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feature

13 Happy Birthday...

Annabel Harrison explains why Gucci,

Mulberry, Reiss and Vivienne Westwood

are standing the test of time

16 The Man Behind the Camera

Richard Brown finds out why John Wright

has earned a reputation as one of Britain’s

most dynamic photographers

collection

28 Diamond Geezer

Emma Mills talks to Stephen Webster about

being an artisan and embracing glam rock

concierge

48 The Beauty of Gilt

Essential BodyAmr for the most stylish and

glamorous women

58 In His Shoes

Elle Blakeman meets Nicholas Kirkwood,

the shoe designer with an A-list following

calibre

78 In Pursuit of Glory

Three of England’s rugby stars on what will

prove key to success at the World Cup

comment

88 The Ultimo Dream

Michelle Mone OBE speaks about business

and building the Ultimo brand

connoisseur

100 Formula Fun

Bel Trew checks out the pit-stops of Asia’s

Lion City ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix

In His Shoes

Despite being a much-lauded shoe designer with an A-list following, it’s not

your average man behind the label. As Nicholas Kirkwood opens his new store

on Mayfair’s exclusive Mount Street, he talks to Elle Blakeman about footwear

inspiration, loud music and why women refuse to give up the platform

Photo: Sophie Delaporte

I

“I’m a little bit

‘Mount Everest’.

If it’s there, I want

to do It.”

Y

t’s a stiflingly hot day in London when I meet

Nicholas Kirkwood at his über-chic new store in

Mount Street, Mayfair’s most élite road. He leads

me through the light-filled, airy space stacked with

stunning heels at every turn, as I try not to get

distracted and instead focus on where I am putting my now

rather boringly clad feet (peach cut-out heels, for the record).

We reach the basement of this beautiful Grade-II listed

building, a Geppetto’s workshop of sorts, and Kirkwood

politely apologises for the heat: “We have air-con upstairs in

the shop, but it doesn’t quite stretch to down here,” he says.

I am astounded at how down-to-earth the man himself is.

After all, this is the designer who has won countless awards

in his short career, including the prestigious Accessory

Designer of the Year award at the 2010 British Fashion

Awards; he is the designer openly praised by Manolo

Blahnik for his unique style; and last, but by no means least

in this celebrity-driven world, he decorated Sarah Jessica

Parker’s famous-in-their-own-right feet in her Sex and the

City 2 tour – surely the most watched soles on the planet.

So how did this ordinary man rise up to become such an

insider name in just six short years? The answer, of course,

is that he’s anything but ordinary. Having studied fine art at

Central St. Martin’s and unsure about what direction to take,

the young Kirkwood went to work with hat designer, Philip

Treacy. “Women would bring in these fantastic outfits and I

ou may not recognise the name but if you’re a

regular reader of magazines like Q or NME,

you’ll undoubtedly recognise his pictures.

with a photo-call reading like a Who’s Who

of music, television and cinema, John wright

has photographed everyone from Michael Jackson and Paul

McCartney to Lily allen, Rihanna and Lady Gaga. His

iconic images capture faces we’ve seen a thousand times in

ways that we never have.

away from the world of entertainment, the Glaswegianborn,

self-taught photographer’s lens has fallen upon a list

of household names that stretches from Gordon Ramsey

to Gordon Brown, via sporting starts like Jenson Button,

Kevin Pietersen and half the Manchester United team.

You would, then, forgive the guy whose career began as a

glorified tea boy for a syndication agency for occasionally

finding himself star-struck. But apparently not.

“Professionally? never. which I think might be the secret

behind whatever success you perceive me to have had. I’m

regulars

would try to find a hat to match. At the time there were some

amazing things happening with clothes – McQueen, Hussein

Chalayan – but the shoes were really dull, as if from another

decade. I knew I liked accessories, and I just thought that there

was a lot more that could be done with shoes. So I looked into

a course in London and I ended up at Cordwainers.”

This ‘thought’ paid off, as the industry quickly sat up and

took note of his innovative, architectural designs, earning

him several emerging designer awards. His pioneering

approach to shoe design, and the materials manipulated

to make them, from degradé silks to shaved stingray and

rubberised leather, showed that this was not a man who

shied away from a challenge. So where does the inspiration

for these ground-breaking – literally – designs come from?

“I just sit down with a pad of paper and a cup of tea

and some really loud music”, [electro or rock, if you’re

interested] “and just start doodling. Then I’ll see something

else that will take it in a new direction and eventually at

some point you’ve got to stop and say, ‘Okay, I better

start making them now’.” Does he pay attention to what’s

going on in the industry when designing? “Obviously

I consider the seasons, but I then just do what I enjoy.

When I started out I really looked up to people like Roger

Vivier, Andre Perugia and Ferragamo. They were really

pushing boundaries and doing incredible things, and the

technologies they were using at the time were really new.”

In adhering to the rule that “every

great photo must surprise us”, John

wright has earned a reputation

as one of Britain’s most dynamic

photographers. Richard Brown meets

the man behind the camera

not sure how much respect it instils in someone if, when

you meet them, you immediately put yourself beneath them

by being awestruck. I’ve got as much respect for the people

I photograph as I have for anyone else in the room, but not

any more and not any less.” away from work, John admits

he was awestruck just once, when a chance meeting with

Chris Moyles, whose radio show is a favourite of John’s,

proved enough to reduce him to “a stammering mess.”

who, then, has John most enjoyed shooting? “It doesn’t

come down to the name of a band or the name of an

individual. Musicians are a real pleasure to work with.

Bands understand that it’s a game and they have a visual

personality to go alongside their music. You tend to find

that you pick up a camera and they deliver a persona that

gives you something to work with – the basis for finding

that way of surprising the viewer.” and the hardest people

to work with? “Footballers. It’s just not part of their gig.”

as a ‘celebrity photographer’ (a phrase he despises),

John is commissioned to shoot some of the world’s biggest

11 editor’s letter

27 watches & jewellery

47 fashion

67 health & beauty

69 interiors

Shamone, top left: Ivory knitted silk asymetric drape cocktail dress, pumps as before

Kym, left: Geometric printed silk satin drawstring kaftan (made to order), pumps as

before, pair of gold cuffs

Shamone, above: Floor length silk chiffon dress with stretch metalic printed rayon body

(made to order), gold chain ankle boots with Swarovski stud detail

77 sport

99 travel

111 food & drink

118 out & about

121 property

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become increasingly vertiginous thanks to the platform,

the popularity of which had shown no sign of waning until

recently, when Tom Ford declared: “When a woman looks

like she has copies of the Oxford English Dictionary attached

to her feet, it’s time for the fashion pendulum to swing the

other way”. Where Tom Ford goes, the industry follows,

so how does Kirkwood feel about the potential impending

death of the platform? “I’ve been doing that for years but

the problem is no one is buying them!” he says. “There’s

definitely a push from the press and certain designers are

trying to go lower, but the problem is that women have

become used to that extra inch or two and they are reluctant

to give it up. They don’t want to be shorter.”

It is this knowledge of what women want that has made

him so successful. Rather than simply picturing a red-carpetsauntering

A-lister, Kirkwood identifies various scenarios

and personalities, bringing his work to life. “I imagine all

different types of women in my shoes, so ‘the department

store girl’ or ‘the downtown hip girl’. I don’t have a celebrity

muse.” And yet celebrities still flock to the brand. “There

are some really cool women out there wearing my shoes

This desire to constantly create something fresh is – Julianne Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyoncé…” Does

evident throughout his collections. “I have just been this unaffected designer ever get excited to see his creations

working with the Keith Haring foundation, incorporating being worn? “When I started I thought, that’ll be the best

his artwork into a mini couture collection, [which has thing ever to see someone in your shoes, and then at a party

now gone to exhibition]... Because his shapes are so bold, someone said: ‘She’s wearing your shoes!’”

I thought it would be really interesting to see if you could So, awards, glamour and now one of the chicest shoe

take that artwork and use it in a different way, and not just shops around – with floors designed by Richard Woods, who

on a flat surface.”

Nicholas lived with in his Philip Treacy days: “I saw what

Kirkwood clearly believes that two heads are better he did at the late Isabella Blow’s house and I thought that

than one, with a long list of collaborations behind him. it would be perfect for the shop” – what does rest of 2011

“Shoes lend themselves to collaborations as they are an hold for the brand? “A couple of collaborations will come

accessory to the rest of the outfit, so in a way I’m always out next year, plus we’re bringing out a men’s collection, and

collaborating. It allows me to do something I wouldn’t potentially bags as well. Oh, and we’re going to open a store

normally do in my own collection. So working with Rodate in New York.” “Where in New York?” I enquire; after all,

it could be doing a candlewax heel, or big studs and

Mount Street is fairly hard to top. He ponders for a moment.

spikes. These are things that I would never put in my own “I’m not sure. But it will be somewhere good,” he says,

collection because it goes outside the look I’m trying to get, smiling. I have no doubt it will. n

but at the same time I really enjoyed doing it.”

As any dedicated shoe shopper will tell you, heels have www.nicholaskirkwood.com

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contributors...

The Beauty of Gilt

As photographed by John Wright

See p. 48

1. David Kuo is one of the uK’s leading

commentators on money matters. He is a director at

The Motley Fool as well as providing daily insight and

financial news for BBC London’s Breakfast Show.

2. Martin Bamford is one of the youngest and

most successful financial planners in the uK. He

runs his own firm of financial advisers – informed

Choice – and regularly contributes to various

financial publications.

3. Matthew Carter is a London-based freelance

journalist who’s been writing about cars for most

of his working life. A former editor of Autocar

magazine, he is a serial car owner.

4. Clare Murray is founder and managing

partner of specialist law firm, CM Murray LLp.

Clare and her colleagues advise a wide range

of companies, professional firms and senior

individuals on employment, partnership and

business immigration law issues.

5. Carol Cordrey is an art critic and editor

with popular columns in many magazines. Each

year she organises sponsored art competitions

offering attractive prize money and judged by

distiguished artists.

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September

from the editor...

People constantly make the mistake

of comparing London with New

York, Milan and Paris and that’s

not what it’s about. London has

its own fashion identity. You come

here to find the next Alexander McQueen or

John Galliano.” If there is one woman in the

fashion industry with whom it is impossible

to argue, it is the indomitable Anna Wintour,

editor-in-chief of style bible American Vogue.

Although similar praise has been widely echoed,

last month London officially overtook New

York and cemented its status as the fashion

capital of the world, according to a study by

Global Language Monitor, which tracks trends

in print and social media.

Anna Wintour is right. London has made its

own indelible, unique stamp on the fashion

industry, as exemplified by style icons across

the decades, from the peerless Audrey Hepburn

to young Brit pioneer Emma Watson via the

widely-imitated Twiggy and Princess Diana.

Two Kates have flown the British fashion flag

on the global stage, in very different ways

but with equally profound effects; the welldressed,

well-spoken Duchess of Cambridge

has championed British designers and a classic,

modest style while the effortlessly chic, cutting

edge cool Kate Moss has been single-handedly

responsible for starting numerous trends.

In tribute to London’s phenomenal fashion

scene and to the new collections debuting across

the world this month, welcome to our Fashion

Forward September Issue. First, happy birthday

to three British fashion houses celebrating

their 40th anniversaries (p. 13): David Reiss’s

eponymous company, with dresses fit for a

princess; Brit lifestyle brand Mulberry, loved

for its Alexa bag and for bringing country

chic to city lifestyles; and Vivienne Westwood,

the eccentric doyenne of Anglomania, punk

and pirates. Happy birthday, too, to fashion

powerhouse Gucci, celebrating 90 years of style.

Fashion is as much about looking forward as

looking back so, in this spirit, Elle Blakeman

discovers more about shoe designer of the

moment, Nicholas Kirkwood (p. 58) and speaks

to the three winners of the prestigious ‘new

generation’ Fashion Fringe competition (p. 61).

For our exclusive fashion shoot, we chose a

brand whose name is more under the radar than

it should be, given that it is favoured by Florence

Welch, Beyoncé, Kylie and Cindy Crawford,

produces utterly gorgeous collections and we

love it. Ladies, this is essential BodyAmr (p. 48).

This shoot was made all the more exciting

because we collaborated with world renowned

photographer John Wright, who has shot

everyone from Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga.

This is another name worth remembering and

Richard Brown finds out why (p. 18). The roll

call continues with fashion powerhouses Chanel,

Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Armani and Bulgari.

What am I investing in this season? Sequins, but

not too ostentatious. Seventies style, but not too

hippy. Leather and lace, but not too risqué. Bring

on A/W11.

Annabel Harrison

Editor


Annabel Harrison explains why the fashion houses of Gucci, Mulberry,

Reiss and Vivienne Westwood are standing the test of time

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to

do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Few names are more synonymous with the world of

fashion than Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. She opened her first millinery shop in Paris 99 years ago, in 1912,

and her influence has spanned a century, bequeathing the fashion industry the iconic linked double C,

the enduringly stylish monochrome palette and the beloved, quilted Chanel 2.55 handbag.

Just nine years after Coco set up shop, a young man named Guccio opened a small luggage store

and leather goods company in his native Florence, with a vision for his brand inspired by London.

This luxury brand, known globally as Gucci, is celebrating its 90th birthday this year and three British

fashion houses are also celebrating anniversary milestones of 40 years: David Reiss’ eponymous

company, propelled to worldwide recognition after being singled out as a favourite of Catherine

Middleton; Mulberry, the Brit lifestyle brand most well known for its iconic Alexa and Bayswater bags;

and Vivienne Westwood, the eccentric, colourful doyenne of punk, pirate and Anglomania fashion.

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Happy

Birthday...

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40

ViVienne

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40 40 40 40 40

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FIT FOR

A PRINCESS

In just 40 years, Reiss

has grown from a single

store in London to a

global brand with more than 100 stores and just as much

energy and drive as displayed in 1971. Founder David

Reiss recognised a niche in the market for affordable,

premium quality tailoring and opened the first Reiss store

on Bishopsgate in the City of London. Since then, the

iconic, directional and modern brand remains true to its

design philosophy. The son of a City tailor, Reiss effectively

capitalized on the worldwide power and potential of his

brand name, as well as his sharp eye: “If I see something I

like, I can immediately see the bigger picture.”

Reiss has, over the years, continued to broaden

its ever-widening design proposition; 2000 saw the

launch of Reiss’ highly anticipated first womenswear

collection and in 2005 global expansion was

announced with the opening of the first of nine US

stores. This expansion was given a royal boost in May

when the Duchess of Cambridge pledged her allegiance to

the British brand; just back from her honeymoon, Catherine

wore a Reiss ‘Shola’ dress to meet Michelle Obama in

London during the President’s official visit and the Reiss

website promptly crashed due to phenomenal interest from

the princess-loving public.

Always sartorially savvy and equally keen to cater for

the gentlemen, Reiss introduced a Personal Tailoring service

last year, selling made-to-measure suits of Savile Row

quality but with a cost from £550, just £100 more than its

most expensive off-the-peg suit.

David Reiss’ vision continues to propel Reiss forward

and ensures that it expands, evolves and excites; there is no

doubt that the next 40 years will result in as much growth

and praise for Reiss as the past four decades have seen.

www.reissonline.com

GROWN-UP

GORGEOUS

In his younger days,

Guccio Gucci worked in

the Savoy Hotel for a time and while

there he was inspired by London and the refined aesthetic

of English nobility. Upon return to Italy, he set himself the

task of match-making this sensibility with the craftsmanship

skills of local artisans in Tuscany. Within years, word had

spread about this equestrian-inspired collection of bags,

trunks, gloves, shoes and belts. Innovation was high on

the agenda and soon the scarcity of supplies during the

dictatorship pushed this further, resulting in burnished cane

being used as the handle of the Bamboo bag. This saddleshaped

bag became the first of Gucci’s many iconic products

and its popularity has endured.

Almost a century later, the House of Gucci is celebrating

90 years and with it comes the 1921 Collection, an

exclusive range of men’s and women’s ready to wear

and accessories. “I wanted to pay homage to the icons,

craftsmanship and luxury materials for which the House

has become renowned,” explained Creative Director Frida

Giannini. “Each item tells a story, representing a chapter

within the House’s rich narrative history.” Thus the new

Jackie bag nods to the Gucci shoulder bag carried by

Jackie O during the Jet Set era; the classic Horsebit Chain

handbags were originally inspired by aristocratic, horseriding

clients; leather is the familiar protagonist, even on

timepieces; and Gucci green from the archives lines the

inside of the women’s and men’s moccasins.

Immerse yourself in the rich historical past and

modern present of this fashion powerhouse by reading

the hardcover tome entitled Gucci: The Making Of.

Edited by Giannini, the coffee-table essential includes

rare photographs, love letters and original essays

from Gucci stylist Katie Grand

and W magazine’s Editor-in-

Chief Stefano Tonchi.

www.gucci.com


BAGS OF STYLE

Inspired by the cool of the city and

the craft of the countryside, Mulberry

was established in 1971 and the brand

has since carved a niche for itself as

an idiosyncratically British luxury

label. Roger Saul set up the company

in Somerset with £500 he inherited

on his 21st birthday and it went from

strength to strength for three decades.

A boardroom coup in 2002, when Saul

was ousted, marks the beginning of

the shift from respected, small-scale

company to modern phenomenon.

And this phenomenon is all about

the bags. Over the past decade, the

name Mulberry has become almost

inseparable from fashion week front

rows and outfit descriptions of the hoards of women toting

its handbags; from young professionals to A-listers and

leggy teens to stylish yummy mummies, there is no typical

Mulberry bag owner. Everyone else wants one. A catwalk

collaboration with Luella Bartley produced the Gisele bag,

named after the Brazilian supermodel, which gave rise to

the iconic, cult-status Bayswater and satchel-style Alexa.

The ultimate stamp of fashion approval came with victory

as Designer Brand of the Year at last year’s British Fashion

Awards, beating Burberry and Victoria Beckham. Although

designer handbags have historically been of Italian or

French heritage, Mulberry is quintessentially English,

through and through, right down to the practicality of

including a shoulder strap with every bag and

its support of British craftsmanship.

In July, analysts reported

Mulberry as the world’s bestperforming

fashion retail

stock over the past year. By

the end of 2011, Mulberry

will have more overseas

stores than it does in the UK.

This is a brand set to stay.

www.mulberry.com

ANGLO, PUNK AND

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

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feature

If Kate Moss is the Queen and Kate Middleton

the Princess, then Vivienne Westwood is the brilliant,

ground-breaking Godmother of British fashion. It’s hard to

imagine a London fashion scene without the eccentric, fieryhaired

Dame stalking down the catwalk, dwarfed by six foot

supermodels decked out in her creations.

It all began in 1971 when Westwood and her partner

Malcolm McLaren rebelled against the enduring hippie

trend. Interested in music and memorabilia,

biker boots and leather, they opened a shop

at 430 Kings Road named Too Fast to

Live, Too Young to Die, branded with a

skull and crossbones. Their provocative

t-shirts, ‘rubberwear for the office’

slogan and DIY straps and zips aesthetic

led to the media labelling the look Punk

Rock. The Pirate Collection came next, marking

Westwood and McLaren’s first catwalk show

in 1981, followed by ‘the Pagan Years’, tweedy

collections that parodied the upper class.

The Pirates and Punk phases are testament to

Westwood’s ability to kick-start trends that will

span decades. Today, the pirate flag is still flying

high thanks to high profile designers such as Jean

Paul Gaultier and Alexander McQueen. Punk

lives on in Balmain’s studded, leathery glory, emblazoned

across Henry Holland’s t-shirts and girls like Alice Dellal,

who dresses as though she’s stepped out of the 80s.

Anglomania is a central thread of the brand’s success

although Dame Vivienne firmly believes that fashion is a

combination and exchange of ideas between France and

England; “on the English side we have tailoring and an

easy charm, on the French side that solidity of design

and proportion that comes

from never being satisfied

because something can always

be done to make it better,

more refined.” Too cool to

celebrate officially this year,

we nonetheless salute the

Dame for her outstanding

contributions to fashion. n

www.viviennewestwood.co.uk

15


In adhering to the rule that “every

great photo must surprise us”, John

wright has earned a reputation

as one of Britain’s most dynamic

photographers. Richard Brown meets

the man behind the camera

If it’s there, I want

“I’m a little bit

‘Mount Everest’.

to do It.”

You may not recognise the name but if you’re a

regular reader of magazines like Q or NME,

you’ll undoubtedly recognise his pictures.

with a photo-call reading like a Who’s Who

of music, television and cinema, John wright

has photographed everyone from Michael Jackson and Paul

McCartney to Lily allen, Rihanna and Lady Gaga. His

iconic images capture faces we’ve seen a thousand times in

ways that we never have.

away from the world of entertainment, the Glaswegianborn,

self-taught photographer’s lens has fallen upon a list

of household names that stretches from Gordon Ramsey

to Gordon Brown, via sporting starts like Jenson Button,

Kevin Pietersen and half the Manchester United team.

You would, then, forgive the guy whose career began as a

glorified tea boy for a syndication agency for occasionally

finding himself star-struck. But apparently not.

“Professionally? never. which I think might be the secret

behind whatever success you perceive me to have had. I’m

not sure how much respect it instils in someone if, when

you meet them, you immediately put yourself beneath them

by being awestruck. I’ve got as much respect for the people

I photograph as I have for anyone else in the room, but not

any more and not any less.” away from work, John admits

he was awestruck just once, when a chance meeting with

Chris Moyles, whose radio show is a favourite of John’s,

proved enough to reduce him to “a stammering mess.”

who, then, has John most enjoyed shooting? “It doesn’t

come down to the name of a band or the name of an

individual. Musicians are a real pleasure to work with.

Bands understand that it’s a game and they have a visual

personality to go alongside their music. You tend to find

that you pick up a camera and they deliver a persona that

gives you something to work with – the basis for finding

that way of surprising the viewer.” and the hardest people

to work with? “Footballers. It’s just not part of their gig.”

as a ‘celebrity photographer’ (a phrase he despises),

John is commissioned to shoot some of the world’s biggest


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stars and yet it’s a world he only entered after a time spent

shooting subject matter at the opposite end of the fortune

spectrum; John is most proud of the photos from this period.

“They were taken whilst I was doing Third World reportage.

I stumbled across a tiny article in The Mirror about a British

girl living in India. After studying Fine Art at university, this

girl had spent a year travelling before ending up in Nagpur,

India, where she started helping out at a leper colony. She

came back to England, sold everything she owned, flew back

and dedicated her life to helping female leprosy sufferers.

“I went out to meet her and in just eight hours was

blown away by the extent to which somebody could

dedicate their lives to helping others. She was literally

going into slums, getting down on her hands and knees and

treating people who had this terrible disease. I spent three

days with her, photographing the hell out of it. I came back

and the Daily Mail, who I was working for, ran a three

page spread about what this girl was doing and told people

how they could donate.”

Calculating how much that appeal raised was easy;

each donation made by a Daily Mail reader was sent to an

incorrect address thanks to a misspelling John had made

in the address under the article. “Until that point, this

girl had been sleeping on a roof top, living on £4,000 a

year raised through her mum’s rotary club. In a week we

raised £85,000.” A year later, Leah Patterson was narrowly

beaten to Woman of The Year.

At the start of a promising career, and bolstered by the

belief that he could do something worthwhile with his

camera, John set forth “to save the world.” As the name

he began to carve for himself grew, so did the charities

he worked for. Unfortunately, for a man determined to

make a difference, the complex parameters in which some

multinational charities are obliged to work proved hard

to fathom. “After a while you realise that some charities

are actually enormous corporate institutions with huge

overheads, huge offices and huge numbers of staff. I’m

not saying that the essence of any charity isn’t anything

but good, but the reality is that I was finding myself in a

country with a charity that would be treating the animal

of a family whose children were clearly, clearly, in more

need. You’re in a country where £1.40 can save someone

from a life threatening disease and just because it’s not

within that particular charity’s remit, they can’t do it. It

just finished me.”

John found it increasingly hard to justify what he was

doing, realising that he was using his subject matter for

photographic vanity rather actually helping people. He

moved into celebrity photography partly as an “antidote”

to what his work had become and partly because that area

had always existed in his mind as being one of the top

echelons of photography. If the images he captured of Leah

are the ones that invoke the most pride, I ask John which

is the most technically difficult photo he’s ever taken. The

answer comes courtesy of an image he was commissioned

to shoot many years later.

“It’s one that doesn’t even appear in my portfolio, it

was such a nightmare. The brief was to capture 14 of the

biggest names in music in one picture that would run in

Q magazine’s January 2010 edition under a feature titled

Artists of the Century. It turned into 34 different shoots

just for this one picture. Having to shoot the subjects on

different days in different cities meant constantly replicating

the lighting positions and the camera positions to the exact

millimetre. In the end, the shot incorporated more than 30

people. We travelled everywhere; London, Manchester, LA,

New York, Berlin. It took up a year of my life. A fantastic

project but never, ever again.”

In this age of international interconnectedness, John could

operate from anywhere in the world. So why does he work in


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London and why, in particular, out of a recently refurbished

railway arch in Shoreditch? “I chose London because it has

become home. I’m not a penthouse living type of guy. I have

a family in the suburbs who I return to every night and who

I drop off to school most mornings. And Shoreditch because

that’s the first place I get off the train.”

That may be so, but surely the reputation of this part

of East London as a Mecca for indie fashionistas and

alternative music lovers hasn’t been lost on someone who

spends their time photographing some of the planet’s most

recognisable rock stars? “It has sort of come up around

me,” John explains. “We’ve been here, or hereabouts,

since before the ‘Shoreditch boom.’ We recently had the

opportunity to move but I chose to stay in Shoreditch; it’s a

fascinating place to be. From the absurdity that is the roof

top pool we’re sitting beside to the gentlemen alcoholics

who sit outside the skate shop on Bethnal Green Road.

You see it all; the little Asian boys patrolling in their gangs,

the rich, the famous, the wannabees. I was walking to the

studio the other day and passed this guy on the corner of

the street taking a hit on his crack pipe. It was just heartbreaking.

But it’s always changing. I think Redchurch

Street will become one of the streets in London. I think it’s

going to be the new Floral Street in a few years time.” This

is coming from a man who certainly knows what’s cool

– John speaks from behind mirrored aviator shades atop

Shoreditch House, cigarette in hand – I can definitely take

his word for it.

