GET READY FOR PORT ELIOT!

Posted on July 26, 2015

Looking for a festival with more than just music? Port Eliot is the place to be. Held in the gardens of a medieval monastery and stately home in Cornwall, it’s known for its massively eclectic line-up of culture. The past few years have seen Kate Winslet reading children’s stories, Barbara Hulanicki hosting a drawing masterclass and a film programme hand picked by Martin Scorsese. Then comes the fashion! This year there’ll be a whole zone of the festival curated by British Fashion Council’s Ambassador for Emerging Talent, Sarah Mower. Here’s three of the things we can’t wait to see.

GAME OF THRONES
Yes, you are still reading the right article. Game of Thrones’s actress Gwendoline Christie (and new face of Vivienne Westwood) will chat costume and characters alongside the production and costume designers of the award-winning TV programme. Plus, the NEWGEN team will each be designing their own Game of Thrones style costumes.

MOLLY GODDARD
NEWGEN designer Molly Goddard will be recreating her unique London Fashion Week SS15 presentation live at the festival. Head down to watch a troop of models dressed head-to-toe in Goddard’s super girly looks trying their hand at a life drawing class.

ALEXANDER FURY
The Independent’s Fashion Editor will be holding a live illustrated talk about the influence of medieval fashion throughout the years, featuring pieces from Rick Owens, Giles Deacon and Mary Katrantzou.

 

TAKE 5: SUMMER IN THE CITY

Posted on July 10, 2015

Trapped in the city for the summer? Don’t get down about it! We’ve picked five of the best city based activities you can do on those precious days (and nights) away from your desk.

1. TAKE IT OUTSIDE
No longer just for London based rooftops and gardens, the outdoor cinema team have taken over a whole new host of locations across the country, including Beamish Hall in Newcastle and Saloman’s Estate in Kent. They’re showing a ton of classic films, from Grease and Dirty Dancing to Ghostbusters – perfect teamed with a picnic and your best pals.

2. CULTURE CLUB
The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent have teamed up with Durham’s Bowes Museum for their latest exhibition: Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal. Follow a lifetime of amazing fashion, art and ideas as you learn about the man behind one of the most famous labels of our time.

3. BEACH LIFE
A beach? In the city? It’s a thing. If you’re in London and it’s (fingers crossed) sunny, make sure you check out Camden Beach. Attached to the Roundhouse, it’s got deck-chairs, 150 tonnes of sand and a beach hut bar. If you’re more into swimming than sunbathing check out one of London’s many lidos or go for a freshwater dip in Hampstead Ponds.

4. FESTIVAL FUN
Going to a festival doesn’t have to mean tents, fields and a whole lotta mud. There’s still some city based festivals to head to. First up you’ve got Victorious Festival in Portsmouth from 29th-30th August – Basement Jaxx, Tinie Tempah and The Flaming Lips are playing. Then there’s On Blackheath Festival in London, head down to watch the likes of Elbow, Kelis and Madness.

5. OUTDOOR EATS
After Glastonbury got called out on its incredible selection of food stalls this year we couldn’t help but add another reason to the list of why we wish we’d got tickets! Fear not, though, because a ton of the same stalls will be popping up around London this summer, at Shoreditch based Summer Tales, Borough and Broadway Market. Failing that, a pop-up BBQ in the park is always a winner.

AN INSIDER LOOK AT BARBARA HEPWORTH

Posted on June 22, 2015

This summer Tate Britain opens a major exhibition on the work of Barbara Hepworth – one of Britain’s greatest sculptors. Want to know more? We chatted to Inga Fraser, the curator behind the show, to get the inside scoop on the blockbuster exhibition before it opens on June 24th.

Can you give us a dummies guide intro to the exhibition and Hepworth’s work?

Barbara Hepworth is one of Britain’s most important modern artists and this exhibition is the first retrospective of her work in London for almost 50 years! She mainly worked as a sculptor and said that sculpture must be understood ‘in person’ – as seeing it in front of you means you experience the materials, textures, forms and mass in a unique way. People often have a strong emotional response to Hepworth’s sculpture – it expresses human feeling in the abstract.

What is unique about the exhibition?

The rooms of the exhibition will focus on the particular environments in which her work was made or seen, such as the Hampstead studio she shared with her second husband Ben Nicholson, the avant-garde magazines she collaborated on and in which her work was published, the landscape of St. Ives in Cornwall where she moved to at the outbreak of war in Europe, and the amazing sculpture pavilion designed by the famous Dutch modernist architect Gerrit Rietveld.

What are the pieces you are most excited about?

I am so excited to see four of Hepworth’s largest carved sculptures from the 1950s together in one room. She was sent a shipment of around 17 tonnes of Guarea wood from Nigeria – and this was transported to the tiny seaside town of St. Ives in Cornwall where she was living. The wood is scented and Hepworth was able to create astonishing abstract forms from the giant logs. It will be a unique opportunity to see these beautiful works together in one space.

How do you start working on an exhibition like this?

