London life

On archives and exhibitions: Balenciaga, Jessica Ogden, Cartier, George Rodger



Balenciaga Shaping Fashion exhibition at V&A

London is enjoying a golden age of art and fashion exhibitions. You could easily do nothing else all day but soak up one multi-sensorial orgy after another. I made Hockney at Tate Britain by the skin of my teeth and I’m currently gearing up for Matisse in the Studio (more…)



On food, fashion and a taste of Ralph Lauren



Ralph Lauren cafe London
Aaaaad finally, finally, the Ralph Lauren cafe is opening on Regent Street. A destination inside the new Ralph Lauren Polo store, it will serve coffee, cocktails, wine and snacks, plus breakfast, salads and sandwiches. (more…)



Koto Bolofo shoots the Commonwealth Institute



Koto Bolofo Commonwealth Institute

One for architecture buffs during Design Week: Koto Bolofo’s photo exhibition at 34 Cork Street. ‘Construction Sight’ shows Bolofo’s documenting of the transformation of the Commonwealth Institute into the Design Museum (which is moving from Shad Thames to Kensington High Street in November). The 1962 Grade II-listed building is special to me (more…)



When did Regent Street become Fifth Avenue?



Kate Spade Regent Street flagship

Ahhh, Regent Street, the legendary John Nash-designed crescent that leads to Piccadilly Circus. It’s as English as tea at Fortnum’s and yet, times are slowly a-changing. Stroll along south of Oxford Circus and you can’t miss the imposing hoardings for Coach, Michael Kors and Polo Ralph Lauren, the American megabrands about to take up residence this summer. (more…)