Singapore Inside Out Brick Lane

I spent a large part of last night immersed in Singapore – in Brick Lane in the East End of London. When I wasn’t plucking patissiere Janice Wong’s incredible laksa-infused chocolate lollipops from the ceiling, I was drawing with crayons on the walls of an interactive installation by Farizwan Fajari aka Speak Cryptic.

Singapore Inside Out Brick Lane

Singapore Inside Out Brick Lane
(Can you spot my terrible drawing of Lettice?!)

All these experiences are part of Singapore Inside Out an extraordinary free showcase of Singapore’s contemporary creative talents, designed to celebrate Singapore’s 50th – its Golden Jubilee.

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(The beautiful temporary external shell of the Singapore: Inside Out installation.)

As long time readers of LLG will know, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in Singapore. I lived there for some months when I was nineteen, staying in Ang Mo Kio in the centre of the island, as well as visiting countless times as an adult as I travelled through South-East Asia. And then I was lucky enough to attend several seasons at Singapore Fashion Festival as a guest of Singapore.

So, when I was approached to talk about Singapore: Inside Out, both here and on film, I was thrilled. Curated by the award-winning architect and artist Randy Chan, head of Singapore’s leading architectural studios, Zarch Collaboratives, the interactive experiential installation has been designed to surprise and challenge visitors’ current impressions of Singapore.

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Chan has brought together a spectrum of disciplines, including architecture, design, fashion, film, food, music and the literary, performing and visual arts. Of course there is a serious element to the installation, but one of the things I loved most about it is there is something for all age groups here – it’s a great family outing.

Singapore Inside Out Brick Lane

Singapore Inside Out Brick Lane

(but make sure the children eat Janice Wong’s delicious free kaya-filled chocolates (above left) rather than the chilli ones! (above right) ), as well as one that provides numerous wonderful Instagram opportunities.

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As it did for me: here I am wearing a dress I bought in Singapore a few years ago from Singaporean fashion house Raoul, in front of Singapore: Inside Out‘s main carapace.

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Of course, once inside, I gravitated to the fashion: Elyn Wong, of Singapore-based womenswear label, Stolen, has collaborated with choreographer Lee Mun Wai (T.H.E Dance Company), architect Chang Yong Ter (CHANG Architects), and audio-visual collective Syndicate – bringing together dance, architecture, music, and fashion design in a sensorial, moving experience. Don’t miss the ravishingly beautiful installation – or the dancers who perform in her clothes.

Singapore Inside Out Brick Lane

Janice Wong’s gummy wall inside her installation – you can pick off the sweeties from the wall and eat them. (the green ones are minty.)

Singapore Inside Out Brick Lane

In fact there are multiple events happening through Singapore: Inside Out from now until Sunday – do check out the schedule here. There are poetry sessions, acting performances

Singapore Inside Out Brick Lane

panels on the music industry, architecture discussions, artists talks, bands and DJs playing in the evening (’till 10pm on Friday and Saturday) and much more.

Singapore Inside Out Brick Lane

Singapore Inside Out Brick Lane

You can see me talking about Singapore: Inside Out on this little interview and tour of the installation that we did last night:

Singapore: Inside Out’s clever collection of multi-sensory experiences, which have been designed by the country’s creative talents, has already visited Beijing (April), is here in London – on Brick Lane from 24 – 28 June 2015, and moves to New York City in September, before its homecoming finale in Singapore in November.

This post was written in association with Singapore: Inside Out

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London: Dog Friendly Hair Salon – Jo Hansford

by Sasha Wilkins on June 24, 2015 · 1 comment

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Since I never, ever go in direct sunlight without a sunhat, it’s become inevitable that my once all natural blonde-ness needs a little helping hand. (There’s no point in pretending that at my age I am completely blonde by mother nature’s gift.) It’s a shame really, but I’d rather substitute three hours in the salon chair for a wrinkled face. So Evie at Jo Hansford has been doing my hair for the past couple of years, every five months or so  – or when I look in the mirror and suddenly realise I have three inches of darker hair at the top.

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Apart from properly lovely Evie and the hair stylists who cut my hair – Barney last time gave me a fab blunt cut, one of my favourite things about the salon is that they are absolutely 100% dog friendly – well, I haven’t tried taking in a Great Dane, but Lettice is certainly more than welcome.

JO HANSFORD

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And it means I can be the Queen of Multi-tasking. Lunch, blogging, dog sitting, hair blonde-ing all in one clean sweep.

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JO HANSFORD

48 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2QB
020 7495 7774
www.johansford.com

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After the wonderful day I had at Royal Ascot with Brig on the Wednesday, my second day at Royal Ascot, as a guest of official timekeepers Longines in their finishing post box, saw me taking the train from Waterloo with the other hundreds of racegoers.

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I was again dressed by Suzannah, this time in her Harlequin print Italian silk shirtwaister, with a navy Siana Yewdall hat from Fenwick’s of Bond Street, orange suede Floret heels from LK Bennett, and the same Thomas Sabo pearl earrings, MaxMara sunglasses, and Smythson clutch that I wore the day before.

