Author: LFW Tania

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Bored of your usual sticky-floored, shoulder to elbow pub watching rugby experience?

Fancy some room and funky disco beats to shake your elbows and hips to during that precious ten minute of half time breathing space?

Then cast your sport-thirsty eyes no further than Old Street Roundabout on Sunday, who are hosting the Chase The Compass and Cubed Rugby World Cup party with a difference.

DJs from 8 of the World Cup nations will be spinning disco tunes for 8 hours, while on the big screen, the last round of group matches in this year's Rugby World Cup take place.

Australia's The Swiss, Luke Million, Italian house don Stefano Ritteri, British DJ's Earl Grey, Kipp$, Holmes Price, and Discordance are just some of the names on the bill.

On top of sweet tunes, The Magic Roundabout will be serving up delicious burgers courtesy of Burger Bear, bold sea food concoctions by Prawnography, and a dazzling selection of cocktails and craft beers from bar Relax.

Event: Chase The Compass and Cubed present Disco Union - World Cup Special

Line-up: Luke Million b2b Special Guest, Stefano Ritteri, Earl Grey, Oshi b2b Frank McWeeny, Kipp$, Holmes Price, Matt Prehn, Discordance
Date: 11th October 2015
Times: 3pm to 11pm
Venue: The Magic Roundabout
Address: Old Street Roundabout, EC1Y 1BE
Entry: Free - first come first served
RA Link: http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?758238&comments=1
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/931228316970268/

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When you think of a slick, snappy, colour punching designer who has been cherry picked by the likes of Kanye West to co-design his collections, you wouldn't normally associate her with a fast food label.

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However, in the bizarre and sublime partnerships which London Fashion Week manages to give birth to, KFC set designer Katie Eary the creative challenge of designing an entire collection in one hour to mark the launch of their new lunchtime ricebox menu.

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Inspired by what the modern Studio 54 attendee would wear, Katie spent two weeks designing the 13 piece collection which featured sequins, fluro feathers, bodysuits, sexy strappy neon swimwear overlayed in clear and neon plastic and metallic spray on jeans.

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The pink haired designer told me that despite spending two weeks designing the collection, the 60 minute challenge was super stressful:

"It was one of the most stressful things I have had to do, I had 3 coldsores the day I arrived, you know what it's like when you have a coldsore, you don't want to leave he house. If it's anything to go by, the state of my face showed how stressful it is!"

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After describing the collection as 'high sexed' Katie said she would most like to see singer Miley Cyrus strutting in her most promiscuous pieces:

"I think Mikey Cyrus would look amazing in the latex pieces for sure."
Words: @RoseyTan

Insta_Music In London for bank holiday weekend and stuck for a Sunday something to quench your cultural and musical thirst?

East London's LAND OF KINGS festival returns for a sixth year on Bank Holiday Sunday 3rd May, for sixteen hours of forward-leaning music, art, food and film.

Spanning key East London venues including The Alibi, The Nest and Birthdays, Arcola Theatre, subterranean labyrinth the Bunker, Dalston Roof Park, hidden oasis Eastern Curve Garden, plus Rio Cinema, back-street live den Servant Jazz Quarters, and Total Refreshment Centre.

Some of the live music offerings include Nathan Fake, Waze & Odyssey, Young Turks’ Koreless, BBC6 Music-tipped NZCA Lines and duo Wyles & Simpson to name a few.

As well as mask-clad producer Brolin; dark nostalgic pop siren Chloe Black, seamless indie troupe Flyte and singer-songwriter Esther Joy Lane.

Making its first festival outing, Grime Karaoke invites wannabe wordsmiths to step up to the mic. Before punters can realise their dreams as latter-day rap stars, prolific US producer Lex Luger – credited with the creation of trap and a hit list that includes Rick Ross and Kanye, makes a rare UK appearance.

Arts and Interactive programme invites revelers to veer off the main drag and into the fringes of Kingsland’s cultural curiosities. Be it Death Drawing with Art Macabre, backstreet cinematic happenings courtesy of Lost Picture Show, midnight shorts at the Rio Cinema presented by the London Short Film Festival, LAND OF KINGS sprawls 15 spaces within walking distance. Masters of camp irreverence Gideon Reeling preside over their hub for late night antics “Land of Queens” and, new for 2015, “Royal Thoughts”, a salon of talks, interviews and ideas, holds court at Arcola Theatre. Clever futurists Let’s Be Brief bring their creative forum to the fold, as does the East End’s answer to the WI, Dalston Darlings.

Bugged Out are holding the after party till 6am at Oval Space. You can purchase tickets for a bargainous £25 at http://landofkings.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

Slipping into the inconspicuous The Player on Broadwick Street, and down some dark winding stairs into a dimly lit basement bar that echoes a cosy 70s diner and whiskey lounge, is the new home of Breddos Taccos, the Taco shack that has taken its residency from Street Feast to Soho.

The first thing I was introduced to was The Player’s cocktail list, which was split into a selection of whiskeys, gins, vodkas and tequilas. First up was the Sosho Cooler, a delicious fruity mix of Finladia mango vodka, white wine, red grapes and apple juices. Mmm mmm. Although the firm favourite was Devil’s kiss, Woodford Reserve bourbon shaken with apple, ginger, lemon, orange and peach and angostura bitters, so zestful and light 10 wouldn’t have been hard to sink.

Staff were super friendly which contributed to a relaxed late night atmosphere, including the bar manager who joined in our ‘chilliback’ a pre-food shot of Jose Cuervo Especial Silver chased with ‘pickled habanero juice’ (essentially chilli), which sounds stomach turning but was weirdly a nice spicey punch and more effective than coffee.

Breddos Tacos is a blend of African, Asian and South American food. I sampled the chilli shoestring fries, fries which were loaded with chipotle mayo, beef, salsa and sour cream (delicious) and ‘The Breddo’: an aged beef patty topped with swiss cheese, chipotle mayo, shoestring fries and Monty’s home-smoked pastrami.

Verdict: top place to impress a pal with the mouth-wateringly good cocktail list, fire in your belly chilli shots and flavorsome bar snacks which are damn tastier than your average pork scratching, but not the venue if you want a hearty meal of the Michelin variety.

Breddos vs The Player, Slider Bar, The Player, 8 Broadwick Street, W1F 8HN

 

Taiwanese designer Apu Jan showed a stunning SS14 collection combining street casual and feminine fantasy.

The London based designer showed his strong knitting skills with slick haired models walk down the catwalk with floating fabrics, feminine and playful cuts, big hats and with an almost fairy-tale seeming vibe.

Outfits were team with black platformed creepers, which gave a firm nod towards streetwear.

Words: Tania Willis | @RoseyTan

Photos: Roxanne Chen