On Tuesday 20 February, we enjoyed drinks and canapés with UK Director of Dorotheum and Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist, Martina Batovic and Head of Photographs at Sotheby’s, Brandei Estes. Martina and Brandei shared their experiences of: auction house life; how Martina juggles being a powerhouse and a mum and the importance of networking to advance your career in the arts. The perfect evening, made all the better by Jackson Boxer's scrumptious canapés and wine in the beautiful setting of Chess Club, Mayfair.
On Saturday 3 February, Lifestyle Editor of HuffPost UK, Brogan Driscoll hosted the second 'FEMpowerment' at new co-working space/private members' club Mortimer House.
FEMpowerment is for ALL women wanting to work it in the workplace; focussing on the importance of looking after your mental wellbeing as well as your physical health in order to get the most out of your careers and most importantly, your lives!
Here's what the programme looked like for the day - and what a day it was!!!:
FEMpowerment Volume II
10.30 - 11.15am Beyoncé barre class hosted at the newly-opened Frame Fitzrovia
11.15am - 12pm Shower time!
12 - 1.30pm Nourish-me brunch
1.30 - 2.30pm 'Realising Your Dreams' Panel
With Lifestyle Editor of HuffPost UK, Brogan Driscoll; Founder of Grl Pwr Gang, Kirsti-Nicole Hadley; Co-Founder of Frame, Pip Black and Executive Director of Women for Women International, Brita Fernandez Schmidt.
2.30 - 3.30pm 'Self Care' Panel
With Lifestyle Editor of HuffPost UK, Brogan Driscoll; Carrie Anne Roberts AKA Mre Soeur; Transformational Life Coach, Certified Macrobiotic Counsellor and Chef, Nicky Clinch; and cook and author of Eat Happy, Melissa Hemsley.
3.45 - 4.30pm Modern meditation for the real world with Michael James Wong at Just Breathe
4.30 - 6.30pm Party time with Marguerite
With nail art by Shoreditch Nails, wellness workshops by Heaps + Stacks, drinks and music aplenty!
We kicked 2018 off with a bang with art world royalty, Founders of Frieze, Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover. Amanda and Matthew spoke with former Associate Editor of frieze magazine and current Director of Nottingham Contemporary, Sam Thorne all about their rise (and rise!) to the top of the art world. Starting out back when they met as kids, how their friendship developed at Oxford University, what inspired them to launch an art magazine - and of course later, an art fair and of course, what's next for the dynamic duo!
Our final event of 2017 was an evening of Christmas cheer and cocktails with artist, Chris Levine at Sketch London. Developed as an entrancing meditative experience, this exclusively created laser generated installation, inspired by solfeggio sound frequencies, aimed to supercharge our spirituality and sense of wonder.. a physiological immersion which resonates with the inner workings of our minds and bodies.. A moment of calm - just what we needed after a month of partying!
On Monday 11 December, we hosted our first ever 'Marguerite How To’ event in partnership with Sophie Macpherson Ltd. We kicked things off with a night of NetWERKing in London's most instagrammable bar, Tonight Josephine - with chats about the dos and the don’ts, the highs and the lows of everyone’s most dreaded pastime: networking. Our panel was chaired by Lifestyle Editor of HuffPost UK, Brogan Driscoll and included cook and author of 'Eat Happy, Melissa Hemsley; Co-Founder of Bompas & Parr, Sam Bompas and Head of Collections for Soho House & Co., Kate Bryan.
After hearing our hosts' top tips, we put our skills to the test with our very own Marguerite Speed NetWERKing, hosted by drag queen, Bourgeoisie and aided by pizza and cocktails aplenty!
On Tuesday 5 December, we enjoyed an intimate dinner with legendary British fashion and textile designer, Dame Zandra Rhodes in her joyful Rainbow Penthouse. Guests were welcomed to the penthouse with cocktails and the tuneful tones of Zandra's all-time favourite band, ABBA, before being invited to see the infamous Zandra Rhodes print studios (the last of its kind) in action.
The exclusive tour was followed by a colourful dinner laid on by the amazing Planche Kitchen, accompanied by an informal conversation between Zandra and her Brand Director, the well versed fashion creative Grace Woodward. Guests left happy with a bespoke printed piece from the newly launched exclusive silk scarf range. It was a night to remember!
