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Culture & Style, latest / 25.03.2015

When Raf Simons was appointed as Dior’s new creative director, his first task was a hefty one: to create the brand’s AW12 couture collection. The idea of making your much-publicised Dior début with a couture show is daunting enough, but Raf had it even worse – he only had 8 weeks to conjure up a 54-look collection and, despite his glowing credentials as a brilliant ready-to-wear designer, Simons had never designed couture in his life. Dior and I focuses on Raf Simons’ fashionable baptism of fire, following the designer...

AGENDA, Culture & Style, latest / 16.03.2015

Down in the eastern side of central London you will find a place where you can get a seriously good cup of coffee, seasonal range of food and sweet treats that seamlessly turns into a place to hang out with friendly people for a couple of drinks. Right by Smithfield Market, Ask for Janice, named after the Beastie Boys track is worth stopping by at any time, from breakfast to midnight. Inside the eatery there is well-lived in Scandinavian style furniture with an industrial edge, enamelware with modern art...

Culture & Style, latest / 12.03.2015

If you’re looking for a tame evening watching dancers elegantly leap across the stage, pirouetting against the backdrop of classical music, then altered natives’ 'Say Yes To Another Excess – TWERK’ is not for you. François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea, together with their small team of contemporary dancers, present to you a roller coaster of a performance that is sure to leave you questioning your established impression of ‘dance’ – as is their intention. The performance itself runs for just under an hour. Housed in the Lilian Baylis Studio...

Culture & Style, latest / 05.03.2015

Fashion is wonderful, but also kind of scary because the establishment changes in the blink of an eye. London Fashion Week has long championed young designers and is something of a hotbed for raw talent. Thanks to schemes like NEWGEN and Fashion East, LFW’s line-up is constantly being shaken up. It’s hard to keep up. So who are the movers and shakers? Who’s going to be the next Christopher Kane? Here at The Agenda we don’t have all the answers, but here are three up-and-coming designers that really...

Culture & Style, latest / 27.02.2015

Altered Natives’ Say Yes To Another Excess - TWERK, bring it all together with Alex Mugler, Ana Pi and Elisa Yvelin, putting their trust in dance. The five dancers push their poetic and expressive powers together on stage. Breaking the rules as they start spinning around in a syncretic style then weave in and out, crossing over into a new club move with artistic, frisky flare. Tunes from the club have played a part in creating the performance. Its buzz began in East London’s electro music, Grime. A little...

Culture & Style, latest / 24.02.2015

Savage Beauty, the first retrospective of Alexander ‘Lee’ McQueen’s work in Europe, is coming to the Victoria and Albert Museum in March. Here, we unpick just some of the reasons why you should check out this exhibition, which left fashion fans gushing with delight when it was originally presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art back in 2011. 1) Kate Moss will be there Well, kind of. McQueen’s AW06 catwalk show, Widows of Culloden, came to a close with a hologram of Kate Moss. It was actually all down to...

Culture & Style, latest / 07.02.2015

To sneaker-heads everywhere tirelessly powering through the Winter months, the good people at New Balance are here with a little sunshine to brighten up your day. This February, the shoe giant drops updated versions of the classic 576s, made right here in the UK. Since its inception in the late 80’s, the 576 has become one of the most easily recognisable models from New Balance. It started out as somewhat of an experiment when a designer at the New Balance office in Boston altered the colours and materials of...

Culture & Style, latest / 16.12.2014

Think about this for a moment: Why would you ever choose to be with someone who is not excited to be with you? There’s a grey area in dating many people get hung up on — a grey area where feelings are ambiguous or one person has stronger feelings than the other. This grey area causes real, tangible issues. As a man, a huge question is often whether to be persistent and continue pursuing a woman even when she seems lukewarm or hot/cold on your advances. For women, a...

Culture & Style, latest / 10.12.2014

So Young Magazine is fast becoming the go-to publication for true music fans, looking for creativity, illustration and most importantly, really great content.  Starting as a way of celebrating upcoming, underground talent with like minded people, the magazine is only on its 4th issue and already boasts interviews with the likes of  PEACE,  Ryan Jarman and Howler. We managed to catch up with both the founders and editors Sam Ford and Josh Whettingsteel to talk making the magazine a reality, supporting young talent and the music industry of today.   How...

Culture & Style, latest / 14.11.2014

Created by dance and fitness experts, this unique fitness method is only available online and attracts users from around the world with interactive live classes, run by a Sleek Technique trainer, along with a library of work-outs accessible anytime. Using a mix of classic ballet technique, cardio work and isometric conditioning exercises, Sleek Technique provides a full body work-out which concentrates on reshaping and sculpting a beautiful and ultra-feminine physique. Founders, Victoria Marr and Flik Swan are professional dancers and childhood friends who met at ballet school and share...

