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Londoness Loves October 2019

And now to my favourite time of the year and not because October is my birthday month. Let’s face it, this quinquagenarian’s foliage is looking a little tinged, and I would rather swing the clocks back a season or two, or even three. No, it’s the comforting smell of coal seeping out of the river…

MullenLowe, NOVA Awards, Central Saint Martins

Meet the winners of the 2019 MullenLowe NOVA Awards

A balloon dress designed by Central Saint Martins student, Fredrik Tjærandsen, bagged the top prize in the 2019 MullenLowe NOVA Awards announced last Thursday evening. 1300 final year students were whittled down to a mere 14 to represent the school in the coveted design prize. A total of six awards were presented, but Tjærandsen’s design,…

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The MullenLowe NOVA Awards | Central Saint Martins

Always looking for a good excuse to go back to school, I found myself heading to Central Saint Martins in London’s Kings Cross not once but twice in the space of a few weeks. I’d been invited to look at the finalists for the Degree Shows, an annual design brouhaha which has tongues wagging, eyes…

Manolo Blahnik, Wallace Collection, Enquiring Mind

Haute design : Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection

Nobody clads a foot quite like Manolo. Women fantasize about having a pair of his arty concoctions in their shoe rack. My eldest daughter asked me for a pair of Manolos for her eighteenth birthday. We know he was Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe designer of choice in Sex and the City, and who better to adorn…

Things to do in London June 2019

Things to do in London June 2019 | Londoness Loves

June is blasting off with a mini heatwave, and it’s going to be sizzling quite nicely on the cultural front as well this month. Check out what’s on this June 2019 in London from classical music to theatre, exhibitions and events. There’s some Andrew Scott, some Manolo Blahnik, John Malkovich puts in a creepy appearance,…

The Great Exhibition, Crystal Palace, Queen, Victoria, Victoria and Albert Museum, V and A

The Great Exhibition and how the Crystal Palace built the V and A

If you’ve been watching Victoria  Series 3, then you’ve recently come across Henry Cole, Prince Albert’s wingman in the creation of the visionary Great Exhibition of 1851. What you probably didn’t know is that the exhibition, dubbed The Greatest Show on Earth and housed inside the glittering Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, would one day…

Fitzrovia Chapel, John Loughborough Pearson, Gothic Revival, London, chapel, weddings, Middlesex Hospital, photo shoot, quirky London

Fitzrovia Chapel | Byztantine Bling in London

There are some places in London that simply take your breath away. The Arab Hall in Leighton House is one of those. The Soane Museum is another, as is Two Temple Place. Then I visited Fitzrovia Chapel where every square inch screams of bling without a Swarovski crystal in sight. This may just be London’s…

Stanley Kubrick, exhibition, design museum

Art Imitating Art: Stanley Kubrick | Design Museum

Is there anyone on the planet who hasn’t seen a Stanley Kubrick film? My Kubrick of choice, and one of my all-time favourite films, is the lesser-known Barry Lyndon,  the tale of a rake’s progress where every scene is a delicious 18th century painting. To watch it is to step inside a William Hogarth, a…

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