Archive for January, 2016

29 Jan 2016

Richard James Mayfair: Savile Row tailoring for the New Gen

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I love a man in a suit. Especially a Savile Row suit.. and when I heard that these beauts were by Richard James- but off the peg for his Richard James Mayfair collection at John Lewis, I nearly choked on my cosmopolitan (it’s having a revival dontcha know!!)

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27 Jan 2016

FCUK: Now I have your attention!

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The high street store French Connection is always a fail safe pitstop for party wear and separates. I’ve never considered it a port of call when I want to look particulary edgy, there have been plenty of other options for a quick fix.

However in the last couple of seasons, the undercurrent of va-va-voom is making it’s way into the denim, florals and comfortable cord combos, and now the next gen boys and girls can take inspiration from the up and coming trend-setters, carefully chosen to represnt 2016.

The SS16 collection is turning back the clock and has taken inspiration from 90s grunge. If anyone is old enough to remember the cult movie Trainspotting, Kelly MacDonald’s character Diane was a bit of a fashion slave and wore a range of classic sequin dresses. Along with patterned trackie tops, bucket hats and Cool Britannia macs, the styling is designed to be mashed and clashed up, and is an Instagrammer’s dream!

Keeping it real, the talent fronting the campaign includes British singer/songwriter, #WillHeard who is currently touring with Rudimental,? Argentinean born, NY based artist #ConieVallese, Parisian Model and actress, #AngieSherbourne, Polish model #CocoKate and British model and self-proclaimed ‘artist in training’ #WilsonOryema

A hurdle away from the pretty pretty that I remember, I can forsee a trip down memory lane in more ways than one.

Campaign Credits
Photography – Harley Weir (Art Partner)
Styling – Julia Sarr Jamois (CLM)
Hair -Tina Outen (Streeters)
Make Up – Petros Petrohilos (Streeters)
Grooming –Michelle Humphrey (LMC Worldwide)
Creative Direction – Maria Chen (French Connection)
Location – Curtain Road studios London




25 Jan 2016

The Meat Co: A treat for those who like meat

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The Meat Co is described in the industry as a vibrant steakhouse. That sounded promising! And when I visited on a frosty Wednesday evening, good vibes, great smells and a vast menu definitely warmed my spirits. With South African heritage boasting a strong reputation since 2000, I knew I would be in for a treat.

Always being a bit of a safe option meat eater, knowing what I like and sticking to that, I was intrigued to see what this cavernous restaurant had to offer on it’s extensive menu. I raised an eyebrow that it didn’t just offer meat! Vegetarians, pescitarians and Kosher customers are catered for, and the choice was plentiful, making it a perfect place for a party.

I shied away from going from my usual choice of fish, and persuaded by the very knowledgable waiter and the sight of other diner’s dishes, I settled for a started of chilli prawns and a main of short barbeque ribs. With the juicy prawns deliciously accompanied by a round of rice, and thick cut chips and a side of creamed spinach with the main, it turned out to be a feast fit for a King! Always a little over zealous, I find it’s better to over order incase you aren’t that keen on something, but with my dining companion having very different tastes, I think the combination of adventurous and more habitual, worked in perfect harmony.

And it was with regret, but halo still intact, that we swerved the bread menu- which included chocolate and beetroot and potato and onion. The adventurous choice sounded delicious, but might have pushed even my gluttony to the limit!

Being much more familiar with the cuts of steak on offer, my dinner date ordered scallops and kangaroo (not at the same time to be fair!) with asparagus and potato gratin, which she devoured with ease. Apparently it is quite game-ey with a tougher texture than beef… I was quite sure I made the right choice with my melt in the mouth ribs thanks!

With the interior designed by New York’s Jorge Castillo, the interior takes on a cool NY vibe. The wine wall is definitely a feature and displays nearly 2000 bottles, and the wine list is pretty impressive too.

An open kitchen, halal menu and seperate dining area if requested, along with a contemporary menu of skewers, burgers, salads and seafood along with the prime cuts of meat, make this the perfect pit stop after a hard day’s shopping at Westfield, or it’s big enough for a group, and romantic enough for a first date. Whatever your excuse- go hungry and leave satisfied!

Unit 1026
Westfield Shopping Centre
London, W12 7GA


Photographs by Emma Crosby





15 Jan 2016

The Rise of Korea’s Modelling Stars

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When I was commissioned to write a piece on Korean models, I was intrigued. I knew a few of the players, but didn’t realise what a hot spot Asia is actually becoming right now!!

Check out who to watch and what they do on Creative Arts Foundation here:

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11 Jan 2016

Ciao Amigos. Tatta the boys. Au revoir LCM for another season…

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With LC:M in it’s eigth season, menswear is going from strength to strength. The British Fashion Council are embracing the business of fashion, and the four day event is drawing a huge international crowd, which I was delighted to be part of.

Showcasing everything from novice designers via the MAN platform, and the established Savile Row brigade, London is the place to be for diversity. Whether it’s slick Chester Barrie suiting- as spied on David Gandy, or Richard James who showed true luxury in a Bentley showroom; The stunning Rosewood Hotel was the home to Duchamp’s gorgeous models, and ever creative Belstaff made their own snow in the vaults of Waterloo!

Names to watch and wear for AW16 include JW Anderson, who has merged menswear and womenswear seamlessly; Burberry who are now just as popular on the men’s radar as the womens, Moschino for a not too serious take on winter warmers, along with Lou Dalton, Sibling and Rachel James who all offer a world of knits to shake off any cold shoulders come our predicted cold snap!

Alas all these gorgeous garms won’t be available until September, but it’s great to look forward, and as usual in the wibbly wobbly world of fashion, nothing ever stays still!


06 Jan 2016

The Ultimate Guide to Shopping the January Sales

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Happy new year and happy new shopping!

Check out my ultimate guide to shopping the sales for new Journal @49Winters

Get your credit cards at the ready!


03 Jan 2016

Bill Bernstein: Disco Dolly

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If you are a fan of documentary photography, the latest exhibition at the Serena Morton Gallery in Ladbroke Grove is a must. Chronicling everyday events from the 80s New York club scene, it is an insider’s view of the debauchery, recklessness and behind the glamour realness.

Focussing on the infamous and slightly bonkers clientele who frequented New York’s night life scene, photographer Bill Bernstein was on a mission to capture the lost souls, rather than the celebrity.

Questioning “..had I been suddenly transported back to a pre-war Berlin cabaret? Who were these people of the night…?”

When The Village Voice sent him on an assignment to New York nightclub Studio54, he became intrigued with the gritty underworld-behind the glitz, and the results are showcased in a beautiful coffee table book “Disco: The Bill Bernstein Photographs” and accompanying exhibition.

If you thought the disco scene was wild, prepare for it to get even wilder!

Check out the Serena Morton Gallery until 23rd Jan, and if you miss that, you can still buy the book.