Jane's diary: July

We peek inside the diary of Jane Shepherdson - our inspiration CEO. 

Season in the Congo at the Young Vic

I enjoyed a history lesson in Colonialism earlier this month, when I went to see ‘Season in the Congo’ with Oxfam at the Young Vic. The performances were incredible, led by Chiwetel Ejiofor as Patrice Lumumba, the very popular Prime Minister of the Congo in the 1960s, who was voted into power democratically, but killed in his prime. The singing and dancing was truly impressive and the entire production blew me away.
The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ

Lunch date at Mayfields

This month I headed east for lunch at the recently opened dining room Mayfields. The restaurant space is intimate and stylish, and the pine feature wall reminded me of several of my favourite restaurants in Sweden. I love fish so opted for the lemon sole, which was beautifully seasoned with daikon radish, citrus butter and liquorice.
Mayfields, 52 Wilton Way, London, E8 1BG

Serpentine summer party

I ended June with a bang at the Serpentine Summer Party. Virginia - our wonderful head of press and I had a ball rubbing shoulders with the likes of Naomi, L’Wren Scott and the entire Jagger clan and posing by the new pavilion with Henry Holland. Virginia was dressed in the navy camo print from our autumn collection and quite honestly, was the best dressed woman there. Jake Bugg played to the crowd as the sun went down, and the pavilion changed colour before erupting in a flash of light - what a night.

Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy

I make a point of attending the annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy every year for the sheer volume and variety of the works on display. The show never fails to inspire me and I especially love seeing the works of new and emerging artists. Following this year’s show, the clean photographic landscapes of Joel Redman are firmly on my radar, and yet to be hung on my walls.
The Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J OBD

Jane's pick

I love a shirt - and our new Limited Edition leather version is to die for. The cropped silhouette makes it a versatile wardrobe staple and it is just the right shade of forest green, which is a recurring colour within our autumn/winter collection for 2013. I’ve been pairing mine with high waist trousers and a mid heel.