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Eva McMahon and the things that make her Swoon

We got in touch with the fabulous Eva McMahon of the style blog Glamazon to ask her for a few things that make her Swoon! Eva is a colleague and friend of Mr Palmer Productions, and we adore her blog. Galamazon is an award winning blog, focussing on chic insight into fashion and lifestyle, as seen through the eyes of Czech Eva. Check out the blog here www.glamazonblog.com and have a peek at 5 things that make Eva Swoon below.

1.Cocktails in Claridges – Claridges is one of my favourite spots in London and it is our tradition to go for few cocktails with my friends. I love the old school glamour feel of the place and of course their tasty drinks. And plus you never know who you can bump in to.

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2. Nuxe body oil – Although it may sound boring this is the best body oil I have ever tried and plus it smells like holiday. A small bottle that takes you to the sunny beach every day.

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3. Finding the best deals at designer sample sales – It is almost my addiction and a great way how to build up your wardrobe with designer pieces (for fraction of price). My personal favourite is Temperley. I never leave empty handed. Photo: Luca Tombolini / Indigital.tv

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4.Good weekend brunch – Nothing beats a lazy weekend that starts with a delicious brunch. Whether I am with my husband, friends or family this is the best part of the week. There are many great brunch places but I love to go to Rocca in Dulwich village, French Cafe at East Dulwich, Shoreditch House, Riding House Cafe when I am meeting people more central. It is hard to pick just few as it makes me hungry just thinking about it.

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5. The buzz of Fashion Week – I love that time of the year. Whether that is the moment when first model walks on the catwalk or the street style photographers are chasing their muse. The atmosphere is just wonderful and always carries me away to another world.

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Thanks Eva!

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January in London means menswear, as London Collections: Men hits the capital. This is always a highlight of out year – working with a mixture of the best respected Menswear tailors such as Gieves and Hawkes, to the freshest talent in menswear design, such as Sean Suen.

It was a tumultuous week, with a fast paced shows in the busiest schedule this season has seen yet, and the tragic news on David Bowies passing spreading over the last day of shows.

Have a peek at our behind the scenes pictures of the LCF, Coach, Margaret Howell, Gieves and Hawkes, and Sean Suen.

 

We loved these gorgeous leather accessories at Coach – Dino’s, buckles, and key rings

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The everlasting cool of Margaret Howell…

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Gieves and Hawkes took place upstairs at their shop at Number 1 Saville Row, and we were surrounded by the uniforms of the Queens person guard, the Honourable Corps.

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Sean Suen was shown through GQ China, and commemorated the news of the late great Bowie by ammending their body art plans.

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Kally Ellis Founder of McQueens – and the things that make her Swoon

Kally Ellis is the founder of McQueens, a premier London based florists, that is so much more than a florists. In 1991, from a small florist in Shoreditch, Kally had a clear aim in mind: “I wanted to sell simple, stylish flowers, beautifully presented, to the London market. And I knew people would love it.” Since then Kally used her marketing expertise, strong sense of colour and design, and genuine passion for flowers, to establish McQueens as a premier name in both the UK and international flower market. You can find McQueens flowers at the most fantastic events and spaces around the globe: From the A-list Vanity Fair post-Oscar party in Los Angeles, to fashion shows in London. From the Tribeca film festival in New York to the capital’s most talked about five-star hotels. From weddings and restaurants to television and film, McQueens has redefined the way we think about flowers, forever.

We spoke to Kally to ask her about the things that make her Swoon…

 

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Without doubt, these are my personal highlight of the winter season. Banish any thoughts of those gaudy poinsettias with their crepe petals. These delicate, bashful Christmas roses in pure white make my heart skip a beat every time. I have them in my garden too and they look every bit as perfect as they do in a vase, believe me.

 

 

 

 

 

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I do adore scented candles and I must say I usually have one of my own McQueens scented candles on the go at home (peony or gardenia). But this particular candle is my all-time favourite from the world’s oldest candle making company. There’s a hint of musk and incense about it which is so heady that it is practically spiritual.

 

 

 

 

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I do spend a lot of my time at Claridge’s – as well as being responsible for all the flowers there, we also have a wonderful little McQueens boutique in the hotel – but at the end of the day, this is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a little glass of fizz. It’s tiny and tucked away, which makes it slightly naughty and terribly romantic, all at the same time.

 

 

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We recently outgrew our space on Old Street so we’ve just moved to a large, newly-refurbished warehouse in Bethnal Green. This wonderful little dining room is one of my great new discoveries  – the food is fresh and innovative, it has a wonderfully serene atmosphere and the service is impeccable. It’s definitely one of Bethnal Green’s best kept secrets.

