Monday, 20 April 2015

Fashion: Accessories Special

Say hello to the new season's most wanted shoes, bags and jewellery. From retro to boho, we've ticked all the trend boxes in our essential 19-page edit.

MONOCHROME: HIGH STREET (LEFT): Cuff, £18, Coast18-carat-yellow-gold ring, £140, Links of London. Clutch, £20, Missguided. Shoes, £225, LK Bennett. HIGH END (RIGHT): Clutch, £850, Jimmy Choo. Ring, £145, Tod’s. Cuff, £750,Roger Vivier. Shoes, £665, Christian Louboutin.

EMBELLISHED:  HIGH STREET (LEFT): Necklace, £35; top, £85, and Skirt, £135, all Coast. Glitter bag, £40, Aldo. flower Clutch ,£35, Asos. Ring, £199, Swarovski. HIGH END (RIGHT): gold-plated earrings, £125, and Swarovski crystal Gold-plated necklace, £360, both Anton Heunis, from Harvey Nichols. Sterling silver ring (on left hand), £305, Carat London.14-carat gold and diamond ring (on right hand), £2,750, Astley Clarke. floral clutch, £235, Mother of Pearl, from The Shop at Bluebird. glitter clutch, £890, Edie Parker, from bandeau top, £470, and Skirt, £700, both Holly Fulton.

EMBELLISHED:  HIGH STREET (LEFT): Necklace, £35; top, £85, and Skirt, £135, all Coast. Glitter bag, £40, Aldo. flower Clutch ,£35, Asos. Ring, £199, Swarovski. HIGH END (RIGHT): gold-plated earrings, £125, and Swarovski crystal Gold-plated necklace, £360, both Anton Heunis, from Harvey Nichols. Sterling silver ring (on left hand), £305, Carat London.14-carat gold and diamond ring (on right hand), £2,750, Astley Clarke. floral clutch, £235, Mother of Pearl, from The Shop at Bluebird. glitter clutch, £890, Edie Parker, from bandeau top, £470, and Skirt, £700, both Holly Fulton.

BOHO: HIGH END (LEFT): Bucket bag, £450, and Dress, £150, both Michael Michael Kors. Clutch, £275, Russell & Bromley. Sandals, £260, Ancient Greek Sandals. HIGH STREET (RIGHT): Pink bag, £35, Dorothy Perkins. Brown bag, £55, Accessorize. Sandals, £24.99, New Look. Dress, £39, Miss Selfridge.

SEVENTIES: HIGH END (LEFT): Suede Bag, £1,200, and Suede Skirt, £1,160, both Gucci. watch, £395, Links of London.Sunglasses,£125, Michael Michael Kors. Shoes, £495, Gianvito Rossi, from HIGH STREET (RIGHT): Rose-gold- plated and leather watch, £79.99, Radley, from H Samuel. Sunglasses, £13, River Island. Bag, £22, Next. Clogs, £79.99, Zara. Suede skirt, £50, Red Herring at Debenhams.

SPORTY: HIGH STREET (LEFT): Red Bag, £28, Topshop. Sunglasses, £24.99, and BLUE BAG, £39.99, both Mango. Watch, £105,Swatch. Sandals, £28, Office. Bikini top, £14.99, and bottoms, £7.99, both New Look. HIGH END (RIGHT): Green bag, £450, Sophie Hulme, from Fenwick. Steel and ceramic watch, £1,100, Tag Heuer. Sunglasses, £106, Carrera. Blue bag, £795, Anya Hindmarch. Sandals, £155, Vince, from Harvey Nichols. Bikini, £64, Triangl.

RIVIERA: Clockwise from top left: mules, £39.99, New Look. watch, £149, Guess Watches. bag, £3,910, Michael Kors Collection. blue watch, £115, Shore Projects. sandals, £125, Russell & Bromley. bangle, £14, Freedom at Topshop. pouch, £255, Tod’s. visor, £12, Accessorize

LADYLIKE: From top, left to right: Scarf, £70, Mulberry. Earrings, £175, Mawi, from Ring, £24.90, Lola and Grace. SANDALS, £675,Nicholas Kirkwood. Boots, £155, Karen Millen. Necklace, £225, Michael Michael Kors. Sunglasses, £25, Quay Australia. CREAM Bag, £35, Aldo. pink Bag, £35, Therapy at House of Fraser. Shoes, £99, Boden. 
ROCK CHICK: Clockwise from top left: Bandana, £15, Levi’s. earrings, £6, River Island. Sunglasses, £188, Ray-Ban, from Sunglass Hut. Shoes, £130, Kurt Geiger. Scarf, £8, Accessorize. Bag, £89.99, Zara. Hat, £145, Zadig & Voltaire. Boots, £475, Hilfiger Collection.

MAXIMALIST: Clockwise from top left: SHOES, £49, Boden. Pouch, £40, Karen Millen. Boots, £435, MaxMara. Necklace, £449, and bracelet, £319, both Swarovski. bag, £495, House of Holland. Shoes, £159, Reiss. 

