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My Fair Lady


Imagine the pages of Robb Report tumbling out into an exhibition – gleaming displays of all that’s rare in art, fine wine, cars and  jewellery  - and you have some idea of Masterpiece London’s ethos. (3 Aug' 11)

The Fair took place recently, reporting  visitor increase of nearly 60%  on last year - with millions of pounds in sales accrued during its week-long tenure at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Sat Bal spoke to Masterpiece London Fair director, Nicola Winwood and to Quintessentially’s Clare Gardner for the inside view on this year’s Masterpiece London.


 

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Dylan Jones

As editor of GQ magazine Dylan Jones is eminently qualified to comment on consumer, venue and style trends. Sat Bal chatted to him as he prepared to host the '09 Birmingham Style Awards. Topics included  the TV series Mad Men, the desirability of uniform...and a much-missed (by Dylan) band called Devil Bitch.

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Quintessentially - the world's local concierge

"For what purpose is all the toil and bustle of this world? What is the end of avarice and ambition, of the pursuit of wealth, power and pre-eminence? To be observed, to be attended to, to be taken notice of with sympathy, complacency and approbation."  Adam Smith  (The Theory of Moral Sentiments) 1759

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Anna-Louise Felstead

The work of Anna-Louise Felstead (left) crosses subject matter almost as often as she crosses the globe. Here, the reportage artist reveals the buzz of painting at events and venues ranging from mosques to military ships.

 

What does the work of a reportage artist involve and when did you discover this creative flair?

Being a reportage artist means you have to be willing to put yourself in positions where you wouldn’t ordinarily be. When on location, people often watch me draw which means you have to be confident in your work and not allow them to put you off. This can be hard when crowds form as happened to me recently when painting a mosque in Dubai. In the end I had to close my sketchpad until the crowd dispersed. I also believe you have to be fast as a reportage artist. Nothing stays still in real life so you have to work quickly and confidently. I realised I had a talent at a very young age. My teacher at nursery school even put up one of my paintings of some sunflowers in the staff room, telling my mother she knew I would be a successful artist one day.

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Calling the shots at Heathrow

Dennis Stone's photography tenure at Heathrow numbers a vintage 64 years. This makes him the airport's longest serving resident photographer, allowing him to capture stars such as Frank Sinatra and the Beatles. The result is in a newly-published book entitled 'A Life At The Airport: A Heathrow Photographer.’ Sat Bal (28 Sep 10) 

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NetJets in Foster care

As the 62nd Cannes Film Festival takes off this week so do the aircraft which will disgorge innumerable celebs, producers and party organisers at Nice Airport and the private jet stronghold of Cannes-Mandelieu Airport. Taxiiing into these ports will be private planes from the NetJets Europe fleet, a company which is on a creative high thanks to the recent design input of renowned architect Lord Norman Foster. Sat Bal (5 Dec '09)

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Val Bowes - Flying Saucers

Flying Saucers has been feeding the world's biggest bands for nearly 30 years. Its founder, Val Bowes, tells us how she combines a successful business with a demanding degree course...and why she'snot too keen too appear on TV with Gordon Ramsay any time soon.

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