The Campaign for Wool, of which His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is a patron, announced the return of WOOL SCHOOL for 2013. Following a hugely successful first year the initiative welcomes Margaret Howell, Topman, Christopher Raeburn, Folk, Barbour, Brora and Albam to the roster of top UK fashion labels for this years campaign which sees fashion, textiles and design students across the country competing to design wool sweaters to be sold in stores nationwide in the Autumn to celebrate Wool Week 2013.
Barbour Head of Womenswear and Menswear
The campaign received over 100 entries from each of the 12 collaborating universities with head designers and creative’s at each retail outlet joining forces to select their winner. Their decision was supported by President of Condé Nast International Nicholas Coleridge, knitwear specialist and tutor at Heriot Watt University, Sheila-Mary Curruthers and Chair of The International Wool Textile Organisation, Peter Ackroyd.
For the second year running the project has seen students introduced to a retail partner and given the opportunity to design a wool jumper for their company keeping this year’s theme ‘knitwear traditions of the British Isles’ front of mind along with the retailers brand identity. One student per retailer has been selected and their jumper design will be developed, manufactured and will be available in stores to coincide with UK Wool Week: 14th-20th October 2013.
“With even more retail partners and students taking part, Wool School 2013 has built on the success of its launch last year and is set to again showcase some of the best new designs in wool. Wool is once more a design fibre of choice and we eagerly await this year’s finished Wool School collection” President of Condé Nast International, Nicholas Coleridge:
Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar has partnered with Sloane’s Gin to offer a unique collection of cocktails celebrating the history and nostalgia of one of the nation’s most celebrated spirits, in a nod to the venue’s historical namesake James Gillray.Located within the 5* Marriott Hotel County Hall Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar enjoys a prime position on the South Bank, with picturesque views of some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
Inspired by Sir Hans Sloane a 16th century botanist responsible for introducing the world to many botanicals used in gin Sloane’s was created to be the finest gin available. This was achieved when it won ‘World’s Best Gin’ at the World Spirits Competition 2011. The main difference between Sloane’s and other gins is its unique distillation process. Each of the nine botanicals is individually distilled toextract the purest flavour before being carefully blended. Moreover Sloane’s also uses fresh oranges and lemons, instead of commonly used dried peels. The result is a gin with rich, full flavoured aromatics and subtle layers of flavour.
London Marriott Hotel County Hall
Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar
The Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar Sloane’s Gin cocktails of the month for June are:
Gin Inspirations: Sloane’s gin infused with fennel refreshingly combined with celery juice, agave syrup, lime and pineapple juice and a touch of liquorice root. Served with a delicious English cheddar. £14.50
Night bird: Sloane’s gin combined with cardamom liquor, vanilla syrup, lime juice and a touch ofmango. £11.50
The 2013 Monaco Grand Prix will mark the 40th anniversary of 1976 Formula One World Champion James Hunt’s grand prix debut. To honour this occasion, Lotus F1 Team driver and 2007 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen will feature various references to Hunt on his helmet when he pilots his Lotus-Renault E21 through the streets of Monte Carlo.
“I’ve always respected James Hunt,” said Räikkönen, who wore a replica of Hunt’s iconic black helmet at the 2012 Monaco GP. “I think it’s great that ‘Rush’ is coming out and that his family is launching products to represent one of my favourite eras in F1.”
Hunt is the co-subject (with triple champion Niki Lauda) of Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard’s film ‘Rush’, slated for September release, which centres on the pair’s friendship and fierce rivalry for the 1976 driver’s title. Revered for his combination of courage, talent and rebellious playboy lifestyle, ‘Hunt the Shunt’ tragically passed away in 1993 at the age of 45.
To commemorate the late champion, Hunt’s family has commissioned paintings from renowned motorsport artist Nicolas Hunziker, one of which adorns the top of Räikkönen’s helmet.
“Being chosen to depict one of the most colourful characters in motor sport is an incredible honour,” said Hunziker. “James was a hero of mine, someone who brought his own style and passion to racing. I’ve tried to capture that spirit in my paintings, which has in turn inspired an upcoming James Hunt Racing Collection of wearable art.”
