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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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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…

 

848521d5-ed19-4dfb-9972-b789ab8f37cdHellebores
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.

 

 

 

 

 

anatomie-bougie-mobileCire Trudon – Ernesto
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.

 

 

 

 

Fumoir(716x380)2The Fumoir – Claridges

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.

 

 

CR3_The Corner Room – The Town Hall Hotel
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.

 

 

 
 

 

4605235087_466x242Susy Harper, Upper Street, Islington
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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Christine Taylor and the things that make her Swoon

Christine Taylor is the head honcho at famed Chocolate Dream shop Choccywoccydoodah, and as you would imagine she has impeccable taste. We asked her for a few of the things that makes her Swoon…

“My 5 favourite things/places/shops/people in the world are as follows:

Favourite restaurant

Sketch in Conduit Street, London – It’s always a wild adventure, in terms of the food, the staff, the dining room and the loos. Fabulous every time on every level.

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Image of the Gallery Restaurant at Sketch, from Sketch website.

 

Favourite things

Vivienne Westwood old tartan bowling bags, in proper fabric, with red leather trim. Oh, how I yearn for mine back.

Favourite places

Dungeness. I would love to live there. Sadly, no-one wants to move there with me and I can’t face a life alone on the only desert we have in the UK.

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Favourite designer

Yohji Yamamoto. He changed the perception of fashion for women in the 80s and has never been bettered since. In my opinion.

Favourite artist

My very own Dave Pop.  A genius.”

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Image from Dave Pop on Instagram

Thanks Christine! You can see the ChoccyWoccyDooDah website in all its glory here, or even better, if you haven’t already been, swing by one of their shops (and pick us up a Popcorn Peanut Stack while you’re at it!)

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Kensington Leverne and the things that make him Swoon

Kensington is a photographer living in London, working in various areas of photography including fashion, portraiture and landscapes, whilst putting out the odd zine too. We often run into him at London Fashion Week or London Collections: Men, and thought we’d ask him to tell us about what makes him Swoon…

Crystal Palace Park

I live in South London and I love a good run. Crystal Palace Park is the perfect place for jogging and the strange dinosaur sculptures make it much more interesting than other London parks! Crystal Palace Park

Photo-book: Bernhard Fuchs – Woodlands

This is one of my favorite photo books. Even though it’s shot in Austria the images remind me a lot of the woodlands around Oxfordshire where I grew up.

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Blenheim Park and Wychwood Forest

I’m not sure if you can have two places in one. They’re pretty close in terms of geography so I hope it’s allowed… They’re two places that I have spent a great deal of time exploring and differ greatly depending on the season. They’re never over populated and depending on which path you take through the woods you might not meet a single other person for hours.  Ideal if you need some space to think.

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Old Town Clothing, Norfolk

I guess I should add some fashion stuff in here somewhere. At the moment I’m a little obsessed with Old Town. They’re based up in Holt, Norfolk, are run by a lovely lady called Miss Willey and create fantastic, heavy-weight-no-nonsense clothing. They’re no secret anymore but you can’t beat the quality if old work clothing is your thing.

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Ducker & Son, Oxford

Bob makes amazing quality shoes. He created the shoes for the movie Atonement and will make you a pair of Brogues from any material you could ever imagine (within reason!) He once invited me into his Victorian workshop – it was like walking on to a movie set.  The back room contains the lasts of hundreds of famous celebrities, academics and politicians.

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See Kensington’s photography on his website here www.kensingtonleverne.com

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Charlie Casely-Hayford, and the things that make him Swoon

Casely-Hayford‘s clothes are a lesson in how to combine streetwear with formal wear. The father and son designer duo present collections that are a delicious clash of tailoring and streetwear, see their recent collections here, and our images from backstage this season here. They are one of our favourite shows to be backstage at during L:CM, with a relaxed, friendly yet somehow electric vibe. We asked Charlie Casely-Hayford for a few of the things that make him swoon.

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Backstage at Casely-Hayford

 

Lockwood Umbrellas – lockwoodumbrellas.com  

I love handmade crafted products and these rare umbrellas are handmade in London by two former craftsmen from James Smith and Sons umbrella makers.

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The New Remastered Led Zeppelin album

It was the inspiration and soundtrack for our recent SS15 catwalk show and it wakes me up in the morning,

 

Heinreich Dinkelaker Brogues

The shape of the last is a best of Italian and English – Heinreich Dinkelaker brogues are the perfect shoe and will last a lifetime. Each one is handmade.

