Harry Styles brings London to its knees for a second night in a row at the Apollo

 

As much as you brace yourself for the sheer excitement of 5000 young girls yearning for a glimpse of Harry Styles, nothing can prepare you for the caliber of high octane screams that occur when his figure appears anything but shyly from behind his eponymous pink curtain.

Outside the venue, the sight is awe-inducing. Thousands of girls had camped overnight – you can spot under the scaffoldings hundreds of mattresses and sleeping bags piled one on top of the other.

Harry’s seen as a safe haven by his millions of fans. In a way – he is a refuge. Inside the venue, thousands of people show up with rainbow flags and Black Lives Matter posters are spotted all across the front row of the venue. Hundreds of girls and boys alike proudly strut the hallways of the Apollo wearing his pink merchandise.  Treat People With Kindness it says. If their idol wears his heart on his sleeve, then so should his fans.

 

You wonder whether Styles is an activist or an artist. Is this a concert or a rally? It’s a bit of both. Harry’s idols would not turn their concerts into safe places – but Harry’s carving his own path. His platform is our youth – our future doctors, future politicians and future parents. If this is his way of educating the masses, then it’s a way that we should all stand behind.

As the lights go down and Styles makes his appearance, there’s a secret yearning for earplugs as you shield yourself from the deafening screams. It’s all in good spirit though.

As he jumps from song to song with the flair of a performer with three decades under his belt, it’s obvious to the naked eye that Harry Styles was in his element in One Direction as much as he is on his own. It’s his versatility that’s catchy. He’s at ease and in good spirits. His vocals silence the room with the rendition of Ariana Grande’s Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart. Fan favourite Kiwi is clearly Styles’ favourite to perform though. His inner Mick Jagger shows up as Harry glides and kneels and prances, much to the joy and arousal of his audience. He’s a teaser.

“Feel free to be whatever you want and whoever you want in this room,” Harry chants to the audience. That’s what they’re here for, after all. “I wouldn’t get to do this if it hadn’t been for you” he carries on with the grateful innocence of a child. And a child he is – one that might not even be aware of what even greater of a journey lies ahead of him. “He’s a Bowie in the making,” I hear shyly from an eager fan sat behind me. He’s not – He’s Harry Styles in the making.

 

 

Coverage: Adina Ilie

London Fashion Week: Day 2 Highlights

Day 2 started with a safari adventure in the heart of London courtesy of Orla Kiely. The presentation, set in an artists studio comprised of animal prints and preppy accessories. The presentation finale saw all the looks coming together under a troop banner surrounded by the famously intricate prop designs from Kiely.

Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely

Next to take over the Courtyard Show Space was Holly Fulton, renowned for use of bold colour and prints she didn’t disappoint. Models walked  down the catwalk past two printed monoliths, complimenting the array of 70’s inspired prints on show.

Holly Fulton

Holly Fulton

Julien Macdonald lived up to expectations delivering a glamourous array of evening gowns complete with risky cutouts and sheer panelling. The collection is sure to be worn down many a red carpet next summer.

Julien Macdonald

Julien Macdonald

David Koma brought his sharp lines and bold silhouettes to the catwalk at Somerset House with a primarily monochrome collection punctuated by stabs of blue and nude tones. A crowd pleasing show and one of my favourites from the day.

David Koma

David Koma

Whilst the David Koma show was unfolding the Markus Lupfer presentation was taking place at Goldsmiths Hall. Squeezing his audience in to a teenage girls bedroom, lupfer once again showed that printed layering was a season must-have.

Markus Lupfer

Markus Lupfer

Next up was the more than eagerly awaited J.W Anderson show. The designer of the moment and most sort after collaborator around brought geometric shapes and angular cutoffs to the catwalk using his now trademark traits of origami-esque folds and copious amounts of leather.

J.W Anderson

J.W Anderson

Glitter and sparkle have long been staples of Ashish and this seasons collection didn’t disappoint. Armed with sequinned shopping bags models walked down the catwalk to disco sounds such as 1 Thing by Amerie wearing various layered slogan-sampling designs. Model of the moment Chloe Norgaard was amongst the line up, her glittering green hair fitting the show perfectly.

