• What to know

    Pretty plaits have been popping up all over catwalks, red carpets and on the street. But unless you have double-jointed arms or a nimble fingered friend the plait thing can be elusive.

    This was the market-gap spotted by friends Sarah Hiscox and Willa Burton who both wanted somewhere to go for a quick braid at a sensible price. And so 'The Braid Bar' was born; launching on 23rd February in Selfridges Beauty Workshop with a menu of 12 styles including French plaits, fishtails, Heidi braids or woven buns. At between £10-£25 per appointment The Braid Bar is cheaper than most blow dries, cuts or colour. And more importantly, it's quicker - each weave takes no longer than 20 minutes.

    But first, there's a warm up; The Braid Bar will be at Mayfair's Sketch during London Fashion Week (20-24th February), twisting early morning plaits while Sketch provides breakfast to get the fashion pack slick and fed for their front row marathon.

    www.thebraidbar.co.uk

    The Braid Bar offers all Vanity Fair A-List members the chance to win a Breakfast and Braids session at 11am on Saturday 21st at Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG. Don't miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List

  • What to wear

    Pussy cat feet, tequila bottle handbags or fruity clutches are just some of the wit-infused designs by Charlotte Olympia, that from this week can be found in a dedicated 'store-within-a-store' at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge.

    Peach walls, hot pink stools and an elegant porcelain leopard decorate the Old Hollywood tinctured-space. Which frankly feels a long way from when I first went to visit 'this hot young designer Charlotte Dellal' in her West London flat, ten years ago. Shoe-boxes were stacked against the walls and I came away with a great pair of lace-up leopard print boots. Still wear'em. 

    Beneath a sign that reads, 'The higher the heel the better you feel', the new Harvey Nichols space features Charlotte Olympia's new 'It Happened Out West' collection with 'Cactus' heels, fringed pochettes and Perspex 'Kitty' clutches and has been curated by Charlotte herself. The girl done good.

    www.charlotteolympia.com
    www.harveynichols.com

  • What to buy

    Wednesday night; a cold and miserable evening outside, but inside Marylebone's Conran Shop it was warm and buzzing. The space was packed with folk eager to hear legendary photographer Terry O'Neill talk about his latest book Rock 'n' Roll Album.

    O'Neill regaled the crowd with stories spanning his career, being at the epicentre of music, celebrity, actors and glamour while photographing many of the world's icons; from a young unknown band called… The Beatles to David Bowie, Elton John and more recently Amy Winehouse. And let's not forget Terry's tenure as Frank Sinatra's personal photographer, capturing extraordinary, candid moments during a gig that spanned over thirty years.

    Rock 'n' Roll Album is a weighty tome, chronicling 50 years of music history and cultural shifts, from the perspective of a man and his lens trusted with the inside track. Terry was more than just a photographer, and to many of his subjects he became a good friend. Even in tricky situations he had the power to coax iconic images from unwilling subjects. "Robert Redford was the worst of all," said Terry at the Conran Shop talk. "He hated doing stills. He could act and all that but felt stupid posing for pictures. He was a case and a half." But that's where talent, charm and magic come into play. Take a look at O'Neill's shots of Redford… you'd never know. 

    Terry O'Neill - Rock 'n' Roll Album, £45
    www.conranshop.co.uk