The Luxe List: February
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Mezcal’s rise shows no signs of slowing down. Now Lockdown Liquor & Co. has created a bottled cocktail made with Mezcal Unión Uno. With a touch of smoke alongside the refreshing combination of fresh pineapple, Campari, citrus and grapefruit bitters, simply shake the bottle and pour over an ice-filled rocks glass, garnish with a grapefruit peel and smoked salt rim for a grown-up take on a margarita.
THE NEW CREATIVE DIRECTOR:
Sabato De Sarno
After months of speculation, Italian fashion house Gucci has announced Sabato De Sarno as its new creative director, succeeding Alessandro Michele, who left late last year. As well as holding roles at Prada and Dolce & Gabbana, De Sarno’s most recent post was at Valentino – a house he worked at for 13 years, most recently under fashion director Pierpaolo Piccioli. "I’m proud to join a house with such an extraordinary history and heritage, that over the years has been able to welcome and cherish values I believe in,” he said in a statement. “I am touched and excited to contribute my creative vision for the brand.” His first collection will debut at Milan Fashion Week in September, so watch this space.
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THE INTERIORS LAUNCH:
Diptyque Simple Object
Diptyque’s newest decoration collection is called Simple Objects. Comprising candle holders, pitchers, drinking glasses, an antique vase, match holders and trays, the collection is in keeping with the brand’s tradition of multidisciplinary collaboration. Diptyque invited people from the worlds of design, arts and craftsmanship top create the objects – of the selection, we’re most taken with the antique wax vases and its set-of-four porcelain ‘Love’ boxes and dotted set of glasses.
Bamford's activewear capsule is designed with low-impact Pilates and yoga classes in mind. Made from recycled polyamide and organic cotton, its new set includes a crop top and long leggings in two colourways: soft eau de nil and navy. The crop top features a ribbed hem and double layer to add support, while a deep ribbed waist and ankle-length leggings allow for better ease of movement. After a class, throw on the zip-up lounge hoody or textured crop sweater in white organic cotton or the Marina hooded coat in bright azure blue soft wool, which is certified by the Responsible Wool Standard.
THE COFFEE TABLE BOOK:
A Gun For Hire – Helmut Newton
Calling himself a ‘gun for hire’, Helmut Newton did not distinguish between his magazine work and assignments for commercial clients. That epithet became the title of June Newton’s legendary book about his commercial photography, which is now available in a new edition revised by the Helmut Newton Foundation. A Gun for Hire brings together a selection of Newton's fashion catalogue work from the early 1960s to 2003 including work for Biba, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Thierry Mugler, Blumarine, Villeroy & Boch and Absolut Vodka, as well as his last editorial photographs for US and Italian Vogue. A must for fashion fans.
THE NEW DENIM:
Sessei is the contemporary Parisian brand that offers timeless, modern and feminine pieces. Already known for quality separates, it’s just launched the perfect pair of jeans – The Spencer – to complement its classic stripe and white shirts. A tribute to 90s silhouettes and one of founder Meryl Chiche’s style icons – Princess Diana – each pair is made from 100% cotton and comes with perfect pocket placement so they flatter every body type. Even better – the fit gets better with every wash.
THE HOT BEAUTY PRODUCT:
Skin Design London Cherry Gloss Peel
Over eight years in the making, this energising Cherry Gloss Peel marks the start of every Skin Design London facial. A wake-up call for tired, dry skin in need of attention, it merges prescription actives and high-grade vitamins to encourage cellular rejuvenation. Designed to be used three times a week for best results, this is a great investment if you’ve got a big event coming up. Simply apply a small amount to a dry face and massage in, before rinsing well with cool water.
Fresh from the US, Betty Buzz – the drinks brand founded by teetotal American actress Blake Lively –– is about to launch in the UK. After tiring of bland drinks, Lively’s non-alcoholic sparkling mixers were carefully designed over three years to ensure non-alcoholic drinkers feel like there’s something special for them too. With 40+ awards and counting, Betty Buzz uses only real juice, natural flavours, is vegan and gluten free, plus it has no artificial flavours, sweeteners or colours. It currently comes in five low-cal options: ginger beer, tonic water, sparkling grapefruit, lemon club soda and sparkling lemon lime.
Grand Hotel Son Net
Just a 15-minute drive from Palma, Grand Hotel Son Net is a stylishly understated, art-filled hideaway on a private Majorcan estate dating back to 1672. The team behind Finca Cortesin – an award-winning Spanish bolthole in Andalusia – has meticulously restored it. With 31 suites, the hotel will combine palatial architecture with romantic interiors (think original features like rustic beams, stone floors and archways, carved wooden ceilings and antique fireplaces), impressive views, citrus orchards and lush Mediterranean gardens.
THE DÉCOR TREND:
Salvesen Graham Borders
Salvesen Graham’s new collection of borders is available in four prints and designed to be paired with the brand’s wallpaper collection or be used alone. Both versatile and playful, its Floral Trail Wide Border was inspired by a textile first designed hundreds of years ago; its Floral Trail Narrow Border has been designed to complement all pieces in Salvesen Graham’s collection; its Floral Sprig Border takes inspiration from an archive textile design; while the Zig Zag Stripe Border is an easy and fun way to introduce pattern and colour to your interior scheme.
THE HAIRCARE LAUNCH:
Robert Piguet’s Fracas Luxury Hair Mist
This French must-have is now available at Liberty. With a bespoke formula full of nourishing elements, it makes hair soft and shiny, and has an opulent fragrance that encapsulates the glamour of a bygone era (Fracas was originally released as an eau de parfum in 1948). If you need to buy a present for a friend, make it a bottle of this.
THE CASHMERE COLLECTION:
One of our go-to brands for cashmere staples, Soft Goat has just launched its SS23 collection and, as ever, it's full of transitional wardrobe heroes. Founded by friends Stephanie Bergström and Erik Magnuson, it offers super-soft, quality cashmere at an accessible price point, as well as fine-knitted pieces like dresses and co-ords – which are new this season. From contemporary shapes to fresh takes on old favourites, it’s guaranteed to see you through the rest of the season in style.
Are You Happy Now by Hanna Jameson
This compulsive novel begins at a New York City wedding in early summer. Four people are trying to get their lives started. Yun has everything he ever wanted, but somehow it's never enough. Emory is finally making her mark but feels the shame more than the success. Andrew just wants to be honest but has lied to himself his whole life. And Fin can't resist falling in love – but can't help wrecking it all either. That night they see something none of them can explain. Someone sits down, and simply gives up. Soon it's happening all around them. Is it an illness, or a decision? And how can anyone really be happy when the only choice is to feel everything – or nothing at all?
From director Sarah Polley, Oscar-nominated Women Talking has an all-star cast: Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Judith Ivey, Ben Whishaw and Frances McDormand. In the film, the women of an isolated religious community grapple with reconciling their reality with their faith. Through this backstory, we see a community of women come together to figure out how they might move forward together to build a better world for themselves and their children. Should they stay and fight or leave?
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