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“I don’t worry about being too cool, too funky, or co-ordinated from head to toe. I like to work a classic look with edgy accessories, or a splash of colour” Martine McCutcheon


C O N TE N TS STYLE WITH Style Birmingham Live unveils the 2012 presenter, the beautiful Martine McCutcheon


Style news all the latest trends and news for


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Loveable Rogues on Simon Cowell, BGT and

overnight success


Fashion futures from trends to backstage gossip, we report from men’s fashion week


Down to earth a sneak peek at the rich, earthy colours for your A/W ’12 wardrobe


Style chart what’s hot this month Grooming news summer’s best new finds and three of our favourite colognes

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In the deep end with former Olympian

Sharron Davies


Photoshoot a suit for every occasion

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Gadget geek because everyone loves a gadget




Fashion news all the latest trends for your

summer wish-list


Label we love Fossil gets the SB thumbs up


Social news all the news, events and a cocktail


Food and drink news some tasty treats for


Food reviews dining out this weekend? Check

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Clubs in Birmingham with Will Power

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Partying with Made in Chelsea at

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you to enjoy on a summer evening


Hot trends for autumn with SB editor Sarah

Drew Jones

out our reviews first …


Sundae style rock a pretty pastel shade for



Sunseekers you’ll love these golden beach



Beauty news cool colognes, the perfect tan and


What’s on our pick of the best gigs, shows and events in and around Birmingham

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Michael Kors the man behind Hollywood


Summer trouble shooters for that beauty

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GIRL ON TOP Presenting Style Birmingham Live in

S e p t e m b e r w i l l t o p o f f a fa b u l o u s s u m m e r f o r M a rt i n e M c C u t c h e o n , a s t h e ac t r e s s a n d s i n g e r r e t u r n s t o p r i m e t i m e T V,

records new music and plans her wedding. Here, Martine shares a few style and shopping secrets with Style Birmingham editor Sarah Drew Jones

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These days, I feel comfortable in my own skin. In your thirties, you know who you are, you know what suits you and I know that my style has evolved. I don’t worry about being too cool, too funky, or co-ordinated from head to toe. I like to work a classic look with edgy accessories, or a splash of colour. I have a passion for jewellery, especially silver. I don’t feel ‘dressed’ until I’ve got the accessories right, even if that means absolutely minimal ones. I’m an instinctive dresser: it has to feel right for me to be happy. Fashion is all about what mood I’m in that day. As an actress, this even extends to what perfume I feel like wearing: if I want to be ultra-romantic and classic, I’ll wear Chanel; if I want to be sexy, it’ll be Tom Ford or Dolce & Gabbana. It all brings out the essence of who I am that day. Most of my style icons are classics. I love Marilyn Monroe, Jane Birkin, Julie Christie, Kate Moss, and the beautiful Monica Bellucci. Making mistakes with your look is part of growing up. I can look back at outfits I wore in the past and laugh about them. When you’re in the public eye, you have no choice but to have a sense of humour about these things. The trick is to keep evolving: think about what you want to do today and tomorrow. When it comes to shopping, I’m a professional. I kid myself that I’m going to just have a little look, then as soon as I get into the shop the X-ray vision comes out and I’m whizzing through the rails saying ‘yes, no, yes, no, wrong sleeve, right neckline...’. I’m fast and I’m focused, because I know what works on me and what doesn’t. I go in for five minutes and end up losing an hour or four. I like to meet up with friends for coffee so we can show each other our finds, but I do the trying and buying on my own: I love my friends but they mustn’t get in the way of my process! Everyone says it, but I really do love mixing designer with high street. British high street fashion is fantastic, especially River Island and Zara, and some designer prices can be ridiculous. Investment pieces aside, it’s foolish to spend huge amounts on something I know I’ll wear once. I’ll head to Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Harrods for a good look around: I adore Sass & Bide, Helmut Lang, the Olsen twins’ own label Elizabeth & James, and Yves Saint Laurent. I go to London Fashion Week to support friends in the industry. Increasingly, fashion shows are about colour, music and spectacle, so as a lover of theatre, I’ve really started to enjoy it. I’m looking forward to Style Birmingham Live. I haven’t presented a fashion event on this scale before, and it sounds like it’s going to be brilliant. Women, goodie bags and fashion shows are just up my street! Everyone will be asking where I am and I’ll be off shopping for dresses in one of the stores...! I’m getting married soon and choosing my wedding gown was so difficult. Friends kept asking me what kind of bride I was – traditional, full-on romantic and the rest – but the actress in me means I’m chameleon-like, so to pinpoint one dress was hard! You have to live with the photographs forever, so I decided to forget about all that and just go with the one I felt most gorgeous in. One of the most bizarre misconceptions about me concerns my figure. When people meet me, they often remark on how much smaller I am than the press makes out. As a woman, it’s never nice to feel like you’re being compromised in any way – they don’t do it to men – and if other women buy into it, that’s a shame. It seems an injustice to the women who write that stuff, and anyone

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• Angelina Jolie

who reads it. If it was accurate, I wouldn’t mind but when it isn’t, it’s frustrating. I work hard to look after myself and I’m happy with who I am.

• Shiseido

I’m a total beauty junkie. When you’re in the spotlight, it’s part of your job. Budgets were tight when I was growing up, but my mum taught me to always cleanse, tone and moisturise. She’d say ‘it doesn’t matter what brand you use, as long as you do it’, and I stick to that routine. When I hit 35 last year, I added an eye cream too, and I use Clinique when I get hormonal breakouts. My can’t-live-without products? I love a red or coral lipcolour and Shiseido skincare: expensive but so worth it because it instantly takes away any signs of tiredness. I like spa days but I’m too impatient to properly relax. I’ll go for a deep tissue massage to stretch my muscles, anything holistic with oils or a hot tub treatment. Though I like the results of a good facial, I don’t enjoy it because you have to close your eyes and that makes me claustrophobic!


Body art’s cool and I have a big tattoo on my foot. It’s about individual style, but, like cleavage and one’s midriff, there’s a time to bare and a time to cover up. Tattoos can be really beautiful on the right person and in the right place. Angelina Jolie’s give her classic beauty a fantastic edge.


When it comes to shopping, I’m a professional. I’m fast

• London Fashion Week

and I’m focused, because I know what works on me and what doesn’t. Filming Let’s Get Gold was so much fun (ITV1’s new sports talent show which aired in July). A proper entertainment show, it had something for everyone in the family. I was on the judging panel with Freddie Flintoff and Rio Ferdinand, who were hilarious, and Una Healy from The Saturdays. Una and I became real friends, bonding over our wedding talk!

• River Island

• Helmut Lang at Harvey Nichols

When I’m not working, I’m really casual, running around in Converse, jogging bottoms and a t-shirt with my hair scraped back, but I do enjoy the dressing-up element of my job. It’s a thrill to see how your hair, makeup and wardrobe team can make you look, especially as each person will have different ideas about how to transform you. It’s exciting and I never get bored of that. I don’t have a dream project or ultimate goal. I took time out of my career for personal reasons and I’m just happy to be back doing what I used to. I’m an actress and singer and all-round entertainer, that’s what I’ve always wanted. You have to be honest about what you’re good at, and not so good at, and keep working. I think it’s important to stay grateful and never take any of it for granted. As for cracking America, if it happens, it happens. At the moment, I’m working on new music, and a TV comedy. As you get older, your priorities change and you just want to do great work, wherever that is. I’m happy either way.

• Monica Bellucci

• Clinique skincare

Martine will present Style Birmingham LIVE A/W12 at The Mailbox, in September. Turn the page for a sneak peek at what’s in store...and how to buy tickets.

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LIVE A/W12 T h e r e g i o n ’ s b i g g e s t fa s h i o n a n d s h o p p i n g e v e n t, S t y l e B i r m i n g h a m L I V E A / W 1 2 , i s b a c k o n S at u r d ay 2 9 S e p t e m b e r w i t h a b r a n d n ew h o s t - ac t r e s s a n d s i n g e r , Martine McCutcheon

Tickets are now on sale for the new-look event, which this year takes place at iconic shopping destination The Mailbox. Visitors can enjoy a stunning ‘industry’ style catwalk show featuring the latest autumn/winter styles and collections from across the city’s top stores before heading out to shop the looks for themselves. Catwalk tickets can be purchased from theticketfactory. com for £10, which includes a seat at the show plus a stylish goody bag. Exclusive VIP tickets are £20 and include a premium catwalk seat at the show, a goody bag, a pre-show glass of bubbly from the Harvey Nichols’ Style bar and the opportunity to redeem a £10 Bullring shopping voucher when £30 is spent anywhere in the city centre retail area during the weekend of the show. Many of Birmingham city centre’s stylish department stores, shopping centres, high street fashion and unique independent boutiques will be offering fashion and beauty events during Saturday, including The Show at Bullring, which will be taking visitors on a dramatic and enchanted tale through fashion throughout the weekend. A wide selection of restaurants and bars will also be offering exclusive Style Birmingham LIVE menus and offers. As well as watching top international models showcase the catwalk looks, the Style Birmingham LIVE audience will also get a chance to put their own style questions to Martine and celebrity stylist Bradley Taylor, who will offer helpful tips and advice following each show. • Limited tickets are on sale now at • To keep up with the latest Style Birmingham LIVE A/W12 news and updates, visit

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They shot to fame after performing their self-penned track Lovesick on Britain’s Got Talent. Now Eddie Brett, Te Eugene and Sonny Jay have signed a £500,000 record deal with Syco and they’re keen to spread the word. We caught up with the Loveable Rogues at Hotel La Tour in Birmingham to talk fame, girls and life after BGT . How is life different after Britain’s Got Talent? When we first came out of the show we went straight home to familiarity. Now, coming to places like Birmingham with people recognising you and coming up to you is really strange. We tried to prepare ourselves for life after the show, but it’s still weird when people know who you are. Do you consider yourselves to be famous now? The word ‘famous’ is hard to define. We still see ourselves as very normal people. You don’t realise how many people are actually watching you night after night. It’s crazy. When you are in the show it’s like you’re in a little bubble, when you come outside everyone is talking about you; it’s only when you come to places like Birmingham and everyone knows who you are, it’s like wow! What are you looking forward to about being ‘famous’? Recognition for our music. There’s no point being the next John Lennon if only your mum buys your CD. We’ve now got this huge audience listening to our music. Is there anything that comes with fame that you’re not looking forward to? Personal intrusion is a worry. It’s quite a scary thought to think that everyone knows every detail of your life without actually knowing you. Up to now we’ve had loads of really good press and everyone’s got behind us, but you’re always waiting for that one moment where someone will dig up something. Like they did with One Direction: one minute they were the best band ever and now they’re asking how long they’re going to last. Do you think you were well suited to Britain’s Got Talent or do you think you should have tried The X Factor? No, not at all. At first, we were really sceptical about the whole talent show thing and we were worried that it would tarnish everything we’ve worked to build. With Britain’s Got Talent though, you’re going on as your act, as who you are; you’re not trying to be someone else. With shows like X Factor you are told what songs to sing and how to act, but with Britain’s Got Talent we were able to go out there and sing our own songs and not pretend to be people we’re not. It was a gamble, but it paid off for us.

‘It’s only when you come to places like Birmingham and everyone knows who you are, it’s like wow!’ What is Simon Cowell like in person? We haven’t met him much. When they first put us through he told us that we deserved it, but other than that we didn’t really have much opportunity to speak to him. The judges have such a strict schedule and they’re literally told to take their seats the second before the show is about to start. If you could choose one of the judges to take to dinner, who would it be? Simon, without a doubt. What are Ant and Dec like in person? They are the kind of guys you feel like you’ve known for years. They’re just lovely, genuine guys. They’re so funny in rehearsals. When you speak to them you’re always trying to think of something new to say because you don’t want the conversation to end. Even though you didn’t win, runners up in talent shows often do better than the winner in the long term; why do you think this is? We went on the show to get a platform and build up a following and in order to do that we just wanted to get to the final. We are all competitive and when you enter a competition you do it because you want to win. But we were very realistic from the start because we were aware of the format of Britain’s Got Talent and knew the kinds of acts that have won previously so we just set our goal as the final.

