Everybody wants them and everybody loves them: Sneaker! Fuss-free, low-key and city ready – stay cool and comfortable on the go with our pick of the best summer trainers…
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Everybody wants them and everybody loves them: Sneaker! Fuss-free, low-key and city ready – stay cool and comfortable on the go with our pick of the best summer trainers…
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 – as well as trainers, 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 three items at the top of our wish list…
Because 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.
Why we love it: Bold accessories never fail at making neutral looks pop, so we’ll be wearing ours with a simple LBD.
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.
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 COCKTAIL PARTY
The look: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.
The details:Bring the party with statement accessories; think sleek clutch bags adorned with embellishment as well as bold jewellery, from bejewelled earrings to look-at-me necklaces that will instantly add a dose of high-octane glamour into your cocktail party attire. And don’t forget the heels.
FOR THE GARDEN PARTY The look:With garden party season in full bloom, opt for free-flowing yet sophisticated silhouettes to master outdoor occasions. Channel effortless elegance with a maxi dress, adorned with botanical prints that match your surroundings. Don’t forget layers; a sleek jacket is a must for unpredictable weather.
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 man
There’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 honour
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.
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?
BANGS & BOBSThe one word for spring’s biggest hair trend? Choppy.
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. You found out about the social media ban too late Survive it: Kim and Kanye were probably more lax about their nuptials than the bride and groom of this wedding, and the first mention of a social media ban proves it. Not only is it inconvenient (weddings pictures yield most likes), but it’s particularly embarrassing when you posted anyway and have now been called out. In this situation, there’s only one thing to do – suck up your pride, put aside the fact that a social media ban by any non-celebrity is pointless, and delete the picture. Better still, just don’t do it in the first place. You might have hit it off with the best man, but this isn’t your big day – you’re but a pawn in the bride’s plans.
To celebrate Easter, we’ve scoped out four of Europe’s most brag-worthy brunch spots to add to your little black book…
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THE 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.
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.
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 ERRANDSToo 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.
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!
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).
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.
FOUR JACKETS TO COVET NOWWhen it comes to layers, we know you need no persuasion to invest in a new cover-up. Duster, bomber, camel or cocoon – we’re all about the jacket. Throw them over statement separates and you’re good to go.4 OF THE BEST: STATEMENT DRESSESDress them up or dress them down – these pivotal pieces are sure to become the lynchpin of your look this season. Whether you’re partial to the bold and bright or prefer a classically cool approach, it’s time to invest in the dress. Frock and roll baby!NEW SEASON, NEW SHOESYou can never have too many pairs of shoes. Well, maybe you can – but we’re not here to judge. From luxe, opulent and beautifully crafted creations, right down to those effortless, city-ready kicks – we’re all about that head-to-toe approach.SPRING TRENDS: THE HANDBAG EDITIf the winter weather took a toll on your pride and joy – we feel your pain. With so many beautiful styles to take advantage of, maybe it’s not such a bad thing. These are the ‘forever pieces’ we’re giving ourselves permission to invest in this month. Get involved.GET IT BEFORE IT GOESNew season, new wardrobe? It’s time to hit refresh. We’ve got the must-haves you need to kick off spring in style – and they’ll be gone before you know it…
"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.THINK PINKPink 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. 80s GLAMThe 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. STATEMENT SLEEVESOne of the best hacks for spring style is adopting big, voluminous sleeves. There’s a whole lexicon of shapes to consider from trumpet sleeves that burst out from the elbow like tulip flowers to theatrical leg-o-mutton lines that billow out from the shoulder and tighten in on the lower arm, and sweet, peasant-style drawstring blouses. If you prefer more tailored lines, search for men’s shirts with French cuffs that can be worn open and down to the knucklebone. RAVE DELUXEThose brilliantly hedonistic days of rave and ‘Madchester’ are filtering through to fashion, with creative talents as diverse as Miuccia Prada at Miu Miu and Fashion Award Emerging Talent winner Molly Goddard seizing upon the baggy style, the neon brights and, above all, the DIY spirit that defined the dance revolution. Tune into the pieces including floor-grazing baggy trousers and tracksuit tops; tie-dye and mesh T-shirts; satin trainers; neon sports bras and bomber jackets, and pile it on in layers. Add a cotton hat, a rucksack and find a dance party to lift your spirits up and away. ACCESSORIES TO COVETWhen it comes to those desirable ‘extras’, it is all about mixing not matching. Start with earrings and consider wearing mismatched pieces (whether in silver or crystal, they should look like cousins not strangers). For feet, follow the lead of Céline and Hillier Bartley and wear different colours on your left and right foot. This requires buying two pairs of the same style but oh there’s fun to be had in this eccentric style spin. Glammed-up Crocs, pool slides and flatform trekking sandals will boost your holiday wardrobe; while for the everyday, kitten heels are back. This bonsai-sized heel adds a little extra kick to tailoring and looks so cute after seasons of chunky shapes. Whatever way you adorn yourself, let individuality rule.
