Colors: Pink Color
Colors: Pink Color

Two women from the Black Country, in the West Midlands, arranged a catwalk fashion show at the Station Hotel, Dudley raising over £500 for Parkinson’s UK and Dementia UK.

Karen Wilcox from Lower Gornal and Alexandra Darby from Rowley Regis organised the event, showcasing a selection of well-known local designers and catwalk models along with tribute singers and a fantastic drag queen act in September.

Karen, who is a professional model and Young European Ms International Finalist and Alex, who was Miss Black Country have both raised thousands of pounds over the years for various charities, but decided to organise this special event as Karen’s dad, Alan, is living with Parkinson’s and dementia.

Karen said: “I wanted to raise money and awareness for both charities and I have also joined Parkinson’s UK as a Network Campaigner to promote awareness in the local area”.

Alex, who also sang at the event said: “They are both charities that I am very passionate about and I am over the moon that we managed to raise over £500. We had a fantastic day and so much fun was had by all”.

Gayle Kelly, Regional Fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK Birmingham and the Black Country attended the event and gave a short talk about the charity.  She said: “It was such a well organised and fun event. Karen and Alex did a brilliant job and we are so incredibly grateful to them and everyone who attended and supported the day.”

Parkinson’s UK is the leading charity driving better care, treatments and quality of life for those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.

In partnership with local artist Tanya “Miscre8” Watler and curator Patrick Duffy, Fashion Show Las Vegas – the area's premier shopping, dining and experience venue – has debuted a one-of-a-kind three-dimensional mural on its plaza staircase. The rainbow-inspired painted installation entitled “Colors that speak to a United City” is a tribute to an outlook of inclusion and hope.

Located on the strip-side Plaza staircase, this 50-foot mural resembles a cascading rainbow and serves as a visual and interactive celebration of the diversity, enthusiasm and optimism that Las Vegas tourist and local population is known for. Former graffiti artist Tanya “Miscre8” Watler was chosen to bring the idea to life.

“Curating a work of this scale can be complex,” explains Duffy, CEO of the Nevada School of the Arts. “One has to know the vision and experience of the artist, and they really need to be able to speak to the public through their work. After months of curation, I'm thrilled with the piece Tanya created with me for Fashion Show. It's quite the wow factor on Las Vegas Boulevard.”

This exclusive artistic experience features a total of 73 unique colors and took the artist 72 hours to complete. Guests are encouraged to take images at the soon-to-be-iconic spot and share their experience on social media by tagging @fashionshowlv.

“What a feeling it is, after 25 plus years of drawing, painting, designing and curating art to now have a piece on the Las Vegas Strip,” stated Miscre8. “I've always wanted my art presented in a space like this - bold and happy, for all to enjoy.”

Colors that speak to a United City was created in partnership with Harlem-bred artist Tanya Michelle Watler (Miscre8) known for her hand drawn, hand painted, sometimes illustrated original artwork. Watler started her artistic career in the 90's in on the streets of her hometown, Harlem New York, with her whimsical colorful street style. She the founder of Lil Art Bodega Creative and has works featured in DELANO Las Vegas, Staedtler, Zappos, Art Live, Life is Beautiful, and local loved business like Simply Pure.

Couples are invited to see Lightwoods House in all its glory at a wedding fair this coming weekend.

Wedding suppliers will be exhibiting their wares and visitors can also look round the house and gardens, which is in Lightwoods Park, Adkins Lane, Bearwood, on Sunday March 3.

Suppliers will include photographers, a venue decorator, wedding car supplier, cake baker,  singer, a dressmaker and florist.

Admission to the fair, which runs from 11am until 3pm, is free.

The stunning 18th century, Grade II-listed house and park have been restored thanks to a £5.2 million project funded by Sandwell Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and BIG Lottery.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for leisure Councillor Bill Gavan said: “We’ve hosted many beautiful weddings and civil partnership ceremonies at Lightwoods House and our wedding fairs are always incredibly popular.

