Category Archives: Art

Gae Aulenti + Musée d’Orsay Paris

Comme Il Faut “I don’t like to dress alla moda,” said Gae Aulenti in 1971. “The moment it’s loudly announced that red is in fashion, I stop wearing red. I want to dress in green.” Gigi by Colette reads: “Everything … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Jardin des Tuileries Paris

Come on Gloria   And are you quite pleased to see the Jardin des Tuileries? As ever snappy, Nairn’s Paris states, “The eastern end, next to the Louvre, is a mini Versailles of formal planting: the western end, next to … Continue reading

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Paris + Rain

Elle Fait La Pluie et Le Beau Temps “The rain’s very important because that’s when Paris smells its sweetest. It’s the damp chestnut trees.” Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina

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Hôtel Charles V + St Paul Le Marais Paris

De Temps en Temps Continuing the bookending theme of a year well spent: Easter in George V, Christmas in Charles V. The former, westward upstream of Notre Dame; the latter, eastward downstream. One, extrovert art deco; the other, discreet Swedish … Continue reading

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St Patrick’s Church Murlog Donegal + Liam McCormick

Fragrant with Myrrh and Aloes and Cassia and Lavender Henry Mulholland, 4th Baron Dunleath, may have been referring to musical events but his erudite musings could easily apply to Murlog Church: “Excellence is not an exclusive right of the metropolis, … Continue reading

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No.50 Cheyne Chelsea London + Iain Smith

Chelsea Arbour So, 50 is the new brasserie. After a nine month rework, our favourite Chelsea haunt is up and running again. Sprinting even. It came at a price: a cool £3 million. Money well spent though: Lambart + Browne … Continue reading

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Africa Fashion Week London + Nigeria 2019

Talks and Walks     It’s the most deliciously distinguished date of distinction on London’s August calendar – the Capital’s not-so-quiet summer month. The largest annual African fashion event in Europe. Yes, for one weekend Freemasons’ Hall Covent Garden plays architectural … Continue reading

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Mary Martin London + DejaVu + Fashion

Working It Babes, every summer, just when the mercury’s rising, Mary Martin London is the star of Africa Fashion Week London and it’s not just her hotter than hot clothes that steal the show. She’s famous for mixing her own … Continue reading

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Dunrobin Castle + Garden Sutherland

Crock of Gold On a wild and windswept Sunday morn, we’re wandering through the 189 rooms, grand and not so grand, of the largest house in the Scottish Highlands. Dunrobin Castle, a fairytale in stone as mostly imagined by the … Continue reading

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Dunnet Head + Dunnet Beach Caithness

Been There The most northerly tip of the British mainland.

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Mary Martin London + Blood Sweat + Tears

The Men’s Collection Getting the dynamic and then some. A prophetess. A field of energy. In pursuit of knowledge not glory. A divine intervention. She is so that we are.

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The House of Lavender’s Blue + More Attitude

A Fantasia of Art Louise Harpman, architect, urban designer and Professor of Architecture, Urban Design and Sustainability at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualised Study: “I love your flat, and it seems that we both share a fascination with … Continue reading

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JAKS Brasserie + Bar + Concept Store Truro

French Open  “My wife Karine has the eye for colour,” says John Baker gazing round the chocolate brown ground floor lounge bar. “We met in Luxembourg. Having lived on the Continent for around 20 years, we are looking to bring … Continue reading

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Truro Cathedral + Old Cathedral School Cornwall

The Rogation Reverend Andy Rider of Christ Church Spitalfields says, “God’s presence is thicker in ancient churches, through thousands of years of prayers. Step into it.” Truro is Cornwall’s only city and Truro Cathedral is Cornwall’s only cathedral and one … Continue reading

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Africa Fashion Week London 2019 + Mary Martin London

More Than Many Sparrows “Mary Martin London stole the 5pm show with a colourful menswear collection.” Africa Fashion Week London official spokesperson Multi award winning fashion designer Mary Martin took the capital by storm at this year’s Africa Fashion Week … Continue reading

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