What’s it like when you’re standing up there waiting to hear the results? It’s nerve-wracking just talking about it! You know how people want you to react, but you can’t plan a reaction so you just have to try not to overanalyse it too much. What did you think of the winner, Ashleigh and Pudsey? Absolutely incredible; we were flabbergasted when we first saw them perform. We were in the same deliberation in front of the judges with Ashleigh and Pudsey, Fish the Drummer and Kai & Natalia and we were just absolutely amazed. Who will be first to get an a-list girlfriend? We’re all very different people but we’re all capable of getting girlfriends! How does it feel going from being normal lads to being able to go up to any girl knowing that she’ll already know who you are? None of us have ever had any reservations about talking to girls so nothing’s really changed. Who has the worst habits? We all bite our nails, but apart from that we’re all quite boring and normal really. Who writes most of the music? When we first started, Eddie would write most of it, but now we write together. Where do you get your ideas for your music? Honestly, good songs write themselves. The best songs are the ones that take about half an hour to get out because you’re so in the moment when you’re writing it. One direction or JLS? One Direction, definitely! Adelle or Jessie Jay? That’s a tough one man! Depends what kind of mood you’re in. We love both, amazing voices but definitely Adelle before bed If you could dine with one of the judges who would it be? Simon all the way! Although David Walliams is very funny and Alesha is beautiful! Loveable Rogues will release their debut single later this year. issue 29





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As on-trend as they are classic, these black and straw wedges, £59.95 at H&M will glam up beachwear or pair well with a simple dress for night time adventures on hols

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Structured, beautiful and achingly chic, a retro handbag is one of the coming new season’s key pieces. We love this white Palermo shoulder bag, £170 by Pied a Terre at House of Fraser


Peter Pan collars are everywhere right now, on t-shirts, dresses and jewellery. This clever piece from Freedom at Topshop, £28, transforms a tee into a style statement


Missing your fix of Mad Men since season five finished? Good news is that you can channel your own Sixties goddess in the new autumn collections, as they’re full of vintage references. Dress, £45, Dorothy Perkins

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These River Island sandals, £35, mix Navajo bead detailing with edgy black leather for a look that screams ‘summer festival’

Late summer sun dash? Hit the beach in this striking zebra-print swimsuit, £30 at Accessorize

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Pyjama-style trousers are still enjoying the fashion spotlight, and have been spotted this summer on everyone from Cheryl Cole to Charlize Theron. Animal print, £35, Wallis

Yes, it’s still summer but, no, you can’t kick back and stop thinking about fashion: buy your winter coat in August or risk missing out on the best pieces. A cape is a must-have for A/W ‘12/13: classic cape, £110, Laura Ashley


Next is celebrating its 30th birthday with a ‘30 years, 30 pieces’ collection: this elegant leather biker jacket, £160, is a highlight

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We’ve had a sneak peek at the new autumn collection at Hobbs in Pavilions and it’s full of clever tailoring and witty touches like this bike pendant, £29

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full time athletes, allowing them to fully commit to the sport. Since we won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics, we have come even further forward. We have built more 50-metre swimming pools in the last three years than we built in the previous 30 years. When we started preparing the bid, there were more 50-metre pools in Paris than there were in the whole of the UK. It was a disgrace so we did something about it. The first 50-metre pool I ever swam in was actually not far away in Coventry. I won a bronze medal for 100-metre breaststroke when I was nine!


It’s important that children enjoy sport. Schools need to make sure they give options to children when it comes to sport because if kids enjoy the sport, they will want to do it more whether it’s swimming, table tennis or zumba.



Everything is Olympics, Olympics, Olympics this year. After the Olympics and the Paralympics, I’ll just be carrying on the way I have been for the last 20 years in PR, marketing and television, in between being the taxi service for the kids!

T o c e l e b r at e t h e O l y m p i c G a m e s , S h a r r o n v i s i t e d B i r m i n g h a m t o ta l k h e a l t h , s t y l e a n d s p o r t

I often get asked my best tip for getting in shape and the best tip I can give is to find something you enjoy. There’s no point me telling everyone to go swimming because if you hate it, you won’t go. Find something that you enjoy doing and go with a friend for moral support. It’s all about maintaining your metabolism when you get older and keeping your body functioning properly. I still work out when I can, but it depends how much time I have after work and the kids. Most of the time I’m just the proverbial taxi driver! In my gym at home I’ve got a cross-trainer, bike, rowing machine and a few weights. I like to do 30-40 minutes of cardiovascular, usually exercise bike then something for my stomach and the old bingo wings. I believe in core fitness so if your stomach is in reasonable shape, everything else comes nicely after that. It’s nothing excessive and it never takes me more than about 50 minutes for a full workout.

I hate diets. When I first stopped swimming, I was only 19 and I put on three stone. I’m normally around 10 and a half stone, so that was a big increase for me. I did all sorts of yoyo diets for a year and all I found was that I was absolutely infatuated by food. I wrote everything in a diary and spent my life thinking about what I was going to eat next. Don’t tell yourself that you shouldn’t be eating potatoes or chocolate because you will instantly crave them. Just be sensible and think everything in moderation. We have a really strong team GB this year. We’re bringing our biggest team in ten years with 550 athletes. We’ve come a really long way with sport in this country. Back in 1996 at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, we only won one gold medal and that was Steve [Redgrave] and Matthew [Pinsent] in the rowing. We realised that sport in the UK was in a really bad way so we introduced Lottery Funding and were able to make our guys proper

I’ve always been really overprotective of my hair so it’s been quite a challenge for the Wella people to find something that I would actually let them do! My hair has been through the wars being subjected to chlorine water all these years so I’ve had to take good care of it. A good tip for swimmers: rub a serum into the ends of your hair before you get into the pool to create a barrier against the nasty chlorine. I’m a big believer of prevention before cure, so I never sleep in make up, I always make sure my hair is moisturised and I cover myself in cocoa butter. I love Bare Minerals make up; it’s really light and never makes me feel caked. As I’m getting older, make up tends to go into the wrinkles if I’m not careful! The hairstyle that Mia Delliconpagni at the Francesco Group Salon in Birmingham did for me is Grecian inspired with a boho chic twist. I had a great time in Birmingham showcasing this Olympic themed hairstyle and I really hope people can have fun recreating the look for themselves with the step-by-step instructions. Sharron will be presenting poolside coverage for the BBC during the Olympic Games

Step 1: Prep the hair by washing using the Enrich Shampoo and Conditioner. Step 2: Begin by applying Natural Volume Mousse from the roots through to the ends. With a large paddle brush, wrap the dry hair following the contour of your head encouraging an even distribution of product and keeping the cuticle flat and in a downward motion.

GET SHARRON’S LOOK Mia Delliconpagni on creating Sharron’s Grecian style: “I wanted to create an Olympic Games themed look with a twist. I think this is a really fun style women of all ages can recreate at home in their own way.”

Step 5: Clasp hair in one hand and with the other wrap a rubber band around the hair and secure until you have the desired tension. Separate the hair into three equal bunches, taking the outside bunch over the middle to form a plait.

Step 3: When the hair is 80 per cent dry, apply a little Flowing Form to mid lengths and ends to smooth and reduce any frizz.

Step 6: Next, take hold of the ponytail and plait, securing with a small rubber band at the end. Bring the plait around the front of the head, positioning as required. Use grips to secure.

Step 4: Once dry, brush hair over to the back of one ear and secure tightly with a band. Lightly secure any stray hair with Flexible Finish.

Step 7: Once style is achieved, fix in place with Stay Styled and add a light shimmer of shine with Sublime Reflection.

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Old MANAgEMENT L i s a S h e p h e r d m a d e a na m e f o r h e r s e l f i n t h e wo r l d o f h a i r d r e s s i n g b y t e a c h i n g wo m e n h ow t o m a k e t h e i r c o l o u r wo r k f o r t h e m . Wi t h a s a l o n r e b r a n d, L i s a i s b ac k w i t h g u s t o a n d g e t t i n g r e a dy t o wow t h e wo m e n o f B i r m i n g h a m I never really wanted to be a hairdresser. There was this guy I fancied who went to Kidderminster College so I went too. The relationship with him lasted about an hour, but I fell madly in love with hair, flew through the course and became their model student, so they tell me now!



Lisa is always on the lookout for fresh talent and she is looking for colourists and cutters to join her Birmingham salon. The techniques of colouring and cutting can be taught; the only thing Lisa requests is passion. If you live and love hair, Lisa wants to hear from you. Email a CV to birmingham@ Lisa Shepherd 5-7 Temple Row West Birmingham B2 5NY T: 0121 236 6981

I wanted to make a name for myself so I went to London. At a party, I met Umberto Giannini. Umberto was, and always will be, my ultimate mentor and hero. Umberto was opening up a salon back in Kidderminster and he asked me to go with him as his colourist to help him out for a couple of months. I was with the group for 17 years and I went from junior technician to director.

gorgeous; I’m not interested in outrageous, creative stuff. I want you to come into my salon and love what I do. I don’t want you to tell me you like it; I want you to say that you can’t get it like that anywhere else.

A good friend got me a screentest for 10 Years Younger – I couldn’t believe that in five seasons they had never had a colourist. You can take ten years off someone in two seconds just by getting their colour right. I did the last two seasons of the show and now has bought the rights and we’re currently shooting new stuff for that.

We offer a quick fix service where you can be in and out within your lunch hour. Our unique selling point is colour, and we offer everything from enhancing your natural tones to complete colour correction.

When Umberto passed away, I honestly questioned whether I would ever do hair again. But, it pushed me to leave London and come back to stand on my own two feet. I moved back to Kidderminster and opened my first salon in 2002. Birmingham opened in 2008, London in 2010 and Wombourne last year and I now have four salons that I absolutely adore. My salons are not like others you’ll find in the city. Some salons are intimidating; I don’t want to be like that. We want you to be comfortable while we do your hair. You can go through to the seating area where you can sit back with a magazine or one of our iPads, help yourself to the drinks fridge and just relax while your colour takes instead of staring at yourself in the mirror for two hours. I’ve always been one to push for awards. I won Midlands Hairdresser of the Year three times and Colourist of the Year three times so I’m not

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allowed to enter anymore! British Hairdresser of the Year was the big one for me, and I won that in 2005. Now it’s all about the team. I’m here to develop their wins and nurture them through.

After taking a step back from the business for two years to have my second child, I have decided that the time is right to get back in control. I feel like I’ve got a new job! I love it because I’m back in the thick of it and back doing what I do best: inspiring my team. I’m a commercial hairdresser; I don’t do flamboyant, off-the-wall hair. I like women to look sexy and

I don’t pay attention to rules when it comes to colour: I do it my way and it works. My staff give all clients a proper consultation each time they come in, like they’re brand new clients. The client has to understand why they are having a particular cut, colour or treatment and what it means for them in the future: all my clients leave here knowing exactly how to maintain their new style and how to achieve it in ten minutes before work in the morning. Although I’ve won what I’ve won and done what I’ve done, I still love the nitty gritty of my job. I still scrub the floor with the rest of the staff and get stuck in where I’m needed. I’m in my salons four days a week and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Looking into the future, I can honestly say I’ve only scratched the surface of where I want to be. I’m such a perfectionist, and things will happen when I’m ready. New franchises, my product range: it will all happen when I am 100 per cent happy that it’s as good as it can possibly be.


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Earrings are all about making a style statement right now: feathers, chains and crystal were seen on several autumn catwalks. Rock a chandelier style to add interest to your beachwear, or invest now in new season pieces. We love these delicate ones, £10, from Daisy & Eve at Evans.

Leopard print satchel, £116, Zatchels at House of Fraser

HORSE AROUND This equestrian print dress, £39.50 from Dorothy Perkins, is the perfect piece to transition from late summer into autumn: chic, and ticking two trend boxes for print and the new shirt-dress shape.

sixties chic Cutesy retro styles have dominated swimwear this summer, and it’s been great news for women with curves. The Cote D’Azur range from Boux Avenue in Bullring fits the bill, with pretty gingham and polka dot patterns: bikini top £26, and shorts £14.

WISH-LIST Notebooks at the ready: here’s a hot tip for A/W ‘12/13. Embellishment is a scorching hot trend, and heavily beaded shoes were seen at Balenciaga, Prada and Versace. We have it on good authority that THE high street shoe-of-the-season will be the Otto from Dune, £195, a gorgeous baroque shooboot in sparkling white or black.

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Fashionistas will be cheered to hear that uber-cool label Helmut Lang has launched at Harvey Nichols Birmingham. Loved by Beyonce, Nicole Richie, Hilary Duff and Kate Winslet to name just a few stars , the label is renowned for mixing an exciting edgy vibe with sophisticated elegance. The new A/W ‘12/13 collection is full of beautifully structured tailoring with asymmetric tops and panelled dresses, with leather, lace, cobweb knits and velvet to the fore.



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Lovely jewellery brand Thomas Sabo has now added real diamonds to its sterling silver collections, but cleverly kept prices affordable. We screamed with delight when this lovely key necklace, £159, with a pretty hazelnut charm, £59, landed on our desk. Find Thomas Sabo in Bullring.

Glider dress £195, Thomas Pink in The Mailbox

Clutch, £99, Daniel Footwear

McQ mini leather coin purse, £50, Harvey Nichols


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If super-bright colours aren’t your thing, you probably find it tricky to pack for beach breaks. We’ve managed to find a cool swimwear range that’s not all about brights: Culture Clash kaftan £25, swimsuit £39.50, necklace £12.50, and bracelets £5 and £12.50, all M&S in Pavilions.



