• 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. 


    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.


  • What to wear

    Tuesday night and there was extra twinkle at André Balazs' The Firehouse.  Vanity Fair contributing editor Elizabeth Saltzman along with matchesfashion.com co-founder Ruth Chapman were hosting a dinner to celebrate American designer Adam Lippes.

    Since graduating from Cornell, Lippes' career has gone from working at Polo Ralph Lauren to becoming one of luxury fashion's youngest creative directors during his time at Oscar de la Renta.  Adam launched his eponymous collection last year, a well-edited line of fine, tailored pieces made with luxurious fabrics anchored in classic American sportswear.  Lemon yellow and posy pink florals for summer.  While for autumn there are midi-length dresses, pleated lace and plaid strides.

    Boyishly handsome Lippes was celebrated by a great girl gang, including Sheherazade Goldsmith, Polly Morgan, Carolina Issa and Laura Bailey. "We love Adam's refined modern approach to dressing - the ease and wearability of his pieces are luxurious but also have a unique pared back simplicity," explains Ruth Chapman.  "The fact that he is also so utterly charming makes for a winning formula." Here's to Lippes.