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“I think British high street fashion is just about the best in the world” Jeff Banks

CONTENTS

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WINTER

StyleWITH

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51 STYLE NEWS

JEFF BANKS the legend of British fashion talks to Style Birmingham!

13 RETAIL BIRMINGHAM AWARDS your chance to vote for your favourite shop!

15 MY STYLE SECRETS

investment buys, cool accessories and a Britpop legend brings his fashion range to Birmingham

53 TREND REPORT cool uniform is the style rule this season, with blazers to

Capital FM presenter Katy Poulson shares her faves

19 FIVE MINUTES WITH...

the fore and a preppy feel to colour palettes

54 GROOMING

Sadie Frost, actress turned fashion designer

21 VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE plenty of ideas for him and her

a classic fragrance revisited, top skincare and more

56 GADGET REVIEW fancy some new technology? Of course you do...

StyleWOMEN

StyleSOCIAL

17 S/S’11 CATWALK PREVIEW

65 REVIEW

three key trends

why not dine out this weekend? Read our reviews first so

31 FASHION NEWS

you can ensure a great night for all

new season means only one thing: new wardrobe!

32 ACCESSORIES SPECIAL

stylish new wines and easy recipes for winter suppers,

all hail the tan handbag trend

plenty of ideas for foodies and even fans of detox

34 TREND REPORT the top ten transitional trends right now

72 VALENTINE’S NIGHT want some ideas for the most romantic places to wine

38 SPRING SHOOTS

and dine? Birmingham’s got the lot: you just need to

the Style Birmingham new season photoshoot

know where to book!

78 WHAT’S ON

StyleBEAUTY

stuck for where to go and what to do? We’ve got a few ideas to take you right through into spring!

45 BEAUTY NEWS all you need to refresh and rejuvenate your beauty routine this season

46 HAIR

StyleCOMPETITIONS 13 WIN TICKETS AND AN OUTFIT

how to look after your hair through deep, dark midwinter

49 HOME SPA

for the Retail Birmingham Awards

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at The Oriental in The Mailbox

Concept Retail Birmingham Front cover courtesy of River Island S/S’11

Publisher Publishing Ink Ltd Managing Director Andrew Riley Advertising Leah Edmunds, w: www.publishingink.co.uk email: info@publishingink.co.uk tel: 0121 631 6101 Editor Sarah Drew Jones Design Mark Sargent, Leo Goddard Contributors Jennifer Walker, Phil Oldershaw All information is correct at the time of going to press. Please note that prices for items are subject to change so may vary from those mentioned contact individual stores for definitive pricing information. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, without prior permission. We make every effort to ensure that firms and organisations mentioned are reputable, however, we can give no guarantee that they will fulfil their obligations in all circumstances. Contributors’ opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the editor or of Publishing Ink Limited. Any material submitted is done so at the owner’s risk, and the company can take no responsibility for the safe storage or return of such material.

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CELEBRATE

WINTER

Just a few short weeks into the new year and already we’re busy, busy, busy. With Fashion Weeks all around the world swinging into action, the new season collections streaming into stores, and Valentine’s Day looming into view, it’s a great time to hit the shops with a wish-list as long as your winter coat. Luckily, you needn’t go unprepared: in this issue, we’ve got a comprehensive sneak peek at the spring/summer fashion, from catwalk to high street. We’re loving the transitional trends too, so important at this time of year: make a few savvy investments now and you’ll still be rocking the key trends come July. Turn to page 34 for our pick of the pieces that will ease you through from one season to the next, without breaking the bank. Talking of Fashion Week, with LFW fast approaching, we interviewed Jeff Banks, a legend of British design and regarded by many as the ‘inventor’ of high street fashion. From 60s boutiques to establishing Warehouse in 1976 as the first affordable, British-made high street fashion store, Jeff truly pioneered the kind of accessible fashion we all know and love today. He also has some very controversial things to say about the state of British fashion these days, and more than many fashion commentators, critics and bloggers, he should know: turn to page 7 for our exclusive interview. We also asked actress-turned-designer Sadie Frost for her opinions on Fashion Week: you can read all that and more on page 19. Thinking about treating someone special to something fabulous for Valentine’s this year? Our complete guide to gorgeous gifts starts on page 21, and head to the Social section for oodles of ideas for bars, restaurants and nights out. This romantic day deserves to be marked in style, so book now to avoid disappointing your loved one (and getting yourself into lots of unnecessary trouble into the bargain). Whether you think it’s a day for lovers or a commercialised nightmare, it’s still an excuse to celebrate, and who couldn’t do with one of those in deepest midwinter? Happy Valentine’s Day! Sarah Drew Jones www.stylebirmingham.com

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FASHION As Fashion Weeks all over the world swing into action, Style Birmingham talks exclusively to fashion legend Jeff Bank about style, success and the state of the industry Interview by Sarah Drew Jones

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eff Banks CBE has been credited with creating the British high street fashion scene as we know it, as well as pioneering fashion on TV with The Clothes Show and establishing Graduate Fashion Week. With a style empire that extends across the globe and a pocketful of awards and honours, Jeff is a true colossus of UK fashion, and here shares his opinions on the industry’s colourful past, imperfect present and possible future

started Warehouse in 1976 most retailers bought their products from wholesalers or designers. Very few wholesalers had their own shops. Warehouse was a new concept as we had our own design room, our own production our own dedicated factories and we sold our own creations through our own shops. We bought nothing from wholesalers, we created everything, clothes, shoes, hats, jewellery: this was the model of the future. Many retailers followed suit much later. Next, Jigsaw, Oasis, Topshop all followed on and in America too Esprit, The Limited and Banana Republic but I think we started it here. Now many designers like Armani, Ralph Lauren and D&G have their own shops but sell to other stores as well. Most of the British high street now creates its own product in its own design rooms which is what makes it so special.

I started in fashion early... and the

I like to be busy all the time. Here’s an example. Recently I was in Australia, designing one day with my licensees in Melbourne then presenting Fashion on the Field at the Melbourne Cup for channel 7 TV. After that I went straight to Osaka in Japan to work with my licensees there on new product for spring. After that I got back from Japan and started a three day advertising shoot in London. I then had a series of store appearances in Debenhams and the gentleman’s evenings for my bespoke tailoring collection. Wherever I am, I’m normally up at 5:30-6am and normally get finished around 8-9pm.

My best advice is to learn to present and sell. It doesn’t matter at what stage you are at in your career you always have to sell your product or yourself. Doing it well is a skill in itself. You might be the greatest designer on earth but if you can’t sell your ideas on to a potential customer, employer, or financier you won’t get off the ground.

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I love shopping in New York, and Bloomingdales is one of my favourites. I regularly visit Tokyo and shops like Isetan are truly fantastic. In Britain I have a few favourites like a menswear store in London called The Library. Online, I think the Apple shop takes some beating.

I take inspiration from everywhere. Each season I put together six theme ideas for men and six

It saddens me to say that I think London Fashion Week is largely irrelevant given the amount of money and effort that goes into putting it on

Be yourself and believe in yourself. If you are false about what you do or your beliefs you will always get found out. If you firmly believe in what you are doing, then the pleasure of just doing it is all you need. The worst moment of my career was when my little shop in Blackheath caught fire after some builders left a fire burning in some upstairs rooms they were decorating and we had to largely start again. My sweetest triumph, I suppose, was being awarded the CBE for services to fashion.

I think British high street fashion is just about the best in the world. I would like to think that I had a small part to do with that. When I

traditional way. When I left college I couldn’t get a permanent job. I did some draughtsman work and 3D illustration, I decided to open a small shop in Blackheath selling the work of friends of mine from college. This range took six months to put together as they were working in their spare time. We sold out on the first day and I was faced with an empty shop. Luckily a lady called Frieda Fairway appeared the next day who was Mary Quant’s design room manager. She had worked for Mary as well as Hardy Amies and Norman Hartnell. Mrs Fairway said whatever you can draw I can make. Within a week we had set up a workroom in the rear of the shop with a massive empty space. Sid the cutter and six machinists, with Frieda cutting the patterns, I was in the fashion business and Frieda taught me everything I know.

ideas for women. I just dream them up and research them. They may appear completely random but I sense them in the fashion ‘atmosphere’. I then figure how to interpret those ideas not just into clothes but also into home products. These themes have to work in Japan, China and Australia as well as in Britain. Last autumn I was influenced by Mad Men. I presented this a year ago because the first time I saw it I felt it was going to be a big influence. I have to work a year ahead on themes so you have to latch on quickly. The whole late Fifties revival in both menswear and womenswear has been a big deal around the world.

I try to keep weekends free even if I’m travelling abroad so I have at least one day to myself.

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Cycling is my favourite past time so

I’ve made a few fashion faux pas myself.

Saturdays and Sundays I head off on my bike. I keep bikes in Australia and South Africa so that when I’m there I can just pick up where I left off but if I’m in other places I’ll take a bike with me. Life on the road is good for me, I get time to think and keep fit.

I normally only wear my own clothes but years ago I bought a Yohji Yamamoto suit in Tokyo. It was in baby blue cotton and seemed a good idea at the time. The fit was terrible and it was even worse when I got it back to Britain. I never wore it and eventually dumped it on a charity shop.

I have no musical talent but I would have liked to have become a musician. I have a lot of friends in the music business and I envy them being able to pick up an instrument and entertain at either a small party or in front of thousands. It’s a great talent. If I hadn’t become a designer I probably would have liked to have done something in cycling or maybe more in TV. I presented my own show for 12 years so directing TV always interests me. I also used to shoot my own fashion pictures, so photography may have been another option.

I still have goals. I have just opened my first three shops in Beijing so I’m now really working hard to make our business a success in China. It’s a fantastic burgeoning market and I’m enjoying being part of it.

It saddens me to say that I think London Fashion Week is largely irrelevant given the amount of money and effort that goes into putting on the event twice a year. The purpose of putting on Fashion Weeks in Milan, Paris and New York has changed in recent years. Previously the shows were used to show a collection from which invited buyers would place orders. These days the business of buying has been done months before the shows because of production lead times and the global breadth of distribution. Now the shows are promotional events where the major brands show their collections to the world’s press and also invite their major international distributors to savour what has already been put in motion. In Britain we simply don’t have enough major international brands that warrant the time and expense of the world coming to London. We have a handful of brands with international clout, so the rest of the week is taken up with small companies struggling to make ends meet, that are just putting on a show but with no reason. No international distribution, very few domestic outlets they can sell to and press that in the main is either interested only in featuring the product of the big advertisers or the high street. We are deluding ourselves if we think that in the modern fashion arena London has much to offer. The British Fashion Council needs to stop and think how we can begin to create an environment where brands can be nurtured to make it on the international stage in the way Burberry has done.

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My style inspiration? I always think Bryan Ferry looks pretty cool. In the main though, I look back at old movie stars like Cary Grant and Fred Astaire for real inspirational dressing. Every now and again, I like total escape. I think my best holiday ever was at a place called Coco Point on the island of Barbuda in the Caribbean. Twenty-four houses on the headland of the island, with white sand right outside the house and a club house for dinner, a fully stocked bar that you didn’t have to pay for and you didn’t need any money as it was all in. Sheer bliss.

