• What to do

    Often we chat and drink.  Other times we eat and drink.  But, (unless you're deep in club world), it's not often that we simply listen to music and drink.

    But that hallowed champagne house Krug celebrates this year's Krug Grande Cuvée with a mash-up of these two sensory experiences. A fleeting immersive exhibition is popping-up in Shoreditch in April.  Film footage of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra conducting more than 100 musicians playing Stravinksy's 'The Rite of Spring' will be played alongside footage of Cellar Master Eric Lebel and the Tasting Committee recreating Krug Grande Cuvée at the champagne house in Reims from over 400 individually-tasted wines.

    Visitors to the exhibition can sip their way round, discover the wine and the hundred or more tasting notes. And maybe hum along too - why not?

    Krug & Philharmonia runs from 7th to 11th April.

    Tickets are £60 each and can be booked at  www.krug.com and include's a 90 minute musical experience and two glasses of Krug Grande Cuvée. 

    Krug offers all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win one of three pairs of tickets to the Krug Philarmonia exhibition. Don't miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List.

  • What to buy

    Solely relying on its heritage, has never been enough for stationer and leather goods company Smythson.

    When in 1887 folk needed chic leather notebooks for their dilettante travels, Smythson provided.   Cut to 2007, when folk needed natty covers for their iPads or slick ways to house ugly phone chargers, again Smythson provided.

    And now with its latest collaboration, Smythson shows how old-school craft can have a  beautiful flirt-up with contemporary art.  Step forward Quentin Jones - illustrator, film-maker, model and Cambridge philosophy graduate - who has gathered up the brand's classic Panama Collection and decorated each of the pieces with her playful, curious, individual style.  There are passport covers lined with crosses, bags covered in dots and splashes, key rings featuring her winking cats or rough drawn hearts and the famous Soho notebook has been transformed into either a 'Soho Saint' or 'Soho Sinner'.  You choose.

    These deliciously desirable, whimsical pieces are yet another example of how despite screens swallowing paper, Smythson is keeping up.


  • 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.