Author: Tor Marie

Liverpool Fashion Week 2013: The countdown begins…

In just seven days Lambrini Liverpool Fashion Week will be sweeping the city. Monday’s launch night will see the Royal Liver Building graced with a ‘couture glamour’ themed runway, showcasing designers from all over the country. Wednesday evening will see a show based around new local talent. Sponsored by Liverpool City Council, one up-and-coming designer will win a rent-free pop-up shop in the Cavern Quarter with fashion agency Model101 and £500 towards starting their business. Buyers from ASOS will be 0n the judges’ panel. Thursday’s theme is ‘Asian fusion’, with designers flying in from Pakistan and Boston – one designer is reported to have made her entire collection out of living plants. Friday ‘urban hipster’ theme sees the high street take over, with brands including New Look, Mango, Dorothy Perkins and Boux Avenue. Saturday’s closing show is ‘Scouse proud’,  a celebration of what Liverpool does best, although whether the Scouse bird look will be welcome is uncertain – LFW hit the nationals last year when event director Amanda Moss banned over-the-top fake tan and lashes from her catwalks. For the first time in its four-year run, LFW is encouraging students to get involved in fashion; there will be free workshops on sewing and on modelling with Model101 as well as talks on styling, designing and how to get into the fashion industry from designers themselves. Each night will showcase...

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F*CK it! Motel Bar to launch new rock ‘n’ roll club night

Sunday nights in Liverpool are about to get a bit more exciting. Motel Bar (Fleet Street) launch their new weekly club night, F*CK, on Sunday 27 October and you can count us in. Mixing up live sets, films and classic rock playlists, F*CK offers up something a little different to standard club fare. It’s a reboot of the original night at Korova, but the space is smaller, stripped down and more intimate. DJ Ivan Hell said, “We’re not interested in playing indie hits. This night is for people who get excited about the idea of going out for a drink and listening to stuff such as Brian Jonestown Massacre, Neutral Milk Hotel, Deerhunter, Suicide, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins…” The first F*CK Club will feature live sets from Songs About Death and special guests; the film projector will be showing rare Andy Warhol films, including Chelsea Girls. Entry is...

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First look: ‘Remember Them’ at Victoria Gallery & Museum

Ciudad Juárez, set on the Mexico-Texas border, is thought to be the most violent city on Earth. Since 1993, thousands of young women have disappeared, with many found abused and murdered. The Mexican government has failed to take femicide seriously, but for their families life will never be the same. ‘Remember Them’ is a collection of tributes to them. Running from today until February 2014 the show was opened by the University’s Baines Professor and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Internalisation Michael Hoey. Wearing a pink tie in support of protest group Ni Una Más, he delivered a powerful speech that explained the femicides and the exhibition works of  Julián Cardona, Brian Maguire, Lise Bjørne Linnert and Teresa Margolles. His speech stressed the inhumanity and realism of the attacks, setting the tone for the show. Set against the Gallery’s majestic ‘Red Wall’, Julián Cardona’s silver gelatine photographs depict the bleak reality of life in Ciudad Juárez: families handing out ‘Missing’ flyers, body search parties, a mother at the moment she is told that her daughter is dead. The pink and black crosses of Ni Una Más are sprinkled across streets. The Mexican photojournalist began documenting his home town in the 1990s and his photographs been published in exposés worldwide. Brian Maguire’s paintings of missing women are energetic and expressive, set in bold strokes of colour that seem to leap off the canvas. Though their...

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