Maybe it’s a reaction to the wettest summer on record, but citrus brights are finishing the season on a fashion all-time high. Get your fix of sunkissed orange on the high street.

PRE-FALL PERFECTION These gorgeous must-haves are the highlights of the Pre-Fall line at Harvey Nichols

Puffball dress, £80 Studded leather jacket, £85

All from the new autumn collection at Topshop

Finders Keepers crepe blouse, £75

Alice + Olivia silk dress, £330

Suede stiletto, £70 Jeffrey Campbell Lita boots, £115

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Wallace watch with leather strap, £75

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Crystal necklace £45 Earrings, £45

Rose gold effect watch £135 Croc clutch £75 Chain bracelet £59

Tote £208 Patchwork minibag £85

Austin tote with key, £279

LABEL WE LOVE C u t e , w e l l - m a d e a n d v i n ta g e - i n s p i r e d , F O S S I L’ s c l o t h i n g a n d a c c e s s o r i e s a r e a c at wa l k d r e a m o n t h e h i g h s t r e e t Sometimes a label comes along that treads the fine line between quirky and classic, making you want every single thing in the collection. Usually, that’s a top-drawer couture brand and out of mere mortals’ price range: but there are high street ones too, if you know where to look, and Fossil leads the pack.

Croc satchel £309

Key bangle £59

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Heavily inspired by vintage Americana, Fossil specialises in gorgeous leather accessories, watches and jewellery, but there’s also a capsule clothing line and footwear for both women and men. The emphasis is on quality – butter-soft suede, leather that looks better and better with age – and there’s a lovely retro feel to the collections. For autumn, Fossil has focused on its jewellery line, adding delicate bracelets and bangles to the extensive choice of watches. Whether you like rose gold, crystals or cool silver, there’s a timepiece in the Fossil range to suit: our stand-out faves this season are tortoiseshell,

matte-effect metals and chunky leather straps in wearable neutrals. It’s the handbag range that really sets Fossil apart from its high street peers. At affordable price points, the irresistible bags rival designer ones five times the price: think pebble-grain leather totes, animal-print satchels and classic clutches, each adorned with the signature Fossil key motif. Styling is vintage, with lots of natural hues mixed in with elegant patterns and pops of yellow, aqua and coral. If you love the look of young Hollywood – think Rachel Bilson, Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Diane Kruger, Jessica Alba - Fossil’s part-boho, part-classic aesthetic is for you. Invest in a timeless leather tote, splash out on a statement watch or layer on the new jewellery line, and wait for the ‘where did you get that?’ compliments.

Giraffe print, £239

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After a few consecutive seasons of neon brights, block colours and clashing prints, autumn/winter ‘12/13 brings in a new mood of modesty, elegance and classic silhouettes. Colour palettes are muted and edge on the sombre, and several fashion-favourite motifs are back in a big way for autumn: military influence and urban utility were seen on the runways at Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang, DKNY, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Givenchy. Fittingly, in a Diamond Jubilee year, royal purple is the stand-out shade of the season ahead. Every one of the leading design houses sent their models down the catwalk in rich shades from lavender to mulberry, aubergine and classic imperial purple.

A few micro-trends popped up at Fashion Weeks around the globe. Update your winter wardrobe with a cape: they were seen at Tom Ford and Miu Miu and got a seal of approval when Gwyneth Paltrow wore a white one to the Oscars. Elbow gloves are another huge trend, in cotton, satin or leather, and in shoes, both pointed-toe and timeless Mary-Jane styles are enjoying a renaissance. Fashionistas will love autumn’s emphasis on decadent fabrics, such as velvet, lace, brocade and even damask, but if embellishment isn’t your thing, try the cool monochrome prints that will be everywhere. They were seen at Armani and Alberta Ferretti, and the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown designer Sarah Burton also threaded black and white through her collection at Alexander McQueen.


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Sweater, £25, Next

Jumpsuit, £40, Miss Selfridge

Sunglasses, £15, Accessorize

Skinny jeans, £19.99, New Look

Dress, £60, River Island ACCESSORIZE


SUNDAESTYLE STYLE L e t i c e - c r e a m pa s t e l s c o o l d o w n y o u r s u m m e r l o o k Belt, £12, Next

Heels, £65, Faith at Debenhams

Necklace, £25, Freedom at Topshop Satchel, £25, Marks & Spencer

Sandals, £35, Office

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Sunglasses, £10, Next

Waistcoat, £14.99, New Look

Kaftan, £35, Fat Face in The Mailbox

Bikini, £28, Topshop

Leather shopper, £79, Marks & Spencer

Shorts, £23, Dorothy Perkins


Necklace, £15, Diva at Miss Selfridge

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Pinko leather jacket, £625; Pinko beaded vest top, £200; J Brand jeans, £210. All from Harvey Nichols

CITY GIRL T h i s s u m m e r , w e ’ v e s e e n f o u r s e a s o n s i n o n e d ay. T r a n s i t i o n y o u r wa r d r o b e f r o m h i g h s u m m e r t o e a r ly au t u m n w i t h t h e s e e a s y k e y p i e c e s , c h o s e n b y t h e fa c e o f S t y l e B i r m i n g h a m ’ s S u m m e r 1 2 c a m pa i g n , m o d e l a n d p r e s e n t e r E M M A W I L L I S

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Cotton cufflink shirt, £79; sateen trousers, £99; blue ostrich belt, £39; bambino suede shoes, £139. All from Jigsaw

The Kooples pink suit trousers, £355; jacket £190; YSL shoes, £550. All from Selfridges

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style women Merc jumper, £89; Tonic trousers, £139; Lulu court shoes, £139. All from Jigsaw

Toucan dress, Untold, £130; Wimzikel shoes, Dune, £80. All from House of Fraser

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Victoria Beckham dress, £1,500; Christian Louboutin clutch, £595; Christian Louboutin Summerisma heels, £595. All from Selfridges

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B EAU T Y NEWS H i g h s u m m e r m e a n s g o l d e n s k i n, s u p e rs h i n e h a i r a n d e a s y h o l i d ay m a k e u p

GET THE LOOK Bat for Katy Perry’s beautiful lashes, with a couple of coats of the miraculous Estee Lauder Sumptuous Two-Tone Eye-Opening Mascara in dual colours (we love the bold black/rich plum) £25.

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The famous Ciaté Caviar Manicure has come to Selfridges Birmingham, and it’s a must-try treat. Threedimensional and decadent, the manicure is a real fashion statement: for £18, choose from Rainbow, Mother of Pearl and Black Pearl, or a patriotic red, white and blue.



Made with botanical extracts, the Angelica Hydration Face Mist, £15 from L’Occitane in Pavilions, is the perfect travel pick-me-up.


Supergoop! is already a huge hit in the States and now its powerful SPF range has launched here. With light, shine-free formulas, it’s an easy step to build into your skincare routine. Try the travel kit, £35 from SpaceNK.



BEAT FRIZZ IN THE HEAT: Choose products with Argan oil to dampen down frizz. We rate Moroccanoil Curl Control Mousse, £14.25, and Curl Defining Cream, £23.85, in salons: 0800 310 1133. KEEP HAIR SLEEK AT THE BEACH: “Instant Calmer, £12, is our wonder product” says Sunny Sanga, Senior Director at the Nicky Clarke salon in The Mailbox. “Towel dry hair and comb through a pea-size amount, massaging through the hair. It absorbs UV light so protects hair, too.” PREVENT COLOUR FADE IN THE SUN: Invest in Bumble & Bumble’s fab new Color Minded haircare range, which uses polymers to lock in colour. There’s an in-salon treatment that’s worth every penny too: products from £23, for local salons, go to

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Want Heidi Klum’s gorgeous bronze glow? Start with extra hydration for sun-parched skin. Crème de la Mer The Reparative Body Lotion, £120 at Harvey Nichols, smoothes dry patches and plumps out cells for a youthful look. Slick on Thalgo Polynesia Sacred Oil, £26 (salons:, for a golden shimmer that goes on dry and leaves a subtle tropical scent.


There were gasps of pleasure when the new MAC Heavenly Creature collection touched down in the Style office. Magical, marbled colour, each of the nine Mineralize Eye Shadows, £16.50, and four Mineralize Skinfinish face powders, £21.50, blend on the skin for subtle, shimmering, celestial effects.

Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Summer EDT, £38.99, The Perfume Shop

MOODY BLUE Clarins’ summer makeup is inspired by India, and bursts with intense violets and golds. Highlights? The Limited Edition Colour Quartet and Liner Palette, £30 and Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm, £16.50. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau Fraiche, £85, Selfridges


RULES Versace Vanitas, EDT, from £35, most department stores



PERFECT TAN A St Tropez spray tan lasts for a week and is guaranteed streak-free: splash out at a city salon, such as Benjamin Ryan Hair, Le Petit Spa at Malmaison and Spa du Vin at Hotel du Vin, from £12. Going DIY? We tried the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Firming Body Crème, £24 and found it easy to use and a great way to build a gorgeous gradual tan.

Legendary makeup artist Bobbi Brown shares her top summer beauty tips 1. Lighten up Tinted moisturiser is a warm-weather essential, as it hydrates skin and saves time, combining face makeup, skincare and sun protection into one. Try: SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free £27. 2. Tan the healthy way Get your glow with bronzer. Using a large brush, lightly dust the bronzer over your cheeks, forehead, nose, chin and neck (the places the sun naturally hits). Try: Shimmer Brick £30.50. Apply High Shimmer Lip Gloss £17 to complete the glow. 3. Think long-wearing Choose makeup that resists both heat and humidity. I swear by my long-wear formulas – they don’t smudge or smear and stay put for up to 12 hours (seriously). Try: Long-Wear Cream Shadow £18 or Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner £16.50.

4. Go for cover Daily sun protection is an absolute must and SPF protection of 15 to 30 is key whenever you’re outdoors. Try: Protective Face Lotion SPF 15 £32, Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm SPF 25 £62. 5 Stay hydrated Water is essential for fresh, glowing skin. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water a day (add fresh lemon juice and a pinch of salt for added benefits) and use a face lotion or cream to replenish the moisture that skin loses daily. Try: Hydrating Face Cream £36. All products by Bobbi Brown: find the range at House of Fraser, Selfridges and Debenhams

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Here’s 10 things every woman should have in her closet… 1.

A sharply tailored black trouser suit


A crisp white tailored shirt


A fitted black sheath dress


A black pencil skirt as it never goes out of style


Lightweight cashmere sweaters in black, camel and grey


A fabulous fur vest (real or faux)


A classic khaki trench coat


A great pair of dark fitted jeans


A perfect nude stiletto pump

10. A luggage coloured leather satchel

Michael Kors Leg shine £24

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MICHAEL KORS Who do the stars call when they want old-school Hollywood glamour? Michael Kors, the legendary American designer known for his love of hot colours and sexy metallics and for creating a fabulous fragrance line to match the fashion. Here, Michael shares a few style secrets of his own Many women embody the Michael Kors sense of style, but I think that Angelina Jolie continues to keep me on the edge of my seat. Whether she is taking the kids to get art supplies or walking the red carpet she has such an innate sense of style.

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People ask me about a ‘typical day’ in my life but there really isn’t any such thing. I don’t have many ‘typical days’ because I travel so much: I love to keep moving and seeking out ideas for inspiration. I am a pop culture sponge, I read every magazine and book, I am movie- and theatre-obsessed and I watch lots of television. I really only truly unwind when I escape to a beach - then I can really shut down and relax, so I try to get away for a couple of days or a long weekend once a month. But I run a busy calendar and am very Attention Deficit Disorder - so I really need to pack it all in to keep me going.

I like to indulge in a few spa and salon treatments. I go to several regular spots in Greenwich Village in New York, where I’m based. I have massages several times a month with a great masseur called Rick at the Relax spa, I love having reflexology at Angel Feet, and for pedicures I visit Jin Soon Hand & Feet Spa.

Michael Kors Body lotion £34

Michael Kors Shower gel £28

I like to keep my skin looking good through my diet. My ultimate secret? Sleep and water. If I could give just one piece of advice about making the best of yourself, it would be this: exude confidence and remember that a smile is the best accessory a woman can have.

