Seasonal OverviewChanneling the rustic romance of the American countryside, Fall 2017 introduces rugged and re-fined looks with accents in blue, black, and grey. Outerwear, knits, denim, and accessories for men, women, and children are modernized with rough-luxe fabrications and innovative detailing. The emphasis is on fashion and utility, with a variety of designs to suit a number of indoor and outdoor settings.
Women’s PoloPolo for women presents streamlined pieces in neutral shades and sumptuous knits in soft grey hues that convey a relaxed sophistication. Designed to embrace the full lifestyle of the Polo wom-an, the overall effect is elevated and sporty with nods to Polo’s rich heritage. A suede motorcycle jacket is the perfect lightweight layering piece, while flannel shirts in new silhouettes take her from weekday to weekend in style. For after-hours, a beaded dress paired with a bouclé cardigan strikes a rugged-meets-refined note.
Men’s PoloFor fall, new interpretations of lightweight jackets, cozy sweaters, and classic Polos take him from the city to the countryside. Anchored in a palette of olive, grey, taupe, and blue, tailored sport coats and trousers complement an array of patterned and solid sport shirts. For an easy weekend look, a handsome pullover or sumptuous cardigan pairs with more modern denim pieces.
Children’s PoloBack-to-school style calls for a kids’ collection inspired by preppy favorites. Think timeless Polos, modern shirtdresses, and staples like plaid button-downs, chinos, and quilted outerwear for boys and girls alike. Varsity-inspired embroidery adds sporty flair to hoodies that boys will love wearing on the playground. For girls, easy tops teamed with patterned leggings or flared skirts make every-day dressing a breeze.
Seasonal OverviewChanneling the rustic romance of the American countryside, Fall 2017 introduces rugged and re-fined looks with accents in blue, black, and grey. Outerwear, knits, denim, and accessories for men, women, and children are modernized with rough-luxe fabrications and innovative detailing. The emphasis is on fashion and utility, with a variety of designs to suit a number of indoor and outdoor settings.
Back to work? These varsity-inspired accessories will instantly elevate your everyday look. From key rings to holdalls, we’ve rounded up everything you need to start the new season in style.
Anything but basic styles to transform your look…
What’s not to love about a printed holdall that pays homage to your school days? Decorated with emblem-style embroidery and crafted with slim top handles, it’s spacious enough to house your everyday essentials and more. Complement it with a jersey sweatshirt, slouchy leather trousers and platform brogues.
After graduating in Philosophy in Milan I moved to London and got my MA at Central Saint Martins in Fashion Communication with promotion. While studying in London I was working as a freelance fashion stylist assistant and I co-founded Bookalook, the online digital showroom that helps brands and PR agencies managing their samples trafficking in reliable and efficient way while also allowing stylists and media professional to browse and request fashion samples for their shoots. We officially launched in June and I’m dedicating all of my energies to it!
I wake up at 8 am and I usually do a couple of sun salutations to stretch and start the day off right!
Breakfast and morning drink of choice? I am a coffee addict. Strictly Moka. But sometimes I ditch it for a much healthier cup of macha green tea. I also always have a carrot, ginger, organge and apple pressed juice!
White jeans, Silk loose shirt and sandals.
One of my favourite spot for lunch (but also breakfast) is Sissi, in Piazza Risorgimento. Milan has plenty of great places to dine, some of my favorites are: Langosteria Bistrot, Yoshi, Drogherie Milanesi and Gong.
Whilst summer may be over, it’s not all bad news as hooray, a new season’s on its way! And with that comes a new set of trends for us to get our hands on. Thankfully, a more carefree attitude is here; from clashing textures at Miu Miu to intergalactic dressing at Chanel. With a month’s worth of runways and a whole host of trends to discover, we’ve whittled it down to these top four AW17 looks to buy and wear now.
Night fever? From Saint Laurent to Michael Kors, this season’s runways encapsulated every girl’s dream going-out wardrobe. Think head-to-toe sequins, glitter boots and 70s-inspired silhouettes from jumpsuits to ultra mini dresses. So get out there and boogie - it’s the season to party, after all.
Flowers aren’t just for spring. Whether on slinky midi dresses, padded jackets or outerwear, winter’s taste for florals goes far beyond pretty pastel patterns. Moody colour palettes were contrasted with bold and bright blooms whilst Victorian-inspired silhouettes were given a smattering of petals.
Whether it was 90s boxy silhouettes or shoulder pads from the 80s, this season’s suiting nods to eras past. Re-worked in relaxed, fluid silhouettes to make it work for today, the new power suit is making its mark as a key piece for fall.
It’s no secret that the customisation trend has been around for years. But when our favourite style stars start breaking out their personalised pieces in full force, it’s time to take note. Whether they had a timeless handbag reimagined with statement stickers or a custom jacket bearing their name, these are the celebrities who rocked the trend best. Go bold or go home!
Gigi Hadid: The Custom Bomber Jacket
Thanks to Gigi Hadid’s seemingly endless wardrobe of ultra-covetable custom pieces, you’ll never forget her name. She’s the go-to girl for making it personal: we’ve spotted her some 20 times wearing her own name. But it’s this timeless Tommy Hilfiger bomber jacket personalised on the back with the supermodel and star’s name that both we (and Gigi) can’t get enough of. Now, where do we get ours?
Romee Strijd: The Graphic Tee
Looking to elevate your style, but not sure where to start? There’s no better way to make your look unique than with a little customisation. A badge in just the right place, a touch of painted detail – but it’s not always that easy, and while we’d love to dive straight into creative bliss, a little inspiration can go a very long way. That’s why we’ve hand-picked three beautiful Instagram accounts to follow for customisation expertise. So whether you’re embellishing a pair of stand-out pumps or lusting after delicate embroidery on your crisp white shirt, these creative accounts are guaranteed to get you inspired.
1. Studio DIY
If glitter, rainbows and all things pastel are your thing, then you need to follow Studio DIY. Run by Kelly Mindell, based in sunny California, this account is full of creative ideas to make your outfits truly pop with a dose of personalisation. Thinking of badging your fave leather jacket? Or making your own slogan tee? This girl can show you how. So wear your heart on your sleeve (quite literally) and start scrolling… there’s so much you can now do with your weekend and you don’t need a whole heap of cash to do it.
2. A Beautiful Mess
What good is a bucket bag, backpack or cross-body if you can’t flaunt it? Eight styles, eight ways to step up your accessory game this season. Meet the trendsetters worth breaking the bank for.
1. The Micro Bag
This season’s micro bag is all about easy-chic with a contemporary twist. Flaunting every shape from a polished pouch to a playful elephant-shaped creation – we see you LOEWE – the itty bitty it bag is just for the minimalists – who needs more than keys and a credit card anyway? Invest in a bejewelled nano-sized box bag: it’s the perfect after-dark accessory.
2. The Oversized Tote
Gone are the days of bare shoulders, short shorts and serene sunsets. Sweater weather is here, but the good news is: you can fight the chill in style. Whether you’re partial to plaid or all about orange, it’s time to layer up, because winter is coming …
You single-handedly champion checks, plaid and all things houndstooth. You’re forever making a mental list of the Ten best tweed pieces to buy now. You switch seamlessly between The Crown and Downtown Abbey. And you’re seriously considering abandoning city life for an estate in the Scottish Highlands, though you won’t be managing iton your own.
Your OOTD: A buttoned-up denim shirt paired with cropped tweed trousers and brogues. Night time calls for a frayed tweed mini skirt and black pumps.
Your Style Crush: Lady Mary Talbot decked out in a trouser suit.
Your Fall Failsafe: An oversized tartan mohair cardigan punctuated with leather elbow patches, because it doubles as a coat on warmer days.
Denim. The off-duty hero that never lets us down. From boyfriend jeans to waist-skimming jackets, there’s no denying those beautiful blues are the cornerstone of every wardrobe. We may love it for its simplicity, but denim also makes the perfect base to experiment with. So, since customisation is everywhere this season, we’ve rounded up five on-trend ways to personalise your pieces. Roll up your sleeves and let creativity reign…
1. Patch it up
Got a few pairs of jeans you’re not wearing but not quite ready to part with either? Turn them into patches! Choose a style in contrasting shades and cut them into large rectangular patches, then stitch onto the knees or thighs of your favourite pair. A nod to the 70s, the patchwork trend transcends the season, making it an ideal place to start if you prefer to play it safe in the style stakes.
2. In stitches
You can dress it up or down. Elevate it in luxe fabrics like silk or switch it up with cashmere when the weather cools down. Face it: the humble white T-shirt can be the hardest working item in your wardrobe, if you learn to love it. And yes, there is such a thing as the perfect one. A relaxed V-neck silhouette in lightweight linen or supersoft cotton will work for every shape, every size, any time you please.
Three ways to wear it:
No. 1 Parisian Chic
Tuck it into off-white jeans and add chunky black boots and a statement cropped jacket to instantly elevate your look to chic status.
Fashion Week is around the corner. Whether you’re a star-struck newbie or fashion week veteran forever RSVPing, forever jet-setting, now is the time to bring your style A game. From mastering stripes to pulling out all the stops with slit sleeves, we’ve got you covered from head to perfectly polished toes with these six trend-led pieces. 1. The Not-so Traditional Trench
Forget the classic beige cover-up, the trench has had a chic revival. With a slouchier, more sophisticated cut, it boasts an edgier look thanks to a myriad of detailing: oversized buckles, contrast buttons, a drop-waist hem and even puff sleeves. No questions asked, just get your hands on one.
Wear it: To elevate your #OOTD, whether it’s an oversized slogan jumper with relaxed striped trousers or a silk LBD, atrench coat will work. Don’t forget to add brick-red lipstick for a made-you-look finish day or night.
2. The Sleeve Slit
Whether you have tickets to the shows or not, here’s where to score the most Instagram cred this New York Fashion Week. Posting thumbs at the ready!
1. De Maria, 19 Kenmare Street, New York The staff at De Maria are kitted out in specially made Everlane products – that ought to tell you something about the cult appeal of this NoLIta café. Opened by chef Camille Becerra and creative director Grace Lee, the wood-heavy space is an amalgamation of work from the pair’s friends and acquaintances. The earthy-hued interior is spectacularly lit when the sun starts to seep in around lunchtime, making it technically perfect for getting that all-important moneyshot of the café’s rainbow-hued avo toast or famous grain bowls. Snag a table by the window for the best ‘gram.
