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ere’s a confession: after a glass of wine too many, a couple of incongruous things happen to me. Firstly, my voice goes really rather posh, which has earned me the nickname ‘Beryl’ with certain friends, thanks to my vocal similarity to British stage and screen actress Beryl Reid (best Google her if you’re under 30). Secondly, I start swearing. Not to Malcolm Tucker/Gordon Ramsay levels, but my befuddled brain must think that using the

F-word helps to drive home all those very important things I’m trying to say (or should that be shout?). A number of recent studies have looked at the physiological and emotional efects of swearing, so it’s no surprise to discover that for those of us who rarely curse in day-to-day life, it can have a number of benefcial efects when we do, ranging from a sense of power and control to even dealing with pain more efectively. Tis month, we sent writer Tracy Ramsden to take part in a new workshop set up by stress therapists whose expletive-fuelled philosophy aims to tackle anxiety and anything else holding you back in life. Find out what happened, and how blue the air turned, on page 138. Now back to alcohol – did you know that one in ten couples claim they haven’t had sober sex in over six months? Our fascinating report on page 151 looks at why

being sober in the bedroom is such a challenge for some, as well as the efect alcohol has on women’s libido, and how to lose your inhibitions without resorting to the bottle. But we haven’t forgotten that Christmas is just around the corner, and with it lots of plans for joyful celebrations. You’ll fnd great party, gift and beauty ideas throughout the issue, all with a healthy topping of festive sparkle. I’ll raise a glass to that… Happy Christmas!

Trish Halpin, Editor in Chief

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contents december Style

53 Hot trends Maximalism, sporty, lace and white

60 Shoe parade 62 High-street genius Our fashion features assistant works leather with chunky knits

65 Bug bearers Insect-themed jewellery

66 Under £100 69 We can’t get through Christmas without… 75 Michael Kors’ festive fashion SOS 88 Little fashion details 90 1 girl, 5 full skirts 92 My style 9-5 95 We want what she’s got Actress Rose Byrne

97 Hot list


cover stories

103 Christmas gif guide: all under £50 126 Dior’s divine decade

78 101 party fashion ideas 144 Breastfeeding in the boardroom

Sublime photos capture a golden age of fashion

Japan’s trailblazing mothers

151 Yes, yes, yes!

Perfect pressies galore

The best sex tips we’ve heard in ages

165 Dating strategies What single men are really thinking

220 Scarlett On love, mistakes and getting engaged

284 Hot hair …for festive glamour

309 A beauty editor’s Botox confessions

Dark victory: black gets a twist for the party season




contents Festive stars you won’t want to miss


More is more: the new glam


Red hot: Scarlett Johansson


133 Bulletin Must-know global news

138 Swear yourself to a happy life The controversial therapists who will help you to say ‘f*ck it’ to stress

154 The A-Z of Christmas Tidings of joy: we’re here to ensure you enjoy a fabulous festive season

168 Strictly Julien King of glam Julien Macdonald talks couture and the cha-cha

175 The Kate index Why the nation hearts the duch*ess of Cambridge

181 A single girl’s perfect Christmas Going home to mum and dad needn’t mean a cringey Crimbo

184 ‘I used to try to hide my poshness’ Complex comedian Jack Whitehall

190 Life stories: Vivien Leigh 197 Reporter Music, people, TV, trends, flm and books

295 Health: ‘My name is Amanda and I’m HIV positive’ 345 Deluxe Interiors, festive gorgeousness, going out, food and parties

364 Travel Alaska’s beautiful wilderness

371 On location: Mozambique

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Fashion 230 Dark nights

Must-have tree trimmers


Black is still the hue to party in

242 Enchanted Vintage meets opulence

255 Get the look for less 386 It’s all about… eyelets


We simply adore Dior


263 Beauty news 264 Ask the beauty editors 266 Fragrances pour homme 270 If looks could kill…

Amazing skin: our defnitive guide

Smokin’ hot eye make-up

279 Beauty enquirer: the quick-fx LBD plan 283 My beauty rules


Pop starlet Charli XCX

284 Party hair 291 Skin science: micellar waters 293 Hair fash 301 Marie Claire Amazing Skin 302 Make-up with benefts 315 The youth code 319 Let’s talk about necks 324 Is your skincare right for your lifestyle? 333 Extreme facials: revolutionary or rip-of?

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11 Editor’s letter 34 Letters 342 How to subscribe 385 Horoscopes

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I have just cried through ‘I knew it was gunfre – I had to save the children’ . I applaud not only Kaitlin Roig’s heroism, but also the bravery and compliance of her wonderful class of six-year-olds in this scary situation. I’ve recently left teaching, but this story has made me question returning to this amazing profession. Kaitlin clearly was born to teach. Charlotte Carver, Bournemouth the women we should admire

In a world where women are made to feel they have to look and dress a certain way, thank goodness for role models like scientist


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Dr Rita Sousa Nunes and youth campaigner Carlene Firmin (‘Women at the top’). Tese women are strong enough to have it all and smart enough to make their dreams happen, which is something we should all look up to. Abby George, Wrexham seize the day

Tank you for Sam Salduk’s honest account of cancer (‘I was forced to choose between my fertility and my life’). My husband was diagnosed with bowel cancer fve years ago and was lucky to get through it with surgery. But it changed both our lives forever. We now live in the moment. Yes, the cancer may come back, but, like Sam, you have to give life your best shot or the disease has won. Susan Allan,Cumbria don’t give up

‘Have you hit a relationship milestone?’ struck a chord. Te couples’ stories and your psychotherapist’s advice taught me how I could turn my own relationship around. My partner and I started of infatuated with each other, but somehow our relationship has gone wrong along the way. After reading your feature, I now feel confdent we can go back to loving and trusting each other completely. Lucie Jones, by email

still moved by ‘a child all alone’

My life has many similarities to Jenni fa*gan’s (October issue), and her story has given me courage to put pen to paper and transcribe many years’ worth of diaries into a book. I’ve moved more than 20 times in my life, had four name changes and sufered abuse by people who were supposed to protect me, so I often struggled with a loss of identity and fear of new people. I’ve been settled in one place for the past four years (the longest I’ve lived anywhere) and now feel ready to write, especially after realising that I too could inspire others by doing so. Tank you for tackling issues that aren’t always comforting or glamorous, but are extremely important. Joanne Williams, by email


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contributors bryan adams

Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams rose to worldwide fame in the Eighties, and now divides his time between music and photography. He co-founded cult fashion magazine Zoo in 2003, and published Exposed, a retrospective of his photographs, in 2012. His latest book, Wounded: The Legacy of War, is out soon. Bryan frst worked with Marie Claire back in 2000, and shot Julien Macdonald and Eliza Doolittle for this month’s issue. What will you be doing this Christmas? ‘I’ll be at home in London, looking up at the tree, thinking about being on a beach.’

Victoria moss

tony collins

Our acting fashion features director, who joined Marie Claire this summer afer eight years at InStyle, interviewed Julien Macdonald (page 168). She is ‘endlessly fascinated by his couture clients, who drop tens of thousands of pounds on party frocks in the blink of an eye’. What will you be doing this Christmas? ‘I will be at home with my family and our Jack Russells, Digby and Milo. My job is to open the champagne.’

Essex-born Tony styled the hair on this month’s fashion story, ‘Dark nights’ (page 230). Over the years he’s worked with everyone from Naomi Campbell to Kylie Minogue and, most recently, Caroline Winberg on TV show The Face. Despite numerous career highlights, Tony thinks ‘maybe there is still a big one to come’. What will you be doing this Christmas? ‘I’m going to New York but, frankly, I’d rather stay in London.’

Janice turner

Staunch republican and Times columnist Janice wrote this month’s Kate Middleton feature (page 175). ‘She is not the sort of woman I usually admire,’ says Janice. ‘She is largely a silent fgure in public life, but there is a kind of sweet strength about her. I wonder if anyone can really be that nice.’ What will you be doing this Christmas? ‘I live next to my in-laws, so at Christmas our houses become one swirl of children and relatives who run between them.’



When Bryan (above) met Julien (lef): page 168

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julien macdonald


Hot right now... the rise of shine

Party dressing don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling

bugging out

photograph by imaxtree

Quirky-cool insect jewels – they’re simply the beast

Pony Power

forget leopard, there’s only one fabric on fashion’s current lust list 51


£45, Aldo

RobeRto Cavalli

Dress, £65, River Island



Shoes, £85, River Island

Bling it on

Sequins, glitter, supersized gems – anything goes as long as it gleams Bra, £48, Topshop

Dress, £220, Gant

style tip The beading and oversized shape of this sweatshirt make it the ideal day-to-night piece

Jacket, £225, Reiss

Bag, £810, Emporio Armani

Sweatshirt, £55, ASOS

Necklace, £579, Swarovski

Shoes, £1,670, Giuseppe Zanotti Headband, £120, Benoît Missolin at Liberty

Skirt, £178, AllSaints

Top, £69, Miss Selfridge


StYLE Watch, £695, Gc

Top, £38, Bank Fashion


Dress, £299, Sandro

Bag, £330, MCM at Harrods

Boots, £195, United Nude


track stars

Edge ahead of the fashion feld with a sculpted take on sporty dressing

Dress, £189, Dufy

Bag, £220, NSEW at Monnier Frères

Miu Miu

Trousers, £375, Moncler

Shoes, £680, Christian Dior

Sweater, £75, Whistles

style tip

Look out for texture to update timeless staples. Wear with primarycoloured denim and slip-on sneakers


Skirt, £350, Marni

STYLE Top, £213, Joie

Jacket, £69, Mint Velvet

Shoes, £139, La Paire

Amazing LACE

Dress, £178, Three Floor

DOlce & GaBBana

BarBara Bui

elie SaaB

Bag, £260, Marc by Marc Jacobs at Harrods

From full-on gowns to footwear, there’s nothing old-fashioned about lace

style tip

Super-feminine pleats add a new-season twist. Wear to the ofce with a white ftted shirt Top, £99, Ted Baker

Skirt, £65, Darling

Bag, £30, Oasis


Trousers, £60, Cheap Monday

Dress, £790, Carven at Matchesfashion. com

Shoes, £555, Valentino at

StYLe Watch, £329, Thomas Sabo

T-shirt, £39, Pied a Terre at House of Fraser

Trousers, £44.99, Mango Mugler

sA tskinny, y l ecropped tip

Shoes, £550, Burberry Prorsum

silhouette means these trousers work with both heels and fats

White Christmas

Jacket, £450, Whistles

Proenza Schouler

Wear head to toe for a crisp, cool yule

Clutch, £245, Lulu Guinness

Skirt, £130, Fenn Wright Manson

Viktor & rolf


Bag, £310, Michael Michael Kors

Shoes, £169, Hobbs Shirt, £16.99, New Look

STyLed By LuCiA deBieux. STiLL LiFeS By NoHALidediGiTAL.CoM. PHoToGrAPHS By iMAxTree, JASoN LLoyd-evANS

Necklace, £7.99, H&M


‘Fierce with jeans, or turn a plain dress into a killer outft’

casadei, £930

River island, £50

Kurt geiger, £250

Reiss, £149

Pedro garcía, £315

love label at, £35

aldo, £65

tabitha simmons, £825

the shoe parade

juST dancE

Strap in and strut forth, ladies. It’s time to party!

marks & spencer, £59

hugo boss, £350


dune, £89

guess, £190

atalanta Weller, £430

matalan, £20

Rupert sanderson, £685

Kg by Kurt geiger, £140

ofce, £60

carvela by Kurt geiger, £130


burberry Prorsum, £450

lK bennett, £165

Jones bootmaker, £110

nicholas Kirkwood, £520

‘Add a little K-Middy chic to the annual offce bash’

Reiss, £179

styled by abisoye odugbesan. still lifes by

nine West, £95

Jimmy choo, £450

l’autre chose at, £265

coach, £195

Russell & bromley, £185

see by chloé, £235

Zara, £59.99

Best Buy bionda castana, £525

ted baker, £110

lucy choi, £168

ofce, £60

Karen millen, £125

by malene birger, £279

next, £45

clarks, £44.99


STYLE necklace, £10, Accessorize

sweater, £79, cos

Jacket, £380, Asos White

NELLiE’S high-street GENiuS

trousers, £14.99, h&m

Marie Claire’s fashion features assistant rocks leather with chunky knits and oversize jewellery

Jacket, £100, river island; sweater, £175, topshop unique; trousers, £95, french connection; shoes, £240, kurt geiger

earrings, £6.50, dorothy perkins

bag, £165, Vivienne Westwood for the cambridge satchel company

‘I’ll be teaming this gorgeous sweater with a chic pencil skirt’

don’t miss out

boots, £110, ofce

Vivienne Westwood and the cambridge satchel company have teamed up to create a collector’s bag. We love this little number.

skirt, £39.99, Zara

sweater, £66, American Apparel


styled by Abisoye odugbesAn. photogrAph by christopher fenner. still lifes by hAir And mAke-up by kristinA rAlph

trainers, £50, new balance at schuh



STYLE Necklace, £1,675, Roberto Cavalli

Necklace, £136, Grand Bazaar

Necklace, £18.50, Freedom at Topshop

STyLed By HoLLy weLCH. STiLL LiFeS By Luke kiRwaN

Brooch, £720, Lanvin


a bUG’S LifE

earrings, £212, delfna delettrez at

insects have become the buzz word in jewellery – we’re all afutter 65

belt, essentiel

jacket, river island


skirt, oasis

£85 burberry prorsum


bag, Whistles


cuf, reiss

£39 top, Zara

under £100


to trot

We’re loving pony skin – aka fabulously furry cowhide – that won’t gallop off with your cash

sandals, primark


monochrome pony skin nails two trends in one

add ponyskin accessories to a warming winter blend of high-texture materials

bag, autograph at marks & spencer

£99 jacket,

£34.99 boots, asos

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Celebrate your Christmas moments

Christmas collection from £30

Sparkle this Christmas with pavé Be inspired at

style Carvela, £95

Marc Jacobs at, £319

George at Asda, £12

Dolce & Gabbana, £430

Russell & Bromley, £125

stay grounded in fancy flats

Don’t even think about going to a party without them.

work the party season in…

From pyjamas to party bling, Marie Claire’s edit of the chicest Christmas buys will see you through the festivities in style. And not a novelty jumper in sight… Butler & Wilson, £298

Karen Millen, £250

be queen for the day Just because you’re in your local doesn’t mean you can’t work it like a royal.

Zara, £109

channel the 90s in a slip dress Team with leather leggings and biker boots or a chunky knit and brogues for the daytime.


Elle Macpherson, £120


style Warehouse, £10

you can be over 30 and wear a bobble hat

Because it’s cold, and for 2013, a bobble beats a trilby any day.

alberta ferretti


Bernstock Speirs at Liberty, £85

Rosie Sugden, £89.99

get cosy in a rollneck

Next, £80

style tip

Chunky is the word when it comes to knits this season. Wardrobe update: done. Ganni, £150

Wear with a full, swishy skirt for a modern spin

invest in a ladylike coat

elie saab

pimp up your lbd

Work the retro look on your Boxing Day walk and top it of with a chunky scarf.

Because basic is boring. Try foral corsages, embellishment and layers of chifon.

Urban Outftters, £150


christopher kane

style tip

An empire-line shape gives the most fattering cut

French Connection, £200

emilio pucci


Goat, £650

STYLE box clever

Inspired by Chanel’s ‘Lego’ clutch (right), when it comes to bags, go mini or go home.

style tip

Avoid embellishment elsewhere on your outft, £20 Tonya Hawkes at My-wardrobe. com, £957

Charlotte Olympia at Harrods, £695

Supercharge your SunniES A pair of statement dark glasses is perfect for the morning afer the party before.

gET ThE pErfEcT pJs

Kate Spade New York, £120

Yes, you can wear pyjamas all day and still look chic. These PJ sets work at home or abroad.

Olivia Von Halle, £295

Dolce & gabbana at Sunglass Hut, £156

Topshop, top, £40, and trousers, £40

style tip

Throw a biker jacket over the top to toughen your look

Topshop, £18

Karen Walker, £220

find some bling in your stocking Make sure Santa brings you something full of attitude, with spikes a gogo.

Maria Francesca Pepe, £70 Hannah Warner, £105


H&M, £7.99 Dominic Jones, £270


Jimmy Choo, £219


Michael Kors’


Fashion sos He’s a fashion legend, so who better to ask for help with all our dressing-up conundrums?


aving turned out super-chic fashion classics for more than 30 years, not to mention taking a starring role in the US reality show Project Runway, this New Yorker knows a thing or two about style. Michael Kors’ collections are all about easy, throw-it-on chic. Everything has that pared-back, classic American fashion edge (great white blazers; the kind of tote bag you’ll lug around for years) – he’s the master of creating subtly on-trend pieces. For winter, his main line was cannily sportswear-infuenced – a chic mash-up of bold, standout prints (fabulous oversized camo) in classic tailored pieces (the perfect cropped-just-on-the-ankle-bone trousers). Over at his difusion line Michael Michael Kors, for the party season he’s all about tempering your best look-at-me skirt with a sweatshirt to create that cool downtown NYC look. We’re all over it, but we do have some questions. Michael, over to you… What should we know about your MMK holiday collection? It’s all about cosy glamour. Tink denim and diamonds, mixed metal and luxe rock’n’roll.

Sportswear meets chic backstage at Michael Kors’ (above lef) AW13 show


and stick to basic black and silver. We made a fabulous feather and sequin dress that looks great paired with a sleek silver and black clutch, heels, and some Lucite and diamond bangles. But you need to keep your hair and make-up simple and the dress can’t be too short or too long. It needs to ft like it was made for you. What’s the chicest way to wear leopard print? I love it as an accent in a bag or a shoe. It adds just enough attitude without going over the top. But then, of course, a leopard-print dress screams confdent, which I love. Is it OK to wear my parka over my party dress? It is! I love the juxtaposition of something utilitarian with something glamorous. But everyone should have a fabulous evening coat for the holidays, when you’re going from one party to the next. Invest in a great timeless piece and it will last for years. Why do you think camoufa*ge-print is having a moment? I think the world and the weather have been wacky lately. Tere is this spirit of survival in the fashion world right now, and camo is very much about survival. For me, it came out of Hurricane Sandy. Being in New York for that, while we were designing our fall collection, had a huge impact. What’s the easiest way to turn our workday outft into a party look? Put on a bold lip colour, slip into a stiletto, grab a clutch, and don’t forget a spritz of fragrance. How do we do black and white without getting mistaken for the waitress? Mix in some silver and gold with a statement necklace or hit of sequins. Alternatively, add a burst of colour with a scarf or bangles. We’re tired from a late night, have to go to a smart family lunch and don’t know what to wear — what should we put on? A camel or black cashmere sweater, sleek jeans, a fat boot and an oversized watch.

What are your key pieces? How should we wear them? You can’t go wrong with a divine knit top during the holidays. Start with camel, cream or heather grey – it can be easily dressed up or down. What are the rules for successfully mixing prints? Stick to one colour palette. Red stripes with red snake-print is fne, but pair red stripes with green python and you’ll look like a Christmas elf. What makes a great party-season look for you? Te holiday circuit can be gruelling, so wear something that makes you feel confdent, not something trendy or uncomfortable. We love getting dressed up, but can’t dance all night in heels — what’s a great party outft to wear with a fat? If you want to wear a cool fat at night, you need to bring in the edge and glamour with your clothes. Metallic skinnies and a biker jacket are very night-time and yet sporty enough to look complete with fats. What should be the last thing we check before leaving the house? I always say a three-way mirror goes a long way. How can we wear sequins and feathers without looking like Cher at The Oscars circa 1986? I love Cher, but unless you’re on stage, everything in moderation, man of the moment: michael Kors celebrates the Aw13 show



standout prints and high-shine party heels: the michael michael Kors Aw13 collection is full of look-at-me luxe separates.

trousers, £95

dress, £165

dress, £150

jacket, £560 shoes, £175


clutch, £90

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Dress, £175, Wondaland; sandals, £280, CH Carolina Herrera; mask, £10.99, Angels Fancy Dress; earrings, £18, & Other Stories; bracelet, £135, Michael Kors; handbag, £19.99, New Look

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Velvet, sequins, lace and a touch of irreverence – unmask your mischievous side this winter. Bunny ears optional Photographs by Bruno juminEr Styled by dES LEwiS


Dress, £125, French Connection; earrings, £79, Swarovski; watch, £149, Guess; ring, £275, Zoe & Morgan; clutch, £29.99, Zara

Bra, £43, Princesse Tam Tam; skirt, £42, Topshop; mask, £10.99, Angels Fancy Dress; bracelet, £570, Delfna Delettrez; ring (on model’s right hand), £10, & Other Stories; ring (on model’s lef hand), £9.99 (for a set of three), Zara

Stole, £250, Charlotte Simone; jacket, £280, and trousers, £175, both Sandro; sandals, £280, CH Carolina Herrera; earrings, £169 (model’s lef ear), and £49.95 (model’s right ear), both Thomas Sabo; bracelet (just seen), £280, APC



Blazer, £450, LK Bennett Black Ribbon; shirt, £230, Equipment; trousers, £355, L’Agence; ear cuf, £49.95, Thomas Sabo; earrings, £79, Swarovski; watch, £149, Guess; ring (on model’s lef hand), £195, Missoma; bracelet, £150, Lizzie Fortunato at; ring (on model’s right hand), £52, Lola Rose; clutch, £45, Coast

Dress, £125, & Other Stories; bracelets, £135 (on model’s lef wrist), and £99 (on model’s right wrist), both Michael Kors; ring, £225, Astley Clarke; clutch, £19.99, New Look


Dress, £495, LK Bennett Black Ribbon; mask, £299, Maison Michel at Fenwick; crystal tube bracelet, £50, Jaeger; studded bracelet, £88, and ring, £80.26 (for a set of three), all Joomi Lim at; clutch, £29.99, Zara

STYLE Dress, £715, Emporio Armani; mask, £299, Maison Michel at Fenwick; earrings, £75, Ernest Jones

Jacket, £130, Miss Selfridge; dress, £120, Topshop; earrings, £112.25, Swarovski; rings, £80.26 (for a set of three), Joomi Lim at Matches; clutch, £195, L.K. Bennett

Jacket, £392, April, May; shirt, £230, Equipment; trousers, £315, L’Agence; shoes, £240, Kurt Geiger; mask, £10.99, Angels Fancy Dress; bracelet, £135, Michael Kors


Jacket, £690, IRO; dress, £45, and shoes, £72, both Topshop; bunny ears, £5, Claire’s; rings, £80.26 (for a set of three), and bracelet, £88, all Joomi Lim at Matchesfashion. com





Jumpsuit, £75, Oasis; shoes, £125, Karen Millen; mask, £10.99, Angels Fancy Dress; bangle, £150, Lizzie Fortune at Matchesfashion. com; ring, £195, Missoma


Dress, £50, ASOS; coat, £110, next; sandals, £240, Kurt Geiger; earrings, £79, Swarovski


Dress, £79, Miss Selfridge; ear cuf, £49.95, Thomas Sabo; earrings, £75, Ernest Jones; ring, £257, Mawi; watch, £159, Guess



runway to your-way

Hedi Slimane’s AW13 Saint Laurent collection reinvented the humble check shirt. Sheer negligee optional.


Damien Hirst’s exclusive scarf designs for Alexander McQueen feature skulls and butterfies. Wear or frame? You choose.

the way to wear it now

saint laurent

the inspiration

Silk scarf, £395, Alexander McQueen

the key piece

Shirt, £34.99, Mango

Little FaSHiOn dETaiLS

put a ring on it

Te way to wear your fnger bling right now? One on every digit. Te only style rule: just make sure they’re all the same vibe.

The coolest collections and styling ideas for an instaglam wardrobe

dEnim updaTE

jumpsuit, £480, Stella Mccartney

F or w ork

wear layered with a white shirt. Add oomph with a pair of tortoiseshell power shades.

Fo r p lay

A belted boiler with a killer heel – the new afer-hours uniform.


F o r D ay

Keep it loose, roll up your sleeves and tuck into a boyfriend jean.

Sunglasses, £92, raen at urban outftters dress, £125, toast

Shirt, £160, Mih

belt, £32.95, Massimo dutti

Sandals, £69, Kurt geiger

boots, £70, next

StyLed by hoLLy weLch. photogrAphS by bridget fLeMing, jASon LLoyd-evAnS, iMAxtree, SAndrA SeMburg. StiLL LifeS by nohALidedigitAL.coM

Minimal shif, slouchy boiler suit or sof oversized shirt – the fash pack’s fresh take on denim is just right for easy chic

STYlE looking slick

SKIRT, £34.99, and sweater, £34.99, both h&m; bra, £34, Calvin Klein underwear; shoes, £375, Vanessa bruno; bag, £59.99, Zara; rings, £40 for fve, mariaFrancescapepe

True Blue

SKIRT, £55, COS; jacket, £1,055, sandro; sweater, £159, maje; shirt, £29.99, Zara

sparkling example

1JumpGirl, 5 Full SKIRTS on board the swirly gig with a Fifties fashion icon – now that’s what we call full circle

drama queen

SKIRT, £75, ASOS; sweater, £200, Zadig & Voltaire; shoes, £95, and rings, £7 each, all & other stories


prinTs please

SKIRT, £230, House of Holland; jacket, £425, sea ny; cardigan, £59, Cos; shirt, £36, topshop; rings, £40 for fve, mariaFrancescapepe

styled by abisoye odugbesan. photographs by Christopher Fenner. hair by bjorn KrisChKer at FranK agenCy using shu uemura art oF hair. maKe-up by jessiCa mejia at jessiCamejia.Com using dermalogiCa. model: lisette at m+p models. loCation: snap studios

SKIRT, £450, Topshop Unique; sweater, price on request, michael Kors; vest, £30, bodas; ring, £17, & other stories; bag, £49, dune

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trousers, £18, f&f at tesco


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earrings, £410, leivankash

Jewellery designer Leila Kashanipour on wardrobe ‘cleanses’ and red lipstick

topshop dress, laurence dacade boots, leivankash jewellery Skirt, £89, three floor Sweater, £367, emma cook

Lst itms clover canyon sweatshirt, dl1961 trousers, balenciaga boots, leivankash jewellery

Jacket, £245, rebecca taylor


Shoes, £79, dune

bag, £39.99, zara

I spend my days immersed in all things related to LeiVanKash, my jewellery label. I love trawling through old books for inspiration and playing around with carving tools and gems, making the designs come to life. You have to be very self-disciplined and good at time management to have your own business, so I also have days poring over accounts. I cleanse my wardrobe every three months. I love rediscovering pieces and styling them in a diferent way. Shopping secrets? Mix it up. It’s a cliché but it works. High street, in particular Zara, Whistles and H&M, and designer – Balmain, Chanel – work so well together. You have to treat each item at face value and not worry if it’s cool enough, high-end enough or from a certain store. My glam tip is red lipstick by MAC. Te Ruby Woo shade changed everything for me; it makes the simplest outfts ‘pop’.

H&M t-shirt, Whistles skirt, nike trainers, leivankash jewellery

Styled by Holly WelcH. PHotograPHS by ricHard JoHnSon. Hair and Make-UP by aly HazleWood USing givencHy and l’oreal ProfeSSionnel

3.1 Phillip l lk ben im bag, caroline nett by issa shoe s

the dawn of a new fragrance

STYLE Working monochrome colour blocking in Chanel


Rose bYrnE


not content with stellar success in flm and TV, the actress has been turning into a fashion icon on the quiet Trousers, £120, Velvet Clutch, £95, Modalu


Luxuriously laid-back in Diane von Furstenberg


LOOK Earrings, £14.50, Freedom at Topshop

Dress, £35, Top, £98, Velvet

Shoes, £55, Ofce

Skirt, £139, Baum und Pferdgarten Coat, £59,




Ten style treats for your stocking this December

1. love leTTers

These gold and diamond Annoushka pendants spell ADORABLE. They’re No 1 on our Christmas wish list. ‘Mythology’ pendants, £395 each, Annoushka

Shirt, £155, Maje

2. Top coaT

Team MC will be swaddling themselves in Carven’s delish pastel coats this winter. Head to for your fx. Jacket, £120, Warehouse

3. be square

Call it plaid, check, tartan, whatever – you need some in your wardrobe. Double up with Warehouse’s jacket layered over this Maje shirt.

5. Tell me abouT iT, sTud

We spied these girlie-meets-glamrock ‘Talan’ T-bars on Nicole Kidman in Jimmy Choo’s new campaign. Want. So much want.

‘Talan’ shoes, £775, Jimmy Choo

just cavalli

4. sTyle safari

While it’s cold outside, bring some tropical heat to the party with high-impact animal prints – go wild with leopard, zebra, snake, girafe, tiger… Dress, £90, Wallis


6. Charmed Life

‘DG7 Gems’ watches, £5,003 each, Dolce & Gabbana

Be a jingle belle with a wristful of Pandora’s new Essence collection charms, each representing a personal value – Passion, Trust, Peace, Goodwill to all Men (OK, we made the last one up…).

‘Essence’ bracelet, £49, and charms, from £25, Pandora

7. Lunettes, see

8. trend time

Love your pastels? Look out for Italian stallions Dolce & Gabbana’s dreamy new watch collection DG7 Gems, featuring sorbet-hued straps with matching jewels.

simone rocha

Fresh from its skiwear hook-up with Mary Katrantzou, Moncler has enlisted Pharrell (below) to oversee its debut sunglasses collection, Lunettes. The multi-talent has not only created both the men’s and women’s line, he’s the face of the campaign, too.

‘Song & Dance Quinlan’ clutch, £245, Kate Spade New York

9. Krazy for Kate

US fave Kate Spade New York is taking an English holiday, setting up a pop-up shop in Selfridges, London, this month to ofer exclusives, iPhone accessories, jewellery and trinkets. Taxi!

Earrings, £250, Oscar de la Renta

‘Far From the Tree NYC Map’ clutch, £205, Kate Spade New York


10. Give it some bLinG

‘Far From the Tree Taxi/Of Duty’ clutch, £245 Kate Spade New York

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To glam up in a hurry, just add Oscar de la Renta’s statement chandelier earrings. Instant party.




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Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are stocking up on signet rings this Christmas...

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14 13 1 Notebook, £7.99, Letts 2 Boxing gloves, £22, everlast at 3 Boules set, £40, Jaques at Gif-Library 4 Shorts, £32, roxy 5 cross-terrain dry run Foot cream, £16, Kiehl’s 6 headband, £12.99, Superdry 7 Water bottle, £16.50, Sigg at hedgehog Shop 8 ‘Game of Tennis’ print, £15, Science & Society Picture Library 9 Bicycle lights in Goblin Green, £18 (for a set of two), Bookman at Pedal Pedal 10 Tote, £35, Paul Smith 11 Table-tennis set, £12.95, Graham and Green 12 Sports bra, £35, Panache at Simply Be 13 Soap, £8, Monty’s Vintage Shop 14 Trainers, £49.99, Saucony at Ofspring 15 ‘Take Time’ watch, £35, Lexon at Gifs with Style


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1954 MR DiOR’S new StaR Te designer with his latest house model, Victoire. Just 19, she was short and curvy, but within two seasons she became Dior’s main attraction. Photographer Shaw tried to encourage the designer to put his hand on the model’s breast for this photo but, ‘being chaste,’ recalls Victoire, ‘Monsieur Dior chose to touch my necklace instead’.

DiOR’S divine decade highly exclusive, fashion was a different world in the Fifties. these pictures by LIFE magazine photographer Mark Shaw are a candid glimpse inside the house of christian Dior

Te best fashion images combine the power of a designer’s work with the mood of a society, and American photographer Mark Shaw’s Christian Dior pictures do just that. Known for his informal style, Shaw referred to his photos as ‘snapshots’ and stressed that ‘it is easier for me to show a person as they really are’.Taken for LIFE magazine between 1952 and 1962, his shots reveal extraordinary access to intimate hautecouture salon shows, candid model moments, and the birth of the celebrity as fashion muse. Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’ silhouette – that 126

nipped-in waist, full-skirted paean to women – had become symbolic of the post-war era.Te designer was internationally famous, the house was in its heyday, and everyone wanted to know everything about the glamour of the Parisian fashion label. In ten years, Shaw covered the incredible rise of Mr Dior himself, the appointment of 21-year-old Yves Saint Laurent as creative director following Dior’s death in 1957, and the accession of Marc Bohan to the role in 1961 setting the stage for the global luxury brand that Raf Simons heads up today.


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Shaw’s Paris photos ft in with LIFE ’s aim of bringing the French city into the American home. Tis was taken on the famously fashionable Rue de Rivoli.


1954 setting the trend

During this period, copyrighting and selling patterns became an important part of Dior’s business. Here designer John Moore of American couture house Talmack – known for buying patterns from Parisian houses – weighs up a dress. Moore went on to design Marilyn Monroe’s frock when she married Arthur Miller in 1956.

1958 new direction

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Shaw chose Notre-Dame as a backdrop for this autumnal haute-couture shoot.

1953 The Cover girl Model Sophie Malgat – the wife of a flm director and one of the rare Dior girls seen on both catwalks and magazine covers at the time.

