The Luxe List: October

The Luxe List: October

From the pop-up shops, Insta accounts and shoe collaborations our fashion team is loving this month, to our Lifestyle Ed’s top new bar and resto recommendations, the SL team’s monthly Luxe List is a round-up of the coolest things to do, see and buy right now…


One for the Philophiles, this retrospective Insta is an archive and tribute to Pheobe Philo at the helm of Céline (before Hedi Slimane came along, ditched the accent and switched up the aesthetic). The account shares some of the fashion house’s most iconic looks and campaigns from 2008 to 2018, including Joan Didion shot by Juergen Teller and, since popping up over the weekend, has already amassed a following of more than 42K followers dedicated to keeping the spirit of Philo alive.

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BEAUTY PRODUCT: Chanel N°5 L’Eau All-Over Spray

Perfumed hair and body mists are the coolest way to wear fragrance right now – and Chanel’s travel-friendly All-Over Spray looks as contemporary and chic as it smells. Bringing out the freshest facet of the brand’s N°5 L’Eau scent thanks to a lower concentration of alcohol, N°5’s legendary aldehydes make top notes of lemon, mandarin and orange sparkle; rose melds with airy jasmine and modern ylang-ylang in the heart; whilst vetiver, cedar and musk round out the base.

£49 from Chanel

INTERIOR TREND: Marble Lampshades

The marble trend is still going strong in the interiors world – but it’s no longer reserved for surfaces. Wallpaper, soft furnishings and accessories adorned in hand-painted marble patterns are the coolest way to incorporate the look – and Pooky’s lampshades are an affordable must. For the ultimate minimal glam effect, team with more natural textures like wood, stone and crystals, alongside opulent velvet and shimmering jacquard fabrics.

From £30 at Pooky

LAUNCH: Drunk Elephant

Hailed a hero line by beauty bloggers and experts alike, and one of the top-rated brands on Sephora’s US site, we’ve been waiting for what seems like forever for Drunk Elephant to reach the UK… And the day is finally here, with the cult brand now available to shop at Space NK. We’re making a beeline for the C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream – a favourite of Caroline Hirons, it’s packed with anti-ageing peptides and five types of vitamin C to immediately brighten skin and deliver long-term firming results.
Available in-store & online now at SpaceNK

BOOK: Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

The epic new novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of 1Q84 is yet another stunning work of imagination. It focuses on a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo: abandoned by his wife, he finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, where he finds a strange painting in the attic. But his discovery unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances, which take him on a fascinating journey involving a dapper businessman, a precocious 13-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt and a haunted underworld.

Released on 9th October at Amazon

BAR: Ziggy’s

Raise a glass to the Starman himself in this David Bowie-inspired cocktail bar – set in Hotel Café Royal, where the singer held a star-studded bash to bid farewell to his alter ego Ziggy Stardust back in 1973. Sip on a ‘Cat from Japan’ (cognac, coffee beans, burnt maple syrup, pineapple juice, lime juice, tonic water) or ‘Tigers on Vaseline’ (a twist on a pina colada), and admire the intimate portraits of Bowie lining the walls, taken by his long-standing photographer and friend Mick Rock.

Café Royal, 68 Regent Street, London W1B 4DY; visit Laurent At Cafe Royal

SHOE: Midnight 00

The prices may be at the top of the high-end scale, but we can’t resist coveting this irreverent footwear line by Paciotti and street style star Ada Kosokar. Inspired by Cinderella’s glass slipper and the opulence of Marie Antoinette, these are some of the most beautiful, fun shoes we’ve seen in forever – think polka dot tulle wrapped in waterproof clear PVC and embellished with crystal embroidery. Carrie Bradshaw would be in her element.

Shop the collection at Matches Fashion

SHOW: Misty

Hailed as “the most important cultural experience in British theatre right now”, this acclaimed play is back on at the West End, following a sold-out run. A playful and profound take on modern life in inner-city London – accompanied by a witty, lyrical score – it sees playwright and star Arinzé Kene (Girl from the North Country, Lion King, One Night in Miami) grapple with everything from night bus arguments to life as an artist. If you missed it the first time around, don’t sleep on the chance to get tickets.

Tickets from £15; book online at Bush Theatre

ACCESSORY: Gabriela Hearst Totes

Made from lustrous satin in a sculptural silhouette, Gabriela Hearst's 'Demi' bag has been spotted in the hands of some of Hollywood's most influential women, including Meghan Markle, Kate Bosworth, Brie Larson, Dakota Fanning and Oprah – who took hers to the Royal Wedding earlier this year. Don’t miss the chance to shop the bag at Net-a-Porter’s two-week pop-up shop, which also includes the exclusive new ‘Patsy’ style.

Available at NET-A-PORTER

SINGLE: Lúlla ‘Nothing Changes’

Icelandic duo Lúlla, formed of DJ-producer Vern from Nude Disco and Icelandic singer-songwriter Heidrun Bjornsdotti, describe their sound as “melancholic synth-pop for lonely lovers”, and new single 'Nothing Changes' is the perfect disco mix to dance out your heartbreak to.

Listen on Spotify

MODEL: Fran Summers

Yorkshire teenager-turned-model of the moment, Fran Summers is the face of the season. At just 19, she’s landed the cover of British Vogue's November issue, appeared on the catwalk for Chanel and Givenchy, opened Valentino couture and landed major campaigns Chloé, Versace and Prada. Plus, she’s hilarious, with a sense of humour that’s a breath of fresh air in the industry – see her Vogue interview and foodie Insta account, @FransFeasts.

See more of her November cover shoot at Vogue

RESTAURANT: Flesh & Buns Fitzrovia

The long-awaited follow up to the Covent Garden original, the new site from izakaya joint Flesh & Buns focuses on Peruvian-Japanese cuisine, inspired by Founder Ross Shonhan’s recent trips to Peru. It’s got a new wood smoker, a Nikkei-focused menu, and – perhaps most excitingly of all – ‘Push for Pisco Sour’ buttons. Menu highlights include the shellfish ceviche; tempura plaice with yuzu, honey and rocoto pepper sauce; and a Japanese-inspired twist on the classic Peruvian Pisco – infused with green apple and herbaceous shiso.

32 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3LR; book a table at Flesh And Buns

ALBUM: Honey by Robyn

Robyn’s eighth studio album, Honey – her first release since 2010’s Body Talk – is set to blow pop fans out of the water this month. The record’s title track ‘Honey’ is as satisfying as anything she’s ever released, yet even more personal and visceral – a luminous, pulsating dive inwards. “I danced a lot when I was making it,” Robyn said of the record. “I found a sensuality and a softness that I don’t think I was able to use in the same way before. Everything just became softer.”

Full album released 26th October; title track ‘Honey’ out now on iTunes and Spotify

TREATMENT: Beach Bronze at John Freida

Devised by hair guru Nicola Clarke, Creative Colour Director at John Freida Salons, this colour service is the flattering way to update your hair for autumn – bringing summer’s beachy sun-kissed look into the new season with bronze tones. Described by Clarke as “blonde-meets-brunette”, Beach Bronze is all about piece-y balayage and subtle, shimmering highlights strategically placed to lift cheekbones, frame the face and give the illusion of added shine. 
Find your nearest salon at John Freida Salons

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