Summer Hair Promotion: Mahogany Hairdressing, Hanover Square, Mayfair

Mahogany Hairdressing of Hanover Square would like to offer all Bond Street News readers an exclusive Summer Offer.

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Two lucky readers will win a complete hairdressing experience to be used during 2015. The prize includes:

· A free in depth hair consultation
· A haircut and colour from our highly experienced Creative Team
· A goody bag of Schwarzkopf hair products
· An Intensive Conditioning Treatment
· A total value of £300.00 per person!

To enter the competion please email caroline@mahoganyhair.co.uk quoting
“Mahogany Prize Draw” for your chance to win this amazing prize.
17 St George Street,
Hanover Square,
London, W1S 1FJ
0207 629 3121
www.mahoganyhair.co.uk

This offer is exclusive only to the London Salon
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Pretty in Pink – Fortnum & Mason’s New Beauty Salon

Maybe it’s the plush patterned carpet, or perhaps it’s the pink velvet swivel chairs and mirrored dressing tables, but there’s something about Fortnum & Mason’s newly opened beauty department, which reminds me of a Mad Men room set. In this retro setting, I can easily imagine Betty Draper perched here, powdering her nose and padding about the place in her kitten heel slippers and quilted nylon robe.

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Watching over the floor is a full-length glass screen of an iconic 1950s Edward Bawden illustration (pictured above) from a Fortnum & Mason Valentine’s card. In my mind, it only adds to the cool, Fifth Avenue apartment vibe.

Perfume addicts will be in seventh heaven here as the ‘Queen’s grocer’ places an emphasis on hard-to-find niche fragrances. I nearly jumped for joy when I found my old favourite Fracas, for instance.

With so many perfume brands on offer, it’s good to see that the interior design team have split things into three sections, starting with ‘The Heritage Hall’. This area is dedicated to classic perfumes from Clive Christian’s Private Collection Traveller Sets, to Roja Dove’s tribute to Fortnum’s, ‘Taif Aoud’, which can all be found here. Furthermore, it boasts an enormous floor-to-celling chandelier displaying a variety of perfume bottles.

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The Heritage Hall is also where I discover Grossmith, the British perfume house established in 1835. Kate Brooke, who happens to be one of the original family descendants, also mans the stand. Her Great, Great, Great Grandfather John Grossmith’s brand is currently enjoying a revival. Brooke is happy to share her family history with me and talk through the oriental notes contained in its ‘Sylvan Song’ fragrance – another Fortnum & Mason exclusive.

This area follows on into The Scent Room, which houses fragrance classics from the likes of Dior and Chanel. Bottles are centred around a dazzling Lalique table. Finally, The Contemporary Gallery stands as a space to celebrate modern innovation and new generation perfumers such as 4160 Tuesday and Bella Freud.

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Perfume aside, the store also boasts some of beauty’s premium skincare brands, including Guerlain, Chantecaille and Cult51. The latter promises 51 anti-aging benefits from reducing wrinkles to boosting skin radiance, which sounds almost too good to be true.

There are also a good number of British skincare brands including Delilah, Aromatherapy Associates and Ren. Meanwhile Bamford, which sits at the far end of the department, has its own designated space and will open a spa later this month. The amiable Nancy Choy who manages the Bamford space here is a wealth of knowledge on all its organic skincare ingredients as well as the nerve-soothing properties of its bath soaks.

Just as I am leaving I hear a customer telling a member of staff about her homemade almond oil and rock salt skin scrub. I’m tempted to try it but decide instead to stick with proven skin science and leave the condiments to the kitchen shelf.

 

Bond’s Best

Hermès Limited Edition ‘Dans Un Jardin Anglais’ silk scarf 

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From Grace Kelly to Audrey Hepburn, even Her Majesty The Queen, the Hermès scarf or carré, as it is properly called, is worn by style icons the world over. To coincide with its newly renovated Bond Street flagship, the French heritage brand has launched a limited edition of silk scarves and ties including this painterly take on an English garden (£310) by Alice Shirley. In addition to creating prints here, the British illustrator who graduated in fine art from Central St Martins in 2007, also writes and illustrates her own children’s books.

The original Hermès flagship first opened in 1975 on the ground floor of the iconic Time & Life building. The latest refurbishment doubles the original space to encompass two storeys. Architectural highlights include the sweeping Italian staircase and the “home universe” space. The latter houses the home and furniture collections in a chic apartment-like setting. French doors open out onto a private inner garden, which features Henry Moore’s ‘Draped Reclining Figure’ sculpture. It is the first time that this original masterpiece has been on view to the public. Feast your eyes on it!

Hermès, 155 Bond Street.

George Northwood’s Bob Bar

From soft tousles to razor-sharp edges, there is one hairdo set to make waves this summer and that’s the iconic bob. From ready-to-wear runways to the red carpet, short lopped off locks are already a hit among leading ladies from Scarlett Johansson to Sienna Miller. Side parted and scrunched, these new crops are in contrast to the sleek polished bobs that Vidal Sassoon made famous in the 1960s.

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At George Northwood’s namesake salon on Wells Street, straightening irons have been swapped in favour of curling tongs by the women who come in their droves asking for the ‘Alexa’ – the wavy bob he created for Alexa Chung.

So popular is this particular hairdo among swathes of stylish women that last month, the master hairdresser, who also counts Salma Hayek and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley among his celebrity clients, decided to launch his very own bob bar.

