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Naked Restaurant The Bunyadi Heads to Paris

London’s naked pop-up restaurant is old news by now, having made headlines around the world and attracting more than 46,000 people to their waitlist. For those living under a rock, the restaurant, dubbed The Bunyadi (meaning natural in Hindi), is an eatery where customers basically eat in the buff. Unfortunately for Londoners – but fortunately for Parisians – The Bunyadi will close one month earlier than originally intended, and move across the Channel to the French capital.

The reason isn’t because of the lack of interest from the Londoners. Believe it or not, it is global warming. This year saw an unusually hot summer in London, which posed problems for the sans-aircon venue. Sweaty naked people eating together is probably as appealing as it sounds. Coupled with high interest from the French, The Bunyadi has decided to move house early. London fans need not be sad, however, for founder Seb Lyall reveals that a naked private members’ club will be launched in the city, where naturists in London can get bare with like-minded folks.

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With The Bunyadi, it is all about the bare necessities. Similar to the London edition, Paris’ outlet will see au naturel decor, as diners tuck into raw and organic dishes. Cell phones are also banned, and the dishes prepared without the use of electricity or gas. Lest you think this is mere copy-pasting, the Paris outpost will feature a different menu.

‘It’s really positive and I’m excited to be going to Paris,” said Lyall. “We’ll be taking our team there and finding a venue…People came over from Paris, people in the industry, and said, ‘we’d love you to open over here.’”

The Bunyadi served their final meals in London this weekend and will be flying over to Paris, where they hope to open for two-months starting September.

Bolshoi Theatre Celebrates “Diamond Jubilee”

The year was 1956 when the Bolshoi Theatre’s first foreign appearance was almost cancelled, three days before opening night in the midst of Cold War tensions. Well, the month-long tour happened in the end because this year marks the renowned dance group’s 60th anniversary from its first foreign concert in London. In celebration, the ballet company is making a triumphant return to the Royal Opera House for a “diamond jubilee” guest tour.

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Guided by new Artistic Director Makhar Vaziev (one might recognize him from the La Scala and Mariinsky ballets), the three-week tour will comprise of five of the most internationally famous ballets. We’ll be looking at the opening act of Don Quixote, Tchaikovsky’s world famous Swan Lake, Taming of the Shrew and The Flames of Paris before the the closing act of Le Corsaire. Obviously, the stage is set for the very best, with only the most renowned soloists and choreographers participating. On of these is Jean-Christophe Maillot, who was awarded a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters award, count as one of them.

Bolshoi Theatre’s “diamond jubilee” guest tour will take place from July 25 to August 13. For more information, visit the Royal Opera House’s website here.

Connaught Bar Named World’s Best 2016

The Connaught Hotel in London might just boast one of the finest penthouses in the city, which makes it the ultimate dream accommodation for travelers, but definitely has the best watering hole, the Connaught Bar. Over the weekend the hotel’s bar helped cement its status in the world of luxury hotels, having been named the world’s best bar 2016. Seriously, the bar is so famous that it is just called the Connaught Bar, with nary a thought for the hotel that hosts it.

As part of the “Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award”, the event saw 100 industry experts’ award winners in five main categories. With finalists from America and around the world, the awards recognized the efforts of mixologists, cocktail menus and bars. The event also saw the Connaught Bar walk away with the award for best international hotel bar.connaught_bar_drinks

Located in one of London’s most desirable and fashionable neighborhoods, the bar boasts a luxurious interior and a carefully concocted menu. The bar was designed by David Collins, the man responsible for the interiors of restaurants such as Marco Pierre White, Marcus Wareing, The Wolseley and Gordon Ramsey. Apart from restaurants, the interior designer has also been the creative mastermind behind retail interiors such as Jimmy Choo and Harrods as well as Madonna’s New York and London apartments.