On Friday 10 November, we bound out of bed early for pre-work coffee and croissants at South Kensington Club. We then strolled over for a private tour of 'Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion' led by curators, Holly Hay and Shonagh Marshall.
Click here for the full scoop on the show from Holly and Shonagh themselves!
Image: Blommers & Schumm for The Gentlewoman.
On Saturday 21 October, a conversation between Features Editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Helena Lee and Director of Maureen Paley, Maureen Paley was held at The Hoxton. Maureen, who featured in the original Harper’s Bazaar Women in Art Portfolio shot by photographer, Jermaine Francis in 2015, spoke ahead of Marguerite’s very own photo shoot by Jermaine himself. Clothes and accessories were lent by Marguerite’s Summer Programme partner, THE OUTNET.COM for members to try on and wear during the shoot. Food and drinks were served by Lady Bakewell Park, Planche Kitchen and Wild Fizz Kombucha!
Image: Maureen Paley by Jermaine Francis for Harper’s Bazaar UK (2015).
On Saturday 30 September, Marguerite visited Blenheim Palace for a grand afternoon tea in the Palace's Orangery, followed by a private evening tour of SOFTER: Jenny Holzer. Our wonderfully informative tour was led by Senior Exhibitions Manager for Blenheim Art Foundation, Antonia Jolles and was followed by the incredibly moving, thought provoking and jarring Jenny Holzer light projections. One word: wow.
On Thursday 28 September, Burberry kindly hosted members of Marguerite 1938 for a private dinner at Old Sessions House. The dinner celebrated Here We Are - an exhibition of British photography curated by Christopher Bailey, Lucy Kumara Moore and Alasdair McLellan.
Guests were greeted with champagne and goodie bags including Burberry candles and sunglasses before an introduction to the show by Here We Are’s Co-Curator, Director of the cult Claire de Rouen Books, Lucy Kumara Moore. The introduction was followed by an exploration of the show before a three course dinner was served in a beautiful private room. The evening was rounded off by a gorgeous night cap around the corner at Zetter Townhouse - what a wonderful evening!
From Friday 8 - Sunday 10 September, Marguerite visited Venice for the 57th Venice Biennale, titled Viva Arte Viva.
The trip included visits to Damien Hirst’s Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable; a tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection; a cocktail hosted in the home of Italian entrepreneur, author, interior designer, philanthropist and CEO of the Bauer Hotel, Francesca Bortolotto Possati; time to explore the Arsenale and Giardini; long Venetian lunches and dinners - and much, much more!
On Wednesday 6 September, we enjoyed an evening with Fashion Curator and Archivist to the Isabella Blow Collection, Shonagh Marshall. Shonagh was in conversation with Chief Critic for Voguerunway.com and British Fashion Council Ambassador for Emerging Talent, Sarah Mower MBE about The Isabella Blow Foundation over delicious drinks and canapés at Quo Vadis, Dean Street!
Shonagh and Sarah shared: tales of Isabella's wild and eccentric life; her relationships with fashion superstars such as Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy; the work the Foundation does to support aspiring fashion and art students and raise awareness of mental health and depression; and the future plans for the collection!
Image from the Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! Exhibition Catalogue by Nick Knight.
On Wednesday 30 August, we celebrated Peggy Guggenheim's 119th birthday party at the Asylum Chapel in Peckham for the launch of Guggenheim Jeune. Jeune is Marguerite's new membership type aimed at women with under four years of experience in the art world. For full details on Guggenheim Jeune click here.
To celebrate, an immersive dinner to evoke Peggy Guggenheim's spirit was served by food artist and anthropologist, Caroline Hobkinson. Dinner was accompanied by tales of Peggy's wild and wonderful life told by Contemporary Art Correspondent at The Art Newspaper, Louisa Buck.
Huge thanks to Caroline Hobkinson, Louisa Buck, Jo Dennis at Maverick Projects and Rebel Rebel florists for such an incredible night!
