believe everything I want to achieve is possible. I hope we get the Garden Bridge….I’m a big fan of the proposal.


    Best London destination for a date:

    The National. Perfect to start upstairs with a drink and a gorgeous view (including of your date), of course then watch a great play. Hopefully followed by a nice walk by the river (if going well) I love the concrete jungle mixed with the arts and lights twinkling.


    Favourite park:

    St George’s Gardens, a tiny little gardens near Kings Cross that was a burial ground. It keeps me focused on trying to do something purposeful everyday when I think of all the generations before us who have shaped London.


    Favourite food market:

    Leather Lane, has got better and better recently. And it’s also great at lunch time, week days.


    Your sanctuary in the city:

    The Wallace Collection in Manchester Sq. It is decadent but small enough to not feel obscene, it reminds me of the Frick in NYC – which I always visit when in town.


    What inspires you?

    My team at work. We all bounce off each other and even if I walk into the office with a sad face, I am soon cheered up!


    This season I’m loving:

    Rose wine on the new terrace at Soho House (obviously only in the sunshine).


  28. How to become a female model

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    Follow our top 10 tips for how to become a model and start your journey to getting signed by an agent and manoeuvring the exciting world of Models1 note on their application form that you must be a minimum of 5ft 8 to apply. Curve models need to be a minimum of 5ft 8 and a minimum of a size 14. Models can be signed to agencies as young as 14 but you must have a parent’s permission to do so. If you can’t find the agency’s requirements on their website, give them a call to find out so that you don’t waste your time speaking to the wrong agencies.


    2. Research an agency that’s a good fit

    Different agencies often have different ‘looks’ that they represent. For example, one agency might look after a lot of models with a classically feminine look, while another might be more interested in alternative models with tattoos and piercings. Find an agency that your look fits into and focus on speaking to them.


    3. Take good, clear photos of yourself

    You don’t necessarily need to have any modelling experience to become a model. Just ask a friend or family member to take some simple photographs of you to send to agencies. Remember, these photos are to see what you look like, not prove you can pull a pose like Naomi Campbell. Stand straight, look forward and don’t wear makeup or anything that obstructs your face such as sunglasses. Ideally take your photos in front of a white wall and take a mixture of close up head shots, profile shots and full body images.


    4. Send the right information

    Be short and concise in your cover message. Model agents receive a lot of applications so they want to be able to read everything they need to know about you as quickly as possible. Make sure you include your full name, date of birth, where you live, your gender and your measurements (height, waist, hips, bust). If you have previous modelling experience you may also want to include brief details of this.


    5. Drop in to an agency’s offices

    Some modelling agencies offer drop in sessions for potential models so you can get in front of the bookers themselves. This is a great way to get feedback, as you often won’t hear from the agencies you email if you’re not successful. Storm Model Management in London offers an open drop in policy from Monday to Friday 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm for those who want to become a model.


    6. Look out for competitions

    Modelling competitions are a great way to get scouted. Set up a google alert for modelling competitions in your city and check that they are being run by reputable agencies. Elite Model Look and Top Model are some of the biggest and best known competitions.

    7. Use social media to get scouted

    Post your head shots on your Instagram account and tag model agencies in it. Specify in your profile that you’re looking for representation and start interacting with model scouts to get noticed in a more original way. Instagram is also a great place to show off your personality, as well as your looks, which is something that is increasingly important for casting directors.


    8. Build a portfolio

    If you’re still struggling to get signed, make some contacts with photographers, designers and fashion students and offer to shoot for them in exchange for using the images in your portfolio. Twitter is a great way to search for people who need models. Put together a ‘book’ of your images, along with your basic head shots and take it with you to any meetings with agents.


    9. Always be professional

    Modelling can involve long hours, working outside on location, having to wear uncomfortable outfits and attending many, many castings before getting a job. If you really want to make it as a model, it’s crucial to remain professional. Always show up on time, be positive and do your best to give the photographer what he wants from a shot. Remember, if you do a good job then it’s likely you’ll get booked again. Unprofessional behaviour can result in being dropped by your agency.


    10. Know your rights

    It’s also vital that you know when those around you are being unprofessional. Always be vigilant about scams and understand when what’s being of you is unreasonable. The London Centre of Modelling has some good advice about your rights and how to become a model with an agent or independently.


  29. 10 Things You Might Not Know About James Norton

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    Having made British audiences swoon in his roles in War and Peace and Grantchester, British TV star James Norton is now hotly rumoured to be the next James Bond. As the Cambridge graduate’s fans rally for him to take the part that would catapult him to A-list status, we give you the lowdown on the man behind the cheekbones.


    1. He never graduated drama school

    After university, James Norton enrolled at the prestigious RADA drama school but dropped out six months before finishing the course in order to take a part in a play and get his acting career off the ground.


