Style Icon’s The Fashion Word: MFW SS16: Day 2

Luisa Beccaria SS16 MFW

The Spring/Summer 2016 Luisa Beccaria Collection epitomised a sophisticated beauty inspired by nature and folk repertoire. The set design created by Lucrezia Bonaccorsi included a backdrop of leaves; a natural theme that created a somewhat magical atmosphere complimented by the beautiful sunshine beating down on the runway. Roses and violets were the signature motifs used throughout the collection printed on organza jacquard skirts. The soft texture of light cotton pieces and silk georgette reflected beautifully against the sunshine. The colour palette explored rose pink, lilac and violet tones which enhanced the spring summer vibe of wanting to be care-free. Ethereal dresses highlighted folk tradition with accessories including straw hats fastened with floral scarves, headbands and brooches featuring enamel flowers to blend in, and ankle strap shoes in metallic shades to create a juxtaposition of shinier textures against more subtle tones. A stunning collection for the contemporary woman who is proud and confident.

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Anteprima SS16 MFW

The Anteprima Spring/Summer 2016 was a delight to watch. Izumi Ogino made a play for elegance.The collection highlights classic trends yet again with monochrome as the key look for next season. Anteprima cleverly incorporates its signature diamond-shape panels within various pieces of the collection. Contrasting colours of blue, yellow, black and white remain in keeping with the vibrant mood of spring summer. The collection is very refreshing showcasing midi-length dresses, sheer tops and skirts with vertical stripes that elongate the body shape. Expect lots of playful looks including the playsuit, nudity in the form of sheer fabrics but the key element here is to layer these fabrics with undergarments or a light-weight silk cardigan as seen on the runway. Overall, a modern, wearable collection which is suitable for any occasion. Checkerboard motifs appeared continuously which is set to become another strong look next season.

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Daniela Gregis SS16 MFW

The Daniela Gregis SS16 collection was set in a beautiful garden with a serene atmosphere. The music played in the background felt like you were lost in a secret world surrounded by nature. Daniela’s collection showcased an effortless craftsmanship; quite Parisian in style. Silhouettes were generous for comfortability. The colour scheme consisted of predominately blue, white and red with easy-to-wear fabrics such as linen and cotton. Accessories were dominated by straw hats, quirky, red sunglasses with circular lens, and neck scarves. Checkerboard dresses and jackets prevailed. Most of the female models wore low heels and clogs, and the male models wore their trousers rolled-up at the hem. Daniela’s collection is playful. The designer herself comes across very charismatic with a beautiful spirit. This is portrayed through her collection with shapes and colours that do not require much accessorising.

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Moschino SS16 MFW

Jeremy Scott dazzled, excited and kept his guests at the edge of their seats yet again! This season saw a grand collection comprising of car wash motifs, and references to construction sites which had some kind of symbolic meaning in terms of the fast pace of City life characterised by ‘Beep Beep, Toot Toot’ sounds. Jeremy Scott’s creative genius somehow uses fashion to reinterpret any theme on which he sets his mind taking his audience through a spectacle of models walking through bubbles, a frantic carwash with the latter complimented by dresses with tassels and ‘Dash’ car product imagery. The second part of the show turned our attention to models wearing ensembles characterised by traffic and road sign references. The colour palette was vibrant – blue, yellow and red stood out with black, yellow and orange highlighting the typical mood of a construction site. Jeremy Scott keeps fashion alive and engages us through fantastic visual effects, as well as using models who actually look like they are having fun on the catwalk.

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Written by Natalie Robinson | Photography by Norman Peltier | Moschino Image of Blue & Red Dress by Indigital


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Style Icon’s The Fashion Word: MFW SS16: Day 1

Genny MFW SS16

Genny supports fashion for development. F4D is a platform launched in 2011 by Evie Evangelou, with Franca Sozzani as ambassador, to encourage sustainable growth in fashion and beauty. Her mission statement is to improve the public’s awareness on the quality of products which is imperative for consumers who invest in quality produce.