Michael Kors eau de parfum, with notes of tuberose and Moroccan incense, from £35.50

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Neglected nails: Swimming in the sea and the hotel pool may well be an idyllic way to spend your fortnight away but it really does dry out our hands and nails. A dual action, non greasy cream delivers quick relief. Soap & Glory Hand Food, £5 Lacklustre lips: You need to pay extra attention to your pout during the warmer months as too much sun can cause a lot of damage. Keep dryness at bay by ensuring you carry a lip balm with you in your bag for an instant beauty fix. Rosebud Menthol & Eucalyptus Balm, £8

Tired eyes: The delicate skin around our eyes certainly gets put through its paces during the summer. Tackle puffiness and irritation with a soothing balm that combats signs of fatigue and leaves you looking refreshed. Creme de la Mer Eye Balm Intense, £125

Lack of hydration: The sun, sea and sand can have quite a drying effect on our skin, so you need a hard-working daily moisturiser. Look for one with a blend of highly effective ingredients to not only protect your skin from further damage but also restore elasticity. Eve Lom TLC Radiance Cream, £45

SUMMER TROUBLE SHOOTERS B a c k f r o m h o l i d ay a n d i n n e e d o f a b e au t y S O S ? H a rv ey N i c h o l s’ L ou i s e S t e r e n b e r g Dyo s s p i c k s h e r m i r ac l e p r o duc t s Frazzled hair: If your crowning glory is looking limp and lifeless, reach for a conditioning treatment to tackle the effects of heat, humidity and air conditioning. A deeply nourishing product used once or twice a week helps to maintain shine and softness. Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Treatment, £30

Dull skin tone: Treat yourself to a clinically-proven powerhouse product that will help to smooth out the skin’s surface and promote cell renewal. A resurfacing serum will also sort out any imperfections and leave you with a gleaming complexion. Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Serum, £97.10

All products featured are available from the beauty department at Harvey Nichols Birmingham.

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ST YL E NEWS Autumn’s key tailoring, the best of the summer sales and luggage for life: it’s all here


TROPICAL BREEZE Make the most of the last few days of the great British summer with the Key West-inspired collection of holidaywear at H&M. Tropicalprint shirt £9.99, shoes £19.99, shorts £14.95.

This hooded cotton sweatshirt, £495 from Gucci at Harvey Nichols takes the humble hoodie and launches it into a different style stratosphere, with a slim fit and ultra-soft feel.



Cotton chinos, £65, AllSaints

Henley top, £40, AllSaints in The Mailbox

Soludos espadrilles, £35, Harvey Nichols

TR END R EPO RT Rich jewel colours were on the catwalks at Prada, Burberry and Valentino: think burgundy, forest green, French navy and deep purple. These shades will be all over the high street this coming season, but the first to go big on the trend is House of Fraser where autumnal russet red and midnight blue dominate the collection. Blue velvet smoking jacket, £500, by Patrick Cox at House of Fraser.

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N E W IN If you appreciate good design, you’ll like the new Voyage collection at Tripp in Debenhams. It’s all about ergonomics, with curved sides, a flexible zip and easy-on-the-hands grip handles. Made to last for years, this is one set of luggage you’ll be proud to see on the carousel. Chocolate wheel duffle £99.99, and medium holdall £59.99.

ENGLISH GENT The new autumn collection of menswear at Marks & Spencer is its strongest in years. Full of townmeets-country references, there are classic cords, tweed blazers and chambray shirts mixed in with brightly coloured silk ties and bow ties, high-polish brogues and striped scarves and cravats. Bring out your inner dandy: the Sartorial collection hits stores in August. Blazer £199, shirt £39.50, tie £19.50, cords £39.50.


New in at Harvey Nichols this season is the striking range of watches from cult Swedish brand TRIWA. The fashion-forward collection takes its inspiration from laidback Italian style as well as contemporary artists Yves Klein and Keith Haring. TRIWA – which stands for Transforming the Industry of Watches – was founded in Stockholm in 2006 by a group of four friends who wanted to create unpretentious and unfussy timepieces that can be worn regardless of the occasion. The highlight of the collection is the Brasco Twist, with its double wrap organic leather strap. Prices start from £190.

IN STRIPE Known for its fastidious Savile Row tailoring, Gieves & Hawkes is an obvious choice for suiting, but what about business shirts? Worth the extra price tag? We roadtested the range and found extra-fine cotton, amazingly detailed finishing on the cuffs, collars and buttons, and a sharp selection of colours. A tailored shirt means serious business. From £125-£200, Gieves & Hawkes in The Mailbox.

SNEAK PEEK Emporio Armani’s autumn/winter collection is back-to-black, pared-down and full of classic Armani motifs, including leather jackets and gloves, utilitarian boots and tailored knitwear. Find Emporio Armani in The Mailbox.

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Sunglasses, £12, Burton


Webbing belt, £18, Criminal at House of Fraser

Jacket, £40, River Island

Shirt, £32, Mantaray at Debenhams

Newport shorts, £35, Fat Face

Straw trilby, £26, Jasper Conran for Debenhams

S UR F ’SUP C at c h a wav e w i t h b e a c h - i n s p i r e d s e pa r at e s Hooded vest, £25, Topman

i n s o f t e s t c o t t o n a n d fa d e d d e n i m w i t h pops of bright colour and print

Printed board shorts, £35, Fat Face Pink swim shorts, £56, Boss Hugo Boss

Cotton and leather rucksack, £140, Ted Baker Espadrilles, £18, Next

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FASHION FUTURES S t y l i s t a n d fa s h i o n w r i t e r K a r o l i n a K i v i m a k i h a s t h e i n s i d e t r ac k o n n e w s e a s o n t r e n d s , fa s h i o n m o v e r s a n d s h a k e r s a n d au t u m n m u s t - h av e s

Men’s fashion finally arrived on the Fashion Week circuit when its own edition, London Collections, took place in central London over three days in June, opened by the Prince of Wales. From Burberry and Tom Ford to Paul Smith and Pringle of Scotland, a long list of designers showed Gieves and Hawkes, their spring/summer 2013 collections on the catwalk Savile Row and in presentations across the city. For once it was all about the men and not a one-day event attached to the main London Fashion Week. Savile Row tailors opened their doors to guided tours of their ateliers and cutting rooms where the real action happens. After witnessing how a tailored suit is painstakingly handstitched from start to finish at Gieves & Hawkes, it’s no wonder the price tag for these garments run in thousands for such a laborious effort. It was at the London Collections I came across London-based brand Dashing Tweeds. Designing with wit, Guy Hills and Kirsty McDougall have put a spin on trad pieces such as threepiece tweed suits, knitted tank tops and sporting caps, adding clashing colours and sporty nylon detailing. “This autumn we’re going big on British wool and designing a technical explorer’s jacket called the Dashing Explorer”, Guy told Style Birmingham. “The fabric is woven using British wool and a reflective yarn and the jacket

will be full of useful hidden features including lights and silhouette changing fasteners.” Dashing Tweeds has also done a collaboration with Converse, resulting in a funky tweedy pair of sneakers, £80 ( and a bicycle bag range with Il Soigneur, from £80. Their collection for Topman will hit the shops this autumn. On the subject of designer collaborations, H&M teams with French fashion house Maison Margiela for a new range launching November 15.. Famed for their deconstructed tailoring, there will be plenty of statement pieces for guys who are not afraid to plunge into a surrealist approach to classic fashion. Topman carries on the Britannia Rules momentum with a t-shirt collaboration Converse trainers, £80, Dashing Tweeds

with Newgen designers James Long, Katie Leary, Lou Dalton, Sibling and Christopher Shannon, and £5 from the sale of each t-shirt (prices from £24) goes to the British Fashion Council’s Princess of Wales Charitable Trust to support young designers. For sneaker lovers, Aston Martin has rolled out a collaboration with London shoemaker John Lobb: shoes, £525, These beauties have been expertly crafted by Aston Martin’s director of design Marek Reichman and John Lobb’s creative director Andrés Hernández, resulting in a go-faster shoe

made of butter-soft Italian leather with a streamlined rubber sole. I first saw the sneakers on Aston Martin’s CEO Dr Ulrich Bez at an Aston Martin launch back in May and he told me they were the most comfortable shoes he has worn. Now, Dr Bez might be slightly biased to his own product but they do look ergonomically designed and make a fantastic driving shoe. Right now, shops are finishing sales and filling up with autumn collections. Separates are the easiest and quickest way to update your wardrobe. Get started with a new jacket and go for the gentleman look with a burgundy melange wool jacket by Jaeger, £340, House of Fraser, in stores from mid August. For a more casual look, opt for a mustard jacket by Jigsaw, £225, for a hard-working staple piece to wear with jeans or chinos. Dockers has a great range of corduroy chinos in a multitude of colours from mustard and rust and khaki for £90 a pair at House of Fraser.

Union jack tee, £24, Topman

New Look has also tapped into the dapper side of tailoring. “Our newly relaunched tailoring range shows the smarter side of the Sweeney Todd trend, consisting of three-piece suits in cottons and Neppy wools worn with tonic shirts,” says Leszek Kubasiak, menswear designer of New Look. This black-grey Donegal tweed style jacket, £49.99, and matching waistcoat, £24.99, are so well cut they easily look five times the price tag. New Look has also done expensive looking brogues for just £19.99: the shoes to have this season. Read Karolina’s blog at

Wool jacket, £49.99, New Look

Modern jacket, £450, Dashing Tweeds Alpha cords, from £80, Dockers

Musette bag, £80, Dashing Tweeds

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Brogues, £19.99, New Look

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Belt, £29, Ted Baker

Watch, £220, Folli Follie at Selfridges

Cable knit sweater, £29.99, H&M

Blazer, £50, River Island



Shirt, £20, Topman

S p i c e u p y o u r wa r d r o b e w i t h r i c h e a r t h y t o n e s o f b u r n t o r a n g e , r e d a n d m u s ta r d ,

Scarf, £16, Topman

c o o l e d d ow n w i t h i cy s t e e l b lu e E d i t e d b y: K a r o l i n a K i v i m a k i Chinos, £105, Wrangler at Slaters

Laptop bag, £310, Paul Smith at Selfridges

Brogues, £335, Trickers at Flannels Stockists: Gant, House of Fraser; Trickers, Flannels; Folli Follie and Paul Smith, Selfridges; Wrangler, Slaters

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Richmond single breasted suit, £899.95

G e n t l e m a n ’ s ta i l o r M at t R o d e n h a s b e e n at C l e m e n t s & C h u r c h f o r f o u r years and has become an expert in h i s f i e l d, t r u s t e d b y h i s m a n y l oya l customers. Style Birmingham spoke to M at t t o g e t h i s t o p t i p s f o r c h o o s i n g the perfect suit for a summer wedding Invest in quality Whatever your chosen theme, every gentleman should strive to be the bestdressed man at his own wedding. Here at Clements & Church we believe that investing in quality tailoring and grooming products from head to toe is the most simple and effective way to achieve this. It will give you that extra boost to really make the most of your big day. The silhouette of the suit is crucial and can make or break an outfit so it is important to have professional advice on hand when it comes to the fitting of the garments. There’s always the option of a made-to-measure or handmade bespoke suit and your wedding is the perfect excuse to get something tailored from scratch. Whether it be a conventional three-piece suit, a tailcoat or something a little more ‘outside the box’ like a brave jacket and trousers combination, there’s no better way to achieve that ‘wow’ factor, while also perfectly complementing the bride’s wedding gown and both looking exquisite in the photos! Keeping in toe A great way to ensure the wedding party stands out from the crowd is for the groomsmen to have matching outfits and accessories. By using the existing colour themes and incorporating into the buttonholes, neckwear, cufflinks and various other pieces like socks and shoes, you will unify the key people and bring the whole day together. Of course, if you want to splash out and have suits made for everyone then having a custom lining or defining feature such as lapel buttonholes is the way to complete the look. Classic v contemporary At Clements & Church, a question I’m often asked is whether wearing a tailcoat and top hat is the right thing to do for your wedding. Put simply, there is no right or wrong answer; it’s just down to personal preference. Originally designed to make horseback

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Windsor oxford shirt, £129.95

riding easier, by the 1860s the top hat and tailcoat combination was used almost exclusively for evening wear. Nowadays it is worn as part of a morning suit and is typically paired with an alternate coloured waistcoat and/or trousers. Personally, unless you’ve got your heart set and are investing in one to be made for you I think you are much better off wearing a more contemporary designed lounge suit asthis is something that will get more usage in the long term. We are finding that more grooms are wanting their outfits to be multi-functional pieces that can be worn in many different situations as opposed to something that gathers dust in the wardrobe. Always keep a spare Although planning and execution are vital for your wedding attire, it’s always best to have a backup. Spare accessories such as ties and cufflinks are a great idea for that ‘just in case’ scenario. I always advise grooms to carry a spare shirt with them even if it’s to just to refresh and change into as the day progresses; there’s nothing quite like a crisp, clean shirt. You would be surprised the difference this can make, giving most gents a second wind of confidence in preparation for that all-important first dance.

