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True Tales of Luxury — Season Three

True Tales of Luxury — Season Three

Dropping into Harrods this season, Mariella is joined by designers Olivia von Halle, Hannah Coffin, Gabriela Hearst, Annoushka Ducas and Ralph & Russo as well as wellbeing guru Terrance the Teacher.


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Episode Six: Olivia Von Halle

A name synonymous with luxurious nights, Olivia von Halle rewrote the rules of sleepwear with her silk creations. Here, Mariella meets the designer who took pyjamas into our everyday wardrobes, blurring the lines between lounge and ready-to-wear.

True Tales of Luxury Olivia Von Halle

"You have to give yourself space for your imagination to be able to run riot."

Sparked by a love of her tailor-made pyjamas, Olivia von Halle put nightwear on the map with her eponymous brand. The original advocate of sleepwear as outerwear, the British designer has long been wearing her silk nightclothes beyond the bedroom. Launching with the archetypal Lila pyjamas in 2011, her classic aesthetic has since evolved into ready-to-wear with boudoir-esque slips and bias-cut skirts, with comfort and luxury ever at the forefront of her designs.

Episode Five: Gabriela Hearst

Designer and philanthropist Gabriela Hearst is paving the way to a sustainable future for luxury fashion. Mariella meets the woman behind the eponymous label that's captured hearts with its steadfast ethics and quiet elegance.

True Tales of Luxury Gabriela Hearst

"Sustainability is luxury — it shouldn't be two competing concepts."

Having grown up herding cattle on the family ranch in Uruguay, Gabriela Hearst's childhood was far from conventional — much like her approach to the business of fashion. Her focus on sustainability speaks to a 'buy less, wear more' mentality, creating pieces you'll love for life and never need to replace. Hearst's luxury is one of integrity and subtlety, from ranch-reared wool and recycled cashmere to anti-radiation pocket linings. But it's her eye for design that brings in the style set, with her cult Nina bag attracting a lengthy waitlist since being spotted on the arm of many an A-lister.

Episode Four: Annoushka Ducas

It was in 2012 that Annoushka Ducas was decorated as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Recognised for her three decades of service to the jewellery industry, hers is a name that’s synonymous with luxury.

True Tales of Luxury Annoushka Ducas

“Jewellery is so much about moments in time. Those are the luxuries: the moments that it commemorates, or what they mean to you.”

Annoushka Ducas MBE wasn’t always destined for the world of luxury jewellery. The keen businesswoman, and now mother of four – who co-founded Links of London in 1990 alongside her husband, John Ayton – studied at the Sorbonne before alighting in the industry almost by chance. Her first commission came from her mother, who challenged the fledgling designer to create a set of cufflinks to gift to her employees. Despite Ducas’ lack of formal training, her innate sense of style and inimitable aesthetic has redefined the jewellery industry as we know it today.

Episode Three: Ralph & Russo

After a serendipitous meeting on the streets of London, power couple Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo launched a label that would become the biggest British couture house in over 100 years. Hear their extraordinary story as Mariella gets the low-down on the business of haute couture.

True Tales of Luxury Ralph & Russo

"We have this belief together that nothing is impossible. We have no doubt in our minds that what we're trying to create is one of the biggest luxury houses ever."

The enormous success of couture label Ralph & Russo can be traced back to one chance meeting between its eponymous founders on the streets of London. Love at first sight between a designer and a banker grew into, years later, the foundation of a fashion house that would become the first British label in 100 years to be invited to show at Paris Couture Week. Today, the brand's creations are spotted on a prestigious roster of clients from Angelina Jolie to Meghan Markle, who wore Ralph & Russo for her official engagement photograph with Prince Harry.

Discover the Ralph & Russo boutique in Superbrands on the First Floor.

Episode Two: Hannah Coffin

In many ways, Hannah Coffin of Needle & Thread is a rebel of the fashion industry. Defying the seasonality that holds so many designers hostage, Coffin creates spellbinding collections at a pace that suits her. It’s a philosophy that, as Mariella discovers, is clearly working…

True Tales of Luxury Hannah Coffin

"In a world where sustainability is becoming more and more important to our values, I don’t want to be delivering fast fashion."

Best-dressed guests have one thing in common: Needle & Thread. Brainchild of Hannah Coffin, the British label is an events season staple, beloved for its intricate embroidery, fin de siècle references, and elaborate detailing. It’s a story that begins in childhood. Bought a Singer sewing machine at 11 years old, Coffin was taught her craft by her Grandmother (“Looking back, it was probably just a way to keep me quiet.”), who impressed upon her protégée the importance of time-honoured skills and traditional textiles. The rest, as they say, is history.

Episode One: Terrence The Teacher

Clinical hypnotherapist and all-round mindfulness guru, Terrence the Teacher is loved and lauded for his ability to endow patients with the tools to turn their lives around. Here, he tells Mariella of pursuing the ultimate luxury — self-healing.

True Tales of Luxury Terence The Teacher

"When you do mindfulness, you're changing yourself for the better and then the world's your oyster."

Having coached clients from Christian Louboutin to the Great Ormand Street Hospital staff in the art of mindfulness, Terrence the Teacher has garnered a devoted following for his life-changing effect on people. His expertise in clinical hypnotherapy and neurolinguistics helps patients kick bad habits from smoking to stage fright — simply put, it comes down to unlocking the subconscious and overturning the thought process. His is a world of positivity, where negative language is outlawed and the power to change lies within — as his long list of loyal clientele will attest.

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