Yoga's latest chapter
First came standard yoga, yogalates and then we cranked up the temperature and attempted yoga in a hot room. And now, from the yoga guru who brought Bikram to London in the 90s, Michelle Pernetta, comes Fierce Grace – the latest yoga practice sweeping London's fitness fanatics off the treadmills and into the studio. Fierce Grace (title image) is a five-class system combining Hatha, Bikram and Ashtanga yoga and aimed to maximise both strength and flexibility for all ability levels. "With Fierce Grace, strength and flexibility work together to bring the best possible combination of the two in your body and mind and emotions," explains Michelle. With five studios across London, get your downward dog out of the kennel when you're next in town.
Harrods' newly opened Shoe Heaven is to Manolo Blahnik worshippers and Jimmy Choo devotees what the Chocolate Factory is to Charlie – a melting pot of pure hedonistic bliss. With over 100,000 pairs of shoes from over 55 designers including Dior, Chanel and Christian Louboutin, each taking pride of place in the glittering 42,000 square feet art deco showroom, even Cinderella's ugly sisters could find a pair of shoes here. To celebrate the launch, Harrods has commissioned an exclusive capsule collection of 37 iconic shoes recreated in silver. We particularly love Burberry's silver leather ankle boots and Rupert Sanderson's towering stilettos. And if that wasn't enough, many of the designers have private shopping suites for guests to try on prospective pairs while sipping on champagne. What more could we want?
We saw it first at New York Fashion Week back in February and now the inaugural ready-to-wear collection from American leather goods brand Coach is all set for fashion hungry punters to get their hands on. Available exclusively on Net-a-Porter.com from August 27th – September 15th the 14-piece capsule collection features quirky and cool pieces combining a raw urban feel with a classic Americana approach – think downtown rock chic. Speaking about the collection Executive Creative Director Stuart Vevers explains: "I imagined a journey that started in Coach's native New York, a road trip around America where our girl finds unique, charming pieces and then puts her look together back in New York so it maintained a cool, urban attitude."
No more ironing
As all discerning travellers know too well, ironing shirts while luxe trotting the globe, doesn't rank highly on any list of travel endeavours, but needs must. Well now, thanks to Thomas Pink, hotel laundry services and travel irons can be a thing of the past with the brand's latest 'Traveller' non-iron shirt range for men. Promising exactly what it says on the tin, these shirts are uniquely fabric engineered with a non-iron finish but still retain their quality and craftsmanship, tailored from the finest two-fold 100% cotton and featuring button cuffs and mitred edge. Available in slim and classic fit.
It is that time of year when summer is still lingering, autumn is waiting in the wings and our wardrobes are eagerly eyeing up the new season wares. It is too cold for bare shoulders and too warm for tights, so how do we bridge the gap? A midi length shirt dress and oversized wrap coat is the answer... The coat acts as a chic cover up outdoors and the shift-dress a glimpse of skin once at your destination. Opt for white or barley-there shades for optimum wearabilty and a fresh new season feel. There will be plenty of time for gloomy shades and muted tones once the sun sets on summer one last time.