Genny’s Spring Summer 2016 collection pays attention to fabric and texture. The entire collection echoes the 1970s vibe. Beautifully cut floor-length dresses, plunging neck-lines, shift dresses with sheer sleeves and a classic colour palette exploring white and gold tones, with sequins that give the collection a playful look. High-end glam to the core including catsuits and dinner jackets with androgynous edge! There was a mix of understated sensuality and high-glam! A stunning collection that oozes a powerful sophistication; classy but fierce.

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Simonetta Ravizza MFW SS16

The Simonetta Ravizza Spring Summer  2016 collection was very intricate in terms of style. It is very clear that her focus is on the use of quality fabrics such as leather, suede and fur. Simonetta Ravizza combines these fabrics together to create luxurious looks that epitomise the classic tradition of Italian fashion. Although generous silhouettes dominated the catwalk which can be worn as comfortable day attire, each piece oozes an understated sophistication for the women who loves high-quality pieces but who also wants a clean, and effortless finish. Sheer fabrics are set to be a big trend next season along with animal print combined with an earthy colour palette which Simonetta Ravizza brings to life. Her signature fur bags compliment her ‘burnt’ orange coats which would look great on a curvier shape especially as they cinch in at the waist. She is definitely one to watch.

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Stella Jean MFW SS16

The ‘En Route’ Collection of Stella Jean is a great mash-up of vibrant colours, textures and layers that represent pure creativity and a somewhat magical genius! Her SS16 collection encapsulates  as well as represents, the promise of deliverance – South America, North America, Africa, and Europe. Her garments are a salute to the traditional costumes of the “Ladies of Bahia” and the Brazilian Coast, flowing maxi-skirts, soft short-dresses, striped tunics and bomber jackets; all showcasing ruffles and motifs from life reminiscent of Adean style.

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Les Copains MFW SS16

The new Les Copains Spring Summer 2016 collection is inspired by a modern Madame Butterfly. Stefania Bandiera is behind the collection who emphasises a contemporary geisha. Denim and jacquard embroideries are key looks for next season. It also recalls the natural oriental landscape; natural tones. Knitwear is in the heart of the collection. The classic ‘Made In Italy’ tradition is combined with touches from the Far East, and epitomises true elegance dominated by a classic lady who looks demure and sophisticated. Monochrome is making a comeback. Simple but effective.

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Gucci MFW SS16

Gucci’s new front man is Alessandro Michele. The venue was quite edgy in style having been an exposed brick-walled warehouse; carpeted with Moroccan rugs. Alessandro Michele cleverly uses a mash up of prints and patterns with contrasting colours making the Gucci collection rather majestic. The message intended is to show that Gucci is being taken in a totally different direction. It is still a very classic brand in its on way but now we are seeing a more playful spin on the collection. Next season, we will see some major trends such as colourful prints and Russian inspired brocade which gives Gucci a retro-vintage feel! Very youthful: dainty dresses with ruffles, pleated skirt suits, mink coats featuring vibrant intarsias and a rich colour palette of an unusual mix of mint green, mustard yellow, red and neutral tones dominated the catwalk. Alessandro Michele has breathed new life into Gucci that appeals to the younger woman who wants to look retro-cool in a contemporary way.

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Francesco Scognamiglio SS16

Nudity and all things sheer are set to become a big trend next season! Sheer fabrics such as soft silks, and chiffons emphasis this! The Francesco Scognamiglio collection has a real mythical feel to it. Models are seen with beautiful lace, tulle and silk against the body. Handmade hems create an exquisite finish. The great Italian tradition becomes memory and symbol to then develop into dress and decoration. “I firmly believe in the past and present Italian excellence. clothes and fashion represent a way of making our immeasurable tradition  current and most of all wearable” Says Francesco Scognamiglio

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Written by Natalie Robinson | Photography by Norman Peltier


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Maison Louis Vuitton continues to reinvent and reinterpret its iconic designs through artist collaborations and limited-edition runway pieces in unique colourways. From Stephen Sprouse’s signature day-glo grafitti to Yayoi Kusama’s fantastical patterns, these unique collector’s pieces are perfect gifts for LV devotees.
Louis Vuitton Red Epi Petite MalleLouis Vuitton Black Epi Petite Malle RED / BLACK EPI PETITE MALLE These runway styles feature golden brass hardware, a foldover strap with LV S-lock closure and a removable adjustable shoulder strap. From £5,050


