Archive for April, 2013

Prada writers competition

April 29th, 2013

Milan-based luxury brand Prada has teamed up with Italian publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore to discover new literary talent and has launched an international literary competition.

Prada says that the competition was motivated by their ‘curiosity to explore innovative languages by means of forms of expression leading to the written word’. The theme for the competition was inspired by ‘the metaphor of prescription glasses – as a tool through which to see and investigate new creative worlds, and enhance the individual interpretation of reality.’

Budding writers aged 18 years and older are invited to submit an essay (between 4 000 and 8 000 words long) interpreting the subject: ‘What are the realities that our eyes give back to us? And how are these realities filtered through lenses?’,writers are encouraged to compose the essay in their native language. The winner can look forward to the prize of €5 000 (£ 4282) and the opportunity to have your essay published as a digital book available to read via the Prada website.

Prada Writers competition – Closing date is June 18th.

For more info and to read the terms and conditions visit

Georgia Hardinge Debuts Collection at River Island

April 23rd, 2013

River Island has partnered with London-based designer Georgia Hardinge on a collection for spring/summer 2013. The collaboration is part of the high street store’s successful Design Forum – an initiative which gives emerging designers a chance to deliver a collection to a much wider audience.

Graduating from the Parsons Paris School of Art and Design in 2008, Georgia launched her first collection during London Fashion Week in 2009. Since then, her label has become a fashion editor’s favourite, and the designer has taken part in a series of collaborations including Victoria’s Secret and Lancome. She has since accumulated celebrities fans, including Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Nicole Sherzinger and Florence Welch,who love the 28-year-old  work known for flattering graphic prints and architectural cut.

The collection, which was inspired by Swiss surrealist sculptor H. R. Giger, is awash with pretty form-fitting dresses in a chic, neutral palette of grey, cream and white. “I find that his paintings and sets create such beautiful depth and movement and I wanted to capture these elements and echo them in the print,” she said. “I have a fascination with sculpture and love to transfer this 3D way of working into clothing – the main showpiece which is shown in the film was sculpted to flatter and mould around the female silhouette.”

Prices points the 14-piece collection are between £30 and £100 ‘ It is great to be a part of something so new and I definitely think this is the way forward for the high street, making a luxury product become accessible to all’. says Hardinge

The collection is available online and in River Island stores now. Click here to to shop the collection!


H&M to Dress Olympic Athletes

April 23rd, 2013

Swedish high street fashion brand H&M has signed a four-year deal to dress Sweden’s Olympic teams at the winter and summer games, bringing a global audience for a growing line of sportswear from a company best known for budget frocks and style accessories.

H&M said it would create outfits for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi 2014, and the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro 2016. H&M will also create an extensive wardrobe for the athletes to wear in the Olympic village for both training and leisure purposes.

Ann-Sofie Johansson, the Swedish fashion giant’s head of design, said it was “honour” to dress the teams, adding how: “the designs will bring together sport and fashion in a totally new way and have Swedish heritage as a proud influence on the collection.”

The Swedish Olympians will also give their input to H&M’s Sport label, offering “their knowledge and experience” to help create a new and extensive range of sportswear pieces – which will be available to buy worldwide. The collection will debut in January 2014.

Hyperlink Festival

April 23rd, 2013

There’s plenty to do this weekend around London, why not pop down to the Tate Modern’s stunning new underground spaces for a 3-day festival of art, music and fashion for young people.Exploring the idea of the ‘six degrees of separation’, Hyperlink invites you to take part in a series of interventions, workshops, performances and installations with artists, photographers, designers and musicians. Experience exciting performances by rapper Sway, Akala, Angel and acoustic set by Sebastian Blake plus spoken word from George the poet.

Take part in a wealth of workshops from fashion photography with Rankin to zine-making with It’s Nice That, fashion design with Cassette Playa, to Aberrant architecture. Plus, don’t miss Vase Curate, Trap music from Stooki xStooki Sound and a fusion of live art, electronic sound, song, spoken word and visual art from Raw Material.

Hyperlink is curated by Tate Collective for young people aged 15–25 and is the first in a series of national festivals being developed as part of Circuit, a new national youth network for the visual arts.

Join #Hyperlink @TateCollectives, for full listings and booking information

Vogue Festival 2013

April 23rd, 2013

The Vogue Festival in London returns for 2013 on the 27 and 28 April at the Southbank Centre. The glamorous festival boasts a line up of leading designers, photographers, celebrities, models and fashion editors that will be giving audiences a unique insight into their lives and work through interviews, panel discussions and talks.

Tickets allow access to a host of other activities, such as cover-shoots, mentoring, workshops, demonstrations and makeovers. Let Yves Saint Laurent advise you on your perfect bright-lip shade for spring, or try out this season’s smoky eye, courtesy of Dior. And some of Vogue‘s favourite hairstylists will be working at the Vogue Braid Bar with a menu of runway-inspired looks to try out.

Participants include Victoria Beckham, Alexa Chung, Cara Delevingne, Anna Dello Russo, Alber Elbaz, Livia Firth, David Gandy, Anya Hindmarch, Christopher Kane, Michael Kors, Yasmin Le Bon, Natalie Massenet, Tamara Mellon, Mario Testino, Donatella Versace, Paul Smith and many more.


