The world is full of of outdoor ancient art, sites where past civilisations have created magnificent works of art for reasons we can only speculate about. We've put together a wishlist of 10 distinctive art destinations, each of which could be the centrepiece of an art-lover's trip. The Nazca Lines of Peru and the Ajanta Caves in India are our favourites, but all 10 are special in their own right. If you visit even a few of these places, you may well be left pondering why their creators felt the urge to leave their mark this way. If you are, you'll be in good company, joining the many people who have asked the big, timeless question: What is Art Really For?
LDF, the London Design Festival, is back in September. And we can't wait! If you haven’t been to the Festival before, this guide will help you understand what LDF is and why we firmly believe you should make time to see it. Get ready for the landmark projects, catch art destinations that are only around for a few weeks, and discover London's Design Districts.
Hats have served many purposes for women over the millennia, from keeping warm, to being a symbol of fashion, status, and propriety. But they are no longer an everyday fashion accessory in most wardrobes, more of a special occasion item - weddings, picnics, and of course Ascot Hats. Royal Ascot has been described as the hat equivalent of an international Fashion Week. Statement hats make an appearance at several horse races around the world, but nowhere do women pull out the millinery stops as they do for Ascot.
If you think pearls are staid, conjuring images of white pearl studs or a classic rope, we hope to surprise and delight you with by our pick of modern pearl jewellery from 7 contemporary jewellery designers. We also explore the resurgence of pearls in recent years, thanks to innovation from some of the masters of jewellery design.
Using sustainable materials to make the fabrics which are then shaped to create clothes is the perhaps the most basic way to achieve sustainable fashion design. This article, part of our series on Sustainable Fashion, explores 5 innovative materials that are sustainable alternatives for designers. They've appeared in the last couple of decades, but aren't yet widely known to consumers. Most are in use today, and all create new options for designers with an eye on sustainability.
Most women put much more effort into choosing shoes, jewellery, handbags and scarves than they do glasses. The exceptions realise the unique power of fashion eyewear to enhance or transform a look. You can see this in our picks from 6 of our favourite eyewear designers, covering the exotic to the elegant everyday. If you consider glasses a necessary evil, only have 2 or 3 pairs, or are relieved you don’t need them (yet), you may not think our selection is for you. But you might surprise yourself - especially if reading this starts a process of thinking harder about why, when and how you choose and wear glasses.