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Anna Vitiello and Bettina Looney’s Guide to London
Queen of upscale accoutrements, Anna Vitiello and her fashion foil, London’s personal shopper par excellence Bettina Looney are experts in hunting out the most glamorous spots in town. While both residents in the capital, it’s their shared continental heritage which underlines their flamboyant, yet always elegant aesthetic. “Although we grew up on other sides of the Atlantic, Bettina has Spanish and Italian in her family, while my family is half-Italian, so we have some common ground culturally (namely a close relationship with our relatives, a penchant for sleepovers and big meals). We also have a shared love of everything from antique shopping to food and similar tastes in fashion,” explains Anna. In celebration of Jimmy Choo’s ‘JC’ pop up at iconic shopping destination Harrods, the pair give us their run down of their top London’s addresses for dining, design and fashion.
Harrods pop up “Nowhere beats Harrods for an injection of retail glamour,” says Bettina, making it the ideal spot for Jimmy Choo’s ‘JC’ pop up, open until 30th September. So, what are the duo’s top style tips? “Anna and I appreciate the same clothes and have the same slightly OTT approach to getting dressed, but where I often prefer something slightly more structured, she’ll go for more exaggerated silhouettes. Flamboyance is definitely a common theme in both of our wardrobes,” Bettina continues. Channel their spirit with the JC monogrammed BOHEMIA clutch and the feather festooned CALLIE evening bag. Where to shop: JC Collection Pop Up, Harrods
The Kensington Hotel The last word in West London elegance, the white-stucco’d façade of Kensington Hotel is characteristic of the chi chi neighbourhood. Less typical is the sumptuous, yet modern interior—all chandeliers, four poster beds and floor to ceiling marble bathrooms. Reflecting the quiet sophistication of the tonal suites, the MINEA slides in ivory offer a relaxed take on Anna and Bettina’s monochromatic chic, while the EDISON and LOVE stilettos are perfect for a cocktail at the hotel’s swishy K bar. Where to stay: The Kensington, South Kensington.
Marchesi 1884 “Marchesi on Mount St. is a must visit for anyone with a sweet tooth,” says Anna. “Italian pastries are my favourite thing in the world—I have memories of eating them until I was sick as a child. Although these are a much more indulgent version, they’re no less delicious. I’d go for a mini egg tart to start and a puff pastry with a good old fashioned espresso.” Compete with the old school Italian opulence in the pearl and glitter embellished BAILY or the JC monogrammed LOVE heels. Where to eat: Marchesi 1824, Mayfair
“MARCHESI ON MOUNT ST. IS A MUST VISIT FOR ANYONE WITH A SWEET TOOTH”
Edition 94 “London is a melting pot of culture and you can see that from its art, architecture and décor style,” says Bettina. Kensington’s Edition 94 is a must-visit in both Bettina and Anna’s little black books for the mix of vintage and contemporary furniture, tableware and lighting, with a heavy emphasis on Italian design. Browse the objéts in suitable style in the jewel encrusted EDISON and logo printed LOVE stilettos. Where to browse antiques: Edition 94, South Kensington Circolo Popolare “There’s nothing I love more than eating and sharing a meal with people I love, so I’m incredibly grateful for London’s diverse food scene,” says Anna, “Italian is my favourite (obviously) but I love that you can walk down the road in many parts of the city and find everything from Turkish to Sri Lankan to Spanish food. My favourite nights in the city have all been centred around eating, that’s for sure.” Complete your date night look in the MINORI black leather boot and the iconic CALLIE beaded evening bag. Where to have dinner: Circolo Popolare, Fitzrovia