FOCUS-MONEY conducted a nationwide survey in December 2016 in which 11 outlet centers could be rated. Only three of them have been rated as 'very good' with Wertheim Village in third place being especially honoured in the fields of product offer and infrasturcture.
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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.
From that must-have new investment to our favourite boutique hotel – here’s what’s on our radar this week.Kickstart January 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 semicircles1 tbsp Dijon mustard1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped (or 1tsp dried)1/4 tbsp apple cider vinegar2 tbsp olive oil1 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
The sweetness of the apple really goes well with this strong-flavoured fish, but if you can’t find trout fillets you could use salmon instead. Although capers are known to be high in sodium, they add an extra burst of flavour, which is just what the fish needs.
Place the cucumber slices in a colander, sprinkle with salt and let them sit for 10–15 minutes to draw out the excess water while you prepare the rest of the dish.Make the dressing by mixing the mustard, dill, vinegar and olive oil together with pinch of salt. Thinly slice the avocado and apple and throw into the dressing to stop them browning, along with the shallots, stirring well to combine.
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 – gym bags keep your style on point, even when your post-yoga ponytail is letting you down.WEEK 2: SNEAKERS
From streamlined support to breathable technology, train harder and smarter with a pair to suit your personal aesthetic. Low key and city ready, you won’t want to take these off post-sweat. Whether you are reimagining a classic or revelling in the latest hype – it’s a good job sneakers are the shoes of the moment.WEEK 3: HOODIES
So you’ve chosen January to mark the start of your new fitness regime. Unfortunately, the rest of the world has had the same idea – cue packed gyms and fighting over the last treadmill. Get out in the open instead with design-driven outerwear to keep you snug. If you’re in the market for a new hoodie, make it one of these.WEEK 4: SPORTS BRAS
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
It’s the first Saturday of the month and if you’re anything like us, you might be starting to get a little restless by now. Hang on in there, only 24 days to – oh wait, never mind. Anyway, no better way to release some of that FOMO than a good work out. But forget slogging it out on the treadmill, the latest trend making waves in the fitness world mashes up exercise with live DJs, strobe lighting and neon accents. From nightclub boxing to hip-hop yoga – it’s never been easier to get that natural high.
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…
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Near Wertheim VillageThe opulent interiors and original artworks at Roomers Hotel in Frankfurt make a stay here a sumptuous affair. Dusky tones and dark woods give guestrooms a sense of modern decadence, while the burlesque-styled bar is a fitting place to raise a glass to a good day shopping. Roomers Loft, close to Roomers proper, is a vast stand-alone suite with two bedrooms, spacious living spaces and an open kitchen. There’s a butler, chef and bartender on hand for parties and even a set of keys to the Loft’s own Audi A8.
Near Ingolstadt VillageHotel Cortiina in Munich is the result of a celebrated partnership between two of the city’s sons – Rudi Kull and Albert Weinzierl. The two are now among Germany’s most respected hoteliers and the Cortiina was their very first venture. Everything was designed specifically for the hotel, from the marble sinks to the reading lamps that hang above the beds. It means that the spaces are perfectly in proportion, the furnishings don’t intrude and that the echoes of space and object are kept in order under a unique Germanic feng shui.
Near La Vallée VillageThere are a number of Design Hotels in Paris and each is a joy. The discreet townhouse of La Maison Champs Élysées has been imaginatively designed by fashion house Maison Martin Margiela, with wallpaper made from black and white photographs. The lofty luxury of La Reserve offers hilltop cinematic views of the city, while the Murano Resort on the edge of the Marais district is flamboyant and fun. It has a fingerprint ID system in place to open room doors. Finally, the small and sumptuous Hotel de Nell has fireplaces, white marble bathrooms and a seriously good restaurant presided over by top chef Bruno Doucet.
Near Maasmechelen VillageThe Dominican Hotel in Brussels may be located in what was once an abbey, but the interior is now dedicated to contemporary design and comfort. The arched windows remain though, and the guest rooms are arranged around a dramatic central courtyard. In nearby Maastricht, Kruisherenhotel is set in a renovated fifteenth-century monastery. The Gothic exterior is in stark contrast to the sleek interior, while the monastery gardens provide guests with a heavenly escape in the heart of the city.
