Category: Events

I have so many clothes.. Clothes that don't fit me anymore but one day THEY WILL fit me again, clothes that I have never worn, clothes that I wore once, clothes that I have convinced myself I will wear (crop tops) but in reality they're never going to see the light of day...

I know I don't need them, I know I should get rid of them, but my heart bleeds when I think about how much money I've spent on all these useless garments over the years. That's why I'm always on the look out for something like this Swap and Style Event put on my Love Not Landfil. It is PERFECT for my needs.

So whether you're doing it for the environment and the greater good or to save a few pennies, or just for a fashion-focused day out pop on down and take a look at the bargains and wonderful one-off pieces on offer. You'll be hard pushed not to find something as the event is held at London’s largest fashion recycling warehouse, LM Barry in Canning Town on 24th April, 10am-midday.

This Swap and Style event is a rare opportunity to rummage through thousands and thousands of unwanted clothes to uncover and select new outfits with the help of Emma Slade-Edmondson, the stylist behind Back of the Wardrobe and Charity Fashion Live.

For those that love to document theres even the opportunity to be photographed by a fashion photographer in your fabulous finds!

The event comes under the banner of Fashion Revolution which launches on the 22nd April to encourage a more mindful and socially responsible way of thinking about clothes. Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world after oil* and the rise in fast fashion has meant that the amount of clothes produced each year globally has doubled in 15 years from 2000 to 2015.

#Lovenotlandfill is a campaign aimed at young fast fashion fans in London. The goal is to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry via a core message: love your clothes then pass them on when you’ve finished with them so someone else can love them too. The campaign will remind young people to:

  • Never dump unwanted clothes in a household bin as they clog up landfill and release harmful climate change gases
  • Recycle, share, swap or repair unwanted clothes
  • Share the message with your friends

Event attendees are encouraged to swap their unwanted clothes with new items that they find in the giant treasure trove at L M Barry Textile Recyclers on the 24th April.

Tickets are FREE but you will be required to pay £15 to reserve your space. This will be refunded on your arrival at LM Barry for the event.

All proceeds from non-attendance will go to Fashion Revolution, a social enterprise which works towards a fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.

You can reserve your tickets here.

L M Barry Textile Recyclers, North Crescent, Canning Town, London E16 4TG

 

Dilara Findikoglu - London Banking Hall

A low lit room, combined with the classically inspired architecture of London’s Banking Hall set the scene for Findikoglu’s AW/18 collection, where we see Findikoglu’s designs reflect some aspects of a Tim Burton gothic styled film. The models makeup vaguely reminiscent of an renaissance styled painting, the clothing itself featuring structured jumpsuits and pin-stripe blazers adorned with a selection of renaissance styled images - particularly focusing around eyes and hand drawn female figurative portraits and photographs, lending the collection a totally eerie but super cool perspective.

The collection featured elements mainly around the use of leather and PVC, focusing on the prominence and stand-out reflective aesthetic of these materials. Patchwork cut outs are seen emblazoned along open neck blazers with other items adorned with patterned silk sashes around areas such as the waistline complete slashed open dresses.

With the images reflecting the inspiration around the clothing, as we see several of Findikoglu’s designs draw inspiration and focus around different historical periods, ranging from the iconic broad shoulder pads of the 80’s flanked against exaggerated white cuffs and overgrown shirts, Iconic Sphinx and snake-like patterns commonly associated with the ancient Egyptian culture and the gown wearing, open upper torso dresses popular within the Tudor period.

Accessories are an abstract but all necessary feature within this collection as we see several pieces including miniature figurines, broad open angular diamond jewellery, nude photographic portraits and those all too necessary items of cutlery which lend an all-too-cool steampunk inspired look to the clothing.

(Why go hunting around the office for a clean spoon when you can carry one with you at all times right?)

Angular neck pieces were also on show, which had a life of their own altogether. With other items following suit such as large angular belts encrusted with the signature steampunk cogs, gears and  lengthy beaded tassels. There’s even a Bladerunner themed Zhora PVC shawl - who couldn’t resist this?

Words: Nathan Mills | Fashion Week Writer |

Images: Joshua Atkins | Fashion Week Photographer | Website

On Thursday 16 November, Seven Dials are inviting you to join them celebrating the festive season with the annual Christmas lights switch on, shopping party and sing your heart out with an immersive performance by festival choir Some Voices.

The fun filled evening includes an exclusive 20% discount and experiences from more than 70 brands including Benefit, Pierre Herme, FRESH, Larsson and Jennings, Tredwell’s, Dinny Hall, Rixo, Urban Outfitters, Fred Perry, Office, Duke and Dexter, Vans, Knomo and Finisterre.

The Seven Dials Loves Christmas launch is free, to register for a ticket visit SevenDials.co.uk. Ticket holders can grab a free glass of Glögg, the classic Scandinavian hot spiced wine from Nordic Bakery at their pop up bar on Earlham Street, with free street food tacos by Monmouth Kitchen on Monmouth Street.

