New York – On October 14, Christie’s New York will present a curated design sale, Forever Chic, which will celebrate timeless style from modern luxury to the enduring appeal of the ancient. This innovative auction will encompass inspiring lighting, furniture, one-off design pieces, sculpture, Chinese works of art, pop-art and antiquities. With something for everyone, estimates range from $800 to $150,000 and the sale is expected to realize in excess of $1.5 million.

Forever Chic is led by a collection of modern design and bespoke furnishings from the Peter Marino-designed interior of the former Madison Avenue showroom of Bruce Hoeksema’s luxury brand, VBH. Highlights from the collection include a unique sculpture by Alexandre Noll, circa 1963-65 (estimate: $50,000-80,000) and a gilt-iron and travertine console table designed by Jean Royere (estimate: $40,000-60,000).

Track of the Week: Caribou | CAN’T DO WITHOUT YOU | Tale Of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix

Track of the Week: Caribou | CAN’T DO WITHOUT YOU | Tale Of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix

I always wondered if anyone tried to remix Caribou’s infectious CAN”T DO WITHOUT YOU track, they have to be brave and musically insane to try such a thing.

Well, these trio uniting from Berlin based trio Karm & Matteo Milleri aka Tale Of Us and Irish Niall Mannion aka Mano Le Tough have mastered this remix to perfection.

“It starts from an organic seed, eventually taking you to a celestial synth orgy!”

Look out for Caribou’s new album ‘Our Love’ in October 2014.

Caribou | Can’t Do Without You | Tale Of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix is available now.




Top 5 Essential Soundtracks | LFW


With the start of London Fashion Week tomorrow, here’s my  Essential Top 5 tracks to kick start and set the catwalk alight.  Enjoy!

1►Lana Del Rey || ULTRAVIOLENCE || Hotel Garuda Remix

2►Caribou || CAN”T DO WITHOUT YOU || Extended Mix

3►The Knocks || CLASSIC || RAC mix

4►Julio Bashmore feat. J’Danna || SIMPLE LOVE ||

5►Naughty Boy feat. Professor Green, Laura Mvula, Wilkinson & Ava Lily || PARDON ME || Lynx Peace Edition

Nickolas Grace: Tell Me Candidely | Part Three


Most Memorable Role
“That’s always one of the worst questions. How do you choose? It’s either fulfillment or success. So when you can combine the two that’s marvellous.”
“Being asked to play the role of Anthony Blanche in Brideshead Revisited, changed my career because Brideshead was such a big hit. Antony Blanche was such an outrageous character. He was much larger than life. I was working with fantastic actors, a great producer called Derek Granger, and it was really down to him that it worked.
“An incredible cast, including, Gielgud, Olivier, Claire Bloom, Jeremy Irons, and Anthony Andrews. That changed my career, and people came started coming to me with offers. Which was fantastic. Then another performance that I felt at home, and in which I felt I accomplished something, was playing Mozart in Amadeus. That came out of Brideshead. I played Mozart opposite Frank Finlay as Salieriat in the West End. It was so fulfilling and I knew I could carry it off. Peter Shaffer was very flattering, and said yes ‘I think you are probably my Mozart’. That was great.
“In 1986 I was asked to play Lorca in the Spanish film TV series about Federico García Lorca, a famous Spanish poet. He was assassinated under Franco. Hear was the irony, to play this guy in a Spanish movie not knowing any Spanish, and having failed Spanish A level.
“At first they said ‘Don’t worry you can do it in English, and we will dub you’. So I did as much homework as I could. Day 1 we are on the film set and the wonderful director, Juan Antonio Bardem, and Javier Bardem’s uncle, asked if I could say my lines in Spanish as it was better for the dubbing, and I was like ‘Well, I can’t’. And he said ‘You try, you try’. So from then on I tried to learn as much as I could in Spanish. Playing Lorca was amazing.”

On Directing
“There was a wonderful organisation now long gone called the British Theatre Association and they owned two buildings in Fitzroy Square. Can you imagine what they are worth now? It was founded by George Bernard Shaw and Harley Granville-Barker, and it was a link between professional and amateur theatre. They would do summer courses for students to learn about acting. The teachers from the major drama schools would come and do voice and movement with us.”
“Then the BTA asked me in 1965 if I would direct the British entry for the Inter drama Festival in Berlin. So I directed my first play, Tobias and the Angel. I knew immediately that I liked directing, and I was 17. The play won the festival.
“Then 3 years later, in 1968, when I was at Central they asked me to direct the next British entry. .They didn’t want to release me from Central because it was term time, eventually they did, so being ‘big headed Nickolas Grace’, I adapted three plays by WB Yeats and called it The Hawk’s Well , and put it in at The Mercury theatre in Notting Hill Gate, which is now Charles Harts home. We then took it to Berlin and had another great time. So I have always enjoyed directing ever since.”