On Wednesday 23 August, Founder & Director of her eponymous gallery, Sadie Coles was in conversation with Head of Collections at Soho House & Co., Kate Bryan. Sadie reminisced about setting up her gallery in 90s YBA London; wild nights at The Groucho Club; her long-time love of Sarah Lucas, Jeff Koons and John Currin; the fact that Larry Gagosian calls her a punk, her advice for being a woman in the arts; the effect Brexit might have on the art world; and expansion to Asia and beyond. A real highlight of our Summer so far!!
On Saturday 5 August, we hosted FEMpowerment with Marguerite at The Curtain in Shoreditch! FEMpowerment was aimed at women wanting to 'werk it' in the work place - giving us the tools we need to be badass in business, own our confidence and look after our mental wellbeing as well as our physical health.
Missed out? Don't sweat it! The next FEMpowerment event will take place in January 2018! Watch this space for more info!
FEMpowerment with Marguerite: The Programme!
9.45 - 10.45am Morning Caffeine Hit at Tienda Roosteria
10am - 11am Yoga by FRAME
10.30 - 11.15am Spinning by Boom Cycle
10.45 - 11.30am FRAME Body - The Marguerite Edition by FRAME
11am - 12pm Showering and sprucing in The Curtain’s spa
12 - 1.30pm A grand brunch of Southern soul food at Red Rooster
1.30 - 2.30pm Panel: 'Being Badass in Business & Werking It in the Workplace' with the hosts of the Badass Women's Hour, Harriet Minter, Natalie Campbell and Emma Sexton and Co-Founder of The Other Box, Roshni Goyate.
2.30 - 3.30pm Panel: 'Owning It' with Lifestyle Editor of HuffPost UK, Brogan Driscoll (Chair); Founder & Editor of Riposte Magazine, Danielle Pender; Leadership Coach and Founder of Electric Woman, Nikki Armytage Foy and musician and model, Poppy Ajudha.
3.45 - 5pm Electric Woman Workshop
In this 75-minute event, we were inspired to think bigger about our lives and what we want from them. We met the “Electric Women” in us and began to understand who we are in our true power.
5 - 6.30pm Down Time Drinks
On Wednesday 26 July, Sam Bompas hosted a culinary vision quest through Bompas & Parr’s lurid studio. The night involved: Venetian bellinis inspired by Peggy Guggenheim herself; a cocktail organ; a demonstration of the 'gherkinator'; a jelly masterclass; a Marguerite Margherita competition; a flavour cloud explosion and much, much more!
Amongst all of this, Sam provided insight into the studio’s working process, approaches to creativity, lurking horrors and and exalted passions. What a night!
On Thursday 13 July, fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic was in conversation with her former tutor at Central St Martins, artist Julie Verhoeven about beauty and colour. The conversation was led by art advisor, Alexandra Donaldson of Kaleidoscope in the beautiful setting of The Connaught, just around the corner from Roksanda's eponymous store!
Image: Roksanda by Jermaine Francis for Harper's Bazaar's Women in Art Portfolio.
For the weekend of 7-9 July 2017, Marguerite hit Manchester for the Manchester International Festival 2017!
The trip included a performance of What if Women Ruled the World, the immersive Party Skills for the End of the World, the new Director of Tate, Maria Bashaw in conversation with artists Susan Hefuna, Samson Young and Stephen Sutcliffe at the Whitworth Art Gallery, a performance of Susan Hefuna’s ToGather performed by Studio Wayne McGregor, guest list spots for a VVIP party and much much more!
On Thursday 29 June, we hosted the first ever Marguerite Summer Party in partnership with THE OUTNET.COM, in support of Women for Women International!
The 1920s inspired summer garden party took place in the grounds of Rochelle School in East London and included: delicious food by Arnold & Henderson at Rochelle Canteen; sumptuous Champagne Selavy and cocktails; 1920s jazz; vintage corsages by Rebel Revel, personalised Iris & Ink clutch bags for all guests; alcoholic LAPP poptails; and even a trio of flapper dancers!
All proceeds from ticket sales went to Women for Women International, an amazing charity that helps women survivors around the world to rebuild their lives. We were over the moon to raise over £7K for the charity on the night!