Ashish

Ashish

House of Holland attracted a particularly star studded front row playing host to the likes of Harry Styles, Alexa Chung and Fault Favourite Ellie Goulding amongst others. It must therefore have been somewhat of a relief that his show went down so well, bright colours, bold prints and flattering shapes all came together perfectly to form another of the days best shows.

House of Holland

House of Holland

My final show of the day was the eagerly awaited Mark Fast who had taken nostalgic inspiration from the not so conventional sunrise. The sunrise seen by ravers and club-goers of the 90’s as it was “reflected on staticky television screens”. Bold hair and makeup complimented the fierce designs, many of which featuring cutouts and sheer detailing.

Mark Fast

Mark Fast

ART13: Exclusive Review for FAULT Issue 14

The first three days of March saw London Olympia Transformed into an exciting hub of contemporary art, packed with international collectors, artists, gallery owners and anyone with an interest in art.  

This is ART13.

ART13

photography LOUIS SHERIDAN; text CAROLINE DE BREF

 

Art13’s debut was extremely well received and attended and the fair will doubtless build up as an important event in the global art calendar.

VIP day was very busy with a number of major collectors and a few surprise visitors.

Harry Styles of One Direction turned up and bought Ben Turnbull’s small gun-behind-glass sculpture, In Case of Emergency, along with several other works for his new house.

Other guests included Ron Dennis, executive chairman of the McLaren Group, steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, American businessman and majority shareholder in Arsenal Football Club, Stan Kroenke, and Dasha Zhukova.

Pearl Lam Galleries, eponymously named after its flamboyant owner, had two stands turned into one and drew a great deal of attention because of the large, bold works, including several by Zhu Jinshi, previously profiled in B Beyond Magazine, FAULT’s sister publication.

On display at our stand at Art 13Michael Taylor‘s ‘Wave 39’ (as seen in FAULT Issue 12)

FAULT had a media stand, along with B Beyond and the Linveco Cultural Foundation (a registered UK charity supporting multi-disciplinary creative talent). The stand showcased not just different issues of both publications but also the works of some of the artists/members of the foundation who have contributed cover artwork and been featured in the periodicals, such as Christy Lee Rogers, Anthony Russell and Michael Taylor [examples of works on display are shown above & below].

christy lee Rogers_0197_The Unending Journey

On display at our stand at Art 13Christy Lee Rogers‘s ‘The Unending Journey’

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Are you ready for Spring Summer 13? Read this and you will be….

With London Fashion week all but a distant memory, the ever-evolving world of fashion is now looking towards next summer! Especially relevant as the nights are closing in, boots are dug out of storage and comfort food is on the menu. It’s only the access to next seasons’ bikinis and the promise of pina coladas that are going to get us fashionistas through the winter months!

With that in mind, fashion next season is taking on a number of stand-out trends. As usual, there is something for everyone, but if you can pin point key pieces from the catwalks, the high street will be bursting with their own take on the following come next spring.

Futuristic is still making an impact, with Burberry re-working their classic trench in a number of chocolate box shades including purple, pink and lilac- which obviously impressed frow-er Harry Styles- perhaps because his girlfriend Cara Delevingne was walking for the show- and even wrapped up in a trench coat, she oozed summer sex appeal. More suited to the summer (or not with if this year is anything to go by!!) Matthew Williamson used metallics on leather and as embellishments; With foils and high shine pieces also being shown at Christopher Kane, Antonio Beradi, Markus Lupfer and Jonathan Saunders. Highlights being the boxy cuts, and phosphorescent shades, which added an edgy mermaid appeal to Saunders’ collection. Bernard Chandran used a grey, white and black palette, but added a few sequins into his mix as well as white PVC and a streak of rebelliousness. His collection even included a full sequin tracksuit, and you can’t get much more futuristic than that! Which, if you are that way inclined, will be on your next summer hit list … (read mine!!)

