Luck Is An Attitude Global Launch

LUCK IS AN ATTITUDE is the newly launched brand campaign for a new generation that identifies with the
core values of MARTINI® while staying true to its heritage. It is about living life and daring to be playful.

It was launched to the media in true Italian style on the 7 September at one of Italy's most iconic monuments - The Spanish Steps in Rome. David Gandy, along with global DJ duo, 2manydjs were all present to make it one memorable night.

The experience included an exclusive set from the DJs alongside London's finest DJ Sam Young plus a dramatic stunt involving 100 MARTINI women.

David Gandy, the world’s only male supermodel and who according to MARTINI personifies LUCK IS AN ATTITUDE debuted a talent search on Facebook across sixteen countries called Kisser Casting. This involves kissing ten women for a chance of winning €150,000. The successful candidate will be chosen by a high profile selection panel and will become a worldwide MARTINI® star of its new TV Ad.
Arnaud Meysselle, Julietta Dexter and David Gandy

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There have been several beautiful songs written this year and these 2 are certainly among the best. "Never Fade Away" by Spector,whose lead singer Frederick Macpherson has been described as "Dalston's Cliff Richard" is the first song and "Vomit" by the California band Girls is the latter. The less i write about this the better.

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Freddie Mercury Birthday Auction

Freddie Mercury's FLASH birthday bash is set to be ‘a unique night of comedy and rock and roll’ as the climax to this year’s Freddie For A Day. The highlight of the night will be an auction to raise funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the HIV AIDS charity set-up in his honour by band mates Brian May, Roger Taylor and Queen manager Jim Beach after the singer’s death in 1991.

The bespoke Lotus Evora S headlines the auction alongside fantastic donations from Brian May and Roger Taylor, Top Gear, Raymond Weil, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the West End stage hit ‘WE WILL ROCK YOU’.

The pearl white "MADE IN HEAVEN" Evora S with Freddie Mercury inspired theme represents "a kind of magic" combination from the Lotus Design team: the power and prowess of the critically acclaimed Lotus with the dramatic styling befitting of a British rock legend. Featuring deep red and gold highlights this Evora S is well deserving of Freddie’s autograph which is also included in the scheme.

The exterior body language features a white, red and gold colour scheme inspired by the iconic costume Freddie wore for the 1986 “Magic tour” and features beautiful silver on white iconography. The front fender references the Montreux Freddie memorial statue with the line “Lover of life. Singer of songs” taken from the statue’s inscription.

Inside, the one-off yellow interior, also inspired by Freddie’s 1986 stage costume, includes a union flag on the back of the seats and the incorporation of a crown hints at Freddie’s playful royal role-play. And it goes without saying that the sound system or more specifically the radio, will send the lucky owner GA GA. Sorry.

Brian May had these words to say of Lotus’ participation: “Our friends at Lotus have donated a stunning Evora S for our auction which I know will be a massive fund-raiser for the Mercury Phoenix Trust. We cannot thank them enough for their generous support on what is a very special occasion for everyone who knew and loved Freddie.”

Group Lotus Director of Corporate Operations Gino Rosato said: “We were only too happy to contribute to this fantastic cause. We have created something very special to raise money for Mercury Phoenix Trust and we hope the car goes to a collector who really enjoys it.”

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Tommy Hilfiger Store Opening


 The Tommy Hilfiger Group, which is wholly owned by PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH], is pleased to announce the November 24, 2011 opening of a European flagship store in London’s historic Knightsbridge, at 63-65 Brompton Road, SW3. The store, located amidst a mix of premium retailers in the heart of one of Europe’s most prestigious shopping areas, will be the brand’s third largest store in Europe.

“We are extremely pleased to open a flagship in this important city to showcase the complete world of Tommy Hilfiger,” said Fred Gehring, CEO of Tommy Hilfiger. “The opening in this impressive retail environment provides us with an additional opportunity to position the brand in the market. London is one of the world’s leading cities in retail and Brompton Road offers a unique blend of luxury and more accessible retail, making it the perfect location for our brand. Given the momentum of our business in the UK, this is a natural evolution to deliver on our goal to have a flagship store in all of the capital cities of Europe.”

“I am really excited to open our European flagship store on London’s prestigious Brompton Road,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “Since starting my brand in 1985, prep has been my main inspiration, and as the birthplace of preppy style, England is very close to my heart. London, rich in culture, history and art, is the perfect location for us to anchor our largest UK flagship store, and offer our customers the complete classic American cool Tommy Hilfiger lifestyle.”