The Hunt family will soon announce a number of initiatives to honour James’ legacy including the Hunziker-inspired apparel line and a charitable foundation clues to which will be visible on the official James Hunt website, www.jameshuntf1.com, which goes online this weekend.
“We’re thrilled Kimi is celebrating this special weekend with us,” said Tom Hunt, James’ elder son. “We wish him luck and thank him for rekindling the spirit of a golden era in F1.”
Next month will see Orient-Express’ Hotel Cipriani yet again pushing boundaries when it comes to guest experiences, with a pulse racing Dinner in the Sky experience. The legendary hotel, set on the island of Giudecca, is offering guests a brief ‘flight’ over the waters of Venice with a series of one-off events, which have been organised in collaboration with 5th Events. Taking place from 19th to 23rd June, the events will allow adventure seekers to enjoy the hotel’s renowned gastronomic offering whilst taking in incredible 360 degree views of the city.
A dedicated platform (measuring five metres long by nine metres wide) will be suspended 50 metres into the sky by a crane, positioned over the hotel’s swimming pool and with views to St Mark’s Square. Diners will be seated on specifically designed secure chairs and the meal will be supervised by specially trained high-flying experts, to create the world’s most eccentric table. Every ascent will accommodate up to 22 guests who will experience the added thrill of the platform being able to rotate up to 180 degrees. Dinner In The Sky at Hotel Cipriani will be open to guests and non-guests of the hotel who can choose to have a three course meal, lasting one hour, or alternatively just sample an aperitif, for a 30 minute experience. Each evening the menu will alternate between cuisine prepared by Hotel Cipriani’s Executive Chef, Renato Piccolotto and dishes by Roberto Gatto of the hotel’s Cips Restaurant. Prices start from 50 Euros (approx £42) per person, for a 30 minute aperitif with drinks and canapes or 250 Euros (approx £213) per person for the full three course dinner experience, lasting one hour and including wine. Advance booking is recommended.
The Armani group has opened the first Giorgio Armani boutique in Cannes! I have no idea why it has taken this long for the Italian brand to open a boutique in an area so affluent and frequented by the rich and wealthy of the world but i guess this is a good a time as any other especially that it was unveiled during the Cannes 2013 Film Festival when anyone who is anyone in showbiz and entertainment is in the area.The Giorgio Armani boutique occupies 350 square metres and is conceived as a fluid space that is given a dynamic appearance by the use of different levels, interconnected by staircases. Connected to the boutique, but conceived as a totally independent space, is the first Armani/Caffè. Covering a total of 180 square meters, this is a café conceived in the style of Giorgio Armani, and is therefore very different to the established Emporio Armani Caffè concept.
The boutique offers the complete Giorgio Armani lifestyle collection for men and women, including formal and casual wear, leather accessories, eyewear, fragrances and jewellery. The entrance presents the accessories for women – especially bags, shoes and sunglasses as an essential part of the Giorgio Armani look, whilst the remaining part of the ground floor is dedicated to the ready-to-wear women’s collection. Menswear is shown downstairs and features a Giorgio Armani Made-to-Measure private room, where customers can enjoy personal attention when making use of this exclusive service.
Materials used throughout include silk georgette-style greige-coloured stone for the floors, and marmorino plaster for the walls, finished in a silver colour to match the ceilings. The tables are in dark painted teak with black glass tops and there are bamboo details in mirror-effect steel that has been finished with a satin texture to suggest the ribbing of natural bamboo. The accessories area that dominates the entrance is characterised by transparent shelves that create the impression that the goods displayed are floating on thin air.
The Armani/Caffè includes a large terrace and is able to accommodate up to 70 guests. The predominant material used throughout the interior and exterior spaces is natural teak, and there is a curved teak-topped serving counter that serves as a focus inside. Behind this is an LED-backlit unit composed of cubes that are used to display bottles. The unit incorporates stratified glass and fabric. The walls are coated in leatherette, as is the front of the serving counter. All chairs are by Armani/Casa and feature customized fabrics.