MOCA MURAKAMI NEVERFULL GMMONOGRAM V NEVERFULLMOCA MURAKAMI NEVERFULL GM Coated canvas; designed by Takashi Murakami for the Museum of Contemporary Art. £3,600   TURQUOISE MONOGRAM V NEVERFULL Printed “V” design inspired by Louis Vuitton’s “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez” ads from the 1960s. £1,600

PINK MONOGRAM GRAFFITI SPEEDY 30 ROSE POP MONOGRAM VERNIS ROSES ALMA GMPINK MONOGRAM GRAFFITI SPEEDY 30 Stephen Sprouse Monogram Graffiti Speedy 30 of coated canvas with all over “Louis Vuitton Paris” in neon fuchsia pink. £2,600 | ROSE POP MONOGRAM VERNIS ROSES ALMA GM Coated leather overlaid with bright Day-Glo colored roses designed in tribute to Stephen Sprouse. £3,750

MONOGRAM ROSES NEVERFULL MMMONOGRAM ICONOCLASTS KARL LAGERFELD PUNCHING BAG BBMONOGRAM ROSES NEVERFULL MM Coated canvas overlaid with neon colored roses designed in tribute to Stephen Sprouse. £2,000  MONOGRAM ICONOCLASTS KARL LAGERFELD PUNCHING BAG BB Coated canvas inspired by Stephen Sprouse. £4,750

GRENADE MONOGRAM  V NEVERFULLLIMITED EDITION YAYOI KUSAMA WAVES NEVERFULL MMGRENADE MONOGRAM  V NEVERFULL Printed “V” design inspired by Louis Vuitton’s “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez” ads from the 1960s. £1,600 LIMITED EDITION YAYOI KUSAMA WAVES NEVERFULL MM Designed by Yayoi Kusama made of coated canvas. £2,500

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The Travel Edit: LA, Como, South of France

We’ve sourced the perfect packing picks and original vintage poster inspiration for three classic jet-set destinations. Get in touch with us for details and access.

Whatever your personal taste, travelling to the West Coast calls for a touch of haute-boho…  LA copy
L-R: Los Angeles Original Vintage Poster £395, Amanda Wakeley Montezuma Embroidered Kaftan £1,600, Luxury Holistic Yoga Mats £160, Rachel Comey Suede Clogs £478, The Row Round-Frame Sunglasses £275, Globe-Trotter Candy Suitcase £1,160

A favourite of jet-setters since the 60s, Italy is all about stealth luxury – albeit with a Louis Vuitton cube. Como copy
L-R: Lago Di Como Original Vintage Poster £395, Lisa Marie FernandezWraparound Swimsuit £422, 100% Cashmere Travel Set (blanket, eye mask & pillowcase) £367, Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Sandals £440, Givenchy Antigona Floral Shopping Bag £720, Louis Vuitton Vintage Cube Trunk POA

Tap into the opulent Riviera mood with high-octane designs and ornate patterns…

Nice copy
L-R: Nice Original Vintage Poster £395, Zimmerman Ruffled Swimsuit £565, Louis Vuitton Monogram Classic Beach Towel £335, Sophia Webster Luca Leather Sandals £220, Tonya Hawkes Box Bag £730, Anndra Neen Gold-Tone Cuff £160

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Don’t Forget Father’s Day

Don’t forget Father’s Day on the 21st of June! We’ve handpicked a fine selection of gifts for every father – whether he’s a lover of watches, fashion, wine or sport.
Let us know if you have a specific request or need ideas for the man who has everything.


Make a statement of your wall space with this collection of four Michael Kahn boat prints which exude a sense of culture and refinement.
The black and white photos are accented with coordinating black and silver wooden frames keeping the look utterly chic.

Braided Panama Hat
Nothing signals the start of summer like a panama hat. This version by Yohji Yamamoto is woven from beige straw and features a moulded top and beige and black braided band. An internal black grosgrain band ensures a snug and comfortable fit.
MULO £115
Suede bi-colour slip-on espadrilles
Mulo’s distinctive aesthetic fuses classic espadrille styling with modern British flair. This tonal green suede slip-on style is new for SS15 and combines a skater-style top half – note the elastic side panels – with traditional natural rope midsole.