RETRO: Clockwise from top left: belt, £25.99, Zara. Shoes, £290, Coach. Bag, £32, Dorothy Perkins. Loafers, £455, Tod’s. Goldtone watch, £49.99, Casio, from H Samuel. brown watch, £129, Rotary. mini bag, £45, Dune. red ring, £19, Finery. red and green ring, £14.50, Freedom at Topshop. sunglasses, £235, Salvatore Ferragamo, from 

NATURAL: Clockwise from top left: Hat, £19.99, Zara. belt, £245, Gucci. Espadrilles, £99, Dune Black. Clutch, £185, LK Bennett. sandals, £160, Whistles. Bag, £370, CH Carolina Herrera.Sandals, £441, Tibi. Bangles, £16.50 for set, Freedom at Topshop
Photographer Rachell Smith 
Style editor Philippa Bloom 
Fashion assistant Emily Dawes
Hair and make-up Celine Nonon at Terri Manduca using Dermalogica skincare and Kiehl’s Stylist Series
Nails Georgia Hart at Terri Manduca using Dior Capture Totale hand cream and Dior Vernis in Grège
Models Eva P at Leni’s Models and Zoe at Supa Model Management
Producer Lucy Coghlan
Still lifes Tobi Jenkins

Ancient Greek Sandals,
Anya Hindmarch,
Astley clarke,
CARAT london,
Carrera, 00800 7234 5600
CH Carolina Herrera, 020 3441 0965
Christian louboutin, 0843 227 4322
coach, 020 3141 8901
Dorothy Perkins,
Fenwick, 020 7629 9161
guess watches,
H Samuel,
Harvey Nichols,
Hilfiger Collection,
Holly Fulton,
House of Fraser,
House of Holland,
jimmy choo,
Karen Millen,
kurt Geiger,
Links of London,
LK Bennett,
lola and grace,
marks & spencer,
Michael Kors,
Miss selfridge,
Monica Vinader,
new look,
Nicholas Kirkwood,
Quay Australia,
River Island,
Roger vivier, 020 7245 8270
Russell & Bromley,
Shore Projects,
Sunglass Hut, 0844 264 0860
TAG Heuer,
The Shop at Bluebird, 020 7351 3873
Thomas sabo,
Zadig & Voltaire,

Friday, 17 April 2015

A Happy and Most Delicious (Thai) New Year

This week we've been celebrating Songkran  - or Thai New Year - at Mango Tree in Belgravia. On a lovely spring evening we enjoyed delicious Thai food as well as stunning Thai dancing, which was as bright and colourful as the gorgeous flowers decorating the restaurant. 

In Thailand, Songkran is celebrated in mid-April and marks the end of the dry season and the beginning of the rains. Family and friends get together, visit their local temple, clean their houses - and also have huge water fights! 

Mango Tree's owner Eddie Lim

There were no water pistols to be seen at Mango Tree, but the restaurant's owner Eddie Lim did sprinkle fragranced water over the hands of diners (to symbolise starting afresh) whilst wishing them good fortune for the coming year. It was a lovely ritual to accompany the special four-course Songkran menu - including sea bass with fresh garlic and chilli sauce and honey mango and sticky rice dessert. 

Mango Tree's special Songkran set menu, £65 per person, is available 
until the end of April.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Fashion: Wham Glam

 Stay tooned with pop-art prints and comic-book colours

Cotton top, £640, and Satin Skirt, £700, both Osman, from Matches.

Cotton T-shirt, £195; cotton short tube skirt, £195, and long skirt, £595, all DKNY. Shoes, £450, Sophia Webster
Coat, £755, Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti, and silk jacquard dress, £1,495, Mary Katrantzou, both from Harvey Nichols. Clutch, £1,270, Edie Parker, from Matches. Shoes, £425, Jimmy Choo.
Bonded crepe dress with leather belt, £1,260, Roksanda. Gloves, £16.99, Dents, from

DKNY, 020 7499 6238
Harvey nichols,
jimmy choo,
Roksanda, 020 7613 6499
Sophia Webster,

Photographer Diana Gomez
Style Editor Philippa Bloom
Fashion assistant Emily Dawes
Make-up artist Kenneth Soh at Frank Agency using Chanel S 2015 and Chanel Body Excellence
Hair Christos Kallaniotis at One Represents using Bumble and bumble
Model Alicia Tostmann at The Hive
Producer Lucy Coghlan

Get The Look

French Connection Skirt, £60,

Kurt Geiger Heels, £90,

Topshop Dress, £50,

River Island Clutch, £30.

Gloves, £16.99,

Friday, 10 April 2015

The perfect barbeque starter kit…

Now the sun has deigned to come out, our minds (and stomachs) have turned to the joys of barbeques. And this year we’re going posh with some top-quality meat from Meat Porter, the artisan butcher which sources meat from free-range farms and delivers to fine-dining restaurants nationwide, as well as direct to your door.  

For summer, they’re launching their annual Barbeque Box (£45). No stunted sausages or rubbery burgers here, but everything from Cumberland sausages and pork loin steaks to lamb & mint burgers and rump steaks.  And having recently tried Meat Porter’s Steak Lovers’s box, we can testify that the meat tastes good even when you’ve stupidly overcooked it (definitely the sign of a quality cut!) Luckily we managed to perfect our chargrilling skills as we worked our way through the box of rump, ribeye and sirloin steaks - with deliciously tender results.