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Five words that describe me? Likeable, loveable, loath-able, reliable, irascible (not always in the right order).

The best advice for life I can give is this: Be your own person. Live within your budget. And enjoy the ride. Jeff Banks designs a collection of menswear and cosmetics for Debenhams.

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In recognition of Birmingham’s most stylish stores, restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels and salons, the Retail Birmingham Awards 2011 will throw a spotlight on all your favourite places. To have your opinion heard, go to our website at www.stylebirmingham.com and vote for all the places you love to shop, browse, dine, drink, hang out and be pampered in!

Organised by Retail Birmingham Business Improvement District, which represents more than 1,000 retailers in Birmingham city centre, The Retail Birmingham Awards 2011 will take place on the evening of Thursday March 3 at the Town Hall. Celebrating the style and success of the city, the awards are a fabulous opportunity for you to say thank-you to your favourite places. We’ll bring you all the news, gossip and pictures after the event, but in the meantime, get voting!

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Capital FM Breakfast Show, shares her style diary What’s an average day for you? I get up at 4.45am in order to be at work on the Capital Breakfast Show for 5.30am. After the show we have meetings about the next day, record bits of production we may need, do interviews with celebs or filming bits for the website. We are usually finished by 1 or 2pm, then I spend my afternoons hunting for bargains or doing up the house that I’ve just bought! Painting old furniture while watching Midsomer Murders is my ideal afternoon.

Career high and low? Before I landed this job I was working for a TV company where the presenter called me ‘the runner,’ she knew my name, but was very rude. When I got this job I took great pleasure telling her that ‘the runner’ was now a radio presenter!

What’s your take on fashion? It kills me to see people following the fashions even if it doesn’t suit them. I think the turnaround in shops with new fashions is so quick that often some people will spend a fortune just to keep up to date with the latest trend. It’s important to cling on to things that you feel comfortable in and that suit your body shape, and accessorising can breathe new life into older clothes and make you stand out from the crowd. Where do you like to shop in Birmingham? High street shops I love include Primark, Topshop, and Urban Outfitters, I love ‘Cow’ in Digbeth as I adore vintage clothes, but my main love is charity shops, there’s no better feeling when you dig out a perfect outfit for less than £5. It feels great knowing no one can copy your outfit as they’ll struggle to match it exactly! I like high street fashion because the shops have a great selection at really reasonable prices.

What’s an ideal day off? I’m a country girl at heart, so love being outdoors. I also love exercise so a fun day at the beach with friends, surf boards and a barbecue would be pretty sweet! www.stylebirmingham.com

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Which beauty treatments do you swear by? It’s not really a treatment, but I think nothing feels better than going for a run. It clears your mind, gets fresh air into your lungs, makes you feel great afterwards and keeps you in shape!

What’s always in your make-up bag? Blusher and mascara, a bit of colour in the cheeks and some mascara to help enhance your eyes.

What’s been your own worst fashion faux pas? Probably my collection of Christmas jumpers. I know they are wrong, but I can’t help myself.

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Who are your style icons? I love Gwen Stefani she’s got a real quirky dress sense and carries it off with such confidence. Where do you like to holiday? A few years ago, I did a charity project in South Africa that blew my mind. I went alone but met loads of like-minded people of a similar age from all around the world. Together we built a home for a family who had been affected by AIDS. It wasn’t the most relaxing holiday, but meeting such inspiring kids and families had a massive effect on me. To glimpse such poverty helps to put your problems into perspective. I’d recommend it to anyone, who wants to do something a little different on their jollies.

Are you organised or chaotic? I have a quote in my bedroom that says ‘Being organised interferes with my creativity!’ I’m most definitely a gowith-the-flow type of person, I roll with things I enjoy, ideas I have and new experiences that look exciting! Your three golden rules of style? 1. Don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd. 2. Dress to suit you shape and style. 3. Feel the love for vintage: your mum may have an old dress from the 60s that fits you perfectly! Tune in to the Capital Breakfast Show with Dan & Katy every weekday from 6-10am on 102.2 Capital FM, digital radio & TV, and online at www.capitalfm.com

Beach print dress £17, Primark; Yellow dress, £70, Urban Outfitters; Red vintage-look sandals £75, Topshop

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Quirky, cute and ohso-feminine, the 70s student look is back: think Annie Hall meets Ali McGraw in Love Story for the just-right Harvard-girl aesthetic. Led by classic American designers, such as Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors, this look is sassy and sexy.

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Still at the forefront of fashion, the nude palette shines for spring/summer, in everything from microshorts to faux fur vests. Splash out on a floaty, gossamer evening dress that will last season after season, and invest in tan leather and metallic gold accessories.

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I shop in all sorts of places but I’ve come to the conclusion that British high street fashion can be mixed. Some of it’s good, some of it’s not: I like American Apparel, but even then I find it can be very samey and generic. I do have a few favourite places to shop though: I love the Start boutique in London’s Hoxton, Liberty on Regent Street and the famous Collette in Paris.

Marianne Faithfull is my all-time style icon. As for my own style, I have five words that sum it up: androgynous, pop, sultry, cheeky and rebellious! • Floozie by Frost French is available in Debenhams.

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When it comes to creating for the Frost French label, I find that lots of things inspire me but especially travelling. I love to travel and get away and I have to say that, on that score, I’ve been a lucky girl and had some amazing holidays. Hard to name the best ever destination, but family holidays with my kids are always the best. We went to Ibiza last year and that was really special. Other than holidays, I don’t normally take time off, but on the rare occasions I can sneak a day off work I like to watch French movies. It’s good to not be just known for doing one thing. I’m lucky, because I write and act as well as design so I can mix things up. I’ve branched out into ‘lifestyle’ designing too: I designed some homeware for Liptons and kitchens for Swan Homes. I have plenty of ambitions left to fulfil, though: for 2011, we’re really focusing on building more of an online presence for Frost French. We may live in challenging times, but I still think London Fashion Week is relevant to the industry. In fact, I think London Fashion Week is very exciting. There’s a lot of British talent out there and some interesting new designers coming through for 2011 as well.

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The best piece of business advice I’ve ever been given was to grow our business slowly. It’s sensible, solid advice. We haven’t had a particular setback but I have to say that it’s been pretty tough the whole way through.

When it comes to beauty, I have a few faithfuls I swear by. I love Linda Meredith facials, Environ skincare and Lucas’ Paw Paw ointment for dry lips, scrapes and burns. I keep it in my make-up bag at all times. It’s in there with mascara and YSL Touche Eclat, which I can’t leave home without.

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I made a move from acting into fashion more than ten years ago. My friend Jemima French and I set up the Frost French label, designing lingerie. To start with it was more conceptual things and playing with fashion ideas – underwear that was fragranced or pyjamas with night owls on that made bird noises. It’s evolved and grown over the years.

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Luxury suede heart box filled with assorted handmade chocolates Chouchoute Chocolateire from £14.95

Thumbprint heart handbag charm Links of London in Bullring £45

Love t-shirt Dorothy Perkins £18

Ladybug shape bag Sim Footwear £21.99

Charm link watch bracelet New Look £12.99

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Valentine’s baking set Marks & Spencer £15

The Frog Prince bath ballistic Lush £2.75

Diane von Furstenberg jumper Harvey Nichols £225

Pink plastic sunglasses Dorothy Perkins £8

Dr Organic’s Organic Rose Otto Bath Oil 100ml Holland & Barrett in The Pallasades £8.99

Deco range ‘to my wonderful wife’ Valentine’s day card Clinton Cards in The Pallasades £3.99

Valentina earrings £19 and necklace £39 Hobbs in Pavilions

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Blackberry Curve 3g 9300 in fuchsia pink Carphone Warehouse in The Pallsades £199.95 pay as you go

Lanvin la rose perfume (edp) Harvey Nichols £49

Heart expander watch New Look £7.99

Thomas Sabo red lips ring Thomas Sabo in Bullring £139

Elemis Anti-Aging Face And Eyes Debenhams £75

Juicy Couture heart charm Harvey Nichols £60

Corset babydoll New Look £24.99

Catherine Tough spring mini hearts Selfridges £12 each

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Bodhi ‘desire’ gift set Harvey Nichols £43.50 Red heart print Moschino tote bag House of Fraser £289

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Dr Organic’s Organic Rose Otto Body Scrub 200ml Holland & Barrett in The Pallasades £6.99

SHOPPING Pretty Woman 15th anniversary edition DVD HMV £14

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Moschino heart gloves House of Fraser £45 Red rose heart box Petals of Piccadilly £39.99

Ted Baker pink patent cosmetic bag House of Fraser £22

‘Le petit spa’ day spa package (offer valid on Feb 13 and 14th only) Malmaison in The Mailbox (based on 2 people sharing) £125

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VALENTINE’S GIFTS FOR HIM Duchamp floral print silk tie House of Fraser £65

Light up his Valentine’s Day with these super-stylish gifts

Cheeky devil Thorntons £1.99

Drew Darcy ‘naughty but nice’ wallet and key fob limited edition 200 Castle Galleries in The Mailbox £60

Exclusive Smirnoff Red limited edition iPod speaker pack 700ml Selfridges £34.99

Hearts apron Marks & Spencer £12

Paul Smith men’s heart socks Harvey Nichols £16

It’s Raining Men shower gel 260ml Lush £7.95

Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza eau de cologne 100ml Selfridges £76

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Darcy ‘naughty but nice’ cufflinks Castle Galleries in The Mailbox £37.50

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Unconditional ‘play with me’ t-shirt with detachable toy Selfridges £100

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SPREE Red leather Hugo Boss organiser House of Fraser £120

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Olympia by Bryan Ferry, CD HMV £7

Emporio Armani white logo print shorts House of Fraser £79

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Pringle black contrast briefs House of Fraser £10 each

Cuddly Valentine’s bear Clinton Cards in The Pallasades £9.99

Heart shape egg pan Poundland in The Pallasades £1

Laurent Perrier brut rose nv 750ml with ice bucket Selfridges £94.50 Marshmallow mallow hearts Thorntons £1.99

Gosset Champagne Valentine’s gift set Harvey Nichols £75

Tateossian plaited leather bracelets with silver clasp House of Fraser £50 each

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Fashion NEWS Winter never seemed so stylish: your key trends are all here

MUST-HAVE Bow down to the bows trend with this cute sweater dress, £129 from Jesire in The Mailbox. Sweater dresses have been spotted recently on the Minogue sisters and Alexa Chung, sealing their style credentials for winter and beyond.

NEWS UPDATE

FAUX IT UP

Gorgeous jewellery label Thomas Sabo opened the doors of a new store in Bullring recently, at a VIP party attended by several Premiership footballers and brand ambassador Katherine Brown, the reigning Miss UK. Fans of quirky silver jewellery will love the collection of watches, charms, necklaces, bracelets and more.

