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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New talents from Spain at Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week

After a full year of fashion shows it is now time to look back and remember some of the most striking examples of creativity. This mental journey takes me to Spain and Madrid where Trendenz attended Cibeles and saw the work by  the most renowned Spanish designers. Designers such as Amaya Arzuaga, Davidelfin, the late Jesus del Pozo, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Juan Duyos and Roberto Verino, just to name a few, have left their mark in Spanish fashion and are more than ripe for exports and it is always a pleasure to see what they have to show every season.
But one of the biggest advantages of attending 5 full days of fashion shows was the possibility to appreciate the work of upcoming names and their proposals for this Autumn/Winter. Some have just made it to the major runways, as is the case of El Comillo de Morsa or Lluis Corujo, others, despite working for some time now in fashion have just recently made it to this major runway: that's the case of Teresa Helbig and Martin Lamothe. These four names were for us the most striking examples of creative designers whose work we will follow in the near future. We hereby promise you in-depth texts on their work. But for now, the intention is just to draw the attention to these names and to show you some of their best designs.

El Comillo de Morsa

 Lluis Corujo

Martin Lamothe

Teresa Helbig

Friday, October 21, 2011

Music of Quality and Distinction in London

The British Electric Foundation was one of the biggest achievements by the boys from Heaven 17, a band formed when The Human League split and began making easy pop songs that would become major hits. Heaven 17 in turn went for a more electronic and danceable sound, using sinthesizers and following a path started by the Sheffield punks. Penthouse and Pavement is their best record so far. But the rise to success would come with The Luxury Gap, the album featuring the mega hit Temptation.
30 years after Martin Ware and Glenn Gregory have decided to play The Luxury Gap in 3D sound at The Rounhouse in London on October 14. More than a revival it was the living proof that the Heaven 17 songs are still here to stay.
But for those who were not up for grabs and wanted the full cake Heaven 17 would provide another occasion to show one of their biggest achievements - the cretation of the British Electric Foundation. Under the name Music of Quality and Distinction they released major songs from soul to white funk by the likes of Billie McKenzie, Green Garthside or.... Tina Turner. The BEF played indeed a major role in relaunching Tina Turner's career back in 1981.
Three decades after we had the opportunity to see some iconic singers play live songs under the same moto of Music of Quality and Distinction. Boy George surprised us with a cool version of Nancy Sinatra's These Boots are Made for Walking, while Midge Ure sang Billie McKenzies version of Bowie's The Secret Life of Arabia. Kim Wilde, Sandy Shaw and Green Garhside took also to the stage in a great night that ended with nearly all the guests on stage singing Temptation.