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Harrods: October magazine


In this issue we celebrate the genius of Christopher Bailey. There are hot Moroccan-style prints in womenswear and a new way to dress down in menswear's bookish separates.

In this issue we celebrate the genius of Christopher Bailey. There are hot Moroccan-style prints in womenswear and a new way to dress down in menswear's bookish separates.

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  • 8. CONTENTS 31 52 58 89 114 October NEW THIS MONTH17 TOP 20 74 HIGH FIVE Launches, special offers and events for October Marigay McKee, Fashion and Beauty Director at Harrods, reveals her top new beauty treats for this month21 ZEITGEIST People and places in the air right now 76 MEN’S GROOMING NEWS New fragrances from Cartier and Superdry; hair and skincare products26 WHAT KIRSTEN DID NEXT from Shiseido; the Grooming Guru tries custom-fit skincare It’s impossible to pigeonhole Kirsten Dunst, as her latest role in Lars von Trier’s art-house movie Melancholia confirms FOOD, INTERIORS & LIFESTYLE FASHION & ACCESSORIES 81 INVEST TO IMPRESS Quality is at the heart of the latest fashions for the home31 FLEURS DU MAL The new Valentino accessory collection is both demure and dark, with 89 ALL BAR YUM forget-me-not florals in shades of purple, blue and black Often quirky, always delicious; artisanal chocolates from the world’s33 WOMENSWEAR NEWS best brands are the ultimate in luxury treats The S MaxMara collection; vintage-style lingerie from Hanro; Gothic- 92 FOOD NEWS inspired eveningwear; new label Aqua; Monica Vinader charity bracelets TWG’s luxury teapots and accessories; a Wine Shop tasting event; the34 STRAIGHT LACE Food Halls’ new Steak House; Rémy Martin’s “Mysteries of Angels” Cognac and chocolate coffret; Swedish food promotion From the ground up, lace is the fabric for the key autumn/winter looks 103 GREAT ESCAPES36 10 MINUTES WITH ROBERTO CAVALLI Everyone loves a magical long weekend. Here are a dozen destinations The king of “more is more” talks leather, leopard and La Dolce Vita within easy reach, all blessed with very special hotels36 MY LIFE IN SHOES 108 CITY GUIDE: VENICE Church’s brogues are the embodiment of AW11’s tomboy-chic aesthetic Visiting Venice off season is the perfect way to avoid the crowds and39 RAYS OF BRIGHT explore the city’s hidden treasures From pale primrose to the deepest orange, yellow diamonds have 110 PRIZE DRAW inspired the latest collections from the world’s haute joaillerie houses Win a three-night spa break for two in a Spa Suite at Grand Resort40 SEEING RED Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, as well as breakfast and dinner at Äbtestube Scarlet accents are the perfect foil to winter’s sombre palette restaurant, butler service, spa treatments and airport transfers42 MENSWEAR NEWS 111 LIFESTYLE NEWS Barbour’s Steve McQueen collection; record label Deconstruction The new rooftop spa at the Four Seasons Park Lane; a heavenly takes up T-shirt design; the S.T. Dupont Élysée fountain pen Zermatt chalet; cool accommodation in Sweden’s original Icehotel; PowerBike, the latest workout innovation; the best of Morocco44 THE BURBERRY EFFECT Christopher Bailey’s reinvention of the Burberry brand is as creative as 112 HARRODS ESTATES his trench coats. But there’s so much more to Burberry than clothes Specialising in prime residential properties in central London and the Home Counties48 HOW TO WEAR CAPES From Chloé to Chanel to YSL, capes are everywhere this season 114 THE ULTIMATE CRYSTAL GAZING Champagne flutes and glasses from the new Orrefors by Karl Lagerfeld52 ROCK THE CASBAH crystal collection are almost too heavenly to drink from Elaborate, exotic and opulent, this season’s prints are all the more extravagant worn boldly mismatched. It’s all in the clash58 DEAD POETS SOCIETY The new way to dress down is to dress up in menswear classics that layer on the bookish charm BEAUTY Cover67 ONLY NATURAL PHOTOGRAPHER ISHI The latest smart-but-simple skincare uses pioneering technology in the SENIOR FASHION EDITOR SARAH WEBB quest for beauty – no surgery required FASHION STYLIST POPPY ROCK FASHION ASSISTANT BECKY BRANCH69 MISS HEAVEN SCENT PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANT Reviews four perfumes that celebrate unashamedly maximalist luxe CATHERINE O’GORMAN HAIR PAUL DONOVAN72 BEAUTY NEWS MAKE-UP EMMA MILES French perfume house L’Artisan Parfumeur; Guerlain relaunches the Vol MODEL MILLY SIMMONDS at Union de Nuit collection; Philip Treacy redesigns Slendertone Face; Decléor’s wearing Burberry Prorsum coat £2,399 Excellence de L’Age collection; Miss Maquillage goes nail watching and hat £999 Harrods Magazine • 15
  • 10. Top 20 Launches, special offers and events for October 1. Ted Baker dresses Party princesses with an inner scarlet woman will love Ted Baker’s empire-line chiffon dress with a bodice of oversized sequins. £399; exclusive to Harrods. Way In, Fourth Floor; and 2. Burberry Prorsum AW11 coats Christopher Bailey continues his mission to own the world of coats, with a lambskin shearling version with a mink collar. It’s a snugglefest for all. £4,000. Men’s Designerwear, Ground Floor 3. La Perla Divina As seductive as its lingerie, La Perla’s new sultry fragrance Divina starts with strawberries and Champagne, then leads into rose and jasmine grounded by amber and vanilla. 30ml, £31; exclusive to Harrods. Perfumery, Ground Floor 4. Parker Ingenuity pen collection Parker’s new Ingenuity Collection features ground- breaking technology in the form of an innovative, flexible writing tip. “Ingenuity” pen £135. The Writing Room, Lower Ground Floor 5. Vacca womenswear True to form, Julie Vacca has created bold style statements in her new Vacca collection, integrating menswear fabrics with an oversized paisley print. Blazer £1,775 and riding trousers £750. Luxury Collections, First Floor 6. Jimmy Choo bags In tune with the trend for ladylike glamour, the “Rosalie” bag from Jimmy Choo is proper and elegant, especially in black snakeskin. £1,450. Egyptian Hall, Ground Floor 7. Leonor Greyl in-store appearance To discover how to really care for your hair, book an appointment with an expert from Parisian haircare brand Leonor Greyl. From 1st to 31st October. Call 020 7225 5954 to book. 8. Warehouse partywear Sequins are big news for AW11, as seen on this party- perfect deep-red number from Warehouse. £100; exclusive to Harrods. Way In, Fourth Floor 9. Bordeaux tasting event Our most popular tasting event is back on The Wine Shop calendar, serving more than 25 wines from the top châteaux. £40. From 7pm to 9pm on 17th October in The Wine Shop, Lower Ground Floor. Call 020 7893 8777 to book 10. Tweezerman Mini Crystal Brow Kit Perfect for people on the go, Tweezerman’s LuxeWine StockFood Edition Mini Crystal Brow Kit helps to keep brows neat and trim. £96; exclusive to Harrods. Beauty Apothecary, Ground Floor; and Harrods Magazine • 17
  • 11. TOP 20 11. Marc Jacobs “Stam” bag A pale pink and rose “Stam” bag is the ultimate accessory. £2,720; exclusive to Harrods. Room of Luxury II, Ground Floor. From 25th September to 8th October, there will be a Marc Jacobs pop- up shop in Window 6. 12. Aquascutum “Birette” coat Cosy up this winter in Aquascutum’s 100% cashmere “Birette” coat with its fox-fur collar. £1,500; exclusive to Harrods. Designer Studio, First Floor; and 13. Nicki Macfarlane childrenswear Tiny bridesmaids will feel like proper princesses in Nicki Macfarlane’s ivory silk organza “Eliza” dresses. From £389. Children’s Formalwear, Fourth Floor 14. Octium jewellery Fine jeweller Octium’s debut collection includes earrings and a ring featuring three rose gold octagonal motifs studded with diamonds. “Tri” ring £5,000. Fine Jewellery & Watch Room, Ground Floor 15. Peuterey “Hurricane Air” jacket In typical Peuterey style, the new “Hurricane Air” jacket is built to withstand extreme weather conditions. £675; exclusive to Harrods. Men’s Contemporary & Casuals, Lower Ground Floor 16. Marigay McKee for Origins Our Fashion and Beauty Director has designed a cool new tote for Origins, with each sale marking the planting of a tree in association with the American Forests Global ReLeaf Program. £85; exclusive to Harrods. Beauty Apothecary, Ground Floor 17. Black & Brown children’s belts A new line of belts for miniature fashionistas is signature Black & Brown, featuring brightly coloured leather finished with Swarovski crystals. From £69.95; exclusive to Harrods. Children’s Designerwear, Fourth Floor; and 18. Skechers “Pro Speed” running shoes Innovative technology gives Skechers’ new “Pro Speed” shoes the ability to transform impact into reusable energy, literally putting a spring in your step. £89.95. Sport & Leisure, Fifth Floor; and 19. Whisky and chocolate event William Curley chocolate paired with more than 20 whiskies from all over the world – what better way is there to spend an evening? £35. From 7pm to 9pm on 13th October in The Wine Shop, Lower Ground Floor. Call 020 7893 8777 to book. 20. Clinique bonus time A cosmetics bag and miniature make-up and skincare goodies are complimentary with the purchase of two or more products. From 27th October to 13th Whisky Fresh Food Images November; exclusive to Harrods. Cosmetics, Ground Floor18 Harrods Magazine •
  • 13. Benvenuti a casa.* Surround sofa as shown from £5220*Welcome home. Surround Sofa. International Lifestyle Furniture, Third Floor. Telephone: 0207 225 6845
  • 14. Sarah Lamb as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty BALLET The Sleeping Beauty While it is undoubtedly sublime entertainment, The Sleeping Beauty is also a work of profound artistic importance. Scored by Tchaikovksy, it was created for the Tsarist court by Petipa, the choreographer who is to ballet what Shakespeare is to theatre. This Royal Ballet production reconstructs the 1946 Sadler’s Wells revival and incorporates the additional choreography of three generations of great British artists – Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. The costumes and choreography are every bit as dreamlike and sumptuous as a fairy tale should be, and the Rose Adagio scene – in which Princess Aurora dances with four suitors at her birthday party before a curse sends her into a 100-year slumber – is magical. Akane Takada and Tamara Rojo are among the ballerinas taking on the title role. 22nd October to 21st December at the Royal Opera House FILM The Ides of March Besides exhibiting his effortless charm and devastating good looks in front of the camera, George Clooney has also proved himself an accomplished director. He won an Oscar nomination for Good Night, and Good Luck, an involving tale of McCarthyism in the 1950s shot in black and white, and in The Ides of March – which Clooney both directs and stars in – he again shows how to create engaging drama Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March from hard-hitting political issues. The subject is the tough choices that idealistic politicians have to make, and that eternal question: what dark deeds must you commit in order to achieve power and do good? Clooney plays the man with his eyes on the White House, Ryan Gosling is the aide experiencing a rapid “getting of wisdom” on the campaign trail, while Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Jeffrey Wright exhibit various degrees of Machiavellian virtuosity in the dark art of politics. If you still miss The West Wing, here’s what you’ve been waiting for. The Ides of March opens on 28th October in the UK FILM The Three Musketeers The swash and buckle of this classic novel by Alexander Dumas is given a Pirates of the Caribbean-style makeover to pull in a whole new audience in this $80m production. It is still the familiar story, set in 17th-century France, of the young upstart D’Artagnan falling in with the famous Three Musketeers to foil the wicked plans of Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter, but now with a whole new level of action and technology. In this version, battles are fought in the air between gun-laden balloon ships, and Milady (Milla Jovovich) uses spectacular martial-arts skills against her enemies. The cast offers the relishable prospect of Inglourious Basterds’ Christoph Waltz as Richelieu, showing there’s no one better at playing cackling villainy, as well as the intriguing sight of Orlando Bloom playing against type as the devious Duke of Buckingham. Arctic Monkeys The Three Musketeers opens on 12th October in the UK MUSIC Arctic Monkeys The Arctic Monkeys exploded onto the scene a few years back with a historic double-header – reaching number one with their first single, “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”, followed by Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – the fastest-selling debut album ever in the British charts. The hard-punching combination of guitars, bass, drums and singer Alex Turner’s cruelly barbed lyrics was fresh and vibrant, yet the Sheffield quartet’s cocksure strut also echoed past pop The Sleeping Beauty Bill Cooper glories. This year, they released their fourth studio album, Suck It and See, and might be thought pop-rock elder statesman, were they not only in their mid-20s. This concert at The O2 will be proof that rock’n’roll is alive and well, so long as you know where to look. Support comes from The Vaccines, another critically acclaimed British quartet who know their way around lyrics, riffs and melody in a pared-down style. 29th and 30th October, The O222 Harrods Magazine •