Culture & Style, latest / 02.11.2014

Didn't you just love all those Summer pop-up cinemas, making an appearance everywhere from your local park, to the nearest roof top? Fortunately the fun continues, thanks to the team behind Hot Tub Cinema. Set in the unique and urban surroundings of former Shoreditch Underground station, Pillow Cinema opens this month, showcasing a selection of our favourite films such as Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and a triple bill “Gos-Fest” for all the Ryan Gosling fans out there. Expect lot's of huge bean bags, but note door staff will be...

Culture & Style, latest / 24.10.2014

While the days may be getting shorter and the nights even darker there are still a few ways to liven up this season, starting with Illuminations 2014. Illuminations London is a celebration of music and cinema that runs in the capital from October 27th to November 7th. Through a series of one-off events in a variety of venues you are invited to immerse yourself in everything from dance, videos and animation to the spoken word and comedy sets, highlighting new music and emerging young talent through a range...

Culture & Style, latest / 23.10.2014

“We are so hip, we need a replacement. In fact, we are so cutting edge, we might hurt ourselves!” On Monday night, the weird and the wonderful descended on Soho's Poetry Cafe for an evening of laughs, art and poetry. Described as the newest talk show in town, founder and performance artist Caroline Smith promised an exploration of life’s sordid underbelly, from the voices of worldly experience. Co-hosted by the remarkable Sue Kreitzman, 70 year old outsider artist and star of channel 4 documentary Fabulous Fashionistas the night was filled with...

Culture & Style, latest / 20.10.2014

Last week in NYC, a combination of the finest fashion elite, A listers alike and an appropriate sprinkling of 90’s R&B stars descended to witness the unveiling of the highly anticipated collection; Alexander Wang x H&M. The unconventional venue is usually used by more of an athletically focused crowd, with The Fort Washington Avenue Armoury hosting a track and field facility by day. By night the sporting spot allowed itself to be transformed into a fashion show, pop-up shop and stage, for none other than, Missy Elliot. Bleachers, trampoline...

Culture & Style, latest, Roundup / 17.10.2014

While a two month long festival in London doesn’t sound like something that could slip under your radar, you may be surprised. Since launching in 2001 photomonth has marked each October and November by celebrating contemporary photography and emerging photographers through a programme of exhibitions, talks, workshops and events, but at the rate that these pop ups pop up and pop down you’ll need to be in your toes if you want to catch any of the action. Now well into the first month of this East London based...

Culture & Style, latest / 08.10.2014

‘Dreams are Built…One Brick at a Time’ Allow Nathan Sawaya to tickle the sense of nostalgia we bear for our childhood activities as his creativity comes to life this autumn in the form of sculptures made entirely out of Lego bricks. London’s contemporary cultured hotspot Shoreditch has opened its doors to host the colourful and truly inspirational exhibition ‘The Art of the Brick’, birthed from the artist’s resurrected passion for his favourite toy and a recent drive to express himself through a renowned hobby which most of us can...

Culture & Style, latest / 30.09.2014

This years  BFI London Film Festival is jam-packed with over 248 films spread over 12 days. We've saved you the hard work and handpicked five must see films not to be missed. The festival kicks of next month, with tickets on sale from Thursday 18th September.  1 //Catch Me Daddy British Filmmaker Daniel Woolfe makes his debut with ‘Catch Me Daddy’. Set in Yorkshire, the film is based around a British Pakistani girl on the run in this tense-troubling thriller. 2 //The Tribe Directed by Kiev-born Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy ‘The Tribe/Plemya’ is a Ukrainian drama, tackling...

Culture & Style, latest / 22.09.2014

Settled down a quiet street in Keizersgracht in the heart of Amsterdam, Foam is a gallery that could be easily missed but, once visited, is never forgotten (and not just for the incredible book shop!) If you’re trying to avoid typical tourist attractions in Dam, Foam is the place to go for your culture fix. However, Foam is not just a seriously cool museum; it’s an international photography publication too. Published three times a year, every issue has a different theme and presents photographers that explore that particular theme,...

Culture & Style, latest / 16.09.2014

Whether or not you’re an avid magazine reader, or somebody who just peruses pages whilst sipping coffee, if there ones month you should hunt for a glossy print to pour over, its September. Basically, the September issue, for every magazine, is the most busy. The start of the new A|W season and typically when the most advertising is commissioned; think new campaigns, new products and a million new trend stories. We’ve picked our top three magazines to grab this month, or season, for some serious arty inspiration, playful...

Culture & Style, latest / 15.09.2014

For the very first time, Whistles have launched a Menswear collection. Without doubt, the arrival of Autumn/Winter fashion softens the blow of the ‘end of summer blues’ we tend to feel at this time of year. The timing of this launch is perfect, as Whistles’ overcoats and bomber jackets are not only practical for the cold winter months, but are also on the rise in current trends. The fluffy bright pink and blue jumpers are very outlandish, and yet we’re not put off by them. It’s good to see...