Women for Women International supports the most marginalised women living in countries affected by conflict and war, helping them to: earn and save money; improve health and well-being; influence decisions in their home and community; and connect to networks for support. By utilising skills, knowledge and resources, these women are able to create sustainable change for themselves, their family, and their community. For full information please click here.
We are so grateful to our partner for the Marguerite Summer Programme and Summer Party 2017, THE OUTNET.COM for making this event possible. Launched in 2009 by the people behind NET-A-PORTER.COM, THE OUTNET is the go-to destination for the global, style-conscious shopper looking for 350+ designer brands at up to 75% off, as well as exclusive collaborations with high-profile brands and its in-house label, Iris & Ink.
On Tuesday 20 June, Marguerite members joined us for a vegetarian breakfast with fine artist, Mary McCartney at the beautiful new private members' club, Chess Club in Mayfair.
Mary's photographic work focusses on discovering those rare moments of unguarded, emotionally charged intimacy that offers us a new insight into the subject. Her work has concentrated on the world of portrait and candid reportage photography and is suffused with a deep personal investment that captures the creative chemistry between Mary and her subjects.
Mary discussed family, capturing intimate moments with dancers and unicorns and and how to wolf whistle over delicious pancakes, eggs and granola with with photographer and editor, Maryam Eisler.
On the evening of 31 May 2017, Founder & Director of Bold Tendencies, Hannah Barry led a tour with architects, Oliver Cooke and Francis Fawcett; and artists, Ewa Axelrad and Isaac Olvera.
Hannah led us up through Simon Whybray's iconic pink staircase hi boo i love you to the new highest point, the TOP DECK designed for level 10 by young British architects, Oliver Cooke and Francis Fawcett who introduced us to the space. The artists of the two new commissions for 2017, Ewa Axelrad (Let's go. Yes, let's go. (They do not move)) and Isaac Olvera (Your image will be weathered but never taken away), then talked us through their work and how it fits in with commissions from previous years by Richard Wentworth; Adel Abdessemed; Sam Riviere and Sophie Collins.
The tour was followed by food and drinks at Frank’s Cafe, the first architectural commission of Bold Tendencies which was designed by Practice Architecture (Lettice Drake and Paloma Gormley) and opened in 2008 by bartender Frank Boxer and chef Michael Davies. Bring on many more nights enjoying that incredible view in the months ahead!
Image: Richard Wentworth Agora (2015) Photographer: Quintin Lake.
On 3 May 2017, Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Executive Director of Women for Women International-UK hosted a night for Marguerite at Ham Yard Hotel.
Brita was in conversation with with fashion designer and Ambassador for Women for Women International, Alice Temperley MBE where they shared: news of the amazing work the charity are doing to help women survivors of war around the world rebuild their lives; tales of their 'sisters' that they sponsor; details on the #SheInspiresMe campaign; how the womens' designs are being incorporated into fashion in the UK; what motivates them in their own lives and careers and much more. All this whilst the Ham Yard Hotel kindly served delicious drinks and canapés!
The event took place ahead of the #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale hosted by Alex Eagle, The Store and The Vinyl Factory in Brewer Street Car Park, which members of Marguerite attended en mass!
For full information on Women for Women International, click here. For more information on sponsoring a sister for just £22/month, click here. Marguerite will be supporting Women for Women International through the Marguerite Summer Party 2017 and if you missed this event, worry not! There will be many more occasions on which you can learn about the amazing work the charity do!
Artist, Celia Hempton hosted a wonderful evening for members of Marguerite where she was in conversation in her Hackney studio over Fisher’s Gin cocktails with writer and Special Projects Editor at Frieze Magazine, Matthew McLean. Celia and Matthew discussed the difficulties of painting a live volcano, the obstacles and emotions around painting her boyfriend and friends whilst they masturbate, painting from surveillance footage and the astonishing results of her forays into the world of Chat Random.
The conversation was followed by a three course dinner with wine laid on especially for members of Marguerite, kindly hosted by our friends at Bistrotheque.
Creative Director of Alex Eagle Studio and THE STORE x SOHO HOUSE BERLIN, Alex Eagle welcomed us to Alex Eagle Studio on Lexington Street, where she was in conversation with her best friend Nura Mosley, Style Editor at British Vogue.
