Delusions of Grandeur: Esmeralda Dominguez SS15

Delusions of Grandeur: Esmeralda Dominguez SS15

Delusions of Grandeur Photographed by Rosaline Shahnavaz exclusive to Candid Grooming: Molly Turrel Designer: Esmeralda Dominguez SS15 Model: Jonathan Supajirawatanon @ First Models  
GRAND PIANO - Review

GRAND PIANO – Review

You wouldn’t need to be a film critic to sense the level of Hitchcockian nostalgia oozing off the screen since the opening credits of Grand Piano. The score in itself has such a Hermann-esque feel to it that the homage is practically impossible to ignore. And that’s what Grand Piano...
Magic In The Moonlight - Review

Magic In The Moonlight – Review

Woody Allen is surely the most confident and relaxed filmmaker working today. The prolific output and light touch of his recent cinematic Grand Tour puts him in an enviable position, but perhaps one that’s growing a little too comfortable. Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris, To Rome with Love and...
The BP Portrait Awards - Last chance to see

The BP Portrait Awards – Last chance to see

Celebrating it’s 25th year of BP sponsorship, the 2014 selection of 55 portraits is the result of a staggering (and record-breaking) 2,377 entries. The prize has the commendable purpose of encouraging todays artists to focus on and develop their ideas and techniques in relation to portraiture, one of our oldest...
Bruegel to Freud:  Prints from The Courtauld Gallery

Bruegel to Freud: Prints from The Courtauld Gallery

  The Courtauld Gallery has an expansive collection of over 24,000 prints dating back as early as the fifteenth century, so as you might expect, the comparatively minuscule selection of gems shown here in the Bruegel to Freud exhibition are some of the most exquisite prints in existence today. The...
Interview with Culinary Mischief's Gabriele Bertaccini

Interview with Culinary Mischief’s Gabriele Bertaccini

Candid sits down with Chef Gabriele Bertaccini, the Executive Chef and founder of Il Tocco Food, and the man behind the award-winning, exclusive dining experience, Culinary Mischief, to talk about his luxury 6-course shared meals, set in unique secret locations across London, Arizona, Los Angeles, New York and Florence.  ...
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The 3 Crowns review

The 3 Crowns review

The 3 Crowns, a minute’s walk from Old Street station, looks just like any other traditional street corner pub, but on entering it’s clear that punters can expect something a little more refined The owners have clearly rescued what was once a struggling East London pub and dragged it into the modern era with an...
LFW Day 5

LFW Day 5

Tom Ford’s show on Monday night left us with a bit of an LFW hangover. Was I the only one who stomped to the office on Tuesday with ‘Addicted To Love’ playing over in my head? Monday was a sexless day at LFW: Burberry’s girl didn’t know what sex was; Issa’s wouldn’t dare speak about...
LFW Day 4

LFW Day 4

We knew when Kate Moss arrived with Cara Delevingne to sit front row that this Burberry Prorsum show would be different, Miss Delevingne having walked each of the last seven seasons’ shows at LFW. Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana’s – more than any other’s – menswear runways give us more than a teaser and remove...
The Order of Never Hide

The Order of Never Hide

Legendary sunglasses brand Ray-Ban have launched a new secret society dubbed the Order of Never Hide. The order challenges you to complete a series of five challenges; once all of the 5 challenges are complete you will be entered into a prize draw to win a 4 star trip to London, to attend the Order...
LFW Day 3

LFW Day 3

Preen woke us up with an early start at LFW on Sunday, inspired by Kenyan Maasai cricket warriors who – unlike their English counterparts – use the team colours of red and white on wrapped skirts, with bare chests decorated in multi-coloured beading. The show was a beautiful and surprisingly wearable representation of this. Gone...
New Music : The Cheap Thrills

New Music : The Cheap Thrills

Any four piece rock band from Liverpool starting out since the frenzied heights of Beatlemania must recognise that they have large musical shaped shoes to fill. The fact that The Cheap Thrills declare their genre description as ‘purely a rock band, because to classify is to limit’; suggests that they are unlikely to be concerned...
Whistles Menswear AW14