From Halston to Burberry, fake fur was huge on the winter catwalks and continues to set a style pace right through to spring. Team this ultra-soft faux fur cardigan by Rebecca Taylor, £425 at Harvey Nichols, with skinny combats or denim for a chic twist on winter woollens.

EDITOR’S CHOICE

JEAN GENIE Cuff £19.95

STYLE LOVES This 9ct white gold gift pendant and earrings gift set is now reduced from £699 to £499 in the Goldsmiths sale. A timeless classic: find the store in Bullring.

Boots £69.95

All from the spring collection, due in-store soon at H&M

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Necklace £24.95

Cult denim label PDA (Public Display of Affection) has just made an assault on the high street, launching into Dorothy Perkins. For the uninitiated, PDA offers five different lines, named after the coolest cities in the world, with an impeccable fit and in different washes, including acid enzyme, stone, raw and jet-black… all for between £30 and £50. Key styles of the new spring collection? Watch out for 70s inspired kick flares and classic staples in dark indigo.

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Leather chain handle shopper, £95, Topshop

JAEGER

Fringe bag, £59.99, River Island

Leather vintage-look bag, £22.99, New Look

PERFECT

TAN

Slouchy, chic and in all shades of tan, spring’s leather bags are instant classics

W TEAM WITH COLOUR NO

Turnlock bag, £35, Accessorize

Duffle style bag, £75, Topshop

AND WHITE IN SUMMER Butterfly bag, £80, Laura Ashley

Charity, £310, Bertie at House of Fraser Tan ‘Edie’ double buckle bag £410, Michael Kors at House of Fraser

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1 Androgynous tailoring Suiting goes unstructured for spring, with wideleg trousers, loose jackets and high waists. Channel Lauren Bacall and Diane Keaton and make an androgynous suit work for winter with ankle boots and a poloneck and wedges and a vest when the sun comes out. Limited Edition empire cardigan jacket, £269, spotty blouse, £169, trousers £169, and sandals, £169, all Hobbs in Pavilions.

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TRANSITION TRENDS

Just a few key pieces can ease your way from winter into stylish spring

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Layers

With the uber-feminine, 50s-style silhouette still strong on the catwalks at Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Prada and many others, the look’s adapting for late winter with the addition of layered knitwear. Keep the hourglass motif by belting everything, and choose cardigans and sweaters in fine cashmere or merino to avoid bulk.

Editor’s

DKNY

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Burberry began this trend with its shearling aviators and jodhpurs last year, and now all things 20s are big style news. Drop waists, flapper cocktail dresses, statement pearls and headbands are already in, but look out for Art Deco inspired accessories too, like these sunglasses, £80 at Urban Outfitters.

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Fabulous knitwear

Probably the easiest of all transition trends: stay warm and cosy in fine knitwear but with a new season twist, in added texture. Look out for embellishment in embroidered satin motifs, studs and beads and even leather and suede patches. McQ studded sweater dress, £295, and Markus Lupfer jumper, £240, Harvey Nichols.

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5 Three quarter trousers

CHARLES VOGEL

We’ve had the 7/8ths length, the clamdigger and the palazzo pant: for spring, ¾ length trousers are an emerging trend. Just higher than an ankle boot and perfect for showing off sandals, invest in a pair now and wear with long boots. Look out for texture too: sequin detail, ribbon trim and wetlook fabrics are all key.

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Full of personality and with attitude to spare, a print tee will look as good with skinnies and boots as a skirt and sandals come Easter. Invest in neutral colour big prints for added style points and maximum wearability. Print tee shirts, £25 each at Miss Selfridge.

Statement jewels One of the most exciting trends for spring is investment jewellery. Give your £5 high street bracelets a rest and invest in some grown-up glamour instead: for spring/summer 2011, it’s a strong trend that will set you apart from the pack. We love the Kara by Kara Ross range at Harvey Nichols, prices starting at £110: Dannii Minogue and Kim Cattrall are fans.

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Bright colour

Editor’s

With neutrals still cutting a swathe through the catwalks, accessories are picking up on bright and bold colour. Choose a bag in a bright, or opt for shoes and belt in a contrasting colour and your winter outfit will have instant spring appeal. Marc by Marc Jacobs baby Aidan ostrich bag, £290, Harvey Nichols.

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9 Spring maxi

Kitten heels Their triumphant return to the fashion spotlight has been touted for a year now but this spring, low heels will once again flood the high street. Get a jump on the fashionistas with a slingback pair that just says ‘new season style’. We like these Nikki heels, in both black and ivory patent leather at Dune, £65.

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So easy for summer, but the maxi can look way too full-on in winter. How to transition? Avoid cotton and choose jersey instead, that will fall and flatter your shape and team as well with a leather jacket now as flat sandals in May. Tessie blue jersey maxi dress,£70, Monsoon.

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1. DRESS, £490, ACNE AT SELFRIDGES NECKLACE, £210, SWAROVSKI AT HOUSE OF FRASER

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2. DRESS, £305, VIVIENNE WESTWOOD AT SELFRIDGES SHOES, £120, DARTS AT DANIEL FOOTWEAR, THE MAILBOX RING, £46.95, DANNIJO AT HOUSE OF FRASER

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3. DRESS, £365, MILLY AT HOUSE OF FRASER SHOES, £159, FRIMULA AT DANIEL FOOTWEAR, THE MAILBOX

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4. DRESS, £385, VALENTINO AT SELFRIDGES SHOES, £299, SENSATIONAL AT DANIEL FOOTWEAR, AT THE MAILBOX BRACELET, £95, KAREN MILLEN AT HOUSE OF FRASER

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5. DRESS, £79, HOUSE OF FRASER NECKLACE, £90, KENNETH COLE AT HOUSE OF FRASER

Models Jessica Minh Anh & Jade Campbell, J Model Management Make-up Rashida Blair & Katie Wilton Hair Jon De Francesco Colour retoucher Mark Allen Venue Botanical Garden, Birmingham and Baccus Bar, Birmingham

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Swatch Store, Unit SU733 Upper Mall East, Bullring, Birmingham, B5 4BG

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This month we’re

The fresh rose colours sweeping across all the beauty brands, from blush at YSL to lipglosses at Chanel... lifting our grey winter skin with a light layer of self-tan, especially the lovely Natural Glow Self-Tanning Milk from Decleor... indulging in topclass skincare from Creme de la Mer to fight the winter chill... the rich blues and greens of the Peacocky range from MAC, new on counter from February 1... dabbing on Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil before bed for super-soft morning skin

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Beauty NEWS We’re in the pink as the new season starts...

STYLE LOVES

Estee Lauder’s latest fragrance bursts with invigorating mandarin and sophisticated floral notes, perfect for lifting your spirits on dark, wintry days. The Limited Edition Wild Elixir, £32, is in Selfridges now and on all Lauder counters from February.

GREAT GIFT For Valentine’s, for a special occasion, for yourself... why not indulge in Molton Brown’s uber-lovely Paradisiac Pink Pepperpod bath and shower gel, £17.50, for an instant pick-me-up. It’s got added zing. Find it in the Molton Brown store in Bullring or at House of Fraser.

BETTER BALANCE

LUSCIOUS LASHES Paper lashes are the latest celebrity beauty craze – and these ones would make even Lady Gaga envious. New in at Harvey Nichols, the Paperself collection is delicately pretty, with three styles to chose from, each infused with symbolic meaning rooted in Chinese culture: horses, symbolic of success; peony, for happiness and good fortune; and peach blossom to represent love and romance. Prices start from £13.

Even the best complexions can take a hit when cold weather reigns. Central heating, bitter winds and plummeting temperatures can cause dark spots, discolouration and dry patches, ageing skin before your very eyes. Turn back time with a good skin-correcting make-up that evens out colour and covers any circles and lines. Origins has a fantastic new compact foundation, Brighter By Nature, with an amazing SPF 30, for just £24. It’s got comforting lavender and rosemary to prevent any irritation, too.

TRIED AND TESTED BLUSH BEAUTY

SWEET CHARITY No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Day Cream SPF15, £22, Boots The hype: ‘Proven to visibly improve deep lines and wrinkles for younger looking skin in four weeks’. The result: Tested on dry, sensitive skin, this cream worked a minor miracle, softening fine lines in just a few days and bringing comfort without greasiness. Use on slightly damp skin for added effect: the cream sinks in, and you can apply make-up straightaway, with no sticky residue. Worth the money and more.

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Take a leaf out of Liz Hurley’s book, and choose soft, flattering pinks for a warm glow this winter. The new Pretty Powerful Palette from Bobbi Brown, £42, has everything you need to get a healthy glow, from rosy shimmer wash eyeshadow to lip gloss in bubble pink.

Do your bit for a good cause and perk up your make-up bag into the bargain. For the fourth year running, Clinique has partnered up with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity for the KISS IT BETTER appeal, raising money to fund research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer. This year, Clinique’s created a gorgeous Limited Edition Smoothie Kisses Lip Gloss Set in a cutesy pink bag. Sold in House of Fraser during February, £4 of the £22.50 price goes to this very worthy cause.

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Haircare Q&A Your winter hair problems sorted Q: I’m growing my crop into a wavy bob like Keira Knightley’s, but it’s getting dry. How can I get it back in top condition without a trim? A: The problem with growing out very short hair is that it can take ages and the hair gets drier and more brittle all the time. Invest in a good quality detangler to use after every wash: Melvita Capiforce Organic Detangling

hair Winter

Keep locks silky and shining right through to spring

STYLE LOVES Nicky Clarke’s Detox & Purify Straightener has a high temperature of 230ºC for faster styling but floating ceramic tiles to prevent damage. It’s £59.99 from Argos.

Balm and Split Ends Serum will have it swinging and shiny in no time (from £15, leading department stores).

Q: I need a new hairdryer small enough for my gym bag. Ideas? A: We love the new Corioliss Mini Vintage Hair Dryer, in retro floral patterns: small but perfectly formed! It’s £23.75 from Boots.

BIG IT UP If you want superstar waves or big statement hair for special nights out this winter, a volumising spray is your trusty go-to product. Spritz through damp hair, add rollers and either leave to air-dry or blast with a dryer on cool. The Tigi Bedhead Superstar Volumizing Leave-In Conditioner, £6.84 in all high street pharmacies, is one of the best on the market for instant volume.

Q: My naturally curly hair just won’t stay flat after I straighten it. Is my hair wax not strong enough? A: Wax isn’t the best thing for curly hair: try a hydration-heavy styling product instead, like the Umberto Giannini Sleek & Chic collection. The Salon Straight Blow Dry Cream contains Vitamin B5 to help smooth even the most brittle locks and a slick of Seriously Straight Gloss Serum will hold the style for hours. Each is £4.89 from Boots.

TRIED AND TESTED Charles Worthington Hair Healer Salon Results Leave-In Conditioner, £4.99, Superdrug and Boots Hype: All-day long nourishment for all types of hair. Result: Light as a feather, this leave-in conditioner didn’t leave hair sticky, oily or flat, but instead gave beachy waves and a soft feel. Tried on dry hair as an overnight balm, it brought a noticeable gloss to newly-coloured tresses. Worth double the price!

