Category Archives: Fashion

Masterpiece London Preview 2017 + Iván Navarro

Defining Moments Everyone is here, every age is represented, from now to antiquity. The Oxford Dictionary needs to update its current definition of masterpiece: “a work of outstanding artistry, skill or workmanship”. Add an upper case M and it becomes, … Continue reading

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Mainport Hotel Rotterdam + Delfshaven

Haven is a Place on Earth Middag. To the beautiful south of Churchillplein lie the four inlets of Wijnhaven, Bierhaven, Rederijhaven and Scheepmakershaven. Due west of the latter haven along Leuvehaven is our destination. Seemingly giving up on multisyllabic Dutch … Continue reading

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Belcanto Restaurant Lisbon + José Avillez

When the Hallelujah Chorus Sang “I’ll eat when I’m dead,” quipped Daphne Guinness, heiress-turned-chanteuse. We haven’t cooked since the war but we’ve certainly dined out on that. Quo vadis? Quo Vadis. Hello Kitty Fisher’s. Blue Fin seafood. Annabel’s. The incredibly … Continue reading

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Lucas Cruz Bueno + Cruz Bueno London

Fashtag The venue? Number 20 Cavendish Square, aptly neoclassical in style. Sit tight: this aptness will be revealed shortly. Lights | Cameras | Action | Design. What can and should design be doing in the 21st century? Over to Vitra Design … Continue reading

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The Violet Hour + Anne Davey Orr

The Violet Hour + Anne Davey Orr First there was London’s hottest hotelier. Then there was Ireland’s most charitable chairman. Hot on their high heels comes the polymathic Anne Davey Orr. For once, Lavender’s Blue are lost for words. Maybe … Continue reading

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Carmen dell’Orefice + Claridge’s Hotel London

Model Behaviour Lavender’s Blue caught up with the inimitably monocled magnificently manicured Carmen dell’Orefice when she recently stayed in a Diane von Furstenberg designed hotel suite (where else?) in London. She was fresh – very fresh indeed – off the … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Twilight

Purple Reign Twilight. The seeping of day into night. Flux made manifest. A liminal state, a period of transformation, both optical and psychological. As light fades, our eyes play tricks on us, inventing horizons, altering distances, rediscovering amethyst tinged silhouettes … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Wilhelmina Blakley

Ballroom Dancing “Rarely does a wicked soul inhabit a beautiful body and thus external beauty is a true sign of internal goodness.”  Baldassare Castiglione 1528

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The Cuckoo Club + London Red Hot 100

Red Is The New Black | Northern Lights Did anyone say Thursday is the new Thursday?  Well blow us… for starters, it’s from dining alfresco at the Ivy Chelsea Garden (King’s) to the great indoors at the Cuckoo Club (Regent’s) … Continue reading

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Masterpiece London Preview 2015 + The Wallace Collection

Total Eclipse of the Art It was as if Elizabeth Bowen was in Masterpiece London and not The House in Paris: “Heaven – call it heaven; on the plane of potential not merely likely behaviour. Or call it art, with … Continue reading

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