As the Christmas online shopping cut-off date approaches, here are a few gifty bits that have caught my eye. Indulgent candles are always a fail-safe for fashiony friends (Racked explains their enduring appeal here) – who wouldn’t love to received a Fornasetti or a Cire Trudon? And classic make-up treats also go down well, especially if they’re hero items from an ‘It’ brand such as Chanel, NARS or Charlotte Tilbury.
Bella Freud’s knits are a great gift idea, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love them (more…)
What could be nicer than thumbing through beautiful coffee table books with the experts from Anthropologie? More than the painted plates, gypset rugs and delightful trinket trays (OK, on a par with the trinket trays), it’s the irresistible book selection that gets me every time. I sat down with Zoe Hodson and Nicole Sierra from Anthropologie’s home buying team to get the lowdown on the art of book buying, the cult of colouring books and what makes the perfect coffee table tome. (more…)
Years and years and years ago, I remember gearing up for my first term at fashion college. We were given a list of things we needed to buy, which necessitated a trip to R. D. Franks in Market Place (off Oxford Circus) to stock up on essential books and magazines. (more…)
The Photographers’ Gallery in London is one of my secret escapes. It always has excellent, thought provoking exhibitions, there’s a wonderful bookshop and a not-half-bad café.
During Photo London it had a special curators’ tour of the Chinese Photobook exhibition. The tour was jam-packed with overseas press and other visitors but when they went off to the next thing on their agenda I stayed for over an hour to gen up on my knowledge of China and photography via the incredible exhibits on display.
The exhibition came out of the book of the same name – a joint project between the legendary documentary photographer Martin Parr and Dutch photographer duo WassinkLundgren (Thijs groot Wassink and Ruben Lundgren). (more…)