Where do all the breakthrough fashion designers party? What are the hottest tracks of the season? Who are the coolest photographers to get snapped by? What “it”-crowd to be seen with?
London’s Hottest Tastemakers by Nik Thakkar
From David Bowie to Velvet Goldmine, London has always prided on being one of the world’s biggest trend hubs – especially when it comes to the celebrated and vibrant alternative party scene.
As trends are fluid, navigating this cultural abyss for an outsider is next to impossible. Where do all the breakthrough fashion designers party? What are the hottest tracks of the season? Who are the coolest photographers to get snapped by? What “it”-crowd to be seen with?
To guide us through this ever evolving landscape, Swide has teamed up London-based pop culture collaboration blog KARLISMYUNKLE written by renowned fashion and entertainment brand strategist and publicist Nik Thakkar to showcase some of London’s hottest emerging talent, parties and cultural tastemakers.
From Andrej Pejic’s epic rise to stardom to the success of Candy Magazine, there is no denying that transversal is a big trend this year, which is why London’s hottest DJ of the moment is Munroe Bergdorf. From haute couture fashion muse to club night promoter, the multi-faceted Munroe is definitely a name worth keeping an eye out for. She has pioneered the incredibly successful HAUTE club nights in association with Illamasqua and her DJ sets in some of London’s coolest venues including a new Friday night residency at Beach, Blanket, Babylon in Shoreditch are sure to set the dance floors alight.
Munroe Bergdorf by Lefteris PR
Whilst on the subject of dancing, DJ-extraordinaire Munroe has provided her choice of the five biggest tracks for Spring-Summer 2011. Make sure you have your iPods at the ready:
Dev – In The Dark feat. The Cataracs
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj and Flo-Rida – Where Them Girls At?
Aubrey O’Day – Automatic
Magnetic Man feat. Katy B – Perfect Stranger
Samantha Marq – I Like To Party (Remix) feat. Dev & The Futhermuckers
The Club Night
Aside from Munroe’s monthly night HAUTE at Concrete in Shoreditch which has welcomed some of the trendiest names in fashion from haute coiffeur Charlie Le Mindu to the inimitable Nicola Formichetti, 2011 has also seen the epic return of Jodie Harsh’s legendary Circus. With live performances from underground wonders such as Scottee Scottee (of Rihanna live performance fame) and outrageous nouveau art outfits from the likes of Daniel Lismore, Circus – a melting pot of divas, socialites, club kids, hot boys, sexy girls and society’s misfits – is a monthly London must.
Charlie Le Mindu and friends by Wataru Fukaya
There are too many hot new photographers on the London scene just to name one, so the shortlist worth keeping your eyes peeled for includes uber-talented fashion photographer and artist Lefteris Pr, Japan-London clubland staple Wataru Fukaya aka DROP TOYKO and ultra edgy party pap and DJ by night, Matthew Brindle.
The Style Icon
Finally, a name that is making waves on the London cultural and street style scene is that of breakthrough fashion icon, Matthew Zorpas – who was just awarded the title of Britain’s Second Best Dressed Man by Esquire Magazine. Not only does Matthew stand out from the crowd at every London fashion event – attracting the camera lenses of the world’s most prolific street style photographers such as Facehunter. The Cyprus-born icon is also a firm supporter of new generation designers such as Thorbjørn Uldam, Liria Pristine, Dimos Natar & Jillian Carrozza.
Matthew Zorpas by Jaymie Ward
Credits: Nik Thakkar, Jaymie Ward, Wataru Fukaya, Lefteris PR
Tagged with: #POCKET GUIDE
With Villa Reale brought back to its ancient splendor, the city of Monza regains possession of one of its most precious jewels and it’s one of those Italian cities you must have on your travel bucket and its an easy distance for a day trip from Milan. Swide gives you 10 more reasons to go to Monza.
The fourth and final leg of Fashion Week, Paris is always a force to be reckoned with. From exquisite eats to enchanting ballet dancers to the first ever major art exhibit dedicated to the ladies of the night, Swide rounds up five non-fashion things to do in Paris during Fashion Week.