You read! You read everything you can get your hands on, then look at as much work as you can, and from there you begin to form an idea of the focus of the exhibition. In this case we were keen to explore her often overlooked international reputation (she had exhibitions all over Europe, in Latin American and Japan in the 1960s and 1970s) and also her involvement with film and photography, both as an extension of her artistic creativity and as a canny means of promoting her work.

Tell us about your career path and how you found yourself in art?

I studied History and Art History at university and after graduating worked part-time, which — super strict budgeting aside — enabled me to volunteer and do internships in arts organisations. I was interested in a broad span of visual culture in the 20th century – art, fashion, design, film and photography and so I worked at the Fashion in Film Festival and other London galleries before joining Tate in 2013.

How would you encourage young people keen to get into the field?

A job in the arts is one of the most rewarding roles you can get. Everyone is so passionate about what they do. I would encourage anyone who wants to work in the arts to gain practical experience. Study is important, and you should pay great attention to detail there, but a detailed knowledge of artworks ‘in the flesh’ is invaluable. Go to as many galleries and exhibitions as you can, really look at what you see there.

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World, 24 June – 25 October, book ticketes

6 ACTS TO CATCH AT FIELD DAY

Posted on June 3, 2015

Heading to Field Day festival this weekend? We’ve made a schedule so you don’t have to – read on for our can’t-be-missed acts of the weekend.

SATURDAY

3pm TEI SHI

Brooklyn-based singer Tei Shi is one of our favourite new girls at Topshop – thanks to her electro-meets-RnB single ‘Bassically‘ and an ability to rock military uniforms like a boss. We’ll be kicking off Day 1 with her DJ set at the Jungle Bandstand.

7.45pm CHET FAKER

Chet Faker is sexy. And he also makes sexy music. So thanks to Crack Magazine for including him on their Field Day stage this year. Not heard of him? Listen to the super-smooth ‘Built on Glass’ and  ’Gold’ and you’ll be hooked.

9.15pm FKA TWIGS VS. CARIBOU

The dilemma! We’ll be running back and forth between FKA Twigs’ ever-mesmerising R&B performance and a blissed-out electro set from Caribou. It’s the worst headliner clash since Beyonce and City and Colour at Glastonbury 2013…

SUNDAY

5.00pm MAC DEMARCO

Gap-toothed chiller Mac DeMarco is back with new material and it’s getting better and better. His lazy sun-drenched sound (think Beach House mixed with Kurt Vile) paired with a weather forecast of 20+ degrees is guaranteed to get you in a summer mood.

6.30pm PATTI SMITH

What better way to spend your Sunday evening than seeing Patti perform her iconic album ‘Horses’ in full? Long live the godmother of punk!

Schedule sorted. Now for the outfit – shop our festival edit now 

As Kendall and Kylie’s just-dropped collection is inspired by the city of angels we thought we’d put together a quick fire guide to the home of the rich and famous. Read on to plan your trip like a local.

WHERE TO STAY…

Los Angeles is sprawling. Unlike London and New York, where the subway and tubes make for traffic-free commuting, the lack of public transport means getting around the city is a bit of schlep. The simplest choice is to pick a hotel near your key vacay spots and go from there. Want to keep it casual and cultured in Hollywood with hikes to Runyon Canyon and trips to the LACMA? Look no further than the nearby West Hollywood Standard Hotel which sits right on sunset and throws a pretty good pool party every weekend. More into the lo-fi  hipster vibe of Downtown? Do grunge bars and street food with a stay at Koreatown’s new digs, The Line.

WHAT TO EAT…

LA does delicious healthy chow like no other city and eating there is an absolute pleasure. Start your day like a local with a Pressed Juice (and maybe a cheeky espresso) from Alfred’s on Melrose then head to the legendary Urth Café for their butternut squash and ricotta pizza. Dinner plans? After all that healthiness it’s time to indulge. Treat yourself to a seriously good steak at Boa or a Japanese-meets-American fusion burger at Umami. YUM.

WHERE TO SHOP…

Excuse us while we get all Valley Girl but, DUH, it’s gotta be The Grove. This is LA’s a one-stop-mall for great boutiques and the quintessential fashion brands, as well as excellent people watching. There’s also a farmer’s market and a delicious foodie spot, called Erewhon right next door (which we have on good knowledge that the our girls Kendall and Kylie love!) Oh, and did we mention Topshop?.

WHERE TO HANG…

LA is surprisingly big so don’t try and fit in the myriad boroughs in just one day. If you’re going to come this far west, you’ve got to see the ocean so it’s worth dedicating a day to Venice and Santa Monica. Spend the morning wandering along the quaint shopping street Abbot Kinney, start with a coffee at Intellgensia before hitting up some of little multi-coloured shopping gems including the brand new record store VNYL where you can personally take to the decks. Then, head to the beach but steer clear of the tourists at the muscle gym and instead check out the skater kids grinding up the skate park before hiring a bike and cycling towards Santa Monica pier for a seafood dinner at old school-cool The Lobster and a Californian sunset in the background.

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