Testing, Testing, 123

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Damn it’s been a long time since I’ve done a “test shoot”! For once, I don’t think I’ve said this one million times before but as a teenager I did a fair amount of fairly unsuccessful commercial modelling. I’m not being modest in that respect, I was wrong for virtually every job and was in fact was once sent to – and subsequently laughed out of – a casting for Mother and Baby Magazine… yup, really. Anyway, said short lived foray into commercial modelling necessitated a lot of test shoots, the results of which ranged from truly mortifying pics involving pink satin, spandex and crimped hair (you are NEVER seeing those!) to certain shots I’m still pretty proud of some six years on. Thankfully, I haven’t had to spend 3 hours in a line of mile long legged models to be understandably turned away or scoffed at on a lingerie catalogue casting for a long time now but I also haven’t done a test shoot and, as I was reminded on this particular occasion, they can really be a lot of fun…

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Dining at: Hotel Chantelle London

Hotel Chantelle London

You may well have heard tell of Hotel Chantelle New York. Named after a French WWII safe house, the Lower East Side restaurant, lounge and event space is one of the hottest spots in a city bursting with hot spots and frequented by the likes of Katy Perry and Selena Gomez. Having been there myself a couple of fashion weeks ago and unsurprisingly thoroughly enjoyed the experience, I was more than a little excited to learn that Executive Chef Seth Levine and a roster of renowned restauranteurs would be bringing Hotel Chantelle to London…

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5 Minutes With: JW Anderson

JW Anderson

How to describe JW Anderson… It’s hard to know where to begin. Pioneering, critically acclaimed, respected and coveted by the fashion industry as well as men and women worldwide, at just 31 years old the Northern Irish designer has already achieved the kind of success many wouldn’t dream of in a lifetime. On top of running his own wildly successful men’s and womenswear label and his role as Creative Director of Loewe, Anderson was most recently charged with the task of reimagining the iconic Diet Coke bottle, following in the footsteps of Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs to name but a few. It was at the launch of this collaboration that I managed to grab 5 minutes with Jonathan. So, without further ado…

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