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The Saturday night slot at fashion week is always one of our favourites. The second day vibe is more chilled, everyone is getting into the swing of the season and the rest of London are relaxing outside in the sun. And what better way to join the party than by heading to a gathering hosted by Tinie Tempah, complete with a banging playlist, some of his closest friends – oh, and some new season styles?

The wheels of the LFWM Mercedes-Benz sports car fleet screeched as the best of the men's fashion scene arrived at the Old Truman Brewery to see the What We Wear SS18 presentation.  Having made his debut last season to much acclaim with a sleek and sporty collection that matched his own impeccable style, Tinie Tempah is back for more with Bring Your Game.

Locker room benches and courtside seats flanked a basketball court in the middle of the room where groups of guys dressed in sports luxe athleisure threw a ball about, scoring three-pointers, while spectators looked on, chatting between themselves over a beer. At the sound of a whistle, the models swapped in with another group, joining the watching crowds.

Seeing the clothes up close allowed us to appreciate their design even more; what first appear as a range of sports-inspired separates reveal themselves to be beautifully created fashion pieces. T-shirts and shorts are made in technical fleece fabrics; button-up jackets hug the form in buttery soft mohair and tracksuits get a glamorous shine. Each outfit was finished with What We Wear  branded socks, along with gold rimmed glasses from Cutler and Gross and a remake of the iconic Converse One Stars, that added that extra special something to the whole collection.

The line between models and guests blurred further as the evening went on, demonstrating the collection's greatest asset: wearability. Coveting teal shorts with a luxe shine finish because you can see how great they look on someone playing ball and laughing with friends is a far cry from staring at them on immobile models looking intensely into the audience – with just one simple shift, that often difficult-to-negotiate glass ceiling between real life and high fashion has been broken down.

By the time we left, there was no clear distinction between who was wearing the clothes and who was there to see them being worn – models were dispersed throughout the room chatting to friends, Insta-famous onlookers were shooting hoops and Tinie Tempah was wandering through the crowds, saying hi to friends, family and fans alike. As Aston Gohil amped up his playlist, it was clear that this party wasn't going to be over any time soon. Not only has Tinie Tempah nailed the art of the follow-up collection, presenting a series of designs that are as versatile as they are aesthetically pleasing, but he also got that Saturday night vibe of fashion week just right.

Words: Katharine Bennett | Fashion Week Press | @misskatebennett

Images: Tasmin Dacres | Fashion Week Photographer | @tasm0n_d

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Ooolala! Excited to share the news that Wolf Alice will headline the first Converse Rubber Tracks Live show in London on 24th February at The Boogaloo. Tickets are free and applications are open now on converse.co.uk/rubber-tracks.

NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. (JANUARY 26, 2015) Today, CONVERSE Inc. announces its first-ever Converse Rubber Tracks Live show in London on February 24, a free concert featuring WOLF ALICE at legendary Haringey venue, The Boogaloo. As the physical incarnation of the Converse Rubber Tracks programme, the live show will also feature Converse Rubber Tracks London artist Crows, hand-picked by Wolf Alice. Applications for free tickets open today on converse.co.uk/rubber-tracks.

Converse Rubber Tracks London launched with a residency in Haringey, where select local musicians were given the opportunity to record for free at a state-of-the-art recording studio from Saturday, January 10 through Monday, January 19. The following ten acts were hand-picked to record by a panel formed of NME magazine’s New Music Editor, Matt Wilkinson; the founder of London radio station NTS, Femi Adeyemi; and member of The Young Guns Network, Harry Balazs: Haarlem Riots, Piff Gang, Crows, Jay Prince, Home Clouds, Desert Mountain Tribe, Rainbow Tiger, Gutshot For Broadway, Arctic Lake and Brey.

Converse announces the launch of ‘SNEAKERS WOULD’ – a series of spur of the moment, ‘now-or-never’ spontaneous invites to gigs - from the likes of Glass Animals, Klaxtons, Sohn and Simian Mobile Disco – to special opportunities and events.

Throughout September, Sneaker fans are invited to download a new interactive online platform – The Ticket – bridging the gap between Converse’s fans to the special opportunities in London and even last-minute tickets throughout Europe to the likes of the Berlin Festival.

 image018Choosing an exciting, experiential path, Sneakers Would is inspired by the rebellious ethos of the Chuck Taylor All Star, entering fans into a virtual world that embodies the “sneaker attitude”  - a mix of films, games, GIFs and images, plus impulsive invitations to over 70 live shows in Europe. Once The Ticket is downloaded, Converse will reveal a Get In & Go bus, whose location is revealed on the day only and which brings fans to the heart of the action, gigs and beyond.

For further information on SNEAKERS WOULD, how to download The Ticket, or the Fall 2014 Converse All Star collection please visit: www.converse.co.uk

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Today, Converse, Inc. announces SNEAKERS WOULD – a series of provocative opportunities, designed to encourage creative spirits to cast aside their inhibitions and choose an exciting, spur of the moment path. SNEAKERS WOULD is directly inspired by the rebellious ethos of the Chuck Taylor All Star, and the series will also show up unpredictably in London, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid and Amsterdam throughout the months of September and October.