Square-check woven-cashmere scarf

Savile Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes is known for its timeless style and impeccable craftsmanship. This tonal-blue square-check scarf is crafted in UK from exceptionally soft cashmere – wear it to accent navy tailoring.

Nightingale leather weekend bag
The Nightingale bag has all the sleekness and edge you’d expect from Givenchy. This black leather version has a spacious interior too, making it perfect for carrying daily, overnight or weekend essentials. It comes with two top handles and an optional shoulder strap for easy handling.

Backgammon Set – Smoked Oak £1,500
The natural stripe of stunning smoked oak veneer is highlighted by the triangular shapes on the board offering this backgammon set an on-trend geometric appeal.

Bronze Art Deco Jaguar Sculpture £1,545
Channel the 1920s with the Bronze Art Deco Jaguar. A mainstay of Deco interiors, the piece offers a subtle nod to the iconic style. The roughly hewn form is perfectly imperfect. Its unfinished appeal offers it an artistic appeal as well as exuding a confidently laid-back attitude.

Relaxed linen-twill shirt
Relaxed yet polished, Patrik Ervell’s blue linen-twill shirt will make a versatile addition to your collection. It’s thoughtfully detailed with a button-down collar and centre-back box pleat for a neat silhouette.

LANVIN £1,945
Leather and cotton field jacket
Lanvin has taken the classic field jacket and given it a sleek, urban edge this season. It’s crafted from double-faced khaki-brown cotton, with four safari-style flap pockets and dark grey-brown leather details at the shoulder. It has a high-neck collar which contains an optional zip-away drawstring hood.

Showcased at Baselworld, this amazing Escale Worldtime Minute Repeater is truly a work of art.  Each 38 colour hand-painted dial takes 40 hours to create. The fun part of this particular fashion-forward piece is its straps. The Time Zone comes in an alligator strap. Extra blue, red, and yellow alligator straps can be purchased separately. Ultimate in accessorising!

Shaving Set
Cedes Milano takes all the essential elements of a classic wet shave and presents them in a truly elegant way. This two-piece set comprises a Gillette® Fusion razor, complete with disposable blades and a stainless-steel protector, and a badger-fur brush that creates a thick lather and exfoliates the skin. Each is set with a handmade mother-of-pearl handle and displayed on a chrome-plated stand.

Chic & Sleek
Wonderful hamper for that gentleman in your life.  Complete with nickel shaving set, shaving soap and some extras too!

A Fine Vintage
We have specially created our ‘Fine Vintage’ hampers for the gourmet or wine connoisseur. If you know someone who likes wine, cheese and chocolate, then this hamper will be an absolute treat for him.

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Pearls of Wisdom


The birthstone for June is the pearl, but it is also known as the world’s oldest gemstone. High quality pearls have been coveted as a symbol of wealth and power for centuries and many influential and powerful women have been ornamented by the natural glimmer. Famous pearls have appeared and disappeared throughout history and mythology, like Venus, the Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty, who was born out of a seashell like a pearl. Queen Cleopatra was known to own two of the world’s largest pearls, given to her by oriental kings.
It is with pleasure that Quintessentially Gifts brings you a selection of fine pearl jewellery for June, so you or your loved one can be a goddess and a queen in pearls.


Calypso Earrings
Wonderful 18k rose gold earrings with 0.57cts diamonds, 1.01cts pink sapphires, 14.68cts of morganite and beautiful 14-15mm South Sea pearls.


Mayfair Necklace
Beautiful 18kt white gold pearl necklace, adorned with 12-15mm South Sea pearls, and 8.12cts diamonds.


Calypso Earrings
Stunning 18kt rose gold setting, trailed by two beautiful12-13mm South Sea pearl, embezzled with 2.35cts diamonds and 3.07cts multi coloured sapphires.

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South Sea Pearl Bracelets
Wonderful bracelets in either 18kt rose, white or black gold, perfected with 13-14mm South Sea pearls with diamonds.


Duet Earrings
Exquisite stud earrings with 18kt rose gold, 0.90cts diamonds 3.69cts pink sapphires and 13-14mm natural colour freshwater pearls.


