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BRITWEEK 10th Anniversary


Los Angeles April 23 - May 8, 2016

A Look Back on BritWeek’s Best Moments of the Past Nine Years Harry Hamlin on why Shakespeare is still relevant 400 years later Fashion from Julien Macdonald and Zandra Rhodes A tribute to the late, great David Bowie from Terry O’Neill

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Welcome to the 10th Anniversary of BritWeek in Los Angeles. I am delighted to mark this important milestone for BritWeek and to bring you one of our most exciting programs yet. For 10 years, BritWeek has been celebrating the creative bond between the UK and California in art, music, design, sport, business and entertainment. 2016 is not only BritWeek’s 10th Anniversary, but it is also the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. There will be celebrations around the world paying tribute to the extraordinary influence of Shakespeare’s works, and BritWeek will be spearheading the Los Angeles celebration with our very own Evening of Shakespeare: Murder, Lust & Madness on April 23, 2016 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Over 20 acclaimed actors, musicians, and dancers will take to the stage to bring you the best of the Bard! Our Shakespeare Evening will kick off two weeks of exciting events all over town. Our annual Business Innovation Awards, in association with the UK Government and presented by AFEX, will feature cutting edge UK and California companies on April 27th. BritWeek and GENLUX will present a fashion show by the outstanding British designer Julien Macdonald. And of course, BritWeek’s 10th Anniversary Red Carpet Celebration will bring together big names in music, entertainment and comedy for a British Invasion extravaganza on May 1st, 2016 at the Fairmont Hotel - our largest BritWeek event ever. We invite you to join us! information.

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Lucian Freud, Girl with a Kitten, 1947. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of Tate: Bequeathed by Simon Sainsbury 2006, accessioned 2008. Photo © Tate, London 2016. Artwork © Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Copyright Service. Text and design © 2016 J. Paul Getty Trust

Working in postwar Britain, the artists of the “School of London” rejected the dominant preoccupation with abstraction and conceptualism in favor of the human figure. Drawn largely from the holdings of Tate, London Calling highlights the work of six of the leading artists who revolutionized and reinvigorated figurative painting in the later-20th centur y.

JULY 26–NOVEMBER 13, 2016 at the Getty

The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration bet ween Tate and the J. Paul Gett y Museum. The exhibition is suppor ted by an indemnit y from the Federal Council on the Ar ts and the Humanities.


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The 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare Why Shakespeare is still relevant after all these years?



Recipe: Sticky Toffee Pudding Royal Chef Darren McGrady shares one of Princess Catherine’s favorite dessert recipes

The Fashion of Dame Zandra Rhodes The colorful designs of the BritWeek GENLUX Fashion Icon Award Recipient

What to Wear to BritWeek M&S tells you how to get the perfect look for BritWeek’s biggest events


BritWeek Tenth Anniversary A look back at the most exciting BritWeek moments of the past 9 years

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Get Some Headspace Take a deep breath and a look at Founder of Headspace and Business Innovation Awards Judge, Andy Puddicombe

Inside the exciting world of Designer Julien Macdonald OBE An exclusive Q&A with this famed fashion designer


David Bowie: A Tribute Terry O’Neill shares his best photos and stories of this British icon

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All the World’s a Stage….for Harry Hamlin The acclaimed actor on what Shakespeare means 35 to him and why celebrating it this year with 26 other actors, musicians and dancers is so important



Art Across the Pond The dynamic art exchange between the UK and the Getty


The Long Love Affair Between the Brits and Los Angeles Find out about the special and long history between the UK and LA



Simon Fuller Takes Center Stage Simon Fuller: An Icon of Innovation and BritWeek’s 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year




Editor-in-Chief: Lauren Stone Design Director: Sandra Cook Publisher: BritWeek Designed by: Cooke Entertainment

The Honorable Bob Peirce Nigel Daly OBE Fiona Francois Christopher Guy Harrison Michael Krycler Nigel Lythgoe OBE Consul General Chris O’Connor Ellis O’Connor Lance O’Connor Francis O’Toole Sharon Harroun Peirce Barry Waldo Paul Wright OBE Simon Wright

