• What to buy

    Cannes Film Festival; and I'm always filled with admiration for those super-star actresses - their talent, their gorgeous dresses and… the fact they can stand up for hours in ridiculously high heels without even a wince. But apparently they have a secret… Red Carpet insoles.

    All week squishy-squashy-shoe innards in pretty coloured leather have been hand delivered to A-List hotel suites throughout Cannes. These little miracles were created by Claire Vidal, a French lady who worked in the car industry and spent hours on high trotters at trade shows. She got fed up with the ugly but necessary insoles (particularly having to show said ugly insoles at airport security - not chic).

    So Vidal quit cars and hung about with podiatrists and in 2010 launched her Cinderella-style in-soles… which mes amis, ensures that not only does the slipper fit, but foot-murdering shoes almost turn into slippers.


  • What to see

    For anyone interested in skill, craftsmanship and finding out exactly why Hermès products are so ouchingly expensive, then head to the Festival des Métiers at Saatchi Gallery this weekend.

    There you'll find a Santa's Grotto of artisans beavering away, showing off the skill, precision and sheer man-hours that goes into making the brand's silk scarves, handbags, watches and hand-painted ashtrays. But be quick as the show closes on Monday.

    The other show to visit (warning: nepotism alert) is that of my brother, Henry Bruce. More used to the wide-open spaces of the Devon moors where he makes huge sculptures and installations, here in Marylebone Henry celebrates nature in a contained urban space without compromising the raw energy of his work. The show - Deliquescence (see left) - opens today…

    Hermès - Festival des Métiers until 27th May 2013
    At Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, Kings Road, London SW3 4RY

    Deliquescence by Henry Bruce - 24th May-1st July 2013
    223-231 Edison House, Old Marylebone Road, London NW1 5QT

  • What to see

    When jeweller Annoushka Ducas asked creative polymath Nathalie Hambro to exhibit in her Chelsea shop, the result was never going to be a run-of-the-mill collaboration.

    Rather than asking Nathalie simply to show her work at the Annoushka shop in Cadogan Gardens, Ducas suggested that Hambro remodel the entire store and retail space - jewellery cases and all.

    And so Nathalie Hambro, whose career of many colours includes being an artist, fashion designer with designs in the permanent collection at the V&A in London and the museum at FIT in NYC, author of five cook books, art consultant for Phillips auction house, opens her show 'Tools' on 4th June.

    "The tools that Nathalie uses are also very similar to the tools used at the jewellers bench," remarks Annoushka. "They evoke this wonderful feeling of craft, that is so often lacking in our modern world, and which I try to celebrate through my own work."

    For regular visitors to the shop - expect a totally new industrial look, heavy on steel - a favourite material of Hambro's - with site specific works and sculptures.

    'Tools' will surely be both an exciting clashing of personal styles alongside a broader meeting of minds.

    'Tools' by Nathalie Hambro at Annoushka from 4th June 2013
    41 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2TB

    Annoushka and Nathalie Hambro offered all Vanity Fair A-List members the chance to win one of four pairs of tickets to a private afternoon tea with Annoushka Ducas and Nathalie Hambro on Wednesday 5th June with talks about the exhibition and jewellery collections. And a goodie bag for each person. Don't miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List.