|FREE PARTY SEASON MASTERCLASSES IN ASSOCIATION WITH DEBRETT'S - Wednesday 21st November
We’re teaming up with experts Debrett’s, the authority on modern manners and etiquette to bring you a series of FREE party season masterclasses as we know working the Christmas party circuit like a professional could give your career, social life and even relationship a helping nudge along… if done with grace, style and panache.
Join us for our exclusive shopping night that will guarantee you leave transformed into the ultimate seasonal socialite! From 6-9pm, where there’ll be everything from decadent deportment at L.K.Bennett for the ladies, to getting to grips with suits that mean business at Reiss for the gents. Don’t be late; the classes are limited and on a first come first served basis!
If you know it all already then make the most of our late night shopping, our fabulous competition to win a once in a lifetime racing car track day thanks to Shirtstream Drycleaners and Ginetta Cars and complimentary bra fitting service at Strip and much more. To top it all off you can also enjoy Madison’s pop up bar and live DJ on the lower ground floor (for every drink purchased £1 will go to The Prince’s Trust, our charity partner).
1. L.K. Bennett, Lower Ground Floor, 6.30pm & 7.30pm
Put on those party shoes:
This class promises essential deportment for the festive season. Remember a lady must always walk gracefully in a higher heel, and wishful Cinderellas should be aware that statement shoes should never be taken off in public!
2. T.M. Lewin Ground Floor 6.00pm & 7.00pm
How to choose the perfect shirt & tie:
Different occasions demand a different look, and there are many conundrums on how best to wear and fashion a tie or bow tie. Where should the blade reach? How should you keep your tie after wearing it, rolled up or hung? All your questions can be answered here, including whether it is ever okay to wear a Hawaiian shirt on the Christmas party scene!
3. Searcys Champagne Bar First Floor 8pm
Everybody indulges and enjoys over the Christmas season, but remember your limits and ensure that you are not talk of the party in the office the next day. Learn when to drink pink or white, how to pour and chill, what to do with your pinky, and how to hold a champagne glass correctly.
4. Oliver Bonas Ground Floor 6pm & 7pm
Presenting your presents:
This class looks at how to wrap perfectly as well as the perils of re-gifting, making sure that you get it right every time. Unwrapping a lovingly wrapped gift is nearly as special as receiving it, so make sure that your well thought out present looks good enough to be judged by its cover.
5. Reiss Lower Ground Floor 6pm & 7pm
Bespoke suit service:
Suit wearing etiquette is as vital as design and colour. This class takes you from what suit should be worn on what occasions, to whether you should have the jacket open or closed. Important considerations including double verses single breasted suits, when to wear a cravat, and whether it is ever okay to take off your tie are all covered.
6. Karen Millen Lower Ground Floor 6pm & 7pm
Looking the part:
Discerning ladies know that looking the part means leaving the right impression. This class promises to give you the skills to select the perfect party dress as well as how to tackle hemline etiquette, making sure there are no last minute panics in front of the mirror.
7. Fraser Hart Ground Floor 6pm and 7pm
The Christmas season is undoubtedly the most romantic of all and is the perfect time to propose. This class takes you through all of the do’s and don’ts, so all you have to do is remember your chosen words. Factors such as whether you still have to ask permission, if you can ask for your beau’s hand at a family Christmas dinner, and whether it is a sin to propose without having chosen a ring will all be covered.
8. Banana Republic Ground Floor 6pm & 7pm
Day to night:
The party season means the social calendar is full to the brim, and not every occasion will allow for a change of outfit after work. This class demonstrates simple tricks to take your outfit from day to night with ease, and how to ensure you're always looking stylish, even on a budget.
9. Dermalogica Ground Floor 6pm & 7pm
We all love festive fun, but our skin can suffer and show all of our sins. This class demonstrates how to cheat your way to looking like you have had eight hours sleep and how to always look as fresh as a daisy, as well as giving a run-down of skin rituals that must never be ignored.
10. Barbecoa Butchery Ground Floor 7pm & 8pm
The art of carving:
Without a perfect knowledge of the art of carving one should not perform the honours of serving the meat. This class, hosted by Paul Kelly from the renowned Kelly Turkeys, demonstrates how to masterfully carve and serve elegantly. Nobody wants a butchered turkey at Christmas!
11. Bread Street Kitchen Ground Floor 6pm & 7pm
Concocting cocktail parties:
When you are hosting a cocktail party it is your obligation to make sure that the right atmosphere is created, and that first and foremost everyone has enough to eat and drink. Canapés and Cocktails are perfect for the party season, and this class demonstrates how to create a five star party at home and be a ‘hostess with the mostess’.
12. Hershesons Ground Floor 6pm & 7pm
A class to ensure that you don’t encounter a bad hair day this party season. Learn how to master the quick fixes to looking good, up vs. down, hair piece how to’s and lots more. Unkempt hair does not flatter a LBD, and this class is essential for every budding society high-flier to know a hair do from a hair don't.