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Line Vautrin is no stranger to this blog. ‘The Poetess of Metal’, so named by American Vogue in 1948, was the recipient of a main feature on A-Gent of Style more than a year ago, and his appreciation and admiration for her art has not dwindled ever since. The French artist has had a resurgence on the antiques market in the last few years and her pieces have now become highly coveted collectibles selling for non-negligible prices. It is not unusual for her iconic mirrors, rebus boxes and jewels to make an appearance at discerning fairs and sales. French dealer Jean-David Botella was showing some of his treasured pieces at PAD London a couple of months ago and the Christie’s auction of The Collection of David Collins offered some mirrors and rebus boxes that the designer so much loved.


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The content of today’s feature could not therefore be more timely. Building on the strength of online auctions in 2013 and 2014, Christie’s 20/21 Design department is delighted to present an exclusive online auction of works by the renowned ‘Poetess of Metal’, Line Vautrin. A celebrated designer whose work epitomises chic Parisian style, Vautrin remains one of the key figures in the evolution of 20th century jewellery design. Featuring exquisite jewellery, bijoux boxes and stunning versions of Vautrin’s most famous design, the iconic sunburst mirror, this sale offers new enthusiasts and established collectors alike a unique opportunity to acquire important pieces. Estimates range from £200 to £35,000.

The auction is now open until December 11, 2014.

You can view the whole collection online here. Start bidding!

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The competition is rife throughout the year amongst the leading department stores to dazzle, surprise and entice us, material consumerists, with their extraordinary and lavish displays. And over the festive period, the pressure is considerably heightened and the stakes even higher.


As per his habit on the first weekend of December, A-Gent of Style made the special trip to see what spectacle Fortnum & Mason had to unravel this Christmas. And they didn’t disappoint once again.

As by magic, the windows at the quintessentially British store  have been transformed into enchanting scenes of London covered in frost and snow, replete with their own gifts and decorations. The theme this year takes its inspiration from the famous River Thames Frost Fairs which hosted markets and carnivals on the frozen water between the 17th and 19th century during the freezing cold winters of Britain’s Little Ice Age.

And A-Gent of Style’s Christmas gift list is now officially open…

































– Photos by A-Gent of Style




He’s behind you! Famous designers take centre stage for pantomime in aid of the NSPCC.

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Leading names from the worlds of interior design and fashion are joining forces again this autumn to put on a pantomime in aid of the NSPCC.

Dame Vivienne Westwood - Peter Pan

Dame Vivienne Westwood – Peter Pan



From 28 October-1 November, London’s Bloomsbury Theatre will play host to the Interior Designers’ Pantomime sponsored by AkzoNobel, the manufacturers of Dulux.  This year the pantomime will tell the story of Peter Pan and the Designers of the Caribbean – a theatrical adventure which promises a fun and outrageously glamorous night out.




The production will star leading figures from the world of interior design, including Tim Gosling, Joanna Wood, Trevor Pickett and Justin Van Breda, who will be treading the boards of this iconic London theatre alongside some celebrity cameos. And to add a little extra glamour to proceedings, costumes for the pantomime will be designed by some of the world’s most illustrious fashion designers, such as Dame Vivienne Westwood, Jasper Conran, Bruce Oldfield, Zandra Rhodes, Tomasz Starzewski, Anna Valentine, Piers Atkinson and Jenny Beavan.

Anna Valentine - Trevor Pickett - Artist - with notes

As the pantomime begins, London is grey and drab. All the interior designers have fled to Never Never Land to escape their clients’ bad taste and endless complaints. But with Captain Hook on the loose, how long before the designers realise they must return colour to London and save the city from Hook’s evil clutches? Join Wendy and the lost boys for a production of magic and fantasy, mermaids and pirate ships, ticking crocodiles, mischievous designers and fairies, all in aid of the NSPCC.


Piers Atkinson- Captain Hook

Piers Atkinson- Captain Hook



Jaspar Conran - DONNA KEBAB - 'Long Joan Silver bondage pirate' - Copy

Tim Gosling, one of the founding members of the Interior Designers’ Pantomime team and a driving force behind the production, will be reprising his role as the pantomime Dame, this year playing the role of the outrageous Donna Kebab. Tim said: “It’s been four years since our last pantomime and so we’re all really excited to be back. This year’s production promises to be better than ever, and I hope that we’re able to raise lots of money for the NSPCC and bring a huge splash of colour and some glamour to London this autumn.”

Jaspar Conran - DONNA KEBAB - 'Carmen Miranda mantilla'

Jaspar Conran – DONNA KEBAB – ‘Carmen Miranda mantilla’


Jaspar Conran - DONNA KEBAB 4- 'Dredged Elizabethan'

Jaspar Conran – DONNA KEBAB 4- ‘Dredged Elizabethan’

Music legend and long-time supporter of the show, Elaine Paige, said: “The Interior Designers’ Pantomime is always a fabulous night out filled with glitz, glamour and generosity – I can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for us this year!”

Matt Pullen, AkzoNobel UK Country Director said: “AkzoNobel is delighted to have the opportunity to support the NSPCC and the fantastic work it does to protect children across the UK. The performance will be a unique opportunity to see talented interior designers put down their colour palettes and show off their acting skills to raise money for this important cause.”

Jenny Beavan - The Acolyte

Jenny Beavan – The Acolyte

Tickets priced from £20-£75 are available now, and the money raised will help the NSPCC to protect vulnerable children and prevent abuse through its projects and services including ChildLine – the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people.

To find out more or to book tickets, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/panto

Performance dates and times:

Tuesday 28 October: 7.30pm

Wednesday 29 October: 7.30pm

Thursday 30 October: 7pm (black tie gala performance with champagne reception)

Friday 31 October: 7.30pm

Saturday 1 November: 2.30pm & 7.30pm


About the NSPCC:

The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity specialising in child protection. Our vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK and we make a difference for all children by standing up for their rights, listening to them, helping them when they need us and by making them safe. The NSPCC runs projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands to help vulnerable children. We also provide ChildLine, the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people and a helpline for adults who are worried about a child or want advice.

If you have concerns about a child or young person, you can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, text 88858 or visitwww.nspcc.org.uk

Children and young people can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk



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