Listening to the acclaimed photographer talk about his

profession, it’s clear that he still gets an incredible buzz

from doing what he does for a living. He admits that if he

were ever to be stopped in his tracks by the thought ‘Wow,

I’ve made it!’ then that would be the time to “go off and

do something else.” Luckily, John’s constant ambition to

portray new subject matter in new lights will ensure that

doesn’t happen anytime soon. “I’m certain I’ve got the best

job in the world,” he says. And the best part? “I get to tell

really famous people to do silly things like star jumps and

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The Eco Fashion Party

Eco fashion consultant Elizabeth Laskar

explores if the way we are buying clothes

is changing, affected by a wave of fashion

innovation which is inspiring consumers,

designers, retailers and manufacturers

current affairs

With the rise of ethical fashion brands

and widespread adoption of ethical

policies, it seems we are at the start

of a sea change. A quick browse on

the internet brought up an article

by Oprah Winfrey declaring, “No more hemp sacks!

Eco-clothing used to be like high-fibre cereal – crunchy,

healthy and a little boring. Now it’s possible to do good

and look good.” Oprah is not the only one who has

realised the extraordinary growth, benefits and feel-good

factor of eco-fashion; over the last ten years I have seen

eco fashion become sophisticated, desirable and preferred.

This month, London explodes into a frenzy of catwalk shows

and parties at London Fashion Week. Buyers and media from

all over the world come to see the brands that London Fashion

Week represents. But there is something extraordinary about

LFW because it has set the global benchmark for eco fashion

design. Over the last five years it has pioneered change in the

global fashion week circuits by offering the world some of the

best eco fashion brands in a dedicated area called Estethica.

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current affairs

The ground-breaking Estethica has been curated by the

British Fashion Council together with the award winning

duo Orsola de Castro and Filippo Ricci, from the eco

fashion brand From Somewhere. There has been a palpable

sense of excitement in walking around Estethica, talking to

designers and understanding the story behind each piece of

clothing; you walk away after an unforgettable experience

feeling a deeper connection to your clothes.

The UK has always been at the forefront of pushing

creative boundaries in design and continues to lead in trends

so perhaps it is not a surprise that London Fashion

Week has taken the leap with eco fashion. With

Harold Tilman CBE (Chairman of the British

Fashion Council), Livia Firth and the crème de la

crème of eco fashion designers and media from the

UK, Estethica celebrated its fifth year this May – it

was a party not to be missed.

This season we will see some newcomers at Estethica

including an eco-lingerie and lounge wear brand called

Charini. Using hand woven silks from the foot hills of Kandy

in Sri Lanka and Beeralu lace, which has been hand crocheted

by a small community of artisans, the collection is not only

celebrating heritage crafts but also helping to keep Beeralu

craft alive in a modern industrialised culture. Each stitch is

carefully made with knowledge that has been passed down

from generation to generation; what the consumer is purchasing

is essentially a piece of history as well as luxury. What is even

more exciting about Charini is that she has designed her

collections to eliminate all wire, plastics and moulding by using

clever design methods to give the wearer’s body support. The

pieces are simply exquisite and ooze sophistication.

Another inspiring story for the fashion season is the

home grown veteran of design, Vivienne Westwood, and her

collaboration with the International Trade Centre’s Ethical

Fashion Programme of the United Nations. On her recent

visit to Africa, Westwood designed a new line of bags and

accessories made from carefully selected recycled materials and

hand made in Kenya by marginalized communities of women.

As pictured here and overleaf, the products are stunning, well

made and fun while at the same time making a positive impact

on poverty through trade. This is a success story in fashion

and one that will be told by the customer, time after time – it’s

a story that wants to burst out of you when you wear it, as it’s

almost impossible not be inspired by this luxury fashion from

Africa designed by Vivienne Westwood.

Leading up-cycling brands From Somewhere

and Junky Styling have championed the way for

other designers and retailers to design and produce

collections with luxury recycled materials. Award-winning

brand From Somewhere uses the most exquisite cashmeres

and tweeds from Italy to produce timeless pieces for its

customers. The brand works and trains a cooperative in

Italy to produce the pieces while a design studio in the UK

brings innovation, creative design and pattern cutting to

the mix, making each piece is interesting, extraordinary

and unique. Speedo has been so impressed with the

innovation that it approached From Somewhere and in

collaboration has produced a collection of dresses made

out of Speedo swimsuits.

The eco fashion arena is full of innovation and creativity,

offering designers and retailers the opportunity to experiment

in developing new materials and design concepts. Whether

working with a scientific team to create new bio-degradable

fibres or working with unused textiles, the fashion sector can

actively support sustainable livelihoods.

As a celebrated voice of eco fashion, Livia Firth recently

accompanied her husband, Colin Firth, to the Oscars wearing

a beautiful dress created by UK designer Gary Harvey, a

stalwart at Estethica. This show-stopping gown was made

from 11 unworn vintage dresses, Livia looked stunning and

this in turn showed the world that fashion is changing.

I have focused on success stories and shared some of

the good news within the eco fashion sector. However, it

is important to fully appreciate that the challenge runs

deep and wide and there are still mountains to climb in

addressing the widespread misuse of natural resources,

exploitation of labour and the vast production and

disposal of waste. Eco fashion is positively addressing

many of these issues and tirelessly continues to roll the

stone up the hill – as an inspirational movement we can

enjoy making fashion responsible together.

The eco fashion story moves apace and is here to stay.

In a nutshell, eco fashion is environmentally and socially

conscious fashion, design-led and durable. The last decade

has seen trail-blazing pioneers set the path for the industry

to follow. Individuals, celebrities, designers, retailers and

manufacturers are now all stepping up alike; perhaps it is

about time we all joined the party. n

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190 years after the

invention of the

chronograph, Montblanc

pays homage to the art

of time measurement

with the Nicolas Rieussec

Horological TimeWriter

The TimeWriTer

In 1821 a French watchmaker was tasked by

his King with inventing an instrument that

would record the exact times run by horses

in a race and Nicolas Rieussec succeeded,

creating the world’s first chronograph.

190 years later, in 2011, Montblanc is celebrating

that invention with the exquisite Nicolas Rieussec

Horological TimeWriter anniversary set.

Encased in a glass dome, the 19 kilogram

table-top chronograph remains true to Rieussec’s

early designs by employing a push button

mechanism and rotating disks to act as a stop

clock, while Montblanc’s watch-winder keeps

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watches powered by an electric motor (produced

by a company commissioned by NASA to provide

motors for Mars expeditions). Completing the

set is a limited edition 18 carat rose gold version

of the Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Automatic,

a collection that caught the imagination of the

watch industry, when it launched three years ago,

by measuring instances of time with rotating disks

rather than conventional rotating hands.

If you’re harbouring visions of the TimeWriter

on your mantle-piece, join the queue. Only 19

of the set were made and many were snapped up

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with the effects of the recession, the watch industry

is going from strength to strength. Exports of

high-end Swiss-manufactured timepieces in the first

half of 2011 recorded a 19.3 per cent increase on

the same period a year earlier. A figure that places

the sector above 2008’s previous benchmark result,

One to Watch:

the value of Switzerland’s watch export industry

between January 2011 and June 2011 stood at

almost £6.8 billion. While all of Switzerland’s

watch export markets witnessed a positive trend,

it was Hong Kong that placed the highest order,

followed by USA and China.

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Each month Sandy Madhvani, Showroom Manager at David. M. Robinson in

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Diamond

Geezer

Stephen Webster’s cutting edge gems shook up a previously

traditional industry, injecting a dose of much needed glamour

and rebellion. Emma Mills talks to him about being an

artisan, embracing glam rock and why he has to live by the

sea. With exclusive images by Sarel Jansen

Visiting Stephen Webster’s jewellery store in

Beverly Hills is a unique experience, and

perhaps the best demonstration of the kind

of kudos and glamour that encapsulates the

brand. Part bar, part shop, part art gallery,

it is a fitting showcase on for what is now an iconic lifestyle

brand. “I’d like to have some more stores like the one in

Beverly Hills,” explains Stephen at his Mayfair offices. “It’s in

an iconic location [Rodeo Drive]. Our bar and lounge is called

No Regrets, I show art that I like and have musicians and DJs

that interest me and we have evenings with 300 people spilling

onto the pavement enjoying the atmosphere. And it’s great; it’s

turned into something else. It’s still come out of the jewellery

but it’s taken the brand to another place.”

The Stephen Webster brand is indeed a vital force in the

world of jewellery and as Stephen will attest, the people

buying his jewellery subscribe to the lifestyle associated with it.

Stephen’s glamorous, rockstar life has been well-documented,

but, as he says, that’s okay, because it is the biggest driving

force in his design. “My life is completely an inspiration for

what I do and what I create. You apply what you like in life

to what you do. Otherwise it’s all a bit fake; you’d be making

it up. So, everything I do, even the collaborations with other

brands, is driven by the things in my life that I love.”

He points to a bespoke Harley Davidson petrol tank

nestled on a windowsill amidst photos of the various

personalities and celebrities he’s designed jewellery for. “That

completely came together because of the kind of lifestyle I

have and the people I meet. We were one of the first brands

that made a launch a real party, you know, a good night out.

Now brands work with us because they want to buy into the

image that comes with the brand.”

Clearly business is booming. But it wasn’t always this

way. As with any brand that brings something aggressively

different and new to the market, it has taken many years of

working and waiting for the success that Stephen and his


team now enjoy. “When I first tried to sell my jewellery here

22 years ago there was no place for it. I’d go into jewellers

to show them my work and they wouldn’t know what to do

with it.” Things did eventually change in Britain, but, despite

his proudly British roots, the first part of Stephen’s career was

focused across the pond in the US and Canada.

Having left school at 16, unsure of what he wanted to do

but knowing he was creative and loved fashion, Stephen came

across jewellery and decided then and there that it was to be

his craft. “It just looked like what I’d always imagined I’d be

doing; it made sense, making things and using my hands. I’d

loved the small amount of stuff I’d done at school which was

hands on, and I knew I could do this. And that I was going to

be the best. And in some ways I have made that happen.”

Finishing a jewellery apprenticeship, Stephen moved to

America to work for a jeweller who spent his days scouring the

globe for some of the best gems in the world. He first worked

in Canada for four years, until the business moved to Santa

Barbara in California, which was to provide the inspiration

behind his now iconic, bold designs. “I developed my style

there, and taught myself to be a designer. Santa Barbara was

full on and very exciting. I was getting the opportunity to

work with amazing stones – things like savarites, tanzanites

and tourmalines – they weren’t normal. The business then

was all diamonds, pearls and sapphires. Being able to work

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with something new and being in such a vibrant place gave me

confidence in myself as a designer and a jeweller.”

Things were going well, and in 1989 Stephen decided to

return to London to bring his jewellery home, but found

a traditional marketplace that simply wasn’t ready for his

bold, colourful work. And so began ten years of working in

London and selling his jewellery in America. “It was strange.

There was only a few of us, we were a tiny little business

and we’d make jewellery, flog it, and repeat. But I wasn’t

building my brand or my business particularly.”

Strangely, despite the fact that Britain wasn’t ready for

Stephen’s jewellery, it was exactly his Britishness that made

him a success in the US. “We did our first show in Las Vegas.

And it was incredible. We had a product that was right for the

market and no one else was doing it. It was quite British in

a way; we were cheeky,

bold and had an attitude

in a world that had no

attitude, just prestige

and snobbery!” Stephen

later says this show

was one of the defining

moments of his career, a

celebration of a decade

of work and recognition

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Marquise Ring with

Green Agate

Murder She Wrote

Poison Apple Ring

Jewels Verne Caged Cuff

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from a market that had supported him throughout those

early years.

For a time, American success was enough, but the tide

was turning and Stephen knew it was only a matter of time

before Britain woke up. In 1995 renowned jewellery house

Garrard gave Stephen a show, which he says was the first

sign of anyone in Britain showing any interest. “In some

ways we were ready for when the rest of the world began

to embrace jewellery as the next thing in fashion. By that I

mean that it became fashionable to wear jewellery again. By

then my style was edgy, inspired by tattoos and rock ‘n’ roll -

the press got hold of me, because they needed characters and

a story, and things started to shift. Since then it’s felt like we

are trying to run to keep up.”

Despite this mushroom effect on his business, and the

fact that he now boasts a team that includes a designer

from Chanel’s own jewellery house in Paris and graduates

from the Royal College, Stephen refuses to stop being

involved with design. “If I’m not involved people will know.

There’s something in the DNA and you can get it right or

wrong, and that’s the challenge.”

It’s now 16 years since Stephen’s

first show in London and he is still

credited as one of the great jewellery

innovators, working with new materials,

designing new techniques and being at

the forefront of a trend that has seen a

massive upsurge in jewellery for men.

“It was a really conscious choice to get more men wearing

jewellery. For a long time there were few places for a guy to

look at a whole collection, all that was on offer to us was

cygnet rings, cufflinks, pens and some other hideous things!

I launched the Ray Man collection which got a lot of press,

and then another collection using iron which our male clients

went mad for. It pushed enough boundaries but offered

something men really loved to wear. And I think that’s where

a lot of our success has been, understanding our clients. Men

are loyal; once you’ve got them as a client they don’t stop

buying things, they get right into it and buy into the lifestyle

you’re offering. They’re the perfect clients really!”

Stephen didn’t stop pushing the boundaries there, crediting

his unique Crystal Haze collection as not only his favourite,

We were cheeky and

bold and had an

attitude in a world

that had no attitude

but a vital chapter in his life. Crystal Haze is, essentially, a

technique that Stephen invented and has used to great effect.

The process involves layering a stone under another stone, to

make it look bigger. “The concept is extremely old, dating back

to the Victorian era, but the way I used it was very new. And

I suddenly had something no one else had,” explains Stephen.

“It changed everything for us. It felt really rock ‘n’ roll, like an

illusion. I was credited with reinventing the cocktail ring, which

set off something in New York, then Madonna had one, and

then Crystal Haze became a whole collection.”

These days Stephen is still designing some of the most

imaginative and exciting collections around; you only have

to look at his latest Murder She Wrote range to see its genius

lies in his playful and subversive streak. Then there’s the other

side of his focus, his role as creative director of Garrard which

sees him working with an established name as custodian of the

brand. “It’s been really cool being part of that, especially since

they gave me my first show in the UK. And something as old

and respected as Garrard comes with a clout which is different

to my brand – and it’s been exciting watching it develop.”

A busy man, then, but Stephen’s home

life, split between Marylebone and the

Kent coast, offers a place to get away and

find new inspiration. “I love London - my

walk to work has got to be one of the best

walks to work in the world, from my flat

on Monatgue Square down to Mayfair.

But my home is Kent. I have to be by the

sea. It’s my second biggest inspiration, its rich blue colours,

and its changeable nature – it has a really strange influence

on my work and I love it. I wake up and can see France from

my window, it’s magic.”

Stephen clearly finds inspiration everywhere and perhaps

most pertinently is still moved and motivated by the rich

history of his industry. “When you think about Lalique

or Cartier, these people were incredible – you look back

through their body of work and get a bit blown away by it.

And I love the way that a jeweller in history has been looked

at differently over the years. Do you know that in Saxon

times the craftsmanship was so incredible, that they’d cut the

jeweller’s Achilles tendons so he couldn’t leave? It was better

to cripple a jeweller than lose him!

“Even these days, people like my good friend Turkish

designer Sevan Bicakci, amaze me. His headquarters in

Istanbul are like an old jewellery house, this

incredible building full of artisans. I

love it when I see something that’s a

combination of incredible design

and craftsmanship, – because

jewellery has got to be both.

You can be the best designer

in the world, but it’s only

half the story. Jewellery is a

craft; we’re not artists,

we’re artisans.” n

Stephen Webster

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4 18 carat gold horsebit earrings, £1920, Gucci, www.gucci.com 5 B.ZERO1 4-band ring in 18 carat pink gold with black ceramic, £700, Bulgari, www.bulgari.com

6 Mixity brass metal/resin choker in black, £735, Yves Saint Laurent, www.ysl.com 7 Gold-plated Swarovski crystal elephant ring, £260, Roberto Cavalli, www.robertocavalli.com

8 ‘Dark Mist’ 24 carat gold and black diamond earrings, £2,275, Gurhan at Harrods, www.harrods.com 9 Snakeskin and brass wrap bracelet, £190, Alexander McQueen, www.net-a-porter.com

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1 Image courtesy of Ralph Lauren 2 Full grain leather messenger bag, £285, Bill Amberg, www.mrporter.com

3 Stripped braces in red and navy, £75, Brookes Brothers, www.brooksbrothers.com 4 Steel cufflinks with polished finish, £89, Emporio Armani, www.emporioarmani.com

5 Plaited leather belt with metal prong buckle fastening, £165, Mulberry, www.mrporter.com 6 Marron brown brogue bourton shoe, £340, Tricker’s, www.my-wardrobe.com

7 Sheldrake vintage sunglasses in red havana with cosmik tone, £215, Oliver Peoples, available at David Clulow, Jubilee Place

8 Portuguese Automatic wristwatch, £POA, IWC, David M. Robinson, Jubilee Place 9 McQueen tartan bow tie, £110, Alexander McQueen, www.alexandermcqueen.co.uk

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Above:

Hermes Temps

Suspendu

Right:

Chopard Happy

Sport Oval

in 18 carat rose gold

Watch Classics

Swiss watches have become more pared-down and traditional lately but

what makes a watch a classic? Claire Adler talks to the experts

Elle Macpherson and

Jennifer Aniston

can often be found

brandishing their

man-sized Rolexes,

while tennis ace Maria Sharapova

was attached to her Tag

Heuer Carrera throughout

Wimbledon this year.

Viscount David Linley,

chairman of Christie’s

UK, is such a fan of

watches that he

sells handmade

storage cases for

serious collectors,

while property

mogul Nick Candy

has a penchant

for Rolex, Hublot,

Audemars Piguet

and number eight

in limited editions.

But with thousands of

different watches on the

market, what’s at the heart

of a watch classic?

Iconic watches tell great stories

that we love to re-tell. This year

sees Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrating

the 80th anniversary of its classic

Reverso. The watch was created

in 1931 after British officers in

India wanted a watch they could

wear while playing polo and Jaeger-

LeCoultre’s in-house historian and museum curator

Sebastian Vivas says the watch is nothing short of iconic.

“The origins of the Reverso’s birth, its timeless style, our

in-house watchmaking excellence and the manifold ways the

watch can be personalised – via engraving, lacquering and

enamelling – all contribute to rendering the Reverso both a

classic watch and a cult object,” he claims.

There are some watches that seem to draw you into a

narrative, inviting you to begin your own journey with

them: consider the watch worn by Neil Armstrong when he

took one big step onto the moon in 1969, watched by more

than 60 million people worldwide (the Omega Speedmaster

Professional); James Bond’s favourite watch (the Rolex

Submariner, according to author of the original James Bond

novels, Ian Fleming, or the Omega Seamaster 300 metre Diver

Chronometer according to multiple blockbuster movies);

watches collection

or the watch worn by racing legend Steve McQueen in the

classic 1970 racing film, Le Mans (the Tag Heuer Monaco).

Tag Heuer equipped early racing cars with dashboard

clocks in the 1860s, timed the Olympic Games in the 1920s,

and its new Mikrograph, set to be another classic, is the

first mechanical watch in the world to break down time, by

measuring it to the nearest 1/100th of a second.

Patek Philippe’s World Time, first introduced in 1930, was

the first watch to display time in all 24 time zones. One lady

recently went into the Patek Philippe store on Bond Street

to check the length of the waiting list for the enormously

sought-after World Time 5131, a watch with an enamel dial.

An apologetic salesperson told her she might have to wait

“up to ten years.”

A split second is all you need to recognise some classic

watches – if only you know what to look for. Think of the

Rolex Oyster cyclops magnifying lens date display at three

o’clock, Breguet’s metallic blue hands with a bubble near the

top, Hublot’s screws round its bezels inspired by portholes

on yachts or Chopard’s Happy Diamonds, which float freely

around watch dials.

Hermès has now taken the concept of timeless watches

to a whole new level. World-class watchmaker Jean-Marc

Wiederrecht, who has turned his hand to watches for Van

Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston in the past, recently

created a new Hermès Arceau watch that, he explains,

“suspends time.” At the touch of a button, all the hands

jump to a position on the dial that fails to signify any sensible

time at all – escapism of a new kind. Touch it again and it

returns instantly back to reality. “We’re leveraging technical

innovations for poetry in timekeeping,” says Hermès CEO

of Watches, Luc Perramond. “There are a lot of people who

want to design an iconic watch, but not many do,” adds

Wiederrecht. A classic? Only time will tell. n

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collection special event

The Jewel

in the City’s Crown

Collectors from around the globe will flock to Goldsmiths’ Fair this month as the historic

company presents one of the most prestigious events of its kind in Europe, and an

exciting insight into the intriguing world of fine jewellery. Richard Brown reports

Having played an integral part

in London Jewellery Week

2011 in June when it hosted

The Goldsmiths’ Pavillion

at Treasure – a selling

exhibition demonstrating contemporary UK

jewellery talent – The Goldsmiths’ Company

will once again showcase the country’s

flair for jewellery design when its annual

Goldsmiths’ Fair commences at the end of

this month.

Established in 1983, Goldsmiths’ Fair has

grown in stature to become what is now

considered the ultimate one-stop destination for

those seeking contemporary jewellery and silver

by the most exciting independent designers in the

UK. For two weeks, 180 designers, including ten

recent graduates, will descend upon Goldsmiths’

Hall to present their latest collections. The result

promises to be a dazzling display of virtuoso

jewellery and silverware.

Set in Goldsmiths’ Hall, located in the heart

of the City and on a site that the company

has owned since 1339, the exhibition takes

place against a background steeped in

history. As the medieval guild for goldsmiths,

as well as silversmiths and jewellers, The

Goldsmiths’ Company has been responsible

for authenticating the standard of precious

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metals since the 14th century. In fact, the

word ‘hallmarking’ arises from the fact that

such metals were inspected and marked at

Goldsmiths’ Hall.

684 years after Edward III marked the

beginning of the company’s formal existence

as a craft guild, Goldsmiths’ continues as one

of the few Livery Companies still carrying

out its ancient functions, testing and marking

objects made of precious metals above certain

purities from its London Assay Office.

Honouring this celebrated history,

Goldsmiths’ Fair provides a platform for

talent, passion, creativity, innovative design

and superlative craftsmanship. Forget mass

production; the selling event, which is open

to the public, is centred on the bespoke and

the original, with each piece on show having

been hand-made by dedicated craftsmen in

small workshops around the country.

As well as providing the opportunity for

visitors to become the owner of a bespoke piece

of fine jewellery, the Fair encourages interaction

with designers who will be explaining their

techniques and inspiration. The two-way

interaction adds a vital personal element to the

whole process of buying, as well as making the

experience enlightening and educational.

“The Fair is a hugely important event

Below left to right:

Ming

David Marshall

Tom Rucker

Shaun Leane

to many designer-makers,” points out Paul

Dyson, Director of Promotion. “It presents

an invaluable opportunity in terms of

experience, exposure and direct contact with

clients. Equally significant are the huge benefits

the makers gain from exhibiting together, not

only in terms of camaraderie but also through

networking and the sharing of ideas and skills.”

Running from 26 September to 9 October,

Goldsmiths’ Fair has become a must-visit for

both in-the-know jewellery enthusiasts and

collectors, looking to add bespoke, signature

pieces to their collection. Whether you wish

to acquire treasured one-of-a-kind gifts,

statement silver pieces for the home, future

heirlooms for the family, or cufflinks and silver

accessories for men and fabulous jewellery for

women, the Fair won’t disappoint. Make an

investment in pieces that will only increase in

value thanks to the combination of precious

metals and superlative bespoke design, or

simply head to Goldsmiths’ to get your

Christmas shopping done early. n

Goldsmiths’ Fair

26 September-2 October and 4-9 October

Open 11am-7pm, Monday to Friday, and

10am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday

www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk


It’s all In the bag

Luxury luggage and accessory brand Tumi launch their

sumptuous Autumn / Winter collection, combining their

classic wheeled hard-shell cases, with an array of

handbags, satchels, totes, and briefcases. In dusky

shades of grey and copper, deep port-reds, seductive

expresso and smart black, this season’s palette is a

stylish addition to any ensemble. Whether you

are heading for a day at the office, a night on the

town or for a week at the beach Tumi have a bag

to suit the occasion.

In collaboration with the Breast Cancer

Research Foundation, Tumi are unveiling

their limited edition pink travel collection.

20 percent of the sales of these products

go to supporting the invaluable work

into finding a cure to breast cancer in

our lifetime.

Tumi

Cabot Place

Canary Wharf

020 7513 2456

What’s In store for london 2012

Just in time for the back-to-school stock up and Christmas shopping, London 2012 opens the doors

of its newest store in Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf in mid September. Coinciding with the launch of the

latest Team GB and Paralympics GB range, the exciting new London 2012 Shop will showcase gifts and

clothing featuring the vibrant London 2012 colours, the classic Olympic Museum Collection designs

and many other exciting products. Wenlock, the official Olympic mascot, and Mandeville, the official

Paralympic mascot, are also available in a range of toys, games and collectables. From the gift giver to

the London visitor, from the collector to the child in all of us, there is something there for everyone.

London 2012 Shop

Jubilee Place

Canary Wharf

bedford Collection

georgetown Collection

SHOPPING

bedford Collection

bellevue Collection


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1 Reiss A/W Collection, see store for details, Cabot Place & Jubilee Place 2 Square Pendant, £80, Jaeger London, Cabot Place

3 Sleeveless Pussybow Shirt, £20, River Island, Cabot Place 4 Belted Coat, £430, Jaeger London, Cabot Place 5 Plisse Skirt, £32, Warehouse, Canada Place

6 Shilo Heel, £160, L.K.Bennett, Jubilee Place 7 Empress Cuff, £79, Aspinal of London, Cabot Place 8 Ellie Bag, £345, L.K.Bennett, Jubilee Place

9 Watch, £360, Pandora, Cabot Place � Paolo Belt, £49, Reiss, Cabot Place & Jubilee Place

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1 Hackett A/W Collection, see store for details, Cabot Place 2 Jersey Jacket, £550 and Striped Shirt from £45, Hackett, Cabot Place 3 Spot Cotton Handkerchief, £12.50,

Charles Tyrwhitt, Canada Place 4 Mini-dot Tie, £75, Aquascutum, Cabot Place 5 Bedford Briefcase, £845, Tumi, Cabot Place 6 Leather Hip Flask, £40, Aspinal of London,

Cabot Place 7 Patek Philippe Calatrava, £19,530, David M Robinson, Jubilee Place 8 Mayfair Cufflinks, £55, Hackett , Cabot Place 9 Meisterstrück Solitaire Doue Geometric

Pen, £950, Montblanc, Canada Place � Chetwynd Brogue, £370, Church's English Shoes, Cabot Place � Polished Shoe, £210, Hugo Boss, Cabot Place


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events

DISCOVERY WALKS:

Discover Canary Wharf’s unique landscaped spaces and take a deeper look at how the area’s history has

come to shape its future, through free Discovery Walks: Nature & History.