CONTRIBUTORS: Amy Hood, J. Paul Getty Museum Stephen Kamifuji, GENLUX John Lavagnino, King’s College London Darren McGrady, Eating Royally Terry O’Neill & Iconic Images Bob Peirce, BritWeek Chairman Daniel Rutstein, UK Trade & Investment Arnold & Isolde Schwartzman Christian Spaltenstein, AFEX



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Peter Asher CBE Tom LaBonge The Honorable Danny Lopez Lord Frederick Windsor



Tracey Emin CBE Simon Fuller Taylor Hackford Sir Anthony Hopkins Eric Idle Dame Helen Mirren Dame Zandra Rhodes Sir Ridley Scott Jane Seymour OBE Charlotte Mailliard Shultz Andrew Lloyd Webber Michael York OBE

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Shakespeare Studies MA Explore the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries with our master’s degree taught jointly by King’s College London and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Draw on the literary expertise of a world-class university, within the architecture for which Shakespeare wrote, only metres from where his plays were orginally performed.

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It’s 400 years since Shakspeare died, but you’d hardly know it looking at all the vast activity around the world inspired by his works: there has never been more performance, reading, and scholarship focused on these plays. Despite that gap of time, one of the strongest current trends is a return to the traditions of Shakespeare’s own time. Shakespeare’s Globe in London and the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia have been the leaders in recreating theater buildings of that era and discovering how vital and memorable performance on those stages can be, with audiences and actors far more intimately connected than in modern spaces. But the world of Shakespeare performance is also now global. Shakespeare is produced everywhere, and those productions are more and more visible to the rest of the globe: both through touring and through online video. Every nation seems to find some local resonance in Romeo and Juliet, the most frequently-produced Shakespeare play worldwide.

Some global Shakespeare productions also seek to rediscover tradition, but many also see Shakespeare as their contemporary, as someone who reaches out to them far beyond the conditions of period and language. Shakespeare’s reputation and the familiarity of his characters and stories mean that everyone can feel at home with his works: they don’t feel constrained by their time and place but are open to everyone.

Michelle Terry and Simon Harrison in As You Like It at Shakespeare’s Globe. Photo Credit Simon Kane

Globe Theatre, Photo Courtesy of King’s College London

This year we’re marking Shakespeare 400 with a programme of events at King’s and across London. Find out more at King’s College London is a proud sponsor of BritWeek’s Evening of Shakespeare: Murder, Lust, & Madness on April 23, 2016 at the Wallis Anneberg Center for the Performing Arts, Tickets available at Dr Lavagnino teaches at King’s College London and is part of the King’s London Shakespeare Centre (


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HARRY HAMLIN Acclaimed actor Harry Hamlin joins 23 fellow actors, along with musicians and dancers, for a very special tribute to William Shakespeare

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This year is the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and there will be celebrations all over the world in honor of the Bard. BritWeek will be leading the Los Angeles celebration with a one-night-only performance titled Murder, Lust, & Madness on April 23rd in Beverly Hills, directed and produced by the highly acclaimed Shakespeare scholar Louis Fantasia.

BritWeek caught up with Golden Globe and Emmy multinominated Harry Hamlin to talk Shakespeare, and why after so many years there continues to be such excitement around his great works.

Q. You are playing Macbeth in the BritWeek production on April 23rd, but you’ve also played Hamlet and Henry V, who is your favorite Shakespeare character and why? I would have to put Hamlet over Macbeth as the favorite of Shakespeare’s characters that I have played. I don’t think I need to explain why!

Q. What is your favorite Shakespeare quote? My favorite quote from the Bard is spoken by the Scottish king in Act V Scene V beginning with “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow...” I always think of that speech when I’m feeling like I’m getting a bit too full of myself! So, I think of it quite often!


Q. Why do you think there continues to be such a strong interest in Shakespeare’s work on stage and screen? Because Shakespeare was able to channel the human experience with such facility, dimension, humor and poetry, I doubt that interest in his work will ever wane. No one else has ever been able to distill so many aspects of our behavior into words and stories that continue to instruct, inform, delight and amaze. His work is our enduring mirror. In its reflection we find ourselves!

