Happy Saturday one and all! As you can probably tell, I’m in a festive mood. God knows anyone who took a peep at my Instagram feed these past couple of weeks will know that I’m desperately trying to embrace all things Christmassy… Especially those of the novelty variety. Anyway, the subject of today’s post isn’t exactly novelty per se but it’s certainly novel, in a great way. For anyone who’ll be in London next week, or who might need an excuse to hit the capital before December 25th madness well and truly descends, I have the perfect seasonal yet chic destination for you. Every year the Southbank is transformed into a glittering, bauble strewn wonderland of Winter treats with exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery (this year’s Ana Mendieta: Traces and Dayanita Singh: Go away closer
are meant to be fantastic), cafes, restaurants, bars, spectacles and, as is the subject of this post, Christmas markets galore. While wine, cheese and chocolate are undeniably three of the greatest things ever, it’s the Designers & Makers market that’s really got me excited about the Southbank Centre Winter Festival.
This year the festival is bigger, better and more innovative than ever with over 50, carefully selected UK based independent designers bringing their wares to the bank of the Thames for one week, and one week only. I admit, I’m maybe a teensy bit biased because my mum will be showcasing her brand, Anne Bowes Jewellery there. But in all honesty, even if we weren’t related I’d still be banging on about her stuff because it is really and truly gorgeous. Vintage charms sources from all over the world, some of which inspire the pieces and others used in them to create totally one off designs you wont find anywhere else. She uses precious and semi precious elements to concoct unique, delicate necklaces, bracelets and rings all handmade at our house in Sussex. Naturally I’ve managed to pilfer a fair few Anne Bowes Jewellery pieces (well, wouldn’t you?) over the years and am rarely seen without one on. Over the past year I’ve worn them to shoots for Miss Vogue, Company Magazine and others besides and on every occasion, the stylist has insisted on featuring them.
Anne Bowes Jewellery Vintage Gold Swan & Crystals Necklace
Anne Bowes Jewellery Love Birds Necklace
Sharing her stand will be Lee Renée, another incredibly talented up-and-coming jewellery designer whose playful, contemporary creations have popped up in the pages of Vogue, InStyle, Glamour and adorning countless famous females. And if jewellery’s not your bag then fear not, the Designers & Makers Christmas Market will also have everything from ceramics to textiles, prints and homewares.
Lee Renée Starcrossed Lovers Collection
The Designers & Makers Christmas Market will run from 11am to 8pm every day from Monday 16th December to Sunday 22nd. Click here for more information.
Love Ella. X