Gudrun Sjoden Women in Art Collection

Exciting times! The new Spring/Summer collections from Gudrun Sjoden have just been launched, and, as you would expect from the lady, they are bright, beautiful and totally wearable.

As regular readers are already aware, I fell in love with Gudrun’s designs at a press day a couple of years ago, pulled in by the fabulous quality of the pieces, the use of organic, Eco cotton, and the sheer fun and use of colour they inspired in my wardrobe. This season, my personal favourite from the current collections is the one inspired by ‘Women in Art’.  This is an homage to some wonderful Scandinavian female artists, in particular, Vera Nilsson, Suri Derkert and Tovi Jansson. These women were in mind to inspire a range that Gudrun says is a tribute to ‘Strong, unique females who had to fight for women’s place in art and society.’

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Tove dress, Siri Leggings. Click here to visit Gudrun Sjoden

As you would expect from Gudrun, the range is packed full of fabulous eco cotton pieces that are perfect for Spring. Loose tunics and dresses make this so easy to wear, the ultimate in comfort clothing. There is the obvious homage to the artist in smock style tops and jackets that have a slightly bohemian feel to them. Patterns feature heavily, the Siri is a cool mixture of waves and dots, whilst the Tove is super pretty florals on block backgrounds of both primary colours (I so love the deep green version) and cool white (with a striking pink/orange print).

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Siri Tunic click here to visit Gudrun Sjoden

Siri Top

Siri Top click to visit Gudrun Sjoden

Another thing that makes this collection so fab is that Gudrun has used a variety of models, including some older women to prove the mantra that style is ageless and timeless. This is a great move towards more diversity in fashion, and the images themselves are just wonderful. They also show just how versatile the pieces are from the latest range, they truly suit a variety of people.

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A fabulous diverse campaign from Gudrun Sjoden

 

Reviewed – Tonight’s the Night at New Alexandra Theatre

The Rod Stewart musical Tonight’s the Night rocked into Birmingham on Monday night for a week long run at New Alexandra Theatre, and proved to be loud, raucous and most definitely crowd pleasing fun.

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The story, by Ben Elton, revolves around the plight of young Stuart, a (let’s be honest) harmless nerd with an almighty crush on the sweet Mary. Lacking in all the departments that he thinks attracts the ladies, he makes a pact with the (she) devil to swap his soul for that of his idol, that legendary rocker and undoubted ladies man, Rod Stewart. This works initially and he gets his girl, but having the soul of a music legend also sets him on his way to rock God glory. Only the path to true love and fame and fortune do not run smoothly…

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There is a lot to love about this musical. It is lively and frenetic, and packed with energetic performances and great set pieces. I loved the opening Gasoline Alley, running into Young Turks, which introduced most of the main characters in one swoop. ‘Young Turks’ in particular, almost sounds like it was written for a musical, it is that perfect in this setting. I also love the in-jokes, the devil most obviously being one of the famed Rod Stewart leggy blondes, with many of the ladies in the ensemble being of the uber tall, uber leggy and uber blonde category, especially in comparison to the pocket sized Stuart (Ben Heathcote).

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In terms of performances Ben Heathcote is fine as Stuart, although maybe a little lacking in charisma – Rod Stewart he ain’t. In contrast, the hilarious Michael McKell is just fantastic as ‘Stoner’ – the quintessential English rocker. He plays the role as a mixture of those famous ‘Stoners’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richard, complete with the tightest spandex trousers this side of Spinal Tap. The female performances are equally as good. Mary, as played by Jenna Lee-James has a powerful voice, shown to its best advantage when she sings the heartbreaking ‘I don’t wanna talk about it’ with such emotion that I almost shed a tear. Sugababe Jade Ewen’s role was smaller than I expected, but her rendition of ‘First Cut is the Deepest’ was beautiful and tender.

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The songs, of course, are fantastic, and ensure that the crowd will be on their feet for the pleasing finale that includes ‘Sailing’ and ‘Maggie May’. The clapping and cheering at the end really summed up a night of pure entertainment and cheesy fun. I loved it!

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Tonight’s the Night is at the New Alexandra Theatre until Saturday 1st March. Click here for ticket information.

 

 

Leighton Meester for Nelly

She is the gorgeous style icon who starred in one of the most talked about ‘fashion-forward’ TV programmes of all time. She is also the lady who has just married Seth Rogan aka Adam Brody. And now she is sharing her fashion expertise in a newly launched range for Scandinavian fashion giant Nelly. Yes, it could only be that fabulous Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester.

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The Leighton Meester collection for Nelly launched yesterday, and is full of pieces you could well imagine being part of Leighton’s own wardrobe. A cool mixture of classic and more edgy pieces, Leighton has combined trends like leather and skin flashing cut outs, with a range of animal print patterns, jumpsuits and statement jewel pieces to create a capsule wardrobe that can be mixed and matched, and can take you easily from day to evening.

In addition, there are some specially chosen pieces, called ‘Leighton Loves’. These have been specially put together as part of the celebration for Nelly’s 10th birthday.

What do you think of the collection?

From the Leighton Loves Collection…

 Notion 1.3 Chiara Top £32.95 click to visit Nelly


Notion 1.3
Chiara Top
£32.95 click to visit Nelly

 NLY Accessories Looking Fab Earrings £12.95 click to visit Nelly


NLY Accessories
Looking Fab Earrings
£12.95 click to visit Nelly

 NLY Trend Full Lenght Jumpsuit NLY Trend  £23.95 click to visit Nelly


NLY Trend
Full Lenght Jumpsuit
NLY Trend
£23.95 click to visit Nelly

 Dyrberg/Kern Assyr Dyrberg/Kern £229.95 click to visit Nelly


Dyrberg/Kern
Assyr
Dyrberg/Kern
£229.95 click to visit Nelly

 Notion 1.3 Twin Set Sweater Notion 1.3 £31.95 click to visit Nelly


Notion 1.3
Twin Set Sweater
Notion 1.3
£31.95 click to visit Nelly

 Oneness Lace Shift Decor Dress Oneness £44.95 click to visit Nelly


Oneness
Lace Shift Decor Dress
Oneness
£44.95 click to visit Nelly

 Estradeur PU Dungaree £37.95 click to visit Nelly


Estradeur
PU Dungaree
£37.95 click to visit Nelly

 NLY Shoes Pointed Toe Pump NLY Shoes £23.95 click to visit Nelly


NLY Shoes
Pointed Toe Pump
NLY Shoes
£23.95 click to visit Nelly

Click here to find out more about Leighton’s picks and to see more of the collection.