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Something to declare
Burgundy business bag, £895, Ermenegildo Zegna. Red and black bra, £125, and briefs, £65, Agent Provocateur. Sterling silver pen, £1,225, Mont Blanc. Navy passport cover, £190, Globe-trotter. Wallet, £125, Aspinal of London. Sunglasses, £240, Moscot. Red Panama diary, £42, Smythson. Handcuffs, stylist’s own
Shopping: Clementine Brown
Time to play
Globemaster watch with annual calendar, £5,925, Omega. Steel and leather watch, £7,000, Cartier. Chronograph watch, £9,750, and 18ct-gold cuff links, £2,500, Tiffany & Co. Pierre Arpels 42mm watch in white lacquer, with diamonds set in white gold on a Milanese stitch strap, £30,900, Van Cleef & Arpels. Stainless steel chronograph automatic watch with black dial, £4,980, Boucheron. Sterling silver ring with black ceramic, £370, Bulgari. Calatrava mechanical self-winding men’s watch with navy strap, £19,590, Patek Philippe. Steel bracelet automatic watch with blue dial, £6,900, Bulgari
Shopping: Michael Hennegan
Return of the hack
Party people, we’re back. After a six-week sojourn, we’re yet again selflessly stepping out onto the front line to get where water can’t. Kicking off at a bash to open L’Eden, the pop-up space by Perrier-Jouët, we headed down to the dancefloor to watch Naomi Campbell DJ, only to be intercepted by a minion sent to fetch La Campbell a fan. “Naomi’s boiling,” they told us. “She wants a strong fan. I need something that will cool her down, but not blow her weave off.” We escaped to pop over the road for an ice cream with the supermodel Erin O’Connor, who told us that the Party page was her first stop on a Sunday morning. “My husband gets up with our son Albert so I can have a lie-in, but when I do wake up, the first bit of Style I read is the Party page — I’ve missed it.” Stop, we said, you’re embarrassing us. Only joking — carry on.
To the Isle of Wight for Bestival, where we caught up with the east London club collective Sink the Pink, who were taking over the Spaceport along with disco queen Candi Staton and 1990s Eurodance act Livin’ Joy. Who’s the biggest diva, we asked. “Well, I’m my own hair, make-up and stylist,” Candi told us. “My record label sent me to beauty school so I could learn.” Over to Livin’ Joy, then. “No comment,” said Luzahnn — touchy! Finally, Sink the Pink’s Glyn Famous outlined his entourage: “Just the 16 for me. I even have an official psychic.” Course he does.
The pony club
What do you do at a party thrown to celebrate the launch of a new version of Vivienne Westwood’s Rocking Horse shoe by Melissa? Climb side-saddle onto a giant actual rocking-horse version of said shoe, obvs. Well, you do if you’re Rafferty Law, Pixie Geldof or Mary Charteris. Clearly, we had a go, too. Hours and hours of fun.
Words: Michael Hennegan
The 32-year-old pop star and TV presenter found fame as the runner-up in The X Factor in 2009. His fifth album is released in November. He lives alone near Chelmsford, Essex
‘My mates were celebrating a birthday here while I was shooting a video. As soon as my management left, I went a bit crazy, partying almost 24 hours a day. We’d get to the pool party for midday and get home at 5am. I’m an experienced drinker.’
‘I’m really proud of my training and what I’ve achieved in two years — I was about 14 stone and I’ve got it down to 12½st. I don’t know if I could ever say it’s become a joy; it’s always hard because you always need to progress.’
‘It has the same things as everywhere — houses, grass, shops — but as soon as I see the “Welcome to Essex” sign, I take a nice big breath and feel I’m home. I know where I’m going and I know who to call when I get lost. I think we’re really friendly in Essex.’
Gap, American Apparel, J.Crew — take a look around the UK retail scene and you’ll soon realise one thing: the American dream isn’t selling. There’s one label that is bucking the trend, though. Club Monaco, the New York-based brand, has been around since 1985, but now has a new menswear designer at the helm in the shape of Yorkshire-born Matthew Millward. “The whole Americana theme sold so well for years, people took it for granted that it would continue,” says Millward. “These days you need to appeal to an international customer, so you need to make it more European. We wanted to move away from plaid shirts and beaten-up jeans.” It’s obviously working as, in the past two years, the brand has opened three new shops in London (one of which is womenswear). So what to look out for? It does a cracking line of cashmere coats from £700, natty knits around the £300 mark, and if you fancy splashing out luxe cashmere joggers, it has them for £500. What next for the brand? It has just joined the trend to shop straight from the catwalk with its recent New York catwalk show (see above)and will be introducing limited-run pieces in store every six weeks or so. “I’d like to use lots more tweeds and texture and do more coats,” Millward says. “Even after 12 years in New York, I’m still just wa Yorkshireman who wants tailoring. That and a cup of Tetley tea.”