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Tirteen was Mr Dior’s favourite number. He was also highly superstitious, which explains why there were 13 models in his cabine. Victoire stands by the banister in this shot. 130

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positive focus: paloma in honduras with women from a national network campaigning to raise awareness and reduce violence


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Honduras is one of the most dangerous places on earth to be female, with a woman killed every 15 hours. Paloma Faith visited to fnd out what can be done to help PALOMA’s DIARY: DAY One fLYIng IntO HOnDURAs As soon as I arrive I go for dinner with eight female community leaders. Tey tell me that acts of violence against women are at epidemic proportions here, and the legal system is failing to address the problem. Tey explain that they have come together against femicide. When a woman is killed or raped, there’s fippancy on behalf of the police: evidence isn’t collected, and the case isn’t properly investigated. I’m told about an 11-year-old who was raped and gave birth as a result, and a woman who was raped at gunpoint, but didn’t tell her husband because she feared he would leave her. One woman breaks down, because a colleague’s daughter has just been murdered. She was killed by a

cousin, because she ‘wasn’t behaving properly’ in front of him. Can you imagine how much fear women must feel, or what it’s like for the relatives of victims, knowing that the men responsible are walking free? DAY twO InsIDe A cOffee cOOPeRAtIve We visit four women who have formed a cofee business, Guara Roja, as an ofshoot from a male-run company. Oxfam helped them to jump-start the cooperative, so they don’t have to rely on men to provide for them, or enter into positions of vulnerability where they might be abused and can’t leave because of lack of money. Te sisters who run the co-operative, Sandra and Raquel, seem very confdent. One says she doesn’t want a boyfriend or a husband,

and explains that many employees leave once they marry, which is a shame. DAY tHRee stORIes Of vIOLence We spend the day in the countryside, with weavers who are part of a network of rural women working against domestic violence, supported by Oxfam. Out here the problem is much greater, because there is less education. I meet Esteban*, who has been married for 22 years and half-owns the house she and her husband built together. She tells me that when her husband drinks – which is often – he gets violent and burns her with a hot poker. She shows me the burns on her hands. ‘If I don’t leave, he might kill me, but if I do leave, I lose my life,’ she says. ‘My house is my life.’ Te problem


Bulletin is that the punishments aren’t severe enough to deter her husband, and there’s no legal way for Esteban to claim her share of the house. She tells me that, on one occasion, her husband was arrested and taken away for two months – but then simply returned. Te more that such feeble punishments are used, the more likely he is to kill her – which he threatens to do. I feel powerless as she cries. Later, we meet Maria and Lasandro. Teir daughter, Milagros, was murdered by an ex-boyfriend who, in a jealous rage, beat her with a rock. Tis was in February 2009 but, because police didn’t take the evidence, no one has been charged. Te family is devastated. Oxfam put together a mock tribunal, so they could see what justice really looks like. I want to go into the ofces of the authorities and shout, ‘Wake up!’ Day Four Women Deserve justice Our fnal day is spent in San Pedro Sula. Outside war zones, it’s the most violent city in the world. I meet a lawyer, a judge and a psychologist who work on domesticviolence cases. Te judge describes how frustrating it is that he can only give up to three months’ community service for domestic violence, while a woman who has an abortion will get between fve and ten years in prison. Again, the law favours men. I’ve found this trip harrowing, and I feel there’s so much to do before women in Honduras get the justice they deserve. Te work Oxfam is doing is amazing, but there needs to be more attention, help and money for things to change. As women, it’s time to think of ourselves as a global collective, and accept responsibility for each other. To fnd out more or donate, visit Paloma lays fowers at Milagros’ grave with the murdered girl’s mum, Maria

Kabul’s sKater girls In a country where it’s taboo for women to ride a bike or participate in sports such as football, the last thing you expect to see is a bunch of girls ripping it up on skateboards. But thanks to an NGO called Skateistan, skating is a skill that hundreds of Afghan youngsters – about 40 per cent of them female – have been given the opportunity to learn. Skateistan founder Oliver Percovich wanted to create a project that would help kids whose lives have been plagued by war; to fnd a place where they could build trust and be

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empowered through a combination of skateboarding and education. ‘We have seen so many obvious positive changes in attitude, ability, knowledge and appearance in all the youth we have worked with,’ he says. ‘By joining Skateistan, they’ve joined a community that teaches trust and respect, and where they are valued as individuals.’ ‘Through skateboarding I’ve started dreaming again,’ agrees 14-year-old Madina. ‘Knowing I can do something well, and having teachers that support me, helped me to believe in myself.’

An enterprising food manufacturer has launched Sexcereal – a ‘his ’n’ hers’ morning treat that’s being touted as natural Viagra. ‘Because men and women have diferent biological and nutritional needs, there had to be one formula for men, and one for women,’ explains Sexcereal creator Peter Ehrlich. Te female cereal aims to balance hormones with a blend of chia seeds, almonds and ginger, while the male version contains wheat germ, pumpkin seeds and goji berries, to support testosterone and energy levels. Tink we’ll be sticking to granola and a latte, thanks. 135

Bra-vo to a great invention Designed by new York socialite Mary Phelps Jacob, the modern brassiere is 1oo years old this year. Sandra Dyke, expert bra-ftter at Chantelle, celebrates a century of support Marie Claire: So, how is a bra made? sandra dyke: A bra is a unique bit of kit made up of 25 separate pieces. we now use memory foam; heat-sensitive cups made from this can mould to a woman’s bust to give a perfectly round look. most women assume straps are key to support, but it’s the back that does the most important job. developing one of our bras takes 18 months. we do up to 36 fabric tests and even more wear tests, to ensure it fts sizes A to g. MC: Pretty scientifc stuf. But what will the future hold? sd: If you look back ten years, fabrics

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1907 American Vogue frst uses the word ‘brassiere’. 1914 mary Phelps jacob’s bra receives a Us patent. 1918 world war one contributes


have evolved signifcantly. we’ll see even more innovative fabrics emerge to ofer increased support. The shape of the bra is likely to stay the same, but we’ll probably see strapless and backless versions that stay up unsupported. women’s breasts have consistently increased in size over the years, and are likely to continue doing so. Ten years ago, the average woman was a b cup, while today 40 per cent of women wear a d-dd cup. manufacturers will need to respond to this trend, as women are expecting more from their lingerie. we’ve just designed the spacer bra,

to the decline of the corset. 1920s bras fatten the chest to suit the fapper style. 1928 Ida rosenthal invents the cup size. 1947 Frederick mellinger invents the frst padded bra. 1968 Feminist protesters at

with a revolutionary 3d knit that is lightweight and invisible under clothing. MC: is it true that 85 per cent of women wear the wrong bra size? sd: yes, and I’ve seen the results. your bust will sag, and you’ll lose volume from the top of your breasts. I’m afraid to say that once you’ve lost this elasticity, you won’t get it back without surgery. Unsupported breasts will also cause back, shoulder and neck pain, and headaches. wearing the wrong size can actually make you gain a dress size, too, because your breasts are in the wrong place! They should sit halfway between your shoulders and elbows. get measured every six months. MC: how do i know if i’m wearing the wrong size? sd: If your bra straps are always slipping of your shoulders, then you need a smaller back size. If the cups look wrinkled or the under-wire is gaping, you need a smaller cup. And if your breasts are bulging, your under-wire is cutting into your skin or the centrepiece of the bra sits away from your body, you need a bigger cup. MC: how should i look afer a bra? sd: A bra that’s worn regularly will last between six and 12 months, then you need to throw it away and go shopping, which is news to many women. larger cup sizes won’t even last this long, due to the strain on the fabric. your bra will stretch over time so, when you buy a bra, always start on the loosest hook and move up gradually. Try to hand wash it and don’t stuf it into drawers with other garments, as this will damage the cups. MC: any parting words of wisdom? sd: Every woman should have at least fve bras: a supportive everyday bra, an invisible bra, a strapless bra, a sports bra and, of course, a sexy bra.

miss America chuck bras into rubbish bins. The term ‘bra burner’ emerges. 1977 The frst sports bra is invented. 1994 The wonderbra becomes a sensation in the Uk, thanks to ads featuring Eva Herzigova. 2000 The victoria’s secret

red Hot Fantasy bra, made of diamonds and Thai rubies, is valued at $15m (about £9.2m). 2009 bra cups are made from memory foam, which moulds to a woman’s shape.

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t’s 10.30 on a Saturday morning and I am in a London hotel room, shufing awkwardly from foot to foot while doing half-hearted jazz hands. To my right, a woman – late twenties, leather jeans – kicks out her Converse, arms windmilling like a child at Disneyland. On my left, a thirtysomething man in jeans hops around barefoot, playing air maracas in the manner of Bez. Tere is no music. Yet 35 people are dancing their hearts out, heads back, eyes closed in abandonment. Welcome to F**k It school, where nobody gives a sh*t. Te brainchild of John Parkin and his wife Gaia Pollini, two former London ad execs turned maverick healers, the F**k It philosophy is the art of giving less of a damn. Caring too much about what other people think is a predominantly female malaise. In his book Te Stressed Sex, released earlier this year, psychologist Daniel Freeman analysed the best evidence available: 12 large-scale, national epidemiological surveys from the UK, the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, South Africa and Chile. A remarkably consistent picture emerged: in any given year, women appear to experience higher rates of stress disorders than men. In fact, the difference is typically 40 per cent. According to a similar study by the University of the Basque Country, women simply feel guiltier than men. It was Erica Jong who said, ‘Show me a woman who doesn’t feel guilty and I will show you a man.’ This could go some way to explaining the spike in thirtysomething professional women booking into F**k It retreats. (Te asterisks, incidentally, are purely there so the website gets through your work’s computer firewall.) They now turn away up to ten people per session, so this winter John and Gaia are launching their frst women-only retreat. Today, in London, the backdrop is a far cry from the sun-drenched Italian hills where the couple live and have quietly been preaching the art of profanity since 2008. ‘But it’s easy to relax in paradise, right?’ John says. ‘In London, we’re helping people to switch of when they’re moving at 100mph in a world of constant distraction.’ 138

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life lessons Sirens wailing from the street below emphasise his point. According to Gaia, one’s early thirties are prime F**k It territory. ‘We are told, look at all these opportunities, now go get them!’ she says. ‘But nobody is there to teach us how to edit our options, so we end up guided by external messages from friends, parents, bosses, mass media, Twitter and Facebook rather than by what we feel inside. Our retreats are about saying “f*ck it” to all the incessant chatter out there.’ It’s something that Kate, 34, can identify with, she tells me when we are paired up for an exercise. She runs her own social-media marketing agency and discovered the F**k It philosophy in 2011. ‘I was going through a rough patch with my business, wondering whether to jack it all in,’ she explains. ‘At the same time, all my mates were settling down and having babies, and I kept reading headlines about ticking biological clocks. It left me panicked. Somehow, the stakes feel higher when you hit 30. F**k It helped me to tune it all out and work out what I wanted, not what I thought I ought to be doing.’ In her new book, Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World, Noreena Hertz claims that we have to make up to 10,000 trivial decisions every day – 227 of which are just about what we eat and drink. And although the consequences of a skinny latte versus a fat white are minimal, throw in a biggie about your health, job or relationships and you’re looking at some serious low-level but constant anxiety. Much of the appeal of this new way of living lies in F**k It’s irreverent approach. It is self-help for the time-poor and psychobabble intolerant, like me. My F**k It year began in March, when I quit the security of a PAYE salary in a job I loved – as an editor on a national magazine – to reassess where I wanted to go next. I had spent my twenties chasing the dream but, thanks to bad timing (and a hefty recession), when I got there it wasn’t the promised land I had envisioned. As in most industries, I saw friends crushed by redundancy, while those who remained soldiered on through 16-hour days. I should add for context that my beloved nan had just lost her battle with a stroke and among all the other complexities of grief, I had simply started to wonder what life was all about. Death can do that. Fast-forward a year and I’m relieved that Nan isn’t around to watch me standing in a room full of strangers chanting ‘fuuuuuuuuuck iiiiiiiiiiit’. If I had expected a type (and admittedly, I had: braids, gap-year beads, tie-dye muslin trousers), this is of-brand: women wear skinny jeans and

Right: F**k It workshops aren’t simply about foul-mouthed exclamations. Below: F**k It founders Gaia Pollini and John Parkin

‘As if in a meditative yoga class, we exhale and say the words “f*ck it” slowly’ tops from COS. As if we’re in a meditative yoga class, we are told to inhale in unison. With the exhalation we must say the words ‘f*ck it’ slowly. Aside from expression through expletives, we are encouraged to use visualisation to return to our ‘alpha state’, stripping back the layers of influence we acquire throughout adulthood and returning to uninhibited childhood bliss. I’m taken aback by how simple yet efective it is at immediately stopping the chatter in my head and helping me to focus. At its core, F**k It philosophy aims to teach us how to tune out external messages and listen instead to our inner, truer self. Right now, we are undergoing something of an obsessive comparison epidemic, and social networking is its biggest enabler. Helene, 41, confesses to Facebook-stalking her friends and feeling like a terrible mother in comparison. Lisa, 28, an outwardly confident-looking blonde, is surprisingly softly spoken when it’s her time to speak. She admits to being so secretly obsessed with what everyone else is doing on Facebook that it keeps her awake at night: ‘I scroll through

in bed before I switch of the light, then lie there for hours, wondering why I’m not as successful, or thin, or happy as all my friends.’ Is it any wonder that Lisa and millions like her feel this way? Crowdsourcing for validation has become de rigueur; we get our endorphin hits from a Facebook ‘like’. Te author of Generation Me, Jean Twenge, says positive comparison can, to an extent, be a good thing. ‘What would the world be like if no one cared what other people thought?’ she asks. ‘If we never listened to feedback we’d have no idea what our talents are or what to improve. But when we listen to others over ourselves, or it becomes about perfectionism, that’s not good.’ After all, will the crowd always have our best interests at heart? Tis summer, Twitter imploded under a deluge of misogynistic tweets sent to women, among them feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez and writers Hadley Freeman and Grace Dent. All of them were temporarily forced ofine and, more worryingly, in some cases out of their homes as a result of rape and death threats. And the extreme impact of ‘mob rule’ via the internet was thrown into tragic clarity this year when two vulnerable teenagers – Hannah Smith, 14, and Sinead Taylor, 15 – were driven to suicide, reportedly as a result of websites such as, which allow you to post your issues online and ask other users for advice. We live in a world where it is increasingly impossible to escape the infuence of others, which perhaps explains why seminars such as F**k It are drawing huge numbers. In the foyer, I meet Natalie from West Sussex, whose life went drastically of course when she was 30. ‘Troughout my twenties I had an image of my future self,’ she 141

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the things that bother you. I hear exhalations of,‘f*ck it to what people think of how I look.’ When we catch up as the weekend draws to a close, Natalie bounds up, infectiously positive, and reflective. ‘It sounds overly simplistic, but just by saying f*ck it, you stop fretting about the small stuf,’ she says. ‘It’s about not attaching too much to an end goal and just enjoying the ride. Letting yourself of the hook to change direction is really empowering.’ It makes me think about the friend who recently went on maternity leave and confessed, ‘It’s the only way to have a break from work. A grown-up gap year would be frowned upon in my industry without a valid excuse like a baby or a new job.’ But there’s a shift occurring and I’ve noticed it among friends. Lucy, a freelance fashion photographer based in New York, is moving back to London for a job in sales. ‘I lost that dreamy “I can have it all” attitude and realised I’d be happier in a job that pays more, freeing me up to do things that fulfl me outside of work, like learn ballet,’ she explains. Meanwhile, Miranda quit her highprofle job as an editor and retrained as a yoga instructor. Next month, she’s heading to Heathrow airport, where she plans to hop on the next available fight to anywhere. My friend Helen, who’s petite, blonde, outgoing, ambitious and has a penchant for expensive handbags, is one of the most successful, positive people I know. She had somehow grown tired of chasing the dream when she arrived there and found it didn’t bring the level of fulfillment she’d hoped for. On course to becoming a director at a multinational entertainment company, she

Monday Say ‘f*ck it’ to what people think make a list of what you think people think of you. now write ‘f*ck it’ alongside, and three positive things you know to be true about yourself. say these frst thing in the morning and before you go to bed. Tuesday Get some f*cking perspective imagine you’re 18, and write a letter to yourself. List the things you want to achieve, and what makes you happy. now imagine you’re 85, and write things you hope to have achieved. carry these letters with you to remind yourself to say ‘f*ck it’ to petty anxieties. Wednesday Chill the f*ck out take a few minutes out of your day to shake every part of your body for 30 seconds, then freeze for 60 seconds, exhale, sigh and mouth the words ‘f*ck it’. this helps you to recognise how good your body feels when relaxed, and allows you to let go of stress. Thursday f*ck the things that make you unhappy List everything that gives you pleasure – then list

quit to move to the countryside and renovate a derelict barn. ‘It was about more than just downshifting,’ she explains. ‘I felt I had a lot to prove in my 20s, to myself more than anyone. I wanted to be the boss, but back then it was a fulflling, fnancially rewarding prospect. Now you’re lucky if your fgures drop by two per cent instead of 20 per cent. Tat’s depressing. Te way I see it is that I’ve done my dream job, so what’s next, what can I do for me?’ At the climax of the weekend, we stand together to form a gigantic circle of ‘f*ck it’. We take turns to step into the middle and declare, in the most ofensive way possible, what we’ve learned. ‘I say f*ck my biological clock!’ bellows Kate, to rapturous applause. ‘I say f*ck it to my boss; I’m quitting on Monday!’ declares a loud voice at the back. For me, it was simply taking time out to regain my creativity. I fell in love with writing again, and I now value the fexibility and opportunities that come with being a freelance journalist. More surprisingly, I inadvertently launched a start-up business and took a course in screenwriting, and I now allow myself to bugger of travelling whenever the mood takes me. When I stop being fulflled, I’ll switch direction again. This ability to shift your goalposts, I decide, is undervalued; to fnd something you want, work hard to get it, then chuck it all in the bin once it stops making you happy. Perhaps if we all became confdent enough to stop worrying about what other people thought of us, we’d do whatever the hell we liked – because, f*ck it, why not? The next UK F**k It workshop runs from 30 November to 1 December, costing £177. Visit thef*

where you got your kicks as a child. note how simple pleasures have been replaced by duty and routine. try to redress this and enjoy a simple pleasure every day. Friday Be grateful do 30 minutes of gratitude running or walking, saying ‘thank you’ to the rhythm of your movements – such as, ‘i’m grateful for being healthy enough to run.’ efectively you’re saying ‘f*ck it’ to the things that you would usually be moaning about. Saturday Do something diferent try saying ‘i love you’ to somebody you’ve never been able to say it to before, or catch a train to a place you’ve never been. Sunday f*ck it and stay in bed as you lie there, consider: ‘i am one person among about 7 billion. if i’m lucky, i’ll spend 85 years on this earth. man has been around for about 100,000 years – i’m going to spend just 0.00085 per cent of man’s history on earth.’ how’s that for context?

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says: ‘Te job, the fat, the wardrobe – and I single-mindedly pursued it.’ By 30 she was living the proverbial dream, as HR director of a multinational media corporation. But somewhere along the way she had ignored the lost evenings spent juggling international time zones, and the crippling insomnia. ‘One day, I just broke down at my desk,’ she says. ‘I burst into tears, hyperventilating, and I couldn’t stop. I don’t remember the journey from my ofce to the GP’s surgery, but I remember telling the doctor I was deeply concerned about myself. He told me my endocrine system was on its knees. In short, I was having a full-blown mental, physical and emotional breakdown.’ ‘When was the last time you did nothing but just sit there and be?’ John asks us. I think of all the bus journeys punctuated with scrolls of Twitter, and the nights in hijacked by DVD box sets. ‘It was probably when you were asleep,’ he answers for us. Given that a third of people sufer insomnia, it could be longer ago than that. Relaxing has become that niggling job we know we should do, but we’ll do anything to avoid. Later that afternoon, bleary-eyed, I wake up lying on the musty carpet, after what can only be described as a communal nap. Te most satisfying I’ve had in weeks, I should add, thanks to some simple but effective conscious breathing (into your belly, not your chest). Te theory goes like this: the in breath is your yang – energetic, enthusiastic. Cue: communal inhale and chants around the room of things like, ‘f*ck it, I’m going for that promotion.’ But it’s as much about letting go as it is pushing ahead. Your out breath is yin – relaxing, soft, relinquishing



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t frst glance, the ofce of design group Mo-House is boringly normal: phones ringing, copiers copying, the usual sort of thing. Ten suddenly you catch a glimpse of a baby in a nappy crawling from behind one desk to another. In another corner of the room there is a one-year-old literally standing in a fling cabinet. Founded in 1997 by a former curator, Yuka Mitsuhata, Mo-House designs and produces smart nursing clothes that allow mothers to breastfeed in public without anyone noticing – and is the only company in Japan where female employees can come to work with their babies. ‘It all started on a train,’ recalls Mitsuhata, now 48. ‘I was travelling alone with my baby, and he was crying so much that I had no choice but to open my shirt and feed him right there. I felt so ashamed that I decided to solve the problem myself.’ Mo-House is based in Tsukuba, a short train ride from Tokyo, and employs 45 people in total – all women, most of whom are either pregnant or have young children. ‘Tese are the people who have the most difculty fnding a job,’ Mitsuhata explains. In Japan, family and social pressures are so strong that about two-thirds of women drop out of the workforce after the birth of their frst child. With the long ofce hours, the shortage of public childcare and a tax system favouring families with just one working parent, the majority of mothers do not return to work for years, if ever. 144




Clockwise from lef: Mari Kirikae juggles calls with keeping daughter Yuki out of trouble; Atsuko Abe sells clothing while six-month-old Shiita sleeps; Satoko Kondo changes daughter Fumi in the ofce

At Mo-House, most employees work part-time and are paid a relatively low hourly wage, but babies under the age of two (or three in exceptional cases) are welcome, both in the ofce and in the shops (there are three: one in Tokyo and two in Tsukuba). Workers who are breastfeeding get paid less to make up for the time spent nursing. So far, so groundbreaking. But doesn’t this afect the quality of the work? In spite of her pioneering workplace rules, Mitsuhata insists that ‘the presence of children must not impact work’. Apart from a few pairs of cute tiny slippers in the hall shoe locker, a toy chest and a mattress at the end of the open space where babies can take a nap and be changed, the ofce has no dedicated area or facilities for children and does not have a childcare licence. Te arrangement is strictly between employer and employee, and each person is in charge of their own child and obliged to keep up a good work rate. ‘Mo-House should not become a baby-centred place,’ the director says. But it is certainly innovative. Marie Claire talked to the team to fnd out how it works for them.

atsuko abe, 29, mother of six-month-old shiita, saleswoman at the tokyo shop ‘I tried being a housewife when Shiita was born. After a month, all I could think of was going back to work. I didn’t like being locked inside on my own; I felt I had lost my freedom. Also, with my hormones going up and down I grew more and more anxious about being a mother. If it weren’t for Mo-House I would probably have stayed at home until Shiita was two, and it would have been very difcult for me. Here, I feel it’s not only a job I’ve been given, but an education. I know now how to breastfeed and raise my child. I have more confdence.’

Miki katsuMasa, 33, nine months pregnant with her second child, the tokyo shop manager ‘I joined the company when my frst child was seven months old. But as soon as my son knew how to walk, I had to put him in a nursery, because he kept escaping through the automatic doors. I’ll defnitely bring my second child to the shop. Having babies around creates such a happy working atmosphere. Breastfeeding while dealing with the customers is OK – with the gaps in the clothing, they can never see exactly what is going on down there.’

asuka Fujita, 38, mother of a six-year-old, copywriter in the tsukuba ofce ‘I used to work in a big company in Tokyo where there was a lot of men, and most women were career-oriented with no children. When I got pregnant, I sufered severe morning sickness. Commuting in rush hours was such a nightmare that I ended up coming to work a little later. My colleagues, especially female, started asking questions about whether I was really sick. Te atmosphere got worse and worse until I decided I should quit. 147

reportage Lef: mo-House founder yuka mitsuhata (far right) welcomes babies in meetings. Below: mitsue morohashi breastfeeds her son

I had been to the Mo-House shop as a customer, then applied for a job there and got it. My husband didn’t really understand, he thinks when your child is small, you’re not supposed to work. I have to admit that, by the end, I was quite stressed out when I had my daughter at the ofce. I guess I am more understanding about other children being naughty than with my own.’

sAtoKo KoNdo, 31, mother of two-year-old Fumi, accountant in the tsukuba ofce ‘Life was a little difcult after Fumi was born: since there was no room in public nurseries and we couldn’t aford the private system,

JAPAN Japanese law afords women 14 weeks of paid maternity leave and some companies allow up to three years. In practice, though, some employers prefer new mothers to resign rather than exercise their rights and Japan has the lowest female employment rates in the developed world. 148

my mother-in-law moved into our small apartment to help out. I couldn’t stand being away from Fumi, so I resigned from my job and stayed at home for a while. I had to do all the housework, which I wasn’t very keen on. Ever since I started my job at Mo-House, my husband has been cooking dinner. Tings have become so much easier for me that, even though I am pregnant with our second child, I am already considering having the third.’ MitsUe MorohAshi, 27, mother of two children including one-year-old Kanta, in charge of production planning in the tsukuba ofce ‘To me, breastfeeding is what makes raising a child fun. Tanks to Mo-House, I was able to breastfeed my eldest until he was three and a half. If I can, I’ll bring Kanta to work for two more years, but he’s so energetic and mischievous – trashing my papers, stealing fles and touching the products – that I’m afraid I’ll have to look for a nursery for him before long.’ n

maternity rights around the world UK

British mothers can have 39 weeks’ paid maternity leave but are entitled to take 52 weeks of in total. Recent research* claimed that 50,000 women who take maternity leave each year are unable to return to their old jobs because of discrimination by their employers.


Each child in Sweden benefts from more than 68 weeks of paid parental leave. Of the allotted 480 days, 60 are reserved for the mother and 60 for the father, while the other days are for either parent. All families are guaranteed a childcare space in the largely publicly run and afordable system.


Federal US law requires companies with 50 or more employees to ofer 12 weeks of unpaid leave. Smaller companies are covered under state laws, which vary considerably. Overall, 62 per cent of women working in familyfriendly states take leave afer childbirth.

czech rePUblic Czech mothers are entitled to 28 weeks’ paid maternity leave, which may be extended, on request, with further partiallypaid parental leave for up to four years. Czech mothers have markedly low employment rates, along with Australia, Japan, Hungary and New Zealand.


AyAKA sAito, 24, child-free, in charge of customer service in the tsukuba ofce ‘I am a bit of an exception here, being one of only fve employees who work full-time, and having no children. I wanted to work here because I agree with the philosophy of the company. If I ever become a mother, this is the work-life balance I would favour. For now, I can’t say I am disturbed by my colleagues’ children. I might have accidentally kicked a few toys left lying on the foor, but I have never tripped over a baby crawling. I must be more careful than I think. As for the children crying, it doesn’t bother me, because as soon as they start grumbling, they get fed!’



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In praIse of sober sex

It’s date night, so you crack open a bottle, right? but if it’s great sex you’re after, step away from the corkscrew, as research shows that consuming less alcohol leads to greater intimacy with your partner and better org*sms. beth Gibbons reports


he only time that I really talk properly to my partner is when we go out for dinner,’ says Grace, 34, a solicitor. ‘Te wine will fow and we’ll both open up in a way that we don’t normally do. I always feel closer to him and, yes, that’s usually when we end up having sex, too.’

So far, so true for many long-term couples. After 18 months in a relationship, the balance naturally shifts to a phase where women generally need more of a trigger to have sex than their testosteronefuelled male partners – such as an intimate conversation. ‘Having a heart to heart is a huge aphrodisiac for women,’ says psychologist Simon Parritt, ‘and that

may be more likely when you’ve both had a couple of drinks.’ Tis could be part of the reason why, in a recent survey, one in ten couples questioned admitted that they hadn’t had sober sex in six months. And another reason that drink puts you in the mood, psychologically, is association. ‘Our frst tastes of alcohol tend to coincide with our early sexual experiences,’ says 151


‘It’s worth persevering. Not only will you grow as a couple, but the experience can be so much more erotic’ dampen the sexual response and is associated with decreased intensity of org*sm’. So why do we persist in knocking back the Merlot? ‘Hectic lives mean that we rarely have time to unwind properly in the evenings – which is, ideally, what’s required for sex,’ admits Parritt. ‘So a glass of wine provides a quick shortcut.’ Sexual hang-ups can also drive us to the bottle. ‘A lot of women drink to get over their intimacy issues,’ points out psychologist Natalie Tomas. ‘So, sex without that Dutch courage can make them feel extremely vulnerable. But it’s worth persevering. Not only will you grow together as a couple, but the experience can also be so much more erotic.’ Emma, 29, a copywriter, put this theory to the test when she gave up drinking alcohol as part of a detox. ‘At frst, the thought of sex stone-cold sober terrifed me,’ she says. ‘I felt like a virgin. But actually there was something really thrilling about it all. I defnitely found it much easier to have an org*sm when I was sober. And I always feel closer to my husband afterwards – as opposed to just hung-over.’ So, better sex is not the only reward for abstinence – your relationship will beneft, 152

too. Tomas explains how this works. ‘Tere’s a big diference between having sex and making love,’ she says. ‘When you’ve been drinking, you tend to just have sex. It’s more instinctive; you feel less aware of your partner’s feelings and needs. Tere’s room for both options in your relationship, but the physical and psychological connection that comes from love-making is a crucial part of bonding as a couple.’ For many people, though, drunken sex is a hard habit to break. Te trick, explains Dr Ann Clark, is to remove alcohol from the equation altogether. She suggests scheduling some activities to do together that don’t involve getting legless, or even mildly tipsy: ‘A stroll after work, a trip to the cinema or theatre – anything that doesn’t involve alcohol, to help you connect as sober beings.’ Georgia Foster, a hypnotherapist and creator of, agrees: ‘Alcohol silences the inner critic that tells us we look dreadful naked or we’re no good in bed,’ she says, ‘so the brain holds on to that association. Te key is to build your confdence outside of sex and alcohol. Do things that make you feel great about yourself (that 10K run you’ve been putting of ), and connected as a couple (the city break you’ve been fantasising about). Ten build up to sober firting (sending sexy text messages during the day, wearing your tightest skirt

for no reason…). Bit by bit, you’ll be giving your subconscious the message that you don’t need alcohol to feel sexy; that your partner loves you for who you are, not how you look naked.’ Other ways to silence the negative chatter include meditation, yoga and t’ai chi. Dr Goldmeier explains: ‘Practising mindfulness teaches you to recognise negative thoughts and to consciously put them to one side. Tis allows you to truly enjoy the sexual moment – and without the hangover.’ It’s not all just about sex, either. Tere’s a health issue concerning the tolerance to alcohol that you build up if you rely on it in this way. ‘If you need alcohol to get you in the mood for sex, you’re likely to drink more and more each time,’ says Professor Paul Wallace of Drinkaware. ‘In the long term, this can lead to dependency, not to mention risk of sexual dysfunction, fertility issues and liver damage.’ With 80 per cent of us routinely drinking more than the recommended daily limit, this is defnitely worth thinking about. Te latest health guidelines recommend no more than two to three units a day (that’s a medium glass of wine*), as well as at least two alcohol-free days a week. And as an incentive for cutting back, it’s hard to beat better sex. Sparkling water anyone? We say yes! Yes! Yes!

Get in the mood for sober sex and better org*sms What are you Waiting for? put doWn that glass and…

1. slip on your sexiest outft, or send a saucy text for no reason: you’ll be telling your subconscious that you don’t need alcohol to feel sexy. 2. start training for a 10k run together: doing things that make you feel great as a couple will build sexual confdence away from booze. 3. go to the movies, or take a walk along the river holding hands: any activity where you connect as sober beings will foster

intimacy. your brain may associate alcohol and sex, but it is a habit that can be broken. 4. meditate, do yoga or practise t’ai chi: mindfulness tunes out negative thoughts, promotes confdence and helps you to enjoy the sexual moment. 5. tune in to your partner’s feelings and needs with a clear head: the physical and psychological connection that comes with love-making – as opposed to just having sex – is a vital part of bonding.

