Category Archives: Design

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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La Divine Comédie Demeure Privée + Spa Avignon

A Sense of Theatre A private paradise. A secret world. A hidden kingdom. Cloistered glory. The very essence of exclusivity. If luxury could be bottled… heavenly scent. A multiple epiphanic realisation of complete beauty and tranquillity. Not even a Gallic … 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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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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Africa Fashion Week London 2019 + Models

A Day at the Face Track Amidst the pandemonium that is the fashion show backstage, it’s impossible not to every so often glimpse the beautifully suffused light seeping through the stained glass windows, like a carpet of crushed blue sapphires. … Continue reading

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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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COYA Restaurant + Bar Mayfair London

The Journey “You need to go to COYA. It’s the best Peruvian restaurant. The food, the feel, the waiters – all are amazing!” recommends leading businessperson Astrid Bray. “It’s a fav of mine!” And so we make haste while the … 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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Queen Diambi Kabatusuila Tshiyoyo Muata of the Bakwa Indu People of the Luba Empire Kasaï Democratic Republic of Congo + Lavender’s Blue

Remember Us This Way In the midst of the boldness and brilliance that is Africa Fashion Week London, Her Royal Highness Queen Diambi arrives peak afternoon with Her Royal Entourage. The African Queen graciously shares her wisdom: “It’s a beautiful … Continue reading

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Mary Martin London + Mary Martin Men

Apollo “My God is my foundation in whom I serve,” declares fashion designer Mary Martin. And what God given talent she possesses – in reams! Electrifying the catwalks, flooding the fashion spreads and raining down pure glamour on clients in … Continue reading

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Pullman Dining Car + Great Western Railway

Pirates In another of life’s satisfyingly alliterative moments, we’re punch happy on the Pullman from Paddington to Penzance. Great Western Railway calls it “one of Britain’s best kept secrets”. This is the West Country’s very own Orient Express. Starched linen, … Continue reading

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St Michael’s Church Creeslough Donegal + Liam McCormick

A Response to Place Really, it’s the ultimate expression of architecture as sculpture as terrain. The design of St Michael’s Catholic Church in Creeslough, County Donegal, owes as much to its humpbacked Muckish Mountain backdrop as it does to Le … Continue reading

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Daphne’s Restaurant South Kensington London + Bamford Haybarn

Some Like It Very Hot Macaronis and cheese anyone? That’ll be our movie. Moving on, we’ve got the hottest table in the coolest restaurant on the hottest day of the year. More Sahara than Siberia. Hot in the city. While “Daphne” … Continue reading

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Museé des Beaux-Arts + Conquête Urbaine Calais

Calaisfornia Dreaming On a summer’s day. Liberal Christian philosopher Marilynne Robinson speaks: “What is the errand you came to flesh upon? It’s yours, not somebody else’s. Do you know what I mean? And it’s beautiful, and it has much potential … Continue reading

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Hôtel Meurice Calais + Lavender’s Blue

Schmotel From Paris to Berlin Calais, we’re always at home in Le Meurice. C’est bon. C‘est très bon. Tout suite.

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