CATWALK REPORT Winter hair was super-conditioned and ultra-shiny on the runways, with mid- to long-length styles at the forefront. Keeping long hair in best possible condition takes work: steal a secret from raven-haired Angelina Jolie, and try one of the beauty world’s fave cult brands, Moroccanoil. Infused with Argan oil, silk, keratins and avocado, the haircare range is highly concentrated, containing 30 per cent active ingredients compared to the industry standard 10 per cent. Try Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner for a few weeks and really see it working: £15.85 each, from selected salons: 0800 310 1133, www. moroccanoil.com

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To book your appointments please call 0121 454 6984 quoting “STYLE”.

MAKE ENJOYMENT YOUR MAIN OBJECTIVE.

MAKE ENJOYMENT YOUR MAIN OBJECTIVE.

The Birmingham Marriott Hotel is now offering a special Winter Pamper Day Package including the following:

The Birmingham Marriott Hotel is now offering a special Winter Pamper Day •Package Complimentary Robe & Slippers including the following:

• Unlimited use of our Leisure Club facilities on the day, including our Gym, Turkish Steam Room, Jacuzzi and heated indoor Swimming Pool.

Complimentary Robefrom & Slippers ••25min Treatment. Choose a Massage, an Express Facial or a File & Polish • Unlimited use of our Leisure Club facilities on the day, including our Gym, All for £20 per person Turkish Steam Room, Jacuzzi and heated indoor Swimming Pool. plus 10% off any additional treatment on the day • 25min Treatment. Choose from a Massage, an Express Facial or a File & Polish To book your appointments please call 0121 454 6984 quoting “SITC”.

All for for £20 All £25 per per person person plus 10% off any additional treatment on the day To book your appointments please call 0121 454 6984 quoting “SITC”.

Birmingham Marriott Hotel 12 Hagley Road, Five Ways Birmingham B16 8SJ Tel: 0121 452 1144 www.BirminghamMarriott.co.uk

OFFER AVAILABLE ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS. NOT VALID ON WEDNESDAYS, SUNDAYS OR BANK HOLIDAYS. SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.

Birmingham Marriott Hotel 12 Hagley Road, Five Ways Birmingham B16 8SJ Tel: 0121 452 1144 www.BirminghamMarriott.co.uk

OFFER AVAILABLE ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS. NOT VALID ON WEDNESDAYS, SUNDAYS OR BANK HOLIDAYS. SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.

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StyleBEAUTY

THE PROTECTOR Darphin Hydraskin Rich Replenishing Moisturising Cream, £30, forms a protective barrier on skin to keep the elements out and essential moisture in. Perfect for right now.

THE PERFECT TINT Add a little glow with Estee Lauder’s new DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection AntiOxidant Moisturiser Daywear Release with SPF 15, £32. With a refreshing cucumber scent, it leaves skin petal-soft with a sheer, even colour.

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THE BODY DUO Jaeger Refreshing Body Cleanser and Soothing Silk Body Lotion, £15 each, will keep your skin soft under winter layers, and lightly fragranced all day long. Find Jaeger in The Mailbox.

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THE NIGHT MASK Decleor Aroma Night Angelique Nourishing Night Balm, £46, is a powerful night-time treatment to transform tired, winter-worn skin. Apply on warm hands and let it sink in while you sleep: it’s a miracle worker.

THE SUPER-SERUM Bobbi Brown’s new Extra Repair Serum, £60, isn’t cheap, but it makes skin look better as soon as it’s applied, firming and smoothing on contact. The perfect anti-ageing serum.

THE GLOW-GIVER

THE REVIVER Smooth on Bliss Triple Oxygen + C Energizing Cream, £46, on those mornings when your face just doesn’t fit: it’s like ten hours’ sleep in one little pot. Find it at Debenhams and Boots.

Fake Bake Platinum Face, £29.95, is a first: an anti-ageing self tan with pioneering apple stem cell technology that feeds skin whilst giving it a healthy colour. Find it at House of Fraser and Selfridges.

www.stylebirmingham.com

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MEN

This month we’re Investing in sharp new season accessories at Gieves & Hawkes to lift last year’s suit... the cool slogan tees in the Urban Exclusives range at Urban Outfitters... putting a watch from the new season range at Armani Exchange in Bullring on our mostwanted list... consigning coats to the back of the wardrobe in favour of a spring jacket from Harvey Nichols’ men’s department (D&G anyone?)... channelling the 60s in Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green label at Selfridges

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Style NEWS Terrifically tartan, lovingly Liam and undoubtedly new season style STYLE

LOVES

SLIM STYLE

RED VINTAGE GINGHAM COTTON NEW HARRINGTON £240

BLACK PUPPYTOOTH COTTON HOODED PARKA £390

The urban hunter trend is still strong as winter gives way to spring, so keep your trapper hats, fur-trimmed parkas, combat trousers and alpine socks at the front of the wardrobe. Give the look a new year update with a checked wool jacket: warm enough to keep out the cold, lightweight enough to wear right through spring. Topman has this perfect version for £125.

Tailoring has a distinct Italian feel for 2011. Forget last year’s very English tweed suiting and cord Oxfords: this spring and summer will be all about living la dolce vita in close-cut flat-fronted trousers and fine-knit polo shirts. Get a jump on the new trends with Marks & Spencer’s Autograph collection: polo shirt £22, Blue Harbour Luxury chinos £35, Collezione shoes £55, and Collezione belt £25.

TREND ALERT RED 6 BUTTON PIQUE POLO EGYPTIAN COTTON £80,

STRAWBERRY COLLARLESS TEE WITH CHEST BADGE £75.

LINEN SCARF £75

Easiest way to transition into the new season? Add some tartan to your look. All over the runways everywhere from Alexander McQueen to Prada, tartan is high on the fashion agenda for spring, but a word of warning: keep the look confined to accessories or risk Scots overload. As ever, tartan classicist Ralph Lauren has the trend nailed. Check out the new collection at House of Fraser: scarf £70, hat £40.

EDITOR’S PICK All from the River Island’s new spring collection

LIAM LOVES FASHION Ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher came to Selfridges

GLASSES £18

Birmingham recently to launch the spring/summer Black Label collection of his Pretty Green range. Inspired by the art, music and culture scene of the 1960s, and with an extensive collection of outerwear, jackets and classic separates, the collection is BLACK VINTAGE NEEDLE STRIPE COTTON LENNON JACKET £285,

very much shot through with the singer’s own style. Highlights? The collection sees a strong emphasis on tailoring, cut and high-quality fabrics in a colour palette of red, navy, black and ecru. Key pieces include the Lennon Jacket, Seersucker Windrunner, Dogtooth Harrington, and Vintage Paisley Kaftan, but we also loved the lightweight knitwear, six button polos and the classic parka in cotton and nylon. In

HI-TOPS £39.99

BAG £34.99

store now, exclusively at Selfridges.

www.stylebirmingham.com

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T HE H OME OF T HE NE W E NG L I S H G E NT L E M EN

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Yohji Yamamoto

StyleMEN

GREY SUEDE BELT, £26, LINEA AT HOUSE OF FRASER

BOOTS, £90, FRENCH CONNECTION

BAG, £24.99, RIVER ISLAND

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POLO SHIRT, £19.99, NEXT

BLACK COTTON CHINOS, £28, TOPMAN

CARDIGAN, £62, FRENCH CONNECTION

JACKET, £99, AUTOGRAPH AT M&S

GLASSES, £6.99, H&M

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www.stylebirmingham.com

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M&S

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StyleMEN

GROOMING NEWS The one-size-suits-all shampoo, a new designer scent, anti-ageing skincare and more

BARGAIN BUY Next’s new Cent range of bath, body and fragrance, from £4, has a crisp and clean scent and wittily blingtastic packaging.

Model pic: Harvey Nichols

TURN BACK TIME

NEW FOR SPRING Top label Salvatore Ferragamo is launching a new fragrance range in March: F by Ferragamo Pour Homme Free Time, with prices starting from £29. Infused with a very grown-up mix of white cedarwood and vetiver, it’s bound to become an instant classic. In all major department stores.

Tired eyes? Look like you’ve not slept for a week? If the New Year excess is still showing on your face, invest in some quality anti-ageing skincare now and watch the clock turn back. Elemis has a great range of men’s skincare, including the deliverswhat-it-promises Time Defence Eye Reviver, £36, and Time Defence Wrinkle Delay, £51, both at Harvey Nichols.

HAIR RAISING PERFECT SCENT With a trend back towards understated fragrance, we’re revisiting the classic Clinique Chemistry, a subtle scent that works with individual body chemistry. It washes skin with a warm, sensual mix of Jamaican ginger, citrus and amber, and will last all day without ever seeming overpowering. A gentleman’s fragrance. From £40 on Clinique counters now.

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For the time-pushed, finding a shampoo that will do a good job without leaving hair flat, flyaway, bouffy or dull is a tricky task. Paul Mitchell’s The Wash just won the 2010 Look Fantastic Award for Best Shampoo for Normal Hair, and it’s a hard-worker. Perfect for your gym bag or morning shower, it’s a light shampoo designed to help equalise the moisture content in hair leaving it clean and full of body. It’s also got strengthening panthenol, ideal for backing-up thinning hair. Find it in salons for £8.35: www.paulmitchell.com

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Harvey NicHols BirmiNgHam iNtroduces its collectioN of meN’s suits, sHirts aNd ties. suits from £395

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01 STREAM OF STYLE It was the must-have kitchen gadget of the 1970s ... and now SodaStream is back and looking more stylish than ever. New and exclusively launched at Harvey Nichols is the limited edition Pure Gold version, with 24 carat gold plating. But you’ll have to be quick off the mark to get your hands on one, as only 500 are available worldwide and each is individually hallmarked. The Pure Gold SodaStream is priced at £295 and comes with a selection of delicious flavours. 02 IMAGE PERFECT The new PENTAX zoom compact camera, the Optio RZ10, has a 10x wide angle optical zoom lens, perfect for a wide variety of subjects and occasions, from landscape to people, sports to pets. The attractive exterior hides a multitude of advanced features and functions, including dual shake reduction for the unsteady hand, a 14 Megapixel sensor, an upgraded Auto Picture mode and an HD video function. Available in a range of five colours, it’s £179.99 from all good electrical retailers. 03 COFFEE FAN DeLonghi’s Super Compact coffee machine saves valuable space on the worktop making it perfect for kitchens of all dimensions. The machine features the patented DeLonghi milk carafe to make perfectly frothed fresh milk for cappuccinos and lattes, an adjustable coffee dispenser catering for all cup sizes from espresso shots to grande latte glasses, as well as an integrated professional bean grinder with seven adjustable coarseness settings, so users can be their own barista: £799.99 from department stores. 04 TOTALLY WIRED The design classic wireless speakers from Parrot, the Zikmu by Philippe Starck, are now available in ‘Dragon Red’. These stylish speakers offer a crystal clear 360-degree immersive sound experience working over WiFi for streaming music from PCs and Macs, via Bluetooth with mobile phones or simply used via the speaker’s integrated iPod/ iPhone docking station. They can also be integrated with TVs to form a home cinema solution. From £1,000 a pair: go to www.parrot.com/uk for local stockists.