Blue Rose Double Ring
A double ring featuring 18k rose gold with 0.80ct diamonds and 14-15mm Tahitian pearl.


Pearl Drop Earrings
Wonderful 18kt rose gold chain, finished off beautifully with 12-13mm Tahitian pearls and embellished with 0.49ct diamonds.


Blossom Earrings
Perfect for the red carpet, these wonderful18kt white gold circular pendant earrings are featured with two floating 15-16mm South Sea pearls and surrounded by 6.25cts diamonds.

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Hermès Birkin and Kelly Summer Offer

Hermès Summertime Sale

We’re pleased to bring you a wonderful summer selection of Hermès Birkin and Kelly bags, on offer until the end of this month only! These pieces are the ultimate summer wardrobe staple, but there is only a limited number, subject to availability. To secure your bag before anyone else, place an order today by emailing us at




Hardware Gold
Colour Group Red
Leather/Skin Clemence
Size 25cm

WAS: £17,000
NOW: £16,200

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Hardware Palladium
Colour Group Blue Atoll
Leather/Skin Togo
Size 30cm

WAS £18,800
NOW: £17,000

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Hardware Gold
Colour Group Orange
Leather/Skin Ostrich
Size 30cm

WAS: £29,000
NOW: £28,000

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Hardware Palladium
Colour Group White
Leather/Skin Epsom
Size 40cm

WAS: £16,000
NOW: £15,000

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Hardware Palladium
Colour Group Rose Tyrien
Leather/Skin Epsom
Size 35cm

WAS: £18,500
NOW: £17,800

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Hardware Palladium
Colour Group Fauve Barenia
Leather/Skin Matte Alligator
Size 30cm

WAS: £50,000
NOW: £47,000

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Let us know.

Our Sourcing Specialists scour the globe to deliver a carefully curated selection of products to suit your needs and our fashion and gifts concierge team is dedicated to hand-picking the world’s finest and most exquisite designer pieces.

+44 (0) 845 224 2617

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Clad in Nathalie Trad

Designer Spotlight: Nathalie Trad

Nathalie Trad has studied in two of the world’s fashion capitals, earning a BA from ESMOD International in Paris and a BBA in Design and Management from Parsons The New School for design in New York. During her studies she developed a strong penchant for asymmetric designs which today forms the basis of her eponymous line. She discovered her personal design ethos: to take classic shapes and radically transform them, deconstructing and redefining the boundaries of fashion aesthetics.


Mother of Pearl x Magenta Resin


Mother of Pearl x Black Tab Polish


Black Tab Polish Shell x Kabibe Shell


Mother of Pearl x Yellow Resin


Mother of Pearl x Tangerine Resin


Mother of Pearl x Black Resin

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London International Antiquarian Book Fair 2015

The London International Antiquarian Book Fair begins this Thursday at the Olympia National. For a taste of what’s to come, browse our selection of fine printed books below. Each are available to order through Quintessentially Gifts. Whether you’re looking to expand your collection or searching for a unique and thoughtful gift for a booklover, we can find you beautiful rare books, including first editions, signed editions and collectors sets.


SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de.
The Little Prince
Published: New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943
First edition, first printing. Finely bound in tan morocco, titles to spine in black, two raised bands, pictorial onlay of The Little Prince to front board, twin rule to turn-ins in black, dark green endpapers, gilt edges. With colour illustrations by the author.


LEROUX, Gaston.
The Phantom of the Opera
Published: London: Mills and Boon Limited, 1911
First UK edition, first printing in English of this mystery thriller which formed the basis for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical. Finely bound in black morocco, onlay of a mask to front board, title to spine in silver, black marbled endpapers, silver edges. Housed in a black flat cloth solander box by The Chelsea Bindery with the spine lettered in silver.


