Happy July! I hope you all had a fabulous time celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. I have
been so proud to have lived in England for almost five decades and it was wonderful to see
the country coming together to mark such an incredible occasion.
I chose to live and work in Winchester when I came to England as a young Frenchman with big dreams all those years ago, and I love my county.
I have helped raised money for many local charities throughout those years, and this year we are supporting the Hares of Hampshire art trail, which sees giant hare sculptures beautifully painted by local artists leaping across the landscape of Winchester and Southampton.
The spectacular project is raising money for the Murray Parish Trust, which was founded by actors Sarah Parish and Jim Murray to improve the medical care of children in the south.
During the ten weeks the trail will run, we will donate £1 from every client who visits the salon and ask for as many donations as people would like to give. When the trail finishes, I plan to throw a party at the salon with all those generous people who donated – and hopefully present a large cheque to Sarah Parish!
I recently spent an evening with Sarah and my friend Rosie Wild from the Alresford boutique Moda Rosa at another charity event – the Lashes Ladies Charity Lunch at Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, which was raising money for the Hampshire Cricket Foundation. We enjoyed a superb lunch, pop-up shows and a fashion show. It was wonderful to be back on a stage in front of more than 200 people for the first time in nearly three years – I had the honour of choosing the best dressed ladies in the room, which was very difficult as they all looked fabu-LASH!
In London, I was delighted to work with influencer Basma Kahie on a photoshoot for a national magazine. Basma is a Somalian influencer and founder of the hijab and scarf boutique, Basma K Collections, and is on a mission to show Muslim women they can dress in bright hues, prints and feminine silhouettes without compromising religious expectations. It was wonderful to work with her.