2. Loosie’s Café, 91 S 6th Street, Brooklyn Nothing says ‘Instagram o’clock’ quite like a resident daschund and a bathtub that doubles as a table. Confused? It’s time you got yourself to Loosie’s café, the third piece in the trilogy that also includes Loosie’s – a jazz bar – and Loosie’s Kitchen. More than just a sponge for all those cocktails, this daytime haunt is set up for coffee and pastries as the sun rises and speciality mixers come noon. From the mossy facade to the hammocks at the back, and the bright mural that decorates one of the white walls, the bragging rights are yours.
#1 The Micro BagIt’s time to rethink your obsession with maxi totes and adopt a miniscule mindset. From a chic update on an evening bag to playful and punchy pieces – think appliquéd eyes on a mini cross-body number – there’s more than one way to make a streamlined statement.
Why we love it: If you couldn’t quite get behind the straw shopper/basket tote phenomenon, this one’s for you. The micro bag is polished, it’s versatile enough to go from work to weekend and it’s the right size to hold only the essentials and nothing more. So no more endlessly trawling through zip compartments to find your bank card, your house keys or, you know, a piece of gum.
#2 The Rosé Revival
Sadly national rosé day may have come and gone – it’s the second Saturday of June since you asked – but its spiritlives on thanks to a surge in everything pink. We’re talking rosé-infused ice cream, rosé liqueur and rosé-tinted makeup … we could go on. Rosé is making a rightful comeback, although for diehard lovers of the pink stuff, it never went anywhere. We hear ya!
HURRAH FOR HERITAGESmart plaids, subtle tweeds, tartans and checks galore – heritage fabrics are back, giving substance and history to AW style. The trend arches over the avant-gardeto powerhouse brands and through to emerging talent, as designers, both new and established, fall in love with the charms of noble fabrics. The weaves and patterns are potent with storytelling, but above all they look characterful, smart and substantial.
Make your first discovery a sports jacket. Try Gucci for tartan and Burberry for its house check and keep your eyes out for Glencheck wools and soft-touch tweeds. Look for outsize overcoats and jaunty caps to team with corduroy trousers. Add a silk shirt and Oxford shoes and the look is beautifully ‘to the manor born’, and, in homage to Stella Tennant, throw a big coat over an evening dress and storm trooper boots. These highly crafted fabrics are made to last, so choose items you want to befriend for the long haul.
RED DRESSESOur stalwart LBD has a new contender this season: enter the LRD. The L can be translated as ‘little’ or ‘long’, but it is the hue of red that makes the statement. There are many shades and tones with as many connotations. A purple or blue-toned red suggests a brooding, sultry demeanour, while a fuchsia red appears vibrant and youthful. The middle ground is a cherry red that spells pure delight, as sweet as the name suggests.
Modern Muses: The Furla Bag Edit
Box bags, backpacks, bold cross-body bags… Furla’s line-up has had a modern makeover and it spells chic, contemporary and totally covetable styles. We’ve rounded up the five bags you need to know about, from the sophisticated totes to the statement makers. Time to meet your new icons…
It’s classic and perennially chic, but this little number is also at the cutting edge of cool. The pint-sized style of the pochette has been elevated with a touch of texture in the form of metallic hardware and a chunky chain shoulder strap. That old adage about great things and small packages comes to mind.
While we’d all admittedly rather be lying in the sun, out of office on, Aperol spritz in hand… the reality is that unfortunately summer’s finally coming to its end, and that mountain of paperwork on your desk isn’t going to sort itself.
But, heading back to work needn’t be boring. In fact, it’s the perfect time to re-visit your workwear wardrobe and give your office style a refresh. With the help of a few key pieces, the transition back to 9-5 can be effortless.
Carry your essentials in style with a handy satchel. Practical, versatile and inherently chic, it makes light work of your commute. With plenty of compartments to stash all your office must-haves from your laptop to make-up bag, our collection of satchels gives the timeless accessory a fresh update.
Oh summer, fleeting yet so glorious—why does your departure always feels like a heartache? Moving through the seasons can be tumultuous, but it can also be motivating and spark new projects or thoughts. Here’s how to make it through the transition from beach days to dark days. 1. Book a workshop or learn something new If summer is for socialising and winter is for nesting, then the shoulder seasons are for getting life in order. Leave the workout regime to spring, and spend autumn learning something new that will see you through those long, dark weekends. Got a side hobby that you want to move into a side project? Now’s the time. Looking for inspiration? Try calligraphy (it’ll come in handy for wedding season) or maybe a jewelry making class (the bonus here is that it takes a lifetime to perfect). If a quick fix is all your attention can handle, take a meditation workshop. 2. Set intentions for the coming season The most effective way of getting over the blues is to take back control. Unfortunately, manifesting the sun is probably out of your reach, but you can ask yourself (and acknowledge) why you’re feeling the way you do. Journaling in the morning or before bed is an effective way to spot patterns, and really get to know yourself. Unlike new year resolutions, setting intentions will move you through change and empower yourself to live in possibility. Do the legwork before the holiday season comes around and set a weekly practice of being patient—it’ll come in handy when you don’t want to bite your tongue at the dinner table.
3. Plan into the future Impatience and frustration are side effects of the summer blues – nobody really wants to be a martyr – and the best way to get out that funk is to plan. What’s better than having something to look forward to? It’s best to do this right off the back of sunny days, before indecision and guilt starts to seep in. Try to plan something for every month, even if it is just a cinema trip or coffee with a friend —it feels good to have something to look forward to. If you’re feeling flush, you can never regret booking an autumn getaway. 4. Rotate your wardrobe Nothing signifies the end of summer more than the sombre day your embroidered dresses and off-the-shoulder tops get vacuum packed and put back into storage for another year. If it feels kinder, try slowly merging your summer outfits with chunkier knits and coats, but come October, it’s best to go Band-Aid style and fully transition into your cold-weather wardrobe. One of the best parts of winter is the fashion, so revel in those skinny leather pants and denim while you still can.
5. Live in denial Still not convinced? Go your own way and deny the turning temperatures. You’ll likely only last until September sans jacket, but if you can only be jolted by shock tactics, this is the way to go. You can keep the flame of summer alive by eating out-of-season strawberries and insisting on keeping your morning coffee iced. Your work colleagues might have something to say when you’re blasting the ‘song of the summer’ through your headphones, but we’re sure you can get them back on side with a frozen margarita at happy hour.
Working from home sounds like the dream, but the truth is that when you work for yourself (and with yourself), cabin fever is a very real side effect. Lounging on your sofa gets old fast, and it’s not always conducive to productivity. This summer, slip into a pretty summer dress, brush your hair and take yourself into society for a few hours. Here’s where you should go. London: Bulldog Edition, The Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street Nestled between The Ace Hotel’s lobby, juice bar and restaurant, Bulldog Edition is a laid-back coffee shop that serves up a rotation of donuts, cakes and sandwiches, alongside a decent flat white. The main draw with working here, especially as a freelancer, is that almost everyone else is in the same boat, which makes the collective energy buzzy and motivating. The spots by the back wall are quietest with power outlets, but if you want to feed off the buzz or potentially network, we suggest migrating into the plush couches in the hotel lobby. Berlin: Westberlin, Friedrichstrasse 215 “Coffee, cake, lunch and magazines” reads the sandwich board stationed outside Westberlin, a bright, glass-front coffee shop located between Berlin’s Mitte and Kreuzberg neighbourhoods. Borrowing from its Scandi cousins, the aesthetic is clean and contemporary with a long shared desk to work from, as well as smaller tables for when you really need to get your head down. Pop there in the morning and stay all day if you want to- it’s geared up for working, so there’s no need to feel rushed or pressured to move. When your deadlines are met, be sure to check out the shop’s magazine collection—it’s one of the best in the city.
Dublin: Network Coffee, 39 Aungier Street If you’re going to make the effort to step away from the comfort of home - or if you’re treating yourself to a ‘work from home’ day (don’t forget the air quotes) - it better be worth it. Much of the payoff relies on the goods of course, but atmosphere and setting also play deep into how inspired and motivated you feel. A wonky table and bad vibes don’t promote productivity. Network Coffee is contemporary enough that just being there makes you feel part of something bigger and cooler, but not in an intimidating way. In fact, it’s one of the city’s friendliest places to work from. Paris: Café Craft, 24 Rue des Vinaigriers Café Craft describes itself as the “premier café dédié aux créatifs indépendants” which, if you don’t speak French, loosely translates as the “first cafe devoted to independent creatives”. It’s set up for working and that’s what we like about—your being there is the reason this coffee shop exists, so no need to feel bad for using the wifi and taking calls. It costs three euros an hour to share the space, but you can pay by consumption or connection, meaning a three euro coffee will see you straight for an hour’s work. Grab a spot at the long communal table and spark up a conversation with your fellow coffee-aficionados.
Barcelona: Skye Coffee Co, Carrer de Pamplona, 88 Working from home comes with serious bragging rights. There’s no run-down office building for you, no commute to work, no having to blast heavy metal from your earphones to deter your boss from another conversation—it’s just you, on your time, doing your own thing. That’s the image we like to send out at least, because the reality of chasing invoices and refreshing your email, isn’t very attractive - Skye Coffee Co is though. This large warehouse space houses Barcelona’s coolest cats alongside a refurbed CitröenHY van that sells some of the city’s finest coffee.
Ah, the joy of going back to work. Summer’s officially drawing to a close and although we don’t care much to admit it, it’s (almost) time to face reality. But what if there was a way to make the transition from long days in the sun to busy commutes a little more, manageable?
Fortunately, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to ensure you’ve got your act together and can get out the door looking polished and professional – quickly.
Plan your outfits in advance
Stay one step ahead of the game and set aside some time on Sunday to go through the upcoming week, planning your outfits to match your diary. By getting it all out of the way before the week starts, you’ll sleep peacefully knowing you’ll never have the inevitable Monday morning nothing-to-wear dilemma and avoid last minute panic dressing before you rush off to work. Oh, how we wish we had a Cher à la Clueless outfit planner, but for now we’ll have to make do with the old fashioned way.
Every workweek repertoire needs key pieces, so we’ve rounded up five office-ready looks – from the classic to the contemporary – that will put a pep in your weekday step. Don’t just take our word for it, these on-trend pieces come with a celebrity stamp of approval. No need to thank us.
1. The Statement Shirt
The classic button-down shirt has been taken to new heights with sculptural sleeves, mismatched panels, ruffle tiers, lace trims…we could go on. And it will do wonders for your weekday attire.
Go for: A little bit of frill. In the form of a sleeveless silk blouse with pintucks and a ruffled placket. Alternatively try a long sleeve black piece framed with contrast piping, fluid ruffles along the yoke and lightly fluted sleeves.