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Creative Mediums British Performance Artist and BritWeek Visual Artist of The Year, Millie Brown sits down with BritWeek Q: Tell us about one of your first

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Gaga and your upcoming LA exhibition is a collaboration with classical soprano Summer Watson, how do you see the creative fields, like art and music, coming together?

At 17, I’d recently joined notorious art collective ! WOWOW! …when we were asked to do a show in Berlin. I decided I wanted to use my body to paint from the inside out in a ceremonial performance using coloured milk which was digested and released, leaving a part of myself and my DNA on canvas in the form of a rainbow spectrum.

I feel that music plus art, especially performance art, can really take the concept of the piece to a higher dimension... I’m always inspired to collaborate with musicians or sound artists as my form of expression is through my body and adding a sonical or lyrical element can sometimes add something I’m not aware of wanting or needing until its there.

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Millie Brown and Summer Watson will be in discussion during a Q&A hosted by Sandro Monetti as part of BritWeek to discuss their collaborative performance Rainbow Body, happening June 2016 at the ACE Gallery Beverly Hills, and the business of the Visual Art World in Los Angeles. Visit for the latest event information.

Millie Brown Rainbow Body, Lauren Laake at Gazelli Art House


BritWeek is hosting a Q&A with you and Summer Watson during BritWeek about your upcoming Rainbow Body Performance, can you tell us more about the performance happening this summer in Los Angeles? Rainbow Body is the performance that accompanies my most recent physical artworks, a series of paintings that are an ode to the city of LA and its energy. Suspending myself from the ceiling at ACE Gallery, my Rainbow Body performance explores the concept of body as vessel using rope to suspend myself in mid-air within a cloud of crystal prisms…. Heightened by the heavenly crystal voice of [classical soprano] Summer Watson, each rainbow light-ray acts as an extension of the body and a visual representation of ascension.

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Why the US doesn’t use the British Pound? The Roots and Rise of the Almighty Dollar By Christian Spaltenstein

When the United States were still colonies under Great Britain, traders often relied on letters of credit, or bartering, for international trade. These transactions often took months, if not years, and were vunerable to shipwrecks, pirates and a host of other perils. One merchant’s tobacco could be exchanged for another’s shipment of English chairs, for example, and the relative value of these commodities would be worked out between individuals. While the British Pound remained the official currency of the American colonies, its supply across the ocean was often too short to meet the needs of business. So, in addition to bartering by merchants, the colonies themselves printed their own paper money. These colonial currencies tended to rapidly depreciate, leaving creditors out-ofpocket.

After American independence in 1776, it would still be years before the new country’s monetary system was organized a manner adequate to meet the needs of trade. It was not until 1791, with Alexander Hamilton’s published report on manufacturers, that the American government realized the need for a federally-issued currency backed by a commodity, gold, to ensure the country’s economic survival. Enter, the U.S. dollar in 1793. Initially in coin form, it would not be until 1862 that the U.S. would issue paper notes for circulation. Fast-forward to today. While both the U.S. dollar and the British pound are no longer tied to a gold standard, they remain two of the world’s strongest currencies. And happily for merchants, systems of foreign exchange have much improved since the days of trading tobacco for chairs.

Adding to the monetary mix, Spanish and Portuguese dollars were often more readily available in the colonies than the British pound, so much so that America eventually named its own currency after the Spanish “dollar.”

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A Mind Full of Innovation By Daniel Rutstein