*A 175mL gLAss of red, white or rose wine wth An Abv (percentAge of ALcohoL) of 13 per cent contAins An AverAge of 2-3 units. photogrAph by mArtyn thompson/trunk Archive

Parritt, ‘so it’s likely that the brain forges an association between alcohol and sex from an early age’. Physically, though, the consequences of drinking for your sex life tell a diferent story. Because it’s not only men whose performance is lowered by booze – women are adversely afected, too. And this means that the rewards of abstaining from alcohol could be quite literally org*smic. A study in the Journal of Sex Research found that while women verbally reported experiencing greater sexual arousal after drinking, physiologically, an increased blood concentration of alcohol was associated with an impaired response. ‘Alcohol takes away inhibitions,’ explains Dr David Goldmeier, a consultant in sexual medicine, ‘but, because it is a depressant, it can also




photograph by sean mcmenomy. styling by lucy bond. hair by neale pirie. make-up by lisa armstrong. corset and skirt, peter langner at browns bride. shot at spring studios

festive fun


is for ANGEL ‘I’ve been a donkey, and I’ve been Mary…’ muses Abbey Clancy. ‘But never the angel.’ As she glides ethereally around the studio in various couture lace creations, it’s hard to believe this claim, but then the striking Strictly star doesn’t really ‘do’ conventional at Christmas. With her footballer hubby Peter Crouch on pitch duties from the 25th until New Year’s Eve, their real celebration takes place on Christmas Eve, with a family meal, a few drinks and ‘brand-new pyjamas’. Clancy says: ‘Obviously, Pete can’t drink, so he’ll watch us all having more fun than him!’ Ten they put out some carrots and a mince pie for Santa – from their two-year-old daughter, Sophia. ‘It’s a special belief for kids to have,’ Clancy says. ‘I found out he wasn’t real quite late. I actually saw him once, fying in the sky. At least I convinced myself it was him…’ Strictly Come Dancing is on BBC One

The latest telly, the hippest things to do – and a sprinkling of goodwill from our favourite stars. Bring on the 25th… Words by mArThA hAyEs & Niki BrowEs

of Christmas




Sarah Lund from Te Killing’s fabulously (accidentally) festive jumper? So 2011. Tis year, it’s all about sequins. Not on a Strictly glitterball scale, but something not unlike Markus Lupfer’s embellished ‘Santa Claus’ merino wool number. Ho, ho, ho. Jumper, £265, Markus Lupfer at Austique 156

photogrAph by nicoLe nodLAnd. styLing by Lee hoLmes. grooming by Lucie pemberton. jAcket, £665, mcQ by ALexAnder mcQueen; shirt, £100, hentsch mAn; jeAns, £180, Acne; tie, £90, mArni

Toast of the Oscars, the fashion world and pretty much the entire planet, Jennifer Lawrence owned 2013. And as she reprises her role as kick-ass Katniss Everdeen in Te Hunger Games: Catching Fire (pictured above), J-Law might be the main reason to head to the ficks this Christmas – but she ain’t the only one. Nicole Kidman does vintage elegance as Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco, while Tom Hanks and Emma Tompson team up for Saving Mr Banks, the story of how it took Walt Disney 20 years to persuade PL Travers to allow her children’s book, Mary Poppins, to be made into a flm. Future-classic alert.

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‘My old man used to have one in the Sixties, and now I fancy one myself,’ says Downton heart-throb Ed Speleers (who plays firty Jimmy Kent in the smash-hit show), as he eyes up the vintage Jaguar E-type Roadster on our shoot. He certainly looks the part. What else is he hoping for this festive season? ‘Christmas Eve drinks with my brothers. Te hangover is quite entertaining – if my niece and nephew aren’t jumping on my head.’ Drinks, Downton… and dog treats. No doubt Speleers’ one-year-old collie, Frank, will be the centre of attention. ‘He’ll have smoked salmon and I’ll give him some of my roast dinner,’ he says. ‘I might get him a Barbour dog lead. Is that a bit poncey?’ Downton Abbey is on ITV on Christmas Day

Reckon Buck’s Fizz is a bit, well, 1980? Two words: molecular mixology. We asked master of martinis Matt Whiley – aka Talented Mr Fox – to do his (seasonal) thing. ‘I’ve made three miniature co*cktails: mince pie, Christmas pudding and brandy sauce and cream,’ he says. ‘You can drink them separately, like a martini over ice, or mix them together for extra depth: the favour of a mince pie with cream, or Christmas pudding with brandy.’ Talented Mr Fox will be popping up at Soho’s Opium this month, and opening his own bar in 2014. But if you fancy doing your own shaking and stirring, head to a co*cktail masterclass now. With a focus on mature, ‘forgotten’ blends, the one at 5cc London ( is a must for negroni or manhattan fans; you can even take your tipple home in an antique-style perfume bottle. Or if a co*cktail just isn’t a co*cktail without a bright-pink famingo foating in it, get down to Manchester’s Hula tiki lounge ( for a boozy rum lesson. And if you want to swot up in the comfort of your own home, Alexander & James ( has a host-at-home class for all tastes. Mixologist is included – here’s hoping for a hot one.


Who doesn’t love Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas? Tis year, the red-coated, white-bearded, slightly grumpy old chap is being brought to life at London’s Lyric Hammersmith theatre. *Melts* Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas runs from 22 November 2013 to 4 January 2014

G is for GLOW

Who needs to watch D-list celebrities switching on the Christmas lights when we can be dazzled by a bright spark such as artist-to-the-A-list Chris Bracey instead? Continuing his reign as the king of neon at his pop-up at Selfridges in London, he’s also starring in the Scream gallery’s Telling Tales exhibition of young, hipster artists (13 December 2013 – 18 January 2014,


‘Te worst hangover I’ve ever had was after drinking loads of blanc de blancs champagne with chef Richard Corrigan,’ recalls Gizzi Erskine, the ultimate workhard-play-hard chef. ‘It’s made from white grapes [the usual champagne base is made with pinot noir red grapes], and I still can’t drink white wine to this day.’ Erskine’s tips for tackling the tricky morning after? ‘I always have a can of co*ke and two Nurofen, then I go for a Japanese ramen made from strong stock – Bone Daddies in Soho makes the best,’ she says. ‘For pals staying over, I’ll make poached eggs on toast with chilli oil and avocado. Te eggs sort you out and the chilli kick-starts your metabolism.’ Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts by Gizzi Erskine (£19.99, Quadrille) 158


From animal onesies to are-they-for-real skiing holidays, the seasonal antics of RiRi, Rosie H-W, Cara, Rita et al (above) will keep us highly entertained when our own Christmases cease to (sorry, nieces/ father-in-laws/grandmas). It’s been the year of the selfe. And long may it continue.

festive fun J is for JINGLE BELLS


The hottest live acts to get on your radar this season

Te fash-pack fick of the season, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf ’s (about the famous NY department store), makes us wanna shop till we drop. ’Tis the season to clue-up on boutique markets…


Tey’re signed with Jay Z, sound like Fleetwood Mac and give us serious hair envy. Fresh from giving the music industry a kick up the behind with their debut album Days Are Gone, the hipster singing siblings (turns out there is such a thing) are taking on the UK with a string of live dates. Don’t let them leave. UK tour runs from 4-12 December

The hipster one East London Design Show is basically a trendy (pop-up, obvs) department store full of the hottest designers you haven’t heard of (yet). It’s coming to the Truman Brewery from 5-8 December.

The good ol’ fea market one

Busy spinning in his chair on Te Voice and doing his super-producer thang for everyone from Bieber to Timberlake, it’s easy to forget that i-am-the-man’s had a hit album of his own this year. Serious, erm, #willpower needed to keep us away. UK tour runs 3-5 December

Loved last year’s Soho Flea Market? Te same one-day event comes to Dalston on 1 December. Tink food, art and designer crafts, plus choral music and comedy.

The super-arty one

Azealia Banks

photographs by pa, rex features, bronwen sharp

When not feuding with Disclosure, Perez, Gaga et al, the midrifed lil’ miss Banks puts on one hell of a show. Expect to hear future hit after future hit from her infamously delayed debut album, Broke with Expensive Taste. And maybe even the record itself early next year. 02 Academy Brixton, 30 November

Home to some of the coolest art fairs, Brighton pulls it out of the bag on 22-23 November with Te Design and Craft Fair – a homage to all things handmade.

K is for KINGS

Let’s face it, the real draw of West End theatre is often a very famous, very hot leading man. And we have three (kind of ). First up, Jude Law (above) does Henry V at the Noël Coward Teatre (23 November – 15 February 2014) with Michael Grandage, who directed him as Hamlet. Second, David Tennant takes on the RSC’s Richard II at the Barbican (9 December – 25 January 2014). And the third? Te Lion King lives on (and on) at the Lyceum Teatre. Hear him roar.


Ever since Eddie Redmayne (above) sung his little heart out in Hollywood’s Les Misérables back in January, we’ve been hoping for a revival. Hello, St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, on 5 December. Sadly Eddie’s not singing, just reading, but it’s for a good cause – children’s charity the Rainbow Trust – and there will be mince pies. Save us a seat on the Frow… 159


Dig out your fapper dress, perfect those kiss curls and foxtrot your way to the Royal Albert Hall in London for the New Year’s Eve party to end all. Whether you’ve seen silent movie phenomenon Te Artist once or ten times, until you’ve seen it on a big screen with a magical live score, you ain’t seen nothin’.

O is for OFFICE-PARTY ETIQUETTE By The IT Crowd’s Katherine Parkinson

DON’T stand out

‘We had an IT Crowd Christmas party once and I was the only girl. We ended up at a strip joint, and I was in a tea dress looking like some sort of elderly aunt.’

DO know your limits

‘A wrap party is the actors’ equivalent of a Christmas party. You’ve been working in a sober environment, then people have a few drinks and they’re completely diferent. I had an actress try to get of with me in front of the director once. I don’t think she even knew who I was. áe poor thing was very drunk.’

DO consider others’ limits

‘My husband [the actor Harry Peaco*ck] once organised a pass-the-parcel game at a Christmas party. He made up forfeits, one being, “Spend the rest of the party speaking in a Japanese accent.” It didn’t occur to him that this might be embarrassing for someone who doesn’t do that sort of thing for a living. I ended up having a serious conversation with this guy about his relationship – and he diligently kept to the forfeit.’ Te IT Crowd Night is on C4 in December



Q is for QUEEN

In the year that TV overtook flm as the medium to see and be seen in, one actress dominated: Olivia Colman. She bagged two TV Bafta awards for ground-breaking roles in Jimmy McGovern’s Accused and the Olympics satire Twenty Twelve, and that was before we’d even digested her harrowing Broadchurch performance. Next up is Te Tirteenth Tale, a psychological mystery opposite Vanessa Redgrave. All hail the queen of the small screen. Te Tirteenth Tale is on BBC One in December


Hairy Biker turned Strictly ‘dad’ dancer (sorry) Dave Myers is the man to help us nail those Christmas spuds once and for all. ‘I use Carroll’s Heritage, Arran Victory or Yukon Gold potatoes – one that’s more potato than water, and in season,’ he says. ‘Get the goose fat blisteringly hot in a tin, then throw in your part-boiled potatoes with a couple of tablespoons of semolina or polenta. Tat’s my secret.’ Serving his spuds with a free-range turkey and all the trimmings, Dave is quite the traditionalist. But it hasn’t always been that way. ‘My wife, Liliana, is Romanian, and two years ago we had Christmas there,’ he says. ‘Tey don’t have turkey so I bought a couple of pork loins and started drinking a home-made spirit, pálinka, with the family. áere was a lot of cheering and banging on tables, then suddenly it was 6pm, I was roaring drunk and they said, “Are you going to get dinner ready?” Forty people were coming round at 9pm. It was the maddest few hours of panic, but I sobered up.’

phOtOgRAphS By thE guARDiAN, tRuNK ARChivE, ROBERt vigLASKy


áere’s nothing like a lavish Jane Austen adaptation to remind us to chill on the sofa. And BBC’s creepy Death Comes to Pemberley, based on the Pride and Prejudice murder-mystery mash-up by PD James and starring Matthew Rhys as Mr Darcy, might even push you over the edge. Death Comes to Pemberley is on BBC One in December

Bangles, clockwise from top: Chanel, £1,420; Nicholas King at Fenwick, £225; Nicholas King at EC One, £98; Nicholas King at Fenwick, £225; DanniJo, £306; Swarovski, £54; Lulu Frost at Matches, £195; Butler & Wilson, £148; Amishi, £81; DanniJo, £306; Nicholas King, £98




‘If ever there was a time for glitter, it’s defnitely December, isn’t it?’ says West End singer turned Hollywood star Samantha Barks. After a life-changing year in which she broke Hollywood with Les Misérables, performed at the Oscars and shot next year’s Dracula Untold with Dominic Cooper, all she wants for Christmas is a plane ticket home to the Isle of Man. ‘I’ve never had a bling present,’ she says. ‘I’m so un-rock’n’ roll it’s painful. People ask me what I want and I’m like, “I’d love a yogurt-maker, I’d love a shoe rack.” I’m a big fan of kitchen gadgets and I cook Brussels sprouts for my family in my airfryer, which we’ll have with lasagne as we’re all vegetarian.’ Barks stars in Te Christmas Candle, in cinemas from late November

FEsTivE FUn T is for TREE-SPIRATION Just when we were about to break out last year’s tree decorations, along comes the inimitably fabulous Lulu Guinness to rip up the rulebook. Head to Brown’s Hotel in London to see her glam creation from 2 December. Time to pimp that pine…


Really fancy pants are not the kind of thing we ever splash out on ourselves, so Agent Provocateur’s AW13 collection calls for desperate measures. His iPad – open home page. Just saying… Jena bra, £95, suspenders, £95, and briefs, £75,




Vintage expert Angel Adoree is becoming best known for her ‘sweet’ tea parties. Enter her gorgeously illustrated, easy-as-pie guide to creating nostalgic nuggets of candy such as sugar mice, nut brittle and Turkish delight – the perfect stocking fllers. Te Vintage Sweets Book by Angel Adoree (Octopus, £12.99)

Team up

Hipster craft whizz Jazz Domino Holly shares her wrapping tips ‘I get my friends round, create a wrapping station and turn it into a bit of a party.’

Recycle ‘I go around with a bag at Christmas, saving any nice bits of paper. I also rip out fashion shoots from mags to make cool gift wrap.’

Be bold ‘Choose bright, jewel shades or make a statement with a neon-pastel combo.’

Keep it real ‘Brown paper is cheap - just add natural objects such as leaves, feathers or a sprig of holly around twine for a pretty package.’ Follow Jazz on Twitter at @JazzDominoHolly


Offcial UK Top 40 presenter Jameela Jamil has her say ‘I would love to see Disclosure or London Grammar bag the hot spot. Now that we’ve embraced under-the-radar acts on a mainstream level, I would like to see someone who’s not a product of Te X Factor. While we all love it, and it’s played a big part in our generation, the Christmas number one is supposed to be special and difcult to earn. I say let’s get back to basics and festively honour one of those bands who have worked their way up in the profession.’ Te Ofcial Chart with Jameela Jamil is on BBC Radio 1 on Sundays from 4-7pm


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is for YULE LOG

She has a client list that reads like a Who’s Who of the fash pack (think Mulberry, Lanvin, Stella McCartney), so we challenged Pomp De Franc – AKA Katie Franklin – to make her take on the retro Christmas classic. And she didn’t disappoint. Do try this at home.



Z is for Z

After all that food, booze and adventure, we’ll be ready for a well-deserved kip – won’t you be, too?

mEn conFEss Never underestimate chemistry ‘You’ve spent how long internet dating?’ chuckles a female friend. ‘Why didn’t you just ask me? I’ve got loads of single friends!’ And so, one week later, I fnd myself on a blind date. We order some wine and quickly realise that we share almost exactly the same interests: I like cooking, she likes cooking. I like clubbing, she likes clubbing. I like trying to beat my high score on Tetris, she… well, OK: maybe our interests aren’t exactly the same. Nonetheless, I walk her to her bus stop and it’s the moment of truth. She turns her face up towards me expectantly. I lean in. Her tongue unrolls from her mouth like a pink window blind and I pull away in panic, realising something very important. Conversational chemistry’s one thing, but when it comes to really clicking, Cher had it right: it’s in their kiss. Speed dating is a numbers game. But sometimes that number is zero I’ve now managed a grand total of two dates. I decide to up the numbers of women I’m meeting by going speed dating. In two hours of daft fve-minute Think it’s just women having a hard time ‘out chats, I easily quadruple my year’s tally of romantic encounters. there’? if only you knew… here, three men But not one person I’ve ticked wants give their honest take on the dating scene to meet up. Two weeks later I return and again I am completely unsuccessful. Frankly, I’m bafed. As I step into the next event, the organisers take me to one side and tell me that I can attend for free. ‘It doesn’t seem fair to charge you,’ says one of them. I’m crushed. When all else fails, hope she takes the initiative I have realised I have all the mating skills of a giant panda. At I’d been single for fve years. And, frankly, I was this rate, I’ll be put into captivity to stop my species dying out lonely. After meeting an amazing woman at my and assigned a keeper to lift me on to sexual partners. own party and letting her slip through my fngers, Ten, at a do, to my astonishment, I fnd the woman from I resolved to start dating and not stop until I had my party: the one who started this whole dating nightmare of, a girlfriend. Here’s what I found out. standing right in front of me, fashing me a megawatt smile. I almost fuf it again, but fortunately she takes matters into her Don’t set yourself unrealistic targets own hands and kind of asks me out herself, via the medium of Weirdly, two weeks after signing up to Guardian Soulmates, Facebook. Six months later, she has stuck around for many more I haven’t received a single reply. Fortunately, given the lack lovely nights and introduced a word to my vocabulary I thought of human contact involved, it doesn’t even feel like rejection. I’d never use again: ‘girlfriend’. My year of dating has been I decide not to do things by halves and set myself a target a success. I’ve learnt that it takes persistence, it takes a thick of contacting four women a day, every day. skin and it takes women to be prepared to make the frst move Tis turns internet dating into quite the time commitment sometimes. But the main thing I’ve learned is that you just need so, to speed things up, I start bashing out entertaining comments to meet the right person for you. Because once you’ve clicked on people’s profles. ‘A cheese fan, eh? I also worship at the font and start to warm to each other, it doesn’t matter how good of the mighty Camembert.’ your dating etiquette is. Te hard part, though? Sometimes, Two-hundred and thirty-six times I do this. Te number of that’s just down to sheer luck. responses I get? Zero. Alexi is editor-at-large at Time Out London.

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The Nice Jewish Boy By Tim Samuels

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Moses got of lightly trudging back down Mount Sinai with a mere ten commandments. Had he been getting the rules to navigate the minefeld of Jewish dating, he’d still be up there, chiselling away on the tablets, beset with RSI. Jewish dating makes no sense to non-Jews, and is barely comprehensible to those of the faith. Mainly because it has little to do with faith. Even the most irreligious pork pie-munching Jew has a nagging inner voice (in the key of a disappointed shrugging grandma) whispering, ‘Why don’t you try dating a little Jewish? It’s not going to kill you.’ Yet there’s nothing like 5,000 years of cumulative communal neurosis to add layers of farcical complication to your dating endeavours.

If you want to experience a real dating shock to the system, try emerging from almost 16 years with the same person and trying to fgure out how the rules have changed. Te last time I was out there, Bill Clinton was America’s president, Michael Jackson still had a career and there was no such thing as broadband. Not even knowing how many kisses on a text counted as firting, I went over the top like a raw WWI recruit. I had no idea of the carnage to be found out there, but here’s what I discovered…

You can add two inches. But not more Te perennial complaint from Jewish women is that dating is an endless procession of Oompa-Loompas. Dustin Hofman would be a veritable giant. Female friends report guys turning up on dates a good six to eight inches shorter than their stated heights – others have Cuban heels bordering on circus stilts. One guy apparently didn’t leave the table or stand up all night for fear of giving the game away. But the most these girls would allow is up to two inches between advertised and actual height. It’s not an interview First dates that turn into formal interviews are just a bit of a libido-killer. Questions I’d suggest that are best avoided include: How old were your grandparents when they died? What family history is there of cardiovascular disease? How many children do you want? Where do you see your career in ten years? And would you want any sons you have to be circumcised? At least wait for the second date. Easy on the Diet co*ke For a religion that mandates its people drink wine every week, it’s fair to say that Jews aren’t actually the biggest boozers around. I’ve been at Jewish parties where the Diet co*ke has run out, while the beer and wine are still fowing freely. But is it too much to ask that, before you sign up for a life of being told how many children you’re having, what to earn and being put on a low-cardiovascular-risk diet, you might actually have a date or two that involves something stronger than a Diet co*ke? Sharing can be OK If you’re going to perversely insist on dating someone from the same – very limited – genetic pool, the odds are you’ll know someone who’s been there. Te unofcial rules are: if two friends have dated (but not consummated) then you can play on. If more than one has consummated, it’s not looking good. If a close family member – such as a sibling – has been there, then you’re on thin ice. However, after the age of 33, the slate is wiped clean – and there’s a tacit agreement from all sides not to mention any history. If all else fails, go ‘frum’ If all options, exes and Cuban heels are exhausted – there’s one fnal card to play: to turn religious (go ‘frum’). Sure, it’ll mean a life governed by a full 613 commandments, a bushy beard/ stylish wig (depending on gender) and not being able to use electricity on the Sabbath, but you’ll go from meeting to wedding in about three weeks. Tim presents BBC Radio 5 Live’s Men’s Hour and is an award-winning documentary flmmaker. He is actually six foot. 166

Te internet means always having to say you’re sorry When you meet someone you like, you don’t tell them straight away about every mistake you’ve made, all the stupid things you’ve said or the worst haircut you ever had. You give them the shiny version of yourself and hope that, by the time they learn the horrible truth, they like you enough to fnd it funny. But these days, women run online background checks that make MI6 look sloppy. I can understand why – after all, no one wants to date a psycho. Sadly, however, this means that every Tweet, every stupid picture, every work-related opinion you expressed to please your boss… they’re all cached. You’ve grown, you’ve changed, you have a skincare regime – but it doesn’t matter. My frst date spent the evening saying, ‘I suppose you think…’, ‘I can’t understand why you…’ and ‘You’re the kind of person who…’ It was like I’d come on a double date with my evil twin. When planning a date, don’t be too clever Date number two was an out-of-my-league corporate lawyer. I tried to impress by taking her to In the Realm of the Senses – a subtitled Seventies flm at the BFI. Some blog called it ‘a passionate love afair set against a rising tide of Japanese militarism’. What followed was a two-hour art-house p*rn flm with a couple shagging in a variety of unsettling ways until she strangles him and cuts of his manhood. At one point, three soldiers walk down the road. Tere’s your rising tide of Japanese militarism. Our planned post-movie dinner vanished as she inched away from me. I wasn’t hugely surprised when she didn’t return a single phone call. Getting drunk is not the way to deal with a mismatch Five minutes after you arrive you realise it’s not going to work, but you’re not man enough to say anything so you think you’ll have a drink or two to get through, but you can’t handle your drink like you used to when you were last dating and you get very, very drunk and then you end up sleeping with her and then you feel awkward about not calling the next day so you do to be polite and agree to meet just because you’ve run out of things to say and suddenly you’re actually dating someone when you really wanted to go home and watch Sherlock. Even though it is easier to date women in their twenties than when you were in your twenties (for some reason – go fgure), you should not be tempted She was 26 years old. I paid for the co*cktails. She said, ‘Oh my God, you pay for things with money instead of debit cards. Tat’s so sexy.’ Which seemed quite promising until she added, ‘It reminds me of my dad…’ n

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He’s as famboyant as his lavishly embellished designs, but with an ever-expanding list of super-rich private couture clients, is Julien Macdonald having a serious fashion moment? Photographs by BRYAN ADAMS Words by victoRiA MoSS


have met him before,’ Julien Macdonald whispers conspiratorially in his deliciously sing-song Merthyr Tydfl accent. He looks pensive, then smiles and laughs. ‘It was backstage at a Barbra Streisand (“Baaarbra Strei-sand”) concert. Pierce Brosnan was there, too. Now that,’ he says, cue dramatic pause, ‘was a mo-ment.’ ‘Him’ is Bryan Adams, groover from Vancouver turned portrait photographer, who is here today to shoot Macdonald with ingénue pop star and pal Eliza Doolittle. Or rather we are here with him, since we’re in Adams’ house-cum-studio. It is a little surreal. We’ve caught Mr Macdonald, the selfproclaimed ‘king of glamour’, post his London Fashion Week show and in between cha-cha rehearsals for his Strictly Come Dancing debut. (Fittingly, that is potentially the campest sentence I’ve ever written.) Ostensibly, this shoot was set up to talk about dresses. His exquisitely intricate creations might divide opinion when it comes to taste, but their OTT fabulousness cannot be denied. Most fascinating is that these frocks are the


Eliza Doolittle sparkling in her favourite dress from friend Julien Macdonald’s upcoming SS14 collection

inTERviEw preserve of a private clientele who may well appal and enthral in equal measure. For now, Macdonald doesn’t do of-the-rack. From his Notting Hill atelier (conveniently around the corner from his town house, which he shares with dog Shakey Jake, Andrew the parrot and ‘my friend from Wales – he’s an obsessive cleaner, which is great’) he tells me he dresses ‘the wealthiest, most famous, fabulous clients in the world. Tey live a totally luxurious life that people can only dream of. It’s complete decadence. Tey can have whatever they want and they don’t care what it costs.’ Tis private, made-to-measure work fuels his lucrative and thriving business. When he fnally closed his books for the winter season, he was turning women (and department stores) away. ‘We’re closed,’ he says, ‘no more orders! We can’t do it.’ His client numbers are steadily rising, his clientele satisfyingly diverse – from 16-year-olds wanting glitzy coming-out birthday dresses and their mothers needing a gown for a charity ball to the six-month-old baby girl he is currently dressing for a wedding (really). And when he says money is no object for these women, he means it. Te cost of a piece will start at about £7,500 and there is no upper limit, but the ballpark fgure for one of his gowns is £20,000. ‘A lot of it is to do with the embellishment,’ he explains patiently when I ask him to justify the cost. ‘Everything I make has a rock on it of sorts. I don’t do shifts. Everything is embellished, and that takes a lot of money. All the crystals are Swarovski and all the components are handmade, so when you see a sequin on my dress or a metal disc, they are the work of one person. Each tiny thing is designed so it’s unique to that dress. Te sequins are hand-dyed to a particular shade.’ It is time-consuming, intricate work. I visited his studio earlier this year, where one of the airy loft apartment work rooms had been renamed ‘the Beyoncé factory’. Five women were painstakingly sewing piles of tiny embellishments on to a one-of gold bodysuit for Mrs Carter’s tour. Tey also had less than a week to do it in. Te work that goes into these pieces is astounding. At 42, Macdonald has the assured air of someone who knows exactly where and what he is, which is perhaps where the bravado to twirl around on prime-time television comes from – not that JM has ever been particularly shy and retiring. But the pairing of the highfashion priest of glitz and the sequin-fuelled fest that is Strictly is just too deliciously perfect. Go on then, why did you say yes? I ask. ‘Well,’ he begins, in his infectious tone, ‘I’ve always liked the show, not as much as people would have expected me to, but I’ve probably been asked to do every single reality-TV show and always said no. It took me quite a long time to come round to the idea.’ Macdonald often quotes himself when speaking, as well as employing grand, sweeping clichés, as every good reality star should. ‘It’s the biggest challenge of my life,’ he says, dramatically emphasising ‘life’ in an X Factor voice-over style. So instead of relaxing after his latest London Fashion Week show, he went straight of to Sylvia Young

‘Eliza is the epitome of a modern cool girl, but she looks like a woman in my designs’ Teatre School to start dance training – all eight hours a day of it. ‘It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done,’ he says solemnly. ‘I’m not used to having someone challenging me all day, telling me, “that was a bit better; no, that was a disaster...” I’ve been quite emotional. But I want to show that fashion designers aren’t divas, we’re just like everyone else.’ And in the manner of being just like everyone else: ‘Te dressing up is my favourite bit,’ he admits. ‘I wish I could just do that.’ He says the show has given him a new-found appreciation for his pop-princess clientele. ‘I take my hat of to all those celebrities I’ve dressed over the years,’ he adds. Not missing a cue, he reels them of: ‘Madonna, Beyoncé, Kylie… It’s really hard work and they have to sing as well!’ While Macdonald is no stranger to the spotlight (he’s already popped his telly cherry as a judge on Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model and appeared on the Strictly spin-of, It Takes Two), there is a pressure for designers to become personalities as well as run of multiple collections a year. Te designer-as-pop-star phenomenon grows by the season, and creative directors are now as likely to be wheeled out to give a human face to their ‘brand’ at department-store trunk shows, or hosting a VIP dinner, as sketching their collection. ‘At the end of the day,’ he says, ‘a brand is built on someone’s name and the strength of that person. Technology means everyone demands to know about the person they’re investing their money in, and if they don’t fnd out what they want, they move on.’ Alongside his private clients, his Star line (womenswear, childrenswear and homeware) for Debenhams is one of the store’s most enduring 171

and successful, which makes Strictly a savvy move, because it’s more than likely that the show’s fans will be shopping in the store. Macdonald came of fashion age in an era when the celebrity red carpet was really taking of. He has always dressed the hot starlets of the day – remember Kelly Brook in that slither of fuchsia sparkle at Guy Ritchie’s Snatch premiere? – and is no stranger to a front-page swoop. Part of the late-Nineties burgeoning Brit designer scene while studying an MA in fashion textiles at the Royal College of Art and at the same time designing knitwear for Alexander McQueen, he was scouted by Karl Lagerfeld, who was judging a competition at the school. ‘When Karl saw my work, he was like, “Oh my God! Tis is Chanel haute couture!”’ At 25, Macdonald was made head of knitwear at Chanel. ‘I would do the [fabric] swatches, give inspiration in terms of fabrication to Karl and then go away and ask no questions; it was just, “Do it now!” But it was great and Karl liked me. I always kept in contact. I think, as I get older, I draw more on the experience.’ From Chanel, Macdonald launched his own line before, controversially, being given the top job at Givenchy after McQueen and the label parted ways. For the four years he was at the house he was miserable, and spent his fnal year marking of each day on his calendar with a cross until his contract was up. ‘Tey didn’t know what they wanted,’ he says. ‘It was just, “OK, let’s throw another 27-year-old British guy into the brand and expect it to work.” But I was a knitwear designer, so I had to learn everything about cutting trousers, skirts and blouses. Sometimes the critics liked the collections, sometimes they didn’t, but I think mostly they didn’t understand why I was in that position.’ I ask if he ever regretted leaving Givenchy (he maintains that his collections put the company into proft and they ofered to renew his contract). ‘I did regret it as I became older. I think if someone asked me now to go back to one of those brands, I would say yes. But I would stop my own label. To be successful in one of those houses, you need to be in there every day and focus. Your life needs to be that brand.’ While his Givenchy tenure might have been a disaster critically, it was the key to his career. Trough designing couture he was given entry to the high-rolling world of the women who are still his clients now. Macdonald has been in this world long enough to not be fazed by it. He compares the way his customers buy clothes to shopping in a supermarket – ‘You just pop things in a trolley and don’t look at the prices’. Te key for his clients is exclusivity: these are women who can stroll into Harrods any day of the week and snap up a Gucci dress.

Teir world is one of parties and private jets. What Macdonald ofers is the one-of experience, so they never walk into an event and have the horror of seeing someone else wearing the same dress as them. For one Notting Hill-based socialite/interior designer, who is clued up on her fashion (Helmut Lang and Rag & Bone for the school run) and knows what she wants, it’s all about the experience of working side by side with a designer to create something unique. You don’t get a one-to-one with Beyoncé’s couturier anywhere else, she says. ‘It’s such a process and, at the end, you get this beautiful dress that is like wearing jewellery,’ she says. ‘If something catches my eye at one of his shows, I think, “I have to have that.” I went to the Freddie Mercury ball last year in a dress similar to one Jourdan Dunn had worn. I just felt beautiful.’ Macdonald cites Singapore, China, the Arab nations and the US as his burgeoning markets. His clientele are younger – ‘a lot of them are teenagers whose parents have made money through technology’ – and more fashion-savvy than ever, which is why he chose Eliza Doolittle to model for our shoot. Te reason half his collections are cut short and sexy is because that’s what the kids want. ‘They go to parties in Ibiza in my dresses,’ he says. ‘Eliza is the epitome of a modern cool girl, but she looks like a woman in my designs. I do sometimes think, “Oh God, your mother’s going to kill me!”’ (He knows Eliza through her mother, singer Frances Rufelle, who he also dresses and is a regular at his shows). ‘It’s quite a furore,’ Eliza says. ‘Proper lights, camera, action kind of mentality. It’s a thrill, though. His dresses make you feel like a princess. I love that I get to wear his stuf.’ Neatly, fashion’s love afair with minimalism is seemingly coming to an end. For next spring there is more than a hint of extravagance going on – even Maison Martin Margiela threw coloured crystals over its tailoring – and Macdonald’s timeless knack for high-octane glamour is rather in sync. His own SS14 collection is inspired by Morocco, yet it is beautifully muted in some ways, with a stripped-back colour palette of neutrals and blacks rather than splashy colour. ‘I was after a certain refnement,’ he says. ‘Sometimes, you want to throw everything into a collection, so the hardest part is holding back.’ But given his rising client numbers, it’s no real surprise that, for this next show, he is going to introduce ready-to-wear pieces to satiate all those department stores that are desperate to place an order with him. ‘Te challenge is to do it and keep it in a certain price range,’ he says. But for now, Macdonald is exhausted from his Strictly schedule. Rather sweetly, his parents gave up their usual Saturday night out at the Merthyr Tydfl Labour Club to go to London to watch him. ‘They’ve never watched it, but they enjoyed it,’ he laughs. ‘My mother was like, “Oh, I won’t be able to go out now on a Saturday and Sunday. I’ll have to stay in and watch Strictly.”’ He’s still a good Valley boy at heart. ‘I host a charity fashion show in my home town every year, and I’m patron for a breast cancer ward in Cardif,’ he says. And against all the glitz and glamour, he insists, ‘I do have a normal life. I touch reality.’ Eliza Doolittle’s album, In Your Hands, is out now.

