On Wednesday October 19th the Newcastle Discovery Museum will play host to the first ever Tyne and Wear Lifestyle Awards. Organised by MADE TV and following on from the success of similar awards shows in Bristol and London, this time, it’s our turn.
After an initial nomination period where the public and proud businesses from across the region put themselves up for the prestigious awards, a shortlist of the most popular was combined and members of the public were asked to vote for their favourites. From Best Fashion Retailer to Best food & Drink Outlet, the Lifestyle Awards is really an essential list of everything that’s awesome about our region.
The awards ceremony itself promises to be like nothing the North East has been seen before, from the amazing venue with its beautiful room in the eaves, to the live TV broadcast, so you Voyeurs, will find out the results at the same time as the winners do, how cool is that?!
The best bit? I’ll be there live from the Lifestyle Awards bringing you the red carpet arrivals, and I’m also presenting the award to the best Fashion Retailer (natch).
Flagship show The Lowdown will also be live from 7pm on Wednesday with Hazel, Mel and Peter so be sure to tune in to grab a front row seat.
So, whether you’re from the North East or not, this is one TV event that should be marked in your calendar, consider it your guide to What’s Hot in the North East right now, after all, this has been voted for by you guys….
See you there!
The next time you can catch The Tyne and Wear Lifestyle Awards on Made In Tyne & Wear is:
9:00 pm, Wednesday 19th October - Tyne and Wear Lifestyle Awards (Episode 1).
10:00 pm, Friday 21st October - Tyne and Wear Lifestyle Awards (Episode 2).
10:00 am, Saturday 22nd October - Tyne and Wear Lifestyle Awards (Episode 2).
Carli Pearson, Founder and Creative Director of new womenswear label, CIMONE was trained at Central Saint Martins and prior to launching her own brand, she honed her craft in a variety of senior positions at some of the world’s top houses. She spent her first seven years at Stella McCartney, later moving on to become Design Director at Alexander Wang, Head of Show Collection at Pucci, and Head of Womenswear at McQ, Alexander McQueen.
Her second collection for spring/summer 2017, and first runway collection was shown as part of London Fashion Week’s SS17 season and received to rapturous applause.
A web of contradictions, the collection saw control versus chaos and high-end production values paired with repurposed textures; focusing on the interplay between naivety and self-assuredness.
statement pieces featured unique, interactive embellishment, moving with models bodies and reacting in unique ways, never appearing the same way twice. A subtle and muted whitewash was brought to life with a vibrant injection of juxtaposed bold colour, appearing as splashes and stripes.
Very obviously influenced by the late Lee Mcqueen, Pearson has focused on confidence as the recurrent theme throughout the SS17 collection - with a little fun thrown in for good measure.
If you’re familiar with the London Fashion Scene then you’ll already be aware of Fun Affair. Known for it’s gamine aesthetic and off-beat presentations, the brand oozes 90’s cool like no other. From the in your face logos to the vinyl baseball caps, Fun Affair is one brand that should be on your radar.
Integrating abstraction exotica, minimalism and subversion, designer Xi Zhu strives to create an avant-garde and elegant sphere of design. Zhu merges her oriental heritage with European romanticism and modernism to define her signature: ‘rebellion meets optimism’. Seemingly on a mission absolute to manifest extreme beauty, marrying oriental beauty with mystery, stillness and power, Zhu is a designer for the modern day feminist crusader.
Hosted by LFW’s younger, funkier sister, Fashion Scout, the Fun Affair show begins in a perfectly white space allowing the garments to speak volumes.
The Fun Affair SS17 collection is all of that and more and the runway show is a journey from start to finish. Inspired by the New Romantics, 80’s power dressing and postmodernism. The SS17 Fun Affair-girl is edgy, feminine and sophisticated with just the right amount of attitude. A girl gang for a new generation, and one I find myself wanting to be part of.
This season is all about playing with proportion and form. I caught up with Zhu after the show, noticeably nervous, she told me “It’s about women’s strength and rebelliousness, did you see the last look? That’s my favourite thing I’ve ever created”
Highlights of the show and top of my shopping list were oversized bow knot shirts, high gloss 90’s style slipdresses, high-waisted jeans & baseball caps, and yes, the last look was my absolute favourite, in fact I’m working on recreating it right now….