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creative direction SHINI PARK editorial assistance SIMON SCHMIDT in collaboration with FARFETCH
above: top J.H. ZANE bag SAVAS white dress GHOST
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Ask me ten years ago if I’d like a bag version of that bus handle I’d gotten to know so well – the circular, plastic reminder that once again I am on the late bus to school and we are one violent swerve away from swinging smack right into someone’s wet armpit. (My glasses would have permanent stains from arm-pubes during exam weeks) If you’d asked me then, I’d have raised an eyebrow, nay, even laughed, at the prospect of a bag that looks like a bus handle ring.

Seemingly, it takes exactly one decade for body cells to turn over, metabolism to slacken, for awkward ideas to become… well frankly, awesome. While my grip on the ring of SAVAS clutch take a familiar, ferocious grasp that one 18-year-old’s good morning relied on, it’s a heck of a stunner – a statement, even. Goes with practically everything, but best seen with puffy, foamy layers and monochrome co-ords as worn in this digitorial for Farfetch.

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Top & bottom – BACK. Boots – Bally. Bag – SAVAS via Farfetch

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below: blouse J.H. ZANE dress FERRE VIA NORDIC POETRY bag SAVAS
above: jacket J.H. ZANE dress GHOST bag SAVAS

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Top – JWon. Velvet culottes – Versace via Nordic Poetry. Shoes – Proenza Schouler. Bag – SAVAS via Farfetch

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story Park & Cube
in collaboration with Park Hyatt Mallorca

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creative direction SHINI PARK styling & photography assistance SIMON SCHMIDT
Off-the-shoulder top – Ghost. Navy shirt – Charlie May. Skirt- Back. Sandals – ATP Atelier

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t-shirt OVER AND UNDER jumpsuit GHOST necklace EFFRA choker MUM’s VINTAGE necklace BYALONA

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hoops MARIA BLACK earring CADENZZA dress GHOST silk scarf WESTON

Silk Coverup – Ghost. Swimsuit – Huit8. Choker – Mum’s vintage. BYALONA

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visit the spa, if only for interior design therapy
Park Hyatt Mallorca
Urbanización Atalaya de Canyamel, Vial A, 12, 07589
+34 871 81 12 34
mallorca.park.hyatt.com

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Final Destination

Mallorca is trying to shed its stag-do/first-teenage-expedition reputation and Park Hyatt Mallorca resort (their first in Europe) might just be the place to finally put the idea to bed. Just two months ago the first bed was fitted, the first Mallorquín-sourced stone walls to receive an inauguration from the summer sun, and the first fistful of Bottega Veneta bath products distributed across the 142 rooms and 16 suites. On arrival, we are momentarily confused as the car pulls up to what looks like another village on the island – complete with an amorous, leafy plaza, a cluster of restaurants and a handsome tapas bar – until our bags disappear up a hill on a golf cart driven by a tanned porter in white uniform.

We are received in a setting quite like a members’ club lounge (a signature Hyatt welcome), lined with ebony bookcases stocked with the works of Morello and Cernuda – not yet quite dusty. Our rooms, as airy as the breeze outside: a symphony of calming hues and modern fixtures. ‘Hola Shini Park’, read the service iPad, and our thumbprints break the room’s cherry. Moments after I unpack and splash some water on my face, the terrace lures me to a front-row seat to a sunset that blazes the pink walls in orange ember*. Practically a balm after what had possibly been the most ludicrous airport jaunts of my life (you may have witnessed me and Simon progressively turn nuts in the
span of 12h wait before the next available flight). Tomorrow,
a chorizo-scrambled eggs breakfast and an afternoon
by the heated pools await…

*Only if we could toss Gatwick Express and the lot
into that fire.

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head scarf WESTON dress GHOST boots MIUMIU

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straw hat H&M palazzo trousers NEXT (SIMILAR)

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jumpsuit GHOST boots MIUMIU necklaces AS BEFORE

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photography SHINI PARK assistance MR TRIPOD location CONRAD MALDIVES

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There is a special place in my mind, a cove, a nook, what have you – located in the general thereabouts of naughty-thoughtsburg and childish-schemesville. A little room that’s lined with premium faux-fur (‘stroke the furry wall, Albus’), and a make-it-yourself-burrito/burger/sundae/pho buffet in each of the four corners. And Henry Cavil as butler, in Olympic swimtrunks with ‘FAB’ written across the buttocks. We are not talking about the Maldives just yet, this space that I describe, is my ‘Happy Place’.

bracelet X JEWELLERY swimsuit ONIA. sunglasses DIOR

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Swimsuit – ASOS.

