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13 Sep 2017

Bye Bye NYFW..

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FASHION MONTH

September is the month of fashion weeks, where the four biggies show their SS18 collections. I have just returned from New York, where the fashpack were out in force, along with lots of celebrity spectators, and some of America’s biggest models, so it was great to hang out with the international crowd, and catch up with my fabulous Publisher- Heather Falconer from Spindle magazine, who upped sticks and moved Stateside last year.

My main pick ups were boho (Anna Sui), colourful, fun sequins (Libertine) and satin cowgirls (Calvin Klein), so it’s going to be fun to see what the London crew come up with.

With major players like Calvin Klein, Tom Ford and Alexander Wang showing in some pretty unusual venues across NYC, we have some stiff competition.. although Tommy Hilfiger is coming to London- contrary? Just excitable.

Two more sleeps until LFW- can’t wait!

03 Sep 2017

SOHO SPEAKS: WORTH A LISTEN

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GET DOWN WITH SOHO’S HOTTEST HERO BRANDS AND INDIE FASHION TALENT

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Sharmadean Reid

If you need any more excitement after London Fashion Week, you can get involved with Carnaby Street’s favourite fashionistas in a new series of events entitled ‘Soho Speaks’ taking place every Thursday from 21st September until the end of October. 

With plenty of hero stores around Soho, it has always been a hotbed of creativity, so there is no excuse to miss out on a close encounter with the talent behind the brands who have chosen central London as their base. 

Soho Speaks kicks off with WAH Nails founder, Sharmadean Reid, and if you have ever looked at anybody’s mani in envy, this is probably the girl who inspired it! Starting out in East London, WAH Nails is now prettying up the nails of west-end girls, along with a huge celeb following…are you one of the 444K followers on Instagram??Sound like fun? If you’re in town on Thursdays, book in and get inspired!

PROGRAMME

Thursday 21 September – WAH Nails, Sharmadean Reid talking inspirational Soho
Thursday 28 September – BLEACH London founders on make up and hair trends

Thursday 5 October – OTHER/ Shop founders on independent brands and Soho
Thursday 12 October – Mark Powell in Conversation with Holly Roberts from GQ

Thursday 19 October – Footpatrol x ASICS retrospective and BTS with the team 

Get your free tickets here

#SohoSpeaks 

24 Jul 2017

LEGENDS OF THE SANDBAR on your coffee table

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Legends of the Sandbar by Christopher Bickford

If you ever needed an excuse to learn how to surf, this coffee table book is it! However, this is not just a picture book- even though it contains some of the most stunning images of surf culture that I have seen.

Photographer and author Christopher Bickford, has made a home for himself in the sleepy Outer Banks in North Carolina, and uses it as a base to surf, write and collect documentary images. His book Legends of the Sandbar is an insider’s view of life on the Banks.

 

Legends of the Sandbar

Read more for 55Factory here

 

20 Jul 2017

THERE’S MORE THAN MAMA MIA IN SKIATHOS GREECE

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I love Greece. Fact! 

It’s got everything I need for the perfect, peaceful break- sea, sun, sand, sardines, surf.. and a blaring Mama Mia soundtrack!!! 

Although don’t let that put you off. 

If you like beaches, sunsets, amazing food and massages, I would highly recommend the Skiathos Princess resort.. it’s the perfect base for a Robinson Crusoe adventure and learning how to paddle board. 

Read what I got up to here- when I went on my five star adventure for The Bespoke Black Book…

http://www.thebespokeblackbook.com/skiathos/

 

03 Jul 2017

HEAD TO THE MED FOR PURE RELAXATION- TRAVEL WRITING

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I love Turkey. Fact! Read what I got up to when I visited the stunning, luxury D-Resort Gocek for Stylenest here. Warning, you might get some serious vacay envy!!!

The only thing to worry about on your trip to Turkey is what book to take to read!

26 Jun 2017

ONE MONTH TO GO UNTIL CROATIAAAAAAAAA

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SUMMER IS HERE, AND SO ARE THE FESTIVALS….

If you are looking for something a little bit different, head to the sunny climes of Tisno in Croatia for Soundwave

It’s got Roy Ayres, Laura Mvulva, The Pharcyde. Booooom. 

Read more here: 

http://www.55factory.net/55travels-blog/soundwave-croatia-the-best-place-for-summer-music

25 Jun 2017

FRANCE DOES GOOD CHATEAUX: FACT

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I’m not always first off the blocks when it comes to history, but after my visit to the beautiful French Loire Valley, I can see a bit of a castle spotting addiction coming on. See what I got up to for 55Factory.net here: 

http://www.55factory.net/55travels-blog/you-say-castle-i-say-chateau

And enjoy my pics in the meantime! 

 

 

14 Jun 2017

THE ART OF FRANCE

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Who doesn’t love a bit of  ‘oooh la la’?? 

I certainly made the most of my basic French when I visited the beautiful Loire Valley for Flush magazine.