At the Connaught Bar, guests can look forward to plush leather seats amidst 1920s inspired décor as they sip their cocktails. Yes, because people with class sip… Surrounded by silver leaf walls decorated in pink, pistachio and lilac, bartenders in spiffy suits, white-gloves, crisp white shirts and black vests serve up some interesting concoctions. From the Mulata Daisy, made of eight-year-old rum, creme de cacao and fennel seeds to the Sakura that is created with Pear Williams EDV, cherry blossom liquor and plum wine, the cocktails promise to give you that tingly feeling.connaught_bar_bartenders

Other winners include:

Best American Restaurant Bar: Saxon + Parole (New York)

American Bartender of the Year: Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common (Portland)

Best American Cocktail Bar: Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco)

Best American Hotel Bar: The Elephant Bar at The NoMad (New York)

Best New American Cocktail Bar: Sweet Liberty (Miami Beach)

Best International Bar Team:American Bar at the Savoy (London)

Best International Restaurant Bar: Hawksmoor Spitalfields (London)

International Bartender of the Year: Hidetsugu Ueno of Bar High Five (Tokyo)

Best International Cocktail Bar: Happiness Forgets (London)

Queen Elizabeth II Wardrobe Exhibition, London

Power dressing is one area in which a female monarch can command respect from her peers and is a trick that Queen Elizabeth II knows only too well. Buckingham Palace unearthed 150 of her most memorable outfits and reveals them this weekend, for an exhibition. Titled “Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from the Queen’s Wardrobe” it looks back on her nine decades in the public eye and will run until October 2.

Ranging from her christening gown to the attention grabbing wool-crepe and silk dress she wore to her birthday celebrations just weeks ago, the exhibition shows off how to use power dressing as a tool. “The Queen is well-known for block color dressing using vivid and bold colours to ensure she is easily visible on important occasions,” Caroline De Guitaut, the exhibition’s curator, told reporters.

As the sovereign leader of Britain, the Commonwealth states and commander-in-chief of the British army, the Queen has perfected the art of dressing to reflect her many roles. Even those pops of color that we see her in so often are done so as to help her be spotted in the crowd. Another way she does this is by accessorising — those hats do more than just shield her from the sun, the elaborate trimming helps her to be spotted in large crowds. The monarch’s preferences for headgear range from cloche hats made popular in the 1960s to the Breton style of the 1970s and 1980s.

Every details is well thought out before an event, right down to the color of her outfits. “The Queen’s ensembles are carefully designed to ensure they are appropriate for the climate like the oriental-flower patterned dress Her Majesty wore to a state visit to Singapore,” De Guitaut said. Her wardrobe even takes into account the religious and social practices of the countries she visits, such as her trip to the Middle East in 1979 where she covered up as much as possible to respect the local traditions. “Clothing can do things for women sovereigns that it can’t do for men and the Queen has definitely used that as a tool in her reign,” De Guitaut said.

William Eggleston Portraits Display in London

A hundred of William Eggleston’s photographs will be put on display starting today, in a retrospective exhibition hosted by The National Portrait Gallery in London. Don’t know who Eggleston is or what his work is like? Read on for a closer look.

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The prolific photographer, best known as the “godfather” of color photography, was born in 1939, and got his nickname for making color photography acceptable in a monochromatic world. This exhibition will be his first major one in more than a decade, in 2002, and will feature a selection of never-before-seen photographs of some of his closest and dearest, including family, friends, musicians and actors.

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This also includes, somewhat ironically, black and white prints, which never made it to the public’s eyes until now. The photographs are in typical Eggleston style – capturing the often-overlooked romance and extraordinary of everyday life – as he captures people going about their day in places such as cafes and on the road. Seventy five of his prints from his 1976 MoMA exhibition “Color Photographs” will also be showcased. These prints were revered for his revolutionary use of color via a complicated dye-transfer process that uses cyan, magenta and yellow over one another.

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“William Eggleston Portraits” will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery from July 21 – October 23, 2016.

London Calling: Getty Center Exhibition

From July 26, the Getty Center in Los Angeles will be showcasing some of the greatest figurative painters the world has seen from the latter half of the 20th century. Titled “London Calling”, it will feature UK-based painters such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach and R.B. Kitaj.

Having been some of the pioneers from the “School of London” in post-war Britain, the artists left a mark in the art world when they rejected more conventional forms in that era. Known for veering away from abstract art and conceptualism when it was popular, these artists will call America home for the duration of the exhibition. The “London Calling” show is a collaborative effort between the Getty Center and the Tate in London to bring artists from both sides of the Atlantic to start a dialogue on the level of influence that the artwork had.

