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Month: February, 2014

Yoncé.

Crowd falls crazy in love with Mrs Carter.

beyonce:The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour Birmingham 2014Photo Credit: Robin Harper 

I was lucky enough have tickets for the Beyoncé concert in Birmingham this week and i was super excited to see her finally, after hearing rave reviews from friends of mine about the ‘Queen B’ of pop. And she DID NOT disappoint! The show was full steam ahead from the minute the logo encrusted curtain lifted to reveal Beyoncé belting out ‘run the world (girls)’ fitting for the majority female audience who were on their feet singing and dancing all night long. Although used effectively the staging was surprisingly simply which only highlighted Beyoncé’s fierce presence much more, with an all female incredibly talented live band to her two twin male dancers who kept the crowd entertained between outfit changes, everything was FLAWLESS in the words of the queen herself. The introduction of new songs was hugely welcome by myself personally as i love the new visual album and her vocals were absolutely out of this world, especially when she sang a rendition of Whitney Houston ‘i will always love you’ which gave me goosebumps, the atmosphere was unreal.

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Two things are undeniable about Beyoncé. First, the voice – her vocals for the entire evening were sublime and effortless. Combined with some impressive choreography, Beyoncé is one helluva performer. Even when on stage by herself, Beyoncé is a captivating performer and doesn’t need ostentatious set pieces to give a memorable performance. Secondly, there’s her star quality and charm. In those moments engaged with the audience, Beyoncé’s warmth poured out of her, undoubtedly aided by her Texan drawl and infectious smile that you cannot help but fall in love with.

What IS she doing?: Beyonce Knowles shared this photo of herself straddling a prop during the European leg on her Mrs Carter World Tour which kicked off Thursday

On the fashion front – the costume changes were all seamless with little interruption, from ghetto glamor to full on sophistication the outfits were impeccably thought out and fitting. And one thing is for sure, Beyoncé would look good in a plastic bin bag, her body is INCREDIBLE and envious and i will one hundred per cent be going to see her again…

UNFORGETTABLE EVENING.

Hairspiration…

London fashion week always brings a plethora of easy, new hair trends to try out..From soft bohemian waves to slicked back locks and fierce up-dos.

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My favorite award winning creative director from Birmingham’s Francesco group James Earnshaw was creating serious hair envy during his time at London Fashion Week via Instagram, working for fabulous hair tool brand cloud nine he helped create some effortless hair looks, perfect day to night styles. My favorite easy to wear hair stemmed from Emilio de la Morena’s show, created by cloud nine this easy slicked back root with fresh textured ends is perfect for lazy hair days or uncontrollable ends and easy to replicate with any hair length/thickness.

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This quick tutorial filmed at London Fashion Week shows you how to achieve this look for some serious hair envy…

http://splashurl.com/o5cx8vs

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Topshop Unique, London calling

Sunday afternoon, check.

Topshop live stream from London Fashion week, check.

Topshop Unique 3pm LIVE viewing, check!

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Adorning the front row was the man himself Phillip Green of course, accompanied by the ever stylish Kate Moss and younger sibling Lottie Moss, in addition Kendall Jenner made her first appearance with none other than style goddess Anna Wintour. As the crowds of fashionista’s perched and clinking of champagne flutes settled the bright lights beamed this years catwalk at chosen venue The Tate Gallery.

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The show opened to school like Navy Blues and Pencil Greys marched with plenty of layering teamed with ankle boots and socks or daring over the knee boots. Emerging into fur and lots of it, strong Browns and Greys wore around the neck or thrown in for effect on outwear descending into strong Yellows with a touch of snake print mixed with deep Mustard’s and subtle Brown/Tan leathers, almost safari explorer like. Lemons and simple make up complimented striking white blonde models, smokey eyes heavily lined by thick cosy furs. Introducing Fuchsia in bold over sized patchwork heaven mixed with complimenting pastel Pinks and calming Camel, with Khaki, Navy and Grey once more giving way to the explosion of tropical like prints in bright Blues with a hint of Burgundy layered knits. As the music switched up a gear to Disclosures – White Noise, the risque ensembles made their entrance. Sheer body’s embellished with light reflecting beading covered modesty dressed down with heavy boots with cute feminine socks. The finale roared to the sound of Beyonce’s famous – who run the world, an appropriate fitting for an all girl military presence to showcase another fabulous year for Topshop Unique!

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The opportunity to view the show LIVE on Topshop’s website was fabulous, as you were able to witness the activity before and after the show. I was encapsulated by Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, Here are some of my favorite looks…

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The Power of Imagination

The start of 2014 has seen department store giant Selfridges transform into a portal of the creative mind!
Selfridges are exploring the power of imagination…

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Inspiring events, future-gazing concepts and innovative products,
Open your mind. Be ready to explore…

For the festival of imagination Selfridges, Oxford Street, London have transformed each window into the inner workings of the minds of their ‘imagineers’, a hand picked group of celebrated and emerging creatives. Each imagineer will also host a fascinating talk in the newly installed imaginarium within store during the festivals line up of events over the coming weeks. Two windows really captured my eye and imagination …

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Artists Ruth Gibson and Bruno Martelli, a.k.a. Igloo, strive to examine the relationship between the natural and artificial.
For this window Igloo re imagine traditional camouflage with tribal markings for invisible performers, concealed within the pattern and activated by a specially designed app.
This window lets the consumer not only imagine but also  interact something with intrigues and excites us all.

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Vitamins is a design and invention studio, that creates unexpected, elegant, deeply relevant solutions full of wonder.
For this window Vitamins have created a static animation which comes to life as you walk past the window, a simple piece of paper floats in the air, transforming into a plane as the viewer walks down the street.
Combining historical animation techniques with state of the art 3D printing brings together new and old creating a unique experience for the passerby.

I intend on visiting Selfridges, Oxford Street, London before the festival ends and will no doubt pop into the Bullring store to see what imaginary interests they have going on…

To find out more simply click the link below for all the information and to find out about Selfridges quest to find the next big retail idea…

http://splashurl.com/or3mrcp

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