  • 15. ZEITGEIST Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones in Driving Miss Daisy THEATRE Driving Miss Daisy A period drama rich in humour and emotional power, Driving Miss Daisy won the Best Film Oscar in 1989. Now it returns to the stage in a production that’s already won stellar notices on Broadway. Set among the Deep South’s genteel society during the height of the civil-rights movement, this is the story of a septuagenarian white woman, Miss Daisy, and her black driver, Hoke, and how their relationship changes over that turbulent period. Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave brings a regal bearing to Miss Daisy, while as Hoke, James Earl Jones reminds us why he is one of the most acclaimed US stage actors of recent decades. Until 17th December at Wyndham’s Theatre BOOK Queen Elizabeth II: Portraits by Cecil Beaton by Susanna Brown The same vision of style that enabled Cecil Beaton to capture 20th- century fashion also made him a fine royal portrait photographer. He first took shots of Queen Elizabeth II as a teenager in uniform during her wartime service, and went on to create definitive images of her coronation in 1953 and of her as a royal mother. Next year, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s ascension to the throne, the Victoria and Albert Museum will be exhibiting Beaton’s portraits of the Queen. This lavishly illustrated accompanying book, by curator Susanna Brown, explores how Beaton captured rare glimpses of the private individual behind the world’s most public figure. £19.99. Available from Books, Second Floor BOOK Heston Blumenthal at Home by Heston Blumenthal Those lucky enough to have dined at Heston Blumenthal’s Berkshire restaurant, The Fat Duck, know why it was voted the world’s best. It has given rise to some imaginative creations – caviar and white chocolate discs and a flaming sorbet, to name but two. To watch Blumenthal’s kitchen adventures on TV, you might have thought that a cautionary note would be, “Don’t try this at home”, but that’s exactly what he helps us do in his new book. It features techniques that adapt molecular gastronomy for the ordinary kitchen, and among the 150-plus recipes are such surprising taste combinations as salmon and liquorice, as well as a lesson on how to make perfect fish and chips. £30. Available from Books, Second Floor FILM Contagion Remember the sprawling 1970s disaster movies, such as The Towering Inferno, in which a host of stars struggle to survive? Well,Driving Miss Daisy Annabel Clark; frame iStock; Queen Elizabeth II portrait V&A Images Contagion gives the format a medical reboot. This time, the disaster is an airborne virus, and Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon and Marion Cotillard are among those facing this lethal threat. The trailer has already caused a sensation, and the film – from Steven Soderbergh (who directed the star-studded Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels, as well as the compelling war-on-drugs drama Traffic) – promises to be as gripping as anything you’ve seen this year. Contagion opens on 21st October in the UK FILM The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn This much-anticipated action-adventure film comes from something of a dream team. Daniel Craig and Jamie Bell lead an all-star cast, the director is Steven Spielberg, the producer Peter “Lord of the Rings” Jackson, and special effects come from the team responsible for Avatar. In other words, this is a class apart from the 3D animated family films of recent years. Adapted from Hergé’s much-loved comic books, the film stars Bell as intrepid reporter Tintin, on the trail of treasure stolen by pirate Red Rackham (Craig). With Tintin, Spielberg brings to the screen a hero whose adventures match the thrills of Indiana Jones. The Adventures of Tintin opens on 26th October in the UK The Adventures of Tintin Harrods Magazine • 23
  • 16. DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF2 0 TH O C T O B E R – 1 8 TH D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 1 Moroccan chic Escape to a magical wonderland this autumn as Harrods treats you to an enchanting Moroccan extravaganza you will never forget. Indulge in a feast for the senses as you explore a luxurious mosaic-adorned riad, savour outstanding Moroccan hospitality, and select from an array of exquisite, artisanal products. INSPIRING MOROCCO, THIRD FLOOR
  • 17. INTERVIEW What Kirsten did next From child vampire to tragic Beth in Little Women, romantic comedies to action films, it’s impossible to pigeonhole Kirsten Dunst, as her latest role in Lars von Trier’s apocalyptic art-house movie Melancholia confirms BY MATT MUELLER Ever since she landed the Best Actress prize at this year’s summery Louis Vuitton dress – she’s just come from the Upper Cannes Film Festival for her role as a depressed bride in West Side launch of her friend Sofia Coppola’s new Vuitton Melancholia, Kirsten Dunst has been feeling in a celebratory collection – she strides elegantly to our corner table, where mood. “It was a big deal; it is a big deal. I keep celebrating,” she orders chilled radish soup and an iced latté for lunch. she says with infectious delight. The celebratory splurge has For those who haven’t paid attention to Dunst’s career in come with friends, family and colleagues. Dunst is proud of recent years, Melancholia serves as one of those stand-up-and- her victory, and rightly so. “I’ve been working in this industry take-notice moments that any actress with serious aspirations for a long time. Even though I’m only 29, it’s been 20 years dreams of happening. It’s no surprise to hear Dunst say that of my life, and it feels good to be awarded something.” she’s always paid heed to who has won the best actress prize Melancholia comes from the mind of celebrated and “because it felt like a really important thing to win as an controversial Danish provocateur Lars von Trier. The film actress in people that I admire”. Cannes’ bigwigs asked Dunst features Dunst as Justine, a bride who sinks into a terrible to stay for their awards ceremony, telling her the film might depression on the day of her opulent wedding party but comes win something. Von Trier, having been declared “persona to find a strange comfort in the fact that the Earth is on an non grata” by the festival following a bizarre rant expressing apocalyptic collision course with the giant celestial body of sympathy with the Nazis, was unlikely to be the recipient the title. Impending doom suits Justine – and Dunst rises but Dunst wasn’t counting her chickens. She borrowed a to the occasion with a performance of wonderful depth dress from Chanel and turned up at the Palme d’Or shindig and subtlety against von Trier’s lush dreamscape visuals. “thinking not negatively but very rationally so that if it didn’t The notion of Dunst starring in a seriously adult European happen, I wouldn’t be upset. When I was speaking to Lars art-house film might surprise some people, and it’s not earlier that day, he said, ‘If I win for anything, please accept stretching matters to say that Melancholia is set to galvanise it on my behalf and say that I’m a big idiot.’” the actress’ image and career. As it was, her triumph shifted the spotlight away from For an entire generation, Dunst has been the embodiment von Trier’s strange antics – and she insists all is forgiven. of hip American teendom, but watching her stroll into a “He’s a friend but the things he said were inappropriate,” restaurant in New York’s West Village dispels any notion she says, adding, “He apologised. He felt very bad because that she’s still that winsome high-school cutie with the it affected all of us.” But it hasn’t tainted her fond memories Trunk Archive snaggle-toothed smile. She’s still sweet, and cute, the smile of making the film in Sweden, not least because the fact still endearingly imperfect (a trait that gives her beauty an that the Danish filmmaker had sought her out in the first unrefined quality and makes her interesting to watch). But place “was a huge deal. When he told me that I had the today she’s also a vision of sophisticated adult poise. Sporting a part, I got off the phone, ran upstairs and was just jumping f26 Harrods Magazine •
  • 18. INTERVIEW CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Dunst as depressed up and down, cheering. I was like a little kid.” and the film’s director Sam Raimi – now that their bride Justine in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia; For someone who’s been on movie screens since she participation in the Spider-Man franchise has come in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides; with Simon Pegg in How to Lose Friends was a little kid (appearing in more than 60 movies to to an end. Which is why Melancholia, and her and Alienate People; as pre-adolescent vampire date), Dunst has appeared in her fair share of non- Best Actress victory, have come along at precisely Claudia in Interview with the Vampire; playing girl-next-door Mary-Jane Watson to Tobey serious roles. In recent years, she’s probably registered the right time for Dunst and her career. Maguire’s superhero in Spider-Man most prominently as an endearing romantic comedy She’s honest about how her experiences have presence (Wimbledon, Elizabethtown and How to informed the character of Justine. Dunst revealed in Lose Friends and Alienate People), or as love interest 2008 that she had sought treatment for depression, Mary-Jane Watson in the Spider-Man trilogy. But what and agrees that this difficult time had helped her has always marked out Dunst from her Hollywood understand Justine’s disconsolate depths. “Every film peers is an admirable willingness to seek out riskier I do is a cathartic experience, and I should be able to characters – an attribute no doubt instilled in the take things from my life,” she says. “I think that’s the actress by a mother who was happy to let her daughter only way people feel truly moved by a performance. take on the role of the pre-adolescent vampire Claudia And depression isn’t an easy thing to portray on film. in Interview with the Vampire, despite the character’s People get embarrassed talking about it, so I hope overt sexual overtones. It’s a role that many other stage that people who have been through a similar thing, mothers steered their daughters well clear of, and one or are going through it, will get something out of it.” that Dunst remembers with abiding fondness. She adds with a smile, “It’s funny when people ask “I was like the princess on that film,” she recalls. me if Melancholia is a sci-fi movie, because it’s not.” “Tom [Cruise] was so sweet and Brad [Pitt] is such With her mother of Swedish-Alsatian heritage a nice guy. I was the only girl in a movie with these and her father German-born, Dunst feels an affinity two hunks. I was taken care of very nicely. And I was for Europe and makes regular sojourns to Germany to protected too. My character was sexualised, but my visit relatives. One of her biggest joys with Melancholia acting teacher would describe things in a way that is the fact that her grandfather, who lives in Hamburg, a little girl could relate to, like ‘Imagine that you’re is “getting all this attention in Germany now”. hiding your favourite toy from your brother’ and “I feel like I have a European sensibility,” muses I’m ambitious in that would result in me giving a look that could be Dunst, “and I’m ambitious in the way that I want Melancholia The Kobal Collection; all other images Rex Features seen to be coquettish.” to do the best work I can do. I want to push myself. the way that From those vampiric origins, Dunst went family- friendly for a few years in films like Jumanji and I want to work with great people.” But she isn’t about to turn her back on the mainstream roles that I want to do the Little Women before striking out into an intriguing have brought her so much recognition and success. late-adolescent phase, playing a suicidal teen in The She’s worked with von Trier, but she’s not about to best work I can Virgin Suicides for neophyte director Sofia Coppola dash into the film-making arms of any Tomas, Dirk –“if I wasn’t in the movie, it would be one of my or Milos who comes calling. “I like doing big films, do. I want to push favourites”, she explains. As Dunst reveals, “I’ve and I miss doing comedies,” she vouches. “I’ve been often chosen roles not because it’s the best script but crying too much on screen recently. I’m ready to myself. I want to because I can do something different with the role.” have fun now, for a little while at least.” HMN work with great She was also in the frame for some of Hollywood’s most coveted young actress parts, landing the key Melancholia opens on 30th September in the UK people role of Mary-Jane Watson in Spider-Man and its two sequels. Calling it “a landmark role in my career”, Matt Mueller contributes to Total Film, Screen Dunst admits that she misses “our crew” – that International, Wonderland, Entertainment Weekly is her co-stars Tobey Maguire and James Franco, and The Guardian28 Harrods Magazine •
  • 20. FASHION Fleurs du mal The scarf – how very demure. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli – how very dark. The new Valentino accessory collection is both demure and dark, with forget- me-not florals in shades of purple, blue and black PHOTOGRAPHER ANDY BARTER FASHION STYLIST POPPY ROCKValentino scarf £210,exclusive to Harrods.Available fromScarves, Gloves &Hats, Ground Floor;and Harrods Magazine • 31
  • 21. Q&A 10Roberto SLUG minutes with Cavalli F If there’s one thing you can count on a Roberto Cavalli dress ashion’s X and Y chromosomes have gone haywire. for, it’s serious va-va-voom factor. Since launching his label From pop’s favourite provocateur Lady Gaga 40 years ago (Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren were early unveiling her snarling, smoking male alter ego fans), Cavalli has set the bar for yacht-party-appropriate gowns; (say hello to Jo Calderone) to men in skirts at today he counts Jennifer Lopez, Gisele and Cheryl Cole among the SS12 collections (take a bow Givenchy, Rick his followers. Ruffles, patchwork, lace, leather and, of course, Owens, Yohji Yamamoto) to male model Andrej lots and lots of leopard print are Cavalli design signatures. His Pejic walking the Jean Paul Gaultier couture flamboyant, exotic aesthetic continues through from the main catwalk in a wedding dress, the current buzzword line to his newest venture, the Roberto Cavalli Gym collection. In is androgyny. Undoubtedly, the most pervading example of fashion’s Cavalli’s world, more is more. Shy, retiring types need not apply. current appetite for gender play is the predominantly masculine mood of winter’s womenswear collections. There are boxy blazers, Leopard print or snakeskin? sharp suiting and tuxedos across the collections – even at that I love leopard print; it’s a part of the Cavalli DNA. vanguard of unabashed femininity, Dolce & Gabbana. It’s said, Minimalism or maximalism? with a hint of resignation, that “boys will be boys”; well, this season, Maximalism, no question. girls will be boys too if they feel like it. Jennifer Lopez or Victoria Beckham? Masculine dressing is empowering in the same way that overtly They’re both good friends of mine. I was in Cannes with feminine dressing is; it’s a chance to be an amplified version of Jennifer last year. And Victoria, we go way back. She’s so ourselves. There’s a sense of innate confidence and effortless sexiness sweet and funny; it’s always a pleasure to see her. to a woman in men’s clothing that says simultaneously, “I don’t Florence or Milan? need to try too hard” and “don’t mess with me” (think of Helmut Florence is my city. I love it for the art, for the culture, Newton’s iconic 1975 shot of Yves Saint Laurent’s “Le Smoking” for the incredible landscape. But Milan is where I do suit). Tomboy chic is liberating and intelligent (no toe-crushing my business, it’s where I have my fashion shows and where stilettos or pleasing-the-wrong-kind-of-man cleavage here). my showroom is. The definitive tomboy shoe is a brogue (with all its allusions to The Sixties or the Seventies? formal suiting) and the go-to brand for brogues is Church’s, the Ah, the Seventies. I began in the Seventies; I still remember Northamptonshire-based shoemaker with a worldwide reputation my first pair of printed jeans. for its impeccably handmade shoes. In business since 1873 and Leather or lace? with a history dating back to 1675, Church’s is the antithesis of fast Italians and leather go together. And Florence’s heritage is all tied up fashion. Sartorially astute women who know the appeal not only in the creation of leather, which was first produced here way back in of smart classics but also of tomboy dressing have already cottoned the 13th century. There are still many workshops in Florence that on to the timeless appeal of the Chelsea boots, loafers and brogues treat leather in the traditional way. from the quintessentially English brand. Church’s shoes are coolly Sailing or horse racing? detached from trends (any synchronicity with the zeitgeist is simply Sailing. I absolutely love to sail, the feeling of freedom. I’m at incidental), but for the right amount of hard edge this season, the my happiest when I’m sailing. studded “Burwood” brogues, with their rock-chick detailing, are a Art Nouveau prints or Ming china pattern? smart choice. Surprisingly versatile, the mannishness of the shoe can Florence Getty Images; still from La Dolce Vita Rianna-Pathé/Kobal Collection/Pier Luigi Art Nouveau prints. either be counterbalanced with flirty silhouettes and pretty prints Print or patchwork? or embraced with cropped cigarette pants, tailored shirts and sharp Both are a part of Cavalli heritage, so it’s difficult to choose. jackets. Church’s brogues are a world away from towering heels and My patchwork jeans were a huge success. But prints are yet equally, if unexpectedly, sexy; this may well be a man’s world, where I started and where my heart is. but it would be nothing without some serious tomboy attitude. Ferrari or Ducati? – By Laura Jordan Both. It depends on my mood. Restaurants or nightclubs? Nightclubs. I don’t really enjoy going to restaurants. I prefer to stay at home and eat with friends and family. Church’s “Burwood” Photography or painting? brogues £320. I love both. My grandfather was a great painter, but I’m a better Available from photographer than a painter. I take my camera everywhere. The Shoe Salon, Cindy Crawford or Naomi Campbell? First Floor Cindy: a goddess and a great friend.FROM TOP La Dolce Vita or Roman Holiday?Jennifer Lopez La Dolce Vita.wearing Cavalli; Credits TK Imagesthe Ponte Vecchio Sexy or romantic?in Florence; La Romantic, for sure. I’m a very romantic, emotional personDolce Vita; and I like to take a romantic, traditional approach to design.Roberto Cavallilooks for AW11 Available from International Designer Room, First Floor 36 Harrods Magazine •