Here, customers can pick from 4 different styles on a specially created bob menu. These range from the choppy Alexa crop to a sleek style inspired by Margot from the Royal Tenenbaums. If you prefer to shake things up you can also mix and match, fusing a No.1 with a No.2 or even a little of all four. Should nerves get the better of you, George even has wigs to try on before you commit to the cut.

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As for the rise of the bob and other drastic chops, George adds: “Women are really experimenting with their hair now that we are slowly coming out of the recession. They want to make a big statement to get noticed. Social media has been great for us. We saw a lot of people pinning images of 60’s bobs onto their Pinterest boards, so we decided to jump on the trend and do something with it.”

Unlike other more traditional salons in the West End, George’s has more of a hip East London edge to it. Interior inspiration stems from Shoreditch House, to the Conran shop and as a result, shelves are lined with fashion books and quirky knickknacks. The Horse Box Gallery, a global touring gallery, is responsible for the artworks, which line the salon walls.

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George also appreciates that time-starved women don’t want to sit in a salon all day, though if they do, his is equipped with workstations amongst the bespoke up-cycled furniture, which adds to the cool private member’s club vibe.

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This is George’s first solo venture after 12 years spent working at some of the capital’s leading salons. “The area is everything for me,” he says. “I wanted to be central but also off the beaten track. Wells Street may not be far from Bond Street, but has a slight residential feeling which I really like.”

The day I visit the salon marks a year since it first opened and the celebrations are well underway. Not that George will be letting his hair down just yet. “I find it really hard to sit back when things are good,” he muses. “I’m an adrenaline junkie who is not happy unless I’ve got too much on my plate.” With that you just know he is itching to mess with the next customer’s hair. Intentionally of course!

 

Shop Tactics with Linda Pilkington

Ever since she was a teenager, Linda Pilkington has been fascinated with the romance of perfume and ornate perfume bottles. Her hobby was fuelled by craft sets and courses, which enabled her to make her own scented candles and perfumes.

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Following her first career as a florist, Pilkington decided to up sticks and travel the world, living in places as far-flung as the Far East, South America and Africa. From running a boutique hotel, a soya bean farm and even a small chain of ice cream parlours, suffice to say her CV is far from dull.

Back home in London and working as an independent perfumer, her lucky break came when she was asked to create a scented candle for Chanel. Her own brand ‘Ormonde Jayne’ soon followed and in 2002, her first perfumery opened at 12 The Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street.

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Images © Ruth Ward

Linda describes herself as “ascetically programmed” and can think of nothing nicer than a garden full of rich purple irises, bluebells and pale cream tulips. This could explain why she is often seen peeking out from behind leafy bouquets, as she makes the trip from Peter’s flower stall on Bond Street to her bijoux boutique. As for Linda’s little black book, it is bursting with great places to go, which she shares below:

George Cleverly, 13 Royal Academy of Arts, West Yard Entrance

My neighbour, George Cleverly is THE place for the ultimate handmade gentlemen’s shoes. Good old George and I go back a long way.  When I was the new girl on the block, I had no idea that his quirky shop had such an elite clientele. Having just secured the lease on my first boutique with a Bond Street address, I thought it wouldn’t be long before I was knocking through to the shoe shop next door. That was until I saw all walks of life (no pun intended) from pop stars to royalty going in. I purchase shoes for my husband here every Christmas and if any of my male staff are promoted, a trip to George Cleverly is my way of saying well done!

La Petite Maison, 54 Brook’s Mews

The first time I dined at the world’s tastiest fresh French food restaurant, I had no idea what to expect. A good friend invited me to lunch and I was blown away. Several years on, it is still my all time favourite haunt. It is where I go with my family. My children are spoilt rotten and the chef always comes out to say ‘hello’. Extra starters that I didn’t order are sent over to my table by the head chef to widen my culinary repertoire. The room is light and full of happy people because the scrumptious food makes everyone feel great.

Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street

I recommend you stick to a salad for lunch and skip dinner if you choose to have the afternoon tea here. The ambiance is old-world elegance and the furniture is both creative and extremely comfortable. Olga Polizzi is the incredible designer behind the interior and her brother Rocco Forte owns this elegant, timeless and great fun hotel. Everyone remembers you and nothing is too much trouble. It is my second office and if I’m not at my store, I can be found at Brown’s. It is like a clubhouse, which doesn’t require membership. In winter, I like to have my morning coffee in high back chairs by the fire in winter. What’s not to like!

Peter’s Flower Stall, Old Bond Street

Peter and his lovely sister run the outdoor flower stand, which sits between Asprey, Patek Philippe and Boucheron. They know exactly what the Bond Street stores want. You can’t walk past without gasping at the eclectic mix of fresh blooms. Tourists are always photographing themselves sitting between the famous statue of Churchill and Roosevelt, which is right next to Peter’s stall. I’ve also seen men purchase whole buckets full of flowers to give to their loved ones. I love walking up Bond Street with a huge bouquet in my arms.

La Perla, 9 Old Bond Street

This lingerie is cut to perfection. It is an annual treat courtesy of my husband but I spend weeks trying to decide what I am going to choose. This year it was a duck egg blue coloured V-necked, full-length silk slip. It came with a matching blue negligee, trimmed in ivory lace. The seamstress makes sure everything fits where it is supposed to and you can’t help feeling good when you slip it on after a long, warm fragranced bath. Old-style glamour, a glass of champagne and the night is all yours!