A weekend in Stockholm

When in Sweden, one should buy Acne, or that’s the mantra I like to live by. So that’s exactly what I did on my mini-break to Stockholm last month. As guests of Visit Sweden, D (Mr DRG) and I stayed at the one-year-old Hotel Scandic Grand Central availing ourselves of its rather unique Blogger’s Inn room. (more…)

Francis Ford Coppola’s Palazzo Margherita on Nowness

One of the best storytellers out there, here’s Francis Ford Coppola talking about his new(ish) hotel, Palazzo Margherita in this 3-minute film on the relaunched Nowness site. Although there’s also some tasty footage of the hotel rooms and grounds, the star of the film* is neither Coppola nor the palazzo, but his 95-year-old uncle Anton. Watch and you’ll see why…

*Update: I had to take the video off as it was autoplaying, so just click the link to watch

It’s a Bruce Weber Christmas at Selfridges (here’s the film, now buy the tee)

The best thing about this Bruce Weber for Selfridges Christmas video isn’t the eclectic cast of animals, kids and fabulistas, or the signature jazzy soundtrack, or Weber’s magical feel-good fantasy world that makes you want to climb into the screen and stay there. No, for me it’s the fact that you (meaning I) can buy one of the Bruce Weber tees for a mere £20 at Selfridges Wonder Room with all proceeds going to Kids Company.

Yes, Christmas just came early…

The Pet Shop Boys wear J.W.Anderson


Good spot on Twitter by Richard Gray from Sunday Times Style of Chris Lowe wearing J.W.Anderson’s quilted hat on the cover of the Pet Shop Boys’ single, Leaving. I’ve always maintained that the Pet Shop Boys have immense style, from their videos, to their record sleeves to their outfits. Here’s the hat in action on the AW12 catwalk… (more…)

Buy it now: One for the boys

Like me, Mr DRG likes nothing more than a bit of fantasy online shopping – oh the hours he spends on Mr Porter! So I asked him to make himself useful and compile a men’s edit for me here. I think he’s done a damn good job…


TOP ROW
Leather and stainless steel hip flask, Dunhill
Just the the thing for a gent in need of a little tie-straightener on the long winter nights

Plaid bomber jacket, PS by Paul Smith
Smithy comes up with a great wool bomber that gives a nod to Brando in On The Waterfront – and crucially, there’s no superfluous branding to mess it up

Muirfield 8 piece cap, Lock & Co.
Every autumn I buy a new cap and this year I plumped for a dark grey one of these from Lock & Co, the oldest shop in the UK. What else could you want in a cap?

SECOND ROW
Grey hurling sweater, Inis Meain
An excellent jumper from the Aran Islands that’ll last for years and go with pretty much anything – it’s only a matter of time before one of these arrives for me at DRG Towers

Ilkley black Scotch Grain brogue, Tricker’s
Unlike Crockett & Jones, Tricker’s always take several weeks to break in, but once done are comfortable as anything. No other company nails the proportions and shaping of a country brogue quite as well as Tricker’s do, and like any good quality Northampton shoe, you’ll be returning these to the factory many times for resoling

Coyote-trimmed down-filled Arctic parka, Woolrich
As a lad I was rather taken by the parkas worn by Rock Hudson and Patrick McGoohan in Ice Station Zebra, and this is a fine contemporary take on things. Perfect for a December evening, as DRG herself will attest, having bought a black one last year

H.Club 100 – celebrating innovators, visionaries and pioneers


Time Out and The Hospital Club have announced nominations for the H.Club 100 which celebrates Britain’s creative Innovators, Visionaries and Pioneers. Wowza. I’m very flattered to be nominated alongside my pal Rebekah Roy in the Fashion and Style category and espcially tickled to be sandwiched between Natalie Massenet and Nick Knight. Also in this category are Agi & Sam, Jonathan Anderson, Kate Phelan, Katie Hillier, Michael Howells, Sarah Burton… need I go on? I think you get the idea.

There are also categories for Advertising, Marketing and PR, Art and Design, Digital and Gaming, Film, Music, Performance, Publishing and Writing, Theatre and TV so if you feel like voting, all the info’s here.

Lancome’s beauty Christmas crackers are back

It’s not just me who’s a sucker for miniature beauty products. Last year’s beauty Christmas crackers from Jo Malone, Lancome et al sold out in record time so this year the brands have repeated the exercise. Although I notice that Lancome’s prices have crept up. Is it related to the Euro-crisis? This year’s Lancome crackers are retailing for £50 at Selfridges (compared to £38 last year) but I have a feeling this won’t affect sales. For your £50 you get six miniature Lancome hero prdoucts: Hypnôse Mascara 2ml, Bi-Facil 30ml, Mini Juicy Tube – Fraise 17, Visionnaire 7ml, Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate 7ml, Mini L’Absolu Rouge ßx Lipstick 06. Such a genius marketing idea. Will you be buying?

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