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Christmas with Alice Casely-Hayford

Hosting the Christmas cocktail party this year? Can’t face another mince pie or over-played festive hit? Then it’s time to up your game. From bespoke mix-ups to cutting-edge canapés – throw the most beautiful soirée, fashion editor style.

The first in our three part series, Fashion Editor @Refinery29UK Alice Casely-Hayford talks picture perfect style, elegant interiors and avoiding reindeer on the roof. Brace yourselves, this is party etiquette 101.

The dress code… 

I’m still into last season’s killer trends – ruffles and off-the-shoulder silhouettes – so the more frills the better! I’ll be wearing an off-the-shoulder midi dress or a ruffled blouse with tapered black trousers and velvet sandals. Velvet is only for the brave, so I’ll make do with accessories rather than a full-on look, for now. Beauty wise, I love a barely-there base with a deep plum or glittering red lip. Make-up artist Pat McGrath has been doing this a lot recently and it’s a winner for the festive season.

On the menu… 

Holiday Details: The Coach Edit

While your capsule winter wardrobe may be well under way, it’s all in the detail when it comes to festive dressing. Luckily, our friends over at Coach have Christmas curation down. Here’s our guide to winter’s finishing touches – treat your loved ones or treat yourself, the choice is yours.

 

Visit the Coach boutique at Las Rozas Village now. 

Must-Have by Mayte de la Iglesia

 Mayte de la Iglesia, author of www.mitmeblog.com, defines herself as follows: "I work in fashion, talk about fashion and live fashion". In her blog, she shares her best experiences as a fashion insider.

We met her in our Village, and she explained this Autumn trends, particularly the colors you cannot miss in your wardrobe this season.

 

Autumn Investments for Women

This season fill your wardrobe with style. Get inspired with our proposals, and bet for basics that will set up your Autumn. Play with shoes, you have many options each day, from atemporary stilettos until high boots... Make the difference with tailored coats, dressing gown style or a great three quarters jacket. Do not miss our new products in bags, coats and shoes. Find everything here in Las Rozas Village!

Autumn Investments for Men

Even though you need to follow a strict dress code, this autumn the gentleman runs away from conventional. Get inspired with us and discover at Las Rozas Village all the basics in terms of shoes, outerwear and accessories fro this season. Find out products from the tailored coat in tweed for office days to the best pair of shoes fro a real gentleman. 

The elegant man dresses at Las Rozas Village

Enrique Solís, major in International Business and MBA by Instituto de Empresa, is the co-founder of the boutique hotels chain One Shot Hotels and of the accesories brand The Seëlk. His mantras to become a successful person -not to reach success- are "respect, humility and hard work". Due to his job, he loves hotels and fashion, but he confesses that he could not live without art and music, because he "would feel empty".

 

 

One of the men of the moment, shares with Las Rozas Village his decalogue of how to be a perfect gentleman:

Transfrom your Autumn look

Paula Ordovás is one of the most known influencers in fashion, author of the blog www.Mypeeptoes.com. If you follow trends, you might already know her. Paula visited LAs Rozas Village and looked the best selection of clothes and accessories to teach us an impressive lesson: how to transform two looks for the day into looks for the night just by modifying accessories. Take notes on her style tricks.

Party Perfect Pieces

‘Tis the season to be merry – and let’s be honest, the more on-point your festive look, the merrier you’ll feel. From the office party to the school reunion – tackle whatever festive scenario is thrown your way. Here’s every dress, clutch, suit and boot you need in your armoury.

Did someone say open bar?

NEW SEASON NEW RULES

New season new rules

Individualism, expression, street-savvy chic and opulence – fashion is painting a bold and very compelling portrait for the Autumn/Winter season. This is the time to draw on your own impeccable taste and shine through with an artful mash up of stylistic memes and singular, distinctive pieces. The only golden rule is to buy what excites both your heart and your mind.

 

Menswear for women

We have moved on from the boyfriend jacket to fully plunder the men’s wardrobe. What we love about menswear is the quality of fabric, the uniform appeal and that fine attention to detail. Look out for lean-fitting pieces from brands, zoning in on blazers, city coats, biker and bomber jackets, sweatpants and French cuff fine cotton shirts. These pieces will be companions if not for life, then for the foreseeable future.

