Notebook: Design

High Design

In London, The Victoria & Albert Museum explores the true meaning of “luxury” from April 25 with What is Luxury?, an exhibition of fashion, interiors and design, including Iris van Herpen couture, George Daniels haute horlogerie and a futuristic chandelier by Studio Drift. In Dublin, we’re celebrating the other side of the spectrum. Hidden Heroes, from April 3 – June 14 at Dublin Castle, explores 36 overlooked but ingenious everyday items, from zippers to teabags. Finally, for great design you can take home, The deVeres Irish Art & Design furniture auction takes place April 28 at Bewleys Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

This story appears in the April issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday May 7

Hot Stepper

Laura Bailey, 42, model, style icon and Vogue contributing editor has designed a shoe and handbag line with LK Bennett

Where do you call home? 
Notting Hill. Where’s your office? A mews studio off Portobello Road, but it can also be my kitchen table, the back of a taxi, a corner of a studio where I’m shooting or on the Eurostar. How do you start your day? Cajoling my kids out of bed, some kind of combination of porridge and eggs for all of us, and a cycle/scooter-ride to school. How did the LK Bennett collaboration come about? LK Bennett was a brand I knew and loved. Once I’d met the amazing team, the opportunity proved irresistible. What inspired the collection? My Amalfi Coast travels and a Mediterranean palette. Iconic Italian actresses such as Monica Vitti and Anna Magnani, after whom the collection was named. And random inspirations from vintage 1960s swimsuits to flea market striped linens, to my own favourite vintage shoes. Favourite shoe from the collection? The Virna flat, my ideal easy summer sandal. How many pairs of shoes do you own? Not telling. But I have a teenage goddaughter who wears the same size as me and is doing quite well. Your perfect shoe capsule wardrobe? A sandal to walk for miles. A heel for flirting and dancing. Describe your style in a sentence. Extremely English, but easily influenced – by my travels, my girlfriends and current obsessions. Early style icons? Lois Lane and Madonna. Your favourite item of clothing? My Chanel little black jacket, and a pair of Solange Azagury Partridge emerald earrings. What are you buying this season? Skinny polo-necks by Emilia Wickstead; 1970s-style A-line skirts. Should age affect how one dresses? Only in that one knows oneself more, which, in theory, is a positive. Tips for work/life balance? 
Lists. Walking my dog; no phone and no place to be. A book that changed you? Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The shop you can’t walk past? Any bookshop, but especially Lutyens & Rubinstein in Notting Hill. Who makes you laugh? My kids. Laura Bailey x LK Bennett is available now at Brown Thomas Dublin.

This story appears in the April issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday May 7

Notebook

Take Three Books for the Long Weekend

1. Leonora, by Elena Poniatowska
A novel inspired by the fascinating life of surrealist painter, Leonora Carrington, by a leading Mexican author. Serpent’s Tail, €19.55.

2. Alexander Mc Queen, by Claire Wilcox
Published to coincide with the Savage Beauty exhibition now open in London, this leather-bound tome is the new definite guide to McQueen. V&A Publishing, €40.

3. Leaving Before The Rain Comes, by Alexandra Fuller
Fuller captivated with her first memoir, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, exploring her Zimbabwean childhood. The sequel is just as evocative. Vintage, 3. Leaving Before The Rain Comes, by alexandra Fuller Fuller captivated with her first memoir, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, exploring her Zimbabwean childhood. The sequel is just as evocative. Vintage, €15.99.

This story appears in the April issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday May 7