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Tuesday 09 July 2024.

Tuesday 09 July 2024....7pm to 9pm... FASHION SHOW at Frameless Gallery, 6 Marble Arch, London W1. My first time at this new gallery space , down the escalators at this building that was opened last year. Fashion school ISTITUTO MARANGONI are showcasing ten of their students work. They have fashion schools in the following cities .... MILANO • FIRENZE • PARIS • LONDON • DUBAI • MUMBAI • SHANGHAI • SHENZHEN • MIAMI It was a proper fashion show as 200 guests are all seated....Alistair Guy was here. The fashion catwalk show was at 7.40pm for 30 mins. Each designer showcased four outfits. There are digital images on the walls and ceilings , as the hypnotic percussive beats are played over the pa. My fave designer here was Theo Campus , who focused on black goth cowboy attire. After the fashion show was complimentary prosecco and canapes for all the guests . ---------------------------------- ---------------------------------- Monday 08 July 2024. I went to two events tonight. 6.45pm to 8.15pm. BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL SUMMER DRINKS at The Serpentine Gallery Pavillion, Kensington Gardens, London W2. Over 200 guests here, mainly from the fashion world. The drizzly rain is coming down, so we are all cosy underneath the structure and not allowed on the grass areas....folks here included MATT GOSS, STEPHEN WEBSTER, MARK HIX, LADY AMELIA WINDSOR, ELLE EYRE, JEFF BANKS, PHILIP TREACY. CAROLINE RUSH (head of BFC) Got a photo with Matt Goss , and I chatted to him about working front of stage security at Hammersmith Odeon in the summer of 1988 for three nights when Bros took off. Also several female and male models. We had speeches at 7pm . We had a three song acoustic performance at 7.15pm by rising star RACHEL CHINOURIRI , who performed at Glastonbury Festival 2024. Complimentary prosecco , wines , beers and canapes for all the guests. then JOSS STONE live at The Royal Albert Hall. Joss plays her first headlining show at this venue . Joss is on a world tour...she has just come back from playing North America and after this show heads into mainland Europe. Joss recently masqueraded as a sausage for several weeks on ITV’s The Masked Singer. (Yes, seriously; she won the competition though!) I have seen her a couple of times before , and a few times where she has sung one or two as a guest. ------ Nice to see that JOSS has a full house tonight. JOSS STONE on stage at 8.45pm for 1 hour 40 mins. Joss Stone is barefoot as usual. Her slender figure is covered by a shimmery gown. With a storming band , including three man brass , and a trio of backing singers behind her, the evening effectively turned into a rock concert with floor-trembling, wall-of-sound arrangements. Yet, Stone’s voice – gritty, soulful, utterly marvellous – cut through it all. Joss is clearly very happy to be playing this venue. Her lovely smile and stage chat goes down well. She certainly releases her inner Janis Joplin often. As usual for her , there were many cover songs in the set. We had confetti cannons on a couple of songs. The encores included a stunning ' Change' where she was joined by over fifty singers from Change and Check Cancer and a choir . For the finale Joss handed out a dozen sunflowers . A great show. Full JOSS STONE setlist played tonight. Star / You Had Me / Fell in Love With a Boy Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' on Me?) ( Billy “Sugar Billy” Garner cover) Girl They Won't Believe It Stoned Out of My Mind ( The Chi‐Lites cover) Teardrops ( Womack & Womack cover) Spoiled Walk With Me Even the Sky ( with Stephen Wilson Jr) Everybody Dance / Disco Medley Bring on the Rain ( The Shapeshifters cover) Mr. Wankerman You Had Me Fell in Love With a Boy ( The White Stripes cover) Tell Me 'Bout It / Young Hearts Run Free / Get Down Tonight / We Are Family ( Covers performed by backing singers) Encore: Golden ( featuring the Change & Check Choir & the London International Gospel Choir) (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People (The Chi‐Lites cover) Right to Be Wrong