- 12TH MARCH 2019 -

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IN THIS ISSUE


MOST WANTED

let it shine

Imagine a spring skirt that’s smart enough to smash it out of the park at work, but yet sexy enough (with that sneaky front slit) to guarantee you look the best at that garden party. Yep… you saw it here first.

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THE EDIT

LOW KEY LUXE

Simple… but effective: that’s your new spring mantra. Tone on tone dressing always looks expensive so choose one statement piece and keep the rest understated. Chandalier earrings with a simple slip dress, a classic trench with cut-out designer sunnies, patchwork pants with white on white sneakers… And if you don’t already own an elephant bag, well what on earth have been you up to?

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IN THE RED

Whether you’re adding a powerful print or a pop of colour, do it with confidence. Mix up a casual slogan sweatshirt, with a diamonte belt, slip wide leg printed pants with shimmering silver slides or work white from head to toe with the latest must have mules. Just choose maxi lengths and elaborate accessories and it will all seem easier than you thought.


THE EXTRAS

TIE THE KNOT

NO! We know you’re not 90… but, trust us, the scarf is back in a big way. Wrap it around your wrist, sling it over your shoulders or make like Margo and tie a turban in your hair. Looking for extreme styling? Then it’s all about your ankle. Over to you ladies… how will you wear yours?

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BEST IN THE BUSINESS

MAGS WALKER

FOUNDER & DESIGNER OF TOOLALLY JEWELLERY


”When I first started thinking about making jewellery, I knew I didn’t want to do it quietly. I wanted my pieces to have impact; to be bold and beautiful with no apologies. So that’s what I set out to do”.

Mags Walker wasn’t planning to start a jewellery business, but was simply thinking of somewhere different for her daughter Katie, who has cerebral palsy, to go to, to do her work after she finished school.

In 2014, Mags opened a small creative emporium for kids in Barnoldswick, Lancashire.

“It was important to me that she didn't become isolated and stuck at home everyday – she loves having a job and having work colleagues to chat to. I thought it would be cool for the kids who visited us to design their own jewellery using acrylic charms. I didn’t want to get the pieces off the peg, so I bought a small laser cutter, sketched some simple shapes and got cracking. On a visit to the perspex factory to choose materials, I discovered some beautiful frosted acrylics which didn’t look ‘plasticky’ at all: they were almost jewel-like”.

When Mags realised how incredible the colour palette was she decided it might be nice to make some jewellery for adults as well. She wanted to create something really unique and felt the time was right for something a little bolder and more colourful again after years of minimalism.

The idea for statement earrings actually came about as a lucky accident. Lucinda Chambers, British Vogue’s Fashion Director at the time, who loves acrylic, was doing an 80s inspired editorial; some of her team had spotted Mags wearing a Toolally necklace and asked if she made earrings. “I said I did… (I didn’t)”.

She was asked to send some samples to Vogue House. “I made several pairs over the course of a very long weekend, inspired by memories of my youth, and sent them off. They used them in the shoot! I got my first press credit in the August 2015 issue of British Vogue – and that was when the Toolally story really started”.

John Lewis trialled Toolally in seven of their stores the following year and the earrings flew off the shelves. They were rolled out across the store group and still continue to grow year on year. “We’ve developed an exclusive collection for them as well as limited edition collections for their ‘Find Keep Give’ and ‘Rainbow Room’ concepts”.

Last year they showed for the first time in Paris and were introduced to a host of international stockists from France to Japan.

What’s next? This year they will be launching Toolally Luxe. The collection includes luxurious but practical handbags that were two years in development. Based on original works of art, these unique bags have been handcrafted in London from cotton velvet and natural suede and there’s even a vegan option.

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MAGS shareS HER expert tips on how to shop

Keep it simple and add colour with accessories - a great pair of statement earrings is an instant day to night transformation and oozes glamour.

A fabulous pair of shoes can totally reinvent an understated look.

Style is like painting a picture. Think of yourself as a canvas. Add details to complement your shape, colouring and features. It’s all about proportion.

It's really important to care for the base canvas - always stick to a good cleansing and moisturising routine.

And finally the best tip I ever read was from Alyson Walsh  - practise, practise, practise. 


IN THE KNOW

out ‘n’ about

THE EY EXHIBITION

VAN GOGH AND BRITAIN

Tate Britain, Linbury Galleries, Millbank, Westminster, SW1P 4RG

March 27 - 11 August 


His sunflowers are renowned, his ear saga controversial, but his fondness for Britain has never really been exploited or appreciated, until now!

The love affair Vincent van Gogh had with our isle is fully explored in a major exhibition portraying some of his most famous paintings on loan from all over the world alongside a collection of British artists that were dedicated fans.

 Artists like Francis Bacon, Walter Sickert and Jacob Epstein were all influenced by him. Indeed Epstein’s sunny portrayal of sunflowers (1933) bears more than a faint resemblance of the great mans work, but is a little jollier in execution.

Before his well documented deep melancholia set in, he lived in London for three years as a young trainee art dealer.  He lodged in Brixton and got to know the British way of life, memorising sketches for the future when he became a great artist himself.  It was Van Gogh’s stay in Britain that changed his vision of the world and helped him become an artist.

With 45 of his major works of art on show, including the rarely loaned ‘Sunflowers 1888,’ this exhibition will be the largest shown in the UK for over a decade and poignantly features two of his later works when he was incarcerated in the Saint-Paul asylum, aptly named, At Eternity’s Gate and Prisoners Exercising

He loved Britain and we love him, so get in first and book early, this will be one hot ticket!

Sunflowers 1888, Vincent van Gogh cThe National Gallery / Bought, Courtauld Fund ,1924

Sunflowers 1888, Vincent van Gogh cThe National Gallery / Bought, Courtauld Fund ,1924

where to go and what to do…

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FASHION DIRECTOR JULIA MAY MORGAN | CONTRIBUTING ARTS EDITOR ANGELA KENNEDY

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