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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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AVANTgarden: Be You, Be Proud

SEEN is intrigued to hear about AVANTgarden from FKA Twigs, a new digizine dedicated to self-care, beauty and the art of braids within the black community. Certainly on my voyaging around London, I’m struck, as an observer, by the beauty and complexity of the braids I see.

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Halloween at Sexy Fish

In London, you don’t go on a night out so much as partake of a new experience. Leave it to the gloriously named Sexy Fish in Mayfair to add a unique event to this year’s Halloween calendar.

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Ladies of the Press at Sluice Biennial

SEEN headed up to Hackney recently, there to peruse this year’s Sluice Biennial. A large and airy building at Morning Lane housed fascinating creative projects by artists and creators who have come together under the Sluice banner. What SEEN particularly liked was the variety of work on display and the informal atmosphere in which it …

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The Castle at the Space: SEEN Reviews

SEEN was not that familiar with the work of Howard Barker prior to seeing ‘The Castle’ but feels she must rectify that situation. A powerful piece on the nature of masculinity, war, gender roles and the essential unreliability of religious faith, ‘The Castle’ benefits from a powerhouse cast and a stripped-back set, making the most of the Space’s environment.

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Original Swimming Party Release ‘Biggest Curse’

Electronic experimental duo Original Swimming Party, have announced the release of their new single  ‘Biggest Curse’ featuring vocalist Moonchild Sanelly. Taken from their forthcoming remix EP, the single is now available to stream from October 6th.

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Heist Bank Beer Festival

Beer connoisseurs would do well to get themselves along to the Heist Bank Beer Festival this weekend, the 14th and 15th October. The bar in Paddington will be celebrating the finest keg and cask beers known to humanity, from UK brewers, Fourpure, Beavertown, Thornbridge and Wild Beer Co., who will headline, launching special seasonal releases …