‘I did regret [leaving Givenchy]. If someone asked me now to go back to one of those brands, I’d say yes. But I’d stop my own label. To be successful in one of those houses, your life needs to be that brand’

It’s show time! The shades may be more muted, but Macdonald’s SS14 show still screams sparkle and glamour 172

Styled by lucia debieux. Make-up by cryStabel riley at Stella creative artiStS uSing givenchy teint couture. hair by tyler JohnSton at onerepreSentS.coM uSing Schwarzkopf profeSSional. clothing throughout, Julien Macdonald. eliza wearS ShoeS, gina for Julien Macdonald; ring, Maria franceSca pepe. photographS by rex, iMaxtree


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I didn’t want to load them on to tumbrils exactly, but I thought they should live in council houses or at least ride bicycles like their humbler Scandinavian cousins. So how come I’m now dippy about a duch*ess, someone who my leftie self should despise and my feminist soul knows is a mere dynastic vessel? It started, I suppose, with the royal wedding, when I found myself festooning my house with plastic bunting. Puzzled friends kept texting me: ‘I’ve just driven past. Have you lost your mind?’ My favourite moment was at the very end of the wedding, when Kate and William climbed into Prince Charles’s vintage soft-top Aston Martin, ribbons, bows and foil balloons streaming behind it. Tey only drove the fve minutes to Clarence House, their security detail following behind, but their blissed-out faces showed they wanted to be like any other just-marrieds heading of into a shared future. Not sitting passively in a golden coach, but behind the wheel, driving their own lives. While the rest of us may dream of yachts and palaces, couture wardrobes and servants to free us from drudgery, this couple – despite having all these things – craves only the normal. Kate and William want what we have. Tey envy our anonymity, suppers on the sofa, pushing a trolley around Waitrose and TV box sets. Tey want their baby pictures snapped by Grandpa Middleton, not Mario Testino. William, the boy raised by nannies and butlers in palace apartments and shooting estates, ran headlong into the middle-class cosiness of Kate’s family. What a joy it must have been to kick of stif protocol and cuddle up by the Aga for her mum’s Sunday roast. While most of us curse the nail-breaking fddle of ftting a baby’s car seat, William risked screwing it up before the world’s media, just for the pleasure of taking his newborn son home like any normal dad. And, instead of hiring a maternity nurse, he and Kate chose the unforgettable intimacy of sharing those frst sleepless nights. Tey are not playing Marie Antoinette in their Anglesey farmhouse. Tey know there is more joy in eating shepherd’s pie with someone who loves you than a silver-plated banquet with movie stars.

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And what is almost unique about this royal couple is that they have both: love and privilege. How rare that is. In fairy stories we never get to see the ‘happily ever after’, but here it is in every picture. A love that is impossible to fake: sexually at ease, companionable, a happy confuence of mutual and equal need. So will they remain adorable? While Prince William had a proper job – a butch, heroic one as a helicopter rescue pilot – we could forget his ancestral role. While Kate was swinging supermarket carriers as well as designer bags, we could imagine she was just a girl who got lucky. Will they lose their real-appeal when they attain that nebulous status of ‘full-time royal’? Maybe, but not for a while. Teir youth, beauty and happiness has made royalty soar in the polls. Even those of us who oppose the monarchy in principle probably agree with author Hilary Mantel

that royals are like pandas: ‘expensive to conserve... but aren’t they interesting? Aren’t they nice to look at?’ And I suspect that Kate, for all her hair-swishing loveliness, has a hidden steel. She has withstood having photos of her naked breasts published in a French magazine, and a nurse at the hospital where she was being treated for morning sickness committing suicide. She brazened out the tabloid harridans in front of the Lindo Wing, showing her post-partum pad of fesh. Courtiers are said to see her future role as similar to Melinda Gates, promoting good causes across the planet. But Gates is a scientist – the smartest, most focused woman I’ve ever met. Kate risks looking silly if she tries. Rather, she could look to another woman who understood how her beauty and charisma aforded her magical powers. Diana Redux: Tis Time She’s Happy.

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In theory it sounds like a thirtysomething’s worst nightmare (Crimbo at home alone with mum and dad), but Alison Taylor wouldn’t have it any other way


hristmas at the parental home is like family life in HD, or buying a DVD with ‘special features’: you get the main story, but then a load of fun extra bits, too, including the out-takes where people mess up. That’s how it is for me, anyway. But I am a bit diferent: my name is Alison Taylor and I like going home for Christmas. It plays out a little like this: I get on a train from King’s Cross a few days before Te Big Day, usually deeply hung-over (occasionally having had no sleep). I arrive at Wakefeld Westgate, where my parents will be standing on the platform, togged up in their winter coats, excitedly scanning the train for some sign of me. We’ll discuss my inability to travel light while Dad takes my multiple bags in his hands, his wrists swollen with arthritis. And when he’s walking ahead of me, laden with my luggage, it’s a shot-to-the-heart reminder

of the fact he’s getting old. Like old old, which, frankly, terrifes me. Ten we’ll go for a drink and Dad and I will have a smoke outside (him: pipe, me: rollies). We’ll pick up cheese and ‘fancy foods’ (as Mum calls them) from Morrisons – stuf that I like but they never touch: pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, amaretto. We’ll arrive home at their three-bedroom-corner-semi-withconservatory in a small village outside Huddersfeld and admire the wacky decorations – LED Christmas tree, tinsel strung everywhere like a Jackson Pollock, cards stuck all over the kitchen cupboards, and what can only be described as sinister Santa and snowman ornaments with squashy legs dangling over the sideboard. I’ll throw myself dramatically onto the settee, grab the remote and breathe in a giant gulp of contentment. ‘Do you want a cup of tea, love?’ asks Mum. Do I ever?! You see, unlike a lot of people (friends and contemporaries included), I love going home for Christmas. And not only do I 181

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love my mum and dad, but I really, really like them, too. I can’t think of anyone better to laugh at the TV with, have a pint with, go shopping with, confde in, and so it goes on. Perhaps it would be diferent if I had a signifcant other, but I’ve been single for the best part of seven years and, at 35, I’ve seen our relationship really come into its own over the past decade. Emotionally, I rely on my parents more now than I ever did in my twenties. We talk every day on the phone, sometimes more than once a day (Dad always puts me on loudspeaker, whatever drivel I’m spouting). They’re like my soul mates: the ultimate until-death-do-us-part relationship in lieu of a marriage of my own. But the family-life-in-HD experience works only if, like me, you don’t mind seeing each other’s faws close up; seeing everything played out in the open. I like to be honest with Mum and Dad about my lifestyle – my fears and disappointments – and I’m pretty sure they like it that way. I don’t hide who I am from them to keep up any pretence of perfection. Tey know who I really am and accept that, like many thirtysomethings today, I’m showing little sign of growing up in the way their generation did. ‘Why are you still being sick after a night out?’ was Mum’s question on the morning after my 35th-birthday shindig, as we got into the car to go to the frst birthday party of my best friend’s daughter. I was nursing a sick bag on my lap; I don’t know if that’s funny or tragic (I’m not massively proud of it), but it’s a sign of the times. My generation is so much more reluctant to behave like

‘I’m not forced to wear silly sweaters and suffer a grilling about why I can’t hold down a man à la Bridget Jones’ grown-ups. I’ll be honest – I’m still absolutely terrifed of becoming boring, settled or conventional. Recently, when Mum and Dad came to stay with me in my new fat (that they helped me buy) in London, they arrived cheerfully bearing a new doormat, shower curtain and home-made pies. But they found me still up from the night before and pretty upset about a recent crash-and-burn with a guy, so I ’fessed up to them and explained exactly why I hadn’t been to bed. What followed was a totally frank conversation about illicit substances, a few tears (me, not them), and then a perfect evening in front of the telly eating takeaway curry. Total. Comfort. My parents didn’t tell me of, or judge me at all. And yet, I recognised that in confessing my sins, I was able to hold a mirror up to myself and look at the things about my life 182

Lef: Alison with her ‘soul-mate’ parents and brother James

I wanted to change. Te truth is, I’d love to have a ‘signifcant other’ and a noisy house full of children one day, like my older brother James, whose life couldn’t be more diferent from mine. He’s 39, has an ofce job, lives just three miles from my parents and is expecting his third child in December. He’ll be spending Christmas with his girlfriend’s family, as usual. And I will be his ‘go-to’ person for a sneaky festive pint if he needs to escape the brood. Yet, believe it or not, I’m not forced to wear silly sweaters and sufer a grilling about why I can’t hold down a man à la Bridget Jones. My parents know I can’t hold down a man – they know all too well, because I moan about it all the time. But I’m lucky that the societal stranglehold that prefers women in relationships rather than single is not imposed in the comfort of my parental home. Crucially, when I did have a boyfriend – ie supposedly winning at life – and he was part of a precious family Christmas, I had the most miserable time of my life. I’ll never forget quietly crying on the couch downstairs at 3am on Boxing Day, having left him sulking in bed after another horrid day of hushed arguments. We broke up in the January. Having brought him into my ‘safe place’ felt like sacrilege. So, as usual, this Christmas Eve, Dad and I will go into town to do last-minute shopping. In other words, get his surprise present to Mum in addition to the nightdress she’s already bought herself as if from him and wrapped up (I know, mental behaviour). Ten, we’ll have a drink in what can only be described as a scary town-centre pub near the bus station. ‘It’s good beer,’ Dad says. It’s also cheap and, frankly, I don’t care where I have a pint and a chat with him. Dad’s not big on words, but just being with him, and him saying that everything will be OK, is always enough. It’s all a far cry from the latest pop-up bar my colleagues in London might be talking about. And thank God. I don’t come home for that. I like the change of pace, and I ft in, too, despite the fact I will sometimes be (afectionately) called ‘posh’ by the lads from my old school and, inevitably, I’ll be asked again if I’ve got a man yet, or kids. Tis Christmas, I’ll shake my head again to both questions, but I will also focus on what I do have: amazing parents who accept me as I am, who will be waiting with open arms on a bleak Northern railway platform, ready to eat turkey, drink sherry and be merry. Best. Gift. Ever. Alison Taylor is the author of The Still Single Papers (£7.99, Mainstream), available at


own a cobbled alleyway in what can only be described as a classic West End boozer, a group of middle-aged suits nursing pints of ale are entertaining themselves on a rainy weekday lunchtime by throwing inquisitive, friendly jibes at the well-known comedian in the corner. Fixing his piercing blue-eyed gaze on the garish pub carpet, the crowned king of comedy (at 2012’s British Comedy Awards), Jack Whitehall, isn’t exactly giving as good as he gets. But then, this is no live stand-up show, and it’s telling just how far posing for Marie Claire in a fitted purple coat from The Kooples, alongside an unruly whippet named Walter, is from the 25-year-old’s comfort zone. ‘I think the dog’s getting more attention than me,’ he deadpans. I can’t decide if they’re the words of a performer with a supersized ego, or a completely non-existent one. As characteristically complex as many world-famous comedians before him, Jack defnitely appears more docile and disparaging of himself than I expected. ‘Te weird thing about my job is that it’s basically sitting around all day trying to think of funny things,’ he shrugs, fnally able to kick back after changing into a stripy tee and blue jeans that wouldn’t look out of place in a college common room. ‘I turn up to work in a Slanket. If I think of one funny thing and it works on stage, then I’ve had a successful day. A day where I don’t even think of one remark is a bad day.’ Such self-deprecation is at odds with the acclaims and awards notched up on his CV, not to mention the demands placed on him

this TV season. Alongside the recent third series of the phenomenally successful Channel 4 student comedy Fresh Meat, he’ll return in his self-penned BBC Tree series Bad Education, get back on the panel for Sky1’s A League Of Teir Own and prep for his 2014 live tour. Oh, he’s also just published a memoir with his father, and the pair of them have landed their own BBC Tree chat show, Backchat, to air in December. In short, the whole I-just-turn-up-in-a-Slanket thing doesn’t wash when Jack is obviously so hard-working and smart. I’m most interested in the book – Him & Me – as it reveals more about Jack than he’s ever divulged himself (in stand-up shows or interviews with the media). It came about when he was approached to write an autobiography-style book, but thought he’d have more to say in a joint project (‘I didn’t really want to talk about my career’) with his father Michael Whitehall, a rather eccentric (to put it mildly) former theatrical agent. ‘It’s quite an odd book,’ he concludes. ‘It’s pretty, er, cringy at times. It’s literally publishing our dirty laundry in public, isn’t it?’ It’s a common (false) assumption that Jack – the eldest of three children brought up in the afuent area of Putney, in west London – had a shortcut into showbiz via his father. ‘An agent is the enemy! It’s his job to piss everyone of – and then a lot of bridges are burnt,’ he laughs. If anything, Michael tried to discourage Jack from a career in the spotlight. ‘He’d seen the bullsh*t, the tough end of the market, clients who were out of work, so he feared I’d be one of those and I’d be unhappy.’ Despite his undisputed success, Jack is nervous about how the book will be perceived. ‘Do I come across like a really bad person?’ he

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asks – in all seriousness – when we discuss the time he hid a girl from his parents under a Fireman Sam duvet in his bedroom (yes, really), but most of all he’s worried his oh-so-upper-middle-classness will alienate readers. ‘Tere’s no “poor me” story, it’s all First World problems.’ From public schoolboy JP in Fresh Meat to his stand-up, hasn’t he built his entire career on being, well, posh? ‘I certainly don’t shy away from it, but I used to try to hide it when I was starting out, ’cause I thought no one would want to listen to some guy who went to Marlborough College [ Jack was a few years below Kate and Pippa Middleton]. I definitely think I improved as soon as I started to be more honest and embraced who I am.’ Before getting into stand-up while studying history of art at Manchester University (he dropped out to pursue comedy), Jack’s earliest ambition to be an actor was encouraged by his one-time TV actress mother Hilary, who features heavily in the book, and included an audition for the role of Harry Potter. But it can’t have been easy, being a gawky kid with braces and growing up in the same class as R-Patz at primary school. ‘He wasn’t “Robert Pattinson”, he was just another guy at school,’ he says. ‘Tat said, I think parents do always compare you with other people. And I was always compared with my cousin, Tom. It was like, “Tom’s taller than Jack and isn’t it brilliant how tall Tom is,” and I was like, “I don’t need a raised shoe to add to my arsenal of shortcomings!”’ Leaning forward and opening his mouth comically wide, Jack reveals the hidden braces that still keep his teeth in check today. Would something more discreet have spared him adolescent grief? ‘I think so, but to be fair, it was a good crutch to have,’ he says. ‘“Oh it’s the braces, that’s why no one wants to go out with me”,when in reality it was down to my annoying personality.’ When he relaxes, Jack is great company. He’s striking in the fesh, with wholesome skin, even if his slightly chubby chops (cleverly hidden under a thick brown beard) do make him look a lot younger than his years. And he’s polite, which is genuinely charming. He doesn’t need to put on a show, to be an exhibitionist – he simply leaves that at work. I’ve got past the initial awkwardness to fnd the person sat opposite me is really quite a catch. Lucky Gemma Chan, who he’s been dating since they met on Fresh Meat in 2011. I used to think it was the other way around: I’d heard he took the beautiful Oxford-graduate actress to Nando’s on their frst date, and made her split the bill. ‘It’s my favourite restaurant in the world,’ is all he’ll say. ‘I go there all the time. I’ve mentioned Nando’s in Bad Education, in my stand-up... I have to stop talking about them, because I sound like I’m employed by them. I’m not. I’m not getting any free chicken.’ Carefully diverting all relationship questions, at least he does so with humour. He and Gemma, 30, live together in a fat in Notting Hill with their lodger, Jack’s BFF Hugo. What sort of boyfriend is

‘I turn up to work in a Slanket. If I think of one funny thing and it works on stage, I’ve had a successful day’


he? ‘Um, I don’t know whether I’m that helpful around the house: I couldn’t bleed a radiator or change a tile, but Hugo’s like a builder, he can build a computer, he can do anything.’ Jack is quietly ambitious about the future. ‘I want to work with great directors and write great shows. I’ve stayed relatively in my comfort zone and want to challenge myself. I have specifc goals and aims.’ Is he talking about acting? ‘I’m going to have to do something really out there to stop critics saying, “He’s just being himself ”.’ Something tells me he’ll pull it out of the bag. Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, for one, reckons he’s the ‘next big thing’. ‘No concrete ofers have materialised, but who knows? He’s a nice guy,’ he says, averting his eyes before adding with a smile, ‘he’s very powerful; even if he wasn’t nice I’d say he’s nice. But he is nice.’ See? Polite to the very end. Michael, if you’re reading this, the education has paid of. n Him & Me by Jack and Michael Whitehall (£18.99, Penguin) is out now. Jack’s national arena tour Jack Whitehall Gets Around opens in March 2014;

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life stories She abandoned her child to marry Laurence Olivier and won an Oscar for her Scarlett O’Hara. But in the end, the British actress’s life was cut short by ill health and mental illness Words by AndrEA CHiLdS

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tiny, black-clad woman walks across a Hollywood stage set, silhouetted against the fames that roar through the scenery. Te fre is deliberate – flming has just begun on Gone with the Wind and this is the moment when the city of Atlanta burns. But after auditioning 1,400 actresses in a two-and-a-half-year-search that has cost more than $50,000 (about £31,300), the flm still doesn’t have a female star, and its producer, David O Selznick, is desperate. He calls ‘cut’ and turns as he hears his name called. Te woman steps forward, removes her hat and smiles at him as the wind whips her hair and frelight dances in her blue eyes. It is English actress Vivien Leigh. Accompanying her is Selznick’s brother, Myron, an actor’s agent. ‘Hey, genius,’ he says. ‘Meet your Scarlett O’Hara.’ Te romantic saga of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler, played by Clark Gable, has become movie legend. Gone with the Wind was awarded ten Academy Awards – including one for Leigh, the frst British woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress – and became the most-watched flm ever in UK flm history, with 35 million cinema attendances since it was made in 1939. It was a part Leigh was born to play. Just like Scarlett, she was a compelling mix of beauty, passion, charm and steely ambition. She would embark on an obsessive love afair but ultimately lose the man she adored. She battled tragedy and terrible illness. Tis November is the centenary of Leigh’s birth and she is being celebrated with a retrospective of her flms at the BFI and a changing display of her recently acquired archive at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Leigh’s father, Ernest, and mother, Gertrude, were both from Bridlington in Yorkshire, but they spent the early years of their marriage in India, where Ernest worked for a brokerage

Clockwise from opposite page: Leigh poses for Cecil Beaton in 1946; playing Scarlett to Clark Gable’s Rhett in the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind; as Lady Macbeth on stage in 1955; young Vivien, aged three, in India

company. Teir daughter – her real name was Vivian Hartley – was born in Darjeeling on 5 November 1913. Shortly before her seventh birthday she was sent to a Catholic boarding school in Roehampton, just outside London. From the age of 13, when her parents left India, the family travelled around Europe, returning to London in 1931, when Leigh was 17. She was vivacious, intelligent and kind, but those early years of separation and strict Catholic schooling taught her a restraint and discipline that would help in the traumas of her life to come, while her continental travels gave her a sophistication that charmed and seduced everyone she met. Barrister Herbert Leigh Holman fell under the starlet’s spell as they danced at a ball. Tey met when he was 31 and she was 18, and married a year later but, although they continued to love and care for each other for all of Leigh’s life, their romantic relationship was doomed. Leigh had already decided she wanted to be a great actress and was attending classes at RADA, although Holman assumed this was just a whim until she settled down as a wife and mother. He tolerated the small modelling jobs and bit-part flm roles she secured through friends and connections, even 191

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after the birth of their daughter Suzanne in October 1933, but he wasn’t prepared for her overnight stardom two years later, when she received rave reviews in the play Te Mask of Virtue under her new stage name, Vivien Leigh. Within a year, she had a £50,000 contract with flm director Alexander Korda and was preparing to leave her husband and child. ‘I loved my baby as every mother does but, with the clear-cut sincerity of youth, I realised I could not abandon all thought of a career. Some force within myself would not be denied expression,’ she said. Ultimately, it wasn’t her career that drove her from home; it was desire. Leigh had seen the darkly handsome Laurence Olivier on stage and engineered an introduction. Although they were both married to other people, she told a friend: ‘Someday I am going to marry Laurence Olivier.’ Before Brad and Angelina, or even Burton and Taylor, there was Olivier and Leigh. Tey were acting’s golden couple, huge international stars whose allure was intensifed when they performed together. Tey often played iconic lovers – Anthony and Cleopatra, Nelson and Lady Hamilton, Romeo and Juliet – and their private life was just as passionate. When their afair began, in 1936, Leigh said: ‘I don’t think I have ever lived quite as intensely since. I don’t remember sleeping, ever; only every precious moment that we spent together.’ Olivier made the difcult decision to leave his wife, Jill Esmond, and baby son, Tarquin, and he and Leigh set up home together. Tey were married in September 1940 while preparing to make a flm in America, with Katharine Hepburn driving them to the three-minute ceremony in Santa Barbara, California. Te Oliviers’ life was a whirl of theatre tours and movie sets, couture (Leigh wore Dior and was photographed by Cecil Beaton for Vogue) and co*cktails. ‘Te highlight of her archive at the V&A is the visitors’ book of their country house,’ says curator Keith Lodwick. ‘Vivien threw lavish parties. She would insist on guests

Clockwise from lef: In director George Cukor’s pool, 1960; with Olivier in 1948; her Gone with the Wind Oscar, 1939

playing croquet after dinner or swimming into the early hours and then cooking them breakfast. Te book is a Who’s Who of famous fgures – Orson Welles, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Noël Coward, Bette Davis and Judy Garland.’ But all was not as it appeared. Leigh doubted her own talent and put herself under immense psychological strain trying to match Olivier’s reputation on the stage. She had two miscarriages, and the couple was unable to have a child. Little Suzanne, meanwhile, was cared for by her father and maternal grandmother. She then attended boarding school, seeing her mother only occasionally during her childhood, but she never appeared to resent Leigh. In 1945, Leigh sufered a severe case of tuberculosis and, although she took a year of, it left her vulnerable to a recurrence of the lung disease. But most devastating of all was the sufering caused by bipolar disorder, which saw her mood switch between terrible, crippling depression and dangerously manic phases. In 1951, when she played the Oscar-winning role of Blanche DuBois in the flm A Streetcar Named Desire, art mirrored life as she portrayed madness, vulnerability and mania. It was almost as if she and Blanche were the same person. ‘Today, actors like Catherine Zeta Jones and Carrie Fisher can talk openly about their bipolar disorder without fear it will ruin their careers, but Leigh was terrifed of revealing the truth,’ says biographer Kendra Bean, author of Vivien Leigh: an Intimate Portrait. Whispers about Leigh’s condition began as early as 1937, when she played Ophelia on stage opposite Olivier in Hamlet. Actor Alec Guinness said: ‘It was very sad. She appeared, at a very young age, to turn into a lovely stalk of chalk, and the 193

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Right: Arriving at London Airport with John Merivale in 1961. Far right: a snap taken by John himself as they were leaving Rottnest Island during the same year. The couple were taking a break during The Old Vic Australian tour

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chipping away had begun, and you were there to see the faking of.’ Te cycle of highs and lows began to increase until her secret couldn’t be kept any longer. In 1953, when Leigh was 40, she began flming Elephant Walk in Sri Lanka. Her chronic insomnia worsened and she began to hallucinate. On the fight back to LA, she tried to jump out of the plane. Back in Hollywood, she began screaming lines from Streetcar and refused to come out of her dressing room. Eventually, she was sedated, then fown back to Britain and taken to a psychiatric hospital. At the time, there were few drugs for mental disorders and Leigh’s treatment included being wrapped in wet sheets to calm her, and electric shock therapy that she came to rely on – she even appeared on stage with the marks of the electrical pads on her forehead. ‘Te Fifties were an experimental time for mental-health treatment and she could have been helped so much more by the therapy and medication available today; it was only her professionalism and will that kept her working,’ says Bean. ‘On the fip side, her personality drove her to achieve so much. Without her personal demons, she may not have inhabited roles such as Scarlett O’Hara or Blanche DuBois with such intensity.’ It was too much for Olivier to bear. After 20 years of marriage, he and Leigh divorced in 1960 and he left her for the young actress Joan Plowright. Leigh, too, had begun a new relationship, with the actor John Merivale, who adored her despite knowing the true

extent of her mental illness. Talking about the three great loves of her life to Olivier’s son Tarquin, Leigh said: ‘Herbert taught me how to live, your father how to love, and John how to be alone.’ At 45, Leigh still sufered terrible bipolar episodes but she had also proved herself as an actress and found a new closeness with her daughter, Suzanne, after the birth of her grandchildren. She continued to work, making 19 flms and appearing in almost 40 plays. But in 1967, when she was 53, her tuberculosis returned. On Friday 8 July, she died at home in her London fat as fuid flled her lungs and she could no longer breathe. Merivale tried to revive her, watched by a picture of Olivier on her bedside table. But her legacy goes on. With this month’s national release of a digitally-restored Gone with the Wind, a new generation will discover the beauty and bravery of Vivien Leigh, one of Britain’s most legendary actresses. n Te Vivien Leigh retrospective runs at the BFI in London from 6-30 November. See for details.

Famous roles

Leigh and Olivier appeared together in seven Shakespeare productions; her turn as Blanche DuBois opposite Marlon Brando won Leigh a second Oscar in 1951; her penultimate movie, at 47, saw her star with 24-year-old Warren Beatty

Anthony and Cleopatra

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Girl of the moment

AliCe englerT The edgy 19-year-old daughter of legendary director Jane Campion wows (and petrifes) in a brave new improvised horror flm


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Martha’s Must-Dos the road to hell: alice in improvised horror fick In Fear


t was exhilarating making In Fear. it’s an improvised horror flm so there was no script and we shot it chronologically. We had no idea if our characters were going to die or not and we weren’t told how long we were going to be shooting for. it was extremely unsettling. Fear is a primal emotion; it shows us a lot about who we are. I have strong feelings about women in flm. i grew up thinking that it was normal for women to direct flms because my mother [ Jane campion] is a flm director. When i was 13 years old, these boys came up to me in school and said, ‘Your mum makes sexy flms.’ Outraged, i went, ‘She does not!’ Ten i saw Holy Smoke [2000 drama starring Kate Winslet] and had to admit she does. My mother taught me that a woman’s strength shouldn’t be measured against a man’s. a woman’s strength is her own, it’s personal. as soon as you start measuring it, judging it, comparing it, it becomes a competition and that destroys your individuality instead of enhancing it.

Don’t MIss… MovIes

Gravity HHHHI talk about wow-factor. from the stomachfipping 3d efects to sandra bullock’s gutsy turn as a stranded astronaut, everything about this deep-space drama will leave you breathless.


dream team: alice attends the 64th annual cannes film festival with her director mother jane campion

I was an airport baby, I grew up all over the place. i’m too shy to live in america at the moment, so i moved to east london earlier this year. i tried to pick somewhere i didn’t have to go too far to get to nice things because i’m that lazy, but i love the Hackney Picturehouse. i go there a lot to use its Wi-Fi and watch movies. I don’t really get chart music. it doesn’t make me feel anything. i’m always going back to Pavarotti, roy Orbison and Frankie Valli & Te Four Seasons ‒ i listen to them when i’m getting ready to go out. and i love nick cave & the Bad Seeds. My dad and stepmum were the frst people who played nick cave to me. My mum, not so much – i think she put on coldplay. in Fear is in cinemas from 15 November.

Parkland HHHII fify years on from jfK’s murder comes an assured retelling of that fateful day. jacki weaver, as lee harvey oswald’s unhinged mum, makes the strongest impression. Kill Your Darlings HHHII leaving hogwarts far behind him, daniel radclife is beat poet-to-be allen ginsberg in this lively biopic. dane dehaan and elizabeth olsen co-star in one of the year’s coolest casts. All Is Lost HHHHH think Life Of Pi meets Cast Away as robert redford fghts alone to survive a sinking sailboat. Virtually dialogue-free, this flm could’ve capsized; instead, it’s awe-inspiring.

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it’s always hard to persuade people to come ice-skating (tripping up a hot guy + landing on your bum = awkward), so i’m busy reminding my friends that this year’s Skate at Somerset House (right) is about everything but the ice. and if djs, co*cktails and vintage bands aren’t enough, they’re throwing a movember charidee night on 27 november ‒ hipster ’taches alert. forget street food, you can’t beat an old-school market, and birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market (the largest in the country) is perfect for getting into the festive spirit. one of the chicest aw13 exhibitions, ‘Hello My Name Is Paul Smith’, at the design museum from 15 november, is the fash-inating story of smith’s (right) style empire. i’m also picking up a copy of tracey emin’s work of, well, neon, in Angel Without You (£37.50, rizzoli) as a potential present/gif to myself (highly likely to be the latter) before booking tickets to Coriolanus, which opens at london’s donmar warehouse on 6 december. if anyone can sex up shakespeare, it’s tom his-royalhotness hiddleston (below).


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reporter Clockwise from lef: fashion icon Isabella Blow with Alexander McQueen; at the American Embassy in Paris, 1998; in 2002; Daphne Guinness now owns Blow’s wardrobe collection

Fashion galore!

She’s the style maverick who inspired a generation. Now Isabella Blow’s life − and wardrobe − is being celebrated in a new exhibition



hen legendary style icon Isabella Blow died in 2007, her best friend Daphne Guinness bought her entire closet – one of the most important private collections of late 20th/early 21st century British fashion. Boasting pieces from many design talents Blow discovered herself, including Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Philip Treacy, Guinness will exhibit the extraordinary clothes at Somerset House this month as part of ‘Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!’, a major exhibition celebrating Isabella’s life. Ahead of its opening, muse and fashionista Guinness reveals a few things we didn’t know about her late, great sidekick.

Daphne on Isabella ‘ She wore full medieval dress [complete with a metal headpiece commissioned through Philip Treacy] to her wedding. Isabella’s fascination with armour came from her family history, which dates back to the 13th century.’ ‘She was a passionate cook and endeavoured to feed large parties of guests at her house in the Stroud Valley. But her fair was not always equal to her passion. I recall one pudding that lef all

at the table spitting into napkins in case we swallowed a lump of charcoal. She probably enjoyed watching us squirm.’ ‘Issie was a very fast runner and loved to challenge people to a race. Her only problem was relinquishing her Manolos before she set of. She would race anyone, wearing anything — be it a pair of McQueen “pig-hoof” shoes or a lobster on her head. That theatrical dress code was not exempt from anything.’ ‘Her schoolgirl crush was David Bowie, which I could relate to. Bowie was a huge infuence on my early life and Issie and I used to talk about his various personas and transformative powers. We felt the metamorphic pull; we shared a love of disguise. Isabella was funny with her crushes — for someone with such a sof voice, she could be very explicit. People loved to be shocked by her, and she couldn’t have cared less. I don’t know if Bowie ever met her, but if he had, he’d have adored her. I don’t know anyone who didn’t.’ ‘Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!’ opens at Somerset House (somersethouse. on 20 November.



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Dream team: Radclife and Hamm in A Young Doctor’s Notebook

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mum said, “You should keep it, otherwise you’re mocking it.”’ But don’t expect him to be making sweet music in public any time soon. ‘Singing for me is so personal and I don’t want to be manipulated by the music industry.’ He was raised bilingual in a small town in Mid Glamorgan, Wales, and describes himself as ‘always looking at what’s over the hill’. Of returning home he says, ‘It’s surreal when people who haven’t been interested in you for 26 years suddenly want a drink with you. But I won’t buy pints for them.’ Moonfeet is on Sky1 in December.

what really happened on that fateful November night in 1974, when his children’s nanny was killed. An older doctor talking to his younger self doesn’t sound like the best idea for a comedy, but with Jon Hamm and Daniel Radclife starring, it’s no wonder Sky Arts’ A Young Doctor’s Notebook is back for a second series. Sky Atlantic gets serious with Sundance hit Manhunt – the true story of the 20-year pursuit of Osama Bin Laden, while BBC1 recalls the creation of Doctor Who in a one-of flm, An Adventure in Space and Time, starring Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine. Too much Doctor Who? At Christmas? Never.

THe indie cHarMer Tom cullen, 28 small town: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion Big things: Downton needed to up the ante this autumn afer the departure of the dashing Dan Stevens ‒ and edgy Black Mirror star Tom Cullen more than fts the bill. Not that he needs to impress the period-dramaloving US fan base: his acclaimed 2011 turn in heavily improvised indie flm Weekend scored him serious brownie points stateside. Thriller Tiger House (co-starring Kaya Scodelario) follows next year.