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  • 23. PROMOTIONCharmingbells of MayElegant and poetic, Shaun Leane’snew Maybell collection captures theessence of woodland flowersHe’s renowned for pushing the boundaries in the rarefied worldof fine jewellery, yet Shaun Leane’s creativity never plays secondfiddle to luxuriousness. His jewellery is as beautiful as it isprovocative, as exquisite as it is innovative. His distinctiveaesthetic – romantic with a dark edge – has won him a number ofinfluential fans and collaborators over the past two decades. Theseinclude Alexander McQueen, for whom Leane created stunning,often macabre, always theatrical jewellery, and that icon ofavant-garde couture, muse and heiress Daphne Guinness. Thiscoupling of artistic vision and intricate craftsmanship has seenLeane named UK Jewellery Designer of the Year on fouroccasions. His latest coup is the prestigious Couture DesignAward, which he picked up for a bespoke necklace, inspired bythe nocturnal-blossoming Queen of the Night flower, designed tocommemorate Boucheron’s 150th anniversary. The beauty of the natural world is also harnessed in Leane’slatest fine jewellery collection. Maybell is inspired by theelegantly curved blooms of the Lily of the Valley (or May Bell)and features graceful 18kt white gold racemes (branches) thatbow under the weight of intricate diamond-pavéd flowers. Thebell-shaped blossoms feature on earrings, a ring, a cuff and the FROM TOP Shaun Leane Maybellcentrepiece of the collection, a dramatic necklace that exemplifies collection 18kt white gold,Leane’s outstanding artistry. diamond and cultured pearl necklace £9,150; 18kt white gold and white diamond ring £3,550,Available from Designer Jewellery, Ground Floor earrings £12,550 and studs £2,245
  • 24. STYLE SLUG Seeing red Top to toe is not for the faint-hearted, but scarlet accents are the perfect foil to winter’s sombre palette Stylist Becky Branch Credits TK Images Available from Men’s Accessories, Men’s Contemporary & Casuals, Men’s Lab and The Men’s Shoe Salon, Lower Ground Floor; Men’s Designerwear and Designer Jewellery, Ground Floor; and harrods.com40 Harrods Magazine •
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  • 26. NEWS Barbour channels Steve McQueen Back in 1964, so the story goes, when the US motorbike racing team were en route to East Germany to compete Pens with in the International Six Days Trials, they stopped off in London. So concerned were they about the weather that panache they decided they needed special European rain- and mud-resistant jackets. The Barbour International was their jacket of choice and thus was inducted into fashion’s hall of fame. To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Barbour The reputation of S.T. Dupont’s is relaunching the jacket in distressed olive or black, fountain pens leapt about a billion each resplendent with a stars-and-stripes lining. notches when they were adopted “Penton” jacket £429. Available from Menswear, by the President of France in Lower Ground Floor; and the 1950s. Although the brand had an international reputation for fine writing instruments that ON TREND TO A “T” stems back to the late 1800s, the appointment to supply the Deconstruction needs no introduction French government gave the brand a new gravitas. Named to club-culture vultures. Dance-music after the presidential residence, lovers who like to wear their hearts on their the new Élysée pen lives up to its powerful connections. chests will party all night long for the brand’s Available in black lacquer or new T-shirt line featuring slogans and graphics palladium, the fountain pen, made famous by the record label. And, rollerball and ballpoint have a smooth writing action, according to Mark Farrow, Creative Director thanks to the patented of Deconstruction, the T-shirt is just the start. S.T. Dupont gel ink. On the horizon is a full collection of garments From top “Elysée” fountain pens £380, £390 and £500. that sum up the aesthetic of the legendary Available from dance-music imprint. T-shirts £39.95 each. The Writing Room, Available from Men’s Lab, Lower Ground Floor Lower Ground Floor RETRO SKI JACKETS It’s all in the jeans This season your jeans should mainly be slim, dark and a little worn-in, with a couple of strategically placed snags for good measure. Ahead of the denim curve as usual, Evisu is launching a capsule collection of just such jeans – narrow leg in “worked” wash – to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The three new styles each feature a limited-edition special sign-off, including pocket prints, back- pocket embroidery and a surfeit of platinum- coloured rivets across the waistband. They also display the famous Evisu seagull logo, slimmed down and sleeker – handily matching the mood of the jeans. Jeans £129. Available from Men’s Lab, Lower Ground Floor42 Harrods Magazine •
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  • 28. FASHION SLUG The Burberry effect Christopher Bailey’s reinvention of the Burberry brand is as smartly creative as his trench coats. But there’s so much more to Burberry than clothes BY DEBORAH BEE/ PHOTOGRAPHER ISHI/SENIOR FASHION EDITOR SARAH WEBB C all me dull, but on a June Angeles. In March 2011, Burberry Prorsum’s AW11 collection morning last year, on my became the most-viewed show ever. The show was live-streamed walk to work, I decided to to screens in Piccadilly Circus and through multiple-media formats, count trench coats. I don’t and has been viewed by more than 80 million people. The opening usually count trench coats. of its largest store in China, the Burberry Beijing event – which In my impromptu survey, included a 3D virtual and real-time fashion show – has been viewed I allowed: any shade of beige, by 1.3 billion people. This is fashion as we now know it. brown, pastel or cream, plus Burberry’s vast global HQ on Horseferry Road in Westminster white, cropped or long, pedestrians only, and just women. On a is as imposing a structure as you would expect from a 1930s 12-minute, not-so-busy stretch of Covent Garden, I counted 57. ex-government building. Behind the automatic plate-glass doors, This, by anyone’s standards, is a fashion trend gone viral. This is however, the atmosphere is one of relaxed sophistication – the the Burberry effect. A single flap of Christopher Bailey’s creative receptionists are elegant, the seating precisely positioned, and the wings and the world’s high streets are hit by a fashion hurricane. air ideally conditioned. On vast plasma screens, the world’s most- Fashion as we know it began in 1966 when Yves Saint Laurent watched fashion show is playing out, notching up a few more launched the first prêt-à-porter collection; Christopher Bailey was viewers. On the top floor, taking up the corner office, is not yet born. Up to that point, there was haute couture and there the man at the helm, Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey. were dressmakers. The fashion-conscious who couldn’t afford the “I don’t mind admitting that I’m geeky,” says Bailey, looking best Parisian fashion houses relied on their own dressmaking skills, anything but. He’s wearing the sophisticated uniform of the clever or those of the local seamstress, to run up something similar. and successful – a black, slim-fitting turtleneck and dark jeans. To those who knew about such things – that was a bit shoddy. He looks at least 10 years younger than his 40 years. “I enjoy During the 1960s, a new mood was evolving in fashion. technology,” he continues. “I like playing with things. I understand The traditional drip of trends from the top down was being technical processes. I couldn’t actually write a program. I have undermined by street fashions that were clawing their way up. a team – an amazing team. I’ve got lots of different teams.” The leather jackets, skinny turtlenecks and bubble skirts made On the way up to Bailey’s office, I’ve been given a tour of popular by a new generation of art students were being reinterpreted the building by the PR team. I’ve seen the lower ground floor in cashmere and crocodile for couture customers. The importance staff café, where the food is free, (“because once you’ve had a of this volte-face was not that rich people suddenly had street cred, coffee, lunch and tea, it really starts to add up”). I’ve visited the but that it was harder to tell the “haves” and the “have-nots” apart. showrooms for each of Burberry’s 50-plus annual collections Almost overnight, fashion had become more inclusive. for Burberry Prorsum, Burberry London, Burberry Sport and When Saint Laurent created his cheaper, off-the-peg Rive Gauche Burberry Brit and others, as well as Burberry Body, the brand’s line, fashion’s democratisation was beginning, sparking a number new fragrance. On the design floors, the design teams can be of other ready-to-wear collections in Paris, then later in London, subdivided into a button team, a bag team, a coat team etc, each Milan and New York. The ready-to-wear shows took their cues from creatively messy with buttons, bags or coats. In the basement couture with twice-yearly schedules – autumn/winter in March and is the online team, spilling out of a series of studios set up to spring/summer in September. And over the next 45 years, nothing photograph garments, retouch those photos and get them online much changed. The traditional showroom presentation has been within 20 minutes. There’s a social media team. There’s a team for replaced by catwalk shows in vast white tents tucked behind the music. There’s a boardroom designed to look like other Burberry classical architecture of each fashion capital. boardrooms around the world so that when video conferencing, The scale of the shows has increased – at each event there are the wall-sized screen creates the illusion of one big meeting room. likely to be around 60 looks shown on approximately 20 models. There’s an exhibition atrium and a vast training room. All in all, The audience – made up of buyers and the press – is usually it feels like an inordinate amount of effort to, um, sell clothes. around 1,400 people, at most. Until Christopher Bailey. “Burberry is about so much more than just clothes,” says Bailey. In 2009, Burberry live-streamed its SS10 show directly from “Burberry is about experiences. It’s about welcoming people the show space in London to a worldwide audience, where in, whether it’s via social media or via music, through Burberry viewers could comment on the collection in real time. The Acoustic. Maybe they found us online or went into a store. There f AW10 womenswear show was filmed in 3D and shown live at simultaneous events in New York, Paris, Dubai, Tokyo and Los Burberry Prorsum coat £2,399 and belt from a selection44 Harrods Magazine •
  • 29. Nobody is interested in just old stuff, but people love heritage. They want the history reconstructedaccording to how they live now Harrods Magazine • 45
  • 30. are so many routes to Burberry. These days a brand has to be about much more than just selling. Otherwise your brand just becomes a product. I have always thought that you have to make sure that, at the heart of your brand, there’s more than just product.” Burberry experiences are currently as follows: Burberry Facebook has more than seven million fans; Burberry YouTube videos have been watched by five million people globally; Burberry Art of the Trench (a social media project that displays photos of fans in their trench coats) has had 11 million page views; Burberry Acoustic (a showcase for young British bands) has over eight million fans; is translated into five languages and is accessible in 45 countries; there are over 300,000 followers on Twitter. Is it hard, I wonder, for Bailey to keep up with all the traffic that he is creating? “I embrace that side of social media,” he says. “I love that it’s a two-way conversation. I don’t read it all – I dip in and out. You couldn’t look at every single thing. I care about it, but I don’t worry about ‘comments’, because as soon as you start obsessing about them, you lose your focus and your point of view, and you’re just worrying too much about what other people think. I’m not seriously expecting everyone to like everything we do. It’s just not possible.” True to his Yorkshire roots, Bailey is straight-talking and for a fashion bod, refreshingly level-headed. Born in Halifax, the son of a joiner and a window-dresser, he went directly from London’s Royal College of Art in 1993 to New York to work for Donna Karan. Three years later, he became senior designer for Tom Ford at Gucci. In 2001, at the age of just 29, Bailey took up the reins of Creative Director at Burberry. Between 2002 and 2011, the company has grown from being worth £1.1bn to nearly £6bn. The tired little English label has had a miraculous turnaround, thanks largely to Bailey’s vision, together with that of Angela Ahrendts, Burberry’s current CEO. “I had no reservations about taking the job at Burberry,” Bailey says. “I saw the potential almost immediately. The brand was like a huge, incredible diamond that had been trodden into the ground over the years – a bit dusty and dirty. All we had to do was shine each of the facets to make it beautiful again. I had a strong sense that the brand had gravitas. Angela and I had a shared vision, but we didn’t create the gravitas. Thomas Burberry was an incredibly innovative man. He understood design and function, and communicating to people. Burberry had gravitas already; it just needed translating.” Burberry’s history stretches back 155 years, to when a 21-year-old Thomas Burberry opened his first store in Basingstoke, specialising in outerwear. During the First World War, Burberry’s gabardine rain-resistant coats proved a lighter, more practical option to the heavy serge greatcoats that were standard issue, and thus the trench coat was born. During the 20th century, the Burberry trench coat led the brand from its zenith during the 1940s and 1950s, when it was iconic movie-star garb, to its nadir in the 1990s, when the brand became almost mired in its own history. In 1997, Burberry hired Rose Marie Bravo as CEO, and the company’s fortunes changed. In 2001, Bailey came on board and, just a year later, the company went public on the London Stock Exchange. Between 2002 and 2006, the company’s profits quadrupled. Bravo’s successor, Ahrendts, has worked with Bailey on Burberry’s focus, ensuring that the heritage is relevant for a new generation. “It’s been my philosophy since I started here that Burberry needed to exist in a contemporary world,” explains Bailey. “We needed to use the history and the culture, our 155 years’ worth of stories, as the foundation, but we needed to communicate46 Harrods Magazine •
