Astley Clarke has found a gem in its new creative director Dominic Jones. His story is an interesting one. He got off to a bright beginning with his anti-establishment jewellery designs and it-crowd inner circle (think early 2010s Alice Dellal, Daisy Lowe and co), then ten collections in, he shut up shop. The business had grown fast and he wasn’t sure he wanted to scale. (more…)
Net-a-Porter’s quest to become a destination for luxury watches is getting a boost next week thanks to an exclusive online pop-up with Cartier. The newly relaunched Cartier Panthère watch (from £3,200) will go on sale at Net-a-Porter on May 2nd, (UPDATE: it’s arrived!) with twelve models as well as two limited edition styles including the very statementy rose gold and black lacquer version. (more…)
When I was growing up, there was nothing less appealing than the idea of suburbia, being stuck on the fringes, peering in on the action. If you lived in the suburbs of London, your main life goal was to get the hell out as soon as possible. In fact, I grew up in West London, but in a way that had its own feeling of torpid detachment. I was desperate for the
seedy exotic bright lights of Soho, at that time the epicenter of creative cool and a glowing beacon of potential. Potential of what exactly, it didn’t matter, just something more exciting than my mundane teen (non)existence. In that sense, you could even say that being a teenager, wherever you live, is like being in an alternative suburbia. So near to where you want to be – independent, in demand – yet so far.
Now, in a funny volte-face, London is turning inside out. The outskirts are becoming desirable destinations with endless construction sites and transport-links-in-progress that represent fresh, gleaming possibility. In turn, the centre of London is emptying of locals, as our beloved pubs, caffs and nightclubs are bulldozed for behemoth Shards and Gherkins. Should we stay or should we go? Or should we simply retreat into the safe suburbia of our nostalgic imaginations…?
Blouse and trousers, Vilshenko///Boots: Aeyde
Blouse, Vilshenko///Earrings, I am by Ileana Makri
T-shirt, Champion/// trousers, Vilshenko/// earrings, Magdalena Frackowiak//ring, Sarah & Sebastian
Sweatshirt, Peter Jensen
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One of my personal ‘style signifiers’ is a short gold chain necklace. It’s a delicate slither of a thing with dainty handcuffs as a clasp and it gets a big mention in my book, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman (*cough* perfect mothers day gift idea *cough*).
For something so discreet it gets a lot of compliments! (more…)