Wear it with: Tailored black or navy trousers for a modern take on sharp separates.
School may be out, but your preppy style can and should live on. We’ve gathered 5 must-haves that will help you graduate from basic to collegiate-cool once and for all. Breathe easy, this is one do-over you’ll rave about.
1. The Backpack
Good news, the backpack is still going strong. And the must-have version is neater and chicer than the back-breaking knapsack you used to carry your books in. Time to get (back) on the backpack bandwagon.
Why you should wear it: Something structured, in suede or textured leather will stand the test of time, get you admiring looks and hold all of your essentials. Top marks all around.
The Welcome Chinese certification is an exclusive standard of hospitality for Chinese travelers which gives tourist attractions access to a recognised network that allows them to address the specific requirements of the vast Chinese tourism market and therefore stand out from the crowd. The certification is issued by the China Tourism Academy, part of the Ministry for Chinese Tourism (CNTA) in collaboration with China Central Television (CCTV), and China Union Pay, the only credit card issued in China.The Welcome Chinese certification is a recognition of the exclusive opportunities to experience everything from fashion and design to food, wine and entertainment, but above all it’s the recognition to the exclusive level of hospitality that Fidenza Village reserves for its Chinese guests, with its dedicated tailor-made services. It’s a model that lets Chinese guests experience shopping and an exceptional level of tourism, while hosting them in an accommodating and spacious environment with everything they need to improve their experience, such as maps, recommendations, staff who speak their language, restaurant guides, gastronomic offers and activities dedicated to Chinese culture.
Got holiday plans? We’ve got the style to match. Whether you’re jet-setting to white sandy beaches for a spot of relaxation or heading for a weekend city escape, getaway season is officially calling. Your wardrobe on the other hand, may not be quite so prepared. With limited space in your suitcase, you’ll need to master the art of destination dressing, fast. Thankfully, with the help of these key pieces you’ll be ready to chase the sun in no time… 1. Cover-ups
Heading to the pool? Or going from beach to bar? Then you’ll need to ensure a beautiful cover-up is on your list. Opt for cool kimonos and kaftans in tropical colours and bold prints that instantly make you feel like you’re ‘on holiday’. Tie-dye prints and tassel trims instantly add style points.
Set those feet free (pedicure is mandatory) with an essential pair of summer sandals. Whether you’re ticking off this summer’s trend for sporty sliders updated with colourful, contrasting straps or opting for chic wear-with-everything mules, there’s a pair to covet whatever your vibe.
3. Beach bags
Think of summer – think of sun, beaches and vacation, right? Just like everything else in life, we sensationalise the seasons, setting expectations for the warmest months of the year that will likely leave us crying into a pina colada shortly after the solstice. Come on, we all know that a dose of vitamin D doesn’t automatically lead to love, health, and endless possibilities, yet here we are, daydreaming out lives away. This year, we’ve decided to embrace all the simple pleasures that the sun-drenched season brings. Come and join us.
1. Keep it simple
Don’t sweat it. The sun might be out but that doesn’t mean you have to turn into an Instagram influencer, make a goji-topped acai bowl or suddenly become the life and soul of the office. You like what you like, even if that is a whipped cream frap and taking #hotdogsorlegs selfies. From the tropical scent of suncream right through to the pleasing crunch of ice in your ashy, burnt-espresso Americano – sometimes it’s the little things that make you the happiest. Ice-cream, flower crowns and mojitos all fall into this category too, but who cares? Enjoy.
2. Save time getting dressed
Booked your beach getaway? Then time is ticking. We’ve made it easy for you to prep, preen and perfect your summer beauty routine, so you can look on point for all those holiday snaps. Let’s get started…
60 DAYS BEFORE – KICK OFF THE CLEANSEBoosting immunity and helping you to feel tip-top in time to bare all on the beach – check out our bikini cleanse here. Make sure you drink plenty of water and start your day with a nutrient-rich fresh juice. To reduce bloating and dehydration, be sure to cut down on carbs and caffeine.
45 DAYS BEFORE – AMP UP THE EXERCISEIt’s time to get moving! Whether you’re headed to the gym or rolling out your mat at home for a Pilates session, do something every day to raise your heart rate before your holiday. Not only will you burn fat and tone up, but the more you move, the more your lymphatic system drains away those pesky toxins.
30 DAYS BEFORE – WARDROBE OVERHAULThe holiday wardrobe is just as important as the holiday itself – just think of all those Instagram snaps! Chances are, you haven’t even come close to thinking about baring your pins in a summer dress; now’s the time to stock up on new swimwear and some key pieces to refresh your jet-set line-up.
14 DAYS BEFORE – CUT YOUR HAIRFor that ultra-healthy swishy summer feeling, book in for a trim a couple of weeks before you fly; the extra time will allow your new ‘do to settle in. Avoid colouring hair before you go; chlorine and sun exposure could have an adverse effect, and don’t forget to pack a daily leave-in conditioner.
With your summer getaway just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to embark on a detoxifying juice cleanse. And this little three-day saviour from our friends over at Raw Press is glow-guaranteed.
The health-boosting juices and nutritious meals below are designed to have you looking and feeling in tip-top condition. Snack on plenty of whole fruits and raw veggies in between meals, drink as much H20 as you can and skip along to a few Pilates classes the week of the cleanse.
Sun lounger, we’re coming for you.
The dichotomy between preparing our bodies for summer and what we’re happy to do to them as soon as we’ve checked in at the airport is almost amusing. Juice detoxes, facials and endless yoga are soon replaced with sangria, a thousand trips around the buffet bar and hours tanning by the pool. It seems that sun and temporary amnesia go together, sigh. Then again, isn’t the whole point of getting away, to get away from it all? Well, it doesn’t need to be black and white. Here’s how to live it up without completely giving up your healthy lifestyle. START AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON There’s certain parameters for alcohol and those stay in place even when you’re in the departures lounge: a mimosa is acceptable for brunch, champagne any hour after lunch and hard spirits should only be consumed post-supper, in-flight or if you’ve suffered a lengthy delay. You wouldn’t hit up your local at 8 am in the morning for a G&T (or maybe you would…), so don’t pre-drink before your early morning flight. The same goes for food – if fast food is usually a no-go, don’t introduce it before you get on an eight-hour flight. The key here is preparation. Pack a bento box the night before chock full of protein, leafy greens and avocado, ditch the coffee after boarding and drink plenty of water.
MAKE YOUR FOOD ROUTES If you’re anything like us, city breaks can soon become one giant banquet – and with so many foodie options to take in on every street corner, it would be rude not to eat out for every meal of the day. Why make it mindless, though – with a little bit of careful planning and some help from Google Maps you can build walking tours to every area of the city. Research all the hotspots you want to visit and start planning your itinerary around meal times. Before you know it, you’ll have walked 10K and really earnt that extra gelato (we don’t judge). Think of it as a walking meditation... with food.
BE STRATEGIC Here’s the kicker, with ice cream, gelato and frozen yoghurt – they all contain lots of milk, cream and sugar. On holiday, one scoop a day isn’t truly terrible, but anymore and you’re in dangerous territory. All-inclusive deals are an enabler of this habit, but it’s just not OK to go through a pint of ice cream every day for a fortnight. This is where you need to think of the calorie/enjoyment trade off. If you love it, eat it, but if it’s not your favourite, then give it a second thought. Lollies are often made from real fruit or coconut water and are a lighter choice than a sundae or milkshake.
CONSISTENCY IS KING Listen to your body. I know, being gluten intolerant while on the Italian Riviera isn’t ideal, but complex as the body is, it doesn’t know when it to turn on and off those sensitivities. The thought process is do now, deal with it later, but is that bowl of pasta really worth missing the sun the following morning because it’s wreaked havoc on your mood and energy? As best you can, stick to your usual diet. And if you just can’t resist, pepper in those casual food dalliances sparingly and mindfully.
Rooftops for summer. Ground-breaking, I hear you say – but would you rather be basking in the heat of a 30-degree day or shivering from the air con inside the standard cocktail bar? We think we know your answer and for that reason, we’re talking rooftops. Unless you’re suffering from vertigo, there’s literally no downsides to lounging outside with waiter service and the best views in the city. Slip on your shades, order a strawberry daiquiri or something just as predictable and revel in the beauty that is alfresco socialising. It’s time to get high…
RADISSON BLU, NICELa Terrasse at Radisson Blu, Nice, features stunning panoramic sea views over the picturesque Baie des Anges. Striped awnings protect you from the glare of the sun (but allow you to feel the heat), while the pool is perfect for cooling off between rounds. You might only go for the Instagram cred, but if you’ve made it to the roof, it’s worth ordering dinner and making a night of it. Aren’t you on holiday? The authentic Mediterranean menu has been specially crafted to be enjoyed outdoors and features fresh seafood and local produce. Getting a lounger in the height of summer could prove difficult, so stay alert. You know that time between sunbathing and dinner where everyone is sprucing themselves up? That’s your move.
ME, LONDONSitting pretty on the 10th floor, this flatiron-shaped space boasts both indoor and outdoor space along with panoramic views of London’s most recognisable landmarks. It’s a sanctuary from the fast-moving world below. The cocktail and drinks menu changes depending on what’s in season, so we suggest trying something special. The restaurant also offers a tapas menu and earthy dishes such as fried courgette flowers and bitter chocolate tapenade. Hotel guests receive complimentary access to this exclusive hide away, mere mortals need to argue their case. Go on, “kiss the sky.”
Disney fanatics take note – you can now wear your love for the cartoon clan on your sleeves with the exclusive Disney X Coach collection, created with Coach Creative Director, Stuart Vevers. Inspired by 70s and 80s Mickey Mouse, the collaboration features handbags, backpacks and totes – in Coach’s signature styles – coasters, keychains… we could go on. But, this is not your average Disney paraphernalia; the collection takes a timeless yet tongue-in-cheek approach that we just can’t get enough of. Here are the five items at the top of our wish list…1. The backpackBecause one more backpack to add to your collection can’t hurt. This bold number is guaranteed to brighten any gloomy day. Playfully printed with Mickey skating along the front, it’s spacious and perfectly sized to hold everyday essentials.2. The clutchIs it a clutch, it is a pouch? We say it can be whatever you want it to be. Small enough to slip into a large tote or shoulder bag, this zip-up number is as versatile as it is fun-loving. Style it with a stretch jersey dress on your next date night.
Why we love it: Not only does it boast a streamlined silhouette, it also has a wristlet that makes for easy carrying on the go.