Whistles Menswear AW14

Elegant roll neck jumpers crafted in soft mohair wool, a cashmere take on the classic tracksuit and supple leather bikers with shearling linings. Whistles menswear collection, welcome to the stage. Introducing a pared-down, minimalist and habitually chic collection for AW14, Whistles looks set to establish a reputation as highly regarded as its womenswear offerings. Placing...
LFW Day 1 & 2

LFW Day 1 & 2

DAY ONE London Fashion Week’s spring/summer 2015 womenswear shows and presentations got off to a warm start on Friday and Saturday, with collections that were ready to be worn now in our first glimpse of an Indian summer. Sheer fabrics were all over the runways, and metallics and foils dominated. Markus Lupfer matched his signature...
New Music: Chassol

New Music: Chassol

French musician/composer and performer Christophe Chassol finds his latest muse in the form of Indian-influenced music, forming the shapes in his latest endeavour ‘Indiamore‘. Inspired by both his early years of listening to Shakti, Ravi Shankar & John McLaughlin, and his own journey to India where much of the album was recorded, Chassol presents a...
PRIDE: an afternoon with (part of) the cast

PRIDE: an afternoon with (part of) the cast

Today’s the day! Pride finally opens in UK cinemas and it’s time all of you witness first hand the magic of the film I’ve been raving about all week in my review and my interview with the filmmakers. This wonderful ensemble drama is based on the true story of an unlikely solidarity between a group...
New Music - Sway Clarke II

New Music – Sway Clarke II

It’s not hard to compare Sway Clarke II to the likes of Bruno Mars or Frank Ocean, the vocal similarities are immediately apparent from the opening line of his debut single ‘Secret Garden’ (released on September 9th) with the sickly sweet, warm vocals trickling forth and riding on the wave of the laconic beat. Like Ocean,...
THE BOXTROLLS - Review

THE BOXTROLLS – Review

Hollywood loves an underdog and The Boxtrolls is a whole team of them: experts in turning trash into treasure, they are deemed pests and hunted to save the city. Led by Boxtroll/boy Eggs (Game Of Thrones’ Isaac Hempstead-Wright) against the cities’ bumbling proletariat and its hired hunters headed by the despicable Archibald Snatcher (Sir Ben...
PRIDE: a chat with the filmmakers

PRIDE: a chat with the filmmakers

After premiering to praise and acclaim at the latest Cannes Film Festival back in May where it won the Queer Palm, British ensemble dramedy Pride finally arrives in UK cinemas this weekend. Based on the incredible and lost-in-history’s-cracks true story of the unlikely solidarity between the LGSM, a group of gay rights activists from London...
Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2014

Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2014

Tonight saw the announcement of the nominations for 2014’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year, a prestigious accolade which has been running since 1992. The winner will be chosen by a panel of twelve judges which this year includes DJ Annie Mac, Xfm’s X-Posure presenter John Kennedy, musician Lianne La Havas and online...
New Music: Billie Black x Mura Masa

New Music: Billie Black x Mura Masa

Billie Black lends her velvet vocals to an upbeat release, teaming with producer Mura Masa (real name Alex Crossan) to give us the soulful but summery ‘This Simple Pleasure’.  Autumn may be approaching, but songs like this leave the previous season lingering in the ears, and make rainy commutes to the office that little bit...
PRIDE - Review

PRIDE – Review

There’s no other way of putting it: Pride will most likely be the most important film you’ll see this year. Rarely a mainstream production not only finds such a uniquely unknown true story to tell but most importantly the perfect balance of poignancy and humour to tell it without ever feeling politically preachy, simply aiming...
New Music: Ella Martini

New Music: Ella Martini

Inspired by the Latin and soul music she grew up with, Ella Martini is a singer/ songwriter who blends R’n’B vibes, soulful melodies and hip-hop lyricism together in a seamless combination that is accessible to all. After reaching the final of ‘Live and Unsigned’ at the youthful age of fifteen, Ella went on to perform...
What’s Love Got to Do with It?

