Astute fashion followers will have noticed an increasing number of prairie-style dresses cropping up in the stores and on Instagram. It’s thanks, in part, to Batsheva, the NYC-based designer putting a quirky spin on traditionally feminine dressing and bringing frocks up to date for 2019. According to the brand, it ‘plays with American styles of feminine dress – from Victorian to Pioneer; from Housewife to Hippie – by taking elements symbolic of restraint and repression (high collars, voluminous sleeves and skirts) and giving them a modern inflection.’ A nominee for the prestigious CFDA award last year, this is certainly a label to watch.
BAR: Tonight Josephine
Its Waterloo original is one of the most Instagrammed venues in the UK, and now Tonight Josephine has opened its second site in Shoreditch. Located on Hoxton Square, the pink hole-in-the-wall basement bar promises sass, girl power, and the sweetest of cocktails. Inside, expect mirrored ceilings, chrome interiors and lashings of glitter all lit by its neon pink signage. Cocktails include the ‘No Time for Napoleon’ – dry vermouth, lychee liqueur, fresh lemon juice, cranberry juice, peach, served with a macaron.
MUSIC: Millie Turner
At only 17 years old, pop star Millie Turner is already proving herself as a name to look out for (check her out on Radio 1’s ‘Best New Pop’ and NME’s ‘100 Essential Artists for 2019’ lists). Bursting onto the scene with last year’s debut track ‘Underwater’, her song ‘Night Running’ has already racked up over 1m plays on Spotify. Like what you hear? Look out for her at Brighton’s The Great Escape festival in May.
Bubblegum pink might still be in vogue, but blush will never stop being our colour of choice - and, happily, the shade is permeating fashion and interiors alike right now. The key to making it work? Start small - a scatter cushion here, an accessory there. You’ll graduate to sofas and maxi dresses in no time...
MUSE: Naomi Campbell
This month’s Vogue cover star needs no introduction. One of the five original supermodels, Campbell has made her cover debut under Edward Enninful’s editorship for the magazine’s annual spring fashion issue. In his ed’s letter, he explains: “To me, she will always be a legend, like the last of the silent movie stars: Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Naomi Campbell.” We’re inclined to agree.
Roma is the newest film from Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón, director of Gravity and Children of Men. Made for Netflix and shot in black and white, Roma is a vivid, emotional portrait of domestic life and social hierarchy set against Mexicos’s political turmoil of the 1970s. Already being hailed by critics as Oscar’s Best Picture winner (it has seven further nominations), this is the most exciting film to ever hit Netflix.
EXHIBITION: Anthropologie x Artfully Walls
Anthropologie has launched a new exhibition at the Kings Road Gallery. A collaboration with Artfully Walls (a curated online shopping destination), the exhibition aims to connect quality, affordable pieces with art lovers. All prints sold are museum quality fine-art prints made with archival inks and premium paper and canvas, resulting in vivid and stunning pieces. Artists on show (until 3rd March) include Charlotte Ager, Charlotte Taylor, Francesca Iannaccone, Laura Gee and Rosie Harbottle.
POP-UP: Iberica X Casa Marcial
Casa Marcial is the most celebrated restaurant in Asturias, and renowned for head chef Nacho Manzano's modern interpretations of traditional recipes. He is also the executive chef of Iberica, the London chain of Spanish restaurants. For one week from 25th February, Manzano will bring his two-Michelin-starred Casa Marcial experience to London. Popping up at Iberica in Victoria, expect to sample the likes of crispy seaweed with lemon reduction and clams with seaweed puree.
As well as selling a range of gift boxes, Parcel now offers a selection of personalised love letters, starting at £18. A step up from a simple card, each letter include a handwritten card alongside two gifts (think candles, artisan chocolate and chic shades of nail polish). This Valentine’s Day, we like the look of the ‘BFF’ package, which includes a Guy Morgan Himalayan salt face mask, Land white chocolate, Bybi natural and vegan plumping lip balm, a Polaroid photo and a handwritten card.
BOOK: Mary McCartney: Paris Nudes by Mary McCartney
Mary McCartney: Paris Nude continues McCartney’s decades-long exploration of the female gaze and the female subject, examining nuanced aspects of femininity through her lens. With these delicate, authentic and unguarded photographs, we are asked what does it mean to be a woman? A beautiful collection of black and white and colour portraits of the comedian Phyllis Wang, shot in her Parisian apartment, it is also the first full series of nudes in McCartney's career.
COLLAB: Outnet x Roksanda
THE OUTNET are renowned for their designer collaborations, and luxe Brit label Roksanda is the latest to team up with the discount site to offer a capsule collection of pieces. Expect all the characteristics of the brand known for both its bold colours and functional designs - that means long-sleeve, work-to-play dresses, bright pastel blouses and mismatched stripes.
CAFE: Le Cafe Alain Ducasse
Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse’ signature chocolate brand, Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse, has opened a permanent store at Coal Drops Yard. Offering single-origin and flavoured ganaches, pralinés “à l’ancienne”, chocolate bars and more, the shop is Le Chocolat’s first opening in London. Opposite is Le Cafe, a boutique coffee retail store and coffee bar which serves a range of quality blends and single-origin coffees. Alongside hot drinks, guests are able to enjoy fresh madeleines baked on-site and chocolates from Le Chocolat, carefully paired to enhance the flavour experience.