Alex joyfully shared tales of her years spent 'cutting her teeth' as a Fashion Assistant at Harper's Bazaar, what she learnt about retail from working at Joseph, opening her first store in a tiny townhouse on Walton Street, how the pieces she sells are so often tried and tested in her own home, how it all brought her to launching THE STORE in 2014, a vast 30,000 square feet expanse in Berlin and her beautiful Lexington Street store in 2016 that we were sitting in on the evening and juggling motherhood and a career now that she has her baby boy, Jack.
Members of Marguerite celebrated female vision and entrepreneurship at what is almost the year anniversary of Alex Eagle Studio on Lexington Street over Aperol Spritz's and Italian cheese and charcuterie boards.
The Alex Eagle Studio is a unique retail experience showcasing an edit of high-end fashion, accessories, art, design, homeware, beauty and photography from around the globe, in surroundings conceived to recreate the intimacy of a home. Alex Eagle opened the doors to 91 Walton Street in December 2014, a townhouse in the heart of London’s Knightsbridge. In April 2016 the studio moved to Lexington Street in Soho, an expansive, light-filled space that is a step away from the shop front model of the past towards a new type of retail experience. Alongside an eclectic edit of fashion, Alex Eagle own brand, art, furniture and unique curiosities, Lexington Street houses the Alex Eagle studio and showroom, and operates as an event and gallery space. The result is an invigorating creative hub, a new destination to hang out and be inspired.
Muriel Salem, collector, Anne Pontégnie, Collection Curator and Louise Chignac, Special Projects Manager welcomed us to The Cranford Collection for an evening of tales of how the collection as grown since it's inception in the 90s, the all-female team's working relationship, what drives and inspires the family to collect and more. Muriel, Anne and Louise spoke with long-term friend of the Collection and Director of Collection, International Art at Tate, Gregor Muir.
A huge thanks to Gregor for being involved, to the team for welcoming us so warmly to their home and to Planche Kitchen for providing such delicious food for the evening!
Uniqlo Tate Lates takes place on the last Friday of every month and acts as an opportunity for visitors to experience Tate Modern after-hours with emerging and established DJs selected by NTS Radio, alongside world-class exhibitions, pop-up talks, playful artistic activations and workshops.
The February edition of Uniqlo Tate Lates celebrated the work of female artists in Tate's collection, as well as championing contemporary female artists, voices and cultural leaders and thinkers. As part of February's edition of Uniqlo Tate Lates, Marguerite was invited to host an event on the 6th Floor of the new Switch House. We therefore programmed a whole night of 'Snappy Salons', where we talked all things women in the arts. Find the full programme below!
On 23 February, the first female Director of Tate Modern since it opened in 2000, Frances Morris was in conversation about her life, career and what it's like to be a woman at the top of the art world with Jan Dalley, Arts Editor of the FT!
Our lovely friends at The Beaumont looked after us once again with art deco splendour and drinks and canapés galore.
Artists, Annie Morris and Idris Khan generously welcomed members of Marguerite to their beautiful studios for a night of art, jazz, laughter, bubbles and delicious food. All of this was complimented by a lively and open conversation about their separate practices and shared relationship with Kate Bryan, Head of Collections at Soho House & Co.
A huge thank you to The Kansas Smitty's House Band for the amazing music and to Planche Kitchen for the delicious food!
The wonderful Victoria Siddall, Director of Frieze Fairs was in conversation about her impressive career with Alice Rawsthorn, design critic for the New York Times and Frieze and author of Hello World: Where Design Meets Life.
A huge thank you to The Beaumont Hotel for hosting us in their beautiful Lotos Room and for looking after us so well with flowing wine and canapés aplenty!
Image-maker, Nick Knight kindly hosted us at his SHOWstudio for a panel discussion on fashion illustration with resident fashion illustrator and Gallery Manager of SHOWstudio, Bex Cassie and fashion illustrators, Gill Button, Jenifer Corker and Amelie Hegardt.
Thank you to Jones & Sons Dalston for the tasty canapes, to The Hardihood for the raw cakes and Vranken Pommery UK for the bubbles! We had the best time!
A video of this discussion will be available shortly.