• What to buy

    For the last twenty years, Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists, championing fledgling creatives and backing underrepresented practices.

    The not-for-profit charity began in 1994 as a collective of twelve artists in a tram shed in Clapham. Today Studio Voltaire houses over 45 London based artists, commissioning works, delivering an education programme and providing gallery space for exhibitions.

    Alongside the Benefactors Scheme, fundraising comes in the shape of a biennial House of Voltaire; a temporary shop on Albemarle Street, (which this year has been sponsored by fashion house Chloe) selling artworks, limited edition prints, homewares, accessories priced from £1 to £30,000. There are also intriguing collaborations between artists and fashion designers - including Simone Rocha and Kim Gordon, Roksanda Ilincic and Eva Rothschild, Sibling and Jim Lambie. And a selection of bespoke pieces created for Chloe by artists Cao Fei, Karen Kilimnik and Jenny Saville.

    Look out too for the shopkeepers, a cast of unexpected till-manners including actor Russell Tovey, fashion designer Peter Jensen, design writer Alice Rawsthorn and Chloe designer Clare Waight Keller. 

    House of Voltaire, Upstairs, 39-40 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4TE
    12th November - 20th December

  • What to wear

    On one of last summer's crisp sunny days I headed to the Chiltern Fire House to see the Cruise 2015 collection by LA-based designer Rosetta Getty.

    Former-model, wife of actor/musician Balthazar and mother of four children, Rosetta has previously designed childrenswear and a range of couture evening wear worn by Rachel Bilson and Kirsten Dunst.  But this new eponymous line is, she explained to me, about bringing a casual elegance to every day living.

    There are immaculate, good-girl collared shirts, swishy wide trousers and deep pocketed jackets. The detail in the cut is exciting, showing-off unexpected body parts, an antidote to LA's obvious push 'em up approach. So there's a dress with straps cut to highlight the shoulder blades, cuffs with double turns to enhance the elbow, or tunics sliced at the side to show a hint of waist. 

    And then there's the brilliant way Rosetta has combined daywear fabric with evening wear cut - a skirt with a sweeping train made from pinwheel cotton - means you never look too dressed up, or dressed down. 

    I've had to wait patiently since that crisp summer's day. But finally the collection will be available at Harvey Nichols and onnet-a-porter.com from 21st November. Clever Rosetta.


  • What to know

    Inherited jewellery is a mixed blessing. The emotional attachment of being left an heirloom by your great aunt means if you don't like the design, you can't just flog it. But if the jewellery looks terribly out of date, you'll probably never wear it.

    It's precisely this kind of conundrum that jewellery designer Tessa Packard likes to solve. As well as designing her own collection, Tessa turns her draughtsman's hand to remodeling old baubles. "People come to me with their granny's pearls wanting to turn them into contemporary earrings," explains Tessa. "I love the challenge of working with stones, a brief and a budget."

    Having previously worked in the art world, Packard is completely self taught and designs her own British-made pieces of avant-garde but elegant jewellery from her studio in Belgravia, including her current favourite, 'Yellow Peril' earrings, made of carved agate Buddha heads covered with diamond leaf headdresses. "If you're wanting a single stone diamond engagement ring I'm not the right person to come to," says Packard. "But if it's design-driven contemporary fine jewellery with a narrative playfulness, then I'm your designer." 


    Tessa Packard will be at The Secret Christmas Grotto on 2nd & 3rd December, 2 Percy Street, London W1T 1DD

    Tessa Packard offers all Vanity Fair A-List members the chance to win a jewellery consultation with Tessa Packard at The Secret Christmas Grotto on either 2nd or 3rd December and to choose a piece of Tessa Packard Jewellery worth up to £400. 

    Tessa Packard also offers all Vanity Fair A-List members, 25% off all Tessa Packard jewellery online until 7th December 2014.

    Don't miss out on future offers,  sign up to the A-List.