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

  What’s love got to do with it? Well, the artists exhibiting in the Hayward’s Project Space all have varying opinions on the subject. Specifically on the gestures both visual and verbal that we use to communicate love and the play of power between lovers as levels of longing and desire shift.   A clever...
Michael Wignall at The Latymer review

Michael Wignall at The Latymer review

Nestled away in the secluded vacuum that is the Pennyhill Park Hotel estate – a five-star hotel and spa amalgamation of 19th century housing and rather alarmingly unattractive modern facades, perched on top of 123 acres of forestry in Bagshot, Surrey – is the five AA Rosettes-winning restaurant, The Latymer, run by two Michelin star...
Richard James AW14

Richard James AW14

Renowned for his bespoke tailoring, and ability to capture a London boy’s charm in a piece of clothing, Richard James has created a fashion empire based upon his own philosophy. His design philosophy is to create classic clothing, but to also push through existing barriers and boundaries through experimenting with fabrics, bold use’s of pattern...
BALLET BOYS - Review

BALLET BOYS – Review

In his latest documentary, Ballet Boys, director Kenneth Elvebakk follows the trials and ambitions of three young Norwegian ballet students. Whilst centered on the theme of ballet, this is first and foremost a look at the everyday issues faced by teenagers around the world. The film focuses on Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, Syvert Lorenz Garcia and...
New Music: The Fuse

New Music: The Fuse

The Fuse are a band that are out of place. Out of place in time, out of place in genre and out of place in description. Such is their talent for straddling the periphery of a wealth of influence; it makes nailing down a solid description of their sound a little oblique. Take for example...
New Music: Kendra Morris

New Music: Kendra Morris

New York based singer-songwriter Kendra Morris has reworked the seminal ‘80s Scottish anthem ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ by The Proclaimers; seeing the previously raucous drunken sing-along take on a refreshing alter ego in the form of a sultry throwback soul number, to be released later this month. The re-release earlier this year of Morris’...
Jones & Payne Salon Review

Jones & Payne Salon Review

Partnered with St Martins Lane Hotel, Jones & Payne has an atmospheric elegance about it. Available to non-residents this salon feels exclusive and private thanks to the curtains covering the windows, it is those aesthetics which really pushes the exclusivity and sometimes elitism in West End salons. Its intimate and comforting approach allows relaxation and...
Chotto Matte review

Chotto Matte review

Located on Soho’s bustling Frith Street, is the attention-grabbing, design-conscious restaurant, Chotto Matte, which attempts to fuse Peruvian and Japanese cuisine. Standing tall, the bold black and glass building has a somewhat New York vibe, with a lively cocktail bar downstairs which seems perfect for an after work or pre dinner drink. The walls are...
THE GUEST - Review

THE GUEST – Review

Downton Abbey’s alum Dan Stevens turns in a star-making performance as a charming super soldier who seriously fails in his duty to protect. Small-town America becomes a bloody battlefield in this darkly funny, high-octane blend of eighties action and horror from Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett. Returning soldier David (Dan Stevens) befriends the family of...
New Music: Duke Dumont

New Music: Duke Dumont

Grammy nominated British DJ and music producer Duke Dumont (real name Adam Dyment) returns to attempt a third number one in a row with another slice of infectious deep house on his latest single ‘Won’t Look Back’, which was released this week under his own ‘Blase Boys Club’ label. Fans of the man responsible for...
New Music: Klangkarussell

New Music: Klangkarussell

Austrian duo Klangkarussell (Tobias Rieser and Adrian Held) return with the follow up to ‘Sonnentanz’ featuring Will Heard, the 2013 summer anthem which brought them much commercial success, breaking into the top ten here in the UK. Their latest track, ‘Netzwerk (Falls Like Rain)’ is made for summer evenings as the sun sets. It is...
John Varvatos Rocks London

John Varvatos Rocks London

Menswear designer John Varvatos has finally expanded his presence in Europe with the highly anticipated opening of his London store. The American designer, awarded ‘Menswear Designer of the Year’ at the 2013 CNN Style Awards, has opened the 10,000 square-foot store, his largest to date, ahead of the considerable label expansion planned throughout the continent....
Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album

Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album

“Don’t go without me, okay. I want to get a picture.” Photo Journalist (Dennis Hopper), Apocalypse Now.   This collection of photography is a striking record by the right man, in the right place, at the right time. This is like entering a Being John Malkovich-style portal, to travel through the 60s and see everything...