Make it a London Christmas/ part 1

Photography: Dennis Madden 

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Those who know me know the diversity found in London is the backbone to my brand, Nadia Minkoff London   and a constant source of inspiration.

But as 2018 draws to a close I have doubts and concerns over London’s future, a sentiment I believe I share with many a Londoner. So in this, the first of my two part ‘Make it a London Christmas’ blog I will attempt to share London snapshots,taken over the first two weeks in December by photographer Dennis Madden as he captures my musings through his lens.

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I start my journey at The Thames Barrier, recently highlighted in the news

Are we really down to 15 years before we sink?

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In the shadow of The Emirates crossing  and City Airport flight path, just past the waste land, extensive riverside luxury developments being built. I wonder if there is anywhere affordable left in London?

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Well, the wading birds still seem happy enough in Victoria Park, aka Tower Hamlets ‘people’s park’ and the winter sun makes an appearance, shinning through the Holly, I do love a good London park, it feels familiar, all are equal here

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In upmarket Fitzrovia the Victorian toilets are now a speciality coffee and brunch cafe
We love our speciality coffee us Londoners, especially me and in an old Victorian toilet?? it’s a win-win

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Regents place on the North side of Euston Rd  is unrecognisable, what a face lift and so festive with it. I wonder if London can continue to regenerate like this in the next few years, so who’s going to be moving into these offices and buying these flats?

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Back in North London the Victorian street lamps light up Alexandra Palace. It is becoming decisively grey and chilly, but atmospheric like a film set.  I Haven’t decided the ending yet, it’s a cliff hanger at the moment

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The HH Collection

 

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Howard Hodgkin ‘Absent Friends’ retrospective at The National Portrait gallery held in March 2017, is the backbone and inspiration to the latest Nadia Minkoff London collection

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“Howard Hodgkin’s powerful use of colour as well as his painted frames ,removing standard borders and boundaries, encouraged me to step out of my colour palette ‘comfort zone’ and produce a vibrant range of multi coloured, multi textured handbags.”

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Often described as a ‘slow artist’ in his early years, his paintings despite their apparent fluidity and spontaneity, took years if not months to complete.

“the whole idea of slow appeals to me greatly, at a time when society wants everything immediate, at the press of a button and increasingly faster I take comfort in the whole ‘slow’ movement. Our UK made Fitzrovia bags are exactly that: one at a time, slow, refined, tactile. I love them, not just visually or from a wearable point of view but because I know how much care has been invested in making each and every one”

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The Nadia Minkoff London ‘HH collection’ is now available to buy online and through leading stockists in the UK and worldwide

Finally home again from college

Blog by Ophir

Photography by: Fiona Yaron Field

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I’m a creative and preforming arts student and home for the Easter break I went out and about in London Town with my things from the cool Nadia Minkoff.

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As an artist I’m in to bright and like contrasting colours and I love the beautiful blue of this bag. I also love the movement of  the tassels I feel free,funky and cool.

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(  I went to the Tate modern to see collections called materials and object’s.)

In my own patterns as artists I am into bright and like contrasting colours and the balance of them.

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I thought the earrings were blue crystals and then I discovered the skulls  – super cool

 

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Ophir models:

Nadia Minkoff London,The Angel bag in Blue

Nadia Minkoff London ,Crystal Skull & Spike earrings in Metallic Blue

Red Leather coat: My mums red coat is from a Vintage shop in Cheshire St, off Brick Lane

My red nails has been done at my lovely local nail bar

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My leopard coat is from Pull and Bear.

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I went to Tate Britain , Covent Garden, Paddington station saying goodbye to my friend that been visiting  and took her around London.

Also been to the Southbank.

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TRAVEL… Serenity ( and gelato) at Lago Maggiore, Italy

Photography & travel: Brian Minkoff Photography

Flights: British Airways to Milan approx. £130pp

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Bag: The Islington bucket bag ( for Island hoping) The Newington clutch bag ( for fine dining)

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Stayed at: Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Italy.

Rooms £200+ a night per couple

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Fine dined at: Hotel Verbano on the island of Isola dei Pescatori

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For a great value meal on a nice terrace in the centre of town:  Ristorante Pizzeria Mamma Mia, Stresa (no website)

A must….Trips to all the islands (none more than 15 minutes away by ferry boat)

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The Botanical gardens on the Isola Madre are world famous and an essential visit.