And if you really want to turn up the heat on your BBQ, we recommend the Smoked Chilli Ketchup from Gran Luchito, the award-winning Mexican smoked chilli brand. The Ketchup is smokey, garlicky and has a nice gentle heat which will enhance rather than overwhelm the taste of your burgers (they do a lovely Smoked Chilli Mayo too…)

Meat Porter’s Steak Lover’s Box (£40) available now: Barbeque Box available from Monday 13th (£45) ; Gran Luchito Ketchup, £3, and Gran Luchito Mayo, £3,

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Behind the shoot location: Angsana Lang Co, Vietnam

The fashion team here at YOU scour the world for the best locations for our shoots and we are honoured to share with you where we shot this week’s story in beautiful Vietnam.... see the full shoot here.

As the world becomes increasingly accessible and homogenised, Vietnam still manages to offer the experience of being off the beaten track on the road less travelled. With rich cultural history, the natural beauty of the landscape and exemplary local cuisine, it is not surprising that Vietnam is fast becoming a go to spot for those who are a little past their post university backpacking years but still in possession of their sense of adventure.    
Nestled in between Da Nang and Hue in central Vietnam, the all pool villa resort in Lang Co Bay offers the perfect spot to enjoy all that the relatively untouched region has to offer whilst denying yourself no personal luxuries.

The design of the hotel has taken care to infuse vibrant Vietnamese decorative elements and contemporary chic offering the perfect location for our summer holiday themed shoot. Nothing can describe the sheer bliss of relaxing in your personal balcony pool whilst overlooking spectacular views of the East Sea and the magnificent Truong Son mountain range. The area is still very under developed with just Angsana and its sister hotel Banyan Tree situated on the bay, so nothing can obstruct your view!

WHERE: Angsana is placed between 3 UNECSCO world heritage sites; the imperial city of Hue, the charming old town of Hoi An and historical ruins of My Son, an ideal base for explorers. Their helpful staff are always on hand to offer recommendations and bespoke tours with knowledgeable and helpful tour guides. Or should you be taking a walk on the wild side take out one of their dune buggies and explore the nature trails, beaches and mountains yourself! Whilst you are exploring the local area, keep an eye out for the famous Linh Ung Pagoda with a 24 metre high white seated Buddha – its presence is hard to miss!

THINGS TO DO: When you are not off exploring everything Vietnam has to offer, Angsana has more than enough to keep you happily contented! In addition to your personal pool, the resort possesses a fantastic communal pool area, private beach, beautiful spa with an exhaustive selection of treatments or for the more active, a fully equipped gym, water sports centre and an 18 hole golf course designed by none other than Nick Faldo.

WHAT TO EAT: No trip to Vietnam would be complete without full immersion into local cuisine. Angsana has 3 resort restaurants. Market Place, which specialises with an indo-chinese menu, and Rice Bowl and our personal favourite was the traditional Vietnamese cuisine at Moomba, with a focus on the freshest sea food whilst overlooking the pristine beach.  
As you would expect from its location, fishing is pivotal part of the local community and as part of Angsana’s commitment to preserving tradition, they offer guests a unique fisherman for the day experience. During which you learn the traditional practices from local fisherman in Lang Co bay, where they teach you how to master the round basket boats that are specific to the region.

NEED TO KNOW: Kareoke is a national past time in Vietnam and cannot be neglected on your visit! Strolling round the packed streets of any of the neighbouring towns you are falling over bars dedicated to the toe-curling (yet ridiculously fun) entertainment. As I have mentioned, Angsana is blissful in its quiet remoteness, however on an evening should you be looking for a little more be sure to book in to the Rice Bowl restaurants private karaoke room at no extra charge. Nestled in the corner of the restaurant, the YOU team can personally vouch for the English language song list, it contains all the classics you could need. For the slightly more introvert members of your party be sure to combine with the bars well thought out cocktails!
The resort itself has its very own lagoon that connects Angsana and its sister hotel Banyan Tree and traditional barge for getting between the two – be sure to ask reception to organise a boat transfer for you. Although it’s a short distance between the two properties, the journey itself is pretty special and not to be missed!

GETTING THERE: Vietnam Airlines (; 020 3263 2062) offers four nonstop flights per week to either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City (both approximately 1 hour from Angsana) with fares currently starting from £436 return. From 31 March, Vietnam Airlines will operate from Heathrow, with frequencies set to rise to a daily service following the introduction of Vietnam Airlines' brand, new next-generation Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on its UK routes in July 2015. The new aircraft will feature in-flight WiFi and fully flat beds in Business Class, and will also herald the launch of Vietnam Airlines’ new branding and corporate identity - firmly establishing it as the leading carrier for the Indochina region."

HOTEL: Angsana Lang Co, Vietnam. For reservations and enquiries, please contact +84 54 3695 800 or visit Prices at Angsana Lang Co start from approx. £132 based on two people sharing a Deluxe Room King on a bed and breakfast basis. For more information on Angsana Hotels & Resorts, please visit

Lucy Coghlan