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#KarlLagerfeld #RIP #FashionLegend

February 19, 2020

It is now a year since Karl Lagerfeld passed away, leaving behind a legacy for his friends and colleagues at Chanel, Fendi and his own KL brand to remember him by.


In a seven-decade career as one of fashion’s greatest multitaskers, Lagerfeld created collections simultaneously for the houses of Chanel and Fendi, in addition to his signature label Karl Lagerfeld. Today, the designer is still celebrated for his iconic collections, memorable shows and his eternal impact on the fashion industry and beyond. ⁠


Karl Lagerfeld posing with some of his early sketches for Chanel.


@TalawaTheatreCo presents #RunItBack #Theatre @TimeoutLondon

February 17, 2020

Talawa, Run It Back, Theatre, Fairfield Halls, Croydon, London, Things To Do, London

Talawa Theatre Company’s first production at the new Talawa Studio at Fairfield Halls is Run It Back

Conceived and directed by Coral Messam, created with Gail Babb, and devised by TYPT:18, Run It Back brings rave to theatre.

Set in an explosive club night, Run It Back immerses the audience in Black British club culture with dance, physical theatre and a live set from DJ and turntablist Psykhomantus.

A disused warehouse.

A party rages.

Distorted bass pulses through the streets, calling the ravers in. Lost in the music and dripping with sweat, they surrender to the DJ’s game.

Talawa Studio, Fairfield Halls, London

★★★★★ “Run It Back defines the rave culture scene … realising the Black British experience without condescension … must-see immersive theatre”

The Upcoming (Selina Begum)

Director – Coral Messam

Creative Producer/Dramaturg – Gail Babb

Assistant Director – Esme Allman

Designer – Amanda Mascarenhas

LX – Pablo Fernandez Baz

DJ/MD – DJ Psykhomantus

Producer – Alison Holder


Talawa, Run It Back, Theatre, Fairfield Halls, Croydon, London, Things To Do, London, 2020
Courtesy of ‘The Thinker

2020 mood. Have a nice day. #TheJoker

February 17, 2020

The Joker, 2020, Mood, Attitude, MCM, Life, 3

#Oscars2020 #Winners

February 10, 2020

Oscars has just come to an end. Here is the full list of all the winners.


Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – WINNER

Best Animated Feature

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Missing Link
Toy Story 4 – WINNER

Best Original Screenplay

Knives Out
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite – WINNER


Best Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit – WINNER
Little Women
The Two Popes

Best Production Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – WINNER

Best Costume Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women – WINNER
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Best Documentary

American Factory – WINNER
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama

Best Documentary Short

In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) – WINNER
Life Overtakes Me
St Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Best Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story – WINNER
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Best Cinematography

The Irishman
The Lighthouse
1917 – WINNER
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker – WINNER
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best Actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy – WINNER

Best Director

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite – WINNER

Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite – WINNER

Best International Feature Film

Corpus Christi
Les Misérables
Pain and Glory
Parasite – WINNER

Best Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari – WINNER
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit

Best Visual Effects

Avengers Endgame
The Irishman
1917 – WINNER
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Obviously, Parasite, directed by Boon Joo-ho, has become the biggest winner in this year’s Academy Awards. The film won four awards in total, becoming the first non-English best film in Oscar history. Big congratulations!



#TobamsColors #AfricanWaxPrint #Fashion #Womenswear

February 7, 2020

London Fashion Week is fast approaching. We think we would continue featuring new emerging designer that we admire their creative designs and hard work. At the beginning of this month, the designer brand we would like to introduce is Tobams Colors–a women’s ready-to-wear brand that blends the traditional African culture with western style.

Tobams Colors creates a cross-cultural dialogue through fashion by reinterpreting African traditions with contemporary signature designs and cuts. Based in the UK, designer Jite Newton combines her European/Nigerian roots into her high-end clothing for women and men. Precise cuts, flashy colors and an androgynous touch make our collections outstanding.



Interview with the designer of Tobams Colors–Jite Newton:

1. When did you start your fashion label? Where is it based? Where are your products manufactured?

The brans was created and launched in 2017. We are based in London, UK. Some of Tobams Colors collection are locally handmade in small atelier in Ghana, Nigeria, Philippines, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe using eco-materials such as certified cotton and African wax print. Operates as a social enterprise that provides education and training within the local communities in Africa. Some are made in China. 