The inspiration to innovate can come from many sources.When personal tragedy led Andy Puddicombe to drop out of university and head to the Himalayas, he wasn’t thinking about creating apps. During his long training to become a Buddhist Monk, he wasn’t thinking about Santa Monica offices and influential investors in his new company either. And as he spent as much as 18 hours a day meditating in retreat, he certainly wasn’t thinking of winning the Business Innovation Awards and then coming back to be a judge. But here we are in 2016 and Andy and his company, Headspace, have just completed a $30m+ round of funding and the Headspace app is allowing millions of people to experience potentially life-altering mindfulness on a daily basis. Ten years of meditation training – and a degree in circus skills – brought him to London to help calm stressed execs during the financial crisis of 2008. It was here he met Rich Pierson, from the world of advertising, who became his partner and co-founder of Headspace, helping Andy make mindfulness accessible to the masses. First it was events, then books, and now the app is on the global radar with investors like Jared Leto and Jessica Alba, and users including Emma Watson and countless others. More than 6 million users around the world are being calmed by Andy’s voice and between them, more than 400 million minutes of mindfulness have been consumed. The Business Innovation Awards dinner and awards ceremony takes place on April 27, 2016 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City at Beverly Hills. Andy Puddicombe is one of the 2016 judges for the BritWeek and UK Government Business Innovation Awards, presented by AFEX, having won the award for Innovation in Social Impact in 2014.

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A Special Relationship: Art Exchange between Britain and the Getty By Amy Hood

The “School of London” will pay a visit to Los Angeles this summer when the J. Paul Getty Museum presents London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj. A major collaboration with London’s esteemed Tate museum, this is just the latest example of the Getty’s long and fruitful history with colleagues across the pond to bring some of the world’s greatest art to Los Angeles from Britain. Just last year, the Getty collaborated with Tate on the exceptionally popular traveling exhibition J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free, which explored the late career of one of Britain’s most-celebrated painters. Extraordinarily inventive and enduringly influential, Turner (1775–1851) produced many of his most important and famous works after the age of sixty, in the last fifteen years of his life. Bringing together over sixty key oil paintings and watercolors, this major exhibition was the first to focus on the unfettered creativity of Turner’s final years. The exhibition was organized by Tate Britain in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Fine Arts Museums


of San Francisco and was presented in London,Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Toronto. In late 2013 through early 2014, the Getty Museum presented two consecutive exhibitions that showcased very different aspects of English cultural history. A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography explored the relationship between photography, then a new art form, and the Queen, whose passion for collecting photographs began in the 1840s. The exhibition included rare daguerreotypes, private portraits of the Royal Family, and a selection of prints by early masters of the artform. Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister offered visitors a once-ina-lifetime opportunity to experience masterpieces of medieval English art: six dazzling, monumental stained


glass windows from England’s famed Canterbury Cathedral and the St. Albans Psalter, a richly illuminated manuscript that is a landmark of English Romanesque art. Also in 2013, one of the most celebrated discoveries from the ancient world, the Cyrus Cylinder, was presented at the Getty Villa in Malibu in the exhibition The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning. A rare loan from the British Museum, the Cylinder records the conquest of Babylon in 539 B.C. by the Persian king Cyrus the Great (ruled 559–530 B.C.) and is inscribed with the King’s orders to restore religious traditions and permit those who had been deported to return to their settlements in and around Babylonia. The exhibition was so popular that its run was extended to accommodate more visitors.

London Calling, on view July 26– November 13, 2016, continues this tradition of exchange between Britain and the Getty by focusing on a recent period in British istory. Between the 1940s and 1980s—when contemporary art was dominated by abstraction, conceptualism, and minimalism—a group of painters in London doggedly pursued the depiction of the human figure and everyday landscape, forging startling new approaches and styles.

Drawn largely from the unrivaled holdings of Tate in London, this is the first major exhibition in the U.S. to collectively consider the work of six of the leaders of this “School of London”—Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, and R. B. Kitaj—providing a timely reassessment of their extraordinary achievements.

The Getty Museum continues to nurture meaningful partnerships, such as these with British institutions, to help bring the world’s finest art to Los Angeles. Visit London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj this summer at the J. Paul Getty Museum July 26-Nov 13,

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Article by Bob Peirce

British writer Christopher Isherwood, whose novel inspired the movie “Cabaret”, once said of Los Angeles that there was no point in trying to explain to people why he lived here. “Either they understand it’s the only place,” he said, “or they don’t.” Since the eighteen hundreds, the Los Angeles area has been the “only place” for many dynamic and creative Brits. They have had a long and fruitful love affair with the city, and the city in turn has embraced them and their talents.