We have lots of options to choose from – you can get married in the bandstand or in the ceremony room, we have space for receptions and we offer several catering options.”

 

 

Known as one of Australia's greatest theatrical costume designers, having worked in film, musical theatre, opera and ballet around the world over the past 36 years, Irwin's designs for this brand new production of West Side Story have been keenly anticipated.

The designs will unleash the full impact of the powerful and dynamic movement that West Side Story is famous for, with its distinctive choreography and explosive dance scenes.

Drawing inspiration from the vivid colours and designs from Puerto Rico, Cuba and Africa, Irwin is creating a vibrant new vision for West Side Story that gives an edgy modern update to the musical's original 1950s aesthetic.

With flurries of fabric in bold colours and punchy prints that will accentuate the dancers' movements, Irwin's costumes will be sure to make an electrifying impact on the bespoke outdoor stage.

Paying homage to the original stage and film versions of this iconic 20th century musical, Irwin's designs will pit the two warring gangs in West Side Story – the Jets and the Sharks – against each other using opposing colour palettes: the Jets in cool blue tones, while the Sharks will hit the stage in warm reds.

“Sydney Harbour is one of the most beautiful places in the world to see a show, and it was important to create something that can be read visually from a distance in front of iconic landmarks like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House,” said Irwin.

This is the first time that Irwin has been charged with the costume design for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, and she is excited by the opportunity to collaborate with some of the world's leading creatives, including American director Francesca Zambello and acclaimed Australian set designer Brian Thomson.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

 

To celebrate this year’s Doha Jewelry and Watches Exhibition (DJWE), Qatar Airways hosted a stylish fashion show on board its state-of-the-art G650 private jet. The event showcased the exquisite jewelry and fashions of acclaimed Chinese designers Grace Chen and Beau Han Xu, set against the backdrop of the world’s most luxurious private jet.

Guests who took part in the event included top international style influencers from the fashion and beauty world who were invited by Qatar Airways to Doha to participate in this year’s DJWE.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ms. Salam Al Shawa, said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to be the Official Airline Partner of the Doha Jewelry and Watches Exhibition, an event that celebrates the very finest in luxury and craftsmanship. What better way to highlight Grace and Beau’s magnificent designs than to showcase them against the backdrop of a Qatar Executive jet – the epitome of luxury and refinement. We are delighted to welcome these talented designers to Qatar, and look forward to helping them experience Qatar’s remarkable hospitality and Arabian ambiance.”

Fashion designer Ms. Grace Chen said: “My inspiration mostly comes from stories of women: how a woman feels about herself, and how she sees the world. My designs always reflect the inner landscape of a woman’s heart, no matter who she is or where she is from. In my “Solitude” collection, Persian patterns were woven into the signature Chinese embroidery, combining influences from Chinese calligraphy. I created a style that is neither Western nor Eastern but reflects a blending of cultures; “nowhere yet everywhere” at the same time.

“As we travel around the world with our Fashion Travel series, I believe this is a global trend and is the true spirit of modernity. It is also what we aspire to at Grace Chen. I am delighted to share some of my works with such a distinguished audience in Qatar.”

Regarded as one of China’s most influential fashion innovators, Grace Chen has been hailed as “the Power Dresser of China” by South China Morning Post and “China’s Most Sought-After Couturier” by The Hollywood Reporter. Her unique designs draw out the beauty in every woman by combining sophistication, elegance and modern aesthetics, resulting in a textural sculpture that appeals to the most stylish and iconic women in the world.

As the first mainland Chinese alumni of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Grace Chen was a designer to the stars in New York and Hollywood before setting up her own label in China in 2009. Throughout her career, Grace has worked with globally-renowned clients including Oprah Winfrey, Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, leading Chinese actresses Liu Xiaoqing, Li Bing Bing, Xu Qing and Taiwanese actress Lin Chi-Ling.

Jewelry designer Mr. Beau Han Xu said: “As an international jewelry designer who grew up in the gem world, I strongly believe that each stone has its own energy and power, and is as unique as the person wearing it. I love to create jewelry that reflects my client’s personality and adds a touch of sophistication and glamour to their journey.

