Hello! It’s been an eclectic, hectic week of events. The best of British with a slice of Italian glamour! This week’s Fave Fives is all about Appreciation..
No 1. Plug and Play Festival –Westbourne Studios, London
I’m not the festival going type but it was indoors and in aid of Charity. So, I donned my best ‘flower power’ festival look and off I went.When my childhood friend, Billy Reid (DJ, musician and soon to be Sky TV presenter), the Director of Plug and Play stipulated that everyone had to pay/make a minimum donation of £5 to attend. My initial thought was “What no guest list!!!” then I got it.
This two-day music event is the first ever ‘Giving’ festival, where 100% of the proceeds go to charity. Cancer Research UK being the chosen one for this year’s launch – Billy’s mum sadly died of the disease six years ago. His vision is for this to get bigger and more giving each year.
Top DJs were in attendance, donating their services for free; Norman Jay MBE, Spoony and Marcia ‘Ladybug’ Carr…as well as live acts such as Omar and Nate James’ new band SugaSmack. The atmosphere was laid back and happy with not a spliff in sight. I have no doubt a lot of money was raised for Cancer Research UK at the weekend.www.plugandplayfestival.co.uk
No 2. The Best of British Urban Art exhibition at Il Bottaccio, hosted by CL Projects
A Milliion Little Pieces – Portrait of Edie Sedgwick made entirely of broken glass by Drew and Eli, their representation of how she was ‘broken’ by celebrity.
Loud– An oil and mixed media painting by Jessica Svensson
This was the opening night showcase of the best in urban art featuring Banksy, Goldie, Dan Baldwin and Will Tuck. I was surprised at how well their art fitted seamlessly into the ‘old school’ plush surroundings of Il Bottaccio. It was also Jessica Svensson’s first exhibition and her artwork shone and held it’s own amidst the obvious stars of this show. Her pieces were my favourite of the night. An enthusiastic mixed crowd came together to take it all in and party! I’m sure I spoke to most people in there – a friendly, enjoyable night.
This great exhibition runs until the 1st July email@example.com. CL Projects also actively supportthe 2Water Charity -another worthwhile cause.
No. 3 Buba
I visited Euan and Lesley, creative designers of Bubaat their idyllic home and creative hub, on an island in Sunbury-on-Thames. (I don’t usually venture outside of London for fashion unless I’m getting on a plane!) As we sat in their garden by the riverbank, I gained real world insight to their brand as well as a sneak preview of their SS12 designs! We discovered that Euan and I grew up within a few miles of each other in London, and used to frequent the same glamorous, hip club scene back in the ’90s. Nowadays, he goes by boat to their local Island pub for a night out!
This Buba necklace created a lot of buzz when I wore it to the Harrods private view of the A/W 2011 contemporary jewellery collection. I met and chatted with the wonderful Lana, the Queens of Hoops, after she enquired about it. Her pieces are worn by the A-list, most recently Rihannain her ‘Man Down’ video.
No.4 Dolce and Gabbana livestream SS12 Menswear show
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana understand the future of fashion and technology. I’ve watched many livestream shows, and this was the first glitch-free, ultra-clear display I’ve seen. We saw Stefano armed with his fluff-buster de-fluffing the models! And Domenico checking each and every male model fixing their hair etc., it was a viewing pleasure. I watched and felt part of the actual experience, possibly even more so than the audience who saw the show itself. The collection was brilliant, wearable yet very modern. www.swide.com
No 5. Dirty Pretty Things pop-up shop launch party
Dirty Pretty Things celebrated the launch of their Pop-up shop with astreet party in the heart of Soho where an ice-cream van turned cocktail bar served up rum and vodka slushes. Leeroy Thornhill of Prodigy fame was on the decks.
When a man so attractive that I couldn’t help feel coy asked me to show him which lingerie piece I would wear! We went inside and I showed him exactly what I would wear–then it was his turn to feel coy. The philosophy of this brand is to empower women to dress for themselves and not just for their partners. I totally agree – women after my own heart. www.dirtyprettythings.uk.com
So, last week was about appreciation of sorts; new technology, jewellery, art, luxury lingerie, the countrysidede and most importantly kind hearts. I also have huge admiration for Vestalia Chilton (CL Projects), Billy Reid (Plug and Play), Dolce and Gabbana and their respective teams for their expertise and true love for what they do. I’m grateful and appreciate that I’m in good company.