COLLECTION: Mango Committed
Mango is just one of the high street labels trying to be more sustainable right now, and the latest drop from their Committed collection is proof conscious fashion can still tick all the style boxes. The contemporary mix of slick neutrals and smart separates make each piece incredibly wearable, whilst the odd flourish (a ruffled neckline here, an oversized pocket there) gives it a glamorous touch.
MUSIC: What’s It Like Over There? by Circa Waves
Indie rock band Circa Waves release their third studio album What’s It Like Over There? this month. Formed in Liverpool in 2013, the band have captivated audiences with their melodic, propulsive rock sound, gaining comparisons to The Strokes and The Vaccines along the way. Their latest album takes on new territory, as the band fuse the thrill of rock music with a slick pop sound to cover themes of modern ennui, emotional fragility and all the inside-outs and upside-downs of relationships.
ARTIST: Quentin Jones
Cambridge philosophy grad Quentin Jones is a director, illustrator and photographer whose films and images have appeared in magazines such as iD and Vogue. Her aesthetic is often described as a modern take on the surrealist tradition, realised largely through photomontage, loose paintwork, and dynamic video editing. Her work has caught the eye of Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Victoria Beckham, who she’s gone on to shoot campaigns for.
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JEWELLERY: Etta Collective
Whether it’s last summer’s omnipresent shell trend or this year’s ubiquitous pearl hairclips, Etta Collective is the jewellery brand delivering on all the accessories you could possibly want. From statement hoops to dainty details, if there’s something the fashion crowd are all wearing, the UK based designer will be making it. Shop online now.
BOOK: Voices Of Powerful Women by Zoe Sallis
This empowering volume collects the words of 40 women who have shown their personal power in different ways. From environmentalists, humanitarians and Nobel Peace Prize winners to entrepreneurs, musicians and artists (think Dame Judy Dench and Yoko Ono), these women discuss their work, achievements, hopes and fears, offering inspiration and optimism for the future through the fascinating explanations of what they have achieved. Inspiring stuff.
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Freelance floral designer Frida Kim describes herself as a vintage lover and Frida Kahlo fan from Korea. For many years we ran her own custom jewellery business in South Korea. After moving to London, she fell in love with English winter gardens and flowers and hasn’t looked back since. Her whimsical floral designs and sculptures are some of the most impressive posts on our Insta feed.
Peytil is a Stockholm-based art project founded in 2016 by the fashion designer and artist Eitil Thorén Due. His work reflects a graffiti-like spontaneity with focus on fashion illustrations and contemporary portraits, often built simply from minimalistic black lines. His limited-edition artwork is printed on German Etching 310g from Hahnemühle, a high-end fine art paper signed and numbered at the bottom corners. The perfect addition to your walls.
MAGAZINE: The Face
The Face, the iconic style magazine that defined youth culture in the 90s, is back for 2019. The new digital first-version of the publication launches this month, followed by a quarterly print magazine in August. Delving deep into the world of music, fashion, sport, politics and the arts, the mag is about discovering new talent and uncovering the fascinating stories that are found at the intersection of social and cultural boundaries – through audio, video and the written word. It's most famous covers include some of the first images taken of Kate Moss by Corine Day – which are now iconic – the late great Alexander McQueen, Morrissey and more. We can’t wait to get our hands on the 2019 version.
CAMPAIGN: Florence Welch for Gucci
Gucci is renowned for rolling out the coolest rock 'n' roll names for their campaigns, and Florence Welch is the latest superstar to front the brand's current jewellery campaign. The images are unmistakably Gucci thanks to decadent colours and recognisable motifs but also feels faithful to the singer’s signature boho look too, making us fall hard for both once more. The campaign is shot by photographer Colin Dodgson, under the direction of the fashion house's Creative Director Alessandro Michele, and features Florence dripping in bracelets, necklaces and rings. We want.
Read more at Gucci.com
SCENT: Oh Mon Dieu! By L’Objet
L’Objet is the brainchild of Founder and Creative Director Elad Yifrach. Born and raised in Israel, Elad is a lifelong traveller who imbues each of his homeware designs with its own story: each collection is an homage to both the cultures which inspire them and the artisans who bring them to life. His latest fragrance is named Oh Mon Dieu! With notes of leather, caramel and cognac, the scent replicates the hedonism of the late 1960s Rive Gauche and is available as candles and Japanese incense.
SWIMWEAR: Arabella London
Finding glamorous swimwear that’s also practical isn’t always easy. Enter Arabella London, the designer beach label putting a wearable spin on 60s-inspired styles. That means high-waisted bottoms, vintage-like swimsuit cuts, and unusual square shape designs, which have already won over the fashion pack. Scalloped-edged separates are a win for a contemporary feel, and with their supportive fit and comfortable finish, they’re worth the expensive price tag.
Shop at ArabellaLondon.co.uk
RESTAURANT: No. Fifty Cheyne
After a nine-month renovation, Chelsea’s famous Cheyne Walk Brasserie has undergone a complete rebuild, creating No. Fifty Cheyne. Set across two floors, the new local offers a full dining experience, headed up by chef Iain Smith, previously head chef at Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House. The venue also features a cocktail bar and drawing room, offering guests a smart, yet relaxed homely retreat. From the food to the atmosphere, it’s the best restaurant we’ve been to in ages.
DRINK: Sipsmith Orange & Cacao
Chocolate orange isn't just for eating. With a base of London Dry gin, Sipsmith’s newest concoction combines a syrup made from raw cacao nibs and fresh orange peel. While that's macerating, a combination of coffee, black cardamom, vanilla, orange blossom and cacao nibs (all the good stuff) are distilled and then blended with the syrup. When it comes to taste, expect sweet and zesty notes of fresh orange juice alongside orange marmalade and gooey dark chocolate fondant.
Find out more at Sipsmith.com