3. The zip-up purseThis zip-up purse shaped like Mickey’s head complete with giant ears is guaranteed to get you double takes, which is why we love it. Minimally designed with a clean and compact silhouette and contrast topstitching, it can go from brunch to bar without missing a beat. A must-buy for true Disney aficionados.
Why we love it: This natural conversation starter puts us firmly in touch with our inner child. It’s a win-win.
Summer’s on the up and it’s time to finally shed those layers. Stay cool by keeping it simple – then pepper your look with striking accents. Think unique tees, embellished kicks or out-there sunnies. It’s time to throw some shade.
STYLED TO A TEE The T-shirt may seem basic, but does it have to be? Slogan, branded or plain, fitted, oversized or cropped… the options are endless and an impeccable collection will stand you in good stead, allowing you to get creative with your summer ensembles. From the clean lines of James Dean and Brando, to the ripped-up styling of The Ramones, all the way through to the new, hip-hop inspired long-line. No matter your preference, there is one key to the perfect tee – it’s got to be
FRAME IT Statement shades are your one true must-have. Save yourself the squinting (and the ensuing smile lines) and keep a pair on you at all times. To make it easy, when it comes to this season’s hottest styles, it’s a case of anything goes. Keep it classic if that’s your MO or get as loud and proud as you like. With options this bright, you gotta wear shades!
KILLER KICKS Fresh kicks are the linchpin for nailing that nonchalant summer look. After all, it makes a lot of sense to start at the bottom and work your way up. Clean white sneakers are the perennial summer go-to, but why not add a statement sneaker to your collection this season. When it’s too hot to fuss around with the rest of your outfit, cool kicks are a great way to show off your personal style.
The braid is back in a big way – sleek and centre parted, tousled or woven into a crown, we’re all about these easy, breezy styles. Because no one has time for third-day festival hair.
THE MESSY BRAIDLet’s face it, looking flawless and fuss-free is #goals. Time to embrace that messy braid we say.
The steps:1. Give yourself a deep side part, separating your hair in two sections. Then separate each section in two again, which will leave you with four sections of hair.2. Starting with the section on the far left, cross underneath the second section, then over the third section – you get where we’re going with this – as though you were basket weaving your hair. Continue until your hair is completely braided and secure the end with a clear hair tie.3. Gently tug sections of the braid apart to loosen it up a bit, for that Instagrammable ‘I woke up like this’ look.
Wear it with: A slinky slip dress, layered jewels – nothing clunky though – and ankle boots. Carry your essentials in a tan leather backpack.
No matter how handy you are with an iPhone – trying to capture your Gigi-inspired make-up, overpriced (but oh-so-photogenic) jackfruit burger and the awkward dancer in the crowd after a few too many rosés is, quite frankly, impossible.
So if you want to induce FOMO in your followers this festival season (and ensure you have some cracking Snapstories backed up for the long journey home) just read on.
There’s more to Snapchat than face-changing filters; so for those who have moved on from the flower crown, it’s time to discover the number of extra features. Think animated stickers, GIF profile pictures and our favourite Bitmoji add-on that allows users to create their own cartoon character. Total game changer.
Try: Activating airplane mode and creating stories sans Wi-Fi. It will save your data – need we say more?
Love the idea of the great outdoors, but can’t quite do without your creature comforts? We’re talking more of the hot tubbing and less of the mosquito swatting that comes with camping. Home and away, this is glamping at its finest.
DE ETCHYNGHAM, UKTHE SCENEA little retro, a little chic. Geodomes, woodland and wildflowers – oh my! Named after a sixteenth-century medieval castle, you’ll find De Etchyngham on the site where Glottenham castle once stood, overlooking picturesque woodland and lakes.THE SELLING POINTPerfect for those in search of slow paced living, serene scenes or that elusive electronic detox.THE SUITCASEWarm and wet weather gear – so trusty Wellington boots or leather ankle-grazing hiking boots and parkas are just some of your must-haves. In other words, come prepared for an English summer!
MONTESCUDAIO TREEHOUSE, ITALYTHE SCENELaidback luxe. Yes, this is an actual treehouse built around a large oak tree overlooking the sea. It comes with a private yurt that serves as a living room, houses up to five guests and has private bathroom facilities nearby. Need we say more?THE SELLING POINTWhere else can you take in panoramic views of the Tuscan archipelago while getting a dose of R&R? Be warned, living with your feet on the ground may seem like a foreign concept when you touch down.THE SUITCASEAiry kimono tops, bold-hued slip dresses, straw hats, espadrilles – opt for leather ones for an on-trend take – and oversized shades.
Tomboy style has always been a sartorial cult classic – but now more than ever we are seeing menswear-inspired looks saunter down the runway. There’s no question that borrowed-from-the-boys is a look that’s here to stay. And with good reason… it’s just plain cool. Struggling to nail down that effortless, dishevelled vibe? We’re here to help. STRIKE A BALANCEGoing all in on a menswear look can be too much – but go too-girly and you’ve lost that cool girl sensibility. As always with styling, it’s a matter of striking a balance and paying attention to detail. You have to think masculine versus feminine at all times and incorporate elements from both ends of the spectrum. If you’ve got a girly dress, think to yourself, “how can I add edge?” and throw on an oversized blazer, biker jacket or some chunky boots. On the other hand, if you have some tailored pants and abutton-up, think about adding something traditionally feminine like heels.
SHOW YOUR STRENGTHLike anything from coffee to make-up, you first have to determine your own personal level of intensity. This is where it can be good to pick a celeb style to emulate, so start your Pinterest board now. There is also the so-called model off-duty look – a fine tradition pioneered by Freja Beha Erichson and Daria Werboy, carried on today by new models like Binx Walton. If you’re a beginner to tomboy, start on the girlier side of things then kick it up a gear over time.
WATCH YOUR PROPORTIONSIn the same vein as striking a balance between masculine and feminine, you also have to watch your proportions. Oversized and menswear-inspired might be on-trend but you can’t wear all oversized at once. Balance volume with fitted, so if you wear volume on the top, keep it tight on the bottom and vice versa.
ADD SOME POLISHAll of the celeb tomboy style masters have one thing in common, their looks are sprinkled with some feminine elements and a certain amount of sophistication. Whether it be by adding a strong heel or flawless hair and make-up, there is always that push-pull of feminine versus masculine, casual and tailored, unplanned and deliberate. A great way to pull a look together is with accessories. If you’ve gone with a boyish look, add some girlish Mary Janes, sky-highpumps and a traditionally feminine colour or print.
BUILD IT UP If you’re not sure where to start, start small. Add in one element and go for the slow build. Pair a dress with some Oxford lace-ups or chunky boots, or throw a blazer or biker jacket over the top. If you always keep in mind blending female and male energy, you will be well on your way to nailing tomboy style.
There’s more to your look than you know. It only takes a quick peek of street style galleries from Fashion Weeks gone by to see there’s a clear set of tribes emerging in the menswear sphere. Time to know and own your clique we say, because it beats going it alone. The Creative You sport thick-rimmed glasses and you’re never seen without a high-brow ‘zine or journal to scribble in. Face it, you’re a creative intellectual (sub)consciously modelling your look after a bassist or burgeoning artiste. Your style is part cerebral rebel, part off-duty model. Swears by: Oversized trench coats and worn-in leather jackets. Distressed jeans, a slim fitting V-neck tee and lace-up boots are part of your daytime uniform. And when you want to dress it up, you opt for skinnies and throw on a denim button-down shirt. Spotted at: A lesser-known gallery away from the hustle and bustle, debating conceptual art or assemblage. Berlin's Kreuzberg district is your spiritual home. Soundtrack: Anything new, fresh and undiscovered. Indie bands headlining boutique music festivals home or away – would be on your playlist.
You know which style blogs are worth their weight in Yeezys. Either you dabble in style blogging or you frequent fashion weeks like an insider. You’re a style-conscious, selfie-savvy gent and you know it. Swears by: Designer collaborations and anything making the rounds on the runway will go straight to the top of your wish list. You’re eyeing up slogan tees and certain horsebit loafers as we speak. Spotted at: FROW at the latest ingénue designer showcase. By night, you can be seen sampling boundary-pushing dishes at an invite-only gastro pop-up.
Soundtrack: Drake, the latest Bieber album and The Weeknd feature heavily on your playlist, though you might not want to admit it.
Thought summer drinks were all pink bubbles and pina coladas? Au contraire. While crisp rosé and minty Pimms are certainly staples for sun-lit soirees, sometimes one requires a drink with a little more je ne sais quoi. Think South American twists or the paired-back elegance of dance-on-your-tongue Prosecco, shaken up with a bitter and woody sage.
Cocktail mixing is an enviable skill, and these balmy summer nights present the perfect opportunity to try your hand at a little ‘shaken not stirred’ magic. Let’s get mixing…
Ingredients:40ml/1 2⁄3 oz Gin 25ml/1 oz Monbazillac or other Sauternes-esque sweet wine15ml/ 2⁄3 oz Fresh lemon juice10ml/ 1⁄3 oz Saffron syrup (not essential but tasty; use sugar syrup otherwise) 3 chunks Honeydew melon, approx 150g/6oz 1 Sage leaf
Mix it up:Muddle melon and sage in the bottom of a shaker. Add all other ingredients and shake with cubed ice for 6 seconds. Double strain into a cocktail glass.
We’re now stepping into wedding season – a sweet invitation to ubiquitous marquees, five-course tasting menus and the most Prosecco you’ve seen in one place, at one time. Sounds perfect, right? Wrong. The novice wedding goer might be surprised to know that anything can go wrong beyond RSVPing on time, but the amateur knows. You know. Here’s how to deal when the day just doesn’t go your way.
You didn’t plan your route and the venue is way further than you thought
Survive it: Communication comes through in various forms, so when you read or hear something, it’s easy to take mental note and move on, earmarking it for review at a later date. Problem is, the later date is usually the day of the event, leaving you with zero contingencies if you then discover what you thought was correct was actually wrong. The impact of the misunderstanding depends on the degree of the slip up, but when you confuse New York for York, there’s only one solution – lie. Make up a story, feign illness, kill off a family member (not literally, of course), anything’s better than admitting to a bride on the edge of breakdown that you didn’t bother to read the invite she spent two months designing. Truth is power, except not this time.
