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The Eighties are Back: Boy George is Dior Homme’s New Face

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The Eighties are definitely one of the main Spring/Summer 2017 fashion trends. Boy George, the androgynous music icon of that decade, is the star chosen as the image of Dior Homme’s Spring 17 ad campaign. Along with Mr. Robot actor Rami Malek, rapper A$AP Rocky and model Ernest Klimko (other emblematic figures from the worlds of cinema, music and fashion), Boy George has been immortalised by photographer Willy Vanderperre.

Boy George’s take on fashion and life has always been different. Well known for his gender-bending take, he has been a designers’ muse for a long time, as well as Dior Homme’s Creative Director Kris Van Assche’s childhood hero. ‘I really tried to translate what I think Dior Homme is right now. It’s about music, it’s about cinema, it’s about fashion… Boy George, when I was a kid, was one of the first to have this message about difference being okay; he was such a major influence on my generation. That idea of freedom and being a rebel – which he still is – is really something that has stayed with me’, Van Assche commented.

The New Romantic icon mixes tailoring, raw-edge hamesses and badges in his own unique style, unchanged since the former head of Culture Club lit up the night at the Blitz Club.

Rakim Mayers, aka A$AP Rocky, is not new to the brand, as he has already appeared in Dior Homme’s Fall 16 campaign. Unlike Boy George and Malek’s photos, shot in the studio, he has been photographed in the streets of Paris, the perfect setting for this prominent rap artist, wearing this season’s dark floral patchwork by Japanese artist, Toru Kamei.

For the handsome Mr Robot actor, Rami Malek, this campaign marks his debut at a major fashion gig. He offers a cinematic edge to the series, pictured in a sequence of colour studio portraits featuring artisanal eyelet and lace-up outerwear pieces. Finally, images of model Ernest Klimko complete the portfolio with a direct visual link to the funfair scenography of the runway show, representing the radical fashion vision of Kris Van Assche for Dior Homme that balances heritage and tailoring savoir-faire with a utopian sense of refined grunge.

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MO-GA: Perfectly Imperfect

As the Sun shines on Earth, so MO-GA’s gender-fluid designs grace the bodies of everyone, rejoicing in ambiguity. Multiple sleeves and feathers recall the animal kingdom in all its glorious diversity; it’s a new aesthetic.

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Cocktails at the General Store

SEEN is tireless in her cocktail research, and very much enjoyed travelling to Highbury last week to try The General Store’s new summer cocktail menu and to check out the new interior. She was delighted to sample a Honey Mimosa, very sweet and fruity and just the ticket after a hot journey. It was, as its name suggests, a Mimosa with just a touch of honey.

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Canaletto: A Drawing Workshop with Alexandra Blum

SEEN has long been an admirer of Alexandra Blum’s liminal and apocalyptic renderings of London’s urban spaces, in which the capital seems ever-changing. It is the artist’s job to capture not only space but the passage of time itself.

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Rock the Strand is Back Thursday 27th July

One of SEEN’s favourite live music events, Rock the Strand, returns to Strand Palace Hotel on Thursday 27th July for a summer showcase featuring a stellar line-up of talented artists. Curated by industry mogul Tony Moore, Rock the Strand is a free music night that showcases an eclectic range of genres from indie alt-folk to country from emerging new talent and established acts, highlighting the UK’s varied and diverse musical landscape.

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Love Hunt at the British Museum

SEEN had the pleasure (pun intended) of being invited to a ‘Love Hunt’ at the British Museum. The museum, founded in 1753, is committed to preserving art, culture and history, and has collected around 8 million objects. These artefacts come from every corner of the world, revealing a fragment of many significant moments in time, from Mesopotamia to the Vikings; from the Inuits to the Indians. So, when one embarks on a visit to the world famous British Museum, where does one start?