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A Strictly Afternoon Dance

Upstaging the carnival this year (in my view), the Royal Festival Hall put on a delightful afternoon of tea, cake and their very own Strictly Come Dancing. Dancing the Rumba, Jive, Tango, Quickstep and Waltz, the only thing missing was Brucie himself!

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After the professionals stepped aside, viewers took to the floor and danced their little socks off!

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Filed under: Bank Holiday, Royal Festival Hall, Strictly Come Dancing, Tea and Cake

We Heart Roxy Heart

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On Wednesday evening the lovely girls at Tea & Cake PR put on a delightful spread of mini cupcakes and sparkling wine as the grey skies of London left us frizzy haired and looking a little wind swept! The purpose was to officially launch the temporary pop up store for the new Roxy Heart collection. Now in its second season, Roxy Heart welcomes Zakee Shariff to bring a vibrant and colourful touch to the AW09 collection. Inspired by Steve Miller’s ‘Fly Like an Eagle’ lyrics, Zakee employs a naturalistic approach taking the four elements (fire, earth, wind and water) as inspiration. The result sees embroidered eagles and cute painted triangles adorn shirt dresses, oversized tees and silk dresses. Chunky knitted cardigans and a beaten red leather jacket look organically rustic, perfect for Autumnal days and winter walks. A far cry from the usual ‘surfwear’ associations, Roxy Heart distinguishes itself from the mainline as a directional and fashion-led range, comfortably it seems sitting in it’s temporary location at talent hot-bed store, Beyond the Valley.

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Filed under: AW09, Beyond the Valley, Roxy, Roxy Heart, Tea and Cake PR, Zakee Shariff

Dr Marten’s Pop Up in Spitalfields

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Grunge-loving kids were out in force last night as the new DM pop up shop hosted an opening party. As ripped tights, denim cut-offs and cropped tees dressed the crowd, the new shop mimicked an urban lo-fi aesthetic, the design features ticking all the right boxes for an ‘underground’ appeal. Light bulbs suspended low, check, gritty stripped back flooring, check, metal caging and stripped back shelving, check, cool-looking crowd wearing DM boots, check, free flowing beer, check! To check out the new store and find some unique collabs from the likes of Stussy, Yohji Yamamoto, and Raf Simons, head down to Old Spitalfields Market and look out for the very yellow hue glowing from the corner-shop location.

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Filed under: DM Boots, Dr Marten, Dr Martens Pop up Shop, Raf Simons, Spitalfields, Stussy, Tiger Beer, Yohji Yamamoto

WAH Nails

I must confess, nails don’t usually come too high up in my beauty regime. Treated every now and again to a lick of paint (which usually is left to chip off ‘naturally’) experimentation is few and far between. Yet having noticed WAH Nails on Kingsland Road I have been converted to the wonders of nail art! And we’re not talking hideous, squared off fake ones . Oh no, WAH have taken nail design to a suitably fashionable level where Chanel C’s, animal prints, stripes, jewels and letters decorate our little pinkies. In-demand illustrator-of-the-moment, Jiro Bevis, has even designed a printable hand template so you can get creative and design your personal perfect nails. Here are a few of my faves from the blog

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gold and black animal print

hello sailor!

UK Love

not one for the nail biters

cookie monster!

Filed under: Chanel, Jiro Bevis, nail art, WAH Nails

ALL HAIL THE QUEEN.

Even though she has already released two ‘hit compilation’ albums, The Immaculate Collection in 1990, focusing on the first half of her career and GHV2 in 2001 , with tunes from the later years, Madonna is now releasing a definitive Greatest Hits collection and as the above video proves, there’s a bloody lot of them!

Also included on it is her new single Celebration, produced by Paul Oakenfold, it has an old-school Madonna feel to it, which is BRILLIANT, no Timbaland round here. It’s released on 28th September.

Filed under: celebration, greatest hits, Madonna, Madonna celebration

LCF / Puma exhibition @ Carnaby Street

Wednesday night saw the launch party for the London College of Fashion / Puma exhibition on Broadwick Street. The exhibition features winners of the competition which challenged students to create a garment focusing on the relationship between music and fashion in a sportsweary package.

