February Lifestyle Edit 2021
From a dizzyingly good new album from Celeste to an ice-cool collaboration from Bella Freud, here's what to have on your radar this month
... Nick Cave & Bella Freud
A warm hug of a cashmere jumper with a salient message - this collaboration between the Prince of Darkness and Queen of cool has to be one of the most covetable pieces of exclusive knitwear going. 'I can’t tell you how often I have brought this guidance to mind and acted accordingly, and how much strength and moral fortitude it has afforded me,' says Cave of his mother's words, that have been hand drawn by Bella in her signature wording.
... Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson
This debut novel by 26-year-old British-Ghanaian Caleb Azumah Nelson is both a modern love story and a piercing reflection on masculinity and race. It traces a relationship between two young Londoners, both budding artists – he a photographer, she a dancer. Considering the ways identity shapes experience, Open Water is a soulful meditation on art and love.
... 'Tilted', a collaborative show by Purslane and Wilder gallery
Artwork: 'Tilted' by Amy Beager
'Tilted' is a curatorial collaboration between Purslane - one of our favourite new artistic initiatives - and Wilder gallery. It will feature the work of a number of upcoming and emerging artists, with 20% of all sales going towards the Trussell Trust. As we all know, food poverty is alarmingly on the rise in the UK, so this online exhibition is an opportunity to give back, support the work of young artists and decorate your walls with beautiful original artworks. Don't miss out. The show launches here at 6pm on 11 February.
... Malcolm & Marie
Filmed over two weeks during the pandemic and starring Zendaya and John David Washington, this movie lands on Netflix on Friday 4 February. It is set inside one house, with two characters and is shot in glorious black-and-white. The experiment isn’t entirely successful, but Levinson still crafts a stylishly intriguing piece.
... to Celeste's new album, 'Not Your Muse'
The inimitable Celeste dropped her debut studio album at the end of January, and it's just as good as we expected. It's glittering and soulful, showing off her timeless song-writing and exquisite, buttery vocals in a medley of twenty-two songs. Stream it now, you'll thank us later.
... Vintner's Daughter
With an initial release dubbed 'the face oil to end all face oils', and a waiting-list for the latest, second one, Vintner's Daughter's two cult products have fast-become a big deal in the beauty world. The all-natural, all-organic goods might not come cheap, but with ingredients like frankincense, marigold, rosehip, rosemary, and turmeric root oil, they are utterly transformative.
... The Laughing Heart's Valentine's Box
This year, the best way to enjoy Valentine's Day is to recreate the restaurant experience at home. While there are plenty of restaurants offering Valentine's boxes, this one caught our eye from one of our favourite foodie influencer's instagram. From celeriac caramelle, walnut and pesto pasta and aged comte pithiver to crème pâtissière and oysters, The Laughing Heart's Valentine's Day box for two is hard to beat.
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