See the full feature here

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Heading to The Loire Valley with my history head on, I wasn’t quite sure what delights I was letting myself in for. At a hop skip and short (90 mins) train ride from Paris, the pretty village of Amboise was worth the trek. Winding country roads, and chateaux a plenty, the village is probably best known for its Chateaux du Clos Luce, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years, but there are lots of other things to explore for a long weekend too, particularly if you are an outdoorsy sort, or like wine! Both of which appeal to me.

Everyone has heard of the Mona Lisa, but how much do you really know about the man behind her? With A-level art to back me up, I thought I might be teacher’s pet on the art- history part of the tour, but as Leonardo would say, there is always more to learn. In addition to his painting skills, Leonardo was a restless genius in many fields, excelling in whatever he set his mind to.

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He was invited to move in to the King’s estate in Amboise by King Francis I, as he was a great believer in Leonardo da Vinci’s talent. Giving him the title of “Premier Painter, Engineer and Architect of the King” he had a special, if ambiguous friendship with the Italian; Granting him full access to the Château of Cloux, (later known as Clos Luce) which was on the grounds and located only a few meters away from his own castle at Château d’Amboise. It is not known whether they were having a love affair, or whether King Francis just accepted his genius mind. Even with all the diaries and log books from the time, da Vinci’s sex life remains private.

Now open to the public, his home has been fully restored and furnished in the 16th-century style. The final years of his life at Château du Clos Lucé, were seemingly happy times, and he worked on several projects for King Francis, along with two of his trustworthy students. At the time, da Vinci was christened with the moniker “Renaissance Man” along with his contemporary Michelangelo, who was a sculptor, painter, architect and poet. A term which was befitting of both, working on the principle that man is the centre of the universe and has no limits. Knowledge is there to be consumed, questioned and embraced and every man should develop their own capacities for enrichment as fully as possible- which is completely

 

30 May 2017

PINK FLOYD AT THE V&A

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Anybody with a cool mum, dad or older sibling will no doubt have some Pink Floyd records in their collection. Known as a band which influenced past generations, they were most known for their psychedelic approach to pop in the sixties and seventies, when music, dancing and experimentation were wild n trippy! Which was later credited to Syd Barrett, as the other members never re-gained the coolness after he left!

For the first time, London’s V&A Museum, has dedicated a retrospective show to celebrate the band in all their glory. Entitled ‘Their Mortal Remains”, the show provides a complete audio and visual journey through the unique and extraordinary lives of the original band members, to the where they are today.

Starting out as a four piece- Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Roger Waters pioneered experimental pop, which was like no other. Popular with the masses, the original songs were social expressions of discontent and flicked their finger up to authority. Fuelled by experimental drug taking, the band were poster boys for the excesses that came with the fame (although they were middle class credible musicians!) However it wasn’t long until Syd Barrett dramatically quit, after experiencing one high too many in 1968….

Replaced by guitarist David Gilmour, the band then took on a much more sensible musical outlook, moving away from fickle pop songs, to longer ballads which wallowed in darkness and melancholy. The infamous album, ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ was released in 1973, and still sells 7,000 copies per week, which is an indication of how influential is still is all over the world.

As you make your way down a darkened corridor illuminated by a holographic representation of the pyramid prism from Dark Side of the Moon, you can hear the song via the supplied Bluetooth headphones which bring the static installations to life. 

With the music becoming more musical, the great minds behind the band were still working in overdrive, and the exhibition incorporates the bonkers inflatable flying pigs and sheep from ‘Animals’ and sketches done by political illustrator Gerald Scarfe, designer of the infamous album ‘The Wall’. You can even have a go at remixing their classic tracks. 

A totally immersive experience, this will inspire any fan or think they know it all! You get to hear some of the most astonishing music and iconic imagery of the rock era. Even if you are a second generation conformer, this exhibition is a no holds barred exploration of how a band lives, loves and makes music together- plus all the ugly bits! 

Make sure you leave time for the highlight of the show when the band reunited for 2005’s ‘Live 8’ concert in Hyde Park, and you can lose yourself in the surround sound and image room listening to the extended version of “Comfortably Numb”.

Bands today could take note of making music for the masses, but there will never be another Pink Floyd! 

Buy tickets here

29 May 2017

55PAGES ISSUE 12 IS OUT NOW

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55Pages: Word from the Ed

Editing a magazine is a tough business…Commissioning copy, writing copy, calling in copy and editing everything into one perfect package! It’s no wonder we only make two magazines a year….But issue 12 of 55Pages is out now. and I hope you’ll agree- six years old and we are going from strength to strength. Don’t hesitate to hit me up if you want to get involved. 

Read the full issue here

Filled to the brim of fashion, art, music, culture and comments on living in this urban world, it is great to have Sirens of Titan frontman and all round nice guy with opinions on everything John Paul Pryor doing his best American Psycho impression on the cover *his words, not mine!