If you’ve ever wondered how Canary Wharf has come to be a world leader in contemporary urban

design and a blueprint for ecological management these walks are for you. Nature explores Canary

Wharf’s green public spaces and hidden wildlife habitats, while History traces Canary Wharf’s humble

beginnings as a disused dock through to its iconic urban regeneration.

Discovery Walks will take you beyond the simple beginnings of this area to its dynamic future enhanced by

its world class design, and thriving shopping malls, events, visual arts and community programmes.

Friday 16 September - Nature

This walk will guide you through some of Canary Wharf’s 20 acres of landscaped open spaces and natural

reserves. From green roofs and parks to colourful flower beds and aquatic features, walkers will discover

the green areas and learn of the species of bird, fish and insects that the area attracts. Discover how these

spaces are home to so many different species of flora and fauna and how Canary Wharf Group’s high

standards of ecological management and sustainability have contributed to being named among The

Sunday Times’ Best Green Companies in the UK since 2008.

Saturday 17 September - History

History will help you to examine the extraordinary transformation of an area whose development was once

considered an “impossible” task. Come and discover the secrets of the planning, design and construction of

this remarkable London landmark, from the footprint of the boom then decline of the West India Docks and

the area’s multi-cultural roots, to the devastation inflicted by WWII, to the area’s dramatic regeneration.

Walks start at the Canary Wharf Jubilee Line station.

space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Friday 16 and saturday 17 september

Friday 6-8pm: nAtURe

saturday 11am-1pm and 2-4pm: HIstORY

throughout Canary Wharf

FRee

THE LUNCH MARKET

Fast becoming a Canary Wharf favourite, join us for an alfresco

feast as The Lunch Market returns to Canada Square Park for

the final time this year, with more than 20 stalls brimming with

delicious international foods. Inspired by the spirit of outdoor

markets throughout the world, The Lunch Market offers an

amazing assortment of tasty dishes for lunch with a difference.

Each lunch market offers a changing range of fabulous

foods from a variety of cuisines – you might find spicy

curries and tagines, fresh burritos with guacamole, delicious

organic vegetarian food, chunky steak sandwiches, gourmet

chorizo rolls, fresh ice cream and much more - so leave those

sandwiches at home and join us for something a bit different!

tuesday 27 september

11am-3pm

Canada square Park, Canary Wharf


Celebrate the 2011 Rugby World Cup at

Canary Wharf

TouCh Rugby Challenge

Canary Wharf celebrates the 2011 Rugby World Cup by inviting the England Touch Rugby team to Canada

Square Park where they will demonstrate the sport and their skills. There will also be the unique opportunity

for teams to take them on and rugby enthusiasts to just turn up and take part in the rugby target challenge.

So why not enter a team or just turn up on the day and take part in this celebration of rugby.

Tuesday 11 October

Touch Rugby Challenge

11.30am-2.30pm

Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf

Free

To enter a team email arts&events@canarywharf.com

an evening

WiTh legends

You are invited to join rugby legends england’s David

Trick (Tricky), Ireland’s rob Henderson and Saracens’

Hugh Vyvyan for some lively chat, reminiscing, questions

and answers prior to the screening of Invictus PG starring

Hollywood legends Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon,

and directed by Clint eastwood. The 2009 film depicts the

incredible true story of the rise and success of the host nation

South Africa in the 1995 rugby World Cup.

Tuesday 11 October

an evening with legends

7pm (doors 6.30pm)

Screening commences 8pm

east Wintergarden, Bank Street

e14 5NX

Full bar and food available from

doors opening

£20 - ticketweb.co.uk or

0844 847 2268 (booking fee applies)

Visit canarywharf.com for regular event updates, pick up a brochure available throughout the Canary Wharf malls or email

arts&events@canarywharf.com to be added to our mailing list.

Details correct at time of print.

Coming to Canary Wharf

this autumn…

CanaRy WhaRf

Comedy Club

Looking for nights of raucous comedy?

Then join us for a feast of established

comedians and rising stars.

Tuesday 25 October & 8 November

7.15pm (doors 6.30pm)

£12 - ticketweb.co.uk or

0844 847 2268

(booking fee applies)

east Wintergarden, Bank Street

e14 5NX

Full bar and food available from doors

opening

CanaRy WhaRf Quiz

nighT

Mondays 10 October & 7 November

6.30pm (doors 6pm)

east Wintergarden, Bank Street,

£15 per team*, maximum 6 team

members – All proceeds go to charity

*Teams must register in advance via

email to:

arts&events@canarywharf.com

Full bar and food available from

doors opening

For more information visit canarywharf.com


ScuLPtuRE IN thE WORKPLAcE

ART

LAWSON OYEKAN: GLOBAL WORKING

19 September – 11 November 2011

Lobby, One Canada Square

Four ceramic sculptures by Lawson Oyekan have long formed part of Canary Wharf’s permanent

art collection, on display in the Lobby of One Canada Square. In September these are joined by an

exhibition of the artist’s more recent works. Significantly larger pieces, they show how Oyekan’s

ideas have progressed and demonstrate his extraordinary working practice.

For a number of years Oyekan has not had a permanent studio, mainly due to his ambition to

work on a large scale but also, more importantly, to reflect on other cultures and to discover the

effects that clays from different parts of the world have on his sculptural vessels. For him each

vessel is a figure and the smaller items on pedestals are heads. His vessels hold mysteries, spirits

and stories – many pieces include calligraphy – conjured up from his Yoruba origins, but married

with contemporary culture from around the world.

Oyekan was born in London but brought up in Nigeria. He graduated from the Royal College

of Art in 1988 and has since pursued a career as a sculptor working in both stone and clay. He has

gained residencies in Britain, Europe and the United States and has exhibited widely, winning the

Grand Prize at the World Ceramic Biennale in South Korea in 2001.

For information on the Visual Arts programme please visit canarywharf.com

WINdOW

GALLERIES

The Art, Design & Lightbox

Window Galleries in Canada

Place retail mall are showcases for

up-and-coming artists, designers

and craftspeople.

Katharina Vones

Until 23 September

Katharina’s

Microcosms

collection

captures the

harmonious

imperfections

of growth patterns found within

nature and architecture. Towering

skyscrapers with their mirrorpolished

façades are a particular

focus of interest, translated into

multi-faceted jewellery that appears

to grow on the complex surface of

the human body.

kvones.com

Petra Bishai

Until 23 September

Petra’s work

is inspired by

city life. Her

beautifully

constructed

wall pieces,

both mobile

and fixed, incorporate industrial and

hand-made staples in steel, 18 carat

gold and silver.

petrabishai.co.uk

Madi Boyd and

Jonathan Munro

Until 28 October

Boyd and Munro work

collaboratively in installation and

holographic video. For the first

time since winning the Randstad VJ

award, they present images from

filming at ZSL London Zoo.

madiboyd.com jonathanmunro.com


25 Churchill Place

New Canary Wharf Tower to be built at

25 Churchill Place

The last remaining site on the original Canary Wharf Masterplan is to be developed.

Construction on 25 Churchill Place will start later this year. The 20 storey building has

been half let to the European Medicines Agency, who will move in from January 2015.

The other half of the building will be marketed by Canary Wharf Group as construction

progresses.

25 Churchill Place will be one of Canary Wharf’s greenest buildings. Environmental

features include elevators that store and reuse energy elsewhere in the building, the latest

ultra-efficient air-conditioning equipment that recycles the energy from exhaust air and

photo-voltaic cells to generate energy from the sun’s rays.

Shell Centre

NEWS

Shell Centre to be

redeveloped by Canary

Wharf Group and

Qatari Diar

Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar recently

concluded an agreement with Shell International

to redevelop the Shell Centre site at South Bank,

in the heart of London.

The companies secured the site for £300 million

and will be working on plans to develop a mixture

of office, retail and residential space. George

Iacobescu CBE, Chairman and Chief Executive

of Canary Wharf Group said: “The South Bank

is one of London’s best loved places. It is both a

privilege and a great responsibility to be involved

in this redevelopment project which will reenergise

a key part of this area of London.”

Canary Wharf to be

the Backdrop for Star

Strewn Film

Canary Wharf is to form part of the set for a new

feature film called Welcome to the Punch.

Written and directed by Isle of Dogs resident

Eran Creevy, the film will star James McAvoy,

Mark Strong and Andrea Riseborough.

Eran Creevy comments “It’s great to be

shooting against the magnificent backdrop of

Canary Wharf and modern London, we have a

fantastically talented cast and crew, and I can’t

wait to start filming.”

Welcome To The Punch finds ex-criminal Jacob

Sternwood (Strong) forced to return to London

from his Icelandic hideaway when his son is

involved in a heist gone wrong. This gives his

nemesis, detective Max Lewinsky (McAvoy), one

last chance to catch the man he’s always been after.

As the two enemies hurtle towards an unavoidable

face off, they start to uncover a deeper conspiracy

they both need to solve in order to survive.


Hot on the heels of New

York, and skipping ahead of

its European sisters Milan

and Paris, comes London

Fashion Week in all its

androgynous, voluminous,

dotty, fetish-fashion glory

LONDON FASHION WEEK

People constantly make the mistake

of comparing London with New

York, Milan and Paris, and that’s

not what it’s about. London has its

own fashion identity. You come here

to find the next Alexander McQueen.” If anyone

has the authority to say so, it’s Anna Wintour,

editor of fashion bible American Vogue, and she’s

right. London has made its own indelible, unique

stamp on the global fashion industry and London

Fashion Week (LFW) serves to showcase not only

established designers but also to highlight the best

of the new kids on the block.

interview..............;NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD

fashion.................................................................................BODYAMR!

feature..................................................FASHION FRINGE

This September sees the ‘Big Four’ fashion

capitals hosting their biannual, trend-setting

Fashion Weeks in quick succession, drawing

the attention of designers, fashionistas and press

worldwide. Organised by the British Fashion

Council and funded by a number of sponsors,

the SS 2012 collections debut in London from

16 to 20 September. LFW boasts more than 50

official catwalk shows as well as another 45 off

schedule, showcasing in excess of 170 designers

and putting London and British fashion firmly

on the international stage. LFW alone generates

orders in the region of £100 million. n

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THE BEAUTY

gilt

of

Sleek, modern evening wear, body-con micro dresses, spiked stilettos and gold

shackled boots: essential BodyAmr for the most stylish women.

From sequins and drapes to seventies and fur, make a statement this season

Photography: John Wright Styling: Jessica Rea Long


Kym: Power net and crystal bodice evening

dress with peacock silk drape (made to order)

Nude suede pump with patent leather toe cap

and yellow gold heel

Shamone: Ivory knitted silk asymetric drape

cocktail dress, navy suede pumps with patent

leather toe cap and pink gold heel

All clothes and jewellery by BodyAmr

All footwear by Gianmarco Lorenzi for BodyAmr


Shamone, top left: Ivory knitted silk asymetric drape cocktail dress, pumps as before

Kym, left: Geometric printed silk satin drawstring kaftan (made to order), pumps as

before, pair of gold cuffs

Shamone, above: Floor length silk chiffon dress with stretch metalic printed rayon body

(made to order), gold chain ankle boots with Swarovski stud detail


Kym, far left: Power net and lame cocktail dress

Gold cuffs, gold tribal necklace

Kym, left: Veiled powernet and crystal cocktail dress

with cut out shoulders, grey suede and gold fringe

thigh boots with gold toe cap


Kym: Veiled powernet and crystal cocktail dress

Shamone: Fine knit rayon halter cocktail dress with

“Mongolian biker” leather and fur jacket

(made to order), sunglasses: stylist’s own


All clothes and jewellery from

BodyAmr, www.bodyamr.com

All shoes from the launch collection

of Gianmarco Lorenzi for BodyAmr

AW11 and available to order

For stockists or bespoke enquiries, please

contact Drew Muntz. Call 020 7691 2085

or email correspondence@bodyamr.com

Hair stylist:

Enzo Volpe

Make-up artist:

Nikki Palmer

Models:

Shamone at Premiere and Kym at IMG

Location: Goldsmiths’ Hall.

Goldsmiths’ Fair of Contemporary

Jewellery and Silver is taking place

26 September – 9 October

www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk


fashion

news

GuCCI for a/w11

Rarely has one collection epitomised so many of

the season’s key trends as the latest drop from

Gucci. Look after look had the fashion press

captivated in Milan as models took to the runway

in a variety of show-stopping designs. At one end

of the spectrum, summer’s colour blocking brights

were reworked into sophisticated jewelled tones of

MUST-HAVE ITEM: WEbSITE: TREND:

New Louboutins

While this shoe’s iconic

red sole might alone

determine its must-have

status, its playful appeal

makes it all the more

charming. After all, if one

is choosing Louboutins why

not have them super-high,

in an outlandish shade and

edged with glitter and gold?

8 mIGnons In Chartreuse

sueDe, ChrIstIan louboutIn,

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emerald and amethyst, but there was also a touch

of the dark, gothic vamp as seen at Christian Dior.

Snakeskin and sharp tailoring can be referenced

but the overall style was that of a poised and

elegant country duchess. Think faux fur, fedoras

and layering.

www.GuCCI.Com

www.balenciaga.co.uk

A tempting scrolling

function which rattles

through the collections and

optimised search facilities

make the redesigned

Balenciaga website a

shopper’s dream. However,

we love it for its archives,

which include sketches

from the first range in 1937

along with documentation

of how the designs and

marketing campaigns have

evolved over the decades.

fashion

concierge

Quote of the month:

A girl should be

two things: classy

and fabulous.

Sixties Style

You could be forgiven for

thinking summer’s 70s revival

was going to pervade A/W11

too, and it well might, but

those favouring monochrome

and simple shapes are already

unearthing last year’s chic

shifts and rocking a slicker

silhouette. This belted jersey

dress by Milly at NET-A-

PORTER has all the makings of

a wardrobe staple.

www.netaporter.Com

I heart (DK)nY

DKNY has launched its new

jewellery pieces for Fall 2011,

capturing the edgy tone

of New York cool

which has become

the label’s signature.

The range

juxtaposes leather

bracelets and a

mix of metals

and semi precious

stones including

rose gold, silver and

grey. Fans of DKNY

watches will also spot

details like logo studs and

D-shaped links which have been

carried over, along with luxurious black

and white ceramics.

www.DKnY.Com

CoCo Chanel

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Photo: Sophie Delaporte

In His Shoes

Despite being a much-lauded shoe designer with an A-list following, it’s not

your average man behind the label. As Nicholas Kirkwood opens his new store

on Mayfair’s exclusive Mount Street, he talks to Elle Blakeman about footwear

inspiration, loud music and why women refuse to give up the platform

It’s a stiflingly hot day in London when I meet

Nicholas Kirkwood at his über-chic new store in

Mount Street, Mayfair’s most élite road. He leads

me through the light-filled, airy space stacked with

stunning heels at every turn, as I try not to get

distracted and instead focus on where I am putting my now

rather boringly clad feet (peach cut-out heels, for the record).

We reach the basement of this beautiful Grade-II listed

building, a Geppetto’s workshop of sorts, and Kirkwood

politely apologises for the heat: “We have air-con upstairs in

the shop, but it doesn’t quite stretch to down here,” he says.

I am astounded at how down-to-earth the man himself is.

After all, this is the designer who has won countless awards

in his short career, including the prestigious Accessory

Designer of the Year award at the 2010 British Fashion

Awards; he is the designer openly praised by Manolo

Blahnik for his unique style; and last, but by no means least

in this celebrity-driven world, he decorated Sarah Jessica

Parker’s famous-in-their-own-right feet in her Sex and the

City 2 tour – surely the most watched soles on the planet.

So how did this ordinary man rise up to become such an

insider name in just six short years? The answer, of course,

is that he’s anything but ordinary. Having studied fine art at

Central St. Martin’s and unsure about what direction to take,

the young Kirkwood went to work with hat designer, Philip

Treacy. “Women would bring in these fantastic outfits and I

would try to find a hat to match. At the time there were some

amazing things happening with clothes – McQueen, Hussein

Chalayan – but the shoes were really dull, as if from another

decade. I knew I liked accessories, and I just thought that there

was a lot more that could be done with shoes. So I looked into

a course in London and I ended up at Cordwainers.”

This ‘thought’ paid off, as the industry quickly sat up and

took note of his innovative, architectural designs, earning

him several emerging designer awards. His pioneering

approach to shoe design, and the materials manipulated

to make them, from degradé silks to shaved stingray and

rubberised leather, showed that this was not a man who

shied away from a challenge. So where does the inspiration

for these ground-breaking – literally – designs come from?

“I just sit down with a pad of paper and a cup of tea

and some really loud music”, [electro or rock, if you’re

interested] “and just start doodling. Then I’ll see something

else that will take it in a new direction and eventually at

some point you’ve got to stop and say, ‘Okay, I better

start making them now’.” Does he pay attention to what’s

going on in the industry when designing? “Obviously

I consider the seasons, but I then just do what I enjoy.

When I started out I really looked up to people like Roger

Vivier, Andre Perugia and Ferragamo. They were really

pushing boundaries and doing incredible things, and the

technologies they were using at the time were really new.”


This desire to constantly create something fresh is

evident throughout his collections. “I have just been

working with the Keith Haring foundation, incorporating

his artwork into a mini couture collection, [which has

now gone to exhibition]... Because his shapes are so bold,

I thought it would be really interesting to see if you could

take that artwork and use it in a different way, and not just

on a flat surface.”

Kirkwood clearly believes that two heads are better

than one, with a long list of collaborations behind him.

“Shoes lend themselves to collaborations as they are an

accessory to the rest of the outfit, so in a way I’m always

collaborating. It allows me to do something I wouldn’t

normally do in my own collection. So working with Rodate

it could be doing a candlewax heel, or big studs and

spikes. These are things that I would never put in my own

collection because it goes outside the look I’m trying to get,

but at the same time I really enjoyed doing it.”

As any dedicated shoe shopper will tell you, heels have

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become increasingly vertiginous thanks to the platform,

the popularity of which had shown no sign of waning until

recently, when Tom Ford declared: “When a woman looks

like she has copies of the Oxford English Dictionary attached

to her feet, it’s time for the fashion pendulum to swing the

other way”. Where Tom Ford goes, the industry follows,

so how does Kirkwood feel about the potential impending

death of the platform? “I’ve been doing that for years but

the problem is no one is buying them!” he says. “There’s

definitely a push from the press and certain designers are

trying to go lower, but the problem is that women have

become used to that extra inch or two and they are reluctant

to give it up. They don’t want to be shorter.”

It is this knowledge of what women want that has made

him so successful. Rather than simply picturing a red-carpetsauntering

A-lister, Kirkwood identifies various scenarios

and personalities, bringing his work to life. “I imagine all

different types of women in my shoes, so ‘the department

store girl’ or ‘the downtown hip girl’. I don’t have a celebrity

muse.” And yet celebrities still flock to the brand. “There

are some really cool women out there wearing my shoes

– Julianne Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyoncé…” Does

this unaffected designer ever get excited to see his creations

being worn? “When I started I thought, that’ll be the best

thing ever to see someone in your shoes, and then at a party

someone said: ‘She’s wearing your shoes!’”

So, awards, glamour and now one of the chicest shoe

shops around – with floors designed by Richard Woods, who

Nicholas lived with in his Philip Treacy days: “I saw what

he did at the late Isabella Blow’s house and I thought that

it would be perfect for the shop” – what does rest of 2011

hold for the brand? “A couple of collaborations will come

out next year, plus we’re bringing out a men’s collection, and

potentially bags as well. Oh, and we’re going to open a store

in New York.” “Where in New York?” I enquire; after all,

Mount Street is fairly hard to top. He ponders for a moment.

“I’m not sure. But it will be somewhere good,” he says,

smiling. I have no doubt it will. n

www.nicholaskirkwood.com

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What You’ll Be Wearing

With London Fashion Week upon us, Elle Blakeman looks to the Fashion Fringe stage

to see what the cream of the next generation of designers will produce for S/S12

For fashion insiders, the Fashion Fringe

competition is a battle worth paying attention

to. Now in its eighth year, the competition is

responsible for propelling some of the most

talented ‘new gen’ (new generation) designers

to the next level, including Erdem and Basso & Brooke, and

has previously been judged by industry royalty Tom Ford and

Donatella Versace. True to form, this year’s judges include

Roland Mouret and the always-in-fashion Claudia Schiffer

(who has recently launched her own cashmere label), alongside

founder, renowned fashion journalist Colin McDowell, who

insists that this is the best year yet.

“There was an energy but a seriousness in our choices

this year because, as several members of the jury who

have worked with us before have said, this is potentially

the strongest line up we have had in our eight years,” says

McDowell. Mouret points out that “it’s not just exciting

but also very relevant to feel part of Fashion Fringe, where

so many young talents take their journey in this amazing,

frustrating world of fashion.

“What’s better than to have Colin McDowell as a Fairy

Godmother?” he adds. After a long, and fiercely fought

contest, the judges narrowed their shortlist of 11 (“The fact

that we couldn’t get it down to ten tells its own tale,” says

McDowell) down to just three, each of whom made room

for us in their busy preparations to tell us about their take on

fashion. We strongly advise learning these names.

Next Summer

Heidi Leung

A super-sweet and incredibly talented graduate of Central

St. Martin’s, Heidi Leung has worked with renowned

designers Edmond Chow (in San Francisco), Alexander

McQueen and Christopher Kane

How did you get started?

I was interested in punk DIY clothes, and also in the idea

that romantic moments are more romantic when you are

dressed for the occasion.

What does fashion mean to you?

To me it’s being able to become a character through

dressing. You step out of your house and you can play any

part you want, which is magical.

Who would be your dream person to dress?

Daphne Guinness. She’s fearless and just loves fashion.

And she’s not practical in any way.

Who do you look up to in the industry?

Diana Vreeland and Grace Coddington, as they both

made great careers in fashion out of being who they are.

Which look do you wish you’d created?

Rococco – true luxury. Or the flapper look – I love

1920s glamour.

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Sum up your collection in three words.

Orientalism; vintage resort.

What is your fashion prediction for 2012?

Colourful A/W collections I hope! Though I have not

really thought that far and don’t try to predict fashion.

What would you ban in fashion?

Ultra low-rise jeans – they’re terrible!

Nabil El-Nayal

A Royal Collage of Art graduate (on a MA scholarship scheme

from the British Fashion Council) and winner of the Graduate

Fashion Week Womenswear Award in 2008, Nabil has gone

on to design a line of super-chic dresses for River Island

How did you get started?

I don’t really recall wanting to do anything else; one of

my earliest memories as a child is knitting. After loving all

art subjects at school, I went on to study at the Manchester

School of Art and later the Royal College of Art.

What does fashion mean to you?

Aside from my mother, fashion is the most important

thing to me in the world. I feel so complete when I dress

a woman in my clothes; when she is happy, I get a rush of

adrenaline through my body - it’s very addictive!

Who would be your dream person to dress?

In the past, Eartha Kitt and Marlene Dietrich – both very

powerful and confident women. Today I look to women

who have that same power and allure; people like Daphne

Guinness and also Madonna.

Who do you look up to in the industry?

I am a big fan of Jens Laugesen.

Which look do you wish you’d created?

Elizabeth I. I wish I’d been around to be her personal stylist.

Sum up your collection in three words.

Ethereal. Smoke. Confident.

What is your fashion prediction for 2012?

I believe that doughy-neutral colours will really

dominate. I’m feeling cleanliness and loving no-fuss-cleancut-functional-creativity.

What would you ban in fashion?

Harems come right up there, along with UGGs, cheap

pumps and anything that has a bow on it.

Fyodor and Golan

The formidable and über-sleek duo – Fyodor Podgorny and

Golan Frydman – were named finalists after showing with

Vauxhall Fashion Scout last season and have done stints at

Alexander McQueen, Richard Nichol and Dries Van Noten

How did you get started?

We’d been together for over four years but always

worked separately with advice from each other. We

launched our label a year ago as we felt that our work

was growing organically together. Our dream is to create

a FYODOR GOLAN Fashion House – for us it’s about

exploring opposites so its personal and emotional, a Dr.

Jekyll / Mr Hyde type of thing.

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is not the front or the back of a garment, but

something in between; something holds it together with a

bit of magic and imagination.

Who would be your dream person to dress?

We dream of dressing Marilyn Monroe. She had such a

strong film image and a totally different image in real life,

something of our duality – melancholy and energy. Today,

we’d be honoured to dress Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett.

Who do you look up to in the industry?

We look up to people who inspire us – Elsa Schiaparelli

in the past to Haider Ackermann. They show something

extra besides business.

Which look do you wish you’d created?

The Elizabethan era, we love Queen Elizabeth. Her

power and hunger for change and harmony is inspirational.

The way she communicated herself through her look.

Sum up your collection in three words.

Flowers of evil.

What is your fashion prediction for 2012?

Strong colours, strong attitude, strong personalities.

What would you ban in fashion?

Fakes - nobody looks good in them. n


Design

divas


With the new Autumn/Winter Collection

from Project D set to be another huge

success, Gabrielle Lane talks fashion and

future plans with label creators Dannii

Minogue and Tabitha Somerset-Webb

With the tagline declaring ‘beautiful

dresses to make every woman feel

beautiful’, Project D is on a mission to

conquer the market. Representing their

combined passions, style icon Dannii

Minogue and talented designer Tabitha Somerset-Webb set

out to create a range of glamorous gowns which would both

appeal to, and work, for all women. “We want women to

wear our dresses and to feel sexy and confident in them,”

explains Tabitha. “The dresses are made to look as cool on a

25-year-old as they do timeless on a 60-year-old.”

To this end, the new Autumn/Winter collection includes

eye-catching leopard prints and feminine florals for daytime,

gorgeous ensembles of deep red and classic black for events

and several signature showstoppers such as the striking,

metallic Claudia mini dress. This will be the pair’s fifth range

and it is proving just as popular as their previous design work.