Francis Bacon (named after his famous ancestor) was one of the most successful British painters of the 20th century, evolving from surreal to figurative art over the course of his career. His friend and rival Lucian Freud also preferred figurative art and was known for his heavily impastoed portraits. Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews and Leon Kossoff were all also known for their use of the impasto technique — thick, textured layers of paint applied to the canvas. Kitaj, an American who spent most of his time in England, had particular influence on the development of the Pop Art movement thanks to his use of color and collage effects.

Invest in These: 4 London Luxury Properties

An uncertain future for many, a diplomatic mess and economic uncertainty await Britain (and the rest of the world) with its looming exit from the European Union. But there is a silver lining to be found between the chaos that is Brexit, especially for those still looking to invest in luxury property. While many in Britain are reeling from the effects of the sterling being at its lowest, across the world many are reaping the benefits. In short, for international players, there may not be a better time to bet hard on London property.

Even with all the changes and uncertainty, there are some things that remain the same. As a key location for the arts, London is also the home of several Michelin Star restaurants. As a cosmopolitan city, the British capital is also an attractive place for many a business to set down roots. With all the opportunities (not to mentions beneficial exchange rate), we take a closer look at a four luxury London properties.

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Situated in the prime West London district, this development offers 59 apartments, seven penthouses and five townhouses for the taking. Buyers on the lookout for apartments, can choose between one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments while those on the market for a townhouse will find a spacious abode with the four bedroom properties on offer. Ranging from 402 square feet to 1,660 square feet, the apartments boast oak veneer floors, Quartz worktops and luxurious bathroom fittings. Privacy is a key feature for every unit, as each comes with private outdoor space, secure underground parking and a concierge service.

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In the heart of London’s financial district is a development that was once the city’s YMCA hostel. The 74 homes that span 17 floors make up the fourth high-rise that complete the Barbican Estate. With a view of the London Eye, The Shard and Wembley, the property certainly celebrates its English link — after all it is named for the English poet William Blake. Designed by Chamberlain, Powell and Bon in the ‘60s, the apartments vary in size starting from 450 square feet to 2,000 square feet. From cultural institutions to reputable schools, the Blake Tower is a Song of Innocence and of Experience.

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This cosy spot between Earl’s Court and Kensington High Street features one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments and penthouses. While there are 500 apartments to choose from, the first phase of the development will see 82 apartments and penthouses up for grabs. The building will feature 12 floors of apartments, each with its very own private balcony or terrace. Ranging from 1,000 square feet to 3,000 square feet, the luxurious apartments give residents access to an equipped gym, private cinema and 24-hour concierge service.

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Rounding out the list is the first property on Holland Park Avenue in 50 years that has been newly built. Made up of 41 spacious two- and three-bedroom apartments, the exclusive property offers residents security in one of London’s most prized districts. With the living and dining areas providing comfort the three-bedroom apartment measuring 1,195 square feet also boasts a wood floored balcony. Those looking to start a family will be glad to hear that neighboring Shepard’s Bush is set to undergo a facelift to include two new playgrounds, public walkways and a tree-lined boulevard.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: Berinvestasi di Enam Properti Mewah London

Auction: David Bowie Private Art Collection

Behind the flamboyance and music that was the late David Bowie, was an avid art connoisseur whose private art collection will soon be up for auction. While his life was spent in the public eye for nearly 50 years, his passion for art work was something like a hidden secret — much like his battle with cancer.

Damien Hirst; Beautiful, Shattering, Slashing, Violent, Pinky, Hacking, Sphincter Painting, 1995 Household gloss on canvas £250,000-350,000

Damien Hirst; Beautiful, Shattering, Slashing, Violent, Pinky, Hacking, Sphincter Painting, 1995
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In November, a three-part auction will see over 400 of his prized pieces go under the hammer. The highlight, happens to be 200 pieces of Modern and Contemporary British Art featuring artists such as Henry Moors, Graham Sutherland, Frank Auerbach and Damien Hirst. “Art was seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way I feel in the mornings.” said Bowie to The New York Times back in 1998. “The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I’m going through” he added.

Ettore Sottsass; ‘Casablanca’ Sideboard, 1981; £4,000-6,000

Ettore Sottsass; ‘Casablanca’ Sideboard, 1981; £4,000-6,000

Prior to the auction, selected pieces from the collection will travel on a Preview World Tour through London, Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong from July 20 to October 15. Those in the vicinity of Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London, can also get a glimpse of the collection from November 1 to 10. We expect significant interest in this auction, especially the Jean-Michel Basquiat piece “Air Power” (1984). You might recall that Bowie played the role of Andy Warhol in Basquiat, the 1996 Julian Schnabel biopic. Such extraordinary provenance means “Air Power”, acquired by Bowie in 1997, might be hotly contested by collectors. In any case, Basquiat is currently in vogue, as our previous reports attest.

Romuald Hazoumé Alexandra, 1995; Found objects; £5,000-£7,000

Romuald Hazoumé Alexandra, 1995; Found objects; £5,000-£7,000

A spokesperson for the Estate of David Bowie said, “David’s art collection was fuelled by personal interest and compiled out of passion. He always sought and encouraged loans from the collection and enjoyed sharing the works in his custody. Though his family are keeping certain pieces of particular personal significance, it is now time to give others the opportunity to appreciate – and acquire – the art and objects he so admired.”

London Pop-Up Offers 3D Printed Meal

Keep the crazy coming, we’re used to it. It was first owl cafes, then Taiwan’s toilet restarant before naked dining houses took the world by storm. At this point, we thought we would be able to predict the next gastronomic trend – and then 3D printed food happened.

We’re not making this up, we promise. At Food Ink (get it?), 3D printers spin food out of paste, which will then be shaped and accompanied by regular foods (a vestige of regularity in the increasingly sci-fi world we live in, thank goodness). Craving for 3D printed hummus, chocolate mousse and pizza? It’s all a piece of cake at Food Ink. See what we did there? In fact, there are a grand total of nine courses for customers to pick from.

To complete the 3D dining experience, customers will take their seats on 3D printed chairs (they’re entirely serious about this). Unfortunately, the pop-up restaurant in Shoreditch, East London is only slated to open for a short three days, before moving to Berlin, Paris, USA, Taipei and Singapore (hooray for us!), among a list of other countries. Should the opportunity to visit slip by you, however, one can live vicariously through livestreaming on the restaurant’s website here.

But for those in London, mark your calendars: it is July 25-27.

London Fashion Weekend To Take Place in September

With even Haute Couture Week over, thrill seekers can turn to London Fashion Weekend for their fashion fix but there’s a bit of a wait because that’s in September. Organized by the British Fashion Council (BFC), the four-day event will feature catwalk shows, industry talks and style presentations, allowing consumers to experience the atmosphere of London Fashion Week (again!) and gain an insight into the fashion industry. Held biannually, the Saatchi gallery will play host to the event this year, where curated shopping galleries from more than 150 international and British brands will also be available for visitors.

This year, British brands Sibling, Preen by Thorton Bregazzi and J.JS Lee will also be showcasing their Fall/Winter 2016 collection at the London Fashion Weekend. For those seeking a little more to do, there are shows and talks to attend: catwalk shows will be hosted by Jack Guinness and Laura Jackson, with each day dedicated to a different British talent. Similarly, an “Industry Talk Series” by fashion stylist Martha Ward, and “Style Presentations” will be styled by ES Magazine‘s Junior Fashion Editor Jenny Kennedy. It is like living like a fashion insider instead of watching from the sidelines for once.

“London is the only fashion capital to offer this direct to consumer experience and insight into the fashion industry which is worth £28billion to the UK economy,” noted Chief Executive of the BFC Caroline Rush CBE, highlighting the strength of the UK fashion industry.

London Fashion Weekend will take place September 22-25 at the Saatchi Gallery. For more information and tickets, visit the website here.

Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition Opens at Tate Modern

The Tate Modern art gallery in London is welcoming more than 100 pieces of art by Georgia O’Keeffe to mark a century since she made her debut in the art world. Regarded as the “Mother of American Modernism”, the exhibition is also the first time in two decades that her work has been shown in the United Kingdom.