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05 HEAD START Iconic rock ‘n’ roll brand Marshall has launched new headphones, to add to its legendary range of amps. The exterior of the headband is made out of the same vinyl used in Marshall amplifiers and it recreates the original Marshall texture (and comes with Jim Marshall signature). The coil cord refers to vintage style guitar cables and the plug is a beautiful 3.5 millimetre replica of a classic tele plug, which can be also used with the 6.3 mm adapter included, to plug in to your guitar amp or stereo. The price is £90 and they are available at HMV. 06 RING HOME The Binatone HomeSurf is an easy to use tablet which delivers excellent functionality, whilst providing outstanding value. Available in two different sizes, it’s handy for work, home and on-the-move: £129.99 available at Argos. 07 FIND THE WAY The new TomTom Via LIVE comes with enhanced driving features, including full Voice Control and hands-free call answering as standard. Designed for people who love to drive, the device comes fully connected, providing unprecedented live knowledge of the road ahead. Moreover drivers can stay ahead with up-to-date speed camera information on both fixed and mobile cameras en route, as well as live weather updates and local Google business address searches. It’s £179.99 from Halfords. 08 DESIGN DESIRE Because life’s better in HD, Virgin Media has added the HTC Desire HD to its line-up with an exceptionally large and vivid touchscreen. The recently launched Virgin Media PushLife music app will come pre-loaded for the first time on the HTC Desire HD, enabling you to sync iTunes and other music libraries from PC to mobile. Available free on a pay monthly contract from £35 with unlimited texts, 1,000 minutes and 1 GB mobile web, from the Virgin Media store.

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Prepare to be surprised...... NEW STORE, NOW OPEN

79 High Street, Birmingham. B4 7TE www.facebook.com/blackfortechnology

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INTRODUCING BLACK

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Birmingham, the style capital to rival London, has been chosen as the first city in the UK to experience Black, a brand new concept electricals store from Currys and PC World

Taking its cues from fashion boutiques, Black displays technology in a series of ‘collections’, which will change with each season. Mannequins will showcase the most stylish pieces available and customers can look, touch and feel all the amazing technology on offer

APPLE INSTORE A dedicated Apple area can be found on the third floor, where you can enjoy playing with the latest gadgets from the must-have brand

AMAZING PRODUCTS A LIVE CINEMA EXPERIENCE Downstairs the spacious glass-fronted rooms provide a welcoming place to truly experience the latest and greatest in audio and TV

KNOWHOW The ‘KNOWHOW’ area sits on the third floor, and offers workshops and oneto-one sessions. There’s also a chill-out zone where you can sit back and relax on one of the many comfy sofas and enjoy a refreshing cuppa whilst browsing the internet

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Product ranges, which include well-loved brands like Apple, B&W, Leica and Bose have been especially selected for discerning Birmingham shoppers who want this season’s most lusted kit, as much for its aesthetic features and technical specs. Extended ranges also available online

FASHION SHOW LAUNCH PARTY We launched Black with an exclusive fashion show, with models demonstrating the latest tech on the catwalk. Keep your eyes peeled for more instore events in the future

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Eating out with our pick of the best restaurants this Valentine’s Day … making Malmaison’s delicious cocktail, The Malentini … going out, with the help of our What’s On guide … learning to cook with Phil Vickery’s Japanese style grilled salmon … keeping up-to-date with food and drink news … enjoying crisp winter mornings with a croissant at a café on Broad Street

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New raNge of stuNNiNg

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TV presenter Phil Oldershaw has worked with the BBC, Channels 4 and Five, BRMB, MTV and Galaxy, and with celebrities including Graham Norton, Michelle Collins and Sonia. Here, he tells Style Birmingham about his love of the city, whether it’s shopping, socialising or simply hanging out with friends

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Alan Carr was also in town, at the LG Arena, with a host of other guests including Lenny Henry, Beverley Knight, Ed Byrne, Rolf Harris, Jo Brand, Björn Again, Slade and Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds, all performing for Rock with Laughter, which proved once more to be a magnificent success. Alan later enjoyed a night out

on the town with friends showing them how to party with style in Birmingham. If partying was the order of the festive season then I must say thanks to Steve Denyer, Ed James and other team members from Global Radio’s Heart FM for a great night at the Chameleon Bar: it was wild, guys! The team at Chameleon are great and I must admit this place has become a secret haunt of mine to meet with great people while indulging in some fine cocktails or a lovely Illy coffee. It appears that the snow really knocked us off our feet this year, literally for some! I even found myself helping to push workers and shoppers as their cars found it hard to struggle through this blanket of mischief that spread itself quietly across the country. It raised much interest in the media particularly about the effect it had on high street shopping as many people stayed home and switched to ordering online, believing this would be the saving grace. It soon transpired that postal services were also in trouble and really couldn’t cope with online demands, with many orders not being delivered in time. As a person who lives, works and socialises within the city I was secretly pleased that on this occasion modern technology was taking a bash. I’m all for the latest in high tech equipment and systems and greatly value their benefits on society. However, Birmingham is one of the most amazing modern cities for shopping in the world, and I have travelled a bit! Our beautiful and fully equipped shopping centres, restaurants and utterly friendly

Birmingham is one of the most amazing modern cities for shopping in the world, and I have travelled a bit!

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people all say to me ‘get out there’. It is far too easy to sit behind a laptop, use a phone app or merely pick up a phone to make a call and order something these days. To me, the real fun of shopping is getting dressed up and making an effort to parade out into the high street showing your own style, feeling the textures of clothes, playing dress-up and trying them on, talking to staff members and getting their knowledge on gadgets, make-up, holidays and more. How better to do that than with a friend, or friends? Life is short and our city is beautiful with clean streets, floral displays, helpful wardens, canals, tastefully-lit buildings and features that really capture your soul, mood and imagination. If you can shop, experience, and share memorable moments with family or friends and maybe indulge in a drinking or dining experience too, then I can honestly say, to me, you’re living a fuller life! Birmingham by day is great… but have you seen how lovely it looks at night, too? Spring will soon be upon us and there’s so much going on in our city for you to get involved in or to experience. Come and enjoy some fashion therapy and if you see me, come say hello as I too will be making the most of what’s on offer! By the way, happy new year!

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It almost seems like a distant memory, doesn’t it? The spirit of Christmas - and maybe the mayhem of partying to see in the New Year – all now sadly passed. The run-up to Christmas saw me attending a fair few parties with friends and colleagues in homes and businesses around the city, excluding family events of course! Just before Christmas, X Factor 2009 winner Joe McElderry was in town performing at the legendary Nightingale Club, and I was invited to host the night to a capacity crowd.

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Arrive at The Chameleon to a Champagne cocktail of your choice created by our mixologists, whilst being serenaded by a harpist*. Linger over a sumptuous Three Course Dinner created by Chef Matt Wagstaff and his team - with a gift being presented to the lady after dinner. Valentine’s at The Chameleon - it can be whatever you want it to be - £45 per person. Our Valentine’s Menu will be served on Friday 11th February, Saturday 12th February, Monday 14th February and Tuesday 15th February. Please book either the early sitting from 6.30pm until 9pm, or the late sitting from 9.15pm onwards. Please contact us on 0121 643 2233 to make your booking. * Our harpist will play on Monday 14th February and our Violinist will play on Saturday 12th February. 1 Victoria Square, Hill Street, Birmingham, B1 1BD www.thechameleonbham.com

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Malmaison Valentine’s Cocktail

Restaurant PROFILE THE VAULTS, JEWELLERY QUARTER

Daring acts of dining are what Malmaison do best. From the Head Chef with his eagle eye for danger, hunting high and low to find the region’s finest suppliers and hard to get hidden food secrets, to Mark, the Brasserie Manager and his legendary team bringing them to your table at the Mal. They dare to keep it local and you should too. Impress your better half with their fantastic Valentine’s inspired Cocktail.

THE MALENTINI INGREDIENTS  35ml Malmaison Gindividual Gin  25ml Violet Liqueur  25ml Chase Elderflower Liqueur  Fresh mint flower, to garnish  Truffles, to garnish

METHOD  Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake well with ice and then strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a fresh mint flower and serve with truffles. What you’re left with is a delicious drink to tickle your taste buds. Happy Valentine’s from all at Malmaison.

The Vaults, located in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, provides a tranquil setting for you to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work. Once a brewery and rumoured to have also been a workhouse or women’s prison, The Vaults underwent a miraculous transformation to become this spectacular bar and restaurant. The Victorian building houses a blend of art, photography and bespoke furniture to create the timeless atmosphere that greets you on your entrance. Head Chef, Keith Brown presents a beautiful menu which has positioned the restaurant at the forefront of Birmingham’s culinary scene. The chic eatery and elegant bar boasts private booths for the ultimate VIP treatment. With eight classically decorated secret retreats, celebrate a special occasion or a romantic rendezvous with all the privacy you could ask for. Special packages are also available within the private booths including the Champagne Package and the Spirits Package, on offer when booked. Understanding the importance of local produce, Keith Brown delights in working with some of the finest suppliers in the region. The intimate boutique restaurant seats 64 diners offering a delicious table d’hote menu, Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm.

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VILLA MIDLANDS FOOD Be Prepared. Never before has Aston Villa’s motto been more appropriate. The club’s billionaire owner Randy Lerner has embarked on a new venture within his football club, Villa Midlands Food. The first hospitality training programme to be set up by a football club, VMF has given 11 young local people searching for employment a chance to learn the tricks of the trade under the Birmingham Apprentice Scheme. Being blissfully unaware of the concept of fine-dining, the recruits have been taken back to basics with their training for the hospitality industry. The programme aims to teach the apprentices the details, providing them with all the experience they will need in the future. Inspired by the varied cultures and ethnicities of the Aston area, the specifically designed threecourse menu cooked and served by the trainees – supervised by Head Chef Richard Dutton – is offered in the VMF Restaurant at £18.50 per person. Located in the curry capital of the UK, where possible, the menu features local produce. Dishes like Abdul’s tikka masala cod have been developed by the apprentices, showing just how much they have already achieved. The restaurant is open Thursday to Saturday 7pm to 10pm and,

due to increasing demand from 13 February will be open Sundays from 12 noon to 3pm. For most of the trainees, this is their first experience of a full-time job and, as their menu states ‘please be patient with us as we are learning’. With special menus required for events coming up including Burns Night and Valentine’s Day, the apprentices are going to have to put everything they have learnt to good use. With a designated Haggis course and traditional Raspberry Cranachan on the menu, there is no better place to celebrate Burns Night than the VMF restaurant. For more information visit www.avhe.co.uk or call 0121 326 1570 to reserve a table.

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Valentine’s at Villa park Valentine’s Dinner

VmF Valentine’s

Enjoy a fab feast at Villa’s new VMF – ‘Villa Midlands Food’ Restaurant – with a host of superb dishes available. • Traditional recipes • Inspired by local cultures and cuisines • Fine dining concept in the Directors Suite • Restaurant opening times, Thurs – Sat, 7pm – 10pm • VMF will open on Sundays 12noon - 3pm from 13th February

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Enjoy a three-course meal in our restaurant with live music.

