• Love. Want. Need. Catherine Deane
      27th February 2013

      Catherine Deane

      I love a look of contrasts - tough with soft, new with old, neat with distressed - and no one seems to be doing this better than evening wear designer, Catherine Deane.

      Beautiful silks are structured with leather harnesses, adorned with lace panels and latticed with buttery soft suedes.

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      Catherine, who "... grew up knitting jumpers, pressing flowers and embroidering napkins with my two grannies..." was taught by her mother how to use a sewing machine and has been making clothes since the age of 12. Born in Ireland, raised and educated in South Africa Catherine now works from just outside Hong Kong. This nomadic heritage has clearly provided a cross section of influences.

      Available at My-Wardrobe.com and at Harvey Nichols It's also worth noting that the sale of every dress equals a donation of educational toys to children in need in South Africa.

      www.catherinedeane.com
    • On the Radar Design Museum Collection: Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things
      4th February 2013

      Design Museum Collection: Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things

      AUTHOR The Milk Maid
      PHOTOGRAPHY Luke Hayes
      30th January 2013

      The Design Museum has opened a permanent collection devoted exclusively to contemporary design and architecture from the twentieth-century. Exploring exceptional everyday items and graphics or objects inherent to communicating a national identity, the exhibition includes a study of the Anglepoise lamp (the single most copied, parodied and collected in the history of design) and profiles the Olympic 2012 logo, now a globally recognised icon.

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      The exhibition presents six key stories through hundreds of items, offering a diverse investigation into the impact of design on every aspect of our lives. Speaking of the exhibition Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum explains "Design matters at every level. It is what makes daily life a little better; it is about the big economic changes that the world is going through. It is about the designers and the manufacturers, but it is also about the users. It is a unique way of making sense of the world around us."

      From the banks of the River Thames to the leafy borough of Kensington, the opening of this permanent collection marks a milestone in the journey towards the future of the Design Museum at its new home.

      www.designmuseum.org
    • Love. Want. Need. Tory Burch.co.uk
      17th January 2013

      Tory Burch.co.uk

      AUTHOR The Milk Maid
      Elegant and waspish with a dash of the all American and a lot of uptown New York polish; that's Tory Burch, the US label currently making waves on my side of the Atlantic.

      Having arrived in the UK a couple of years ago, the Tory Burch Bond Street location is now complimented by a stunning transactional website. Like the store before it www.toryburch.co.uk is an all encompassing representation of the Manhattan brand - shop a selection of the iconic Reva ballet shoes, prim cashmere knits, demure cocktail dresses and branded leather goods, alongside quotes from Tory Burch, the Tory Blog and beautiful look book imagery.

      www.toryburch.co.uk
    • Out Going Chilli Night at Outsider Tart
      12th November 2012

      Chilli Night at Outsider Tart

      AUTHOR The Milk Maid
      Every thursday evening, David and David, the duo behind the American bakeshop in Chiswick, clear the counters of sweet US treats and present giant pots of steaming chilli.

      With 12 place settings, 12 bowls and 12 chairs, the evening is guaranteed to be cosy, friendly and familiar as guests feast family style around their communal table.

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      On the evening I visited I sat with a couple of the local regulars, a few other journalists and bloggers, a couple of PR's and the Davids themselves - sweet bread was broken, beer flowed freely, the chilli gradually diminished and both souls and stomachs were fed on this all American comfort food as new friends were made.

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      A tip to anyone going along... don't forget to leave room for pudding! David and David are the most gracious and welcoming hosts, their table quickly feels like home as they actively encourage guests to relax, enjoy and help themselves to seconds, thirds and even fourths. After so much chilli there was little room for even the smallest slice of a delicious red velvet cheesecake so I took a giant wedge home, along with a huge jar of Reece's peanut butter that had been winking at me all evening.

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      David and David's authentic American soul food can now be sampled more regularly, as their restaurant, Blue Plate, has just opened.

      To celebrate Thanks Giving, the American Davids are also hosting two traditional American Thanks Giving dinners, visit the website for more information


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      www.outsidertart.com
    • On the Radar The Grey Area at Browns Menswear
      2nd November 2012

      The Grey Area at Browns Menswear

      AUTHOR The Milk Maid
      PHOTOGRAPHY Piece by Mr. Gresty
      Browns is something of a dynasty and Mrs B, Joan Burstein, something of a legend as she and the store have discovered and nurtured designers such as Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and John Galliano. Now, the dynamic London store has evolved into an art gallery, collaborating with Maison Twenty to house the work of 20 emerging artists.

      If Mrs B's keen eye and taste in fashion designers is anything to go by, this collaboration will no doubt feature the stars of the future.

      'The Grey Area' will be in the Browns menswear store until Christmas, where these one of a kind pieces will be available to buy.

      www.brownsfashion.com