Starring her long list of A-list celebrity friends, here is Taylor Swift’s new music video, we are currently loving at BLOW.
Serap Pollard, designer of eco-friendly, super-sexy stilettos as represented by Blow, is lecturing as part of a seminar at London College Of Fashion tomorrow night. Serap, a world renowned expert in Sustainable Fashion, joins a panel of experts for “How To Make It In The Fashion Industry”. Tickets are still available with prices up to £16.50 through Eventbrite.co.uk.
Wednesday 20th March, 6-8.30, London College Of Fashion, 20 John Princes St, London W1G 0BJ
We hope to see you there!
Last week Saturday, Elle held a live beauty shoot in Shoreditch, East London to launch GHD Platinum Styler. They invited over 1000 readers to their studio to watch the hair shoot as it happens. The event was also projected live on the Piccadilly Circus Billboard.
During the event, the readers were given complimentary hair styling by GHD stylists, a pop up nail bar was also present for free manicures and a limited edition goodies bag packed with GHD styling essential, the latest edition of Elle and yummy treats.
*All images on this post was taken from GHD Instagram page *
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Last week BLOW went to check out the ‘Staying Power: Black British Experience’ exhibition, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The exhibition which began on the 16th February, showcases a collection of photographs of black culture during 1950’s-60’s.
The exhibition is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and allows audiences to feel a sense of nostalgia as images are displayed of young black women during 1960’s and shows their interpretations of the infamous 1960’s “Beehive” hairstyle, whilst other images display men rocking waistcoats and flares of the 1970’s which – I might add – have made a comeback for S/S 15
For several years, the V&A Museum have been working closely with the Black Cultural Archives to highlight the contribution black photographers have made to photography in the UK. The exhibition consists of 118 pictures from around 17 artists around the country.
Work exhibited includes former Nigerian and Young British Artists (YBA) member, Yinka Shonibare, whose controversial work plays around with the idea of cross-cultural heritage, colonialism and history.
And artistic contributions from J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere’ whose pictures explore the concept of the traditional West African woman by looking at traditional customs such as the african Lappa and braiding of the hair.
The exhibition provides audiences with the opportunity to understand the concept between each photograph as the exhibition also provides a ten minute audio set of interviews with each artist, where they explain why the photograph was taken, who was in it and how the person felt at the time the pictures were being taken.
Other artistic work includes 1980’s photographer, Normski who’s photographs are influenced by 1980’s female Hip Hop dancers, as well as Maxine Walker who’s 1990’s photographs, see her transforms herself into different shades of black, in an attempt to challenge the nature of identity.
‘Staying Power: The Black British Experience’ is on at the V&A museum is open from 10am – 17:45 Monday to Thursday and from 10am – 22:00 on Fridays. The exhibition is free and ends on the 24th May 2015.
For his first solo show since he made the headlines with the controversial twenty-eight feet mural of a breakdancing Jesus, Cosmo Sarson has been revisiting his now iconic image in a series of works that seamlessly transpose his street-art style into a traditional gallery setting.
Pure Evil Gallery – The Department Store 96-98 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4XS.
3 – 26 April 2015
Blow were invited by Kent Baker to his book launch and photography exhibition – Inferno Alexander McQueen. In 1996 McQueen’s ‘Dante’ collection, eerily showcased at Hawksmoor’s Christchurch Spitalfields, confirmed his emergence from a St Martins Graduate into the visionary force in fashion we know him as now. Photographer, Kent Baker, one of McQueen’s intimate circle of friends, was backstage to capture the excitement and baroque theatre of the evening. The results are intimate portraits and reportage from a seminal moment in fashion history.
Shot entirely on film, all the large format black and white photographs are shown in public for the first time at The Gallery At Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London 20 March-3 May. Inferno – Alexander McQueen by Kent Baker is £20 on Lawrence King.
Blow hit the Kings Road, Chelsea, once again for the launch of illustrator Daisy De Villeneuve’s latest book. ‘I Should Have Said’. Wryly observed snippets and quotes with Daisy’s signature cool, felt-pen portraits sum up the pitfalls of the dating game for the modern girl. Daisy signed copies for designer Philip Colbert of the Rodnik Band, photographer Valerie Phillips and beardy artist and illustrator Rob Ryan
Previous client, Iris van Herpen showed her beautiful AW/15 collection at Paris Fashion Week. Models transformed into raw minerals and crystals, stalactites and cobwebs and other things you would find in a cave, which wowed the audience.