As one of London's earliest established fashionable shopping locations, Brompton Road is internationally recognized as a destination for design, architecture and culture, dating back to the Great Exhibition of 1851, after which the impressive shopping streets that make up Knightsbridge were first built. Beyond the flagship’s late Victorian fa├žade, which originates from 1903, the store will reflect the brand’s signature classic, American, cool aesthetic.

Donald Earl

Rhythm of Strings

Rhythm of Strings
Village Underground on 11th of September 2011
An exciting night of innovative music, where tradition meets technology, to create an original experience of classical performance and contemporary electronica.

Critically acclaimed experimental music programme Faster Than Sound (a collaboration between Lumin and Aldeburgh Music) presents the London premier of Rhythm of Strings with Seb Rochford, Leafcutter John, Leo Abrahams, Oliver Coates & Max Baillie at Village Underground on the 11/09/11 at 8 pm.

Taking place on 11th September at Village Underground in East London, the musicians created Rhythm of Strings during an intensive five-day residency at Aldeburgh Music’s new workspace facility space, The Hoffman Building. The performance is a conceptual exploration of the ‘Rhythm of Strings’ and blurs the boundaries between jazz and improvisation, classical and electronic music. This will be the London debut of the project that occurred earlier in March this year at Snape Maltings, home to Aldeburgh Music, where the event won over critics and audiences alike, with its thought provoking and innovative approach to exploring composition through performance and dialogue.

The Artists
Seb Rochford                                                                                Drummer whose talent crosses all genres, from hip hop and drum and bass to electric jazz and more. He has worked with artists such as Corrine Bailey Rae, Brian Eno and Herbie Hancock. Winner of the BBC Rising Star Jazz award in 2004 and leader of the Mercury-nominated group Polar Bear. Rochford's idiosyncratic compositions will be punctuated by electronics from the enigmatic Leafcutter John.

Leafcutter John
Pioneering songwriter and electronic musician, combining the worlds of computer and folk music and sampling and distorting everyday sounds. Renowned for his remarkable contributions to electronic, folk and experimental music he’s released 5 critically acclaimed albums. 
He’s toured extensively performing alongside; Matmos, Nick Cave, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Jarvis Cocker, Yo La Tengo, Grace Jones, Beth Orton, Otomo Yoshihide, Aki Onda, Phillip Jeck, Carsten Nicolai, Tujiko Noriko amongst others. John is also a full time member of the Mercury Music Award nominated contemporary Jazz band Polar Bear.
Leo Abrahams
Multi-talented guitarist / singer / writer / composer whose exceptional talent as a performer and arranger can be heard on recordings by Brian Eno, Starsailor and in Hollywood blockbusters such as Ocean’s Twelve. Leo has worked with many great artists, including David Holmes, Roxy Music, Nick Cave, Marianne Faithfull, Carl Barat, Paolo Nutini, to name a few. He conducted the orchestra at Abbey Road the Starsailor album, supported REM at Red Rocks, and played with Eno at midnight on Mount Fuji. Leo has also found time to record several albums himself and with various band's. The most recent of which "The Unrest Cure" which was released on Island.

Oliver Coates
Widely in demand as a solo cellist, chamber musician, principal cellist with orchestras (Aurora Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia) and as a producer and collaborator in new music. He is an Artist in Residence at Southbank Centre. He has played in and developed projects with Seb Rochford, Micachu and the Shapes, Massive Attack, Ben Frost, Mara  Carlyle, and others. Oliver has performed concertos and recitals internationally and worked with many reputable contemporary composers (Chris Mayo, Anna Meredith, David Fennessy, Martin Suckling, Nico Muhly, Mica Levi). It is an honor for him to partake in Rhythm of Strings as an essential protagonist of the electronic/ classical genre.
Max Baillie
Extraordinary Violinist and violist who leads a diverse career which includes classical, pop, improvisation, composing and directing. Artists he has worked include American vocalist Bobby McFerrin, Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain, composer Krzysztof Penderecki, pop superstar Tinie Tempah and others. Max has appeared on stages from Carnegie Hall to Glastonbury from Mali to Moscow, and plays regularly for TV and radio broadcast.

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London College Of Fashion opens College Shop

London College of Fashion is proud to announce the opening of COLLEGE SHOP, its first ever pop up retail space in the heart of the West End; located in Kingly Court, a haven of independent shops, just off London’s famous Carnaby Street.

Launching on Thursday 8 September 2011, in the lead up to London Fashion Week, it will run for just over two weeks, stocking unique and one-off creations by its legion of multi-talented alumni.