Paignton smalt Bristol tie and pocket square, £109.90

Daventry olive cashmere shoe, £349.95

Sutton round floral cufflinks, £89.95

Seize the day The most important thing is to enjoy yourself; it’s your wedding day and it should be perfect. As long as you feel sharp and comfortable, you’ll do just fine. Giving yourself enough time to ensure your outfit is complete way ahead of the actual day will relieve a lot of pressure and will hopefully ensure a more stress-free environment. Simple things like making sure that your shoes are properly worn in will ensure both a painless and parallel celebration. Clements and Church 22 Church Street, Birmingham, B3 2NP T: 0121 233 9994 W:

Daventry black calf shoe, £349.95



Suit, £75, One Six Five at Slaters Shirt, £18, Slaters Tie, £6, Slaters

SUITABLY ATTIRED C l o t h e s m ay n o t e n t i r e l y m a k e t h t h e m a n b u t a s h a r p s u i t i s a s h o r t c u t t o s t y l e v i c t o r y. C h o o s e a c l a s s i c l o o k t h at ’ s m o r e B r i t i s h t h a n B o n d , a n d y o u ’ l l r e a p r e wa r d s f o r y e a r s . I n v e s t m e n t p i e c e s ? We ’ v e g o t a f e w: c h e c k o u t t h i s n e w s e a s o n r o u n d - u p f r o m t h e c i t y ’ s finest emporia

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Suit, £399, Austin Reed Shirt, £85, T.M.Lewin Tie, £65, T.M.Lewin Cuff links, £4, T.M.Lewin

Suit, £75, One Six Five at Slaters Shirt, £89, Thomas Pink Tie, £39, Austin Reed

Suit, £399, Austin Reed Shirt, £89, Thomas Pink Tie, £29.50, Austin Reed

Suit, £115, Slaters Shirt, £24, Daniel Hechter at Slaters Tie, £12.50, Slaters

P h o t o g r a p h e r : M A T T H E W R YA N W W W . M A T T R YA N P H O T O . C O M H a i r : L I S A F A R R A L L M a k e u p : K I M F A I T H F U L L -W R I G H T S t y l i s t : V E R O N I C A L A C C H I N I M o d e l s : D AV I D S M I T H A N D J O R D A N W R I G H T F R O M L I C A M O D E L S issue 29




GEEK n e w s e a s o n g a d g e t s f o r yo u r w i s h - l i s t

D O I T A LL Not cheap at £2,795, the NaimUniti 2 all-in-one audio player is a one-stop shop, housing a CD player, DAB/ FM tuner, internet radio, UPnP streaming, and iPod/iPhone/ iPad dock in one sleek enclosure. It’s got five analogue and five digital inputs so you can add a turntable or headphones, or

GET FIT MOTOACTV is a cutting-edge fitness tracker and smart MP3 player packed into a small, sweat proof and rather stylish device. Accusense technology and GPS track your workout data including time, distance, speed, calories burned and heart rate, so you can monitor your performance. The smart MP3 player stores hours of your favourite songs and actually ‘learns’ which tunes motivate you the most. It’s £199.99 from Halfords and electronics retailers.

connect digital sources such as set-top TV boxes, DVD players and games consoles, too.



Whether it’s a downpour or a spilt

SCE N T I N Brand new from home fragrance house MadeByZen, the Iris aroma diffuser uses a mix of ultrasonic technology, tap water, aromatherapy and light therapy to create a calming ambience. Use it with your favourite essential oil, and it will emit a scented mist, which is created when the ultrasonic vibrations break down the tap water and oil combination into micro-particles, which are then diffused into the air. It’s also an ioniser, producing ‘feelgood’ negative ions. Priced at £49.99, stockists:

drink, a sandy beach or a pocket full of coins, the Motorola Defy Mini is ready for whatever life throws your way. This compact phone features Corning Gorilla Glass for scratch resistance, and is water resistant and even dust-proof too. It’s £79 at Asda.

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WEIGH IT UP Add a little colour to your kitchen this summer. The Salter Colour Weigh Scale, £19.99 from department stores, has a slim design with a stainless steel feature platform, making it easy to clean. With both an Aquatronic liquid measurement and standard metric and imperial measures, it’s perfect for everyday cooking and baking. Sister product to the Colour Weigh Scale, Salter also has a retro-style Orb Mechanical Scale, £9.99, available in a range of bright colours. Dishwasher-safe and with an easy-toread dial, this vintage-meets-modern scale is ideal if you’re weighing fruit for jammaking this summer.

Q FOR YOU Loved by celebrities including Madonna, Simon Le Bon and Jerry Hall, Q-Link products claim to help people lead more productive lives by naturally improving their body’s energy system, and enhancing their body’s innate resistance to stressors such as electromagnetic fields generated by computers and mobile phones. This Q-Link Pendant is £79.99, stockists:

LO U D A N D P R O U D Want music wherever you go? The foxL v2 personal loudspeaker uses Bluetooth to connect to smartphones and tablets to give any ‘on the go’ music an audiophile experience. Now you can transform your holiday hotel room into your own private club. The foxL v2 was designed by a former NASA engineer, so it’s got cool credentials to spare. It’s priced at £169 and available from Superfi and Audio Affair, both in Birmingham.

MOVIE STAR The Seagate GoFlex Satellite is the ultimate gadget for your tablet as it allows you to carry around up to 300 HD movies that you can watch wirelessly any time you want. You can stream three HD videos simultaneously or add up to eight users to share media, including pictures, documents and music. Find this wireless storage device at Currys, Dixons, Maplin and PC World for £169.99.

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N E WS RO U NDU P All the news, events and a cocktail made in thailand

Ping Brum

Bats at the ready, Ping Brum is back! After an incredibly successful summer last year, Ping Brum is returning to our streets from July 4 to August 2, giving you the chance to try your hand at Ping Pong on one of the 65 tables dotted around the city. From galleries to parks, cinemas to train stations, if you see a sign that says ‘stop and play’, stop what you’re doing and indulge in a game of Ping Pong. All tables are free to use. Visit for details on table locations.

One night can make a difference

cocktails at

CHAOPHRAYA Bullring’s Chaophraya Thai restaurant serves a range of authentic Thai cocktails from the refreshing Made in Thailand to the fruity Yok Lor and the exotic Chaophraya River to cater to all taste buds. In addition to the delicious Thai cocktails, Chaophraya also serves traditional favourites including Champagne and classics.



35 ml citrus vodka 45 ml Malibu 50 ml pineapple juice 1 lemongrass stalk small bunch of coriander ginger beer to taste

Acorns Children’s Hospice is appealing for local ladies to be part of something special in Birmingham on Saturday September 15. The 10km female only walking event will start and finish in Victoria Square, with the beautifully lit backdrop of the Town Hall and Council House. The route will travel around Bullring, Jewellery Quarter, St Philip’s Cathedral and Brindleyplace as 1500 participants attempt to raise as much money as possible to help support the children of Acorns Hospice. For more information on how you can take part visit midnightwalk or call 0844 984 0405.

CBD Community Games

To celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Colmore Business District is holding its very own Community Games event in Victoria Square on Friday July 20. Community Games provide a great opportunity to get the local community together to take part in sporting and cultural activities inspired by and in celebration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Join CBD for a day of fun-filled activities provided by England Hockey, British Rowing and Ping! Table Tennis. The day starts at 10am and ends at 5pm with live music provided by reggae, blues, ska and rock band The Broombusters between 10am and 12pm. Visit for all the details of the day.

ice Method: Chop and mash one quarter of the lemongrass stalk with a pinch of fresh coriander. Add in the vodka, Malibu, pineapple juice and ice. Shake well, pour over fresh ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with the remaining lemongrass and a sprig of coriander.

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SU M M E R London 2012 Festival

Everyone’s getting into the Olympic spirit with the London 2012 Festival, and Birmingham is no exception. Were you lucky enough to see the Olympic Torch pass through our streets a couple of weeks ago? The Wanted treated crowds of screaming girls to a sensational set in Cannon Hill Park and The Voyage set sail from Victoria Square on an exciting journey. But don’t worry if you missed any of that, as there’s still plenty to come. The London 2012 Festival runs right up to September 9, coinciding with the end of the Paralympic Games. From September 7-9 you can enjoy Mandala at, or rather on Birmingham Town Hall where live 3D illuminations will be projected onto buildings creating breathtaking new forms of art that have to be seen to be believed. For loads more events in the London 2012 Festival, visit

Celebrating 50 years of Jamaican independence, Jamaica 50 at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition on the story of the country’s rich history, its national heroes and symbols. Until September 30 you can witness the journeys that Jamaican people made to settle in Birmingham in the 1950s and 60s with stories in their own words with pictures, personal artefacts and memories. The celebration continues on with Jamaica’s 50th Cultural Extravaganza concert at Symphony Hall on July 25 with leading Jamaican athletes, musicians and artists joining forces to celebrate their country’s independence. Jamaica in the Square takes place in Victoria Square with an estimated 150,000 guests joining in the fun of the open-air festival for five days between August 2-6 with food, dance, music, fashion, tourism and sport. Go to for all the details on these events and more.

Fishing for a drink

Edd Fish from Island Bar in Suffolk Street has been chosen to represent the Midlands at the El Dorado Swizzle Cocktail competition. Edd’s winning rum based cocktail is inspired by the national drink of Guyana and served in a hollowed out pineapple and garnished with a collection of flaming fruits. Edd, or Captain Fishcake as he’s known to the regulars at the Tiki Bar in Island Bar, used his extensive knowledge of rum to create the heat-winning cocktail. The national El Dorado Swizzle Cocktail competition sees bartenders from around the country compete at making Swizzle style cocktails that are mixed using a stirrer. The final will take place in London in August. Good luck Edd! Visit for more information on Edd and Island Bar.

Watch it on the Big Screen

If you missed out on Olympic tickets, do not worry as you can catch all the action right here in Birmingham on the Big Screen. From July 27 to August 12 you can sit back in Victoria Square and enjoy all the Olympic events from swimming to athletics, archery to weightlifting without having to travel to the capital. Plus, it’s completely free. You can also see the Paralympics from August 29 to September 9. For all the details and fixtures visit or

Step into Southside for summer

Visitors looking for entertainment in the city’s Southside district this summer will be spoilt for choice with enough activities to keep just about everyone happy. Six Summer Saturdays is a festival created by Birmingham Hippodrome theatre and features free street theatre including talented dance and circus performers. This all takes place over six Saturdays in July and August. The Old Rep theatre is welcoming acclaimed Catalan director Calixto Bieito’s new play Forests, inspired by the works of William Shakespeare from August 31. Elsewhere in the district, Southside’s Asian restaurants will be taking part in Birmingham Food Fest from July 13-19 and The Electric Cinema’s Shock & Gore festival continues to scare and amaze crowds of horror movie fanatics. For more information about what’s on around Southside over the summer, visit

On Broadway

Broadway Casino hosted an invitation only launch night on Saturday July 14 for more than 170 VIP guests. The lucky few sampled the delights of the brand new Manhattan Suite after a £500,000 refurbishment. Opening in 2005, Broadway Casino became Birmingham’s leading privately owned casino and has rapidly cemented its place in the city’s hearts. You don’t need to be a member to visit Broadway Casino so just stop by and try your luck. Visit

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FOOD & DRINK N E WS E at f r e s h , l o c a l a n d s e a s o n a l f o o d a n d r e a p t h e b e n e f i t s o f t h e g r e at B r i t i s h s u m m e r

NEW IN Is hot weather the best-ever excuse to load up on ice-cream? We think so, and you will too when you taste the new gourmet range from Marks & Spencer. Blueberry Cheesecake Bliss, Caramel Pecan Crunch, Cookies Cake & Cream and Peanut Butter Heaven are all £3.80 each, or be (slightly more) virtuous with Strawberry Frozen Yogurt, £3.

PINK LADY APPLE, GORGONZOLA AND PANCETTA BRUSCHETTA This makes the perfect lazy Sunday brunch, just oozing with flavour. If you want you can use smoked streaky bacon instead of pancetta.

You’ll need:

4 thin slices smoked pancetta 2 thick slices of ciabatta or rustic bread 1 tbsp olive oil 15g unsalted butter 1 Pink Lady apple, cored and thickly sliced 50g gorgonzola, sliced A few wild rocket leaves

Serves 2 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes

What to do:

Heat a non-stick frying pan until hot and cook the pancetta slices for 1-2 minutes until golden and crispy, turning halfway. Set aside on a sheet of kitchen paper. Then break into large pieces. Add the ciabatta slices to the pancetta pan and toast for 1-2 minutes, turning halfway until lightly toasted and the pancetta juices have been absorbed. Remove and set aside. Allow the pan to cool down slightly off the heat. Then return to the heat and add the olive oil and butter. Gently heat until melted and then cook the Pink Lady slices for 3-4 minutes, gently turning until lightly golden. To serve top each ciabatta slice with the cooked Pink Lady apple, sliced gorgonzola and rocket. Top each with the pancetta pieces and serve immediately.


WE LOV E A picnic in August, whatever the weather: how very British. Max out the style factor with one of these goodies from Harvey Nichols: Gourmet Trotter Hampton picnic hamper, £595, and wicker hamper, £65.

Artichoke, aubergine, beetroot, broad beans, chillies, courgettes, cucumber, lettuces and salad leaves, mange-tout, onions, pak choi, peas, peppers, radishes, rocket, watercress, wild nettles

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These fresh and fruity 2011 sauvignon blancs make for perfect light summer drinking.

