THE INTERIOR STAPLE: Bias Editions Candlesticks
The new tablescape and mantlepiece must-have? Bias Editions’ new wiggle candlesticks. Available in five colours, each one is made in the UK by local craftsman. Crafted from metal, the candlesticks are available as single items in two sizes. Ideal for anyone wanting to add a pop of colour to their entertaining this season.
THE BAG: Porto Studio
If you’re looking for a ‘wear it with everything’ kind of evening bag this season, Porto Studio’s newly launched Pouch more than fits the bill. Available in a mini and a slightly larger size, it also comes in a variety of colours, with a slouchy silhouette ideal for weddings and nights out. Prices sit at $195 or $225 respectively, so the good news is they won’t break the bank, either.
THE CAFÉ: Spring To Go
Skye Gyngell has opened the doors to the first ever shop version of Spring, her popular restaurant at Somerset House. In Notting Hill, the store is a collaboration with celebrated florist Kitten Grayson Flowers and is filled with biodynamic produce from Fern Verrow farm in Herefordshire and Heckfield Home Farm in Hampshire. Alongside veggies, dairy and store-cupboard treats – such as pickles, cordials and vinegars – expect baked goods from the Spring team, a natural wine shop and a coffee counter.
THE OUTLET: Isabel Marant At Bicester Village
Fans of Isabel Marant will be pleased to hear the designer is the latest name to hit Oxfordshire-based Bicester Village, with the brand opening an outlet store within the complex. With reports of lengthy queues already, make sure you get there early and put your name down for Bicester’s ‘virtual queue’ system, so you can wander round and browse while you wait to shop.
THE CHAIR: Buchanan Studio
All over Instagram last week, in-demand creative design agency Buchanan Studio has launched its first product, the Studio Chair. Inspired by the 1970s, the striped chairs are handmade in England and upholstered in fabric designed by the studio itself. Available in three colours – rose, indigo and ruby – they’re set to become an instant classic.
THE FRAGRANCE: Boy Smells
Cool LA candle brand Boy Smells has launched its first fragrance. Cologne de Parfum is based on the brand’s signature candles, which combine masculine and feminine scents. Of the five fragrances in the collection, we love the sound of ‘Suede Pony’, which offers notes of brushed leather, amber hazelnut and violet.
THE MUSICIAN: St Vincent
We’ve loved Annie Clarke – aka St Vincent – for years, and her latest album Daddy’s Home is even better than we’d hoped for. Inspired by 70s America – something that’s also referenced in her new wavy blonde bob – this is set to be the sound of our summer. A US tour has just been announced – we’re keeping our fingers crossed she makes the UK her next stop-off.
THE PYJAMAS: Dora Larsen
Known for its distinctive colourful underwear, British lingerie brand Dora Larsen has now ventured into nightwear. Combining their signature colour-blocking aesthetic with pretty frills and puffed sleeves, the collection features three 100% organic and biodegradable cotton and linen designs – all of which are chic enough to be worn outside, too.
THE SUITE: Bryan O’Sullivan X Claridge’s
Claridge’s has unveiled a series of new suites designed by the award-winning Bryan O’Sullivan. The two ‘Mayfair’ suites celebrate the hotel’s signature art deco and Victorian architectural styles, reimagined in shades of pink, coral and mint green. The original scalloped fireplace, in pink marble and glass, inspired the concept and curves continue throughout – we especially love the look of the headboard.
THE RESTAURANT: Bar des Prés
Acclaimed French chef Cyril Lignac has launched his first international venture. Moving to Mayfair from Paris, he has put together a menu offering French and East Asian creations: think scallops with caramelised miso; and Cyril’s take on french toast – chocolate tart with vanilla and pecan praline mille-feuille. The wine list offers nearly 250 French bottles, and there’s a crackling cocktail list, which includes the ‘Mayfair Sour’: Yamazaki whisky, lemon juice, ginger syrup, coconut batida and tonka bean.
THE EXHIBITION: Royal Style In The Making
Opening at Kensington Palace this summer, this exhibition explores the relationship between fashion designer and royal client, revealing the process behind the creation of a number of the most important couture commissions in history. Visitors will be able to see Princess Diana’s wedding dress and a rare toile for the 1937 coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, alongside never-before-seen items from the archives, such as glittering gowns and stylish tailoring created for three generations of royal women. A must for fashion fans.
THE SWIMWEAR: Maygel Coronel
New to MATCHESFASHION, the fun and feminine designs from Colombian swimwear label Maygel Coronel have caught our attention. With ruching, ruffling and exaggerated sleeves, the pieces are playful – yet still practical – thanks to classic silhouettes. If you’re planning on heading to the beach this summer, make this your next purchase.