Celebrate Valentine’s in the VMF Restaurant, with a special Valentine’s menu.

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Our Premier Valentine’s package, champagne on arrival and a four-course meal.

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National Apprenticeship Week - 7th - 11th February Friday 11th February, 7.30pm, Jo Cameron (The Apprentice) will be working alongside the students serving in the Restaurant

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Food Champions ‘Indian evening’ featuring Sanjay’s Authentic Foods Thursday 24th February, 7.30pm St Patrick’s Day - Thursday 17th March, 7.30pm Mother’s Day Lunch - Sunday 3rd April, 12noon - 3pm

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This truly is another jewel in the crown for the Southside of Birmingham. The Angel has the ability to make you feel relaxed while delivering great food and service at fantastic prices.

THE ANGEL BAR & BRASSERIE up’ when the situation required it. The carefully selected team of staff were there to make you feel special and pamper your needs as they arose.

Reviewed by: Phil Oldershaw

The Angel Bar & Brasserie is a new cosmopolitan drinking and dining experience located within the regenerated section of Southside, close to the Hippodrome theatre. TV Presenter Phil Oldershaw went to check out the food and drink on offer. The first thing that grabs your attention in The Angel is the grand frontage. The entrance reminded me of an elegant lounge where distinctive and varied textured seating titillates the eye; the restaurant, grand in scale with high ceilings and the walls furnished with beautiful mirrors, pictures, artwork, plasmas and ornate designer pieces too! As it was a Sunday, what excited me most was the amount of people that were there to indulge. The whole ambience of this venue was comfortable, relaxing and above all, friendly! I could also see that the venue had the capability of ‘cranking it

I was impressed at the Roast Sunday lunch menu, which gave a home-from-home feel. The roast was available in two courses at £6.45 or three courses at £9.25, I couldn’t believe my eyes at the price especially when the portions were so hearty; including the succulent beef. There was a wide selection of mouth-watering dishes on this menu that included tapas/starters such as Patatas Bravas, Garlic Prawns or Chicken Wings, there were some 6 pasta dishes such as Polpette Pork Meatballs or Salmon Alfredo. The Grill included The Angel Burger, an 8oz Sirloin at £11.95 and The Works Grill, at only £12.95, for an utterly mammoth collective of tasty steak, chorizo, chicken, chips, mushrooms, peppers and tomato. The garlic mushrooms were amazing, real fresh mushrooms cooked with fresh garlic and butter for my starter; my main was the Roast Beef lunch, which oozed tasty juices from the beef and was accompanied

Sunday Lunch: 2 courses £6.45 3 courses £9.25

by a great selection of fresh seasonal vegetables and perfectly cooked potatoes. Finding room, I managed to finish with The Angel Sundae, which was chocolate & vanilla ice cream, with cake, sauces and white chocolate shavings … beautiful! This venue has a great selection of drinks whatever your mood! I soon found myself looking at a beautiful back bar display before sitting and perusing over a fine wine, champagne and cocktail menu too!

The Angel Bar & Brasserie 123 – 125 Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 6SE. 0121 666 6220 be.speak@theangelbirmingham.co.uk www.theangelbirmingham.co.uk

Mojito Monday: 2 for 1 mojitos ever y Monday evening

The Angel, 125 Hurst Street, Birmingham, B5 2SE Tel: 0121 666 6220 Email: be.speak@theangelbirmingham.co.uk

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England’s No.1 Fish & Chip Shop 2010

• We fry in Traditional Beef Dripping • Extensive British Beer & Cider Menu • Secure parking underground • Cinema & Bowling Alley on Broadway Plaza Site

NEW Delivery Service 2 mile radius • Eat in or takeaway • Call & collect service available • 5HHHHH Hygiene Award Holder

SEE WHAT’S IN THIS SUMMER.

73 Cornwall Street Birmingham B3 2DF tel: 0121 200 1911

13 Broadway Plaza, Francis Road, Birmingham. B16 8LP

Tel: 0121 456 5955 www.greatbritisheatery.co.uk

680-684 Warwick Road Solihull B91 3DX tel: 0121 705 9495 www.metrobarandgrill.co.uk

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WINNER ‘Best value restaurant in the UK” “All the elegance, buzz and informality of a classic Parisian bistro” – Good Food Guide

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Experience Côte and receive a complimentary bottle of Sauvignon Blanc La Place or Merlot Chemin De Marquiere To redeem offer quote “Style Birmingham reader offer” when you call to book a table on 0121 631 1587 or simply present this promotion when dining. Offer valid Monday to Friday. Offer expires 31/03/2011 excluding Valentine’s Day. Not in conjunction with any other offer or set menu. One bottle of wine per table per visit. Main courses must be ordered.

Côte Brasserie, Canalside, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RX www.cote-restaurants.co.uk

  

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Celebrate midwinter with fabulous food and fantastic new wines

WINTER WINE No need to detox when your wine choices are this fine Saint Mont 2009, £6.99, M&S: This dry white wine made from indigenous varietals Gros Manseng, Petit Courbu & Arrufiac is delightfully fresh and crisp, with fruity notes of tropical fruit and pear, a subtle hint of nuts and peach kernel, and a ripe, long finish.

Warm leek, smoked trout and potato salad with horseradish crème fraise dressing SErvES 4. PrEParatioN: 10 miNutES, Cook: 30 miNutES

Ingredients 2 smoked trout fillets, flaked 4 leeks, white parts only, cut into 8 equal lengths 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 80g peeled baking potatoes cut into small cubes 4 tbsp crème fraise 4 spring onions, finely sliced 1 small bunch of chives finely chopped 2 tsp horseradish Juice and zest of 1 lemon Salt and cracked black pepper Rocket or watercress to garnish Extra virgin olive oil to drizzle

Method 1. In a medium-sized saucepan cook the leeks in boiling salted water for 8 minutes. Drain, then place the leeks in a small bowl and season. Then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and set aside 2. In a small saucepan cook the potatoes in salted water until cooked, about 10 minutes

Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Rosé 2010, £8.99, Waitrose, Tesco and Wine Rack: Lighter in style, fruit and colour than previous vintages, this rose will instantly put you in mind of summer holidays and bougainvilleastrewn sunny terraces. Serve with Sunday brunch for a stylish treat.

TEA TREATS Movie fan or fashionista? Here’s the perfect way to enjoy a cuppa. Harvey Nichols has launched a new range of fun tea bags, each featuring a famous character. Created by Donkey Products, the tea bags are aimed at fashion lovers and film-goers and cost £6.95 for a packet of five. The Pret A Portea pack includes Karl Lagerfeld, Naomi Campbell and Jean Paul Gaultier, while Cup of Fame stars Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Charlie Chaplin. Each one is designed to sit on the side of your cup and will bring a taste of fashion to your tea break.

4. When the potatoes are cooked, drain them well then mix them into the crème fraise dressing. Then season 5. Place two leeks onto each plate, then place a spoonful of the potatoes on the leeks. Arrange the smoked trout around the leeks and potatoes 6. Garnish with the rocket or watercress. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve

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Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Pinot Grigio 2010, £8.99, Waitrose and Tesco: Light, fruit-forward and an achingly chic pale gold colour, this is a perfect example of the new world pinot grigio. This would make an ideal accompaniment to fish, salads, dessert or a sticky chocolate pudding on a dark night’s dinner party.

3. In the meantime, mix together all the other ingredients except for the trout and rocket or watercress

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Deutz, New Zealand, £12.99, Oddbins and some supermarkets: Recommended by Oz Clarke, this is a truly fine fizz combining Champagne Deutz’s expertise with Marlborough’s superb fruit. It’s lively, with citrus fruits and a creamy undertone, perfect for wintery Saturday nights!

BOOK BUY We’ve fallen in love with the first ever Twitter cookbook, filled with 1,000 recipes, each written in less than 140 characters. Eat Tweet was written by talented home cook Maureen Evans (or @ cookbook, as she is known on the social networking site) who posts daily recipes to her thousands of foodie followers. With a talent for boiling down recipes to their essence, every step and ingredient is condensed to the maximum 140 letters. Recipes from around the world include Kashgar noodles, pumpkin pie, garlic chicken and lentil soup. In addition, Eat Tweet also contains kitchen tips and techniques as well as a lexicon for translating Twitter-ese terms like ‘s+p’ (salt and pepper) and ‘tst’ (toasted). The book’s priced at £10.99 at Harvey Nichols’ Foodmarket.

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Food & drink NEWS JAPANESE STYLE GRILLED MARINATED WILD ALASKA SOCKEYE SALMON WITH FRESH MINT AND TOMATO CHUTNEY

TV chef Phil Vickery has teamed up with Alaska Seafood to create a simple yet delicious recipe, using fish that is low in fat and a natural source of protein, vitamins, calcium and Omega 3 oils, perfect for New Year healthy eating.

Cooking at home? Take inspiration from our top winter picks

BARGAIN BUY Alibi PRETOX drink is a blend of 17 essential vitamins, herbal extracts and amino acids, ideal for when you’re detoxing. Flavoured with fruits such as blueberry and lime, it’s £1.49 from Waitrose, Tesco and Harvey Nichols.

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Place the mint, tomatoes, chilli, garlic, lime juice and zest and olive oil into a bowl and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the mirin, soy, miso paste, sesame oil, sugar and vinegar together into a saucepan, mix well, and then bring to the boil.

Sockeye Salmon 200mls mirin (sweet fermented Japanese rice liqueur) 150mls soy sauce 1 tbsp brown miso paste 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil 2 tbsp castor sugar 2 tbsp sherry vinegar For the chutney: 60g fresh mint leaves, washed well and chopped finely 2 large, ripe tomatoes chopped 2 heaped tsp green chilli, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped 2 tbsp olive oil Finely grated zest and juice from 1 large lime Salt Freshly milled pepper

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Turn down the heat and simmer the sauce until you have about 150mls. Remove from the heat and cool. Once cooled, pour half over the salmon and leave to marinate, best overnight in the fridge (or for one hour at least). To cook the salmon, pre-heat the grill to its hottest setting. Lift out the salmon, leaving a little sauce on the fish, then place onto a grilling tray or dish. Cook for 6-8 minutes, depending on the temperature of the grill, or until the salmon is just cooked, best left undercooked. Meanwhile, boil the rest of the marinade that is left, and serve with the salmon as a dipping sauce. Serve the salmon with the sauce and the chutney.

HEALTHY START Ditched the bacon sarnies and croissants in favour of a better breakfast? For a healthy start on-the go, try a Stoats Uber Bar: it’s sugar-, dairyand wheat-free, and packed with good stuff including Scottish oats, freeze dried fruit and crunchy sunflower seeds. Choose from Strawberry and Coconut or Pineapple and Mango: priced at 99p, the bars are available in healthfood stores and delis.