Monochrome is going to be big with the power dressers; Simple silhouettes, and basic shapes were prevalent on a number of catwalks, leaving room for accessorizing or keeping it nice and neat. With Sass and Bide returning to London fashion week after a season off, their collection fused masculine and feminine- and could best be described as aggressive power dressing- shell adornment has never looked better on a simple understated dress. Block colours were back at Topshop Unique, Roksanda Ilincic and Hemyca who used a strong collection of black and white basics, with subtlety beaded necklines and belts. Adam Andrascik’s collection was full of separates with contrasting stripes. Shirts and skirts/trousers combos coupled in basic easy to wear shapes added to the subtle sophistication, and asymmetric hemlines with a touch of sheer panelling are a well-received cheeky wink!

Sports luxe is another trend that seems to have wedged a place in the fash packs hearts. Inspired by this year’s Olympics, or just generally the joy of running around in sporty gear in the summer, designers were sending out models faster than tennis ball practice! Christian Blanken has long aligned himself with the sportswear aesthetic, producing collections in a practical fashion for fashion and not sport! Fusing python print, suede and liquid metal, there is something for the girl on the go, all staying true to a fuss free philosophy of mix and match basics. David Koma’s collection was a lot more specific and referenced female tennis stars of the 1920s; Basing the collection on bodycon and dropped waist dresses, the collection was mostly a very wearable and extremely practical full house. With the colour palette of green, tangerine, blue and white- its freshness will be sure to inspire, and if the go faster stripes make you go faster, all the better! Liz Black also offered a complimentary sports inspired silhouette; With her colour choice being pink and black, she used perforated elements, which lent a cosmopolitan edge and breaks the mould of tradition. Zoe Jordan also based her collection on a sports luxe theme with a mash up of girly shades and tomboy shapes; there was a mixture of crop tops, blazers, harem pants and bombers. Completed by baseball caps and sunglasses, this is one for the kool kidz! Talking of cool crowd, Ashish showed a much more reserved collection than usual, but it still had oodles of personality! Sequins mixed with denim mixed with scrunchies and styled by Anna Trevelyan who completed the back to the nineties grunge look with white Reebok classics. And if that isn’t enough to make you want to break out a sweat, there must be something wrong!

If dressing safe is not your thing, another key trend is mismatch. Strong in the belief that clashing works, designers including Holly Fulton, Louise Gray, Meadham Kirchoff, Peter Pilotto and Issa lead us down the path that is not for the faint hearted; Mashing up colours and shapes all in the name of fun, you can find anything from hypercolour, fringing, pom poms and paisley! Henry Holland brought us 90s neon complete with tiny cropped tops; Also appealing was the PPQ inspired psychedelic collection; If you’re a fan of the mini/maxi extremes are you will fall in love with the embellished dresses, jumpsuits and halter necks. Leutton Postle also offered an eclectic mix. Definitely screaming summer, the clash of patterns – blocks, triangles, stripes, mish matched collars, tongue in cheek tassels and to die for shoes, they add a sense of drama to any spring summer wardrobe. The Louise Gray collection screamed FUN! Based on graffiti, there is much to be said about the appeal of a “Hot” “Yeah o Yeah” and other expletives! Definitely a talking point, the leather, appliqué and chiffon was showcased as high energy and with Barbie as a show sponsor, I guess we shouldn’t have expected anything less! Holly Fulton is another designer who steers well away from the ordinary! Transporting us to the City of Angels- LA, the bubblegum colours and riotous prints have already sent a teaser of an unimaginable hot summer, cruising around with oversized sunnies and the roof down on your Chevy Corvette.

Gaining a more grown up reputation, stripes and checks crossed over to SS and cropped up on several catwalks and are a refreshing contrast to a nautical look. Jonathan Saunders played with metallic stripes in cool blue and silver, while Giles experimented with thick black and white horizontal stripes.


Markus Lupfer was a bit more experimental and featured bold chevron patterns meshed with floral motifs and graphic, tribal elements. Acne also sent out monochrome stripes and a selection of black and white stripe separates. With the Queen of Tartan, Vivienne Westwood, also featuring a beige palette with high waist trousers as one of her key pieces.As an easy to wear trend, Clements Ribeiro offered possibly the most transferable collection; With bright striped polo tops, and tartan pencil skirts, this is something to wear straight from the catwalk.

Above all, there is much to look forward to, and with tights also seeming to have made a bit of an impact, SS13 fashion might be ready for the great British summer!

By Sara Darling