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The New Newcastle Focus feature Culture spotlight

Over the past couple of decades Newcastle has became one the UK’s most cultured cities with hundreds of thousands visiting every year to come to see the latest art exhibitions, bars, boutiques, cinema, theatre and restaurants. Many flock to Newcastle for its notorious nightlife and to what it is like to spend a night on the ‘Toon’, Newcastle was once regarded as a nit and grit city but due to new luxurious bars popping a breed of tourist has decided to visit Newcastle, and thats thanks to bars such as Livello and N0 28. Livello being one of the more exclusive bars in Newcastle boasting expertly crafted cocktails, with impressive bar service and a stylist backdrop Livello has the makings of a great bar. While NO 28 has more of a relaxed feel, serving fresh and high quality food and drink. Whether you fancy a pub classic, nibbles with your drink, or something little more adventurous, the bar has over a decade of experience. There are plenty of well established restaurants around Newcastle including favorites Hanahana and Sabatini each bringing their unique experience to fine dining. Hanahana is Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant situated near Chinatown. The restaurant offers eight grill station were diners can watch their meal come to life. With its prime location on the quayside Sabatini, has become a well known fine dining restaurant for Italian cuisine. The family run business provides diners with the finest food surrounded by contemporary surroundings. Newcastle has become known as one of the most fashion conscious cities in England, featuring a variation of high end and high street shops. Fenwick has become known as one of the most luxurious department stores in the UK, the chain of department stores was founded in Newcastle. The department store offers a wide rang of high quality good ranging from high-end pieces to lower market budget friendly friends. While Fenwick caters for many End is a unique menswear store, the shop began life to provide the men of Newcastle with globally sourced fashion finds. The store now stocks world famous brands and up and coming brands that still feature great quality pieces. Newcastle provides the city with many varied views of the visual arts including many exhibition galleries including The Baltic and The Biscuit Factory. The Baltic is located on the water front of Gateshead, the gallery is the biggest of its kind in the world. Baltic is a unique, diverse gallery showcasing international contemporary visual art. The art ranges from blockbuster work to new innovative work. Whilst The Biscuit Factory has a more low key backdrop, the gallery is set in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter. The gallery holds contemporary fine art, sculptures, original prints and quality craftsmanship. There are many cinemas throughout the Newcastle featuring the latest blockbuster movie, but over the last few years many independent theaters have pooped up including Tyneside Cinema and the Star and Shadow Cinema. The Tyneside

Right to left, Baltic, Livello, TyneSide Cinema, and Northern Stage theatre.

all over the world, to Hollywoods latest offering. Inside the cinema, it is a must-see piece of heritage with its grade II listing and art deco design. At the Star and Shadow cinema, there is a mix of films, gigs, live art and exhibitions. The cinema is seen as a new and different place to view the arts, as the cinema hosts its own niche withs underground and different format to regular cinemas. The theatre district in Newcastle compared to others cities maybe be smaller but the talent it has to offer is unique, with The Theatre Royal being of the most famous theaters

one of the most famous theaters showcasing work from, the Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, Opera North, and Rambert Dance Company to name a few. The theatre puts on over 380 performances a year. The Northern Stage, is the largest producing theatre company in the North East of England. They have built a reputation for their fresh and relevant productions and modern take on classic, that attracts audiences of all ages.

Right to left clockwise, Louis Vuitton, 3.1 Philip Lim, Jason Wu, Calvin Klein.

New season trend report Spring /summer resort 14’ Looking at the trends; fifty shades of suede, fresh crop, hawiaiian punch and nautical by nature.

Resort is seen as the chic in between seasons and this year did not disappoint and featured many new trends for the season including, fifty shades of suede, fresh crop, Hawaiian punch and ` by nature. Many staple pieces were graphic lace, mini skirts, nautical moments, crop tops and vibrant coloured suede. Calvin’s collection was a nod to ultramarine with stand colours mixed with suede fabrics. There were fern green suede coats, zip front dresses, work jackets and the classic pencil skirts are covered with choice of suede fabrics. The element of suede gave the collection a nod to the seventies era. covered with choice of suede fabrics. The element of suede gave the collection a nod to the seventies era. Whilst Philips 3.1 resort collection had a more modern day twist, proportions were blown up and widened and the styling more relaxed. The collection featured laser cut leathers, pom pom jackets, giving the ever growing label a youth edge with plenty of texture.

Hawaiian print was overall the designs at Jason Wu, he was designing the image of what a resort collection should be. Hems were below the knew, and waists were brought in tight. Satin fabrics featured tropical pattern giving the element of a hawaiian appeal. Louis Vuitton stuck with the typical nautical theme for their resort collection evolving it to give it a chic fresh french vibe.