“A/W main is an exciting collection! Dannii’s favourite

is the Lily dress in the black jacquard. She’s saving it for a

special occasion, as she loves it,” enthuses Tabitha. Tabitha

herself favours the Kate, an easy day dress in a gorgeous

polka dot. She also loves the Tyra, a more structured dress,

tailored to make every figure look fabulous.

It is the fusion of the creators’ different preferences

which holds the key to the brand’s wide appeal. Dannii

continues to win admiration for her sophisticated style

while Tabitha channels a fresh, rock ‘n’ roll edge. “My

passions are usually bolder than Dannii’s,” Tabitha agrees.

“We both travel a lot so often pick up different ideas from

round the globe and email them to each other excitedly.”

While dresses are clearly still on the agenda, Dannii

and Tabitha also share an enthusiasm for all things

beauty. “We are launching a range in Boots which will

cover everything from body lotion to lip glosses so we

are keen to see the reaction to it,” they explain, before

openly disclosing their desires to move into maternity and

wedding collections in the future. Of course, the irony is

that such huge brand development and success leaves little

time for pampering. “In an ideal world, before a night

out we both love to have a long luxurious bath, exfoliate,

moisturise and give ourselves a mani/pedi while rocking

out to music on our iPods,” says Tabitha. “Although,

neither of us have much time.”

However, their mission remains clear, as Tabitha

explains. “I hope that both the brands will continue to

grow and flourish. Project D is still in its infancy and my

hope is that it has so much more to achieve – there is so

much Dannii and I still want to do, but it’s all about taking

it a day at a time. In ten years time we hope to be sitting in

our penthouse office in Sydney looking out over the ocean

and giving each other a high five!” n

Project D by Dannii and Tabitha is available at

www.projectdonline.co.uk

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NEW HAIR CUT


health & beauty

news

worK out weiGht loSS

Last month Olympic Rowing Coach and training

guru Terry O’Neill advised us on the fastest

way to lose weight. This month we asked him

why, for some of us, working out doesn’t always

achieve the desired results.

He explained: “This is a common problem

but can normally be explained by one of two

simple answers. Either you are overeating to

congratulate yourself on having done exercise

or you have swapped some muscle for some fat;

since muscle is heavier than fat, your weight

may have gone up. Watch your diet, make sure

you’re not overeating and avoid energy drinks

which will put back on all the calories you’ve

just burned off. Measure your waist, thighs and

biceps, and take pictures to compare before and

after – you may just be changing shape which is

what you want. Visit the website to make sure

you’re training in the right way.”

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treatment of the month: SEANHANNA EXECUTIVE BLOW-DRY

Ever wished you could breeze straight from work

to social events with salon-perfect hair? If so, are

you often thwarted in the attempt because time

isn’t on your side? Seanhanna has come up with

the perfect solution. The London Hairdressers of

the Year has introduced the Executive Blowdry – a

fabulous new service available now at Seanhanna

for just £20. This uber-professional, speedy

blowdry includes a luxury shampoo and blissful

head massage, as well as styling your hair however

you like; I looked more like Cheryl Cole than I

ever thought possible by the end. Do note that this

is a walk-in service only and cannot be booked in

advance. Subject to availability, the receptionist

will allocate you a stylist anytime you pop in while

passing, so give yourself a well-deserved treat.

Seanhanna executive Blow-Dry, £20

Sean hanna, juBilee place, 020 7513 2660

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raw fairieS

5-Day Detox

Combining the skills of Cordon-Bleu

trained chef Anya Ladra with the

nutritional expertise of Christina

Agnew, Raw Fairies is the number

one luxury food delivery service

in London. The concept is to aid

detoxification and for five days,

Monday to Friday, clients receive

a selection of gourmet raw food,

fresh fruit and vegetable juices and

nutritionist-designed supplements.

Combining raw and organic

ingredients provides vitamins and

minerals and avoids the loss of

energising enzymes through cooking.

Our tester slept better, had more

energy and clearer skin and lost four

pounds. Whether you want to trim

down before a holiday or big event

or kick-start a healthier lifestyle, the

Raw Fairies 5-day package, discreetly

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raw fairieS 5-Day Detox, £295

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basso anD bRooke

Proof that every surface can be adorned with

gorgeous prints comes in the form of the interiors

projects of fashion design duo Basso and Brooke.

The pair have been at the helm of numerous

successful collaborations including one which saw

lampshades, console tables and a Bergere Gondola

chair wrapped in vibrant digital designs inspired by

Turning Leaf wine. They continue to work in this

capacity on a bespoke basis and will be releasing an

eagerly awaited collection of soft furnishings and

limited edition art prints on their website very soon.

www.bassoanDbRooke.com

DVF

In keeping with her fashion

signature of contemporary

patterns and smooth silhouettes,

Diane Von Furstenberg’s home

range is modern and fun. In

Europe, the range is exclusively

available at Selfridges and

includes bed linen splashed with

animal prints and bright colours

and a range of beaded cushions.

The collection is inspired by the

creator’s love of travel, nature

and art and such is her flair that

Claridge’s asked DVF to redesign

its prestigious Piano Suite.

www.selFRiDges.com

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Ralph lauRen

Ralph Lauren Home is the

destination of choice for discerning

clientele with a concept in mind.

While the label has chic neutral

colour palettes, handsome armoires

and chaise longues covered,

colonial style beds, safari camping

chairs and themed lamps all feature

in the range, with each piece built

to last for years to come.

www.RalphlauRenhome.com

mulbeRRy

In keeping with the ethos of

luxury British brand Mulberry, the

eponymous home range includes

accessories which are made

individually by local craftsmen.

Blankets are woven with Scottish

yarn, candles are made from natural

wax and there are beautiful willow,

leather and rope baskets created in

Somerset by a team of hot air balloon

makers. Aside from decorative items,

cosy armchairs, stools, ottomans and

fine fabrics have also been given the

Mulberry touch.

www.mulbeRRyhome.com

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the trend

There’s nothing shabby about a chic, French style living space boasting classic furniture,

pared-down paintwork, soft colours and antique glass accessories

Savior Dining Table, £POA

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture

www.rachelashwellshabbychiccouture.com

Fleur de Lis Glass Jar, £20, John Lewis

www.johnlewis.com

Provencal Round White Bedside Table

£165, The French Bedroom Company

www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

Fancy Floris Venetian Mirror, £175

The French Bedroom Company

www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk


Pip Studio Khaki Dinner Plate, £25.95

Selfridges, www.selfridges.com

Wild Flowers Wallpaper, £65 per roll

Cole & Son, www.cole-and-son.com

Christalle Chandelier, £195,

The French Bedroom Company,

www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

Aqua Marine Dining Chair, £165

Sweetpea & Willow

www.sweetpeaandwillow.com

Provence Eau de Source

£24, Brissi, www.brissi.co.uk

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French Boudoir Chair

£1,654, Juliette’s Interiors

www.juliettesinteriors.co.uk

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interiors

Coudray Bodycare Range

from £21.50, Cologne & Cotton

www.cologneandcotton.com

Floral Wardrobe, £5,025, And So To Bed

www.andsotobed.co.uk

Chateau Collection White Dressing

Table with Mirror, £655

Lucy Willow, www.lucywillow.co.uk

Kasbah Coffee Table, £698

Anthropologie, www.anthropologie.eu

Florentina Throw, £120

John Lewis, www.johnlewis.com


Live In Dream the

The future looks bright for Halcyon Interiors as the

company embarks on another 30 years of leading the

field in solutions to kitchen design

We all know that the kitchen is the

heart of the home. Not only is it the

space where we prepare, cook and eat

our food, it’s also where every dinner

party and house gathering seems to

end up. What was once a purely functionary room now

exists as a social space around which the rest of the home

revolves. In fact, we Brits spend more time in the kitchen

than in any other room.

It’s important, then, that our kitchens are able to function

around our lifestyles while simultaneously reflecting our

personalities. Equipped with the skill and experience to

ensure that they do is leading kitchen designer Halcyon

Interiors. In a similar way to how the mythical halcyon bird

was said to charm the wind and waves into tranquillity, the

company promises to transform your kitchen into a living

space of calm and congruity.

Armed with 30 years of experience at the cutting edge

of kitchen design, and specializing in Alno products – the

world’s second largest kitchen manufacturer – Halcyon

Interiors stands at the forefront of kitchen styling, supply,

and customer service. Every Halycon kitchen is designed

by its own creative team, fitted by its own installers and

managed by its own dedicated project management team

to ensure the living spaces created are as individual as the

clients for whom they are designed.

With the popularity of open interior spaces and loft style

living on the rise, the choice of the layout and styling of

your kitchen has become even more important. As living

habits change and the kitchen increasingly acts as an

extended living area, they are no longer bound by the same

design constraints as the kitchen of old.

While white may still prove popular as the focal point of

the kitchen’s colour palette, soft, neutral tones are part of

a growing trend while the introduction of new finishes like

glass offer another dimension in design. Alno Stoneglass, for

instance, where an image of stone is printed continuously onto

the back of glass doors, gives the impression of solid stone

and provides clean lines that flow uninterrupted around the

room. Innovatively, the company also combines glass with

other natural finishes such as wood veneer to create warm

environments and add depths of texture to furniture.

Incorporating in its designs furniture from other leading

brands, such as Miele, Gaggenau, Elica and Dornbracht,

Halcyon Interiors provides homeowners with timeless styling

and inventive spaces that are intended to last the test of time. n

For more information, and to see examples of kitchen

designs, visit www.halcyoninteriors.com

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Ralph Lauren has always

considered cars as art.

It’s not surprising, then,

that his automobile

collection features some

of the most beautiful

vehicles ever made

For our fashion issue, it is only fitting

that this page features an automotive

from one of the world’s most stylish

car collections, amassed by legendary

fashion designer Ralph Lauren. Built

in 1930 and capable of reaching 235 kilometres per

hour, the infamous seven litre straight-6-cylindered

Mercedes-Benz SSK ‘Count Trossi’ (pictured above,

bottom right) belongs to a collection of more than

60 automotive masterpieces owned by one of the

20th century’s most successful style kings.

Proving that Lauren’s appreciation of classic

design and creative flair transcends the fashion

feature ...............................................england rugby

motoring ...................................................................................evoque

interview ............................sir stirling moss

Fashion on Four wheels

world into the automobile arena, the collection

boasts some of the most prestigious sports cars ever

created. From a brawny 1929 Bentley “Blower” to a

streamlined 1996 McLaren F1 LM (one of only five

ever produced), the collection traces the story of the

sports vehicles over a period of seven decades.

Following the success of last month’s L’Art de

L’Automobile exhibition in Paris, where 17 cars

from the Ralph Lauren collection were displayed

for the first time, you can experience this exquisite

assembly of cars in the pages of Speed, Style and

Beauty, a breathtaking volume of 29 works of art

selected by the fashion designer himself. n

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Gold Medal

There aren’t many of us who

can win a Gold Medal aged

20, and return to the same

sport aged 40 aiming to win

another next year. But that’s

exactly what Greg Searle is

attempting.

So how did he regain his

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He used what little spare time

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Not everyone has to have the

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news

firSt beckS, now rafa

Following in the wake of sporting legends David

Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal

has become the latest superstar to bare almost all

for Emporio Armani so fans can get the look.

Fronting the Emporio Armani Underwear and

Armani Jeans S/S11 collection, the two-time

Wimbledon winner and current world number

two cuts an impressive figure in a series of black

and white stills shot by fashion photographers

Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot. Nadal may be

renowned for his reserved on-court attitude but

the tennis champ appears anything but shy in

these sultry pictures.

www.armani.com

polo in the city

England’s polo players celebrated the close of the

polo season in style this summer. In an event hosted

by the team’s official tailor, Tony Lutwyche, players

provided city workers with a treat when they took

part in a pop-up polo match in Mayfair.

Kitted out in ‘Made in England’ Lutwyche

blazers, captain Luke Tomlinson, James Beim and

Malcolm Borwick took to their horses to play

several chukkas outside Lutwyche’s Clifford Street

store, before moving the game onto nearby Old

Bond Street and Savile Row.

As the owner of the only UK workshop capable

of making authentically English suits at the luxury

end of the market, Lutwyche has been hailed as the

man who saved high-end English tailoring.

www.lutwyche.co.uk

sports

calibre

Styling the nation

Who said the Olympics had to be

all about sport? Bringing a touch

of fashion to the 2012 Games will

be Stella McCartney who has been

appointed creative director for the

adidas Team GB clothing ranges. It

will be the first time a sports brand

has worked with a top fashion

designer to produce competition

wear for both the Olympic and

Paralympic Teams.

“As a British fashion designer

it is an amazing, once in a lifetime

opportunity,” said McCartney, who

will oversee the design of both the

athletes’ kit and a special edition

adidas Team GB lifestyle range. We

look forward to seeing the touch of

style McCartney will undoubtedly

bring to the sporting proceedings.

from catwalk

to croquet

Croquet just got fashionable.

Adorned with Chanel’s signature

white and black colours, this eyecatching

wood croquet set, with

aged calfskin trunk, will prove a

stylish addition to even the most

glamorous of garden parties.

Stepping off the catwalk and into

the world of sport, the fashion

house presents a range of athletic

accessories that includes lacquered

graphite tennis rackets, rosewood

and aluminium parabolic skis and

even a monochrome carbon-fibre

surf board. The elegantly designed

and beautifully styled sporting

accessories will be available in

Chanel stores this autumn.

www.chanel.com

Sporting Soundbite:

When you feel like you’ve

nothing else to give, the scream

of the fans gives you that

extra bit of adrenaline.

england rugby Star Shontayne hape

on england fanS

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In PursuIt of Glory

Twenty of the world’s top rugby nations will descend on New Zealand this month to

compete for the sport’s biggest prize. Richard Brown met three England players hoping

to be named in Martin Johnson’s 30 man World Cup squad

Memories of the last Rugby World Cup final

will sit particularly poignantly in the mind

of Mark Cueto. Four years ago, he was the

man who carried the ball – along with the

hopes of a nation – over the South African

try line only to have his dreams dashed when the match’s

television official deemed his leg to have entered touch before

the ball was grounded.

That judgment may still remain a topic of debate. What’s not

in question is the fact that seven matches against the world’s

toughest rugby nations stand in the way of England claiming

their second Rugby World Cup. Joining Cueto in the hope of

repeating the scenes of jubilation that greeted the final whistle of

the 2003 final will be rugby league-turned-union international

Shontayne Hape and England newbie Tom Wood. Last month,

I travelled to the team’s state-of-the-art Surrey training ground

to talk to the trio about their pre-tournament preparation and

the teams to look out for in New Zealand.

What will prove key to England’s success at the Rugby

World Cup?

Mark Cueto: It’s an old sporting cliché but taking every

game as it comes. We mustn’t look too far ahead. Always

look after the next game and the bigger picture will fall into

place. From the start, every game is massive.

Shontayne Hape: It’s about having the belief. Every team

that’s heading out to New Zealand is going there to compete.

We have to build on the performances we put together during

the Autumn tests and the 6 Nations. The last time we won the

World Cup was in a year that we had won the Grand Slam.

This year we’ve won the 6 Nations so we’re on the right path.

Tom Wood: Preparation is always the key and ours has been

pretty intense. We’ve been doing a lot of rugby-specific training

rather than just lifting weights. There’s been a strong element of

wrestling and grappling. It’s also about focus. It’s different to a

one-off test match, where you turn up on the day, perform and

that’s the end of it. We’ve got to stay at the top of our game for

a long period of time. Mental focus is going to be crucial.

Which teams are to be most feared?

TW: Fear’s the wrong word. The toughest team to play

at a World Cup is perhaps France – and I guess that’s a

potential quarterfinal for us. We can beat France comfortably

on any given day but they are always capable of pulling out a

big performance. When they’re on fire, they are hard to stop.

SH: Having made it to the final on the last two occasions,

there will be a lot of expectation on England. Of course

you’ve got the world number ones playing on home soil, then

there’s Australia and South Africa who are always superb.

We recently saw how Samoa upset the Wallabies so there’s

also a lot of underrated talent out there.

MC: New Zealand will be favourites; there will be a huge

amount of support for them. That said, whoever you play is

going to provide a challenge. Romania, for example, will be

considered underdogs, but even against teams like that, there

are plenty of opportunities where it can all go wrong.

Which other ‘underdogs’ should we look out for?

MC: No one saw Samoa’s recent big win against Australia

coming and Argentina have a huge amount of quality. They


Shontayne Hape

Age 30

Caps 11

Team London Irish

Position Centre

Height 6’2”

Weight 16st 0lb

are a tough, hard working group of guys who will die for

each other.

TW: You almost write off teams like Georgia and Romania,

but in terms of physicality, teams like that really test you. Often

what you will see is that the fitness and professionalism of the

more established teams comes through to win the game, but it

can be an absolute dog fight. Wales haven’t been at their best

for a while but we know they’ve got quality players. Ireland has

a group of big name players who may only have one last big

tournament in them. It will mean a lot to those guys.

SH: In the run up to a World Cup you can only worry

about your own preparations. Argentina are up first and

are a strong team. That’s who we have to concentrate on

beating. After that, we take it from there.

How has the squad bonded in the run up to leaving for

New Zealand?

MC: We’re quite lucky; we’ve been together, generally, for

the last 18 months. From that point of view, we’re as settled

as any England team I’ve ever been in, on the field and off.

It’s not a case of having to do a huge amount of teambuilding;

most of the guys know each other pretty well.

TW: We’ve been for meals out and we’ve had a few social

events together. You forge a bond just by being in this camp.

How do you prepare the night before a big game?

MC: I’ve got loads [of rituals]. I’ve always been an OCD,

superstitious sort of guy. You start with two or three when

you’re 19 or 20 and by the time you’ve played as long as

I have, you’ve picked up quirks along the way. There are

things like shaving the day of games and sitting in a specific

seat in the coach on the way to matches. I make sure I’m the

last one out of the changing room, things like that.

TW: I’m bad at getting anxious and getting overly up for

it too early. I have to focus on reigning myself in and making

sure I peak during the game and not before.

SH: These will be the biggest games of my career so the

night before I just have to stay as relaxed as I can. I try to chill

out, listen to music, that sort of thing.

What’s going through your head during

the national anthem before kick off?

TW: God, it’s one of the best feelings.

It’s a realisation of a dream. My debut

game was away in the Millennium

Stadium. The noise in that place! 80,000

people with the stadium roof on... I can

hardly describe the emotion. You want

to make sure you do yourself justice and

that you’re a credit to your country. It’s

a feeling you never want to have taken

away from you.

SH: You’ve just run out at

Twickenham. You’re about to represent

not only yourself but everyone who’s

supporting you; your family, your

Tom Wood

Age 24

Caps 5

Team Northampton Saints

Position Back Row

Height 6’5”

Weight 16st 7lb

interview

Mark Cueto

calibre

Age 31

Caps 50

Team Sale Sharks

Position Wing

Height 6’0”

Weight 14st 11lb

friends, the buddies next to you. It’s the moment before

battle, the adrenaline’s pumping, you just want to get out

there and do the best that you can.

How much support do the England fans provide?

SH: They’re immense, at Twickenham especially. Playing

France during the 6 Nations was a massive game for us. I

remember there were 80,000 fans singing Swing Low, Sweet

Chariot. When you’re tired and your lungs are busted and you

feel like you have nothing else to give, you hear the scream of

the fans and it gives you that extra bit of adrenaline.

TW: When you’re in the heat of it and you hear the roar

go up as someone makes a break, or scores a try, that’s the

moment you step back, take it all in and realise exactly what

environment you’re in.

The New Zealand Prime Minister described you as ‘a bunch

of wannabes’ and Jonah Lomu called you ‘imitators’ when it

was announced you would be sporting the black away kit in

the opening game. What’s your response?

MC: It’s a kit. England bring out a new kit every year. It

makes no difference if it’s black, white, red, blue or purple.

TW: Water off a duck’s back. It’s got a rose on it. It’s an

England kit.

The 2012 Olympic Games take place in London next year. If

you could compete in and win any event, what would it be?

MC: It would have to be the 100 metre final wouldn’t it?

That’s the grand finale, that’s the one people talk about.

SH: It would be quite nice to beat Usain Bolt!

TW: Everyone wants to be crowned the fastest man

or woman in the world but I’d like to win one of the less

popular ones, archery maybe. I used to think of myself as a

little Robin Hood as a kid.

SH: Archery?! He’s on another planet. The lad’s taken too

many knocks to the head! n

Shontayne, Mark and Tom were speaking at the Investec

International between England and Wales on 6 August.

www.investec.co.uk

All images courtesy of Action Images

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TUNNEL

of Love

Matthew Carter falls head over heels for Evoque, the first ‘baby’ Range Rover

advise you to wind the window up,” says the genial

guide, resplendent in the cleanest hi-vis jacket I’ve ever

seen. We’re stopped at the entrance to the disused Edge

Hill railway tunnel running beneath the streets of one of

“I’d

the grottier parts of Liverpool.

The tunnel was built in 1836, though the track has long

been removed. What’s left is two kilometres of rutted pathway

littered with industrial debris, muddy in parts and with a

bonnet-high lake at the far end to wade through. It’s dark: no

sunlight has made it through here in almost two centuries and

goodness knows what’s dripping through the structure from

above. “All I know is that it’s brown… that’s why I advise

you keep your windows up,” says our man. That’s the sort of

advice you heed.

We’re here because it forms part of the test route devised

to launch to new Range Rover Evoque to the press. Edge

Hill tunnel is normally off-limits and no wheeled transport

has been through it for decades but Land Rover is important

around here – Evoque (it rhymes with Coke) is built at LR’s

plant in nearby Halewood – and gets what it wants (dinner

last night was held in Liverpool Cathedral, one of the more

surreal ‘restaurants’ I’ve ever been to).

Testing though it is, there’s no doubting the new Evoque will

make it through this bizarre piece of urban off-road terrain. After

all, we spent the previous day driving from Anglesey’s airstrip

(home to one William Wales and his new missus) and driven

on- and off-road across vast swathes of North Wales to get to the

‘Pool. Based as it is on the hugely capable Land Rover Freelander,

there was never any worry that the gullies, slippery tracks,

muddy hills and forest pathways would stop the sophisticated,

electronically controlled four-wheel drive chassis.

Evoque is blessed with Land Rover Terrain Response. You

just dial in the surface ahead – be it mud, wet grass, sand

or rocks – and the electronics work out the ideal drivetrain

settings. You also get Hill Descent Control which uses the

ABS and engine braking to inch you down steep inclines; the

driver need do nothing other than steer. But the thing is, in

real life Evoque is as likely to see a dirt track as the Beckhams


are to go on a camping holiday, and the Beckham reference

is relevant, as we’ll see in a moment. Evoque was far more at

home in (and under) Liverpool.

The clue lies in the badge. This is a Range Rover and not a

Land Rover. Although just as capable as any four-wheel drive

from the company, it majors on style and comfort more than its

ability to get down and dirty. And it does the job. Everywhere

we went in Liverpool (and we went to some strange places – the

tunnel was followed by a run through a water splash in the

Albert Docks in the centre of town), it turned heads. Much of

this is down to its concept car looks. There are two versions of

Evoque, a five-door and a rakish three-door that Land Rover

likes to call a Coupé, no doubt to justify the extra £1,000 it’s

asking for two fewer doors.

But it’s this Coupé version that really does the business.

Little changed from the LRX concept car of a few years back,

this is a film star of a car. The exterior is a wonderful mix of

rugged and sophisticated with the roofline swooping down at

the rear to the point where it almost meets the rising waistline;

the rear window is more of a letterbox. That dramatic roof

line grabs a fair amount of headroom in the rear, though the

rear seats have been cleverly sculpted so that adults will fit;

mind you, getting there though the tiny slot behind the folded

front seat takes a degree of flexibility that not everyone over

the age of 16 may still possess.

Once inside, though, the cabin is spectacular. The driving

position is 4x4 high yet still manages to feel low and sporty.

In part that’s down to the rakish centre console, the hooded

dash instruments, the circular auto gear selector and, if you’re

prepared to pay a little extra, the sports seats which wouldn’t

look out of place in a racing car. The materials used are first

class and the fit and finish is as good as anything from Audi

or BMW but then this is a Range Rover, after all. And there’s

plenty of opportunity to personalise the interior. There are three

interior ‘themes’ – Pure, Dynamic and Prestige – and there are

others to come, including one created by Victoria Beckham; let’s

just hope she doesn’t go the Footballers’ Wives route.

There’s substance as well as style. We’ve already seen

how good it is off-road, but it’s even better on-road. On the

motorways, the 190bhp diesel is quiet, refined and punchy

while the ride, especially with the optional MagneRide which

uses electrically charged magnets in the dampers to simulate

the ride comfort expected from an air suspension system,

really works. Evoque handles well, too. There’s precious little

body roll and it feels more like a hot hatch than a 4x4: it’s no

wonder Land Rover is targeting owners of cars like the Audi

TT. And yet those chunky wheel and tyres and the greater

ground clearance mean Evoque handles speed bumps and city

potholes with aplomb.

In fact, the only thing I can find wrong with the thing

is the price. You’ll see adverts claiming prices start at

£28,000, which doesn’t sound too bad except that’s for

the basic-spec two-wheel drive version. The well-equipped

Dynamic SD4 (the 190bhp one with 20 inch alloys, Xenon

lamps, Sat Nav, rear parking camera and so on) starts

at damn near £40k. And that’s before you’ve so much

as looked at the option list (though the full length glass

panoramic roof is a bargain at £460).

It’s a lot for a four-cylinder diesel. But judging by the

bulging order books and the long waiting lists Land Rover

knows exactly what it’s doing with Evoque. I want one. n

IN BRIEF

CaR:

Range Rover Evoque

Coupé SD4 Dynamic Auto

PRICE:

£39,990

ENgINE:

2,179 cc four-cylinder

diesel

PowER:

190 hp

DRIvE:

Four-wheel drive

PERFoRmaNCE:

121 mph max, 0-60 mph in

8.0secs

motoring

calibre

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calibre special event

And the Winners Are…

We have given eight lucky readers the chance to swap the boardroom for the track

and compete in the Porsche Power of 4 Challenge. Richard Brown reports

In July we teamed up with the Porsche Centre in Canary Wharf to offer our

readers the opportunity to compete in Porsche’s The Power of 4 Challenge

– a team-based event that comprises numerous driving challenges,

incorporating both circuit-based and off-road activities, and promises to

test competitors’ driving prowess and mental agility to the limit.

Having asked our readers to send in 75 words explaining exactly why they

should be chosen to represent their company in The Power of 4 Challenge,

along with the names of their three potential teammates, we were inundated

with responses.

