With the launch of Platinum Resident‘s Autumn/Winter 2016 issue, Editor Vicky Mayer picks out 14 things that discerning Londoners should see/do/buy this season
1 Buy: The Fine Jewelry Couture book
Jewellery fans are in for a treat this season with the launch of striking new coffee table book, Fine Jewelry Couture by Olivier Dupon. Covering haute couture jewellery designers from Australia, Brazil, France, India and more, this weighty 256 page tome will appeal to gemstone fans around the world. We particularly love our fine-feathered friends below, regally modelling some gorgeous new pieces from Anabela Chan’s Fleurs d’Elixir collection.
2 Do: Stay at the UFO Hotel
Is it a bird? is it a plane? No, it’s a UFO themed treehouse that lies within a pine forest estate in northern Sweden. Along with the UFO, you can also choose to stay in a flying saucer, the Mirror Cube or the Bird’s Nest, which looks exactly as it sounds. Prices for a B&B one night stay for two start from £390.
3 Do: Go on a diamond safari
Luxury South African hotel Ellerman House has joined forces with Benguela Diamonds to offer guests the chance to experience a unique ‘diamond safari’ to the mineral-rich west coast of South Africa. On the trip you’ll fly from Cape Town by private plane to Port Nolloth, where you’ll get the chance to dive with the Benguela dive masters to look for diamonds, garnets and olivines along the seabed.
4 Buy: The Nova Yacht
Heesen Yachts have unveiled a sleek new model, the YN 17850 Project NOVA, the first of a new breed of yachts from the master shipbuilder. This new 50m motoryacht offers all the great performance and luxurious comfort you’d expect from a Heesen yacht, but with the attractive added bonus of great fuel efficiency. The combination of the lightweight aluminium hull and relatively small engines means the NOVA motoryacht can achieve a transatlantic range of 3,750 nautical miles at a steady cruising speed of 12 knots with only 45m3 of fuel.
5 See: The Hair Exhibition
Fashion fans will love Hair by Sam McKnight, a new exhibition celebrating the career of master hairstylist Sam McKnight. With striking images from top photographers and supermodels such as Kate Moss, the show runs until March 2017.
6 See: The BADA Fair
BADA Fair, the leading event for the UK’s fine art, design and antiques community, returns to Duke of York Square, Chelsea from 15–21 March 2017. The fair offers collectors, curators and art professionals the chance to buy outstanding pieces of traditional, modern and contemporary art and antiques. Every item is carefully vetted for quality and authenticity by industry experts.
7 Buy: The Ribbon Dining Table
The sharp rectangular top contrasts beautifully with the fluid base of the bold new Ribbon Dining Table by leading Portuguese interiors brand Koket. The clever juxposition between smoked glass and polished glass makes this a show-stopping piece of furniture which will look just as great in a modern townhouse or more traditional home.
8 Buy: The Otero light
Lighting plays a crucial part in any room and we’re very impressed by the new work from Canadian lighting designer Larose Guyon. His draped lights, Otero, sparkle and shimmer in the dark, and will add a glamorous touch to any home. The lights come in two sizes and look amazing when hung together. They are available exclusively from leading London store CTO Lighting.
9 Buy: The Terence Donovan: Portraits book
British photographer Terence Donovan shot everyone from royalty to rock stars over his four decade career and many of his finest portraits have been bought together in this perfect coffee table book, Terence Donovan: Portraits. Stand-out shots include portraits of Princess Diana and the Queen, supermodels Twiggy, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell and our favourite, this haunting shot of rock legend Jimi Hendrix.
10 Buy: A good tailored jacket
Men’s formal evening wear is having a renaissance and we love the latest collaboration between leading Mayfair tailor Casely-Hayford and quintessential British club Annabel’s. Modelled by Charlie Casely-Hayford, the younger half of the design duo, the Annabel’s single-breasted velvet smoking jacket comes in a limited edition of 50, priced £675.
11 Buy: a jewelled watch
Backes & Strauss, the world’s oldest diamond company, has unveiled its long-awaited Royal Berkeley Emperor Tourbillon watch, which joins the collection of iconic Emperor timepieces within their Royal series. The diamond encrusted timepiece is inspired by London’s famous Berkeley Square; each diamond has been individually polished in a bespoke cut that mirrors the case in the form of the Square.
12 Buy: A Limited Edition Hennessy Cognac
Artist and designer Arik Levy has joined forces with leading cognac house Hennessy to celebrate 250 years of their world renowned brand. His stand-out bottle and case design is the perfect gift for those who are hard to please. The carafe, surrounded by an oak case with copper inlay, sparkles with reflected light. The bottle and case is a limited edition which makes it even more appealing.
13 Do: Have a drink at Dukes Hotel
One of the joys of visiting London is getting the chance to stay in one of the many iconic hotels scattered across the city. And if you’re looking for a quintessentially British place to visit, Dukes St James is the perfect destination. Tucked discreetly away in the historical courtyard of St James’s Place, near Piccadilly, this gloriously British hotel offers visitors a five star stay in SW1. Famed for its British charm and elegance, the beautifully appointed (and surprisingly roomy) suites offer the perfect London base while the Dukes Bar shouldn’t be missed. Here, James Bond writer Ian Fleming found inspiration for his most famous character and today you can try out his classic dry martini. Shaken of course, not stirred.
14 Do: Discover Italicus Aperitivo
Bored with Negroni? Then look out this season for Italicus, the hot new aperitivo from Italy. The bergamot-based drink, which is lightly citrus on the nose with hints of rose and lavender, is great served on the rocks or in a cocktail with a 50/50 mixture of Prosecco.