London Fashion Week is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the city than with a bite-size tour from a top industry insider—specifically, Chanel’s global creative makeup and color director, Lucia Pica? The East London–based, Naples-born makeup guru is known for her impeccable taste—as evidenced by her recently debuted beauty collection, Le Rouge, Collection No. 1, for the brand, or her Gigi Hadid/Zayn Malik editorial that ran in Vogue earlier this year—and her go-to spots are just as interesting and elevated as she is.
Read on for a few of her favorite places that are worth checking out if you’re in town.
Illustration by Laura Worrick
With works from the likes of Banksy, Ben Eine, and Shepard Fairey, the street art in Spitalfields and Shoreditch is a must-see. There are also loads of great shopping options in the neighborhood too, particularly on Redchurch Street (for interior design lovers), Brick Lane (for antiques), and Calvert Avenue (for indie fashion).
Two key things to know about Pica (besides the fact that she’s one of the most talented makeup artists in the world and that her debut color collection for Chanel is genius): She lives in East London, and she loves art. Her go-to spot is The Whitechapel Gallery, which has been open for over a century and is a key player in the contemporary art scene.
East London style runs on the edgier side of things—it tends to be trend-forward, artistic, and adventurous. Vintage pieces are key.
These high-waisted jeans will be much appreciated by East Londoners in the know. If the real deal is too pricey, try giving your own vintage pair an uneven hem, or check out Frame’s version.
This limited-edition dark plum is part of Pica’s new collection, and it’s completely on point for East London.
These cult shoes are a must-have for East London strolls.
A visit to London without visiting the world’s most famous street market is hardly a visit at all. Beloved by Pica—and other British luminaries like Kate Moss, NBD—it’s a key place to pick up vintage essentials. Pica suggests going on a Friday for the best vintage finds.
Lord Frederic Leighton’s private studio-home is now a fascinating museum where you can admire 76 of his oil paintings, as well as a few of his sculptures and drawings. You’ll also be able to see the Victorian artist’s noteworthy Arab Hall, an architectural marvel filled from floor to ceiling with Islamic tiles and mosaics—it’s a breathtaking sight.
To say Pica is an art lover is to put it mildly. While most of her go-to spots are in East London, if you need an art fix on the west side of town, try the Saatchi Gallery for incredible contemporary art.
West London is grittier East London’s glossy cousin… You know, Becky with the good hair. The look is little more polished, even when wearing a more casual or bohemian look—a little more Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
A classic pair of J Brand skinny jeans is a staple in the West Londoner’s wardrobe, and we think she’d love this update in super-soft midnight-blue sateen.
This limited-edition nail gloss is chic yet subtle, and it’s the first translucent gloss of its kind!
A ’70s-inspired mini saddle bag with polished gold studs is the perfect combination of form and function for the West Londoner.
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