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Horrockses fashion, for those of you who are thinking ‘who?!’ were pioneers of off the peg fashion in the 1940s and 1950s. Fot those of you who love popping into shops on the high street, you owe them a lot.

They were the manufacturer of one of the most well respected ready-to-wear labels of their time. Among their staple items were the typical 1950s full skirted dresses, which were at the height of fashion. They managed to balance the idea of manufacturing large quantities of goods, whilst still remainging exclusivity for the brand. They prided themselves on using good quality fabrics (most noteably cotton) with custom designed patters. they styling of the clothes had a slight Parisian feel to them.

The key to the success of Horrockses was the way they printed onto cotton, which was the most popular fabric of the time, although newer man made fabrics were starting to creep in. Not only did they create the printed patterns in house, but they commisioned artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi and Graham Sutherland to design for them too. These were applied onto the high quality cotton sheeting, reserved exclusively for Horrockses Fashions. A bit like when high end designers collaborate with high street brands now.

The exhibition will run at the Fashion and Textile museum from 9th July to 24th October 2010.  Something on display that I am very intrigued to see is the way they will show the the life cycle of the garments, from initial fabric design through to production and consumption. As someone interested in ethcial fashion, this will be incredibly interesting to compare to modern day techniques. Of course, it could be said that they are at the forefront of consumerism, with customers demanding increasingly more for their money, and faster fashion turnarounds.

For more information on the Fashion and Textile Museum and for more information on the exhibition – http://www.ftmlondon.org/

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I have just learnt that the wonderful Victoria and Albert museum is going to be running an exhibition entitled ‘Grace Kelly – Style Icon’ from 17th April to 26th September 2010. 

A beutiful selection of garments worn by the icon will be displayed in the museum, ‘tracing the evolution of her style’. Grace Kelly was one of the biggest and brightest actresses of her time in the 1950s, and is still today being used as a reference for many designers.

On display will be the infamous Hermes Kelly bag, dresses from her films including the gown she wore to accept her Oscar in 1955. 

Garments, hats and jewelerry that adorned Grace will be accompanied by posters, film clips and her Oscar statuette. Designers on display include Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Yves St Laurent.

A fee will apply for admission to the exhibition, but it will definitely be worth it. I attened the Kylie exhibition a few years back (I was never a Kylie fan, but I went for the amazing costumes) and left a bit of a Kylie fan! The V&H sure know how to show an exhibition…

http://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/future_exhibs/index.html

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Presented by Alternative Arts, Alternative Fashion Week runs from 19th April to 23rd April, and showcases emerging designers with truley original and creative designs.

Get down to Spitalfields, London daily during the week at 1.15pm as it is open to the public.

http://www.alternativearts.co.uk/AFW

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I love cupcakes. A lot.

My boyfriend discoved this gem and surprised me with two delicious cupcakes one day (he is very well trained, I know) presented in a lovely little box with a gorgeous little sticker on top…

YUM. They were AMAZING. He had selected the chocolate cupcake and the rose cupcake.

The chocholate cupcake was like a light chocolate fudge cake, and all soft and squidgy, with jummy chocolaty icing on top…

The rose cupake was so fragrant and light, something completely different but utterly wonderful…

The above were purchased from the Covent Garden bakery, but I later also ventured into the Primrose Hill Bakery when I worked right by it. I tried the scrummy hot crumpets with butter and jam (they were a bargain). My boss later sent me out to get cupcakes and earl grey tea to perk us up, this time I think I tried the vanilla…or was it peanut butter…I can’t remember but it was once again, superb. It is a great twist on traditional tea and cakes, and they are very resonably priced too (much cheper than other cupcakes).

I then went into the Covent Garden bakery with my friend for her birthday to get her a cupcake after raving about it…we went for the chocolate and marshmallow…

Once again, it did not fail to please, and they hained a new foller in the process!

As if I hadn’t already raved about it enough I went there with another friend and bought a couple and then with my Mum to buy more…phew…

Basically, go there. The Covent Garden bakery is located very close to the theatres showing the Lion King and Oliver.