If your New Year’s resolution was to cut down or quit alcohol, it doesn’t have to mean giving up wine, as there are now several great alcohol-free options available. We like Eisberg Riesling: not only is it alcohol free but the process of removing the alcohol also skims off a number of calories so a 125ml glass comes in at just 34 calories compared to an average of 85 for a standard glass of wine! Find it in most supermarkets, priced from £3.

BE A MASTERCHEF If you’re watching the new series of MasterChef, take heart: you can now recreate the culinary magic at home, with the publication of the new Masterchef At Home book, £20. With 200 of the best recipes from the 2010 MasterChef season, you can impress your friends and family. The book is divided into clear sections covering starters, mains and desserts, and features inspiring recipes from 2010 MasterChef Champion, Dhruv Baker’s Spiced Fish and Chips to Celebrity MasterChef winner, Lisa Faulkner’s Almond Panna Cotta, plus nine complete menus from previous winners.

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Fancy treating you and your loved one to a slap-up meal? Look no further. Our Valentine’s Day Guide includes some of the best restaurants in Birmingham. Prise him away from the TV, bribe her away from a cosy night in with a block of chocolate, and go out and have a good time. Whether you’re eager to try some Thai, or urging after Oriental, there’s something for everyone here at Style Birmingham.

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The Glasshouse, Canal Square, Browning Street

6 Oozells Square, Brindley Place, Birmingham Regarded as one of the finest Italian restaurants in Birmingham, Cielo boasts the prestigious location of Brindley Place. With a tempting menu of over 75 fantastic dishes using the finest Italian ingredients, Cielo was voted Best Family Restaurant (Taste of Birmingham) and Best Overall Venue (Best of Broad Street Awards) in 2007, deservedly so. Enjoy your meal in the comfortable restaurant or venture outside for a bit more seclusion, whatever your heart, or better half, desires. The Valentine’s Day Menu is priced at £39.95 per person; why not try the Medallions of Aberdeen Angus fillet with Oyster mushrooms and fondant potato. Not only is this a beautiful restaurant, it is also a known haunt for the rich and famous including Justin Timberlake, Ray Winstone, Duran Duran and Westlife. If you fancy indulging in Italian cuisine for Valentine’s Day, call 0121 643 6770 to reserve a table.

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Cocktail Bar & Dining, Broad Street, Birmingham When it comes to Indian cuisine, in Birmingham we are spoilt for choice; after all, we are known as the Curry Capital of Britain. Choosing just one Indian restaurant was difficult, but Pushkar’s on Broad Street is up there with the best. Pushkar means ‘born to a flower’ which signifies love, romance and passion. Where better a place for a curry-loving couple to spend their Valentine’s evening. Pushkar is offering a four-course meal plus a Champagne Cocktail at £35 per person for dinner and £25 per person for lunch. With a separate vegetarian menu available, the sheer volume of dishes, and an alluring list of cocktails on offer, Pushkar is sure to astound and tempt you. The Dum Allo Bharwan (spiced potatoes and nuts cradled in roasted potato barrels) in particular is exquisite. Elegantly designed to reflect the Indian hospitality, the restaurant aims to provide a relaxed atmosphere in which you can thoroughly enjoy your dining experience. To book a table call 0121 643 7978. 72

Renowned for their great British cooking, Steve and Claire Loves invite you to their romantic haven in The Glasshouse, Canal Square to dine with them for Valentine’s Day. Using only the best ingredients sourced from local suppliers, Steve and his team in the kitchen prepare contemporary British dishes to provide you with a unique dining experience. With an exquisite menu accommodating most dietary requirements – we recommend the Dark Chocolate and Grand Marnier mousse from the tasting menu – and a beautiful wine list suiting every taste, we’re sure that you’ll fall in love with Loves. The fine-dining of this restaurant thoroughly deserves its 3 Rosette rating from the AA Restaurant Guide 2010. The Valentine’s Tasting Menu is available for both lunch and dinner from Tuesday 8th to Monday 14th February, excluding Sunday. Loves is offering the Lunch Menu for £35 and the Tasting Menu for lunch and dinner at £75. For more information and to reserve a table, call 0121 454 5151 or email info@loves-restaurant.co.uk

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The Mailbox, Birmingham Located in The Mailbox with stunning views of Birmingham’s canals, The Oriental brings together dishes from Malaysia, Thailand and China to create a magnificent blend of Oriental cuisine. The talented chefs have perfected their specialities; including Beef Rendang, Tom Yam Soup and Thai Green Curry. The restaurant also offers a mouth-watering cocktail menu, perfect for Valentine’s Day. We love the Champagne cocktail which goes great with the Assam Fish cooked in tamarind paste with turmeric and lemon grass from the Al la Carte menu. So if you’re trying desperately to break away from that weekly takeaway, why not try something a bit different at The Oriental, exploring new tastes and flavours for the complete Oriental experience. To reserve a table call 0121 633 9988. www.stylebirmingham.com

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Valentine’s Day at Villa Park, 12th & 14th February For the more unconventional romantics, and football lovers out there, mark the day of love with a special package at Villa Park. They are offering Love in a Box in Trinity Boxes including Champagne on arrival, a four-course meal and a private box with hostess service throughout the evening. This is available on 14th February from 8pm to 11.30pm and costs £60 per person. Alternatively there is the Valentine’s Dinner in the McGregors Restaurant, available on 12th and 14th February and includes a glass of sparkling bubbly on arrival followed by a three-course meal and live music at a cost of £25 per person. Or there is the VMF Valentine’s option on 12th and 14th February; the VMF Restaurant is located in the Director’s Suite and will be laying on a special Valentine’s menu with wine for £35 per person. To book for Love in a Box or the Valentine’s Dinner call 0800 612 0950 or for the VMF Valentines call 0121 326 1570.

Bridge Street, Birmingham The Hyatt Regency on Bridge Street provides luxury in the centre of the city; the tasty menu on offer for Valentine’s Day is nothing short of luxurious. The Sundried Tomato, Feta and Spinach Risotto Cakes provide a beautiful change to the usual suspects of a Vegetarian menu, while the Traditional Beef Wellington gives a touch of class with a side of Truffle Mash. The Aria Restaurant is a fantastic location to spend your Valentine’s evening, and Executive Chef Brett Sandland will be on hand to create your wonderful plates of food. This fabulous menu is priced at £49.50 per person, or £60 per person to include two glasses of selected wine or one glass of Champagne. This menu is offered for Saturday 12th and Monday 14th February and tables can be booked through danielle.webb@hyatt.com or by calling 0121 643 1234. Perhaps even book a room for afterwards with the Amour Package which includes full breakfast, bottle of Champagne, hand-made chocolates, and a 2pm late checkout. (Rates are provided at birmingham.regency. hyatt.com)

EDMUNDS

Brindley Place, Birmingham Family run by Chef Patron Andy Waters and his wife Beverley, ably assisted by their dedicated team, Edmunds provides a relaxed, comfortable environment for all occasions. The menu includes some of the finest seasonal ingredients from the Midlands. Andy gets his inspiration from French methods and uses this to present you with beautiful cuisine. The Seared fillet of Sea Bass with goat’s cheese bonbon, beetroot and vanilla foam is one of the many perfect dishes on their Valentine’s menu. Edmunds will be serving a special four-course dinner menu for £55 to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Saturday 12th February and Monday 14th February; a lunch menu is also available for £30 (for full details visit www.edmundsrestaurant.co.uk). And for those indecisive folk out there, there is also a Tasting Menu available where you can sample a selection of Edmund’s dishes. Why choose just one? To reserve a table, please call 0121 633 6944. issue twenty

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Looking for somewhere to take your loved-one on Valentine’s Day? Have a look at our pick of some of the best things to do around Birmingham. EDITED BY JENNIFER WALKER

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NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE The Real Deal Comedy Jam, 12 February, 7.30pm

Valentine’s at the Musicals, 14 February, 7.30pm Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style with a night at the musicals. Enjoy show-stopping tunes including My Funny Valentine, Moon River, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and Let’s Do It to make your night unique. Join TV and West End stars Gareth Gates and Scarlett Strallen – Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Witches of Eastwick – for a unique night. Tickets are priced between £12.50 and £36.50 or for just £30 per couple enjoy the show in style with a Valentine’s Hamper which includes Champagne and luxury chocolates. The Manchester Concert Orchestra will be performing these great tunes, conducted by John Rigby. For a magical evening of great entertainment, purchase your tickets from www.thsh.co.uk or by calling 0121 780 3333.

The Real Deal Comedy Jam kicks off with a hysterical Valentine’s tour. For one night only resident host Kat B will be welcoming London comedian Kane Brown, Canadian Jag Ghankas and American’s Nema Williams and Frantz Casseus. From his days at MTV, Kat B has developed a spontaneous style and side-splittingly funny routine. Kane Brown has taken the urban stand-up comedy scene in the UK by storm. He performs the Real Deal as the emerging one-to-watch. The more accomplished Nema Williams is returning for his second Real Deal performance after appearing on several American shows including Comic Central and HBO’s P-Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy. Frantz Casseus began his comedy career after he was inspired by his school friend, Eddie Murphy. He has since been seen on Russell Simon’s Def Comedy Jam and is set to film his first HBO special in May 2011. Jag Ghankas, who bases his comedy on his life experiences of being an Indian-Canadian and his strikingly accurate observations about Britain. So, if you fancy a night of laughs, get yourselves down to the New Alexandra Theatre on Saturday 12th February. Tickets range from £24.75 to £32.25 and can be purchased from www. alexandratheatre.co.uk or by calling 0844 847 2302. Please note this is an adults only show.

WINTERBOURNE GARDENS Edgbaston, Birmingham The beautiful estate of the Edwardian Arts and Crafts House is an idyllic setting for this Saturday Matinee of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The show will be performed at 3pm on Saturday 12th February; the bar opens from 2pm serving food and drink. Celebrating 50 years since the show’s release, see it in the truly romantic setting of Winterbourne. Tickets are priced at £3.50 for adults and £3 concessions. A lucky few can also enjoy a special three-course candlelit dinner at Winterbourne on Monday 14th February. At £25 per person, with a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival, take a trip out to Edgbaston 74

to experience this fantastic setting at night. Places are strictly limited and prebooking is essential. Call 0121 414 9114 for the menu and to reserve a table. You could also visit the house and gardens during the day. Take a romantic stroll through the botanic gardens, wander along the Woodland Walk, cross the 1930s Japanese Bridge, or simply find a quiet bench and relax. The Grade II listed garden features a wonderful walled garden, colour themed borders, original sandstone rock and streamside planting. There are also collections of plants from China, North and South America and the alpine areas of the world. Entry is £4 (£4.50 gift aid) for adults and £3 (£3.50 gift aid) for children.

CADBURY WORLD

Indulge yourselves with a trip to Cadbury World. Visit the fourteen amazing zones to discover everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate. From Bull Street, a full-scale replica of the original street where John Cadbury opened his first shop in 1824, to the Aztec Jungle where you can travel back in time to Mexico and walk through the rainforest and learn how the cocoa tree is central to producing the lovely substance we know as chocolate, there is sure to be something to tickle your fancy. Adult tickets are £14.30, and if you want to take the kids along, they will cost you £10.40. To book tickets call 0844 880 7667.

