Monday, 27 February 2012

Mothering Sunday at Harvey Nichols

Treat your mum this Mother’s Day to a delicious day at the Fourth Floor Restaurant.
Head Chef Paul Cunliffe has created a mouth watering three course lunch menu to give your mum a truly memorable experience. Enjoy pan fried hake with jersey royal dauphinoise or succulent roast lamb rump served with a warm nicoise salad.
To make your mum feel extra special, the Fourth Floor have teamed up with the beauty brand Dermalogica for your mum to receive an exclusive complimentary gift.
The lunch is priced at £27.50 per person and includes three courses from the set menu.
To view the Mother’s Day menu please click here.
To book or for further information call 0113 204 8000.

Infiniti Fashion Show and Dinner

The Fourth Floor invites you to the exclusive Infiniti Fashion Show on Tuesday 6 March.
Join us for drinks and canapés followed by a runway show featuring key looks from the Spring/Summer 2012 collections.
Head Chef Paul Cunliffe has created a show stopping four course dinner boasting the finest seasonal ingredients which can be enjoyed at the Fourth Floor Café after the show.
Tickets for the evening are priced at £60 per person and include the Fashion Show, a four course dinner and a goody bag to take away.
Tickets for just the Fashion Show cost £15 and include a goody bag to take away.
To purchase tickets for the Infiniti Fashion Show dinner please call personal shopping on 0113 204 8803.
To purchase tickets for just the Infiniti Fashion Show please click here.

Wrap Party

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Monday, 20 February 2012

Darren Baker Exhibition at Whitewall Leeds

Darren Baker exhibition at Whitewall Leeds

Huddersfield born artist Darren Baker will be in attendance at whitewall Leeds on the 10th of March.
Darren is swiftly becoming one of the UK’s most collectable artists. He created a media sensation when Princess Anne unveiled his magnificent new portrait of the queen and his extraordinary status was appointed an official artist to the BT 2012 Olympic games in London.
Darren has received numerous awards including The Garrick prize and is the official artist to the Professional Footballers Association.

RSVP by calling the gallery on 0113 2428138 or email to receive entry to exhibition and to  meet Darren.
1-3pm Saturday 10th of March

Right Said Ted

Right Said Ted

Not one to blend into the background, Ted’s collections become literal works of art this season. Rich prints, sharp silhouettes, a palette of paint-box brights and bold brushstrokes in the form of textural and tonal highlights are at the very heart of Spring/Summer 2012. Add to that Ted’s unwavering attention to detail and you have a collection that’s sure to be a real talking point and worthy of a walking exhibit.

Womenswear celebrates the female form with defined waists, full skirts and cut away detailing. Flower power reigns supreme with English roses, peonies and cherry blossom in full bloom on feminine 50s dress shapes. The Rosebug print featuring bright roses, bugs and butterflies is key and appears on everything from cropped jackets to shorts and from peep-toe heels to clutches. The floral theme continues with laser cut appliqué and intricate floral cutwork adding interest to dresses, tops and flirty shorts.

In contrast a more structured silhouette emerges with pleated maxi dresses flowing in vivid pops of colour. Clean lines are colour-blocked and played out in a modern minimal palette of blood orange, dove grey, ivory and black. Tailoring details are evident on jumpsuits, simple shifts and soft separates whilst origami folds, lace trims and pleating add structure.

Accessorise with towering cork wedges, wooden flatforms, oversized or mini box clutches in raffia and a stack of bangles.

In a way, Ted’s menswear collection is like a self-portrait, capturing all the elements of his personality. Larger than life, it’s bursting with vivid colour and detail, offering a bright and breezy take on riviera dressing. Chinos in slim and classic fits come in a rainbow of brights and earthy shades such as burnt orange, forest green and rustic red with contrast turn up detailing. Pastel and check chino shorts are worn with nautical stripe tees and polos with slim collars. Prints come through in the form of subtle polka dots and paisley trims on shirts and polos. Layer up with ribbed and fine weave summer knits.