You’re on the bridesmaid sub list, and you’ve just been called to action
Survive it: There’s nothing worse than being drafted into a wedding party at the eleventh hour. Even if you can see past the fact you were drafted in as a last resort, it throws a curveball for your plans to woo your plus one, or wow your ex with an incredible dress you no longer get to wear. It takes time, at least three dress fittings and as many bottles of wine to actually get into the mind-set that you have a role to play in the ceremony besides eating five courses and dancing the night away. To make this work, you’ll need to step up to the plate, moving forward by ripping off the band aid. So, the dress doesn’t fit, the bridesmaid you replaced has shot more than one knowing glare in your direction, and your date left an hour ago. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
The occasion wear edit
Places to be? When it comes to getting into the flow of occasion season, you’ll need a series of show-stopping looks to match. Whether your calendar is brimming with cocktail parties and you need an outfit just as high profile, or you’re looking to elevate your brunch style with a sophisticated spin, we’re here to make sure you create your best impression. Rise to the occasion with these key looks…
FOR THE COCKATIL PARTY
The perfect excuse to get dressed up, dial it up for a cocktail party with a sleek and sophisticated dress. Whether you stick to classic colours or bold hues, tick off this season’s trends with feminine finishes from frills to lace details, or for a sleek alternative, look to the jumpsuit.
Not an over-the-top hat in sight.
Soon-to-be brides and grooms without a trusty wedding planner, we salute you. If you’ve decided to brave the planning alone, you may already be regretting the decision. The flowers, the cake, the venue and, of course, the dress – it can all get a bit overwhelming no matter how many Pinterest boards you’ve got on tap. But where it really gets tricky is when your guests’ preferences are thrown into the mix (i.e. you have to decide what on earth to dress them in.)
Don’t panic, our foolproof guide will help you avoid those pre-wedding dress code dramas. You can thank us later.
Dress the best manThere’s a good chance the best man will feature heavily in the wedding album, so it’s important not to overlook him when making your style selections. A top-notch ensemble is a must – after all, he’s been chosen as the big day’s number-one wingman. Simple, clean lines and high-quality fabrics are always the way to go, while a three-piece is a timeless option that works in any colour, from classic grey right through to tweed. To finish off the look, a statement tie, pocket square and watch is an elegant alternative to patterned waistcoats and silk cravats. Dapper enough to look sharp, but restrained enough not to show up the groom, not that that’s possible.
Dress the maid of honourWhether the big day is black tie, beachside or a simple garden party, there are always three things to remember when it comes to finding a frock befitting of your bestie – simplicity, simplicity and simplicity. With 90s-inspired minimalism back on trend, there are actually plenty of stylish options this season. There’ll be no room for romantic-comedy bridesmaid dress clichés, so select chic, modern silhouettes that your right-hand girl will actually want to wear.
To celebrate Easter, we’ve scoped out four of Europe’s most brag-worthy brunch spots to add to your little black book…
LONDON: BOURNE & HOLLINGSWORTH BUILDINGS42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell | bandhbuildings.comTHE VIBE: Eclectic cool. Plush velvet armchairs with bold floral accents complement the refined interiors and fresh bouquets. It’s the go-to spot for in-the-know Londoners.
THE MENU: There’s a hefty brunch menu – from Huevos Benedictos to braised beef. Oh, and if the bottomless Bellini brunch with fresh peach fruit purée doesn’t beckon you, we don’t know what will.
THE GUESTLIST: Take your interiors-loving mum and no doubt she’ll rave about this for months to come.
THE OOTD: Dressed-down chic. Casually tuck a button-down shirt into skinny jeans and complete the look with a velvet wide-brim hat and loafers.
These are the beauty trends we’re coveting this season…
Feeling like your beauty regime could do with a spring clean? We hear you. Cue shimmering sun-kissed skin, rich berry-hued lips and those striking supermodel fringes we’re all dreaming of perfecting. That’s right – we’re bringing you the must-have beauty and hair trends fresh from the SS17s shows. If that wasn’t enough, we’ll show you how to recreate the looks and beauty rituals at home with a few insider tips. Let’s get started.
THE ALL NIGHTER
Dial up evenings with dewy skin and vampy lips.
Master the art of the ‘All Nighter’ with a high-octane, dark power lip. Rich wine and purple tones from autumn/winter are sticking around for spring… because if it ain’t broke, why fix it, right? Enrich plum-hued lips with a sprinkling of glitter and keep the rest of the look minimal; think ultra-dewy skin highlighted across the cheeks, temples and cupids bow to give an added glow. To complete this low-key evening look, add just a flicker of mascara and keep hair ultra-shiny and sleek in a centre parting. This trend certainly makes us want to go out, out… who needs sleep when you can look like this?
Work, life, travel – today, the suit has to work harder than ever to keep up with the modern demands of everyday life. But what if there was a suit so smart that flexibility, breathability and versatility were woven into its very fabric? A suit that could tackle the commute to work, sail through a full day of meetings and head out in the evening still looking as fresh as it did when you first took it off the hanger that morning.
Crafted from 100% high-twist worsted wool with remarkable crease recovery and natural temperature regulation, Paul Smith’s A Suit To Travel In does just this. More than that, it typifies Paul Smith’s desire to create clothing that really works.
Read on to learn how Britian’s foremost designer is on a mission to create clothing that stands up to the demands of everyday life and find out how a lifelong love of cycling has driven Paul’s appreciation of clothing that performs.
How do you create clothes that keep up with the demands of today’s modern man?
February and March are the new June and July. Don't believe us? Take a look around the office and count the empty desks. Fresh off the heels of the year’s two toughest months, the start of spring offers boundless opportunity and a sunny outlook, hence why it’s the perfect time to indulge in some critical ‘me time’. We're not talking about all-inclusive drinks and French fries by the pool though, this pre-summer getaway is about winding down in order to build back up – a delight for both the body and mind. From boot camp to vipassana, yoga to juice detoxes, this is the time to really make good habits stick, so that when it finally comes to summer, you can really enjoy it. Read on for our pick of the best wellness getaways in Europe: THE ONE THAT FEELS LIKE A HOLIDAY MARINE ESCAPE; RADISSON BLU 1835 HOTEL & THALASSO, CANNESSix days, 24 treatments. There’s no need to say more. Radisson Blu’s ‘Marine Escape’ package is designed to fully service the body with minimal effort – perfect for those who seek solace in a fluffy, white bathrobe and an aromatherapy massage. With its own private beach, the hotel boasts a full-service spa, Turkish baths and a rooftop restaurant. Wake up to the sound of the ocean and spend long days nourishing the body with Thalassotherapy sessions – the therapeutic use of seawater, algae and seaweed to promote health – yoga, healthy food that actually tastes good, and half-board accommodation so that all thinking time and decision-making is kept on the down low. Indulge in this Cure package and enjoy 4 spa treatments per day for as many as 6 days.THE LIFE CHANGER YEOTOX; YEOTOWN RETREAT, NORTH DEVON, UKBased in picturesque North Devon, mapped by rolling hills and glorious surf, Yeotown offers its signature Yeotox programme – ‘a modern take on a traditional detox’. Over the course of five days you enlist in both physical and mental endurance and release – coastal hikes, strength training, reading, massage – and are fuelled by a ‘fad-free’ diet (no cabbage soup here). This isn't a detox or retreat that you leave at the checkout desk, the programme is designed to set you up for life, those five blissful days are a mere side product. The Yeotox programme runs every week from Wednesday to Sunday. The five-day Yeotox Programme costs £1,870 and all accommodation and meals are included. THE MEDICAL DETOXDETOX PROGRAMME; SHA WELLNESS CLINIC, ALICANTE, SPAIN This macrobiotic-based wellness spa and clinic is the best of both worlds – it’s luxurious and good for you. Designed to detoxify and purify the body, help you combine a healthy diet with physical exercise and complementary therapies, and improve your general physical and mental wellbeing, the Detox Programme is like a check box of solutions to everything that’s wrong with city life. Don't let the five-star accommodation lure you into a false sense of security; a week here is no walk in the park. You'll be assessed through a medical exam and laboratory tests, and then prescribed a diet for the week, Chinese medicine and therapeutic treatments, and even lymphatic drainage, cryotherapy and colon hydrotherapy. Literally, a new you. A seven-day Detox Programme costs €3,150 and all accommodation and meals are included.
THE ESCAPE FROM REALITYESCAPE TO SHAPE, LAKE COMO, ITALY (AND VARIOUS OTHER LOCATIONS) There’s no point in going somewhere Instagrammable and sunny only to spend a week holed up in a yoga studio or weights room. Escape to Shape offers a curated blend of travel, culture and wellness, and is designed to give you an off-the-beaten-track experience within some of the world’s most beautiful cities and towns. Although the company offers retreats everywhere from Cambodia to Chile, the Lake Como one is one of our favourites. Italian food? We're in. The only effort you need to make is pushing the button on the booking and travel to Milan. Once you're there, revel in the indulgence and luxury of an exclusive nineteenth century villa (complete with swimming pool, tennis courts and unparalleled views of Lake Como), enjoy morning power hikes, daily yoga, cooking lessons and cultural day trips. Still at your desk? You know what you need to do. A six-day retreat at Lake Como, Italy costs $4,500, based on two people sharing, and includes all accommodation and meals.
Clean lines, modern accents and athletic detail – it’s now acceptable to wear gym clothes 24/7. Here are the all-star looks to sport this season …WOMENSWEAR: FOR THE BOARDROOMIn case you hadn't clocked it yet, we've developed quite a penchant for all things active – and while the trend’s relaxed vibe is a dream for the weekend, it doesn't have to stop when you're on the clock. Playing the office style game has never been easier – infuse edge into your working wardrobe by mixing in core pieces with a sports luxe feel. Think streamlined track pants, sleek bombers and elegant pumps. Much like your Sunday morning yoga class, balance is the key. Going for bold detail? Stick to luxury textures. Opting for trainers and a sweater? Even it out with tailored trousers in a play-it-safe hue. Move over suiting, this is your new 9-to-5.MENSWEAR: FOR AFTER-HOURSTired of that faithful shirt and jean pairing? Re-energise your menswear evening look with a sporty sensibility. Wait a second though – we're not saying hit the bar in your sweats (sorry). So what are the rules? Stick to accents rather than statements – pivotal evening basics can be totally transformed by low-key twists. Basically, leave your tracksuit in the locker-room and you're good to go. These are the details you need on your radar.WOMENSWEAR: FOR RUNNING ERRANDS Too busy to deal? Minimise sartorial stress with a sports-meets-streetwear approach. Effortlessly cool and quietly comfortable, run your errands in a combo of cashmere knitted joggers and soft cotton tees – topped off with a sleek leather jacket for that credible city spin. As for footwear, as much as we love a good heel, sometimes we just haven't got time for the drama. Swap in for artfully designed trainers and move seamlessly in style from one errand to another. Cool running indeed. MENSWEAR: FOR THE OUTDOORS March might mean that spring has sprung – but we're not ready to lose the layers anytime soon. Luckily, this season’s sports inspired pieces make for a winning (and warming) combination. Tap into the trend with thick graphic sweaters or dare to be bold knitted cardigans of bright geometric prints. If the pieces push you out of your comfort zone, pare it back with a neutral cover up. Oversized coats are the laid-back hero of the moment – go big or go home people.
