The Life Aquatic
Kate Moss, Gwen Stefani, Mick Jagger, Sir Norman Foster and Lady Antonia Fraser are among the smart set that's been savoring the seafood delicacies at Scott's. The Mayfair fish restaurant started life as an oyster warehouse in 1851 and is said to be the place where Ian Fleming downed his first shaken-not-stirred martini. Today, it's owned by the team behind celebrity-filled restaurants The Ivy and J. Sheekey. The owners recently gave the place a facelift, with oak-paneled walls, leather banquettes and an imposing brass and chrome oyster bar. Diners can now feast on simple British fish dishes, including Dover Sole, smoked haddock, fish and chips and Duchy of Cornwall oysters.

Scott's, 20 Mount Street, W1K 2HE, +44-207-495-7309.

Fashion on the Mount
Mount Street, until now a Mayfair backwater, is getting a fashion jolt. Marc Jacobs will open his first British store there during London Fashion Week. The 2,100-square-foot space will carry the entire Marc Jacobs signature women's and men's collections and accessories. Across the street is the recently opened Emperor Moth, London outpost of the whimsical Russian brand founded by designer Katia Gomiashvili, which specializes in ultra-luxe velour tops embroidered with psychedelic clouds and flying piglets,

and even some stitched with miniature fabric dolls.

Marc Jacobs, 24-25 Mount Street, W1, +44-207-399-1690; Emperor Moth, 93 Mount Street, W1K 2SY; +44-207-409-2611.

Costume Drama
Fashion chameleon Kylie Minogue and her colorful wardrobe take center stage with a show at the Victoria & Albert Museum that kicks off Thursday. The show will chronicle her evolution from an Aussie soap star in the Eighties to self-styled showgirl. The singer's costume collection, which is on tour from the Arts Centre museum in Melbourne, will be on display through June 10. And, it turns out, many of fashion's big names have had a hand in her image; pieces on display include a John Galliano white cotton mini with layers of chiffon ruffles, and Dolce & Gabbana's silver shimmering crystal mesh micromini and bra, paired with Jimmy Choo thigh-high silver boots."Kylie — The Exhibition," Feb. 8 to June 10, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7; +44-207-942-2000.

Beauty and the Beat
London beauty emporia are offering a plethora of pick-me-ups for the fashion flock rushed off their Louboutins. Groom's "The Power of Three" treatment is the ultimate beauty pit stop — facial, manicure, pedicure, waxing, eyebrow tidy and eyelash tinting, simultaneously performed by three therapists within an hour. It's priced at 120 pounds, or $235 at current exchange.

Multitaskers will appreciate Guinot's Beauté Neuve Double Peeling Facial, which exfoliates, brightens and regenerates the skin while minimizing pigmentation. The 45-minute treatment starts at 40 pounds, or $78.

Stilettos pinching? Squeeze in a Fashion Feet pedicure at The Organic Pharmacy, which recently opened a new outpost in Covent Garden. Thirty- and 60-minute pedicures are 25 pounds and 50 pounds, respectively, or $49 and $98.

Shiseido is getting in on the act, offering a VIP makeup room at the Spa Illuminata in Mayfair. Prior to a big event, clients can use the room to change into their evening attire and have their makeup applied by the spa's resident makeup artist. They can also opt for a manicure and a blow-dry by a John Frieda hairstylist. A chauffeur will drive clients to their soiree and their pre-party belongings will be taken by courier to their home or hotel the following day. Prices are yet to be confirmed.

Groom: 49 Beauchamp Place, SW3 1NY; +44-207-581-1248 and at Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1; +44-207-499-1199.

Guinot: 17 Albemarle Street, W1; +44-207-491-9971.

Facing Facts
Do fashion images expire with the latest issue of a monthly glossy? "Face of Fashion," a photographic exhibition that opens Feb. 15 at London's National Portrait Gallery, proves they don't. Portraits by Mert & Marcus, Corinne Day, Steven Klein, Paolo Roversi and Mario Sorrenti will explore the way the celebrated photographers' works play with the ideas of fashion and celebrity. The exhibition runs the gamut, from Day's furor-causing shots of a young Kate Moss posing in child-like underwear to Steven Klein's portrayal of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as an eerily polished suburban family. "The fashion magazine remains a vibrant place for portraiture, and the…work we see there deserves a considered examination," says Susan Bright, the exhibition's curator."Face of Fashion," Feb. 15 to May 28, National Portrait Gallery, Saint Martin's Place, WC2; +44-207-306-0055.

Kitchen Confidential
London is the latest stop for celebrated chef Joël Robuchon's L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, after the success of his concept in New York, Paris, Las Vegas and Tokyo. And while it may have just scooped a Michelin star, it's not putting on any airs. Robuchon has tossed aside pomp in favor of counter seats set around the busy kitchen. The menu offers offbeat tapas-style dishes such as prosciutto with toasted tomato bread and langoustine fritters. The space has been designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon with dark wood tables and moody red lighting. Upstairs, there's a more traditional restaurant, La Cuisine de Joël Robuchon, but diners won't miss the kitchen dramas: They can watch the culinary show in the restaurant's other open-plan kitchen upstairs.

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, 13-15 West Street, London WC2H9NQ; +44-(0)-207-010-8600.

For Men Only
Propeller, the British theater company, is giving Shakespeare an old twist with its all-male productions of "The Taming of the Shrew" and "Twelfth Night." Directed by the award-winning Edward Hall, the productions have been praised for their physicality, and hark back to the days of Elizabethan England, when men slapped on rouge and wigs — and dominated the stage. The plays are being staged simultaneously at London's Old Vic theater.

"The Taming of the Shrew" and "Twelfth Night," through Feb. 17, The Old Vic, The Cut, SE1;+44- 870-060-6628.

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