Jacquard and flocking

City guide: 48 hours in London

DINE

Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings

Light, airy and eclectic, this Clerkenwell brasserie is a botanical paradise simply perfect for a spot of brunch. The characterful interior is a bespoke mix of old and new – with antique armchairs, sumptuous textures, clean lines and tropical plants. As for the menu, from homemade granola to Huevos Benedictos, B&H has got you covered – and don’t miss the bottomless Bellinis made with fresh fruit puree.

Salmontini Le Resto

Situated in the heart of Belgravia, Salmontini le Resto is our go-to for a decadent dinner in the city. This luxurious restaurant specialises in exquisite salmon dishes, sushi and other Middle Eastern fare, all served in an opulent setting. Stuck for choice? We recommend the Alaskan black cod with sweet miso marinade followed by the chocolate dome for dessert.

Editor’s tips: Finding the perfect timepiece

It’s a watch minefield out there, or a timepiece smorgasbord, or an overwhelming, overcrowded horological marketplace. Whichever way you look at it, we’ve broken it down to a few of the basics and some.

Quartz or mechanical

The issue of how your watch is powered is probably the biggest pre-purchase decision you will need to make. Quartz timepieces are more accurate, invariably cheaper and more convenient – you should only need to get the battery replaced every couple of years. If you love the inner workings of a watch and you have the budget, you should invest in a mechanical one – your choice is hand-wound (exactly that) or automatic – which relies on the movement of your wrist to store kinetic energy to power the watch.

Get with the lingo

The face of the watch is called the dial. The numbers are called indexes. The button that you wind and adjust the time with is the crown. The ring around the dial that protects the glass is the bezel. The parts of the case that join to the strap are the lugs. The amount of time your mechanical watch will last without being wound is the power-reserve. Any functionality that measures time, such as a race, is a chronograph. This is enough to get you through most ‘watchy’ chats with ease.

Accessories please: Autumn’s must-have pieces

In this era of expressive, individualised fashion, accessories are witnessing a renaissance with a whole array of joyful, playful pieces that add a sense of character to any look. Hunt for designs that are meaningful to you, whether that’s a crystal hair clip or a tapestry handbag.  

Brooches

Right now, personal, symbolic jewellery should be top of any wish list with badges, brooches and pins decorating everything from jackets to heels. More is more – so go for excess with a multitude of crystal clips to ‘do up’ tousled locks and an array of brooches to soup up utilitarian jackets.

Fur purses

Enjoy the visceral appeal of a faux fur or sheepskin handbag. Once worn, you will never forget how friendly they feel to the touch and how effective they can be as icebreakers in social circles. The only word of caution is to keep these furry wonders out of the rain.

48 hours in Paris

Experience Paris like a local with our top picks for exploring the city in style…

DINE

Akrame

Renowned for its innovative approach to food, Akrame is without a doubt one of the city’s hippest hotspots. Carefully sourcing the freshest ingredients, Chef Akrame Benallal invents dishes that truly push creative boundaries. Combining tastes, flavours and textures in unexpected ways, Benallal delivers each dish to your table to discuss and describe the ingredients. The opulent yet understated interior only adds to the ambience – this is a Michelin-starred dining experience not to be missed.

19 Rue Lauriston, 75016 Paris, France

48 hours in Milan

Experience Milan like a local this fashion season with our top picks for exploring the city in style…

DINE

Carlo e Camilla in Segheria

This unique dining concept opened in 2014, but its unexpected offering and pioneering aesthetic continues to make waves across the city years later. Created by Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco and art director Tanja Solci and set in a former sawmill, take in the restaurant's soaring structure as you savour exquisite dishes. The graphic, monochromatic space is part of a new wave of creative dining – and it’s worth noting that this is as much a social experience as any, with visitors dining side by side on the elegant, elongated tables.

Via Giuseppe Meda 24, 20141 Milan, Italy

Working 9 to 5: Inside the office of three fashion creatives

We hate to break it to you, but come September you’re tousled hair and sandals just won’t cut it for the office. Time for our annual reinvention. From what to throw on when you’re running late to nailing that Pinterest-worthy desk, three fashion insiders share how they go ‘back-to-school’ in style. You might even make it in for 9am.