Culture & Style, latest / 11.09.2014

Last time we went to see the work of controversial British artist Damien Hirst, it was in the form of dead Animals at his retrospective at the Tate. Following an ongoing  fascination with pharmaceuticals, Hirst is back with new exhibition 'Schizophrenogenesis' at the Paul Stolper Gallery from next month. The exhibition will feature sculptures of medical equipment, including syringes, scalpels and pill bottles. Playing with size, the sculptures are up to 1.5 metres. "Pills are a brilliant little form, better than any minimalist art, they're all designed to make you...

Culture & Style, latest / 08.09.2014

I’m going to say something rather controversial here and I’m sorry if this offends anyone. I’ve never been that much of a Beyonce fan. There, I said it. Personally, I’ve always questioned her ‘feminist ways’ and cannot help but believe that she just has incredibly great PR. Of course there is no argument against her artistic ability, she’s amazing. I just always thought of myself to be a bit more grunge, never fully letting go of my 14-year-old self. More Fall Out Boy than Destiny’s Child. I remain...

Culture & Style, latest / 08.09.2014

Printed socks have seen an incredible surge in popularity over the last few years, and LA based brand Richer Poorer are at the forefront of some of the coolest designs and trends. With an Instagram feed filled with sock selfies and enough AW14 designs to make everyone fall for bold cotton prints, Richer Poorer have taken something so every day and made it so much better. Their tag line; 'humble beginnings make for great stories', comes from their unique perspective to travel roads less travelled and explore ideas and concepts...

Culture & Style, latest / 04.09.2014

Swedish-songstress Lykke Li, has collaborated with & Other Stories for a stylish, Scandi-inspired collection that can be seen in the new film that has been unveiled. The collection is focused around Li's favourite hue's of minimal colours such as black and white, with a hint of gold accessories, consisting of classic wardrobe staples that appeal to all women, regardless of age. Li states, "this collection will be my uniform until the day I die, from hotel slippers and loafers, to cigarette pants and the perfect blazer, to the cashmere...

Culture & Style, latest / 01.09.2014

Legendary British ballet choreographer and visual artist, Michael Clark founded his company in 1984, after his emergence from London’s Royal Ballet school. Since his graduation, both Clark and his company have grown from strength to strength; now world renown for his innovative productions and collaborations with fashion designers, musicians and artists such as Alexander McQueen, Leigh Bowery and Sarah Lucas. Both his classical training and contemporary taste have branded him an iconoclast as well as being awarded with a CBE earlier this year for his services to dance. Clearly...

Culture & Style, latest / 15.08.2014

H&M is renowned for their designer collaborations making designer houses that are often inaccessible to high street shoppers, an affordable luxury. Often, these take the form of capsule womenswear collections, but, now H&M are bringing something for the boys. Famous for their iconic prints, legendary department store Liberty of London is releasing a small collection of shirts and ties for H&M featuring popular Liberty prints, including a variety of paisley and floral patterns. The collection is available in 250 stores worldwide from September 2014. Words: Paige Hartley. ...

Culture & Style, latest / 13.08.2014

Born from a desire to inspire and stir imagination in its customers, Publish describe themselves as 'part time clothiers, full time bridge builders'. A new, unique clothing brand to come out of the states, Publish aims to simplify and refine daily life through a range of staple pieces which merge the worlds of art and fashion. Publish is unique. This is a brand which does not follow the set rules of fashion and forecasted trends, but instead offers collections based on exchanged ideas from customer to brand, allowing them...

Culture & Style, latest / 12.08.2014

Byredo is luxury. Fact. Yeah there’s Prada, Chanel, Givenchy – the holy trinity when it comes to designer perfumes, but what if you don’t want to smell like everyone else on road? Well then it’s all about Byredo, and it has been for perfume heads for a while. The brand have updated their most sought after scents and given them a nifty summer update in the shape of perfume oil - much more long lasting on those roasting evenings. If you favour Rick Owens over Ralph Lauren try...

Culture & Style, latest / 11.08.2014

We’ve all heard of, and probably been part of, the statement tee trend. But, now I hope we’ve all had enough to seeing t-shirts plastered with #selfie  and all the other bullshit t-shirt phrases. I know I have because it’s lead me to ask myself: What happened to t-shirts that truly made a statement? What happened to fashion with a message? Wearing clothes to make a difference? What happened to really wearing a STATEMENT, like Vivienne Westwood and Katherine Hamnett? As young people we tend to vent on social...

Culture & Style, latest / 06.08.2014

There is nothing more luxurious than owning something bespoke. Be it a custom made Burberry trench, a monogrammed Louis Vuitton tote or a personalised reg plate on a car; bespoke and customised items have never been more desirable. At the height of cool customisation is Nike, with its incredible ID service. Giving each user the ability to play around with classic styles such as Nike Air to the brand new Hyperdunk series, Nike ID has put an edge on custom sports wear that was previously kept to the...

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