Sunday, November 18News For London


The risks of cosmetic surgery that media didn’t tell you

Audio, Data Journalism, Fashion, Health, Listen, Media, News
A record number of Britons went under knife for beauty in 2015. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, here's what you should know. New data from the British Association of Anesthetic Plastic Surgeons shows the number of cosmetic surgery operations reached a record in 2015, with more than 50,000 surgical procedures - an 13% increase on the year before. The growing popularity of cosmetic surgery reflects the recovering economy and increasing influence from media and celebrity, according to Dr. Nilesh Sojitra, consultant surgeon and member of British Association of Anesthetic Plastic Surgeon (BAAPS). In the past few years, more celebrities are willing to openly talk about their cosmetic operation like Patricia Heaton, who said in Ron Jacobsohn's interview, "my philosophy is, you

Is Dancehall music to blame for the surge in young men bleaching?

Culture, Fashion, Health, Music, Opinion, Social media
Would you do anything to be beautiful? Some people are killing themselves in the pursuit of lighter skin and using skin bleaching products. A trend for young men to whiten their skin is emerging. But, why?   It seems lately more Dancehall artists are singing about wanting to have lighter skin.     There appears to be a growing trend for young men in London from Afro-Caribbean, African, Asian and mixed-race backgrounds to bleach their skin. These Londoners are going to extremes to lighten their skin, risking their health using banned toxic lotions, gulping down dangerous whitening pills and washing with caustic soap. Certain East London shops are currently facing a £20,000 fine for being caught selling toxic skin lightening cosmetics.    

“Wig or Frizz”: black hair and Identity

Audio, Blogs, Culture, Fashion, Opinion
As the “Black lives matter” campaign rages on in the USA, some may be asking how much of it has reignited black pride sentiments in countries like the UK.  Just before the largest natural hair show “Natural Hair week” kicks off in London, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham from 30 April to 7 May, we take a look at how hair is becoming a revived statement of black pride among women living in the UK. Black hair, black pride The 60s and 70s are quite significant for black civil rights movements in America and the creative forms of protest that black Americans used to draw attention to self-determination. Elaborate hairstyles became some of the big statements adopted by black icons like Grace Jones, Diana Ross, The Jackson 5, Lionel Richie and the commodores among others, to reflect pride a
When make-up becomes art: Georgina Graham presented the new limited edition collection of KIKO Milano at Covent Garden

When make-up becomes art: Georgina Graham presented the new limited edition collection of KIKO Milano at Covent Garden

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International Make-up artist Georgina Graham presented The Artist, the new KIKO Milano collection inspired by the world of art in an event at Covent Garden on Saturday. The Artist collection is an explosion of colour created to mix and experiment with colours that allow you to paint endless beautiful looks. “I think summer 2016 is going to be about experimenting with all colours. Its not one colour, it’s the colour that makes you feel happy”, said Georgina Graham during the event. The eyes come to the forefront with the eyeliner’s adjustable stroke and the high pigment eye shadows ensuring a long lasting effect and the lips are lit up by brightly –coloured lipstick. As if she was painting in a canvas, Graham created three different masterpieces over various types of skin

Fashion Week kicks off in London

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The 63rd edition of London Fashion Week (LFW) has returned to Brewer Street Car Park on Friday. See highlights from the shows of the first day above. Over the coming five days, the mega event will see 83 designers showcase their Autumn/Winter 2016 collections to buyers, fashion press and guests. This season’s ranges include ready-to wear, footwear, jewellery, bags and multi-label showrooms. Although the audience of London Fashion Week has traditionally been restricted to fashion industry insiders and VIPs only, this year guests can watch shows live on 60 outdoor screens across the country. Thanks to British Fashion Council’s collaboration with Ocean Outdoor, screens have been set up in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, G

Lady Gaga slammed for milking Bowie’s tribute

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When Lady Gaga paid tribute to David Bowie at the 2016 Grammy awards, many thought she had delivered an exceptional standing ovation performance. However, some of  the late performers fans including his son, Duncan Jones, were less thrilled. Bowie was well known for being music’s greatest “self- reinventor”. He mimed his way through a show splashed with glitter and wearing insane amounts of eye make-up. In a few words, Bowie has done it all. His son, Duncan Jones, slammed Gaga after her tribute performance to his father at the music show on Monday. Duncan seemed to have not been impressed with the singer’s rendition of Bowie’s ten best songs as part of her tribute. Just minutes after Gaga took to the stage as Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust, Duncan twitted that he was confused
Vogue 100: A Century of Style opens today

Vogue 100: A Century of Style opens today

Culture, Fashion, Galleries
For the first time in history, 280 prints from the Conde Nest Archive and international collections are on display at the National Portrait Gallery.  The exhibition is part of Vogue's centenary celebrations. Westminster World received an invitation to attend the exhibition’s public opening. The exhibition houses a number of recognisable English faces. Fashion icon and pioneer of the 90s 'grunge' trend, Kate Moss features in controversial underwear shots. Iconic British band, The Beatles also hang alongside photographs of the first Lady Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Despite the large variety of faces, fashion still remains the focus. The exhibition houses a series of Second World War photographs by Vogue’s official war correspondent, Lee Miller. His photographs showcase the

Collectors’ retreat on Southbank.

Culture, Fashion, Galleries, Retro, Uncategorized
The Vintage Car boot sale on 14th and 15th March had more than 100 classic vehicles on display. By Fabeha Syed  subedited by  Qiwei Wang Mr. Thatcher, a trader had all his collectibles and paintings displayed on his van. Among the traders and proud owners of Vintage cars, many collectors were also among the crowd displaying their antiquated collection near the Southbank this weekend. These collections ranged from vintage fashion, heir looms, clothing, accessories, books and many other forms of collectibles. “There are many retro lovers who can willingly pay anything to own a piece of old world charm. It’s my job to sell the collection I’ve got over the years” said Danny on asking if he feel awkward selling what many people consider treasure. His 1960s Mini Cooper had displaye
Mod: Why Britain’s biggest youth culture will never die

Mod: Why Britain’s biggest youth culture will never die

Culture, Fashion, Music
Mod style proves it is still going strong. From its inception in the late 50s, to a reinvention by Liam Gallagher sixty years later, today The Mod Journalist met English historian, writer and Mod Richard Weight to discuss his new book.  By Cynthia Gregoire @modjournalist. Sub editor: Kait Borsay @kaitborsay British author and historian Richard Weight hosted a panel discussion at the launch of his new book Mod: From Bebop to Britpop at Pretty Green’s Carnaby Street store in central London. People all over the world recognise Brits by the Mod look, but why is it still relevant over 60 years later? Listen here as Richard talks about what Mod style means to him. The book launch and after-party at Gibson Guitar Lounge was part of Pretty Green’s March of the Mods themed col