Jackson Estate Stich Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, £12.49, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose This is New Zealand sauvignon blanc at its very best, with notes of passion fruit and yellow fruits. A fantastic partner for grilled tuna steaks or try it with lighter Thai dishes.

Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Viognier, Adelaide Hills, Australia, £8.99, independents Best enjoyed young and fresh, this wine is great with bouillabaisse and crusty bread, or hearty barbecue fare. It’s got an aroma of lemon spice and is lively and refreshing on the palate.

Gonzalez Byass Altozano Verdejo Sauvignon Blanc, £7.99, independents Delicate and elegant with floral and citrus aromas, this is a burst of cool fruit that’s perfect as an aperitif and with rice dishes, fish and seafood.

E ST YL S LOVE Mugs by cult designer Yukari Sweeney, £15 for a set of two at Debenhams.


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SUMMER PUDDING “This traditional pudding just sums up an English summer, and nothing can better the flavour of fresh British berries ripened naturally in summer sunshine” says the top celeb chef

You’ll need

Serves 6 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 25-30 minutes Chilling time: overnight

600g/1lb 6oz raspberries

Juice of ½ lemon

600g/1lb 6oz strawberries hulled and halved if large

150ml/ ¼ pt white wine

600g/1lb 6oz blackberries

6 slices of thick cut white bread

300g/11oz caster sugar

Fresh jersey double cream, to serve

300ml/ ½ pt water

What to do

COOK THE iBOOK Got luscious summer berries left over from Valentine’s recipe? A new iBook makes it easy to make your own organic jams and jellies with step-by-step instructions, pictures and video. Written by prize-winning preservesmaker Vivien Lloyd, First Preserves: Jams is available to download from the Apple iBookstore for just £2.99.

1. Put half the fruits in a large saucepan with the sugar, lemon juice, wine and water

8. Cut the crusts off the bread and cut each slice into two rectangles.

2. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for five minutes until softened, stirring occasionally.

9. Thoroughly paint one side of each rectangle with the reserved syrup.

3. Lift out the fruit into a sieve using a slotted spoon, strain any liquid back into the saucepan, then put the fruit in a bowl on the side. Allow it to cool (this is so you don’t cook the raw fruits in the hot ones). 4. Reserve 200ml/7fl oz of the fruit syrup for painting the bread. 5. Return the pan to the heat and boil the remaining liquid for 20-25 minutes until syrupy. Allow to cool. 6. Combine the cooled cooked fruit and reduced syrup with the raw fruit. (I like the mixture of cooked and not-cooked for better flavour and texture). 7. Line a 1.8 litre/3¼ pt pudding basin with two sheets of overlapping cling film (the edges of the cling film should hang over the top of the basin so that they can enclose the pudding).

10. Cut and paint a circle of bread that fits the bottom of the basin. Put this in the basin with the red side facing the cling film. 11. Arrange the bread all the way around the inside of the basin, overlapping slightly where the joints meet, with the painted side always facing the cling film. 12. Spoon the fruit into the basin and pack down well. Top neatly with the remaining painted slices of bread. 13. Cover with the overhanging pieces of cling film and place a side plate holding a heavy weight on top to press it down. Put in the fridge and leave overnight. 14. When ready to serve, remove the weight, open the cling film and invert the pudding on to a serving plate. Remove the cling film. Should there be any syrup left, using a pastry brush, daub any pale patches with it. Serve the pudding with cream.

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AT ITS BEST Since welcoming head chef Didier Philipot to

t h e t e a m bac k i n A p r i l , E d m u n d s h a s r e c e i v e d a n i n j e c t i o n o f F r e n c h pa s s i o n i n t o i t s c u i s i n e , a p p e t i t e a n d at m o s p h e r e t o c r e at e a b e au t i f u l r e s tau r a n t f i t f o r a n y c e l e b r at i o n . A n d r e w R i l e y a n d Ta r a T o m e s w e n t t o i n v e s t i g at e Wo r d s b y Ta r a T o m e s With Birmingham now receiving worldwide recognition for its culinary offering, it can be difficult to choose where to go when looking for that extra special fine dining experience. When we were invited to Edmunds in Brindleyplace we knew that we were dining in one of the city’s best restaurants but we weren’t quite prepared for just how good it was. Edmunds has seen a lot of change over the last few months, but the arrival of Didier Philipot has marked a new direction for the restaurant that is sure to keep it at the top of its game. Philipot is already well known in the city and after a spell at Brockencote Hall in Worcester and his own restaurant La Toque d’Or in the Jewellery Quarter he is now leading the way at Edmunds bringing his passion for French cuisine to the establishment. Despite its Brindleyplace location, Edmunds has always maintained its status as a ‘hidden gem’ in the city. As soon as you walk in you immediately feel at home, helped by the restaurant’s comfortable yet chic interior design. For fans of elegant spaces, Edmunds’ warm golden walls mixed with stainless steel lamps provide the perfect setting for an evening of decadence. The restaurant has just 40 covers, which gives it an intimate feel and makes it an ideal location for a lunch meeting, romantic dinner or celebratory meal. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by the very friendly staff who relieved us of our rain-soaked coats and umbrellas, and as soon as a glass of Champagne came our way the hideous rain was a distant memory. We were taken to a table in the corner of the restaurant that gave us both privacy and a great view of the restaurant. There was a mixture of clientele; from families with older children discussing the perils of the medical profession to couples celebrating anniversaries. After a brief moment to enjoy our Champagne we were informed that we’d be enjoying the tasting menu for the evening, including wine. Our journey through Didier’s culinary vision began with a fantastic amuse-bouche of prawn and chives jelly, jersey royal potato vichyssoise summer truffle foam. The first of two starters was Orkney king scallops, smoked haddock and ratte potato brandade, new season green asparagus, smoked olive oil dressing. The scallop was bigger than I

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had ever seen before and the salty seafood was complimented perfectly by the asparagus and smokey sensation of the haddock and olive oil. This was accompanied by a fantastic Pinot Grigio, which was light and refreshing. The second starter continued the seafood theme and saw Devon crab, Brixham crab risotto, fricassee of seasonal wild mushroom, tarragon, lobster and brandy veloute. The risotto was cooked to perfection and was accompanied by a fresh yet bodied Sauvignon Blanc. The first of our main courses was organic wild Shetland sea trout, haricot bean mousseline, white asparagus, truffle and oyster emulsion. The strength of the truffle shone through with this dish and the trout was cooked beautifully. I did begin to wonder whether it was possible for the meal to get any better and then came the second main course, and possibly one of the best meals of my life to date; Pigeon, Squab from the Loire, Perigord duck liver, spinach, morel mushroom, shallot purée and pigeon jus. The pink pigeon meat provided an impeccable taste, which was washed down perfectly with the accompanying Merlot. After four stunning courses – and a stomach that was feeling slightly too full – the Peach Melba predessert was a delight. It was refreshing and light and made way for the strawberry extravaganza that was to come: new season Gariguette, Champagne jelly, strawberry macaroon, Eton mess, strawberry ice cream and strawberry tuille. It was a summer fruits sensation and we were quick to commend the chef on the best macaroon we had ever tasted. Even after the dessert, the surprises kept on coming and the cheese board put most to shame. Then, just as we thought we couldn’t possibly fit anything else in, came the petit fours consisting of pistachio macaroon, passion fruit and mango jelly, flapjack, vanilla fudge and chocolate truffles. It would have been rude not to sample them all! Overall, the tasting menu at Edmunds was superb, and costs just £69, or £99 with accompanying wine. The team were fantastic and were attentive without being obtrusive. The night proved why some restaurants have just ‘got it’. Edmunds 6 Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2JB T: 0121 633 4944 W:



Mains were really reasonably priced, with cod and chips priced at just £12 and the steak, which rivals some of the best steak houses in the UK, at only £21.

If you are part of Birmingham’s social scene and your inbox is full of event invites then you have probably already been to Hotel La Tour, the city’s exciting new hotel. Even if you have already paid a visit, canapés and bubbly won’t have done the place any justice, as we found out when we embarked on a threecourse meal in the Aalto Restaurant. Having opened just a few months ago, Hotel La Tour has fast become a city hot spot and the go-to place for everything from lunch meetings and romantic meals to the perfect place to start a great night out with the girls. When we were invited down to sample the menu at the Aalto restaurant and we were looking forward to seeing how it matched up with its outstanding reputation.



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within the brand new Hotel La Tour, Aalto is r a p i d ly b e c o m i n g t h e p l ac e t o b e a n d b e s e e n. Ta r a T o m e s a n d A n d r e w R i l e y w e n t t o s a m p l e

For those of you who have lived in Birmingham for more than a decade you will remember the location of Hotel La Tour as part of the old concrete traffic system formerly known as Masshouse Circus. When it was demolished back in spring 2002, a new era began for the Eastside of Birmingham and Hotel La Tour now joins the likes of Millennium Point, Matthew Boulton College, BOA and the beginnings of Eastside Park – all of which are helping to transform this part of the city. Walking into Hotel La Tour you are welcomed by an impressive reception area which then leads to a sweeping spiral staircase that takes you to the stylish bar and restaurant. Usually hotel bars feel very much part of the hotel itself but the layout and décor at Hotel La Tour give it a very different feel, and you feel more like you’re in a swanky city bar. This makes it a great destination for non-hotel residents. After being welcomed by several members of staff we were taken to our table by a very attentive waiter. For a Wednesday night the place was buzzing and we even caught sight of legendary hairdressers Royston Blythe and Nick Malenko. We had already guessed that the place was a celebrity hot spot but we then caught sight of the guests from The Torque Project – a brand new supercar showroom in the Bullring – launch party.

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The whole meal was thoroughly enjoyable and we definitely forgot that we were in a hotel restaurant. After making our way through main courses and a delicious bottle of Merlot, the need for sweet took over so we decided to treat ourselves to raspberry Eton mess and an apple and blackberry crumble. Throughout the meal, the staff were very attentive and it felt more like a top restaurant than an ‘add on’ to a hotel. The whole place was buzzing – and not just because of the celebrity clientele – which made the evening even more enjoyable. This night, without a doubt, proved that Hotel La Tour is just what the city has been waiting for. As well as great place to stay, the stylish bar and Aalto restaurant provide the city’s residents with the perfect place to drink and dine.

Knowing that F1 legend Paul di Resta was just around the corner from our table made the meal that little bit more exciting. The Aalto restaurant menu had a range of great options – all at a very reasonable price. Head chef Alex Penhallgon, Marcus Wareing and the Aalto team are the vision behind Aalto. Working in an advisory role, Marcus has brought his experience to the restaurant to create a fantastic menu that boasts a host of English classics, all with a modern twist. The open plan kitchen is a great feature and gave us a glimpse of the culinary genius taking place to create our meals. After sitting down with a fabulous cocktail – Rhubarb Bellini was a great choice – we then opted for two of their classic starters; Brown & Forrest smoked salmon and a shrimp cocktail (a modern take on an 80s classic). Once relaxed, our waiter came over with an iPad, which had the restaurant’s wine selection on and allowed us to choose exactly what we wanted and order it with the touch of a finger. A very nice touch indeed. The choice of main courses was fantastic; from pork chops and battered cod to a Cornish sea bass and mushroom and thyme crumble. We opted for the rib eye steak (rare) and belly of lamb, and if they were anything to go by then we have to return and try the rest of the menu.

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r e l a x i n g r o o m s , M a l m a i s o n i s p o s s i b ly t h e e n v y o f m a n y h o t e l s i n t h e c i t y. M a r c u s K i n g s l a n d a n d Andrew Riley sampled the delight s on of f er The Malmaison Hotel offers an exquisite visitor experience at Birmingham’s trendy hotspot The Mailbox; right in the heart of the city centre, and only a couple of minutes walk from New Street station, it’s an ideal place to start your evening out. The hotel itself is the perfect location to enjoy Birmingham at its best - whether you are a regular to the city or even better visiting for the first time, the Mal won’t disappoint! You can choose to stay over, dine or just party with friends at the Mal Bar and Brasserie, and you’ll find yourself in good company, as Mal attracts Birmingham’s glamorous socialites and celebrities alike. We arrived to a warm welcome by friendly staff who took our coats and showed us to our table. The menu was very clear and the waitress was extremely knowledgeable and able to answer all our queries. Overall the service was impeccable and very attentive.

From the plat du jours menu, I chose the 12oz t-bone of beefsteak, which was deliciously tender and juicy and arrived on a hearty, rustic style chopping board. This was served with a peppercorn sauce, hand cut potato fries and rocket garnish, priced at £23.50. Andrew had the fish bouillabaisse which was a seafood celebration consisting of salmon, cod, mussels, plaice, hake and lobster bisque, priced at £14.95. The dish wasn’t as fishy as one would expect but still flavorsome for del Mer lovers! Neither of us could resist the lemon drizzle cake served with crème fraiche sorbet. Priced at £5.95, it was a light and refreshing palette cleanser, an indulgence of citrus flavours.