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Enjoy…taking the circular ferry ride about (1 hour) without getting off at the islands is a relaxing treat.

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Eat..pasta, fresh fish from the lake ( pike, zander, perch, trout and black bass) and of course gelato. L’Angolo del Gelato was an almost daily post dinner ritual

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The Rena bag… with a touch of French

Location: Chelsea Harbour

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Model: Emilie R

Bag: The Rena bag in Taupe

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Coat: Sandro, Paris

Lipstick: ‘Bad blood’ by Urban Decay

Photograhy: Brian Minkoff

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All but given up on our British summer? well we certainly have at NM HQ. So, here’s a quick masterclass in how, if you are French and experiencing a London summer, you transforms our cool Rena bag into something very chic and pretty hot in just 3 easy steps:

1)Remove the detachable strap- you now have a soft, oversized clutch bag with contrast detailing around the Zips

2) Add red coat

3) Apply red lipstick

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When the British sun comes out, catch a snap of it!

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Travels to New York with my toddler… taking a bite of the Big Apple together

Karla Huang, Designer at Nadia Minkoff  travelled to NY with her 3 year old inquisitive toddler, Jo.

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Return flight to NY with British Airways approx. £540 return (correct in  July 2017)

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Bag: The Finsbury backpack from Not on The High Street

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Stayed at: Park Lane Hotel, NY  Room for 3 starts at US$260 per night. Great location on Central Park and a minute away from 5th Avenue subway but can’t recommend: bad service, over crowded, short staffed, dated ( but clean), expensive for the standard and room price did not include breakfast, never a good thing with a toddler!

 We visited:

The statue of Liberty, of course! We took the Ferry from  Battery park,Manhattan

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Madame Tussauds NYC  , Jo managed to catch a ride with ET

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Ripleys New York, conveniently located on Times Square, Jo loved the optical illusions

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High Line Park, such a fantastic public park built on the historic freight rail line above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. A different view of the Big Apple

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Chelsea Market– great for mum & toddler, plenty to eat and some great pop-up shops for much needed retail therapy. It was a cold day so we chose to have Jewish Chicken Soup at Friedmans

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9/11 memorial– Very impressive, the size and the concept works so well.

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Rockefeller Centre-  Such an exciting place to be, inside and out. Beautiful Art Deco interiors, places to eat and great shops,  plenty of street performers outside. We chose to see if Bill’s burgers were really as good as they say… and they were

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Ate at:

Lady M Cake Boutique- sometimes you just need to spend money on a piece of beautiful cake

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Peter Luger Steak House,  Best steak and fries but be sure to book a month ahead!

Brooklyn Flea Market/Dumbo–  Great market stalls and food ,we had Shanghai pancakes, they were spicy but they were good!

City Kitchen/Times Square- Hello to the American fast food court , just as you imagine it, with plenty of  great choice but it’s not cheap!

Jo’s Highlights were: The Ferry to The Statue of Liberty, Central park,  but best of all The  Sea Glass Carousel

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I loved my Finsbury backpack , trust me although I work for an accessory company I am a very fussy customer. It was just so comfortable, so great to have my hands free at all time , it’s lightweight and it looks great.

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DINE…. lunch at The Ivy Chelsea Garden

Location :  The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 195 -197 King’s Road, London SW3 5EQ

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The Bag: The Goldbourne in Monochrome

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Photography: Brian Minkoff

Food: British brasserie & Grill

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Eaten (and recommended): Duck salad £9.25, Whole Dover sole £37.00, Rib eye £27.95,  Char grilled Banham ½ chicken £14.95, Ivy’s ‘must have’ Signature dessert- Chocolate bomb £8.50

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Drinks: Angels Share ( highly recommended!!   a fantastic take on a Mojito with kumquats, ginger,lemon grass , Kaffir lime leaves and Havana rum) £9.50, Lavender Lady £8.00

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The space: Elegant, spacious, beautiful garden and terrace

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Service: Lively & personable

Celebrity spotting: Michael Caine, Princess Beatrice, Joan Collins

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