THe BaBy face craig roberts, 22 small town: Maesycwmmer, Caerphilly Big things: We fell for the so-hip-it-hurts Welsh actor back in 2010 in Richard Ayoade’s quirky coming-of-age flm, Submarine. Since then, Craig has quietly kept up the cool credentials starring in shows such as Being Human, Skins and The Killers’ video Here with Me alongside Winona Ryder. Next year? He’s hitting the big screen in Neighbors, with Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron.



rticulate, thoughtful and easy on the eye, Aneurin Barnard ties up our interview with: ‘Write nice things or I’ll come and fnd you. With Ray.’ I think he’s joking. But he is pretty tight with East End-turnedHollywood geezer Ray Winstone… ‘We get on like a house on fre,’ says the Welsh actor of his co-star in Sky1’s new adventure series Moonfeet (adapted from J Meade Falkner’s novel). ‘We come from similar backgrounds and are a bit raw; we don’t go in for the celeb thing.’ When they weren’t ‘putting the world to rights over bottles of wine’, they were sending the stuntmen home and plunging into seven tons of water. Te 26-year-old may have won our hearts as David Bailey in BBC4’s 2012 biopic We’ll Take Manhattan and more recently in the BBC1 period drama Te White Queen, but Barnard made an impact long before: in 2010 he bagged a prestigious Laurence Olivier award for his role in the musical Spring Awakening. ‘I didn’t want it in a way,’ he recalls. ‘I didn’t want it to afect me. But my

luke evans, 34 small town: Aberbargoed, Rhymney Valley Big things: For someone who got his big break aged 30 (in 2010’s Clash of the Titans), there’s no stopping the dapper Luke Evans this festive season. He’s bringing Bruce Reynolds, the mastermind behind 1963’s Great Train Robbery, to life in BBC1’s much-anticipated two-part drama. Plus, the frst of his two Hobbit flms will be on the big screen. And yes, he even looks good with long hair.



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From below lef: killer co*cktails at Casa Negra; Headlong’s American Psycho; Chloë Grace Moretz in this year’s Carrie remake


hen Hollywood’s undisputed teen queen revamps one of the most iconic female horror leads for the edgy 2013 remake of Stephen King’s Carrie, it’s clear the dark side is getting a glam new lease of life. Or should that be death? And the sinister reinvention of Chloë Grace Moretz is just the beginning. From the Courtney Love-inspired lyrics of pop’s rising star Bebe Black (next year’s debut album follows her Deathwish EP) to Jing twilight tea (at London’s eclectic Sketch) and stage adaptations of Let the Right One In (London’s Royal Court Teatre from 29 November) and American Psycho (London’s Almeida Teatre from 3 December), no (grave) stone will be left unturned. Be a wise (night) owl and book yourself on an evening ghost tour of hampton Court Palace or pull an all-nighter at dino Snores for Grown-ups; basically a massive sleepover at the Natural History Museum. A little

bedtime reading? We love Weegee’s Distortions (Morel Books, £45), a showcase of the famed photographer’s distorted portraits, from Elizabeth Taylor to Audrey Hepburn. Party animals need apply: cool cofee-table book The Fun: The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC (Powerhouse, £24.99) kickstarts the mood. Ten we’re heading to the basem*nt club at La Bodega Negra’s cooler little sister, Casa negra, in Shoreditch, before checking out Blind Bee at eight Members Club, the hot new late- night underground haunt for killer co*cktails. But what to wear? It’s less full-on goth, more dark romance; think demure lace and nipped-in black leather waists, inspired by the catwalk ( Jonathan Saunders, Saint Laurent and Erdem) but not out of place at a co*cktail party. See you on the dark side.

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from far lef: london grammar’s dot major, hannah reid and dan rothman

London Grammar singer Hannah Reid talks the quarterlife crisis, stage fright and Xtina I was 14 and I can’t stress enough the impact it had, even though our music is worlds apart from hers. MC: Being one of 2013’s biggest ‘buzz’ bands – a help or hindrance? HR: It’s made our career, but there was a lot of hype around our frst shows. We hadn’t played live in 18 months and bad reviews could have been a nail in the cofn. MC: Sounds like a lot of pressure. HR: I’ve always had bad stage fright; I’ve come to accept it’ll probably never go away. It nearly stopped me from pursuing music.

Sound of the undeRgRound 2012 The hit-maker: Jessie Ware Ms W’s single Running provided Disclosure with their frst radio hit after they remixed it on EP Te Face. Described as ‘the missing link between Adele, SBTRKT and Sade’, her debut Devotion was nominated for last year’s Mercury Prize. She’s mates with Adele and Florence, and (randomly) used to work with Fifty Shades author EL James.

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Miley twerked, Katy roared and now Gaga’s, well, doing that inimitable thang that’s as difcult as ever to put into words. But boy, we’re glad she’s back. In fact, after her flm debut in last month’s Machete Kills (and a role Sin City 2 next


MC: What was the turning point? HR: Dan [Rothman, the band’s guitarist] said, ‘Just try, it doesn’t matter if you can’t do it; who cares?’ Dot [Major, keyboard/ drums] has held my hair back when I’m sick before a show. Tey’re like my brothers. MC: So no arguments? HR: If we argue, it’s over in minutes. We’ll see what it’s like being on the road in a bus; if they’re dirty I will kick them out! I’m a girls’ girl, but it’s that time of life when you need to do your own thing… If You Wait is out now.

London Grammar shot on to mainstream playlists afer collaborating with Disclosure. Check out more Brit acts the dance duo has worked with

2013 The partners in crime: AlunaGeorge Te breakthrough act of 2013, touring the world with frst album Body Music, Aluna Francis and George Reid are a far cry from messing around on a Mac in a bedroom. Tey hit the big time when they worked with Disclosure on garage smash White Noise in February. Hipster, but chart-friendly: dance-foor heaven.

year), we’re amazed she even found time to record her third album. From the super-hot hip-hop-inspired Jewels and Drugs to stripped-down ballads like I Wanna Be With You, she’s on good form, even if she does recycle the odd lyric (‘I was born this way’). If anyone can get away with it, it’s Gaga.

2014 Gal’s going global: Sasha Keable Vocalist for Voices on Disclosure’s No 1 album Settle, the 19-year-old is about to blow up. You may not have heard of her yet, but she’s already toured with Tinie Tempah, has a fve-album deal and is working on her own debut with Dev Hynes (who’s produced for Solange). Never has the phrase ‘watch this space’ been so apt.

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dizzee rascal is on Tinie Tempah’s second album, Demonstration; and ‘sibling pop’ continues with the adorable Lily & Madeleine’s eponymous debut.

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Marie Claire: If You Wait has been described as a ‘quarter-life crisis album’. Thoughts? Hannah Reid: Tere are songs on there like Wasting My Young Years that are spot on; a lot of the things I describe are what people my age are feeling. Tere’s a new strand of pop music now – two years ago we wouldn’t have made it on to Radio 1. MC: What music has helped you through tough times? HR: Te Christina Aguilera album Stripped was the anthem of my life when


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I love all of Woody Allen’s movies. Annie Hall made me fall in love with New York. When I frst went, I wandered around trying to have quick-witted conversations. And I know I’m late to the party, but I cried my eyes out at Te Kids Are All Right. I can’t stop thinking about it. Haim make me want to grow my hair long and start playing electric guitar. I went to see them recently and they’re so cool. I also love the new Arctic Monkeys album, AM. Alex Turner is an incredible poet and his lyrics are so funny and sexy. By day I’m scrufy and wear lots of jeans and T-shirts, but I enjoy playing with clothes and looking for new ideas. I wore one of Christopher Kane’s camoufa*ge dresses with a jumper to

watch his SS14 show. I also love Erdem – so beautiful and ladylike – and Moschino is always cute; I like the tartan skirts. My eyelashes are long – but very blonde. So I always wear mascara and I like a light foundation like Giorgio Armani Beauty’s. Aveda’s Pure Abundance range is lovely and feels clean – my hair has a natural wave in it and I quite often just leave it. The other day I baked a pie from scratch. It was a Jamie Oliver apple and tofee tart and it went down well! Te Great British Bake Of is a guilty pleasure. Michelle Dockery got me on to Nurse Jackie. It’s fast-paced and punchy and Edie Falco is amazing. I watch a lot of TV and get through series quickly because I’m so impatient. Tat’s the thing about being

in your trailer – I watched four seasons of Nurse Jackie in a month. We’re always swapping DVDs on the set of Downton. I like a nice quiet local. I often have cider at Te Pineapple in Kentish Town. It’s not classy, but I’ll even drink Strongbow. Patti Smith is a proper rock star. I saw her live at a charity concert and she was so refreshing and cool. She believes in art and what it can do for people. It’s inspiring. I love the Italian way of taking fve-hour lunches. Te Amalf Coast is stunning and relaxed. When you’re there, you can do nothing but eat pizza and pasta with loads of garlic, and that’s fne by me. Downton Abbey returns to ITV for a special episode on Christmas Day.




A good read Eithne Farry opens up a sexy trilogy, an Eighties epistolary and a true-love tale The Invisible Kingdom by Rob Ryan (£16.99, Hutchinson) Exquisite illustrations and poetic words combine in this gorgeous fable about a lonely prince A little prince, made insignifcant by the magnifcence of the palace and left to his own devices as the King and Queen go about their regal business, sets out to explore the world outside his window. Dressed in black, the prince heads out of a forgotten attic window and wanders the night-time streets like a shadow, seen only by a lonesome urban fox. Rob Ryan’s fairy-tale illustrations, full of lovely detail, are the perfect accompaniment to the sweet, kindly words. It’s a book that seems to have been invented to encourage daydreams about fnding your true place in life.

102 Things to Do in Winter by Alex Quick (£8.99, Old Street) Alex Quick provides 102 super-cool ideas to transform dreary December days into a winter wonderland Brrr. Tempting as it is to hunker down under the duvet and wait for winter to pass, Alex Quick’s cracking suggestions for celebrating the chilly season in style will make you think again. Determined to put a spring in our step, his ideas run from the fancy (ice hotels or ice-sculpting festivals) to the frugal (making your own

Christmas tree from newspaper, festooned with strings of popcorn). Tere are recipes for mulled wine, mince pies and spiced apple cake, plus tips to transform a bin bag into a lo-f sledge and reasons why winter is the best time to head out on a ghost walk. Feeling the goosebumps already!

How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern (£14.99, HarperCollins) A troubled woman rescues a suicidal man in this emotional rollercoaster Cecelia Ahern has the knack of shaking up an everyday life until magic comes

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The chef wowed us with her minuscule Parisian kitchen and her huge repertoire. Expect more deliciousness in her latest cookbook, My Little French Kitchen

Stuf Parisians Like by Olivier Magny This depicts Parisians and life in Paris in such an honest, humorous manner. It had me laughing out loud on the Metro (raising a few French eyebrows).

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The Proposal by Tasmina Perry (£14.99, Headline Review) A glamorous tale of second chances in modern Manhattan and Fifies London American ex-pat Amy Carrel has been hoping for the best Christmas present ever: an engagement ring. Instead, she’s been ditched by her rich boyfriend. Fed up, homesick and with her dancing career on the skids, she answers a mysterious advert in Te Lady and heads back to New York as a companion to elderly English aristocrat Georgina. Charming, but reserved, Georgina exudes a kind of old-school elegance that makes spirited Amy want to glean everything from the retired doyenne of publishing. But when Amy learns of her companion’s heartbreaking secret, revealed when the novel fits back to a disastrous debutante season, she is determined to right the wrongs of the past in this irresistible page-turner.

The Last Kings of Sark by Rosa Rankin-Gee (£14.99, Virago) Girl-meets-girl-meets-boy in this sultry summer love triangle set on the Channel Island of Sark Mashing up Parisian cool with London attitude, debut author Rosa Rankin-Gee (the daughter of novelist Maggie Gee)

was born in London’s Kensal Rise, but now lives in Paris. She writes like a cross between Françoise Sagan and Nell ‘Up the Junction’ Dunn: strange, dreamy and with razor-sharp characterisation. It’s a summer romance of a book, heat-hazed, drunken, complicated and golden. Jude (‘Because of Law, Hey and Te Obscure, they thought I was a boy’) is a skinny, almond-eyed 21-year-old girl who heads to the island to tutor Pip, a rich, beautiful local boy. Sof, the holiday cook, adds her wayward charm to the mix. Te trio drink, cycle, fall madly in love with each other and make the kind of memories that mark them forever.

Ace, King, Knave by Maria McCann (£14.99, Faber & Faber) Hearts, fortunes and reputations are gambled in this sophisticated novel set in 1760s London Motörhead’s anthem Ace of Spades springs to mind as the soundtrack to this rollicking historical tale of cards, deception, grave-robbing and doubledealing. Te anti-hero of Maria McCann’s third novel is a man after Lemmy’s own heart, but minus the leather and tats. Cardsharp Zedland presents himself as a gentleman in a world of vice and violence, and sets about indulging in ladies, luxury and making a fast buck. Two very diferent women encounter the cad: well-to-do Sophia, who has ‘a weakness’, and Betsy-Ann, a dealer in second-hand goods. Betrayed by Mister Z, the women decide on the sweetest kind of revenge – cold, calculating and deadly.

by Willy Ronis Captures Thirties to Noughties Paris beautifully. Even though the city has changed hugely, you can still recognise places in the pictures. There’s even one of the road I live on, taken in 1948.

Almanak by Claus Meyer Despite this cookbook being in Danish, I love the beautiful pictures of the countryside, seasons and food. The recipes have me Google translating them, but I end up improvising. Claus Meyer is co-owner of Noma in Copenhagen.

Farm Anatomy by Julia Rothman Flicking through this book makes me dream of moving to the countryside. The illustrations are not only fun to look at but really educational.

Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton This autobiography is something I can easily relate to, being a woman and working in food. Hard to put down and beautifully written, her food descriptions had me wanting to lick the pages.

Asian Dumplings by Andrea Nguyen I love dim sum and this book has every possible recipe for the dumplings. It’s very well explained and the recipes are super-easy to follow.


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Stibbe (£12.99, Viking) A fresh look at domestic life in the Eighties from an ingénue nanny Nina Stibbe’s letters to her sister are full of the kind of details that made Adrian Mole’s diaries so brilliantly funny. Heading from Leicestershire to London

Meet the winner of Marie Claire’s frst-ever Debut Novel Award competition


story about twins: ‘I felt I was in the hands of an experienced writer – the characters were well-crafted and the plot was exciting,’ says Young. ‘I was gripped from the opening paragraph,’ agrees Ahern. Douglas started writing novels early: ‘I wrote my frst book at 24. I sent it to an agent and they wrote back saying it wasn’t interesting!’ Her entry was her frst foray into darker subject matter. ‘Te novels I had previously attempted were light-hearted, but I wanted to try something diferent – I love thrillers,’ she explains. She had already started the novel when she heard about the competition and was spurred on to keep writing. ‘I can’t believe I’ve won,’ she says. ‘I’ve wanted this for so long. When I frst heard, I couldn’t take it in – it felt completely unreal.’

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Creation Stories: Riots, Raves and Running a Label by Alan McGee (£18.99, Sidgwick & Jackson) Alan McGee left school at 16, co-founded Creation Records at 23, managed Te Jesus And Mary Chain and Primal Scream, had a drug-fuelled breakdown, cleaned up, signed Oasis... Phew! Tis is a must-read account of one of pop’s greatest agent provocateurs.

Historic Heston by Heston Blumenthal (£125, Bloomsbury) Meat fruit, Mock Turtle Soup and Quaking Pudding are some of the dishes of the day in Heston’s gorgeously illustrated history of British cookery. From medieval times to late Victoriana, the experimental chef looks at the background of each recipe and explains the science that makes them work.

Home by Orla Kiely (£30, Conran Octopus) Interior design mavens will love the elegant mishmash of old and new pieces in British designer and print expert Orla Kiely’s own home; drool over the rooms and houses that are on her wish list. Tis is a beautiful and inspirational read.

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We were fooded with entries when we teamed up with HarperCollins to launch Marie Claire’s Debut Novel Award in July, to publish one lucky reader’s book. Te winner was promised a £5,000 advance, a year’s editorial guidance and an introduction to a top literary agent. Entrants had to submit the frst 6,000 words of their contemporary women’s novel, along with an outline, to be judged by an expert panel including bestselling author Cecelia Ahern, literary agent Juliet Mushens of Te Agency Group, Kimberley Young, publishing director of Women’s Fiction at HarperCollins, and Marie Claire’s associate editor, Miranda McMinn. Te winner, Claire Douglas, 39, a freelance features writer from Bath, wowed the panel with her idea for a psychological

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What Lies Beneath You love your pooch as much as your Egyptian cotton sheets, but does your current laundry routine leave nasties lurking in your linen?

We all know about germs. We kill them in the bathroom, eradicate them from hard surfaces and wage warfare with handwash. But have you stopped to question whether your supposedly ‘clean’ laundry is actually germ-free? Modern washing habits, which herald the use of lower washing temperatures, may be kinder to the environment and our clothes, but they have also created a breeding ground for germs. Leading hygiene expert Dr Lisa Ackerley comments that the high levels of potentially harmful bacteria found in our washing machines and on ‘clean’ clothes has led to an increased awareness of what is being termed ‘sick laundry’. She says, ‘Consumers believe that normal laundering produces clean clothing, but this does not necessarily translate to bacteriologically clean.’ A startling 44 per cent of washing machines contain bacteria like E. coli, but how can we protect our families in this war against germs? Tere’s no need to wash at 60 degrees ‒ simply add Dettol Anti-Bacterial Laundry Cleanser to your wash and feel confdent that your laundry is hygienically clean.

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We’re spellbound by Scarlett Johansson, bewitched by the opulence of vintage forals and drawn to the dark side of black party pieces. Welcome to the season of magic and sparkle 219

she’s an avenger, a divorcee, a fiancee, a native new yorker and soon to star in a film about p*rn. it’s fair to say we have a few questions for

Styled by alison edmond Words by mary pols

Coat, Miu Miu; sweater, DSquared2; briefs, Bali


hear the voice frst, reverberating through the ofce suite in Midtown Manhattan like a sudden, thrilling bass tone in a song. When it rolls in from the next room I’m on my hands and knees, under a desk, plugging in my phone to make sure I’ve got enough charge to record every one of the few precious moments I’m being afforded with Scarlett Johansson. At frst it doesn’t register as her, but rather as some alien, special presence. Te pull of it draws me to the door, and I peek through the chink of open space. Johansson, who turns 29 this month, is bending over a chair to talk to one of her entourage, who I later realise is the make-up artist who has rimmed her eyes with that smoky cast that makes them seem almost translucently blue-green. ‘Tell me,’ she is saying to the woman. ‘You have to tell me.’ It’s the request of a girlfriend to another, asking for a secret, maybe some fun piece of gossip, and a tantalising glimpse into the very real woman Johansson is. It makes me wish I’d be talking to her over a whisky, dishing over her exes. Did Sean Penn really not want to get ‘serious’ with her? Is it true that she and Joseph Gordon-Levitt did some making out in real life and not just on the set of Don Jon? How does she feel about her ex-husband Ryan Reynolds’ new wife Blake Lively, who appears to be the fawless homemaker? Instead I’m ushered into a small room with a sofa and an armchair, Johansson walking in front of me. She’s wearing an Etro print top in autumn hues, tucked into black, high-waisted Roland Mouret trousers and towering Roger Vivier heels. Her jewellery, her publicist has told me, is her own, including, of course, the art deco-style diamond engagement ring Romain Dauriac gave her this summer. Te last thing I want to do is bring up weight, because I’ve seen that video from the 2012 London press conference for Avengers Assemble, where Johansson (rightly) scolded a reporter for asking her co-star Robert Downey Jr an ‘interesting existential question’ and her a softball ‘rabbit food’ question about getting into shape for her role as Black Widow. At the time I appreciated her frustration and her fery response, but now that she’s in front of me, this woman I’ve always thought of as full and lush, who once said she’d never be ‘rail thin’, seems like such a tiny creature. I can’t help remarking on how petite she is. ‘Well, thanks,’ and she laughs that throaty, compellingly indulgent laugh. She also now has, after a good decade of being forthright in interviews, a certain reserve. Her publicist has already warned me that she’s not going to answer any personal questions, but I have to

ask about the ring, which made its debut at the Venice Film Festival in September. ‘Unveiled,’ Johansson says dryly of the hubbub that followed. ‘Like it’s a new car.’ Her public may have fantasies about Dauriac asking her to marry him in a gondola in the world’s most romantic city, but Johansson is willing to dash that possibility. ‘Tat’s a nice story,’ she says, laughing. ‘I like that idea, but no.’ Te diamond debut, as it were, was ‘just a bad, perfect storm of timing,’ she adds. Dauriac had already put the ring on her fnger beforehand, but she hadn’t been out in the press world until Venice. ‘My friend emailed me and said, “Wow, so it’s great that you’re about to go do this huge invasive press tour for ten days”. He said, “That won’t bring up every awkward question you don’t want to answer and won’t”. And I was like, you know, it is what it is. He should know; he’s an actor.’ Dauriac, however, is not. A year or two older than Johansson and a former journalist – he once edited an art magazine called Clark – he now owns an advertising agency no one, not even the French press, seems to know much about. Since the news of their engagement broke, gossip hounds have studied his tweets, but since he hasn’t written one in more than three years, haven’t managed to fnd out much about him. He survived the press gauntlet in Venice without cracking, and even managed to smile. Whatever he did with himself in the days before Scarlett Johansson came into his life – rumour has it that a mutual friend, the Parisian tattoo artist Fuzi Uvtpk, introduced them in late 2012 – it seems to have prepared him for handling the limelight with not just aplomb, but discretion. That’s a requirement for the star, it seems. Back in 2008, I interviewed Ryan Reynolds a few weeks before he and Johansson announced their engagement (they married that September). He danced around the topic of his relationship with her and never once said her name, although when he wasn’t checking his phone for messages like a man seriously smitten, he looked like he wanted to be doing so. The couple’s split in 2010, attributed in legalese to irreconcilable diferences, and later to the busy schedules that kept them apart, was one Johansson has described as ‘comically amicable’, but hard. Maybe that’s why, when I ask her about how happy she is at this moment – strong flms in the pipeline, blooming with good health, planning on getting married again – she keeps herself in check. No gushing. ‘I think I’ve always been by nature a happy person,’ she says. ‘You know, everybody has their moments, but I do what I love and my job is very satisfying and I get paid to do it. I live in New York, I live in Paris, I get to travel a lot. I work with people I admire. How can I complain?’

‘I’m sure I should have some well-developed vIew on p*rn’s effect on socIety. but I don’t really thInk about It’ 222

Dress, Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane. Earrings, Finn

Jacket, skirt and shorts, Giambattista Valli; top, Kumi Kookoon; ring, Ileana Makri

‘i can certainly relate to this habit of wanting your partner to just fit into this mould you’ve made for them…’

Dress, bra and briefs, Dolce & Gabbana; sandals, Christian Louboutin

Don Jon is another example of stretching. She plays Barbara, whose New Jersey accent and attitude is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Barbara is a girl who leads Jon (Gordon-Levitt, who also wrote and directed the flm) on for weeks before sleeping with him. Once she fnds out about his p*rn addiction, she walks out on him in disgust. It’s an extremely comic role, the vibrantly sexual but judgemental woman who can’t and won’t forgive. She looks like the dream girl, a ‘dime’ as Jon says, but in this surprising comedy, she turns out not to be that at all. Yet Johansson has compassion for Barbara’s perspective and the hard line she takes with Jon. ‘It’s much easier for her to not refect but just project her feelings on to him,’ she says. ‘People do that, I think. Te character, is she too judgemental? More than anything, she’s not curious. She has a certain kind of tunnel vision. I can certainly relate to this habit of wanting your partner to just kind of ft into this mould you’ve made for them… we do place pressure on somebody to just do it the way we think it should be done. It takes a lot of growth and searching to understand that it is the diferences in relationships that enrich and strengthen the relationship, and help us evolve as people and partners. And Barbara, she’s right… in her mind. I understand that conviction; I know that is something I am guilty of.’ What about p*rn? When Barbara fnds Jon watching it after they’ve just made love, she’s appalled. Would that be true for Johansson as well? ‘If I found out that my boyfriend was watching that much p*rn I would be totally fabbergasted, for sure,’ she says. ‘It would be very confusing.’ But is Johansson bothered by p*rn, the way Barbara is? Again, this draws that bass-tone laugh. ‘I’m sure I should have some very well-developed view on its efect on society, the ethics behind it and how it afects the kind of relationships between men and women and how it objectifes women,’ she says. ‘But I don’t really think about it.’ But then she tries and I watch her proceeding cautiously through this charged issue. Te 18-year-old Johansson, fresh from the success of Lost in Translation, probably would have said something off the cuf about what men need and what women should give them. Approaching 30, Johansson’s equitable take is that p*rn might help both partners be less self-conscious about sex and satisfy some curiosity. ‘I think p*rn, like anything else, can be enjoyed,’ she says. ‘It can be productive for both men and women.’ Both of us laugh. Te actress with nearly 20 years in the business and a new fancé with a journalist’s background knows how that sounds. ‘Yeah,’ she says with good-humoured resignation, ‘“p*rn can be productive” – that’s going to be the headline.’ n Don Jon is released on 15 November

‘i had these moments where i’d be on set and i’d hear him call across. i was like, “holy sh*t, it’s martin scorsese”’ 226

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Her latest campaign for Dolce & Gabbana was one such satisfying moment, given that it was directed by Martin Scorsese. Granted, the ‘flm’ is only two minutes long and it’s an advertisem*nt for the Italian label’s perfume Te One. But for Johansson, who teamed up with Matthew McConaughey to play actors in love, it was the full Scorsese experience. ‘It never felt like we were hawking a product,’ she says. ‘He’s such a dedicated storyteller I think it would be impossible for him to do anything that felt false. I had these moments where I’d be on set and I’d hear him call across the street [here she shifts into an excellent imitation of Scorsese’s charmingly halting conversational style], “Scarlett, can you do another one that’s a little more intimate?” I was like, “Holy sh*t, it’s Martin Scorsese”, and to be with him in the context of being in New York, on the cobbled streets of Tribeca?’ She shakes her head in wonder; obviously Scorsese is Te One in her book. When she was younger, Johansson had a habit of making audacious pronouncements – my least favourite of which was the time she told a reporter she thought older men needed younger, fertile women to help them across the ‘bridge’ into their own ageing process; versus, you know, menopausal hags. It was hard not to think of her as a bit of a snotty brat at that point. She was the kind of celebrity who held up a sign that said, ‘Te person taking this picture is harrassing me’. Tere’s a trace of that liveliness left in her, but during our interview she speaks slowly and carefully, even with hesitance. But her work – and how she relates to it – is something she is happy to talk about. She’s at a point where she’s shed the ingénue roles, like the ones she played in Te Nanny Diaries or He’s Just Not Tat Into You. Tey don’t interest her. ‘For the past couple of years I’ve really focused on doing work that I know I can do but I’m not exactly sure how to do. Just to do a script that is perfectly well-written and that I know how to do; I don’t feel like there is any opportunity for me to discover anything in that.’ While she’s always been a confdent actor, as anyone who saw her acting opposite Robert Redford in Te Horse Whisperer at age 13 or Steve Buscemi in Ghost World at 16 can attest, she’s reached a different level. ‘I have kind of a deeper understanding of the complexity of it all,’ she says. ‘I think I’m more dedicated to it.’ Because of that, she’s eager, she says, to ‘stretch’ herself. Under the Skin, for instance, is the kind of flm that polarised audiences at both the Venice and Toronto flm festivals; people either loved it, declaring Johansson’s performance her best yet, or hated it (it will get a smallish release in early 2014). She is also going to direct her frst feature flm, an adaptation of Truman Capote’s frst novel, Summer Crossing, likely next summer.

Dress, Paule Ka; bra, Eres

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dark NIGHTS transparency, texture and a glimmer of sparkle, fashion goes back to black for the party season Photographs by frederic pinet Styled by Jayne pickering

This page: silk and marabou feather top, £790, and silk skirt, £673, both Dries van Noten; suede, mesh and Swarovski crystal sandals, £595, Charlotte Olympia Opposite page: black silk, duch*esse satin and leather dress, £7,830, Jason Wu

This page: beaded silk, acetate and wire dress, £8,940, Christopher Kane; silk-satin shoes, £490, Manolo Blahnik Opposite page: black silk crêpe and metal dress, £1,495, Burberry

This page: black embellished silk lace dress, £4,445, and black suede boots, £1,828, Emilio Pucci Opposite page: silk sequinned dress, £4,075, Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

This page: black tafeta dress, £3,490, black leather and crystal shoes, £1,905, and metal necklace, £705, all Lanvin Opposite page: silk tulle and silk lace dress, £3,620, Dolce & Gabbana; 18ct-rose gold and diamond rings, £6,368 (on model’s lef hand), and £6,809 (on right hand), both Sabine G

This page: black silk and silk lace jumpsuit, £1,820, Gucci; black leather shoes, £395, Christian Louboutin Opposite page: silk-satin dress, £1,975, Bottega Veneta; rhinestone, quartz and Swarovski crystal earrings, £160, Assad Mounser; 18ct rose-gold, jet and black crystal ring (on middle fnger), £4,445, and 18ct rose-gold, jet and black diamond ring, £8,250, both Pomellato

This page: black polyester dress, £1,740, Fendi; black suede boots, £1,828, Emilio Pucci Opposite page: silk velvet and silk chifon dress, £6,580, Erdem; 18ct rose-gold, jet and black diamond rings, £8,250 (on middle fnger), and £9,335, both Pomellato Hair by Tony Collins at Streeters using Shu Uemura Art of Hair. All make-up by Mary Jane Frost. Using Chanel Le Weekend and A/W 2013. Nails by Lucie Pickavance at Caren using OPI polishes. Model: Egle at Next Model Management. With special thanks to Sunbeam Studios

Cotton and silk-mix dress, £1,075, Just Cavalli

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Silk dress, £609, Who*S Who; 18ct pink-gold, amethyst and pavé diamond earrings, £4,740, Bulgari

Silk bra, £235, Eres; silk trousers, £855, silk top (on bed), £900, and leather shoes, £795, all Louis Vuitton; metal and Swarovski crystal necklace, £127, and bracelet, £85, both Stoili Oro

Embroidered silk, sequin and rhinestone top, £10,530, and silk and rhinestone shorts, £5,950, both Dolce & Gabbana

Silk cape, £5,085, and silk dress, £2,205, both Valentino; 10-denier nylon tights, £6, Pretty Polly; silk velvet shoes, £400, Santoni; 18ct pink-gold, amethyst and pavé diamond earrings, £4,740, Bulgari

Silk lace dress, £5,655, Alberta Ferretti; nylon briefs, £5, Intimissimi; 18ct pink-gold, amethyst and pavé diamond earrings, £4,740, Bulgari Hair by Mark Daniel Bailey at The London Style Agency using Fudge Urban. All make-up by Valeria Fereira at Caren. Using Chanel Le Weekend and Christmas 2013. Model: Marlena Szoka at Fashion

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The key Piece A LBD – naturally

Get the look for less styled by natasha heasman. photograph by Frederic pinet. still liFes by

Black: perennially chic, universally fattering. Welcome to the dark side…

Wear with…

earrings, Freedom at topshop, £35

skirt, reiss, £120

Strappy shoes

sTylisT tip Zara, £39.99

‘A tasselled skirt puts some fun into your festive evening wear’

boots, river island, £120

Kg Kurt geiger, £140 top, h&m, £17.99

russell & bromley, £285

shirt, marks & spencer, £45

bag, French connection, £95 ring, dorothy perkins, £14


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New Look, £22.99 LK Bennett Black Ribbon, £275 River Island, £45

The key Piece An embellished top

Get the look for less wear with…

Sparkly earrings

Shirt, £70, and trousers, £50, both Warehouse

Dress, Marks & Spencer, £75

Clutch, Accessorize, £37

sTylisT tip ‘A silk two-piece is a great Christmas look’

Freedom at Topshop, £8.50 Top, River Island, £25 Next, £5 Dress, ASOS, £30

Dorothy Perkins, £6.50


Shoes, Kurt Geiger, £240


load up on crystals, sequins and languid silk for grown-up, Dolce-inspired glamour

Well HEELED Marie Claire’s entertainment editor martha Hayes heads to manchester’s northern Quarter, where a pair of metallic boots help her rock the live music scene

co*cktail hour

Pre-gig drinks are a must, so I take the opportunity to check out the martinis at the hip Dusk Til Pawn bar en route. I’ve layered my Sixties-style purple shif dress with an oversized sweater for an early evening look that’s more laid-back. The metallic boots complement the bold colour and silver beading detail of the dress, but also toughen it up.

The qirky Old Town

northern nights

‘Malawi Lake’ bag, £24.99; ‘Blair Lockwood’ boots, £69.99, both Clarks

Part of my job as entertainment editor of Marie Claire is to keep up with the hottest new music, and Manchester’s Northern Quarter is my frst port of call for the best live bands. This season’s structured oversized coat shape is perfect for layering up in the cold but, teamed with these versatile metallic boots, still looks chic enough for a night out.


Mad fo dancng

i’m with the band

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Band On The Wall is a great gig venue because it’s not too big, so hanging out on the balcony is like having a front-row seat. Not that I need to sit down: these fabulous boots, though high-heeled, are comfy enough to party in all night. Teamed with black tights and my minidress, it’s the perfect look for trying to wing it backstage…

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the doyenne behind niche brand aromatherapy associates has upped the ante with her latest range of aromatherapy-based products, aroma actives, exclusive to sainsbury’s. With prices starting at £7, we’re excited.

LinE Up

Get to the party fashionably early (rather than stalling to accomplish the ultimate eyeliner fick) with Lancôme’s reusable Hypnôse Velours Multi-Wear Eyeliner Patches, £28 for three pairs. Steady hands superfuous.

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PoWer Primer

this isn’t just any primer, you know. this is an all-singing all-dancing, rock-your-worldtype primer and your skin’s new bFF for the party season ahead. make space in your beauty cupboard for dior diorskin airfash CC primer, £30, to colour-correct, brighten and smooth in a jify. it’s photoshop in a bottle.

Beauty NeWS

SAY iT wiTh FLowErS We’ve fallen heavily for Elizabeth Arden’s latest signature eau de parfum, Untold, £69 for 100ml. With a bouquet of gardenia and jasmine, it’s the patchouli and sandalwood heart enveloping the amber and musk base that gives this modern foral a luxurious edge.

Seasonal scents, lightning-quick party tricks and a festive jumper to get excited about – yes, really

SwEATEr girLS Coordinate your festive knit

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with your nails courtesy of Elegant Touch’s Christmas jumper-inspired collection of press-on nails, £7.10. Simply stick and shimmy.

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‘A hairdryer with a large nozzle will speed up drying time and lessen heat damage to your ends.’ Ben Cooke, UK ambassador Herbal Essences

Lisa Oxenham Beauty & style director

Q: Red nails really aren’t me. What colour will make me stand out from the crowd?

Kate, 32

LISA: Te tips that really stood out for me backstage this season were the gorgeously rich mossy shades. Forget witchy talons, heritage-green hues on nails look ultra chic. Te Essie Fall Collection contains a grey-based green called Vested Interest, £7.99, that’s timeless and quintessentially British.


Tweet us your beauty questions

Q: I’m on a budget – how can I make my hair colour last? Sam, 28

Cassie Steer Beauty & style editor

CASSIE: I’m with you! It feels like I spend half my life fghting the battle of the fade. While there’s nothing like fresh colour, the Redken Color Extend Magnetics collection (from £12.50) has helped me stay blonder for longer. It delivers charged amino-ions that are attracted to the hair fbre to form a protective seal around it – that should stave of the salon visits for a little while at least.

Jess Lacey Beauty features editor

Q: I love a scented candle but I’ve heard they can be toxic. Say it’s not so!

Mia, 35

JESS: Studies have shown that the smoke produced by scented candles can aggravate asthma and irritate skin – but only if burned for hours at a time in a closed room. It’s worth investing in a beeswax or soy candle, rather than the cheaper parafn wax variety. Some fragrances give of harmful chemicals too, so if you’re worried, look for a candle rich in natural oils. Jo Malone Pine & Eucalyptus Home Candle, £39, ticks all the non-toxic boxes and is my favourite Christmas scent. Tweet us @marieclaireuk #beautyq or contact our experts @lisaoxenham_MC @cassiesteer_MC @jesslacey_MC @nataliamanning_MC


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NATALIA: When it comes to beauty problems, there are few as troubling as waking up to a spot. I’ve been using a device called No!No! Skin, which uses heat and light energy to reduce the size and redness of a spot or boil within 24 hours. At £132 it’s pricey, but is potentially life-changing if you sufer from daily spot anxiety. For a more afordable option, Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot, £8.95, is for localised use. Put it on before bed and that zit should be zapped by morning.

Ask the beauty editors

Q: I’m housebound with the most enormous spot. What really works – and fast? Isobel, 27

lasting colour: it’s every blonde’s ambition

BeauTY 1 Thierry Mugler A*Men, £38.50 for 50ml an unexpected whif of cofee makes a*Men the hot new blend for breakfast meetings.


2 Prada Luna Rossa Extreme, £50 for 50ml audaciously aromatic, spritz this leathery, black-pepper fusion at your own risk.


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3 Gucci Made to Measure, £49 for 50ml like a tailor-made suit, gucci’s oriental scent swathes the skin in luxury. Wear. it. out. 4 Paul Smith Portrait, £39 for 40ml a modern woody cologne, portrait was inspired by paul’s travels. Wanderlust, much? 5 YSL La Nuit de L’homme, £59 for 100ml dark, rich and intense, this spicy fragrance is perfect for afer-hour co*cktails.

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Fragrances pour homme

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6 Dior Homme Cologne, £51 for 75ml Clean, chic and thoroughly modern – like the bottle itself. 7 Tom Ford London, £140 for 50ml Mr Ford’s latest scent is a stylish ode to the capital. be still our beating hearts. 8 Dolce & Gabbana The One Limited Edition, £58 for 50ml the one’s masculine top notes will make you fall hard and fast. 9 Bottega Veneta Pour Homme, £50 for 50ml outdoorsy types will love this fresh blend of bergamot and pine. like a polished version of the rockies. 10 Burberry Brit Rhythm, £44 for 50ml this heady base is pure rock ’n’ roll.

Words and styling by Cassie steer. photographs by lino baldissin



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If looks COULd kILL… Calling all femmes fatales: turbocharge smoky eyes with molten metallic textures and a seriously ferce feline shape. And prowl… Photographs by JASON HETHERINGTON Words and styling by LISA OXENHAM


Make-up textures this season are shinier than a newly waxed dance foor: add blue and black into the equation and you have a look that’s more punky and less Eighties. ‘I love sparkly make-up – it makes my eyes twinkle,’ says supermodel and face of Lancôme Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, our model for this shoot. ‘It’s the perfect smoky-eye update,’ she says. THE BIG SMOKE Velvety-soft, translucent skin helps to emphasise the boldness of the blue, so Lancôme make-up artist Alex Babsky evened out Hanaa’s complexion with Lancôme Teint Visionnaire, £36. He then swiped the electric blue from Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Palette in D04 Lumière d’Azur, £37, over her eyelids and under her lower lashes, before blending Lancôme Ombre Hypnôse Eyeshadow in Noir Intense, £17.50, into the socket, winging it out at the far corners and taking it on to the lower lashline. ‘Don’t stress about making it perfect – it should have a rock ’n’ roll feel to it,’ he says. Finish with a black waxy kohl like Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil in ME Black, £16, in the inner rims, a slick of Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara, £22, and Shu Uemura’s easy-to-secure False Eyelashes in Luxe Black, £13, to ratchet up the look.


Te fact that a classic like the smoky eye can be reinvented is proof that great modern make-up is all about the tweaks. For this look it’s a tailored version and a lighter incarnation of what we’re used to for winter. ‘Balancing with strong brows is crucial, though,’ says Babsky. THE BIG SMOKE Apply a pale shade like Sisley Phyto-Ombre in Silver, £30, to the inner part of the eye and just below the eyebrow arch, then use a darker tone on the inner corners of the eyes, sweeping over the socket line towards the temple. Try No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow in Tunder, £7. To amp it up, Babsky wedged a black pencil into the top lashes, right to the outer corners, and smudged it into the inner rims and the lower lashline. Use super-soft L’Oréal Paris Contour Khôl Eyeliner in Jet Black, £4.38. ‘Apply two coats of mascara to the upper lashes and a third to the outer lashes,’ he says.


Claret is the ultimate femme fatale shade. ‘Red symbolises heat and passion,’ says Hanaa, who wears two tones of it in this strong shape. Stick to highly refective, rich burgundies. THE BIG SMOKE Smudge Smashbox Limitless 15-Hour-Wear Cream Shadow in Icon, £15, in the crease and on the lower lashline, then press CK One Powder Eyeshadow in Muse, £12, all around the eye and under the brow arch. ‘I applied them quickly and spontaneously, to look as if Hanaa did it herself,’ says Babsky. Line the inner rims with black, such as Lancôme Crayon Khôl in 01 Noir, £16, and defne lashes with black mascara. To keep the make-up from looking too ghoulish, fnish with a rusty pink on the cheekbones and temples, and bring your lips alive with Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in 250 Beige Mirage, £22.




Tis look is ‘perfect for party season,’ says Babsky. ‘Tese eyes are attention-grabbing but still elegant and not at all clichéd.’ Polished purple will make brown eyes like Hanaa’s ‘pop’. THE BIG SMOKE Stop this shadow slipping by prepping lids with a base such as Models Own Cream Eyeshadow in Mauve, £5. Next, swoosh a powder in the same shade all around the eyes, working it into the sockets and on to the lower lashlines. Pull the colour upwards at the outer corners, creating a wing shape. Try Illamasqua Body Electrics 4-Colour Palette in Paranormal, £34, then push jet-black, soft kohl into the lashes on the top and bottom and fnish with two coats of Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara in Black, £22. 274


‘Tis black is super-ferce, verging on the dominatrix,’ says Babsky. If you’re not that way inclined, keep the textures metallic but not as intense. ‘Shiny isn’t as severe as matte, and easier to blend in one layer,’ says Babsky. ‘Tis has a timeless elegance,’ says Hanaa. THE BIG SMOKE Sweep Shu Uemura Custom Case Mono Pressed Eye Shadow in Iridescent Black, £15, over the lid, winging it out to the temples and on to the lower lashlines. To soften the shadow, go to work with a blending brush – but protect your cheeks with a piece of tissue paper to stop any f*cks from falling on them. A mascara like Maybelline Volum’ Express Mascara, £7.19, is a must.


Te smouldering eye palette has warmed up – think bronze, ochre and copper tones. Tese shades fatter everyone, says Babsky, but harmonise best with olive or dark skin. THE BIG SMOKE Ultra-fne shimmer products such as Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Bronx, £15.50, give eyes an expensive sheen. Dust across lids and up to brows with a large brush, then blend out towards temples to avoid hard lines. Finish with a smudge of black powder liner around the upper lashline, such as Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Black Ebony, £18.50, and a strip of falsies – we like Illamasqua False Eye Lashes, £12. n

Make-up by Alex Babsky at Frank using Lancôme. Hair by Bianca Tuovi at CLM Hair & Make Up using L’Oréal Professionnel. Nails by Glenis Baptiste using Lancôme Vernis in Love. Model: Lancôme spokesmodel Hanaa Ben Abdesslem



The quick-fx LBD PLAN It’s party season and time to get slinky. So how do you achieve body confdence in your LBD? Jess Lacey trials three treatments that promise to have you looking fabulous in no time


ast week I wore a very tight dress to a party and, even with the assistance of the industrial-strength Spanx I’d wriggled myself into in the ofce loos beforehand, I wasn’t sure. My look felt more ‘body conscious’ than ‘body confdent’ – so much so that I held my oversized clutch over my midrif all evening and let endless canapés pass me by. In my mind, Beyoncé will be immortalised for turning our ‘junk’ into treasure, but where that curve celebration peters out is arms, tummies and anything that moves of its own accord. No one’s fying the fa*g for that. With back-to-back Christmas parties looming, I’m not going to be caught out. But I’ve neither the time nor the inclination to do the 5:2 or go to the gym for 72 hours straight – I need to outsource this emergency to experts.

1. The full-body shrink

Jill Zander was one of the pioneers of Slendertone and has seen a few bodysculpting trends come and go over the past three decades, so I’m putting myself in her experienced hands. I head out to her Surrey HQ for her Little Black Dress Treatment (£75,, designed to frm, tone and generally reduce your shape. We begin with the Endomology section of the treatment. I slip into a far-from-fetching white Lycra unitard to protect my skin and lie fat while a hand-held vacuum vigorously sucks up and spits out my skin. My thighs take a pummelling to get my blood circulation pumping and break up any fat deposits – aka

cellulite. Next it’s the Ultratone electrotherapy to zap my stomach muscles into thinking they’ve been on the receiving end of a prolonged daily sit-up regime. I’m strapped in and covered in pairs of positive and negative conductor pads, making me look and feel like Frankenstein’s monster. As the dials are turned up, I feel a series of electric buzzes that cause my abs to spasm and contract. It feels peculiar rather than painful and settles at a manageable level for the next 20 minutes. Te fnal stage involves a Pressotherapy compression suit with 24 cells that infate and defate to boost lymphatic drainage and eliminate excess fuid through the bladder. It looks like an Eighties ski suit. I am zipped in and left to relax in the dark as the suit mechanically swells with air and then

releases, chamber by chamber. I can’t help but laugh aloud at how bizarre it feels, squeezing a ring around my ankles, then calves, thighs, waist and then letting it all go, only to start again – but it works. Afterwards I visit the bathroom around fve times in two hours. Tat evening I force myself in front of the full-length mirror for assessment. My skin is beaming from all the stimulation and it looks more even and toned. I’m not noticeably slimmer but I am sleeker and my overall silhouette is more impressive, especially around my problem areas – hips and thighs.

2. The arm slenderiser

Next on the target list is my arms, a part of my body I loathe and, as a result, shamelessly neglect. I think toned arms are super-sexy


BEAUTY and I now have just a week to achieve them. Te Bliss Spa Arm Candy treatment (£100 for 60 mins, is all about toning and sculpting. It starts with a glycolic peel to blitz unfattering bumps and redness. Although this is the one thing I am fortunate enough not to sufer from, there’s always room for improvement. Next a suction cup is placed in the centre of my armpit. It’s only for 20 seconds, but I yelp with pain and beg the therapist not to do the other one. She does. Tis, I’m assured, is entirely necessary, as it’s here that the lymphatic-fow-boosting glands are located. A vacuum roller is then worked up and down my arms, breaking down the fat. It’s extremely bullish and makes the underside of my arms tender, but the blood instantly foods to the area and enlivens the skin. Finally a muddy mask is gloriously slapped all over my arms before I am swathed in a tinfoil cape, all topped of with two cucumber slices on my eyes. (Tis last bit feels rather random, as I haven’t had any facial treatment and am in fact wearing a full face of make-up. I must look exactly like Joan Rivers in a Hollywood spa.) Ten minutes later the arm mask peels of, sticking to the tinfoil, and the treatment is fnished with an elaborate layering of products – Bliss Love Handler, with its tightening amino-acid complex, followed by Fat Girl Slim on top for cafeine fat-burning action. My arms feel cold and tingly, and they defnitely appear more slender. As I get dressed,

If I’m going to brave a low-cut number, I need to get my chest looking good, too. Dr Nigma Talib’s Neck Age & Décolletage Treatment (£235 for 1 hr, is the only way to improve elasticity on my décolletage and get it worthy of showing of, super-quick. Te skin on the chest is very thin and also the area most likely to sufer from sun damage. Combined with the daily strain of carrying heavy bags, pumping weights at the gym, smoking and stress, this area is extremely fragile and a minefeld for ageing. Te treatment is a three-step programme of a medical-grade glycolic peel, LED light therapy and collagen therapy. Glycolic acid works by removing the top layer of skin, which triggers the body to produce new cells and reduces the appearance of pigmentation and fne lines. Next, the LED light therapy works by activating cellular energy to produce more collagen and elastin – the key components in the structure of skin. Te LED light is moved across my neck and chest over a specialised conduction gel flled with vitamins and botanicals, which enables the red light to penetrate deep into the skin. No beauty fuf here, this is science: the same technology is used by NASA to stop astronauts’ muscles wasting away when they’re in zero-gravity space.


1. St Tropez Instant Tan Wash Of Face & Body Spray, £10 a barely-there hint of colour that’s more about contouring than tanning. i like the backstage-makeup-artist trick of spritzing down your shin bones and blending to make pins look longer and leaner. 2. Sanctuary Spa Active Reverse Tight & Tone Body Serum, £12 great for pulling you in that fnal centimetre. your skin drinks it up and you can feel the tightening


efect within seconds, so it’s a gif for upper arms.

3. La Prairie Cellular Energizing Body Lotion, £48 a rapidly penetrating formula of rice, sweet almond and soya bean protein that locks moisture in for hours. i love the scent – it rivals any fne fragrance. 4. Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Body Treatment, £49 feels like the ultimate body treat. it contains

seven diferent omegarich oils blended with anti-ageing power actives. Massage it in before bed to help drainage and even out any blotchiness. 5. SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator, £75 resurfaces and hydrates the skin to get it looking fresh and plumped up. Massage over your chest and décolletage, then leave the residue so it can continue to work.

photograph by jason hetherington. still lifes by pixeleyes



3. The bust booster

Finally it’s time for the ‘notox’ arginine, a kind of botanical Botox. A vial of this anti-wrinkle, anti-sagging concoction is applied, quickly followed by another of hyaluronic acid for a plumping efect. Ten comes a layer of pure medical-grade insoluble bovine collagen. Yep, that’s collagen from the muscle of a cow, which, I’m promised, has been extracted humanely. As it’s 97 per cent the same as our own collagen, it is efectively absorbed by our bodies. Dr Talib uses a burst of combined hydrotherapy and microcurrent to push all these layers into my skin, which comes via a techy Swiss machine that sounds and looks like a weak hotel hairdryer. Te alternating hot and cold causes blood vessels to dilate and constrict, increasing the absorption. She fnishes the treatment with another vial of hyaluronic acid for a fnal plump and we’re done. As I fnally get to see a mirror, there’s defnitely a wow factor; my chest looks bufed, boosted, glowing with radiance and noticeably more pert. I am thrilled with the result. All this prepping, along with a strict routine of cycling to the ofce every day, has left me feeling more confdent than ever about my shape. I feel an all-over frmness to my body and my skin is glowing with health. Never again shall I underestimate the role of the lymphatic-drainage system in cinching in the inches, I think as I slip into my dress. And although the Spanx are still there, they’re not having to work as hard. It’s party time. Ooh, is that a canapé I spy?




I could even swear they slip into my jacket sleeves more easily. Tat evening they feel smooth and soft, and so lovely that I could almost learn to like them.

BEAUTY diorshow art pen in catwalk black, £23

Max factor wild Mega lash Mascara, £6.99

Kiehl’s creme de corps, £44 bumble and bumble surf spray, £21.50

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my beauty rules

interview by jess lacey. photograph by andreas sjodin/jed root. still lifes by pixeleyes

Max factor wild shadow pot in fierce pink, £6.99

I don’t bother with yoga or all that relaxation stuf. To chill out I drink lots of water and make sure I get at least one good night’s sleep a week. Occasionally I’ll take echinacea tablets, but I fnd that as soon as I stop taking them I get sick because my body starts to rely on them. I don’t let my schedule dictate my morning routine. My days are never the same, so I keep my skin regime simple. I use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream on my face and Creme de Corps on my body because they’re natural and feel good on my skin. And, don’t judge me, but I really like collecting those hotel soaps. Tey just smell amazing! It’s so easy to be healthy in LA. Tey only eat sushi and vegetables. I try to be healthy on tour, but the problem is that I like all things sugary. Sherbet, candy jewellery, dummies – basically anything that looks like it could kill me. On my last tour I lived on cold chocolate Pop-Tarts. Believe me, they’re out of this world! The biggest fashion disasters make the most iconic moments. Remember Björk in that swan dress and Britney Spears in

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The new kid on the music scene talks eyeliner love, making an impact and stealing hotel soaps the red PVC catsuit? Statement outfts are memorable, so I think experimenting is always a positive thing. Celebrities these days dress too safely to be inspiring. My look is based on movie characters like Winona Ryder in Girl, Interrupted, Chloë Sevigny in Party Monster and even Cher in Clueless. Clothes should do all the talking so you don’t have to. On stage I’m just a wilder version of myself. I always wear bufalo platform shoes and bright make-up. I love the Max Factor Wild Shadow Pots with glitter in them. My favourite shades are Fierce Pink and Savage Rose. Pink isn’t nearly as hard to wear around the eyes as you might think – just team it with thick black eyeliner and it looks great. I let my hair do its own thing. I messed around with colour when I was younger. Remember hair mascara? Yikes, it was

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crispy and awful! Now I just go messy and wild with texture rather than change the colour. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray is great to use to mess up a style. I couldn’t live without liquid eyeliner. I love Diorshow Art Pen in Catwalk Black with a few coats of Max Factor Wild Mega Lash Mascara. I’ve had a lot of practice every day with liquid eyeliner and getting the ficks to match is tricky, but with a good precision tip you can build the shape up to what you like. I have two of everything. Mainly because I get through products so quickly. I’ll wear a cranberry lip stain on stage and then Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Jungle Red for special events. For perfume I wear either Naughty Alice by Vivienne Westwood or Marc Jacobs Daisy, and for nails it’s Max Factor Glossfnity Nail Polish in either Blackout or Ruby Tuesday. Here’s my beauty philosophy. Be bold, be ferce and be confdent – and you’ll look great. It’s about wearing what feels right at that moment. Tat’s what beauty should be all about.



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Wherever you’re invited this Christmas – from society soirée to boho blowout – make sure your hair looks the part Words by CAssiE sTEEr

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It may look genteel on the surface, but ‘deb’ can easily slip into debauched once the clock chimes 12, so expect a smattering of tantrums to accompany the tiaras. An undeniably formal afair, anything above the knee (or even ankle) is frowned upon – here, overdressed is better than underdressed.

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Updos are practically mandatory. Give yours an edge with a slightly deconstructed – but still chic – chignon, à la Dolce & Gabbana. ‘Te subtleties of this style make for a fattering silhouette,’ says Redken creative consultant Guido Palau. ‘Keep the centre part short and create height at the crown using a volumising mousse. Scoop the rest of the hair into a chignon before gathering the two front sections and criss-crossing them at the nape of the neck.’

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Get the upper hand with a ‘Sloaney pony’, as seen at Moschino. Gentle backcombing at the crown lends a modern Sixties vibe. ‘Te overall efect shouldn’t look product-y,’ says hair maestro Sam McKnight, who suggests using a volume mousse on freshly washed hair and setting on large barrel tongs before teasing the crown, etching in a casual side parting and securing low at the nape.

A grass dance foor will probably feature at some point in the evening, so this is one for bohemian shoe-shirkers and nature-lovers alike. Guitars will strum and fre-eaters will eat fre. Stevie Nicks, eat your heart out.


Daddy may have handed over the keys to the Pont Street pad, but this isn’t a simple, of-the-cuf style afair. Every detail will be planned to precision by the illustrious hostess (after all, she has plenty of time on her hands), and your look needs to match the mood. Go glamorous, expensive and perfectly preened: think Ollie Locke after a couple of hours in the Selfridges beauty hall and you’re halfway there.

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A little efort is required, but forget fussy updos. A soft Heidi braid will keep your locks in check whatever the elements throw at it. ‘Tis look is incredibly youthful,’ says Luigi Murenu, who fashioned the models’ hair at Viktor & Rolf. ‘It’s all about keeping a purity to the texture. All you need is a bit of thickening mousse and hairspray at the end.’ Floral adornments welcome.


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If you can’t compete over the size of your Céline handbag, let your hair do the talking – voluminous curls lend instant wow. ‘Less product means less volume, so don’t be afraid to really go for it,’ says Palau, who created the waves at Bottega Veneta. ‘Prep the hair with a volumising product and rough dry before tonging and setting in pin curls. Once cool, unpin and brush vigorously with a bristle brush. To fnish, simply sweep to one side and pin.’

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It may have taken you three separate bus rides and a brush with a pitbull just to get to the rendezvous point to collect the map to the secret venue, but once fnally ensconced in Byron’s friend’s sister’s girlfriend’s warehouse, it’s totally worth it for the head-banging house interspersed with some ironic Eighties tunes.

It’s all about the guest list – and getting your name on it is only half the battle in the struggle to out-do one another. Tis is a soirée where champagne is the drink of choice and the A-list will be found crammed into the smoking area, so practise your best Blue Steel and be prepared to strike a pose.

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Wet hair is AW13’s hottest trend, upping the ante of any outft – with no risk of frizz. Opt for a classic silhouette such as Alberta Ferretti’s French twist, then slip into product overload. Palau started by working a styling paste through damp hair before raking the hair up into a twist and saturating with a stong-hold hairspray. ‘I used a lot of product to make sure it wasn’t too soft or pretty,’ he says. ‘It’s a little tougher and cooler.’ n

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a Hoxton house party

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hen it comes to micellar waters, we Brits are late to the party. Ubiquitous in France, they’ve been in Parisiennes’ bathroom cabinets for more than 20 years. Bioderma was the frst to launch its version back in 1991, but it was only when it found its way into the backstage kits of Fashion Week make-up artists that the UK beauty crowd caught on. Why so special? Well, they clean skin without using the traditional cleansing ingredients that take of the skin’s natural protective barrier. Micelles are oil droplets suspended in water, so you get the lightness of water but the make-up-shifting ability of an oil. ‘Tese fatty-acid compounds, similar to the lipids found in skin, have the highest make-up removing powers,’ says Bioderma’s Mathilde Castang. When applied with a cotton pad, they leave skin fresh and clean, without having to rinse. If the French and an army of models are backing them, who are we to object?



Jess Lacey decodes the new cleansing obsession to hit our shores and tries six of the best 3



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1 Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water, £25 Anti-infammatory to calm stressed skin and evens out redness. Most importantly, it got to grips with my statement red lipstick in seconds.

4 Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Cleansing Water, £16 Antibacterial without feeling chemical, and it left my face shine-free. Not great at removing eye make-up, though.

2 Givenchy Skin Drink Cleansing & Hydrating Micellar Water, £21 Can water feel luxurious? Tis one does. Te pump action is great for portion control and my make-up-free skin had an impressive glow.

5 Bioderma Hydrabio H20, £9.99 Tis has revolutionised my evening beauty regime. Press it on for the count of ten and budge-proof eyeliner glides away.

3 L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution, £4.99 Don’t let the clumsy nozzle put you of. Sees of mascara in a few swipes without leaving any trace of residue behind.

6 La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution, £11.50 Ultra-light yet efective, making it great for skin that doesn’t like to be meddled with. I didn’t feel the need for toner afterwards, either.


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by recreating the eye-skimming ‘winges’ from the show. inspired by marianne faithfull, hairstylist luigi murenu explained that the longer sides made it super-fattering. afer all, ’tis the season to experiment with your look, and a faux-fringe is sure to make any party go with a ‘bang’.

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Make your ’do the mane event with statement fringes, serious shine and mega crops

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Couture colourist Lyndell Mansfeld talks us through the looks that have caught her eye of late...

Best celeb look: ‘helen mirren’s pink hair on bafa night. pure genius and oh-so chic.’

Favourite AW13 show: ‘rick owens. the big fufy hair bounced so sofly down the catwalks.’

Favourite iconic hair: ‘nina hagen. nina has had so many amazing colourful, gravitydefying hairstyles.’

We love a product that’s adept at multitasking, especially around the hectic party season, so when percy & reed’s eau my goodness shine & fragrance spray, £22, landed on a Marie Claire desk this month we felt a teensy bit smug. not only does it fragrance your hair with the delicate and rather refned scent of an english garden, the subtle shine will boost even the most frazzled of follicles.

SHorT circUiT a strange phenomenon has gripped supermodel land and, judging by initial reactions, it’s about to flter down to us mere mortals, too. forget the ‘invisible cut’ – these are extreme snips, started by edie Campbell and followed in quick succession by Coco (above), Karlie and lindsey. Cream of the crops? Kérastase short mania sculpting paste, £19.50. Chop chop.



‘My naMe is aManda and i’M HiV positiVe’ With World AIDS Day on December 1st, personal trainer Amanda Mammadova explains why she wants the world to know more about hIV and why she’s still living life to the full, despite her diagnosis


here are some conversations that you never imagine you’re going to have. Telling your Amanda went ahead with her second 10-year-old daughter you’ve got HIV is one of pregnancy despite them. I knew I had to broach it with her, but being HIV positive I put it of because she seemed too young to burden. It was a bad decision, because she discovered the truth from friends when her school held a talk on HIV. Because I’d been involved in a him without protection because he’d assured me that he’d been tested small HIV-awareness programme in our home town of Milton and was negative. I’d met him in 2006 on a night out in Milton Keynes (in an effort to destigmatise the disease and show that Keynes, and the relationship had lasted three years. At frst, it looked women like me can get it), my picture was used in class – and Lauren’s like things might work because he seemed to genuinely love me. In friends recognised me. She was devastated and came home reality, however, I probably rushed into it because I was lonely after demanding answers. It was just another sign that, a year after my separating from my daughter’s father. It was never a great relationship. diagnosis, I was still adjusting to life with the condition. He was aggressive and we argued a lot. But at the time, I had low selfI discovered I was HIV positive on 27 January 2010. It was like a esteem and felt it was better to have that than no relationship at all. thick black line had been drawn under my life. At the time, I was I fnally found the strength to leave in 2009, and it was a relief for working in a call centre while I built up my ftness business. Keen to both of us. Obviously, neither of us had any idea he was HIV positive. check that I was in peak health while training, I went for a complete I was relieved when the hospital told me they would get in touch check-up. I remember the call coming through from the nurse, and with him about testing, so I didn’t have to deal with him myself. casually stepping out on to the landing of my ofce to take it. ‘We’re In the weeks that followed, as I waited for the repeated test results going to retest your blood,’ she said. I felt a tightness in my chest as it to be confrmed, I looked back over the past few years and considered dawned on me that, as all my other tests had come back clear, it could whether there had been any warning signs. Symptoms include fever, only mean syphilis or HIV. I knew she wasn’t supposed to tell me sore throat, a body rash, swollen glands, fatigue, muscle pain and more over the phone, but I threatened not to come in for the retest weight loss, but I’d experienced none of them. In fact, because of my unless she did. ‘Your test came back as HIV positive,’ she said fatly. ftness training I felt in peak health, which is quite typical. Often, Te nurse continued talking, but all I could focus on was that HIV symptoms don’t appear for years – sometimes a decade – after someone had told me I was dying; I had a nine-year-old daughter infection, and every case is unique, which is why one in fve people I would never see grow up. My frst thought was that I should just with HIV don’t know they have it. jump through the stairwell; kill myself and get the nightmare over Te doctor gave me lists of reassuring stats, aimed at proving that with. Being given that sort of news makes you totally irrational. But my life would go on – but ultimately I didn’t care about the 300-odd I realised I’d probably just end up breaking a leg. Instead, I walked people in my area with HIV or how they coped, because I didn’t know straight into my manager’s ofce and told her I had to leave – and them. I was the only one I knew with HIV, and that stark realisation why. Tough shocked, she was supportive and asked a colleague to left me feeling totally isolated. I didn’t ft the HIV stereotypes: I accompany me to hospital. haven’t lived in Africa, I’ve never taken hard drugs and I’ve never I knew who had given me HIV because I’d only had unprotected been involved with a gay or bisexual man. It just seemed so unfair. sex with one person since getting the all-clear from routine tests Te worst part was trying to work out how to tell my boyfriend, during my pregnancy with Lauren. I’d only agreed to have sex with Ali. We’d met six months earlier while I was on a work placement




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HIV: do you know tHe facts?

in Turkey, and what had begun as a passionate be good again. Ten last summer I was shocked to romance had developed into a loving, long-term discover I was pregnant after a slip-up with our relationship. I couldn’t see any way it could survive contraception. Of course we had tried to be careful HIV – though I was reassured that at least we had because my worst fear had been bringing an HIValways used condoms, so it was unlikely I’d passed positive baby into the world, but once it happened it on. Later, a test would confrm that he was clear. I was determined to carry on with the pregnancy. Almost 100,000 people I was prepared for Ali to leave when I gave him Some people said I was selfsh, which was horrible were living with hiV in the the news. He was devastated and broke down, and to hear, but I knew I had low levels of the virus in uk in 2011. A quarter were we cried together. But then he wiped his eyes, took my system. My doctor put me on antiretroviral unaware of the infection. a deep breath and asked, ‘How long have we got?’ drugs at 20 weeks, which took my chance of having I explained that it was about another 25 years, and a healthy child up to 99 per cent. I felt guilty about A third of those receiving he replied, ‘We can do a lot in 25 years.’ It was a care for HIV are women, the possibility of passing it on, but the odds sounded watershed moment. If he could see a life ahead for with the majority of newly good to me – and healthier than some non-HIV me, which he wanted to be part of, then I owed it to diagnosed women infected mums with unhealthy lifestyles. both of us to try to see it, too. A few days later, Ali through heterosexual sex. Saabira is now 10 months old and her frst two proposed over a family dinner with a beautiful ring HIV tests were negative – and Ali is still clear, too. that his brother, a jeweller, had made. people who have recently We’ll have to wait until Saabira is 18 months old to Like any couple, a good sex life was important to contracted hiV may know for sure that she’s clear but, despite feeling us, but it was difcult at that time. If Ali came near experience a short, fu-like scared, I’m confdent she will be. What really upsets me in bed, I’d shake with nerves: I was terrifed the illness between two and six me is that I can’t breastfeed, as my milk could carry condom would split and he’d become infected. Yet weeks afer infection. the virus. I miss the closeness I had when feeding he was relaxed and loving. His attitude reassured symptoms include a fever, Lauren as a baby. But I recovered from the birth me we could have some semblance of a normal life. just as quickly this time round, so I don’t think HIV sore throat and body rash. Having the structure of a regular job was some has changed my abilities as a mother. consolation, but also challenging. My viral load was I can’t deny that things are diferent physically, Following infection, it can so low that I wasn’t prescribed medication, but I had however. My work as a personal trainer means that take between three weeks to go for a health check every three months, which I look after myself, but I sufer with short-term and three months for HIV always made me anxious and tearful. Some days I’d memory problems. Some days I make it to work, to show up in tests. arrive at work feeling fine, but then a wave of but then can’t even recall what time I got up. I misery would hit me and I’d break down in front of might think that it would be nice to spend some if you could have been my colleagues. On other days I couldn’t face work time with my parents, but can’t remember the last exposed to the virus in the at all and I’d curl up in bed, unable to get up. I talked time I saw them. HIV can also trigger issues with past 72 hours, visit a sexual to counsellors at the Terrence Higgins Trust, who lung and kidney function and mobility. If I get runhealth clinic or hospital reassured me that it was OK to be angry or cry or down or pick up a cold it lingers longer than usual, immediately. they can give want to shut myself of from the world for a while. so I get very tired but, in general, my energy levels you anti-hiV medication. It also helped to tell people. I called all my best are the same as they’ve always been. I’m aware that friends, reliving the same extremes of emotion each the healthier I stay, the less likely it is that I’ll need to In the UK, a pregnant HIVtime – tears, self-pity, their tears, hysterical laughter start taking medication, so I try to follow a healthy positive woman has a 99 at the sheer craziness of it all, then a strange sense diet with plenty of vegetables, and I take vitamins. per cent chance of having of calm. Some would recoil or get scared and, Tankfully, my work means that I exercise at least an HIV-negative baby if the although that hurt, I was glad to know where three times a week, which boosts my immunity. correct steps are taken. I stood and have them out of my life. I put of Lauren has turned out to be my real saviour telling my parents for four months because I was through it all. Her initial anger at me keeping my worried that their grief might set me back. Mum HIV status from her has given way to a very grownwas traumatised and became convinced there might up pragmatism. Now she understands the virus, be a cure through alternative medicine, but I saw it as my responsibility she’s happier with other people knowing – although, naturally, she to educate my parents about it. I gave them literature about the virus gets anxious every time I get a cold. Sadly, though, there are some and went about proving to them that I was getting on with my life. people who just can’t get past the label. I heard from a friend that one Te vast majority of people were incredibly supportive, despite of my other friends had been worried about catching the virus from their own sadness on my behalf, and I cultivated a little speech that my crockery after having tea at my house, which really hurt. explained all the reasons I was going to be fne. Tere’s no cure, but it My life with HIV has grown into one that is about confronting doesn’t seem far of, and the strain I have is very weak. In fact, my viral preconceptions like this and challenging stereotypes. If people know load has been decreasing since I was diagnosed and now my HIV is that a young, married English mother of two can be HIV positive, barely detectable, meaning medication still isn’t necessary. Over time, perhaps they’ll get tested. More importantly, it’s about knowing that repeating all this ‘good’ news meant it began to sink in and a positive test isn’t a death sentence any more. I have a great life, I rebuilt my confdence. I even started to get sick of people hugging which has, bizarrely, improved since becoming positive. I’ve made me. I decided to do what I could to educate people about HIV. fantastic new friends and HIV has made me appreciate everything By the time I married Ali in September 2010, I felt like I was in a so much more. I’m not living with HIV – HIV is living with me. better place; I was crying less and feeling more positive that life could For more information about living a full life with HIV, visit






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Who needs them? Those over the age of 30 whose skin is starting to lose its youthful bounce. What are they? Collagen is a naturally occurring wonder molecule that derms liken to the mattress in your skin. Unfortunately, this ‘mattress’ starts to become less sprung as we get older, so keep the skin on your eyes, lips and cheeks plump by using products containing anti-ageing ingredients that stimulate collagen production. And never underestimate the power of hydration for plumping prowess.

shoPPInG LIst FACE: Estée Lauder’s Re-Nutriv Intensive Lifing Makeup SPF15, £63, with ceramides to frm; Origins’ Plantscription Anti-aging Concealer, £17. EYES: Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Eye Shadows with retinyl linoleate to support collagen production. LIPS: Laura Mercier’s Hydratint SPF15 lipbalm, £17, for its unique ‘maxilip’ complex; Guerlain’s collagen-stimulating Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact, £31; Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge Lipstick, £22, with hyaluronic acid to instantly add volume.

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Who needs them? Anyone whose skin is prone to dry, faky patches and fne lines. What are they? Unlike the make-up of yesteryear, which lef our complexions crying out for a dollop of cold cream, there are foundations and lipsticks that are all about putting moisture back where it’s needed. Some are better than others, though, so always check the small print — look for products that contain ultrahydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, and watch your skin turn from dull to dewy.

shoPPInG LIst FACE: The YSL Beauté Youth Liberator Serum Foundation, £32, for 24-hour hydration; Clinique’s Moisture Surge CC Cream if more colour correction is needed; Nars’ Radiant Cream Compact Foundation, £28, to boost moisture levels on the go by 80 per cent; By Terry’s Hyaluronic Hydra-powder to regulate sebum without drying. LIPS: Giorgio Armani’s Rouge Ecstasy lipsticks, £25, which contain a water-attracting agent; Rimmel London’s clear Moisture Renew Lip Liner, £3.99, to form a moisturising barrier.

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Who needs them? Everyone. Unless you have a particular fondness for lines, wrinkles and age spots, that is. What are they? Your ammo for maintaining radiant, younger-looking skin for longer. Go on the ofensive against environmental aggressors by arming yourself with an arsenal of UVA- and UVB-battling SPFs as well as free-radical-fghting antioxidants. If you choose wisely, you can even double up with both in one handy product.

shoPPInG LIst FACE: Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream, £23.50, which contains vitamin C as well as a whopping SPF50; Chanel’s portable Vitalumière Compact Douceur SPF10, £32.50, for a dose of essential fatty acids; Astalif’s Light Analyzing Foundation, £29, full of the antioxidant astaxanthin. EYES: Bobbi Brown’s vitamin-enriched Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks, £20. LIPS: Clinique’s moisture-rich Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour, £15.

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Who needs them? People with skin prone to sensitivity, redness and irritation. What are they? Products specifcally designed to stay in your skin’s good books by not irritating it and, in some cases, actually helping to calm it down. We’re not suggesting you go to bed with smoky eyes, but let’s just say these are the products that won’t induce a bout of morning-afer self-loathing from an overwrought epidermis if you do.

shoPPInG LIst FACE: Bare Minerals’ Prime Time Foundation Primer, £21, which contains aloe vera and camomile to soothe skin; Garnier’s BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector for Sensitive Skin, £9.99. EYES: Crème de La Mer’s The Radiant Concealer SPF25, £45, to tackle redness and pufness; Estée Lauder’s Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator, £40, to refresh; Bare Minerals’ Ready Eyeshadows, from £19, rich in SeaNutritive Mineral Complex. LIPS: Avon’s Ultra Colour Lipstick, £7.50, infused with nourishing vitamin E, arctic berry and omega-3 oils.



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shoPPInG LIst FACE: Clarins’ BB Skin Perfecting Cream SPF25, £28, to restore radiance; Smashbox’s Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control, £28, to treat breakouts; Clinique’s Pore Refning Solutions Instant Perfecting Make-up, £24, for enlarged pores; Lancôme’s Teint Visionnaire foundation, £36, to diminish the size of dark spots.


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I A beAuty edItor’s

botox confessIons When your 9-5 revolves around cosmetic innovation, it would be almost rude not to test out the latest antiageing therapies. Here, beauty writer Nadine Baggott gives a no-holds-barred account of the treatments she would — and would never — have again Photographs by ElisaBEtH Hoff

am a beauty editor of a certain age. In other words, I know more than most about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to anti-ageing lasers, fllers and Botox. I’m also brutally honest, and can have any treatment I want, free of charge. But I don’t often take up those daily ofers. Why? Because I don’t want to be the frst to try anything: in essence, to become a human guinea pig – especially where my face is concerned. And neither should you. I was one of the three beauty editors to have Macrolane, the hyaluronic acid fller, injected into my Kate Moss-esque breasts back in 2007. Te manufacturer has now withdrawn it from use as a breast fller. I was lucky, in that I didn’t get the lumpy scar tissue that some people did, but let that be a word of warning. New is not necessarily better. And while it’s good to come frst in an exam, it’s never good to be the frst on a surgeon’s couch when he has just trained in an as-yet-untested technique. So, what works and what doesn’t? Despite the poor press, Botox and semipermanent fllers can achieve wonders, and are the secrets behind the ageless, timelessly beautiful faces of the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Cindy Crawford. If someone hasn’t visibly aged since their twenties or thirties and they are now in their forties or even ffties, trust me: they are having some work done. Tis needn’t even involve going under the knife, as modern non-invasive procedures are so good. Lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL), sound-wave and infrared treatments can heat and destroy skin imperfections. I’ve had the sun damage that I garnered in Saint-Tropez during my twenties blasted away (it resembled brown crusty scabs after IPL – oh-so satisfying when they fell of ). Tree times a year, I have baby Botox – the ‘oh my eyebrows can still move, but I have no forehead lines’ treatment that allows so many A-listers to deny having had anything done. I have also recently discovered subtle fllers and the now-infamous ‘Dracula’ platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to give me the plump, pinchable skin that I enjoyed in my early thirties. But now, at 51, if I lost 309

AMAZING SKIN my job, which procedures would I pay for? I mean, with my own hard-earned cash? Botox, defnitely – twice a year is enough. A once-every-two-years liquid facelift of fller, certainly, plus a token zapping of any new sun damage. Beyond that, though, the jury is out. And I am happy to see others more eager – and, may I say, perhaps more gullible – than me lead the way with nerve-freezing, thread-lifting, templepopping, cannulas-full-of-fller-type treatments. If I ever try them and they work, I promise I’ll let you know…

Botox Benefits

Let me start by saying that, in the hands of a skilled, artistic doctor, Botox can erase forehead wrinkles, scowling and deep furrows between brows. It can also soften crow’s feet, very subtly lift the outer corners of your lips and even relax those bands of muscles in your neck that can drag down your jaw line. Tat said, it is not something that I believe should ever – let me reiterate that, ever – be used preventively in young, fawless faces. Why any woman in their twenties or even early thirties (and yes, I’m talking to you, Kardashians and TOWIE girls) would want to paralyse their faces, I simply don’t know. I’m sure you’re aware that Botox is derived from bacteria that cause food poisoning, but it’s also been used in medicine for years, to treat eye squints and muscle tightness in young children with muscular dystrophy. It relaxes the muscles that cause the lines, but problems arise when it is used poorly – when eyelids can droop or, inversely, become Jack Nicholson-like. A word to the wise: don’t expect perfect results in one trip. You should go back for revisions and tweaks if you’re not happy, as not even the best doctor can predict how your muscles will react. Tey will err on the side of caution, so you might need a subtle top-up. Te downside of Botox is that a smooth, immobile forehead is a sure sign that you’ve had work done. Which leaves us all looking at some ‘ageless’ faces and wondering, ‘Do they look good for their forties, or are they in their twenties and overdone?’ And what young person would want that? Expect to pay Between £200 and £350 per area, depending on the doctor you choose, but demand that this includes a second visit and a top-up if needed. Who to see I like movable, ‘mini’ Botox – try Dr Frances Prenna Jones, Dr Anne Mendelovici and Dr Vicky Dondos.

fill ’er Up

Fillers have had some seriously bad press recently, and with good reason. Tey are not regulated or controlled in any way, so anyone can pick up a needle and jab you. Never, ever opt for permanent fllers; always choose semi-permanent gels that contain hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in your cells, which attracts water to give skin that youthful ‘pinch’ factor. Tese will last for six months to a year and are injected into the deepest layer of the skin. Most contain an anaesthetic, and you can also have numbing cream applied frst. Tey are usually injected under the cheeks, into the ‘marionette’ lines from nose to mouth, but also into temples and along the jaw line, and even into the tear troughs under the eye. Te efects can be subtle, but they can give a ‘liquid facelift’, especially to anyone with low body fat who looks drawn in the face. Ever wondered how Hollywood actresses can have 12 per cent body fat and a plump face? Facial fllers. Te good news is that if you opt for a hyaluronic fller and you don’t like it, you can have an enzyme called hyaluronidase injected into the gel, which will dissolve it naturally. Expect to pay You usually pay for fllers per syringe or part syringe. Prices start at about £200 per area, rising to £1,500 for a full face. Who to see Dr Maurice Dray for his famous 10-minute facelift.

light relief

Lasers and IPL can be programmed to heat and destroy specifc targets, including tattoo pigments, melanin skin pigments, the haemoglobin in blood and the water in skin cells, causing them all to vaporise. Tis means that, used in a controlled way, they can leave skin free of red veins, brown age spots, rosacea, fne lines and sagging. I’ve seen brilliant results – and I’ve also helped people to get their money back when treatments didn’t work. It’s not just a question of choosing the right machine, but the right practitioner turning the dials and ficking the switches. Radio-wave and sound-wave machines work in a similar way: both are designed to send energy into the skin to heat up and wound it, safe in the knowledge that skin can repair itself. Fraxel, a fractional laser, does this in multiple tiny ‘pinpricks’ and is the gold standard for skin resurfacing. Down time can vary from a few hours to a few weeks, 311

amazing skin but redness and temporary pigment darkening can be covered with make-up. Expect to pay Laser and IPL are charged for in 15-minute time slots, starting at about £100, so your fnal bill will depend on the size of the area treated. Resurfacing and fractional lasers cost more than IPL and hair/age-spot removal, with prices starting at about £550. Who to see Dr Nick Lowe pioneered most laser treatments in the UK.

get a bit of a boob lift, too, as this skin keeps your breasts up where they belong. Davina McCall raves about her IPL chest treatments. Expect to pay From £99 for IPL, from £100 for mesotherapy and from £950 for PRP. Who to see Dr Frances Prenna Jones ofers IPL, mesotherapy and laser treatments. Or try Benjamin Kaufholz at Dr Maurice Dray for PRP and mesotherapy.

Lip synCh Treasure ChesT

As a nation, we end our anti-ageing routine at our chins, leaving our necks and chests unaided. Ten one day, in your forties, you glance down and, horrors, your chest is pigmented, lined and sagging. Te skin is ultra-thin here, which is why it ages so quickly, but also why it is relatively easy to treat. Mesotherapy and PRP work well, especially combined with IPL or Fraxel. Mesotherapy is lots of tiny electronic injections of hyaluronic acid and vitamins and minerals into the skin, while PRP – the ‘Dracula’ therapy – adds your own white blood cells to the mixture. A vial of blood is taken from your arm and spun to remove the red blood cells, leaving a golden liquid that contains all the cells needed to speed up healing. Finish with IPL or, for older, more damaged skin, Fraxel, and you can take years of a sun-damaged chest. As a bonus, you

To fll or not to fll, that is the question. No one should want Te Real Housewives of Beverly Hills ‘duck lips’, but a little bit of extra fullness in the upper lip can counteract the natural thinning and pucker lines that happen with age (especially if you’re a smoker), or just fll out skinny lips that can leave you looking pinched. Angelina Jolie has a lot to answer for, as her plump pout has driven many of us to want more lip volume. Restylane Lip Volume is a safe choice of fller for an area that is prone to feeling bumpy afterwards. Opt for lots of numbing cream or a dental block, as lips are super-sensitive and this is a painful treatment (no matter what you may have read). Te fnished look should give you a clear border around your lip – a clear sign of youth – flling in any smoker’s lines. Avoid any treatment that aims to fll the area between your top lip and nose, as this is a sure-fre route to a duck face.

Expect to pay Around £250 for a lip-fller treatment, but it could cost up to £500. Who to see Registered nurses and lip experts Fiona and Marie Aesthetics.

The FuTure

Would you have the nerves in your forehead frozen to sub-zero temperatures? I know I wouldn’t. ‘Frotox’ is just one of the latest space-age treatments hitting the headlines. Ofering a supposedly natural alternative to Botox, iovera – as it is properly called – is still being trialled in the UK. When you see the word ‘trial’, run for the hills – even if you have read how wonderful it is in the Daily Mail. Te same goes for thread lifts – those barbed nylon wires that are threaded underneath sagging cheeks and foreheads, then pulled back to lift the skin. Not for me. Tat said, Ultherapy has caught my attention. Aimed at women in their forties and ffties as an alternative to a facelift, it uses high-powered sound-waves as energy to heat the deepest layers of the skin and tighten it. If I ever have it, it shall be in the US, where they ofer Valium and painkillers, not the UK, where they say it doesn’t hurt. Courteney Cox has already admitted she is a fan, and I like the way she looks. Expect to pay Around £3,000 for a lower-face Ultherapy treatment, and up to £4,500 for lower- and mid-face treatment. Who to see Alex Karidis for Ultherapy.

TrusTed PrOFessIONALs


Dr Anne Mendelovici is based at the famous dr Jean-louis Sebagh clinic in london, where you can bump into elle macpherson and Cindy Crawford. She specialises in natural-looking botox and mesotherapy for women in their thirties and forties. Visit Dr Nick Lowe is the uk’s leading expert and pioneer in laser and ipl skin treatment, and specialises in treating redness, pigmentation and laser resurfacing of lines. Visit Dr Frances Prenna Jones looks afer the skin of kate moss and louise redknapp, and adopts a rounded approach to anti-ageing, including fllers, botox, lasers and ipl. Call 020 7499 3848.


Dr Maurice Dray is an expert in a european technique that uses hyaluronic acid gel and a mineral/ calcium blend — called the mesolif — to create subtle volume in ageing and sagging skin. Visit Alex Karidis is open and honest about the pros and cons of most treatments and is pioneering ultherapy in the uk. Visit Dr Vicky Dondos at medicetics – visit Fiona and Marie Aesthetics are two skilled, registered nurses who specialise in injectibles and do a fabulous subtle lip. Visit for details.

This year Marie Claire launched Take A Good Look, a campaign for safe cosmetic surgery. Its aim is to ensure that women feel informed, empowered and safe when they make the decision to have surgical procedures such as Botox, breast implants or liposuction. The cosmetic-treatment industry takes £3 billion a year from women, yet it is still almost entirely unregulated. For women to be protected, this needs to change immediately. Find out more about our campaign and how to stay safe at

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AntioxidAnts PePtides retinol

When there’s a new miracle molecule on the market every week, how do you know your plumping peptides from your anti-gravity GAGs? We break through the science speak so you can choose the right skincare

how it works

you need it if…

find it in…

Antioxidants are molecules that enhance the skin’s barrier and protect from environmental aggressors and the toxins they produce. Vitamin C being the most common.

You’re a city dweller, SPF dodger, sun worshipper or stress-head. So, that’s pretty much everyone, then.

Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Glow Boost Skin Serum, £15.99; Skin Point Eight by John Tsagaris Age-Adapt Moisturiser, £85; Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist, £44.

Peptides are the building blocks of protein. They have the ability to strengthen connective tissue to give skin added elasticity.

Your skin has lost its spring. Perhaps it’s looking a little weatherbeaten if you exercise outdoors.

The alcohol form of vitamin A, retinol is a skin normaliser that balances sebum production and thickens the epidermal layer while simultaneously compacting the surface of the skin to make it smoother.

You expose your skin to the sun, you’re prone to blemishes or have the beginnings of fne lines.

Eve Lom Age Defying Smoothing Treatment, £120 for 90 capsules; No7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum, £22.95; Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream, £70.

La RochePosay Redermic R, £29.50; Skinceuticals Pure Retinol 1.0, £59; Indeed Labs Retinol Reface, £19.99.


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you need it if…

a sugar that thickens the skin by fghting of molecules that break down collagen.

You’re battling fine lines and wrinkles. Skin is increasingly fragile and on its way to crêpey.

Coenzyme Q10

a compound that is made in our bodies and used by cells to produce the energy they need to grow and stay healthy.

You’re a vegetarian (it’s present in most fsh and meats). Rough, uneven or lacklustre skin is ofen a sign that you’re lacking in it.

extends the life of cells by increasing their internal energy source, mitochondria. also helps repair damaged dna caused by exposure to the sun.

You want to delay the signs of ageing. Most efective when used early, as soon as skin starts to look thin.

the protein in skin that gives it its frmness and structure. with age, collagen is not only produced more slowly, but degenerates more quickly and this depletion is the main cause of wrinkles.

Laughter lines and crow’s feet are making an appearance.

glycosaminoglycans (gags) are the body’s natural hydration source. this water reserve between cells creates structure and makes skin look plump. the most widely used gag in skincare is hyaluronic acid, which can hold 1,000 times its weight in water.

Gravity is setting in. Sagging ofen starts around the jawline and there’s a loss of volume across the cheeks.

a stem cell’s job is to regenerate, so the more you have the younger you look. some plants, such as raspberries and apples, have compatible stem cells that can kickstart the production of our own.

Your skin is looking dull and you’re keen to coax it into a furry of regenerative activity.

also known as vitamin b3, niacinamide is a proven skinlightening agent that boosts luminosity by inhibiting the transfer of melanin colour deposits into new cells.

You have specifc dark pigment spots. Apply it only where it’s needed to get an even skin tone.

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find it in… bioderma sébium pore refner, £14.80; vichy lifactiv serum 10 eyes & lashes, £24.50: shu uemura tsuya skin youth infusing eye concentrate, £32.

nivea Q10 plus antiwrinkle energising day cream spf15, £11.08; eucerin Q10 active anti-wrinkle night cream, £18.50; goldfaden md wake up call, £75. viridian resveratrol complex, £31 for 60 capsules; estée lauder re-nutriv intensive age renewal eye creme, £70; caudalie vinexpert night infusion cream, £39.

sisley botanical night treatment, £113; dr nick lowe the secret is out lif & repair night cream, £31; lancer advanced c radiance cream, £65.

l’oréal paris revitalif laser renew day cream, £19.99; clarins double serum complete age control concentrate, £55; ysl beauté forever youth liberator serum, £60.

origins plantscription youth-renewing night cream, £46; chantecaille biodynamic lifing serum, £195; rodial stemcell super-food facial oil, £60.

oskia bedtime beauty boost, £75; environ evenescence clarifying lotion, £31; olay regenerist regenerating serum, £21.99.


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Was that a dodgy Instagram snap or is your neck really starting to sag? Don’t fret. With new products, diet tweaks and bespoke treatments, you can stick yours out with confdence


Lacking the same collagen content and being naturally thinner than the skin on your face, the neck is more prone to signs of ageing than other parts of your body. Vitamins A and C, hyaluronic acid and collagen-boosting peptides are just a few of the ‘It’ ingredients in the latest highpowered potions for this area. According to plastic surgeon Dr Des Fernandes, penetration is what really counts, though. ‘For fast results you must get your antiageing ingredients delivered to the deeper, harder-to-reach areas of the skin,’ he explains. ‘A sagging neck can be reversed by using high-dosage ingredients combined with low-frequency sound-waves and a pulsing electrical current, which gently jostle cells to open up channels in the skin’s barrier.’ PRO TIP: Te Environ Vitamin treatment, priced from £60 for 60 minutes, gives hydrated, tightened skin, but a total of 12 treatments, ideally one a week, is advised. Visit London’s Skin3 Salon, or call the International Institute for Anti-Ageing on 020 8450 2020 for your nearest salon.


Ever wondered what the white bumps are around your neck? ‘As the skin is so much thinner than on the face, UV exposure causes the collagen and elastin to snap and roll up

into tiny white balls called solar elastosis,’ says Dr Fernandes. ‘You will never get rid of them, but you can disguise the nodules by thickening the layer of collagen in the epidermis, pushing them deep into the skin.’ Vitamin A switches on the genes in fbroblasts that control the production of collagen, so healthier collagen is made and unhealthy collagen is removed.’ Tis will also make red blotches less obvious by strengthening the capillary network. PRO TIP: Combine supplements with a potent collagen-promoting cream. Dr Fernandes suggests using Environ AVST Moisturiser, £35; Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Collagen Support capsules, £22 for 60; and Environ Evenescence C-Boost, £31, which is packed with vitamin C to erase redness.


Treating lines on the neck with needles is very efective. Doctor of traditional Chinese

medicine John Tsagaris, whose clients include Sienna Miller, says, ‘Microneedling enhanced with LED light therapy is a powerful treatment resulting in a naturally tighter neck with smoother horizontal lines.’ A form of acupuncture, micro-needling causes microscopic epidermal injury that initiates the healing process and collagen production. Red LED light therapy is added to the treatment to boost the circulation, bringing more blood and healing nutrients to the dreaded creases. PRO TIP: Most people need a course of six Chinese micro-needling treatments. Te frst treatment is £250 and subsequent treatments are £170 each. For John Tsagaris’s Knightsbridge clinic, call 020 7235 4676.

DO A SLIM-DOWN DIET What you eat plays a huge part in the sleekness of the neck. ‘A diet with a lot of sugary and starchy foods contributes to chronic sub-clinical infammation,




‘Any change in posture will afect the microcirculation of the skin on your neck,’ says Professor Maurizio Corradin, who runs a posture programme at Lefay Resort & Spa in Italy. ‘Te skin receives nourishing blood from the muscle’s vessels, so any stifness and blockages will afect the texture. Your mouth and eyes afect posture, too. It’s very important to avoid teeth grinding at night by drinking a relaxing herbal tea before bedtime, and to exercise the eyes by focusing six metres away every 45 minutes.’ PRO TIP: Celebrity go-to trainer Dalton Wong at Twenty Two Training advocates exercising, stretching and elongating the neck, upper back and your chest muscles regularly. By releasing the tension here, you can allow the shoulders and head to roll back. Start seated with chest up and shoulders back. Gently bring the left ear towards the left shoulder, pushing head gently with left hand, and hold for 10 to 30 seconds. Ten alternate for two circuits. Stand in the mirror sideways – there should be a straight line from your ankle, knees, hips, shoulders and ear. Hold for one minute. Ten sit on a Swiss ball and hold the same perfect posture for 30 to 90 seconds. Knees should be bent at a 90degree angle, shoulders back and chest up. 320


Given that our necks age faster than our faces, it’s no wonder there are new wrinkle busters specifcally targeting this area. And don’t forget to treat the bits you can’t see: as you get older, your hair tends to get shorter.


Who would have thought the humble necklace could cause your muscles to weaken and skin to sag? ‘Don’t wear a necklace,’ says Professor Maurizio Corradin. ‘The human body is made up of 70 per cent water and salts, and when metals [come into contact with your skin], they can cause a blockage and stop the fow of energy creating muscle contractions.’ Can’t live without your favourite chain? ‘At least remove it at night when it’s pressed against the skin more,’ advises Corradin.

Dr Sebagh Supreme Neck Lif, £120 Created by the skin doctor famous for treating the likes of Cindy Crawford and Elle Macpherson, this potent cream uses biopeptides to lif and frm the neck and décolleté. Carita Progressif Lif Fermeté Genesis of Youth Neck and Décolleté, £94 Designed for the second stages of ageing (from midthirties upwards), this lifing cream visibly smoothes out wrinkles. In independent clinical trials 90 per cent of women said they had frmer neck skin afer four weeks. Elemis Pro-Intense Lif Effect Super System, £155 This 30-day mask treatment is infused with active stem cells to target cheeks and sagging jowls. Afer one month, cheeks and jawline will feel frmer and appear more contoured. Dr.Ceuticals Neck & Chest Lif, £19.99 This hydrating cream helps to frm skin, boost collagen and improve elasticity. It contains SPF and antioxidant protection to shield against future damage. Valmont Prime Neck, £159 Provides the skin with essential fatty acids, which become defcient as we age. It also contains peptides that ofer an anti-wrinkle action similar to retinoic acid (vitamin A).


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resulting in a loss of frmness and contours,’ says Dr Perricone, who treats Courteney Cox. He recommends a three-day diet rich in foods that have anti-infammatory properties. ‘You should eat salmon twice a day: it contains essential fatty acids that help to dramatically reduce pufness and add frmness to skin,’ he says. ‘Plus, watch your salt intake and avoid processed foods that are high in salt and unhealthy fats.’ PRO TIP: Drink fve large glasses of spring water every day. For breakfast, have a three-egg omelette, porridge, a slice of cantaloupe melon and a handful of berries. For lunch, have grilled salmon fllet, dark leafy greens, a kiwi fruit and a small handful of berries. For snacks, eat an apple, a 200g pot of natural yogurt and a small handful of nuts. For dinner, eat grilled salmon again with steamed green vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli and spinach, melon and berries. If you get hungry before bedtime, snack on half an apple, sliced chicken breast or natural yogurt and four olives or nuts.

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Two drops of Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil is as moisturising as a luxury day cream fve times the price*


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transform lacklustre winter skin with the secret weapon from Sanctuary Spa. Whatever your skin type, nourishing therapist’s Secret Facial oil is radiance in a bottle You’ve streamlined your skincare routine with a serum, day and night cream and SPF, but always wondered if you’re missing out by skipping a facial oil. So what if we told you Sanctuary Spa Terapist’s Secret Facial Oil ofers intense nourishment and hydration in just a few drops, boosting skin’s natural radiance? Sound tempting? Te results speak for themselves according to celebrity facialist Nichola Joss. ‘Apply this wonder product daily and you’ll see results, fast. I use it on all my clients because it works on every skin tone, type and texture,’ she says. Terapist’s Secret Facial Oil’s success is down to its blend of 100 per cent natural and 99 per cent organic oils. Tey’re compatible with the skin’s own oils so it drinks them in, leaving no residue, just a radiant complexion. ‘Don’t think of facial oil as just another step: it’s the ultimate multitasker,’ says Joss. Terapist’s Secret Facial Oil is the essential addition to your skincare regime, whatever your skin type.

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Celebrity facialist Nichola Joss reveals her top tips for using Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil Warm the oil in your palms before applying, which will help it absorb into the skin more easily Use fngertips to massage in small circular motions to relax and tone the muscles Don’t forget to work down the neck and across the chest to plump the skin in these areas, too

Skin type: Dry

If you have dry skin you will love the hydration provided by the vitamin E-rich wheatgerm oil in Terapist’s Secret Facial Oil. Apply morning and night after cleansing for a fresh and dewy complexion. If your skin is feeling particularly dehydrated, add a few drops of Terapist’s Secret Facial Oil to a nourishing face mask for a super-charged hydration boost.

Skin type: Normal/sensitive Normal skin types beneft from the radiance-giving omegas in rosehip oil, and sensitive complexions feel calmed and soothed by the rose essential oil. If you’re unsure about using an oil, ease yourself into it by adding a couple of drops to your day or night cream to give your skin an extra surge of hydration.

Skin type: Oily

Oily skin types will appreciate the rebalancing efects of frankincense essential oil and vitamin E, which help to replenish the skin’s natural oil content. If you have oily skin you may feel particularly nervous about using a facial oil, but did you know that most common acne treatments actually strip away all our essential oils, causing us to produce even more? Combat this with a facial oil and you,ll see dramatic improvements to your skin. Te best way to get started is by gently applying the oil before bedtime, which will allow time for your skin to rebalance and rejuvenate while you sleep. Available at most Boots stores, and



LIFESTYLE? Twitter junkie? Gym bunny? Too many cheeky mojitos? Your habits, good or bad, have a huge impact on your skin. No need to worry, as there’s a new generation of life-smart skincare products designed to lend your lifestyle a helping hand Words by CAMILLA KAY




La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask, £204

So busy that you sometimes pass on skincare altogether? ‘Neglect is the most common efect of our hectic lifestyles on our skin,’ says Dr Adam Geyer, Kiehl’s consulting dermatologist. ‘If skin is under-treated, without basic cleansing, hydration or protection, it is lef exposed to environmental aggressors such as UV exposure and pollution, which can lead to premature ageing.’ SORT IT OUT: Turn to a fast-acting multitasker such as Olay Total Efects CC Cream, £14.99, which provides all your daily moisturisation, UV and anti-ageing protection in one, as well as a little skin coverage. At night, opt for a mask and cream duo such as La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask, which exfoliates, moisturises, treats and frms skin. And make time to massage in your products – your skin will thank you for it, says facial pro Alexandra Soveral. ‘Daily stimulation of the skin’s circulation helps it cope better with lifestyle changes at the weekend.’ We hope that includes blowouts…

Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Skin Refning Anti-Dullness Cleansing Oil, £59




Yep, it’s our idea of a great night in, too: the sofa and a favourite box set, with a bar of chocolate and a glass of wine for company. But spare a thought for your skin, warns consultant dermatologist Dr Nick Lowe. ‘Excess sugars attack and weaken collagen and elastin in the skin in a process called glycation,’ he says, ‘which causes premature skin ageing’. SORT IT OUT: Make up for sugary sins with products containing the anti-glycation agents carnosine and blueberry extract – you’ll fnd both in Dr Nick Lowe’s The Secret Is Out Lif & Repair Night Cream. Or try SkinCeuticals AGE Interrupter cream, £143, which contains a high-potency blueberry extract along with the collagen-booster Proxylane.

Dr Nick Lowe The Secret Is Out Lié & Repair Night Cream, £27.99


We salute your eco-friendly actions, but unfortunately, pollution and daily UV exposure aren’t so friendly for the skin. Short-term efects include dryness and rough texture and, in ten years, you’re more likely to see premature wrinkles and pigmentation. SORT IT OUT: Use an antioxidant and UV-protective day cream, come rain or shine, to shield your skin from environmental aggressors. ‘Apply to dry skin, wait for two minutes before putting on make-up, and you’ll still have protection if you head out at lunch,’ says Dr Lowe. Try Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor, £14.99, with suntriggered antioxidant release to boost your UV protection when you need it most. And look out for moringa tree extract: a super-purifer, it also forms a pollution- shielding flm over skin. You’ll fnd it in Shu Uemura’s new Anti/Oxi Skin Refning Anti-Dullness Cleansing Oil, and Decléor’s Hydra Floral Mask and Moisture Activator, from £25.





We all know the feeling: afer hours under the air-con, your skin dries out and never looks its best. You might also sufer from pimples below the surface, caused by bacteria circulating in the air. SORT IT OUT: Look for products containing hyaluronic acid. ‘It holds a thousand times its weight in moisture and pulls it from the atmosphere or deeper layers of the skin to hydrate the surface,’ says facialist Sarah Chapman. Wear Aromatherapy Associates Rose Infnity Moisturiser, £95, on top of Sanctuary Spa Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil for moisture throughout the day.


Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream, £28

Bring on the dusk-to-dawn fun, we say – the only downside is that skin feels the efects of cigarettes and alcohol long afer the hangover clears. ‘Alcohol enlarges the blood vessels so, if you’re prone to redness, it increases the risk of rosacea and thread veins,’ says Dr Lowe. ‘Even second-hand smoke is now recognised to contribute to dull skin and squint lines around the eyes.’ SORT IT OUT: To party-proof your skin, apply an antioxidant-rich serum to see of the free radicals that want to join the celebrations. We love Nars Skin Optimal Brightening Concentrate: rich in vitamin C, it leaves a lustrous sheen that’s a great base for make-up. The morning afer, give your skin a fresh, brightening boost with Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Essential Enzyme Peel, £39.



If, like us, you can’t get through the day without checking Facebook, Twitter and email multiple times, Dr Lowe has this warning: ‘The more time we spend staring at small screens, the more we’re likely to develop concentration lines and squint lines around our eyes.’ SORT IT OUT: To plump and regenerate skin, Dr Lowe recommends treatments that include peptides and derivatives of vitamin A, such as retinol – try Medik8 Retinol 3 TR Advanced Night Serum, £31. For the eye area, Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream is designed to smooth ‘dynamic’ wrinkles caused by repetitive facial movements. SKIN HAZARD:


Feeling the day three ‘urrgh’? ‘It’s usually about this time the headaches kick in, you feel sluggish, dark circles appear under the eyes and your skin starts to break out,’ says Chapman. SORT IT OUT: Ramp up your routine with a balm or oil-based cleanser to draw out toxins. ‘Make loose fsts with fngertips pressed into your palms,’ advises Chapman. ‘Then use the fats of your fngers and knuckles to work the balm over the contours of the face in small, circular motions.’ Or try Olay Regenerist 3-Point Super Cleansing System – with a rotating brush that swirls 350 times a minute, it does the hard work for you.



Olay Regenerist Skin Perfecting Cleanser (part of the 3-Point Super Cleansing System), £39.99

Sanctuary Spa Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil, £17.35

Nars Skin Optimal Brightening Concentrate, £50




if you’re a gym devotee, it’s important to remember that while a good sweat clears out the toxins, it can also clog your pores. ‘sweat mixes with skin’s surface oils to form a greasy flm,’ says Dr tom Mammone, Clinique’s executive director of skin physiology, ‘so it’s important to shower soon afer an intense workout.’ SORT IT OUT: to compensate for the drying efects of frequent showering, choose a moisturising body wash and cleanser, and follow with a face and body cream. Keep skyn iceland Glacial face Wash in your gym bag – it deep-cleans while leaving the skin’s moisture balance intact.

if you’re planning a wedding, changing careers, or going through a break-up, chances are your skin is sufering. ‘someone experiencing stress is more likely to have red, faky and infamed skin,’ reveals Dr Geyer, ‘as it impacts the functioning of the skin barrier.’ SORT IT OUT: stress-busters include vitamins to fght free radicals and omegas 3 and 6 to soothe infammation. ‘Apply them topically and take them internally,’ recommends Chapman. Nourish Relax Calming Moisturiser, £14.95, contains omegas, vitamins and lavender oil, while Kiehl’s skin Rescuer stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator, £29.50, goes a step further, blocking stress signals to the skin’s surface.

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STreSSFuL SITuaTIonS Kiehl’s skin Rescuer stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator, £29.50



biotherm blue therapy serum-in-Oil Night, £44

sarah Chapman skinesis intense Hydrating booster, £57


Whatever’s keeping you up, your skin will miss its vital window of self-repair. its function slows, so you’ll wake with a less-than-radiant complexion, dark circles and pufy eyes. SORT IT OUT: skin is most receptive at night, so apply a super-strength night cream when you do hit the pillow. biotherm blue therapy serum-in-Oil Night combines the nourishment of oil with the repair actives of a serum, or try Chanel la Nuit, £60, which dripfeeds moisture into skin so it can rest and recharge. if you pay for a lack of sleep with pufy eyes, use a cafeinated eye cream before bed. SKIN HAZARD:

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you trot the globe, so you know the dehydrating, pore-super-sizing efects of altitude on your skin. SORT IT OUT: Keep sarah Chapman skinesis intense Hydrating booster to hand, and apply Nuxe Nirvanesque Contour des yeux, £19.50, under your eye mask. And don’t face the harsh toilet lighting without l’Oréal paris skin perfection Magic touch instant blur, £12.99. ‘pores appear to get larger as the skin around them loses moisture and plumpness,’ reveals Dr lowe. this gem will smooth over imperfections to guarantee a pap-worthy arrival. 328

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skyn iceland Glacial face Wash, £19.50


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oin us for an exclusive evening with luxury fragrance and skincare specialist L’Occitane en Provence and get the party season underway in style. Tis is your chance to discover personalised skincare and fragrances perfect for you, look for inspiring gifts for friends and family and enjoy shopping with a 15 per cent discount*. Beauty experts will be there on the night to help you unwind, ofering complimentary mini-treatments and beauty advice, so why not treat yourself to a relaxing hand and arm massage? Qualifed skincare experts will also be available to answer specifc questions and address your individual needs. And you’ll be able to learn the art of fragrance-layering, while discovering L’Occitane’s newest winter scents, Fleur d’Or & Acacia and Cedre & Oranger. From luxurious skincare products to irresistible scents, you’ll be impressed with the wide range of Christmas gifts that L’Occitane has to ofer. During this night of indulgence you’ll be introduced to the latest product launches and have a chance to get your hands on the ever-popular limited editions – before they sell out. Make the most of your exclusive 15 per cent discount on the evening with some early Christmas gift shopping. From stocking-fllers to bountiful hampers, you’ll be sure to fnd something for everyone this season. To make life even easier, L’Occitane will ofer a complimentary gift-wrapping service and you will also receive a free beauty bag, worth £50, to take home with you!

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Facial cleansing just got smart: with philips Visapure, even the time poor can enjoy radiant, youthful skin at the fick of a switch



ands up who’s guilty of a halfhearted face wipe before bed and woken up to worse skin as a result? Right, that’s all of us, then. We think we don’t have enough time for deep cleansing, but now there’s an innovative beauty device that out-cleans any other and will help your skin look brighter, younger and more radiant in just two weeks. Philips VisaPure Facial Cleansing Brush for Youthful Skin removes all traces of dirt, dead skin cells and impurities, but its unique Dual Motion Technology means it does all this without stretching or damaging the delicate skin of the face. VisaPure is the only facial cleansing brush that rotates and vibrates, meaning that while it is removing dull skin cells it’s also improving micro-circulation to bring out your skin’s natural glow. We asked three women to trial VisaPure for 14 days and report on the results.

OILY SKIN Tahira Naseem, 32 I’m always looking for products to help reduce the greasy appearance of my skin. I was sceptical about VisaPure, but afer just one use my skin felt cleaner than ever, and with no irritation. Over the past two weeks, I’ve noticed my moisturiser glides on easily and my skin is sofer. My complexion has defnitely improved overall, and for the frst time my skin has a glow about it.

Result : clearer

‘After just one use my skin felt cleaner than ever, and with no irritation’ GET GLOWING!

SENSITIVE SKIN Caroline Garland, 38 Too many late nights have lef my skin looking dull, so I hoped that trialling VisaPure would kick-start me into some good habits. My skin is sensitive, but the brush has the perfect amount of abrasion to get rid of dead skin without causing redness. My face is smoother to touch and it has boosted my confdence. My skin had been sufering from a lack of love, and this is the big change I needed.

Result: brighter

‘My skin was dull but now my face feels smoother to touch. It has boosted my confdence’ AGEING SKIN Kate Ormrod, 42 The frst thing I noticed was how rosy VisaPure lef my skin looking. I love that you can use it in the shower with the most basic of cleansers, and afer only a minute or so you have radiant skin. My morning routine was suddenly invigorating. I used the sensitive brushhead because, over time, my skin has become more delicate. It worked well to clean my skin and felt like a mini-facial massage – a real treat.

Result: fresher

‘I love that you can use it in the shower and, after a minute or so, you have radiant skin’

The Philips VisaPure is available at Boots, priced £150. It comes with a normal brush head and a sensitive one; both should be changed every three to four months. Replaceable heads, including exfoliating heads, can be bought separately, with prices starting from £7.99. For more details visit

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Skin dilemma I’ve had issues with my skin for as long as I can remember. Teenage acne has left scarring and a heavy-duty course of Accutane medication has made my complexion blotchy. Now I’m blessed with sporadic adult acne and the onset of wrinkles. The treatment A mild chemical peel and some serious extractions, followed by two diferent laser treatments: the DNA laser for skin-surface conditioning and the Fraxel laser to target specifc imperfections. The process Meeting skin specialist Debbie Tomas, with her high heels, slickedback ponytail and blemish-free skin, was intimidating. But she quickly put me at ease. First up was the chemical peel, which made my face sting slightly. Ten Debbie used the DNA laser, with a jet of cold air to calm the heat, before fnishing the 60-minute treatment by targetting specifc areas of my skin with the Fraxel laser – a painstaking task. Afterwards my face felt hot, and I was red. Really red. Debbie advised me to cleanse with cotton wool and water for the next two days, and use Vaseline to moisturise. Purse damage £345 per treatment. I had four treatments in quick succession, but Debbie would usually recommend a course of six, with a month between each session. Total cost? A whopping £1,725. Available at 305 Brompton Road, London. Visit for details. Verdict I can’t say it was fun. During the treatment it felt like a boiling elastic band was being ficked at my face over and over again, and the faint smell of burning fesh was unpleasant. But, as hideous as it sounds, the pain is manageable – and the results are amazing. I’ve hated my bumpy complexion for as long as I can remember, and I’ve spent a lot of money on lovely, but superfcial facials. Now that my skin has been treated efectively by Debbie, though, I’ve seen huge improvements. After four sessions my face is fnally smooth and I’m happy to leave the house without wearing foundation – a frst for me. I wish I’d... got a taxi home instead of jumping on the Tube: a little boy stared at my red face for the entire 30-minute journey. Kate Stephens is Marie Claire’s group digital editor

extreme FACIALs: revoLutIonAry or rIp-oFF?

They promise to tighten, brighten and banish wrinkles. But are high-tech treatments really worth the cash? Team MC puts peels, lasers and even ‘Dracula’ facials to the test 333



Plasma-Rich Platelet (PRP) theRaPy and FRaxel laseR Skin dilemma Recently, I’ve started to look tired and a little on the old side. No matter what lotions and potions I invest in, nothing seems to give me the bright complexion I’m after. But, although I’ve considered it, a facelift just seems too radical. And as a career woman with a family at home, I’m far too busy for the down time. I do try to keep in shape, and I love clothes

and fashion, but my skin needs a boost, too. The treatment Concentrated, protein-rich plasma cells are taken from your blood (you give a sample at the beginning of the treatment) and spun in a centrifuge machine to separate the platelets from other blood components. Te platelets are then blended with a mixture of healing proteins and stem cells, and injected into your cheeks, forehead and around the mouth for a plumping, lifting and rejuvenating efect. Tis is followed by the microscopic Fraxel-laser treatment, which penetrates deep into the skin, and

targets areas of sun damage and wrinkles by delivering heat in tiny segments. The process I’m a tough cookie, but no one enjoys having their blood taken. It was fascinating watching my sample develop into an anti-ageing concoction. Te injections around my eyes, cheeks and mouth were uncomfortable, but the anaesthetic cream helped. However, the Fraxel laser was more painful, and one session left my skin red and angry; I was glad of my oversize sunglasses to hide behind on the taxi ride home. Afterwards, my skin took two full days to calm down, but the efects were in no way hideous, and didn’t stop me from getting out and about. Purse damage From £950 per session. Rather eye-wateringly, you’ll need one to three sessions within a six-week period. Available at Cosmetic Solutions, 129 Harley Street, London, with Angelica Kavouni. Visit Verdict Brilliant. I loved the immediate, and perhaps a little envious, responses from friends, who couldn’t get over how well I looked. And the best bit? Not one of them suspected I’d had something done. My skin looks frmer, plumper and I’ve got my glow back. When I look in the mirror I see someone brighter, younger and far less tired. It’ll be a good six months before the efects start to wane, but I’d defnitely have the treatment again. It may be known as the ‘Dracula’ facial, but it’s given me such a boost. However, it must be said that it’s all about the doctor; I had full confdence in Angelica and would never have gone to a beauty therapist for such an involved procedure. So do your research. I wish I’d... had it done years ago. Justine Southall is Marie Claire’s publishing director 335



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MULLED WinE CUpCakEs Drink it, then make cakes with it! We’re loving Primrose Bakery’s offering Makes 12 regular cupcakes For the mulled wine 175ml red wine 1 cinnamon stick 4 cloves Zest of half an orange For the cakes 90g butter 200g soft dark-brown sugar 50g granulated sugar 1 egg, plus 1 yolk 1 medium glass of mulled wine (175ml) 1 tsp orange essence ¼ tsp baking soda ½ tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt ½ tsp ground cinnamon 50g good-quality cocoa powder 140g plain four For the spiced mascarpone icing 50g unsalted butter, at room temperature Zest and juice of half an orange ¼ tsp ground cinnamon 175g icing sugar 125g mascarpone

l Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4 and line a 12-hole mufn tray with cases. l Heat the wine, spices and orange zest in a pan until it just comes to the boil, then remove from the heat, cover and allow to infuse for at least 30 minutes. Strain before using. l In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until pale and fufy. Mix in the egg and yolk, then add the mulled wine and essence and beat again. Fold in the dry ingredients. l Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases and bake for about 20 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out to cool completely. Spiced mascarpone icing l Put the butter, orange juice and zest, cinnamon and half the icing sugar in one bowl and beat slowly until smooth. Add the remaining icing sugar and beat again until well combined. l Add the mascarpone and beat on a medium speed for about 30 seconds, until just combined. Refrigerate the icing until it’s ready to use. Finally, ice each cupcake, top with a sugared grape or similar, and serve.

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It’s very hard to pigeonhole what we do. Mike [Knowlden; left] studied philosophy, I [Josh Pollen] did photography, and Amy [Houston] video art, so we’ve come into food in a very roundabout way. We were in an arts group called What °ey Could Do °ey Did, mixing music, theatre and photography. We all enjoyed cooking, so applied that to food. We’re collaborating with a food scientist. Charles Spence, who created the ‘Sound of the Sea’ dish at °e Fat Duck (you listen to the ocean on an iPod as you eat), is working with us on a six-course menu for the Experimental Food Society Spectacular Banquet. We just want to give people nice things to eat, however innovative. Our ‘Exploding Cake’ was an enormous sculpture of brightly coloured ingredients suspended on a fshing wire, so it looked like it was hovering in the air in mid-explosion. We test recipes out on each other. We’ll be like, ‘Can we really feed people charcoal?’, and do everything we can to extract favours and see what’s palatable. It takes months and months of contacting foragers and testing. Te Experimental Food Society Spectacular runs from 8-9 November. Te Food & Fragrance banquets are at the Cookbook Cafe at London’s InterContinental Park Lane, 14-15 November.

1. grapefruit and rosemary scented candle, £35, monica Vinader, monica 2. indian incense candle, £45, diptyque at liberty, liberty. 3. fornasetti profumi ‘silenzio’ candle, £99, selfridges, 4. golden thyme candle, 4 £45, plümo, plü

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Insta-Grub sarah-jane crawford the 29-year-old presenter loves to match her drinks to her lipstick – like this watermelon martini, at radio roofop bar. ‘the bbC’s frst radio broadcast was made here in 1922.’

Glorious grAziNg Not quite a café, a deli or a bar, it’s AW13’s relaxed way to dine. From morning espressos to cheese ’n’ wine; ’tis the season of the one-stop saloon The BesT oF BriTish With innovative takes on the English mufn, artisan cofee (from east London’s Ozone Cofee Roasters) and peoplewatching with a pitcher of Pimm’s, it’s no wonder Soho’s super-chilled Damson & Co’s been getting rave reviews since it opened. It’s a breath of fresh air in a sea of chain cofee shops and quintessentially what this trend is all about. Hot on its heels is nearby Central & Co for small-plate takes on British classics (think warm Scotch duck egg, and Yorkshire pudding and red-onion jam), and The Polo Bar, a jazzed-up version of the all-day caf. Pie and champagne? Now we’re talking. The home From home Exposed brickwork, a raised dining room to perv, sorry, admire the work of the chefs and an inventive menu of hot and cold sharing plates (from roasted-fg radicchio to bone marrow), the recently refurbished Village east in Bermondsey is as fun as it is chic. Outside the capital we love Koba café/bar in


Brighton for its day-to-night design. One minute you’re relaxing with a morning paper, and the next, planning a late one in the dimly lit co*cktail bar upstairs. Speaking of which, indie favourite hermanos in Bristol is designed for a lie-in. Tere’s no telling where a 3pm ‘morning’ cofee might lead to… The eDgy esCaPe Chicken, egg – which came frst? Who cares when Soho’s Whyte & Brown has all your day-to-night needs – from eggs any way to roasts – in its inventive chicken/egg-based menu. And it’s not the only destination with a diference: olympic studios in Barnes is not just a café/dining room/club – they’ve thrown in a cinema and a visible pastry kitchen for good measure. We also love the cool concept behind Manchester’s vintage-style Whim Wham Cafe. Tink farmhouse-style platters by day, speakeasy ‘gin saloon’ by night. get Marie Claire on your tablet for when you’re out and about.

‘a Black Forest gâteau co*cktail at the donovan bar in mayfair’s brown’s hotel. the trouble was i had it before dinner and it was so flling and creamy it was like a dessert.’ ‘this was at Cipriani in ibiza, when my boyfriend and i ordered the sharing menu. it’s a beautiful restaurant, next to a club called boom. you’re put on the guest list afer dinner.’ ‘hix restaurant in brown’s hotel has a no-music policy, so it’s nice for a chat. we ate dressed crab, steak and these chocolate trufes. i was trying to eat without taking of my lippie!’ ‘i love oysters, and the hotel Costes in Île-de-France in paris is amazing. there are scented candles you can buy, a dJ playing and just a really cool house-music vibe.’ ‘i’ve missed sunday lunch since i lef home because it’s not something i’d conjure up myself. the booking ofce at st pancras has a cool gastro feel and does a great roast.’ Sarah is a presenter on BBC Radio 1Xtra and stars in the feature flm it’s a lot, in cinemas now.

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Far lef: koba. above: Central & Co. lef: catch of the day at Central & Co

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t may have been the last night of a hectic London Fashion Week, but the fash pack focked to the Café Royal to attend our 25th birthday bash, in association with our fabulous sponsors, Tomas Sabo, Chambord and HSBC. Editor in chief Trish Halpin welcomed former editors Glenda Bailey and Juliet Warkentin, along with a glam crowd of celebrities, designers and models. ‘I wouldn’t have missed this for anything,’ said Jo Whiley, whose portrait was on display at the party as part of our Icons exhibition, shot by Rankin. ‘My mum said it was the best picture I’ve ever had taken.’ Guests supped yummy Chambord co*cktails, but the party really started when Cara D rocked up with friends and made a beeline for the bar, while her mates Jaime Winstone and Jack Guinness DJed. We couldn’t help but notice Paloma Faith and Leah Wood doing their thing on the dance foor, while Rachel Hunter and actress Helen McCrory got chatting to the likes of Marigay McKee and Lulu Guinness. But it was Hollywood actor and Tirty Seconds to Mars singer Jared Leto who made the best use of the wind machine in Te Outnet’s photo booth. Just check out the pics of him with our features director Andrea – ooh la la!


Above: Jared Leto. Right: Edie Langley and Carl Barât Right: Joseph Mawle and Helen McCrory

Rachel hunteR tonight I’m wearing a Gucci dress, which must be 20 years old. My icon would have to be Mother Teresa. My best-ever birthday present was a big, very nice diamond bracelet. next up I’m a judge on New Zealand’s Got Talent, so I’m working on that.

helen MccRoRy tonight I’m wearing Burberry shoes, and Hussein Chalayan. My best birthday ever was in my frst year with Damian [Lewis, Helen’s husband]. I was pregnant and we went to Kew Gardens. He suggested we go for lunch – he’d hired the whole bar and flled it with 50 friends of mine as a surprise. at 25 I wish I’d told myself that everything will pass, so enjoy the moment.

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Jo Whiley Tonight i’m wearing Marc Jacobs. My best-ever birthday was when I was 16 and we had a pink party – everyone had dyed hair and wore pink. My favourite memory is from when I was eight: we had a Cowboy and Indian party and ate baked beans and sausages sitting round a fre. At 25 i wish i’d told myself that nothing matters as much as you think it does, so just relax!

oliviA GrAnT Tonight i’m wearing Dolce & Gabbana. My best-ever birthday will be my next one – my boyfriend is throwing a party for me. next up? I’ve just fnished a BBC Cold War drama and I’m working on a comedy with David Walliams and Jessica Hynes. My icon is Lena Dunham right now. I’m sort of planning to be a kind of British version, as I’m keen to write as well as perform.

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Clockwise from top lef: Jo Wood and Yasmin Mills; dancing in front of the Icons portraits; Jaime Winstone and Jack Guinness; Marie Claire publishing director Justine Southall; a goodie bag, including a Chambord mini, a Thomas Sabo charm bracelet and a £50-of voucher for


My best-ever birthday present was a piano that my mother and brother gave me. We were poor and it was free, but I loved it. My icon is David Bowie. at 25 I wish I’d told myself you’ve got to learn your own way and your mistakes are your own. I don’t really do advice.


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snowflake cookies Makes 30 to 40 350g plain four 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 2 teaspoons ground ginger 100g Stork (packet) 175g light muscovado sugar 4 tablespoons golden syrup 1 large egg, beaten 1 tablespoon milk, optional To decorate 250g royal icing sugar No.2 plain writing tube Piping bag Assorted ribbon

l Preheat the oven to 180˚C/375°F/gas

mark 4. Combine the four, bicarbonate of soda and ginger in a large bowl. Rub in the Stork with your fngertips until the mix starts to resemble fne breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar.

l Add the golden syrup, beaten egg and, if necessary, some milk to bind the mixture together to make a smooth dough, kneading it lightly on the work surface. Divide the mixture in half, setting one piece aside while you roll the other piece out to a thickness of 5mm. l Cut out your shapes using a snowfake or star-shaped cookie cutter and place them on lined baking sheets. Don’t forget to cut out holes (use the plain piping tube) for threading the ribbon through. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden all over. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. l Make up the icing as instructed on the pack. Fit the tube in the piping bag and spoon in some icing, then pipe your decorations on to the biscuits. Leave the icing to set, then thread pretty Christmas ribbon through the holes and hang.

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n the frst full day of my Great Big Alaska Trip – 1,300 miles by road, rail and ferry in nine days – I have a terrible accident. A mighty blizzard blows in just as I’m driving down the steep Atigun Pass on the Dalton Highway, then a huge moose runs on to the road, forcing me to swerve violently and crash into a deep bank of snow. ‘Men drivers…’ sighs my wife, Alice. Fortunately, I’m only at the wheel of a virtual juggernaut on an Ice Road Truckers simulator. Developed by the Carlile haulage company, this is where wannabe lorry drivers (and tourists) can try their luck towing a 40ft trailer. It’s scary stuf, even as a computer game – and the adventures of the company’s 300 truckers (of which a ffth are female) have inspired the best-known in a bevy of Alaskan reality shows. Such is the USA’s fascination with its ‘Last Frontier’ (as the state number plates put it), there have also been fy-on-the-wall TV series devoted to its bush pilots, deep-sea crab fshermen, state troopers, gold miners, gun salesmen – even Sarah Palin’s hairdressers... But why watch Alaska when you can see it for real? New fights launched this year via Iceland have cut the journey time from the UK to Anchorage by eight hours, making it easier and cheaper to plop yourself down in this eccentric gateway city where 42 per cent of Alaskans reside. Te frst thing to greet us is a stufed polar bear snarling in the airport arrivals hall. As we all know, everything’s big in America – but in Alaska it’s supersized. Te state is home to 12 of the highest peaks in the United States, not to mention 3 million lakes and more than 12,000 rivers – but only 730,000 people. It’s hard to know where to go. While some visitors push north to see Mount McKinley, North America’s highest mountain, and Fairbanks (home to spectacular Northern Lights displays in winter), we opt to travel south in a circle, trying to ft in as much variety as possible. Everyone’s frst stop, though, has to be the

Right: trek the 27 miles of the Matanuska Glacier all the way back to the Ice Age. Below: kayaking in Resurrection Bay near Seward

superb Anchorage Museum to tune into the resourceful culture of the native Alaskans, now around 16 per cent of the population. Back in the days before Topshop, they had to fashion gorgeous parkas from caribou hide and make natty boots using salmon skin. Te next morning we’re on the 6.45am Classic Coastal Train south to Seward, a four-hour ride that’s part of the 650 miles of track run by the Alaska Railroad. Its double-deck carriages come in a smart blue and yellow livery, and, whether you ride in swanky GoldStar or economical Adventure Class, there’s a glass-domed roof so you can admire the scenery. We fnd there’s an infectious sense of release on board as passengers order Kahlúa-laced Moose Kiss cofees and tuck into a ‘brakeman’s breakfast burrito’. We spy magnifcently horned Dall sheep and a black bear, and the sunlight sparkles on the ice of the Spencer Glacier. The weather is ridiculously good, with no mosquitoes, but this is unusual. ‘Bug spray’s the cologne of Alaska,’ one resident tells us, while another observes how it’s a bonus to get

‘There are endless forests and bird-speckled lakes, folksy shops and lofty, scenic viewpoints’ clear skies and sunshine. When this happens everyone stops work, puts on awful shorts and goes loopy with happiness, particularly in summer, when the days are light for so long that if you tell your kids to be home before dark, you probably won’t see them until September. Seward is a small, tourist-savvy fshing harbour where you can cruise the mighty Kenai Fjords and witness the sea erupt with life. On an exhilarating half-day trip we spot humpback whales, porpoises and sea otters, who swim on their backs and look like bewhiskered colonels having a spifng dip in the briny. On day four we hit the road. Driving here is simple enough, despite alarmist signs warning of avalanches (OK, so does that mean we should go faster or slower?) and the tendency of monstersize moose to suddenly appear on the roadside. Tere are endless forests and bird-speckled lakes, folksy shops and lofty, scenic viewpoints. Tis is a place where you should definitely pack a disposable panoramic camera – when we reach the Sterling Highway, the views across to the 10,000ft active volcanoes of the Alaska Peninsula are astonishing. This area still has wooden Russian Orthodox churches with onion domes – a reminder of how Alaska was part of that country until 1867, when it was sold to the US for a bargain $7.2 million. Our goal tonight is Homer, a ramshackle, end-of-the-line port with an endearing hippy hangover. Tis might be the halibut fshing capital of the world, but it’s also a kooky place where you can buy alpaca sweaters and fa*gons of mead, and stay in Arctic-strength yurts. One local taxi frm is called Kachecab and a night on the town means downing beers at Kharacters, where they still smoke at the bar and an Elvis-lookalike DJ hangs up a white sheet to play a video of Te Cure’s Just Like Heaven.



Clockwise from above: a bear at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center; Sheep Mountain Lodge; seaplane near Homer

You can eat well in Alaska – even if some fsh have of-putting local names like ‘idiot’ and ‘hooligan’. If you like salmon, halibut, crab and oysters you’ll be in heaven, and the state also does a fne line in microbreweries. Most visitors are in Homer to go fshing or to jump in a six-seater Cessna plane to track brown bears in Katmai. It’s pricey (around £408 for a full day), but a trip of a lifetime where you land on the beach then yomp into Nowheresville looking for scarybut-not-too-scary encounters. Tis is how most of Alaska is: a raw, beautiful wilderness where nature’s been getting along just fne for aeons. We meet a lone wildlife photographer who’s lost his shoes (taken by wolves), then spy a young sow bear foraging for clams by the sea. Her cubs are as cute as puppies and we manage to get within 150ft of them, then fy back over snow-capped volcanoes. Our next appointment is with the ferry Aurora, part of the valiant feet of the Alaska Marine Highway System that knits together the isolated communities strung along the state’s 3,500-mile southern

‘‘This is how most of Alaska is: a raw, beautiful wilderness where nature’s been getting along just fne for aeons’ coastline. We drive our trusty hire car on board in Whittier, a oncesecret military base reached via the spooky, single-lane, 2.6-mile Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel that burrows under the Chugach Mountains. Te mood at sea is enjoyably old-school Channel ferry, with families playing cards and pictures of marine mammals on the cafeteria tables. For six delicious hours we’re adrift from the world, voyaging towards Valdez as seals and porpoises play, and ice from the Columbia Glacier litters the water like smashed-up polystyrene. Day seven has been reserved for one of Alaska’s great drives, north along the Richardson Highway to Glennallen – except we fnd a wall of thick fog. No! But I’ve come all this way…We creep through the gloom, managing to spot huge waterfalls with evocative names like


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Immense solar infuences ensure you do things your way. In matters of the heart, you won’t be swayed by others’ opinions. Tis unswerving approach applies to your fnances, too. A major decision is likely to work in your favour, providing you don’t budge from your original stance.

Much as you may want to broaden your horizons, Jupiter’s retrograde could make long-distance travel rather tortuous. Satiate wanderlust with short trips, not too far from home. Save overseas sabbaticals for next year, when journeys are destined to be less celestially challenged.

Since Mercury’s encouraging you to spend, there’s little anyone can do to stop you – least of all concerned parents or fabbergasted friends. Try to be careful, though: not everyone in your life is worth such lavish gestures. Here’s hoping your credit-card statement makes you see sense.

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Family planet Mars urges you to spend way more time with your nearest and dearest – whether you feel like it or not. Domestic obligations might seem a bit of a drag, but any efort made with loved ones now will help build bridges and mend fences well before the year is out.

According to planetary patterns, cutting ties with unsavoury sorts will be your main priority in the weeks to come. But how do you break the habits of a lifetime? With luck, new friends and mentors will help guide you. Still, don’t expect any disassociations to happen overnight.

Now that Neptune’s moving forward, all should be well on the love front. Tat doesn’t mean couples will live happily ever after or singletons will meet Te One, but you’ll be free of misunderstandings. And that, after what’s transpired recently, should be a blessed relief.

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23rd November – 21st December

22nd December – 20th January

21st March – 20th April

21st April – 21st May


24th July – 23rd August

24th August – 23rd September

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Your forecast for this month by Marie Claire’s astrologer, Adele lAng




Team eforts won’t just pay of at work – according to Venus, singletons might fnd their dream partner during after-hours group activities. Don’t expect to get on with everyone, but ignore problem folk. Tere will be plenty of people who are more worthy of your attention.

Unfortunately, your ruler Mercury isn’t close by your side this month. Tis means you’ll be a lot less self-assured than usual. Don’t let that stop you making new friends and/or scoring hot dates. Te fact you’ll be more self-efacing should make you more endearing to potential pals and partners.

Expect a partner or suitor to go all out to woo you. Since Mars is behind these romantic developments, prepare for conficted feelings. Hopefully you’ll come to your senses quickly – when was the last time you were treated with such love and respect?

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Mercury might make you keen to forge bonds with people in power, but this you need to keep ‘lesser’ types sweet, too. Not all deals you broker or relationships you start are guaranteed to work out, so don’t get rid of old support networks too prematurely.

When Mars moves into your house of home and hearth, expect your priorities to change. Previously you rated work over anything else, but now you’ll rave more about life after hours. Enjoy it while it lasts: near-future astro trends suggest you’ll be climbing the walls before the year ends.

Recent lean times have put the kibosh on your cofers, but extra cash should now start to fow in. Even without a predicted minor windfall, and even with the expense of yuletide festivities, you (and your loved ones) should be able to sleep easier at night.

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21st January – 19th February

20th February – 20th March

22nd May – 21st June

22nd June – 23rd July

24th September – 23rd October

24th October – 22nd November


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