KIPLING, Rudyard.
Just So Stories
Published: London: Macmillan and Co. Limited, 1902
First edition, first impression. Finely bound in crimson morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards, multi-coloured onlay of elephant to front board, twin rule to turn-ins gilt, dark green endpapers, gilt edges. With 12 black and white illustrations by the author.
PRICE: £2,500


DIOR, Christian.
La Cuisine Cousu-Main
Published: Paris: Société Christian Dior, 1972
First edition, first impression. Presentation copy warmly inscribed by Michelin-starred chef Raymond Thuilier, who was a friend of Christian Dior and wrote the preface. Edition limited to 4,000 numbered copies, of which this is number 96. Dior was a passionate gourmet and this book compiles his favourite and most indulgent recipes.
PRICE: £375


The Lord of the Rings
Published: London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd, 1969
First India paper edition of the three books originally published between 1954 and 1955, and here issued complete in one volume. Original black boards, spine lettered in gilt, design to front board in gilt, silver and green, marbled endpapers, green speckled edges. With the publisher’s black card slipcase. 2 folding colour maps. Spine a little faded, minor creasing to first few leaves.
PRICE: £550


Stuart Little
Published: New York: Harper & Brothers, 1945
Finely bound in green morocco, titles to spine, two raised bands, multi-coloured pictorial onlay of Stuart Little to the front board, single rule to boards, twin rule to turn-ins, burgundy endpapers, gilt edges. Illustrated throughout by Garth Williams.
PRICE: £1,850

The London International Antiquarian Book Fair is on from Thursday 28th of May until Saturday 30th of May at the Olympia National in London. Tickets are available through the website here.

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Summer Tours of the Art World


For a truly experiential, educational and thought-provoking gift, give a Summer Art Tour from Quintessentially Gifts. Or perhaps if you’re interested in fashion, art or history this will be the perfect way to treat yourself. From street art to ancient Greek sculptures to national treasures, these summer art tours are sure to delight every art lover. Email us at to enquire after prices and book.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
The critically acclaimed Alexander McQueen exhibition currently on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum is the first and largest retrospective of McQueen’s work to be presented in Europe. Britain’s bad boy of fashion, McQueen was known for his daring and experimental aesthetic but was also loved equally for his exceptional tailoring and stunning statement pieces. The guided tour of the exhibition with over 200 items on display takes us into the heart of one of the world’s most exciting fashion houses.

Defining Beauty: the body in ancient Greek art at the British Museum
Some of the greatest classical sculptures from all over the world have been brought together for the current exhibition ‘Defining Beauty: the body in ancient Greek art’ currently on at the British Museum (until 5th July).  For centuries the ancient Greeks experimented with ways of representing the human body, both as an object of beauty and a bearer of meaning. Join our specialist for a private tour of the exhibition where you will learn about the mythology, the creators and the ever lasting effect that these objects have left on the art world.

Shoreditch Street Art Tour
The Shoreditch area of London has been an internationally significant street art location since the early 2000s. Its walls have been decorated by leading local street artists such as Banksy, Sweet Toof and Pure Evil while many of the world’s leading artists such as Swoon, Blek Le Rat and Vhils among others have placed beautiful artworks on the street. Join our specialist to discover the latest street art around the East End of London.

Guided Tour of Mayfair Galleries
Mayfair has been the centre of contemporary art in London for nearly a century.  Join our senior art advisor for a guided tour of the top international and local galleries showing you the best of London’s contemporary art offerings with an emphasis on the current state of the contemporary art market.

National Treasures at The Wallace Collection / Sir John Soane House / Kenwood House
Some of London’s most important works of art are held in what were previously private collections that are now open to the public. These treasures are displayed within the walls of the city’s architectural masterpieces, hung amongst impressive design, porcelain, furniture and design collections. Often missed by locals and tourists, these hidden gems are well worth the visit and our specialist will add an extra dimension.

The Serpentine Summer Pavilion and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Exhibition
The Serpentine Summer Pavilion is one of the highlights of the London summer art calendar. The 2015 edition of the Summer Pavilion is the work of Spanish architects SelgasCano and reflects the bold use of colour associated with the Spanish designers.
Our specialist will guide you through the structure and will then give you a private tour of the museum’s fantastic summer exhibition by African artists Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Impressionists at the Courtauld Gallery
The Courtauld Gallery holds the best collection of paintings by Impressionists with a particular emphasis on Cézanne. Our specialist will guide you through this impressive collection, looking at the emergence of this radical nineteenth century view of looking at the world by contextualising it historically and culturally.

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