33 episodi

In this series, presented by Mariella Frostrup, Harrods explores people’s ideas of what luxury is. How does an object become valuable? What stories can some objects tell? What is the relationship between people and the things they own? Is modern luxury craftsmanship? Is it scale? Is it emotion, or beauty? Listen with Mariella as she asks designers, artists, craftsmen and more to share their own personal tales of luxury.

True Tales of Luxury Harrods

    • Moda e bellezza

In this series, presented by Mariella Frostrup, Harrods explores people’s ideas of what luxury is. How does an object become valuable? What stories can some objects tell? What is the relationship between people and the things they own? Is modern luxury craftsmanship? Is it scale? Is it emotion, or beauty? Listen with Mariella as she asks designers, artists, craftsmen and more to share their own personal tales of luxury.

    5: Margaret Dabbs

    5: Margaret Dabbs

    In the last episode of the season, we put our feet up for an exclusive chat with Margaret Dabbs. Blurring the lines between science and beauty, Margaret Dabbs is an esteemed podiatrist and entrepreneur. Put your feet up and listen as she tells Mariella how she made her beauty breakthrough. 
    "I’ve got a big level of compassion in me, but also I’ve got that fight which says pick yourself up and go for it."
     “There isn’t a foot we can’t help,” says entrepreneur and podiatrist Margaret Dabbs. Proving that there is a place for hands, legs and feet treatments in the luxury market, Dabbs and her team combine chiropody and pampering while you ensconce yourself in a reclining chair.  This ‘medical pedicure’ – a term coined by Dabbs – doesn’t stop there. The aesthetician has concocted a life-changing line of ultra-moisturising products that will rehabilitate your worn-out tootsies. And guess what? There’s even a vegan range.  

    • 27 min
    4: Dr. Marwa Ali

    4: Dr. Marwa Ali

    Aesthetic doctor and sought-after skincare expert, Dr. Marwa Ali is known for her artistic yet subtle approach to cosmetic surgery. Here, she tells Mariella how she earned the trust of famous faces around the globe.   
    “If you want something enough and work hard enough, you will be able to achieve it.”
    There’s a new revolution among us in the world of cosmetic surgery, and it’s called baby botox – a less-is-more procedure practised by the master of ageless beauty – Dr. Marwa Ali. Believing that aesthetic medicine is not only a science, but an art, the esteemed skin doctor tailors her treatments to her clients, working to enhance their natural features rather than change them completely. Her advice? Use the right skincare for you, always do your research, and most importantly, prevention is better than cure. 

    • 26 min
    3: Alexis Mabille

    3: Alexis Mabille

    You’ve seen his hyper-feminine styles on your favourite celebrities – now world-renowned designer Alexis Mabille tells Mariella how he made his mark in the fashion industry.  
    “Step by step I rediscovered that my motif was elegance. It’s not just about beauty; it’s more about charisma and attitude.”
    Starting as a six-year-old with big dreams and a sewing machine, Alexis Mabille has gone from an aspirational costume designer to an haute couture titan. With a knack for making things beautiful, he studied at the esteemed Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne before working with John Galliano at Dior, and finally starting his own label. With a design ethos aimed at making the wearer feel as good as they look, it’s no wonder his creations are loved by famous faces across the globe. 

    • 28 min
    2: William Curley

    2: William Curley

    Having trained under the likes of Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre White, William Curley knows a thing or two about sweet treats. Mariella meets the country’s most-accoladed chocolatier. 
    “When you have something that’s made the right way and the pure way…you probably won’t want to go back.”
    Having grown up in a small town near Fife, Scotland, William Curley followed an unlikely path to become a Master of Culinary Arts – the highest accolade for chefs in the UK. Opting for cookery classes at school, he would discover a passion for his craft, going on to shape his skills under Raymond Blanc, Marco Pierre White and Pierre Koffmann before becoming the youngest chef pâtissier in history when he joined The Savoy at 27 years old. With extraordinary and tantalising flavours from Japanese black vinegar to rosemary and olive oil, his couture chocolate creations in our Food Halls are something to behold.

    • 29 min
    1: Norma Kamali

    1: Norma Kamali

    Age is but a number for Norma Kamali. Five decades at the centre of the fashion industry has neither slowed nor dimmed the 74-year-old designer’s passion for her work and the causes she champions, as Mariella discovers.
     
    “I don’t see a lack of opportunity for myself. I have plans for things I’m doing next; I met my soulmate at 65 years old! I still have the spirit I want.”
     
    In 1976, a young Farrah Fawcett – then on the cusp of Charlie’s Angels fame – was snapped by Hollywood photographer Bruce McBroom. The effect was instant. Everything from Fawcett’s flicked tresses to her scarlet Norma Kamali bathing suit (now a permanent exhibit of the Smithsonian) was immortalised in fashion’s hall of fame. Yet Kamali is so much more than a swimwear designer. Feminist trailblazer, woman’s woman; her ‘Stop Objectification’ campaign is on a mission to empower women from the inside out, starting with self-esteem. 
     

    • 31 min
    Season 5 is coming!

    Season 5 is coming!

    Join Mariella as she returns for a new season of Harrods' True Tales of Luxury, delving once again into the worlds of designers and innovators at the top of the creative industry. In this season, she meets top chocolatier William Curley, the aesthetics doctor, Dr. Marwa Ali, designer Alexis Mabille and she talks feet with celebrated podiatrist Magaret Dabbs. The season kicks off with legendary designer Norma Kamali. Tune in this Thursday for more. 
    True Tales of Luxury is a Harrods podcast.

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