LUELLA LOVES LONDON: For a designer whose collections have been inspired by musicians from The Clash to the Sex Pistols, it's fitting that Luella Bartley's first store, on London's Brook Street, was once home to Handel, and that Jimi Hendrix was once a next-door neighbor. The new 1,400-square-foot store will carry Bartley's entire collection, alongside limited edition pieces such as riding boots designed with the artist Noki. The space itself showcases Bartley's English countryside-meets-London avant-garde aesthetic. Antique leather and dark wood fittings rub elbows with edgy artwork and touches of graffiti.

"Everything I do is connected to London. It is the constant inspiration for my collection — so it makes me really proud to stamp my mark here with my first stand-alone store," said Bartley.

Luella, 25 Brook Street, W1

+44.207.518.1830



IT'S A WRAP: London girls will have a new source for everything Diane von Furstenberg come fashion week when the designer unveils her third boutique in the city — and her first in central London — on Bruton Street in Mayfair. "I went to school in England, and Mayfair for me is the center of the world — shopping there is something special," says von Furstenberg, whose store will carry her entire range, from cult jersey wrap dresses to her jewelry line for H Stern. Like von Furstenberg's first store in New York's Meatpacking District, the 2,650-square-foot space is inspired by a jewel box. The ceiling is covered with mirrors, there are pink velvet banquettes, and deep purple carpets line the dressing rooms. And the New York designer is in good company on the street: Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney and Miller Harris all have stores there, and Ronnie Wood's Scream contemporary art gallery is right nearby.

Diane von Furstenberg, 25 Bruton Street, W1

+44.207.221.1120



MAKE SOME ROOM: Selfridges is out to seduce customers of every age, budget and background with its new Wonder Room that's selling gifts ranging from vinyl Gorillaz figurines to Chanel diamond brooches and Tiffany earrings. Selfridges has tried to re-create the eclectic spirit of a Wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosities, in the new 19,000-square-foot hall on the ground floor of the Oxford Street store. For those weary of retail therapy, there's also a Wonder Bar, where customers can savor fine vintage wines — by the glass — at the bar's self-service wine jukebox.Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1

+44.113.369.8040



SISTER ACT: A-listers may be thin on the ground at London's fashion shows, but what does that matter when the city is filled with celebrity clothing collections? Sienna and Savannah Miller are the latest to hop on the trend. They've recently opened Twenty8Twelve on Westbourne Grove, which offers their fall collection of soft leather biker jackets, silk tunic dresses and wax trenches in a suitably shabby-chic environment. There's also a dash of culture in the mix. David Cooper, who designed the prints for the sisters' collection, is displaying his conceptual ink line drawings at the store.

Twenty8Twelve, 172 Westbourne Grove, W11

+44.207.221.9287



MILLER'S TALE: The model-turned-actress may be a path well trod, but model-turned-photojournalist Lee Miller, a muse to Man Ray who went on to win acclaim for her Surrealist photography and her coverage of WWII for British Vogue, is one-of-a-kind. "The Art of Lee Miller," an exhibition that opens Saturday at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, celebrates the photographer's diverse body of work, from portraits of Charlie Chaplin and Picasso to photography documenting the liberation of Paris in 1944 and The Blitz. The show, which coincides with the centenary of Miller's birth, will also feature her drawings and war reportage from the Forties Vogue spreads. "Lee Miller's life has been described as a jigsaw puzzle," said Mark Haworth-Booth, the exhibition's curator. "This exhibition finally weaves together her many arts, and tells the tale of one of the 20th century's most creative women."

The Art of Lee Miller, Sept. 15-Jan. 6, V&A Museum,

Cromwell Road, SW7

+44.207.942.2000



SHOREDITCH HOUSE: In London, bar-hopping used to mean choosing between London's edgy and gritty East End and the glamorous but less trendy West End. Now, Shoreditch House, the East London outpost of Nick Jones' members' bar Soho House, has brought the best of the two worlds together. The four-story space is housed in a former tea factory and preserves the original architecture, with wooden beams and exposed brickwork. There are new, luxe details too, such as a rooftop swimming pool and bar, an underground bowling alley and a spa. "It's the fashion industry's MySpace come to life," said designer Henry Holland. "You can't make your way to the loo without striking up a deal or agreeing to a collaboration."Shoreditch House, Ebor Street, E1

+44.207.739.5040


MULBERRY'S NEWEST TREATS:
Those with a yen for a more cerebral type of fashion collaboration would do well to check out the Julie for Mulberry pop-up shop on Westbourne Grove, which showcases a capsule collection of Mulberry-branded pieces designed by the artist and illustrator Julie Verhoeven. Verhoeven's quirky prints of thorny roses, teaspoons and doll-like faces adorn items such as a quilted shopper, a billowing silk dress, silk scarves and a cotton T-shirt. And, as

nothing says London more than a tea party, the store will launch Saturday with tea, champagne and Julie for Mulberry cupcakes baked by Portobello Road's Hummingbird bakery. But catch it while you can, as the store's open for a mere three weeks.

Julie for Mulberry, 199 Westbourne Grove, W11

+44.207.229.1635

MOTHER'S DAY: Pedro Almodóvar's 1999 film, "All About My Mother," which first put Penélope Cruz on the map, will have its stage debut at The Old Vic theater this fall. The play, directed by Tom Cairns and adapted by Samuel Adamson, tells the story of Manuela, a mother who, following her son's death, encounters a life-affirming cast of characters in Barcelona, where she's searching for his long-lost father. The play boasts some big British names, too — Dame Diana Rigg plays Huma Rojo, an ageing starlet, and Lesley Manville, a veteran of Mike Leigh films, plays the protagonist Manuela. And the production has Almodóvar's seal of approval. "The characters I had created for film did not yield an inch of their nature, yet fitted the stage perfectly," said Almodóvar.

"All About My Mother," The Old Vic

The Cut, London, SE1

+44.870.060.6628

MEXICAN WAVE: One thing London can guarantee is rain, so a new Covent Garden restaurant inspired by Mexican market food provides a welcome infusion of sunshine. Thomasina Miers, who won the BBC's MasterChef competition in 2005, has re-created a south-of-the-border atmosphere with long canteen tables, walls paneled with reclaimed wood and vibrant pink, green and aqua crockery and counters. Dishes run from street food, such as fish tacos with an achiote marinade — made from the colorful seeds of a Mexican plant — smoky aubergine quesadillas and char-grilled beef through to a selection of tequilas and Agua Fresca, made from sugared water and hibiscus flowers. The eco-conscious Miers won't be transporting the ingredients from far-away shores, however. She aims to source most of the produce from within the U.K.Wahaca, 66 Chandos Place, London WC2

+44.207.240.1883



DONOVAN'S DARLINGS: What with a new influx of club kids and a thriving music scene, London may be enjoying an "It" moment now, but an exhibition of the late photographer Terence Donovan's photographs, at London's Chris Beetles Gallery, spotlights swinging London the first time around. The rich black-and-white images, mostly from the Sixties and Seventies, capture the era's icons, such as Julie Christie and Terence Stamp — shot on the set of "Far from the Madding Crowd," alongside portraits of the model Celia Hammond, Mary Quant and Kingsley Amis, who is pictured peering into the camera with a teacup of red wine.

Sept. 19-Oct. 13

Chris Beetles, 8 and 10 Ryder Street, St. James, SW1

+44.207.839.7551

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