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Here’s my piece on talented cellist turned musician Anna Hu – she set a world record at Christies when she sold her Orpheus ring at Christies in Hong Kong earlier this year………

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btw.. here’s something I never thought I’d publish on my blog; pics of You Know Who, wearing Anna  to the Met Ball..

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Sunday Times Style section

Sunday Times Style section

Just to make you feel better about eating lots of sugar over the next few days here’s my piece on sweets which I wrote for Style, The Sunday Times.

Not sure all of you will be able to read it unless you have a subscription… but still, just know that if this your idea of heaven……..

Sweetie, darling.. ?The Sunday Times

Sweetie, darling.. ?The Sunday Times

………you are not alone.

Wear black tomorrow – here’s why…..

Alexander Wang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, just in case you have any last minute gifts to buy…..here are my last words on the subject See below for my favourite panic purchase..

Aspinal Hip Flask

Aspinal Hip Flask

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NAMASTE..XXX

Sean Connery as James Bond

When your gran calls to tell you that she hasn’t ‘had a blog from you in a while dear’, then you know you have been truly slack. And so, for my gran (and anyone else who is interested) here’s a smattering of my recent pieces,  including: how to dress like you know who…

Why fashion photography is the new collectible.

Photographer:Tim Walker       Vogue-UK-July-20...

Photographer:Tim Walker Vogue-UK-July-2005-LilyTake (Photo credit: ciaochanchou)

 

 

Donna Karan

 

The fabulous and truly unique Donna Karan

 

 

 

And…. a piece on Christopher Bailey‘s new ‘shop’ for one of my favourite mags, Architectural Digest

Namaste gran…xx

 

 

 

 

Chanel grows its own Jasmine in Grasse for No5….

The farm is owned and run by the fabulous Joseph Mul (above) and his family and harvested by a loyal team of pickers…

 

 

 

 

When at Chanel’s Jasmine harvest naturally one wears.. Chanel wellies…

 

pickers at the weigh in–Jasmine flowers overnight and can only be picked during the morning..

 

 

 

 

the flowers are loaded into trays and  the pickers load their baskets into the back of their van and head for their lunch…meanwhile the harvest heads for the processing plant…

 

 

 

 

where it goes through multifarious processes…. which ultimately create an absolute- the liquid used in the No5 fragrance formula…  Other highlights of the day included… the Chanel PRs who naturally.. wore great accessories…

and the Tuberose (which I had never seen growing in fields before). Chanel also grows its own roses for No5 at the Mul’s farm….

namaste…xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only in New York

I’ll bet he does yoga…..

In the summer when the temperature reaches 90 degrees plus, New York City comes into its own.. as a place of unbearable, unremitting humidity, delicious insanity and occasionally and somewhat incongruously, a haven of pastoral serenity…..

fishing in central park

Fishing and Mac’n’cheese in Central Park

artist in central park

abandoned easel and paints….

statue of liberty

Melting Statue of Liberty….

Le Caprice in New York closes

Even the all time greats sometimes can’t make it here… Le Caprice RIP..

Barneys new shoe emporium

Barneys new vast shoe emporium…very cool in more ways than one..

La Duree window

 

Macaron stop at airconditioned Laduree.… on Madison

45rpm

is 45rpm the coolest store in Manhattan/on the planet…? I think it might be…..

Catcher in the Rye

JD Salinger‘s The Catcher In The Rye...on sale at The Strand bookshop on 5th at 61st, the book with the chilliest  Central Park references….remember how Holden‘s hair begins to freeze at the duck pond?

If you didn’t know, you wouldn’t know this was Central Park – right?-

To find this tiny and very beautiful lake take the entrance at around 60th and Central Park South and head west along the bottom of the park…..