Outerwear continues the seafaring theme with canvas and wax coated lightweight jackets appearing in colour blocked brights or navy. Rope button holes and loops, wooden toggles and rustic coconut buttons add further texture. For a fresh take on summer tailoring, double breasted and single breasted cotton blazers are worn with matching slim fit cotton trousers and deckchair stripe shirts.

The collection is finished with canvas duffle bags and shoppers, paisley and spotty neckerchiefs and bright suede deck shoes or brogues.

Ted’s new S/S12 collections’ exceptional quality and distinctive detailing are masterpieces of both style and substance…and set to be a sensation worldwide. Because after all, Ted’s always been the Great Exhibitionist.


The S/S12 Langley collection delivers chic sophistication with a dash of 70s glamour.

The deep purple halter-neck jumpsuit is embellished with a silver chain for pure statement dressing. The Crystallised Border print adds dramatic texture and appears on floor sweeping pleated maxi skirts and dresses. White cocktail dresses are adorned with exquisite floral cutwork and organza overlays featuring delicate embroidered butterflies. For the ultimate in lavish glamour, the red lace ball gown is adorned with opulent crystal beading.


Ted’s S/S12 Phormal collection presents a sleek silhouette.

Contemporary suits in taupe, silver and navy jacquard have a lustrous quality appearing in luxurious fabric mixes such as mohair, wool and silk and are the height of sartorial elegance.

Polka dot bow ties, silk scarves and printed dress shirts with a subtle sheen, add an element of the dandy, whilst the riviera inspired pale blue suit offers a contemporary take on smart tailoring.

Ted Baker
23 - 29, Queen Victoria Street
Tel: 0113 245 3713

Thursday, 16 February 2012

McLaren Sport by Links of London

Links of London have teamed up with McLaren on a designer collection of exquisitely engineered men’s jewellery and accessories which will launch mid-April.
Movement and energy evoke the spirit of this mechanically inspired luxury collection with design features motivated by the components of the impressive Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ Formula 1 cars. 
Celebrating a fusion of first class engineering, sophisticated materials and a marriage of function and design this collection brings the fast-paced exhilarating McLaren environment into the luxury jewellery world of Links of London.
We will be bringing you more information on this collection very soon but here is a first look at some of the designs -

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Winning Ways at VQ

The winner of this year’s VQ Valentine’s Competition was Serena Dawe, who scooped £300 in VQ Shopping Vouchers ensuring she and her partner will have a real day to remember.
Serena, who works in the city as a solicitor said, “This was such a surprise. I regularly enter VQ competitions but this is the first time I’ve ever won one. I’ll certainly keep entering VQ competitions now!”
The Valentine’s competiton was run via the VQ website and could also be entered by scanning QR codes situated around the centre, and received over 1,000 entries. The next competition will be in the Spring/Summer edition of VQ Magazine, when readers can win a great holiday prize courtesy of Kuoni. The magazine is out from 27th April, so be sure to pick up a copy then.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Valentines at Whitewall Galleries

Valentine’s at Crabtree & Evelyn

Give A Little Bit of Heart & Soap!

Get in a lather this Valentine’s at The VQ’s Crabtree & Evelyn store.

February the 14th is THE day for showering your loved one with hearts and roses, so why not combine the two with Crabtree & Evelyn’s gift boxed, heart shaped Rosewater Soaps.

The perfect Valentine’s Day gift!

Now available:

A sleek box containing three pink heart shaped Rosewater soaps.
The triple milled soaps are a luxurious marble texture and will create a beautiful soft lather.

Other Valentine’s inspired offerings:

A selection of Crabtree & Evelyn’s fine foods in heart shaped boxes for £20.

4 travel sized minis in a beautiful heart shaped box.
 Mix and Match from a fabulous array of body lotions, hand lotions, shower gels and hand wash for just £14 (saving up to £10).*

Crabtree & Evelyn’s NEW Avocado, Olive and Basil range – shower gel, body lotion, and hand therapy for £28 instead of £45,
presented in a heart shaped box for loyalty card holders.

PLUS a further selection of fantastic Valentine’s gifts at 30% off.