Near Fidenza VillageBurnished brass, black stone, cement, scratched mirrors... architect and fashion designer Vincenzo De Cotiis has selected an eclectic mix of materials and textures to create the STRAF hotel. The result is original and undeniably elegant, with the hotel bar providing a hip hangout close to the Duomo and La Scala opera house.
STYLIGHT recommends Wertheim Village in its official STYLIGHT outlet-guide. According to Focus Money (outlet study November 2014) Wertheim Village is one of the most popular outlets in Germany.
Wertheim Village received 'very good' in the fields of outlet center, product offer and infrasturcture.
Fashion should be fun - everywhere. This opinion is also shared by the Munich-based company STYLIGHT. The fashion platform combines online shopping with great inspiration and an international community. Within just five years, STYLIGHT operates now in 13 countries - even Australia and Brazil enjoy this successful concept.
The secret ?STYLIGHT offers its users a fashionable all-round experience. In addition to a wide selection of brands and styles, you can also get inspired by famous fashion bloggers and you can even create your own so-called ‘Looks‘. Creativity has no limits. On STYLIGHT the user will not only find the latest range of fashionable brands – they are also informed about the latest trends and useful shopping tips.
For example, where are the most beautiful vintage shops in Munich? And where in Germany can you buy the best reduced designer fashion? STYLIGHT knows it and creates small guides with great collections for its users.
Dressing for exercise doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. With a wealth of sportswear brands offering products that combine both cutting-edge performance and style, you can make your every move look chic.
Skiing calls for artful dressing that will both keep you warm and protect you from the elements. Keep cosy with a base layer of long underwear or a skin-tight, breathable top and leggings together with a mid-layer of a jumper or fleece, and invest in waterproof outer layers to protect you from wind, rain and snow. With a wide selection of separates available in block colours or prints, you can really have fun translating your own personal style into your look. If you’re an occasional skier, try to consider longevity when making your selection – if you’re planning on keeping your kit for several years, you might like to choose something classic in a subtle colour rather than something fashion-led, which could date more quickly. If you’re a serious skier, build an interchangeable capsule wardrobe in complementary colours – you can even coordinate your outfit to match the colour of your boots and skis. Look the part on piste with specially developed ski collections and accessories from Bogner, Columbia, Odlo and Peak Performance.
Hiking is demanding and requires stamina – so you’ll need a kit that can keep up. It goes without saying that the right footwear is essential, so head straight to Timberland or The North Face for high-performance hiking boots. Depending on the severity of the conditions through which you are going to hike, comfortable, light yet durable layers are preferable: a breathable T-shirt should the sun break through, a lightweight fleece that will insulate you against the cold and a waterproof to protect you from the elements. Napapijri, Dolomite and Peak Performance have a great selection. Of course, you’ll also need a backpack to accommodate all of your gear – see The North Face for a wide range of practical kit.
Billabong is the brand for surfers, and its collections offer that laid-back, Australian surfer vibe. Head to the boutique for board shorts, wetsuits, bikinis and more so you can make an effortless style transition from the water to the beach. For those who prefer to take to the water on deck, Gaastra – a brand whose nautical roots date back 117 years – creates stylish yet practical collections including jackets, fleeces and swimwear that cover all of your sailing needs.
To take it all in your stride, you’ll need streamlined, lightweight pieces with intelligent technology that minimise sweating and maximise movement. Look to Nike – a go-to brand for runners – for colourful running gear and footwear expertly developed specifically for pounding the streets, and Swedish brand Peak Performance for a great range of T-shirts, stylish patterned running tights and lightweight jackets. Choose a combination of black or navy and brightly coloured, patterned pieces so you can interchange your separates easily from day to day.
The finest fibres deserve the finest care – so follow our guide and ensure your cashmere, wool and silks remain flawless, wash after wash.
For cashmere, use a special comb and gently glide over the surface to remove any pilling before washing.Treat any stains prior to washing with a specially formulated solution. Apply directly to the area and leave to soak.
- Turn your pieces inside out and prepare a sink of tepid water – be sure to use a specially formulated liquid detergent that doesn’t contain any bleach or enzymes. - Avoid washing with chlorine-based products and don’t soak for a long period of time, instead wash and rinse quickly until the water runs clear. - For a luxurious finish, soften hard water with half a cap of vinegar to a sink full of water.
- Hand washing is preferred, but if you must machine wash, be sure to protect your pieces in a pillowcase.
- Select a cool wool programme and always wash with similar colours.