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Aren’t men just terribly difficult to buy gifts for? Thankfully, My-wardrobe.com are striving to make our gift-shopping a wee bit easier by launching a section for men’s accessories from great designer labels. Before you brush it off as too prohibitively expensive in these credit crunching times, Iconic View took a peek and was excited to see lots of gorgeous things for under £50 (how about a Paul Smith scarf?).We were particularly taken by the aforementioned Sir Paul’s fabulously striped accessories, classic Persol shades and a Mulberry day bag, all of which, you’d be pleased to hear, have unisex appeal. And there’s more excitement to come as My-wardrobe.com will launch their menswear site in January 2009! Stay tuned!
 

 

 

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Autumn Display at Few and Far, winner of Best New Shop 2008

Autumn display at Few and Far, winner of Best New Shop 2008

British Design Award winner, the Few And Far shop in Knightsbridge

British Design Award winner, the Few And Far shop in Knightsbridge

If you’re facing an unticked list of names on your Christmas gift-giving list, why not check out the winner of the British Design Awards for Best New Shop 2008, Few And Far in Knightsbridge? Founded by Priscilla Carluccio (yes, of the Carluccio’s and also sibling extraordinaire to Sir Terence Conran) it stocks a wide range of super desirables: accessories, furniture, lighting, clothing and food! And best of all, all products are stocked in small quantities with a wide price range so you’re bound to find something for everyone on your shopping list! For shop info, go to their website.

007 poses with his Bond Girls, Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton

007 poses with his Bond Girls, Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton

Our new Bond girl, Olga Kurylenko has good taste. She wore a stunning red Valentino gown to the premiere of the James Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace’ in Leicester Square. Unlike her co-actress Gemma Arterton who chose a burlesque-style violet frilly number that left the entire length of her legs exposed to the chilly night air, Olga, pulled off the event in style. As for the jewellery chosen by Olga, her red carpet look was a refined pair of de Grisogono stud earrings and a ruby and diamond ring. On the screen, she wore her jewels with chic abandon, and particularly attractive was the thick gold link necklace worn in the opening scenes in steamy Port au Prince. After the dowdy ‘Algerian Love Knot’ necklace worn by Bond’s love interest Vesper Lynd in ‘Casino Royale’, Olga’s choice of jewels is a welcome change.
Daniel Craig’s Bond, wore his trusty Omega Speedmaster. – Maria Doulton

Save the Children ring by Bulgari

Save the Children ring by Bulgari

With wealthy nations tightening their belts and busy saving their own economies, now more than ever, do the poorest people in the world need our help. So a big applause to Bulgari that has just announced an ambitious project to help the charity Save the Children as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations. Bulgari has chosen to support the Rewrite the Future campaign of Save the Children, the largest independent international organisation for the defence and championing of childrens rights.Through Rewrite the Future campaign Save the Children is committed to providing within 2010 quality education to 8 million children living in conflict-affected areas. Bulgari has decided to make its own contribution to Save the Children with the objective of raising 10 million by the end of 2009, of which 1 million will be donated by Bulgari to the organisation in advance, while the remaining figure will be raised during the next year.

A silver ring specially created for the campaign and featuring the Save the Children logo engraved inside will be on sale from 1 February to 31 December 2009 at the price of 290/$290 (including VAT) of which 50/$60 will be donated to the campaign. Bulgari will also develop a collection of 15 pieces of high jewellery and 8 high-end timepieces, of an estimated total value of 3 million and auctioned on 7 December 2009 in New York. Proceeds will be totally donated to Save the Children and all the initiatives connected with the operation will be totally non-profit for the Bulgari Group. We will keep you informed of the project and look out for the Bulgari silver ring and wear it with pride. – Maria Doulton