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A Secret Shared...Kollsvík in Patreksfjörður in the West Fjörds, Iceland_Inspired By IcelandInspired by Iceland has today launched a global search for the ‘World’s Most Intrepid Tourist’.

The unique opportunity will offer one individual the chance to win a place for them and a friend on the ultimate Secret Tour of Iceland, a magical 7-day tour that will see them travel across the country, uncovering its best kept, most colourful and often surprising secrets as they go.

The intrepid tourist will follow a surprising and secret itinerary curated by Iceland’s 100,000 strong army of Facebook fans, who over the next two weeks, are invited to submit their very own Iceland secret, with a chance that it may be used on the ultimate secret tour itinerary.

Inga Hlín Pálsdóttir, Director for Tourism & Creative Industries at Promote Iceland said, “Iceland is a country full of wonderful places to explore. We’re looking for someone with an open mind to come and discover the joy of Iceland’s secrets and help us share them with the world. We’ve already had a astounding number of secrets shared through social media and are looking forward to bringing these to life.”

The winner will be joined by a film crew who will capture the discoveries along the way, documenting Iceland’s most inspirational, cultural and geographical secrets as they are discovered.

The Secret Tour of Iceland comes as part of Share the Secret, the latest creative drive from Inspired by Iceland, the countries annual tourism initiative. The campaign draws on local knowledge to reveal some of the country’s hidden treasures by encouraging Icelanders and tourists to share their secrets and offer visitors the opportunity to discover unique experiences around the country.   The past 5 months has seen the world share its secrets about Iceland.  Now it’s time for one lucky person to discover them for themselves.

The ‘Secret Tour of Iceland’ will form the basis of a short film created to celebrate Iceland across the world. Made by Promote Iceland, it will be aired exclusively online in April 2014.

People can enter to win the title of ‘World’s Most Intrepid Tourist’ by answering the question ‘Why do you want to discover Iceland’s secrets?’.  To enter visit www.facebook.com/inspiredbyiceland.  Terms and conditions apply. Competition closes on the 7th of March 2014.  Winners must be able to travel for 6 nights from the 14th – 20th of March 2014.

 

the wong keiA restaurant in Chinatown, London is about to break a long standing habit and reputation by beginning to be nicer to its customers.

The Wong Kei restaurant in Soho has been known for years to be incredibly rude to its customers, so much so that it has become infamous for the trait.

The restaurant has recently got new owners and they have pledged to change the way the restaurant is seen.

Customers used to get plonked rather ungraciously on shared tables, were kept upstairs unless they were in with the restaurant or friends and family and were quickly insulted if they were difficult, by not wanting to sit on a shared table, wanting to pay by card or asking for a knife and fork.

The new managers however has given the restaurant a new refit and have vowed to change the restaurant's image.

Daniel Luc, the new owner of Wong Kei said : “Maybe there was an issue with rude staff 20 to 30 years ago, but I don’t think so any more. I don’t know whether that’s a good thing or not.”

Turns out people are going to miss the old way as many Tweets were knocking about reporting that the general reaction was one of disappointment at the change.

The news came as a shock to devotees who have grown accustomed to stir fries served with a shrug. They took to Twitter to express their disappointment.

The suns out and it's Friday which means we're ready to do our weekly round up of events for you to enjoy over your days off!

To start with why not pop to Sassafras pop up in Gillet Square this evening for some Cajun flavours? This pop up won't be around for much longer.

Alternatively take the whole afternoon off and get yourself to Craft Beer rising.

Starting today and on over the weekend is an exhibition of old bits and bobs from the Roman times that were found under London during the cross rail dig.

Saturday is National Margarita day - as if you needed an excuse, so get yourself down to Hawker House where they are celebrating with a dedicated Margarita bar.

At some point over the weekend you should pay homage to Trocadero which is closing for good as of next week.

Hopeing the weather's good you should also go and visit the giant hedgehog in Clapham Common.

On Sunday why not have a little bit of Argentinian pizza as this pop up in Old Street has just added brunch to their options.

