Selfridges ‘Live + Loud’ festival – October 1 – October 4, 2015

Following on from what has been the most memorable weekend in Birmingham’s recent history, Britain’s most talented artists, photographers, musicians and designers are getting ready to celebrate the diversity and culture of the 2nd City at an event  being hosted by Selfridges – the Live + Loud festival.

Live + Loud festival is taking place this week, from October 1 to October 4, with some of the best home-grown and national talent onboard, thanks to an exclusive collaboration between the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (The ICA), Birmingham’s Punch Records, Birmingham City University (BCU) and a host of top fashion and beauty brands. Faces and talent to look out for across the four days will include fashion designer Ashley Williams, celebrity photographer Tyrone Lebon, film duo Tim & Barry, British Soul Singer Jacob Banks and plenty of up-and-coming home-grown talent who will be starring in the festival.

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Jacob Banks

Jacob Banks

The project has been created by Selfridges to celebrate the city of Birmingham not just as a centre of creativity, but also as a source of inspiration across the country. The event will feature commissioned works of art, photography and live music, which will draw upon Birmingham’s rich heritage. There will also be beauty and fashion pop-ups and specialist talks in store, which will resonate strongly with the city’s underground music and fashion scenes which will all be celebrated.

Visitors to both the iconic store and the special ICA curated exhibition staged in the restored industrial space in Floodgate Street in Digbeth, will be treated to an array of fashion, art, music, food and beauty activities.

Here is a run-down of the events taking place:

ICA Off-Sit

The ICA Off-Site exhibition will be open from October 2 until October 4, and visitors will be able to see work by top photographer Tyrone Lebon, commercial artist Fergadelic, Filmmakers Tim & Barry / Just Jam, self-taught artist Ben Sansbury and one of the most promising young British fashion designers, Ashley Williams.

The artists have been linking heavily with Britain’s second city, and aim to reference recent trends in contemporary urban sub-cultures. The off-site venue will feature the temporary exhibition and music programme that draw on Birmingham’s mix of industrial and post-war brutalist architecture, celebrating the city as the centre of creativity and a source of inspiration. You can find the full timetable here.

Ashley Williams design

Ashley Williams design

 

Live + Loud in store – beauty, fashion, food and events

Top fashion brands will be landing in Birmingham for the festival, including top make-up artists from Charlotte Tilbury arriving in a special make-over taxi (I will be reviewing this later in the week), a Cath Kidston fashion illustrator, the Jimmy Choo Cinderella Shoe being on display, and a Bollywood Pop-Up cinema, to name but a few.

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For lovers of celebrity make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury, there will be a chance to get an exclusive and complimentary ‘Quick Trick’ treatment in their Tilbury Taxis, which will be parked in Rotunda Square between October between Friday, 2nd October and Sunday, 4th October.

Throughout the four days, there will be a chance for shoppers to see the exclusive Jimmy Choo Cinderella shoe on Level 4, new cult brand This is A Love Song will be launched on Level 3, and denim lovers will be able to get their jeans from Diesel, Religion and Replay customised.

Adam Hockney, general manager of Selfridges Birmingham, said: “As you can see, the Live + Loud event is set to be huge for not just the city, and we hope we get visitors coming along to the store, and the Off-Site venue to catch at least one of the amazing events we have got going on. This is the biggest event Selfridges Birmingham is hosting this year and we are just thrilled to be showcasing such talent, diversity and creativity. We are proud, and honoured, to be working along the ICA, Punch Records, BCU, our fantastic beauty, fashion brands and so much emerging talent, that this really is an event not to be missed.”

For more details, visit www.selfridges.com/liveandloud

 

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Collection at Selfridges

Take the work of one of the most revered photographers of the 20th Century. Add in the make-up collection of Charlotte Tilbury, the world’s number one make-up artists in the 21st Century. What have you got? A cosmetic collaboration that is so gorgeous, you will just want every single piece.

The Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson takes some of Norman’s most famous images and uses them for inspiration for a range of lipsticks, bronzers, blushers and cosmetic bags. The collection is heavily influenced by an iconic 1975 shoot featuring glamazon Jerry Hall at the height of her legendary beauty, photographed in swimwear in Jamaica. The stunning images of Jerry are used as packaging for palettes, as well as prints on washbags and make-up bags.

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Selfridges is currently stocking the collection, which is sure to be highly sought after by both beauty and fashion fans, and with colours that are just summer perfect, this is a lovely collection to be adding to your make-up bag before you jet off on summer holidays.

You can view the whole collection here, but here are some of my favourite pieces, although, I must admit, I absolutely love it all.

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson

I love this lipstick, a super pretty colour inspired by London in the ‘Swinging Sixties’, and with a fabulous name – Miss Kensington!

 CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Matte Revolution Miss Kensington lipstick     £23.00 click to visit Selfridges

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Matte Revolution Miss Kensington lipstick
£23.00
click to visit Selfridges

I believe this palette contains an image of Wenda, Norman Parkinson’s model wife. Isn’t it just stunning.

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 CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Colour of Youth     £40.00 click to visit Selfridges

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Colour of Youth
£40.00
click to visit Selfridges

 

 CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze and Glow     £55.00 click to visit Selfridges

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze and Glow
£55.00
click to visit Selfridges

One of those iconic Jerry Hall images is used for the Filmstar bronze and glow palette – just so gorgeous.

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 CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze and Glow     £55.00 click to visit Selfridges

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze and Glow
£55.00
click to visit Selfridges

The 1975 lipstick, in 1975 red, is inspired by Jerry Hall’s first Vogue cover, shot, of course, by Norman Parkinson.

 CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Matte Revolution 1975 lipstick     £23.00 click to visit Selfridges

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Matte Revolution 1975 lipstick
£23.00 click to visit Selfridges

These bags are just so beautiful.

 CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Jerry Hall wash bag     £55.00 click to visit Selfridges

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Jerry Hall wash bag
£55.00
click to visit Selfridges

 CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Jerry Hall make-up bag     £32.00 click to visit Selfridges

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Jerry Hall make-up bag
£32.00
click to visit Selfridges

 

 

Vaseline Paint the Town launches at Selfridges

Hot on the heels of the ‘pink bubbly’ Champagne version of Vaseline Lip Therapy, Selfridges have launched another gorgeous limited edition. ‘Paint the Town is a fabulous little tin of lip moisturisation, but with the added bonus of also tinting the lips with a gorgeous light red stain. I had the pleasure of being sent a pot from Selfridges, and am quite frankly hooked!

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VASELINE Paint The Town lip therapy £3.49 click to visit Selfridges

Vaseline has long been a favourite for its lip protection and nourishment, and this new version is no different in that respect. I’ve suffered from very dry and cracked lips through the summer holidays, with sun damage being part of the problem Vaseline keeps the lips moist, which is turn leads to less cracking and much softer lips. They look better, they feel better.

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So, what is special about the ‘Paint the Town’ version of this classic product? For a start, the tin is fabulous, a sort of Manhattan skyline making this pot very Carrie Bradshaw friendly and a perfect addition to your evening handbag. And then, of course there is the colour, a vibrant red that makes this instantly appealing. The balm is also scented, a spicy berry scent that almost has a ring of Christmas about it. (A perfect stocking filler maybe?). As you would expect with petroleum jelly, this is absorbed into the lips quickly and feels soothing without being over-sticky. The lip therapy leaves a nice, light tint – not bright red, but something that makes it perfect for everyday use as well as for the evening. In short, it is an affordable little beauty bargain that we can all treat ourselves to any day of the week.

More New In Beauty at Selfridges

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CIATE – Ruffle My Feathers feathered manicure £20 click to visit Selfridges

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CHARLOTTE TILBURY Make-up bag £15 click to visit Selfridges

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GIORGIO ARMANI Rouge Ecstasy lipstick £25 click to visit Selfridges

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GIORGIO ARMANI Nail lacquer varnish (104 greige £20 click to visit Selfridges