London in crisis

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: August 10th, 2011

In light of recent shocking events with rampant violence of the rioting happening in London over the past few days, London and other capitals in England under threat with senseless, bored, young offenders spreading fears and mass chaos, attacking our streets, communities, damaging residential and commercial properties by looting, robbing passersby and worst of all setting buildings on fire. This is hijacking and catalytic needless attack.

It is very sad to see my home city in such a state and hearing of those livelihoods gone up in flames and crumbled into ashes.  Please help us clean up those mess left by the criminals, greatly appreciated.

LONDON WON’T BE DEFEATED, BE SAFE.

All photos via www.guardian.co.uk

 

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 Benetton’s New Look

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: July 29th, 2011

What do you think of Benetton’s redesign of the website? Relaunched just a few days ago, the colourful visual and simple navigation are spot on and true to United Colors of Benetton style.  Let’s take a browse through.

Abundance of categories in their specific colour coded sections, pleased to see banner links of Colors Magazine and Benetton blog.

Womanwear section.

New on the website, a radio station with easy listening songs.

How cool is this? A product guide for customers; product care, clever washing, fabric glossary and the like.

Video section, you can view the behind the scenes, castings.

The Gadget section where you could download screensavers and wallpapers.

Easy to browse Store Locator.

You like?

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 Hyper Japan Event

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: July 28th, 2011

After last year’s successful run of Hyper Japan at Kensington Olympia venue in London, I was fortunate to attend the event as guest of Tabio (a Japanese socks and hosiery company).  Hyper Japan was all about cuisine, culture and cool: everything that’s creative, cute and crazy about contemporary Japan.

Face painting session.

Food stand selling handmade sushi.

Exhibitor dressed in Kimono.  A stand selling dedicated Mangas and idol magazines.

Exhibitor dressing a girl in kimono, quite a delicate and complicated, step by step process.

Tabio stand selling their best selling socks.

Origami making and traditional calligraphy session.

Cosplay performance award and audience.

Cute animal backpacks.

I find the experience astonishing and inspirational, particularly seeing young fans dressed up in Cosplay costumes in fitting tribute to their favourite and identified Manga/Anime characters, they looked adorable.  Japanese culture is officially cool and I cannot wait for the 2012 event.

 

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 Love Socks

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: June 29th, 2011

I first discovered Tabio a quirky Japanese socks and hosiery speciality store on King’s Road nearly 8 years ago, I remember the store covered in abundance of colour, varied sock styles and materials, patterns et al.

As a poor fashion student back then I couldn’t helped but purchase a few of their signature wrap over sockettes and quirky socks, I still have them. They were utterly super expensive (3 times the price of my student daily travel fare) since then onwards I became their regular customer til this day.

Tabio is known for their delicate engineering in design and techniques, it is why they produce the finest quality socks in the world. They are made in Japan unlike other Japanese socks manufacturers have moved productions overseas. No wonder Tabio socks are favoured by celebrities; Helena Bonham Carter, Matt Smith (Dr Who), Tinie Tempah, Eliza Doolittle and many more.

The styles are endless.

 

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 Save the polaroid

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: June 25th, 2011

I remember in pre 2008 a standard sized Polaroid 600 was available in major supermarkets, film shops and tourist shops for a mere £10 for a pack of 10 films for any compatible SX-70 and 600 camera series. In February 2008, alarmed by the digital era Polaroid ceased production of all instant film due to decline in use and sales of chemical film plummeted by decelerating rate. Nowadays, you would find the rare Polaroid 600 on Amazon and Ebay for astonishing prices varied from £30 to £60 depending on the age of the film… shocking. Recently I was fortunate enough to find a pack hidden in my youngest sibling’s junk drawer, and I am determined to save the legacy and use it in the right moment of time.

Miraculously, in 2010 a group called the Impossible Project have acquired Polaroid’s old equipment and factory in Netherlands, their aim was to restart production of analogue instant film from the factory’s old colour dyes (dyes are not available anymore) for vintage Polaroid cameras in 2010 and onwards.

For more detailed information about the Impossible Project and if you would like to get your hands on their Polaroid camera and film, please check at http://www.the-impossible-project.com and The Photographers’ Gallery in London at http://photonet.org.uk I have bought their films a numerous times, it is an addictive and expensive hobby.

Save The Polaroid!

 

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 UK Blogs To Watch

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: June 18th, 2011

I have been a fashion blogger of Style Slicker technically for three years (now pretty much full time as I contribute two other blogs) I love the evolution process of my blog which started off as street style to the more concentrated fashion, lifestyle and travel based on my personal perspective and infatuation with fashion.  Thankfully, Style Slicker is steadily growing and it’s all thanks to your support otherwise I wouldn’t be part of United Blogs of Benetton.

I tend to banish into my own little bubble reading hundreds of new blog posts on Bloglovin’ every day with a cup of tea next to my laptop, and would spend hours and hours reading them it’s like an OCD (obsessive compulsory disorder).  We all read the UK phenomenon bloggers which brought the fashion media fever pitch over the past two years or so and we can’t seem to get enough of them still, the rising bloggers with proven success in the likes of Liberty London Girl, Disney Roller Girl, Style Bubble, The Clothes Whisperer, Mademoiselle Robot et al.

Most of the successes comes from the respective region of London where most the opportunities originates. Unfair as it may sound to you but what about smaller fashion bloggers based from outside of London that deserve a shout out and stronger presence? I would be delighted to hear your favourites. I have listed the ones I like and whom I have met in past events, they are like sparkling needles in a haystack it’s all about the quality not quantity.