In a boutique gallery setting shoppers will be able to pick luxury, affordable pieces by future design stars.
Stock will rotate daily allowing clients to discover beautiful one-off designs from recent graduates in womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewellery, fashion photography and illustration alongside more established LCF graduates from the last 5 years including hot young designers William Tempest, Ada Zanditon, Beatrice Boyle and Hasan Hejazi.

Black dress by Liz Black, Necklace by Alice Bastin

Cream top with safety pin details and beige trousers (just seen) by Ya-Chiao (Rexy) Sung

Gold Fox Fur Jacket by Alice Bastin, Maroon Pencil Skirt by Yelena Loguiiko, Black Bag by Varud Jotikasthira.jpg

Navy Gingham shirt and Orange leather skirt by Silvia Timborova
Silver Bodysuit by Louis Heal, Necklace by Alice Bastin
White Dress by Liz Black, Clutch by Varud Jotikisthira 

Vintage print Shirt and blue & black print Skirt by John Brunswick

Distracting The Colour by Russell Scott Skinner

Russell Scott-Skinner has been hailed as one of the most exciting surrealist painters in the UK. On 28th July 2011, Russell hosted an exclusive, invitation only private view of his inaugural exhibition at gallery@oxo on London's South Bank. The evening provided art critics, curators and celebrities the opportunity to view his latest collection, "Distracting the Colour", for the first time.

The exhibition opened to the public with free admission from 29th July to 14th August where art enthusiasts were able to see Russell paint live in the main window, offering a rare insight into his unique and visual style. In the last two years, Russell has seen private sales and commissions flourish as his work gains recognition in the mainstream.

Throughout the exhibition, Russell raised money for the charity Beatbullying, giving people the opportunity to bid on one of his original paintings via a silent auction. All proceeds from the winning bid went directly to the charity.

NoFit State at Eden Project

 An amazing new show by critically-acclaimed circus company NoFit State is the main event at Cornwall's Eden Project this summer holiday.

Labyrinth, which is being created especially for Eden's stunning setting, will blend jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics with surreal circus stunts and live music and dance. Using the entire project as a stage, top circus performers from around the world will move among the audience and overhead on flying trapezes, swings, cradles, tightwires and hoops.

This will be the first time Eden has hosted an evening show throughout the summer holidays and Labyrinth has been created especially to mark the project's 10th birthday. Hailed as the future of British circus, NoFit State are described as "Cirque du Soleil without the Disney and the disinfectant."

Donald Earl

Christina Economou wows Graduate Fashion Week

Istituto Marangoni took part in Graduate Fashion Week for the first time in the show's 20 year history and they justified their inclusion when Christina Economou from their Paris school scooped the International Show Award. The award given to the best International show had another finalist Hang Li Xuan also from the Milan school in the final 3.

Christina's collection was viewed by the likes of Harold Tillman, Hillary Alexander, Karen Millen and several of the recognisable British fashion names who were ever so impressed with her collection. Judged by these images who an doubt them.

Donald Earl

Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II will mark her 60 years on the throne with several celebrations across the UK and it is quite fitting that this reign will be portrayed in Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration to be exhibited at the V&A.

The exhibition will depict The Queen in her roles as princess, monarch and mother and include a number of photographs never before seen, as well as excerpts from Beaton’s diaries and letters.

V&A Publishing has produced a hardback book to accompany the exhibition authored by Susanna Brown, with contributions from Sir Roy Strong and Mario Testino.

For advance bookings visit (booking fee applies) or call 020 7907 7073

Donald Earl

London College Of Fashion Graduate Fashion Week 2011

London College Of Fashion held its annual Graduate Fashion Week show yesterday 7/6/2011 with some remarkable collections on display.
This year was the first to be held at the new and outstanding venue "The Studio" in central London. The superb surroundings, excellent facilities and the sheer size of the venue clearly impressed several, if not all the guests with one leading fashionista asking to be considered for next year's event.

The show itself, which was screened live at was pulsating, colourful and well organised with the staff as charming as ever.

With regards to the awards, The Barnett Lawson Award for Best Use of Trimmings went to Charlotte Barry from Liverpool, who was praised for her incredible detailing.
Charlotte Barry
Charlotte Barry

Stine Riis
Stine Riis
The Biddle Sawyer Silks Award went to Stine Riis from Copenhagen for her innovative use of silk with wool, chiffon and patent leather.

Collection of the Year, the most prestigious award of the night was awarded to Nova Chiu from Hong Kong who was judged to have phenomenal technical skill and creative flair.