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and a lovely William Chambers navy leather carnation boutonniere pinned onto my frock.

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I was still very jetlagged and the early morning starts were not helping. The double espressos, on the other hand, were. (My top tip for getting to Ascot is to buy a first class ticket – £24 return, so not too painful – and check with the platform manager where the carriages are, because that way you are almost certainly guaranteed a seat. In previous years I have stood the whole way there, which is no fun when you are wearing a posh frock and going to be on your feet all day. I have been driven there – and nearly missed my BBC filming spot because we were stuck in traffic for an hour half a mile outside Ascot.)

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Fashion stylist Ursula Lake was wearing a red skirt from S Dress.

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Chloe was in Suzannah’s Kaleidoscope dress in British Racing Green and an Edwina Ibbotson hat, also from Suzannah. (I have this dress in navy silk twill, and it is so flattering.)

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Martha (above right) is in Huishan Zhang.

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Louise (below) is in a lovely LK Bennett skirt.

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I was doing some filming for a documentary about Ascot. The crew came to my house a few weeks ago to get my thoughts on the history of Royal Ascot, and then filmed me in all my finery on the day.

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Here’s the always delightful William Chambers (right) with one of his lovely millinery clients.

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We are lunch in the Longines box in much splendour.

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I rarely win on the horses, but was thrilled to discover that I had not only backed the winner in the first, but the second in the next two races. I only bet each way for a place, at a fiver a pop, but still – it’s very pleasing! (And Peacock was the Queen’s horse, which is always nice.)

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Huge thanks to Longines for their hospitality.

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A Day in the Life of Catherine Quin

by Sasha Wilkins on June 22, 2015 · 2 comments

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British designe, Catherine Quin began her career as a lawyer in Lincoln’s Inn. A moment of serendipity – realising that Central Saint Martins was a ten minute walk from her law practice, allowed her to enroll in courses at the college and indulge her love of design as well as develop her understanding of the fashion industry as a whole.

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Shortly after, Catherine committed to starting her own brand and moved to Los Angeles to gain experience with designers who inspired her. She began working for the American, CFDA award-winning brand, Vena Cava. There she was involved with various aspects of the business, from marketing to sales meetings with the likes of Barney’s and Nordstrom. She then chose to immerse herself in the manufacturing process, working in a factory to learn each step of the production process.

For Catherine it was always incredibly important that she was deeply involved with all aspects of her brand’s production. She is passionate about the details that go into the creation of every garment and the heritage and traditions of the ateliers who undertake the work. For her own designs she found a family owned factory in downtown Los Angeles, run by the founder’s granddaughter. The unique atelier character and the local proximity enabled her to visit the factory on a daily basis, collaborating closely with the team. This relationship has resulted in the exquisite production standards manifest in the detailed, consistent quality of the garments themselves.

So here’s is Catherine’s brilliant day in her life, which I think must be incredibly helpful for both anyone running their own business, and for any young designer.

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A Guest Picture Blog from Anna Day & Ellie Jauncey: The Flower Appreciation Society

June 22, 2015 Flowers

One of our big Victorian jugs filled with flowers I first met the girls from The Flower Appreciation Society at Port Eliot Festival a few years back, when they, along with wonderful Piers Atkinson, were making floral headbands in a large marquee in the kitchen garden, free for all comers. I was immediately drawn to their natural […]






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The Daily Beauty: Dealing with Tech Neck. Indeed Labs’ Fillume Volumising Moisturiser & Serum

June 22, 2015 LLG Beauty

I know that I am not the only person who spends all their time squinting down at a number of electronic devices, from the smartphone in my hand, to the laptop propped up on my knees in bed – as it is at the moment as I write this post, because apparently the average phone user […]






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Cars: Test Driving with Aston Martin at Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire

June 21, 2015 Cars

If I had to come up with a candidate for Best Day Out, then being invited by Aston Martin to drive their cars, including the Vanquish, around Millbrook, the British automotive industry’s proving ground in Bedfordshire would have to be in the top ten.






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GROW London: Last day today!

June 21, 2015 Gardens

(Some of the lovely things for sale at GROW London.) Just a heads up that today is the last day of GROW London up on Hampstead Heath. It’s such a lovely idea – the show is all about ideas from over 100 exhibitors on how to transform your outside space, no matter how large or […]






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Attending Day Two of Royal Ascot 2015…

June 19, 2015 LLG Fashion

I arrived in London on the red eye from New York at 0630hrs on Wednesday morning, and by 1035 I was sitting in a train carriage at Waterloo with Brig, who I took as my guest, en route to day two of the annual Royal Ascot race meeting. First port of call, as always, was […]






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The Smythson Daddy Cool Party on Bond Street, to celebrate Fathers’ Day

June 18, 2015 Accessories

Well, we had ALL the fun hosting Smythson of Bond Street’s Daddy Cool party to celebrate their collection for Fathers’ Day – THIS weekend, in case you had forgotten! For me it was an extra thrill, as I was co-hosting with my father, not something I get to do on a regular basis Daddy Cool […]






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