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THE ORIENTAL Situated in the stylish Mailbox centre, The Oriental is renowned for serving a wide selection of Chinese, Thai and Malaysian cuisine. Voted one of the top 10 pan-Asian restaurants in the UK, The Oriental is the ďŹ rst in Birmingham to offer Malaysian dishes. To celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit on 3 February 2011, The Oriental is offering one lucky Style Birmingham reader a meal for two in the restaurant. For your chance to win a meal for two, just answer this question:

The Oriental will be celebrating the year of the? a) Tiger b) Rabbit c) Lion Send you answer on a postcard with your full name, address and telephone number to: The Oriental Competition, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4EU by 30 March 2011. Terms and conditions: The winner will receive a meal for two people which will consist of a starter and main dish and one drink each. Any extra dishes or drinks will have to be paid for at the time of dining. Set menus are excluded. This prize is valid Monday to Friday before 29 April 2011. There is no cash alternative available.

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4 February – 24 March, The Drum Birmingham based artist Mark Anthony Carroll, currently studying for his Masters Degree in Fine Art at the Birmingham School of Art, is embarking on an exhibition of life experiences and stories. Noted for his work having significant personal meaning, his new exhibition explores the emotions of Sorrow and Celebration. The exhibition is located at The Drum, Potters Lane, Aston and runs from 4 February – 24 March, Monday – Friday 10 am – 6pm. Admission is free.

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Why The Lion Danced The Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Designs, Studies and Watercolours 29 January – 15 May, Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery The largest survey of Pre-Raphaelite drawings and watercolours ever staged will be on show at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from 29 January – 15 May. Displaying works from worldclass collections as well as loans from members of the public and private lenders, the exhibition includes never-before-seen drawings by D.G. Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and Edward Burne-Jones. The radical artists revolutionised British art when they banded together in 1848 London. This exhibition showcases the vital role the Pre-Raphaelites played in the development of British art. One of the most impressive works is Rossetti’s Mnemosyne from 1876, which is on display for the first time, depicting the personification of Memory in Greek mythology. Admission to the exhibition is £6 for adults, £5 for senior citizens, £2 for children and £12 for a family (2 adults and up to 2 children). To book, telephone 0121 303 1966 or visit www.bmag.org.uk.

5 February, Birmingham Library Theatre Celebrate the Chinese New Year in style with a performance of Why The Lion Danced. Every thirteenth moon the dreaded monster Nian visits the village. The villagers – the audience – must protect themselves. This feast of colour and excitement is brought to you by Yellow Earth, the awardwinning British East Asian Theatre Company. Learn some Lion dances and scare Nian away. Tickets are priced at £7.50 for adults, £4.50 for children and £1.50 for babes in arms. Family tickets are available. Book through www.birmingham-rep.co.uk or call 0121 236 4455.

Julian Lloyd Webber plays Tchaikovsky 9 February, Town Hall, 2.30pm Julian Lloyd Webber is returning to the stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations as well as Arensky’s Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky and Mozart’s Symphony no.40 in G. Julian Lloyd Webber won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music when he was just 16 and has since won numerous awards for his services to music. Julian has premiered more than fifty works for cello and has been the source of inspiration for composers Malcom Arnold and Philip Glass. Tickets for his Town Hall concert are available from www.thsh.co.uk or by calling 0121 780 3333. Note that this is an afternoon concert starting at 2.30pm.

Strictly Come Dancing Live! 2011 5-6 February, LG Arena It’s that time of year again; the Strictly Live Tour is upon us. We followed their lives and developments for 3 months and tuned in for the Christmas special, now Craig RevelHorwood is bringing the show to a live audience. For two nights at the LG Arena, this year’s winner and runner-up Kara Tointon and Matt Baker will be joined by Pamela Stephenson, Patsy Kensit, Ricky Whittle, Colin Jackson and, of course, Ann Widdecombe. Fun and frolics are promised to be a plenty when the celebrities take to the stage to showcase their many talents. Prices range from £35 to £65 and can be purchased from www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 338 0338. 78

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Johnny Cash Roadshow (presented by Clive John and The Spirit Band) 19 February, Old Rep Theatre The finest celebration of the life of The Man in Black comes to Birmingham’s Old Rep Theatre. Delivering all the hits including The Ring of Fire, Folsom Prison Blues and Boy Named Sue, this night promises to be a fitting tribute to an unforgettable legend. Clive John is a multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter currently performing as the front man of the Johnny Cash Roadshow. One of the most influential country musicians of the 20th century, Johnny Cash is a deserved recipient of this loving tribute. Tickets are priced at £16 for adults and £14 concessions and are available from www.oldreptheatre.org.uk or by calling 0121 303 2323.

The Outdoor Leisure Show 2011 25-27 February, NEC If you enjoy walking, hiking or camping or fancy yourself as a budding Ray Mears, why not pop down to The Outdoor Leisure Show at the NEC to browse the latest in outdoor clothing, equipment and accessories. Former Royal Marine turned TV presenter Monty Halls will be there to open the show at 10am on Friday 25th and will be giving talks throughout the weekend. The ‘Outdoor Experts Stage’ offers free advice and demonstrations on a wide range of activities and interests. The show is open 10am-6pm daily. Prices are £13 for adults, £5.50 for children, £11 for senior citizens, £5.50 for children and £38 for a family (2 adults and up to 3 children). Tickets can be purchased from www. theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 338 0338.

The National Wedding Show 4-6 March (and 7-9 October), NEC The UK’s largest wedding spectacular is returning to the NEC. Have you been planning for years but been unable to reach decisions? Are you unable to make compromises? Are you recently betrothed and want to make a head start? Look no further. The National Wedding Show has everything you need to organise your big day. With over 300 experts and inspirational features on offer, this show is guaranteed to give you a unique and glamorous planning and shopping experience to make it that little bit easier. Due to popular demand, the Catwalk shows will take place six times a day with the opportunity to try on your favourite dress and even meet the designer. The show is open from 10am-5pm on Friday and Sunday, and 10am-6pm on Saturday. Tickets are priced at £13.50 for adults and £6.50 for children and can be purchased from www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 338 0338.

Chinese New Year 6 February, Arcadian Centre It’s that time of year again when Birmingham becomes a sea of red and gold for the Chinese New Year celebrations. Welcome in the Year of the Rabbit with an afternoon of free entertainment, dragon dances, acrobatic performances and kung fu demonstrations. From 12 noon to 4.30pm on February 6, the Arcadian Centre will be the place to be, with people welcoming in the New Year setting off firecrackers and singing Chinese New Year songs. Free admission. www.stylebirmingham.com

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Courtney Pine presents EUROPA 11 March, Town Hall Billed as one of Britain’s most celebrated and influential jazz artists and a pioneer of the UK scene, Courtney Pine is reaching out to new audiences with his Europa tour. Courtney is a multi-instrumentalist not only playing the saxophone, but also playing the clarinet, flute and keyboards. His debut album, Journey to the Urge Within in 1987 became the first jazz album to make the UK Top 40 Charts. He has since had nine albums and been awarded an OBE in 2000 and a CBE 2009. If his accomplishments are anything to go by, his new tour is sure to be nothing short of spectacular. Tickets are priced at £17.50 and can be purchased from www.thsh.co.uk or by calling 0121 780 3333. issue twenty

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what’s on continued Notes to Future Self 3-12 March, Mac in Cannon Hill Park This poignant play by award-winning writer Lucy Caldwell follows the sisters Sophie and Calliope on their journey from an unsettled life of communes and impromptu raves in Goa, San Francisco and Morocco to their new life in Birmingham. The sisters are introduced to a strange new world where meditation and tree-hugging are replaced by maths homework and television. Ticket prices range from £8 to £12 and can be purchased from www. macarts.co.uk.

Ben E. King & Gary U.S. Bonds dfs Crufts 2011 10-13 March, NEC Crufts returns to the NEC for another year of Best In Show, Friends for Life and Agility. From jumping to show and hero to working, the whole canine spectrum will be showcasing their talents over a weekend of family fun. Over 22,000 dogs take part in the prestigious Best In Show category every year, and this year’s programme promises to be bigger and better packed full of captivating displays and competitions including Flyball, Heelwork to Music and Agility. More than 400 trade stands will be on hand with special show offers and exciting new products for you and your dog to enjoy. For more information and a full programme of events visit www.dfscrufts.org.uk. Tickets are priced from £10 and Best In Show tickets are £17.50 and can both be purchased at www. theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 338 0338.

Ed Byrne: Crowd Pleaser 16 March, Symphony Hall The loveable Irish star of Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo is returning to the stage for his new tour, Crowd Pleaser. Said to be exploring subjects and situations that he finds frustratingly maddening, Ed is providing an insight into his everyday life with this show. Common issues discussed by Mr Byrne include religion, his cat, impending fatherhood and cake. This show is not to be missed. Tickets are priced at £20 and can be purchased from www.thsh.co.uk or by calling 0121 780 3333. 82

16 March, The Jam House Ben E. King and Gary U.S. Bonds present The Great American Soulbook playing tunes like In The Midnight Hour, Try A Little Tenderness and Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay. The legendary Gary U.S. Bonds will host the show and perform some of his own hits including New Orleans and Quarter to Three. Ben E. King favourites will also be appearing to include Stand By Me and Under The Boardwalk. Tickets are available at £12 from www.thejamhouse.com or can be purchased on the door for £15.

The Script 17 March, St. Patrick’s Day, LG Arena Ironically, or coincidentally falling on St. Patrick’s Day 2011, the three young Dubliners that make up The Script are returning to Birmingham to perform at the LG. Their 2008 debut album went to number one in the UK and Ireland with nearly 2 million sales; from then on they have gone from strength to strength. They went from playing small clubs to stadiums overnight and are truly ones to watch. Danny, Mark and Glen promise a tour to remember for 2011. Tickets are priced at £25.53 and are available from www.theticketfactory. com or by calling 0844 338 0338.

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof 19-26 March, The Main House, The Crescent Theatre Set in the deep American South, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams explores the world of Big Daddy who is unaware of the fact that he is dying of cancer. Family members hide the news of his diagnosis from Big Mama and tensions mount as his estate becomes the subject of much stress and squabble. Tickets are priced at £14, £13 concessions with Sunday matinee tickets costing £7. Purchase your tickets from www.crescent-theatre.co.uk or by calling 0121 643 5858.

McFly 30 March, LG Arena After their latest album Above The Noise took them in a new – some might argue non-McFly – direction, the boys are preparing to showcase their new look in their 2011 tour. Fresh from performing intimate gigs to a select few UK audiences, McFly are returning to what they do best – sold-out arenas. From what started out as four boys strumming on their guitars to electro-pop has emerged one of the greatest bands of the 21st century. This 14-date UK tour promises to be nothing short of McFly brilliance. Tickets are priced from £14 to £28.50 and can be purchased from www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 338 0338.

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