'Haute Couture is like an orchestra whose conductor is Balenciaga.' So said Christian Dior, and we're not arguing. The shift, the tunic, the baby doll… all thanks to the Spanish design supremo. The V&A's new blockbuster exhibition Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion brings together more than 100 of his pieces, as worn by everyone from Ava Gardner to Gloria Guinness, plus work by labels following his lead (think JW Anderson, Phoebe Philo, Molly Goddard...). In a word: gorgeous.
27 May-18 Feb; £12
V&A, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL
So it seems that members' clubs are having quite the renaissance. The Ned, Disrepute... And now, The Curtain. Shoreditch's newest 'excuse me madam, can I see your membership card?' venue features 120 luxe guest rooms and suites, drinks from cocktail specialists Trash Tiki, a rooftop brassiere and pool... Which is all lovely for those splashing the cash to join. What we're REALLY excited about, however, is the open-to-all restaurant, Red Rooster. With a menu by acclaimed NYC chef Marcus Samuelsson, featuring famed dishes from his original Harlem outpost (including devilled eggs with sea urchin mayo and candied bacon - YUM), plus live funk and soul music AND a Sunday gospel brunch, it alone is surely worth a visit. Membership card or no.
Opens 26 May
The Curtain, 45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PT