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Shirt & Bandeau – ASOS. Beach Pareo - Tallulah & Hope.

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straw hat H&M (SIMILAR) leather dress ASOS

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Ever since November 2015 however, my Happy Place has had a refurbishment. Now it is the exact replica of Conrad Maldives: white beaches with glassy water frothing at the hem, azure horizon that meets a cotton candy sky canvas, and all the amenities in a water villa. This is where I go in my mind, when my dude is particularly bewitched at the notion of explaining the supply and demand chain in the heaviest economist-lingo he can muster. I mentally snorkel out to the reefs and lather a wave underwater to a family of clown-fish while grunting the occasional Mmn, and ooh really‘s as he proceeds to pull out a complex-looking spreadsheet. Happy Place, Happy Place…

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Conrad Maldives
Rangali Island, Rangali 20077, Maldives
+960 668-0629

Park & Cube was a guest of Conrad Maldives, all views and opinion my own, as per usual.

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Serves 2 (v)
Scorched Cauliflower
by Scott Hallsworth
founder of Kurobuta at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge
A light starter to whet any appetite, or when you say you‘re on a diet but still crave a hug from butter. Perfect with just-cooked rice in the morning (or chucked into a stir-fry with simple noodles).

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150g Cauliflower cut into bitesize pieces
20ml Dark soy
60g Butter
10ml Salted yuzu juice
Swig of Olive oil
Pinch of Sea salt
20ml Sake
Finely chopped chives, chillies
  1. Crank your oven up to inferno (pizza ovens or even a covered BBQ is fine)
  2. Toss the cauliflower chunks with the olive oil, sake and sea salt.
  3. Pour onto a heavy-duty oven tray lined with a baking tray and scatter the butter chunks all over.
  4. Roast until golden
  5. Serve up – drizzle with soy and yuzu juice, top with chives.

* Squeeze a lemon over to accentuate the chives and chilli flavours.

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Serve as a side dish with a bowl of rice and sunny-side-up eggs

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Kurobuta
Harvey Nichols, 4th floor
109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ

Now, while this dish may not drop any culinary panties when it comes to complexity, if cooked with the right dose of love (i.e garlic & chillies) it packs a punch – almost to the point it can rock a solo on your table, with a bowl of rice on base guitar. Also seen on the list of mouth-watering BBQ numbers at the newly opened Kurobuta at Harvey Nichols – inspired by Japanese Izakayas and their tapas-and-drinks gastropubs, one of my favourite time-out points when meetings bring us out to Knightsbridge. Order the Scorched Cauliflower and the Baby Shrimp Tempura with Kimchee mayo to start, followed by a Tuna Sashimi Pizza with Truffle Ponzu. Slosh it all down with an icy sweet lychee mocktail. Ask for a booth for a spectacular view over Sloane Street, or for an peek of the windows at the Mandarin Oriental across the road.

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Right: Robata Pork Ribs with Honey-Soy-Ginger Glaze

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direction SHINI PARK photo assistance SIMON SCHMIDT in collaboration with COACH

Vest – Coach 1941 PreFall16. Bag – Coach ‘Rogue’. Suede top – Gestuz. Skirt – Kenzo. Shoes – Kurt Geiger.

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All – Coach 1941 PreFall16

HOW IS IT ALREADY JULY? It’s like someone forgot to un-press the 2x Fast Forward toggle on Sims and not only have I slept through the night really quickly but I’ve reached level 10 in Charisma skills by talking to myself in the mirror for 13 Sim-hours in a puddle of my own piss, and then gotten to third base with the cleaning lady. (Sidenote: if you’ve never played Sims this may possibly be the most awkward paragraph you’d read on the internet ever.) Moral of the story is, where is time going? (and, for the love of God, press pause if you’re going AFK)

Weren’t we nursing fashion month blisters just the other day? And I don’t know about you, but my Spring Clean is still on snooze, it has been since March. Perhaps the one good thing about being more than halfway done with a year-that-I-still-looks-like-20156 is the Pre-Fall collections, and as always – Coach 1941 do not disappoint. The glove-tanned Rogue is my new beau, and khaki because I suspect that good weather in the UK have most definitely progressed with #Brexit.

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above: jacket VARSITY JACKET dress PATCHWORK bag GLOVETANNED ROGUE. left: dress SILK T-SHIRT DRESS; ALL BY COACH

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All – Coach 1941 PreFall16

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