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Baroque may be the trend taking over our Autumn/Winter wardrobes, but it is also the name of our latest London haute spot, Baroque Mayfair.

After being invited to a private show from Marina and the Diamonds at the club next month, I was blown away to see this sketch detailing one of two bespoke costumes created for the night. In addition to this baroque-inspired embroidered and corseted piece by Hasan Hejazi, the designer has created an additional unseen dress for his Muse and her exclusive performance.

Hejazi said, “I was inspired by the venue’s title and the idea of designing something couture, luxurious and grand. This fitted the idea of Baroque which also fits perfectly with the look and feel of the venue”. It is going to be a night to remember.

In the Sixties and Seventies, The Playboy Club was worlds apart from what we associate with the ‘Playboy’ of today. When it launched in Chicago in 1960, no-one (except perhaps Hugh Hefner) knew was a vital role The Playboy Club would have in financing the Playboy empire. For many years, in fact, the chain of over 40 clubs grossed much more than the magazine. The strictly non-nude clubs offered admission to rabbit-headed metal Playboy keyholders only, and were an exclusive but respected night-time venue in the years of swing skirts and peace signs.

Because my Mom is a former Playboy bunny, I was completely enthralled when I stumbled on this copy of the Playboy Club Bunny Manual. It is a throwback well worth a read and features an interesting insight into the (semi-sexist) existence of a Bunny. I find it arresting that the rules on smoking are a doozy in comparison to the bans of today, that Supervisors were only allowed to be male (and addressed as “Mr. ____”), and that all four ‘Helpful Hints for Bunnies’ are also beauty tips that my Mom has passed down to me. Coincidence? Definitely not!

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