John Jones, from Herefordshire, made a fortune in silver in Nevada, became a United States Senator, and came to Southern California in the 1870s, founding the city of Santa Monica. The Fairmont Hotel stands on the site of the Senator’s home, Miramar. At the same time, a few miles south, James Irvine from Northern Ireland was building the fortune behind the Irvine Company and the city that bears his name. Irvine’s fellow Northern Irelander, and former British Merchant Navy sailor, William Mulholland built the water infrastructure that made it possible for Los Angeles to grow into the great city it has become.

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and for over 4000 acres of land that Griffith presented to the city to form the great park that carries his name as “a place of rest and relaxation for the masses.

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And the man who built much of the city was a British architect, John Parkinson, from Lancashire, who came to Los Angeles in 1894 and designed over 200 buildings in the city – including City Hall, Union Station, the Coliseum and the USC campus, as well as that stunning Art Deco masterpiece – Bullocks Wilshire. Parkinson’s contemporary, architect and civic leader John Austin, originally from Oxfordshire, built the Shrine Auditorium and the Griffith Observatory. We can thank yet another Brit, Welshman Griffith J. Griffith, for bequeathing the money that paid for the Observatory, and also the Greek Theater,

”From the earliest days of film making in Los Angeles, the Brits have been prominent in the business (interesting factoid – the first ever moving picture was made in Leeds, Yorkshire, in 1888). Charlie Chaplin arrived in 1912, on the same boat as Stan Laurel incidentally. Chaplin was not only a great star but also one of the prime movers in the creation of the industry. Countless Brits have followed him – actors, producers, directors – Boris Karloff, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Elizabeth Taylor to name a tiny few, and not to begin to mention the hundreds of Brits now active in the business. The Brits have won over 300 Oscars so far and at the time of writing another 40 have just been nominated.


In television too, the British influence is everywhere, from the reality TV shows of Mark Burnett, Simon Fuller and BritWeek’s own Nigel Lythgoe, to sitcom and game show formats, to costume dramas such as Downton Abbey. A few minutes channel surfing might turn up, for example, Sharon Osbourne, restauranteur Lisa Vanderpump or interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, all of them based in Los Angeles. Los Angeles is a world capital for music and nowhere has the creative relationship between Brits and Americans been more important than in music, ever since the British Invasion began in 1964 with U.S. number one hits by both the Beatles, and Peter and Gordon (Peter Asher is a BritWeek founding director). continued on next page

THE ONLY PLACE Both those bands drew inspiration from American music and both in turn have had a great influence on music here in the U.S. Innumerable British artists have followed them across the Pond to perform, collaborate and often to live – in Los Angeles of course! Paul Oakenfold, Sting, Jeff Lynne and many others who live here clearly agree with Isherwood that L.A. is “the only place.” Isherwood is only one of a great number of British writers who have come to Los Angeles. The great Ald-

L.A. detective fiction writers ever since have been inspired by Chandler - Ross MacDonald, Michael Connelly and Walter Mosley being prime examples. If Chandler gave Los Angeles a distinctive voice, the artist who gave it a distinctive look has to be David Hockney. The Yorkshireman came to the city in 1963 and quickly began to produce the paintings that everyone can immediately recognize as Los Angeles even if they know nothing else about it. Many British artists have followed him here and have drawn on L.A as their own muse. Los Angeles is the largest artist “colony” in the United States, and the Brits form one of the largest groups within it.

ous Huxley hated it at first but came to love it and settled here in 1937. Perhaps the most influential Brit, in terms of the development of a distinctive Los Angeles voice in literature, was Raymond Chandler, who grew up in London and worked as a civil servant there before coming to Los Angeles, where he at first did odd jobs such as picking fruit and stringing tennis rackets. Fortunately for all of us who love crime fiction, he turned his hand to that from the 1930s and produced such classics as “The Long Goodbye” and “The Big Sleep”.

Los Angeles is a magnet for talent of all kinds – in the arts, entertainment and business – and a great environment for creativity and innovation. Creative Brits will keep coming. The great love affair continues.