    2. He loves vintage fashion

    One of James Norton’s favourite pastimes is rummaging through flea markets and he helps to stock the menswear section of his friend’s vintage clothing store.


    3. He’s insecure about the size of his nose

    It’s reassuring to know that even one of the nation’s young heartthrobs still has hang ups about the way he looks. In a quick-fire interview with the Daily Mail, they asked ‘When you look in the mirror you see…’ to which he answered ‘my big nose’.


    4. He has Type 1 Diabetes

    On The Jonathan Ross Show earlier this year, during an interview with Johnny Vegas, the comedian discussed being approached to present an event for The Diabetic Society, as they wrongly assumed he suffered from diabetes. Cringingly, James Norton was sat in the green room when Jonathan Ross received a message in his earpiece that James is in fact a diabetic and he openly discussed it for the first time.


    5. He travelled around India and Nepal to explore Buddhism and Hinduism

    Before he went on to study Theology at Cambridge University, he went to explore Eastern religions for himself in India and Nepal, though he says he doesn’t practice any religion.


    6. He is a feminist

    James has also openly described himself as a feminist, acknowledging the struggles faced by his female co-stars and tweeting feminist critiques of the shows he appears in.


    7. He lives in Peckham

    Proud to live south of the river, he owns a house in the up-and-coming London neighbourhood and has supported local activities like the campaign to restore Peckham’s lido.


    8. His charitable causes include The Stroke Association

    Two of James’ grandparents suffered from strokes and he has helped to raise awareness of The Stroke Association charity. He also helped to fundraise by riding in their Thames Bridges Bike Ride this year.


    9. He has ambitions to be a director

    James has expressed an interest in being on the other side of the camera too, telling The Telegraph “As an actor you are effectively one brushstroke in a painting, which is liberating at times, but at others I find myself wishing I could have a greater role in the overall storytelling.”


    10. His life motto is ‘keep laid back’

    Shortening it to KLB, James Norton revealed this little phrase to the Daily Mail, saying that his mum used to say it to him as an angsty teenager but it still comes in handy to the actor today.


  30. 10 things you might not know about Covent Garden

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    Covent Garden is one of London’s most beautiful and famous districts, attracting Londoners and visitors alike to enjoy its restaurants, shops, theatres and elegant Piazza and streets.

    But Covent Garden isn’t only a great place to enjoy a glass of Prosecco, shop for knick-knacks or watch the kooky street performers; it also has a rich and varied history, resulting in some rather unusual facts:


    1. Covent Garden is the birthplace of the sandwich. John Montagu, otherwise known as the Earl of Sandwich, first ordered a slab of meat between two pieces of bread in 1762, at a society club called the Beef Steak Club at the Shakespeare’s Head Pub, thereby inventing Britain’s most popular lunchtime meal. The sandwich was invented out of necessity to keep the Earl’s fingers and playing cards clean from grease while he was gambling.


    2. The “Covent” in Covent Garden is actually a misspelling of convent. The area was originally the location of the market garden for the Convent of St Peters at Westminster Abbey.


    3. Covent Garden is the only district in London to have a license for street performers and entertainers. The first Punch and Judy puppet show was performed here in 1662, as noted in the diaries of Samuel Pepys.


    4. Covent Garden is home to the oldest theatre in London, the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, dating back to 1663.


    5. The area was developed into a luxury shopping and entertainment district in 1632, commissioned by Francis Russell, the 4th Earl of Bedford. The architect, Inigo Jones, was heavily influenced by Italian piazzas and created the elegant shopping arcades that Covent Garden is now famous for and that influenced town planning throughout Britain.


    6. Although Covent Garden is one of the most expensive areas to live or rent retail space in Britain (a £1.3 million property recently became Britain’s most expensive ex-council flat and is actually at the lower-end of the housing market in the area), it wasn’t always such a sought-after location. Covent Garden used to be one of London’s most notorious red light districts. A list of local prostitutes (commonly known as “Covent Garden Nuns” or “flower-sellers”), The List of Covent Garden Ladies, was printed in 1740 and sold over 8,000 copies.


    7. The history of the area now known as Covent Garden can be traced back to the 7th century, when it was an Anglo-Saxon trading port known as Ludenwic. The settlement was believed to have been abandoned after Viking raids.


    8. One of the most notorious slums of London was once located in Covent Garden. Seven-Dials, named for its signature column of six (not seven!) sundials is now a popular location for boutique shops and restaurants but the original slum was said to inspire Charles Dickens to write Nicholas Nickleby.


    9. The journey from Covent Garden Tube station to Leicester Square on the Piccadilly line is the shortest trip on the whole London Underground network, covering 260 metres and taking only about 20 seconds. This blink-or-you’ll-miss-it trip costs £4.80, yet is still one of the most popular journeys with tourists visiting the city.


