Professor Phil Shaw’s quirky and imaginative rendering of book spines on bookshelves grouped according to colour and titles to correspond with London’s tube lines shows how images can tickle the senses.
They’ve both had long reigns over their respective kingdoms. One is celebrated for her dedication to royal duties and longevity while the other her ice-cold nerves of steel in the world of fashion glossies. Enter Anna Wintour, American Vogue editor-in-chief for her damehood conferment ceremony before Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. The 67-year-old accompanied by her daughter Bee Schaffer received the accolade for her services to journalism and fashion. Even without her signature blacked-out glasses, it was the Queen who seemed to struggle to attach her medal to her belted pink tweed Chanel coat. Wintour took it all in her stride /saw the funny side: “She couldn’t find where to put the brooch. I congratulated her on Prince Philip’s service because obviously that’s so remarkable and such an inspiration to us all.” She grew up in London and was once the editor of British Vogue for two years and spoke of her lingering affection for the capital. “Obviously this is a city I grew up in, a city that I have so much love …
Can design and craft make Britain strong again? This is one of the numerous talks penciled for the third edition of the London Craft Week taking place across London this spring.
Award winning interior designer and antiques dealer Rose Uniacke [pronounced Uniaak] is so hot right now her name adorns some of the most desirable home refit projects in west London’s golden postcodes. The stylish socialite who decorates homes for the stars and London’s jet-set described the cavernous home she shares with husband Harry Potter director David Heyman as “Monastery meets Venetian palazzo”. Her earthy lived-in style has won her many interior design accolades and the trust of the Beckhams who dumped their previous designer Queen of beige Kelly Hoppen and commissioned her to fit out their £40m home in Holland Park, west London. She dubbed her home ‘the happy house’ in a video series, In Residence, for the lifestyle blog Nowness. Built by the architect George Morgan in 1861 for James Rannie Swinton, a society portraitist, every inch of the sprawling 14,000-square-foot home has benefitted from Uniacke’s signature attention to detail and a nod to antiquities with some quirky twists along the way. There is a concealed door that melts into a wallpapered wall in the courtyard. Across …
Kate Middleton’s foray into photography is perhaps the strongest hint that a jobbing career might lie ahead in future if she continues to hone her skills mastering her bokehs and f-stops.
If you’ve ever wondered about the secret behind David Bowie’s musical ingenuity, then look no further than a red typewriter called Valentine up for grabs alongside 350 other items up for sale at Sotheby’s in an auction titled, Bowie/Collector.
A yellow-billed hornbill tosses a termite into its mouth; a parakeet dangles in mid-air biting the tail of a monitor lizard in what looks like a forced eviction from its nest; an inquisitive raven inspects the contents of a bottle, a brazen fox comes into view over a wall at a neighbourhood near you.
The news of his passing came like a bolt from the blue just like his Aladdin Sane alter ego, David Bowie; pop singer, glam rocker, gender bender, actor, jazz musician, fashion icon, trendsetter extraordinaire. Seldom has one artiste bestrode so many genres with such perfection and ingenuity. He was the master of reinvention and cool all in one fell swoop.
How much would you pay for a raincoat, a well-worn red briefcase, an American bald eagle and an old wedding dress? Perhaps you wouldn’t even give them a second glance.
If you want to go eyeball-to-eyeball with nature’s most exotic species without losing your nerves, then step inside the Natural History Museum for this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.