Post-winter blues getting you down? It’s time to shake things up and we don’t mean behind the bar. Introducing three wonderful – and maybe a little weird – concoctions mixed up by Jack Graham. As the master juice mixologist (yes that’s a thing) over at hip London health hang-out Raw Press, there’s no one better for the job. Thought argan oil was just for your hair? Think again. Let’s get mixing…MUSHROOM ESPRESSO MARTINI After soaking the almonds, blend them with dates, vanilla beans, Himalayan sea salt and coconut water, which really refines the flavour and makes it extra delicious.Once strained and chilled, finish off this wonderful and earthy espresso martini with a shot of coffee and a dusting of medicinal mushroom powder. Reishi mushrooms are the most famous of all the medicinal mushrooms; they have been used historically to strengthen the immune system, relieve stress and cleanse the liver. Winning.Say goodbye to your morning cappuccino and spruce up your cocktail repertoire; this is one mineral-rich jet fuel that you can definitely feel good about!RECIPE15g soaked almonds 1/2 medium-sized soaked and pitted datesA pinch of sea saltA drop of vanilla extract125ml raw coconut water 1/2 shot of coffee (preferably cold-brew)1g powdered reishi mushroomsBlend all the ingredients together except the coffee and the medicinal mushroom until smooth and creamy, strain through a nut milk bag or muslin cloth, mix in the coffee and the mushroom powder, and serve or chill for up to three days.UPROOTED 94 Incorporating carrot, orange, fennel, turmeric, ginger and argan oil, our Uprooted juice is sweet and spicy, with a really unusual combination of ingredients. Turmeric is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that ordinarily isn't that well absorbed into the body, but is fat-soluble. It therefore becomes even more potent when combined with argan oil, which itself boasts numerous benefits including lowering bad cholesterol. Fennel and ginger calm the stomach, while carrots and oranges (rich in vitamins A and C) encourage clear skin. The Uprooted juice is one of our most popular concoctions, and here we are taking it to the next level with some fresh chilli and the addition of Seedlip’s non-alcoholic spirit, Spice 94, boasting botanicals of allspice, cardamom, oak, lemon and grapefruit. RECIPE – 250ML LONG DRINK3 carrots (approximately) (c.300g)1 fennel bulb (c.100g)150ml freshly squeezed orange juice5g fresh turmeric root5g fresh ginger root1tsp argan oil1 shot of Seedlip 94A pinch of freshly chopped red chilli to garnishSHOT IN THE DARKThe sea buckthorn berry contains some of the highest amounts of vitamin C found in fruit. They have a strong citrusy aroma and have become naturalised around Britain’s coastlands.Activated charcoal is another ingredient that has been super-popular in juicing circles over the past year or two, and is the perfect way to detoxify the system from various toxins. RECIPE A pinch of activated charcoal powder 1 tsp sea buckthorn juice, or 5 or 6 dried berries crushed in a pestle and mortar15ml aloe vera juice 15ml raw coconut water
Chanel, Alexander Wang, Nike – we don’t care who takes credit for sparking the sportswear ‘trend’ that’s refused to leave us for the last few seasons. All we care about is that it’s not going anywhere. Seriously – please don't take it away from us. Mastering sports luxe style is easy to underestimate; there’s more to it than just pulling on sweats, lacing up a pair of high tops, looping your hair into a ponytail, and calling it a look. Follow a few simple rules, however, and you'll have low-key dressing down to a tee (literally). SHOW CONTROL Self-restraint is the most difficult part of any comfortable look, but you have to draw the line somewhere. Pick one piece – an oversized hoodie is a good place to start – and incorporate it into your everyday repertoire. Look for elevated styles in luxe fabrics, with contemporary detailing such as raw trims, embellishment or graphic motifs. Grey, navy and bright solid-colour pieces will dissolve edgy all-black outfits, adding interest. Remember: style is often a juxtaposition, so although those running shoes feel like heaven, always balance low with high.THROW SHADE Just because something feels good doesn't mean that it can’t make a statement. Take your cue from Yeezy. Pick one base colour and plan your outfit around it – building tonal layers creates contrast and limits the time you need to spend considering your wardrobe decisions. Rich olive hues are universally flattering and team just as well with earthy sand tones and lighter moss shades. And the best part? It doesn't matter how low-key your outfit is; tonal dressing always yields maximum impact for minimum effort. Win, win. LAYER UP
Sometimes, when a model makes an outfit their uniform, it lures you into the false sense of security that you too could make it yours. This isn't one of those times – thanks Gigi; we like your skinny-leather-leggings-and-bomber-jacket combo, and we're going to work it too. The draw with a bomber jacket is that it instantly adds a cool, athletic feel to your look, and you don't even need to zip it up. Drape it over your shoulders, tie it around your waist, double it up – choose a timeless style in olive or black, and wear it for seasons to come. NON-COMMITTAL As appealing as dressing down is to some, the mere thought makes others recoil. Here’s the good news – sports luxe is a still a trend you can tap. A bomber jacket in tactile satin or silk is lightweight and elegant, while embroidered and embellished detailing adds individuality. Keep your style as is and think of the athletic aspect as an add-on, rather than the focal point of your outfit. Try switching out heels for Converse with a slip dress or pairing leather culottes with an oversized tee or hoodie rather than a silk shirt. RIDE THE WAVE
Beach-blonde waves and sun-kissed skin isn't a prerequisite for Candice’s laidback style, but they definitely don't do it any harm. The perfect travel outfit, love-worn denim and a cropped white tee always looks fresh and feels comfortable. Kick the sports vibe up a notch, switching anything fancy for your best beat-up low tops, and wrap a bomber jacket or sweatshirt around your waist. It might feel like you circa your teenage years, but that’s what makes it cool.
#TheCreativeSpot: a pop-up boutique that explores the relationship between design and fashion, expressed through lifestyle, culture and the creation of beautiful pieces.
The Creative Spot Design is headed up by prestigious trendsetter Rossana Orlandi, who has selected the most significant names in historical and contemporary design, and combined their talents to create an artistic dialogue that takes guests on a creative and unexpected experience.
The Creative Spot Fashion, from October 2017, will be solely dedicated to fashion. Thanks to the renewed collaboration with the National Chamber of Italian Fashion and curated by Sara Maino, Head of Vogue Talents, a leading expert in identifying new talents in fashion, The Creative Spot Fashion will present Italian and international young designers who are already plotting the future of Italian fashion on a global scale.
"Nothing defines a person like the dress they wore to the Oscars" said... well no one really, but we were all thinking it. Cate Blanchett's Giorgio Armani Privé gown – as worn to the 2016 ceremony – saw a surge of icy-blue hues make their way onto the high street, and after the love it/hate it debacle of Anne Hathaway's pink satin Dior dress in 2013, rumours flew around that she'd sacked her stylist as a result. Ouch. So in honour of the star-studded event returning for its 89th year, we’re looking back at the most unforgettable gowns. Champagne at the ready…ALL THAT SPARKLES For an event as glitzy as the Oscars, it’s no surprise that metallic hues feature highly on the red carpet. Reese Witherspoon stunned red carpet revellers for all the right reasons at the 2006 Academy Awards after stepping out in a 1955 gold embellished Dior gown, fit for royalty. And who could forget Felicity Jones’s emotional portrayal of Jane in The Theory of Everything (2015). Jones didn’t go home with the gong that night but she was certainly the people’s choice owing to the stunning Alexander McQueen bodice and floor-length skirt. FRILL SEEKERSThe Oscars is much like a free pass for A-listers to bring out their inner Disney princess, which is exactly what Amy Adams did in 2013 when she stole the show in an Oscar de la Renta frilled ball gown. In 2011, Marisa Tomei stepped back in time with a vintage 1950s Charles James dress, complete with a frilled train. And no Oscars round-up would be complete without a round of applause for Bjork’s much-mentioned 2001 swan dress by Macedonian designer Marjan Pejoski. The Icelandic icon even pretended to lay eggs on the red carpet; top marks for originality, Bjork. BELLES OF THE BALLEverything about Lupita Nyong’o’s 2014 duck-egg blue Prada gown made it a clear winner on the Oscars best-dressed list; the colour, the cut and the way it hugged her figure in such an elegant, understated way. She also found the perfect accessory for it slightly later in the night: the Oscar itself! When Jennifer Lawrence took a rather unfortunate trip at the 2013 Academy Awards – the twittersphere was too in awe of her show-stopping Christian Dior gown to mind. And let’s face it, if anyone can pull off a red-carpet tumble, it’s J-Law. TUX DELUXERyan Gosling doesn't have to do much to please crowds with his appearance these days, in fact, quite frankly he could turn up in a bin bag and trend spotters would be hailing it as the signature look of the year. But when he presented the award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2016 event, it wasn't the winning film that got crowds applauding with such vehemence. It was his perfectly tailored Gucci suit, complete with matching white shirt and bow tie. Whilst David Oyelowo proved at the 2015 Oscars that bold colours aren't just for women. His red wine coloured Dolce & Gabbana tux was a daring choice, but one that totally paid off.
