• Where to go

    The new Jimmy Choo Townhouse on New Bond Street has spread from just one to three whole floors, with a clever design by the David Collins studio that delivers the elegant beats you'd hope for.

    A swirling marble staircase to practice sweeping entries, a soft ocelot-print carpet for padding around between try-ons, a VIP space (complete with fully stocked bar) for swooning brides or self-conscious celebs, and the lower ground floor dedicated to Jimmy Choo's greatest hits - the 24/7 collection - and the new made-to-order service, where key styles can be ordered in a rainbow of colours and skins.

    Needless to say my favourite nook of the store is on the first floor, where you'll find the CHOO.08 collection.  Not only is it the best spot for people-watching (there's a massive window overlooking Bond Street), but the line is made for people (like me) who can't walk in heels: it's sparkly trainers, biker and combat boot heaven.

    The whole shop glows a delicious (and most importantly - flattering) shade of golden rose.  And to celebrate this major but seemingly effortless overhaul, Creative Director Sandra Choi has made a limited edition 'Candy Bag' featuring a jolly British old-school red phone box beneath the party-friendly acrylic cover. 

    And if you still want more Choo, head to The Berkeley Hotel from 13th-19th October for a Jimmy Choo inspired Pret-a-Portea and have your fill of stiletto biscuits.


    Jimmy Choo, 27 New Bond Street, London W1S 2RH
    Tel: 020 7493 5858

    Jimmy Choo offered all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win a tour of the new Jimmy Choo Townhouse, a limited edition 'Candy Bag' (worth £595) and Jimmy Choo Pret-a-Portea for two at The Berkeley Hotel (worth £100).  Don't miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List.

  • What to buy

    It doesn't take a genius to figure out that skin is usually darn thirsty at this time of year.  But the genius lies in picking the right drink.  Something that's going to quench your sorry, dry face.  But also prepare you for the blastedly chilly months ahead.

    The bottle your hand should gravitate towards is a dark pink, vase and pipette number.  It's Sisley's Black Rose Precious Face Oil and before you squirm at the word 'oil' - just remember, we're talking Sisley here… No sticky, skint-teenager, fry-an-egg oiliness from this super sophisticated brand.  Instead a few drops applied night or day leaves your skin with what the Sisley folk call a 'satin' finish.  Which basically means that longed-for gentle glow.

    The power within this small bottle begins with a Sisley innovation called Camelina oil: rich in fatty acids (those old friends Omega 3 and 6) that work on cell membranes, making them flexible and ready to absorb the rest of this potion's good stuff - including Phytosqualane for moisture, avocado extract to nourish and regenerate and extract of Padina Pavonica - which works on encouraging the synthesis of that magic hyaluronic acid.

    The other joyous element is the smell; a combination of rose, magnolia and geranium - even the tiniest whiff makes you feel like you're doing the right thing by your skin.  So, drink up.


  • What to know

    While the noisy blast of fashion week is over for another season, the merry tune of creativity continues to hum at the London Design Festival.

    Bigger than ever, this year's festival has over 300 events.  My pick is Design Junction at the former sorting office on New Oxford Street.  Open until Sunday 21st, this is four floors of cutting-edge design including Light Junction in the basement,  filled with, super cool lumination, including Samuel Chan's new wooden, accordion necked 'Channels' chandelier.

    Don't miss Bert & May's encaustic tiles.  They're launching the 'Flecha' collection (Spanish for arrow) and have even brought an original hydraulic press over from Andalucia, so budding tile-makers can make their very own right then and there.