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The Introduction of Milliner, Tracy Chaplin at My Favorite Thing

Yuliya Zakharenko, owner of My Favorite Thing in Kensington Church Street hosted an evening to introduce milliner, Tracy Chaplin.  Tracy experiments with different textiles and accessories to produce distinctively different hats, suitable for weddings, Ascot and Henley. She trained under Rose Cory who holds a Royal Warrant as former milliner to the late Queen Mother, and then worked with two couturiers in Belgravia, creating handmade and made-to-order hats for members of the aristocracy.   Tracy now lives in France with her husband but she continues to make one-off handmade hats and has kept up her bespoke service, selling her work from her studio and in small local boutiques.   In England you can find examples of her couture hats exclusively at My Favorite Thing.

What was fascinating about watching people try on Tracy’s hats during the evening was the change in their deportment once they found a hat that really suited them. And all Tracy’s hats seemed to suit all different people, tall, short, dark or blond – all were gravitating towards the same hats! (www.thekensingtonmagazine.com)

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Rifat Ozbek launches ‘Yastik’ in Holland St. W8

Turkish Fashion Designer Rifat Ozbek opened his third boutique yesterday, not, surprisingly, for fashion, but for his beautiful and eclectic range of embroidered cushions.  This is his first boutique in the UK, the other two being in Ismir and Istanbul.  Here in Kensington, in Holland Street famed for his ’boutiquey’ and individual style, you can find ‘Yastik’.  Rifat’s minimalist white walled – soft lit gallery.  More art gallery than boutique, his extensive range of cushions adorn the walls, as if in a library.

Rifat sells exclusively luxury cushions – hundreds of them in varying hues of colours and fabrics.   Antique fabrics such as velvets, Ikats and Suzanis are used and are sourced from mainly Turkey and South Asia, as are the embroideries used.  Yastik house a collection of  some 150 cushions, with a hundred designs and are available as limited editions.  So with such a range it would be impossible not to find one to suit you and to add a splash of colour and texture to your home.   As a testament to this, Manolo Blahnik at the launch party was overheard to say, ‘oh dear and so much choice, what am I do to’.  He solved the problem by buying three large ‘Yastik’ limited edition cushions! www.thekensingtonmagazine.com

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Top row left to right:  Rifat Ozbek. Rifat with Erdal Karaman and Asli Bohane*.

Second Row:  Robin & Lucy Birley with Manola Blahnik.  Fenton Bailey & friend

Third Row:  Team at Rebecca Willer.  Fourth Row:  Sarah Giles and Manola Blahnik.  Fifth Row:  Ninivah Khomo and daughter

Sixth Row:  Lucy Birley.  Steve Willan, Nick Bohane & friend


Remembrance in Kensington

Sunday 14th November was a time for families and friends to remember those who died for us. A larger service for Kensington & Chelsea was held at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea, with smaller ones in other parts of the borough. Here we have some images from the Memorial outside St Mary Abbots Church where the Deputy Mayor Councillor Maighread Condon-Simmonds presided. In attendance were the Clergy (Rev’d Rob Marshall and Rev’d Gareth Wardell), Sir Malcolm Rifkind and the Choir. It was lovely to see small children in the audience, although such a shame the the traffic didn’t stop for the two minute silence. It’s not much to ask and judging by the numbers of busses sporting a red poppy, they would probably be only too happy to stop. Let’s hope next year the Council might see to this. It would make a huge difference since the junction of Kensington High St and Kensington Church St are extremely busy.