Olivia Coleman in The Crown, Series 3

Brilliant happenings this autumn

Ok, we’ll admit that we have a bad dose of that back to school/end of summer feeling.  So we’ve cheered ourselves up by making a list of what to look forward to this autumn.

After previously playing sisters in Friends, Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon are reuniting for one of the autumn’s most anticipated new series, The Morning Show (on Apple’s new streaming service, November 2019). Anniston plays a morning show anchor whose partner (Steve Carell) is sacked in a MeToo scandal, only to face arch rivalry in the new girl (Witherspoon) brought on to shake up the station.  See the trailer here. Also on our list are two firm favourites, both back for their third series.  The Crown returns on 17th November on Netflix with Olivia Coleman as the Queen and Helena Bonham-Carter as Princess Margaret.  On December 6th, The Marvellous Mrs Maisel shows up again with Maisel going on tour.  If you haven’t caught the first two series of these shows, now’s the chance to get caught up.

In a world where retail seems to be diminishing fast, three shop openings are getting our hearts beating a little faster.  Ganni have just opened their first UK shop at 36 Beak Street in Soho with in-store exclusives (not even available at their founding store in Copenhagen) and rugs from up cycled old Ganni fabrics.  What’s not to like?  Glossier have also announced that they will be returning to London with another pop-up store.  Details are yet to be confirmed but the last pop-up had queues out the door.  And Tat is having a pop up next to Pentreath and Hall at 17 Rugby Street from 2nd to 14th September.  Not only will Charlie Porter be selling her Tat antiques but there will also be flowers by Hazel Gardiner and items from Bert & Roxy, Papershades and Parna, amongst others. Prices will range from £5 – £1,000.

New websites getting our attention are Collagerie and The Sum of Things.  Collagerie, launching this autumn, is a collaboration between ex-Vogue Fashion Director Lucinda Chambers and editor Serena Hood.  It’s a tightly edited curated shopping site – as their tagline says ‘It’s the One Thing over Everything’. Already running on Instagram, we love the bright colours and strong aesthetic running through the images.  Sign up for early access here. The Sum of Things is a website set up by Summer Litchfield and is a journal on modern motherhood and style, with ideas for all the family.  Litchfield, a stylist and journalist who has written for everyone from Tatler (where she was Features Associate) to The Telegraph has excellent taste and the best contacts, so we look forward to seeing what she has to offer. Launching 1st September, sign up here.

If you missed out on tickets to see Fleabag on stage, watch it being broadcast live to cinemas nationwide on 12th September.  See all the details here. Tickets go on sale this September for James McAvoy in Cyrano de Bergerac at the London Playhouse Theatre playing from 27th November until 29th February 2020 (sign up for a reminder here) and Matt Smith and Clare Foy reunite for LUNGS set in a queue at IKEA about the topic of babies and the planet. Playing at The Old Vic from 14th October, tickets are sold out at the beginning of the run but are still available nearer the end.

And finally, we’ll be reading Margaret Atwood’s sequel to the Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments (10th September), Jessie Burton’s The Confession (19th September) and Phillip Pullman’s The Secret Commonwealth (3rd October) the moment we get our hands on them.  Oh and have you booked your tickets to Gauguin Portraits at The National Gallery (starts 7th October) and Tim Walker at the V&A (starts 21st September) yet? Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

— Francesca
21st August 2019