  • 31. it in a modern way. Nobody is interested in just old stuff, but people love heritage. They want the history reconstructed according to how they live now.” Bailey’s reconstruction of the Burberry brand starts with product. Every season, a new incarnation of the Burberry trench appears in the Prorsum show – too many incarnations now to even imagine; in pastel-pink ruched silk; with leather biker sleeves; with a fur cape in orange tweed. But the story only begins here. Bailey says that one third of his job is coming up with ideas, one third is executing the ideas, and the final third is making sure the context is right. And the context is where the technology comes in. “I think of Burberry as an old/young company. It’s 155 years old, but the team is really young, so technology is embedded in the culture. Everybody communicates on a mobile device and is obsessed with the internet. I’m obsessed with the internet and I’m not even young. No one can stop it, and it’s faster than all of us. That is the future.” The fact that Bailey has mastered the mix of classic and contemporary in each garment is skilled enough in fashion terms. The fact that each collection dictates at least some of the world’s key trends every season is testament in part to his global reach and belief in fashion democracy. “I hate the ‘exclusive’ mentality,” he states. “I look at it and think, What is that about? I’m much more comfortable with ‘inclusive’. I’m very open about the fact that not everybody can afford a Burberry trench coat. But that doesn’t mean they’re not good enough to be part of the Burberry club. I can’t afford a private jet, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to look at them. I don’t care if someone visits our website and just stays on Burberry Acoustic because right now, in their lives, they can’t afford to buy a fragrance, bag or coat. I just don’t think it’s right to exclude people – it’s so old-fashioned. Young people don’t think like that. It’s a different It’s a different generation that thinks you have to exclude people in order to create luxury. The last time I looked, fashion and clothes were there to generation that make people feel good about themselves, not to make people feel insecure or not good enough. I find it very ugly, vulgar, sad.” thinks you have to Today the inclusiveness of the Burberry brand extends to stores in 45 countries, from Dubai to Spain. And since spring/summer exclude people is simultaneously autumn/winter somewhere else in the world, the collections are trans-seasonal as well as trans-cultural – broad in order to enough to cover everything and everyone. “The seasonal collections are all weird now in this industry, something I find frustrating. create luxury It’s all slightly nonsense. So we think global – but we’ve always thought global. Thomas Burberry had a store in Buenos Aires 100 year ago. Ten years ago we had over 20 stores in China – that was before anyone else even started thinking about China.” But despite the unprecedented success that Burberry has enjoyed, and Bailey’s absolute belief in the power of the internet, some stalwarts of the fashion industry refuse to embrace it. “The internet doesn’t suit everyone,” Bailey concedes. “Some brands might not have the right culture. And it’s not something you can just play at. Either do it properly or don’t bother. Some people are afraid of the internet. If you haven’t grown up with it, it’s daunting. They open up their system preferences and suddenly there’s this gobbledygook of numbers and letters. You need to forget all that. When you buy a building, you don’t get intimidated by the pipes and wiring; they just make your building work for you. The Net is the same. It’s just a vehicle for your message. Another thing to keep in mind is that f THIS PAGE Burberry Prorsum coat £2,500 and trousers £349; OPPOSITE PAGE Burberry Prorsum coat £9,999 and trousers from a selectionCredits TK Images Harrods Magazine • 47
  • 32. SLUG FASHION How to wear CAPES From Chlop to Chanel to YSL, capes are everywhere this season BY LAURA BARTON I understand your reticence. At this moment, the questions that have sprung to your mind are, naturally, altogether fathomable: won’t a cape suggest that I am en route to a druid convention and/or the annual Dungeons & Dragons clambake? Will people mistakenly assume I am taking sartorial advice from Bram Stoker’s Dracula Burberry Prorsum coat or – worse – The French Lieutenant’s Woman? £1,500 and trousers £349 Potentially, yes. But as we often say in fashion, more Hair PAUL DONOVAN fool them. For the crusading types among you, the cape Make-up EMMA MILES using Burberry is a bewitching and versatile addition to one’s wardrobe. Models MILLY SIMMONDS It promises mystery, practicality and just a hint of Little at Union and THOMAS Red Riding Hood – surely the holy trinity of style. PENFOUND at D1 Models Fashion Stylist POPPY ROCK First, one must become accustomed to billowing. To the seasoned billower, there are few experiences more satisfying than parading along the King’s Road enjoying any system you install today will be out of date in six months’ time. the autumnal breeze gusting one’s grey Milly cape a You have to build your structure around that and embrace change.” good distance behind one’s actual self. One is, in these To illustrate his point, Bailey describes the metamorphosis of moments, a ship in full sail, a galleon, an entire armada. his shows. “Three years ago, we did these massive shows in Milan, To the novice, however, billowing can prove London or wherever, and 1,400 people came. That’s what a show disconcerting – so much fabric! So much air! – and one was. Then three years ago we started live-streaming our shows, and can be put off for all eternity. But learning the art is once you’ve started you have to keep going because you can’t let simple: don your magnificent Chanel houndstooth cape, your audience down. I’ve got guys in India, girls in Mexico and a then elongate your step to a purposeful stride. Remember, whole load of people in China – they’re not industry people, but this is not pantomime, nor is it an advance on the Western they’re waiting for the show. If you’re going to go down this road, Front. So please avoid marching. Hold your head up, allow you have to re-evaluate how you do things. Is it a nightmare? No, your arms to swing, and brace yourself for the rush of air it’s fun. The industry needs to move forward. We’ve been doing as your cape splays out behind you. Try not to shudder. these big fashion shows in tents for so long – its okay to move on.” Instead, delight in your aerodynamic shape and your Bailey’s live-streaming technology isn’t wholeheartedly accepted newfound Amelia Earhart-ness. as the future of fashion either. Some designers believe that giving Billowing, however, like cricket and cucumber such an early view of a collection is giving license to copy. Tom sandwiches, is a largely daytime delight. After dark, one’s Ford, for example, invites only a handful of journalists and buyers caping should become a little more intriguing. The cape to his collections, and just one photographer, in the hope that his is the most enigmatic of outer garments; not even Le ideas will remain his own for a little longer. Perhaps the reason that Smoking owns this level of intrigue. Much of this stems Burberry is one of the most copied brands on the high street is not from the cape’s association with superheroes, and whenever just down to the desirability of the garments. you wear your cape, you should feel entitled to dabble in “I don’t really think about copying,” Bailey says, rather too a certain superheroism. This does not grant you licence quickly. I ask him if he’s seen the windows of one high-street brand to leap off tall buildings or “do anything a spider can”, but that regularly ‘takes inspiration’ from his designs. He shakes his head it does allow you, by shrugging on your one-shouldered then admits, “I did drive past their windows the other day and it is black Yves Saint Laurent cloak or your sleek brown FROM TOP Chloé a bit unbelievable. It’s basically our entire collection.” He talks about Lanvin number, to revel in the idea that, like Clark Kent cape £1,550; Chanel cape intellectual property – at how difficult it is to prove that something and Bruce Wayne, you might not be who you say you are. £3,158, cardigan is a copy, even if it looks exactly the same – and how copying the For the demure, the cape also offers an opportunity £2,427 and Burberry check is easier to pin down. “It’s frustrating. If someone is to indulge in a spot of fairy-taling. This can be difficult; trousers £1,096; Lanvin cape copying the check, well, that’s our history, that’s our heritage. If it’s one must try to avoid appearing twee or princessy. £1,999; Oscar de just a knock-off then no, there’s nothing you can do about it legally.” The trick is to pair your wide eyes and your Oscar de la Renta fox capelet £3,850, As I’m leaving, I tell him my ‘57 trench coats’ story. And I hazard la Renta fox and feather capelet in deep and luscious cardigan £799 and a guess that, of the 57, not one of them was his. I ask if, last year green – or, indeed, your long, cream Chloé cape, with its dress £2,450; Yves All catwalk photos Anthea Simms when the high street was wall-to-wall with trench coats, he thought, extravagant bow – with just a hint of wolfishness. Your Saint Laurent cape £1,299 and Heh, heh, heh...I started all that. Or did he think, Hmm, wasn’t demeanour should be as sharp-toothed as it is ethereal, jumpsuit £1,350; that my idea? “Last year was slightly surreal,” he admits, “and quite suggesting that you might be not only the girl who ate Milly cape £599. frustrating. So I guess it was a bit of both. Flattery is definitely in the porridge, but the bear that had every intention of Available from Designer Studio there somewhere, but there’s also quite a bit of grrrrr.” HMN eating the girl. and International Designer Room, First Floor; and Laura Barton is a feature writer for The Guardian. Available from International Designer Room, First Floor She also writes for Q, The Word, Vogue and Red48 Harrods Magazine •
  • 33. PROMOTIONAheadof thecurveAccentuating silhouettes throughimmaculate tailoring, AntonioBerardi’s slim-fitting designscelebrate the female formPHOTOGRAPHER JAMES MOUNTFORDA killer dress is an essential part of a woman’s wardrobearsenal. Nobody knows this better than Antonio Berardi.Curve-caressing, sensual dresses are an integral part of theAnglo-Sicilian designer’s repertoire, and his contemporary,confident version of sexy has won him an enviable followingof red-carpet darlings including Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow,Victoria Beckham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Berardi’s designs are a celebration of womanhood, playingon the fact that there is nothing more powerful thanunadulterated femininity. It’s a suitable metaphor, therefore,that his AW11 collection was inspired by armour. The resultis a tour-de-force collection that sees Berardi show off his defttailoring skills on impeccably cut cocktail dresses with lacepanels and intricately embellished evening gowns, as well asorigami folds and form-fitting panelling. In a season where a masculine mood dominates, sometimesyou just can’t beat the eternal allure of an oh-so-sexy, utterlyfeminine dress – and for that, there’s nobody quite like Berardi.Dress £899. Exclusive to Harrods. Available from InternationalDesigner Room, First Floor; and
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  • 35. SLUG Roberto Cavalli dress, jumpsuit, waistcoatand trousers from a selection; Dianora Salviati scarf £199; Lana earrings £329; Alexis Bittar bracelets £219 and £249; Lara Bohinc shoes £705 Harrods Magazine • 53
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  • 37. FASHION DEAD POETS SOCIETY The new way to dress down is to dress up in menswear classics that layer on the bookish charm PHOTOGRAPHER ROBERT HARPER/FASHION EDITOR MITCHELL BELK Credits TK Images LEFT Vince cardigan £349; Z Zegna shirt £179; Brioni trousers £299 RIGHT Junk de Luxe shirt £77.95; Z Zegna trousers £179; Persol glasses £21058 Harrods Magazine •
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  • 39. THIS PAGE, LEFT Burberry Prorsumsweater £499; Prada trousers £380;CENTRE Missoni jacket £650; PaulSmith shirt £159; Etro trousers£199; Falke socks £44.95; OliverSweeney shoes £240; RIGHT Vincesweater £249; Brioni trousers£3,350 (part of suit); HarrodsOwn Label belt £99.95; H byHudson shoes £120OPPOSITE PAGE, LEFT Hackettcoat £650; Gant sweater £159;RIGHT E. Tautz jacket £840;Paul & Joe shirt £89
  • 40. THIS PAGE Hugo Boss Orangecoat £399; D&G sweater £249OPPOSITE PAGE, LEFT HardyAmies coat £1,500; Junk deLuxe sweater £119; Hugo BossOrange shirt £109; MaisonMartin Margiela trousers£249; KG by Kurt Geigershoes £110; RIGHT Paul & Joecardigan £179; Burberry Britshirt £129; Etro trousers £239;Burberry glasses £179;Grenson shoes £205
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  • 42. THIS PAGE Hackett sweater £279; Brioni trousers £3,950 (part of suit); OPPOSITE PAGE, LEFT Paul Smith shirt £119; Thom Browne trousers £750; Kurt Geiger shoesfrom a selection; CENTRE Burberry London coat £850; D&G shirt from a selection; Dunhill trousers £185; Harrods Own Label belt£129; Mr Hare shoes £525; RIGHT Acne cardigan £149; Maison Martin Margiela trousers £379; Harrods Own Label belt £129; Kurt Geiger shoes £160 Grooming MARIA COMPARETTO at Emma Davies Models PETE BOLTON, JAMEL GORDON-LYNCHand MIKE SHIRLEY at Models 1 Fashion Stylist POPPY ROCK Photographer’s Assistant JENNIFER BALCOMBE ound Floor; Men’s Designerwear and Men’s Tailoring, Ground Floor; and HMWP