    10. Covent Garden is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, attracting over 44 million visitors every year. To put that in perspective, New York’s Times Square receives about 50 million visitors a year and comes in at number 3 in the list of the world’s top attractions by visitor numbers.


  31. Top 10 Brands Kate Middleton Loves

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    Is there a more influential British style icon these days than Kate Middleton? The Duchess of Cambridge has the ability to sell out a dress within hours of being spotted in it. Always impeccably put together, her look is smart and appropriate with a modern, feminine charm. We took a closer look at her wardrobe and picked out her go-to brands so that you can get Kate Middleton style before it flies off the shelves.


    Alexander McQueen

    It would be impossible to talk about the Duchess’ style without mentioning her wedding dress designer. She often reaches for one of Alexander McQueen’s knee-length, full-skirted dresses for royal duties; notably the cream style with an elegant collar for Princess Charlotte’s christening and the poppy-red pleated number for the Queen’s Jubilee celebration in 2012.


    L.K. Bennett

    The classic courts made by this British High Street brands have become somewhat of a wardrobe staple for Kate Middleton. While she has also worn their elegant and colourful dresses, it’s her shoes everyone wants. She’s worn the Sledge platform courts in patent nude time and time again.


    Emilia Wickstead

    As a designer who started out with made-to-measure orders, Wickstead was the perfect candidate to make fashion fit for a Duchess. The designer only launched her label in 2008 and has gone from strength to strength since, both thanks to her modern feminine approach and no doubt support from HRH. The British brand’s pleated skirts always look feminine and tasteful on her.


    Jenny Packham

    For red carpet Kate Middleton style, it has to be Jenny Packham. The long, ethereal dresses created by the designer known for her wedding and evening dresses have made the Duchess of Cambridge shine at events such as the Spectre movie premier, the National Portrait Gallery gala, and the ARK gala fundraiser.


    Alice Temperley

    No one could take their eyes off the long, black lace Temperley dress Kate wore to the War Horse premier. The designer’s beautiful embroidery and lacework have added a touch of texture to her otherwise clean-lined wardrobe. She’s often worn the brand while on tour in hot countries for a summery, bohemian-inspired look.



    When it comes to casual dressing, the Duchess of Cambridge reaches for her failsafe, military-style jacket from Zara. We loved it teamed with a nautical T-shirt for a boat race as much as we loved it over a checked shirt with jeans at a winery. Kate Middleton style is all about mixing high street and designer, and picking up favourites that you know suit you.



    Another British brand Kate has supported on many an occasions is Erdem, known for modern, beautiful florals. The Duchess of Cambridge wore Erden at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds gala dinner in what was considered quite a bold style move.


    Jimmy Choo

    When Kate isn’t wearing her trusty L.K. Bennetts, black suede Jimmy Choos are the next best option. Or for a glam event, some glittery strappy sandals by the king of the stilettos go down a treat too. When she has to dress demurely, Kate pulls on her Jimmy Choos to add a little something extra.



    Proving that you don’t have to spend a lot to look regal, Kate owns several Reiss ensembles. She even chose to wear a close-fitting white dress by the high street store for her engagement photoshoot, and later wore it again on a visit to Canada.



    From brightly coloured coats to classic clutches, heritage brand Mulberry is another perfect fit for the English rose. The simple, black Bayswater suede clutch bag is a style staple that can be worn with almost any outfit, as Kate Middleton has often proven.


  32. Etihad Airways to sponsor London Fashion Week

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    Etihad Airways is to sponsor 17 global fashion week events annually, it has been announced today.

    The long-term partnership with WME | IMG sees Etihad Airways become the official airline of fashion week events in New York, London, Milan, Berlin, Sydney and Mumbai, including London Fashion Week and London Collections Men.

    Etihad Airways Partners, which includes seven airlines in which it holds minority equity stakes, will also be party to Etihad Airways’ agreement with WME | IMG, whose fashion portfolio includes more than 30 global fashion events and affiliates IMG Models, Art + Commerce and The Wall Group, a talent agency that represents key players in modelling, photography and styling.

    Alitalia, Jet Airways, airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, NIKI and Etihad Regional will help fashion’s insiders arrive, connect and present at the fashion industry’s key moments throughout the year.

    “This is a ground-breaking new partnership for Etihad Airways,” said James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “Together with WME | IMG, we have created a unique marketing relationship that now connects the international fashion community across our key markets. Fashion weeks and Etihad Airways represent an ideal brand fit, as we share attributes of being remarkable, ambitious and innovative.”

    Ariel Emanuel, Co-CEO of WME | IMG, added: “Etihad Airways is the perfect partner for an industry that values creativity, design and outstanding service. We are proud to be working with them to develop programs that are tailor-made for the fashion industry.”

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