London has always played home to some seriously excellent wining and dining locations but the past few years have seen an absolute explosion in all manner of culinary destinations, from street food pop ups in Hackney car parks to grand Mayfair eateries selling £20 starters to Ceviche emporiums serving the finest Peruvian fusian this side of South America. My beloved West London, however, has rather lagged behind in this respect… Until now that is. One particular area crying out for a new spot to eat, drink and Instagram in was Chelsea. So naturally when it was announced that The Ivy Chelsea Garden would be opening on the King’s Road everyone who doesn’t think Shoreditch is the only place to be was very excited.
What: Claudie Pierlot GIRLS sweatshirt (available here), Club Monaco jacket (similar here & here), J.Crew skirt (similar here & here), Kite sunglasses, Elizabeth & James bag (available here) and Laura Bailey for L.K. Bennett shoes (available here)
Where: Press days, meetings and dinner at Little House Mayfair.
Did anyone else spend a sizeable portion of their early teenage years reading (and then watching) Gossip Girl and wishing they were Blair Waldorf? I certainly wiled away many an hour day dreaming of Park Avenue apartments, apartment sized wardrobes, splashing the cash in Bergdorf’s and drinking cocktail on the Empire Hotel rooftop. Deep, right? Anyway, one of the particular throw away lines from the book was a description of Blaire’s Eres bikini. It seemed to me that Eres was just the swimwear brand to be wearing and I was desperate to have one, preferably to wear while sunning myself in The Hamptons or somewhere similarly fabulous. The brand is iconic; synonymous with luxury and elegance but also chic and cool. So of course, it stands to reason that Eres would need a woman with all these qualities as their brand ambassador and collaborator. That’s where Laure Hériard Dubreuil comes in. Laure is nothing if not an inspiring woman. Beautiful, intelligent and multi talented beyond belief, Laure started her career alongside Nicholas Ghequiere’s merchandising team at Balenciaga, before moving to Yves Saint Laurent. Then, in 2009, she decided to swap this top level job for the uncertainty of founding her own multi-brand boutique. And it’s damn lucky she did or legendary muti-brand Miami boutique, The Webster, would never have been born. I caught up with Laure to talk careers, mentors, the challenges of starting your own business and, of course, her capsule collection for Eres…