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  • 44. he botox backlash has begun; in fact, it’s well T and truly underway, being led by a generation of women reclaiming the natural look and advocating a more thoughtful approach to skincare. Since women like Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet have gone on record talking openly about their aversion to surgical procedures in the quest for beauty (and who, nevertheless, have both been chosen as spokespeople for highly prestigious beauty brands) there has been a shift in perceptions Only and in treatment trends. These women have challenged the pressure to look young, and reclaimed the power to set the standard of what is and is not considered attractive. These fires have been stoked by hoards of other high-profile women who, while choosing not to comment on cosmetic surgery, appear to quietly advocate a natural-but-smart skincare regime natural simply by looking the way they do – think Rachel Weisz (another big brand beauty ambassador), Jennifer Aniston (and another), Halle Berry (and another), Julianne Moore (oh, and another), Helen Mirren, Lauren Bacall… the list goes on.Greg Kadel/Trunk Archive This notion of equating natural beauty with cerebral women has been fast gaining momentum, and there is now considered to be a The latest smart-but-simple skincare sense of empowerment in being science-savvy. This means knowing uses pioneering technology in the quest and understanding which non-invasive yet highly effective products are out there, and discovering the brands that are offering the for beauty – no surgery required very best in new technology. Here is a compilation of some of the BY FLEUR FRUZZA smartest new skincare breakthroughs, fresh from the labs. Harrods Magazine • 67
  • 45. SLUG There is a growing trend for beauty products that multitask, such as foundations that incorporate anti- ageing technology, or hi-tech skincare in a tinted moisturiser. The latest product from Natura Bissé is one such hard-working wonder. The Cure Sheer Eye is first and foremost an anti-ageing eye cream, but it also offers concealing coverage. One of its key ingredients is a special peptide complex designed to modulate sirtuin – a naturally occurring enzyme whose production is linked to regulating healthy skin cells. Alongside this are botanical extracts of water lily and ivy, a vitamin-rich bio-technological extract, and a Caffeine-Carnitine Complex. This cutting-edge formula, combined with a light concealer which cleverly adapts to your skin tone, will reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles, as well as make the delicate skin around the eye area feel firmer. 15ml, £80 We are all familiar with the powerful effects of a vaccine on our health. And yet, hitherto, no brand had applied a similar principle to skincare, until Givenchy took up the mantle. Vax’In for Youth is the name of Givenchy’s latest breakthrough, which does exactly as the name suggests – it protects against ageing. Professor Suresh Rattan spent 20 years researching hormesis, a natural phenomenon in which regular exposure to small amounts of “micro-stress” boosts our cells’ resistance to future stress. This means the body’s defence mechanisms against the effects of UV, pollution and fatigue are significantly improved. Rattan worked closely with Givenchy to develop this breakthrough, and last If ever there was a grande dame of the beauty world, autumn finally saw the launch of the Vax’In for it was Mrs Estée Lauder. Over half a century ago, Youth Serum. Such was its success, Givenchy is now with Estée at the helm, the Lauder brand was blazing launching a version for the eyes – Youth Infusion a trail with its scientific skincare launches. Launched Serum Eyes – which is both a preventative and in 1956, the Re-Nutriv luxury skincare collection repairing formula. remains the technological star in Estée Lauder’s Alongside the Vax’In products, Givenchy has crown. The collection is updated every time a new created another technologically accomplished anti-ageing breakthrough is discovered, meaning range in the form of the Le Soin Noir line. that it is still just as effective today. The formula is All Le Soin Noir products are black, due to the now present in a range that runs the gamut from concentrated black algae sap at the heart of the concealers and sunscreen to the new Re-Nutriv formula. More than just an unusual shade, the Replenishing Comfort Creme. This cream contains algae has restorative powers that help to repair the the signature Re-Nutriv Life Re-Newing Molecules Model image Sarah Silver/Trunk Archive “communication” between skin cells. Its molecules that repair skin cells, along with the latest advances are extremely rich in vital fatty acids, which work in protective fatty acids and omega oils, in a formula as a barrier, inhibiting inflammation caused by specially developed for dry and delicate skin. And for environmental aggressors that can result in fine diehard fans of Re-Nutriv’s classic Ultimate Lift Age- lines, dehydration and uneven skin tone. The new Correcting Creme, which also contains the toning Le Soin Noir Sérum has a light consistency and is properties of black tourmaline, Estée Lauder has designed to be worn on its own as a summer-time created an exclusive larger size pot, available in-store moisturiser, or under Le Soin Noir Face Cream in throughout October. Replenishing Comfort Creme colder months. Youth Infusion Serum Eyes 15ml, 50ml, £100; Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Creme £39; Le Soin Noir Sérum 30ml, £245.50 250ml, £60068 Harrods Magazine •
  • 46. BEAUTY MISS HEAVEN SCENT goes classic “It has the spirit of a classical, European fragrance: formal and polished,” says Tom Ford of his latest creation, Violet Blonde, a voluptuous, satiny scent that seduces you to sink into its charms. With violet leaf wrapped in orris and iris, and sprinkled with a confetti-flutter of jasmine, it is a revival of the glamorous past of perfumery. In fact, as I survey a row of recent launches, they are the embodiment of old-fashioned luxe: elegant, opulent and unashamedly maximalist. All come in extravagant bottles, designed to gild and garnish the dressing table, suggesting that classic is the new, well… new.For some women, knowledge might be power but time is money. Cue Guerlain’s Shalimar Parfum Initial, created byAs important as it is to understand the science behind skincare, these perfumer Thierry Wasser. The scent is a fragrant answerwomen want to get the best out of their products as swiftly as possible. to a request from his young niece – who was fascinated,Philosophy is a brand that likes smart and simple, and to that effect but somewhat intimidated, by the original 1925has created two sets confidently entitled “skincare essentials for the masterpiece – to create a Shalimar just for skin of your life”. The sets are designed for either normal to dry “I had to lighten but not disown the fragrance,or combination skin. Each comprises three products that, when used transpose but not betray it. It’s about creatingtogether, cover all bases and make it as easy as possible to generate radiant, the future while honouring the past,” revealseven skin tone and texture. Purity Made Simple is a one-step wash-off Wasser. To that end, he combines centifoliaformula that combines a cleanser with eye make-up remover and toner; rose, powdery Italian iris, smooth vanilla andHelp Me Retinol Night Treatment is a potent cream that combats the spicy, almond-infused tonka bean withappearance of fine lines, large pores and uneven skin tone while you sleep; a top note of bergamot. All are present inand Hope in a Jar is an award-winning daily moisturiser that hydrates, the original, but this is less darkly Orientalprotects against antioxidants, and improves tone and texture. – more fruity, melty, caramelly. And theGreat Skin Is In kit £55. Exclusive to Harrods bottle, although retaining the recognisable Shalimar codes, houses a juice that is not so much the colour of brandy as rosé wine. Another fresh-on-the-scene classic is Roja Dove’s Reckless. This is a dangerous blendFew brands do Space-Age-style skincare technology like Swiss company with a grand hotel air; a shimmery aldehydicLa Prairie. Its latest innovation is so fresh from the lab, it looks like a floral, starring a bouquet including lavishchemistry experiment. Cellular Power Infusion is a new formula that ylang ylang and amaryllis, with leathery notesworks by using active ingredients to trigger the skin’s renewal that are even deeper than the spices at its base.mechanism, accelerating regeneration and restoring firmness Then there is Nemer by Boadicea theand elasticity to the skin tissue. So far, nothing extraordinary, Victorious, named after the Arabic worduntil you see the way in which the formula is used. So potent for tiger. So called because it featuresare the active ingredients in Cellular Power Infusion that tiger oud (from the striped heart-woodthey need to be maximised by remaining dormant until they of a tree), the scent is also laden withare ready for use. These ingredients, therefore, while in the saffron, Turkish rose, jasmine andsame bottle, are kept in a separate chamber from the serum; patchouli. It oozes exoticism in thetwisting the base of the bottle combines the two. Once extreme; even the flacon’s shield and Tom Ford Violet Blondeactivated, the formula in one phial needs to be used bottle top have been dipped in 24kt gold. 100ml, £85; Guerlainwithin seven to 10 days for optimum effectiveness. And for a pure flight of fabulous fancy, Shalimar Parfum InitialOn first application, use all four phials that make up Nina Ricci introduces the limited-edition 100ml, £73.50; Roja Parfums Reckless eau dethe set within 28 to 40 days, and then subsequent Collection Cristal, a coffret of its five iconic parfum 100ml, £175;phials as and when rejuvenating top-ups are necessary. fragrances: Coeur Joie, L’Air du Temps, Boadicea the Victorious Nemer 100ml, £295;£310 for four 7.8ml phials. During October, receive Fille d’Eve, Capricci and Farouche. This is Nina Ricci Collectiona complimentary gift comprising travel sizes of a handmade series, showcasing the creative Cristal coffret 15ml ofCellular Platinum Rare Cream and Cellular Platinum endeavours of perfumers and artists brought each fragrance, £1,750. Available fromRare Serum with the purchase of any two La Prairie together by chief collaborators Robert Ricci Perfumery, Groundproducts, one of which must be skincare. and Marc Lalique. Lift the lid and open the Floor; Roja Dove Haute doors to this house’s long and legendary Parfumerie, Fifth Floor; and harrods.comAll products history. It’s a box of charismatic magic.are available –By Jan Mastersfrom Cosmeticsand Beauty Jan Masters contributes toApothecary, Vogue Nippon and Marie ClaireGround Floor;and Harrods Magazine •
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  • 48. BEAUTY High five Marigay McKee, Fashion and Beauty Director at Harrods, reveals her top five fragrances for the month 1. When I lived in 2. An excellent brand 3. As far as iconic fashion 4. Being so very Italian, 5. When a design house New York, I learned the art needs to have excellent designs go, Diane von it was only a matter of time has been honing its craft of glossy, Manhattanite provenance, and Loewe Furstenberg’s wrap dress is before Acqua di Parma for almost a century, it’s grooming, which meant has it in abundance. The up there. Furstenberg made invited a celebrated native going to be the best at what that Michael Kors became Madrid-based brand has her name as the woman designer to collaborate it does. That’s why Fendi my go-to brand for easy been creating leather goods who understood women, on a fragrance project. is always my first stop for elegance. Everything that since 1846, and from and her new fragrance – And so it came to be that fur and leather – no one Kors touches has a simple humble origins became a the first for many years – revered Milanese architect, designs womenswear with glamour to it. His designs globally successful fashion reinforces this. Much like designer and writer Luca these fabrics quite like Silvia never look like they are house. In honour of its rich the wrap dress, her scent Scacchetti designed a Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld. trying too hard. This is what history, Loewe is launching Diane is versatile enough flacon for Colonia, Acqua As a tribute to this is captured in the newest of La Colección, a range of to fit each woman perfectly, di Parma’s most classic of expertise, the duo has his signature scents, Michael four artisanal scents. Crafted and yet bold enough to fragrances. Retaining the designed the new Deluxe Kors Gold. Launching to by perfumer Emilio Valeros, make an instant statement. bottle’s original shape, Leather Limited Edition mark the brand’s 30th the range includes Loewe 1: It’s light and airy, yet Scacchetti’s limited-edition bottle for the Fan di Fendi anniversary, Michael Kors “Passion”, a rose-based seductive and compelling. design contrasts strong fragrance, crafted with the Gold has a sophisticated scent; Loewe 2: “Sensuality” This is down to the dual black geometric shapes same care given to one of heart accord of tuberose, with purple redcurrant and accord at the heart of inspired by Dalí, Greek Fendi’s fabulous handbags. balanced by fresh notes of jasmine; iris-based Loewe 3: the scent – an unusual urns and Art Nouveau The scent is the same sexy, magnolia, freesia, orange “Desire” and Loewe 4: juxtaposition of violet and figurines, with a yellow glass glamorous, and rock’n’roll blossom and musks. It is “Eternity” with ylang-ylang frangipani that shouldn’t bottle that is a nod to Acqua accord of florals mixed laid-back luxury in a bottle. and creamy vanilla notes. work, but completely does. di Parma’s signature yellow. with leather. 50ml, £50 50ml, £250 each 100ml, £79 180ml, £104 50ml, £112 All products exclusive to Harrods. Available from Beauty Apothecary and Perfumery, Ground Floor; and harrods.com74 Harrods Magazine •
