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Citizen Femme Hotlist

This week’s hotlist is fabulously fashion-forward. With London Fashion Week coming to an end, we’re looking ahead to the most exciting trends you should be following right now.

Read on to learn about Mayfair’s hottest new Italian eatery, designers leading the way with leather and an arty installation that will inflate a sense of love…

GO HERE Chubby Hearts Over London by Anya Hindmarch

An exuberant love letter to London, eccentric fashion designer Anya Hindmarch has had a great big blow-up heart installed right on Hyde Park Corner.

Initially appearing on Valentine’s Day 2018 and continuing throughout London Fashion Week that followed it, Chubby Hearts Over London saw bright red, giant heart-shaped balloons suspended over (and sometimes squashed within) London landmarks as a declaration of infatuation to the city.

The Chubby Heart is back this year, wedged between Wellington Arch for Valentine’s Day this year and part of an international project of passion that will continue throughout the year. Cameraphones at the ready, this is some seriously lovely insta-fodder.

EAT HERE Camillo Benso

Born from the passion and desire to share the Italian culinary and cultural traditions with the world, Camillo Benso has opened his second restaurant right here in London. It is the sister to his sumptuous flagship restaurant in Milan.

Taking up residence in the heart of Mayfair, Camillo Benso is the epitome of fine dining and presents a modern take on traditional Italian cooking in a thoroughly up-to-the-minute setting. Its gorgeous decor of varnished wood panelling punctuated by golden diamonds truly set the tone. It’s also spread over two floors, creating spaces for lively dinner parties or more intimate dining experiences.

Every plate achieves an incredible balance of sweet, salty, and sour. Even Dessert. Highlights of its mouth-watering menu include salt cod with crispy polenta, homemade pappardelle with duck and black truffle, finished off with Savoiardi dipped in coffee with mascarpone cream or the intriguing marinated pineapple carpaccio.

STAY HERE Phoenicia Hotel, Beirut

Beirut, jewel of the Mediterranean, is rich in history and culture and remains a draw for international tourist despite its noisy neighbours and rocky past.

The Phoenicia Hotel, built in 1961 and reimagined after an extensive refurbishment during the 2000s, is the perfect stay for a couple of days in the Lebanese capital. You will be wowed straight way upon entering the hotel where you are met by an awe-inspiringly elaborate marble staircase that was practically made for swooshing down in a ballgown! Imagination aside, the Phoenicia comprises five (yes five!) sumptuous restaurants, indoor fountains and a stellar spa and fitness suite.

The rooms have stunning views over the azure ocean and the teeming cityscape below and come equipped with super soft bedspreads, balconies and ila toiletries.

It’s pretty easy to see why, then, elite names in Hollywood such as Marlon Brando and Brigitte Bardot were attracted to this hotel and its illustrious past. Recreate your own A-list fantasy with a stay at the Phoenicia, Beirut.

TRAVEL WITH THIS Troubadour luggage

Purveyors of fine men’s leather goods, Troubadour has ventured into the world of women’s fashion, launching its very first range of bags and belts for women. Creative Director Samantha Jacob drew inspiration from taking one of the company’s bags for gents on a weekend away, and came back with a fully realised concept for their female counterparts.

With clean lines, discreet pockets, extra comfy handles, shoulder straps and super smooth zippers, Troubadour presents a modern, minimal, yet unmistakably luxe range of accessories.

And never fear for when the rain sets in – there’s no chance of a Troubadour bag shrinking when wet. Their range of exceptional leather goods are totally waterproof; the kind that a take-anywhere kind of gal can, well…. take anywhere.

SHOP THIS Zeynep Arçay preview trunk show

Istanbul-based fashion house Zeynep Arçay has lifted the lid on a brand new collection which puts a seductive, slightly edgy spin on day-to-night wear. Leather is a staple material here – with the hotly-coveted mini dress and single-sleeve silhouettes – while cutout shapes are a totally new addition. Zeynep Arçay offers sophisticated and modern as well timeless, ‘above-fashion’ designs that will feel easy to wear throughout the day, into the evening.

Zeynep Arçay is the name of founder and creative director Zeynep Özlem Alpay’s beloved grandmother, who she named her brand after as an ode to her strong nature and love for the finest in life – a true reflection of her inspiring fashion pieces.

Get a first-look at this online trunk show before the items hit the stores. You could be the first to be wearing these exclusive pieces.

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