After working through entries sent in from the likes of HSBC – the team

dreamed of “a day away from it all; racing around a track filled with fast cars

and hopefully beautiful women… fantasising that we’re like The Stig” – and

Property Book (a team of veteran track-day goers who longed for the chance

to“show the German manufacturer how their cars should be driven”), we

picked two lucky winners.

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Congratulations to the lucky winners:

Hailing from different parts of our

corporate bank, but with diverse and keen

interests in motorsport and all things ‘car’,

we hope to concentrate this diversity into

an unbeatable Scandinavian Flick winning

team. What unites us is a desire to win

that burns hotter than a 911 Carrera RS.

Competing in the challenge will enable us

to exercise this passion in a constructive

and fun way. We hope to learn much and

win everything.

Nigel Barton, Citigroup

“Racing; it’s life. Everything that comes

before or after is just waiting.” While,

admittedly, we may not possess the

same sex appeal as the legendary

Steve McQueen, we certainly agree

with the words he immortalised in the

iconic LeMans. With Jenson Button and

Lewis Hamilton holding their own amongst

the world’s F1 elite, let us prove there’s

another four men in England that know

what they’re doing behind the wheel!

Daniel Rider, Barclays Wealth

On hearing the good news, Nigel said, “The Citi Flickers team

is raring to go and honoured to be invited. We’ve heard that

driving at the Porsche Experience Centre is a once in a lifetime

opportunity for petrol heads. Team tactics will be developed as

we’ll be preparing to win in the usual low key, publicity averse

Citi way!” Daniel was “really excited about winning; now a

degree of trepidation is setting in as it’s a competition!”

The two winning teams will join ten other groups to compete

in The Power of 4 Challenge at the Porsche Experience Centre,

Silverstone, on 23 September where they will be provided with

the unique opportunity of driving all five Porsche models. Before

then, the 48 drivers will be invited to attend an exclusive preevent

briefing on 8 September in Canary Wharf. n

Porsche Centre East London, 20 Canada Square, Canary Wharf

For more information call 020 7718 5242

or email info@porschecanarywharf.co.uk


Life in the fast Lane

Matthew Carter talks

to motor racing legend

Sir Stirling Moss about

retirement, modern F1,

London and how he got

that name

For most 81-year-olds, a drive in the

country usually means a gentle run in a

family hatchback down a leafy B-road

on a summer afternoon. For Sir Stirling

Moss OBE, however, it means racing

his Porsche RS61 in the Le Mans Legends

event. Or rather, it used to mean racing at Le

Mans. This year Moss drove back to the pits

in the middle of qualifying, got out of the car

and announced his retirement. “I scared myself

and I always said that if I felt I was not up to

it or that I was getting in the way of fellow

competitors, then I would retire,” he said.

The decision brought to an end a remarkable

career that began in 1948 when he was just 18.

Between then and 1962 he took part in 529

races, winning 212 of them. He won the British

Grand Prix twice and the Monaco Grand Prix

three times. He also won the great road races of

the era – the Mille Miglia and the Targa Florio

– as well as top sports car races like the Tourist

Trophy. Just about the only race he didn’t win

was the Le Mans 24 Hours. “I hated Le Mans.

Back then it wasn’t a race… I was a racing

driver yet I was being told to drive carefully

rather than race. I was told not use too many

revs to preserve the engine, to be gentle with

the brakes. I couldn’t be doing with that. These

days, it is most definitely a race.”

Moss never won the Formula 1 World

Championship either. He got closest in 1958

when he missed the title by one point. He won

the last race of the season but the six points

Mike Hawthorn claimed for coming second

was enough to give his British rival the title,

even though Moss won four races that season

to Hawthorn’s one. He never got as close again,

finishing third in the title fight in 1959, 1969

and 1961 largely because he preferred to drive

British cars, even if they were outclassed by the

German or Italian opposition. He said at the

time: “It’s better to lose honourably in a British

car than win in a foreign one.”

Today he explains his rationale. “You’ve got

to remember that back then memories of the war

were still fresh in people’s minds and patriotism

was all important. Whenever I could I drove

British.” His top-flight career finished, however,

at Goodwood in 1962, when he had a high speed

accident in a Lotus. The crash put him in a coma

for a month, partially paralysed the left side of

his body for six and led to his (first) retirement.

Even though he was no longer an active racing

driver, his name remained a byword for speed.

Time after time police would stop an errant

motorist with the words: “Who do you think

you are, Stirling Moss?” It even happened to

Moss himself, “though I’m not sure whether

the policeman was taking the piss or not.” Was

he speeding? “Er, can’t remember,” comes the

cautious reply. Either way, he has his father to

thank for ‘the greatest advert’ he could have

wished for, his memorable moniker. “My mother

wanted to call me Hamish,” he recalls, “but

my father, thankfully, wouldn’t hear of it. I was

named after my mother’s home town in Scotland.”


Sir Stirling made a racing comeback in 1980

driving an Audi in the British Touring Car

Championship alongside team-mate, a young

Martin Brundle. It was not a success. “The

worst decision I ever made. It was the first time

I’d raced a front-wheel drive car and my first

time on slick tyres.” More success – and much

more fun – came with a subsequent move to

historic racing, Moss campaigning the sort of

cars he raced when they were new.

Although he has now announced his (second)

retirement, he won’t stray too far from the

racetrack, remaining an insightful commentator

on modern F1. “This season seems to be very

exciting though I do worry there are too many

‘gizmos’ that can affect the result, such as the

moveable wings and so on.” But he is a fan of

KERS – the Kinetic Energy Recovery System,

which uses energy created under braking to

recharge a battery-powered electric motor to give

a brief burst of extra power for overtaking. “It’s

something for nothing, isn’t it? Every road car will

have a similar system in the near future,” he says.

Speaking of road cars, Moss has always

preferred small city cars when driving around

London. He was one of the first to own a Mini

back in the Sixties and today has just presented

Lady Moss – his wife Susie – with a compact

Aston Martin Cygnet which wears his famous

number plate SM 7. And he remains resolutely

a Londoner. Not even at the height of his fame

was he tempted to move to a tax haven overseas.

“Good heavens, no. London is the centre of the

world. It was, and is, the only place to live.”

Sir Stirling has lived in Mayfair since the 1950s

and built his current house on Shepherd Street

in the early 60s. “I was very fortunate to get one

of the last bomb sites in the centre of Mayfair,

south facing and in a cul de sac, where I was able

to build my house.” Famously full of high-tech

gadgets, it was here that Moss had another, more

recent, accident. He went to step into the lift but

it had failed to arrive and he fell to the bottom

of the shaft, damaging his ankles. “Susie was

magnificent. She ran down the stairs almost as

fast as I fell to comfort me. I was very fortunate

that an ambulance was in the neighbourhood and

whisked me to hospital in no time.”

Now fully recovered, he will continue to do

demonstration runs at events like the Goodwood

Revival. Sir Stirling is also looking forward

to Chelsea AutoLegends, an event of which

he is the Patron. Held in the grounds of the

Royal Hospital, Chelsea – home of the Chelsea

Pensioners – on Sunday 4 September, Chelsea

AutoLegends provides a remarkable showcase

of some of the most iconic competition cars and

bikes ever built. Le Mans racers, historic rally

cars, supercars and classic bikes will all be on

show. With countless other special displays, 50th

birthday celebrations for the E-type Jaguar and

Photograph: Matt Sills

Sir Stirling Moss in the Oscar. Photograph: Matt Sills

Mini Cooper, plus fairground rides, food stalls

and a Swingin’ Sixties theme, it’s an event for all

the family. The event also helps raise money for

the Royal Hospital.

“I went to the first AutoLegends show last

year and loved it. There were so many fabulous

cars and familiar faces there, that I was delighted

when they asked me to be Patron this year.

London deserves a show like this and if you miss

it, you’ll be missing something special.”

He might have retired, but Sir Stirling shows

no sign of slowing down. n

www.chelseaautolegends.com

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and American CEO

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company’s financial success

Less than ten years ago, Burberry had

all but lost its luxury reputation

and its iconic, distinctive check had

become ubiquitous to the point of

saturation. Ahrendts came on board

in 2006 and the tide at once began to turn. She

removed the Burberry check from all but 10

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creative designer Christopher Bailey to restore

Burberry’s distinctive British heritage and design

credibility. She also placed great importance on

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THE

ULTIMO DREAM

Annabel Harrison speaks to Michelle Mone OBE about

business, building the Ultimo brand and Erin Brockovich


Ultimo is one of the UK’s leading designer lingerie

brands, both in stores across the UK and online.

Launched in 1999, Ultimo was innovative in its

patented use of silicone gel in its bras and the

Miracle Solutions Plunge Bra was famously worn by Julia

Roberts in Erin Brockovich, drawing global attention to the

brand. In 2001, HRH Prince Charles invited Michelle to

join the Board of Directors for The Princes Scottish Youth

Business Trust and more recently his Board of Main Council.

Ultimo was the first UK lingerie brand to debut on the

catwalk at New York Fashion Week in 2009 and this year

has seen impressive growth for the company, including a new

presence in Selfridges and expansion into fashion and beauty.

How did your career start?

I left school when I was 15 with no qualifications. My

father had woken up paralysed from the waist down so I got

a job with Labatt [Brewer’s] and started as a junior admin

girl. I always have a goal and my goal was to be running

Labatt Scotland within three years. My mum and dad always

said to me; “think big – do big things, not small things.” I

was promoted to Director of Scotland, working my way up

15 positions, within two years.

Then I was made redundant because Labatt’s sold out to

Whitbread UK. That’s when I went to a dinner dance one

night wearing an uncomfortable bra and I had a light bulb

moment. That was it. I always wanted my own business. I

didn’t have any knowledge of the clothing industry but when

you’re really determined, you can do it.

Having left school at 15, do you think further education isn’t

for everyone?

I think education is really important and something I

wanted to do was to go to Uni. A degree will show people

you have the ability to learn, and the theory part, but the

practice part is what makes you successful. When we have

graduates come into our business, some of them have that

get-up-and-go attitude but some think they have the right to

earn X amount of money because they went to Uni for three

or four years. No, you haven’t – that’s the theory part. Now

you have to start at the bottom and work your way up.

Did you ever dream that Selfridges would sell the pre-launch

estimate of six weeks of stock within 24 hours?

Not at all – I was really surprised. I’d just had my third

baby and I signed myself out of hospital for the launch

because she came a month early... Looking back, I think,

how did I do all that? But I look a few years back and I think

how did I do all that then too? It’s not all been in the right

direction – lots of mistakes, highs and lows – the best highs I

have ever had and the lowest part of my life as well.

How would you sum up the typical Ultimo woman?

A woman who is independent, glamorous and makes the

most of herself. She cares about her body, whether size 8 or

22 – that’s why we started the Real Women campaign. We’ve

worked with some of the most famous women in the world

[Helena Christensen, Kelly Brook, Rachel Hunter] but I

wanted customers to be part of the campaign as well.

If you could go back and do anything differently, would you?

Trusting a distributor and handing over the rights to

interview

America, Canada and Australia. They were fraudsters and

it almost sent the company bust – they ran away with £1.6

million and six months of stock. We had to pull out of America

because of it. But if I hadn’t gone through that, I wouldn’t be

the person I am today so things happen for a reason.

How much did the recession affect you and your business?

It has hit us and the way we’ve got around it is by starting

up new brands. Joint ventures with Tesco and Asda, and our

own brand with Debenhams, so we own eight brands. And

inventions are key. We’ve done 12 inventions now and that’s

where our niche is; we do things no one else does. We’ve

started up Ultimo Couture – cocktail dresses, long evening

gowns – and we’ve been working on perfume, beauty, body

lotion, candles. The perfume launches in January next year

and it’s been a huge investment but it’s part of my goal to

turn Ultimo into a lifestyle brand and not just a niche lingerie

brand. The name is fantastic, the brand is so well known and

it’s in the press just about every day. Why Ultimo? I wanted

something that would say ‘the best’.

How have you juggled work and motherhood during the

course of your career?

I speak all round the world now. I never thought I’d be a

speaker but, in my coaching, I talk about how you can be

very successful in your career and as a mum and as a wife.

You can do all three. If you want to be successful, you can’t

leave the office at five – what you put into your job, you’ll

get back. Then again, you can’t leave your kids to fend for

themselves and you can’t neglect your marriage so you’ve got

to be good at all three. I do my best – I’m not superwoman

but I try... It’s a juggling game every single day.

What has been the highlight of your career?

Being awarded an OBE by the Queen [for contribution

to business] was such an incredible honour. Being brought

up in the heart of the east end of Glasgow and going to

Buckingham Palace... That’s the proudest moment. And Julia

Roberts wearing the Ultimo bra in Erin Brockovich.

What qualities do you think are most essential in being

successful in business?

Get-up-and-go, fire in the belly, a can-do attitude, a team

leader, someone that you can trust who can think on their

own feet and really contribute. When they leave on a Friday,

they leave saying, ‘Look what I’ve achieved this week’. If

they have that, and they know they have to work hard, they

can be successful. I’ve always delivered and that’s why I got

promoted – all the way up... Just do it, like the Nike adverts.

Who have been your role models in business?

When I was growing up, my friends had Duran Duran on

their walls and I had Richard Branson. I just wanted to be him

– I think he’s fantastic and so are the brands he has created.

What advice would you give to anyone looking to get into the

world of business and fashion?

Don’t overpromise and under-deliver. We never ever do

that. Keep surprising your customers, in a good way – make

them want your product and get their attention. n

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All That

Glitters?

Adrian Lowcock,

Senior Investment

Adviser at BestInvest,

explores a question

facing many investors

In just over a decade the gold price has rocketed

481 per cent (peak to trough). For some it’s

been a profitable ride but with the gold price

now back around its all-time high, the question

remains; is it still a wise investment?

The answer to this question is more complicated

for gold than other metals because of its perception

as the ultimate store of wealth. This creates an

intangible value which, of course, varies for each

investor. By contrast, the main sources of gold

demand and supply have varied very little. Gold

mine production has increased only slightly year on

year for the past ten and given that new mines take

up to a decade to become operational, and that

discoveries of new deposits are falling, this means

mining alone is unlikely to produce a significant

increase in supply. Until now, scrap gold has been

the main source of new supply although it’s not

expected to increase significantly from now.

Additionally, demand for gold has changed

recently. The most telling change has been in

relation to central banks in the developed world;

these had been transferring gold to emerging

markets, with China, Russia and India all

markedly increasing their gold ownership. But

while the appetite for gold among emerging

market central banks remains undiminished

– they still own far less than the OECD

(Organisation for Economic Co-operation and

Development) average because the OECD banks

no longer wish to sell.

Last year, for example, the IMF (International

Monetary Fund) was the only major global

financial institution to sell some of its reserves and

almost all of the 403.3 metric tonnes were bought

by India and China. This is quite a sea change for

the gold market as central banks are now a source

of demand. This will help support the gold price

and should provide some reassurance to investors

as to the long-term demand picture. The long-term

supply picture is also broadly supportive. This is

because new deposits tend to be in more marginal

areas and, frequently, in politically unstable parts

of the world.

The recent surge in demand for gold exchange

traded funds (ETFs) provides a good indication

of how great an influence more intangible factors

continue to have on the gold price. ETF demand

accounted for 7.3 per cent of global gold supplies

in 2010 and 14.6 per cent in 2009. This is a

considerable new source of demand which has

also helped to drive the gold price. However, this

effect could be reversed.

These dynamics have pushed specialist gold

funds to the top of the performance tables over

the last year and, in the current environment,

it’s difficult to see why the gold price should fall

substantially. Quantitative easing has devalued

all major currencies relative to gold, although

this is likely to end soon. Meanwhile, markets

remain concerned about inflation to which gold is

perceived as a good hedge. More broadly, the gold

price also benefits from geopolitical unrest and

there is no shortage of this on today’s world stage.

Gold can therefore be considered a reasonable

inclusion in a diversified portfolio, even at current

prices, although it would be unwise to extrapolate

gold’s recent outperformance.

Our view

The introduction of gold-based ETF’s has

created a new breed of investor which has helped

drive the price of gold up over the last decade.

However these investors can easily sell should

their view change which would cause a collapse

in the price of gold. As such, investors should be

cautious of using the past performance of gold

as an indicator to the future gains. In the current

conditions we prefer accessing gold through

investing in companies that mine gold as opposed

to the underlying metal itself. The price of gold

mining companies remains cheaper relative to the

current gold price and therefore offers a chance

for better returns. n


How To

Spot A

Bubble

Dr David Kuo of The Motley

Fool sets out the telltale signs

of an investing bubble

When you mention the word bubble, some

people might think of pretty, shimmery air

globules. Others might think of Michael

Jackson’s chimpanzee. However, in the investing

world, bubbles are formed when the price of an

asset grows beyond what is generally accepted as

being rational. Investing bubbles are not a new

phenomenon: they have, in fact, existed since as

far back as 1623 when ‘Tulipomania’ gripped

the Netherlands. At that time, a single tulip bulb

was selling for seven times the average annual

wage and some farmers were selling tulips that

hadn’t even been planted. However, it seems that

for no particular reason, the price of tulips began

to fall 14 years later, in 1637, and within days,

thousands of tulip traders were ruined.

Tulipomania is only one of many bubbles that

have caught investors on the hop. Others include

The South Sea Company in 1720, Victorian

Railways in the 1830s and, of course, the Internet,

or tech-bubble, at the turn of the Millennium.

More recently, we have seen the formation and

bursting of online gambling, or more specifically

the poker bubble, and right now, we are watching

the bursting of the sovereign debt bubble before

our very eyes. Interestingly, the formation of

investing bubbles tends to follow very predictable

lines. Here are a few telltale signs.

Everyone making money: When the price of

an asset rises rapidly, and when it seems that

everyone is making money without any rhyme

or reason, this could be a clear sign that a

bubble is forming. Think back to the days when

internet gaming sites floated on the London

stock market in quick session, and some shares

rose as much as 50 per cent on the first day of

trading. It seemed that traders were on a feeding

frenzy, buying almost every new internet gaming

company that came to market indiscriminately.

Dr David Kuo, Director at popular financial website The Motley Fool

www.Fool.co.uk

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comment

Growth will be forever: Bubble logic dictates that

forecast for growth can be sustained for many

years to come. Remember the days when property

speculators would make money simply by buying

houses and flats off plan? In other words, they

would make money even before the property was

built. Often, you will find that valuations are made

using “finger in the air” analyses, rather than

studying the market carefully. The reality, though,

is that the projections are at best optimistic and

at worst just wrong. Consequently, growth can

slow significantly or even come to an abrupt halt

without any warning. However, any attempt at

trying to introduce even a modicum of logic into

an irrational situation is generally dismissed as

curmudgeonly behaviour by ardent proponents.

Ordinary businesses shunned: As ‘bubblemania’

takes hold, there is often evidence that traditional

businesses will be put on the back burner. Just

look at how, when the poker bubble was at its

most inflated, television stations were broadcasting

poker games at the expense of other programmes,

and it was reported at the time that one cable

channel broadcast poker instead of traditional

sports events.

Assets bought to sell, not for return: The biggest

telltale sign of a bubble is when people with little

or no knowledge about an investment pour huge

amounts of money into the investment, hoping to

make a quick turn rather than a stable return.

It is sometimes said that just because a bubble is

inflating doesn’t mean you can’t make money from

it. That may be true, but the problem is that it is

always difficult to see a bubble from the inside. So,

when you hear the phrase “This time it’s different”

repeated many times over, then it is time to take

note, take cover and take flight, because you have

no way of knowing when the bubble will burst. n

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How far can employers go

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and Positive Action provisions

under the Equality Act?

Clare Murray investigates

The short answer to this question is not

very far at all. While some media headlines

announcing the new provisions under the

Equality Act (the “Act”) suggested that white

males would no longer be able to find jobs as

a result of new laws, the reality under English

law is a far cry from those sensational stories.

Positive discrimination remains extremely

rare and, whilst the Act has introduced new

positive action provisions, these remain

voluntary for private sector employers and are

much narrower in scope than the concept of

positive discrimination.

Unsurprisingly, the concept of positive

discrimination – giving preferential treatment

to a particular group, for example women or

individuals of a certain races or religions – has

long been a controversial one. The concept

is not, however, new; for example, the right

of women on maternity leave to be given

preferential treatment in redundancy situations

and allowing employers to give preference to

individuals with certain protected characteristics

where there is an “occupational requirement”

(for example, for the role of Othello to be played

by a black male) existed prior to the Act coming

into force in October 2010.

The two new positive action provisions that

have been created by the Act are (1) the general

positive action provision; and (2) positive action

in relation to recruitment and promotion. The

general provision allows employers to take

proportionate measures to enable or encourage

people who are disadvantaged, have different

needs or are under-represented in a particular

activity, to overcome that disadvantage, meet

those needs or increase participation.

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Employers will need to be able to demonstrate

that those circumstances exist by reference to

evidence, although this need not be statistical.

In terms of the measures themselves, whether

or not these are proportionate will depend on

the seriousness of the disadvantage or underrepresentation,

as well as consideration of other

ways of achieving the same aim. A companymentoring

scheme aimed at students from underrepresented

groups within that organisation is

an example of positive action that is likely to be

protected by the general positive action provision.

The second provision is limited so as to only

allow employers to take action to treat a person

with a protected characteristic more favourably

than others for recruitment or promotion

purposes, where the individual with the protected

characteristic is “as qualified” as those others.

Further, the employer must “reasonably” think

that the person with that protected characteristic

suffers a disadvantage connected with the

protected characteristic, or be under-represented

in their workforce and be taking action with

the aim of overcoming or minimising the

disadvantage or under-representation.

In reality, it is likely to be very rare that an

employer will be left deciding between two

candidates of equal merit and the Act prohibits

a policy being put in place whereby persons

are treated more favourably regardless of merit

and experience. Whilst we continue, therefore,

to be a long way off adopting anything like the

affirmative action provisions of the US, the Act

does open the door to employers who might wish

to address under-representation of, for example,

female board members, without putting to one

side the issue of merit. n

Clare Murray is Managing Partner at specialist employment and partnership law firm CM Murray LLP.

She can be contacted at clare.murray@cm-murray.com or 020 7718 0090. The contents of this column are

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FormuLA Fun

Formula 1’s only night race returns to

Singapore this September. In preparation,

Bel Trew checks out the pit-stops of Asia’s

Lion City

motorsport’s sexiest

event, Formula 1,

is in the world’s

headlines again.

Bahrain’s event was

cancelled because of an uprising, F1

nearly got sold to news Corp, Ferrari

was accused of spying and to top it all

off, Prince Harry has reportedly nicked

Jenson’s ex.

This September the scandalous F1

returns to Singapore, a squeaky clean

city most famous for banning chewing

gum. But underneath its well-mannered

exterior is a city that is as silly as Dubai

and as fun as London. It helps that the

national language is English; Singapore

was ‘acquired’ from a local sultan by

a smooth-talking Brit, Sir Stamford

raffles, in the 1800s and it became the

jewel in the British Empire’s crown. In

1965 the tiny city-state, smaller than

London, gained independence under

a ‘benign’ dictatorship of parental

Pms. Stick to the rules (not flushing a

public toilet and bungee jumping are

serious offences) because otherwise you

could end up like British author Alan

Shadrake who was jailed for critiquing

Singapore’s use of capital punishment.

However controlling the government

is (the papers read like a parliamentary

press release), they did something right:

46 years later Singapore is one of the

top four financial centres in the world.

It’s no wonder all the big moguls are

migrating here like Facebook’s VP Jim

rogers, rolls-royce and LinkedIn.

Luckily for us, where there are men in

suits, there are fancy bars to water them.

The Formula 1 track is in the heart

of the Central Business District (CBD)

– a jawline of skyscrapers and glitzy

waterfronts where rooftop bars are

the speciality. The most garish is the

marina Bay Sands resort, comprising

three skyscrapers with a hectare-long

cantilevered sky park and infinity

pool slapped on top. Towering over

the racing track, the bird’s eye view

makes marina Bay Sands a must. It

is a little known fact but Singapore

is set to overtake Vegas in gambling

revenues next year and marina Bay

Sands houses one of the two casinos

in the city. Play at being Bond over an


Earl Grey Martini at the roof top club

Ku Da Ta.

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named 1-Altitude might suffice. A

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and 63 floors up, this al fresco bar

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Avoid stormy weather (an occupational

hazard of living in a tropical climate)

and Friday nights (the bar is choked

with suits). Bizarrely, at this height,

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temporary migration to Jakarta) with

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raspberries (S$16).

Apart from these minor indulgences,

Singapore has learnt from the

Disneyland disaster of Dubai. It’s

packed off the really naff stuff to a

desert island. Literally.

Sentosa Resorts island, south of

Singapore, is a veritable orgy of

superlatives; it houses the world’s

largest oceanarium, the tallest

duelling rollercoaster and one of the

most expensive casinos ever made.

It’s pretty ironic that Sentosa means

‘peace and tranquillity’ in Malay. The

reality is Universal Studios, a casino,

a circus, fake surfing and water canon

laser shows packed into a whirlwind

synthetic wonderland.

Singapore was savvy enough to

keep the shopping on its main island.

Designer labels are beginning to

recognise Singapore as the gateway

to the Asian market (the fastest

growing economy in the world) and

Men’s Fashion Week was even held

in Singapore for the first time a few

months ago. Orchard Road, the main

shopping district, is like Oxford Street,

perforated with malls. Unlike London,

which separates its designer stores

from high street riff-raff, Singapore

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is refreshingly practical. Prada, New

Look, Uniqlo and Hermes are huggermugger

under the same roof.

You can take the colonies out of

the empire but you can’t take the

empire out of the colonies. Nestled in

amongst the ‘scrapers are remnants of

good old British architecture. Raffles

hotel, birthplace of the Singapore

Sling (S$18), is probably the most

iconic cenotaph. The Fullerton hotel,

formally the poshest post office on

the planet, and the Supreme Court

buildings cluster around the best of

British traditions: a cricket ground.

The Singapore Cricket Club, on the

Pedang, is like being in a gentleman’s

club circa 1900; hopeful applicants

have to schmooze committee members

over G&Ts.

Office blocks, malls and mansions

aside, the real Singapore is actually

a melting pot of Chinese, India,

Malay and Arab cultures. Behind

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the painfully shiny exteriors you can

find a lovably grubbiness. The best

way is through the food (no pun

intended). Singapore’s national dish is

possibly the most delicious thing you’ll

ever eat. Chilli Crab, or its younger

gastronomic sibling Black Pepper Crab,

was invented in the 50s in the seafood

centres on the East Coast, which are

still packed today. A crab the size of

your face is cooked with a deliciously

more-ish sauce and bibs and a toolkit

of cracking devices are distributed.

