Four fragrances by Huntsman and Jo Malone
You may know Jo Malone as the luxury perfumer whose candles and fragrances the women in your life are particularly partial to. Well, now it’s your turn. For her first men’s collection, Malone has partnered with one of Savile Row’s finest, Huntsman, on a limited edition range of four bespoke fragrances. Each scent is tailored to the tastes and needs of the modern man, and include a spicy Birch and Black Pepper Cologne, and the dark, and intriguing Whisky and Cedarwood Cologne – designed with certain occasions, environments and dress codes in mind. Each comes in a distinctive bottle, with Huntsman’s gold typography and a burgundy cap. One or all of them make a fine gift – to yourself or to a friend – in the run up to the festive season. You know what Colin Firth would do.
Living With Buildings at The Wellcome Collection
Architecture is so much more than just the buildings around us – it shapes our physical and mental landscapes, our emotions and our health. In its new exhibition, Living With Buildings, The Wellcome Collection explores the impact buildings have on our mental and physical wellbeing, as well as how they construct ideas of community and society. From the slums of Victorian London to the bold experiments of postwar urban planners, it examines how architecture is fundamental in shaping us, and the world in which we live.
4 October 2018–3 March 2019, wellcomecollection.org
Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at Hutong
Celebrate China’s Mid-Autumn Festival with a special feast at Hutong, on the 33rd floor of The Shard. One of the country’s most important celebrations, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls each year on the fifteenth day of the eight month of China’s traditional lunar calendar. Head chef Fei Wang has created a menu of traditional Sichuan fare, including lotus root in spicy soy dressing, yam & pork belly crispy dumplings and deep fried crab meat with peanut sesame and dried chilli. To finish, guests will be offered a traditional mooncake: a pastry that is shared among friends during the festival as a symbol of unity. A festival that we feel should be part of our calendar every year.
Until 14 October, hutong.co.uk
Hawes & Curtis reimagines The Crown
Regal style is enjoying a healthy resurgence, thanks in no small part to the polished wardrobe of the first two series of Netflix’s The Crown. The latest brand to cotton on is Jermyn Street outfitter Hawes & Curtis, which has created a capsule collection inspired by the lead characters’ wardrobes. This is a natural fit; the house has long standing links with the Royal Family, having made the then Princess Elizabeth’s khaki shirt and tie for her Women’s Royal Army Corps uniform in World War II, and been awarded four Royal Warrants from The Duke of Windsor, King George VI and The Duke of Edinburgh. The menswear collection features a selection of reworked traditional designs, including tailored suits, tweed blazers and knitted blazers, as well as heritage printed silk ties and accessories. A fast-track way of dressing like 1950s Prince Philip.
Catch the London Film Festival
The BFI London Film Festival kicks off this week and, as well as the chance to see the latest headlining films (the frontrunners of next year’s awards season, you could say), there’s also the opportunity to catch the work of the next generation of directors, documentary makers and acting talent from all over the world. Our picks? It has to be Steve McQueen’s dark heist movie Widows, starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Colin Farrell, and Oscar-winning documentary maker Orlando von Einsiedel’s Evelyn, in which he turns his camera on his own family in an exploration of grief, trauma and togetherness.
10-21 October, whatson.bfi.org.uk