Try your hand at free wreath making on Earlham Street, or take your purchased gifts to the free gift wrapping station* on Neal Street. The lights switch on at 6.30pm will take place around the central iconic Seven Dials monument, which will transform Seven Dials into a festive wonderland to be enjoyed throughout Christmas.

A bespoke musical arrangement has been created for switch on moment by Some Voices, which will see seven festival songs performed including All You Need Is Love, Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, and Stay by this mega-choir. This is set to be one of the largest gatherings of the festival choir collective to date.

Also, opening on the night is the Seven Dials Loves Christmas pop-up, including a Christmas floristry from tea experts, Tregothnan. Here they will sell their traditional wreaths, edible festival garlands and their British teas in baubles. The pop-up will also host a series of free festive workshops at 37 Neal Street, open for three weeks only. Including bauble calligraphy, bespoke cracker rolling, fashion illustration, Christmas cocktails and wreath making, as well as free Seven Dials wrapping paper available while stocks last*.

To register for a free ticket for the Christmas light switch on, and workshops please visit SevenDials.co.uk.

Seven Dials is the perfect destination for your Christmas shopping needs and experiences. With quality British brands, high profile international labels, one-off flagship boutiques, beauty and grooming salons and a host of unique restaurants.

Keep up to date with all activities at SevenDials.co.uk and follow @7DialsLondon
#SevenDialsChristmas

Frights, Camera, Action! This Halloween, Royal Lancaster London is directing something spooky, and the biggest twist in this thriller...everything is black and white!

Built in 1967, Royal Lancaster London is going back to the 1960s for Halloween to celebrate its 50 th Birthday. Re-launching following a mega £80 million renovation – or re-‘vamp’ – the hotel is ‘thrilled’ to announce the hair-raising Halloween Afternoon Tea, available from 17-31 October 2017.

Indulge in a truly spook-tacular experience with the Halloween Afternoon Tea, inspired by 1960s classic horror movies. A very cold welcome awaits you, with Alfred Hitchcock classics flickering from a projector and The Little Shop of Horrors’ Audrey sitting on your table. Don’t feed her meat!

Pull the curtains back on a scene of savoury classics; though not all is as it seems... are you brave enough to try the Axe-Carved Beef with Horseradish; the Ominous Crab Sushi and the Pitch Black Pudding Scotch Egg?

Sink your fangs into an array of sickly-sweet confections so good they could bring the dead to life. Things get grisly with a Cursed Blackbird Macaroon; Psycho Marbled Lollipops; Black Sunday Battenberg; Night of the Living Tart; and a Haunted Panna Cotta.

The final nails in the coffin are the Chocolate and Coconut Scones, served fresh from the oven with Homemade Blackberry Jam and Clotted-Blood Cream. The Halloween Afternoon Tea is accompanied by a selection of fresh loose leaf teas and a glass of Lanson Black Label or the slightly sweeter Lanson White Label.

Royal Lancaster London invites you to embrace your inner Hitchcock and capture a chilling photograph of the Halloween Afternoon Tea. To enter, all photos must be in black and white and use the hashtag #WeAlwaysScare to win a complimentary Christmas Afternoon Tea.

The 1960s Halloween Afternoon Tea is priced at £35 per person and is served from 2pm
until 5.30pm.

Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY
Reservations on 020 7551 6000 or visit www.royallancaster.com

It's almost cocktail week! And we know what that means! All of our favourite drinks are out in force creating new wonders in cocktails and alcoholic beverages as well as new experiences for us lucky punters.

One such beverage is Sailor Jerry who is calling all Londoners to channel their inner sailor with free tattoos during London Cocktail Week, 2017. The bold, and smooth as hell spiced rum brand has teamed up with east London tattoo parlour Cloak and Dagger to sling ink on festival-goers who hold the London Cocktail Week pass.

From 12pm – 7pm, Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th October, choose from a range of designs inspired by the father of American old school tattooing, Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins. World- renowned for his traditional pieces, Collins’ unique flash-art style started a movement that still inspires artists today. On a first come, first served basis, pick from a range of official Sailor Jerry iconic flash art work designs including a pair of dice, Hawaiian landscape, a swallow or naval star. Show off your new ink by uploading a picture to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #SailorJerryLCW17.

Whilst drinking before inking isn’t encouraged, when finished, celebrate your bold flash art by heading to Americana Nights by Sailor Jerry at London Cocktail Week’s Cocktail Village at the nearby Spitalfields Market. Cheers with some badass Sailor Jerry cocktails, all for £6 each for pass holders, from the vintage airstream bar, choose from the Spicy Ginger Ice Tea Punch, the in-your-face Ginger Daiquiri or heat things up with our Spiced Sailor’s Cider.