You won’t be disappointed.

P.S. They have a new book out. I got it for my sister for Christmas and it is fab, great imagery and scrummy recipes.

http://www.primrosebakery.org.uk/PAGES/Cupcakes.htm

Primrose Hill,
69 Gloucester Avenue, London NW1 8LD.
Tel 020 7483 4222

Covent Garden,
42 Tavistock Street, London WC2E 7PB.
Tel 020 7836 3638

Buy online – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cupcakes-Primrose-Bakery-Martha-Swift/dp/1856268470/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270375890&sr=8-1

Get baking!!

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I used to live in Hackney just a couple of minutes walk from Victoria Park, yet it took me two years to discover how amazing it is there!

Here are a few of my top tips…

Mayan King – fabulous cocktails, amazing Mexican breakfast, chilled out music, friendly staff, comfy sofas, relaxing atmosphere

91 Lauriston Road London E9 7HJ – 020 8986 2120

Join them on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=755065429#!/group.php?gid=106516731684&ref=ts

Loafing – yummy cakes and pastries and pies, lovely tea served from mix and match traditional tea cups and tea pots, white washed wood, cute courtyard out the back

79 Lauriston Road London E9 7HJ 020 8986 0777

M.E.G – great little gift and trinket shop, selling vintage inspired gifts, cards, jewellery, candles etc.

164 Victoria Park Road, London E9 7HD 020 8533 3231‎

Ginger Pig – local butchers and delicatessen with rare breed meats for sale in the butchers upstairs, with a great array for vegetables, cheeses, pies etc. downstairs. Ask to try a bit of the cheese before you buy (the peccorino with chilli is my favourite) and ask them for their advice. My boyfriend and I wanted to buy stilton for his grandad, but we don’t like it so they told us which would be best, and turns out it was so good we actually liked it!

99 Lauriston Road, London 020 8986 6911 (another store located at 8-10 Moxon Street, Mayfair, London 020 7403 4721)

http://www.thegingerpig.co.uk/

Bottle Apostle – wide variety of wines availabel to suit every budget. They have lots of bottles availabel to sample, and they hold tasting events

95 Lauriston Road, Hackney, London E9 7HJ 020 8985 1549

http://www.bottleapostle.com/

Victoria Park Books – Again, this one took us two years to find, but it is a great little independent bookshop, specialising in a fantastic array of childrens books

174 Victoria Park Road, London E9 7HD‎ 020 8986 1124‎

http://www.victoriaparkbooks.co.uk/

The Pottery Workshop – a tiny little workshop/shop selling beautiful pottery. It is tucked away, and is worth checking for opening times as I have gone past quite a few times and it has been closed, but it is worth a visit. Reasonably priced too.

77a Lauriston Road London E9 7HA 020 8986 9585

Royal Inn on the Park – a great place to hang out at with friend, especially on a lazy summer afternoon. Sit out in the courtyard on one of many, many wooden picnic benches, all lined up. Get there early to avoid standing around as it gets pretty busy and packed. My boyfriend and I shared a bottle of wine which was a little pricey, but nice. Others drank beer, but again a little bit more expensive than some other places, but worth it for the ability to sit outside!

111 Lauriston Road, London 020 8985 3321

Bagel on the Park – ridiculously cheap, but really yummy, bagels. Tiny little shop with only a couple of places to sit, but why sit in the shop when its situated right next to Victoria Park? Head into the park and do as I do with friends, chill on a bench or lay on the grass (weather permitting, obviously, this is England!)

105 Gore Road, Hackney, London E9 7HW 020 8986 6061

http://www.bagelonthepark.com/

Bill Hall – fruit and veg, pretty standard, although a little price, head up the road to Merceys (I can’t remember the correct spelling – it is opposite the Tesco metro, and crazily cheap. While you are in the area pop into the lovely flower shop across the road, and This and That for lots of bargains). The latter three may not strictly be Victoria Park, but it is just a couple of minutes walk away, and Merceys for fruit and veg is so cheap and great quality.

Enjoy, and let me know of anything else you can reccomend!

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