Whether it be Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck gallivanting around the Italian capital on a Vespa, or Mathieu Kassovitz gazing into Audrey Tautou's enormous almond eyes at the Gare Du Nord, Europe easily bags the prize for the most romantic continent. With al fresco dining, winding lanes and il vino to be served with every course – your next romantic retreat is just a hop, skip and a quick mosey round the duty-free aisle away. GO BEYOND GAUDI Known for its impressive architecture, winding market streets and glorious climes, Barcelona isn’t a hard sell. But beyond the tourist trails of Las Ramblas, the sightseeing buses and the (admittedly stunning) Gaudi buildings, is a cosmopolitan metropolis just waiting to be explored. City strolling doesn’t get more romantic than at the Parc de Montjuïc; comprising of several museums to explore and the glorious Jardins de Laribal tree-laden walkway. Spaniards are night owls by nature, so be sure to save some energy to explore some of the exciting new eateries that the city has on offer. The Michelin-starred Alkimia, just outside the Gothic Quarter, combines industrial interiors with an elegant yet innovative Catalonian menu. Don’t leave the city without sampling their signature salt cod. Barcelona’s hotel collection is an impressive one, meaning that you never have to face a bad night’s sleep after all that exploring. Hotel Omm offers the ultimate in city-centre serenity; ideally located to maximise your time in Barcelona. BEAUTY IN BAVARIA It’s often claimed that Munich is Germany’s prettiest city, and with its Alpine mountain backdrop, striking Bavarian architecture and village-esque feel, it’s easy to see why. If you’ve ever found Berlin to be too much of a head spin, then Munich could well be the antidote you’re looking for. The stunning Marienplatz Square, located in the centre of the city, boasts a wealth of art galleries – or sample the simple but excellent dishes at Zum Dürnbräu, a traditional Bavarian tavern, whose dishes include the city’s staple Nürnberger sausages with sauerkraut and dumplings. For a room with a view, book into the Grand Hotel Bayerischer Hof, where you can enjoy stunning scenery of the city from its rooftop bar, Blue Spa Terrace. And finally, a trip to the nearby Ingolstadt Village makes for holiday shopping bliss, just in case lederhosen isn’t your thing. LONDON CALLING Leave the London Eye to the first-timers and enjoy the views of the city from the dizzy heights of Vista Bar, overlooking Trafalgar Square and beyond. No admission fees means more money to spend on Cosmopolitans, anyway. Shopping is big business in London so leave enough space in the suitcase for those must-have buys. Head to nearby Bicester Village where you’ll find all the world-famous names you could ask for in one place. Markets are also a must-visit when you’re in the capital, and Columbia Road Flower Market is about as pretty as they get. After all that exploring, a night at the Como Metropolitan Hotel will have you feeling rested and refreshed in no time, not to mention being ideally located to South Kensington’s array of museums and the sumptuous restaurants of Mayfair. We’re sold. LA VILLE DE L’AMOUR Paris isn’t called the city of love for nothing; the accent, the culture, the picture-perfect backdrops around every corner of the city; we can’t seem to get enough of the place! It was Audrey Hepburn who famously stated, “Paris is always a good idea”, and she sure had a point. It pays dividends to get organised before taking off. Most attractions, including the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre, allow you to pre-book online, meaning you’re less likely to spend the entire trip in queues. If you’ve visited before and are looking to travel further afield, a day’s shopping trip at La Vallée Village, just east of the city, will have you feeling (and dressing) like a Parisian! Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg Hotel offers excellence in comfort and is within easy walking distance from Champs-Élysées, the River Seine and the many other delights of Paris. Plus, to make your stay extra special, La Vallée Village have teamed up with Sofitel, Mgallery by Sofitel and Pullman to bring you an exclusive luxury travel package (click here for more details) – perfect for a romantic trip away. Bon voyage!
When it comes to the sartorial start over, there’s no one we trust more for the low down than Fashion Editor Harriet Quick. Get ready for trend overload.
Pink has emerged as the colour of modern femininity. It displays as many qualities as women themselves, whether in soft blush tones, provocative, flirtatious fuchsia or wistful old-rose hues. Designers are embracing pink with a passion, from Chloé’s signature blush and Balenciaga’s bubblegum brights to Prada’s knowingly kitsch candy shades. The newest way to wear it is uncompromisingly in head-to-toe tonal layers. Seek out pink tailoring to replace monotones; baby-doll dresses with matching shoes; pussy bow blouses and cropped trousers, and even WAG-style tracksuits. Pink speaks volumes about optimism and that’s what we need right now.
The era that delivered power shoulders, Working Girl miniskirts, slinky body-con dressing and a whole lot of lamé is back. A generation of designers who were toddlers at the time are pillaging the stylistic memes of the sex, power and glamour decade and reprising that exuberance for now. What this trend requires is guts and daring. Mini skirts will feel naked after seasons of flowing lines, just as bold shoulders will seem alien. Yet the confidence-boosting benefits are manifold. Look back to the icons of the era for inspiration from the supermodels in Alaïa to Nan Kempner’s taste for boxy tailoring and Paloma Picasso’s flamboyant big earrings and taste for Saint Laurent.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro, keen to hit the slopes, or more excited by a log fire and glass of vin chaud, discover your perfect winter getaway with our edit of Europe’s top resorts…
FOR THOSE WITH A COMPETITIVE STREAK
The resort: Chamonix, France The crowd:With steep chutes, free riding areas and unprepared runs, this is one resort that’s best left to the pros. Advanced and adventurous skiers from all over the world gather here each year, braving the challenging slopes and boasting (join in if you dare) post-ski in one of the many mountain-top bars. In other words, leave grandma at home. The vibe:Packed with thrill-seekers, Chamonix has an electric atmosphere that’s perfect for serious skiers wanting to put their skills to the test. Although the slopes are far from peaceful, nestled beneath the tumbling glaciers is a charming town full of quirky boutiques, bookshops and galleries. Perfect for the less athletically gifted to browse for hours on end.
FOR BEGINNERS PRONE TO TAKING A TUMBLE The resort: Cortina, Italy The crowd:Renowned as one of the world’s most beautiful resorts, Cortina is perfect for beginners with plenty of well-groomed pistes and a number of instructors on hand to help. Expect skiers of all ages with a laid-back approach to the sport. Fall over as much as you want, there is no judgement here. The vibe:Horse riding and indoor tennis? We know, we know – this doesn’t sound like your average ski break, but hear us out. After a challenging few days on the slopes, chances are you might fancy ditching the piste to do something different. Cortina has a number of unique activities to get stuck into – plus you can confuse your Facebook friends with pictures of you on random horseback excursions.
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO INSTAGRAM The resort:Courchevel 1850, France The crowd:From footballers to F1 drivers, this exclusive five-star resort is a firm favourite amongst the jet set. Prepare to do some serious celeb spotting on the slopes – and in the bars, of course. The vibe:If skiing just isn’t your thing, we’re certain you’ll still fall in love with Courchevel. After all, who can resist a weekend of open fires, outdoor jacuzzis and copious amounts of mulled wine? We thought so. With Michelin-starred restaurants and revolutionary spa treatments, you know you need this kind of luxury in your life. The surroundings are second to none and the place really comes alive after dark, priding itself on its eclectic mix of high-end bars. Do it for the #travelgoals.
Ready for the reboot? January’s mix-up of iridescent prints and cutting-edge designs are simply made for movement. It’s time to sweat.
WEEK 1: GYM BAGS
Let’s get real for a second – fitting a killer workout into our day-to-day routine requires some serious packing prep. So whether you’re moving from dance class to desk – or from cardio barre to, well, an actual bar – these gym bags keep your style on point, even when your post-yoga ponytail is letting you down.
WEEK 2: SNEAKERS
From that must-have new investment to our favourite boutique hotel – here’s what’s on our radar this week.
Kickstart Janurary with this delicious recipe from Madeline Shaw’s new book, READY, STEADY, GLOW Fast, Fresh Food Designed for Real Life.
Pan-fried trout with cucumber, apple and dill salad (serves two)
1 cucumber, peeled, halved and cut into ½ cm semicircles 1 tbsp Dijon mustard1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped (or 1tsp dried)1/4 tbsp apple cider vinegar2 tbsp olive oil 1 large avocado, peeled and stoned1 apple, peeled and cored1 shallot, finely minced1 tbsp coconut oil or butter2 tbsp capers, plus extra to serve2 trout filletssalt, to taste
Do Dry January, they said, it will be fun, they said…
If you’re already regretting the decision to jump on the health bandwagon this season, then you’re not alone. Facing the Christmas comedown with nothing but green tea and a sad bag of kale chips may seem unappealing – but once you’ve sobered up a little, checked your bank balance and tried to squeeze into your jeans – you may feel differently.
Luckily, detoxing needn’t be dull, we promise. And while we’ve previously given up on day three, this year we have a solid backup plan so we can finally reach that elusive post-January glow. Hand clapping emojis all around.
So get in all the mulled wine and mince pies you can– because come 1 January, you’re totally joining us.
DRY JAN SWAP ONE: THE NIGHT CLUB FOR THE NIGHT SWEAT
When it’s time to get back on track…
Mince pies, mulled wine and one too many chocolates from the tree… all sounding a little too familiar? Come January, enough is enough and after two weeks of pure indulgence, it’s time to get it together.
So to help kick-start our new year reboot, we’ve called upon the help of holistic health coach, blogger, chef and all round wellness guru Madeleine Shaw.
Here’s a play-by-play of how she gets back on track. So much goodness.
How to Wear a Navy Suit
Paul reveals just how versatile a classic navy suit can be, and five ways to wear this staple of any man’s wardrobe
If you only own one suit, make it a classic
If you only own one suit then it should be a classic navy blue, black or dark grey suit.
With your summer getaway just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to embark on a detoxifying juice cleanse. And this little three-day saviour from our friends over at Raw Press is glow-guaranteed.
The health-boosting juices and nutritious meals below are designed to have you looking and feeling in tip-top condition. Snack on plenty of whole fruits and raw veggies in between meals, drink as much H20 as you can and skip along to a few Pilates classes the week of the cleanse.
Sun lounger, we’re coming for you.
If you’re lucky enough to be hitting this season’s festivals, then chances are you’re going to need a few new pieces to give your line-up an update…
Whether embracing your inner boho girl or adding a rock chic vibe to your outfits, hairpieces are a shortcut to getting your style festival ready. Give hippy waves the finishing touch with floral garlands or add edge to a grungy look by embellishing braids with hair rings for a pierced effect.
While you can trust that the music will be on point, the same can’t be said for the weather, so a pair of wellies should be at the top of your packing list. From classic camo greens a la Kate Moss to bold patterned pairs, wellies are more than just a practical feature at this summer’s festivals.
It’s a universally acknowledged truth that nobody likes packing. Can’t we just be sunning ourselves on the beach already? The list writing, the moving almost identical sandals (yes we can tell the difference) between the ‘definite’ and the ‘maybe’ piles… it’s not quite as glamorous as those enviable travel flat lays make it seem. Then there’s the task of fitting our inevitable new purchases, into our already overflowing bags for the trip home. It’s enough to erode all the good ‘resting-up’ we’ve been doing.
No need to have a breakdown before you’ve even got on the plane – just get wise and follow our guide.
Yep. We told you it wasn’t all pina colada-filled holiday snaps. But jokes aside, being organised is the best way to make sure you don’t overpack. Envisioning what your holiday will entail is sure to help you work out what you need wardrobe-wise. Write up an itinerary for your trip so you know roughly what you’ll be doing on each day – whether it be long beach days or mornings spent brunching around the hottest spots in the city. That way you can pack specific outfits for each day or event, staving off the wild need to add the tenth bikini into the mix.
