OK so first things first, I never ever win raffles! The last prize I won was Red Carpet Green Dress and that transformed my life (VOGUE: Angel Accolades ) so although I never win, it can sometimes turn out well when I am lucky enough to!
A year ago , just before the Oscars I visited, and fell in love with, the incredibly curated Jessica McCormack store. I visited based on a recommendation from Roland Mouret and designed my ‘Love Letter’ rings (a Victorian tradition of spelling out names or messages in gem stones), picture here. At the time I knew that it was understandable why Rihanna, Madonna and Carine Roitfeld all love her. Her work is full blown creativity at its best. But there’s only way to buy Jessica McCormack’s show-stopping jewels, and that’s the old-fashioned way: visit her shop. It is absolutely stunning. There’s a piano that plays itself designed by Based Upon, art by Rick Owens and Louise Bourgeois, sculptures by Tom Price (a chap in a puffa jacket checking his phone sits on a pedestal, like a Michaelangelo) and Dali-esque furniture by the Haas Brothers, who have made pieces for Lagy Gaga and Versace Home. And, of course, cabinets filled with exquisite and unusual jewels.
So to visit ‘The House’ for Jessica’s breathtaking baby shower a year later (she is expecting a boy!), enter the raffle and win…well save to say that when my name as called I was absolutely shocked beyond words. Sweaty palms, shiny forehead, the lot! The raffle benefited The Children’s Trust, which was celebrating 30 years as the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, providing expert rehabilitation, education, therapy and care.