written by Annette Kellow 

At the bright hour of 8AM I excitedly huddled outside Fortnum and Mason raring to be one of the first to see the grand window reveal of their latest collaboration, Fortnum's X Frank.
I was told to look for the red tailed gentlemen on Duke Street and I spotted him with hoards of other people who were waiting for the exhibition display.

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A collaboration between Frank Cohen, one of the world's most prolific art collectors and Fortnum and Mason, it will showcase sixty of his finest pieces throughout the store. Artists such as Tracy Emin, Charming Baker and even more classic painters such as David Bomberg will be available to view.

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With such big names and expensive works of art, I wondered if they would have to step up on the security but curator Robert Upstone assured me that there would be extra eyes and ears on board- Phew!

I normally salivate a little whenever I pass a Fortnum's window (mainly because I want to eat or buy everything!) but it was refreshing to see that the Fortnum's X Frank windows were kept simple with the paintings hung against their signature Eau de Nil backdrop.

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After getting into some quite awkward positions and taking about a hundred photos, it was announced that our breakfast would be served in the Diamond Jubilee Salon.
I tried not to look too obvious as I eagerly hopped up the stairs- And it didn't disappoint! I treated myself to some Fortnum's classics, pastries and croissants whilst I was informed that hot cross buns are perfectly acceptable at 9AM. As we were eating we listened to an interesting talk by Frank Cohen and his journey of collecting many pieces throughout his life.

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It was definitely worth getting up at the crack of dawn for but you can attend at the more timely manner of 6.30PM in the evening.

https://www.fortnumandmason.com/events/fortnums-x-frank