Eleonore's September edit
Our editor-in-chief Eleonore Dresch (@eleonoredresch) reflects on things happening around London this month
I am currently navigating the ebb and flow of a back-to-school mood, torn between a comforting return to my daily routine — non-essential daily news reads, cultural activity planning, autumn fashion browsing — to the shock of getting back to work (and the disappearance of my summer tan).
The thing with September is that it requires something of a balancing act. And as delighted as I am to be getting ready for yet another intense season in the city, I can't help feeling slightly overwhelmed.
So I've tried, for my own sake, and perhaps yours. to prioritise the things I feel we shouldn’t be missing this month.
Back-to-the-office attire is taking over our news feeds — yes, tailoring is back in case you were wondering. And inspiration for our office looks is coming from an unlikely place — via the arrivals lounge in Venice' s Marco Polo airport.
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For us mere mortals who are bound to the back-to-desk look and are trying to put holidays and unsustainable air miles behind us, celebrity airport attire is our window into casual chic.
Indeed if you want to spice up your office attire, it is worth taking inspiration from Greta Gerwig or Julianne Moore's arrival at the Venice Film Festival.
Meanwhile, in the real world, Mango is launching a new high-end line, a highly convincing office collection — check out the leather bomber jacket. There are also items in Uniqlo’s new Inès de La Fressange collection that are truly tempting.
I always like to think that September is the antipasto month for art, ahead of the great Frieze extravaganza in October. This year, however, the line-up of exhibitions and festivals is truly impressive.
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Frieze will start in Regent's Park Wednesday 14 September and around that time, some exciting sculptures are on display around town.
Don’t miss the powerful Artangel exhibition at Churchill Gardens and Bernar Venet show at Cork Gallery.
Katie Hessel is launching her much-talked-about book at Victoria Miro next week and I am always delighted to discover the latest curation from the wonderful Canopy gallery this month presented at Cromwell place.
The London Design Festival is back with lots of festivities at the V&A — I look forward to seeing the latest works and installations from Sabine Marcelis.
...Eat out once this month,
it should be at the Waterhouse Project: Chef Jamie Lee will be visiting from Copenhagen to cook alongside Gabriel Waterhouse for two dinners on September 22nd & 23rd to see out the summer months. I hope I can make it.
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If your budget allows two theatre outings this month,
you should see My Neighbour Totoro at the Barbican for anyone remotely into Miyazaki’s animé and The Doctor at Duke of York’s theatre, Robert Hick's play starring Juliette Stevenson. Our theatre editor told me it is one of the greatest plays she has seen in the past years,
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Tans fade, wrinkles last, our beauty director was reminding me ominously at the beginning of the summer.
Beyond slathering on SPF, I have been testing the incredible products from one of London's top facialists, Fatma Shaheen, all summer.
Her Skin Design London range of at-home skincare is a godsend. Her retinol serum in particular is proving a wrinkle-reducing elixir, so much so that I will soon be asking Fatma to share her daily routine and how she deals with ageing skin. More on that soon.
I have also been spraying my body with Chanel’s new camellia-infused body serum that launches today and will let you know about the outcome in my next edit.
May the tan last and the wrinkles fade.
A diner at Cycene, at the über cool Blue Mountain School in Shoreditch.
Set to open in October 2022, Cycene - meaning kitchen in Old English - marks the next chapter for Blue Mountain School founders James and Christie Brown who will open the restaurant over two floors of their restored townhouse. Bookings are now open.
A conversation with Karl Ove Knausgaard, at the London Literature Festival. Greta Thunberg will also be presenting her latest book.
A harvest festival at Daylesford in the Cotswolds celebrating the 20th anniversary of the launch of the eponymous épicerie fine. Producer's markets and in-depth sustainability talks to be expected.