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  • 50. NEWS THE GROOMING GURU… CLASS ACT With a revived interest in tailoring and a smarter tries custom-fit skincare mood afoot in menswear, it’s important to get all the Why settle for a details right, from the watch to the tie to the fragrance. one-size-fits-all This is something Cartier knows only too well, paying approach when you as much attention to the detail of its fragrances as it can create a bespoke does into its jewellery, timepieces and leather. A perfect routine to suit your choice for the sartorially savvy gentleman this season is skin’s needs? the brand’s classic Déclaration eau de toilette. This • For dry skin… avoid shaving foams, fresh, woody scent, with notes of cardamom and soap, and toners and aftershaves that cedarwood, works for both day and night. contain alcohol, which dry your skin. 200ml, £93; exclusive to Harrods. Available from Use gentle facial washes, rich shaving The Gentleman’s Lounge, Lower Ground Floor; creams and intensive moisturisers. and Perfumery, Ground Floor Your bespoke kit: Biotherm Homme Cleansing Gel For Normal Intensely amber Skin 75ml, £19; Truefitt & Hill Ultimate Comfort Shaving Cream 5.8oz, £15.50; La Prairie Cellular Synonymous with the heady days of disco, Roy Time Release Intensive Moisturizer Halston, America’s first celebrity designer, was an 30ml, £106. integral member of the legendary Studio 54 set, and • For sensitive skin… use fewer his label came to represent all that was glamorous. products, wash with tepid not hot Studio 54 may be gone, but the 2008 relaunch water, and ditch abrasive facial scrubs. of the Halston label has brought an olfactory Choose ‘hypoallergenic’ or sensitive expression of his aesthetic, courtesy of Amber. skin products and use a moisturiser Encased in a gold flacon based on the original (preferably with built-in sunscreen). Halston fragrance bottle designed by his muse Elsa Your bespoke kit: Eshave Lavender Peretti, this masculine scent features an amber heart Shave Cream For Normal To blended with notes of myrrh and labandum, and Sensitive Skin 120g, £20; Czech & FROM TOP a musky oud wood base. The result is an intense Speake No. 88 Silver Tip Badger Fresh faces fragrance that’s bold, seductive and pure Halston. Shaving Brush £80; NuBo Cell on the catwalk at Versace, Amber Deluxe Set £73; exclusive to Harrods. Dynamic Cooling Aftershave Paul Smith Available from Perfumery, Ground Floor Moisturiser (SPF20) 30ml, £80. and Gucci • For oily skin… avoid harsh soaps that strip your skin of its oils. Use a soap-free cleanser and avoid rubbing your face too vigorously or using hot water, as With a reputation based on an ability to harness both can stimulate oil production. Use a cutting-edge technology to solve age-old problems, water-based moisturiser to de-shine. Japanese brand Shiseido has established itself as an Your bespoke kit: Sisley Soapless indispensable part of beauty and grooming regimes Facial Cleansing Bar (Combination/ across the world. Shiseido Men is specially Oily) £35.50; Lab Series Oil Control formulated to suit men’s skin. The range includes a Daily Hydrator 50ml, £27; Biotherm Hydrating Lotion to protect against razor burn and Homme T Pur Intense SOS Spot redness, an Energizing Formula to revive fatigued Breaker 75ml, £20. skin and an Eye Soother that minimises dark circles, • Dull, tired skin… blood flow is while the Adenogen Hair Energizing Formula is an 50% greater in men’s skin so it burns intense treatment that helps to combat hair loss. up oxygen faster, leaving it looking Adenogen Shampoo and Hair Energizing fatigued. Perk it up with peels with Formula 220ml, £25. Available from The glycolic acid to shift dead skin cells, then Gentleman’s Lounge, Lower Ground Floor an anti-fatigue moisturiser and eye cream. Your bespoke kit: Givenchy Man Woody trio Powerful Renovating Skin Peel 125ml, £19.50; Biotherm Homme High Recharge Day Cream 50ml, £33.50; Givenchy Man Intensive Anti-Fatigue Eye Lift 9ml, £31. –By Lee Kynaston Catwalk images Anthea Simms Available from The Gentleman’s Lounge, Lower Ground Floor; Beauty Apothecary and Cosmetics, Ground Floor Lee Kynaston is Online Grooming Editor of and has his own blog 100ml £55. Available from at The Gentleman’s Lounge, Lower Ground Floor76 Harrods Magazine •
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  • 60. NEWS Wine enthusiasts can now compare notes on the world’s best wines as selected by the Decanter World Wine Awards. The Wine Shop is hosting a tasting fortnight during which guests can sample 16 of the competition’s winning wines. Featured winners include a TEA AND LUXURY 2005 Domaines Schlumberger Riesling from Alsace, and a Adding a theatrical touch to the British institution of tea drinking, TWG Tea has created a new range of luxury containers and teapots 2007 Marchesi de’Frescobaldi in which to store or serve your treasured blends. The range includes Mormoreto from Tuscany. a handcrafted tea chest in wood, gold and chiselled glass; “Saturn” From 1st to 15th October in The Wine tea tins in psychedelic colours; a polished stainless steel and glass Shop, Lower Ground Floor. For more “Design” teapot; and mirrored platinum “Glamour” tea bowls. information, please call 020 7893 8777 From £70.50 each. Available from Food Halls, Ground Floor or email STEAK HOUSE OPENS Any chef worth his salt will tell you that the key to a good steak is to season it sparingly, cook it simply and serve it with a plate of chips. At the new Steak House, diners will be able to Steak Corbis choose a cut of T-bone, ribeye, fillet or sirloin and have it cooked and served straight from the grill, with a choice of tasty classic sauces from green peppercorn to Roquefort butter. Simply delicious. Food Halls, Ground Floor Cache made Northern in heaven delights It may not be an obvious partnership, but Pierette Trichet, Cellar Master at Rémy Martin, and Master Chocolatier Gilles Marchal have been friends for years. Sharing a passion for excellence and many similarities in their respective arts, they have created an exclusive gift coffret. Inside the “Mysteries of Angels” lacquered box is a bottle of Rémy Martin’s signature XO Excellence Cognac that delivers a smooth taste of summer fruits and floral notes, and three types of chocolate bonbons. Milk and dark chocolate ganache from Venezuela has been specially made to accompany a glass of XO Excellence served neat or on the rocks. £275. Available from Food Halls, Ground Floor92 Harrods Magazine •
  • 62. PROMOTION FOUR ROSES Four Roses’ Master Distiller Jim Rutledge was a member of the inaugural class of the Bourbon Hall of Fame, is a former Ambassador of the Year for American Whiskies and is known in the industry as Mr Four Roses. When his bosses in Kentucky go to bed at night they can sleep soundly; they have hired the best man in the business. The Four Roses story is a romantic one, as alluring as the distiller’s smooth sipping whisky that has been an American favourite for more than 100 years. The story goes that when the company’s founder, Paul Jones Jr, proposed to a beautiful Southern belle, he was told that he would know she had accepted if she wore roses at the upcoming grand ball. When she did, Paul was so elated that he later decided to name his whisky after the four roses she wore on her gown. Expertly refined over the decades, Four Roses’ distillation process differs from that of the rest of the industry and focuses on the gentle maturation of each barrel in one-of-a-kind single-storey rack warehouses. It is a unique innovation that allows the bourbon to age gently inside the barrels in a uniform fashion while remaining undisturbed throughout the years, and the result is a collection of three much-respected bourbons: the Four Roses Single Barrel, the Yellow Label, and the Four Roses Small Batch. Each of these multi-award-winning whiskies has found fans all over the world, but for something extra-special, connoisseurs keep coming back to Four Roses Single Barrel. With hints of ripe plum and cherry in the mouth, and spicy aromas that include maple syrup and cocoa, it is a very tough act to follow. AMRUT The jewel in the crown of Indian whisky, Amrut is a multi-award- winning distillery that only produces single malts. Geography, climate and a slightly different way of doing things give Amrut whiskies an elegance all their own. This is whisky, tropical style, made from select Indian malted barley distilled in small batches to preserve the natural aromas. Aged in imported oak barrels for more than three years at an altitude of 3,000ft, the whisky matures intensely thanks to year-round sun, with the result that all five whiskies in the Amrut signature range are award winners. Amrut’s Peated Indian Single Malt, for example, won a Liquid Gold Award in Jim Murray’s 2010 Whisky Bible. On the tongue, it brings an immediate sensation of molassed sugar and spices, while its finish hints at butterscotch vanillas. Amrut’s Fusion Single Malt – named World Whisky of the Year at the 2011 Malt Advocate Whisky Awards – regularly impresses critics with its heavy, thickly oaked and complex nose, smoke, peat, sherry trifle and chocolate fudge in the mouth, and a spicy finish. In addition to the five key single malts in the Amrut range, a selection of more exclusive, special-edition whiskies is also available – such as the Amrut 100, which is made in unusuallyWhisky glass, opposite page iStockphoto small 100-litre casks, and which whisky writer Dominic Roskrow described as “utterly unforgettable and irresistible”. Interestingly, Amrut was not created with the intention of making it available to the Indian market, but demand was so great that it was eventually released in Bangalore in February 2010. Today, it is helping to make sure that India’s place on the world whisky map is assured.
  • 63. SLUG SUNTORY of three rivers. Today, the distillery houses 12 pot With such an outstanding variety of distilleries The Japanese stills in varying shapes to produce spirits of different on its shores, Scotland has long been considered the home of whisky – and yet it is on the other word ‘hibiki’ means weights and flavours that are expressed in flowery, fruity aromas with sweet finishes. side of the world, in Japan, that the adventurous harmony, and the A second distillery called Hakushu was later connoisseur can find some of the finest examples ever created. whisky is renowned established southwest of Tokyo, 700 metres up in the pine forests on the slopes of Mount Winning both the World’s Best Blended Whisky for the delicate Kaikomagatake. It is a magical place, and the and World’s Best Single Malt at this year’s World Whiskies Awards in London was perhaps no surprise balance of waters that are used in Hakushu whisky are a combination of rain and snow melt filtered through for celebrated Japanese distiller Suntory, a company its blend rock in the form of pure spring water. Available in with deep historical roots and more than 60 awards expressions of 12, 18 and 25 years, Hakushu single to its name. Its whiskies have won the Best Blended malts are much treasured the world over, as are Whisky category for four years in a row – something Yamazaki whiskies, which are available as 10-, 12-, the Scots like to keep rather quiet, as well as the 18- and 25-year-old single malts. fact that, in 2010, the Japanese company beat off Completing the Suntory picture is the majestic competition from the biggest players in the industry Hibiki whisky, which is created using only the to be named the best distiller in the world. most treasured spirits from the company’s best casks It is the Suntory approach that perhaps sets and released as 12-, 17-, 21- and 30-year-old blends. it apart from its competitors. In contrast to the The Japanese word “hibiki” means harmony, and Scottish blenders, who tend to emphasise nosing, the whisky is renowned for the delicate balance of Suntory blenders value the importance of tasting its blend. The Hibiki 21 Year Old was the drink the whiskies. Although the techniques of traditional recently singled out as the best blended whisky in whisky making are irrefutably Scottish in origin, the world, thanks to its sweet fragrance of dry fruit, Suntory artisans – nurtured by Japan’s climate and spicy aromas and taste, and a smooth creaminess. nature, and inspired by a sensitivity that is all their Its finish is rich, refined and long. own – conjure up whiskies that have unique and Alongside this show-stopping blend at the distinctive flavours. World Whisky Awards was a single malt without The story of Suntory whiskies began in 1923 with parallel, Suntory’s special edition Yamazaki 1984, the pioneering Shinjiro Torii, who created the first which is made only with rigorously selected Japanese distillery. Already something of a local single-malt whiskies distilled and casked in 1984, expert in wines and spirits, he sought a subtle, the year the brand was introduced. “This whisky humid climate with a good source of clear water. is all-conquering,” said judge David Broom at the He found the ideal place in the vale of Yamazaki, World Whisky Awards. And few, if any, could southwest of Kyoto and above the meeting place disagree.
  • 64. PROMOTION SULLIVANS COVE British visitors to Tasmania often arrive with a sense of having been there before. In most cases, they haven’t – but there’s a comforting familiarity about the country’s craggy coastlines, rugged mountains and glacial lakes; this is Scotland in all but name, a place well suited to the making of whisky. Sullivans Cove is the most celebrated of Tasmania’s distillers, its whiskies handcrafted from the finest barley and pure soft water sourced only on the island. These local ingredients, combined with a little Aussie ingenuity and some old-fashioned techniques, have created a highly distinctive and full-flavoured natural whisky. Bottling only single malts, Sullivans Cove is very much a boutique distillery, and its whiskies can be hard to come by – which only makes finding them even more of an occasion. A super-premium product, it has an artisanal feel to it, with each bottle filled and labelled by hand. Such attention to detail extends, of course, to the golden liquid inside – every whisky is selected from only the best barrels, and no chill filtering, colours or flavours are used. This dedication to quality has served the company well; its whiskies have twice won the Best Rest of the World (outside Scotland) category at the World Whisky Awards, and are the recipients of two Liquid Gold awards. Commenting on Sullivans Cove’s American Oak Bourbon Cask Matured whisky, French critic Grégoire Sarafian said it was the best of its kind that he had ever tried, and awarded it 98 out of 100. Two other whiskies complete the range: the Double Cask and the rather special French Oak Port Cask Matured – two acclaimed spirits from the southern edge of the world, lovingly crafted by distillers driven by the pursuit of quality, not quantity.JIM BEAMIt’s no coincidence that the best-selling bourbon in the world hasbeen cared for by the same family since 1795. They like to refer tothis heritage as “seven generations of unreasonable men”, with halfa tongue in cheek – but there’s no getting around the fact thatthose who look after Jim Beam are serious about their business.You just don’t mess with history. Originated in 1795 by Jacob Beam, the brand was given thename of Jim Beam in 1933 in honour of James B Beam, whorebuilt the business after the end of Prohibition. The brand’swhiskies all still feature a strain of yeast used since this time,along with water filtered naturally by the limestone shelf foundin central Kentucky. Aged in rackhouses that sit exposed toKentucky’s hot, humid summers and chilly winters, the bourbonis matured naturally to develop its flavours. Jim Beam’s signature whisky is its Kentucky Straight Bourbon,which is aged in charred new American white oak barrels for atleast two years. No artificial colours or sweeteners are involved inthe process – all of its colour and flavours come from the charredoak, as is the case with Jim Beam Black, a premium whisky thatspends six years in the barrel (its Original White is aged for fouryears) and emerges with an extra kick that makes it ideal for creatingcocktails. Awarded a Double Gold rating at the 2009 San FranciscoWorld Spirits Competition, Jim Beam Black regularly attracts praisefor its deep nose: a mix of caramel, cinnamon, oak and vanilla, whichprecedes a full-bodied taste and a long, smooth, soothing finish. Those in the know recommend Jim Beam Black straight up overice, with ginger ale, or as the ultimate base for a classic WhiskySour, with fresh lemon juice and sugar. Any way you take it,there can be no mistaking the taste of pure Americana in a glass.