The rise of the blogs

Over the past couple of year fashion blogs have became mainstream with the fashion elite, bringing you constance updates with the fashion world. They have became a way to express and showcase your individual taste in fashion from haute couture to the high street. Many bloggers use their blogs vocally to give advice to there readers regarding the latest trends, and recommendations of

what to buy, many retailers have noticed there impact and through this created their own blogs to promote their own products. He also states that this is a fairly new phenomenon that will take time for fashion world to reap the full benefits. Fashion blogs have also became a forefront to advertise the latest trends, they also have the ability to thrust a unknown designer into a overnight success and bring a well known designer back into the spotlight. Many well known fashion bloggers may receive a small token of gratitude from a designer when mentioning their products on there blog.

Fashion Toast Rumi Neeley set up her fashion blog ‘Fashion Toast’ in 2008, with just the intention of showcasing her vintages finds, since then she has became an cult classic among the fashion eltie.

By 2009 she was receiving 35,000 hits a day. In recent years she has received the awards; Best personal style blog and blogger of the year award. Neeley has also been signed by NEXT modeling agency and has modelled for likes of Forever 21, Rebecca Minkoff’s and many more.

Ring my Bell Ashely Madekwe was born in London, and was trained in arts with previously studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she gained a BA in acting. She has made a name for herself by starring in such tv shows as Secret Diary of a call girl, and Revenge. She runs her successful blog along side these commitments. The blogger was inspired by previous blogger and uses the site to document her latest find. Each post is captured by her husband actor Iddo Goldberg.

Song of style

Aimee Song is the writer of the fashion blog Song of Style. She was born in London and is a interior designer. Her inspiration for her blogs varieties from art, film and music. Song is well known on the blogger circuit she has two million page views a month and has 763,940 Instagram followers.

Jumper and skirt by Proenza Schouler

Monochrome Magic Mixing it up with embellishment and texture. Model Cara Delevingne Photography Karim Sadli

Left to Right, shrug and jumpsuit by Alexander Wang, and woolen coat, and trousers by Marni.

Just over a year ago Patrick Topping was producing music from his bedroom and running a established house and techno night Motion in his home town of Newcastle, dreaming that one day he would be rewarded for his passion and efforts.

Music Mayhem How house music has conerned the charts

But not even Patrick could have imagined how much things would change in a mere few months. But thanks to one of his first productions falling into the radar of the talented Jamie Jones, who helped Topping have many of tracks signed by the label Hot Trax. The songs gained interset with the help of music insiders such as Pete Tong, Richy Ahmed, Yousef and Darius Syrossian. I caught up with Patrick to get the first word from this rising talent on his new EP,  his creative process and what he thinks the secret to making it big actually is. First off, congratulations on such an amazing year so far! For you, this last year has been full-on to say the least... From producing tracks in your bedroom, to having your records signed the hugely successful label Hot Creations. “I’ve been DJ-ing locally for about four years and producing music for about the same time, but it wasn’t until Jamie signed ‘Walk On’ to Hot Trax that things started to properly progress. A friend of mine sent one of my early productions, a track called Fat Ballistic, to Hot Creations without me knowing.  When Jamie’s tour manager got in touch and told me Jamie had been playing it, I couldn’t believe it! Jamie played a few more of my tracks for the next year then just after the start of 2013 he asked to sign Walk On.”

As well as from Jamie, you’ve gained a huge amount of support from massive artists and producers, including Pete Tong, Cajmere, Darius Syrossian and Yousef who have all been playing your tracks. Can you remember where you were and what you were doing when you first heard a huge artist had dropped one of your tracks? How did you feel? “It was just a week after that first signing; I had just made two new tracks, trying to make something for the B side for the EP. Richy Ahmed was playing in my home city of Newcastle and I sent him the two tracks the day before. Before his set he told me he really liked them and was going to play one, so I was on edge through the whole of his set! When he dropped What Do You Mean, it was such a buzz! loads of my friends were there too and they knew the track, so it proper went off when the track came in. That track turned out to be the B side too.” A lot of people would say you were living the dream! Have you got any advice to other aspiring DJs dreaming in their bedrooms of making it big? “Definitely the best way is putting as much time as possible into production. Also helping push the scene forward in your local area through promoting can help you too, as you get meet so many DJs and like-minded people in the industry too.”

To be adorned To be adorned; to lend beauty to or to enhance or decorate with or as if with ornaments Model Gemma Hughes Photography Jessica Callighan Left to right, necklaces by Mango, Topshop and Zara.

PUCKER UP The Statement lip

Featuring the likes of Dior, Mac and Tom Ford, right to left. Model Josephine Peel Photography Jessica Callighan

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