ACTOR: Florence Pugh
The star of last year’s horror hit Midsommar and BBC drama The Little Drummer girl is our woman of the moment. Fresh from a scene-stealing role in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, Florence Pugh has also caught our eye on the red carpet, where she’s styled by Rebecca Corbin Murray, who also dresses fellow UK screen stars Lily James, Gemma Chan and Jenna Coleman. We can’t wait to see what she wears – and perhaps wins – come awards season.
RESTAURANT: Davies And Brook
Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm is set to launch a new restaurant inside Claridge’s later this month. The menu promises to reflect London’s vibrant food scene, so expect to sample crispy rice with citrus-marinated yellowtail and grilled short rib of beef with fermented mint alongside signature dishes such as duck glazed with honey and lavender. The setting will be relaxed yet refined: picture artwork by American artist Roni Horn and a stylish bar headed up by Pietro Collina, which will focus on cocktails and small plates.
MEMOIR: Motherwell: A Girlhood
In this unflinching memoir about the intricacies of the mother-daughter bond, late Guardian columnist Deborah Orr deftly navigates complex questions surrounding family relationships. Fierce, warm and funny at the same time, it’s beautifully written and focuses on many important themes – from the sacrifices we have to make and the opportunities we have to take, to the class and mobility struggles facing many. It’s a truthful look at the individual journey we go on as we grow up, and offers an insight into how the people and the places we come from impacts this.
COLLAB: Blanca Miró x La Veste
Joining the ranks of Instagrammers trying their hand at design is Blanca Miró, the Spanish influencer famed for her quirky colour combos and unapologetic deference to prints. La Veste is predictably frivolous, packed with pastel hued ginghams and candy coloured stripes, and is an easy shortcut to Blanca’s otherwise-hard-to-emulate style.
If your Instagram feed is a carefully curated selection of wanderlust destinations, you’re going to want to give Seehura a follow. A scrapbook of rustic-meets-luxurious landscapes, interiors, hotels and beaches, its pink-washed palette and meticulously perfect edit will have you dreaming of your next escape.
BOOK: Older, But Better, But Older By Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas
With playful wit and savvy observation, the bestselling authors of How to Be Parisian tackle the art of growing up. Iconoclastic, bohemian Parisiennes Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas advise on love, seduction, fashion, dating, family, work, living alone and accepting imperfections – now they are more ‘madame’ than 'mademoiselle’. Both poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, this tongue-in-cheek guide illuminates what it means to be a fully-fledged woman.
FILM: The Gentlemen
Guy Ritchie’s latest film is another star-studded action comedy. The plot follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who’s built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever, it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him. The film also stars Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant.
INTERIOR TOUCHES: Luisa Beccaria x Artemest
Italian fashion designer Luisa Beccaria has launched her first homeware collection with Artemest. Described as a mix of “ethereal and fairytale flair,” the collection emulates her trademark dreamy, floaty dresses by merging romantic patterns and bright colours that range from bold to pastel. Of the collection, we love the coloured glass espresso sets and blossom covered charger plates.
SERIES: Next In Fashion
It’s the series fashion fans have been waiting for for months – Alexa Chung has joined forces with Queer Eye’s Tan France for a new Netflix competition, in which a group of 18 designers will fight for $250,000 prize money and a contract with NET-A-PORTER. Expect glitz, glamour and some seriously good industry cameos. Out January 29th.
EXHIBITION: Picasso And Paper
Picasso didn’t just draw on paper – he tore it, burnt it, and made it three-dimensional. From studies for ‘Guernica’ to a 4.8-metre-wide collage, this exhibition brings together more than 300 works on paper spanning the artist’s 80-year career. When it opens at the RA on 25th January, visitors will be able to see Picasso’s creative process first-hand in remarkable documentary footage of the artist at work sketchbooks where the seeds of revolutionary masterpieces first took shape. Letters, illustrated poems and photographic collaborations with Dora Maar will also offer glimpses into the artist’s life.
RENTAL SITE: Cocoon
Cocoon is a new luxury bag rental subscription site where users pay £99 per month to borrow new season pre-loved bags for as long or as little as you want. Brands on board include Saint Laurent, Anya Hindmarch, Gucci, Fendi, Off-White and Chanel. Want to keep things fresh? Subscribers are able to swap bags once a month – plus all repairs and cleaning are included in the price.
LA born, Brighton-based singer Celeste was named BBC Music Introducing's Artist of the Year 2019 in December. Following a slot at Glastonbury and a European tour with Michael Kiwanuka, the soulful singer is set to headline Shepherd's Bush Empire this April and is also on the shortlist for this year’s BRIT's Rising Star Award. Pending an imminent album announcement, we imagine 2020 holds big things.
INSPIRATION CREDITS: Instagram.com/florencepugh, Instagram.com/celeste, Instagram.com/rebeccacorbinmurray. Cocoon.Club & RoyalAcademy.org.uk
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