LUXURY NOW / TREND REPORT

Consciousness of the current state of flux heralds a comeback to spirit of living well. Diversification has become the zeitgeist as inspiration has a knock-on effect. Architecture feeds fashion, giving impetus to art that influences design. Churches take on new functions – is this sacrilege or divine inspiration? In the twenty first century we no longer see boundaries, just fascinating hybrids born out of beauty.

CONVERTED CHURCHES

As Western society becomes less Christian, redundant churches are increasingly being converted into everything from nightclubs to bookshops.

STYLE

Forget faddish looks and binge bargain hunting, timeless classics and couture inspired statement pieces make for wise investing.
ART

CHRISTIAN DIOR AND CHINESE ARTISTS

East meets west and fashion meets art at the Ullens Centre of Contemporary Art, Beijing, where a spectacular exhibition of Chinese contemporary art is inspired by the innovative creations of Christian Dior.

LOVEGROVE'S GREEN SCIENCE

Bringing sci-fi futurism into the present, Ross Lovegrove has created a new language in industrial design based on a fascinating exploration of science and nature.

LOVE MY TENDER

Cast off in the chicest tenders, as the nifty nautical runabout comes into its own.