2. Where do you get the inspirations from for your designs?

African Wax Print and African culture.While originally Africa Wax Print originated from a combination of Javanese, Indian, Chinese, Arab and European artistic traditions, they speak to people in the language of colors. Breathing life into textiles and connecting them to hopes, dreams, politics and everyday life is what gives them context and makes them stand out. Intentionally creating signature prints that are reflective of everyday topics and allowing our fabrics to authentically reflect different cultures instead of cultures creating tales of how they are reflected in them.

Combining rich, beautiful and vibrant colors of Africa and Western Cultures, our main aim is to blend into all cultures using the representation of colors in our signature wax print. We wanted to bring in a mix of Western clothing with African Wax Print therefore creating quality clothing to embrace the beauty of both cultures. We believe Colors is something that binds us together around the world, we carefully select colors that are also represented in each continents.


3. How do you find your designer/entrepreneur life in the fashion industry?

My entrepreneur life has bitter and sweet days. But in all I thank God who has brought me this far. I don’t know if I could have done it without Him. Faith has been a big part in my entrepreneurial journey as a fashion designer and business owner. 

4. Any advice you would like to give to prospective designers who want to start their own business?

My advice to young designers is, do your research properly to identify trends, needs and what makes you different. Identify best channel of sales. Scale small to test the markets. Be consistent and ensure quality is key. 

5. What kind of impact you would like this brand to bring to people around you, and the society?

Tobams Colors was founded to create a unique identity in Traditional Africa Wax (Ankara) print clothing. We wanted to fill a gap whereby there is no clear identity prints representing Africa and Premium leader in the production of a signature print for day to day wear, haute couture, etc. but also maintaining African roots combined with Western style. We have created prints with the ability to communicate, with a background and meaning to resonate with our customers’ beliefs, traditions, and desires.

Our clothing are season-less, making our customers love them all year round. Tobams Colors lifts up disadvantaged women out of poverty by nurturing their creative talent in different areas such as modelling, Fashion Labs in Africa where they carefully design and craft each garment. A portion of the proceeds from each piece goes to The Laughing Women Project which supports children and women in in 5 continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia within countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Philippines, India, South Africa, Australia, Canada and Zimbabwe to be free from poverty, abuse, oppression, and helps them create a brighter future.

Moreover, we are taking Africa and all other Continents with us in every step of the way. The colors we use are vivid. The designs speak for themselves and are communicated on both the front and the back of the fabric. But this isn’t a case of pretty colours woven together, there’s in fact a deeper meaning. Each of our colors represent an important aspect of nature. The colors are an acronym of our name.


Designer Jite Newton


Images Courtesy of ‘Tobams Colors

Interview Notes Courtesy of ‘The Designer

@Croydonites 2020 programme #theatre #comedy #festival #Croydon

January 29, 2020

We’re delighted to share the programme for the 5th Croydonites Festival of New Theatre. Croydonites can’t quite believe they got here but the borough is bursting with talent and needs a platform – so here they are!


As usual they will be serving up a mix of theatre, performance, film, dance and storytelling for young and old (and those in between), with plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Featuring local and UK artists over an intensive 4 days 26-29 March, 2020, it’s a bit like your very own Edinburgh Fringe Festival, right here in Croydon.

Croydonites will be looking for budding film-makers, story-tellers and critical writers to get involved so make sure you are following them on social media @croydonites to hear all about it.

Thursday 26 March
7.30pm – Hannah Maxwell / I, AmDram – The Front Room
9.30pm – Richard DeDomenici & Jess Mabel Jones / Croytopia – Spread Eagle Pub Theatre


Hannah Maxwell

Friday 27 March
6.30pm – Tayo Aluko & Friends / Coleridge-Taylor of Freetown – Spread Eagle Pub Theatre
8.15pm – Byron Vincent / Instagramming the Apocalypse – The Front Room
10pm – Ellie Scanlan / Moon Face – Spread Eagle Pub Theatre

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Tayo Aluko & Friends / Coleridge-Taylor of Freetown

Saturday 28 March
10.30am & 12pm – Jenny Lockyer / Granny Pearl – The Front Room
4pm – Teatro Vivo / Grimm’s Collecting Agency – Fairfield Halls
6pm – Trevor Lock / Community Circle – Spread Eagle Pub Theatre
7.30pm – Shaniqua Benjamin & Well Versed Ink / Love Warrior – The Front Room
10pm – Gill Manly & Ellie Scanlan / Pressure Cooker – Spread Eagle Pub Theatre

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Trevor Lock’s Community Circle

Sunday 29 March
5pm – SLiDE / Insert Title Here & Ceilidh – Stanley Halls

On most days you can buy a pass that will get you into all the shows.

More information click here

#shoeporn #LouboutinWorld

January 28, 2020

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