 THE STUDENT: Lily Kate of www.jolihouse.com

 

On her capsule working wardrobe

HOLIDAY PACKING: FASHION ESSENTIALS FOR EVERY GETAWAY

From luxury city breaks to week-long retreats, a summer holiday can instil a sense of creative inspiration, providing the perfect opportunity to experiment with your style. This season, pack beautifully with statement pieces that combine bold design with delicate detail. Here are our top picks for your favourite destinations…

BEACH BREAK

For long days by the water, rich hues will lend a refined aesthetic when layered under free-flowing silhouettes. Think luxe separates with bold undertones for subtle summer vibrancy. 

CITY BREAK

The key to city packing is to curate a contemporary capsule that moves seamlessly from day to night. Covet a quirky mix of tailored shapes and transformative jewellery for effortless elegance.

SUPERCHARGE YOUR WORKOUT

While dynamic workouts are a crucial component of that summer body reboot, the steps you take before, during and after exercise are integral for keeping your lifestyle goals on track. From mood-boosting superfoods to supplement-infused oils, energise your body and balance your mind with our top tips to training harder…

INVIGORATE

ENERGISE

RESTORE

FESTIVAL READY

Festival season is just around the corner, and whilst you may start off with the perfect side braid and artfully applied make-up – crowds, camping and crazy weather can really throw your look off point.  So to get you ready for the most Instagrammed season of the year, we’ve asked three top bloggers to share their style, beauty and wellness secrets. Selfie sticks at the ready!

Sophia from theskinnyandthecurvyone.com

Edgy urban.

Chiemsee Summer Festival.

SUMMER BEAUTY

When it comes to summer beauty, mastering that effortless post-beach glow isn’t always easy. Sun, salt and chlorine can all interfere, wreaking havoc on our hair and skincare regimes. From textured waves to beautifully bronzed skin, the perfect sun-kissed finish calls for a touch of beauty prep – so we’ve asked three top bloggers to share their rituals for the season ahead…

Monica of mesvoyagesaparis.com

I adore a chic daytime vibe – Olivia Palermo and Chiara Ferragni are my make-up muses.

Lip balm, face cream, lip-gloss and bronzing pearls.

The most stylish hotels in the capital

Six of the best Madrid hotels

An undeniable capital of chic, revered for its eclectic architecture that fuses cutting-edge design with historically eminent buildings, Madrid delivers on so many aesthetic levels. Take a trip to Las Rozas Village to stock up on suitably fashionable attire before checking into the top hotels that fuse world-class design with super relaxing surroundings. 

 

ME Madrid

It’s undeniably flash, but the ME Madrid is also designed with serious comfort in mind. The rooms are sleek, with all mod-cons and 300-thread-count bed linen. There are Chic Suites – corner suites with wonderful views – or Style Suites to choose from, but the two-level Suite ME with a sumptuous lounge and two private terraces is the most luxurious of them all. Whichever room you choose, The Roof Terrace bar is a real draw and attracts Madrid’s most fashionable set for cocktails set against 360-degree views.

 

Plan your summer getaway with Europe’s best beaches…

Five beaches to visit this summer

The style: 24-hour party

The place: Sitges, Spain With 17 beaches on offer, the Catalan coast around Sitges, 35km from Barcelona, has sand to suit everyone.

Fashion credentials: There’s no denying its reputation as a party town but Sitges also hosts its own Fashion Week(end) in June.

 

Hotspots: In the early evenings, bars around Plaza Cap de la Vila are the liveliest. For late-night dancing try Organic or Trailer, and if you want to party all day and into the night then it has to be L’Atlantida.

Exquisitely crafted, elegantly cut and timeless in form, picking the perfect suit is an art. We’ve asked some of Europe’s top menswear bloggers for a sartorial snapshot of formalwear across the continent…

Sartorial suiting

UK: Ronan of thewild-swans.com

A good strong fabric such as vichy wool or herringbone will not only protect you from the cold, but it will also add plenty of elegance to your outfit. There’s an amazing brand selection when it comes to tailoring and suits at Bicester Village. Burberry, Dunhill, Ermenegildo Zegna and Reiss offer the best of their price range. I love the twist that Burberry and Reiss give to their suits in particular, with plenty of fabrics, patterns and colours to choose from. I’ve been passionate about fashion and style for as long as I can remember. My mother always encouraged me to express myself through clothes, but I think my interest fully blossomed when I started reading GQ at 14. I would study each and every page and just knew I had to be a part of that world.

Follow Ronan’s style:

Facebook: @RonanLouisSummers

Twitter: @xmrbrightside89

Whether it’s a classic carry-all or an elegant mini bag you’re lusting after, Europe’s street style icons are here to help…

Bloggers handbag pics

ITALY: Fashion Editor Ildo Damiano

When choosing a bag, start by deciding which dimensions and shape are the best fit for the occasion. I believe accessories are really a distinctive sign of one’s style and personality; this is why I have many tailor-made items with my name sewed on. I would suggest choosing “bold”, monochromatic bags that can be easily adapted to any look. In addition, I would avoid matching the colour of the dress with the shoes - I’d rather go for the fresh and contemporary effect of opposites. The bag that has accompanied me in most adventures is my Louis Vuitton Keepall, which I have personalised with my initials. Fidenza Village is the perfect place to purchase bags because it offers the greatest selection of brands and provides guests with the ideal accessory with the right price.

Follow Ildo’s style:

Instagram: @dieciminutidiapplausi

Shop the latest handbags at Fidenza Village

Our handpicked selection of denim icons.

Denim Icons

MEN

The skinny

Push sartorial boundaries with a skinny jean that’s both traditional yet defined. The tight fit draws attention to your shoes, so ensure your footwear is on point with a classic pair of converse or a leather Chelsea boot.

The slim

Clean and refined, a pair of slim-fit skinnies can be worn however you like – roll them up, stack them down or crop them at the ankle. The distressed texture and light wash works best with basics, so add a white tee and leather slip-ons for effortless off-duty cool.

Four top bloggers share their health, fashion and beauty tips

The lifestyle edit

BEAUTY

Holly of www.articleofstyle.co.uk

Skincare investment

As I've got older, my list of skincare concerns has not only got longer but also more specific. Long gone are the days of renewing my skincare routine every month, I’m now focused on finding holy grail products that I can rely on year after year. A generic high-street chemists’ cleanser just doesn't cut it anymore, and if there's one thing you can justify investing in, it has got to be your skin. Think skin-loving elixirs, rejuvenating masks and miracle cleansers!

The triple effect

Discover here

What´s the right way to wear a suit?

1. Colour: navy blue or dark-grey are your basics. Once you have these two colours in your wardrobe, you can then up your number of suits with a pinstripe (this will show that you know what you’re talking about) or even a windowpane check suit. Houndstooth and Prince of Wales checks are for the experts. 

2. Jacket: two button or double-breasted suit, don’t accept anything else. The two button is a classic stalwart, which seems will never go out of fashion and the double-breasted suit is ever more in these days. The lower button should always be unfastened when you are standing up and you should only fully unfasten your jacket when seated. Three and four-piece suits have fallen by the wayside.

3. Waistcoat: this garment is living somewhat of a renaissance now. You can either go for a classic tailored look or a knitted one. Both are accepted, but the second option is more casual.

4. Trousers: wherever possible try and ensure that the hem opening is not excessively wide. The most appropriate width tends to be 18 or 19 centimetres. It’s never a bad idea to have turned-up suit trousers. Don’t forget, the hem of the trouser should just brush the shoe, if there’s too much fabric and it doesn’t drape properly; it creates a bunching effect, which must be avoided at all cost.

5. Shoes: although many men in Spain tend to wear moccasins with their suit, this is a big no. Gentlemen that want to stand out for their style and elegance, wear lace-up shoes (Oxford or Derby) or monkstrap shoes.

New vintage

New vintage

Put on a David Bowie LP and sit back and enjoy, while we check out one of this season’s biggest and best trends with the ‘Duque Blanco’. And no, we haven’t gone mad, far from it. Even though it’s correct that the term ‘vintage’, which has been around for a good few years now, does refer to clothes taken from our parents’ wardrobe, adding the word ‘new’ to it, gives it a whole new meaning, and this is exactly what’s happening this winter.

For some time now, revered names from the fashion world such as the Northern Irish designer J.W. Anderson have been clamoring for a new era for men. Despite this era being in its infancy and clashing with the much-loved lumbersexual (that lumberjack from the mountains sporting checked shirts) with every day that passes it gains yet more ground. This latest fashion trend is ever present on the catwalks and is about to burst out on to the high street.

We’re talking about a new type of man that likes to keep up with fashion and likes to have his very own style. A new form of design instigated by Anderson at Loewe and Alessandro Michele at Gucci, whereby they draw on the spirit of contemporary dandies, such as Bowie or Mick Jagger and a language that harks back to the dazzling 70’s with wallpaper prints and elegant browns and greens, the use of leather and slightly androgynous forms with a hint of the ‘Hunky Dory’ album cover to them.