Stage, Screen or Directing?
“Teaching. I do think we should give back. I was lucky enough to have fantastic training at Central, so I do try and give back. I teach and direct at Central when I can, and also go up to Liverpool to teach at Paul McCartney’s drama school called LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts). So I go up there when I can.”
“I’m a huge fan of his and he really does put his money where his mouth is. His old school, The Liverpool institute was derelict and was going to be knocked down. So he said ok I’ll do a deal with the council, I’ll save the building and renovate it. So he put a lot of money and restored the beautiful Victorian building, modern, and it’s expanding next door into the old art school. It’s a really good drama school. He goes at least once a term to work with the students. I’m very lucky because I get fulfilment from all my work. I do love filming because the camera can take you anywhere it says I’ve got you now and I’m taking you on this journey.
“I have attached myself to certain charities including theatrical charities. One of the other charities is The Place To Be, which looks after kids from broken or dysfunctional families. The Duchess of Cambridge has become patron which is great. They do a lot of good work.”

Final part of exclusive interview coming soon!

Christie’s |44 works | The Essl Collection| stand-alone evening auction | London | Monday, 13 October 2014


London – Christie’s is delighted to announce the sale of 44 major Post-War works from The Essl Collection which will be sold in a landmark, stand-alone evening auction in London on Monday, 13 October 2014. The sale will comprise of masterpieces by the giants of German Post-War and Contemporary Art including Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, Martin Kippenberger, Sigmar Polke and Neo Rauch, as well as major works by international artists such as Cindy Sherman, Frank Stella, Louise Bourgeois and Morris Louis. The selection for sale has been carefully made from the Museum’s holding of 7,000 works and will reflect the quality and breadth of the Museum’s collection, which has been put together with great care by Agnes and Karlheinz Essl over a period of 50 years.

Included in the sale will also be two works by the leading Austrian artists, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Maria Lassnig, which reflect the Essl Museum’s reputation as the home of the greatest collection of Austrian Contemporary Art in the world. The sale of these 44 works from The Essl Collection carries a pre-sale estimate of £40,000,000-60,000,00.

Commenting on the sale, Jussi Pylkkänen- President of Christie’s EMERI adds “The collection that Agnes and Karlheinz Essl have carefully put together over so many years is one of the most renowned and admired collections of Contemporary Art in Europe. In recent years the prominence of the major German Post-War artists has risen season by season. The auction will give international collectors a unique opportunity to bid for masterpieces by the giants of modern German painting such as Baselitz, Richter, Polke, Kippenberger, Rauch and Oehlen. The exhibition of 44 paintings and sculptures will provide a fascinating overview of 50 years of work. It will be a great privilege to auctioneer the sale here at King Street in October at the beginning of Frieze Week”.
The Essl Museum, built by Austrian architect Heinz Tesar in Klosterneuburg, Vienna is dedicated to sharing its passion for art and giving back to society through their ever-evolving exhibition programme, which has presented many important international artists for the first time in Austria, and through an extensive educational program for children and adults alike, designed to build bridges in various ways.

“Ever since we started collecting works of art it was our concern to facilitate access to art as a source of inspiration for as many people as possible. Art enriches life and releases innovative forces. It is a vital ingredient of life and broadens our insights into the workings of life and human existence. In this spirit we would like to see it as a contribution to the positive development of our society. In order to secure our collection and museum for generations to come, we decided to part from 44 carefully selected works from our collection” stated Agnes and Karlheinz Essl.

“Agnes and Karlheinz Essl are among the most important collectors of contemporary art in the world. Any visitor to the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg, Vienna has borne witness not simply to an assembly of the most influential art of the past 60 years, but has felt Agnes and Karlheinz Essl’s passion for art and their desire to share it with the public. Identifying artists of keen interest, building relationships with the artists and their work and collecting in depth are hallmarks of their activity over the last fifty years. The selection for sale incorporates a landmark grouping of important artworks by giants of German Post-War and Contemporary art including Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, Martin Kippenberger, and Sigmar Polke. From key self-portrait paintings and sculpture by Baselitz and Kippenberger to the much celebrated and unique Clouds by Richter and arguably the greatest grouping of Sigmar Polke’s works ever to come to market. Rich in the tapestry of styles he concocted, these works represent a remarkable mirror to the retrospective opening at Tate Modern in October. This, combined with Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy, will make Frieze week in October a great moment to celebrate the continued vibrancy of German art today,” commented Francis Outred, Chairman & Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, Christie’s EMERI.

