Tag: Piano

Designer Jamie Wei Huang’s SS18 collection, “Dew”, was inspired by the fragmented recounting and retelling of personal experience. It was a concept drawn from Huang’s reflection on her own traditional Taiwanese culture, and captured by the beautiful, hesitantly accumulative piano piece which instigated her show.


The story began in stripes. Blues, pinks and greens growing in depth and vivacity with each piece, a gradual solidifying of colours to correlate that of re-emerging memory; the punctuation of bold reds, yellows and cobalt in the shoes and accessories, providing those colourful splashes of certainty which continue to emerge throughout the collection.

Ball Gown Wedding Dress NZ

Huang’s Spring/Summer designs favour easy-fit clothing; wedding dresses and jumpsuits tying into her signature style of elongated silhouettes with a focus on creating contemporary fashion for the modern woman.

Wedding Dresses

The concept of construction was apparent in the rough-cut hems, sewn on pockets and undisguised use of zips, drawstrings and metallic rings which both decorated the pieces and acted as functional elements of the designs.

Creative cut-outs were another standout feature, with gaping knees and bare-backed jackets building on the impression of fragmented recollection, while asymmetric designs alluded to the inevitable incompleteness of memory.

Denim-look fabrics, and the brave contrasting of colour-block socks with easy slip-on sandals concluded the collection with a sense of layered individuality, promoting self-expression through contemporary fashion.

Originally from Taiwan, Huang graduated from Central Saint Martins College in London in 2012, launching her designer label Jamie Wei Huang to great critical acclaim in 2013; winning both the “Designer For Tomorrow” award, and the “Elle talent Award” for her AQ14 collection. Huang’s designs are now sold internationally in luxury retailers such as Harvey Nichols, Dover Street Market, David Jones Sydney and mimma ninni.

Words: Scarlett Sangster | Fashion Week Press | @scarlettgracehs

Images: Rosemary Pitts |Fashion Week Photographer|@rosemarypitts

Barbara De Biasi-Piano

The famous public St. Pancras piano, donated to the station by Sire Elton John himself is to be used in free week-long bid to reignite passion for music!

One of London’s top piano teachers will be giving free lessons to people of any ability for five days from Monday 23rd May, on St. Pancras station’s public piano. With millions of pounds cut from Arts Council England’s budget in recent years, the hope is to inspire more people to consider music.

A musical initiative by London-based professional services matchmaking company www.Bidvine.com will see one of the capital’s top piano teachers teaching members of the public of all ages and abilities how to play the piano – for free, in a bid to shine a light on the lack of funding for the arts and inspire people to discover a passion for music.

According to figures released in late 2015, Arts Council England has had its government grant cut by 36 per cent since 2010 ‘and is likely to face further squeezes’.

More than fifty percent of young children were taking part in activities like learning to play a musical instrument in 2010, with the number now having fallen to just one in three.

The lessons will take place at the world-famous St. Pancras piano, from Monday 23rd until Friday 27th May. The 15 minute long lessons can be booked online via http://blog.bidvine.com/piano-st-pancras and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

There are four sessions available between 11am and 12pm every day of the week and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Teacher Barbara De Biasi is the founder of Fireworks Music School and studied at the Royal College of Music. Fireworks is one of the best rated music schools on Bidvine, and Barbara is donating her time as an initiative partner.

Fireworks Music School is an independent institution based in London, which teaches all classical instruments, including piano, guitar, drums, saxophone, cello, violin and singing. The school has more than 300 students and 100 teachers, hand-selected from the most prestigious music conservatoires in the world, including the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

To book, those interested need simply to enter their name, email address and preferred day and time of their free lesson. When successfully booked in, they will receive a confirmation email back.