The Armani/Caffè offerings revolve around the Italian culinary tradition and a special attention for quality. The menu, purposely devised by Soriano Meloni, Executive Chef of the Armani Group in Milan, changes twice a year, and offers a vast selection of cold dishes. The à la carte classics include beef tartare and veal with tuna sauce, reinterpreted, like all the Armani/Caffè offerings, in a fresh and contemporary key, both in terms of preparation and presentation.
Rosie Hungtington Whiteley at the launch – credit Stephane Feugere
The limited edition capsule collection from Vivienne Westwood, draws from the archive right from the early 1970’s to now. For this special ‘Chaos’ collection, the story starts at Worlds End. The original slogan t-shirts are taken from the archive, the ultimate DIY t-shirt, two rectangles roughly sewn together emblazoned with a timely cultural or political slogan. The ‘Cowboy’ and ‘Tits’ print from the late 70’s, are taken from Westwood and McLaren’s incarnation of the Kings Road shop, as ‘SEX’. The politically sloganed ‘Chaos’ print t-shirt from the Vivienne Westwood Gold Label AW08 show entitled ‘Chaos Point’, will be available. The ‘Do it Yourself’ graphic emblazoned t-shirt also features in the limited collection, taken from the SS09 Gold Label show entitled ‘Do it Yourself’ which was the first time Westwood introduced the rectangular t-shirt to the couture catwalk. The ‘Do it Yourself’ show carried the message to stop climate change, cool planet Earth down and get involved in DIY. To the present day, Vivienne’s effortless campaigning for change continues, the Climate Revolution t-shirt from her recent Spring- Summer 2013 collection of the same name, is also part of this collection
“When we started to do punk, we put all of these things together to create the look of an urban guerrilla—a rebel. It was a creation that evolved through our shop. When we started to do punk, I think it was the first time people saw clothes like ours, and they could buy them from our little shop. No one was wearing anything like it.” Vivienne Westwood
Following the huge global success of two previous collaborations, footwear brand Converse has once again reunited with fashion highend fashion label Comme des Garçons to create the Comme des Garçons PLAY for Converse Pro Leathercollection. The collection with trainers featuring a Playful All-Over Heart Patterncome infour new styles of the iconic Converse Pro Leather sneaker. Comme des Garçons PLAY, a casual, streetwear-influenced line from the avant-garde Japanese label founded by Rei Kawakubo, adds the Pro Leather to its design repertoire, creating a new take on the sneaker that debuted in 1976 as a performance basketball shoe and has since evolved into an iconic lifestyle sneaker. All styles will be available 1st June 2013 for £95.00 for Ox low top and £100 for the Mid at Dover Street Market’s website www.doverstreetmarket.com
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted at super exclusive Marks club in Mayfair attending the Goop’s Summer party wearing a Prabal Gurung ivory baroque print silk charmeuse shirt dress with chiffon sleeves and hand draped skirt detail accessorised with a Zana Bayne for Prabal Garung leather belt from the AW13 collection
French fashion house Chloe was represented at the 2013 Cannes Film festival as A- list stars such as Carey Mulligan, Zoe Saldana and Nicole Kidman were spotted rocking pieces from the Fall, Pre fall and Spring Sumer 2013 collections
Zoe Saldana at Cannes wearing a Chloe FW13 polka dot blouse and SS13 white shorts
Zoe Saldana at Cannes wearing a Chloe FW13 polka dot blouse
Carey Mulligan at Cannes wearing Chloe FW13 (image by Getty)
Carey Mulligan at Cannes wearing Chloe FW13
Nicole Kidman at Cannes wearing Chloe Pre Fall (image by Getty)
Nicole Kidman at Cannes wearing Chloe Pre Fall (image by Getty)
To celebrate the release of the Baz Luhrmann film, based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby leading British Haute Couture house whose clothes were favoured by the late Princess of Wales Catherine Walker & Co has a range of dresses to reflect the glamour of the 1920s era and this summer’s blockbuster movie of the year featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan