• Where to go

    Wednesday 25th March at Sotheby's sees the sale of all the old furniture, tableware even the doormat from one of London's most famous restaurants - The Ivy.

    The sale, benefitting Child Bereavement UK, gives way to a clean slate for designer Martin Brudnizki charged with giving The Ivy an overhaul. So while The Ivy is crawling with builders, it's a good excuse to visit that old west-end friend Le Caprice. Under the directorship of Jesus Adorno who welcomes both old and new with open-armed warmth, Le Caprice remains a favourite for its slick, black and white 80s design, David Bailey photographs and of course a great Sunday brunch. 

    But alongside all of that, Le Caprice also offers Saturday Jazz afternoons, or a swift pre-theatre dinner or  Royal Academy package that includes a late lunch or early supper with tickets to the latest show at Royal Academy of Arts. Book soon for the current Rubens and his Legacy show, before it closes on 10th April. And then not long to go til May, when The Ivy reopens. 

    Le-caprice.co.uk
    Royalacademy.org.uk
    Sothebys.com

    Image credit:
    Peter Paul Rubens
    Tiger, Lion and Leopard Hunt, 1616
    Oil on canvas, 256 x 324.5 cm
    Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes
    Photo © MBA, Rennes, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Adélaïde Beaudoin

    Le Caprice offers all Vanity Fair A-List members the chance to win a pair of tickets to Rubens and his Legacy at Royal Academy of Arts and a late lunch (2pm) or early dinner (6pm) for 2 people (including 2 courses, a bottle of wine, a bottle of water, a cocktail each and tea or coffee).  Don't miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List.

  • What to know

    Years ago I went to interview Jasper Conran at his Bayswater flat. Alongside his humour, the thing that most struck me was how the flat was so effortlessly elegant and perfectly proportioned, without ever being fusty. 

    It's this same lightness of touch that permeates every nook of Jasper Conran's many creations; whether he's designing womenswear, adding wit and chic to The Conran Shop or conjuring up tableware for Wedgwood.

    Since 2001 Jasper Conran has been working with Wedgwood, a true heritage brand who've been designing and making tableware for over 250 years, garnering themselves a Royal Warrant by Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen for tableware and giftware. This week saw the launch of Tisbury, Jasper's newest collection for Wedgwood; pretty fluted details on pure white porcelain, pieces that cleverly bridge the gap between everyday tableware and fancy, formal stuff. 

    As I learnt many years ago, you know what you're getting with Jasper; effortless elegance.

    Wedgwood.co.uk

  • What to buy

    "Laura Bailey is a true icon of British style," says LK Bennett's Chief Executive, Robert Bensoussan, of his new collaboratrice and her limited edition collection for the brand, that launches on Wednesday 25th March.   

    However model, writer, Vogue Contributing Editor and brand amabassador for Chanel - Laura has looked beyond the British shores to inspire her first ever collection of 5 shoe designs and a clutch bag. Instead her influence is drawn from the lemon-scented Amalfi coast, with its nearly navy-blue Tyrrhenian sea, tiny boats with their red sails and that glorious feeling that everything stops for summer.

    The tight edit includes a great chunky heel, elegant flat sandal and a cheeky kitten heel with an ankle strap, each design an outfit game-changer. Every style of shoe is named for an Italian actress admired by Laura, including Monica Vitti, Claudia Cardinale and Anna Magnani. "Working with LK Bennett was an irresistible opportunity to dream up my perfect summer shoes, whilst leaning on their technical expertise," says Laura. "This collection is made to dance on London pavements or Capri sands." Viva la dolce vita.

    Lkbennett.com