 

 

 
 

 

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I first discovered Michelle and her amazing little boutique about a decade ago when she was based in Cross Street and I just adore the cut of her clothes. Every season I will buy one or two pieces and I know that each time I wear them they will give me untold pleasure. My husband has a conspiracy theory because each time he pops in – be it Christmas or my birthday –  Michelle instinctively knows exactly what I want.

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Magazine Of the Year

On Monday 30th November the world’s first independent magazine awards took place in East London. The Stack Awards was a small affair in a basement bar near Old Street on a weekday, and yet the room was buzzing with excited and nervous innovators of indie magazines, many of which were shortlisted for awards on the night.

The awards are the brainchild of Steve Watson, the founder of Stack magazines and Sampler. Steve champions independent print night and day, and speaks from the heart about why this awards event was essential to the industry;

“Independent publishers make some of the world’s most exciting and inspiring magazines, but come awards time they’re virtually invisible. The Stack Awards 2015 is our attempt to put that right”.

Above all else the Awards housed an infectious spirit and a vivid community of image makers, writers, designers and generally nice people. Often we hear the phrase that print is dead. All the titles that were shortlisted, commended, and the few who won awards that night, prove otherwise. This is a creative industry that is doing better than ever before, and is filled with a breadth a of fascinating expertise that only grows. Take a stroll through these winning and commended titles for a glimpse into the best the independent magazine world has to offer:

(L-R) Benji Knewman (commended for Launch of the year) Delayed Gratification (commended for Best non-fiction) The Gourmand (winner of Magazine of the year) Weapons of Reason (double winner on the night – Best use of illustration and Launch of the year)

 

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Palmer Productions Announce Training Course

We are excited to announce that Susie, the director of Palmer Productions, has developed her very own training course in Handbag Development and Production!

In partnership with the Creative Skillset and HM Government Employer Ownership funding, Susie has drawn on her own expert set of skills in leatherwork and accessories manufacturing, to create a five day fully immersive course in technical know-how.

Over 5 days the students will learn all about sourcing materials, leather and which country to manufacture in; they’ll have an introduction into leather, sampling and technical specifications, including a visit to a tannery, a sampling unit, and a factory.  This is in short, a crash course for practicing designers to develop their existing lines into the much sought after accessories industry, and taught by our very own Susie, a real expert in leather manufacturing and production.

Full info of this will be going out with the BFC newsletter this week, and the six limited places will be snapped up.  See below for the full advert.

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The Gucci Museum, Florence

Recently my sister, Jill, visited the Gucci Museum in Florence and her friend took these pics. Jill says: “I find it fascinating that Guccio Gucci started as a luggage boy, carrying the goods of the rich, and, impressed by their luxurious bags, went on to produce his own. The collections in the museum are amazing but I liked particularly the wonderful fairy tale dresses on show worn by famous faces. The workmanship and imaginative designs are something else. I stumbled across the museum and it was a highlight of my trip. They also have a very cool book and coffee shop. A must to visit.” Find out more at http://www.guccimuseo.com – Pictures by Jill’s friend, Alison Cowie.


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Buy British Day!

On the 3rd October, it’s Buy British Day up and down the country. The initiative is one close to our hearts, and is supporting the very latest wave of British designers, businesses and craftsman to take centre stage.

Although the accolade of Made in Britain has long been seen as a badge of quality overseas, unfortunately it holds less esteem closer to home. Buy British Day has been launched to try and shift this belief, and to introduce new British made designers and brands to a wider audience.

This initiative has been set up by the team at Best of Britannia, the UK’s biggest “pop up department store”, with over 200 British-made brands represented and available for purchase. They also have an online hub of information and shop, supporting British made brands.

The BOB (Best of Britannia) team say, “The provenance of what we buy is increasingly important to the UK as well as to the international consumer. When attending BoB, the quality of each item produced is clear, whether it has been created lovingly by hand or in the oldest running factory in the world.”

A lot of the brands that are involved with the initiative have fascinating stories to tell on how they came to be, how they got where they are today, and what drives them as a brand to be Made In Britain. Cheaney shoes is a great example of this; Cheaneys have be designing and making beautiful and entirely British made shoes from their Northamptonshire factory for over a 100 years, through 5 generations of family. They can recall their history back through the last century in wonderful detail, from business growth, strength during the wars, right down to anecdotes about staff in the early 20th century. It’s a company with real heart, and really good, beautiful, British made shoes!

For the South, Buy British Day itself will centre around a pop up of BOB brands taking part in Waynes Hemmingway’s The Classic Car Boot Sale, near Kings Cross St Pancreas, and for the North, head to Preston Shopping centre for the pop up of BOB brands. And wherever you are on October 3rd, we challenge you to only buy British! See more info on the website here.