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Eat Like Royalty! Darren McGrady, chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales and Princes’ William and Harry, and now owner of Eating Royally, shares one of his all-time favorite recipes and one especially beloved by the Duchess of Cambridge. This and other recipes will be featured at the British Invasion: Britweek 10th Anniversary Celebration on May 1, 2016. Darren trained at the Savoy Hotel, London before moving to the Royal Kitchen at Buckingham Palace where, for 11 years he cooked daily for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and catered banquets for Foreign Heads of State including Presidents’ Bush, Clinton, Reagan and Ford. In 1993 he transferred to Kensington Palace as Private Chef to H.R.H. the Princess of Wales (and Princes’ William and Harry) where he worked for four years until the tragic accident in 1997. Declining an offer from H.R.H. the Prince of Wales to become his Private Chef, Darren decided to pursue a new challenge in the US. He now resides in Texas, owns “Eating Royally” Fine Dining Catering Service (eatingroyally. com), is an author, culinary consultant, event planner and public speaker. His first cookbook titled ‘Eating Royally; recipes and remembrances from a palace kitchen’ is in sixth print with all of his advance and royalties donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation.

Recipie | Serves 6 For the pudding: 6 ounces dried apricots 1 tsp bicarb soda ½ pint boiling water 2 ounces butter 6 ounces granulated sugar 1 egg 8 ounces all purpose flour 1 tsp vanilla paste 1 tsp baking powder

For the sauce: 11 ounces dark muscovado sugar 7 ounces unsalted butter 9 Tbs heavy cream

1) Sauce: Add all ingredients to a heavy based pan. Stir over high heat until everything is combined. Bring to a boil and simmer for 4 minutes. Pour about 1 ½ cups of the sauce into a greased 2 pint pudding basin and allow to cool. Save the remaining sauce to pour over the pudding. 2) Pudding: Place apricots in a bowl with the bicarb soda and the boiling water. Stir until the soda dissolves and leave to cool. Steps one and two can be done a day ahead. 3) Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add the egg and vanilla and keep beating. Fold in the flour and baking powder followed by the apricot mix. Spoon the mix into the bowl on top of the cold sauce. 4) Steam pudding in a double boiler for about 1 ½ hours. When the pudding is ready, reheat the remaining sauce. Invert the pudding onto a warm plate and pour over the sauce. Serve with Clotted cream, whipped cream or Ice

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Dame Zandra Rhodes: BritWeek’s Tenth Anniversary GENLUX Fashion Icon Award Recipient

Dame Zandra Rhodes’ garments have been seen on everyone from Princess Diana to Freddy Mercury, from Helen Mirren to the cast of the Magic Flute. Her pieces have a timeless quality: bold, dynamic, colorful and feminine. Her reverse exposed seams and stylistic use of jeweled safety pins during the punk era made her “Princess of Punk.” Zandra founded the Fashion and Textile Museum London and was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth in 2015. With her spectacular pink hair, theatrical makeup and art jewelry, Zandra Rhodes was the first fashion designer to be part of BritWeek.

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A CREATIVE LOVE AFFAIR For ten years BritWeek has celebrated and promoted the creative bond between Britain and California - across art, technology, fashion, music, design, entertainment, literature - and invested in young innovators of the future. Here are some of our best highlights:

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JULIEN MACDONALD Welsh-born Julien Macdonald has been part of the most iconic fashion houses: Chanel, Lagerfeld, Givenchy. Although he launched his line in 1998, a collection defined by attention-grabbing glamour and detail, it wasn’t until 2014 that he decided to focus fully on his label, having spent over 3 years as the successor to Alexander McQueen at Givenchy. His talents have been recognized extensively; he’s been awarded British Designer of the Year at the Elle Style Awards, British Glamour Designer of the Year, and GQ Womenswear Designer of the Year, not to mention receiving an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen in 2006. His fashions have been seen on everyone from Chrissy Teigen and Kourtney Kardashian to Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce. GENLUX’s creative director Stephen Kamifuji caught up with Julien in anticipation for his exciting BritWeek GENLUX Fashion Show in Los Angeles on May 5th. Julien Macdonald, Autumn/Winter 2016

Q: When did you decide to become a designer? I naturally took to textiles and fashion design at school. I had a clear talent from a young age. Following school I won a place at Brighton University to study a BA in Fashion Knitwear and never looked back.