  • 65. SLUGMAKER’S MARK work on the blueprints for Maker’s Mark, a smooth,Step back in time more than 200 years, when Bill Sr set fire premium bourbon that would come to be recognisedAmerica’s history was still being written, and notmany people would have bet their nest egg on to the family’s as having the state of Kentucky at its heart and soul. Reinventing the recipe to include locally grownKentucky becoming such a notable place. 170-year-old recipe maize, malted barley and red winter wheat instead of Now well regarded as a thriving blend ofSouthern hospitality, East Coast money, Northern and started work the harsher rye that was more commonly used, Bill’s bourbon was a global hit. His wife came up with thehard work and the sense of frontier spirit that on Maker’s Mark: name for the brand, having been inspired by thefirst brought people “out west”, Kentucky isingrained with a friendly, sleepy charm. It’s a a smooth premium “maker’s mark” stamped on the fine English pewter she collected. She also had the vision for the brand’swarmth that dates back centuries, and long before bourbon with the distinctive square bottle and red wax seal, and to thisthe Bluegrass State hit the world stage thanks to its day, each bottle is individually sealed with wax, justmusic and horses, early settlers were quietly falling state of Kentucky as she love with a place where enterprise and hard work at its heart The couple’s son, Bill Samuels Jr, took up thecould allow a person to flourish. Many of these mantle 25 years ago and ensures that productionsettlers were Scottish and Irish, and it didn’t take remains true to his father’s values. The process stilllong for them to start distilling a little taste of uses the same iron-free, limestone spring water andhome for themselves and their families in an area carefully selected grains to produce batches of lesscalled Bourbon County. than 1,000 gallons, and the result is a bourbon that Among them was a man called Robert Samuels, is recognised the world over as a benchmark in finewho had arrived in Kentucky in 1780. Surrounded sipping gently rolling hills and land that was ripe for The secret of Maker’s Mark’s success lies in itsfarming, Samuels set about making whisky in his unique flavour. In a blind tasting of seven leadingspare time. His bourbon would lay the foundations brands in 2009 for Imbibe magazine, Maker’s Markfor the world-famous Marker’s Mark – and start a came out on top, with tasters noting that it was “alegacy spanning generations. real crowd-pleaser, packed with dark, rich aromas of Robert’s grandson, TW Samuels, erected the Jamaican ginger cake, chocolate, coffee, black tea andfamily’s first commercial distillery in 1840 and for vanilla”. On the palate, they said, “There is a livelythe next 113 years the family whisky was distilled mix of spicy tobacco, mace and pepper flavours,and distributed by three generations of Samuels – underpinned by richer leather and vanilla notes.”right up until the fateful day in 1953 when Bill In other words, there’s gold in that there bottle.Samuels Sr (Robert’s great, great, great-grandson)announced he had an idea. Unquestionablysomething of a maverick, Bill Sr then proceeded toset fire to the family’s 170-year-old recipe and started
  • 66. PROMOTION CANADIAN CLUB Life in America in the mid 19th century catered well to the appetites of the rough and ready pioneers who were trying to carve out a new existence there. Its whiskies, accordingly, were designed to suit what might kindly be called a “straightforward” palate, but across the border in Canada, things weren’t quite so boisterous, and the country’s whiskies have long reflected a more mellow atmosphere. The roots of Canadian Club, one of the country’s most celebrated and historic brands, can be traced back to one such typically pioneering American named Hiram Walker, a well-travelled man whose voyages through Europe and the USA had given him first- hand experiences of the production processes of Scotch and Irish whisky as well as bourbon. He went on to buy 468 acres in Canada and by 1858 was distilling whisky of his own, experimenting all the time before it became evident that the bottles he sold as “club” whisky – intended for upmarket gentlemen’s clubs and golf courses – was his golden goose. Lighter than Scotch and smoother than bourbon, it provided the backbone for Canadian Club as it is today, a brand that currently has a range of seven whiskies, renowned for their bright golden colour, smooth light body and spicy, zesty taste, with hints of wood and vanilla. Differing from both bourbon and Scotch in that it is made using a high percentage of rye grain, Canadian Club is the only whisky in the world that is blended before ageing in white oak barrels. This allows for the best possible “marrying” of flavours during the maturation process, resulting in exceptional smoothness. It was also the gangster’s choice during the Prohibition era, but that’s another story… BUFFALO TRACE Privately owned, and, in the words of its CEO Mark Brown, “with no pencil pushers in charge”, legendary American distillery Buffalo Trace is on a quest to make the ultimate bourbon – and is in the perfect position to do so. Some say they have already got there with an extraordinary range of whiskies to suit every taste and pocket; but that search for perfection, for being even better than their 200 awards suggest, is at the very heart of this Kentucky institution. The centuries-old company began “experimenting” in 1987, deconstructing the manufacturing process to see what each component of the whisky was bringing to the table. Their tinkering has resulted in several remarkable success stories that have been released in small batches to the public. The ones that weren’t so good were discarded, lesson learned – as was the case with the company’s experimental barley whisky, for example. “After six years in the barrel, it tasted terrible,” says Brown. “After four more, it tasted awful. We took it all the way to 19 years before we decided not to inflict it on the public.” It is this passion for perfection that has helped make Buffalo Trace such a global hit among whisky aficionados. Made from the finest Kentucky and Indiana corn, selected rye, and superior malted barley, its whiskies have won awards for their complex aromas and long, dryCanadian Club whisky image Getty finishes. With whiskies aged for a minimum of four or five years, as well as those quietly aged for up to 18 years, the distinctive range includes such classics as Sazerac Rye, Sazerac 18, Thomas H Handy and George T Stagg, all generally accepted as some of the world’s finest whiskies and encapsulating the know-how, history and love of a much-admired American brand.
  • 67. There are festivals... ...and there are the amazing festivals of ThailandLoi Krathong festival, Chiang Mai Thailand is a festive Kingdom, celebrating hundreds of local and national holidays and festivals each year. Thai festivals are varied, ranging from traditional cultural celebrations to more modern sporting events, fashion shows & concerts. But the two most popular and well-known are Songkran and Loi Krathong. Each November, on the night of the full moon, Thailand celebrates Loi Krathong during which the country’s waterways are illuminated by floating lanterns filled with flowers, candles & incense. In northern Thailand they celebrate by making ‘merit’ using sky lanterns (pictured) which is also known as Yi Peng festival. Songkran, Thai New Year, held in mid-April, is also water based. Traditional festivities include the ritual of bathing Buddha images & paying respect to elders but more modern celebrations now include full scale, fun-filled water fights across the country, popular with locals and tourists alike. To find out more about the amazing festivals of Thailand visit Songkran festival - Thai New Year
  • 68. LIFESTYLE FASHIONGreat escapesRomantic, exciting, peaceful or sporting – everyoneloves a magical long weekend. Here are a dozendestinations within easy reach by Eurostar or plane,all blessed with very special hotels BY JULIAN ALLASONSNOW SPORTS AND SPASSWITZERLAND: Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa,Villars-sur-Ollon FROM TOP Spectacular views across the valley from the RoyAlp; the hotel’s large indoor pool with its roaring open fire f Harrods Magazine • 103
  • 69. LIFESTYLE CULTURE AND CLUBBING GERMANY: Hotel de Rome and Soho House, Berlin Rooftop view of Berlin Getty Images FROM TOP Rooftop view over Berlin; the Hotel de Rome’s grand Palm Court ballroom; the stylish rooftop bar and heated pool at Soho House Berlin104 Harrods Magazine •
  • 70. FASHIONGO WILD IN THE COUNTRYESTONIA: Pädaste Manor, Muhu IslandFor Muhu Island read Narnia. Remote but accessible,innocent of modern development yet possessed ofcontemporary comforts – and wreathed in Nordic is authentically Hanseatic but overlaid with amyth. As the helicopter descends towards the ancient contemporary sophistication and technology –manor house, a brace of sea eagles circles above us in a carefully programmed iPad is to be found in everya flurry of disapproval. guest room – to provide information on the manor From an altitude of 1,000ft, the outline of the and island, or just for browsing the internet. Yet the200sq km island is defined by the sparkling waters manor is just a bike ride through the juniper forestof the Baltic, clear enough even for endangered species from a rural hamlet, marked out by a windmill,like the perch-pike to thrive. Hunting, stalking and whose inhabitants still wear traditional dress on highfishing are all on offer on the island and, in early days. Such isolation so close to home is hard tospring, there’s ice fishing too, although most guests conceive, yet real enough for those content to enjoyare content to explore a vanishing way of life. The each other’s company – and is as magnificent inpopulation of around 1,500 islanders is outnumbered winter as it is in spring and wildlife that teems untrammelled by human or A log cabin in the garden houses a small spa thatmechanical interference. Where else would you find offers treatments traditional to the region, like themoose on the menu of a world-class restaurant, the hay bath or a goat-butter massage. Its addition is noonly one of real standing outside of the country’s afterthought, but an essential element in what onemedieval capital, Tallinn? Indeed, chef Peeter Pihel’s urban guest described as “an escape into sanity”.Nordic island cuisine at Pädaste has created a new At Pädaste Manor, it is possible, even in just a fewbenchmark for Estonia and a revival of regional days, to reconnect with an all-but-vanished worldcooking with its fresh flavours and unfamiliar herbs. in which nature rules. The body is refreshed by Pädaste Manor is the restored ancestral home exercise, fresh air and inspirationally naturalof one of Muhu’s leading families; its current cooking, while the soul is restored by the island’scharismatic young owner represents the island in silence and tranquil beauty.Estonia’s parliament. For long-weekenders like To reach Pädaste Manor, you can take one ofElton John, the choice of accommodation is between several daily flights from the UK to Tallinn andthe privacy of the guest rooms and suites in the then drive through silent forest to the coast, where14th-century manor house and peaceful carriage frequent ferry service makes the short crossing tohouse, or the utter seclusion of the old farmhouse, Muhu Island. Private jets can land on adjoininga traditional thatched timber building that looks out FROM TOP A helicopter’s-eye view of Pädaste Saaremaa Island. Or, you can do as we did and Manor; one of manor’s comfortable, spaciousover the salt marshes to the bay, yet is equipped guest rooms; the sun deck offers stunning connect from Tallinn by helicopter, risking thewith its own private cinema. The manor’s style views of the marshes and bay wrath of the sea eagles. Harrods Magazine • 105
  • 71. LIFESTYLE e ns Park Lan Four Seaso Grand Hotel Timeo L’Hotel ROMANTIC ESCAPE SENSATIONAL SWEDEN: The Grand Hôtel and Hotel J, Stockholm LONG WEEKENDS Who knew that Stockholm is not just a city but also 1. SICILY: Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina an archipelago of no fewer than 30,000 islets, most Traditional hospitality with a flourish, with their own private cabins to escape to? That the overlooking Mount Etna and the serene bay of white summer nights are so short there that you Taormina, which for two millennia has been the can go to dinner in sunshine and emerge to find a island’s pleasure capital. new day dawning? Or that the Swedish capital is as 2. PARIS: L’Hotel, St-Germain-des-Prés captivating in icy winter as in sunlit summer, when Boho Parisians’ preferred hideaway for “le everyone takes to the water? Many other surprises naughty weekend” has hardly altered since await the long-weekender too, for Stockholm’s glory Oscar Wilde’s stay. Left Bank mystique aplenty, is found not just in razor-sharp interior design, but with seductive cooking. in its majestic 18th-century architecture. 3. SARDINIA: Forte Village, Cagliari Where better, then, to stay than at the 137-year- Ineffably stylish Italian villa escape in a old Grand Hôtel, which combines historic elegance subtropical microclimate with a private beach, with a new flair characterised by the cooking of every sporting facility, thalassotherapy spa, and acclaimed chef Matthias Dahlgren? A menu that three chefs with Michelin stars. includes traditional Swedish dishes reduced to their 4. ITALY: Villa Feltrinelli, Lake Garda essential excellence has helped restore the Grand Immaculately polished Art Nouveau lakeshore Hôtel to its position as one of the capital’s great social gem with Michelin-starred cooking, private Riva hubs. As one guest put it, “If you want to encounter speedboat, and elegant waterside swimming pool. the most talented and beautiful people in town, drop Request Mussolini’s suite. in on Matthias.” The cost, at least at lunchtime, is 5. CANARY ISLANDS: Abama Golf modest by Swedish standards. With smiling service Resort & Spa, Tenerife and views of the Royal Palace, this is truly the place Out-of-season sunshine in spacious ultra-luxury to conduct a romance. No wonder Garbo loved it enclave managed by Ritz-Carlton, with a small and Nobel Prize winners are still billeted here. private beach, scenic 18-hole golf course and The alternative, contemporary design-led approach multi-Michelin-starred chef Martín Berasategui can be experienced at Hotel J, a reasonably priced in charge of the restaurant. celebration of the classic J-Class yachts that contended 6. LONDON: Four Seasons Park Lane, for the America’s Cup in the 1930s. Situated on Hamilton Place, Mayfair Nacka Strand at the entrance to Stockholm harbour, Exciting ground-up reinvention of the Mayfair the bare brick walls and patchwork quilts are classic, with sensational views of Hyde Park reminiscent both of New England and the spare and Buckingham Palace, a serene spa and an architecture of Sweden’s northern coast. Dining at outstanding restaurant. the Restaurant J brasserie on the water’s edge is led by 7. HAMPSHIRE: Lime Wood, Lyndhurst fresh seafood with clear Nordic flavours and enjoyed Embraced by the New Forest, this is a country by a lively young crowd. It is a good place to acquire house as it should be: laid-back and intimate. Enjoy an entrée to Stockholm’s vibrant party scene. chef Luke Holder’s English cuisine with a light With most public buildings – historic and modern touch and relax in the amazing Herb House Spa. – now open to the public, and a glittering programme 8. EDINBURGH: The Glasshouse, of exhibitions and concerts, Stockholm is a haven for 2 Greenside Place romantics and those who love to explore. HMN FROM TOP The Carl Larsson Rummet A brilliant location, inspirational contemporary banqueting room at the Grand Hôtel is design and friendly young team administer a modelled on a Venetian palazzo; the hotel’s Julian Allason writes about luxury and adventure travel opulent Princess Lilian suite; waterside dining warm welcome to the Scottish capital. Large roof for the Financial Times and leading monthly magazines at the Restaurant J brasserie garden suitable for proposals and parties.106 Harrods Magazine •
