Shanghai Fashion Week: The Vertu Dinner

by Sasha Wilkins on October 18, 2014 · 3 comments

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So you know that golden rule that says NO CELLPHONE USE AT THE TABLE? Well, I’ve found the exception: a VIP dinner hosted by a very chic luxury phone company. Then you are practically encouraged to whip out your devices onto the tablecloth.

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Cookery demos from Friends, Food, Family at Le Creuset

by Sasha Wilkins on October 17, 2014 · 2 comments

Le Creuset Sasha Wilkins

I couldn’t be happier about this! I shot quite a lot of the book using Le Creuset bake and cookware, so it makes perfect sense to team up with the LC UK team for my first mini book tour.

Entrance will be free and there will be Prosecco and book signings! It would be amazing to meet those of you who aren’t in London too. I’ve never been to Northern Ireland, so that’s particularly exciting – especially as my cousin and his family live just outside Belfast, and are coming to the event *happy dance*.

Leeds Event: 22nd October. Time: 6pm – 9pm
Muswell Hill Event: 28th October. Time: 6pm – 9pm
Belfast Event: 30th October.Time: 6pm – 9pm
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Hello from Shanghai!

by Sasha Wilkins on October 17, 2014 · 2 comments

shanghai skyline

Another week of what seems like perpetual motion. On Tuesday I flew to Shanghai, having risen very early to appear on William Sitwell’s Biting Talk show on Soho Radio, as his guest London restaurant critic (talking about Sea Containers at the Mondrian London), along with restaurateur Mark Hix, and Andy Blas, Executive Pastry Chef at the Cafe Royal Hotel. Andy bought in a large box of breakfast. I think I love him. And his pain au chocolat.

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Then it was a twelve hour flight on Virgin Atlantic to Shanghai arriving on Wednesday morning – we are eight hours ahead in this part of China. I’m here as a guest of Vertu, to celebrate both their sponsorship of Shanghai Fashion Week, and the launch of their new Aster phone, along with Dylan Jones of GQ, London designers Holly Fulton and Lou Dalton, and Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council.

(If you’d like to know more about the phone, I made a little YouTube unboxing film with Vertu’s creative director Ignacio Germade last week at the Ham Yard Hotel. Click here to view.)

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This is my first visit to Shanghai, and I am overwhelmed. As you drive into the city, it feels relentlessly urban, a skyline of spires and skyscrapers but, as I discovered yesterday, it has a historic heart too. I’m also enjoying the food. Oh that all room service looked this worldwide. (We are staying at the Andaz Shanghai.) I have discovered however that even the vegetable fried rice in China contains peas, sweetcorn and cubed carrot.

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I’m also pretty keen on the view from my 18th floor hotel room. (At top, above, and below.)

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I slept for most of Wednesday after we arrived, which was not my plan. I just slipped under the duvet for a nap around half eleven, and the next thing I knew it was 1730hrs, and I was due for drinks and supper downstairs with Vertu and the British Fashion Council contingent.

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Here’s lovely Lou Dalton:

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oh and a mention in dispatches to the loo in my hotel bathroom.

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Lettice gets Microchipped for free by DogsTrust!

by Sasha Wilkins on October 16, 2014 · 1 comment

miniature red smooth dachshund

Although Letty Spaghetti came to us fully inoculated, the one thing she did need to have was a microchip implanted. So I spoke to my friends at Dogs Trust, who do such admirable work not just in looking after, and re-homing dogs, but in encouraging responsible dog ownership.

They run a free microchipping service (Vital as it will soon be compulsory for dogs in England and Wales.) It’s available throughout the year at all their rehoming centres (by appointment) as well as at their free chipping roadshows and 1500 local veterinary practices across the country.

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The Launch of the OMEGA De Ville Butterfly watch in Seoul, South Korea

October 14, 2014 Accessories

If you’re flying in media, influencers, VIPS, retailers, the odd pop star and, oh, Nicole Kidman to South Korea from all corners of the world to launch a beautiful new watch, then that event is probably going to be more on the spectacular side than the quotidian. That being said, could we have predicted 21 000 [...]

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Throwing a supper party: my latest story for the Great Boden Diaries Project

October 13, 2014 LLG Fashion

I really do love having people over to eat at my London flat. Sometimes I make an effort and lay the table, sometimes guests are lucky if they get a knife and a fork. For my most recent story for the Great Boden Diaries Project, I documented an autumnal supper party I threw for a [...]

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V & A, March 2015

October 13, 2014 LLG Fashion

Tulle and lace dress with veil and antlers from Widows of Culloden AW2006-07. Raquel Zimmerman I don’t think any editor will have forgotten their first Alexander McQueen show whilst Lee McQueen was designing, such was their impact, and difference from whatever else was happening in fashion at that time. My first McQueen show as an editor [...]

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Lettice Update

October 10, 2014 LLG Fashion

We took Letty and Posetta Baddog up to Hampstead Heath for a trot on Sunday afternoon.  Whilst I was in Seoul last week (as you do), Holly had managed to overcome Letty’s dislike of the lead to the extent that she can now walk them in tandem on their leads in one hand.

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London: Hanging out on Parliament Hill Fields and in Highgate…

October 2, 2014 LLG Fashion

Working on the Great Boden Diaries Project is continuing to afford me ALL the fun. For my first post we decided to focus on a guide to my London, in particular that part which falls below Hampstead and Highgate, to the south and east of the Heath. I used to live just by Parliament Hill [...]

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My Weekend in London: Lettice, Georgette Heyer & Primrose Hill. Basically.

October 1, 2014 LLG Fashion

I decided to take last weekend off, and do No Work Whatsoever, dedicating it to reading and hanging out with Lettice. On Saturday morning I knocked up an extra large double tray batch of the no raisin granola from Friends, Food, Family,

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