Q: What led to that decision? During my time at Brighton University, the infamous fashion journalist Isabella Blow spotted me. Isabella introduced me to both Alexander McQueen and Karl Lagerfeld. Through these connections, I went on to become Head Knitwear designer at Chanel. Following this, I took the next step in my career and succeeded Alexander McQueen as Creative Director of Givenchy. The rest, as they say, is history.

Q: BritWeek LA celebrates the creative connection between the UK and Los Angeles - in what way has the US, or specifically Los Angeles had an influence on you or your company? Nowhere in the world has a red carpet like Hollywood. We work round the clock to dress the world’s A List celebrities in LA. I make custom and bespoke designs for the premieres and hottest parties. LA women are some of the most glamorous people I know. Heads turn when someone [shows up] in one of my dresses.


Julien Macdonald, Autumn/Winter 2016

Julien Macdonald, Autumn/Winter 2016

Q: Who is your dream client to dress for a red carpet event? Someone who is confident and oozes glamour. I have dressed some of the most famous woman in the world and in the past year dressed the Kardashian’s, Taylor Swift and Beyonce.

Q: What are you most proud of? I succeeded Alexander McQueen and was appointed Creative Director of Givenchy, where I designed Couture and Ready-to-Wear collections. It was a huge achievement. [I’m also proud of] the success of my own label, Julien Macdonald! I will soon be celebrating 20 years in fashion. In 2006 I was awarded an OBE by the Queen for my service to British fashion. My work has taken me round the world, from working in Paris and London to showcasing collections in Malaysia and now here in LA. I am so excited to be here.

Q: What inspired your Fall 2016 collection? Autumn Winter 2016 Julien Macdonald takes inspiration from the fundamental aesthetics of modernist architecture to create a powerful and angular silhouette with contrasting solid and sheer elements.



David Bowie A Tribute by Photographer Terry O’Neill

David Bowie by Terry O’Neill. Photos reproduced courtesy of Iconic Images


David Bowie by Terry O’Neill. Photos reproduced courtesy of Iconic Images

I worked with David many times through various guises, from Ziggy Stardust to Thin White Duke and Diamond Dogs, and later on the Dancing in the Streets video with Mick Jagger. I was always inspired by his artistry and his intellect. In the studio he was a co-creator not just a subject and backstage you never saw anyone work so hard as David. He wasn’t just a musician, a rock star, he was a ground-breaking genius always seeking to push the envelope of his music and his performance art. David took rock and roll to a new level. He raised the bar over generations. Many say he was the pioneer of glamrock, but that simply doesn’t do his legacy justice. Many have tried and failed to emulate him. He was a one-off and everything you see today in the theatricality and drama of rock and roll is down to him.

David Bowie by Terry O’Neill. Photos reproduced courtesy of Iconic Images

David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor by Terry O’Neill. Photos reproduced courtesy of Iconic Images



Simon Fuller An Icon of Innovation and BritWeek’s 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Simon Fuller is a leading business and entertainment executive who has made an indelible impact on pop culture over a period of almost thirty years. The creator of the Idol Franchise, he brought the UK’s Pop Idol to the US as American Idol, and is the executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance. Simon’s management company XIX Entertainment is the guiding light behind music icons that include the Spice Girls, Annie Lennox, Amy Winehouse, Carrie Underwood and others. His production teams and writers have penned some of the best-known hits of the last twenty years and he has built businesses for a roster of world-beating British sports stars that include David Beckham, Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton and Sir Bradley Wiggins. His two luxury fashion labels – Victoria Beckham and Roland Mouret – have become celebrated around the world and are rated as two of the most desirable womenswear brands in a highly competitive global fashion market. Named as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and celebrated for his humanitarian work by the United Nations, Save The Children and others, Simon Fuller has created a lasting impact in the entertainment industry on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as having been a major influence in shaping television content around the world.



Q: What was it like to bring Pop Idol to the US as American Idol? What were some of the biggest hurdles and successes?