Featuring six decades of the artist’s career, the exhibition is broken down into 13 sections that chronicle the charcoal abstractions and famous flowers she was known for. The artist’s late aerial-retrospective paintings will also be included in the exhibition. Along with showcasing the evolution of her work, the exhibition will also explore the influence she received form various artists such as modernist  thinker Arthur Weasley Dow, Wassily Kandinsky, photographer Ansel Adams and Paul strand. With the help of several portraits and nudes, her relationship with Alfred Stieglitz will also be explored.

The common theme in her artwork is nature such as that in the American Southwest — think New Mexican landscapes —, which dispels the notion that she only produced pieces that featured flowers. A highlight of the exhibition is the “Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1” which was the most expensive painting by a female artist in 2014. Having been sold for nearly $45 million by Sotheby’s, the painting had been the pride and joy of George W. Bush’s dining room for six years.

The Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at Tate Modern will run from July 6 till October 30. For more information, visit the Tate Modern’s official website.

Selfridges Toasts Shakespeare Birthday with Theater

High-end department store Selfridges is rolling out a new in-house theater as part of its Shakespeare celebrations this year. This of course marks a new level of, well, theatrical flourishes for the chain that gave us the modern drama of shopping and legitimized consumer culture in Great Britain.

In collaboration with LG, the Selfridges store on Oxford Street in London will host a new theater until September 24, 2016, as part of their celebrations of Shakespeare’s 400th birthday year.

The new “reFASHIONed Theatre,” located in Selfridges’ 3,500 sq-ft Ultralounge space, will hold 100 seats, and will feature a traverse stage, box office, royal box and a lighting rig to provide an immersive retail theater experience for its customers.

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Customers will be able to watch rehearsals and performances of “Much Ado About Nothing” performed by British theatre company The Faction. Rehearsals will run from July 18 to August 22, with performances taking place from August 23 to September 24. Tickets for the show cost £20 (around $26) which includes a commemorative brochure.

MAC cosmetics professionals will be showing customers how stage makeup is applied, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art will host a two-week residency prior to the show, offering visitors speech tuition, stage-craft workshops, acting, dance and on-stage combat masterclasses.

Selfridges has also launched a collection inspired by Shakespeare, including exclusive one-off pieces created by designers including Christopher Kane, Maison Margiela, Craig Green, Rick Owens, Simone Rocha and Alexander McQueen. The garments will be used in the store’s window displays alongside famous Shakespeare quotations.

Shakespeare’s 400th birthday

This year, celebrations have been taking place across the world to celebrate the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death. Some UK-based examples include the British Library’s special exhibition entitled “Shakespeare in Ten Acts”; the BFI’s extended program of Shakespeare on film, and King’s College London’s Shakespeare400, a series of performances, programs, exhibitions and activities to honor the Bard’s life.

Vibrant Positivity: Paul Smith SS17

This SS17 sees the usual loud injection of colors. We’re talking about a kaleidoscopic palette of yellows, reds and greens coming together in the classic Paul Smith stripe. Throw in 1960s tailoring references and an athletic touch, and we have the season’s collection in sum.

But of course, fashion isn’t always just about aesthetic pleasure – although Paul Smith certain does satisfy in that area. With London close to the designer’s heart (he calls West London home), the bright use of color appears to be an offering of positivity and a reminder for peace. And amidst the current Brexit turmoil, ladies and gentlemen, we all know that’s what the UK needs most now.

Read more about the collection on Men’s Folio Singapore.

London Frieze Fair Artist Lineup Revealed

As a non-profit event run by the publishers of the Frieze magazine, the London Frieze Fair enjoys a large amount of visitors annually, going well beyond buyers to countless spectators as well. Last year, the total number of visitors accommodated was 55,000, showing exactly how great the stature of the art fair is at promoting contemporary art. Running alongside the London fair is a special variant called Frieze Masters – which specializes in art from the ancient era and Old Masters to the late 20th century.

With more than 160 galleries from 30 different countries on show though, it may be hard to decide what to look on. Here’s some of the highlights for you to check out – should you be interested.

‘The 90’s’ curated by Nicolas Trembley

The Geneva-based curator set up a new section that plans to revisit exhibitions from the 1990s – capturing the best and most seminal hits of the decade. Examples of galleries on display include the New Museum for its underground-inspired ‘NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star’ exhibit; the Massimo de Carlo gallery for the globally relevant ‘Aperto ’93’exhibit; and the Anthony Reynolds Gallery’s notorious 1996 display of photographer Richard Billingham’s iconic ‘Ray’s a Laugh’ series.

