The Luxe List: October

The SL team share a selection of our new favourite things. From the lifestyle desk’s book of choice, to a must-book Parisian restaurant and the fashion brand to follow on Instagram, our monthly Luxe List offers all the inspiration you need...

BRAND: Khaite


It’s rare that Katie Holmes, whose sartorial history is sketchy at best, can really put a brand on the map. But when the actress stepped out in NYC wearing a matching knitted bra and cardigan set – a ‘bradigan’, if you will – she set Instagram alight. Even at a cool $700, it has made Khaite the name fashion fans are turning to for impossibly luxe separates. With a killer SS20 collection on the cards, this is the aspirational label to add to your wish list.


EXHIBITION: Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry tackles subjects that are universally human: identity, gender, social status, sexuality and religion. For his first solo exhibition at Victoria Miro since 2012, the artist presents new work including pots, sculpture, large-scale prints, a tapestry and a carpet. He casts an anthropological eye on the heady collision of art, money, power and desire. New pots include ‘Shopping for Meaning’, adorned with images of the artist – in wig, headscarf and various outfits – standing in front of designer stores, while ‘Searching for Authenticity’ collects symbols of rebellion and rites of passage – a leather jacket, beard, CND banner – as if they were a catalogue of lifestyle choices.


DRINK: Buveur

Buveur’s small-batch cocktails are made with British spirits and served in Insta-friendly bottles. We like the espresso martini, made with a single-estate winter-wheat vodka from Oxfordshire. With a nose of smooth caramel and butterscotch, the vodka is paired with cold-brew coffee made from beans hand-roasted in Yorkshire, coffee liqueur and dark chocolate bitters. It’s the ultimate party starter – and a perfect dinner-party gift.


COLLAB: Pringle x H&M

H&M just keeps on giving. Not satisfied with November’s hotly anticipated collab with Giambattista Valli, the Swedish brand has snuck another designer partnership into Autumn/Winter. Its collection with Pringle of Scotland launches on 3rd October - expect signature heritage prints, spectacular knitwear and vintage-inspired accessories, all at a great price point. 


HOTEL: The Newt

The Newt in Somerset is now open. Set within historic Hadspen House and its stable yard, the hotel includes a world-class spa with an indoor-outdoor swimming pool, gym, bar, two restaurants and 23 bedrooms. Guests are encouraged to embrace country living and explore the estate, while enjoying home comforts and spot-on service. Its bucolic setting inspires a garden-led menu in the restaurant: the Botanical Rooms offers dishes crammed with just-picked fruit and vegetables, plus meat, fish and venison cooked on a grill fired with wood from the estate.


LAUNCH: The Betterment

Jason Atherton’s latest restaurant offers a seasonally driven menu featuring the likes of raw Orkney scallops, pear and sorrel; ox cheek tortellini with horseradish velouté; and Isle of Skye langoustine crudo with miso and berries. The Betterment is set within the new Biltmore Mayfair hotel, where you’ll also find the Pine Bar, a specialist whisky and cocktail bar and the Tea Lounge, which challenges perceptions of a traditional London afternoon tea. 


MUSE: Rupi Kuar

Rupi Kaur is an Indian-born Canadian poet and performer whose works have been at the forefront of ‘Instapoetry’, a new genre of social media-centered poetry. This month, she is the cover star of the AW 2019 issue of Cereal magazine – the first person to grace its cover. Inside, Kaur discusses how her heritage has shaped her work.


CAMPAIGN: Jodie Comer x Loewe


If, for some reason, you’ve harboured doubts about Jodie Comer’s acting talent, her new collaboration with luxury label Loewe will dissolve them. A two-minute brand video, created with legendary photographer Stephen Meisel, features the Killing Eve star in full siren mode. In a theatre dressing room, resplendent in a satin robe, she practises a full range of emotions, from anger to hysterical laughter, while only saying one word. An unexpected partnership, perhaps, but a glamorous, mesmerising result.

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BOOK: Grand Union by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith has established herself as one of the most critically respected writers of her generation. In her first short story collection, she combines her powers of observation and inimitable voice to mine the fraught and complex experience of modern life. Comprising 11 new and unpublished stories, plus some of her best-loved pieces from The New Yorker and elsewhere, Grand Union is a rich and varied collection of fiction where nothing is off limits.



From Prada to Ralph Lauren, designer names frequently apply their impeccable taste and brand star power to the hospitality world. Simon Porte Jacquemus, creative director behind his eponymous label, has added to his existing restaurant portfolio (he opened Citron in Paris last year) with a new launch on the second floor of Galeries Lafayette Champs-Elysees, the recently opened outpost of the iconic department store. Oursin – French for sea urchin – is a Mediterranean-inspired destination, with white-washed walls and a seafood-heaven menu that is set to be as transportive as the designer’s collections.


INTERIOR TOUCH: Anissa Kermiche x Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

Paris-born Anissa Kermiche creates fine jewellery designed for those “with a curious, independent spirit and an appreciation for the exuberant, eclectic and unseen.” This month, she’s created a special edition of her ceramic ‘Jugs Jug’ for campaign Fashion Targets Breast Cancer 2019. The humorous pink piece features a sculptural silhouette and a smooth glazed finish and is exclusive to MATCHES FASHION.


TREAT: Crème London

From the same group as NAC and Ahi Poke, Soho store Crème is a dessert shop specialising in giant cookies, soft-serve ice cream, colourful ice-blended slushies and coffee. Cookie flavours include double chocolate, white chocolate and miso, oat and raisin, and milk chocolate. Hot drinks include red velvet lattes and matcha lattes. No photo filters necessary.

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