Inside Dior – a Doc to Download

My passion-for-all-things-fashion pal Nancy invited me to see the new two-part documentary Inside Dior earlier this week at the Bulgari Hotel with the British director Michael Waldman there to answer questions. If you liked Dior and I, about ex-creative director Raf Simons’ challenging, artistic and triumphant first season at Dior, then Inside Dior is a must-see.…

Bloomin’ Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury is blossoming, and not just on a sunny day – although that doesn’t hurt. Start with the just renovated Curzon Bloomsbury – once the much-revered art-house icon Renoir that had fallen on hard times. Not anymore. The new Curzon Bloomsbury is perfect date-night material. With its gold bar, sleek lounges, minimalist look, “The Canyon”…

Pebble – An Aladdin’s Den of Goodies

There are collectors and there are Collectors with a capital C. Peter Adler, the man behind Pebble which specialises in natural jewelry, tribal art and objets d’art, definitely falls under the latter category. Adler, who works from his home in Sussex Gardens, is such a keen collector that he’s gotten rid of the burners in…

How I Love a Good Pop-Up

One of my all time favourite design blogs, Remodelista, is holding a one day fair tomorrow (Saturday, November 15) at a terrific recently-opened interiors shop in north Mayfair called  The New Craftsmen. I’ve been following SF-site Remodelista on Instagram for ages, ever since my always-in-the-know sister Alexandra told me about it. Don’t miss this one-day…

Mayfair Bejewels and Bedazzles

Mayfair just keeps getting more marvellous. I stopped in for a cappuccino at the brand new Maison Assouline on Piccadilly, a shop as luxurious and comforting as freshly pressed linen sheets. Founded by the uber-glamourous French couple Prosper and Martine Assouline, their first international flagship sells the good life, the very good life. Beautiful books,…

Ham Yard Heaven

Prepare to be dazzled by Firmdale’s latest, largest and boldest hotel, Ham Yard. From the huge bronze Tony Cragg sculpture  in the leafy courtyard to a Texan, solid maple, 1950’s style bowling alley downstairs to the pewter piano that’s now an ice bucket on the rooftop garden, this is not your standard hotel. Ideal venue…