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Fashion

Four decades of supermodel catwalking

The first black model to feature on the cover of Vogue, Naomi Campbell ranks alongside Coco Chanel and Valentino as one of fashion’s most important icons. After being discovered by model agent Beth Boldt at the age of 15, the south Londoner very quickly saw her life turn into a fashion fairy tale. By the late 1980s Campbell had joined the supermodel gang, walking for every major designer, posing for the best photographers and appearing on more covers than any other black model of her generation.

The V&A is poised to make history with the unveiling of its ground-breaking exhibition NAOMI: In Fashion, which explores Campbell’s 40-year catwalk career as well as her activism and philanthropic endeavours.

Produced in collaboration with Campbell herself, the show gives unprecedented access to her life beyond the Naomi portrayed in the press. Interviews, candid photographs, and personal artefacts will provide an intimate perspective on the woman behind the iconic persona.

From the left: Naomi as a kid in New Orleans and at the zenith of her career, photographed by Steven Meisel, the American photographer with whom Naomi worked…

All you need to know about the most precious of green gems

Emeralds are the birthstone of May, the month-long association with peace, serenity, and the renewal that comes with the changing of the seasons. As such, they are associated with love, hope, fertility and rebirth. They formed in the belly of Earth as far back as three billion years ago, when our planet was a water […]

The aesthetic of the 1990s, revamped

The early 1990s was the era of cool girl minimalism. Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Gwyneth Paltrow were the poster girls of this pared-back style, living by the mantra “Less is more”. Fashion was stripped of its 1980s excess and reduced to a colour palette spanning from black to white but with more texture in the […]

The arrival of spring

On the first day of spring, we want to say good-bye to neutral and welcome the explosion of colour that comes with the new season. From trees and shrubs to modest wild flowers, this is the time of the pink blooms. Anemones, rubellas, pieris passion, magnolias and cherry trees among many others blossom at this […]

Hollywood glamour elevated to royal heights

“I’ve never thought of my jewellery as trophies,” Elizabeth Taylor once said. “I’m here to take care of it and to love it, for we are only temporary custodians of beauty.” Very few women loved their jewels as much as Elizabeth did. For decades the undisputable queen of tinsel town, the Hollywood star became the […]

Gifts for St. Valentine’s that will hit the spot

There is a reason – well, actually many of them – why jewellery is considered an excellent gift for almost any occasion. From a practical point of view, jewellery is durable, versatile, and always comes in pretty packaging. From a more romantic angle, jewellery pieces often become heirlooms that are passed on generation after generation, […]

Sensuous tales from a time of mystery

Michelangelo Antonioni was one of the most influential filmmakers of Italian cinema credited alongside Fellini and Bergman with defining the modern art house film in the 1950s and 60s. He was known as a chronicler of bourgeois languor and the shifting landscapes of post-war Italy. With actresses like Monica Vitti and Jeanne Moreau he created […]

The intriguing mystery of our obsession with footwear

It’s safe to say that shoes score top of the list when it comes to attire people are obsessed with. From the infamous Imelda Marcos’ reported 3,000 pairs to Paris Hilton’s 2,000 or NBA player Russell Westbrook’s 1,000, our obsession with footwear seems to date back to Ancient Egypt, where shoes said a lot about […]

Change candy and bath salts for a little bit of bling

I love Christmas stockings but, after all the anticipation in the build-up to Christmas, I do sometimes feel a little underwhelmed when I discover the usual chocolates and the obligatory tangerine. Instead, wouldn’t it be just wonderful to find some bling? If like me, you’d like to change stocking expectations, I invite you to read […]

The hottest shape of the season among horology’s trendsetters

What do Madonna, Steve McQueen and Brad Pitt have in common? A penchant for square watches, of course. Broad and daring in design, square timepieces have long been adored for their edgy, dressy vibe by some of the most influential luminaries in watchmaking – the aforementioned pop provocateur favouring Cartier’s emblematic Panthère, while the icon […]

The legacy of a timeless icon

Opening on 16th September 2023, the V&A is to stage the first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of French couturière, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, possibly the most influential woman in fashion, ever. She devoted her life to promoting a new kind of elegance based on freedom of movement and revolutionised the world by introducing garments such […]

Royal-inspired jewels with a modern flair

Ever since the House of Harry Winston was founded in New York in 1932, the name has been synonymous with the finest and most sought-after high jewellery in the world. In fact, Mr Winston earned the moniker of “King of Diamonds” and “Rare jeweller of the World”. Maybe part of the reason was his incredible […]