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Luxury in lockdown: goodbye handbags, hello houseplants

Deprived of red carpets, the A-list have been busy re-inventing the status symbol in quarantine, writes Meadhbh McGrath

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Alexa Chung’s Tekla robe

Alexa Chung’s Tekla robe

Chrissy Teigen's face mask

Chrissy Teigen's face mask

Bella Hadid shows off her prints

Bella Hadid shows off her prints

Darren Kennedy flaunts his plants

Darren Kennedy flaunts his plants

Emily Weiss’ KitchenAid mixer

Emily Weiss’ KitchenAid mixer

Millie Mackintosh

Millie Mackintosh

JK Rowling’s book shelves

JK Rowling’s book shelves

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Alexa Chung’s Tekla robe

'Anyone know if/where you can buy a fiddle leaf fig in Ireland?"

So read one of the tweets that popped up in the last month, as those in lockdown seek any opportunity to bring the longed-for outdoors in. Monsteras, alocasias, banana trees - these are the houseplant equivalents of an It bag, and they're more in demand than ever.

With everyone confined to their homes, the quarantine has ushered in a new wave of status symbols.


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