 

For some it will be complicated to adapt this trend to the street, but nobody said that fashion was an easy road to walk.

The diversity of beauty and the female world in colaboration with the author of "The Atlas of Beauty", Photographer Mihaela Noroc

Mihaela Noroc in Las Rozas Village

In association with Las Rozas Village, photographer Mihaela Noroc has extended her project, "The Atlas of Beauty" visiting Spain for the first time, to capture Spanish women's unique beauty.

Las Rozas Village celebrates the diversity of beauty and female world in colaboration with the author of the "The Atlas of Beauty" project, photographer Mihaela Noroc.

Thanks to this inspiring initiative, Mihaela Noroc has travelled to over 37 countries, demonstrating that female beauty is a diverse concept that encompasses many different factors and verifies that each and every woman is one of a kind

Las Rozas Village celebrates the diversity of the female form sponsoring Mihaela Noroc's "The Atlas of Beauty" project, thereby supporting the photograher's wish to produce a record of the diversity of feminine beauty in the world. This collaboration forms part of the Village's Autumn campaign, "Find out what makes you unique", that focuses on enhancing the attributes which make each and every one of us unique.

In association with Las Rozas Village, Mihaela Noroc will visit Spain for the first time from 26 to 30 October, to continue working on the second part of her project “The Atlas of Beauty”. As the name suggests, this is an atlas with which this Romanian photographer seeks to reflect the beauty of women from around the world: from cosmopolitan New York to places where time seems to have quite literally stood still, covering Ethiopian women's hairstyles, the make up worn by Amazonian tribes or the precious jewels worn by the people of Tibet. With this work, Mihaela aims to demonstrate that beauty is a diverse and subjective concept, which is not a question of race, social standing or background, but has to do with each woman's personality, spontaneity, and ultimately, her authenticity. With this premise, and continuing her on-going journey around the world, Mihaela will travel across Spain to enrich her project with examples of Spanish women's beauty, in order for them to also form part of this atlas of universal beauty.

Elettra Wiedemann and Chefs Torres in "Fashion Meets Food"

Elettra Wiedemann and Chefs Torres in "Fashion Meets Food"

In the long-awaited opening of the Summer Terrace 2015 at Las Rozas Village guests enjoyed a tantalising food-meets-fashion experience

· The Spanish Villages are putting on a series of events for a unique gastro experience: an exclusive gourmet market at La Roca Village and Las Rozas Village, and the Summer Terrace at Las Rozas Village

This summer Las Rozas Village and La Roca Village have planned new sensations for its guests, making them the very best destinations for summer. In addition to an extensive selection of luxury and fashion brands, this summer they will also offer a unique experience for food-lovers. Quality food is the dish of the day this season.

The model and food-lover Elettra Wiedemann – daughter of the beautiful Isabella Rossellini and grand-daughter of the unforgettable Ingrid Bergman – was the star guest, thanks to her links with both the fashion and food worlds. Internationally acclaimed chefs Javier and Sergio Torres entertained guests with a live show cooking session during which they prepared a dish inspired by Elettra entitled the ‘Elettra Tomato”, which included ingredients such as capellanes, pickles and salted foods. Well-known names from Madrid society such as María Chavarri, Moisés Nieto, Josie and Clara Courel – who presented the event – came together to open the Summer Terrace and discover this season's new trends at Las Rozas Village and La Roca Village.

Elettra – who wore a complete look by Spazio with jewellery by Aristocrazy for the event – explained that she was happy to be taking part in the Las Rozas Village and La Roca Village summer project, #FashionMeetsFood, as it encompasses the two disciplines that she loves the most, fashion and food. “I'm really happy that they chose me as ambassador of this project, as I really relate to finding inspiration in different experiences, especially when it comes to an interplay between fashion and food,” she said. “Meeting the chefs Javier and Sergio Torres has been a real pleasure, as I'm a huge fan of theirs and of Mediterranean cooking. I was able to enjoy the hand-picked selection of fashion brands in the Villages and I really do find what I need in them – from international brands, as well as Spanish brands that I follow. Taking part in the opening of the Summer Terrace with its spectacular sunset has been marvellous.”

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