Fancy a bit of romance? You may not be able to celebrate the royal baby in person, but you can transport yourself to the most buzzed-about city of the moment with onscreen love stories set in London. We can't all fly to the city of double-decker buses and red telephone boxes, so we've got films to take you there instead. Whether you like classic movies or playful indie dramas, we've found plenty of romantic films to make you feel royally English. For a touch of love and British charm (with hot accents, to boot), here are romantic movies to stream on Netflix.
Here's something to tip your hat to: Britain has legalized gay marriage! To celebrate the news that same-sex couples in Britain can now tie the knot, we're sharing wedding ideas inspired by the country that brought us The Beatles, the Spice Girls, Harry Potter, and Kate Middleton. Taking our cue from the traditions, monuments, locations, and pop culture of the UK, here's some British big-day inspiration. So don a fascinator and take a trip across the pond with us now!
- Karl Lagerfeld has set the theme for this year's Bal de la Rose du Rocher in Monte Carlo as "Belle et Pop," which will combine the imagery and music of France's Golden Age with the latest trends in rap, hip-hop, and soul. [WWD]
- After previously showing in Milan, Burberry will present its next menswear collection in London. [Telegraph]
- Macy's latest brand literally comes straight from a magazine. Teen Vogue collaborated with the retailer on a collection that launches in stores and online today. [WWD]
- Meanwhile, Lily Aldridge has teamed up with Velvet by Graham & Spencer on a 13-piece capsule collection, which reflects the model's signature "boho rock-and-roll glamour" style. [Vogue UK]
- The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum will explore the mystical role of shoes in mythology through its next exhibition, The Amazing Shoemaker — Fairy Tales and Legends About Shoes and Shoemakers. [WWD]
- Condé Nast has premiered video networks for Glamour and GQ to kick-start the development of its newly created entertainment division. [Mashable]
- Iris Apfel's second collection of sunglasses for Eyebobs is now available. [SheFinds]
- Karlie's Kookies might soon be stocked at a Whole Foods near you. [The New York Post]
- Nicholas Kirkwood looks to architecture to inspire his fancy footwear: "The curve, the line, the angles, all of it is close to the structure of a bridge, if not of a building in itself." [AnotherMag]
The 2012 Olympics may be over, but we've still got our eyes on Britain, thanks to the gorgeous architecture in this lavish London flat. Located on Bayswater Road, The Lancasters was originally made up of 15 stucco-fronted houses from the mid-19th century. Since then the buildings have been restored — maintaining the original traditional architecture but updating the spaces with fresh design and new construction. This four-bedroom flat in The Lancasters development is currently on the market, so take a peek to see its elegant decor and Renaissance-inspired style.
As Gore Vidal famously noted, "Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn." This eclectic British home is a perfect example of that famous author's quote. Combining classic British furniture staples such as the chesterfield with framed Sex Pistol posters and shark heads on the wall, this is an absolutely unique home. We're in admiration of the owner, a travel writer and former designer, and her distinct style and humour. Come take the tour, and then book a visit through One Fine Stay.
Minutes from the River Thames and designed by an eminent interior designer, Richmond Bridge may be one of the coolest houses in London. Luckily, you don't have to simply admire this incredible home from afar. You can actually book it for your next London visit through One Fine Stay. Take the entire tour when you read more!
There's no shortage of world-class beauty spots in London, whether your look is posh, pretty, polished, or punk. The challenge, of course, is scouring 609 square miles to track down the best spas, salons, and shops. So we asked some of our favorite Britons — and a few Anglophiles, too — to let us in on their favorite beauty spots. Here's the best from supermodels to makeup artists to fashion designers.
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Whether your love affair with London is decades old or has been sparked more recently by the 2012 Olympics, memorializing the great city with artwork is a perfect way to show your feelings. We've rounded up 14 unique pieces — from photography to sculptural pieces to one amazing work that took 98 pens — that will bring a little piece of the city to your home.
There's something about British design that's just innately cool and elegant. Whether it's a well put together English country living room in cheery tones or a geometrically patterned, over-the-top '60s-era master suite, the same history of refinement can be traced throughout the rooms, products, and designs of these masters.
Come along as we explore some of our favorite moments and designers in the history of British design. We'll start with one of our favorite designers from the 20th century — David Hicks — and then move in reverse chronological order back to the arts and crafts movement of the late 19th century. See why these designers and design moments inspired not just the UK, but the entire world!
The London Olympics kick off today, and we can't wait to watch the opening ceremonies and then root for Team USA! We're not the only ones getting in the patriotic spirit — the whole United Kingdom have been waving their Union Jacks to celebrate hosting the Summer Games. National monuments have been dressed up, venders have prepped their goods, and proud Brits have been decked out in red, white, and blue to take part in festivities leading up to the kickoff. Plus, celebrities like Harry Potter's Rupert Grint and "Sporty Spice" Mel C. have participated as torchbearers and the British royal family have also been taking part in Olympic events. See all the patriotic excitement across the UK now!