I chose deep fried goat’s cheese with red onion chutney and balsamic sauce from the table d’hote specials menu, priced at £4.95, which at first sounded quite heavy but was actually deliciously light and delicate tasting.

The pièce de résistance for me was the wine tasting presented by Mal’s extremely knowledgeable head sommelier in their private and intimate tasting room, where we were given the opportunity to sample a range of vintage wines and Champagne from a variety of regions and countries.

Andrew opted for the raised pie, which was an absolute must-eat for meat lovers, crammed full of succulent pieces of ham, turkey, chicken and beef with a light puff pastry lid priced at £5.95.

Overall the experience was extremely pleasant and I will certainly head back to Mal - I just can’t decide whether to go with a big party or a romantic date - maybe I’ll do both!

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Five albums and compilations that I’m listening to right now. Each one is very different but equally enjoyable.

Tom Findlay from Groove Armada presents a special selection of some of the finest soulful pop music of the 1970s and early 80s. While this album is more like a break from the dancefloor, it represents a period that many current producers are sampling. Enjoy in the sun, by the pool, with a cocktail.

2/ Bargrooves Summer Sessions Vol 2 - mixed by Andy Daniel This sun-drenched compilation is a great representation of where Defected and house music is right now, featuring a fabulous mix of soulful, deep, disco and funk house flavours. With tracks from Kings of Tomorrow, The Shapeshifters, Carl Craig and many more, this compilation is a great accessible listen all round.

TOP TEN SINGLES My current top ten tracks. A mixture of house flavours along with some disco and down tempo alternatives. 1/ Go On Then - Kate Simko, Jem Cooke Quality, deep, vocal house from Leftroom. 2/ Changin’ - Gorge - The groove in this track makes you want to move. 3/ Coporate Butcher (Solomun Remix) Tiefschwarz feat Mama - Great vocal with a deep funk twist from Solomun. 4/ Our World - Jason Hodges - I heard this a while ago and have been searching since. 5/ If-You-Want-Me-To-Stay (Daz Bootleggin It) - Get Down Edits - Old school disco, funk re-edit. 6/ Different Morals - Brigante, Ali Love and Luca C - Great vocal and groove. 7/ Planet Patrol - Chris Carrier - Deep and driving house. 8/ Disco 2000 Selector - Bob Sinclar - Classic disco house from Bob Sinclar’s Paradise album. 9/ Someone Like You - Soulmagic - Funky, feel good house. 10/ All Alone - Shade, Barna Soundmachine - Disco!


1/ LateNightTales - Music For Pleasure

3/ BALANCE 021 - mixed by Nic Fanciulli

4/ Magic Hour - Scissor Sisters

5/ Panorama Bar 04 - Nick Hoppner

Nic Fanciulli’s interpretation of the balance series results in a timeless item for your music collection. 53 tracks from artists such as Radio Slave, Joris Voorn, Guti, local talent Samu.l and Fanciulli himself are arranged across two CDs, effortlessly winding between the deep, tech and main room shades of house music.

The band is back with their latest album Magic Hour. Describing it as ‘future pop’, it is littered with synths, stabs, electric pianos, bass lines and chunky rhythms, showcasing their flamboyance and confidence throughout. With collaborations with Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams and Dipo, the Scissor Sisters have re-discovered their magic touch.

Berlin’s Panorama Bar (Berghain) is widely regarded as one of the world’s best nightclubs. This, the 4th Edition in its compilation series displays an insight into its open-ended, underground music policy. Mixed by Nick Hoppener, he takes listeners on a intricate journey through the worlds of soulful, tech, melodic and disco-influenced house.

Jakkin Rabbit are local duo Danny Kane and Marc Spence. After signing music to the well-respected Hot Waves label, they have exploded onto the deep house scene with a bang. Their music is being supported by the likes of Jamie Jones and Pete Tong. How did Jakkin Rabbit come to life? Marc: Music has always been a part of me from playing brass in primary school to the drums in seniors and then producing on Music 200, a game on the PlayStation. I’ve been DJing now for the best side of a decade and producing for almost as long. It was a few years ago that Danny and myself stepped into the studio and created Jakkin Rabbit, but only a few months ago we started to take it seriously and produced Blame which had some really good coverage. Blame achieved a solid place on the last Hot Creations Hot Waves Release and earned some massive

support from Jamie Jones and Pete Tong. What are your main influences? Danny: I love many different styles but my main influence is late 80s early 90s funk electronic music like Zapp, Slave, James Brown, and great pop bands like The Human League and The System. Marc: My main influence is Switch aka Dave Taylor. I love his versatility, and, no matter what he produces, he always delivers some serious grade A production! You’ve had music signed to Hot Waves and Mexa records, both of which are well-respected labels. How does it feel to be releasing music on labels like these? Marc: It feels like a massive achievement to be able to get releases on such big labels. It has really boosted our

confidence with our production as well as inspired us massively to get back in the studio and see what else we can conjure up. How does it feel to say that you’ve played alongside the likes of Soul Clap, Clive Henry and Robert Owens? Marc: It’s an incredible achievement and also quite a privilege to be able to travel and play in different surroundings where we are welcomed with great hospitality. What’s next? We have a release due to come out on Mexa and we also have another original from ourselves and Robert Owens set to release over the next couple months on No.19. Art Department have said they will be remixing for us so really looking forward to hearing that and also looking forward to Jakkin Rabbits’ debut at Global Gathering this year where you can catch us on the Saturday in the VIP area! For more information and exclusive music, follow the Rabbit at: | issue 29

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W ILL POW ER DJ Will Power shares his latest clubbing news and events


Cream Classics - Summer Street Carnival After a sold-out show last year, Cream Classics returns to the Rainbow Complex on Saturday August 4. The Summer Street Carnival will take over the full 2,500 capacity venue incorporating a street closure, warehouse, and garden, for plenty of indoor and outdoor party action. Four arenas of music: Cream Ibiza Classics celebrating the sounds of years gone by, featuring a Live PA from Alision Limerick and clubbing heroes Danny Rampling, Tall Paul, Brandon Block and Alex P. Expect first class sound, production and lighting to match. Pacha London and Pacha Recordings together are hosting the warehouse as part of their UK tour! The inimitable, glamorous and hedonistic party brand will feature upfront guests Thomas Gold (Axtone) and Tim Mason (Size Records) supplying a current main room house soundtrack. Birmingham based Brothel returns to host proceedings in the inner warehouse. Jim Shaft Ryan, Lee Perry and Steve Young will be spinning alongside others, not forgetting the brand’s wild, visually stimulating entertainment. Arena 4 is hosted by DJs Dutch Settlers and Friends. Running from 7pm to 7am, this 12-hour event promises to be bigger and more spectacular than previous editions and caters for a wide variety of clubbing tastes. For more information and tickets check out

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Secretsundaze is the brainchild of DJs and promoters Giles Smith and James Priestley. Starting life in the summer of 2002 it took a healthy dose of inspiration from outdoor parties in Ibiza where the pair had been going for many years. In a very short space of time it became the talk of the town amongst the media and clued up party people alike. Taking daytime partying to a new level with its uncompromising music policy, use of quirky, original venues often with outdoor areas. Ten years on and secretsundaze have hosted some of the most colourful parties that London has ever witnessed. With their funloving hedonistic crowds and their attention to detail on the event production side, the parties now have the reputation as being the place that Europe’s finest underground DJs want to play in the capital. On Sunday August 12, the brand ventures north to Birmingham where it will be taking over the cities newest venue LAB11. Giles & James will be joined by Wbeeza

(performing live) and Ethyl & Flori for this summer daytime party running from 2pm to midnight. For full details check out facebook. com/TRMNLtechno

IF… SATURDAYS AT BUSHWACKERS Birmingham’s longest running after party continues to deliver a great late-night atmosphere week in, week out. The team is no stranger to the party scene and after six years at Bushwhackers they continue to program guest DJs alongside their established family of residents. Recent guests have included Groove Assassin, Tom Craven and Matt Jam Lamont among others. Stand out dates over the next month are: August 18 - Sishi Rosch is one of the essential key members of the underground house scene in the vibrant city of Barcelona. His raw passion and drive for music has seen him be signed by respected labels such as One Records, Parisian Powerhouse Get The Curse and No.19 Music.

August 26 - If Bank Holiday Special ft. Grant Nelson & Jeremy Underground Paris. House and garage legend Grant Nelson, returns to grace the If decks for August Bank Holiday. Supported by Jeremy Underground Paris this promises to keep people partying utill the sun rises on Monday. This will also be the official GLAS after party. For more details see


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FACE WEEKLY SATURDAYS FACE continues to provide the city with a solid weekly Saturday night party! Its diverse crowd and broad spectrum of music across three rooms caters for many tastes, whilst welcoming a wealth of underground music talent. Recent Room Swaps have kept its followers on their toes with stand out parties including guests Guti & Simian Mobile Disco. Outside the city, the FACE crew has just got back from hosting a pool party at the Hideout festival in Croatia, alongside some of the industry’s biggest names. Over the next two months, the brand welcomes Fuse London’s Enzo and Seb Zito, Richy Ahmed, Adam Shelton, a Leftroom & Culprit label party and a five-hour set from house legend Kerri Chandler. For more information check out facebook. com/FACEevent

GL AS Now in its fifth year, the GLAS revolution shows no signs of slowing down. SuperPride (as featured in the last issue) was met with mass review and praise and proved the brand had not lost touch with the city’s more hedonistic clubbers. The party saw 1,400 people descend on the care-free gala event split across three rooms of music. Just recently GLAS returned to celebrate its fourth birthday, drawing party lovers together to party away Sunday afternoon.

with projected visuals and lighting to create their wildest party to date. Add to this the long awaited return of entertainers, hosts, DJs and even more new special effects and you can just begin to imagine the setting for what looks to be one of the biggest parties of the summer.

Eager as ever to move forward, GLAS returns on August Bank Holiday Sunday with yet another twist in its tale. Labelled Rumble In The Jungle, the brand will be converting the entire Rainbow Warehouse and garden into an inner-city jungle. Plants, leaves and props will be paired

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Capacity for this will be limited, so GLAS urges people to get their tickets quick in order to avoid disappointment. Official after party will be hosted by IF…

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A brand new club night is launching in September at The Nightingale Club. We have all the latest news The Nightingale Club, the UK’s gay superclub is known for its spectacular nights out. It hosts outstanding club nights including Sugar Rush, The Big Saturgay Night Out and House of Music and it’s about to get even bigger and better with the launch of Club Homosexual. Started by Lee Edward in 2011 as a oneoff night, Club Homosexual is now back at The Nightingale Club for a monthly residence. The event is aimed at the dedicated clubbers, stylish and sexy people of Birmingham as the city’s gay clubbing scene gains momentum. If you think that gay clubs just play cheesy pop music, you will be in for a pleasant surprise on a visit to The Nightingale Club.

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Club Homosexual is hosting a launch night on Friday September 28 where guests will have the chance to see what the night is all about. Hosted by Jeff Brazier, the launch party looks set to be the social event of the season … you would be crazy to miss it! A fashion show organised by stylist Krishan Parmar will take place on the full catwalk stage as you dance the night away on the dance floor. You might even see Dirty Sexy Things’ Jay Camilleri around. With a capacity for more than 2,000 people over three floors and the new owners at the helm, The Nightingale Club is the perfect location for Club Homosexual and they are excited to welcome you. For more information about the launch of Club Homosexual, visit

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BR OA DWAY If you’re looking for something a bit different for this week’s night out, Broadway Casino has it all. They’ve even just launched a brand new Manhattan Suite and Bar. We were at the exclusive launch party to get you all the details

T H E L AU N C H Broadway Casino hosted an invitation only launch night on Saturday July 14 for 170 VIP guests sampling the delights of the brand new Manhattan Suite. Opening in 2005, Broadway Casino became Birmingham’s leading privately owned casino and has rapidly cemented its place in the city’s hearts. You don’t need to be a member to visit Broadway Casino so just stop by and try your luck. After an extensive £500,000 refurbishment that saw the addition of

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the Manhattan Suite to the complex, an exclusive launch party was organised for more than 170 VIP guests. The red carpet welcomed invited guests into the private Manhattan Suite entrance where they were greeted by sensational entertainment provided by Manhattan Showgirls and The Rat Pack is Back. The late night bar is open from 7pm to 3am every night offering guests a unique experience. The New York loft style interior incorporates retro with modern leather, chrome and velvet fittings to provide a chic, stylish and comfortable area.


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TH E CAS IN O The New Year saw a brand new chapter in the life of Broadway Casino with an extensive £500,000 refurbishment project. The Casino, located on the original site of Birmingham Children’s Hospital at Broadway Plaza, now boasts a private room, The Manhattan Suite, available for conferencing, corporate entertainment and party hire with access to the main casino. Broadway Casino first opened in 2005 and has established a loyal client base and hopes to build on that with the exciting refurbishment.