‘Collections’ with Sir Norman Rosenthal

As one of the most established curators out there, Sir Norman Rosenthal has had a long history of outstanding exhibitions over the years. Now he’s putting all that knowledge to use in Frieze Masters by putting together a showcase of eight specialist galleries – each with a completely different focus. Some of the examples of art on show includes early Christian Art, traditional Japanese armor, Supremacist ceramics, and German Expressionist art. All this will add up together as a display of historical art and objects of the highest quality.

Frieze Music and Talks

Going beyond just exhibiting art, the Frieze fair aims to be a space for communication and socialization. In order to encourage this, the fair has set up the off-site ‘Frieze Music’ program as well as a series of talks and workshops by a variety of critics, artists, and writers. Some of the critics who’ll lead talks includes Alistair Sooke and Sheena Wagstaff (Metropolitan Museum of Art).

You can check out more information on the Frieze Art Fair’s website

3 Fashionable London Addresses

London, despite some faults, remains a destination for lovers of the high life and high fashion. Despite recent events (read Brexit although the city itself voted to Remain) London will likely continue to be an important center for the wealthy and the canny alike. On the plus side, now is the time to take advantage of favorable exchange rates!

From designer clothes to the luxurious properties available, the British capital has lots to offer if you don’t look past the superficial. For this story, we’ll dive a little deeper and make straight for three homes that would be sound investments and put you in close proximity to any luxury goodies that your wardrobe cannot resist.

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Located just minutes away from Kensington, Notting Hill and Knightsbridge, this Redrow London development provides you access to some of the finest attractions in London. The 17 apartments — one, two and three bedrooms— bring a level of luxury and comfort to its residents, who are also assured of exclusivity, what with just 16 neighbours. Those familiar with the area might realize that this is the first new-build on this famously fashionable street in more than 50 years.

The apartments range in size, from 584 square feet to 1,285 square feet, with a breath taking view of west London; the highest you can go here is the 10th floor so be aware. While shopaholics will have their playground just minutes away, the location provides art lovers a space to enjoy their craft as it has its very own studios on the ground floor that measure a combined 8,500 square feet. Yes, this property has the vibe of an artists’ commune to it.205-Holland-Park-Avenue-2

The interiors boast luxurious fixtures and fittings such as polished chrome door handles and kitchens fitted with Nobilla units as well as built-in wine coolers. To keep residents warm in the cold British winter, the property also has underfloor heating and flush oak. The bathrooms in each home, are draped – if we might be permitted some liberties in using this word – in porcelain stoneware tiling, making it a peaceful sanctuary.

Residents of course may avail themselves of Holland Park itself, as well as Royal Crescent Gardens. 205 Holland Park Avenue even features a private courtyard with secure underground parking and a 24-hour concierge.

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One of Kensington Row’s most recent property developments, Thomas Earle House is also a Berkeley Group development. With numerous boutique and specialist antique stores at the doorstep, the 83 apartments here feature luxurious amenities and access to a Harrods Estate concierge. From the pool, to the spa and sauna as well as state-of-the-art gymnasium, staying fit has never been this fancy. For entertainment, residents need not venture far as the apartments have their very own private cinema.Thomas-Earle-House-21

Even with a one-bedroom apartment, residents can be assured that their homes will be 500 square feet larger than an average London new home. Buyers can also choose between two or three bedroom apartments but the important thing to note here is the overall size advantage of the Thomas Earle House, seeing as how most properties within the capital are significantly smaller.