The aim is to eat more than ends up

down your front (Chili Crab S$55 for

two at Long Beach, East Coast).

Lunch in Singapore is an institution.

In some offices they dim the lights and

play music to remind employees to

go to eat. Everyone from builders to

businessmen then descends on Hawker

centres – essentially large open-air

warehouses of food stalls dotted around

the city. The Hawker stalls serve up

some of the best and cheapest local

cuisine – try Chinatown, just north of

the CBD (approx. S$6 per dish).

Little India and the Arab Quarter

are also welcome breaks from the

corporate indigestion of the city. In

Arab Quarter (a tidier version of

Dalston) trendy young things smoke

shisha and hang out in ‘concept’ spaces

like Bar Stories, a tiny upstairs storytelling

bar that doesn’t have a menu

but invents bespoke concoctions for

its guests (S$22 per cocktail). Hidden

gems are tucked into every corner

of these two areas, offering up good

value, delicious grub.

One culinary tradition that cannot

be missed is brunch. Forget fry-ups,

brunch is a five-hour champagneswigging

eat-a-thon in Singapore.

Most hotels and restaurants put on

a decadent spread but nothing will

rival Hotel St. Regis’s gastronomic

debauchery at Brasserie Les Saveurs.

It comprises all you can drink Moet &

Chandon and all you can eat oysters,

fillet beef, sushi, pastries, macaroons,

tapas, foie gras and crème brulee at

S$130 a pop.

Alcohol is expensive in Singapore: a

wise man picks up a bottle in duty free

on his way in. A wise man also chooses

his night out carefully: there are two

sides to Singapore after hours. One is

the hellish Clarke Quay, where battered

big-bellied bankers try to bed local

girls. The other is Zouk, listed as one

of the top 20 clubs in the world. Not

far from both is Club Street, with lazy

roof top bars and dancing.

If it wasn’t for the deafening sound

of the Formula 1 cars (ear plugs = a

must) you could be forgiven for getting

distracted by all the city has to offer.

Shopping, drinking, fine dining, fake

surfing – it’s got it all. Just remember,

love, leave the chewing gum behind. n

More information

Singapore Grand Prix: +65 6738 6738

www.singaporegp.com

Marina Bay Sands,

10 Bayfront Avenue, +65 6688 8868

www.marinabaysands.com

1-Altitude

1 Raffles Place, +65 6438 0410

www.1-altitude.com

Raffles

1 Beach Road, +65 6337 1886

www.raffles.com

Sentosa

www.sentosa.com.sg

St. Regis Brunch

29 Tanglin Road, +65 6506 6888

www.stregissingapore.com

Bar Stories

57A Haji Lane, Arab Quarter

+65 6298 0838

Zouk

17 Jiak Kim Street, +65 6738 2988

www.zoukclub.com

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Indulgence: Iggy’s.

This Asian fusion restaurant will set you

back S$250+ but you’re worth it, right?

Hilton Hotel, 581 Orchard Road

+65 6732 2234, www.iggys.com.sg

Japanese: Aoki Sushi.

The best sushi outside Japan, as

recommended by the Japanese expats.

1 Scotts Road, +65 6333 8015

www.lesamis.com.sg

Dim Sum: Nanxiang.

It has the best Shanghai dumplings

in town.

200 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction

+65 6835 7577, www.nanxiang.com.sg

Family: Chuan Yi Pin.

This place is always packed. A Steam

Boat (essentially an Asian fondue) is

a fun way to get the kids involved,

as you chose what you cook in the

savoury broth.

North Bridge Road, +65 6884 4582

DRINKING

Best Views: Lantern Bar.

Give your ears a break with waterfront

views of Formula 1 from a distance.

Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square

+65 6733 8388, www.fullertonhotel.com

Chill Out: Loof.

A great little rooftop bar with good

cocktails away from the hubbub. 331

North bridge road tower

+65 6338 8035, www.loof.com.sg

Show Off: The Tippling Club.

Mixologist barmen shake up

(overpriced) alcoholic magic tricks.

8d Dempsey Road Singapore

+65 64752217, www.tipplingclub.com

Cheap & Cheerful: Blu Jaz Cafe.

A colourful expat hangout that does

good value drinks and food.

11 Bali Lane, Arab Quarter

+65 6292 3800 www.blujaz.net

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A Little

secreT

Having never been to Malta, let alone Valletta, Cat Hughes

had preconceptions of package holidays with lobster-coloured

sun worshipers. These were completely overturned when she

discovered Valletta is the perfect weekend getaway


My first impression of this little

Mediterranean island was of many

ancient yellow buses hurtling through

the narrow streets at speed. These are

an odd collection, as most are Leyland

buses from varying periods – the earliest being from the

50s. However, every bus seemed unique and had its driver’s

personalities stamped all over it. The taxi driver who drove

us from the airport to the hotel told us that Arriva will be

taking over, and the rickety yellow buses will soon be gone,

which I thought was rather sad, as the colourful buses had

so much character.

This loss to Valletta will be akin to the loss of the

Routemaster buses in London and the buses are not the

only revamp the city will see. During my time in Valletta,

the famed gatehouse, which was built in the 1500s, was

undergoing major renovation. The works were so complex

that the city decided that the Valletta Grand Prix would

have to be postponed till later in the year.

Valletta, Malta’s capital, has seen many changes in its time.

It was founded by the Order of St. John back in the 16th

century and since its birth has been besieged by the Ottoman

Turks, the French and the British. Finally, in 1964, Malta

became an independent state and it was the British and the

Germans who changed the city the most. During World War

Two, it was the Germans who bombarded the city; there are

still parts that are yet to be rebuilt and the ruins stand there

as a testament to the horrors the people endured and for their

steadfast bravery, honoured in 1942 by King George VI, who

awarded the island the St. George’s Cross.

When the British came in 1800 and created a major naval

base, they set about building many Colonial structures, the

finest of which is the Phoenicia Hotel where I stayed. The

hotel has also recently been renovated but its old grandeur

still shines through. Back in its heyday, the hotel was the

centre of high society; naval officers, grandees, and even

Her Majesty The Queen herself have danced in the Art

Deco ballroom that looks out over the harbour. HM The

Queen actually lived in Malta when she was a princess,

after she married the Duke of York, who was stationed

there while he was a British naval officer. The hotel sits in

seven acres of pretty gardens, at the bottom of which is a

swimming pool with beautiful harbour views. In fact, you

will find that most places have a harbour view.

Valletta is a gem of a city and it can easily be explored

in a long weekend; the island is just three and a half hours

away from the UK and it’s warm even in winter. For such a

small place, the city boasts many cultural treasures, and the

star is St. John’s Co-Cathedral, which rivals the continent’s

most elaborate ecclesiastical buildings. The Co-Cathedral,

built by the Order of St. John, is an oppressively grand

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Air Malta has daily flights from London Heathrow and

London Gatwick and up to five flights a week from

Manchester. Economy class fares start from £99* return (*£139

return from Heathrow including taxes and charges). For hotels,

car hire, flight booking and more, visit www.airmalta.com or

call 0906 103 0012. Stay at the Phoenicia Hotel from £80 per

person, based on accommodation in a Classic Plus room only.

To book call 0808 238 1710 or visit www.phoeniciamalta.com

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baroque structure and is famous for housing some of

Caravaggio’s finest works of art – the most notable being

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist. Other places worth

seeing are the National War Museum in St. Elmo, the

National Museum of Fine Arts and the Casa Rocca Piccola,

a 16th century nobleman’s house with a vast World War

Two shelter underneath. The family that owned the house

opened up the shelter beneath to the people of Valletta as a

refuge throughout the war. It was said that 200 people lived

there during the worst of the bombings.

Of course, the best way to explore any city is by foot and

it is only this way you’ll see the best that Valletta has to

offer. Take a walk around the perimeter of the city; it’s easy

enough to do this in an hour or two and you never know

what you’ll find around the corner. The views of the harbour

are beautiful – its azure waters make you want to jump right

in – and it’s as if you’ve found a secret corner of the Med.

Valletta may not have a Michelin-starred restaurant, but

its food is still tasty. Rabbit is a very traditional dish and

Italian food is also popular. The local Maltese wine is cheap

and good – if you can find it, have the farmhouse wine –

and the whites especially can be well worth ordering. One

of the best restaurants is the Venezia, an Italian restaurant

in an old captain’s palace, with views that face the grand

harbour and Valletta. If you are looking for something a

little different, the Phoenix Restaurant in the Phoenicia

is also excellent; its cuisine offers an avant-garde take on

traditional Maltese food.

When the need to get out of London arises, consider

Valletta. It may not be the most obvious choice for a weekend

away but its compactness makes it the perfect getaway. n

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under

scilly’s spell

Beverley Byrne explores the Isles of Scilly, falling in love with a holiday

destination which feels foreign but, at the same time, so much like home


Flying over the Isles of Scilly archipelago, it’s

hard to believe I’m only 28 miles off the coast

of Cornwall’s Land’s End. Below me the ocean

shallows are Caribbean turquoise and islands are

fringed with half-moon sandy beaches. There’s

even the odd palm tree. It’s only as we’re coming in to land

on the island of St Mary’s, with its flower-filled fields and

classically British patchwork of wood and heathland, that

I’m reminded this is still dear old Blighty.

After landing at St Mary’s endearingly Lilliputian

airport, I’m greeted by Chris, the congenial porter of the

Star Castle Hotel. En route to Hugh Town, the capital and

centre of commerce for the islands, we pass a small cottage

called, somewhat bizarrely, Nowhere. “See that cottage?”

says chatty Chris. “A lad who lived there went to join the

army. When the sergeant asked where he was from, he

said ‘Nowhere’. Thinking he was being clever, the sergeant

shouts, ‘Now then boy, don’t mess me about. Where are

you from?’ The answer came, ‘I’ve told you, I’m from

Nowhere, Scilly’.”

The Isles of Scilly may look like a foreign country but,

it seems, the Scillonian sense of humour remains resolutely

‘seaside postcard’ British. The same can be said for the

historic Star Castle. As Chris negotiates the granite gateway

of the hotel, I see the date l593 carved above the imposing

fortification. Built during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I

to protect the Scillies from the threat of a second invasion

after the defeat of the Armada, the castle’s keep and outer

walls take the form of an eight-pointed star – a Cornish

symbol dating back to the Crusades. Erected on the fortified

Garrison Hill to the west of the island, it commands

panoramic views of Hugh Town, its picturesque harbour

and the deep channel between St Mary’s and Tresco.

Whilst the fortress exterior might seem forbidding,

inside there’s not a screaming sergeant in sight. This

award-winning, family-run hotel prides itself on friendly

but efficient personal service and the homely ambience

is enhanced by a cosy interior – all polished antiques,

sumptuous furnishings and historic memorabilia – plus

Monty and Henry, the wagsome Labradors. My room in the

main castle (there are also garden suites) is charming with

views – through the castle crenellations – to the harbour

crammed with brightly coloured boats.

Dinner is served in what was the original officer’s mess

room. The grand Tudor fireplace and candles flickering in

converted arrow slits are reminders that this belongs to the

age of Drake and the sea dogs. It’s thrilling, in a Horatio

Hornblower sort of way, to enjoy a sumptuous dinner

featuring local produce and vegetables from the hotel’s

kitchen garden in this atmospheric room. A fine wine list

contributes to the house party atmosphere.

During the evening, the hotel proprietor greets his

guests and reminds us that Tim, the hotel boatman, will be

around during breakfast. Next morning Tim, another joker,

arrives. “What sort of boat do you have, Tim?” “Calypso.

She’s a nice little thing – oars for all of you!” Tim offers

trips to the other inhabited islands, Tresco, St. Martin’s,

Bryher, and his personal favourite, St. Agnes, but there are

literally hundreds of many smaller uninhabited islands and

rocky islets offering attractions for everyone from wildlife

enthusiasts to scuba divers.

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I sign up for a trip to Tresco, famous for its lush subtropical

Abbey gardens. Calypso turns out to be 31 feet of

gleaming teak with handsome yet sturdy dimensions. As

she cuts through the waves, Tim points out places of

interest – treacherous rocks upon which countless sailors

have lost their lives, Samson island (inhabited until 1855

when the population, consisting of only two families, was

removed due to severe nutrient deprivation, mainly caused

by a diet of limpets and potatoes) and the UK’s tallest

lighthouse, the Bishop Rock. Tresco is a paradise island of

golden sands, rugged rocks and soaring, singing skylarks.

Attracted by the towering palm trees on the horizon, I

head straight for the gardens which, started in the 1830s,

have developed into a shockingly fecund collection of subtropical

plants.

Outside the gardens, Tresco is a bucolic, if not slightly

unreal, experience. The island has 150 residents, the majority

of whom are employed by the family-run Dorrien Smith

estate, which has the leasehold. Charles and Diana took their

boys here and its otherwordly, reclusive atmosphere makes

it a Mecca for the glitterati. With no cars, one pub, a village

store, a tiny church with a tinier school nearby, strolling

around Tresco makes me feel like an extra in a cross between

The Wicker Man and The Prisoner.

In the afternoon, I take a sightseeing bus trip round the

island courtesy of local Scillonian Glyn, who lends further

insight into the history of the island and local life, as the

bus heads downhill on a lane bisecting fields festooned

with narcissi. There’s such a quaint 50s feel about this

sleepy island, I half expect Glyn to stop the bus, whip out

a primus stove and brew us all a nice cuppa. This retro

ambience, plus Glyn’s entertaining commentary, makes a

major contribution to my falling under the Scillies’ spell.

The Isles of Scilly are populated with genuine characters

and it is this, along with the family atmosphere at the Star

Castle hotel, the stunning scenery and wildlife that makes

this a unique destination. If you’ll forgive the pun, you’d be

silly not to go there. n

For more information visit www.simplyscilly.co.uk

The Star Castle Hotel, 01720 422317, www.star-castle.co.uk

GettinG there

SAiL:

The Scillonian III ferry sails from Penzance to St Mary’s

(0845 710 5555; www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk)

FLY:

The Skybus flies from Landsend, Newquay, Exeter, Bristol

and Southampton

(0845 710 5555; www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk)

British International runs a helicopter service from Penzance

to St Mary’s from £145 return

(01736 363871; www.islesofscillyhelicopter.com)

rAiL:

First Great Western has trains to Penzance

There is also an overnight sleeper

(0845 700 0125; www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk)

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• 14 meeting rooms

• Maximum capacity of 500 delegates

• All rooms with natural daylight

• Dedicated 1st floor conference centre

• Waterside location and views

The Hotel is open to Non-residents

Contact the meeting and events team on

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Or email: conf712@britanniahotels.com

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• 442 bedrooms

• 2 restaurants

• The conservatory bar

• Full leisure club - members

• Car parking

The International Hotel

163 Marsh Wall, Canary Wharf

London E14 9SJ

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news

bijoux tea at the langham

Just in time for London Fashion Week, luxury

hotel The Langham has launched its inspired

Bijoux Afternoon Tea which celebrates the playful

and dramatic jewellery designs from Stephen

Webster’s latest collection, Murder She Wrote.

The tea includes edible masterpieces which

substitute sparkling diamonds for shimmering

icing and dense gold for light cake. The Poison

Apple, for instance, is replicated as a red

peppercorn and dark chocolate shortbread, while

a lightly perfumed Guinness macaroon with

blackcurrant jelly conjures images of Webster’s

Crystal Clear Diamond.

available From 1 SePtember, £49 Per PerSon

www.langhamhotelS.com

www.StePhenwebSter.com

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Grey Goose Winter Ball

Café de Paris Sauce

Back for its fifth year and hosted at

This complex sauce is

Battersea Park, to benefit the Elton

traditionally served with steak

John AIDS Foundation, The GREY

and was created in the 1940s by

GOOSE Winter Ball will welcome

Café de Paris in Geneva. To this

El Bulli catering to create a menu

that will excite, challenge and

delight guests. El Bulli is renowned

for pushing the boundaries of

gastronomy and having closed its

doors in July, The GREY GOOSE

Winter Ball, 29 October, will offer

guests a rare chance to enjoy the El

Bulli experience in the UK.

day the ingredients of the sauce

remain a closely guarded trade

secret. The closest any restaurant

has come is Le Relais de Venise

I can spend hours

L’Entrecôte, with branches in

in a grocery store.

Marylebone, Paris and New York. I get so excited when I see

Its sauce is made from chicken food, I go crazy.

livers, fresh thyme, full cream

and Dijon mustard. cameron Diaz

connoisseur

Feng SuShi

This September, Japanese restaurant

group Feng Sushi will open a

restaurant in Billingsgate Fish

Market, its seventh in the capital.

With space for only six covers, it will

focus predominantly on a delivery

and takeaway service for local homes

and businesses in Canary Wharf

and the surrounding area. The

finest quality sustainable fish will

be sourced daily from the market to

provide a menu that centres around

classic and modern sushi and sashimi,

along with seasonal specialities such

as MSC mackerel donburi.

www.FengSuShi.co.uk

Sneak Peek

Get some top tips for this year’s

autumn and winter fashion with

a visit to the annual Fashion and

Champagne Afternoon Tea at The

Lanesborough. Following on from

the top notch Hervé Léger event

last year, the hotel has invited

the inimitable Amanda Wakeley

to showcase her latest designs,

accompanied by sparkling glasses of

fizz and the best in award-winning

afternoon tea. Held in the beautiful

Aspley’s restaurant, the exclusive

event will offer a unique chance

to see Amanda Wakeley’s A/W11

collection.

4Pm, 13 october, £49 Per PerSon

www.laneSborough.com

Lady Blonde’s clever search

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best places to eat, drink and

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site recommends a selection

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Dram Magic

Dave Waddell explores what Scotland has to offer by way of its whisky industry and

more than 100 stunningly located distilleries, via Glasgow and Islay

The Glengoyne Distillery has drawn the short

straw. It’s late in the morning on day three

of a whistle-stop tour of a smidgen of what

Scotland has to offer and after countless drams

and three flights, I’m on my knees. While a

firm convert to the cause, I have to confess that the thought

of yet more whisky leaves me reeling.

I need not worry. Met by Arthur MacFarlane, our

genial host and guide, we are immediately and charmingly

introduced to a bottle of Glengoyne 17 Years Old. Released

in 2003, smooth, clean and cherry sweet, all spicy feints,

vanilla and Christmas notes, slightly nutty and wonderfully

light on its feet, it is a well-known drop, the recipient of

many an accolade, including multiple golds at the San

Francisco World Spirit Championships. It is also the ultimate

pick-me-up: one dram and I am a new and powerful man, all

thoughts of rest and home instantly dispelled.

The lowest of the highland distilleries, Glengoyne is

situated north of Glasgow, below Dumgoyne, and is in

location and look distinctly different from Islay’s Ardbeg

and Bowmore, the two distilleries thus far toured. It also

produces a very different style of single malt whisky.

Ardbeg and Bowmore are island distilleries. Built on the

coast, they face the sea and their whiskies are huge, smoky-

sweet monsters. Glengoyne, by contrast, is tucked away

in a pretty little valley, impassable come heavy winter, but

green and filled with midsummer flowers at the beginning

of August. Its soils are volcanic, not peat-based, which

means that traditionally, when it would have grown its own

barley, it relied much more on its copper stills than it did

on the taste of its malt. Today, while the picture may have

changed with regard to the sophistication of the malting

process, and indeed to its wood policy, things at Glengoyne

are much the same: “We don’t have the peat,” says

MacFarlane, “so we must rely on copper for our taste.”

Time and material are crucial to the final expression of

a given whisky. At Glengoyne, long fermentation times

are matched by long distillation processes. Fermented in

Oregon pine vats, the emphasis here is on producing a

wash (beer) high in esters – light, sweet and fruity flavours.

Chasing fruit and flowers, Glengoyne’s copper philosophy

– the more the better – is combined with the slowest

distillation time in Scotland. The material effect of the

copper (it holds on to heavier more sulphuric compounds),

together with the unique shape of its stills, means that

Glengoyne’s non-matured spirit is already lighter and

fruitier than most so-called new-makes. From there it

is pumped under the A81 (yes, I know, but it’s perfectly


true: the warehouses are located on the other side of the

main road) and matured in ex-sherry casks made of either

American white or European red oak.

“The quality of the wood is absolutely key,” says

MacFarlane. Take, for example, the 17 Years Old, the dram

of which continues to march me lightly across Glengoyne’s

steel walkways, its tidy concrete floors and out into the

distillery’s front yard. Matured in charred ex-Oloroso

sherry casks, the carbonised innards of the cask continues

where the copper left off, removing unpalatable flavours,

while a combination of the spirit, the wood and air is

responsible for the above-mentioned sweetness, an injection

of vanilla, and for that dark taste of currants and cloves.

At the end of our tour, with MacFarlane’s explanations as

to the effects of wood, copper and time beginning to merge

beautifully in my whisky-matured brain, we are shown

into Glengoyne’s brand new Sample Room, where, at a

table filled with representative samples of Scotland’s main

whisky-producing regions, we are positively encouraged to

concoct our own whisky blends. Transported back to the

school laboratory, and let loose, this is exceptional fun.

With elements of the 17 Year Old hanging spore-like in

the upper regions of my olfactory passages, but still basely

influenced by the previous day’s dally with Islay’s monsters,

I am driven to create the Bonza Blend, a whisky whose fruit

and flowers are inextricably held together by a thin and

almost imperceptible thread of smoke. Do contact me for

tasting notes, the recipe and any other Bonza secrets.

Seriously, from the point of view of making the most of

touring Scotland’s whisky distilleries, the chance to actually

make a whisky comes at just the right time: the end. We have

enjoyed – at the Hotel du Vin, under the kindly tutelage of

whisky expert Neil Ridley – pairing whisky to pudding; we

have survived – by the skin of our whisky tasting teeth – a

Professor Bill Lumsden-led session in Ardbeg’s holiest of

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connoisseur

holies, The Chairman’s Study; and we’ve spent a rare half

hour in a dank warehouse with Eddie MacAffer, Distillery

Manager at Bowmore, cracking into a fresh first-fill bourbon

cask of 1999. Joyful, sensual and educational, these, by no

means the tour’s only highlights, inform my whisky making,

and while I am under no illusions as to the future fortunes of

the Bonza Blend, which presently sits, untouched, poor thing,

in a kitchen cupboard, wedged between a can of beans and

a bag of flour, I know enough to know that its very existence

takes me that bit closer to the stuff of whisky, to the magic of

the dram. n

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Dave WaDDell’s tour of Glengoyne

(www.glengoyne.com), Ardbeg (www.ardbeg.com) and

Bowmore (www.bowmore.com) distilleries anticipates this

year’s The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show, a luxury tasting

experience designed to showcase many of the world’s

premium whiskies. Tickets cost £95 per day and include

a two-course lunch, whisky samples from each exhibitor,

whisky food pairings and two dream dram tokens. For

further information visit www.whisky-show.com.

To create your own Scottish distillery tour visit

www.visitscotland.com/surprise

Overnight accommodation in Glasgow is available at the

Hotel Du Vin at 1 Devonshire Place. For further information

visit www.hotelduvin.com.

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food & drink

Best for Evenings

Jake Crimmin, head sommelier at Gaucho, offers his advice about the best wines to enjoy

when winding down after work

Although the sun is now shining through my wine shop

window, I presume with some certainty that by the

time you read this, the average Londoner is yet to

have their full solar fix. With autumnal chills moving

in, I thought it good karma to share with you my top

terraces to squeeze out the last drips of summer and some gorgeous

drinks to enjoy while there.

Why not take an afternoon sup on an English sparkling wine? Join

the ongoing celebration of recent years during which our fizzies have

triumphed against the French, garnering numerous awards. Kick back

with the gorgeous views of the Thames offered on the terrace of The

Gun (27 Coldharbour, E14 9NS) with a glass or three of Chapel Down

Pinot Brut Reserve 2004; rich, ripe and beautifully crisp. This is made

using the champagne method from Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes,

and is great with just sunshine or with a pot of the chilli rice crackers

from the bar. If a French friend looks upon your choice with some

disdain, just point out where the champagne method was originally

invented: England.

As afternoon turns to evening, cross the peninsular to my

native Gaucho (29 Westferry Circus, E14 8RR) for one of central

London’s few west-facing, riverside terraces and bask in golden rays

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answer to ultimate refreshment with

its national white variety, Torrontés. In

particular the Seleccion ‘G’ Torrontés

2010 is beautifully aromatic, with enough

elderflower florals to leave you reminiscing

about a meadow in springtime. It’s perfect

with a river view sunset and heavenly with

the Ceviche Spoons of salmon, scallops

and lemon sole.

Should your preferred form of imbibing

come in a pint glass, try The Grapes (76

Narrow Street, E14 8BP) for a fine selection of ales in surroundings

that are steeped in history. Head down early and you might bag

yourself a spot on the small, yet beautifully formed terrace, precariously

suspended over the river. Should this spur on your appetite, I can

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Neither could we. As the

cheerful wine expert

disappeared in search

of bubbly (two glasses

of Moutard Grande

Cuvée, Côtes du Bar), we decided we

were in for an enjoyable evening.

This was First Edition, an

independently owned restaurant that

for the past 14 years has managed to

excel in an increasingly competitive

area, with very high standards. Located

in Cabot Place, opposite Boisdale,

First Edition was opened in the 90s by

Pamela Schneider, a one-time dancer

in Las Vegas’ world famous Bluebell

Show who recognised the potential of

the booming Canary Wharf estate and

snapped up this prime location.

Like Pamela’s story, First Edition isn’t

quite what you’d expect to find amongst

this glass metropolis and, in truth, it’s

a shock to the system when you enter.

Reminiscent of the type of washedout

beach house that might appear in

a Ralph Lauren advert, First Edition

is an amalgamation of white-washed

walls, time-worn tables and coastal

water-colours set amongst pervading

New England hues. It’s a light and airy

establishment that transports you to a

place far away from the city, making the

restaurant a pleasure of a place to be.

While it’s true that First Edition

becomes more of an after-work

watering hole in the evenings, that

doesn’t mean its menu should only

be explored during lunch. In fact

the sound of animated, out-of-office

chitchat lends the restaurant a lively

ambience that is only enhanced by

the amount of light the eatery enjoys

thanks to floor to ceiling windows.

