Lifestyle forecast: The Culture Whisper Edit
June has arrived, and with the padding of peonies and the shortening of shadows comes a new attitude in what we want to wear, eat, read and more.
Splash by Sarah Bahbah, Lawrence Alkin Gallery
The wild and wonderful artist and Instagram sensation Sarah Bahbah lands her first ever solo showing in London this June with a collection of her most viral and raw storytelling visuals. 'You've probably seen my art on someone else's account', reads her Instagram bio. And she's right, you probably have.
Exhibition open: 8th June - 22nd June
LUMP - Curse of the Contemporary
Laura Marling has a brand new sound with her brand new band, formed alongside Mike Lindsay. We watched with immediate enamour as LUMP performed their debut single ‘Curse of the Contemporary’ on Jools Holland, Laura Marling a beautiful and still apparition surrounded by a trio of jumpy, noisy bandmates. Watch the performance here.
The Vampire's Wife
All the coolest girls will be clad in The Vampire's Wife this summer. Brainchild of Susie Cave – Nick Cave's wife – the fashion design house is characterized by a haze of moody, sexy, witchy elegance. See more here.
The Diary of Frida Kahlo at The V&A Shop
Ahead of Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up at the V&A, which opens on 16 June, the V&A shop is in bloom with Frida-centric goodies. We've given The Diary of Frida Kahlo, filled with the beguiling notes and illustrations of Frida's personal journal, pride of place on our bookshelves for years, and now it's enjoying a stint in the sunshine again. See more here.
A stunning portrait of soaring talent, limitless creativity and inner darkness, we've given this documentary about the life of Lee 'Alexander' McQueen five stars. Read our review here.
A 'demi-fine' jewellery brand – sitting somewhere in-between costume jewellery and fine jewellery – Otiumberg is a mix of fashionability, uniqueness and affordable price points. Think golden star punctured lobes and mini hoops of kaleidoscope jewels.
How Do You Like Me Now by Holly Bourne
A debut novel by Holly Bourne all about womanhood in your thirties, our Book Editor thinks that this book's narrator, Tori Bailey, is 'the heroine we need and deserve'. Read more here.
Neptune, The Principal Hotel
Neptune is the destination seafood restaurant of the moment, having opened this month at The Principal Hotel. Our star dish was the homemade stracciatella & black Iberico tomatoes. Delicious. Read more here.
A 'Mabelle' at The Green Room
The Green Room at The Curtain Is the luxe new bar that's making a splash with it's impressive cocktail menu inspired by East London. Sip the 'Mabelle' (a mix of Bombay Sapphire, white cacao, rose and lemon tonic thats meant to evoke 'a walled rose garden in Victoria Park') aside an emerald-tiled bar and atop plush pastel velvet stools.
Rue Saint Honore candle by Lola James Harper
Sweet memories of the Parisian boutique Colette are beginning to fade after it's closure in December, but we all know smell is the sense most apt at evoking nostalgia. This is the scent that was tailor made to fill the rooms. Woody and citrusy, the scent is an honneur to the boutique. Buy it here.
@marrakech_brooklyn is an achingly cool tapestry of vintage cool, fashion and glamour curated by Paul Rowland who was a model agent back in the 80s and has since established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the creative industry. It's the mood board of our summer. Follow the account here.
The Lieutenant Of Inishmore, Noel Coward Theatre
Poldark's Aidan Turner makes his West End debut as a crazed, cat-loving terrorist in Michael Grandage's revival of The Lieutenant Of Inishmore. This is the stage to be seen at this month.
Read more here