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  • 73. LIFESTYLE City guide: Venice Visiting Venice off season is the perfect way to avoid the crowds and explore the CLOCKWISE FROM TOP D Masked revellers at city’s hidden treasures BY JULIAN ALLASON Venice Carnival; a Tiepolo fresco; the Santa Maria della Salute seen uring high season in Venice, visitors can outnumber from the Grand Canal; locals by five to one. Come October, when the tourist Palazzo Barbarigo tide has receded and the weather remains fair, that ratio reverses. Yet it is when the mist swirls off the canals that “La Serenissima” – the city’s nickname derived from its Carnival Getty; Tiepolo Bridgeman Art Library; Santa Maria della Salute Getty; inhabitants’ preference to trade rather than make war – takes on its most romantic air. It is no accident, then, that the great festivals are celebrated in low season. On 21st November, for example, a temporary bridge made of boats stretches across the Grand Canal from St Mark’s Square for a procession to the church St Mark’s Square Corbis; bell tower view 4Corners Images of Santa Maria della Salute, built in honour of the Virgin, who is believed to have delivered Venice from the plague. Celebration season culminates in the magnificent Venice Carnival in February, an array of festivities that includes water parades, theatrical shows and masquerade balls. Some tourist restaurants and shops close during the low season, but the authentic Venetian bàcari, or wine bars, still serve cichèti (small, tapas-like dishes) to hungry locals. While some hotels put up the shutters, many boutique properties, like the tranquil Ca Maria Adele and the romantic Palazzo Barbarigo, continue to offer accommodation, often at significantly lower prices than in high season. Viewing the works of artists like Titian and Tintoretto in the city’s churches and museums – a struggle in the crowded summer months – is also easier out of season. Many museums that previously closed for restoration during low season are now open year-round. One unmissable collection is the International Modern Art Gallery at Ca’ Pesaro. Its display of works by Chagall, Kandinsky, Matisse and Moore is better enjoyed in solitude. Also LEFT A view of St Mark’s worth seeing are Tiepolo’s famous frescoes at the Palazzo Labia, which depict Square and the Doge’s Cleopatra hosting an extravagant banquet for Mark Antony. Palace from St Mark’s Church; RIGHT The Exploring Venice by boat or on foot becomes a pleasure at a time Hotel Cipriani; BELOW when several of the city’s sestieri (districts) can feel deserted by all but an The view from the bell atmosphere of faded magnificence. Water-taxi operators may even settle for tower of St Mark’s Church at dusk lower fares. There have always been separate prices for citizens and visitors here; in winter, you become an honorary Venetian. Better yet, you live like one. Some of the best rental properties are available through London-based company Venetian Apartments. Standout properties include a top-floor palazzo apartment overlooking the Grand Canal, which can prove better value than a hotel for a large family, and is infinitely more stylish, with roof- terrace views over waterways and secret gardens. Shopping in small stores nearby and pausing in local bars and cafés offers a more authentic experience in the off season as well. Another good area to consider staying in is the unspoiled Dorsoduro, which is only a short walk from St Mark’s Square. Even in season there are ways to escape the crowds. The legendary Hotel Cipriani occupies a spacious site on Giudecca island, which is a short boat ride from San Marco. The suites in the Cipriani’s Palazzo Vendramin command a view across the water to the Doge’s Palace and the Riva degli Schiavoni. There is also a heated, Olympic-size swimming pool – the only one in central Venice – a fitness centre, spa, tennis court and private boat. It is in winter and early spring that many of the best parties are thrown, and access to these can often be arranged by hotel concierges, including some of those associated with the Venice Biennale’s art festival, which runs until the end of November. No one entertains quite like the Venetians. HMN Julian Allason writes about luxury and adventure travel for the Financial Times and leading monthly magazines108 Harrods Magazine •
  • 74. THE PRIZE: A three-night spa break for two Swiss bliss in a Spa Suite at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland as well as welcome Champagne, breakfast, a gourmet dinner for two at Äbtestube restaurant, private butler service, spa treatments, and transfers to and from Zurich Airport. Flights are not included. WIN a three-night spa break for two in a Spa Suite at Grand Resort TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The closing date for entries is midnight on 28th October Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, as well as breakfast and dinner at Äbtestube 2011. Entries will not be considered after the closing date specified. The prize is restaurant, butler service, spa treatments and airport transfers subject to availability, non-transferable and must be taken between 31st October 2011 and 31st October 2012. No responsibility estled in the foothills of the programme. Within the 5,500sq m To B. Wellbeing N will be taken for delayed, mislaid, lost or Alps just an hour from Zurich, & Spa lies a much smaller one, the Andeer Private damaged entries, and proof of sending Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is Spa, which offers private space with hydromassage will not be accepted as proof of delivery. an oasis of wellbeing, serenity showers, a whirlpool, a steam bath, and a sauna with Entrants must be aged 18 or over. All and natural beauty. a Champagne cooler. There is also a sunbed, a home additional expenses must be settled before leaving the hotel. No cash alternative is The resort, which had a cinema and a private garden, making it the perfect available. No purchase necessary. The prize €100m refurbishment in 2009, retreat for couples or groups of friends who want draw is open to UK residents only, but comprises two five-star hotels to get away from it all. not to employees of Harrods or anyone – Grand Hotel Quellenhof & Spa Suites and Grand Enter to win a three-night spa break for two in a professionally associated with the prize Hotel Hof Ragaz. The Spa Suites have been designed Spa Suite at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, draw. The prize will be awarded to the first entry selected at random after the closing using environmentally friendly materials in a muted a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. The date by an independent judge. The judge’s colour palette in keeping with the resort’s purpose: prize also includes welcome Champagne, breakfast, decision is final, and no correspondence will to connect guests with nature. Each suite also a gourmet dinner at Äbtestube restaurant, private be entered into. The winner will be notified features butler service, a Bang & Olufsen flatscreen butler service, one spa treatment per person at within seven days of the closing date. Prizes TV, a separate living room, and a balcony with the Andeer Private Spa, and transfers to and from unclaimed after 60 days will be deemed to have been forfeited and Harrods reserves the mountain views. Each spacious bathroom has its own Zurich Airport. right to offer the prize to another entrant. whirlpool, steam bath and sauna, and the water is Prize draws and competitions are governed supplied from the Ragaz thermal spring. To enter, text SWISS followed by a space, then by English law and are subject to the Roland Schmid, award-winning chef of your 16-digit Rewards Card number, without exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. Äbtestube, the resort’s flagship restaurant, shares spaces, to 80018 (texts are free of charge). Please By entering a prize draw or competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by these the commitment to healthy living. He is perhaps note that this competition can only be entered terms and conditions. DATA PROTECTION: equally as well known for his culinary skills as for by those who have a Rewards Card. If you would By entering the prize draw, please be aware his choice of high-quality ingredients: bison meat like to become a Rewards cardholder, please visit that Harrods Magazine will not use any from Canada, Swiss prime meat, regionally grown personal data acquired in connection with vegetables and fresh fish from Lake Constance. this prize draw unlawfully. Contact us if you would not like to be contacted further. The resort’s acclaimed To B. Wellbeing & Spa The promoter is The Leading Hotels has an extensive menu of massages and facials as of the World. For reservations or more well as a steam room, indoor and outdoor pools, a This competition closes at midnight on 28th information, please call 0800 181 123 or waterfall, Roman baths and a Kneipp hydromassage October 2011 visit Harrods Magazine •
  • 75. NEWS A spa for all seasons As exciting a city as London is, it can be hard to escape the hustle and bustle and truly relax. Set high above the city on the 10th floor of the newly opened Four Seasons Hotel in Park Lane, the Spa is the perfect retreat. Inspired by the natural surroundings of nearby Hyde Park, architect Eric Parry used dark oak and light stone to create a soothing environment. The Spa features individual treatment rooms, a swimming pool and saunas and a state-of-the-art SNOW ANGELS fitness centre. After enjoying the facilities, all that’s After a brisk day on the slopes, there is nothing better than cosying left is to sit back up in a luxurious chalet. Surrounded by mountainous landscape and with unbeatable views of the Matterhorn, the Les Anges chalet in and take in the Zermatt has three floors of stylish bedrooms and living space, as panoramic views. well as a sauna, steam room and an outdoor heated pool. Staff are For more information on hand to organise massages and beauty treatments, and they can on the Spa, visit also provide a full catering service. For more information, visit BREAKING THE ICE If you have ever wondered what sleeping in an igloo is like, the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland could be the perfect place to find out. Founded 22 years ago, the hotel is recreated each winter using ice from the nearby Torne River. The original and largest ice hotel in the world, it offers guests a range of rooms sculpted entirely from snow and ice – many of which are filled with ice art – as well as warmer accommodation. It’s also a perfect location for catching a glimpse of the magical Northern Lights. Book a three-night Icehotel break with tour operator Discover the World by 9th December 2011 and receive a complimentary Northern Lights by Snowmobile tour worth £138 (subject to availability). For more information, visit harrods or call 01737 218801. Please quote “Harrods” when booking. The best of Morocco Morocco has long been famous as a Back in 2000, a new shopping destination for beautiful exercise craze emerged artisanal products. As part of a claiming to create celebration of the country’s culture astounding results. The and craftsmanship, a traditional Power Plate machine’s Moroccan riad will be constructed vibrations put the body in-store from October to out of balance, making November, exhibiting everything the muscles contract from lanterns and ceramics to almost continuously; this metal and woodwork products. helps to increase muscle Meanwhile, the Food Halls strength, reduce cellulite will offer a selection of the key and aid weight loss. Years ingredients featured in authentic later, the craze is an Moroccan cuisine, including olives,Lamps Adrian Myers acclaimed form of exercise wines and saffron. The Morrocan championed by the likes of Madonna. The brand’s latest innovation is promotion takes place in-store the PowerBike, a stationary machine that provides all the benefits of the from 24th October to 20th vibration technology together with a cardiovascular workout. Genius. November in the Food Halls, £2,995. Available from Sport & Leisure, Fifth Floor Ground Floor; and, from 20th October to 18th December, Inspiring Morocco, Third Floor Harrods Magazine • 111
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  • 81. ULTIMATE The Ultimate Crystal gazing Champagne flutes and glasses from the new Orrefors by Karl Lagerfeld crystal collection are almost too heavenly to drink from PHOTOGRAPHER TED HUMBLE-SMITH Does Karl Lagerfeld ever have a bad day? Not judging by his latest design known internationally for its glass vases and stemware, bowls, candlesticks collaboration, which this time is for Orrefors, the Swedish glassworks and sculptures. Enter Karl. With his eye for a highly refined line and a institution. Established in 1898, Orrefors started out life making windows restrained colour palette, Lagerfeld has created a collection that meets and jam jars. In 1913 the company changed ownership and a decision his strict, perfectionist standards. Featuring transparent, black and milky was made to give its output a more artistic bent. Artists were sought, and white crystal, sometimes engraved with the KL monogram, the collection thanks to their inventive attitude the world’s first glass art was created, includes Champagne flutes and coupes, as well as wine, water and liqueur inspired by the Art Nouveau movement. By the 1920s Orrefors had glasses. True to Lagerfeld form, it is elegant simplicity but this time in experimented with many new techniques and developed a reputation crystal – and as utterly desirable as you’d expect. for creating one-of-a-kind pieces of the highest quality. Today the Orrefors by Karl Lagerfeld collection from £65; exclusive to Harrods. company sits comfortably among the Swedish style greats and is Available from Contemporary Living, Second Floor114 Harrods Magazine •
  • 82. Out of this World... LANA MARKS The Princess Diana Handbag LANA MARKS presents the handbag she designed for Diana, Princess of Wales.This sophisticated, yet versatile tophandle handbag sets a new standard for understated elegance, timeless design and fashion practicality. Shown in emerald green alligator. Available in 100 colours of alligator, ostrich and lizard. EGYPTIAN HALL, GROUND FLOOR