• What to buy

    Choosing new sunglasses is not just about jumping on the 'it' shape bandwagon (a mistake I've often made).  But working out the right fit for your face - with selfies, if you must. 

    The style that seems to universally flatter is the super-feminine 50s cat eye. The up-turned outer corners work like an instant face-lift.  But for this summer, Alexander McQueen's eyewear extracts the vintage essence but delivers a contemporary look with frames made of mixed metal and acetate, transparent with colour and matte with gloss. 

    Go for modern nostalgia; McQueen shades with a 50s high-waist bikini. And for the brave - a Grace Kelly inspired headscarf. 

    http://www.alexandermcqueen.com

  • What to buy

    It's all too easy slinging on the same-old beachwear labels year after year.  But dig a little deeper than those familiar names and you'll find some great new designers making tracks in the sand.  Tallulah & Hope is one such company, designing 70s inspired silk kaftans, cover-ups and pareos using unique prints and strong colours. 

    The idea for Tallulah & Hope was born at the beach.  In 2008 fashion PR Lisa Ispani, (who'd worked with Versace amongst others), and costume designer/stylist Zoe Holborough, (who'd worked with super stylist Camille Bidault-Waddington as well as being lead costume designer for the 2012 Olympics), were on holiday together.  Lying in the sun, they whiled away the hours dreaming up their fantasy holiday wardrobe.  Two years with much research and hard graft later, Tallulah & Hope was launched.

    For this summer's sunshine frolics, Lisa and Zoe have created a small capsule collection (www.tallulahandhope.com/lookbook) inspired by the tropical destinations of four of The Luxury Collection Resorts in Asia Pacific, which will be sold both in the hotel shops and online.  So that when stylish women visit the resorts in Bali, Koh Samui, Phuket or Langkawi and spend beach-time pondering their dream holiday dress… they won't need to go to the trouble of designing their own collection. 

    www.tallulahandhope.com
    www.luxurycollection.com

    Tallulah & Hope offers all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win a limited edition Tallulah & Hope for The Luxury Collection large silk scarf (worth £225) and a £500 gift voucher to spend at tallulahandhope.com .  Don't miss out on future offers,  sign up to the A-List.

  • What to know

    There's a lot to like about Kensal Rise; cosy pubs, curious antique shops and London's prettiest florists - Scarlett & Violet.  But for locals been there's one thing missing - a great women's clothes shop . 

    But as of this week - it has arrived!  The shop's called Lark and is the creation of former model Phoebe Pring and Vogue writer Lucy Olivier. 

    Both are local girls who've made the dream shop stuffed with clothes for freelancers, yummy-mummies or need-to-change-after-work-folk. And at sensible prices,  "From £30 to £300" says Lucy Olivier plucking out great LNA basic tees and track pants, the perk-up-a-grey-day Wildfox rainbow sweater and just-smart-enough boots by Beau Coops.

    The shop is peppered with fashion books, pants by Hanky Panky and pieces found on the owners' travels.  But look out especially for the rail at the back - stuffed with vintage finds and local stylists cast-offs - there are glorious treasures to be had (I spotted a YSL velvet tunic and great sequin pencil skirt). 

    This is a great shop for the area and everything's available online for those non-Kensal folk.  Good stuff to lark about in.

    www.larklondon.com