Luxury Hotels

ART AND HEART

SELFRIDGE’S IS MORE THAN A LONDON STORE. It’s a concierge for, and to, the luxury world (a little bird says it has a gallery pop-up devoted to St Moritz opening 6th December). MEANWHILE, visit Selfridge’s Le Tram, above, for a a glass of the finest Veuve Clicquot. And when there, scan a QR code for a chance to win a Kusama-inspired Art Afternoon Tea at Rosewood London. CLEVER MARKETING, AS SELFRIDGE’S, VEUVE CLICQUOT AND ROSEWOOD ALL GAIN YOUR DATA.

GIRLAHEAD LOVES KUSAMA-SAN: Yayoi Kusama, aged 92, sic, is unique. She wears a scarlet wig, wears muu muus that are, like her painting, characterized by enormous circular colour blocks. This brings the train of today’s thought to art and the rest of life. TAKE FASHION: Uniqlo uses, with permission, works of Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. BASQUIAT IS CURRENT FAVOURITE – since 1st January 2021 there have been 89% more fashion products with Basquiat in the product description than in the same period in 2019, says retail intelligence platform Edited.  The late artist’s works are placed by agent Artestar, whose portfolio also includes Haring – Artestar’s inner network of fashion brands has names like Saint Laurent, Converse, Lanvin, Reebok and Dior.

Let’s stay with fashion for a while.  You guys have no NEED TO KNOW SPANX, the literally-inhibiting elastic-bandage underwear invented in 2000 by Sara Blakely, now its executive chairman. SHE HAS SO MUCH MONEY SHE JUST MIGHT NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO.  What is termed the shapewear brand is now valued at $1.2 billion. It had sales in the $300 million to $400 million range in 2020 and yesterday a majority stake was sold to Blackstone, the behemoth behind Hilton. WILL WE SEE HILTONS OFFERING SPANX SHAPEWEAR AS AN INDUCEMENT TO NEW HIRES?

THERE’S A NEW HIRE AT SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY, on Oman’s Musandam Peninsula. Andrew Sperman is GM of the just-re-opened resort, owned by the Ruler of Sharjah. When Girlahead went to visit, she thought top fashion was paragliding gear, ‘cos that is the unique way of arriving, floating down from 2,000-feet mountains along the resort’s approach road.

And, for today, we finish with a talk from Six Senses’ visionary CEO, Neil Jacobs.  Hear him here: