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Ballgowns – a touch of class

18 Jun

Nothing to do on Friday and fancy some girly entertainment? Turn off TOWIE and head to the V&A’s newly renovated Fashion Galleries with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers.

The exhibition covers British glamour, ballgowns and Eveningwear from classic old school designers including Norman Hartnell, seventies big gun Zandra Rhodes, and contemporaries like Alexander McQueen dressing Royalty and Red carpet royalty for sixty years.

The first thing you notice as you wander round is that we just don’t have enough OCCASIONS anymore. I don’t know about you but I don’t own any broaches, evening gloves or anything made of diaphanous chiffon and if I did I wouldn’t have anywhere to wear it. When you look at the beautiful dresses you long, just for a second to swish your way into a ballroom. In fact as we walked round I think I started to stand up straighter and walk with a more elegant gait.

The notion of owning a hand made, ball gown showing great craftsmanship and made of heavy, quality materials is a really alien in these days of Primark. Whilst there’s a big dose of elitism attached to these beautiful objects ( a years wages for the average Joe AT LEAST ) there is also an air of true elegance that makes you long for the poise and grace that must of gone with being corset-ted to the eye balls.

The new mezzanine level is beautiful and the gallery space is a great place to wonder round. Outside the exhibition The Stylist were camping out, there’s an awesome shop and a pop up bar with cocktails not to mention the rooms and rooms of free exhibitions ( including jewellery if you’ve got the stamina )

In conclusion I’m going to practice my air of feminine mystic and sign up to some of the awesome sounding summer program in the hope that if I can’t borrow one of the gowns, I could attempt to make one.

 

Where : V & A, Gloucester Rd is the nearest tube ( West London! )

When: Till Jan 2013

How much: £7 for students

Summer program : scroll down, you have to pay but it’s GOOD

Check out what one of our Young Creatives is getting up to!

4 Apr

 

Howdy!

So here at YH! We have a bunch of young Londoners with a MAHOOSIVE amount of talent.

Take a look at our Music Editor/ girl about the Town’s blogs here on WordPress and show her some love!

–  http://thefashionmonsterbabyblog.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/some-wisdom-for-you/

–  http://sianabangura.wordpress.com/

http://siana1609.wordpress.com/

Fashion, making it in Journalism, and a general blog all about life as a Young Londoner, balancing the big and the small.

If you’ve got Twitter, follow her! @Sianaargh_Bizzl

And don’t forget to ‘like’ YH! On Facebook and follow us on Twitter, too!

So for now,

Ev’nin’!

*salutes*

X

Ps: look out for ‘Young and Brilliant’ …it’s coming hard and it;s coming fast! Watch this space *winks*

Exciting new project coming your way soon…!

25 Mar

Hey there Team YH World!

I hope you are all well. It’s been a while indeed but I can assure you that all is well.  We have moved offices and have grown over the past couple of months. There is a larger team in the offices at all times now; thus enabling us to keep providing you with positive information and great opportunities!

I have been a busy bee (as always) as well. Check out what I have been up to in the other branches of my blog:

http://siana1609.wordpress.com/

http://sianabangura.wordpress.com/

http://sianafashionstalker.wordpress.com/

Once you’ve had your fill of that, make sure you check the latest news and features on the YH! World site so that you don’t miss anything good 🙂

On a more exclusive note, by the end of this coming week, we at YH! will be launching our new project: ‘Young and Brilliant’ . This will be a celebration of young talents within the capital, who are working hard and making their way up the ladder of their ambition. With the help of a series of Video blogs, we will follow the journeys of a rapper; a journalist and photographer; a television presenter; a very talented make-up artist; a kick-boxer who is going places; a young entrepreneur; and a set of dancers who are currently touring the UK!

There is plenty of talent to be found in our city and despite all the negative media coverage and the difficult economic, political and social climate, young people are still ambitious.  And we at YH! want to be there at every step to celebrate with them when thy finally do reach their goals and get to wherever it is they strive to go.

So basically my lovelies, stay tuned!

Much love for now!

 

*salutes*

Siana. Over and out.