Feel the heart shaped love this Valentine’s at:

Crabtree & Evelyn
 Queen Victoria Street
 Victoria Quarter
T: 0113 246 9460

Invite to the Thomas Sabo Spring/Summer Collection Launch

It’s that time of year again – Thomas Sabo are launching their Spring/Summer Collection 2012. It promises to be the best collection yet – drawing inspiration from the glamour of bygone eras as well as paying homage to the best of previous collections. Glam Soul  encompasses the uniqueness and passion of the Thomas Sabo brand and projects it through key pieces.

Thomas Sabo, here at the VQ  are holding a launch party on Saturday 11th February 2pm – 5pm. Offering goody bags with special gifts, champagne and chocolates and a collection of Jazz and Blues music – Come see the new collection and celebrate it with us!”

Laura Bailey Bags A Radley

Laura Bailey Bags A Radley

Premium British fashion accessories brand Radley is delighted to announce that the iconic British model and writer, Laura Bailey, is its new Brand Ambassador and face of its new Spring Summer '12 campaign.

As a model, writer, contributing editor for British Vogue and Cultural ambassador for the BFC (British Fashion Council), Laura was a natural choice for Radley embodying this much loved British label’s intrinsic fashion and lifestyle values.

“I have watched the Radley brand for years and was thrilled when they asked me to be their first brand ambassador,” Laura enthuses. “I love the creativity and quality that is at the heart of the brand, ensuring that every design has the unique Radley feel that customers can't get enough of.”

Shot by Angelo Pennetta with styling direction by Katie Hillier, this beautiful new campaign brings to life the true essence of Radley, a brand for the women of 2012 who do it all and need an affordable lifestyle brand with exceptional design credentials to go with it.

We are excited to have Laura Bailey as our Brand Ambassador for SS12,” Lorraine Pringle, Radley Brand Director explains. “Having chosen Laura for her natural and effortless style, we wanted to portray this in the images. She is a modern woman who juggles work, family and life and always manages to look amazing. We hope that the campaign highlights the style and versatility of the spring collection and reminds people that with 23 stand alone stores, we are Britain's biggest premium handbag brand.”

Follow in Laura Bailey’s stylish, fashion footsteps and bag yourself a Radley this season at:

Radley London
15/17 County Arcade
Victoria Quarter
Tel: 0113 234 1916

Illamasqua Neon nails!

Neon nails!

Illamasqua fabulous US team have taken over their blog with a feature on one of the hottest emerging trends stateside this season...

Brighten up and reveal your vivid alter ego in the midst of the dreary winter months with the latest trend – NEON NAILS. 

Nail Varnish in Collide

With fingerless gloves a must-have this season and nail art lining the pages of blogs and forums internationally, it’s effortless to make your best accessory colour-popping nails with Illamasqua.

Our colour-intense, chip resistant Nail Varnishes provide a broad range of bold, rich and vibrant colours that are sure to make you stand out from the crowd. 

Nail Varnish in Rare

To get a little more insight into this winter’s boldest trend, we caught up with Illamasqua’s Director of Product Development, David Horne, to give some tips on why neon is so hot right now, creative ways to ease into such bold colours, and the top shades from Illamasqua to try.

Q) Why have neon nail colours been a recurring trend not just for spring but for winter too?

A) People are feeling a sense of conviction in regards to treating nail colours as statement accessories - this has been driven by Japanese street trend and influencers such as Lady Gaga through the music evolution.

Nail Varnish in Radium

Q) If you normally shy away from bright colours what is the best way to ease into the neon trend?

A) Neon tips are a great way to be experimental with the neons without full manicure commitment or try alternate shades on different fingers so the effect is more playful.

Check out this striking neon art from Beautylish for inspiration

Q) Is the neon nail trend strictly for night time/going out or can you wear the trend during the day?

A) Neon is a statement whatever the time of day and signals a fun personality trait and bold self expression.

Q) What are your top 3 Illamasqua neon Nail Varnishes?

A) Nail Varnish in Collide, Nail Varnish in Rare and Nail Varnish in Gamma.

Nail Varnish in Gamma