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La Residencia in Mallorca

My favourite place to go post-fashion show where I can re-energise and start thinking about the next season.

 

Blanc eyewear – sunglasses

Highest quality sunglasses around. These Sunglasses are made in Japan in the same factory as Tom Ford, but still remain a quietly kept secret…. and they work perfectly with my suit and boots.

 

Thanks Charlie!

 

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Pamela Chapman & The Things That Make Her Swoon

‘Swoon’ is a feature we run where we take the time to ask a few of our favourite people about the products or places they love. We asked Pamela Chapman, What makes you Swoon?

Pamela Chapman runs the Backstage Management and Fashion Dressing company Chapman Burrell, alongside her daughter Emily. They are renowned as the glue that holds together the London Fashion Week catwalks and events. Here are the things that make Pamela Swoon!

Southbank

Let’s begin with London. Starting early from Waterloo Bridge, I love the walk along south Bank. Last weekend there was a Classic Car Boot Sale at the Jubilee Gardens – a perfect activity for a warm spring day! There is always something going on and it makes me smile and be proud to be British! Look at the book stalls; marvel at the human statues; catch sand sculptures (if the tide is out); watch the skate boarders. (Check out what is happening on www.southbanklondon.co.uk.) And end up in Bermondsey Street for lunch at one of many good eateries. My Dad was born at number 46, now a charming shop selling children’s toys. If you pop in there, you may see this picture on their wall, my Dad is holding the kitten.

Family black and white 006The Thames

Sticking with the Thames, my friend Sue and I once walked from the source to the barrier. We stopped frequently for Sue to paint and for me to take photographs, finally having an exhibition to raise money for The Richmond Venturer. It is a beautiful river and starts magically and unbelievably as a small puddle in the corner of a field in the Cotswolds. Take time out to visit pretty much any part of it and walk the Thames Path for a while.

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The beginning of the Thames

Faversham Creek

We live on a dutch Barge on the Thames, hence our love for the river. But we go down-stream too and, for many years, have been part of the Swale Smack and Barge Match which starts off in the Swale River behind the Isle of Sheppey. There is nothing quite like race morning, hearing the crews pulling up anchor and setting sails, softened sounds reaching our ears in the quiet of early morning. A favourite mooring whilst in the area is Faversham Creek and I have grown to love this small market town. It’s one of those places where I feel totally “at home”. It is a town which inspires me, with several craft type shops popping up, lots of charity shops, various markets and antique centres and a superb choice of cafes. Easily accessible just off the M2/A2 or by train, take a day trip! And make sure you walk down Abbey Road to the Creek. In fact, make it a weekend!

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I collect – some say hoard – “stuff”. I have a weakness for fabric and haberdashery items. My head is full of ideas of things to make, and one day I will, honestly!

One of the places I find “stuff” is just up the road from where I live. Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Park Racecourse is a wonderful experience. It is held on the second and last Tuesday of each month. Free entry and free parking or train from Waterloo on the Shepperton line. Before you go, I suggest you decide what you want/need, which may make your visit quicker. Otherwise, you can easily get there at 6am and still be browsing at noon! There are over 700 stalls, inside and out, so put on your walking shoes! Kempton hosts many other events, not just horseracing. There are fairs for toys, postcards, rock & gem – even a Parrot Show!

Kempton park antiquesEveryman Cinemas

Most recent discovery? Live screenings at Everyman Cinemas. Our local is Walton. It is small, you sit on comfortable sofas or arm chairs. There is a bar and food and drink can be served as you watch, we saw War Horse there recently. What’s not to like? No travel to town, no parking worries, close up views and £15 each. Brilliant – but book early.  It’s very popular.

Family

And may I finish by telling you who I admire?  My Mum, Joan Chapman who, supported by my Dad, George, started our business.  When I took over from her, my husband Edward did the maths for me and now our daughter, Emily, is taking us flying into a third generation.  Well done Mum!  You can see what we do on www.chapmanburrell.com.

And watch this space, because another project I have in mind is to “blog” all the memorabilia Mum collected from shows she worked on, starting in the seventies.  If you knew how long it took me to write this small blog entry for Susie, you would understand me asking the following:  if anyone out there has an interest in a backstage view of fashion shows from the seventies to now – please come and write it for me!!!

Thanks Pamela!

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