Nova Chiu
Nova Chiu

Based on the fabulous collections on display, it is fair to say that all the designers were winners on the night and one will hope to see their works gracing several well known figures and publications in the future.

The rest of the pictures including my personal favourites;

Belle Amie

Misty Miller

Daisy De Villeneuve
Jo Wood

Ya Chiao (Rexy Sung)
Ya Chiao (Rexy Sung)

Angela Brandys
Angela Brandys

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Uniqlo For Japan Tees

Uniqlo, the Japanese casual wear designer have teamed up with several famous faces to design tees for charity.
After the dreadful Japanese disaster, the company came up with the idea with Conde Nast Japan and it was decided to release these items towards the end of June (25 June 2011 is current set date).

These are the pictures of the final tees;

Alber Elbaz

Blake Lively

Charlize Theron

Cyndi Lauper

Gwyneth Paltrow

Karl Lagerfeld

Lady Gaga

Nicole Kidman

Orlando Bloom

Victoria Beckham

Van Gogh's Dark Arts

Van Gogh's work are getting darker it seems. Fear not fans they haven't suddenly turned overly disturbing or unsettling.
This problems stems from a chemical reaction darkening some of his brightest paintings. This was discovered by researchers in belgium and explained in the reuters video below.

Oscars Outfit Watch

It wasn't just the King's speech the other oscar nominees had to worry about, there was the case of looking your immaculate best for one of the most prestigious events of the year. There were very rare misses this year and they did stand out like Cate Blanchett's "vomcano" inducing dress.
However celebrities like Anne Hathaway and Sandra Bullock, who joined the red gown brigade looked stunning in their respective Valentino and Vera wang strapless gowns. Others like Halle Berry, Hilary swank, penelope cruz etc who opted for the more complicated dresses were still a bit behind in the best dressed stakes.
Overall it was an exceptionally successful "event catwalk" so i decided to put up the 3 outfits i thought stole the show.

No 3 - Florence Welch wore the beautiful cream lace valentino couture gown with typically superb valentino embroidery and just like the others in my top 5 compliments it with the single ring adding to the super feminine look.

No 2 - Blue valentine actress Michelle Williams was looking stunning in her silver beaded chanel dress. This was extremely fancy but looked remarkably comfortable and worked well with her trendy pixie hair do.

Winner - Gwyneth Paltrow's gorgeous sleek and shimmery column dress just edged it as my favourite of the night. She pulled it off extremely well with her subtle jewellery choice. The outfit fitted her to perfection.

Donald Earl

Cornbury Festival

What makes a music festival feel truly great? If the line up boasts rock legends, pop idols, soul sensations, surprise guests, national treasures, folk favourites, guilty pleasures, rockabilly revivalists and just a little bit of gentle English eccentricity then you can be certain you’re onto a winner.

This year’s Cornbury Festival has all this and more and is gearing up to be one of the hottest tickets of the summer, especially as the Saturday night headliner is the newly reunited Faces, featuring original members Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan with vocalist Mick Hucknall. This is their only festival appearance in the UK this summer. More legends will be appearing, in the shape of national treasure Ray Davies, 1980s pop legend Cyndi Lauper, the one and only Status Quo and Buffy Sainte Marie.

The new guard is equally strongly represented with: international troubadour James Blunt; the real star of the 2009 X Factor, Olly Murs; Irish superstar Imelda May; and pop princess Eliza Doolittle. Also appearing are folk heroes Bellowhead, disco diva Sophie Ellis Bextor, and perfect Californian popsters The Like.

It’s always good to know many of the people appearing, but a little bit of excited anticipation helps a festival go with a swing - so Sunday afternoon’s line-up will also feature the new secret slot. It’s going to be a very welcome appearance by a legendary band - but that’s all we can say for now!

This will be Cornbury’s 8th year but its first at a new site. The festival has moved to the beautiful village of Great Tew. Nestling in the rolling hills of the Cotswold countryside, the Great Tew Estate is one of Oxfordshire’s most beautiful and ancient sites.

‘It’s been a particularly long road getting to our new home but we’re very excited to be here’ says festival director Hugh Phillimore. ‘We’re proud to present what we think is our best line-up ever’

Cornbury Festival is one of the UK’s ‘cleanest, cosiest’ boutique festivals. It’s very family-orientated, with something for everyone. A quintessentially English festival, it maintains a good natured, inclusive, eclectic and slightly eccentric atmosphere with echoes of an old country fayre or a funky farmer’s market selling lots of fresh rock ‘n’ roll.