12 August 2019

The Jeweller's Hand

Birmingham-based Mikaela Lyons has created a brand that's built on intricate craftsmanship and sustainable methods to make pieces that last a lifetime and beyond. All of her pieces are crafted by hand using traditional jewellery making methods and are individually hallmarked with a unique maker’s stamp at Birmingham's Assay Office. Mikaela's designs are vintage-inspired treasures that have varied from her classic Lioness motif and star pendants, to shell detailing and engraved hearts. Mikaela talked to me about how she started her brand, her production process, going against seasonal trends and how to keep luxury sustainable.

29 July 2019

8 micro trends from Paris Fashion Week Men’s

Last month’s instalment of PFW Men’s was a pretty impressive affair with floral blooms at Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton, tapestry textures at designer-to-watch Emily Bode’s eponymous brand, and of course, Kim Jones’ pink plateau strewn with Dior rubble courtesy of Daniel Arsham. Here, we’ve rounded up the best of the trends to keep an eye on for next spring/summer — think transparent tailoring, clipped in waists and volume —and tiny bags are going nowhere fast.

22 July 2019

Art and Music Inspired by the Moon

Saturday, July 20 marked the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing, the giant step for mankind would change how we view the world forever – no one had seen what our planet looked like from space before, for many it was a shift in awareness to recognising the vulnerability of the world and the unimaginable size of the solar system. From David Bowie’s 'Star Man' to Salvador Dali’s 'Girl With Curls', here are ten pieces of art and music influenced by the Moon, split into two sections; before the landing and after.

15 July 2019

From Pavarotti to The Stones – the legacy of Decca Records

During its ninety years as one of the music industry’s most venerated institutions, Decca Records shows no sign of slowing. From the earliest sound recordings of Bing Cosby and Vera Lynn to David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Luciano Pavarotti, Eric Clapton, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday – it’s not just the names that have passed through Decca’s studios but the diversity of genres it’s helped pioneer. 

     

1 July 2019

Glasgow's Linda McCartney Retrospective

Linda McCartney, the late photographer who cut a path through rock-and-roll before marrying Beatles bassist Paul McCartney, is getting her first UK retrospective this week. The show, simply titled “The Linda McCartney Retrospective,” is curated by Paul McCartney and their two daughters, Mary and Stella. It brings together dozens of Linda McCartney’s photos—from famous portraits of 1960s rock icons to more personal snapshots of her quiet home life with Paul—as well a trove of archival materials being shown in public for the first time, including cameras, her personal magazine collection, and even a diary from the ’60s. 

17 June 2019

Mulberry Celebrates the UK’s Pub Venue Heritage

Pubs have long played a vital role in the UK’s music culture. Entire genres can trace their roots back to the humble British boozer, whether that’s the pub rock movement of the 1970s, represented by groups like Dr. Feelgood, or the UK garage scene, which started out at the Elephant & Castle pub in the 90s. Pop icon Kate Bush played her first ever gig at the since-shuttered Rose of Lee pub in Lewisham, while newer acts like south west London duo The Rhythm Method celebrate their local in songs like “Local, Girl” and the video for “Cruel” – and that’s without mentioning all the artists who honed their craft playing open mic nights.

10 June 2019

The Great British Seaside

There are few things as British as the seaside: pebbly shores, piers decked out in lights and arcade games, salty fish and chips, brightly coloured bathing huts, sunburn, parasols and the whipped plume of an ice-cream cone. It is, perhaps, a dying phenomenon — seaside towns across the UK have been some of the worst hit by economic recession in recent years, and incidentally, the constituencies that dot the British coastline reported some of the highest leave voter turnout in the 2016 Brexit referendum. And as more and more people can afford to go abroad on package holidays to Spain and further afield, it looks like that the ‘great British seaside’ — and its nearby equivalents — is becoming a thing of the past. 

27 May 2019

RIXO X Sabina Socol

It’s no secret that classic Parisian style carries that je ne sais quoi — otherwise known as the inexplicable and alluring sense of casual elegance — that the fashion world holds dear to its heart. However, there’s something undeniably cool about the edge that comes with the London look. And when you combine the two, you end up with a fusion of styles that feels completely unparalleled. Such an idea may seem like one of sartorial dreams, but with the RIXO x Sabina Socol collection it’s become a reality — and all with a '90s-inspired touch.

20 May 2019

She Sells Sea Shells..

A name loaded with intriguing references – Kairi derives both from the Japanese work "kai" meaning "from the sea", and is also named after Greece's first feminist poet and playwright, Evanthia Kairi. The contemporary handbag collection marries style and substance with sustainability and seaside symbolism through expertly crafted pieces which are designed and produced right here in London. I spoke to Kairi's founder and designer, Beatrix, about her main creative inspirations, her favourite sustainable brands at the moment, and what to expect next from Kairi.

13 May 2019

Gucci Beauty’s New Campaign Challenges Perfectionism

Creative director Alessandro Michele is lending his exuberant, multi-layered aesthetic to a newly minted cosmetics range. The first drop—a 58-piece lipstick collection—rewires Hollywood glamour to suit his idiosyncratic vision of beauty. Gucci Beauty’s campaign shots are the perfect antidote to the airbrushed shots we’re usually exposed to - but why has it become such a talking point?