The Luxe List: November
INSTAGRAM: Art Etoile
Remember the days of Kira Kira? Art Etoile is the Instagram account putting a glitter sheen on everything fashion, from whimsical beachside shots to vintage editorials. We can't quite put our finger on why it's so addictive, but with its heady mix of sparkle and style, you'll be scrolling for hours.
FRAGRANCE: Baie by Le Labo
Le Labo’s new fragrance Baie 19 smells like petrichor – the crisp, wet, drenched smell the earth gives off after it’s rained. Baie 19 mixes smells of dry juniper berry, patchouli and green leaves to create a gorgeous, autumnal scent that’s really long lasting. This one’s going straight on our Christmas lists.
JACKET: Jane & Tash
We’ve long been into Jane & Tash’s reliable parkas, but this season it’s a leather biker that has fashion fans flocking. This cream, oversized style is a seriously cool alternative to classic black leather – wear over thin knits with rolled-up sleeves for a tough but feminine layering solution.
BOOK: Supreme Models
To date, there has never been a book devoted exclusively to black models. Supreme Models fills that void, paying tribute to black models past and present: from the first to be featured in catalogues and on magazine covers, like Iman, Beverly Johnson and Donyale Luna, to the supermodels who reigned in the 90s – Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell. The book also observes the newest generation of models – Adwoa Aboah, Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls – who are shaking up the fashion industry by speaking out about racial prejudice.
Overpopulation, political unrest, melting ice caps – we’re going to hell in a handcart, so why would someone bring a baby into this world? Directed by Matthew Warchus, The Crown’s Claire Foy and Matt Smith have reunited to make their Old Vic debuts in Duncan Macmillan’s hilarious, emotional rollercoaster of a play, as a couple wrestle with our planet’s biggest issues. A must-see.
DESTINATION: Linnaean London
Linnaean London is a new lifestyle concept store and restaurant at Embassy Gardens in Nine Elms. Designed by the renowned Martin Brudnizki Design Studio – that’s the team behind Annabel’s and The Ivy group – this is a beautiful space that offers hair treatments, LED light therapy, IV drips and nourishing meals. The plant-rich menu changes with the seasons. Head chef Fran Winberg devised the menu to offer a breadth of choice encompassing vegan, flexitarian, gluten-free and dairy-free preferences.
Blogger and Instagrammer Stephanie Arant has that whole minimalist, messy-hair, cool-girl aesthetic down. But it’s not all browns and beiges – strategic placement of bold colours and statement jewellery make her a unique follow.
COLLABORATION: Kurt Geiger X Luke Edward Hall
Artist and illustrator Luke Edward Hall has long been the darling of the fashion world thanks to his unique, colourful take on Grecian-inspired figures and shapes. After a string of collaborations with leading brands, from Liberty to Habitat, he's now joined forces with Kurt Geiger for a characteristically flamboyant selection of shoes and bags, with his signature designs emblazoned on brightly coloured velvet accessories. Wear with satin pyjama suits for a festive look.
RESTAURANT: Stoney Street
Following the success of 26 Grains in Neal’s Yard, Alex Hely-Hutchinson will open Stoney Street in Borough Market this month. Named after the street it’s on, the restaurant will be open from breakfast through to dinner, focusing on simple seasonal dishes made with carefully considered produce. Come evening, candles will be lit and the kitchen will dish up the likes of pollock with fennel, orange, olives and braised lentils; pappardelle with wild mushroom, sorrel and tarragon sauce; and bavette with swiss chard, taleggio and slow-roasted shallots.
Luxe jewellery line Daphine shot to fame this year when a crop of stylish influencers put its affordable, chunky gold rings on the map. The British label is now back with a capsule collection of thick chain pieces alongside daintier styles. Plus, a series of open studios across November allows fashion girls to shop the full collection in Daphine’s impossibly chic own space for the first time.
FILM: Yves Saint Laurent
Back in 1998, Pierre Bergé, long-term partner of Yves Saint Laurent, invited a film crew to follow their lives. But after three years of filming, Bergé forbade the finished documentary from being screened. Now, finally, Yves Saint-Laurent: The Last Collections is set to hit cinemas, after he granted permission before his death. Expect never-before-seen footage of the designer at work, as well as an intimate look at his personal relationships. If you liked House of Z and Dior and I, this is for you.
In cinemas now
CHRISTMAS TREE: Louboutin For Claridge's
Five-star Mayfair hotel Claridge’s has unveiled that Christian Louboutin will design its famously ornate festive tree. A long-time friend of the hotel, Louboutin will launch his creation in the lobby on 21st November. While the theme remains under wraps, the designer has disclosed that the tree will bring a touch of Parisian glamour to London. We can’t wait to see it…
INSPIRATION CREDITS: Instagram.com/art_etoile, Shop-Daphine.com, KurtGeiger.com & Linnaean.co.uk
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