Q: What first brought you to Los Angeles? SF: “I first came to the States in the 1980s when I was managing British pop groups. I’d grown up watching American TV and loving American music and was drawn to the optimism of the people here and their belief that anything is possible. The holy grail for any British creative entrepreneur is to have success in the US. My first No.1 hit in the States came some time later in 1997 with the Spice Girls. At that time British acts struggled to succeed in the States but when we released ‘Wannabe’ and it went straight into the Billboard chart at No.11 it was a big deal. At that point the highest entry in the US chart by a British act was way back in the 1960s when the Beatles went in at No.12 with ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’ and so to outscore an incredible band like The Beatles meant a lot. Within a couple of weeks the song was No.1 and the Spice Girls were a global phenomena. Success in the States meant so much. It gave us huge confidence. It was a moment of great empowerment for those five young women and it was inspiring to see.”


SF: “Initially it was a struggle to get people interested. The networks all said that it wouldn’t work. It was only when the UK show Pop Idol started to attract spectacular ratings that everyone realized that this was special, something that would engage the whole family in a way that had never been seen before. Mike Darnell at Fox came to realize that. He wanted the show and his commitment was rewarded with extraordinary, unimaginable success. American Idol became ‘must watch’ TV, the singers we discovered became massive award winning stars, selling millions of albums and having countless number one hits. We taught America how to text vote and we received tens of millions of votes each week. The show made history in what it achieved, becoming the biggest entertainment show in American history. One of the things the show enabled me to do, and made me extremely proud, was raise almost two hundred million dollars for good causes through Idol Gives Back. Only a show of the magnitude of American Idol could achieve this. It was a great honour to be thanked personally for our work by the Head of UN and the President of the United States.”

Q: You manage a wide array of British talent, including David and Victoria Beckham, Annie Lennox and others. What qualities do these great British stars have to bring them success here? SF: “Our two countries have much more in common than just the language. We have an ideology of hope, we’re tenacious in our beliefs and we’re driven by positive outcomes. For such a small island, Britain has always produced incredible talent… British talent travels well and there is no place on Earth that hasn’t been inspired, influenced and enriched by its presence. I am so proud to have played a small role in introducing so many incredible British individuals to the world, from all areas of entertainment and sport.”

Q: BritWeek celebrates the creative relationship between the UK and US across many fields, how do you see this important bond between the Brits and California developing in the future? SF: “America and the UK have a unique bond and understanding, we are natural partners. We come from a small island with an eccentric and eclectic confidence and America is the land of opportunity, embracing of talent and ideas from all over the world - it is the perfect fit.”

Simon Fuller will be honored as 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year at the annual BritWeek Business Innovation Awards in association with the UK Government on April 27, 2016. For more information, visit

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Q: What lessons did you learn as you first started that you would want to share with young business entrepreneurs? SF: “The most important lesson I learnt is that you need to be tenacious and patient. Life’s successes tend to be all about timing, you have to keep in the race until your moment comes to shine. When it does, it is critical that you make the most of that moment and then create the opportunity for your next success to follow through. Confidence is important too. If you have inner confidence, you are less likely to panic or have doubt in your ability and miss the opportunity. Clarity of vision and patience are essential to long-term success. Some of my greatest successes were initially greeted with nonchalance or doubt, but I never let that apathy hold me back from pursuing my dreams or beliefs.”

Q: What projects are on the horizon for you that you can share with us? SF: “I am very interested in any technology that allows me to redefine entertainment in new and exciting ways. I embrace all the new platforms that make it easier to engage with an audience and I am intrigued by the notion of immersive content and virtual reality. …I continue to love music and I feel the power, reach and passion for music will continue to inspire me to create innovative new ideas. I am excited about a new television show I am producing with the BBC filmed in the Serengeti. One of my great passions in life is the love and well-being of our planet’s animals. I also want to expand my involvement in Fashion. I believe fashion is now experiencing some of the same problems the music industry had to deal with over the past decade and I very much want to be at the forefront of finding the necessary solutions. I have an abundance of ideas right now and genuinely have never felt so creative in my life.”


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