DON’T TEMPT FATE
Whether you’re looking to get SPF savvy or you just want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, we've rounded up the five must-have apps that will help you manoeuvre your way through those scorching (with any luck) days of summer like a pro. So grab your phone and get to downloading.
For the die-hard coffee lovers – Secret Menu for Starbucks
Tired of the plain and the plain old crazy options – unicorn concoction we see you – itching to move on to something new to quench your never-ending thirst for caffeine? Feel free to swap your usual iced mocha lattes for the unpredictable – Butterbeer Frappuccino anyone? – with a little help from the not-so Secret Menu Starbucks app. The trusty app lets you browse and try the hidden gems you can’t and won’t stop raving about. And if you’re hiding an inner barista, you can even submit your own recipes.
For the ‘do-it-on-a-whim’-ers – Whym
So you’ve committed to a last-minute weekend getaway, but you’re stuck on what to do and what to see when you touchdown, we know the feeling all too well. Whym is the app for the last-minute, spur-of-the-moment, devil-may-care getaways, as it can help you score cheaper tickets for every bike tour or backstage pass your heart desires. Try Whym on a whim, your weekend break may just depend on it. No pressure.
Long balmy evenings and effervescent social calendars, balcony brunches and rooftop sips – not to mention your fellow commuters actually cracking a smile for once. Yes, the idea of summer in a buzzing metropolis is bliss. The reality of the rising heat on your #OOTD? You know the score.
It also just so happens that summer is the most photogenic season of them all – and hell hath no fury like your best friend with the latest Snapchat filter. So, if you’re ready to panic-buy a portable hand-held fan, please refrain. Summer in the city doesn’t have to equal a style sacrifice. Here’s how to up your game for everyone’s favourite season…
LIGHTEN IT UP
Thank the fashion gods that pastels are back in. While dark colours absorb heat, light colours reflect it, so it goes without saying that sweltering days call for blush pink, mint green and crisp white. They look breezy and summery too – and nothing shows off a post-Mediterranean tan quite like it. The lighter the fabric, the fresher you’ll feel – much-needed when we’re hopping in and out of Ubers all day long.
Inspired by the art, music and culture of festival season? Us too. There’s something to be said about seeing the world slightly differently, thinking outside of the box and living a little more creatively. It all starts with inspiration and we’re here to kickstart yours. Paintbrushes at the ready…
Get curious Life is full of so many interesting things – and let’s face it, no matter how much yoga we do or green juice we sip, we’ll never have enough time to experience it all. So make it a challenge to try something new every week, whether that be indulging in the latest foodie trend (cronuts are so least season) or ditching your Google Maps and finding a new route to work. Push yourself to be curious about the world around you and pay attention, who knows what you’ll find.
Get festiveNot all festivals require days of trudging through mud and fighting off crowds in a mosh pit. From family-friendly beachside celebrations full of organic eats, surf lessons and cookery workshops to nights spent under the spectacularly star-lit skies of the Sahara– nothing unleashes creativity quite like a week spent doing something new. Discovering new artists, tasting new cuisines, meeting new people and dressing with flare and abandon awakens our minds and souls to new possibilities and ideas.
Get outdoorsBelieve it or not, there’s a whole world outside your four walls. Getting out of your space for a few hours is always refreshing. Why not pick an area you’ve not spent much time in before and plot out a walking route, complete with a riverside pub lunch? Or ditch the tech for an afternoon, pick up a book on something you’ve always been interested in and spend the afternoon in the park reading. Sounds blissful, because it is.
Get more playWe’re so over routine. Have desert for breakfast (twist our arm), or throw on some music and put Beyoncé to shame. Get down to the photogenic art shop you’ve always walked past and invest in some mermaid-hued acrylics and a huge blank canvas. Block out the afternoon and go wild. Create a masterpiece worthy of the Louvre – or your Instagram at least.
Cropped tops, crochet knits and fringing galore, hold on to your flower crowns because festival season is in full force. We've taken notes and put together a guide for finding your style tribe, whether you’re a first-timer, a seasoned pro or somewhere in between.
The First TimerEasily spotted by your brand new wellies, a zippable bum bag – borrowed from one beaming dad – and the look of sheer terror on your face every time you lose sight of your plus one. You’re the designated person for snacks, sanitizers and even pocket-sized survival books. By day two that glossy first festival glow will have rubbed off thanks in part to a pop-up tent that just refuses to stay up. Sporting: Whatever the weather dictates. Rain, hail, sleet, seriously you’ve come prepared for any eventuality.Spiritual Home: Home sweet home, where the Wi-Fi is dependable and sheets are squeaky clean, on laundry day.Style Icon: Cara Delevingne? You’re still undecided.
The New BohemianThough you hail from the English countryside, your heart belongs to sunny California. Coachella may be thousands of miles away and you’ve had to settle for a smaller scale festival, but you’re determined to be there in spirit, dammit. You’re refreshing every blog and ‘zine covering the festival, while getting a temporary tat.Sporting: It's all about fringing, faded denim, and flared trousers. You’ve also stocked up on playsuits in psychedelic prints, crochet dresses and on-trend tassels. Cuban heels and moccasin boots are your go-to day or night.Spiritual Home: Coachella obviously.Style Icon: Alessandra Ambrosio.
The Music Maven You’re with the band, at least that’s the story you’ll be sticking to when trying to blag a backstage pass. You like it loud and you’re probably one half of an indie duo. You’re here for the supporting acts and the late-night jam sessions.Sporting: Burnout or authentic band tees, second-skin leather leggings – switching to distressed denim shorts when the temperature soars – an oversized utility jacket and platform lace-ups.Spiritual Home: Download Festival and Glastonbury.Style Icon: Zoe Kravitz in full Lola Wolf mode.
The Glam GirlYou’re the one with the fresh manicure, and the hair and make-up on point, sipping from a paper cup of freshly poured Moët. You don’t do camping: the smell, the bathroom queues, the mud… but the nearby hotels were fully booked, so you’re grinning and bearing it, after all you’re here to network and collaborate with like-minded souls.Sporting: Crop tops, scalloped shorts, a suede fedora hat and heeled ankle boots – your designer wellies are only in case of mud pools. As for your hair, it’s in an intricately braided updo, because not a drop of mud will touch those tresses.Spiritual Home: Your dot com. You’re fully committed to working your way up from part-time to full-time influencer.Style Icon: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley off duty.
Chiara Maci, a member of Associazione Italiana Sommelier and blogger www.sorelleinpentola.com and www.chiaramaci.com has selected the best dishes for active people from the restaurants in the Village.
About Chiara: Born in Campania, adopted by Bologna and now resident in Milan for business, Chiara is a 33-year-old mother who is currently a consultant for food and beverage companies, and the face of television programme, Cuochi e Fiamme (Chefs and Flames) on La7 and La7d. She is also the star of Chiara Maci #VitaDafoodblogger on FoxLife and her social networks receive almost one million visitors every day.
Parma MenùSmoothies – concentrated vitamins, freshness and goodness. The taste that you love, which is low in calories and still healthy.VillanoThe easy choice is a concentrated protein that is seasoned as you like it. When the meat is good, it is a nutritious and tasty dish on its own.
Barlumeria Wholewheat spaghetti with artichokes, lemon zest and mullet. A perfect balance of taste, the wholewheat pasta is a great choice for those enjoying a healthy and active lifestyle.
I due GattiThis dish is perfect for those who want excellent flavour but at the same time want to keep in shape without the heaviness.Ca'puccino Tasty and nutritious, and at the same time very light. The sprouts are rich in nutritious vitamins and minerals. Tuna and anchovies elevate the dish and make it even more healthy.
Spring is finally upon us, and with it, brighter mornings, blossoming branches, the ever-faithful daffodils and an undeniable desire to spring clean and redecorate. We’re emerging from a long, grey winter and, quite frankly, we are in need of some colour. So, farewell hygge, we’re all about light and airy spaces for the new season.
GreeneryGreen is back in all its glory – that is until it’s warm enough for us to spend all day outdoors, obviously – and no, we don’t just mean the fiddle leaf fig kind. We mean Greenery, Pantone’s ‘fresh, zesty yellow-green’ colour of the year. Think freshly mown lawn (is there a more spring-like smell?), dimpled lime peel kissing the edge of your Margarita glass, lush palm leaves and crisply bitter green apples. Rejuvenating, bright, refreshing and new. If an eye-catching statement wall or a crushed velvet sofa is a bit too ‘jungalow’ for you, try different tones of green, like adding emerald linen napkins to your dinner table or pairing palm print scatter cushions with crisp white bed linen. And, of course, the humble houseplant is back in the spotlight so don’t forget to give them some TLC with a regular watering and a spot in the sun.
TextureWell-curated textures are the key to sending an almost-there-room to the glossy pages of your favourite magazine. Tactile pieces turn a room from something beautiful to behold into something enticing to experience, adding curiosity, interest and the undeniable, irresistible urge to reach out and touch everything. Swap out your traditional dining chairs for acrylic ones, and add cushions in bright, contrasting prints. Collect magazines in roughly hewn grass baskets or create a focal point in your bedroom with abaca side tables. Combined with statement lighting, contrasting texture will add that bespoke ‘collectors’ feel, while upholstered headboards are a quick and classy way to up the opulence-factor in the bedroom.
Geometric lightingIf we’re honest, we’ve seen one too many Edison bulbs hanging from bistro ceilings and the windows of our local coffee shops. Welcome to the classier, more artistic option: geometric lighting. From warm metals like brass and copper to structured chandeliers, spring sees lighting take on a sharper, more sophisticated look. Gone are the days of hiding your light bulb under a floral-print, frilly-bonnet shade. These days we’re all about strong lines, cage-like creations and hexagonal shapes. If you’re looking for an excuse to hang a geometric-inspired conversation-starter chandelier in your entrance hall, look no further. Statement lighting fixtures, just like first impressions, are everything.
Upholstered headboardsYou just have to spend a few minutes flipping through design magazines or perusing interior websites to know that this trend is on the up. Chic fabrics, iconic prints and unusual shapes are all big players in the bedroom this season. Choose a statement colour (we’d recommend green, obviously), pair it with an eclectic mix of linen in different textures – think roughly woven throws – and plush cushions and you’ve effortlessly combined three trends into one (so smug). Bedrooms are the centre of rest and relaxation and a luxuriously puckered headboard, or a simple wingback will add an undeniable old-world charm.