Clothes, Cameras and Coffee.  Roz, a beautiful photogenic sixteen year old student and blogger living in rolling hills of rural England.  Her blog consists of eloquently spoken words with rich and enticing self style portraits. (photos courtesy of Clothes, Cameras and Coffee)

Pink Bow.  Paula is from Newcastle upon Tyne, amuses us with her love on art, beauty, fashion, food, interior, travel and vintage. (photo courtesy of Pink Bow)

The Scribbler.  Vic Riches is from London and studies fashion at Kingston University.  Her fluid illustrations captures her love of fashion and people.(illustration courtesy of The Scribbler)

Who Is Bobb Parris. Mitchell is a lawyer and street style photographer from Canada and living in London, you’re likely to see her work in the likes of H&M Life, Grazia and NYMAG’s The Cut.  Mitchell’s favourite muse and subject is Marian Kilhogo. (photos courtesy of Who Is Bobb Parris)

Peony Lim.  This striking ‘fashion starlet’ has fast becoming a favourite subject and muse amongst street style photographers.  Her personal taste in fashion is well documented in her beautifully edited style portraits. (photo is courtesy of Peony Lim)

 

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 Head North

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: May 21st, 2011

A while ago I headed to Leeds as an invitation press trip for two days to explore the city side of fashion retail, their love of vintage clothing and lifestyle.  Leeds city (capital of the North) is located in West Yorkshire, England the town centre may look humungus on the map but is actually a short walking distance from the main railway station to the main shopping district.

Leeds is known for it’s mix of arts, culture, architecture and style. It has it’s fair share of unique history of industrial revolution where dominate industry like wool, flax, engineering, iron foundaries and printing were vital part of trading.  I became drawn to their charming architecture and admired it’s original feature at the Victoria’s Quarter home to high fashion brands, and Kirkgate Market the largest indoor market in Europe. The are Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery and Royal Armouries for art and history lovers like myself and I loved how the old historic building and monuments stand itself so attractively and scenic without dominated by the views of neighbouring modern buildings.

If you fancy heading up north, be sure to check out Leeds Live it Love it website for information for travel and visitors.

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 Lomography

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: May 18th, 2011

Over the coupld of years Lomography has steadily becoming a huge trend amongst photography lovers in the UK. Photographers of all levels are turning their backs on digital device to find something more fun, unique and different by using various type of analogue cameras – deadstocks from the Russian Soviet, toys, vintage and antiques.

Brighton – shot with Lubitel Universal

Brighton – shot Smena 8m (former Russian spy camera)

Hong Kong – Shot with a Diana camera (a replica toy from the 1960s original camera)

What is Lomography? It happened in the early 1990s when two Austrian students in Vienna discovered the Lomo Kompakt Automat, a small deadstock and enigmatic Russian camera. After their experimental shots they were impressed with the outcome, mind blowing photos with vibrant colours with deep satuation and vignettes that framed the shot like never seen before. This was the start of their movement.

Today there are hundreds of thousands of Lomographers and Lomography Gallery Stores across the world, selling from LC+A, Diana, Lubitels, camera accessories, books to film rolls. I, too myself an avid Lomographer since 2006 having discovered it by accident whilst researching film photography on the internet, I think I own about 7 analogue toys, it’s an addiction.

There are 10 golden rules by following their famed ‘Don’t Think, Just Shoot‘ motto:

1. Take your camera everywhere you go.

2. Use it any time – day and night.

3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.

4. Try the shot from the hip.

5. Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible.

6. Don’t think.

7. Be fast.

8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you have captured on film.

9. Afterwards either.

10. Don’t worry about any rules.

There are two gallery stores in London, be sure to check out their social events, product launches, classes and parties.

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 The Breakfast Club

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: May 13th, 2011

The Breakfast Club. Not the 1985 American teen drama film directed John Hughes not that I have seen it (I was too young to watch the film), but two children of the 80s founded their first cafe in Soho London ‘The Breakfast Club’ in 2005 serving up from traditional English, pancakes, salads, buritos, burgers, wraps and many more.

I discovered the cafe’s Hoxton branch from a friend which became a regular hang out place to have breakfast for lunch (known as brunch, duh), tea, have meetings and all sorts. It is a chillaxing atmosphere where you would spend all day socialise with friends, the staff are helpful, friendly and under pressure when busy. The surrounding furniture, shelving and homeware are either secondhand and vintage, which makes it feel like you’re having breakfast at your local traditional cafe with a funky twist.

There are other branches in London but are often busy depends what time of the day, a mix of locals favours by students, musicians, fashionistas, artists and even celebrities.

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 Hope To Inspire

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: May 11th, 2011

The night before the Royal Wedding I was invited to a lovely intimate ‘Fashion for Show‘, part of the Londonewcastle Project Space, created by 8 selected young and ambitious fashion designers trying to establish a presence in the world of competitive industry that is Fashion and Art.

In it’s second season these London based students from Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and Ravensbourne University, challenged themselves by creating their own show and work towards their common goal through supporting and encouraging each others growth, this to become stronger as creative individuals.  They were given a theme ‘The Deviant’ each to explore their own vision of which differs from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society, using this theme and inspiration to produce a collection – womenswear, menswear and knitwear collections as well as the set design.

Those impressive participants include: Lisette Norrby, Magadlena Gustagfsson, Pauline Edwall, Sara Arnesen, Julia Bjorkeheim, Audrey Littman and Timothy Forge.  Product and Set Design by Daniel Windfeldt, Phan Thao Dang and Pauline Richard.

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