Neither my colleague nor I knew

quite what sort of food we fancied but

we needn’t have worried. Incorporating

everything from confit of duck to

salmon steak teriyaki, First Edition’s

menu runs all the way from Britain

to Japan via, most notably, France.

Showcasing an ability to adapt to

modern trends, several dishes are

available with either a teriyaki, curry,

mango or homemade peppercorn sauce,

while vegetarians are catered for with

a range of pastas dishes, salads and

homemade tofu cakes.

After much deliberation I opted

to start with crunchy coconut king

prawns in a mango sauce. Served with

their heads and tails left on and their

bodies coated in breadcrumbs, each

of the three prawns were moist and

meaty and complemented by the sweet,

tanginess of the sauce – a sauce that

itself worked fantastically well with the

smooth and fruity 2009 Cuvée Le Bosq

Vin de Pays du Gard selected by our

ever helpful sommelier.

Just as appetising was my guest’s

bresaola of beef with rocket, marinated

artichokes and parmesan shavings:

the fresh, crisp rocket, soft parmesan

and wafer-thin sliced beef created a

brilliant fusion of textures and tastes.

Accompanied by a light-bodied 2009

Beaujolais Villages, the dish was a

tantalising taster of what was to come.

For me, that was an eight ounce fillet

steak with a peppercorn sauce and

fries. If the prawns constituted the

delicate part of the meal, then the steak

was definitely the no-nonsense part.

Ordered medium-rare the meat came

food & drink

connoisseur

Richard Brown visits one of Canary Wharf’s oldest eateries. “Champagne?”, asked the

sommelier as we took our seats in one of the restaurant’s curtained alcoves. “Personally,

I can’t think of a better way to start a meal.”

crispy on the outside while fiery red

on the inside. While usually I prefer

my chips chunkier, especially with

steak, the thinly sliced fries proved

delicious. The dish was washed down

with an agreeably spicy 2001 Malbec

‘Collection’ Michel Torino.

Keen to explore the diversity of First

Edition’s menu, my guest chose the

swordfish tandoori. Thick, firm and

moist, the swordfish steak tasted about

as far removed from fish as fish could

be. While the swordfish was a real treat,

the curry sauce and rice, while perfectly

appetising in themselves, would perhaps

have worked better with chicken or

lamb. We could, on the other hand,

find no fault in the accompanying Pinot

Grigio ‘Capito’ Veneto.

To finish, I opted for chocolate terrine

with wasabi sauce. While the two

flavours struggled to compliment each

other on the same plate, the terrine itself

was a delectably chocolatey way to end

a meal. My friend, who had chosen the

more conservative lemon tart special,

had nothing but praise for a dessert he

could only describe as “spot on”.

With a menu that boasts foods from

across the globe and a comprehensive,

well-balanced wine list, First Edition’s

strength lies in its ability to cater for

any taste at any time. Couple that

with a bright and airy environment

and cheerful staff who are constantly

on hand to offer advice, and you

see why this independently owned

restaurant has stood the test of time

while many other establishments have

tried and failed. n

www.firsteditionrestaurant.co.uk

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The best food and drink that Canary Wharf has to offer

American

Byron HamBurgers

Second Floor, Cabot Place

020 7715 9360

smollensky’s

Reuters Plaza, E14

020 7719 0101

gourmet Burger kitcHen

Jubilee Place, E14

020 7719 6408

Argentinian

gaucHo canary

29 Westferry Circus, E14

020 7987 9494

British

Boisdale of canary WHarf

Cabot Place

020 7715 5818

canteen

The Park Pavilion, Canada Square

0845 686 1122

tHe Parlour

40 Canada Square, E14

0845 468 0100

Carribean

cHef collin BroWn

2 Yabsley Street, E14

020 7515 8177

European

tHe Battery

34 Westferry Circus, E14

020 8305 3089

docklands Bar and grill

Royal Victoria Docks

Western Gateway, E16

020 7055 2119

first edition

25 Cabot Square, E14

020 7513 0300

reeBok restaurant

16-19 Canada Square, E14

020 7719 6408

French

cafÉ rouge

29-35 MacKenzie Walk, E14

020 7537 9696

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davys Wine Bar

31-35 Fisherman’s Walk, E14

020 7363 6633

Plateau

Canada Place, E14

020 7715 7100

Gastro Pub

tHe fine line

29-30 Fisherman’s Walk, E14

020 7513 0255

tHe gun

27 Coldharbour Lane, E14

020 7515 5222

tHe narroW

44 Narrow Street, E14

020 7592 7950

Indian

memsaHeB

65 - 67 Amsterdam Road, E14

020 7538 3008

aniseed Bar & indian restaurant

25 Westferry Road, E14

020 7517 9233

Italian/Pizza

amerigo vesPucci

25 Cabot Square, E14

020 7513 0288

carluccio’s

2 Reuters Plaza, E14

020 7719 1749

gourmet Pizza

18-20 Cabot Square, E14

020 7345 9192

Jamie’s italian

Churchill Place, E14

020 3002 5252

la figa

45 Narrow Street, E14

020 7790 0077

Pizza exPress

Cabot Place, E14

020 7513 0513

Quadrato

The Four Seasons Hotel

46 Westferry Circus, E14

020 7510 1857

rocket

Chuchill Place, E14

020 3200 2022

WildWood

Jubilee Place, E14

020 7719 1213

Mexican

WaHaca

40 Canada Square, E14

020 7516 9145

Middle Eastern

mez restaurant

571 Manchester Road, E14

020 7005 0421

nina’s taza exPress

322 Burdett Road, E14

020 7093 3552

Oriental

itsu

Level 2, Cabot Place, E14

020 7512 5790

roka

4 Park Pavilion, Canada Square

020 7636 5228

royal cHina

30 West Ferry Circus, E14

020 7719 0888

sri nam

1 North Colonnade, E14

020 7715 9515

Seafood

curve

Marriott Hotel, West India Quay

22 Hertsmere Road, E14

020 7517 2808

Spanish

camino

28 Westferry Circus, E14

020 7239 9077

el faro

Turnberry Quay E14

020 7987 5511

Turkish

Hazev

2 South Quay Square

Canary Wharf, E14

0207 515 9467


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Woldingham is one of the UK’s leading

all girls’ independent boarding and day

schools. Louise Hamilton tells us more

Parents underestimate how quickly children make up their

minds about a school. Yes, they can be influenced by trivia

(teddy bears may be a determining factor) and need to be

guided through the decision process (childhood friendships,

no matter how psychologically formative, can be transitory).

So, from my pedestal of experience and reason, I implore

you, let your daughter ‘try on’ each school, and I don’t mean

just touring with a welcoming and informative registrar.

Spend a night if you’re thinking of boarding, an afternoon with

the PE Department if you’re passionate about sport, ask to

spend time with an appropriate year group, question girls in

busy corridors, ask to be put in touch with current pupils living

nearby – hook your daughters up – anything that goes beyond

the polished prospectuses and league table comparisons.

The adage ‘parents know best’ isn’t always true. Yes,

we have the benefit of experience and can emotionally

detach ourselves from the decision process in a way that a

child cannot. However, we can’t presume to know, 100 per

cent of the time, what’s right for them.

In the same way I wouldn’t let my daughter Livvy tell me

which house to buy, I can’t imagine not showing her the

house first, and asking her what she thinks of the room that

could be hers. Livvy’s opinion is weighted against other

factors that she may not be privy to or understand. But, no

matter how small a weighting I give her opinion (and by the

way – it’s massive), it can still sway our family vote.

Come and try us on for size - you might be pleasantly

surprised. We do have teddy bears, but we promise they

won’t be the reason you’ll want to join (well, not the only

reason anyway).

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out&

about

the luxury

WeddinG shoW

Doing exactly what it says on the tin,

The Luxury Wedding Show London

promises to showcase the most lavish of

all things wedding when it opens its doors

on 22 October. Uniting the UK’s most

influential wedding industry names under

one roof, the exclusive two-day event has

been designed to cater for bridal parties

looking for something extra special. Private

consultations are available with premier

wedding planner Mark Niemierko, while

bridal photographer Julia Boggio, floral

designers McQueens and occasion-wear

designer Claire Thorogood will all be

on hand to give their valuable advice.

The Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road, SW3 4SQ

22–23 October

www.theluxuryweddingshowlondon.co.uk

Ghost the Musical

Audiences for this West End hit

will fall into two categories; those

that have seen the classic ‘90s film

and those who have not. Both

will love it. Telling the timeless

story of Sam and Molly’s love

that crosses death’s divide, Ghost

the Musical strikes the perfect

balance of having you tap your

foot one minute and wipe away

tears the next. Combining

strong performances, catchy

songs and slick dance routines

with incredible staging and a

powerfully poignant narrative,

every element of this show has

been honed and polished, creating

a production that can’t help

but to enthral and entertain.

Piccadilly Theatre

www.ghostthemusical.com


FasHion For tHe Masses

It may take place on the same catwalk at

the same venue, but while London Fashion

Week is a trade-only event, Vodafone London

Fashion Weekend is open to consumers,

enabling members of the public to share in

the industry’s seasonal highlight. Essentially

a designer shopping event, the weekend

allows visitors to shop from designers of

Hair & FasHion

Whether blonde, brunette or redhead, hair is

fashion. As a living, growing embodiment of

cultural codes and meanings, hairstyles have

the potential to turn someone into a walking

work of art; when combined with the latest in

clothing trends, they can create unforgettable,

iconic images. Exploring the fascinating

relationship between the worlds from which

the book takes its name, Hair & Fashion (by

Lee Widdows & Caroline Cox, £30) considers

the historical development of this association

through glamorous and evocative images,

including ground-breaking fashion shoots as well

as new, specially commissioned photographs.

www.vandashop.com

London Fashion Week calibre at

discounted prices. Guests will also

have the chance to see the latest in

A/W11 trends as a wide variety of

collections take to the catwalk.

Somerset House, 22–25 September

www.londonfashionweekend.co.uk

FasHion tHrougH tHe ages

For the curators at the Museum of London,

fashion and clothing have always possessed

the same historical importance as any other

artefacts of material culture. That’s why their

dress collection comprises 24,000 objects,

including 60 complete outfits, which stretch

from the late 16th century to the present day.

The core of the collection consists of noteworthy

fashionable dresses and accessories, with 20th

century garments incorporating a wider range of

socio-economic, ethnic and cultural groups. The

gallery is free of charge and open daily, so you

can get your fashion fix whenever you want.

150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN

www.museumoflondon.org.uk

out & about

connoisseur

HeaVenly HollyWooD

This exhibition offers an intimate insight

into Hollywood history from 1920 to 1960.

Nearly all of the iconic vintage prints have

been drawn from the archive of the John

Kobal Foundation, a collector and author

who sought to understand the importance

of photography in creating the stars of

the era. These include the now-legendary

Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, Joan

Crawford, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and

James Dean. A fully illustrated paperback

book accompanies the exhibition.

Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits

Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation

7 July–23 October 2011

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place

WC2H 0HE

www.npg.org.uk/glamour

By royal appointMent

It wowed the world when it was unveiled four

months ago. Now take the chance to get up

close and personal with the most talked-about

dress of the century. Until 3 October visitors

are invited to the Ballroom at Buckingham

Palace to view the Duchess of Cambridge’s

wedding dress. Designed by Sarah Burton

for Alexander McQueen, a closely guarded

secret only revealed on the wedding day

itself, the dress is on display alongside the

diamond earrings, wedding shoes and Cartier

‘Halo’ tiara also worn by the Duchess.

The Ballroom at Buckingham Palace

Until 3 October

www.royalcollection.org.uk

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By Richard Brown

Pioneering Plans

for Canning Town

DeveloPmenT

English Cities Fund has announced the name and

launch date of Vermillion, the first phase of its East

London mixed-use scheme. Work has now begun

on phase one of the redevelopment of Rathbone

Market, which will include a new market square,

shops, offices and community facilities as well a

271-apartment residential building to be completed

by Summer 2012.

Sales agent Hamptons International has already

received interest in the apartments which are located

just five minutes from Canary Wharf. David Caught,

residential sales and marketing director of English

Cities Fund said: “The fact that Vermilion is situated

at the heart of East London, minutes from Canary

Wharf, the O 2 Arena, London City Airport and the

Olympic sites, means that it is a very attractive

scheme. We have already had a large number of

enquiries about the development even though work is

still in the primary stages.”

Also announced is the fact that Vermilion will boast

a self-sustaining eco-garden that will aim to offset

Transport latest…

It may be three years before the

£500m Canary Wharf Crossrail

station is set for completion, but

Michael Bryant, operations executive

for Canary Wharf Constructors,

is sounding satisfied with the

project’s progress. “We`re hitting our

milestones and that`s very pleasing,”

said Bryant earlier this year. “We`re

digging out the ticket hall at the

moment and I anticipate we`ll start

the excavation of the platforms by

the end of January.” When complete

the station will be around 260m long

and incorporate 100,000 square foot

of retail space.

the carbon emissions generated in its construction.

The garden has been created to harness water shed

from adjoining properties to feed its pond, plants

and water features. Rain water will also make its

way from the roofs of surrounding buildings onto the

podium garden where it will be filtered by plants and

then circulated around the courtyard.

“The ethos of the scheme is to encourage a

low-carbon lifestyle,” said lead landscape architect

Andrew Thornhill. “We’re hoping that the residents at

Vermilion will embrace this philosophy.”

www.vermilion.com

UK’s first ever Bangladesh Expo

The first ever Destination Bangladesh Trade Show

will be at Canary Wharf on 16 and 17 September

2011. The event, has already won the support of

the UK’s first Bangladeshi MP, Rushanara Ali, who

represents Bethnal Green and Bow. Destination

Bangladesh Expo 2011, is expected to attract around

5,000 visitors, aims to create an international spotlight

for Bangladeshi trade, exports and tourism in the UK.

www.destinationbangladesh.co.uk.

DiD you know?

51 per cent of Londoners visited a museum or

gallery in the last twelve months, compared to

42 per cent for the UK as a whole.


Olympic inspired World

record attempt

Between November and the beginning of

the London Olympics in 2012, East London

artist Clare Newton will be travelling

throughout London collecting tens of

thousands of images of people mid-jump

for what she hopes will become the world’s

largest photograph. Each participant

photographed will be clearly identifiable in

the final piece and contributors are invited

to sign their image at the project’s final

exhibition which will be hosted by London’s

ExCel. To take part in the world record

attempt and land yourself in the Guinness

Book of World Records, email

heritage@equinoxpartners.co.uk.

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this popular 24 hour portered development. Offering a fully

fitted kitchen, two en-suite bathrooms and guest WC, large

terrace, wooden floors, underground parking, gym and

stunning south facing river views.

£575 per week

KnightFrank.co.uk/lettings

020 7480 6848 wapping@knightfrank.com


Knight Frank

Ontario Tower, London E14 9JB

Ontario Tower is a 29 storey development with amazing

views. This furnished studio apartment is available in

October. Located on the 15th floor, it offers surprising

space with separate sleeping area and fully fitted kitchen.

The Ontario Development offers health spa, gym, 24 hour

concierge. Close to Canary Wharf, DLR and Jubilee Line.

£330 per week

KnightFrank.co.uk

020 7512 9955 cwharf@knightfrank.com

Ingot Tower, London E14

This lovely apartment in Silver Wharf that sits alongside the

Limehouse cut canal. This smart apartment comes complete

with two double bedrooms and one bathroom, open plan

reception and modern fully fitted kitchen. Off the reception

is a large terrace offering uninterrupted, far reaching south

facing views of Canary Wharf and the Waterfront.

£330 per week

KnightFrank.co.uk

020 7512 9955 cwharf@knightfrank.com

Landmark East Tower, London E14

We are pleased to offer this one bedroom apartment. With

unique features that are hardly found elsewhere in Canary

Wharf, this apartment features floor to ceiling windows with

excellent views. With a modern style open plan kitchen,

this apartment offers wonderful dining options. The block is

located within easy walking distance of Canary Wharf.

£395 per week

KnightFrank.co.uk

020 7512 9955 cwharf@knightfrank.com

Lumina Building, London E14

We are proud to offer this well presented apartment located

within 10 minutes walk of Canary Wharf and transport links.

Offering modern living with all the creature comforts along

with excellent storage. The apartment consists of reception,

semi open plan kitchen, two double bedrooms, two

bathrooms and a balcony and also comes with a porter.

£375 per week

KnightFrank.co.uk

020 7512 9955 cwharf@knightfrank.com


Knight Frank

Horizon Building, E14

We are delighted to offer this two double bedroom

apartment which is located in a desirable location. In brief

this apartment includes a fully modern kitchen and two well

equipped bathrooms. The rare feature of limestone flooring

being included in the entrance hall and wood flooring in the

reception. Within extremely easy access of Canary Wharf.

£450 per week

KnightFrank.co.uk

020 7512 9955 cwharf@knightfrank.com

Farnsworth Court, SE10

Spacious apartment to let in Greenwich Millennium Village.

Comprises of a large open plan kitchen with dining area,

spacious reception leading to the terrace with spectacular

views, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Covering approx

1500sqft it is offered unfurnished and is close to the 02

Dome, local amenities and transport. Available with parking.

£475 per week

KnightFrank.co.uk

020 7512 9955 cwharf@knightfrank.com

St Davids Square, E14

A luxury two double bedroom split level penthouse

apartment with cathedral ceilings available to rent. The

reception room has additional mezzanine dining area,

which leads through to kitchen. Large balcony offers

partial river views accessed by both bedrooms. Furnished.

£450 per week

KnightFrank.co.uk

020 7512 9955 cwharf@knightfrank.com

Port East Apartments, E14

Knight Frank are delighted to offer this two bedroom

unfurnished apartment within this Grade I Listed building

of Port East. This apartment is full of character, exposed

brick, wood beams and solid oak wood flooring all running

through this property. The property is south facing and

benefits from 24 hour porterage and protected parking.

£625 per week

KnightFrank.co.uk

020 7512 9955 cwharf@knightfrank.com


Knight Frank

Ocean Wharf, London E14

A light and spacious duplex penthouse which has been

refurbished to extremely high specification. Situated

within Ocean Wharf the property has four bedrooms,

three terraces and stunning views of the river.

Leasehold

£1,150,000

KnightFrank.co.uk

020 7512 9966 cwharf@knightfrank.com

Dunbar Wharf, London E14

A much sought after two bedroom riverside apartment

situated on the second floor of a well maintained portered

development. The predominantly south facing apartment

benefits from two private balconies overlooking the river.

Share of Freehold

£725,000

KnightFrank.co.uk

020 7512 9966 cwharf@knightfrank.com

Berkeley Tower, London E14

A generously proportioned three bedroom, three

bathroom apartment. Located on the 14th floor of

Berkeley Tower, the apartment offers wonderful far

reaching river views from the reception, dining area and

master bedroom.

Leasehold

£1.450,000

KnightFrank.co.uk

020 7512 9966 cwharf@knightfrank.com

Trinity Wharf, London E14

This wonderful three bedroom apartment is nestled on

the banks of the River Thames with views towards Canary

Wharf. Recently upgraded to a high specification, the

property offers well proportioned accommodation and

underground parking.

Leasehold

£535,000

KnightFrank.co.uk

020 7512 9966 cwharf@knightfrank.com


Knight Frank

Old Sun Wharf, London E14

On the first and second floors of a popular block on the

riverfront in Limehouse, a two bedroom, two bathroom

flat with an attractive very light and bright reception room

facing due south with far reaching views up and down

stream.

Share of Freehold

£555,000

KnightFrank.co.uk

020 7512 9966 cwharf@knightfrank.com

Cubitt Wharf, London E14

Unique two bedroom apartment situated on the third

floor of a warehouse conversion. Presented in excellent

condition throughout, the apartment benefits from a

private balcony overlooking the river as well as two good

double bedrooms.

Leasehold

£455,000

KnightFrank.co.uk

020 7512 9966 cwharf@knightfrank.com

Discovery Dock, London E14

This modern two bedroom apartment is located on the

second floor of this sought after development situated

close to Canary Wharf. The property comes to the market

as an investment opportunity with the benefit of a tenant

in place.

Leasehold

£530,000

KnightFrank.co.uk

020 7512 9966 cwharf@knightfrank.com

Seacon Tower, London E14

A well proportioned one bedroom apartment situated in

Seacon tower within a short walk of Canary Wharf. The

apartment is presented in good internal order and offers

far reaching river views.

Leasehold

£325,000

KnightFrank.co.uk

020 7512 9966 cwharf@knightfrank.com


savills.co.uk

West IndIa Quay E14 dIsCovery doCk east E14

Reception room � kitchen � dining area 2 bedrooms

(with en suites) � study � guest cloakroom � concierge

� parking space,

eaton House E14

Reception room � kitchen � 2 bedrooms (1 en suite)

� bathroom � 2 balconies � concierge � gym

� parking space

Reception room � kitchen � 2 bedrooms

� 2 bathrooms � balcony, concierge � gym

� parking space

Guide £1.595 million Leasehold Guide £595,000 Leasehold

Savills Canary Wharf canarywharf@savills.com 020 7531 2500 Savills Canary Wharf canarywharf@savills.com 020 7531 2500

Guide £685,000 Leasehold

Savills Canary Wharf canarywharf@savills.com 020 7531 2500

Belgrave Court E14

Reception room � kitchen � bedroom with en suite

bathroom � cloakroom, balcony � concierge � gym

� parking space

Guide £540,000 Leasehold

Savills Canary Wharf canarywharf@savills.com 020 7531 2500


savills.co.uk

new crane Place, E1W

Reception room � kitchen � 2 bedrooms � 2

bathrooms (1 en-suite) � concierge � original

warehouse features � Juliette balcony �

parking space

Asking price: £625,000

Savills Docklands docklands@savills.com 020 7456 6800

Jacana court, E1W 50-51 Bankside, SE1

Reception room � kitchen � 2 bedrooms �

2 bathrooms � balcony � 24 hr concierge �

parking space

dundee court, E1W

Reception room � kitchen � 2 bedrooms

(master bedroom with en suite bathroom) �

bathroom � Juliette balcony � daytime porter

� parking space.

Asking price: £650,000

Savills Docklands docklands@savills.com 020 7456 6800

4 reception rooms � kitchen � 5 bedrooms �

2 bathrooms � south facing shared garden �

conservatory � shared garage

Asking price: £1.3 million Asking Price: £6 million

Savills Docklands docklands@savills.com 020 7456 6800 Savills Docklands docklands@savills.com 020 7456 6800


savills.co.uk

New provideNCe wharf E14

2 bedrooms � 2 bathrooms (1 en suite) � reception

room � open plan kitchen � balcony with river views

private parking � leisure facilities � communal garden

24hr porterage

e1 waterside E1W

2 bedrooms � 2 bathrooms (1 en suite) � open plan

kitchen � reception room � wrap around balcony

overlooking river Thames � private parking

berkeley tower E14

2 bedrooms � 2 en suite bathrooms � guest WC

� kitchen � reception room � balcony � private

parking � porterage � landscaped communal

gardens

£495 per week Furnished £695 per week Flexible Furnishings

Savills Canary Wharf canarywharf@savills.com 020 7531 2500 Savills Canary Wharf canarywharf@savills.com 020 7531 2500

£695 per week Furnished

Savills Docklands docklands@savills.com 020 7456 6800

Christopher Court E1

Duplex apartment � 3 bedrooms � 2 bathrooms

(1 en suite) � open plan kitchen � reception room �

dining area � balcony �2 roof terraces � communal

gardens � 24hr porterage

£1,000 per week Furnished

Savills Docklands docklands@savills.com 020 7456 6800


Sarah Gretton

Savills Waterfront

020 8877 1222

sgretton@savills.com

savills.co.uk

Savills,

for those who

live the river

There are so many reasons to love the river. And so many reasons to live on it.

From the dramatic skyline and stylish developments of historic Docklands to

the vistas of Chiswick and Chelsea and the dreamy banks of Richmond and

Barnes – London river property has a lifestyle and an energy of its own.

Savills Waterfront is a specialist department adding expertise to your

property sale. Our dedicated team from offices across London has all the

know-how of the Thames-side market, the lock-up and leave developments

and the large laid back family homes on both banks.

If you’re thinking of buying, selling, renting or letting on the river set sail

with Savills Waterfront.


SALES

Rosefield Gardens, E14 £149,950

NOTICE OF OFFER: We would advise that an offer has been

made for the above property in the sum of £170,000. Any person

wishing to increase on this offer should notify the SELLING

agents of their best offer prior to exchange of contracts.

Lanterns Court, E14 £435,000

A highly desirable 940ft² brand new two bedroom first floor

apartment for the discerning buyer. Suitable for buy to let

investors and owner occupiers alike, this property will be highly

sought after. Gym, Concierge and close proximity to South

Quay DLR.

West India Quay, E14 £975,000

This amazing 1568ft² one bedroom duplex apartment is the

finest we have seen. Double height ceilings, floor to ceiling

glazing with unrivalled panoramic views, parking, concierge

and access to room service from the neighbouring 5 star

Marriot hotel. West India Quay DLR.

All Awards 2010/11

St Davids Square, E14 £259,950

A third floor one bedroom apartment in immaculate condition.

The flat is well proportioned and has a balcony with River

Views. The development is sought after with fantastic amenities

including 24hr concierge, gym & swimming pool.

Port East Apartments, E14 £765,000

A stunning 1300ft² split level Grade 1 listed two bedroom, two

bathroom warehouse conversion. Modern fitted kitchen and

open plan lounge with access to a private balcony. Rarely

available and only metres away from the business district.

Includes parking and 24hr concierge.

Brightlingsea Place, E14 £1,175,000

A stunning 1700ft² three bed townhouse in the heart of

Limehouse with parking. Versatile accommodation includes

reception with large balcony separate dining room and kitchen

and two en-suite bedrooms. DLR and mainline rail service

within easy reach.

Tazman Court, E14 £340,000

A contemporary 9th floor one bedroom apartment finished to a

high specification with well proportioned living space, balcony

and panoramic views. Unrivalled facilities include gym, pool,

health spa, restaurant and amazing rooftop cocktail lounge.

Belgrave Court, London, E14 £700,000

A luxury two bedroom 5th floor apartment in the prestigious

Canary Riverside. Presented in excellent condition with good

views of the River Thames and benefits including parking,

security, concierge, and the best restaurants that Canary Wharf

has to offer.

Waterman Building, E14 £1,799,950

A spectacular four bed, three bath duplex penthouse boasting

over 2220sqft of internal space, with unparalleled views from

four stunning terraces. Bespoke finishes throughout provide

unique living accommodation quite unlike any other. Superb

location. Viewing highly recommended.


