Across The Pond......
Violence and bloodshed has moved to a new part of The Middle East this week, with horrific stories emerging from Colonel Gadaffi’s Libya, where the death toll has reached close to 150 - at the hands of Libyan Security forces, in their war against anti-regime demonstrators. Reports of mercenaries in tanks and helicopters combing the eastern city of Benghazi using heavy machine guns and even missiles to fight gangs of demonstrators, have included stories of innocent women and children caught in the crossfire - some even taking their own lives in an attempt to escape the horrifying and extreme force. Gadaffi is making it very clear that he refuses to become the third ‘victim’ to fall at the hands of the so-called “Facebook Revolutions”, which have already ended the rule of dictatorships in both Tunisia and Egypt this year. As the death toll rises, the rest of the world continues to express grave concerns regarding Gadaffi’s undeniably extreme reaction to the human rights of his people.
Fashion Week is gracing London with its presence this week, with the likes of Sass and Bide, Preen, Issa and The House of Holland featuring on the schedule over this weekend.
Henry Holland has proven to the fashion world that he is most certainly not the one hit wonder everyone predicted him to be when he burst on to the fashion stage in 2006 with those neon-coloured slogan tees featuring phrases such as ‘Get Your Freak On Giles Deacon’. His show had by far the most celebrities bums-on-seats, with Alexa Chung and party girls Jaime Winstone and Pixie Geldof all showing their support (I see that the really big stars STILL avoid our fashion week in favour of New York and Milan then).
With invites printed on Bingo cards and Bingo pens posing as after-show invites, I think the inspiration behind the collection was clear, and Holland’s tongue-in-cheek approach was in full effect with candy coloured tweeds, pearl embellished jumpers and bingo ball printed trousers – all punctuating his kitsch style with aplomb - although I’m not sure I’ll be donning any “Bingo Chic” anytime soon…
Our future Queen’s favourite designer Daniella Helayel also showed the world her label Issa has a far wider reaching appeal than just the young royals. After creating “THAT engagement dress” for Miss Middleton, fashion editors and fans were waiting with bated breath to see her A/W collection for 2011, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Pheasant, feather, shell and animal patterns were all printed on flirty, slinky mini dresses and soft jersey gowns that hugged and draped the bodies of models, including Yasmin Le Bon and Andrea Dellal and the jewelled greens, reds and amber colours were simply wonderful. I want one!
Radiohead have again bypassed major labels and released their latest album through their website, making the announcement on Valentines Day, 5 days before it’s intended release – and then surprising everyone again by actually making it available one day early – on Friday. Whilst I was in awe of their first leaked track “Lotus Flower” – the new album, “King Of Limbs” most certainly sounds another death knell to all those hoping for a return to the anthemic style of OK Computer and The Bends. This work from this very special band takes careful, considered and committed listening, before it truly begins to permeate. It’s complex and brave – and I am a big fan.
You can purchase your copy, in Mp3 or WAV formats here:
Restaurant of the week: Not exactly cheap, but well worth the price tag is AMAYA, a little gem of delectable delights in South West London and some of the best Indian grill you’ll find anywhere. The grilled Lobster and fish kebabs are to die for!For more info: http://www.amaya.biz