Category Archive: Arts and Crafts

Diamonds and Dynasties: Joan Collins Meets H. M. The Queen

Celebrated glamour icon Joan Collins, infamous for her fabulous roles in The Bitch and Dynasty (as well as her entertaining Twitter feed), celebrated her birthday last night in London. Dressed to kill, and dripping… Continue reading

Wallis Simpson’s Cartier Legacy Lives On

Cartier’s new advert is an audio-visual onslaught of pure style. Starting with a dark, cold and empty street, the camera zooms into the shop window and focuses on a small panther crafted entirely… Continue reading

Uggie Accepts Best Picture Oscar for The Artist

Whoever said that films need sound, or that actors should talk? This year has shown us all that while Jean Dujardin can win a Best Actor Oscar by uttering only two words in an… Continue reading

V & A Cecil Beaton Exhibition Now Open

As part of the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee year the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, is hosting an exhibition of photographs of Her Majesty taken by celebrated British portrait photographer,… Continue reading

How to Wrap a Champagne Bottle

Confused about how to wrap that smashing Veuve or Bollinger? Do not despair – try this video, from the amazing Howdini.com. It’s a pleasure to watch this professional lady gift wrap champagne in… Continue reading

How to Wrap a Christmas Present, by Kirstie Allsopp

A very useful instructional video for December the 23rd, with some advanced tips on pleats and using ribbon to finish off a present with a lovely, well-balanced bow.

Durham’s Diwali

The 2011 Lumiere festival, held in Durham (England), is one of the highlights of the city’s calendar. It’s a great chance to explore some imaginative works of modern art as installations are put… Continue reading

A New Portrait of H. M. The Queen Unveiled

This week, a new portrait of H. M. the Queen was unveiled. The artist, Darren Baker, is well-known for his classical realist style, which has in his latest work been complemented by his… Continue reading

Masks, Wigs, Diamonds and Hair: Lady Gaga’s Identity Parade

Lady Gaga’s eccentric performance of Hair on the  Paul O’Grady Show raised more than a few eyebrows. Hair was an intriguing choice of song, a self-validating anthem of teen independence which certifies that your hair has a crucial… Continue reading