And if you don't want the weekend to be over head to and party at Block and forget Monday's coming.

Reminiscent of seventies glamour with its colour pop leather and shaggy off  the shoulder furs, the Topshop Unique collection for AW14 was decadent yet undone; alluring and at the same time mysterious. The Unique woman was revelling in the process of getting dressed up, the models a reflection of the same giddy high felt whilst pulling items from the costume box as a child, now felt again as she prepares to face the occasion.

Backstage, our fashion week photographer Corrine Noel got a closer look at the stages of getting ready to look like you’re, well,  getting ready.  Watching stylists hang rich Mongolian lambs  wool coats at the precise angle to reveal the lingerie beneath, perfectly reflecting the sexuality and power of a woman putting on a face to meet the faces.

Hair was tucked into jumpers, poker straight yet ruffled, for a sleek style with bite. Consider us obsessed.

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Words: Camilla Hunt | Fashion Week Editor | @littlemyth
Photography: Corrine Noel | Fashion Week Photographer

Crown adorned streaking at Prabal Gurung and the arctic tundra of Manhattan’s streets formed the unlikely backdrop for a nod to heritage in revived house codes and the nostalgia inspired, and one that sees London Fashion Week start on the momentum of bad weather and bad behaviour, tempered by a certain longing for tradition and old world glamour.
Looking back over the past month of shows and presentations, WJ London give thought to what we can expect to be wearing next season as autumn / winter 2014 begins to divulge its secrets, whispered in tailored cuts and asymmetric trim, neutral plaids and painterly sweeps of red hue.

A certain comfort in tradition has rung true for many of the collections seen so far, but with a DIY, ripped up and reformed aesthetic. This revisiting of the past as seen through new and quizzical eyes makes for an eclectic and whimsical journey, Chinese whispers of how things once were gave us seventies footballers in deconstructed tracksuits and kitsch wallpaper print at Christopher Shannon, and heavy kohl rimmed eyes and sombre tartan at Alexander McQueen. The tattered remains of a punk past and the repurposed prints of the gentry were woven into patchwork suits and Barbour-esque jackets at Junya Watanabe, childhood memories were twisted in Saville Row tailoring and acid colours at Katie Eary, and Ada + Nik’s bad boys were adorned in leather, attitude and ink.

 

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It was Haute Couture as well, not just mens week that brought us tattoos. Arriving real and penned on, embroidered onto bodices, and seeped with stories of men at sea and hopes of a broken youth. Maison Martin Margiela saw kitsch Americana elevated to new realms as thread and intricate needlework paid homage to the late tattoo artist Norman Collins, better remembered in hula girls and rum as ‘Sailor Jerry’.  At Bobley Abley re-purposed Disney font spelt ‘Dream On’ across the knuckles of glaring boys baring teeth and metal, and Oliver Spencer saw symbols and shapes appear from crisp collars and tweed trim.

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Collections of endless blacks, from silk and grunge realisation at Vera Wang to sharp tailored cowboys at Kenneth Cole suggest a darkly evocative trend for autumn / winter 2014. Think velvet drapes and gossamer sheers, raven feathers and fur trim, a sense of regality in layers of damask and embroidery, and film noir heroes and villains adorned in satins and scowls. The haunting and the mournful tribute to black texture seen in New York was punctuated by Oxblood, Crimson and Fuchsia, in rounded silhouettes and soft yarn at Helmut Lang, shimmering lengths over golden skin at Donna Karan and in tumbling elegance at Jenny Packham.

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These textured blacks in gothic and glamour revival, these childhood regressions of nightmarish Disney and body art lust are made for each other in asymmetric cuts and late nineties layering. Trousers under dresses and dresses over jumpers. Clothing is stick and paste, a personal collage of patterns and meanings to be layered and tucked.

Next season may be darkly grown up in strict tailoring and demure lengths, but it draws from childhood and silver screen memories, encouraging you to merge a playful approach to dress with something sensual and dark, and very adult.

Words: Anna Claire Sanders | Fashion Week Press | @sannaanders
Photography: style.com