Katharine Arnold, Head of the Evening Auction, Post-War & Contemporary Art London, commented: “It has been a great pleasure to work alongside the Essl Museum, carefully curating this group of 44 outstanding works from the collection. We share the same passion for Post-War and Contemporary Art and I look forward to achieving a great result for this major Austrian institution.”

13 October 2014, 7 p.m. Christie’s London, 8 King Street
Viewing at Christie’s Mayfair
23 September – 3 October 2014 Christie’s Mayfair, 103 New Bond Street
Highlights on View
6 – 9 October 2014
Duke Street Gallery, Christie’s 8 King Street
Auction Viewing
10 – 13 October 2014 Christie’s, 8 King Street

Introducing |artist: JONES. track: Deep |

Introducing |artist: JONES. track: Deep |

First time of hearing this track by London based singer/songwriter JONES., it instantly reminded me of Solange’s LOSING YOU but this is more melodic with DEEPer productions.  Having already worked within the XL Recordings ranks like Rodaigh McDonald, JONES. is sure to excel in her musical career.


More Info:

T: @ISeeJones












Christie’s is delighted to present for the first time at auction, the three greatest cultural icons of the 20th century reunited, representing the ultimate heroes of art, music and cinema. Two iconic portraits by Andy Warhol featuring the towering figures of Elvis Presley and Marlon Brandon, the most important male celebrities in Warhol’s pantheon of stars, which epitomize the archetype of cool and glamour and exude a raw sexuality and intense power rarely found in his work. Christie’s will present these paintings on tour in Asia, Europe and US—probably the first time that the international public will have the opportunity to admire these two incredible portraits side by side—before being sold at auction in New York on November 12th. Together Triple Elvis [Ferus Type] and Four Marlons are expected to realize in the region of $130 million.


As such complementary examples of Warhol Superstars, – sharing the same large scale, extreme rarity and supreme quality, there is a strong possibility after the record breaking price achieved for the Bacon triptych  a year ago, that our top masterpiece buyers will try to acquire both portraits and keep them as a unique pair. Many will make their own choice over favoring Elvis or Marlon. It is going to be a battle of the greatest super heroes ever, where in the end, someone could buy both. Unseen on the market for almost 40 years, these masterworks represent the greatest icons of the 20th century and Warhol’s career,” stated Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art.


“The sale of these two art works by Andy Warhol will allow us to continue pursuing our existing gambling offerings to the population of North-Rhine Westphalia and to meet the challenges ahead. This is why we we’ve decided to sell both masterpieces. Given the current strength of the market, especially for works by Andy Warhol, it is now the right moment to part from these works, which had been acquired for decorative purposes of our casino in Aachen in the late 1970s,” explained Lothar Dunkel, Managing Director of WestSpiel.


The arrival on the market of Triple Elvis [Ferus Type] and Four Marlons, the two greatest icons of the 20th century culture, never seen at auction before, is an exceptional and unique opportunity for collectors and institutions to acquire iconic masterpieces. In recent seasons, Christie’s has achieved unprecedented heights for contemporary art of this exceptional quality, due in large part to a surge of interest from buyers in both established and growth markets. Warhol stands among the most coveted of these artists, and Christie’s is honored to be the market authority for the artist and maintain an exclusive partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation. Over the last decade, Christie’s has set the highest prices for works by Warhol at auction and within the private sales sector, including most recently the sale of Warhol’s Race Riot for $62.9 million, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of $45 million, and for White Marilyn, another iconic portrait, which fetched $41 million above its pre-sale estimate of $12 – $18 million.



  • Hong Kong                          3 – 5 October 2014
  • London                                 11 – 16 October 2014
  • New York                            1 – 5 November 2014



  • New York                            8 – 12 November 2014



  • New York                            12 November 2014 at 7pm

Christie’s 20 Rockefeller Plaza 

Image courtesy of: CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2014


Tara Sillery | Samira’s Show | 4th September at 11am


PR and TV fashion maven, Tara Sillery of PR Passion is live on Samira’s Show tomorrow night. The Californian TV show, is an award winning International TV Show which reaches 5.6 million TV households in Los Angeles alone.

