Pinch, Punch, First of the Month: Five things to see, splurge on, read and do over the next 30 days. Edited by Emelia Hamilton-Russell
Visit Gauguin Portraits, The National Gallery
Throughout Gaugin’s career he painted portraits of friends, family, fellow artists, models, and a relatively large number of self-portraits. For a brief period, during his first visit to Tahiti between 1891 and 1893, he tried – unsuccessfully – to make a living from commissioned portraits. In association with Credit Suisse, the National Gallery presents the first ever exhibition of the controversial artist’s portraits.
Party Mahiki’s ‘Freeky Halloween’
Halloween parties aren’t to everyone’s taste, but for those willing to embrace things that go bump in the night, Mahiki’s annual monster mash is the best of a cheesy bunch.
Read: The Watch: A Twentieth Century Style History
Dubbed ‘horological eye candy with insight and substantive context,’ (its author Alexander Barter spent over decade working for Sotheby’s watch division), The Watch: A Twentieth Century Style History is this month’s most desirable coffee table tome.
The book is published by Prestel later this month and available for pre-order now.
Savour The Singleton
With only 117 bottles available worldwide, a special release of a 53-year-old single malt from The Singleton was always going to set connoisseurs’ tongues wagging. The 1964 vintage has been drawn from a single cask from the Dufftown distillery and to say that it’s a rare find is an understatement. Of course, the rarity is reflected in the price. But, even at £26,400 a bottle, global collectors are already jockeying for position. Your correspondent, who was among the first 10 people in the world (aside from Diageo employees) to taste the whisky, understands that those interested in making a purchase should seek out Tod Bradbury of Justerini & Brooks. Cin, cin!
Splurge ROKSANDA Lavonne V-neck silk dress
Its hard to resist the urge to wear nothing but black from now until March, but luscious winter berry tones make it that little bit easier. This ROKSANDA dress with voluptuous poet sleeves feels dark and daring, but without the predictability of black and navy. If you must wear darks, do so with a slash of YSL lipstick. One of the best things about winter is that it’s 100 percent acceptable to wear vamped up makeup in the day.
Emelia Hamilton-Russell writes for Spear’s