Every year we wave goodbye to the food and family filled days of Christmas and prepare to face the impending doom of the January blues. While the month ahead might seem like a endless stretch of grey days, strung together with half hearted New Year’s resolutions and unsuccessful attempts to join the (suddenly giant) amounts of people crammed into the gym, it is officially a time to embrace starting fresh and get yourself in gear for the year ahead. This January we thought we’d say goodbye to detox juicing and diets and ease ourselves into phase one of 2015 with three of the latest (and genuinely fun) fitness activities to try.
Think you’re over yoga? Think again, and then head down to the new Triyoga location in Camden. Based in a former Victorian piano factory the latest addition to the renowned centre’s schedule is Barre class, which uses ballet skills to tone and strengthen – a bit more intense than regular classes and you can (sort of) fulfill your childhood ballerina dreams. Natalie Portman eat your heart out. Don’t want to leave the house? Top Triyoga teacher and celeb favourite Nadia Narain has released her new DVD ‘Everyday Yoga for Stress Release’, consisting of bitesize twenty minute daily tutorials.
If you’re looking for a way to make exercise way more enjoyable, head down to Frame’s Saturday morning class at the fancy Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. Known for their super fun workout classes (check out the Beyonce dance routine one) the team will be running their signature class from the amazing 100 room on the 7th floor, followed by a Detox Kitchen brunch and tasty Lovage juice – all for £20! Ideal.
If you miss the days of re-enacting Britney dance routines in your bedroom, look no further than Seen On Screen. With studios based all over London, they run fitness classes where you can learn the moves to pretty much any hit of the past couple of decades – think Christina Aguilera/Kelis/Aaliyah – as well as Diva workshops and ‘Swag sessions’. Time to round up your mates and get those dancing shoes on…
Boyhood cleaned up on awards and Tina Fey + Amy Poehler were funny as ever, but what about the all-important red carpet gowns? Here we run down our favourite trends of the night, plus how to make them work IRL.
1. TROUSER SUITS
Our favourite looks? Emma Stone and Lorde win hands down for ditching the dress in favour of cool jumpsuits and tailoring. Try it for your next night out with a bralet worn under an open blazer or a minimal tailored jumpsuit.
From Jenna Dewan’s soft pastel gown to Emily Ratajkowski’s bright canary dress, the red carpet inspired us to beat our January blues with an injection of yellow. Try it with everything from knits to accessories.
Maybe it’s the Interstellar effect, but many of the GG guests went for liquid metallics that wouldn’t look out of place on a spacecraft. Make the look work for parties with a silver cami or foil-effect bodycon.
London Collections: Men is the guys version of Fashion Week and today it was Topman’s turn to show their AW15 collection. It seemed rude to pass up the opportunity to hang out with David Gandy on the front row, so we popped down to give you the lowdown. It’s a hard life.
WHO: Topman Design is a premium collection from Topman, designed in-house for two high-end collections a year.
WHERE: A slick warehouse-type set-up in London’s Old Sorting Office.
THE GUESTS: With Douglas Booth, Nathan Stewart Jarrett, Tinie Tempah, Oliver Cheshire and David Gandy sitting front row, it was hard to actually concentrate on the clothes… Dermot O’Leary also made an appearance with X Factor winner Ben Haenow in tow, plus lots of fashion types including Henry Holland, Grimmy and editors from GQ and Esquire.
INSPIRED BY: The ’70s was the obvious theme – with clothes calling out reference to everything from Northern Soul, Glam Rock and the Bay City Rollers.
KEY PIECES: Skinny tartan suits, overalls adorned with stars ‘n’ stripes, suede jackets, retro hi-tops, mega mohair coats and polonecks galore.
She’s had a busy few months launching her acting career, editing fashion mags and partying with BFF Kendall, but Cara Delevingne still found time to star in our SS15 campaign. And it’s stunning. Check out the shoot for clean, crisp photography from photography pro Alasdair McLellan (his CV includes everyone from Vogue to Prada), plus ’70s-inspired styling by Topshop Creative Director Kate Phelan.
And the clothes? There’s rock girl-inspired paisley shirts, white denim boiler suits, and this season’s soon-to-be-everywhere flares - all available to shop online. Plus more hot pieces to come like the amazing mini dress Cara wore to our 5th Ave launch party in New York. We’ll take one of each, please!
It’s time to party Great Gatsby style. Head back to the ’20s for this Prohibition era-themed shindig, with jazz bands, Charleston dancers, gambling tables, silent movie screenings and a piano bar, all taking place at the grand Bloomsbury Ballroom. And remember to read our party rules for inspiration on what to wear…
Fancy a five course feast but can’t face cooking? The Beagle will lay it on for you. Found under Hoxton station, this restaurant is equal parts swish and cool, with high arched ceilings, exposed brick walls, and food that’s out of this world. The NYE menu kicks off with a charcuterie platter, followed by crab tortellini, steak and treacle tart to finish. Yum.
London party pros Found are taking over the Coronet Theatre for NYE, with six rooms and ten hours of house and techno fun. Want special treatment? A VIP ticket gives you access to a private tropical cocktail bar, VIP toilets and queue-jump into the venue.