There were live DJ sets from Frankmusik and Goldirocks in what was literally – we’re talking sauna temperatures here – the hottest place in London on a Wednesday eve. Pop down to Carnaby St until 30th August to have a look at the winning designs.

Filed under: broadwick street, carnaby street exhibition, LCF, London College of Fashion, Puma

Long Live the Polaroid

Fellow Polaroid lovers hear this: Urban Outfitters are bringing back the classic ‘how to make anyone look good’ Polaroid One600 Classic. Since 2008 when the production of Instant Film stopped, The Impossible Project cleverly purchased all the machinery and equipment at the Polaroid’s Dutch factory with a view to bring it back in 2010. Now Urban Outfitters offers 700 deadstock Polaroid kits. And if that wasn’t enough, Wallpaper.com are also partnering up to host a pop up shop on Oxford Street this Friday, 21st August.

Filed under: one600 classic, oxford street, polaroid, the impossible project, urban outfitters, wallpaper.com

The Street is My Gallery

MOM and POPism is a new exhibition to land on the roof of online Media Company, Gawker Media, in New York. Initiated by James and Karla Murray who brought us the book, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, the couple set to challenge our opinion of street art in the city. Combining graffiti with photography, impressive life size photographic canvases shot by the couple are curated by renowned New York graffiti artist Bill Kid to display a variety of timeworn store fronts from the various neighbourhoods across New York. These canvasses have then been left to the hands of graffiti artists such as Blanco, Cake, Lady Pink and Zoltron to deface as they like and leave their indelible mark.

Impressively creative, this got me thinking about London’s street art. Stepping out from my flat new posters, flyers and random street art liven the walls of East London with a creativity that is fresh, expressive and ever-changing. Here’s a quick peek at what is currently happening…

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Filed under: bill kid, blanco, cake, gawker media, graffiti, james murray, kala murray, lady pink, london street art, mom and popism, new york exhibitions, street art, zoltron

Fancy A Quick Rank?

So the billboards of East London and pages of Dazed & Confused have been recently been asking us if we ‘fancy a quick rank’? Witty yes, but when emblazoned across one’s press bag, walking through Liverpool Street station suddenly becomes slightly uncomforting with the suited yuppies probably wondering why a ‘w’ has been replaced with an ‘r’. No typo here though, Rankin, undoubtedly one of the most desired photographers of modern times is currently holding a pretty huge retrospective of his work at the Truman Brewery.

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Definitely worth the £10 entrance fee, this broad representation of his work lays to rest any myths that the ‘notoriously arrogant’ photographer only shoots celebrities. Early works teach us about Rankin’s first move into photography where his inspiration from Weugene Smith and Don McCullin encouraged him to pick up a camera and experiment with a documentary style. Snapping guys from the street, Rankin soon began to discover his talent for bringing out the raw truth in people and allowing them to feel relaxed in front of the lens.

This quality has subsequently led him to photograph some of the biggest names in social and popular culture including, Ian Brown, Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn, Elton John, Kate Winslet and even HRH, The Queen. Of course some of his iconic Kate Moss images are included in this show but also unique projects such as his ‘Congo’ collection for Oxfam charity. Globalizing an image of people from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rankin shot portraits not of hunger and suffering, but of real people expressing their unique character.

Promoting understanding, connection and action his images continue a reflection of what it is he does best. Many leap at the chance of being captured by Rankin himself, which is what makes this exhibition that little bit more special. A Rankin Live section allows you to get a glimpse of the man in action, as successful applicants from across the country get their quick Rank. Fancy yours? Head down to the Truman Brewery before the 18th September.

Filed under: dazed and confused, don mccullin, east london, Kate Moss, London, ranki, rankin live, truman brewery, weugene smith

Finally, we can have a coffee in Central Perk!

If you pop down to Broadwick Street in good old London town, from 24th September – 7th October, you can visit the pop-up version of the Friends favourite place to hang out – Central Perk, which will be there to honour and celebrate the 15th anniversary of the brilliant TV show. Hopefully this will be a complete replica of the world’s most famous coffee shop, complete with Gunther serving coffee’s and everything, not just a coffee cart with a Central Perk sign stuck on it.

Filed under: broadwick street, central perk, coffee, friends, London, pop up shop

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