Category Archives: Fashion

Lavender’s Blue + Rue de Rivoli Paris

A Boulevard of Dreams and Things “We met at the little bar across the place from Dior’s called the Fontaine-de-something and had one – two – three Champagne cocktails on my expense account. Then we had lunch.” Shamrocks and Unicorns, … Continue reading

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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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World Boutique Hotel Awards 2019 +

The Four Score Nations Robin Sheppard, Co Founder of Bespoke Hotels, calls it, “A star studded, must attend, essential date in the world’s perpetual calendar.” The ninth World Boutique Hotel Awards takes place, as ever, in Merchant Taylors’ Hall in … 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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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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English Heritage Georgian Makeover + Kenwood House London

Big Wigs Going Viral “Hello! I’m Fashion Historian Amber Butchart and welcome to Kenwood House which is cared for by English Heritage. We’re standing inside an incredible Georgian house in north London that was once home to William Murray, 1st … 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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St Tricat Hauts de France + St Nicaise Church

Bronze Brawns Well of course we’d end up in St Tricat this summer. It’s where the Big Hitters and Hot Shots are hanging out. The new St Tropez. We’re a breeze in from the Opal Coast; what’s not to love … Continue reading

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Masterpiece London Preview 2019 + Peter Fetterman Gallery

Shooting Stars Such a conundrum. A clash of the titanic invites. House of Commons Summer Reception, St Ermin’s (not St Ernan’s) Hotel Afternoon Tea or Masterpiece Preview? We’ll go to all three, thank you. And so the afternoon seamlessly merges … Continue reading

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Masterpiece Preview 2019 + Lavender’s Blue

You Made Us Feel So Free Title as quotation. Business (card) as usual. We’re on it like a Jane Austen bonnet. Walking down an emerald aisle. One hundred years of San Sebastián style.

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