LETTINGS

Aqua Vista, E3 £200pw

Brand new 9th floor studio apartment in eagerly awaited canal

side development in trendy Bow, minutes from the heart of

Canary Wharf’s financial centre with rapid and easy access to

the City, Central and Greater London by public transport.

Baltimore Wharf, E14 £300pw

Stunning new 7th floor studio suite offering luxury living.

Dockside development set around a tranquil boulevard offering

24hr concierge service. Located next to Crossharbour DLR,

and a short walk to Canary Wharf itself.

Landmark East, E14 £540pw

Stunning two bed, two bath 17th floor apartment with views

towards Canary Wharf and the 02 Arena. The internal finishes

are second to none and features included 24hr concierge and

gym. Close to Heron Quay DLR and Canary Wharf Jubilee Line.

Zeta, SpacE1, E1 £250pw

Brand new first floor studio apartment located in dynamic Brick

Lane area. Impeccable finish with an intelligent use of space

and light. Fully furnished to a high standard, early viewing

recommended.

Aqua Vista, E14 £330pw

Brand new two bed luxury canal side apartment in trendy Bow,

minutes from the heart of Canary Wharf and easy access to

the City and Central London. Features include bicycle storage,

communal gardens/roof terrace and concierge.

Baltimore Wharf, E14 £550pw

Superb two bedroom 6th floor flat in a dockside development.

Comprises private balcony and is fully furnished to the highest

standard. On-site concierge, next to Crossharbour DLR Station

Canary Wharf.

11 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4HE

020 7715 9700

joneslanglasalle.co.uk

Aqua Vista, E3 £275pw

Brand new one bed luxury apartment finished to the highest

standard with stylish kitchen, luxury bathroom, bicycle storage,

communal gardens/roof terrace and concierge. Available for

immediate occupation, fully furnished to a luxury standard.

Frances Wharf, E14 £350pw

Bright and modern two bed 2nd floor apartment next to

Limehouse Cut offering excellent value for money in this secure

development. Lovely private balcony offers courtyard views.

Available 5th September 2011.

Landmark East, E14 £625pw

Stunning two bed two bath 40th floor apartment with views

towards Canary Wharf and the 02 Arena. The internal finishes

are second to none and features included 24hr concierge and

gym. Close to Heron Quay DLR and Canary Wharf Jubilee Line.

dockland.sales@eu.jll.com


www.alanselby.co.uk

Chapel House Street E14 £POA

A double fronted Victorian Dockers cottage set on this quiet residential road within 300 metres of Mudchute DLR station. This property requires extensive

modernisation but would make a beautiful home. Formerly a 3 bedroom house but is currently being used as a 2 bedroom with large bathroom (formerly bedroom

3). The accommodation comprises; sitting room, dining room, kitchen and lean to the property also offers a south facing rear garden and a paved front garden.

New Atlas Wharf E14 £414,995

Offering fantastic views from the reception room across a park and onto the River Thames, this 5th floor 2 bedrooms 2 bathroom apartment is set within the New

Atlas Wharf development which boasts a 24 hour porter, gymnasium, Jacuzzi and steam room as well as secure underground parking. The property consists of

reception room, separate kitchen, bathroom and en-suite to the master bedroom as well as a south facing balcony.

Lumina Building E14 £434,995

With Spectacular westerly views across a Dock and on to Canary Wharf with the city beyond this stunning 7th floor 2 bedroom apartment offers light and spacious

accommodation comprising reception room with floor to ceiling windows access to the balcony and a modern open plan kitchen, master bedroom with access to

the balcony and en-suite and bathroom. The development itself offers 24 hour concierge and secure underground parking.

Estate Agents | Land & Development Consultants

Sales


Naxos Building, E14 £335 per week

• One bedroom

• Furnished

• River views

020 7519 5900 | info@alanselby.co.uk

Vanguard Building £430 per week

• 2 bed 2 Bath

• Secure parking

• Direct River Thames views

020 7519 5900 | info@alanselby.co.uk

• Leisure facilities

• 24 hour concierge

• Gated development

• 24 hour porter

• Leisure facilities

• 6th floor

www.alanselby.co.uk

Ocean Wharf E14 £395 per week

• Two bedrooms

• Two bathrooms

• Furnished

020 7519 5900 | info@alanselby.co.uk

Langbourne Place E14 £1100 per week

• Four bedrooms

• Duplex Penthouse

• River View

020 7519 5900 | info@alanselby.co.uk

• Balcony

• Concierge

• Secure parking

Estate Agents | Land & Development Consultants

Lettings

• Secure underground parking

• Day porter

• Close to Canary Wharf


Wharfside Point, Blackwall, E14

Medland House, Limehouse, E14

• One bedroom

• Penthouse • Open plan reception apartment room

• Large • Wooden terrace flooring

• Secure • Concierge underground parking

• Marina £245,000 views

£629,950

Shackleton Court, Isle Of Dogs, E14

• Two bathrooms

• Balcony

£335,000

SOLD Fleet House, Limehouse, E14

SOLD

Milligan Street, Limehouse, E14

• Two bedrooms

• Separate kitchen/diner

• Secure parking

• Direct • Air conditioning river views

• Two £349,950 bedrooms

Cardale Street, Isle of Dogs, E14

• Three double bedrooms

• Two bathrooms

• Large through reception/dining room

Chinnocks • Good decorative Wharf, order Narrow Street, E14

• Two £425,000

bedrooms

• Two bathrooms

• Direct river views

• Balcony

£525,000

Proton Tower, East India, E14

• One double bedroom

• 11th Two floor double bedrooms

• Balcony Two bathrooms

• River Parking views

£265,000 • Marina views

£399,950

Actions speak

louder

than words.

Adriatic Building, Limehouse, E14

• Investment opportunity

• Two bedrooms

• Balcony

• 24 hour concierge

Contact our sales team

today for a free, no

obligation valuation.

£364,950

SOLD Millennium Harbour, South Quay, E14

New Providence Wharf, E14

• Two double bedrooms

• Valet car parking

• River views

• Balcony

•£495,000 Two bathrooms

• Two bedrooms

• River views

• Balcony

£449,950

SOLD Lamb Court, Narrow Street, E14

Rich Street, Limehouse, E14

• Two double bedrooms

• Private • Two balcony double bedrooms

• Bright • Two and spacious bathrooms

• Secure • Secure car parking underground parking

£299,950 • Balcony

£349,950

Millennium Drive, Docklands, E14

• Two double bedrooms

• Two bathrooms

• Split level apartment

• Fully • furnished Two double bedrooms

£390,000 • Large balcony

SOLD

Neutron Tower, Virginia Quay, E14

• River views

• 11th �oor

£375,000

SOLD

SOLD Millennium Drive, Isle Of Dogs, E14

Dunbar Wharf, Limehouse, E14

• Two double bedrooms

• Two bathrooms

• River facing terrace

• Secure parking

£615,000 • One double bedroom

• Secure car parking

• River views

• Refurbished throughout

£275,000

020 7538 9250 www.lourdes-estates.com

SOLD

Lourdes Estate Agents, 94-96 Three Colt Street, Limehouse, London, E14 8AP

020 7538 9250 www.lourdes-estates.com

Lourdes Estate Agents, 94-96 Three Colt Street, Limehouse, London, E14 8AP


Wharfside Point, Blackwall, E14

• Medland One bedroom House, Limehouse, E14

• •Open Penthouse plan reception apartment room

• •Wooden Large flooring terrace

• •Fitted Secure kitchen underground parking

£275 • Marina per views week

£629,950

Millennium Drive, Isle of Dogs, E14

• Two double bedrooms

• Two bathrooms

• Split level apartment

• Direct river views

• Fully furnished

• Two bedrooms

£395

• Two

per

bathrooms

week

• Balcony

£335,000

Shackleton Court, Isle Of Dogs, E14

Basin Approach, Limehouse, E14

• Two double bedrooms

• Two bathrooms

• Sixth floor

SOLD Fleet House, Limehouse, E14

SOLD

• Chinnocks Floor to ceiling windows Wharf, Narrow Street, E14

£550 • Two per bedrooms week

• Two bathrooms

• Direct river views

• Balcony

£525,000

Unicorn Building, Limhouse, E1W

• One bedroom

• Private • Two balcony double bedrooms

• River • Two views bathrooms

• Fully • Parking furnished

£325 • Marina per week views

£399,950

Actions speak

louder

than words.

Milligan Street, Limehouse, E14

• Three bedrooms

• Two bathrooms

• Large reception

• Separate kitchen diner

Contact our sales team

today for a free, no

obligation valuation.

£450 per week

SOLD Millennium Harbour, South Quay, E14

Dunbar Wharf, Limehouse, E14

• Two double bedrooms

• Two bathrooms

• Two private terraces

• River and park views

£725 • Two per bathrooms week

• Two bedrooms

• River views

• Balcony

£449,950

SOLD Lamb Court, Narrow Street, E14

Aqua Vista, Bow, E3

• Brand new development

• Two double • Two bedrooms double bedrooms

• Two bathrooms • Two bathrooms

• Large •private Secure terrace underground parking

£375 •per Balcony week

£349,950

Free Trade Wharf, Wapping, E1W

• Two double bedrooms

• Two bathrooms

• River views

• • Two double bedrooms

Private balcony

• Large balcony

£475 per week

• River views

• 11th �oor

£375,000

SOLD

SOLD

Neutron Tower, Virginia Quay, E14

SOLD Millennium Drive, Isle Of Dogs, E14

Dundee Wharf, Limehouse, E14

• Sub penthouse apartment

• Three double bedrooms

• 360 views of the river

• Large private terrace

£795 •per One week double bedroom

• Secure car parking

• River views

• Refurbished throughout

£275,000

020 7538 9250 www.lourdes-estates.com

SOLD

Lourdes Estate Agents, 94-96 Three Colt Street, Limehouse, London, E14 8AP

020 7538 9250 www.lourdes-estates.com

Lourdes Estate Agents, 94-96 Three Colt Street, Limehouse, London, E14 8AP


livinglocal

HOT PROPERTY:

Rooms with a View

The prestigious Canary Riverside development is the

setting for this spectacular apartment. The property

features three double bedrooms, three bathrooms, a

large kitchen and dining area and has been decorated

in a contemporary and highly attractive style

throughout, which capitalises on its light and airy feel.

Floor to ceiling windows in the living area offer

unrivalled views of the River Thames and city life

beyond and make it the perfect entertaining venue.

The property also benefits from both a parking

space and an onsite concierge service, equipping

it well for modern lifestyle demands. However, it is

situated within easy reach of the DLR and shops,

bars, restaurants and business centre of Canary

Wharf, enabling a brief and simple commute for those

who live and socialise in the area.


Belgrave Court, e14

£1.5m

Savills

www.savills.co.uk

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Ivory House East Smithfield E1W

cluttons.com

020 7488 4858

wapping@cluttons.com

W A P P I N G

A charming penthouse apartment in this delightful warehouse conversion situated within London’s premier marina residence. Benefitting

from two roof terraces and offering triple aspect views directly onto St Katharine Docks the apartment extends to approx. 2,246 sq ft,

offers a host of characterful warehouse features, wonderful high ceilings and is lavishly presented throughout

reception room with dining area | 4 bedrooms (1 en suite bathroom/1 en suite shower room) | 1 further shower room | kitchen | galleried study |

porter | private parking | balcony | 2 roof terraces

Guide price £3,000,000 leasehold


Cinnabar Wharf Wapping High Street E1W

cluttons.com

020 7488 4858

wapping@cluttons.com

W A P P I N G

A beautifully finished penthouse apartment arranged over two levels within this visually stunning development on the banks of the River

Thames, taking in views of Tower Bridge and 'The Shard of Glass'. This south-facing apartment offers excellent living and entertaining

space, with riverside terraces on both levels and access to an additional roof terrace of approx. 671 sq ft

reception room with dining area | 3 bedrooms (1 en suite bathroom/1 en suite shower room) | 1 further shower room | kitchen | guest cloakroom |

porter | storage room | secure private parking | private roof terrace | 2 riverside terraces

Guide price £2,250,000 leasehold


Hampstead

NW3

Conveniently located for Golders Hill Park and Hampstead Heath, a

substantial double fronted detached five bedroom family house with off

street parking.

This stylish contemporary home offers well planned and spacious

accommodation and features far reaching views from the magnificent

master bedroom suite which is set over the entire top floor.

The garden level is currently utilised as a large family room opening to the

garden with a kitchenette, shower room and large storage room but could

easily be used as a self-contained unit.

Price on APPlicAtion | FreeHolD

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Redington gaRdens

nW3

A four bedroom raised ground & first floor maisonette, accessed via its own

private entrance and forming part of an attractive red brick ambassadorial

residence.

The apartment is presented in very good condition throughout, spanning

approximately 2,000 sq ft and boasting a wonderful 28’ dual aspect reception

room together with four well proportioned bedrooms. In addition, the flat

enjoys a private patio garden, beautiful lawned communal gardens and off

street parking on a first come first served basis.

The property is ideally located at the end of this quiet cul-de-sac and is within

close proximity of Hampstead Village and the Heath.

£2,250,000 | Share of freehold

20 HeatH stReet HaMPstead ViLLage London nW3 6te


livinglocal livinglocal

WILL IT, won’t it?

148

Ron Radway considers whether the Bank of england Base rate will rise in the

near future

Will the Bank of England base

rate rise in the next few

months? I don’t know, is the

very firm answer!

The consensus of expert

punditry suggests that the rate will not rise, at

least substantially, until late 2012 at the earliest.

However, these are the same expert pundits who

didn’t foresee the credit crunch and can’t cure the

euro and dollar deficit crisis now, nor predict where it

will lead us.

So, can this current rate stability be relied

upon? Throughout history the rate has fluctuated,

sometimes wildly. In 1975 the rate was 11.25 per

cent and varied by only one point during the next

two years. However, in 1977 the rate fell to as low

as five per cent before rising inexorably to 17 per

cent at the end of that decade. While the 1980s

produced less erratic figures, there were still surges

and falls up until 2003 where the situation became

more stable. However, we then saw the credit crunch

which yielded an unprecedented low of 0.5 per cent

in March 2009, where it remains.

Clearly the situation is unpredictable, even more

so, because retail rates are dictated by market

conditions and therefore independent of Bank of

England constraints.

For the borrower, analysis is irrelevant if a

particular product is unsuitable from an emotional

perspective. If you can cope with the vagaries and

fluctuations of a tracker rate then go for it, or if you

prefer the guarantee which a fixed type brings then

don’t be disappointed if the base rate recedes.

Both tracker and fixed rates are currently very

attractive. Trackers with a switch facility are

becoming more prevalent for the undecided, while

the five year fixed deals are offering exceptional

value for money.

With lenders regaining an appetite to lend (to

borrowers that fit their template) and remortgaging

enjoying a revival, this is the best time to dip your toes

into the mortgage market. Enjoy it while it lasts! n

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Financial Advice Centre. For further details visit

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Wotton Court,

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• 9th Floor

• Balcony

• Secure Underground Parking

• Concierge Service

£400 per week

The Landmark,

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• Fully Furnished

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• 24hr Concierge Service

• Walking Distance to Canary Wharf

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Barge Walk,

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• Two Bedroom Apartment

• Fully Furnished

• 2nd Floor

• Parking Available

• Concierge Service

• Nr. North Greenwich

£370 per week

The Oxygen,

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• Two Bedroom Apartment

• Fully Furnished

• 9th Floor

• Balcony

• Parking Available

• Concierge Service

£440 per week

Mulberry Court,

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• Three Bedroom Apartment

• Two Bathroom

• Fully Furnished

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New Providence Wharf,

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THE PrOCESS MaDE EaSy


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ProPerty Latest

By Ben West

Prime centraL

London saLes

and Lettings

reach aLL

time high

Prime London property prices

have risen by 9.6 per cent in

the last year and are now 35

per cent higher than the postcredit

crunch trough in March

2009. Not only that, but prime

London property prices rose by 0.7

per cent in July, taking values to a

record high.

The prime London rental sector

is also booming: on average, rents

are now one per cent higher than

their previous peak in March 2008.

“Once again the main reasons for

high strength demand in the prime

central London market are the

overseas purchasers and low stock

levels,” says Noel Flint, head of London

residential at Knight Frank. “In the

last month our offices have seen more

interest from buyers from continental

Europe, possibly due to the ongoing

Eurozone crisis as well as London

providing a more cosmopolitan lifestyle.”

Snazzy Student accommodation

The student accommodation sector has remained extraordinarily

buoyant despite the downturn, kept afloat by the imbalance of supply

and demand of student housing felt in many university cities across

the UK.

With the assurance of a guaranteed long term income and appealing

yields, investors have been snapping up purpose built student

accommodation residences left right and centre, with an estimated

£347,675,000 committed to the sector in the UK since the beginning

of 2011, according to the latest report from CB Richard Ellis 2011.

Indeed, student numbers have been rising year-on-year over the last

five years, increasing by four per cent last year alone, according to

the report, with the growth in university students putting considerable

pressure on the existing student housing stock across the country.

However, if your memories of student digs are of shabby box rooms

and a kitchen in disrepair, today’s students are rather more discerning.

A great number are now seeking high quality housing, contemporary

interiors and city centre locations.

An early Ramadan this year meant

that Middle Eastern buyers spent

less time in London earlier this year,

however Flint predicts that September

will see increased interest from Middle

eastern buyers escaping the hottest

months in their home countries.


Launch of new Buy to Let centres

Buy-to-let investors are always

looking for more efficient ways of

investing in buy-to-let properties.

For this reason the Buy to Let Centre

has launched, consisting of 65 high

street-based branches across the UK

located within leading independent

estate and lettings agents.

The Buy to Let Centre was founded

by industry experts Tim Hammond

and Richard Rawlings and is run

alongside their Homebuyer Centre

branch network.

Whilst other companies dealing

in buy-to-let investment may focus

on seminars, schemes and secret

strategies, Buy to Let Centres

focus on local area knowledge,

local property market expertise, and

independent and impartial advice.

“We start with your requirements,

demonstrate realistic returns and

provide expert opinion and advice

Has glass got class?

According to the Royal Institution of

Chartered Surveyors (RICS), adding a

conservatory can raise your house’s

value by a respectable four to five

per cent. “When care is taken,

conservatories can be a work of art,

our purchasers are always wowed

when they walk into a conservatory

that has had time, thought and energy

put into it,” says James Wyatt, partner

of estate agency Barton Wyatt.

The benefits of a conservatory are

multiple. They can provide greater

living space and can add light into a

home. For the same reasons, estate

agencies are also reporting increased

interest in orangeries.

on the best and most credible buy

to let and property investments on

the property market,” says Hammond.

“Our branches enable you to invest

anywhere in the UK and our local experts

manage the property sourcing, lettings

and management for you. We’ll help you

acquire high yield properties in areas

with strong tenant demand and maximise

the return on your investment. You can

be assured of independent and impartial

advice,” says buy-to-let industry expert,

Kate Faulkner.

“Too often I see buy to let investors

fall for unrealistic claims of ‘below

market value’, achieving ‘financial

freedom’ and hoping to ‘become

a property millionaire’ with little money

and in a short time, which is unrealistic.

Buy-to-let is a long term investment

and it’s essential people have the right

strategy to meet their objectives. They

need to seek local expert advice on

house prices and rents and take time

comparing property deals. During this

difficult market, successful buy-tolet

is possible, but you need to work

with property professionals on the

ground who are motivated by your long

term success.”

The Buy To Let Centre

www.thebuytoletcentre.com

NEWS IN BRIEF

SpEEdINg up thE coNvEyaNcINg pRocESS

Kinleigh Folkhard and Hayward

(KFH) have introduced a

new quick conveyancing

service, which has

dramatically reduced

the time it can take to

buy and sell.

Londonwide

Conveyancing is a panel

of carefully selected law

firms geared to speeding

up the conveyancing process.

As they are used to working with each

other, communication is considerably better

than normal. The new initiative has resulted

in the average time to get a sale to exchange

reducing to 24 days, compared to an average

turnaround time when using solicitors outside

the scheme of nine weeks and five days. The

lack of delays results in far less clients dropping

out during a sale, too.

Londonwide Conveyancing, 0800 023 1800

www.londonwideconveyancing.com

ElItE INSuRaNcE

Debrett’s, the modern day authority on

etiquette, has launched its own range of

insurance for affluent home owners. Debrett’s

Prestige Insurance was developed in response

to the needs of its professional audience, in

association with hand-picked expert advisers.

Cover for property, fine art and other

valuables such as motoring and aviation

equipment is available and can be subsumed

into a single policy by a dedicated broker who

acts on behalf of the client.

The service is available to anyone whose

contents are worth over £75,000 or whose

home has a greater value than £1m.

For more information visit www.debretts.com

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DEVELOPMENT FOCUS

City Style in the Garden of England

Urban EvolUtion arE offEring

gorgEoUs family homEs, within Easy

commUting distancE of thE city

We are all aware that the

London property market

offers some magnificent

homes. However, city

professionals desiring a more

rural setting will often look further afield, seeking

to maximise space and value for money without

compromising on style.

With this in mind, acclaimed designers Urban

Evolution have recently launched a striking new

development of 14 unique townhouses, set in an

elevated position in Chislehurst, Kent.

Located on Woodclyffe Drive, Dene Terrace

offers tremendous views of woodland and the

perfect opportunity for residents to immerse

themselves in village life. However, the site is just

300 metres from Chislehurst station, enabling an

easy commute to London Bridge (18 minutes) and

Waterloo East (21 minutes).

Urban Evolution is renowned for its high end

projects in Belgravia and the surrounding areas and

each of the Dene Terrace properties occupy an

impressive 3,700 sq ft. They are based around a

large entertaining space consisting of three reception

rooms and a family kitchen and breakfast room with

a flexible layout to suit the buyer’s lifestyle. It may

be that future residents prefer to dine in the area

which leads out into the garden, or choose to theme

this space as a beautiful sitting room.

In addition, each home offers five bedrooms,

including the master suite, which has its own roof

terrace, three bathrooms and a laundry, which ensure

they are well equipped for family living.

In keeping with the high specification finish one

would expect in London, atmospheric Lutron lighting

installations are fitted to main rooms, oak flooring,

handmade joinery and brass door fittings feature

throughout and the homes are as energy efficient as

possible, befitting of a modern luxury development.

Outside, the properties have an attractive Georgian

style as well as private, landscaped front and rear

gardens. They are set back within an elegant gated

community to ensure privacy and security and parking

is allocated underground for two cars.

The local area is both an attractive and interesting

base for young families who tend to stay for years

to come. Seven out of the 12 schools located within


a five mile radius of Dene Terrace have been rated

as Outstanding by Ofsted, which should be a great

incentive for parents.

In addition there is picturesque countryside all

around ready to be explored, leisure facilities include

golf courses, horse-riding, tennis and cricket clubs

and the local village is a haven of boutique shops,

highly regarded restaurants, and friendly people.

With such a lovely location and sophisticated

design, it is surprising, but obviously no less

encouraging, that the prices for the townhouses are

less than those of Hampstead, Fulham and other

neighbourhoods with a similar commute time.

Factors such as this have led to Dene Terrace

being awarded numerous prizes from publications and

industry bodies including Best UK House and the silver

award for Interior Design from What House and Best

Property in Kent from the UK Property Awards. n

Available from £1,385,000.

www.deneterrace.co.uk

Star apartment

Set over five floors, the two show homes are as grand and spacious as they

are attractive. The third reception room can be used as a slick cinema/media

room or an open galleried dining room, depending on the buyer’s preference,

while the top floor forms a master suite with a dressing room, large

bathroom and sweeping terrace offering lovely views over the treetops.

The finest finishes are incorporated into the show homes. The décor is

plush yet neutral creating a chic and relaxing ambience. Integrated audio and

high-definition SKY TV attest to the latest technology and the curtains and

blinds in principal rooms are electric.

The kitchens are warm and inviting spaces, with all units and islands

hand-made to ensure a perfect fit. Oak flooring serves as a high quality

statement feature and marble worktops have been provided by Carrera,

alongside double ceramic sinks, Perrin & Rowe taps and Siemens appliances.

The bathroom tiles are both natural stone and ceramic and Lefroy Brooks

sanitary ware.

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State of the market

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ALASDAIR CARPENTER, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF LOURDES ESTATE

AGENTS, COMMENTS ON THE STATE OF THE RESIDENTIAL

the East London property market is

today the beneficiary of yet more good

news. The 27 hectare Olympic Village

has been sold for £557m to a Delancey

and Qatari Diar partnership. The deal

agreed with the Olympic Delivery Authority also

includes provision for a future profit share for the

public sector and is in addition to the £268m already

secured by the sale of 1,379 affordable housing units

on the site.

The deal sees Delancey and Qatari Diar acquiring

1,439 homes on the Olympic Village site, plus six

further development sites adjacent to the Village

with the potential for a further 2,000 new homes.

The bulk of these new properties will be rented

PROPERTY MARKET

OLYMPIC VILLAGE SOLD

out, rather than sold, creating a UK private sector

residential investment fund. Deals of this nature

have become increasingly attractive to large

investment funds and consortiums in recent times

due to the bullish rental market. Many commercial

property funds are now shifting focus to the

residential market. This is relatively new to the

UK as these funds have previously focused their

attentions on the US and German property markets

where rental demand has been strong for decades.

Such is the interest in the UK market, Delancy

and Qatari Diar had to fight off a rival bid from

Hutchison Whampoa, a company owned by Hong

Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing.

Jamie Ritblas, Delancey’s chief executive has

said “This is a long term project for us. We are

looking to retain the neighbourhood and create a

place where people will want to live, work and play

for years to come.

This will be welcome news to everyone involved in

the legacy left by the Olympic Games and tax payers

in general. Originally the Olympic Village was supposed

to be a private venture but when the credit crunch

hit and funding all but dried up, the Government were

forced to take control. The cost to the tax payer was

a constant talking point. Now at least the bulk of the

cost will be recuperated and the future of the site has

been guaranteed.

In addition to affordable housing and luxury

homes, Delancey have committed to providing

schools, healthcare facilities and open spaces. This

is a clear indication of the confidence large investors

have in the long term future of East London. It

is also a big step towards the communities that

Londoners had always hoped would be created by the

Olympic legacy.

Who said August is a quiet time for the property

market?! n

Lourdes Estate Agents

020 7538 9245

www.lourdes-estates.com


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