10 am Saturday morning and itâs snowing. Usually as the standard I would be nursing the hangover of a lifetime with copious cups of strong coffee and eggs of the weekend variety. However this Saturday is different. This Saturday has life. This Saturday has been spent studying music videos and selecting appropriate dancewear in preparation for a two- hour Beyonce masterclass at Frame, Queens Park.
Post Beyonce success-ticket-glow, this activity couldn't be more appropriate and I feel alive. Pushing my darker moods to the extreme, I deliberately become angry at commuters and ticket machines and, of course, the great British weather to ensure that I am bubbling over in preparation to become my own, energised version of Sasha Fierce.
Arriving excitedly amongst a cackle of glam-gym-bunnies and Queens Park mums, we collectively (and with a strong sense of camaraderie) warm up to you guessed it â a Beyonce track! Our instructor AJ has his work cut out as we have two hours to dutty wine ourselves the whole 15-minute Super Bowl performance. Not for the faint hearted! But the morale is strong and the will for us to complete the challenge as a whole races us through the short space of time.
Two hours flash by in a minute and we are all amazed at how well we have been coached through this somewhat sweaty and gruelling routine. This kind of exercise has no thoughts of burden, no idea of a chore and what the guys at
Frame are essentially offering in these artiste and music video master classes is a time to get with your co-orodination and ultimaely lose yourself in the music!
Stereotypically our packed tube journey that would catapult us back to East London (and to reality) is delayed and not one thought of anger crosses my mind. I am zen. I am relaxed. I am now Mrs Carter.
by Calvin Baillie
Frame dance classes to suit every style and ability take place every day in the Shoreditch and Queens Park branches. Frame website: moveyourframe.com
Frame dance classes to suit every style and ability take place every day in the Shoreditch and Queens Park branches.
Frame website: moveyourframe.com
Founded in the late eighties in Randers, Denmark, SAND is a lifestyle concept fashion brand created from a design fine balance of Neo-Classicism, sophisticated shapes and quirky aesthetics. Their creations appreciate a fashion that is balanced between both fabrics and fittings, style and comfort. âWe are not just a fashion company making clothes. There are a lot of thoughts and actions behind the collections, which reflect the world's citizens for whom they are designedâ, says joint founder Soren Sand.
Each season's collection is divided into smaller end-use diffusion lines. For men, SAND presents the refined red carpet collection, a formal black label range and a casual preppy pink label. For women, SAND offers a black label, (contemporary fashion with a feminine, sensual expression) and the Pink Label (preppy heritage). Both collections are complemented by a chic and modern accessories range including leather goods and shoes.
The brand's passion for Italian fabrics, tailored details, perfect cuts and a deep dedication to art all manifest to create wearable sculptural silhouettes that enable the SAND customer to experience the quality and value within the designs.
From the design to production and marketing both Soren and Lene Sand are deeply involved in all aspects of SAND and the brand's remarkable press campaigns include the work of legendary photographer Helmut Newton and rock singer Bryan Adams.
The Cool Scandinavian silhouettes combined with Southern European charm helps SAND maintain its sophisticated focus creating clothes for the way that the world's citizens think, work and live.
Music technology brand EOps, The Coca-Cola Company and UK designer Michael Young have teamed up to create in-ear headphones and computer bags built with recycled polyethylene terephthalate (ârPETâ) from recycled plastic bottles. With the motto âRefresh, Recycle, Reuseâ, the products help bottles re-fulfill their destiny and become something great again. The earphones themselves come in the traditonal Coca Cola bright red colourway which not only reminds the wearer of their ethical origination but also makes a statement to the stereotypical everyday white. Features include a volume control located at the middle of the earphone cable and a handy 'sportsfin' structure that ensures they stay securely within the ear.
The capsule will be available from early August at Colette in Paris, 10 corso como in Milan and oki-ni.com as well as other concept shops around the world.
The opening music quietly bubbles for a minute or so and leads the viewer into a somewhat underwater trance. The first opening looks are coincidentally nautical in both colour and styling with the cagoules and two colour yoke detailed suit jackets standing out.
As the show progresses, flashes of colour on signature argyle patterned sweaters and pixelated camouflage knitwear really inspire. And how about the main attraction: knitwear? Pieces come in the form off lightweight polo shapes and V-neck colour blocked sweaters giving this part of the show a seventies feel.
Look out for the greige coloured suiting and the jacket-backpack hybrids.
Overall the entire collection shines as a key landmark in the past three days show calendar, with the hope for next London Collections:Men that we will pull in more British fashion houses such as Burberry, Westwood and McQueen.
And so men's weekend part two explodes to an ending....The British Summertime (or lack of) has taken it's toll on the spring summer men's shows this season and James Long is no exception. The moody Alan Vega soundtrack sits alongside the mostly black tones of tartan checks and linear prints. The clutch bag, purses and sunglasses shine and his signature and individual techniques in knitting are key pieces.
Silhouettes and fabrications have a slight oriental feel with Organza being seen again on the catwalk.....
Its almost cocktail hour and the catwalk space showcasing Matthew Miller's SS13 collection has been somewhat under estimated in space. Always turning out a concise and innovative collection this season Miller does not disappoint.
Building inspiration from the CCTV imagery of Brutalist council flats, the colour palette is mostly monochromatic in tone. However the hints of washed pistachio and salt and pepper knitwear paired with his crafted technique adds a light balance to the collection.
Trends du jour across all showss this weekend seem to be West Coast Surf, Bomber/Harngton shapes and laser cutting. With Miller's SS13 Citations collection he opts for the latter producing one of the best and thought through outcomes. Suit jackets have lettering and geometric modern shapes etched into the fabrics and other highlights come in the form of the final oversized backpack and sleeveless blazer.
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