“It is my honor to travel with the world-distinguished airline, Qatar Airways. With this most special private jet catwalk experience, I prepared my “Nature” and “Water Splash” jewelry collections on board. The collection includes the rare pearls necklace, swimming diamonds bangle and tiaras, to accompany the modern, cultured, sophisticated journey with Qatar Airways.”

Beau Han Xu is an internationally-renowned artist, gemologist and award-winning jewelry designer whose work fuses the magical and futuristic. His first collection, Splash!, featured fantastical organic crystal cuffs, chokers, tiaras, and rings ,where diamonds shimmer and swim within. Inspired by nature and the ethereal, Beau’s creations freeze inspirational moments in time: a raindrop’s splash and the subtleties of light playing on light.

Beau has collaborated with Swarovski to create the innovative Beau Cut™ Gemstone. Beau has created an innovative luxury lifestyle, in partnership with Rolls-Royce, Sunseeker super yacht, global top tier hotels and other luxury brands. His clients include members of royal families, celebrities, and UHNIWS.

Qatar Executive currently operates a fleet of 15 state-of-the-art private jets, including five Gulfstream G650ERs, two Gulfstream G500s, three Bombardier Challenger 605s, four Global 5000s and one Global XRS. In 2019, Qatar Executive is set to receive an additional five G500s, as well as one G650ER jet, for which it is the largest commercial operator worldwide. The expanding fleet allows the private jet charter division to serve all crucial markets efficiently and in a way that VVIP customers can enjoy an unparalleled level of service and product from any global destination.

The DJWE, taking place from February 20-25 at the Doha Exhibition and Conference Centre (DECC), features more than 500 international luxury brands displaying some of the world’s finest gemstones, jewelry collections and watches, along with special editions and unique pieces.

 

Stars have united to combat fashion peril after it emerged Brits will splash out £3.5 Billion on new clothes for the Christmas party season this year.

But eight million items will only be worn once.

Research by Oxfam shows that 65% of Brits will buy at least one new item of clothing for the Christmas party season, splashing out an average of £106 each.

But a quarter (24%) of those say they will only wear the item once over the festive period – leaving clothes to fester in wardrobes or end up in landfill.

Kate Moss, Una Healy, Ellie Goulding, Killing Eve star, Jodie Comer, and designer Stella McCartney are some of the celebrities who have donated partywear to Oxfam.

They are supporting the charity’s sustainable partywear campaign encouraging people to shop for second-hand fashion this Christmas rather than always buying new.

Ellie Goulding, who donated a stunning designer outfit including a little black Isabel Marant dress, said: “I’m donating pieces from my wardrobe and hoping to pick up something amazing in their place! Follow Oxfam’s lead and when you fall out of love with an outfit, let someone else fall in love with it. Source your new look from Oxfam too, and you’re showing maximum respect for clothes, the planet and style. With Oxfam's expertise at re-circulating our fashion, you will never fear the re-wear!”

Una Healy, who donated a gorgeous shimmery evening gown said: “I love dressing up at this time of year and while I love high street shops, I'll be making sure I have a look at the Oxfam Online shop too. I've donated a party dress this year, but there are some amazing bargains to be had. It's a huge treasure trove of vintage, sparkly and one-off pieces and you can do your bit for those living in poverty too.”

The Oxfam Online Shop and the charity’s 610 high street shops are stocked with partywear that slows down fast fashion by giving clothes a second chance to be sold. The charity’s unique textile recycling operation means none of the donated clothes, whatever the quality, end up in landfill.

Oxfam’s Fee Gilfeather said: “The figures revealed by this research are staggering, and it is vital clothes don’t just go to waste.  Oxfam is the right destination for ethical fashion lovers, because our shops are stocked with glamourous pieces which help save the planet and raise money for the world’s poorest people to access clean water, food and shelter.”

Fast fashion uses speed and low-cost production systems to deliver new clothes to the High Street inspired by the catwalk or celebrities.