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Mount Street: fashion’s new promised land, Fashion

Mount Street: fashion’s new promised land

Last week, Linda Farrow fêted the official opening of their London flagship on Mayfair’s Mount Street with a swanky dinner at the seafood restaurant Scott’s. Scott’s – infamous as the crucible of Highella-gate, but also purveyor of posh nosh in fashionably undersized proportions – is situated directly across the street from Linda Farrow Gallery. Scott’s is flanked by Marc Jacobs, while the Linda Farrow boutique is adjacent to the expansive new Celine store and the double-frontage of Moynat, a 19th century luxury trunk manufacturer relaunched by LVMH in 2010. Down the street, a hoarding advertises the impending opening of a Roksanda Ilincic boutique. Christopher Kane is also set to open imminently. What is it that makes Mount Street so different, so appealing?

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 8 April 2014 at 7:07 pm

Ibet: Real Madrid To Get The Job Finished In Dortmund, Football

Ibet: Real Madrid To Get The Job Finished In Dortmund

Dortmund have top scorer Robert Lewandowski back for Real Madrid’s visit but you have to wonder whether the Germans are a little bit out-gunned here.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Monday, 7 April 2014 at 4:07 pm

The cost of South Sudan inaction: flashbacks to Rwanda’s humanitarian nightmare, Notebook

The cost of South Sudan inaction: flashbacks to Rwanda’s humanitarian nightmare

Is South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis comparable with Rwanda’s – twenty years after the world promised ‘never again’?

By | Notebook | Monday, 7 April 2014 at 7:00 am

Children’s Book Blog: Discovering stories in East London, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: Discovering stories in East London

Here’s a timely recommendation for any parents looking something fun (and sneakily educational) to do with the kids this Easter holidays: the ‘Discover’ Children’s Story Centre in Stratford, East London.

By | Arts, Notebook | Monday, 7 April 2014 at 12:00 am

From Sidewalk, to Catwalk, to Sidewalk again: Jean Paul Gaultier’s archive gets real., Fashion

From Sidewalk, to Catwalk, to Sidewalk again: Jean Paul Gaultier’s archive gets real.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk opens at London’s Barbican Art gallery this Wednesday, the latest stop in a blockbuster transatlantic tour. The retrospective exhibition has the magnitude of a pop concert staged by Madonna, or Kylie, or Gaga even. That’s no random smattering of stars: they’ve all been dressed by Gaultier, at one time or another.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 6 April 2014 at 9:22 pm

Her Outdoors: April flowers, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: April flowers

We were up in North Yorkshire at the weekend. Every morning, a heavy mist hung over the Howardian Hills, refusing to budge until well after lunch. In the morning, it was chilly enough for coats and fleeces, but when the sun broke through it felt as though there was a 10 degree increase in temperature. [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 2 April 2014 at 4:49 pm

Children’s Book Blog – books for April: The Day the Crayons Quit, The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig and Grasshopper Jungle, Arts

Children’s Book Blog – books for April: The Day the Crayons Quit, The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig and Grasshopper Jungle

At the start of each month, I pick out three of the best children’s book I’ve been reading recently, from picture books to Young Adult novels, old classics to new favourites. My recommendations for April are The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig by Emer Stamp and Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.

By | Arts, Notebook | Tuesday, 1 April 2014 at 12:00 am

Ibet: Manchester United may not have the armoury to breach Bayern Munich’s defence, Football

Ibet: Manchester United may not have the armoury to breach Bayern Munich’s defence

Sir Alex Ferguson will surely have choked on his Premier Cru when he saw that bookies are offering 13/2 (that’s six and a half to one) about Manchester United winning a game at home

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Monday, 31 March 2014 at 5:40 pm

Her Outdoors: planting potatoes, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: planting potatoes

I’ve been on holiday, but the allotment isn’t taking any down time at the moment – despite some very chilly days last week, buds are bursting on the fruit trees, the spring cabbages under nets are swelling and tiny radish seedlings are getting bigger by the day.
The weeds are also flourishing – my plot is [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Monday, 31 March 2014 at 9:31 am

On the red carpet, finally, something new, courtesy of Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton, Fashion

On the red carpet, finally, something new, courtesy of Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton

I’m not overwhelmingly interested in celebrity dressing. Is anyone, really? The rounds of premieres, awards-shows and television appearances are relentless – every country has its own launch for a film, a television programme, a magazine, a cereal. And every launch has an outfit. Bar a few celebrities with emblematic style (Kate Moss) or hefty endorsement deals (Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, obviously), what they wear is mostly forgettable. Just like so much of fashion today is forgettable. There’s a surfeit of stuff. Most of it is anodyne, rehashed, dull and unnecessary. Why would I be interested in that?

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 29 March 2014 at 4:10 pm

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