TH E R ESTAU R ANT Mirage Fusion, the Thai, Chinese, Italian and Indian restaurant within Broadway Casino is now open. The restaurant uses authentic recipes and spices to create fabulous dishes that will be loved by all. Choose from the well thought-out set menus incorporating eclectic mixes from each country including chicken tikka masala and Rogan Josh from India, and chicken Caesar salad and sea bass from Italy. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, take a look at the full menu where you will find everything from beef ka-prow to Singapore noodles and onion bhajis to duck in orange sauce. Mirage is open to non-casino users as well as visitors to the gaming floor. Mirage is the latest venture from the owners of Thai Edge in Brindleyplace and The Oriental at The Mailbox.

TH E M A N H AT TAN MIX Every Friday night, the Manhattan Suite will host Manhattan Mix, a special night with radio DJ Phil Upton. Cool tunes, stylish bar and New York chic make Manhattan Mix the place to be to welcome in the weekend. Plus, it’s free entry and no membership required.

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Made in Chelsea’s Natalie, Francis and Hugo with Nina Garner, Lauren Leila and Setareh Zamani

Fuel VIP guests Emma K.C. Burkitt and Suzanne Millner

Made in Chelsea’s Hugo and friend



Yasmin Lia De Christie, Emily Leila, Nina Garner, Setareh Zamani and Holly Zamani

CH EL SEA O n M o n day J u n e 4 , F U E L V I P h o s t e d a n e v e n i n g w i t h t h e ca s t o f C h a n n e l 4 ’s M a d e i n C h e l s e a . In the second event in a series of V I P pa r t i e s h e l d at B u s h wa c k e r s , g u e s t s i n c l u d e d t h e b oy s f r o m Fuel VIP guests

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Westlife’s Nicky, Shane and Mark with Heather Goodwin and friends

Made in Chelsea’s Natalie and Hugo with Holly Zamani, Lauren Raji, Danielle Yates and friends Ravi Fuel and Verity Jane

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T H E TOY H EA R TS The End, September 14 Birmingham based sister fronted band, The Toy Hearts, have a reputation for delivering some of the most authentic performances of American Roots music this side of the Atlantic. Notably one of Imelda May’s favourite bands, The Toy Hearts pay homage to the their influences and inspirations in western swing, rockabilly, jazz and blues. Their sets include a collection of original material steeped in country and Americana sounds. The Toy Hearts are a great local band that never fails to put on a spectacular show. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased from or by calling 0121 448 0797.

U LT RAVOX: BRILL ! ANT Symphony Hall, September 26

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This will take you back to the good old 1980s. That opening drum beat of Vienna is one that is instantly recognisable as the work of the Ultravox team. The band is back with a brand new album, Brill!ant and with it, a tour. The first time the band have played live since the Return to Eden shows in 2009, the Brill!ant tour will feature some brand new material alongside classic tracks from the band’s back catalogue. Tickets are £32.50 and can be purchased from, the box office or by calling 0121 345 0600.

C HE RYL LG Arena, October 12 The wait is over. Cheryl is coming to Birmingham for her first ever solo arena tour. Since the early days of Girls Aloud, Cheryl has been winning the hearts and voices of the nation. She has many accolades to her name including 20 top ten singles, four number ones and five platinum albums with Girls Aloud and two number one solo albums. Her third album A Million Lights provides the name for her tour and will see several new tracks performed as well as familiar hits and a few surprises. Tickets are £35 and can be purchased from, the box office or by calling 0844 338 8000.

M ADN ESS at the LG Arena, December 13 Fresh from singing for the Queen from the roof of Buckingham Palace, Suggs and the guys are back on the road with the Charge of the Mad Brigade tour. Get your Baggy Trousers ready for a night you will never forget. It Must Be Love, or is it Madness? Tickets are £35 and £45 and can be booked via or by calling 0844 338 8000.

DARRE N HAYES : T HE S EC RE T ’S OUT Symphony Hall, September 25 Thought he’d disappeared or been reincarnated into Tim Minchin? (well, we think he looks like him …). The Secret’s Out tour is a showcase of everything Darren Hayes featuring some of ours and his best-loved tracks. Spanning the days of Savage Garden right through to his current solo album Secret Codes and Battleships, Darren has an impressive six albums and 15 years of music under his belt. Tickets are from £19.50 to £35 and can be purchased from, the box office or by calling 0121 345 0600.

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F RANK IE BOYLE : T HE L AST DAYS O F S O DO M Symphony Hall, September 23


The controversial comic is back on the road imparting his stand up on the unsuspecting folk of Birmingham Symphony Hall. Frankie Boyle has been criticised for his candour when performing, but that’s why we love him: he tells it like it is. There are no fluffy niceties with Frankie, just pure frankness. He is now attempting his final tour to attempt to ‘heal Britain’s fools’ and develop the immature laughter that all people should have in their daily lives. Tickets are £25 and can be purchased from, by calling 0121 345 0600 or from the box office. Please note that this performance is not suitable for under 16s.

July 26 Two of the nation’s favourite female comics are coming to The Glee Club with a special Edinburgh Fringe preview night. Lucy Porter and Shappi Khorsandi will be previewing their Fringe material to the crowds of The Glee Club. Tickets are £10 when purchased online at www.

T HE T E MP EST August 1-2, Botanical Gardens outdoor theatre First published in 1623, The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays. Set on a remote island where the exiled Duke of Milan is living, the play follows the story of the Duke and his plot to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door and can be purchased by calling the box office on 0121 454 1860.



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D IR T Y DANC ING Birmingham Hippodrome, July 4 - August 25 Admit it: you love Dirty Dancing. Everyone does. The stage show is every bit as exciting, thrilling and sexy as the film and will truly give you the time of your life. Seen by millions across the globe, this smash-hit show tells the story of Baby and Johnny, two young, independent spirits from two very different worlds who meet in what turns out to be the most interesting and exhilarating summer of the lives. Featuring the hits songs Hungry Eyes, Do You Love Me? and I’ve Had the Time of My Life, you can’t fail to have a good time at Dirty Dancing live. Tickets are from £20 to £55 and can be purchased from www.birminghamhippodrome. com, by calling 0844 338 5000 or from the box office.

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He’s one of Britain’s best-loved comics of the moment and now Michael McIntyre is embarking on another UK tour to entertain the masses. Birmingham has a wellflexed funny bone and is majorly looking forward to welcoming back Michael to our city. Michael’s two best-selling DVDs, Live and Laughing and Hello Wembley have sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and have made him a household name. The 58-night tour will leave a trail of belly-laughing fun around the country as Michael travels from town to town spreading the best medicine. Tickets are £35 and be purchased from www.thenia., by calling 0844 338 8000 or from the box office.

Did you enter our competition in the last issue to win a pair of tickets to see Michael McIntyre on September 18? There’s still time! Go to for all the details.



BB C B I G S C R EEN – O LY M P ICS July 27 - August 12, Victoria Square From the wonder of the Opening Ceremony to the thrills of all the sporting action, you can see all Olympics coverage on the Big Screen in Victoria Square over the summer. Admission free, just grab a seat and enjoy the show. For full fixtures and times visit


O U T AND ABO U T Our pick of the best events

A RTS FEST September 8-9, Birmingham various Artsfest is back in Birmingham and is the biggest free, and one of the most popular urban arts festivals in the UK. Whatever you’re in the mood for, from ballet to bhangra, poetry to indie rock, Artsfest has something for everyone. Featuring a whole host of performances, workshops, visual and digital genres, Artsfest provides artists the chance to showcase their talents to thousands of people. Free admission. Visit for more information and a full schedule.

October 27, ICC Hosted by Holby City’s Hugh Quarshie and Eastenders’ Tameka Empson, the Black International Film Festival presents the annual Music Video and Screen Awards. Back for its sixth year, this annual event described as one of the best awards ceremonies in the country, is not to be missed. See some of your favourite television celebs, movie stars and music industry VIPs gracing the red carpet at this prestigious event. With more than 100 confirmed celebrity guests, live entertainment and performances from some of the UK’s finest talent including Omar, Janet Kay and Rick Clarke, the M ViSAs are play a big part in our social calendar, and we hope to see you there.

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GRA N D DES IG N S L IVE AT TH E N EC October 12-14 Grand Designs Live is the UK’s leading contemporary home show and it is opening its doors to Birmingham for the seventh year this October. Showcasing a wide range of innovative ideas for homeowners and self-builders, Grand Designs Live has everything you could possibly need to know about interiors, gardens, home improvement, self-build, renovation, technology and shopping. If that wasn’t enough, Kevin McCloud, George Clarke and Charlie Luxton will all be there to lend a helping hand. Tickets are available to buy now at £15 or £19 on the door. Prices for adults, children enter for free. Visit for all the details.

TOP GEAR Live at NEC, October 25-28 Clarkson, Hammond and May (and The Stig, of course, whose face you never see) are back for Top Gear Live 2012 with fun and frolics aplenty. Enjoy a fantastic day out as the guys bring the hit television show into the arena for its biggest ever show. Tickets range from £20 for basic to £99 for platinum. VIP tickets also available for £199. For more details on what ticket packages include visit

Tickets are available from or by calling 08435 236017. For more information visit





The Aviva Grand Prix returns to Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium welcoming back some of the heroes of 2012. Some of the world’s best athletes will go head-to-head in the most exciting summer of athletics the UK has ever seen. From 12.30pm to 4pm athletes will take part in a selection of track and field events including 100m, 800m, 3000m, pole vault and javelin. Tickets are £22.22 (£20.12 plus £2.10 fee) and are available from www.


We have teamed up with the promoters of Top Gear Live to give Style Birmingham readers the chance to win one of five sets of Silver family tickets to the show. Silver family tickets permit entry for two adults and two children between the ages of five and 15 and provide seats in the Live Action Arena where you will get up close to the Top Gear team performing live, seats in the Track performance where you will experience The Stig in action and a host of stunt drivers and supercars in jawdropping action. The tickets also get you access into the interactive exhibition. To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question:

Who is the fourth member of the Top Gear team whose face you never see? Enter online at or send your entry on a postcard to Top Gear Live, Style Birmingham, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by the closing date of October 17.

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Nobody knows colour quite like Lisa Shepherd. With colour credentials few can rival – three times British Colour Technician of the Year, British Hairdresser of the Year and Midlands Hairdresser of the Year – Lisa and her team have a pure passion for shading and toning as well as the expertise to give beautiful results every time. Lisa’s Birmingham salon in Temple Row has everything you could ever need for some indulgent ‘you’ time. Enjoy a relaxing ritual in their ceremony room, read all of the latest magazines, catch up on what’s going on in the world with Wi-Fi and even help yourself to only the best refreshments in their jampacked fridge. The teams at Lisa Shepherd Salons believe that beautiful colour is the essential accessory to each and any style. With this in mind they are offering one lucky Style Birmingham reader the opportunity to win a full colour and restyle makeover from the queen of colour, Lisa Shepherd and her team at their Birmingham salon.

Lisa has also teamed up with her favourite product manufacturer Clynol to offer the winner a bumper goody bag of products to maintain their new colour from Clynol’s amazing new Colour & Care range. Clynol is also offering ten runners up a bumper goody bag each. You’ll receive a selection of radiance boosting essentials with a shampoo, conditioner and treatment offering ultimate care whilst two of their hero styling products will be your ultimate styling saviours to keep your new do in shape day and night. For your chance to win this fantastic prize, just answer this question:

Where is Lisa Shepherd’s Birmingham salon located? Enter online at or send your answer, full name, address and telephone number on a postcard to: Lisa Shepherd Competition, Style Birmingham, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by the closing date of August 31.



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CHERYL IN CONCERT! It’s the show everyone’s talking about. Cheryl is embarking on her first ever solo arena tour, and you could be there to see it.

Cheryl went on to release two solo albums which both went to number one. Her third album A Million Lights includes the hit single Call My Name.

Cheryl has wowed audiences in recent months with outstanding performances on The Voice UK, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and as special guest on the Black Eyed Peas European tour. Now, she’s back and better than ever with her first ever solo nationwide arena tour.

On October 12, Cheryl will be stopping off at the LG Arena in Birmingham to treat the audience to a selection of songs from her three albums 3 Words, Messy Little Raindrops and A Million Lights as well as pulling out a few surprises.

Cheryl became one of five members of girl group Girls Aloud in 2002 as a result of talent show Popstars The Rivals, enjoying 20 top ten singles, four number ones and five platinum albums. In 2009 the band won the title Best Single for their song The Promise and later announced their hiatus.

Style Birmingham has teamed up with the LG Arena to give readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show on October 12. For your chance to win, just answer this question:

What is the title of Cheryl’s third and latest album?

TO ENTER THIS COMPETITION GO TO W W W . S T Y L E B I R M I N G H A M . C O M or send your answer, full name, address and telephone number to Cheryl Competition, Style Birmingham, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by the closing date of September 21.

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