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MuTATE BRITAIN

 There’s something afoot under Ladbroke Grove’s Westway.  Cordoned off from Portobello’s right hand market by massive hoardings – it feels as if you’re entering the backstage area at a rock concert – you pays your £1 and enters the wild and wacky world of MuTATE BRITAIN, an art events movement run by friends and collaborators.  This urban extravaganza is called One Foot in the Grove so roll up for an underground big top.      Marvel at the murals decorating the arches – some miniature version  have trompe l’oeil frames painted onto the walls around them and some are just insanely massive.  Mutoid […]

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Adam Neate

  Adam Neate first came to the public prominence when he distributed 1000 of his paintings on the streets of London, for people to either admire or take away with them.  You’d better hope you did the latter or you’ll now be kicking yourselves as his work is now commanding five figure sums from the world’s top collectors.  He’s rapidly become one of Britain’s most exciting young talents at the forefront of a radical new movement in contemporary art.  The 31 year old’s trademark cardboard works have become an iconic symbols of the UK street art generation, avidly collected worldwide.  […]

Fashion & Beauty

Essies Fall Collection

Essie has been leading the way for years in the nail department, with every reputable nail salon now stocking them. Their autumn collection “Cuddle with Colour,” is just another example of how Essie can do no wrong. Stepping away from their conventional collections this fall, Essie reveals 6 different colours and with a few surprises. Essie’s founder, Essie Weingarten, describes the collection as “optimistic and cheerful,” and with colours ranging from the softer more wintery palettes, such as ChinChilly, Angora Cardi and Mink Muffs, to the more luminous Midnight Cami, Bright Tights and Pink Parka, it’s easy to see why. […]

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Pinchito Tapas

  If girls ruled the world then all meals would consist of delicious bite sized morsels because we all know that when it comes to our daily calorie intake, grazing just doesn’t count!  But dubious attempt at pseudo science aside, London is going tapas crazy and the new generation of bars are no longer rustic spit, sawdust and bull’s blood glugging affairs – we’re talking twenty-first century chic served up in a shiny modern Barcelona style package.  PINCHITOtapas EC1 has proved so popular with its white plimsole wearing locals that founder and Spanglophile (?) Jason Fendick has just launched a […]

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Art Rocks

Green Day, the iconic internationally acclaimed band has united with the art world, for The Art of Rock show!  The band feels that art and music are united on the same page and have commissioned 21 unique pieces inspired by each track of their latest album, 21st Century Breakdown.  The 21 works of art will be exclusively revealed at the StolenSpace Gallery in Shoreditch, from the 23rd October to the 1st November, to coincide with Green Days sell out UK tour. To illustrate the fusion between art and music each artist received the lyrics to a Green Day song on […]

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SHOWstudio at Somerset

SHOWstudio has long been the pioneering website of the fashion world, run by master of images Nick Knight. The latest exhibition at the new home of London Fashion Week is SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution, which draws on the style of the website andharnesses the potential of new technology and the Internet to completely reinvent the fashion image and the way we, the masses, experience it. The eight rooms at Somerset House represent all sides of the fashion industry, from Process to Performance, inviting patrons to interact with images, film and live events. Distinctive film pieces in the exhibition include Sheena is […]

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A Night at the Museum

  Ok we know it’s only October but the shops have got their Christmas goodies in already so thoughts are turning to the annual company shindig.  Last year – shock horror –  event planners going bust struck a sour note with revellers so this time around four of the industry’s most respected names have joined forces to provide some festive fun that the credit crunch has no danger of spoiling.  The Science Museum, Finishing Touch, Party Ingredients and Firebird Events – are using some 180 years of combined experience to present “A Night at the Museum” throughout the month of […]

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Culture

September Issue

This year’s London Fashion Week had notably more exposure than previous years. Perhaps, it was the fact it was their 25th anniversary, or the high quality show from fashionistas across the globe but more probable is that it was the attendance of one particular editor in chief, just in time for her film’s UK release ‘September Issue.’ Anna Wintour has been the cause of much intrigue for twenty years, a puissant pioneer of fashion, whose ruthlessness and sharp tongue has been the fodder of novels as well as inspiration for actors. Her film, ‘September Issue,’ allows us to see inside […]

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Openings & Launches

2 become 1 at Aqua

Japanese and Spanish cuisine have to be two of the hippest dining trends in London at the moment though up until now no one has thought to bring them under the same roof. But behind an unassuming black doorway on Argyll Street and a ride up an elevator to the fifth floor, you’ll find just that, aqua nueva – Spanish tapas and fine dining and aqua kyoto – contemporary Japanese, plus, of course, stylish cocktail bar, aqua spirit. Aqua is Singapore born David Yo’s new super restaurant set atop the former Dickins & Jones department store. The Cambridge educated Yo, who in his […]

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Festive Cheer

Determined to beat the Christmas shopping rush this year? Just saying the words induce sheer panic and horror as you think of the annual brain-freeze caused by pondering a certain tricky individual’s requirements and tastes. The universally popular vodka brand Smirnoff might be a good place to start – their new gift ideas, available exclusively at Selfridges this festive season, solve many a man-present issue. First up is the Smirnoff No21 Speaker Pack, the perfect gift for the eternal partygoer. The red bottle sleeve keeps the bottle chilled and looking fly, and for added effect comes with inbuilt speakers which […]

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