On Thursday night, I stepped into the magical world of the Jacques’ Townhouse at 33 Fitzroy Square for an evening of vintage fashion, delicious cupcakes and of course, chilled cider. Designed by 40 Winks’ David Carter, the space had been transformed into a whimsical, Alice in Wonderland-style pop-up hotel complete with suited bellboys, birdcages and blossoming trees. I particularly liked the Benefit Powder Room and dressing up box, which transformed us city girls into vintage belles.
In Shoreditch on Saturday, I stumbled across Penny University – the latest in pop up to hit London. The cute space has a reclaimed wood counter with just six stools is a PR vehicle for the Square Mile Coffee Roasters Company, which aims to show that with a bit of care, it’s easy to make good-quality filter coffee at home. Once you sit down, a member of staff will talk you through the brief menu, which offers three changing coffee varieties and a ‘flight’ that matches the daily brews with William Curley chocolates and a sommelier-style commentary. A few words of advice – don’t ask for milk or sugar!
This morning on the way to work I stumbled upon a pop up Barbershop by Brylcreem, the men’s hair grooming product. The Brylcreem Boy Barbershop Shop was opened yesterday by cricketer Kevin Pietersen and is offering free haircuts and restyles until 15th July. The pop up is to promote Brylcreem’s new range of hair styling products and is supported by a Facebook page where you can apply for a chance for your free Brylcreem restyle. As I was taking a picture for the post, they asked if I would like an appointment so at 4pm today Marcus and I are having the full Brylcreem Boy Barber experience!
I visited the new Serpentine Pavilion designed by Jean Nouvel. The intense red colour of the structure is initially striking but soon becomes comfortable and, coupled with the relaxed aesthetic of the interior, feels better suited to a beachside location. Inside the Serpentine Gallery itself, Wolfgang Tillmans’ photographic exhibition lends an air of gravitas despite the sporadic arrangement of the photographs. Intricate botanical studies mingle with personal snapshots, creating an interesting comment on the capricious nature of photography itself.
Written by Camron intern Imogen Lloyd
The Hamiltons Gallery in Mayfair has just opened a photography exhibition of David Bailey‘s work. He helped shape ’Swinging London’ of the Sixties and romanced many of the models he photographed. On show are enlarged contact sheets from some of his most iconic shots – stylish, tightly cropped, monochrome portraits of Michael Caine, Mick Jagger, Catherine Deneuve, Lennon and McCartney, Jean Shrimpton and David Hockney and others. It’s a snapshot into one of the most decadent of decades.