Words from Vogue UK

David Bowie is Making A Scene

April 23rd, 2013

This weekend at the V&A coinciding with the David Bowie Is exhibition, Bowie fans are treated to a weekender with a series of events starting this Friday. David Bowie is Making a Scene – explores the star’s inspirations and influence on contemporary music, fashion, film and performance – as well as Fashion Styles for the Famous on Saturday – an event for young people that invites visitors to borrow ideas from Bowie’s many looks to design an outfit for another music icon. Sunday is perfect for all the family, children can the story of Albert the Alien then explore the Museum to find objects to design him a costume. Then returning to the studio and create an illustration of Albert’s costume. Other events include talks, film screenings, music and workshops.


Tickets to the David Bowie Is exhibition are very limited.

For further information and the event programme visit

Lacroix and Schiaparelli Collaboration

April 22nd, 2013

French designer Christian Lacroix will create a couture collection for the re-launched house of Schiaparelli to be presented in the original Schiaparelli salon in Paris this July.

Lacroix will reinterpret 15 of the late couturier’s iconic creations for the one-off collection, which will be followed by a series of contributions by acclaimed contemporary artists to pay tribute to Schiaparelli.

Lacroix speaking on the collaboration and concept of the collection says “I am fascinated most of all by what people talk of least when they speak of her work. It is brought down too a caricature, forgetting her eccentricity, her innovative fabrics, even a certain sense of purity. That is what I want to find again. In this persona incarnating a true aristocrat, one finds a spirit where mathematics and literature as well as poetry coexist: Elsa is a sacred sphinge who never ceases to interrogate us while offering us new enigmas as answers. Art, theater and cinema…my wish is to reposition Elsa at the center of her maison and on the stage from which she once seduced the world.”

Elsa Schiaparelli in her hayday of the 1930’s became well-known for her collaborations with artists such as Salvador Dali, and the outrageous, original designs they created together. Two of her most famous pieces produced with Dali were the shoe hat, which was worn as if up-turned upon the wearer’s head and the Skeleton dress, a black gown featuring padded pieces representing bones. Schiaparelli also became associated with a shade of magenta – which came to be known as “Schiaparelli pink”.

The house of Schiaparelli closed after struggling to deal with post-war austerity in the 1950s. It was purchased by Tod’s owner Diego Della Valle in 2006 and he confirmed last year that he was trying to relaunch it.

The Great Gatsby Take Over at Brooks Brothers

April 22nd, 2013


Brooks Brothers are hosting a display of costumes from the upcoming Great Gatsby film in its Regent’s Street store till May 31st .The installation includes 10 pieces worn by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and the rest of the cast in the Baz Luhrmann adaptation. Brooks Brothers collaborated with double Academy Award winning designer Catherine Martin to produce all the mens costumes for the film. A majority of the 500 costumes were inspired by images and products from the Brooks Brothers company archives.

Author F Scott Fitzgerald was a life long Brooks Brothers customer and mentioned the brand Brooks Brothers numerous times in his writings, as a representation of the ultimate gentleman’s purveyor of fine clothing to the American man of distinction. “It is this most basic and fundamental connection that has made our collaboration so authentic.” says Catherine Martin.

The brand not only provided all the menswear costumes in the film, but have also created a limited edition collection with Martin to mark its involvement in the production – available to buy in store now.

The Great Gatsby was published in 1925 to little fanfare. Over time, the story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his life within the upper echelons of New York society has captivated the hearts and imaginations of literature enthusiasts and casual readers alike. Its contemplation on the themes of love, social status and affluence are heavily rooted in the American psyche and feel timeless despite the novel’s Jazz Age setting.



Metro Tuesdays

April 16th, 2013


Throughout the month of April, the team at The Metro have been offering Londoners free evening events and entertainment to liven up their dull Tuesdays. We’re soon drawing to the end of April and to make sure you dont miss out, here is the line up for the rest of Metro Tuesdays.  Simply register to receive a weekly email and opportunities to attend the great events.


Shoreditch, 16th April 2013

Food,  drinks, VJs and  PING PONG!

Take on the Pongbot challenge whilst you’re there, play on the mini table or just hang out by the bar and enjoy the tunes. There’ll even be spot prizes up for grabs, so don’t miss out on the ultimate evening of ping pong.


Central London, 30th April 2013

Do you know your Five from your Five Star? Your Billie Jean from your Billy Joel?

The SoundsFamiliar Music Quiz team will be bringing their brilliantly fresh and simple concept to a Tuesday near you – they’ll play a track and you have to come up with the title, artist or even both.  Sounds simple?  You and three team members will have the chance to find out. Tricky rounds and fun times guaranteed!

Prizes to be won on the night.


99 Club, Leicester Square, London, 23rd April

Making Tuesday the wittiest night of the week with a stand up comedy night hosted by Hal Cruttenden exclusively for Metro readers.

We’ve got some of the funniest stand-ups on the circuit performing at an award winning, central London venue. If you and a friend fancy a great night of side splitting entertainment (with refreshments included!) click below to enter.


Words and pictures from Metro Tuesdays site

Cassie As The Face Of Forever 21’s Spring Summer 2013 Campaign

April 16th, 2013

Grazia Daily exclusively revealed shortly after the release of her RockaByeBaby mixtape, R&B star/Model Cassie as F21’s Spring Summer 2013 ‘Forever LA’ collection. The affordable fashion brand’s latest collection Forever LA  has two parts, the West Side and the East Side. The East Side is inspired by 90s urban Los Angeles style with vintage and alternative style pieces. While the West Side embodies the fun and laid back vibe of LA with abstract prints, vibrant sneakers and crop tops.