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Soho Celebrating London Fashion Week with London College of Fashion

SEEN has been here, there and everywhere this week, what with London Fashion Week and the London Design Festival coinciding, but was determined not to miss a glimpse of the #DRAWFASHION exhibition that was going on at 18 Broadwick Street, Soho. The pop up, supported by West End Real Estate Investment Trust Shaftesbury displayed recent work by students to great effect. What surprised SEEN was how innovative some of the techniques were, particularly the use of collage, and the lack of those tall, impossibly thin shapes that so often characterise fashion illustration.

The colours were bright and the bodies depicted clearly drawn from reality in many cases, bringing new fashion talent to the public eye rather than just the sometimes rarefied (and presumably already knowledgeable) fans of fashion illustration.

This was the third year of the #DRAWFASHION competition and it was supported by the UK’s leading independent art supply retailer Cass Art, who have a shop close to the #DRAWFASHION event, in Berwick Street. They provided three vouchers worth £1000 to the winners of this year’s competition.

#DRAWFASHION is the concept of Rob Phillips, artist and Creative Director of the School of Design and Technology at London College of Fashion UAL. He commented: ‘Through drawing we can move design on; personify style, mood, make a statement; progress traditions and construct new worlds to push fashion forward.’

Seen this week

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Lotusier: the magical Sakura

In keeping with the ice-cream pastel colours that have so been a feature of the SS 2018 catwalks, luxury brand Lotusier has brought this trend to their into the home with the launch of two new colour options to their Kyoto collection: baby pink ‘Sakura’ and the ‘Kyoto sky’, in a delicate blue. They are …

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Clerkenwell Design Week 2018: London’s Creative Heart

SEEN always enjoys Clerkenwell Design Week. There is so much to see and appreciate. The inventiveness and innovation on show is truly breathtaking, yet somehow it retains a playfulness and joy that is never oppressive or pretentious. With sustainability at the top of the agenda for many showrooms and designers, the products on display are …

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The White Tiger Roars: KVLT

SEEN came to hear White Tiger on Facebook. His fabulously atmospheric synthwave music has already been snapped up for music videos. Hailing from Liverpool, SEEN, for one is keen to hear him in the capital… We caught up with him recently after the release of new album KVLT. SEEN: Congratulations on KVLT! How long did …

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1980s New York comes to Paddington Central: Huckster

Paddington Central is fast becoming a destination for all sorts of reasons, not least the food and drink. Inspired by the late 1980’s lower Manhattan street scene, Huckster will recreate the bustle of an urban street market where diners can choose from a selection of New York street food and beverage brands. This will include …

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Bowling Bird: Hidden Gems of London – SEEN reviews

If there’s one thing about her job that SEEN really values, it’s the opportunity to go to parts of London that seem special and almost a best-kept secret. One such area is Smithfields, not far from Barbican and Blackfriars and currently undergoing huge changes as new housing appears and crossrail development ratchets up a gear. …

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Yee-har! Wild West Cocktail Bar Moonshine Saloon to open

Fun fact pardners… SEEN is distantly related to the old gunslinger Wyatt Earp, no less, thus it is that we shall be moseying on down the King’s Road to check out the Moonshine Saloon, an immersive cocktail experience from the team behind BYOB bar concept Alcotraz: Inventive Productions. Initially open for a 4-month run, but …