HIGH FASHION FOR HALF PRICE

29 Jan

Emily Grace ( my MOST fashionable friend ) invited me to Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion at The Barbican. Not my normal choice of exhibition ( You could write what I know about Japaneese fashion on the back of a postage stamp ) but with Freeb’s Monday 2 for 1 offer it’s a lot easier to go and explore an event that you don’t know much about for half the price.

What i know about Japanese fashion – The Kimono ( of which there are none in this exhibition, but i like the image )

The outfits on the first floor seemed more like architecture than clothing. Lots of cold, hard, angluar structures ( black, black, black ) or softer, ragged shapes in neutral tones. The kimono was re constructed or referenced in complicated and intricate pieces made from a single piece of material folded and hung.

As you wandered round peeking behind hanging screens to see what next you were introduced to vivid colours and crazy materials from bedding, folded paper to gossamer acrylics.

Everehwere you looked the materials and shapes pushed your notion of fashion and clothing and in fact there very few of the clothes would make you feel or look attractive even as a size 8.

Having taken in beautiful bright red iridescent jacket and a blue dress that looked like a Christmas decoration I sat down to watched some of the VT. Now i normally skim the video in exhibitions as to be honest it’s mostly boring but i sat down to watch an interview with Rei and I finally got it – we use fashion to attract the opposite sex or communicate our standing in society. The Japanese seek to make it a living piece of art where not just creating but also wearing this clothing is a from of expression.

Now thats an exciting point of view, a piece of art that you can wear, that changes over the years communicating the creators ideas and reflecting the wearers? I’d never thought of fashion like that!

I also learnt that The french and the Japanese have a love affair i never knew about based on mutual respect and referencing such different cultures – there was something strangely sweet about this, especially as you generally get the impression that the French fancy themselves when it comes to fashion.

The work ethic of the fashion houses and the craftsmanship that goes into each item also became more apparent as i continued to watch and this added a different dimension to the clothes i’d just seen.

Time to have a look upstairs, and what a different kettle of fish! Exciting collections, brightly coloured ( Think Gwen ), interesting textures, somehow younger, more accessible and easy to grasp. Illustrations and arty magazine covers added more detail and everywhere you looked there were beautiful fashion students sketching.

I was blown away by this exhibition, the video was well worth watching and really made me think about the clothes we choose and how different cultures express themselves through fashion. There was a different pace between the upstairs and downstairs which kept the exhibition exciting and interesting and you get to be surrounded by the most ridiculously fashionable crowd.

The Barbican is one of my favourite buildings in London and whilst we sat eating an ice-cream ( it was sunny so we decided it was practically summer! ) looking out across the fountains Emily left me with another revelation ‘did you notice the shoes?’ …no I hadn’t…’apparently Japanese women can’t wear heels so all the shoes were flat’. FACT. You learn something new every day!

Exhibition runs till 6th Feb and Mondays give you those FREEB half price tickets. I recommend you check it out.

Lucy

Gimme 10!

25 Aug

Stuck in Hackney with nothing to do? Never fear – we’ve come up with ten FREE things to keep you busy in Hackney over the coming weeks.

You’ll never be bored again – with Gimme 10!

Check out Gimme 10 at YH World now! Gimme 10! is updated monthly, so make sure you bookmark it… or risk missing out on something huge!

Hackney Hounds: a project born out of passion

13 Aug

Daniel Jamieson talks about his experience as part of the Hackney Hounds project.

Hackney Hounds was a special project with a clear mission. It gave a filmmaking opportunity to a group of young people not in education or employment; but with ideas, passion, and curiosity about the concept of moviemaking.

These elements, combined with professional input and guidance, gave Hackney Hounds the energy it needed to make it to the screen. The opportunity to use professional equipment and be taught by working professionals is one that seldom comes around – particularly for free.

Kayla Whiting, who had the initial idea for the film, is a passionate Staffordshire Bull Terrier owner who thinks so-called ‘dangerous’ dogs are made aggressive through the way their owners treat them. Through the film, she hoped to change opinions and open up a real debate on the matter.