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Parris Wakefield – a Best of Britannia brand

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Our Week at London Fashion Week

This season London Fashion week was a busy one for us, zooming around backstage with the guys at Chapman Burrell, running backstage and dressing models. We were in love with the green dream that was Jasper Conran, and lusting after the woven dresses and perfect jackets from Barbara Casasola; we got up super early to work at the AMAZING Anya Hindmarch production and rubbed shoulders with some of the model elite in the rock and roll show Versus Versace put on.

Needless to say, we love London Fashion Week! See some of our favourite pictures of the week and the shows we were at below.

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Classy cocktail fun with Mixology Events

I recently had the task of organising my best friends hen party and decided to go down the ‘classy but fun’ route. One of my activities was a cocktail making class, but not any cocktail class! The class was by Mixology Events – cocktail lessons for parties, with a  classy twist. It was held in the Bloomsbury Hotel and 8 girls joined for some fun lessons and a tipple or five! We had a great mixologist teach us how to make cocktails from different eras; an espresso martini, a basil gin fizz and a blood orange margarita!

Here is a recipe from the class to whet your appetite, and see more at their website here.

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Cocktail Description:

This cocktail is a refreshing twist on a very popular old drink known simply as a Gin Fizz, with recipes for a “Fizz” dating back to 1887 in Jerry Thomas’s Bartenders guide. This cocktail grew in popularity in the 1930’s-1940’s with Gin being the most common spirit used. There are many variations of this cocktail, two of the more famous are the “Tom Collins” – but this cocktail specifically requests that Old Tom Gin is used – and the “Ramos Gin Fizz” which has not only cream, but egg white as well. Our favourite twist uses Gin, lemon, Honey water, basil and soda water.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 Basil leaves
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1⁄2 measure of Honey Water 2 measures of Gin
  • 2 shots of Soda Water

Cocktail Recipe:

In the Julep tin drop in 1 wedge of lemon, the 5 Basil leaves and the Honey Water and muddle together

Add in two shots of Gin

Fill the cup with crushed ice and churn together using a bar spoon for about 8 seconds, this will not only mix the cocktail up, but will also chill down the drink and dilute it down to the desired level

Add more crushed ice on top to make a heap and hold your hand over the top for a second to seal the drink in (this is known as capping the drink)

Top with soda water and garnish with a bit of mint that has been slapped to release the aromas and a couple of straws.

Fold a napkin triangle, then wet the two opposite corners and wrap it around the outside of the drink so the wet corner sticks to the Julep tin.

All pictures from the Mixology Events website.

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Urban Flower Company

The Urban Flower Company is a crouch end based floral company that makes us want to rush out and immediately fill our home with blooms like theirs.

Young entrepreneur, Matthew Richardson, opened his shop at just 24, after falling into a career in floristry via Spitalfields market. He set out to do something a little different with floristry, and you can definitely see that throughout their work. Wild and blousy, they create beautiful artistic arrangements that light up our Instagram. Here are a few of our favourites!

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John Gosling – Composer to McQueen

Following on from our McQueen hype, thanks to the fantastic Savage Beauty, we look to the man behind the music, John Gosling.

John’s work is synonymous with McQueen – so much so that for AnOther magazines McQueen special this year, they enlisted Gosling to create the soundtrack. In a ode to McQueen, the special edition US magazine featured an LCD screen cover playing a video of archive pieces worn by Rihanna, and viewers/readers were met with Goslings soundscape when they pressed play. Pretty epic.

John worked as musical director to McQueen for over 15 years. The strong thematic tone to McQueens shows made it clear what direction to take the music, Gosling says – “It was almost as if you were given a script.” (Opening Ceremony)

For the Savage Beauty exhibit music in each of the galleries was composed by Gosling especially for the show. It’s just another way that the show is truly a representation of everything the McQueen was under Lee’s reign.

“Although some shows took a really long time to piece together, it was always a pleasure working with McQueen’s vision. It was always very inspiring.”

Read more of this interview with John here, and see the clip for the AnOther Magazines very special edition below.

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Savage Beauty – still exceptional

Last week I was lucky enough to get some last minute tickets to see Savage Beauty. A show that is so well publicised and so loved often struggles to live up to expectations, but of course, this was McQueen, and it was every bit as good as everyone said it was. Susie, owner of Palmer Productions, previously spoke about the show, and I was so very excited to see inside last week.

From the painstakingly matched tartan to obsessive bead work, the shape shifting pattern cutting to the giant show stopping shoes, the Savage Beauty show is an exercise in exceptional fashion design. We all know that Lee McQueen was in a class of his own for innovation, but seeing everything in one place is a truly emotional experience.

We didn’t take any pictures in the show in keeping with the museums wishes, so this selection of images is taken from Vogue.coms first look. A deep vein of love for London runs through the show, and it only makes us look forward to next months Fashion Week all the more!

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