Launch of Chucs Dive & Mountain Shop


Where: Automat
Joanne Black Style: Lanvin dress and ankle boots, Plein Sud fur, Alexander McQueen clutch, Stephen Webster earrings and a Damiani ring

You could be forgiven for thinking that the words glamour and adventure don’t often make it into the same sentence – let alone the same wardrobe. But, thanks to Charles Finch, whose new Chucs Dive & Mountain shop has just opened on Dover Street, we can all now look as stylish on the beach – or hiking through the mountains – as we do in the boardroom.

Finch’s brand may be new, but those close to him know it’s the result of a life-long dream for this film director, producer and CEO. It comes as no surprise then that stars from film, TV and fashion – including Emma Thompson, Bob Geldolf and designer Roland Mouret – came out to support his Jamaican-themed launch. With burgers and fries and Chuc’s cocktails to wash it all down, Automat provided the perfect setting to celebrate London’s newest seasonal holiday wear line.


Joanne Black and Olivia Cole

When you’re the son of an Academy award-winning actor and the grandson of the man who invented the puffa jacket – before ascending Everest in 1922 – producing an exclusive adventure fashion line for the stars seems like a natural step. And I won’t be the first to say I’m so glad he has. I’ve already invested in a Giles Deacon print bikini – Giles designed the print especially for the brand – and a pair of high-waisted shorts, which Cate Blanchett collaborated on, and I can’t wait to hit the streets of LA to try them out.

If his inaugural spring/summer collection is anything to go by, glamourous adventurers are in for a treat. I’m already looking forward to the next collection, where I hear an updated version of his grandfather’s original jacket will be making a rather stylish entrance.

Charles Finch and Evgeny Lebedev’s dinner for Film and Art


Joanne Black Tom Hooper

Joanne Black & Tom Hooper

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Location: Sake no hana, London
Joanne Black style:
Alaia dress, Chanel pearls and bag, and shoes by Stella McCartney

Charles Finch knows how to throw an exceptional party – with an exceptional guest list. So it comes as no surprise that, even on a cold October night, he managed to pull in a star-studded crowd with the lure of sake, Japanese food and a celebration of the arts and film.

With everyone from Director Tom Hooper to Sir Peter Hall sitting down to dinner, there was plenty of style spotting to keep me entertained. Mr Hooper – who is currently caught up in the media frenzy surrounding his latest film The King’s Speech – looked effortlessly cool wearing an open-necked white shirt and grey blazer over black jeans. Actor Geoffrey Rush from the film showed us how to look both warm and stylish with his checked scarf and Sir Peter Hall brought a hint of elegance to proceedings with his grey suit and dogtooth scarf. In the style stakes, however, Charles Finch was not to be beaten – with his beautiful blue velvet suit, he certainly made a lasting impression.

On the female side, Lillian von Stauffenberg gets my vote for the best-dressed woman. She braved the cold wearing ¾ length trousers and great sliver slingback heels with a simple v-neck black top, sleeveless fur gilet and long sliver chain. Amanda Eliasch also looked trendy and cool, sporting a great black bag with blue crystals and Hayley Atwell, star of the upcoming film Captain America, pulled off head-to-toe Louis Vuitton.

Sat next to charming actor Max Brown – who is currently on our screens playing Dimitri Levendis in Spooks – in view of so many well-styled and stylish outfits, this was an evening I certainly won’t forget in a hurry.