Celebrate Chelsea Flower Show in the Ten Room at Café Royal hotel from Tuesday 21 May – Sunday 26 May 2013
Enjoy a floral installation created by renowned florist, Jamie Aston, while dining on a delectable menu featuring edible flowers.
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World Exclusive: VeryFirstTo is proud to present the largest portrait of Nelson Mandela ever to have been painted. At a colossal 4.2 x 4.2m the stunning image dwarfs 1.98m artist Paul Blomkamp.
The painting is rendered in Blomkamp’s hallmark medium of acrylic paints on nine individual canvasses which collectively form the overall image. It took the artist 14 months to create, and serves as a tribute to one of the world’s most inspirational statesman for his forthcoming 95th birthday.
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Creativity and innovation are celebrated this month with a spectrum of new launches from the world of art, motoring, fashion and design. The largest ever portrait of Nelson Mandela is unveiled. Fashion empress Isabella Blow’s wardrobe is showcased in a new exhibition, Roli creates a musical storm with a revolutionary new keyboard and beloved French restaurant Boulestin reopens in London’s Mayfair. On the grapevine, the very best of menswear design showcase new collections in London, Tom Dixon creates a range of luxurious camping-ready accessories with adidas, performance furniture by Oma and Knoll excites the interior’s world and three-wheelers go electric. We also pick out top gifts to make this Father’s Day (16th June) truly special.
Largest Ever Portrait of Nelson Mandela
We’re privileged to have the world exclusive on the largest ever portrait of Nelson Mandela. At a colossal 4.2m squared, the stunning image dwarfs the 6ft 5” tall South African artist Paul Blomkamp. The painting is rendered in Blomkamp’s hallmark medium of acrylic paints on nine individual canvasses, which collectively form the overall image. It took him 14 months to create as a tribute to one of the world’s most inspirational statesman for his forthcoming 95th birthday.
Blomkamp is a master of this highly specialised technique and has enjoyed numerous prestigious exhibitions and major commissions. In recent years he has completed portraits of Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson.
The minimum reserve for the magnificent portrait is £193, 000 ($304, 800 – 2,750,000 Rand) and a £1000, donation will be made by VeryFirstTo and the artist to The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital upon purchase.
She famously wore couture to breakfast, was a muse to milliner Philip Treacy and championed the late, great Alexander McQueen – breaking and redefining the fashion rules with her eccentric style. So, it comes as no surprise that six years after her tragic suicide, Isabella Blow’s maverick style should be honoured for all to enjoy in a major exhibition.
‘Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!’ at London’s Somerset House, will allow style aficionados, pop culture fans and art lovers alike to walk through the Fashion Editor’s flamboyant wardrobe...
VeryFirstTo Luxforecast is an unprecedented quarterly index of the most eagerly anticipated luxury launches. Our panel of Connoisseurs consisting of admired figures have completed scoring for Spring 2013. Click for full index
Those launches scoring the very highest in each category have received VeryFirstTo Awards. Those featured below most excited the likes of Joan Burstein CBE; Tom Chapman; Professor Wendy Dagworthy; Giles Deacon; Sir John Hegarty; Wayne Hemingway MBE; Luke Johnson; Bip Ling...VeryFirstTo Awards Spring 2013 Film
- BEST SPRING 2013
Z.Boat By Zaha Hadid
- FASHION ACCESSORIES
Chanel Hula Hoop Bag
- HEALTH & BEAUTY
Marc Jacobs Sunshine Editions*
- HEALTH & BEAUTY
Marni Debut Women’s Fragrance*
Blue Marmalade Halo Lamp
Z.Boat By Zaha Hadid
Leica M Camera
The View From The Shard