“We’re excited to bring the Converse SNEAKERS WOULD experience to Europe” said Rodney Rambo, VP Marketing, Converse All Star. “The Chuck Taylor has been a symbol of youthful spontaneity for almost 100 years, and we love that it continues to inspire people to follow their hearts and live in the moment.”

Timed against the launch of the Fall 2014 Converse All Star sneaker collection, #SNEAKERSWOULD will be brought to life through an innovative interactive platform – The Ticket – bridging the gap between Converse’s fans online and a vast array of impulsive, “now-or-never” opportunities in London and beyond.

The Ticket is an all access pass that transforms your online experience and begins with a single click. By downloading the free browser extension, Converse fans will enter a virtual world that embodies the “sneaker attitude” and offers a respite from the web, as they know it. Through a mixture of films, games, GIFs and images, plus impulsive invitations to over 70 live shows in Europe that could strike at any time, those who are always willing to live in the now will benefit the most.

These “now-or-never” experiences will include secret and intimate gigs with the likes of Glass Animals and Klaxons, seeing fans transported to extraordinary venues by Converse’s Get In & Go bus. The bus’s location and seat availability will be revealed on the day to fans via The Ticket, encouraging a spontaneous decision to drop everything and embrace “sneaker mentality”.

Alongside the Get In & Go events, The Ticket also offers fans the opportunity to attend some of the most exciting gigs in London throughout September and in some cases, meet with the band. Spontaneous Invites will be sent to fans via The Ticket for events happening that very night. Those with enough sneaker attitude to drop everything will be offered tickets to see acts such as Simian Mobile Disco or SOHN live in London just hours before the gig, or even last-minute tickets throughout Europe to the likes of Berlin Festival. To download the ticket, simply click the invite. SNEAKERS WOULD.

SNEAKERS WOULD is inspired by the Fall 2014 Converse All Star sneaker collection, which incorporates zipper detailing to create a stylish looks perfect for the changing fall season. Distressed washes, premium grade canvas, twill and burnished suede combine with subtle embroidery and contemporary graphic prints to create a modern collection that is fashioned through a vintage-inspired lens.

For further information on SNEAKERS WOULD, how to download The Ticket, or the Fall 2014 Converse All Star collection please visit: www.converse.co.uk

CONVERSE have announced their launch party for the CONS project will feature Krept & Konan, Pusha T and more - you can still nab tickets by clicking here: conversecons.com/ldn?

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Here are the details:

Converse announces the launch of CONS Project London, the latest installment in a series of global community projects designed to inspire the next generation of creative spirits through music, art, style and skate. Following on from the success of similar initiatives in New York, Los Angeles and more recently Warsaw and Belgrade, CONS Project London will open in Peckham – one of the city’s most up-and-coming creative hubs – from Thursday 22nd May.

The ambitious 10-week project will help to unleash urban creativity within the community using the space as a hub for a series of talks, workshops and exhibitions; all aimed at inspiring young people, giving them opportunities to learn whilst fueling their creative passions.

Five local CONS Ambassadors have curated the project: James Benenson (Urban Nerds), Alex Synamatix (The Daily Street), Scratcha DVA (Rinse/Hyperdub), Jerome Campbell (Converse Cons Skate Ambassador) and Sam Taylor (Vice/Little White Lies).

The CONS Project London workshops will offer tangible, hands-on lessons for local youth ranging from age 16 and above, at no cost. The series kicks off with the first of the Inspire | Create seminars which sees The Daily Street Co-Founder, Alex Synamatix, hosting a series of inspirational talks and panel discussions that bring together London’s creative communities to share ideas that inspire, spark collaboration and educate.

A Mix Lab series curated by Scratcha DVA is also in the line-up; a music production development program giving burgeoning musicians indispensible access to high profile mentors from the UK’s underground music scene. Each Mix Lab class will allow participants to learn new production skills and gain expert advice on how to shape their own music at the CONS Project London’s in-house recording studio.

Next up is Journey Through LDN Sounds - a series of raves, screenings, talks and exhibitions at the Peckham space, which celebrate underground music that has symbolised London over the past 30 years. From the early pioneers of Jungle to the current Bass artists pushing the scene forward, Journey Through LDN Sounds will cover the music genres that have defined generations.

Converse CONS skate ambassador Jerome Campbell and friends have crafted a calendar of photographic and film inspired skate sessions that will help budding skaters learn new skills within the CONS Project LDN Skate Street - a dedicated outdoor space at the venue which has been built using a host of iconic urban architecture, creating a unique skateable city landscape. The overall aesthetic conjures up an unusual urban street scene, with a collection of random signage, storefronts and its own London pub.

To kick things off, US hip-hop legend PUSHA T will be launching CONS Project London when he takes to the stage at the official opening party on Thursday 29th May. Pusha T, one half of iconic hip-hop duo Clipse, is now signed to G.O.O.D. label and is sure to get the party started in style.

Support will come from rising London rap duo KREPT & KONAN, talented Glaswegian producer RUSTIE and Rinse FM regular SCRATCHA DVA.

The full calendar and ticket registration for all May/June events is available here: conversecons.com/ldn


WHERE:

CONS Project London

Copeland Gallery

133 Copeland Road

London

SE15 3SN

WHEN:

CONS Project Opening Dates

22nd May - 31st July 2014

CONS Project LDN Skate Street Opening Times

Thursday and Friday from 4pm - 9pm

Saturday and Sunday from 12pm - 6pm