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    Despite unfavourable odds, Hunter has fashionably crossed over to the urban side.

    Thanks to Creative Director Alasdhair Willis, Hunter is no longer the preserve of honking country sloanes. What began with festival folk realizing the value of a dry trotter, has paved the way for Hunter wellies in a palette of pantone pretty colours. Suddenly the rubber boot was footwear of choice at unpredictable-summer-weather parties across the land.

    Willis has sprinkled magic dust over the 1856-originated brand, making inclement-weather wear irresistible to townies. Last week the new flagship store opened on Regent Street, decorated in primary brights, that give a cheery feel to the potentially gloomy act of buying wet-weather gear. And the same goes for the slick product that includes rubberized rucksacks, a dream green duffle coat and knits with fluoro hits, that cleverly remind the joy of childish puddle-splashing rather than cursing adult caught in a storm. 

    The new shop is filled with (albeit mud-free) reminders of the brand's outdoor roots; floor to ceiling videos showing country life, leafy light-box backdrops, a bright red garden shed and a (fake) grass-lined lift. And despite Hunter's rainbow brights being aimed at urban slicksters, all the classic hits are still there. So there's no upsetting the (notoriously fierce) green wellie brigade.


    Hunter, 83 Regent Street, London W1

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    Surely the best party outfit is one that's already been worn on a wild night? And even better, one worn by a supermodel? Right?

    Which is why Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief Pop-Up Store at Westfield London will no doubt be mobbed by festive party aesthetes wanting a pair of Campbell's heels, Kate Moss's frock or Shirley Bassey's floor length gold sequin gown.

    In the thick of Westfield London's 'The Village', The Pop-Up Store is Campbell's project to raise awareness and funds for Fashion Against Ebola. So Naomi has called on her fashion world friends to donate clothes by designers including McQueen, Versace and Victoria Beckham, with prizes each day as part of the shop's Golden Lottery.

    But don't shilly-shally. Naomi's shop is only open for a week. 

    Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief Pop-up Store, 28th November - 4th December


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    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