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A high spot of this year’s high summer was the Summer Party staged by Savile Row Style Magazine. Held at the May Fair Hotel, hard by Berkeley Square, a grand gathering of the tailoring fraternity and the tout monde of Mayfair supped Cattier Champagne and … vodka cocktails, fortified by some delicious canapés from the May Fair’s kitchens.

The occasion, sponsored by Consero, premier property developer, marked a redesign of the magazine and was hosted by new publisher, Stewart Lee of Publications UK. It proved to be a Very Good Party, the tailors turning out in strength and with many of their illustrious customers attending.

A video covering the long history of the Row up to the present day, put together by the magazine’s designer, Hitesh. Chauhan, proved to be a hit, featuring many old photographs and style shots that vied with the champagne for attention. There were displays of bespoke garments on stands as well on the guests.

Celebrated poet, John Cooper Clark, gave an impromptu address. He came hot foot from being one of the star acts at the Glastonbury Festival and revealed his love of bespoke clothes and respect for those who make it.

In a short address, Stewart Lee emphasised his commitment to developing the magazine and maintaining its focus on Savile Row. Editor Marie Scott invited the tailors to work with her to ensure that the Row’s bespoke craftsmanship received the recognition it is due as one of Britain’s treasures.

“Raise a glass both to Savile Row, the place, and Savile Row Style, the magazine,” she invited in conclusion. And they most certainly did.

 

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A high spot of this year’s high

A trilogy of shows combine to attract exhibitors and collectors from around the globe

Preceding the LAPADA show, two other major exhibitions confirmed London’s pre-eminence as the city of art and antiques.

The wonderful Masterpiece show took place early in the summer, the fifth year it has been staged, and maintaining the very high quality of exhibits presented at the preceding events.

Staged in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital, its marquee an impressive architectural design, it concentrates on 150 carefully selected galleries from around the world. The exhibits chosen range from antiquity to the contemporary, each vetted by independent experts.

mastermooreThere really were some stunning pieces here. A ‘Torso of Venus’ dating from the 1st century BC was a particularly fine antiquity example, and a range of Chinoiserie and Japanese works illustrated the continuing interest in the Far East. Rosewood ‘flame’ chairs circa 1965 from Gordon Watson, a splendid Helmet Mask from Sierra Leone’s Sande Women’s Society, offered by Peter Petrou, and Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Domino’ sculpture, from Bowman Sculpture, were more modern pieces that managed to stand out in a crowd of fabulous works.

And the other major summer event was the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair. The largest and longest-running of any of the London shows, it is popular with serious collectors and dealers as well as the general public and plenty of celebrities.

In addition to the wealth of art and antiques on show, the fair had a distinguished line-up of speakers for an extensive programme of events, featuring experts from around the art world. And its sister exhibition, the Winter Olympia Art & Antiques Fair takes place from November 3 – 9, and though the younger of the two events in June, has developed into an important date for collectors, with a comprehensive variety of exhibits.

A trilogy of shows combine to attract