Tara will be on the show to discuss her role in the Middle East and fashion career to date, plus what it is like dressing celebrities, and being a leading fashion spokesperson and designers muse in the Middle East.

We’ll also get to hear about some of Tara’s designers from the region, where she will be highlighting the latest talented designers.

Definitely not to be missed! I personally cannot wait!

Watch live here at:

Nickolas Grace: Tell Me Candidely | Part Two


This is the second instalment of the exclusive Nickolas Grace Interview. You can read Part One here too.
Part One

What Now
“Ironically, I failed Spanish A level. I rang Vanessa and asked if I could come and talk to her. I didn’t get my 3 A levels. She said well you’ve got to apply to all of the drama schools. I said but they are all full now, it’s almost August.”
‘Never mind she said You must write to them all.’
“So I did. Cutting a long story short, Royal Central had one vacancy, and offered me an audition if I wanted it.
“I went along on whatever day and there were about fifty other people, then it got down to twenty and then down to ten, and then two. It was me and this incredibly handsome boy, and I thought well at least I can say I nearly got in and this really handsome boy did. By the end of the afternoon they said right, Nickolas Grace come down to room E, and I waited and waited and no one came so I thought god why can’t they just tell me. So I crept into the office and said ‘Excuse me, I’m Nickolas Grace and I’ve been waiting’ they went ‘ what did you say your name was?’ I said again ‘Nickolas Grace’ she went ‘ oh you are in, you’re in, sorry we forgot to come and tell you’.
“Three years later I finished college and the head of the school asked me, ‘Do you remember your audition?’ I said ‘Well how could I forget?!’ He said ‘Do you remember there was a classically handsome boy that auditioned with you?’ I said ‘Yes’. He went on ‘Well he’s Helmut Berger and he’s a bit of a film star now’. So I was a lucky boy to get in but I thought if I hadn’t maybe I’d have been a film star too.
“Getting into Central was my dream. It’s where Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft, Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Christie had all gone. So getting in and doing three years there was fantastic. I was very very lucky.”

Proud Parents
“Yes they was proud, but they didn’t like to show it. My Mum told me that when any visitors come round, dad would say, ‘have you seen this bit from Brideshead Revisited, Robin of Sherwood, or Col Porter, look at this look at this etc…'”
“When he came to see me in my show I did in the west end in 1991, he came secretly to a matinee because he didn’t want to come backstage. He was proud of me but he couldn’t come round to me and say ‘fantastic’. He was a bit scared of showing his emotions. I’m one of four: a very happy family, and always secure.”

Lights, Camera, Action
“Well my first job funnily enough was at Frinton in Essex. The joke always was if you can act, you’ll go straight into films or telly. And if you can’t act you’ll go ito weekly rep at Frinton-on-Sea in Essex. So Lynda Bellingham and I got offered Frinton on Sea weekly rep. Oh god. Haha. But it was the best job in the world because you’d just spent three years studying hard doing dancing, movement, voice. having to learn a play a week was putting everything into practice. So it was great. When we got there, feeling a little bit low, we looked on the big board in the Women’s Institute Hall which is where the summer theatre was, and it said previous members of the Frinton Theatre company included Julie Christie, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Dennison, so we thought, that’s not bad. We had a great summer. Then I went into rep in Manchester.”

Role Models
“It started from aged eight when I saw Sir Michael Redgrave play Hamlet. Also seeing Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir Alec Guinness. Alec Guinness was a great character actor. They were my heroes as a school boy before I went to Central. Seeing Vanessa Redgrave at Stratford playing Rosalind. It was an incredible production. It made her a star. She was beautiful. I always remember her being this stunning girl. So both she and her father inspired me. Also because at that time, Redgrave was one of our most versatile actors. He could do the classics. He was – very famous Richard II and Hamlet. Then I saw him in a farce, ‘Out Of Bounds’ in the West End and I thought I want to be as versatile as that.”
“Then I saw Olivier at the National Theatre and I realised he probably was the greatest actor of his generation. Because he could do the lot. He was incredible.
“I was lucky enough after drama school and Rep to get into The Royal Shakespeare Company, there was Dame Eileen Atkins playing Rosalind, Sir Alan Bates playing ‘Petruchio’, and many other great actors. I was very very lucky.”


Part three coming soon.



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