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With three lateral apartments and a stand-out duplex penthouse, the Pall Mall Collection is one of the newest additions to an area that has seen very few new builds over the years. The development, by Amazon Property, manages this feat because it is a former office building that is now an example of how modern design can integrate into a Georgian area. With boutiques and tailors who cater to clients who demand only the finest just doors away, the penthouse is a dream come true for any fashionista or style maven in fact, given that Jermyn Street (home of John Lobb and Turnbull & Asser) is right around the corner. For those who love their gems, New Bond Street is also just around the corner, which makes Ted Baker, Hugo Boss and Michael Kors neighbors.Pall-Mall-Penthouse-2

Measuring 2,575 square feet, the Pall Mall Collection penthouse boasts views of Buckingham Palace, Green Park and Piccadilly from the North and South facing terraces. The open plan sees the kitchen, dining and living areas blend seamlessly and makes a perfect fit for those who love to entertain. Apart from the solid oak flooring, the penthouse boasts other fine materials such as the Calacatta Michelangelo Marble that was taken from the same quarry as that used to create the Stature of David. The wet walls of the master en-suite and bathrooms as well as the kitchen use this distinctive natural stone that has varying grey veins.

Future Drive: Rolls-Royce Vision 100

Last week we drove headlong into an exhibition at the Turin Motor Show that investigated the possible futures of cars. This week, Rolls-Royce made like Neil Armstrong and took a giant leap into that future with the Vision 100. The luxury car firm debuted the Vision 100 at a special event in London, echoing something its parent company BMW did back in March. We’re talking about the BMW Vision Next 100 of course and indeed we’ll be seeing this from all BMW brands but perhaps Rolls-Royce is even bolder in its vision than BMW itself.

The Vision 100 ditches a good deal of the familiar ‘car-like’ trappings in favor of an exterior that feels more like an otherworldly rectangular pod. When we saw ‘car-like’ trappings, what we mean is that the Vision 100 is a fully autonomous zero-emissions vehicle. Seriously, there’s no steering wheel or instrument panel here (there is instead a cabin-wide OLED display)… Yet there’s still that iconic Spirit of Ecstasy gleaming at the front, marking it as, unmistakably, a Rolls-Royce. Also, at close to 6 meters in length and more than a meter tall, the two-door Vision 100 comes from a future where bigger is clearly better.

Speaking of the Spirit of Ecstasy, there will be one inside the vehicle too. This happens to be Eleanor – the virtual personal assistant that can be viewed on the visual display in the interior. She’ll track your personal tastes, make recommendations, and run your appointments. All this falls in with one of the basic tenets of luxury, which is to do nothing that you don’t want to do. Even the design for the interior is set up like a comfortable cocoon with fine wool, leather, woods and a sofa. Yes, this vision of the future comes with a couch because someone at Rolls-Royce was paying to all those jokes car writers make about the Goodwood firm’s penchant for creating luxury living rooms on wheels.

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“The grand arrival of the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 boldly points to a bright future for our marque where our patrons’ individual demands for complete and authentic personalization will be met through an exquisite fusion of technology, design and hallmark Rolls-Royce craftsmanship,” said CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös at the concept’s launch. In coming up with the Vision 100, the design team led by Giles Taylor tried to imagine what cars would look like a century into the future. They decided that four key ingredients were important – personal vision; an effortless journey; a grand sanctuary; and the grand arrival.

Well, this is only the beginning. As things develop we can easily expect more automation, more convenience, and more exclusivity. In keeping up with their vision of the future, Rolls-Royce even released a 3D video to showcase exactly what the model can accomplish. You can view it down below.

3 Menswear Trends from London Collections 2016

Gray skies and damp sidewalks didn’t stop some of London’s finest designers from showing their best at London Collections. The four-day event, organized by the British Fashion Council showed creations by both established and up-and-coming designers such as Christopher Kane, Craig Green and Oliver Spencer. Here, ahead of Spring/Summer 2017, is a quick overview of some of these trends to get you prepared for the season to come.

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Craig Green Spring/Summer 2017 at London Collections

Designers dished out plenty of outerwear to create layered looks that are versatile and cold weather-ready. Craig Green, recipient of this year’s BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund showed an eclectic collection of embroidered jackets and layered parkas that stole the show with textured striped pastel details. You would be hard pressed to find something ordinary at Henry Holland though. The English designer went all out (as usual) with tracksuits, this time plastering Britain’s kitchen staple Heinz Baked Beans’ logo all over.

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Coach Spring/Summer 2017 at London Collections

Meanwhile, Coach brought a good dose of Americana to London with its collection of all-American favorites with a rebellious twist. The highlight of the collection (not so coincidentally), happened to be biker jackets, bomber jackets and the varsity jacket. These were either given a hand-painted finish by Gary Baseman or embellished with fringing, studs, zips and badges added a punk rock flair to the youthful collection.

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Fashion’s golden boy J.W. Anderson showed elongated tunics, wide trousers and coats that focused on clean tailoring and minimalist silhouettes. The collection was far from mundane though – broken, beaded crowns and snorkel-inspired shades added a youthful appeal to the Le Petit Prince influenced pieces (top).

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Sibling Spring/Summer 2017 at London Collections

There isn’t much that brings to mind a holiday in sunny Santorini like Sibling’s louche summer- sky blue and white striped chinos and luxe towel-esque outfits. Oliver Spencer also referenced the Island of Capri in the 1950s, focusing on the modernist lines and contemporary architecture of Casa Malaparte. The gentle mix of Aegean blue, ocher, terracotta red and a dash of Madras checks on airy linen give his collection a weightlessness that should fit in perfectly with that holiday ensemble you were planning.

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Oliver Spencer Spring/Summer 2017 at London Collections

Dior Unveils Exclusive Creations by Marc Quinn

It’s been a big week for Dior – besides the opening of its biggest store on London’s famous New Bond Street, the French couture house has unveiled a selection of Lady Dior bags and small leather accessories that have undergone one of its most striking reinterpretations ever by Marc Quinn.

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Famous in the realm of contemporary art for his vivid hyper-realistic oil paintings, Quinn applies his fascination for orchids and irises to the iconic carriers. Several models see the same floral print on both sides of the bag but in reversed colours, while ‘In the Night Garden’ features blooming orchids against a dramatic backdrop of snow or volcanic earth. For something a little subtler, Quinn also created the floral-embossed metallic Lady Dior ‘Fossil Record’ bag. The British artist also celebrated individuality with bright blue irises from the series ‘We Share Our Chemistry with the Stars’.

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The new Dior store will not only showcase the French couture house’s full range of ready-to-wear, jewelry, timepieces, children’s collection and Baby Dior, but will also debut Dior HOME, a collection dedicated to homewares and the art of living.

Gucci Cruise at Westminster Abbey

Held in the same venue that hosts the coronation ceremonies of the British monarchy and that sealed one of the most popular unions for the British royal family in the last two centuries, Westminster Abbey played host to Gucci and the brand’s Cruise 2017 collection. Filled with prints, colors and a truckload of materials the collection was all kinds of fun. It may have even given many a new appreciation for granny-chic.

To learn more about the collection and to see our favourite looks, head to L’Officiel Singapore.

Dior Welcomes Bella Hadid, Opens London Store

Dior is on a roll this week, with two major announcements: ingenue Bella Hadid as makeup ambassador and its newest and largest ever store, in London. First up, we look at model Bella Hadid, whom the French brand sees as quite the pretty picture as its latest makeup ambassador. The American model joins Jennifer Lawrence who is currently the face of Dior Addict.

The advertorial campaign will be her biggest solo venture to date, and is proof of her ability to be more than just a shadow of her famous sibling and friends. For her new role, she will appear in a series of online videos. Due out June 6, the first video will see her discuss her favorite beauty products with Dior’s in-house creative director and image director, Peter Phillips. Apart from being the new ambassador of the brand’s makeup, Hadid will also be seen on the runway as she walks for Dior’s Cruise Collection show in, wait for it, London.Bond-Street-London-Dior-Store-Opening

The second announcement this week by Dior is the opening of its largest store in London. Located at New Bond Street in the city’s Mayfair district, the four-story building will house several elements by the brand under one roof. Apart from the women’s ready-to-wear collections, accessories, jewelry and timepieces, the store will also carry the brand’s Baby Dior and children’s wear sections. The space will also feature a Dior Homme area that will offer a demi-measure service and three private salons for VIP clients who wish to enjoy their shopping experience.

Other highlights of the store opening include the Dior Home collection that will offer crystal glassware collections embellished with gold couture stitching and limited edition collaborative pieces fabricated with artists and designers. To commemorate the occasion, Dior will unveil limited edition Lady Dior bags and small leather accessories. The interior of the store will highlight the blend of British charm with the brand’s French history. The décor will see stone matched with silk carpets and neo-Louis XVI-style furniture.

The House of Dior will open its doors on June 3