The drive shown by Kayla and her fellow filmmakers is what the made project special. It wasn’t to showcase filmmaking talent or promote the names of its makers – it was made because these young people had a message that needed to be heard. I got involved to offer ideas and ensure the difficult, longsome filmmaking process didn’t diminish the young peoples’ desire to create something special.

This was my first year in London. I had been here before for events and competitions, but now I was here to live, work and study. I was looking for the opportunity to work on a film with young people from a complicated area like Hackney, so when I received a message from 4talent mentioning the project I thought ‘Well, you asked for it.’ Before I knew it I was at the Hackney Hounds headquarters discussing project ideas and goals with Kayla.

Hackney Hounds

We shared the same fundamental project idea: the mistreatment and misunderstanding of dogs leads to their aggressive and confused behaviour – a pattern also evident in many young people. That comparison was to be the basis of the film.

My role was to keep the good ideas on the table, to suggest some, and help provoke some. I could see the positive effect this project was having on our team of young, first time filmmakers. They believed in the project and themselves, and confidence on set was boosted tenfold each day.

Kayla, you did a great job. Geneika, you were crazy but awesome and you have a talent for that camera. Julie, your daughter’s now a star. And Zoe, you can really cut stuff together – keep it up. I hope people understand not only the significance of what’s on screen, but also what went on behind the scenes. I know you guys had fun, and so did I.

By Daniel Jamieson

Have you booked your ticket for the Hackney Hounds screening yet? Do it now!

La, la, la, I'm not listening

7 Jul

People who continually moan have started to annoy me, so, ironically, I’ve decided to have a moan about them.

Specifically, it’s young people who complain about ‘not having a voice’, ‘not being listened to’, or ‘not being given any opportunities’ that get on my nerves.

I think the idea that today’s youth are ignored by the rest of society is a myth. The list of organisations currently offering young people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds the chance to ‘be heard’ is endless. Most of these opportunities are free, too – so there goes the oft-tried ‘yeah, but I haven’t got the money’ excuse.

Want to star in your own reality TV show? Try Show Real. Wanna write for a magazine? Check out Live. Oh, you’d prefer to be on the radio, would you? No problem – check out Headliners. Wanna create a video about the issues affecting you and your community? Take a look at Chew TV and True Tube. Perhaps the recent election coverage has sparked an interested in politics… why not join the UK Youth Parliament?

There’s loads more examples of how young people can take an active role in society – at absolutely no expense and with no experience or qualifications – but I think I’ve made my point.

I’m not really sure where the idea of not being given a voice comes from. More than ever, in this politically correct world, people under 25 DO get to have their say. This country is pretty mad on equal opportunities – so the idea that any group of people would be completely ignored is a bit unlikely. And as technology progresses, there are more ways than ever for young people to make their point.

Some young people are having none of it though. They think the whole world discriminates against age, and scream ‘It’s because I’m young’ every time they sense even a minor miscarriage of justice.

I call it Naomi Campbell Syndrome – after the model who regularly claims ‘it’s because I’m black’ after she’s brought to justice for assault, abusive behaviour, or being drunk and disorderly.

The point is, if you really want to get your voice heard, there are plenty of organisations willing to help you do exactly that.

But remember: use your time in the spotlight wisely. Sometimes, a young person is given the limelight, uses it to protest against so-called age discrimination, and ends up looking like an idiot. A prime example is Eastenders’ 16 year old actress Melissa Suffield – who plays loathsome, boorish Lucy in the loathsome, boorish soap.

In a recent BBC3 programme in which she showed remarkable similarities to her character; Lucy – sorry, Melissa – whinged that the ‘ridiculously high’ voting age should be lowered to 16. After speaking to various political analysts and shadowing a politician for a week, she ashamedly conceded she was way out of her depth – and concurred the current voting age was ‘about right.’

So, if young people are ever ignored, maybe it’s down to people like her. As a general rule though, I’m convinced young people’s views are taken seriously, and I’m sure people do want to listen. So how about it – why not try putting as much effort in to getting your voice heard as you to making the point that it gets ignored?  

Find out how and where to get your voice heard – on TV, on the big screen, in parliament, on the radio, in print, and online.

by Chris Warburton